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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bush uni to have new base

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Curtin University architecture students will design a new base for Nowanup Bush University, on the site of an important meeting place for Nyungar people about 50km west of Bremer Bay.

The bush university concept, initiated by Professor Simon Forrest from Curtin University, Nowanup Nyungar Elder Eugene Eades and Gondwana Link chief executive Keith Bradby, aims to provide a bush setting for learning.
Curtin University’s Elder-in-Residence Professor Simon Forrest said the project offered an opportunity for five groups of Curtin University architecture students to each work with an architecture firm to create a new design and model for the facilities at Nowanup.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to educate students and this project will allow students to learn in an unusual and significant setting, surrounded by Indigenous culture and history,” Prof Forrest said.

“Once the suggested designs are submitted by the five student groups, the most appropriate will be selected. The winning designs will be announced in April.

“The project has a range of potential collaborations for student groups across the university, which will initially begin with the architecture students, and may see engineering students involved in site works and other aspects of the facility.”

Once the building works are completed, Nowanup Bush University will incorporate programs for university students, school groups, and community groups to interact and learn in an environment that is delivered in and from a Nyungar point of view and principles.

Under Mr Eades’ leadership, Nowanup has been used as a cultural knowledge camp as an alternative to detention for young Indigenous people since 2009.

The 750ha Nowanup property was one of the first purchased to help achieve the Gondwana Link project, which aims to reconnect native habitats across the south-west of Western Australia.

Gondwana Link is considered one of the largest and most ambitious conservation projects in Australia’s history, with its goal to restore 1000km of continuous habitat.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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