Traditional ceremony prepares site

Prior to the turning of the first sod, main works builder Lendlease hosted a traditional smoking ceremony on the construction site, joined by a member of the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council.

A small group of guests representing the local health district, hospital and project team participated in the smoking ceremony, which was performed by Rhett Burraston, a proud Mandandanji/ Ngemba man who was born on Dharawal land.

Rhett also shared his knowledge of the three different types of eucalyptus leaves used in the smoking ceremony.

The ceremony was performed to cleanse the land and create positive energy on site before construction of the new buildings commences.