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Many hands make mural

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

(From left) Compass Housing’s Tammy Fleming and Stacey Burns dip into NAIDOC celebrations by painting their hands to add to the community mural. PICTURE: Myles Burt (From left) Compass Housing’s Tammy Fleming and Stacey Burns dip into NAIDOC celebrations by painting their hands to add to the community mural. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Residents came together at the 123 Community Hub to celebrate NAIDOC Day and add to a new mural artwork.

The event organised by Compass Housing included groups such as the Environmental Lead Centre, Housing Plus, and the Far West Community Legal Centre.

NAIDOC Week local organiser Phil Kickett and the Barrier Police District also joined in to lend a helping hand.

Compass Housing’s Tammy Fleming said a huge canvas was provided for a mural about treaty and truth. The artwork was painted by community member Kelly Doyle, who left space for locals to add their handprints.

The mural was then shared with Mission Australia to collect more handprints during their afternoon tea yesterday.

Once finished, the mural will be showcased at the NAIDOC Day in the Park in October.

“Then hopefully it’ll come back to the hub and we’ll hang it up on the wall,” Ms Fleming said.

NAIDOC Day in the Park will be held in October to help accommodate the community with the presence of warmer weather.

“For the Elders especially, it’s a bit too cold to have it when it’s supposed to be,” Ms Fleming said.

Ms Fleming declared the Compass Housing NAIDOC event a successful day as around 30 to 40 residents joined in the NAIDOC festivities at the 123 Community Hub.

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