MURAL TELLS A STORY
BALONNE artists have put the finishing touches on a series of 15 colourful murals that adorn the corridor of St George Hospital.
The project was completed by descendants of the Kamilaroi Yuwaalaaraay and Bigambul peoples, Barry Rainman Boland, Leslie “Gordon” Lister and Johnny Lee Tattam, and depicts the indigenous history of the Balonne River.
The eastern side of the corridor was chosen for the extensive artwork, called River Life on the Balonne,
because it looks out towards the river that has its story and life represented in the murals.
Mr Boland said the murals depicted a detailed timeline of Aboriginal activity in the Balonne.
“The mural is relevant to St George’s history even today,” he said.
“Although the river has evolved over years, there are still significant sites that are present and able to be viewed and relevant to traditional Aboriginal owner clans.
“These sites include Hollywood Island, the Birthing Tree, the Sunday School Tree, Sandy Town and the Rock Fishing Traps.”
Community and Allied Health Services director Louisa Dufty said the aim of the mural was to celebrate the unique and diverse cultures of the local indigenous community.
“We wanted to create a culturally safe and welcoming environment,” she said.
“As a health service, we are committed to providing culturally safe, visible and person-centred care where patients, their families and other community members can feel comfortable engaging with and receiving care.”
WALL TO WALL: Leslie ‘Gordon’ Lister, Barry Rainman Boland and Johnny Lee Tattam.