New Nyoongar centre opens
VISITORS in search of an authentic Aboriginal experience are expected in their droves at a new culture centre in Northam.
Bilya Koort Boodja, otherwise known as the Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge, will open with a traditional celebration on August 11.
Shire of Northam chief executive Jason Whiteaker said the interpretive centre would provide the local Ballardong Nyoongar community with a central space to share traditional and contemporary culture.
“We see the facility as a cornerstone attraction for the region; a must-see for people travelling into the area and a drawcard for visitors from the metropolitan area.”
Centre co-ordinator Michelle Winmar said the facility was built to link two worlds and to encourage cohesion and integration.
“The centre will include fully interactive technological presentations, yarning circle, sorry space, cultural artefacts and a cultural souvenir shop,” she said.
Bilya Koort Boodja translated means river, heart, land and the stateof-the art building is on the foreshore of the Avon River.
Joe Collard helps Maurice Kickett make an artefact.