Richard Court

Richard Court


    Important part of Aboriginal heritage on display in Warburton (with pic.)

    25/10/2000 12:00 AM

    The culture and traditions of Western Australia’s little known Ngaanyatjarra people near Warburton will be on permanent display in a new cultural and civic centre opened today in the town.

    Premier Richard Court joined members of the Ngaanyatjarra regional community to officially open the Ngaanyatjarra Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre, which will house the internationally acclaimed Warburton Arts collection, and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku.

    Mr Court said the centre had risen out of the thoughts, dream and wishes of local people with commitments to construct the building from Aboriginal groups, the State and local governments, mining companies and local businesses.

    “Extensive consultation at all stages of design and construction has ensured that the centre reflects accurately many aspects of Ngaanyatjarra culture, society and traditions and their willingness to share this with others,” he said.

    “The art, the architecture of the building itself and most importantly, the people here, define this part of Western Australia in a way we haven’t seen before and are fortunate to be able to experience.”

    The Premier’s visit to Warburton was also to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Ngaanyatjarra Council which has grown into an organisation responsible for the co-ordination of the activities of all groups providing services to the region.

    “The council is an outstanding example of indigenous regional co-operation and is a model for other regions,” he said.

    “I believe it has contributed very strongly to a dramatic transformation in the standards of living of the Ngaanyatjarra communities.”

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    Premier Richard Court and members of the Warburton community at a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Ngaanyatjarra Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre.