Reconciliation on show
PROMINENT street banners are being displayed along Albany Highway in East Victoria Park to celebrate Reconciliation Week.
The banners are based on a piece of art by indigenous artist Justin Martin titled Beeliar Nyoon’s, meaning swampland brothers, and are a joint project between the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the Town of Victoria Park and local businesses.
Town of Victoria Park chief executive Anthony Vuleta said the banners were a visual reminder of the importance of reconciliation.
“The Town is very committed in driving reconciliation wherever we can,” he said.
Our Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group plays a vital role in our community by building relationships and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and other Australians and these banners are a great way to show our commitment in a completely visual way.”
Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt thanked local business for their support.
“We appreciate these organisations stepping up for reconciliation, to embrace this year’s theme of “Let’s Take the Next Steps,” he said.
“This year, we are celebrating 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the landmark Mabo decision, two key milestones that have been embedded in today’s reconciliation movement.” Starting in the four corners heading inward, the artwork shows four brothers (close friends), varying in age, who travel down their separate song lines or paths each day to hunt and gather.
The size of their paths indicate how many times they have travelled there.
The blue colour symbolises where the river meets the ocean each day.
The circle in the centre represents Noongar country, a place where native frogs, turtles, snakes and birds breed their next generation and create the circle of life.
The banners along Albany Highway feature the work of Justin Martin.