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Ngarrimili unveils Murran as catalyst for Indigenous economic empowerment in Geelong

Joseph Guenzler -

Ngarrimili, a key player in advancing self-determined, sustainable economic success for Indigenous communities, has declared the official launch of Murran.

Situated at the heart of the Geelong CBD on Wadawurrung Country, Murran stands as a vibrant centre for First Nations business, retail, and arts.

The inauguration on Friday, December 15, 2023, represents a stride in empowering the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Crafted in partnership with the First Nations community advisory group, architect Tim Birnie of Dawn Architecture and design consultant Chris Connell, Murran stands as a testament to a shared vision and dedication to fashioning a space that respects and commemorates the profound cultural heritage of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Murran consists of a retail store, gallery, cafe, co-working space, meeting rooms and conference rooms. (Images: Supplied)

Ngarrimili CEO, Bek Lasky, said Murran embodies the organisation's vision in a tangible form, facilitating economic development opportunities, employment, and training.

"Murran brings to life the vision of Ngarrimili in a tangible and physical capacity," Ms Lasky said.

"It will enable Ngarrimili to facilitate economic development opportunities, employment, and training.

"We are incredibly proud of playing a part of enhancing the economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and authentically sharing and celebrating their culture with the Greater Geelong community."

Last month's Murran launch was well attended. (Image: Josh Howlett)

Inspired by a legacy spanning over 80,000 years of economic development, the hub pays homage to the historical achievements rooted in trading, agricultural practices, ceremonies, and diverse contributions that have enriched the prosperity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout the nation.

Key Features of Murran

Retail Store and Gallery: Murran features a vibrant retail store showcasing authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products alongside a dynamic gallery space, providing a platform for Indigenous artists to showcase their work.

Co-Working Space: The hub includes a state-of-the-art co-working space, fostering collaboration, creativity, and innovation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and professionals.

Meeting and Conference Rooms: Murran offers dedicated meeting and conference rooms, providing a professional environment for business activities, workshops, and community gatherings.

Education and Training Opportunities: Committed to empowerment through knowledge, Murran will host educational programs and training sessions, contributing to the skill development and capacity building of the local Indigenous community.

Business Start-Up Support and Development: Murran aims to be a launchpad for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, providing essential support, mentorship, and resources for entrepreneurs to thrive.

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