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Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre — Aboriginal culture a priority for upgrade

Bourke Shire Council’s Acting General Manager Ross Earl checking out the ‘Dance of the Echidnas’ sculpture at the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre. Photo Twh

The Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre will see a new Indigenous art and culture experience included in a purpose-built structure at the site, after council agreed to seek funding for the project.

Acting General Manager of Bourke Shire Council, Ross Earl, said the future plans for the site included improving visitor experiences by extending the display areas and including more indigenous content.

“Bourke has a large indigenous population with a strong history, and it is appropriate to build infrastructure specifically targeting their stories and culture,” he said.

“The plan is to have a whole new building in the same style as the existing buildings, based on the design of Building Three in particular.

“It is important to recognise the initial phase would be guided by the feedback we get from the community advisory committee about the display content and layout of the new facility.

“Obviously we will liaise with the broader community about what should be included because we want to make sure it is reflective of the history of the Aboriginal people who make up the town.


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