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Stage set for East Gippsland’s Wangun Amphitheatre


First Peoples in East Gippsland have a new culturally safe space in Kalima to come together and share knowledge, stories and culture.

The Wangun Amphitheatre in Kalimna is now complete. The amphitheatre provides space for up to 100 people to take part in Gunaikurnai dance, fire and smoke practices.

It's built on Gunaikurnai Country and managed by the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC).

The amphitheatre paves the way for non-Aboriginal Victorians to learn about Aboriginal land management through storytelling and knowledge sharing.

It provides a modern location for Victorian communities to come together and forge new connections, including 3,000 Gunaikurnai people living in Gippsland.

Wangun means ’boomerang’ in the Gunaikurnai langauge, which is reflected in the shape of the amphitheatre’s roof design.

Each of the 5 sails at the opposite end of the roof represent the Gunaikurnai clans Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Tatungalung and Krauatungalung as the Traditional Custodians of Gippsland.

The structure is crafted from non-combustible material to prevent bushfire damage and features a lighting and audio-visual setup for future events hosted by GLaWAC.

Its circular design and tiers of seating means visitors can be actively involved and participate in a wide range of cultural and spiritual activities.

Established in 2007, GLaWAC represents East Gippsland’s Gunaikurnai people and supports them by strengthening community ties, business development, land and cultural preservation and events.

More than $1.5 million in funding has supported the project, reflecting the commitment to self-determination.

To learn more, visit Wangun Amphitheatre.