The Street University Mt Druitt’s stunning new mural acknowledges the first owners of the land.
The mural acknowledges the first people of this land ... It also shows other local cultural groups Julie Dubuc
SPANNING about 10m long and 3m wide, it’s no surprise Street University Mt Druitt’s new mural took more than a week to complete.
The mural, painted by street artist Peque along with a group of young people, showcases Aboriginal culture and a variety of other ethnicities that make up the Mt Druitt region.
University manager Julie Dubuc said local Aboriginal elder Aunty Jenny was the focal point of the mural.
“The mural acknowledges the first people of this land, with the story behind the mural showcasing a young Aboriginal boy and local elder Aunty Jenny as representatives of the indigenous people,” Mrs Dubuc said.
“Aunty Jenny has always been a valued and respected mentor for Street University.
“It also shows the other local cultural groups that share this land.”
Mrs Dubuc said she hoped the mural would educate youth about their cultural heritage. The mural will officially be unveiled on Thursday.
Members of the community are invited to attend the launch event in Dawson Mall, Mt Druitt.
The event begins at 10am and includes a performance by indigenous dancers and brief presentation.
The Street University is a youth development project created by the Ted Noffs Foundation which provides various community based services and interactive spaces for people aged 12 to 25.
Its aim is to “help them realise their dreams, harness their potential and to create positive outcomes for their lives and their community”.
For more details about the university, call 8886 2800.
Leo Wright, Alex Asante and Tayn Beatty. Picture: Carmela Roche