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.