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How does Yagan Square incorporate Aboriginal culture?

Naming Yagan Square after Noongar warrior Yagan provided an opportunity to incorporate the culture and stories from the Whadjuk people, the traditional owners of the land.

Since early in the design phase, we have worked closely with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the Whadjuk Working Party to make sure the design reflects and celebrates Whadjuk culture. You might notice this in a number of elements, including:

  • The ‘tracks’ and ‘meeting place’, which acknowledge how the area was once used as a food source and meeting place
  • A digital canopy, inspired by the lake system that was once at the site
  • The design of the digital tower, inspired by the bulrushes that once surrounded the lakes, with 14 columns representing the 14 Noongar language groups
  • The landscape design and native vegetation, which reflects what was once at the site
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