Clontarf Campus, a 12ha Heritage listed property on the banks of the Canning River in WA, was gifted to the ILSC by the Trustees of the Christian Brothers In Western Australia Incorporated “…for the spiritual betterment, education, welfare and development of the Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders residents in Western Australia.”
Since being gifted the property, the campus has undergone development with considerable investment by the ILSC, Indigenous corporations accommodated on the site, state and federal governments and the WA Lotteries Commission.
Clontarf is a significant place of Indigenous education and empowerment. The site is listed as a Permanent Entry on the Register of Heritage Places by the Heritage Council of WA for its historical, architectural, social and aesthetic values. Notably, Clontarf represents the memories and associations of those who lived there until the 1980s, among them Indigenous children, orphans and child migrants.
Collectively, Clontarf’s stakeholders provide Indigenous employment, education and training outcomes, boarding, Indigenous cultural events and events involving the broader community. The ILSC has undertaken a planning process with key stakeholders to ensure the campus continues to provide benefits to the Indigenous community.
The main stakeholders are:
Clontarf Aboriginal College – a co-educational secondary school exclusively for up to 180 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 7 to 12, on-site accommodation for up to 120 students in a state-of-the-art boarding facility. The college is funded and managed by the Catholic Education Office.
Marr Mooditj Training Inc – a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) providing accredited training programs such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, health services assistance, enrolled nursing, mental health, community services and a Diploma of Management. Marr Mooditj also operates a health clinic onsite for general medical services and regular check-ups for the students on Campus. Student health workers gain experience before working in remote clinics and an onsite crèche supports those with young children.
The Clontarf Old Boys – group plays an active part in the life of the campus by contributing to the management of its heritage values.
Abmusic Aboriginal Corporation – provides accredited training programs in music, music production and event management.
Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation – a Noongar cultural resource agency that delivers arts advocacy services, cultural awareness and education, grief and loss counselling, healing programs using traditional bush medicine, and art therapy.
Clontarf Football Academy – mentoring and support services to Indigenous boys at the college, operated by the Clontarf Foundation.
Clontarf Girls Academy – support services for girls at the college using basketball and netball to improve education, life skills, and career pathways.
“The handover ceremony was a significant event in the history of land issues and land rights. The Christian Brothers have shown leadership and foresight in handing the land back to the original inhabitants of this country. This gesture makes me very happy and the news about Clontarf and the handover has spread around Australia and the world. Handing the campus back to Noongar people, with the help of the ILC managing the property, has set the scene for other places around Australia.” Robert Isaacs OAM CM JP, Executive Manager Social Lending, Keystart Home Loans – attended Clontarf in the late 1950s.