Geelong’s convention centre to be called Nyaal Banyul

Nyaal Banyul

Geelong’s new convention and exhibition centre will be called Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre when it opens in 2026.

The Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation gifted the new name which means “open your eyes to the hills.”

“There is a long and significant cultural history with the site which we want to recognise through the design, construction and operations of this significant project for Geelong,” said Victorian Minister for Regional Development Harriet Shing.

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Interim CEO Liam Murphy said they were grateful to have been given the opportunity to “return language to Country”.

”We also appreciate being invited to provide design principles to inform the concept of the GCEC on this part of Country, as the Western Beach cliffs, holds special cultural value to Wadawurrun,” he said.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre chief executive Natalie O’Brien said as the future operators of Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre, continuous engagement with the Wadawurrung community “is an important focus”.

“We seek to strengthen our relationship with and honour First Nations knowledge, heritage and truth-telling in the venue’s brand, throughout the centre and in future operation,” she said.