Reporting period: December 2019 – June 2020
Proposal stage of development: Options analysis—underway
Responsible agency: Arts Queensland, Department of Environment and Science
The First Nations Cultural Centre proposal is investigating the construction of a new cultural centre in Brisbane to showcase First Nations cultures from across Queensland.
The First Nations Peoples have contributed and continue to contribute to Queensland’s historical, creative and cultural landscapes. The Queensland Government has been building a First Nations art sector across the state through the landmark Backing Indigenous Arts initiative; however, there is currently no large scale, authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience in Brisbane or Queensland.
An opportunity has been identified to provide greater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture which will contribute to healing and provide engagement opportunities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Furthermore, this opportunity will enable wider public education on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and support local tourism.
The proposal is investigating the construction of a new cultural centre in Brisbane to showcase First Nations cultures from across Queensland.
BUILDING QUEENSLAND ROLE
Building Queensland is assisting Arts Queensland to develop the options analysis. Building Queensland’s assistance at this early stage is focused on helping Arts Queensland align their analysis with the Business Case Development Framework.
Experience from other cultural centre infrastructure proposals is being applied to ensure the options analysis presents robust, evidence-based recommendations to support government decisions about the project’s future.