A new space for the Wiradyuri Community Elders was officially launched at Charles Sturt University's [CSU] Bathurst campus yesterday.
The space will allow staff and students at CSU as well as the wider Bathurst community to gain further understanding of Wiradyuri history, culture and values.
"This initiative is about working together with CSU to promote reconciliation and relationships with the wider community," Wiradyuri elder Mallyan [Brian Grant] said.
"CSU has decided to take on some of the attributes of Wiradyuri law and implement them into the institution's day-to-day functions," Wiradyuri elder Yanhadarrambal [Jade Flynn] added.
The Wiradyuri elders worked closely with CSU chancellor Andrew Vann and deputy vice-chancellor Jenny Roberts to ensure the initiative came into fruition.
"We're very pleased that CSU have taken this on board and we extend our gratitude to them for providing this space," Wiradyuri elder Dinawan Dyirribang said.
"CSU's incorporation of Wiradyuri culture is improving, and this initiative will serve as a model for other campuses to follow."
Mr Vann said the Wiradyuri elders play an integral role in CSU's cultural environment and welcomed the launch of the new space.
"When discussing Wiradyuri history, it's important to have people with the right knowledge, and this space will allow the elders to help us better understand the country we're on," he said.
The new space is situated in room 143 of building 1414.
The event was held in conjunction with a book launch for Ngiyeempaa elder Aunty Beryl Philp-Carmichael's latest release, In the Footsteps of a Ngiyeempaa Elder.