Indigenous art project shares the Commonwealth Games dream

Date published: 4 April 2018

Colourful new signs are being unveiled around the city to recognise and celebrate Townsville’s traditional owners as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) festivities.

The Embracing our Stories interpretive signage project is a permanent reminder of the legacy from the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan and its vision towards a reconciled Australia.

The interpretive signs feature artworks and traditional stories about the Wulgurukaba Gurambilbarra and Bindal peoples and were designed with cooperation from the local indigenous community.

The project is a collaboration between Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government’s Public Domain Improvement Program (PDIP) delivered through the Office of the Commonwealth Games.

Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the project was a great way to include Townsville’s indigenous community in the Commonwealth Games celebrations.

“This project has been a wonderful opportunity for the indigenous community to get involved in the Commonwealth Games by sharing their stories in a unique way,” Cr Walker said.

“The great thing about these signs is that they are going to be a permanent fixture so people will be able to learn more about the traditional owners of our region well into the future.”

The signs have been installed in locations that are significant for each of the traditional owner groups.

The Wulgurukaba Gurambilbarra is located at Central Park in South Townsville near Lowths Bridge, and the Bindal installation is adjacent to the Ross River in Aitkenvale near the Nathan Street Bridge.