Place of Healing
This project is an exemplifier of deep listening and the role of landscape architects in providing a holistic People and Place approach to visioning that goes beyond spatial design. The project demonstrates a deep understanding of Indigenous planning and management and cultural heritage visioning as well as intergenerational cultural healing.
The site is significant, providing a safe haven to Western Australian stolen generation who were taken to live in the nearby Sister Kate’s Home which was established in 1934 to house Aboriginal children removed from their families and Country across the State. The reimagined bush block builds the capacity of the Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation (SKHKAC) by providing an event space, healing walk, edible garden, fauna and flora walk, vehicle access and office facilities.
The display of excellence is summarized by the quote provided by Cheryl Philips, Sister Kate’s Home Kid and SKHKAC Director in reference to the impact the landscape architects have had; ‘Before you came along, all we wanted was a road put in and an office, you opened our minds up on a better plan, that we could do something like that on there was just amazing’.