St Catherine's College is delighted to announce $12.8 million in collaborative funding support from both the Federal and State Government, which will bring forward the first phase of our 2020 Master Plan and enhance Dandjoo Darbalung.
Pioneering and inventive
This pioneering and inventive project includes a custom-designed facility that will not only benefit all residents, but will be contributing to closing the gap on Indigenous education.
Dandjoo Darbalung is the Indigenous Access Program at St Catherine's College, designed to integrate aspirational educational achievement with tangible skills and increased employment opportunities. This new funding support will build on the existing success of a 90% retention rate and 78% pass rate of our Indigenous residents. The additional rooms made available through this custom-designed accommodation building will double the capacity of our Dandjoo Darbalung Indigenous Access Program, making it a leading residential tertiary program of this type in Australia.
"This purpose-built accommodation will provide a space that is balanced for Indigenous ways of life and learning. From this, we will see many prosperous professionals come and stand in all walks of life and proudly represent our people." – Barry McGuire, Balladong Nyungar man and Ambassador of Dandjoo Darbalung
The new building also centres on additional resources and facilities to be enjoyed by the whole College community, featuring integrated living and learning environments informed by cultural understanding and sensitivity.
Essentially, this project has the capacity to change lives and positively impact educational outcomes for young Indigenous people with the support of the wider residential community. It embraces aspiration and innovation and shines the spotlight on a successful program which at its heart, celebrates the fostering of cultural identity to Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents alike.