Note from the Chief Operating Officer

It is my absolute pleasure to be introducing this special Kambri edition of ANU Reporter.

Opening this new precinct is a significant milestone in the history of the University.

Six years ago we embarked on an ambitious project that would completely transform the old Union Court into a space that our students, staff and community could enjoy and come together to learn, share ideas and meet.

Our vision was to provide a place where everyone feels they belong, where students and staff can connect alongside Canberra people, their families and friends. The project would allow University Avenue to connect the city and campus along the axis to Black Mountain as envisaged by Walter Burley Griffin.With the University community, I was delighted to see local Indigenous families come together to gift the name Kambri for the new precinct.

I’m especially proud of the many Indigenous elements incorporated in the new precinct, allowing us to pay respect to the traditional owners of this place. We have been working with our local Indigenous families to develop a bush food garden, a ceremonial fire pit and a large-scale ground map that tells the story of this place.