Us­able art ping pong ta­ble the new perk of Mun­dub­bera’s Pioneer Park

Central and North Burnett Times - - PULSE -

RE­MEM­BER­ING Our First Aus­tralians and im­mers­ing Mun­dub­bera lo­cals in art every­day, a us­able art ping pong ta­ble was un­veiled at Pioneer Park at the week­end.

Mak­ing the spec­ta­cle al­most un­recog­nis­able as a ping pong ta­ble, lo­cal In­dige­nous artist Mal­colm Brown was tasked with the paint­ing.

North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers of­fi­cially opened the ping pong ta­ble in con­junc­tion with Mun­dub­bera’s Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant to this coun­cil to not only ac­knowl­edge but re­spect­fully cel­e­brate our cul­ture and our his­tory, and we have a very strong con­nec­tion to our in­dige­nous cul­ture and his­tory,” she said.

“The amaz­ing artist Mal­colm Brown is also re­spon­si­ble for the beau­ti­ful en­trances to and from Mun­dub­bera.

“Thank you so much for your beau­ti­ful artis­tic work in the re­gion, it’s lovely.”

A plaque, to be in­stalled at the site of the ping pong ta­ble, states he First Peo­ples of our Na­tion pro­tected and cared for coun­try.

“These peo­ple not only nur­tured their Mother Earth for all it pro­vided, they cher­ished the beauty of its many land­scapes and sea­sons,” it states.

“Through this cre­ative art project we pay trib­ute to their cul­ture, their sto­ries and their cre­ativ­ity.”

Funded through the Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund, the project was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Mun­dub­bera En­ter­prise As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr Brown and North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

“This is a com­mu­nity-led ini­tia­tive and that’s what we in coun­cil love,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“When the com­mu­nity comes to us with a re­ally great idea and says ‘this is what we think should hap­pen’ we will get be­hind it and sup­port it ev­ery step of the way.

“It ticks a cou­ple of boxes for us as a com­mu­nity, it is a beau­ti­ful cel­e­bra­tion of our in­dige­nous cul­ture and his­tory, it pro­vides a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for our kids to play, as well as our tourists and our beau­ti­ful sea­sonal work­ers who come. “I think it’s a win-win, win-win sit­u­a­tion.”

PHOTO: FELICITY RIPPER

LET’S PLAY: Mun­dub­bera has a new us­able art ping pong ta­ble, un­veiled on Aus­tralia Day.

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