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Januburu Aboriginal Engagement

COUNTRY

Januburu [Lit: our country] LandCorp’s Januburu Six
Seasons is a bench mark residential development in
the Kimberley. Minyirr Park is a significant place
for the Yawuru creation story. Januburu’s
subdivisional design recognises this significance
by connecting Minyirr to the residential hinterland
with an Environmental Cultural Corridor. The
subdivision premise reflects ‘Country’ and the
indigenous six seasons through the subdivision and
landscape design including themes that integrate
indigenous education, traditional storey-telling
and endemic vegetation. Place and street names are
from the local language.

APPROACH

To achieve successful outcomes for all parties,
experience suggests that engagement with Aboriginal
people involves the building of trust, the balance
of planning principles and cultural practices and the
interaction that takes place between different cultures.
Interaction can include the use of language and
terminology, flexibility in approach, use of practical
techniques, pictures and aerials, time for reflection
and discussion. Cross cultural differencescan be
addressed by the use of discrete eye contact, listening,
allowing time for response, appreciating long pauses
and body language.