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A New Landmark for Aboriginal Culture


5 March 2009

Alongside University of Sydney graduates, Charles Perkins and Noel Pearson, Dillon Kombumerri BSc(Arch) 1986 BArch 1990 was hailed as Australia's first indigenous architect,when a large crowd of Aboriginal elders, local clans and VIPs joined Sandra Bailey, CEO of the brand new Aboriginal Health College in paying tribute to Dillon's design skills in the creation of the first ever training college for Aboriginal youth in La Perouse.

Sydney University's Chancellor and Her Excellency The Governor Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO was also exuberant in her praise for Dillon, as well as for Landcom sponsors, State and Federal support and generous fundraising efforts to create a beautiful education and research facility overlooking Little Bay in Sydney's South. Built on the site of the old Prince Henry Hospital, the state-of-the-art college will provide vital health care training for Aboriginal communities in New South Wales and play a significant role in improving the health standards of Aboriginal people.

To the drone of didgeridoos and fearsome spear dancing from the top end, visitors enjoyed bush tucker and received crafted message sticks evoking a healthy college for staff and graduating students.

Dillon works in the Government Architect's Office in the NSW Department of Commerce.

Reported by Col James, Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning and Director of the I B Fell Housing Research Centre.

Contact: Julia Wilson

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