Lisa Chesters MP today has announced the Bendigo Historic Attractions has received a $12,500 grant under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.
With this money, a select tram from the Bendigo Tramways fleet will be used as a ‘mobile canvas’ to depict the presence and profile of the Traditional Owners in the Bendigo area.
The Dja Dja Wurrung Community will be directly engaged to design and apply the artwork and invited to develop the associated commentary.
Ms Chesters said the project was an extremely worthy recipient of a Strong Communities grant.
“I commend the hard work of Bendigo Historic Attractions on their excellent and innovative application.
“This project will provide a unique opportunity for the Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners of Country in Central Victoria to express their art and cultural stories in a highly visible and public space,” said Ms Chesters.
Bendigo Heritage is excited about the Dja Dja Wurrung tram project and its ability to showcase the indigenous art and culture of our region.
“We are especially enthusiastic about the concept of using one of our historic trams as a canvas for indigenous artists,” said Bendigo Heritage Attractions Acting CEO Wayne Gregson.
Bendigo trams are becoming a popular medium for important community awareness campaigns, such as last year’s Anzac Centenary tram.
“Their ability to carry strong messages right to the heart of our city and our society makes this latest project potentially very important for our whole community.
“In a way, it says indigenous culture is alive and well, not just something from the past, to be seen in museums” said Mr Gregson.
“The trams are a real icon in our community and I am looking forward to seeing this latest addition on the streets of Bendigo.
“It's vital that our Government demonstrate strong commitment to supporting regional infrastructure, programs and events such as this,” said Ms Chesters.
The Stronger Communities Programme funds small capital projects in local communities which will deliver social benefits.
More information: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp/