Shoalhaven campus dedicates indigenous meeting room

MEETING PLACE: Rose Lonesborough in the new indigenous meeting room at the University of Wollongong’s Shoalhaven Campus.

MEETING PLACE: Rose Lonesborough in the new indigenous meeting room at the University of Wollongong’s Shoalhaven Campus.

THE local indigenous community has a new meeting place at the University of Wollongong Shoalhaven Campus.

The room was dedicated to the indigenous community during a ceremony at the uni on Thursday.

University of Wollongong head of Shoalhaven Campus, Associate Professor Robbie Collins said she hoped the room would help break down another barrier to indigenous people’s education.

“The university was a very white, western traditional organisation and I think it is a bit intimidating to Aboriginal students,” she said.

“This is reconciliation at work, Aboriginal people belong in institutions of education.

“This was the right time for this space.”

The room would be used by Aboriginal students and members of the community to socialise, study, display art and share ideas.

Regional indigenous support advisor Leslie Kirwan said the room acknowledged the needs of Aboriginal students.

“It’s not that we require a special place, it’s about sharing our culture and being proud of it,” Ms Kirwan said.

“This is fostering a relationship between the community and the uni. It’s part of making pathways for our kids.” 

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