The Minjerribah Cultural Centre will become a new, unique North Stradbroke Island (NSI) venue and major eco-tourism facility, providing a place for the sharing of cultural tourism offerings. The centre will be a drawcard for domestic and international visitors looking to experience Quandamooka cultural eco-tourism and education experiences on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).
The project aims to create a centrepiece for cultural tourism and education that will include:
- an indoor keeping place, indoor display area, reception area and office
- provide a unique/iconic destination to attract visitors (particularly international visitors) to North Stradbroke Island
- create a place where visitors can connect with and learn about Minjerribah's culture including its history
- facilitate the development and interpretation of Quandamooka history, language, and culture
- provide an important community building project (including construction jobs)
- provide opportunities for Quandamooka people to be employed at the Minjerribah Cultural Centre
- ensure Quandamooka elders can act as custodians.
This project is divided into two stages. Stage 1 is now complete, delivering:
- site identification and securing of the tenure and land transfer arrangements at 14-16 Ballow Road, Dunwich
- a project definition plan prepared by Cox Architecture including design principals, concept drawings and project planning principles
- project and life cycle costings.
A funding agreement for stage 2 of the Minjerribah Cultural Centre is currently being drafted by the department. Stage 2 will only commence once construction funding has been secured. Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) is pursuing additional funding opportunities from both private and government sectors.
Stage 2 of this project will include all final steps required to bring the Minjerribah Cultural Centre to fruition including detailed design, development approval and construction.
Design and project management
QYAC and Cox Architecture have developed a 'Quandamooka design philosophy' that celebrates, embeds and interweaves the Quandamooka foundations of Healthy Country, Healthy People and Healthy Culture into this project and other ETS projects.
The design was produced following extensive consultation and consideration of earlier studies and reports. The result will be a place for Quandamooka People to practise, share and educate others on their culture, history, art and traditions, as well as connect with the land and water. The centre will also be a keeping place, preserving and displaying Quandamooka knowledge and objects.
The design concept for the centre is for it to be largely an outdoor space, with areas for large external gatherings, ceremonies and an outdoor dining area. It will include:
- an indoor formal knowledge centre with tutorial and research rooms
- a display area, administration and front-of-house area
- many informal and incidental spaces for meetings and connection (both indoor and outdoor).
As project lead, QYAC is managing:
- confirmation of the scope of works
- feasibility, detailed design and costing
- key stakeholder consultation
- the process for obtaining relevant planning and development approvals
- development of tender documents
- grant applications and/or an expression of interest process to invite private sector investors; to secure additional funds for stage 2 to procced.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC)
Stage 1: $326,630 (Total project funding for stages 1 and 2: $3,350,000)
Redland City Council
Expected economic benefits
- New opportunities for Quandamooka people to be employed during the construction and operations of the facility including administration roles, as educators, tour guides, artists and in maintenance activities.
- Provides a new venue and product offering which will allow for the attraction of a new demographic of visitors to NSI.
- Increased island visitation will increase local business’s revenue, allowing for increased employment opportunities, and growth in the regional economy.
Expected social benefits
- Important community building project, with Quandamooka elders as custodians.
- Increase participation by the Quandamooka people, island residents and businesses in island activities.
- Provides opportunities for Quandamooka Traditional Owners to economically prosper from cultural knowledge and practices.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Promote, exchange, and foster knowledge of and sharing of Quandamooka culture, heritage, art and environmental management.
- Support economic expansion that aligns with Quandamooka cultural and environmental aspirations.
- Develop a culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive new venue; and significant piece of Island infrastructure that is in keeping with Quandamooka native title rights, interests and aspirations.
Project achievements to date
- Initial project plan submitted.
- Redland City Council’s Indigenous Knowledge Centre Feasibility Study reviewed and analysed.
- Priorities and challenges workshops undertaken.
- Discussions undertaken with cultural heritage and archaeological consultants to understand priorities and needs.
- Consultation with key stakeholders.
- Secured the preferred cultural centre site tenure 14-16 Ballow Rd, Dunwich.
- Cox Architecture appointed.
- Cox Architecture discussions with key stakeholders and Quandamooka Elders to inform the concept design.
- Detailed life cycle costings.
- DSDMIP approved completion of Stage 1 funding requirements including acceptance of the Project Definition Plan.
- Notice to proceed to Stage 2 funding agreement development issued.
Project next steps
- Secure additional required construction funds.
- Commencement of Stage 2 funding agreement.
- Community consultation and information sessions.
- Refinement of the concept plans.
- Development of schematic designs and architectural materials.
- Manage the development approval process.
- Construction of the Minjerribah Cultural Centre.
- Meet ongoing project reporting requirements and milestones.