Vision of a Bushman: the participatory co-design development of an Olkola cultural knowledge centre

Hannah Robertson, Debbie Symonds, Andre Grant

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies | Published : 2019


In December 2014, 869,822 hectares in central Cape York were handed back to the Olkola Traditional Owners in one of the biggest transfers of Aboriginal Freehold Land in Australia. The hand back enabled Olkola to extend their land management activities to include: a carbon abatement programme, monitoring and habitat protection of the Alwal (Golden Shoulder Parrot), cultural tourism and scientific biodiversity expeditions. Now, Olkola, guided by the vision of senior elder Uncle Mike Ross, are seeking to build a Cultural Knowledge Centre. The Centre will include a ranger station, scientific research facility, visitor amenities and importantly a place for keeping and showing Olkola artefacts and..

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