Nangak Tamboree

Over the next decade, La Trobe University is evolving into a world-class University City of the Future at our 235 hectare Melbourne campus in Bundoora. The new infrastructure will turn our campus 'inside out' and welcome the local community onto the campus as a place to live, learn, work, socialise and stay healthy.

Nangak Tamboree is a key part of our University of the Future.

About the Nangak Tamboree

La Trobe University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands where its campuses are located in Victoria. We pay our respects to the Wurundjeri people, the Elders past and present.

Nangak Tamboree (nan-nyack tam-bor-ee) means respecting/sharing/looking after the waterway in Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people.

Nangak Tamboree is a very special space on the Melbourne Campus of La Trobe University. A living laboratory for students, staff and the wider community, its waterways connect with the local creeks, attract wildlife and support native flora.

Nangak Tamboree is a biodiverse waterway corridor which links La Trobe University to the wider community and environment. Connecting with Darebin Creek in the south, it runs through the Bundoora campus to the Wildlife Sanctuary, the agricultural reserve and beyond to the north. A long-term project as part of the University’s Master Plan will see this neighbourhood enhanced and protected over the coming years for the benefit of the University and its neighbours.


The project has, through comprehensive internal and external consultation, established a Vision and a suite of short, medium and long term capital works projects to develop this unique bio-diverse waterway corridor, maximising benefits to the land, the university and the community.

Vision Statement

Nangak Tamboree will create an inviting, open and culturally aware space that protects our biodiversity and connects our communities. It will maximise the benefits to the University and its neighbours by:

  • Building partnerships: Creating a shared stewardship of this valuable regional asset
  • Increasing sustainability and improving biodiversity: setting new standards to protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Blurring boundaries: Creating new pathways to travel through and new spaces for everyone to meet, live, study,work and play in
  • Improving resilience to severe weather events: remodeling the lakes and moat systems to protect our region from the extremes of flooding and drought
  • Educating the community: supporting the delivery of tertiary teaching and research while forging new links with local schools
  • Respecting cultural heritage: taking a lead from local custodians of the land and sharing an understanding of the value of our waterways

Download the Nangak Tamboree Vision [PDF 1.54MB]

Project status

A Flood modelling report, Vision and Feasibility Study (suite of short, medium and long-term capital works projects) were published in January 2018.

During the Spring of 2018, the University engaged with the students, staff and the Indigenous community to name the Nangak Tamboree, creating an identity which reflects its Indigenous heritage. You can explore the map to find out more about the naming campaign.

In 2019, four projects were in design phase. For one of these projects - a new bike path along Darebin Creek - students studying Archaeology at La Trobe University were involved in site excavations which uncovered more than 40 indigenous stone artefacts near Darebin Creek.


  • Creating greater campus amenity
  • Reducing risk from severe weather events
  • Creating teaching and learning, living laboratories
  • increasing habitat for endemic flora and fauna
  • Increasing access to the local community and school students
  • Recognise and provide connect for Indigenous staff and students.

Design Features

The water ways will have enhanced and protected eco-habitats of remnant, endemic species

Contact Us

If you would like to know more or are interested in talking to us about how you can become involved and be part of our Nangak Tamboree, please reach out to us at:

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

La Trobe is the custodian of over 30 hectares of woodlands and grasslands throughout it's Melbourne campus and is well recognised for it's natural landscapes at all campuses. The Wildlife Sanctuary's primary aim is to provide learning experiences for all ages

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