Bangerang Cultural Centre
The Bangerang Cultural Centre was designed by the noted emigre Modernist architect Frederick Romberg and was the first purpose built, Aboriginal cultural centre in Australia to be managed by the local indigenous community.
VicUrban and the Greater Shepparton Council approached RBA seeking advice on conserving the heritage values of the centre, in light of plans to develop the surrounding parklands (formerly the International Village) for residential purposes.
RBA prepared a Conservation Management Plan, which involved consultation with the traditional owners of the land and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, to guide the process and ensure an appropriate heritage outcome.
Bangerang Cultural Centre is of social significance for the important role it has played for many Aboriginal people in preserving their identity and raising awareness of indigenous culture. It has assisted in maintaining the cultural heritage of descendants of the Bangerang people. The Bangerang tribe of Northern Victoria consisted of ten different clan groups living in the region between the Murray and the Goulburn Rivers.
Source: Statement of Significance, Victorian Heritage Register listing H1082