A New Museum for Western Australia

I'm 57 I've got six kids and a number ofgrandchildren and I come from Albany.

I'm a Nyoongar man.

I form part of a family businessthat forms part of the tapestry of businesses that provide food and fibrefor Western Australia.

I have a very strong social justice value inside me that bursts out.

One of the things that I'm most proud ofis that I'm a mum and grandma.

I am head of the Department of Terrestrial Zoology at the Western Australian Museum.

I am the daughter of Chinese-Vietnamese parents that immigrated in the seventies to Australia.

I'm head of the Museum's Anthropologyand Archaeology department.

I live with my mum and my dad, my sister, and my dog.

I'm a father and I love WA's natural andcultural heritage.

I'm on the Access and Inclusion Panel,that's giving some consumer input into the development of the New Museum.

Working in Western Australia is like a dream come true.

It's got fantastic landscapes, great arachnids to work on.

The age of its rocks is unique and the vastness of the landscape.

There is something about that enormouswide space, that it actually affects you.

Such a diverse landscape and tapestry ofagricultural producing areas.

For me the connection to the river isparticularly strong because that's my creation story of the Waugal and the Dreaming.

It's a place where you can at any point in time you can drive a couple of hours and get away from everything and have absolute silence.

So you can go from amazing deserts to astounding seascapes.

Our Minang People are one of a number of cultural groups throughout Western Australia that are really quite diverse.

And it changes wherever you go.

In our family business we get called the United Nations of Agriculture because we've got Tongansworking with us, we've got, my housemate's a Filipino, we've got South Africans, Dutch,Welsh, people from the UK.

We're culturally diverse.

It's great that we have this melting pot of you know different cultures that that helps to define us and the New Museum is going to have a really important rolein bringing those diverse groups together.

And that mix of our knowledgeis certainly something that I'd like to see happen as part of the New Museum aswell the sharing of knowledge and heritageand culture and so that we we can learn from each other.

The WA Museum will be a place that I can walk into and feel a sense of belonging and a place the I feel has a part of me in that building or in that space.

I think the sharing of knowledge is vital.

I think that one of the things that makes life really interesting is tocontinue to learn.

I don't mean that as a cliche I know a lot of people say that but I think that when we stop learning we stop living.

That people of all ages can learn.

Telling a different story to the norm.

Providing the community withsome thought-provoking balance.

I think that being able to showcase thediverse history, culture, people from right across the State it then givespeople an opportunity to be able to connect to someone whom they may nothave had the opportunity to do previously.

So the Museum is the centerpiece forinformation about animals and other forms of biodiversity in WesternAustralia.

How people make sense of what we are as humans.

That's one of the things that the NewMuseum will offer and in pretty amazing ways I think as well.

It'll bring these collections togetherfor the State of Western Australia which will really showcase how diverse WA is as a place, from its landscapes, but also from its from its people perspective.

I'd love people to experience the magic and rawness, and beauty of Western Australia in an accessible way thatgives them that wonder and awe that I see.

This is a a new start for all of us.

This is our opportunity tohave a world-class museum.

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