$2m boost for Northam Aboriginal interpretive centre


LotteryWest provided funding towards construction costs for the new Northam Aboriginal and Environment Interpretative Centre.
LotteryWest provided funding towards construction costs for the new Northam Aboriginal and Environment Interpretative Centre.

NORTHAM received a $2 million boost to assist with the build and fitout of the town’s new Aboriginal and environment and interpretive centre.

Central Wheatbelt MLA Mia Davies presented the LotteryWest cheque to the Shire of Northam at a recent presentation.

“Congratulations to the Shire on a well-considered grant application and for their commitment to prioritising such an important project,” Ms Davies said.

“I am delighted that the community can be part of a project that will highlight the region’s rich Aboriginal culture and heritage, it is a significant step in the reconciliation journey.

“The new facility will also be a resource showcasing the natural environment of the Avon Valley.”

The interpretive centre will be located next to Northam Visitor Centre on the foreshore of the Avon River.

Inside, there will be an interactive educational experience to recognise the important regional Aboriginal heritage and a showcase of the Ballardong Noongar culture.

Ms Davies said the centre would bring to fruition years of planning to provide an educational and cultural activity hub for the regional community and visitors to the area.

“The interpretive centre will combine Aboriginal knowledge and heritage with environmental and conservation programs to develop approaches to land management that incorporate traditional principles,” she said.

The centre also attracted funding from Royalties for Regions’ Wheatbelt regional grant scheme and through federal grant programs.