Dja Dja Wurrung
Dja Dja Wurrung
Corporate and Community Centre
A new Dja Dja Wurrung Corporate and Community Centre is to be built on the site of the former Golden Square High School on Hattam Street, Golden Square.
The Centre will be home for the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (trading as DJAARA) and its enterprises. It will also be a venue for arts and cultural events, and a multi-purpose space that can be used by other businesses and the wider public.
The Dja Dja Wurrung Corporate and Community Centre is a long-standing Dja Dja Wurrung aspiration.
It will be our home – a place of learning and interaction. A place that honours the survival of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. A place where we can celebrate and share our culture, heal our people and improve community wellbeing. A place from which we can realise economic opportunities and become self-sustaining.
The Corporate and Community Centre will be the permanent base of our operational activities. It will be home for our growing collection of cultural heritage artefacts, our emerging agriculture business, and the expansion of our cultural and natural resource management services.
A place for the whole community
The Centre aims to create a destination for arts and cultural events and provide multi-purpose uses for other businesses and the wider public.
Dja Dja Wurrung Elders, community and Staff
February 2022 – Dja Dja Wurrung People receive official title to the land of the former Golden Square Secondary College. The State Government commits $11.288m to develop and construct the Dja Dja Wurrung Corporate and Community Centre.
Mid – late 2022 – Design finalised
Mid – late 2022 – Digging Stick ceremony
Late 2022 – Construction expected to begin
Late 2023 – Expected completion
DJAARA Chair Trent Nelson speaking to audience
DJAARA will lead this project’s planning, design, and expenditure in partnership with the State Government, City of Greater Bendigo and The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
L-R/ State Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, DJAARA Chair Trent Nelson, Attorney – General Jaclyn Symes