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What you want to do in the public space and why?

Provide professionally designed public seating that references and celebrates pre-colonial cross-cultural relationships, through celebrating the entrepreneurs who traded trepang.

How you will make this project happen?

Engage local Larrakia consultants to share and develop stories of Makassan trading; and collaborate on the design and location of the seating. Engage a local furniture fabrication company to develop the design and construct the seating. Share the design with the broader public and consult on location/s. Consult with City of Darwin regarding location/s as well as life span objectives, opportunities to leverage existing infrastructure works/maintenance.

When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?

February/March - detailed consultation and concept design April - design development and discussions with Construction Company, establish permits and permissions May/June - construction and deliver .

What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?

Permission across different Indigenous custodians/elders. Permission and permits from Council.

How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?

The design team is made up of expertise in architecture, urban design and installation art. This collective expertise will allow us to be across all stages of delivery for this project. Partnerships will need to be researched and developed with potential construction companies such as; Helping People Achieve, Gumatj Corporation, Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation etc. The design team will develop existing relationships with local Larrakia people to determine cultural authority throughout the project.

How will you know your project is successful?

When people use the seat. When people learn something about the commercial, pre-colonial history of Darwin. When there is a physical presence of First Nations people’s stories in the city.

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