Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre

nanzan 1 February 2009 8

Where the interim National Musuem of Australia building was, at Yarramundi Reach, is now an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre (in Lady Denman Drive). It is a fantastic location, very central, right on the lake, with beautiful vistas across grassland to the lake and hills and mountains beyond.

Unfortunately, it has never been open to the public, even though the National Museum vacated more the five years ago, and signage for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre went up about two years ago.

Does anyone know what on earth is going on there, and when it might be open to the public, and when and if it does open, what will it be? I had heard some talk that a cafe might open there, as part of the Cultural Centre, serving native Australian cuisine.

Any insights?

[ED – The car-park makes a great jumping off point for lakeside dog walking]

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8 Responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre
emd emd 12:56 pm 02 Feb 09

When the GDE roadworks were happening and I detoured past this building twice a day, I often wondered what it was about. I thought it would be a nice location for a cultural centre where I could take young kids to learn about indigenous culture and history, and wouldn’t be hard for school bus trips to detour past while also visiting Parliament House and the National Museum.

grump grump 9:09 am 02 Feb 09

as I understand from previous inquire about using it for a regular large group booking, there’s issues with “town” water also – ie, needs extension from Aranda – something like that anyway. So it’s a bit of a “white” elephant

taninaus taninaus 7:07 am 02 Feb 09

The building is used regularly for training, presentations, functions etc. the people who run the multicultural festival run the venue as well. as to whether it meets the needs of the local indigenous population I will leave for them to comment.

Thumper Thumper 8:47 pm 01 Feb 09

I-filed. Exactly. And from memory it was temporary site to start with with.

I-filed I-filed 8:38 pm 01 Feb 09

I posted on this only a few weeks ago. The local Indig population were cheated by the ACT Government years ago – they were to have a spot on Acton Peninsula but a corrupt consultant talked them into taking a spot on that wasteland instead, on entirely spurious grounds. Absolute bummer for them. It’s a useless facility in an impossible location. They should agitate to get back on the peninsula were the building belongs.

Pandy Pandy 7:26 pm 01 Feb 09

Secret waxing business?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 4:57 pm 01 Feb 09

Can anybody tell me what the difference is between this Centre and the one next to the Nat. Museum? I’m just curious.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:10 pm 01 Feb 09

I walk my dogs in that area some mornings. It’s obviously used for something as there is occasionaly cars parked outside and some hippy types hanging about there.

It’s a fine location that could be put to good use.

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