Infrastructure & Buildings
Start: Mid 2018
Finish: Late 2023
The Aboriginal Cultural and Visitors Centre will be located near the corner of Gwilliam Drive and Progress Drive, Bibra Lake. Its design is inspired by the area’s native Southwestern snake-necked turtle, making it a unique attraction in metropolitan Perth.
In 2021-22 detailed designs for the new centre will be developed in ongoing consultation with the Aboriginal community. Construction is anticipated to commence in mid 2022, dependent on the City receiving partial grant funding from various sources. The project is due for completion in mid to late 2023.
What will I see at the Aboriginal Visitors and Cultural Centre?
The Aboriginal Visitors and Cultural Centre is proposed to be a place of recognition and learning about Nyungar culture, language, music, art and dance. Activities and spaces may include:
Workshops, training, events
- A culturally safe and secure meeting place for Aboriginal people
- to facilitate connection with language, culture and identity
- for community reconciliation events and programs
- Provide a 'keeping place' for recovering, conserving, documenting and presenting elements of unique Nyungar culture
- Art gallery and exhibition space
- artist in residence creative space and space for sale of locally sourced Aboriginal art and craft
- Visitors Information Centre, retail shop and cafe.
- Aboriginal educational programs that fit the school curriculum
- Art, music and dance performances and workshops
- Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training
- Nyungar Language classes and cooking classes
- Bush story cultural trails – guided cultural tours including bush tucker / bush medicine walks
- Tool making, food gathering and spear or boomerang throwing workshops.
The City has been working on ways to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes the adoption of the City of Cockburn Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) opens in a new window
. The RAP identifies the development of an Aboriginal Cultural and Visitors Centre as a key priority for the City. It couples the need for a visitors centre to service the area, with a way to connect to Aboriginal culture.
A feasibility study was undertaken in 2012 and made recommendations regarding the preferred operational and management model, location, capital works cost of the facility and operational budget of the facility.
In 2019 a concept design was undertaken, based on consultation with the Aboriginal community, which identified key design themes including the turtle shaped building, integration with nature and use of organic forms. Input was also sought from the wider community. The concept design has received planning and environmental approvals.