Aboriginal cultural centre possible for Fremantle

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THE City of Fremantle are investigating a future Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

A visioning report tabled at council stated the Aboriginal people have repeatedly expressed the need for a place to belong.

It is expected to celebrate Aboriginal heritage and Nyoongar culture with a focus on tourism.

“That includes a space for events, to meet, gather, celebrate and yarn,” the report stated.

“Highlighted is the importance of the Centre being inclusive of people and multipurpose for cultural circumstances.”

Pioneer Park, Victoria Quay and sites in J-Shed including the Manjaree site, and whether to use an existing or new facility, were all considered.

Manjaree site at Arthur Head was listed as a the preferred location.

Councillor Dave Hume said he didn’t agree with wording that the principal location should be J-Shed as there were many variables with potential sites.

Chief Executive officer Philip St John said wording was chosen strategically as it didn’t preclude other locations.

A budget allocation of $50,000 has been included as part of the 2019/20 budget deliberation.