Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion on show

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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