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Aboriginal cultural centre for Bibra Lake

The City of Cockburn has announced it plans to build a $5 million Aboriginal Cultural and Visitors Centre in Bibra Lake.

The development is part of the City of Cockburn’s Reconciliation Action Plan and is expected to be completed by 2021. It will be the fourth Aboriginal Cultural and Visitors Centre in Western Australia.

The council’s executive manager strategy Gail Bowman said the centre would offer opportunities to share stories about Aboriginal culture.

“There will we be workshops about the boomerang, the Indigenous art and traditional dance performance and music will also be a part of the centre,” she said.

Ms Bowman said a $1 million grant would be used to kickstart the project.

“The City of Cockburn will apply for the grant funding in 2019, and the remainder of the funding will come from the Developer Contribution Scheme, and internal municipal funding source,” she said.

A City of Cockburn spokesperson said the centre would include educational activities, such as bush walks and cultural tours.

“The tours such as the bush tucker, bush medicine and the wildflowers will be used as an educational tool for visitors and tourists,” the spokesperson said.

The City of Cockburn wants locals to give feedback about the activities proposed for the centre.

The last day to provide feedback is on 27 May, 2019.

Intricate Aboriginal art . Video: Ruchitra Singh.

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