Dubbo Wiradjuri Tourism Centre

Wiradjuri Garden tile

Summary: The Dubbo Wiradjuri Tourism Centre, that will enable the return to Country of sacred Aboriginal carved trees, will deliver an Aboriginal cultural experience truly unique to Dubbo and supports Dubbo in becoming a centre of cultural tourism, driving growth in the international visitor market. The construction of tourism infrastructure will deliver economic growth and productivity for both the Dubbo Region with flow-on effects across the NSW economy.

A display of sacred trees, artefacts and appropriate interpretation forms the focal point of the Centre, where local Indigenous artists have space to develop their works (with opportunity for retail) and visitors can immerse themselves in Wiradjuri art and culture, followed by local produce at the Centre’s café.

Some significant milestones have already been achieved with the first quarter of project management for the Wiradjuri Tourism Centre and Garden. The Wiradjuri Technical Advisory Panel members were selected based on merit and required skills stipulated in the request for applications. Meeting dates are set for the year and three meetings have already been held successfully keeping momentum for project timelines. The preparation in project planning includes completion of a project plan mapping session with stakeholders. The completion of a detailed project scope document and a revised architecture mock up for consideration based on preliminary stakeholder feedback has also been achieved. In addition to Wiradjuri Technical Advisory Panel meetings additional stakeholder engagement recently completed includes process driven discussion with the Australian Museum for the long term loan on the Dubbo Wiradjuri Scar Trees and any additional Dubbo Wiradjuri artefacts currently in storage.

Budget: Funding available for the Dubbo Wiradjuri Tourism Centre is $4,157,614. The Dubbo Wiradjuri Tourism Centre project aligns to a separate yet complimentary development of a new Wiradjuri Gardens within the existing Dubbo Botanical Gardens at Elizabeth Park. Separate funding of $900,000 (NSW Stronger Communities for Stage 1) was garnered for the development of immersive Indigenous gardens.

Status: Consultation / Design

Timeline: The Destination Dubbo project aligns with the requirements of the NSW Restart Fund and, in turn, the Regional Growth: Environment and Tourism Fund timelines. Estimated delivery date will be mid 2022.

Contractor: TBA

Plans: In development 

Latest Media Release: Repatriation of culturally significant trees one step closer.

Last Edited: 12 Oct 2020

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