4 June 2018
Finishing touches for Groote Eylandt cultural centres

OPERATIONAL: The new centre in Angurugu will be a ‘safe keeping’ places for clan songs, stories, artefacts, videos and photographs, using modern technology.

PROGRAMS are starting to operate from Groote Eylandt’s new cultural centres. Excitement is building among traditional owners keen to use the new facilities in Angurugu and Umbakumba, which will be available to all ages for cultural activities and to archive, share and create cultural content. The ALC has also boosted funding for the Milyakburra centre on Bickerton Island, which opened last year. 

The ALC is coordinating programs across all three centres, which will be linked using a new microwave network. IT provider Brilliant Technologies is delivering computers and other technology as well as microwave link adaptability.

ALC projects officer Brent Woods said the centres were expected to be connected to internet in June. He said some adjustments were being made to hand railing for the existing walkways and decking to improve disability access, particularly for traditional owners with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD).  

The centres will be officially opened later this year. Once fully operational, they will include facilities to explore music, language, video production, radio, genealogy and cross cultural education; and an indoor cinema, arts program and men’s program. They will be ‘safe keeping’ places for clan songs, stories, artefacts, videos and photographs, using modern technology.

Probuild NT built the centres, project managed by GHD Darwin.

The centres will build on the strength of the Anindilyakwa people –  culture, language, history, customary practises and connection to the country.  ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt thanked Minister Nigel Scullion for supporting the concept and helping with funding.

“We look forward to engaging with multiple service providers and organisations to build on this major initiative,” Mark said. “We are keen for schools and correctional service providers to make the most of these new community facilities to connect children into the program.”

The ALC’s Spotter Program provides security for all cultural centre infrastructure.