The new Kambri precinct at The Australian National University (ANU) has opened with more than 40 shops and retailers, a cultural centre, health and wellbeing facilities, a gym and pool in addition to a new residential hall, teaching and learning facilities.
The $260 million redevelopment has been two years in the making with local traditional owner groups gifting the name Kambri, meaning ‘meeting place’ to ANU.
The precinct also includes native trees that grew in this area before colonisation along with a bush food garden and an Indigenous heritage walk that highlights all the areas of the site that have cultural significance.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said Kambri’s cultural centre would house a theatre, cinema and large hall that can accommodate public lectures and events as well as large music acts.
The Cultural Centre will transform by night to a thriving venue for bands and performances,” Professor Schmidt said.
“We will regain our reputation for being Canberra’s home for live music!”