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 Sculptures in a rock garden.

Development Victoria is proud to share its important collaborative partnership with DJAARA (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation) at Galkangu, Bendigo’s new GovHub which has seen the inclusion of Dja Dja Wurrung design elements and language within the building’s architecture, landscaping and spaces.  

Galkangu, delivered by Regional Development Victoria, Development Victoria, builders Icon Fairbrother and DJARRA opened in mid-2023 and centralises the delivery of a range of government services creating a one-stop-shop for customers in the heart of Bendigo. 

“Galkangu means “build together, we make together, make things happen together, more connected to Country” and this is what we hope we have achieved while working in partnership with DJAARA to embed important design elements into the building,” said Development Victoria’s Group Head Civic Infrastructure, Hannah Clement.

It has been incredible to work alongside DJAARA and Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners to see Galkangu come to life since the doors opened to workers and the local Bendigo community.

A co-design process with DJANDAK, a Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprise, embedded key design features throughout Galkangu. This includes elements within the building’s architecture, interior design, the use of Dja Dja Wurrung language, artworks, the landscape design and multimedia experiences. 

“When Djaara are at the table and apart of the conversation, great things happen; Galkangu is an excellent example of this. The collaborative approach ensured that Dja Dja Wurrung, as the Traditional Owners of Central Victoria, could see our culture reflected in the changing skyline of Bendigo. Our language, art, knowledge and culture embedded within the building ensures good murrup (spirit) to all who visit and work at Galkangu.” Said Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO, Rodney Carter

These design elements create stories, symbolism and a narrative throughout Galkangu for workers and visitors to enjoy at the new building and allow the broader community to gain an appreciation of Aboriginal philosophy and perspectives. 

“Galkangu has driven regional economic growth, supported employment and strengthened Bendigo’s Civic Precinct, however an important benefit has been the opportunity for Development Victoria and our key partners to establish long term relationships and a growing understanding of the Dja Dja Wurrung culture and way of working,” Hannah added. 

Find out more about this important partnership on our project page.

Updated on 17 January 2024