The Kodja Place, Kojonup
The Kodja Place is the story of country Australia – as experienced by one farming community in south western Australia. It welds state of the art design and technologies with the simple directness of the traditional Noongar style of storytelling - we use our own words and our own images to tell own story – it is not the packaged words of outside experts.
Built around the theme of 'One Story, Many Voices', Kodja Place includes the farm experience, life on “the reserve”, the heartfelt stories of early settlers, the aspirations of the young and our hopes for the future. Sit in the school bus, drive the farm ute, walk the boards on the snazziest shearing shed you will ever see – you can even check the rain gauge and the farm budget. Outside, lose yourself in an amazing maze of Australian bred roses while you watch the evolution of the Australian pergola. Sit at the Noongar campfire, hear the stories, meet the people.
Four years in the making - Kodja Place is a heartfelt attempt by one community to explore and present its common story. Built to strengthen reconciliation between the communities that make up this community, the centre has involved hundreds of local people, across the spectrum of this vibrant community. It was created by the community whose story it presents. All this has been built around the Kodja – the Noongar stone axe from which Kojonup and the centre draw their name. If arriving by airplane, look down and see the building shaped like a stone axe – if by car, it’s the modern iron and earth building on main highway.