Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland have inspected indigenous artwork located at Barry Street in Yeppoon.
The artwork features a number of Darumbal words, with the translation into English and pronunciation, as part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia.
“The Darumbal language is over thousands of years old and this artwork recognises and celebrates its history, culture, language and knowledge in the region, Ms Landry said.”
“I am proud the Federal Government were able to provide $100,000 in funding to Livingstone Shire Council to facilitate the installation of artwork across the Council area.”
Darumbal Enterprises representatives, Nhaya Nicky Hatfield and her daughter Kristina brought the culturally significant project to life with Bill and Luke Gannon (Out There, Inc.) facilitating the design.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland said Council was proud to facilitate installation of the artwork, as another addition to Council’s Placemaking arts trail within Yeppoon’s Town Centre.
“This installation not only looks spectacular but most importantly highlights the region’s traditional owners and their linguistic relationship to country, Mayor Ireland said.”
“Council would like to thank the Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and the Australian Government for their funding contribution towards this fantastic initiative and we look forward to future opportunities to work on similar projects with Darumbal and local artists.”