Planning for Dubbo’s long-awaited Wiradjuri Tourism Centre has reached a significant milestone, with Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) awarding the successful tender to Peter Stutchbury Architecture.
DRC said Peter Stutchbury had worked alongside Aboriginal Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun for more than 23 years to come up with concepts that revealed the underlying characteristics of the site where buildings will be located.
When tendering for the design of the Wiradjuri Tourism Centre, applicants had to fulfill a number of weighted criteria, which included strong cultural alignment and connection to country.
“We received 27 applications, which were then shortlisted to five firms. A thorough financial assessment process was undertaken, and the shortlist was presented to the Wiradjuri Technical Advisory Panel members for their feedback,” said WTAP member and Co-Chair of the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party, Ashleigh Knight.
“It was an extremely competitive process; however, after seeing presentations from all the shortlisted candidates, the Wiradjuri Technical Advisory Panel had in-depth discussions about the designs, details and execution. In the end, the panel determined to award the tender to Peter Stutchbury Architecture.”
Mr Stutchbury has spent a lifetime living in and learning from the land in the Western Division of NSW, specifically, the ancient flood plain that runs south from the Darling, Cobar through to Hillston, she said.
Dubbo Region Mayor, Stephen Lawrence said the initial consultation phase had a strong focus on ensuring the Indigenous community was consulted, including the Aboriginal Lands Council, Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party, and Traditional Owners.
“Now that the tender has been awarded, Council and community representatives are in the process of progressing the designs, and we hope to have more detailed design concepts to share with community in the coming weeks,” said Mayor Lawrence.
The Wiradjuri Tourism Centre is part of the Destination Dubbo: International Ready project. For regular updates on Destination Dubbo, visit www.destinationdubboproject.com.au.