BKB Centre Named Tidy Towns Finalist

Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities awards encourage, reward and recognise regional and remote communities that demonstrate effective litter prevention activities, positive environmental outcomes, projects that reflect the heritage and culture of a community and you people who are making a sustainable difference to their community.

The Shire of Northam’s Bilya Koort Boodja (BKB) Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge, was selected as a finalist in the Heritage and Culture Category of the Tidy Towns Awards. This award recognises a community’s outstanding commitment to the conservation and celebration of a community’s indigenous and non-indigenous heritage and culture.  

Shire of Northam President, Cr Chris Antonia, has said, “It was great to be able to attend these awards on behalf of the Shire. The Shire was recognised for the promotion of our rich Aboriginal Culture following the opening of the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre, not only for culture within the Shire, but also for the wider Ballardong region.”

Northam has an Aboriginal population of 5.6% with the majority of this group being long term residents of Northam who proudly recognise their culture. The BKB Centre provides a platform for promotion of the rich Aboriginal culture within the wider Ballardong region. The BKB Centre has been developed with extensive consultation form the Shire of Northam Aboriginal Advisory Group (AAG), which ensures that a focus on culture is appropriately maintained and that the BKB Centre continues to represent and connect with the Aboriginal community.

Free Family Pass

To celebrate the opening of the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge, the Shire of Northam would like to offer each household in the Shire of Northam a complimentary family pass.

This pass will entitle up to 2 adults and 2 children (5-16 years) free entrance for a single visit at the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre. Children under 5 are free.

Look out for your complimentary family pass in the mail this week, then come along and immerse yourself in the cultural and environmental experiences that the Centre has to offer.

Opening Event

The Bilya Koort Boodja Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge will officially be opened in Northam on Saturday, 11 August 2018 with a cultural celebration to mark the beginning of a premier destination for people seeking the ultimate Aboriginal cultural experience.

Chief Executive Officer Jason Whiteaker said “We see this facility as a cornerstone attraction for the region, a must see for people travelling into the area and a draw card for visitors from the metropolitan area”.

Engagement with the local aboriginal community was an important focus of the Council to ensure that they have the opportunity to drive the stories which will be told in the Interpretive Centre. This project provides an opportunity to better reflect the Aboriginal culture in the region and will encourage an understanding of how to better develop our local environment.

Chief Executive Officer Jason Whiteaker said “It was our intention to officially open the Centre in July however with the interactive experiences of the Centre being a major feature, a decision was made to postpone the opening to ensure that all technical components were correctly installed and operational so that the quality of the Centre was not compromised.”

The cultural celebration will provide the community with an opportunity to engage in some cultural activities that will appeal to everyone, and it will officially mark the opening of the Centre.

Coordinator Update

Hello there all you Avon Valley Mob and beyond Yvonne and I are getting more excited about our Bilya Koort Boodja (BKB) Centre and want to share and update with you. As you can see from the photos below the Centre is developing into a beautifully designed building. The builders and fitters are still currently installing the various technologies, fittings and equipment and we hope to move into the Centre towards the end of June. Yvonne, the Shire of Northam staff, the Noongar community and myself are all very busy organising a range of things. Also as previously mentioned we are planning a celebration and formal opening of the centre in the next few months – and we will keep you posted of dates shortly.

Remember if you have got any queries regarding the Centre you can call either Yvonne or myself at the Visitor Centre on 9622 2100.

Well folks that’s all for now and until our next update thank you and goodbye for now - Michelle

BKB Centre

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