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A group of people standing together, some with shovels, as part of a smoking ceremony

Photo: Members of the Aboriginal Cultural Centre Steering Committee with Minister for Culture and the Arts and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs at the Cleansing Ceremony held on the Terrace Road site.

Photo (left to right): Jodie Cant (Director General Finance), Barry Winmar (Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority), Lanie Chopping (Director General Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries), Hon David Templeman MLA (Minister for Culture and the Arts), Charne Hayden (Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority), Gordon Cole (Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority), Peter Hill (Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority), Sabine Winton MLA (Chair Aboriginal Cultural Centre Steering Committee), Hon Tony Buti MLA (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs), Cheryl Martin (Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority), Beverley Port-Louis (Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority).

The ACC project has embraced a very different governance model with the appointment of 6 Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority representatives as members of the project’s Steering Committee.

This is a first for any major infrastructure project in Western Australia and ensures equal representation of both government and Aboriginal people.

In 2023, the structure of the ACC Steering Committee will expand to ensure participation and engagement by a wide range of Aboriginal community members, with a particular focus on regional representation.

Expressions of interest will open on 9 January 2023, and we will be seeking suitably experienced Aboriginal leaders living in regional Western Australia to serve on the State’s Aboriginal Cultural Centre Steering Committee.

Positions are available for up to 6 members for an initial term of office of 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Successful applicants will need to have experience working in the interface between government and Aboriginal communities; or experience working in projects or initiatives that engage with Aboriginal cultural knowledge.

Application packs will be available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) website or can be requested by contacting the ACC Project Team on 61 8 9492 9890 or via email to


Page reviewed 27 February 2023