Cul­tural con­nec­tion

The Street Univer­sity Mt Druitt’s stun­ning new mu­ral ac­knowl­edges the first own­ers of the land.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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

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