Gwoonwardu Mia – the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre in Carnarvon – officially re-opened today, following a $2.5 million commitment by the State Government.
The centre first opened in 2005 but was closed in 2015 due to concerns about management and financial issues.
The State Government has worked to reopen the centre to celebrate the region’s Aboriginal heritage and culture and drive Aboriginal business development and tourism opportunities in the Gascoyne.
The State Government commitment provides an initial three years of operating funding, with the Western Australian Museum tasked with reopening and managing the Centre.
The Museum is working in partnership with local Aboriginal communities to put the Centre on a pathway to sustainability.
The Centre consists of conference rooms for hire, a café, gallery shop, an Emerging Art Centre facility, outdoor performance space, ethnobotanical gardens and grounds based on the region’s plants and how they are used by local Aboriginal people, and a permanent interpretive exhibition which previously won a prestigious Museums and Galleries National Award.
‘Burlganyja Wanggaya: Old People Talking – Listen, Learn and Respect’ is an award-winning exhibition which shares the stories of the Gascoyne’s Aboriginal people in their own words, using text, images, audio and film.
DPC media statement: Gwoonwardu Mia Aboriginal Cultural Centre re-opens