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Burraja Cultural Centre receives facelift

17/02/2022

Wodonga locals and visitors can learn more about the region’s Aboriginal heritage with the completion of the Burraja Cultural and Environmental Centre redevelopment supported by the Victorian Government.

The centre is located at the Wodonga Gateway Island cultural precinct with the redevelopment supported by a $430,000 grant through the Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The centre is owned by the Wodonga City Council and managed by members of local Aboriginal communities who provide cultural and environmental education programs, along with skills development and leadership training for local Aboriginal people.

Recently completed refurbishment works include a renovation of the existing centre with redesigned cultural displays and the development of new walking trails around the site.

Locals and visitors to the region will now be able to use the centre more often due to the extra space for meetings and events such as National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week, boosting tourism, education, employment and business development opportunities within the Aboriginal community.

Established in 2002 through a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation, the centre is operated by the Burraja Committee of Management delivering training, skills and education for Aboriginals and is aiming to turn the site into a full-time skills education business.

The committee provides cultural programs about topics including land care and Aboriginal heritage to schools, government agencies and private businesses.

The Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and Wodonga Koorie Youth Network also consider the centre as a key space for Aboriginal communities to come together and connect with their elders and each other.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and helps councils to build the infrastructure locals need.

The Fund is key to the Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.

For more information, visit Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.



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