Shining a light on debris
Love for country at heart of mural
A KURANDA artist passionate about his country and preserving the Great Barrier Reef has created a large-scale mural to help shine a light on the impacts of marine debris.
Zane Saunders created a colourful mural ‘Bulmba Maninga — Love and Care for the Country’, which depicts concerns for the pollution of both land and sea.
He said the mural took about three months to complete and he hoped it would help educate the community and visitors.
“There is a lot of meaning within the work itself,” Mr Saunders said.
“But essentially it’s about marine debris and that awareness that we need to care for the country and how we dispose of rubbish or any waste and how we interact with the land.
“Just being mindful of the land, it was here before us, and also the animals that occupy it.
“Here living on the Barron River can make an impact.”
Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gilmore officially opened the vibrant mural this week, which is displayed to the public at the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre.
“This is a very, very important moment,” he said
“We are right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.
“We all know the issues of marine debris and of the fact that people simply carelessly throw things on the ground and expect somebody else would save it from going into the ocean and causing all of the grief.
“This (mural) means to me a deep and abiding commitment by our community and the Kuranda community and our indigenous friends who are deeply committed to exactly the same thing that we all are, and that is to ensure that we pass to the future generations a Great Barrier Reef that is worthy of them and worthy of us having been the custodians.”
The mural project is part of the Great Barrier Reef Cleanup project, delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The project is funded through Australian Governments Reef Trust and has been in partnership with Mareeba Shire Council, Reef Guardian Council and supported by Djabugay Tribal Aboriginal Corporation.
DO THE RIGHT THING
The large-scale mural on display at the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre, created by local man Zane Saunders, depicts concerns for the pollution of both land and sea. Even living up on the Tablelands, any rubbish thrown into creeks and rivers, not picked up or placed in the appropriate place, will eventually end up in the sea and will affect the reef and marine life. More than 30 tonnes of debris has been collected from the coast, from Cape York to Bundaberg as part of the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up project. Debris can harm marine life, pose a navigational hazard and smother coral.
Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gilmore officially opened Zane Saunders' mural at the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre, which depicts concerns for the pollution of both land and sea.