Building a foundation of strong relationships

Involving the local Aboriginal community in all aspects of the development was a key request from the community during consultation and engagement.   

The team is building strong relationships with local Land Councils. We recently spent a day at the Murrook Cultural Centre where we saw Australia through the eyes of a local Aboriginal person.     

Nicholas Rayner, Project Director of the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct, said he was looking forward to continuing integrating Indigenous cultural elements within the precinct. He said delivering a welcoming environment for the broad community served by the John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals is important.  

“I thought the day was amazing. It was an inspiring and insightful day where I was able to deepen my understanding of the Indigenous history within the region,” Nick said.  

“Revisiting cultural immersion over the life of the project, through engagement with the Murrook Centre and other Local Aboriginal Land Councils would also be a great initiative that has my support.” 

Image: The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct team includes staff from Health Infrastructure, Hunter New England Local Health District, APP and Multiplex.  

Image: The team learnt more about the deep connections between people, land and water on the sand dunes at Stockton. 

For more information email Sheryn Barrack, Aboriginal Engagement Manager or read more about what we're doing to engage with our Aboriginal community here.