Timmah Ball

Timmah is a Ballardong Noongar woman who graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Master of Urban Planning. Prior to studying her Masters, Timmah completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts also at the University of Melbourne.

Timmah enjoyed her time studying because of the opportunities to learn from interesting people and the opportunities to be exposed to different ideas.

“One of the best experiences was doing an overseas study unit in Mexico where I was able to do a research project which looked at the ways Indigenous women in slum communities are contributing to housing and informal economies. “

When asked about how her Indigenous heritage impacts her work, Timmah emphasises the strength in the continuing cultures of Aboriginal people.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity to ensure that Aboriginal culture will always play a feature role in contemporary urban built environments,” says Timmah. “It is easy for many people growing up in cities to forget about Australia’s history however urban planning and design can play a powerful role in creating significant land marks which acknowledge and celebrate the history and continuing culture of Aboriginal people.”

In utilising knowledge learned through both her Creative Arts studies and Urban Planning studies, Timmah produced the City of Greater Dandenong Film Festival.

“It was a great example of place activation,” says Timmah. “By hosting the festival in the Dandenong Plaza which had traditionally been stigmatized as an undesirable place, we were able to encourage and introduce a new group of the community to use the area and feel ownership through the inclusive community event. It’s exciting to be involved in projects which expose people to diverse ethnicities while also dispelling many stereotypes which are far too common in mainstream media.”

Timmah has inspiring views on the future of Indigenous people in urban planning.

“I would love to see more Indigenous people get in to urban planning and built environment professions. There is huge creative talent amongst the Aboriginal community which I think is greatly needed in the profession.”

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