SCUH Reconciliation Garden

Place Design Group liaised with local indigenous communities to design a culturally symbolic space that will continue to support community and cultural togetherness for SCUH patients and visitors

  • Location
  • Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
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  • Client
  • Qld Health
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  • Year completed
  • 2018

As part of Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s commitment to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) released in May 2018, in which a key action area is improving local engagement and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, SCUH recognised that the current reconciliation garden required a major revitalisation to restore cultural significance.

Place Design Group were engaged to deliver a design that would create a meaningful space for ceremonies and reflection, reconnecting cultural significance and local indigenous identity through a landscape setting that conveys subtle symbolism, connection to country and considers the safety aspects of a hospital facility.

With strong site knowledge and close liaison with the Gubbi Gubbi people and Queensland Health, Place Design Group designed a culturally symbolic space that enhances accessibility to meaningful social interaction for both indigenous and non-indigenous groups and fosters ongoing connections between Queensland Health and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.

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