Usable art ping pong table the new perk of Mundubbera’s Pioneer Park
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.”
LET’S PLAY: Mundubbera has a new usable art ping pong table, unveiled on Australia Day.