Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tara Whitsed

A Vic­to­rian min­is­ter has de­scribed Shepparton’s Abo­rig­i­nal street art mu­ral as phe­nom­e­nal when he vis­ited the site this week.

Tourism and Ma­jor Events, Sport and Vet­er­ans Min­is­ter John Eren met dig­ni­taries to view the art project on Fry­ers St, Shepparton, which fea­tures Sir Dou­glas Ni­cholls and William Cooper — two in­di­vid­u­als who have greatly con­trib­uted to the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity and Aus­tralian so­ci­ety.

‘‘Indigenous cul­ture is so sig­nif­i­cant for us,’’ Mr Eren said.

‘‘We want to con­tinue to grow tourism in the indigenous sec­tor.’’

Launched in May this year, the mu­ral on Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter’s side wall is the first in a se­ries through­out the CBD that will be ded­i­cated to recog­nis­ing local Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and his­tory within the re­gion.

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem was pleased that Mr Eren had the op­por­tu­nity to view the mu­ral and thanked him for his visit.

‘‘I look for­ward to see­ing this ex­cit­ing project progress in part­ner­ship with the local com­mu­nity,’’ Cr Adem said.

Run in part­ner­ship with Rum­balara Co-Op­er­a­tive and Yorta Yorta Na­tion Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, the sec­ond stage of the project will recog­nise two sig­nif­i­cant local Abo­rig­i­nal women who will be se­lected by local Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders. The names will be an­nounced later in the year. The project will also recog­nise the local Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory and cul­ture through con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional art.

‘‘There are great sto­ries to tell and (we, the gov­ern­ment) were keen to work with com­mu­ni­ties across the state to achieve this,’’ Mr Eren said.

Great art: Yorta Yorta Na­tions chair­per­son Mon­ica Mor­gan, John Eren, Yorta Yorta Na­tions’ Lance James, Mem­ber for North­ern Victoria Mark Gepp, Bobby Ni­cholls and Mem­ber for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed.

Right: Sir Dou­glas Ni­cholls’ great­nephew Bobby Ni­cholls with Tourism and Ma­jor Events, Sport and Vet­er­ans Min­is­ter John Eren.

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