New Ny­oon­gar cen­tre opens

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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