- Western Australian Museum takes management of Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre
- Centre will officially reopen this year, supported by $2.5 million McGowan Government investment
- NAIDOC event marks first official use of centre since its closure in 2015
Carnarvon's Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre will officially reopen later this year under the management of the Western Australian Museum, following a $2.5 million funding commitment by the State Government.
The Western Australian Museum has this week taken over general management of the centre, providing opportunities for Aboriginal business development and tourism in the Gascoyne, and celebrating the region's Aboriginal heritage.
Funding will support the Museum to repair, reopen and operate the centre for an initial period of three years.
The reopened centre's operation proposes an art and retail area, venue and conference facilities for hire and an indigenous interpretative space.
A café within the centre has been identified as a potential sub-lease arrangement.
Ahead of the centre's official opening, Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today presented local NAIDOC awards recognising the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal people and officially closed Carnarvon's NAIDOC Week celebrations in the venue's outdoor space.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"We are determined to bring Gwoonwardu Mia back to life, and hosting NAIDOC Week events at the centre has been a fantastic opportunity to inspire the local community about its future.
"The centre is a cornerstone community asset that will provide opportunities to promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal heritage and culture in the Gascoyne region, boost tourism and drive jobs and economic development for Aboriginal people."
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"The WA Museum are working closely with the Gascoyne Development Commission and local Aboriginal community to ensure the centre can once again open its doors and be a meeting place for all people where Aboriginal culture is recognised and celebrated, and lives are enriched.
"The Museum's commitment to recognising the primary rights of Aboriginal people in practising and expressing their cultural heritage will ensure Gwoonwardu Mia once again becomes an extraordinary experience for everyone who visits."
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400