Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A public artwork commemorating the life and times of significant Aboriginal leader Yaburgurt(George Winjan) will be officially opened on Thursday.

The local community is invited to join school children, Aboriginal dancers and dignitaries to share in the celebration starting at 10.15am in Mandjar Square.

The extraordinary artwork has been created to bring to life and commemorate Yaburgurt and his people, representing themes of societal changes, understanding and reconciliation.

The artwork overlooks the waterway in Mandjar Square and is situated opposite the historical Winjan’s Camp. The artwork consists of a spherical shape with tall glass panels that represent the six Noongar seasons as well as highlighting Mandurah’s Aboriginal ancient and contemporary aspects of life and culture.

Noongar artist Peter Farmer and Little Rhino Designs created the vibrant, interactive artwork in Mandurah’s cultural hub and said the artwork’s sphere represents the earth, reminding communities that they are part of a global community.

Mayor Vergone said it is important to share the local history with the community and encouraged residents and visitors to share in this celebration of Mandurah’s diverse history and heritage.

“I’m proud to see this very significant project officially launched – the project helps people to learn about, experience and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of local Aboriginal people,” she said.

This significant three-year project is part of the City of Mandurah’s Reconciliation Action Plan and the Arts, Heritage and Culture Strategy, both of which seek to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures based on mutual respect and understanding.

The Yaburgurt project has been made possible by a significant grant from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Peel Regional Grants Scheme, administered by the Peel Development Commission.