The Minjerribah Cultural Centre will become unique North Stradbroke Island (NSI) venue and major eco-tourism facility for sharing cultural tourism. The centre will be a drawcard for domestic and international visitors looking to experience Quandamooka culture and education experiences.
The project aims to create a centrepiece for cultural tourism and education that will:
- include an indoor display area, reception area and office
- create a place where visitors can connect with and learn about Minjerribah's culture and history
- facilitate the development and interpretation of Quandamooka history, language, and culture
- provide an important community building project and local construction jobs
- provide employment opportunities for Quandamooka people at the centre
- ensure Quandamooka elders can act as custodians.
This project is being undertaken in two stages. Stage one delivered:
- site identification and securing of tenure and land transfer arrangements at 14-16 Ballow Road, Dunwich
- a project definition plan prepared by Cox Architecture incorporating design principals, concept drawings and project planning principles
- project and life cycle costings.
A funding agreement for stage two is being drafted. The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) is pursuing additional funding from private and government sectors to enable the second stage to commence.
Stage two will incorporate final activities needed to develop the centre, including detailed design, development approval and construction.
Design and project management
QYAC and Cox Architecture have developed a 'Quandamooka design philosophy' that celebrates and embeds the Quandamooka foundations of Healthy Country, Healthy People and Healthy Culture into this and other projects. The design was produced following extensive consultation and consideration of earlier studies and reports.
The centre will be a place for Quandamooka people to connect with land and water, and to practice, share and educate others about their culture, history, art and traditions. It will also be a keeping place where Quandamooka knowledge and objects can be preserved and displayed.
The centre’s concept design is for a mostly outdoor space that has areas for large external gatherings, ceremonies and outdoor dining. Features include:
- an indoor formal knowledge centre with tutorial and research rooms
- display, administration and front-of-house areas
- numerous informal and incidental spaces for meeting and connecting (indoor and outdoor).
As project lead, QYAC is managing:
- confirmation of scope of works
- feasibility, detailed design and costings
- key stakeholder consultation
- processes associated with obtaining relevant planning and development approvals
- development of tender documents
- grant applications and/or expression of interest inviting private sector investment to secure additional funds allowing stage two to procced.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
Stage one $326,630, Stage two $3,023,370
Redland City Council
Stage one February 2017, Stage two to be determined
Stage one was completed March 2018, Stage two expected completion 2020
Expected economic benefits
- New opportunities for Quandamooka people to be employed in construction and ongoing operational roles e.g. administration, education, tour guides, artists and maintenance.
- Provide a new venue and product offering to attract a new demographic of visitors to NSI.
- Increased island visitation generating local business revenue, employment opportunities and growth of the regional economy.
Expected social benefits
- Important community building project for which Quandamooka elders are custodians.
- Increased participation by the Quandamooka people, island residents and businesses in island activities.
- Opportunities for Quandamooka Traditional Owner to prosper from cultural knowledge and practices.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Promote, exchange, and foster knowledge and sharing of Quandamooka culture, heritage, art and environmental management.
- Support economic expansion aligned with Quandamooka cultural and environmental aspirations.
- Develop a culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive venue and new island infrastructure that is in keeping with Quandamooka native title rights, interests and aspirations.
Project achievements to date
- Initial project plan submitted.
- Review and analysis of Redland City Council’s Indigenous Knowledge Centre Feasibility Study.
- Undertaken priorities and challenges workshops.
- Discussions 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.
- Discussions undertaken by architects with key stakeholders and Quandamooka Elders to inform the concept design.
- Detailed life cycle costings and concept plan developed.
- Departmental approved completion of stage one funding requirements including acceptance of the Project Definition Plan.
- Notice to proceed to stage two funding agreement development issued.
- Hosted an information stall at key Quandamooka Festival events.
Project next steps
- Secure additional funds required to enable construction .
- Commence Stage 2 funding agreement.
- Further community consultation and information sessions.
- Refine the concept plans.
- Develop schematic designs and architectural materials.
- Manage and secure development approval.
- Construction of the centre.
- Meet ongoing project reporting requirements and milestones.