Mural’s healing touch
HEALING, change and awareness prompted a special Naidoc ceremony in Merriwa on Friday, with an eye-catching reminder of the event left on the walls of a social help service.
Uniting Care West unveiled a new mural at its office on Baltimore Parade with help from the St Stephen’s School Carramar students who designed it.
Chief executive Amanda Hunt said Naidoc Week was of particular significance to staff across all offices as part of the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
She said the plan, led by executive cultural architect Djidi Josey Hansen, was “integral to the cultural fabric” of the organisation.
Ms Hunt described Ms Hansen as “an inspirational Noongar woman who has empowered all those around her to come along on this journey of healing, change and awareness”.
St Stephen’s School acting principal Brett Roberts said the students had designed three murals each with “Aboriginal cultural significance”.
The mural connects the space with its sense of place and meaning, he said.
UCW cultural architect Josey Hansen and St Stephen’s school services learning co-ordinator Francoise Leighton with students Hayley Barram, Lily Cochrane and Meg Mornement.