An exciting new development is in stall for the Ovens River shared path; the newest project will link to the existing Ovens Riverside Precinct and will honor local Indigenous and non- indigenous community leaders, thanks to a significant grant of $120,000 from Regional Development Victoria (Regional Growth Fund).
The fund’s Putting Locals First Program will support the development of the Bullawah Cultural Trail project to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage. The 2.4km shared path, along the Ovens River, will showcase sculptures/public art, Indigenous plantings, interpretive signage and an Elders Rock to honour Indigenous and non-indigenous leaders in the community who have shown strong leadership and made a significant contribution to community projects and wellbeing in Wangaratta.
“The banks and surrounds of the Ovens and King Rivers in Wangaratta are significant to local Indigenous people. The cultural heritage of this area is spiritually significant, rich in history and maintains strong links with its people; this project will preserve the culture of our Indigenous community and share dreamtime and creation stories” said Dirrawarra Indigenous Network Chairperson Debra Kiley.
The word ‘Bullawah’ is a Pangerang word and means “two over the river” and signifies the new suspension bridges that are now providing access to areas of the river not previously possible. Bullawah also signifies Indigenous and non-indigenous people walking together hand in hand toward reconciliation and the coming together of cultures.
The Rural City of Wangaratta’s Cultural Development Officer Justine Ambrosio said “We are really excited to work with the local Indigenous community and the Dirrawarra Indigenous Network to preserve the cultural heritage and stories of the area. This project will increase tourism which will be of significant economic benefit to our local community, support collaboration between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and be a positive step toward reconciliation”
Rural City of Wangaratta in partnership with The Centre’s Greta Road VCAL program has successfully completed a Youth Street Art project.
Students attended a day trip to Melbourne in May 2014 to view street art to generate their inspiration and meet artist Vincent Truda and Adrian DA’ltorio of Vinage Customs.
Students worked with Council to prepare the wall, painting an undercoat. Vinage Customs visited Wangaratta 16-19 June 2014 working with students to design and paint the wall at Mitchell Avenue Reserve. A one day workshop saw the students develop a design that represented how they felt and how a strong positive message could be delivered in an art form. The message stated – freedom and respect.
The final design took three days to paint on the wall with students learning the technique from Vinage Customs. The Centre supported 50 students who were engaged throughout the project.
Community feedback has been very positive with many locals stopping to congratulate the young people on their outstanding work and design.
The artwork will now be registered as a piece of public art and launched upon completion of a protective anti-graffiti coating.
10am – 1pm, Saturday 12 July 2014, GOTAFE Campus, Docker Street, Wangaratta.
Come along with your family and celebrate with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in a day of cultural experience, proudly presented by the Dirrawarra Indigenous Network.
This is a free event for the community, with activities including:
- Welcome to Country
- Flag raising
- Military ceremony and tribute
- Boomerang and face painting for kids
- Taste testing of traditional food
- Book launch of Pangerang Dreamtime Stories
- Traditional games for kids
- Live entertainment with ‘True Country’ Duo band
- Stall holders promoting products and services
Come along & join in the fun & celebrate Indigenous Culture with us!
We hope you enjoy exploring the new Culture Wangaratta website. This is where you will be able to find out about upcoming and previous cultural events and projects in and around the Rural City of Wangaratta.
Use the links on the menu above to explore some of our past projects & be inspired to get involved when future opportunities come up!