In 2015, the NSW Government committed $20 million to establish an Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in Western Sydney to support one of
the NSW Government’s key aims; to ensure Aboriginal people, their families and communities are at the forefront of economic development
in Western Sydney.
The Centre’s New Name – Kimberwalli
The project was established under the working title ‘Aboriginal Centre for Excellence’ until December 2018 when it was named Kimberwalli
meaning ‘many stars’ in Darug language. The new name honours Aboriginal language and recognises the role of stars in Aboriginal
storytelling and learning, navigating country and following lore to sustain culture and well-being. The name also recognises young
Aboriginal people can be the stars of their own destiny.
Kimberwalli will walk alongside young Aboriginal people as they navigate their future.
Kimberwalli Programs and Services
Kimberwalli is a unique initiative to support young Aboriginal people in Western Sydney to transition from school to education and/or further
Kimberwalli is currently in its establishment phase and the full scope of its programs and services are being determined. When it opens
in 2019 it will offer young Aboriginal people:
- Access to top-class facilities and programs, training and information to achieve their aspirations
- A safe place to come together to share information and engage in discussion
- A strong connection to culture through elders and mentoring programs
The development of Kimberwalli is guided by five core values:
Excellence and Innovation – We are future-focused, brokering new opportunities in excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship
and Aboriginal cultural intelligence.
Partnership and Leadership – We seek collaboration and connection in new and innovative ways with community, business
and government to support our young leaders to shine brightly.
Choice and Opportunity – We are engaging and exploring far-reaching initiatives to dream new futures with our young people
now and for generations to come.
Identity and Culture – We are grounded in Aboriginal culture and its values guide all we do. We are nurturing young people’s
identity and resilience through cultural strength.
Healing and Connection – We are building a place of pride which recognises our history, Elders and community.
Working in Partnership
One of Kimberwalli’s guiding principles is working in genuine and meaningful partnership with Aboriginal community members and organisations.
Project Advisory Committee
The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of eight young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are consulted on Kimberwalli goals, programs, services and stakeholders. The PAC is integral to the success of Kimberwalli.
Aboriginal Owned Businesses
Kimberwalli is being built by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. There are currently 14 Aboriginal businesses (with 51 per cent ownership)
developing the centre; Kevin O’Brien Architects, PSG Holdings, Orana, Merge, Yalagan, ABCO, Bunjil Energy, Indigi Bins, Geared Up Culcha,
iDiC, We Create, TQCSI Yaran, Winya and Black Logic.
Kimberwalli is located on Darug country on the site of the old Whalan High School at 1 Mimika Avenue, Whalan.
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