Labor to deliver Indigenous Cultural Centre at Barangaroo


A Foley Labor Government will deliver an Indigenous Cultural Centre at Barangaroo to celebrate the dynamic, living and evolving Indigenous culture.

The centre will be a major attraction of the new development, showcasing Indigenous art, dance, performance, film and literature. 

The lack of a major Indigenous Cultural Centre has long been identified as a weakness among Australia’s suite of cultural institutions.

Given the area’s history and status as the gateway to Australia, Barangaroo is the perfect location to recognise the culture and heritage of Barangaroo – Bennelong’s wife – and her people.

Labor will develop a funding model that includes consideration of private investment, sponsorship, philanthropy and federal government partnerships. There will be extensive consultation with stakeholders to finalise the exact design and location for the Centre.

Design and implementation of the centre will be guided by the following principles:

  • The governance of the project must recognise and provide a central role to Aboriginal people - including management and employment opportunities.
  • It should be a world-class facility, with a design that reflects its purpose. 
  • The centre should encompass the arts, history and culture of indigenous Australia. It will actively promote the living aboriginal language and culture.
  • The centre should play its part in healing and reconciliation by telling the story of the past, present and future from an Aboriginal perspective.
  • The centre should work in partnership with other Museums and Centres where there are important collections of Aboriginal art and culture.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“Indigenous culture is a fundamental part of our national identity, but we lack a world-class facility to celebrate this historic culture.

“I can think of no better way to bring a cultural heart to the iconic Barangaroo development than an Indigenous Cultural Centre.

“The centre will be a wonderful showcase of Indigenous culture, showcasing the traditions of our land and the history of Australia’s first people.

“It will be a celebration of Aboriginal culture in the global city of Sydney, promoting and educating Indigenous heritage to visitors from around the globe.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Labor Leader Linda Burney:

“I look forward to working with the Indigenous community to imagine, develop and deliver this cultural centre at the heart of our beautiful city, Barangaroo.

“A major Indigenous cultural centre will help us define our past and shape our present.

“Under Labor, the Barangaroo Cultural Centre will be a place of pride for Aboriginal Australians – promoting our historic and dynamic culture with the world.”