Parkes Shire Council, NSW, for Bushman's Hill Indigenous Precinct—Transcript

[Music plays and text appears on screen: Bushman's Hill Indigenous Precinct, Parkes Shire Council, NSW. Promoting Indigenous Recognition CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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David Ramsay: The Aboriginal community has been after a cultural precinct or a cultural centre for many years.

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When we first started a lot of the naysayers were saying, “Oh, you know, anything they start never gets finished,” and all the rest of it, so there was a bit of a stereotype about these type of projects.

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That didn't happen in this instance, but through a number of initiatives of Council they got the consultative background together to actually start pushing the project.

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We had over 300 school kids there from five schools.

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That effectively gave most of the families in the town a direct connection with the project, so we've had very little vandalism, we've had very few social problems up there.

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The site was notorious for that, which was another reason it was sort of expected to fail in the long term. It's turned it right around.

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It contains a shelter for having functions in. We've also built an amphitheatre out of natural stone, which seats between three and four hundred people, and can be used for performance events.

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It's quite common to see people sort of just sitting there reading, enjoying the sun.

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I actually worked for another council, and they got one of these awards several years ago.

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Yeah, it gives you an opportunity to benchmark against other councils.

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There was always an expectation in the white half of the community that the whole project would fail, and it didn't.

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And it's just… it's vindicated all the actions so far.

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And the fact that we've won this award is it's really proved… driven the point home I suppose.

[Text appears on screen: Bushman's Hill Indigenous Precinct, Parkes Shire Council, NSW. Promoting Indigenous Recognition CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Last Updated: 18 June, 2015