Community Engagement

In 2011 Indij Design was engaged by the Cairns Regional Council (CRC) as the advising indigenous architects to the Cairns Entertainment Precinct (CEP) architectural design team. This involved developing a culturally appropriate engagement strategy that required establishing contacts and communication channels within Nation and Clan groups throughout the local government area of the CRC.

“This project is one of only a few that has rolled-out a comprehensive Indigenous community engagement strategy and did this with the help of an Aboriginal Architectural consultancy, husband/wife team Andrew and Francoise Lane of Indij Design. The community consultations have been a great success so far and engendered a close relationship between the project team (Cairns Regional Council officers and Indij Design) and the Traditional Landowners in the region.

The aim of the consultation process has been to engage TOs through the sharing of stories of what the land - where the Precinct will be built - means to them and their dreamtime. This is probably the only example in Australia where this type of engagement for this purpose is happening, and with resounding success.”

-Vanessa Lahey (Senior Account Manager – CEP CRC)

Indij Design continues to be sought for indigenous engagement services around built environment design projects. It is Indij Design’s firm belief that spaces for public use can be enhanced when we recognise and embed into the built form the historical significance of that place and how that connection to country of the traditional custodians or owners continues today. This is what we describe as “Reconciliation through Architecture”.

Andrew and Francoise have been working with indigenous communities since 1996 in urban, rural and remote communities throughout Australia. They both worked with the Queensland Government’s ATSI Housing Program during the 1990’s on housing projects from South East Queensland to the Torres Strait Islands and Western Queensland. From 1999 -2004, Andrew’s work took him to many remote communities in Central Australia delivering infrastructure and project management services with the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT). During that time Francoise worked on interior design projects with community organisations both indigenous and non-indigenous in Alice Springs. In 2004 Andrew started working as a Program Manager with Arup on the federally funded NAHS and Repairs and Maintenance Programs. Based in Cairns, Andrew worked with remote Indigenous Communities throughout North and Western Queensland including the Torres Straits. Francoise worked for Queensland Government’s Remote Communities Housing Service Centre from 2011 – 2013 in Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale, Yarrabah and Arukun Communities.