(5/12/2017) Freo to investigate options for Indigenous Cultural Centre
The Fremantle Council has committed $30,000 towards a feasibility study for an Indigenous Cultural Centre.
The study will include consultation with the local Aboriginal community and investigate issues including location and funding opportunities.
The concept for the centre includes galleries and exhibition spaces, theatres for lectures and performances, office space for local Aboriginal tourism and cultural businesses, and outdoor areas connected to the Swan River.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the centre would showcase and celebrate indigenous art, history and culture.
“The land around Fremantle has always been a significant place for the Whadjuk people,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“Wayalup was the country on both banks of the Derbal Yerrigan – the Swan River – and there is also a strong connection to Wadjemup, or Rottnest Island.
“The Maritime Museum, Shipwreck Museum, the Roundhouse and the heritage-listed West End are all significant cultural assets in Fremantle.
“If traditional owners support the concept, the addition of an indigenous cultural centre near an upgraded cruise ship terminal would make Victoria Quay a substantial tourism destination.”
Other ideas the study will explore include partnering with local universities to create a world class centre indigenous studies that will attract international conferences and events.
The centre could also host touring exhibitions from other parts of Australia and the world.
The study is expected to commence later this year and be completed early next year.