Celebrating 60,000 years of star-gazing

Thanks to you, a Lotterywest grant of $958,890 has been given towards the construction of the Aboriginal Astronomy Centre, named Worl Wangkiny (Sky Stories), which will celebrate 60,000 years of Noongar astronomical wisdom through public art.

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One of the things we need to learn first as people is to live on the Earth before we concern ourselves with other celestial bodies.

The flagship project involves Follow the Dream high school students working alongside Artists, Elders and Rotary Kalamunda, and led by Dr Noel Nannup, Peter Farmer and Sharyn Egan. The ‘canvas’ is a large partconstructed telescope dome which has stood vacant for over 12 years, which will be transformed into a monumental stage to share ancient knowledge. The supporting book and documentary film will allow Aboriginal culture to be shared with the world.

The Perth Observatory Volunteer Group Inc. (POVG) was established in 1996 and incorporated in 2015, when research was stopped at the state-heritage listed Observatory.

Rather than see the site shut down, POVG commenced a 10 year Community Partnership with the State Government in 2016, with the desire to provide community access and education opportunities via the Observatory’s telescopes and scientific artefacts.

By playing Lotterywest games, you've helped provide $958,890 to help protect the Observatory’s heritage and cultural history through creation of a “Living Museum of Science and Technology”, including improved access and amenities, preservation of historical artefacts, redevelopment of the museum and creation of an Aboriginal Astronomy Centre.

The grant will also work to improve resources and facilities for over 130 dedicated POVG volunteers.

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