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Sandy’s wall of Indigenous stories

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sandringham Village has two new landmarks as large murals on exterior walls emerge telling important stories of Indigenous people.

The works - Bundjil’s Children by Mike Eleven and Bundjil and the Creation of the Bay by Mike Shankster - promote better understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures by telling Indigenous stories through accessible street art.

The murals are the latest street art installations instigated by the Sandy Street Art Project, and made possible by a collaboration with Boon Wurrung Foundation with support from Council.

Sandy Street Art Project President Ian Cochrane said the not-for-profit group was made up of local residents wanting to enhance the village’s vibrancy.

“Our membership is widespread with business people, retirees, artists, writer, engineers and film makers focused on making Sandy Village more interesting by improving the amenity with street art to stimulate local businesses with increased visitation,” he said.

“This project has been very special and we could not have done it without a grant from Council and the permission of the Boon Wurrung Foundation to tell their stories.”

Bunjil’s Children is located on the wall of Coles in Waltham Street, accessed via a laneway at the rear.

Bunjil and the Creation of the Bay can be seen above CO café at 96-98 Station Street.

Unveiling the murals occurred during Reconciliation Week in June, and coincided with the development of Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The RAP marks the start of Council’s journey towards Reconciliation and focuses on the three key themes: relationships, respect and opportunities. Council is now inviting people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in Bayside to help deliver the RAP as we celebrate and protect the Aboriginal cultural heritage in the City of Bayside.

Visit bayside.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay for more information about Bayside’s RAP.

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