Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Cultural Centre project is complete. This marks an important milestone towards the development of an infrastructure facility set to become a centrepiece for cultural tourism and education on North Stradbroke Island (NSI) – also known as Minjerribah.
This North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS) project is divided into 2 stages.
The completion of stage 1 has delivered:
- 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 stage 2 Minjerribah Cultural Centre funding agreement is currently being drafted by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP), with stage 2 only able to commence once the fully costed construction funding required 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 cultural centre to fruition including the detailed design, development approval and construction processes.
The cultural centre aims to be a unique new island venue sharing cultural tourism offerings, drawing new visitors to the island, particularly international visitors to experience Quandamooka cultural eco-tourism and education experiences. 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 and other ETS projects.
The design will result in a place for Quandamooka people to practice and share culture, history and traditions and connect with the land and water. The cultural centre will additionally be a keeping place, preserving and displaying Quandamooka knowledge and objects.
It will allow Quandamooka people to share, practice and educate others on their history, art, language, and living culture here on Minjerribah.
The centre design is conceived as a largely outdoor space with an external gathering and ceremony space and an outdoor dining area. It also includes an indoor formal knowledge centre with tutorial and research rooms, a display area, administration and front of house area, and many informal and incidental spaces for meeting and connection—both indoors and outdoors.
The objective of this project is to establish the cultural centre as a centrepiece for cultural tourism and education that will include:
- an indoor keeping place, indoor display area, reception area and office
- a unique/iconic destination to attract visitors (particularly international visitors) to the island
- a place where visitors can connect with and learn about Minjerribah’s culture including its history
- the development and interpretation of Quandamooka history, language, and culture
- an important community building project (including construction jobs)
- opportunities for Quandamooka people to be employed at the cultural centre
- Quandamooka elders acting as custodians.
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 proceed.
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, educators, tour guides, artists and maintenance activities.
- New venue and product offering which will allow for the attraction of a new demographic of visitors to the island.
- 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.
- Increased participation by the Quandamooka people, island residents and businesses in island activities.
- 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
Project next steps
- Stakeholders update
- Issue tender documents to potential consultants
- Community information session later in 2017
- Project reporting requirements and milestones.