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A new cultural hub for Redfern

The historic Redfern Post Office to turn into an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural hub.

A new space will soon be created to celebrate and recognise local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures in the heart of Redfern.

This week, the City purchased the Redfern Post Office and plans to turn it into a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural hub. It’s an exciting milestone in the Eora Journey, celebrating the living cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney.

Redfern Post Office was chosen with help from the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel. The panel inspected the building and provided community and cultural advice.

Traffic in Redfern Street, 1954. Image: City of Sydney Archives/ Len Stone, Vic Solomons Collection

The 136-year-old heritage-listed building is on Redfern Street, close to the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern and other key Aboriginal organisations. It’s also close to Redfern Park - the home of the Redfern All Blacks rugby league club and Paul Keating’s famous Redfern Address.

"This purchase is another exciting step in the Eora Journey, which has been a visionary plan to celebrate and see our living culture all across Sydney," said Co-chair of the City of Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, Steven Satour.

"Redfern has always been recognised nationwide as the epicentre of the Aboriginal rights struggle,” said former co-chair of the City of Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, Millie Ingram.

“Aboriginal peoples need to have a visible presence in Redfern. Our history should be on display for all people to learn and know about Aboriginal Australia and its history, before and after 1788. A modern keeping place will help serve this purpose."

Current tenants will stay in the building until mid to late 2019. The City will work with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on plans to best use the property.

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