Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm

The Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farmwill provide a culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation service for adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT. It will be an eight bed facility located in a rural area close to Namadgi National Park and the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, both of which contain important Aboriginal cultural sites.

Latest project news

Construction underway on Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm

8 October 2015

Construction is well underway at the new Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm, Minister for Health Simon Corbell announced today following a site visit to assess progress on the new facility.

Mr Corbell also joined Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea in adding some ashes from the traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony, held at the site in March, to a rammed earth wall which will form an important part of the cultural design of the farm.

“This service will be a valuable addition to the ACT’s health care system and I am delighted to see work on the site is progressing well,” Mr Corbell said.

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Contractor selected to build Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm

16 April 2015

Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced that St. Hilliers Property Pty Ltd has been awarded a $6 million contract to build the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.

“The $6 million head contract has been awarded to a company with a long history of trading in the Canberra market. This appointment will help stimulate the economy and provide jobs for local sub contractors and local staff,” Mr Corbell said.

“At the peak of construction the project is expected to generate 50 full time jobs. When operational the new facility is expected to create more than 10 clinical and support positions.

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About the project

The Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm will be a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, providing culturally appropriate prevention, education, and rehabilitation programs in a natural and therapeutic setting based on a working farm near Tharwa.

Entry to the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm will be voluntary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who would like support and education to help overcome drug and alcohol issues. The Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm is not a detoxification service. It is a rehabilitation centre based on holistic, cultural healing.

ACT Health intends to have an external service provider run the service. The service provider will work in conjunction with ACT Health, the Advisory Board and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders. It will establish appropriate policies and procedures for the referral processes of clients, as well as the assessment, intake, management, care, and exit of clients using the services.

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Further Information

For further information, please contact the Health Infrastructure Program by email at HIP@act.gov.au.