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An artist’s impression of the planned cultural centre.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the planned cultural centre.

A boomerang-shaped Aboriginal cultural centre is planned to sit on the foreshore alongside the Albany Entertainment Centre and could become a regional centre for indigenous Australian education.

The Kairli Cultural and Language Centre project, led by Southern Aboriginal Corporation, would aim to deliver “a unique experience”, according to SAC chief executive Asha Bhat, and fill the void for Aboriginal tourism in the Great Southern.

It would host a Noongar language centre, gallery, cultural activity space, augmented reality theatre, outdoor performance area and function rooms.

“This provides a significant opportunity in economic and Aboriginal enterprise growth by constructing and operating a first-class cultural centre,” she said.

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An artist’s impression of the front, looking towards Princess Royal Harbour.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the front, looking towards Princess Royal Harbour.

It was designed by Roberts Gardiner Architects, which has been involved in designs across Albany, including for the Albany Entertainment Centre and Due South Tavern. Michael Roberts said the building had been designed for a range of uses.

“The front area between the building and the entertainment centre will be for outdoor cultural activities,” he said.

“That’s a very important part of it.

“The main body of the building is pretty much all single storey with the exception of the main language culture centre in the centre of the building overlooking the harbour. (That) will be the space for artefacts and to tell the story of the local Noongars.”

A ceremony to celebrate the purchase of the land will be held at the site on July 7 at 10.30am.

An artist’s impression of the rear, looking towards the Albany Entertainment Centre.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the rear, looking towards the Albany Entertainment Centre.

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