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Kimberwalli Centre

Project Background

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 renamed Kimberwalli meaning ‘many stars’ in Darug language. The new name honours the local Aboriginal people, the Darug People and recognises the role of stars in Aboriginal storytelling and learning, navigating country and following lore to sustain culture and well-being. The concept of ‘many stars’ also recognises that Aboriginal young people can be the stars of their own destiny and there are many opportunities to strive towards.

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 employment.

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:

Kimberwalli Values

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 reimagining the future for our young people and the generations to come.

Identity and Culture – We are grounded in Aboriginal culture and its values guide all that we do. We are nurturing young people’s identity and resilience through cultural strength.

Healing and Presence – We are building a place that is safe, full of pride, connection and recognition of our history, our elders and our community.

Working in Partnership

One of the guiding principles in the development of the Kimberwalli Centre is working in a genuine and meaningful partnership with Aboriginal community members and organisations.

Project Advisory Committee

Kimberwalli is guided by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of eight young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 – 28 years who provide insights on the centre’s goals, programs, services and stakeholders. Input from 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. They are:

Location

Kimberwalli is located on Darug country on the site of the old Whalan High School site at Mimika Avenue, Whalan.

For more information please email: kimberwalli@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au


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