MURAL VISIT FOR MINISTER
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.