Kununurra Community Library

Kununurra Community


The construction of the new $17.3m Coolibah Health Centre on the Kununurra Hospital site, a key element of the East Kimberley Development Package for the Expansion of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme brings a new emphasis to community health care and disease prevention in Kununurra.
Kununurra is a relatively new town, developed in the sixties to serve the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, it is the regional hub for the East Kimberley and home to many of the traditional owners of the country in which it sits.
It was therefore essential that the building not only be operationally efficient but that it also be welcoming and engaging. Permeability and connectivity are the key drivers of the design of this building.
An expansive glazed entry facing the street draws visitors and patients to the building. Passing through this glazed wall and penetrating deeply into the main reception area is a major collaborative artwork. Developed by eight artists from the Waringarri Arts Centre. This artwork which celebrates bush medicine was shortlisted in the 2013 Sulman Prize.
This is a modest building which has set out to change the way health care buildings engage with patients, particularly aboriginal patients.