Flinders University will soon be creating a cultural gathering space next to Yunggorendi Mande to host intimate cultural ceremonies and gatherings, smoking ceremonies, and learning and teaching activities for such events as Open Day, Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, inbound schooling and Orientation events.
This space will provide a place of well-being and healing, a place to grieve, and a space that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities together.
To enable work on the new space to commence as soon as possible after exams, temporary fencing will be in place around the site from Wednesday 16 June, creating some pedestrian changes between the Student Centre and Registry buildings. It will also mean:
- There will be construction noise.
- For safety, a number of parks near the worksite on the upper level of car park 1 will be temporarily unavailable.
- The pedestrian ramp from car park 1 to the Hub will be temporarily closed. Please use the ramp near the Biology building or the stairs next to the Sport Centre instead.
Please take additional care in this area at all times and follow all pedestrian and directional signage.
In addition to enabling Flinders to host a variety of indigenous cultural events, the new cultural gathering space will provide an additional teaching and learning space for
- Outdoor cultural Learning on Country activities
- Outdoor cooking
- Indigenous student orientation programs
- A culturally significant meeting place for Indigenous students and staff, Flinders University’s Indigenous Student Association (FISA) and other people at the University
- Host international cultural events
The key to the concept drawing of the meeting place (shown above) depicts:
1. In-ground central fire pit
2. Red sand ceremonial/dance space
3. Stone paved outer ring- lower viewing platform/formalised section of existing ‘goat track’
4. Rock steppers
5. Koala access to significant eucalyptus “Koala tree”
6. Accessible vantage point, aligned West to the coast and Tjilbruke stories
7. Mesh decking amphitheatre with quick steps – Designed to sit lightly on the site, like Eucalyptus leaves on the ground
8. Informal stone and log seating/edging
9. Dry creek bed beneath mesh decking
10. 1:21 accessible path from existing pathway
11. Accessible walkway between Yunggorendi Mande Level 1 Meeting Room and ceremonial space
12. Existing ‘goat track’ through site retained
If you have any queries about this project, please contact Flinders’ Customer Service Team on 8201 2733.