Outdoor Teaching Space

JCU’s Indigenous Outdoor Teaching Space was officially opened in June 2014 with a cultural ceremony that included a Welcome to Country and smoking and dancing. Elders, Traditional Owners, students, staff and community came together to share this special occasion which was followed by the sharing of a Kup Muri meal prepared in the fire pit. 

See photos from the opening event

Opening of the JCU Indigenous Outdoor Teaching Space, 5 June 2014 

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The Indigenous Outdoor Teaching Space was the initiative of JCU’s School of Education, through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Support Program. 

The open-air classroom is an alternative to traditional pedagogical space. It provides a learning environment almost without boundaries to the external environment. It accommodates a single class unit in a mostly active and discursive teaching and learning style with low technological input and minimal services, and will be complementary to the teaching suite of spaces provided in the Specialist Teaching and Student Services Precinct.

The Indigenous Outdoor Teaching Space is located
opposite Building 5 (Central Lecture Theatre)
on the western side of Wadda Mooli Creek on the Townsville campus.

The architects, Indij Design, in their design gave consideration to:

  • The first nation peoples of the world, their rich cultures and their knowledge of the natural environment

  • Cultural and intellectual understanding between Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people, and

  • The Government's funding objective of meeting the special needs of Indigenous Australian Students to advance the goals of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education policy.

Architectural drawings can be found on this link.

The below people formed the Project Control Group which established the requirements of the project.

Chair of PCG

Matthew Joyce, Deputy Director Planning & Development, Estate Office.

School Representative

Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, Head of School, School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Faculty Representative

Professor Nola Alloway, Dean, College of Arts, Society and Education

Representative – School of Education

Max Lenoy, Lecturer, College of Arts, Society and Education

Representative – Indigenous Advisory Committee

A/Professor Jacinta Elston, Associate Dean, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Project Manager

Mark Thompson, Project Manager, Estate Office

Invitees as required


Read more in a JCNN article here.