Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle

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Background Information

The Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle represents a commitment to supporting and sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and acknowledges the connection between Campbelltown and Dharawal Country.

It will be a significant and accessible meeting place for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as the wider Campbelltown community.

A place to talk, share, discuss, educate and have a yarn together.

Community Consultation

An online community consultation was open for a four week period for the local community to provide their feedback on design elements and proposed design materials.

What we heard from you

Design and Layout - Natural, traditional and enclosed

Key Responses

- Importance of the Aboriginal voice in design

- Use materials and artists indigenous to the area

- Time-less/open and inviting

- Shade and greenery

- Seating for Elders





Design Materials - Natural stone, Rammed earth and Profiled sandstone

Key Responses

- Use natural materials with a connection to this land

- Comfortable seating





Signage/Messaging - Strong preference for In ground with art, informative and integrated signage and messaging

Key Responses

- Education and sharing

- Feature language

- Welcome to County/Acknowledgement

- Highlight inclusive aspect







We are very excited to be delivering this project, be sure to come back and visit this page to stay up to date on the construction of the Yarning Circle.

Background Information

The Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle represents a commitment to supporting and sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and acknowledges the connection between Campbelltown and Dharawal Country.

It will be a significant and accessible meeting place for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as the wider Campbelltown community.

A place to talk, share, discuss, educate and have a yarn together.

Community Consultation

An online community consultation was open for a four week period for the local community to provide their feedback on design elements and proposed design materials.

What we heard from you

Design and Layout - Natural, traditional and enclosed

Key Responses

- Importance of the Aboriginal voice in design

- Use materials and artists indigenous to the area

- Time-less/open and inviting

- Shade and greenery

- Seating for Elders





Design Materials - Natural stone, Rammed earth and Profiled sandstone

Key Responses

- Use natural materials with a connection to this land

- Comfortable seating





Signage/Messaging - Strong preference for In ground with art, informative and integrated signage and messaging

Key Responses

- Education and sharing

- Feature language

- Welcome to County/Acknowledgement

- Highlight inclusive aspect







We are very excited to be delivering this project, be sure to come back and visit this page to stay up to date on the construction of the Yarning Circle.

  • Construction starts on the Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle

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    Construction has started on the first Yarning Circle in the public domain of Campbelltown at Koshigaya Park as part of the Campbelltown 2020 program.

    Local Aboriginal Elders performed a smoking ceremony and helped turn the first sod on the start of construction at a ceremony today.

    The final design of the cultural space incorporated feedback from the Campbelltown community, particularly local Aboriginal people, ensuring more than 60,000 years of Aboriginal history were represented as part of Campbelltown 2020 program.

    A Yarning Circle is an Aboriginal cultural space where people can sit down together and share stories, learn as a collective group, build respectful relationships and preserve and pass on cultural knowledge.

    “Through every step of preparing the design for this important cultural project, we have listened to the voices of Aboriginal people and honour the remarkable heritage of our area,” Mayor George Brticevic said.

    “This will be a meeting place for everyone to come and have a yarn as well as foster local understanding about culture and its importance in our modern Campbelltown,” Cr Brticevic said.

    “When developing our Aboriginal Interpretation Strategy, we heard that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities wanted to see more Aboriginal perspectives in our public domain and this Yarning Circle will be an example of that,” he said.

    Features of the Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle include artwork from local Aboriginal artists, a variety of bush tucker plants and accessible seating.

    Construction is expected to be complete by mid-December.

    The project is jointly funded by Council and from the State Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.