- New Place of Healing to be created at significant site in Queens Park
- Site will be accessible to all members of the community
- Project to preserve nature and create walkways, event spaces, and yarning areas
The Western Australian Government is contributing $3.2 million to help Sister Kate's Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation realise a long-held vision to create a Place of Healing in Queens Park.
The Lotterywest support will go towards the first stage of the redevelopment, at a 2.7-hectare bush block adjacent to the original Sister Kate's Home, where many children of the Stolen Generations were placed between 1934 and 1975.
Holding great significance for those who stayed at Sister Kate's as children, the Bush Block was a safe place where the children could play, and families who came to Perth to visit their children in the home would secretly camp.
Redevelopment of the site will create a Place of Healing for the stolen children and their families, with space for cultural awareness and celebration.
The first stage of the Place of Healing project includes events infrastructure, shade structures and yarning areas, raised walkways, fencing, art and interpretation, toilets and a shed.
Enhancement of the natural environment, and retention of native vegetation is an integral part of the project, with the City of Canning earmarking the site as an area for priority conservation.
The Australian Government's Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation is also coordinating the divestment of the Bush Block, which was acquired from the Uniting Church in 2006.
Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:
"Nothing can make up for what was taken from the children and families of the Stolen Generations, but in partnering in projects like this we can aid healing and educate children about the past.
"This will be a place where children of the Stolen Generations and their families can seek solace, pride and cultural healing.
Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston:
"This unique project in Queens Park will create a Place of Healing for the children and families of Stolen Generations groups, and all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
"It will also be a place for the wider community to reflect, enjoy nature, and perhaps gain a deeper understanding of the site's significance."
Minister's office - 6552 6400