Galkangu / Bendigo Government Hub

Project Overview

Galkangu is a new building and cultural landscape in the Bendigo CBD to house different government agencies in a central location. DJANDAK worked with Regional Development Victoria and other project partners to embed Djaara values of respect, recognition and reconciliation into the design. DJANDAK enabled many Djaara artists to embed their artistic expression and unique Djaara style, in the infrastructure, the artwork, and the landscape of this iconic new facility. 

Project Details

Our design journey

DJANDAK was engaged early in this project which helped us get Djaara members to establish the guiding principles and bring together the essential knowledge that was needed to infuse into the buildings design.  

Bluestone and granite converge in the forecourt, symbolizing the joining of two cultures and Djaara’s distinct perspectives on governing Country.  

The Djaara language resonates throughout the rooms and spaces, carrying tens of thousands of years of traditions, customs and values.  

The interior design uses a range of colours and materials to reflect the layers of the Box Iron Bark Forest and Bendigo surrounds, weaving a narrative that encompasses two perspectives on gold mining – acknowledging its colonial impact on both people and Country. 

The landscaping features include a water element, emphasizing the significance to Djaara of passing on clean, healthy water and offering the soothing sounds of running water. Healing, culturally important plants create a space that nurtures both people and the environment, including a planting palette of locally native plants that are found on Djandak (Dja Dja Wurrung Country).   

Renowned artists, including Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta and Jaru artist Natasha Carter, have contributed their unique perspectives. The artworks Giramal and Buri-Gutang Djaa evoke themes of honour, protection, identity and the ongoing journey across Country.  

Lastly, the Circle of Elder sculpture captures four Elders sitting with Nyernang, Wurrekang, Dhelkup Nyernila (listening, talking and good deep listening) each contributing their skill mastery, totemic Lore and kinship responsibilities to the conversation of tribal governance and the roles of season and Ceremony of Country. 

The Djaara Centred Design team facilitated Djaara member engagement and brought cultural knowledge to the design, resulting in a a collaborative and remarkable outcome that has broad community recognition. We’re very proud of the outcome of this collaboration. 

Project Partners

Join our mailing list

Keep in contact with us and stay updated on DJAKITJ news


Have a great idea? Want to work with us? Have questions?
We would love to hear from you.

T: 03 5444 2888

PO BOX 1026, Bendigo VIC 3552

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm

Connect with Us

Gungilang wangendak | our work

The Trustee for Djandak Fixed Trust trading as Djandak ABN (31 631 296 457) a registered Charity and a corporate member of the Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation (DJAARA) group of companies.

Visitors should be aware that this website may contain culturally sensitive material including images and names of people who may have passed away.

Scroll to Top