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Sister Kate’s Place of Healing

Client: Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation (SKHKAC)
Location: Queens Park, WA
Dates: 2017 – 2018
Collaborators: SKHKAC members and community, Engineers Without Borders, Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC)

Sister Kate’s Place of Healing provides areas for young and old to participate in cultural reflection, yarning, celebration, ceremony, memorial, learning and healing. The outcome of this project was a development vision that provided organisational and spatial planning guidance for the future creation of this space.

Central to the development vision was a participatory, co-design approach. Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation members and stakeholders were critical to the design development process, and contributed directly to the visioning outcomes.

With members and stakeholders, it was agreed that retention of endemic vegetation of the existing site – a bush block – was essential, with 85% of the banksia and marri woodland to be retained. Then, three clear objectives were formed to underpin the design process – cultural healing, cultural awareness and all abilities access.

Building on this foundation, the Place of Healing was co-designed, with the final plan including a public welcome centre, an edible garden, a fauna walk, an operations building, a healing garden and an event space.

The development vision for the Place of Healing has provided SKHKAC with a far-reaching public and corporate service that includes healing through cultural awareness, training and an all abilities access experience within a highly significant cultural bush environment.

  • 2018 AILA National Award of Excellence for Community Contribution
  • 2018 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Community Contribution