22 June 2017
Work begins on cultural hubs

MULTIMEDIA and cultural centres are expected to be opened in Angurugu and Umbakumba by the end of the year.

Excitement is building in the communities with the start of construction of the centres, which are a part of an ALC plan to help reengage youths.

The centres will be used by all ages for cultural activities and to archive, share and create cultural content.
ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt said the centres would be equipped with ‘safe keeping’ places for clan songs, stories, artefacts, videos and photographs, using modern technology.

They would also include facilities to explore music, language, video production, radio, genealogy and cross cultural education; and to house an indoor cinema, arts program and men’s program.

Site works have begun at Angurugu, opposite the shopping centre and in Umbakumba, opposite the school.

Probuild NT has won the tender to build the centres, which will be raised on stumps and similar in style to Dugong Beach Resort. They include open covered areas, lockable rooms, raised angled roofs, and landscaped areas. 

The company is working with GEBIE Civil and Construction and Aminjarrinja as well as about six CDP workers.

A working group has also formed to design the fit-out of the centres with the communities.
Mark said the centres would build on the strength of the Anindilyakwa people – their culture, language, history, customary practises and connection to the country. 

“The centres will engage individuals in early childhood development, education, training and economic participation,” Mark said. 

“This is what Anindilyakwa people have told the ALC they want.”

IMAGE: A working group has formed to design the fit-out of the centres with the communities.