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Breaking ground on future Gathering Place

The City of Whittlesea’s journey towards reconciliation is continuing with a major milestone reached in its plans to establish an Aboriginal Gathering Place at Quarry Hills Parkland.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson and Administrators Peita Duncan and Christian Zahra AM were joined by local Aboriginal leaders to turn the first sod on the project in November.

The Aboriginal Gathering Place is an important part of Council’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To be built on land that holds great significance to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, it will help strengthen Aboriginal culture by promoting cultural practices, knowledge sharing and storytelling.

The Aboriginal Gathering Place will feature indoor and outdoor multipurpose spaces including a large community events space for up to 100 people, consulting suites, meeting room and quiet room.

Council is working closely with the Whittlesea Aboriginal Gathering Place Advisory Group (WAGPAG) to ensure the facility is a safe space for the Aboriginal community to connect with Country and carry on traditions and customs.

“We are proud to be progressing such an important project, which we know will empower our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and provide so many benefits,” said Administrator Peita Duncan.

“By celebrating Aboriginal culture we can increase awareness and understanding in the wider community and we look forward to working with WAGPAG and the Whittlesea Reconciliation Group to activate the AGP with vibrant and impactful programming,” said Administrator Peita Duncan.

Construction on the Aboriginal Gathering Place is anticipated to begin in early to mid-2024, with the centre expected to open in 2025.