Our History

A new dawn for Roebourne

Formerly the site of the infamous Victoria Hotel, the Ganalili Centre brings hope, employment and life back to Roebourne.

The Victoria Hotel was built in 1866 and is historically and socially significant to the town of Roebourne. 

The hotel was the first licensed premises in Roebourne (and the north west), and it was the last to close. 

Initially, the hotel was patronised by local pastoralists and businessmen travelling through the region. Over the years, it expanded to meet increased demand associated with the gold rush and the pearling trade, and later the construction and mining booms.   

The Victoria Hotel closed its doors in 2005 after its liquor licence was suspended, largely due to social problems sparked by heavy alcohol consumption in the town. 

In 2013, the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation purchased the iconic building, through the Yindjibarndi Capital Trust, with the goal of returning it to its former glory and transforming it into a cultural and commercial hub. 

The $6M redevelopment project was made possible with an equal investment of $2 million from the State Government, the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, and the Yindjibarndi Capital Trust. 10,000 hours of Aboriginal employment contributed to the project. 

Now known as the Ganalili Centre, the doors were officially opened on 7 September 2019 with a community celebration, highlighting its importance to the Yindjibarndi people and the Roebourne community. 



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Frequently Asked Questions about the Redevelopment

The redevelopment project is being driven by Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC), which purchased the Victoria Hotel in 2013.

The project is funded jointly by YAC, the Pilbara Development Commission and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

YAC have engaged GBSC Yurra Pty Ltd, a construction company which focuses on providing training and sustainable long-term Aboriginal employment, for the restoration project.

The restoration of this historic town icon is just one part of a wider town-centre revitalisation project. The redeveloped Victoria Hotel will feature commercial office space on the upper level, while the ground floor will be modelled as a community hub, with dining and mixed-use tenancies available.

The Victoria Hotel redevelopment will be completed in December 2018.