MU­RAL TELLS A STORY

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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WALL TO WALL: Leslie ‘Gor­don’ Lis­ter, Barry Rain­man Boland and Johnny Lee Tat­tam.

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