Sixteen NBN nodes across the Peninsula have been wrapped in Aboriginal works of art. The project is a collaboration between Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, NBN Co and the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation.
The artworks are in Rosebud, Dromana, Rye, Mornington, Sorrento, Tootgarook, Hastings, Balnarring, Mount Eliza, Tyabb, Somerville, Flinders and Red Hill. Each carries a QR code directing the viewer to more information about the work and the artist who created it.
One of the artists involved is Lionel Lauch, of Living Culture, whose work Grandfather Sun is displayed in Mornington. “It is about healing and positive energy from the rays touching us like a hug,” Mr Lauch said of his piece. “My earth paintings educate people about Aboriginal culture and invite people to open their eyes and see what culture is there all around us.”
The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation said in a statement: “Bunurong people are excited and proud to share their stories and connection for this project on their traditional lands. There is a diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories on the Peninsula and many have been included in this project.”
Mornington Peninsula Mayor Despi O’Connor said: “The project celebrates our First Peoples’ culture and stories, embodies the creativity evident here on the Mornington Peninsula and stimulates and enriches community and visitors’ ideas and knowledge.”
NBN Co’s head of community and stakeholder engagement in Victoria and Tasmania, Andrea Appleby, said: “This initiative was a wonderful opportunity to turn these essential network components into artwork that reflects the area’s Indigenous heritage and allow local artists to display their works in a unique way. We are keen to use this approach within other areas across the country as a way of celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.”