Murrook Culture Centre wins prestigious Aboriginal Heritage Award

Murrook Culture Centre wins prestigious Aboriginal Heritage Award

The Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC) has been awarded the Aboriginal Heritage award at the 30th National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards for the Murrook Culture Centre in Williamtown.

The awards; held at Pyrmont’s Doltone House on 17 May 2024, is a celebration of heritage excellence in New South Wales and recognise excellence and outstanding achievements in the conservation, protection and interpretation of Aboriginal, built, natural and cultural heritage.

Murrook Culture Centrewas recognised for its work in preserving and promoting Aboriginal heritage. The accolade highlights the Centre’s dedication to safeguarding the rich cultural history and traditions of Worimi Elders and the Aboriginal community, ensuring their stories are honoured, preserved and shared with future generations.

Winner of the Aboriginal Heritage award and finalist in the Education and Interpretation category, Murrook Culture Centre’s newly completed immersive, permanent digital exhibition was praised for capturing the beauty of Country and immersing visitors in cultural stories that showcase Worimi culture and the Gathang language.

“The recognition of Murrook Culture Centreis a testament to the years of hard work we’ve put in, and a true reflection on the passion of our Board and Community Members committed to the preservation and education of Worimi culture,” Andrew Smith, CEO of the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC) said.

“I’m so proud that our efforts in education and conserving Aboriginal heritage have set a benchmark for excellence and that wider Australians and the National Trust have recognised our community in this field.”

This year’s National Trust Heritage Awards underscores the importance of preserving our cultural legacy and acknowledge the extraordinary contributions made by the winners in various categories.

Through various programs, exhibitions and community engagement initiatives, the Murrook Culture Centre plays a pivotal role in educating the public and fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and history.

IMAGE | Murrook Culture Centre in Williamstown. Picture credit: Tim Johnston

Murrook Culture Centre

A Community-led cutting-edge digital interpretation experience where Elders personally welcome visitors, sharing intimate family stories and Worimi history, capturing Country in its splendour, and where large-scale interactive cultural stories immerse the visitor in Worimi Culture and Gathang language.

The Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC) in the Hunter region has been building their self-funded Murrook Culture Centre over the past years with Derive Architecture & Design. The fundamental objective of Murrook is to act as the beacon of the belief that if one can Experience Murrook, they can Change Forever. WLALC appointed Art of Multimedia to deliver the Interpretive Digital Experience to fulfil their curatorial vision.

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