Elder BBQ discusses cultural gathering space

Aboriginal Elders and staff in the Aboriginal children’s memorial garden

Local Aboriginal Elders came to a BBQ last week hosted by the Westmead Redevelopment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. It was a chance to discuss the project and a cultural gathering space, which will be connected to the new hospital building.

The yet-to-be-named gathering place will include both an indoor and outdoor area. These spaces will be accessed from the landscaped areas of the plaza (the landscaped zones between Hawkesbury Road and in front of the new building) and near level one (near the entry to the adult’s emergency department).

The outside landscaped area will be a place where community members can come together in small or large groups to reflect, think, grieve or celebrate. Landscaped areas could feature local native species and incorporate sculpture or other forms of outdoor art from local artists.

The indoor space will look onto the landscaped area. Elders and project team members discussed possible design, colours and features of this space, including the ability to display digital artwork and images.

Community consultation continues as designs and options are considered. If you would like to get involved with the design of this area, please contact us.

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Uncle Greg Simms (Elder), Carla Edwards (Westmead Redevelopment), Graham Smith (Elder), Shai Griggs (Aboriginal health education officer, SCHN), Naomi Muhia (social work student, SCHN), Wendy Bryan-Clothier (workforce planner, Westmead Hospital), Diana Carmody (senior social worker, SCHN), Marily Cintra (arts consultant, Westmead Redevelopment), Narelle Holden (Westmead Hospital Aboriginal liaison) and Jennifer Smith (Elder).

The group stands next to a sculpture in the Aboriginal children’s memorial garden in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The garden is dedicated to the Aboriginal children who died at both Camperdown and Westmead.

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