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Reconciliation Place Virtual Tour
Ngunna yerrabi yanggu is a traditional welcome to Ngunnawal country meaning ‘(you may) walk on this country now'.
On 22 May 2000, as a symbol of the Government's commitment to the ongoing reconciliation process, Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP announced that a ‘reconciliation square' (as it was then called) would be constructed in the National Capital. On 7 December 2000 he then announced that Reconciliation Place would be constructed in the National Triangle. The site is at the junction of Walter Burley Griffin's Land Axis and the pedestrian cross-axes between the National Library of Australia to the west, and the High Court of Australia to the east. The selection of this location places the reconciliation process physically and symbolically at the heart of Australian democratic and cultural life.
A national design competition was launched on 28 February 2001. The competition closed on 9 May 2001 and thirty-six entries were received. The winning design team was:
Architect: Kringas Architecture
Indigenous Cultural Advisor: Sharon Payne
Exhibit Design Consultant: Alan Vogt
Architectural Assistants: Amy Leenders, Agi Calka and Cath Eliot
It was an essential requirement of the design competition that an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person formed part of the design team. Reconciliation Place was officially opened on 22 July 2002 by Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP.