Smoking ceremony marks the start of work on new Alumni Park

Uncle Dean Kelly was on campus for a smoking ceremony ahead of work commencing on the Alumni Park project. 

Adam Phelan

Ahead of work commencing on the new Alumni Park project, local La Perouse Aboriginal community member, Uncle Dean Kelly, performed a smoking ceremony. Uncle Dean was joined by UNSW community members, construction works and students.

The new Alumni Park will have a permanent Aboriginal art piece and native vegetation and plants, developed after close consultation with the La Perouse Aboriginal community. 

The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Nura Gili assisted with consultations. 

The new park will provide new recreation facilities for students and staff, embrace the history of the land and its people, and recognise the contribution of alumni.

The park is being redesigned with a focus on the student experience, providing new facilities for events, performances and club activities, as well as unique and welcoming spaces to relax and socialise.

Adjacent to the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab - the first building at UNSW named after an Aboriginal woman - Alumni Park’s redevelopment will cement the new College Walk as the creative backbone of UNSW’s Kensington campus.

Learn more about our Culture and Country pillar of UNSW Indigenous Strategy.

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