The Bland Shire has two new tourist and cultural attractions following the official opening of the Yindyamarra Indigenous Open Exhibit and Mirri Ngurang Dog Park during NAIDOC week.
The Yindyamarra exhibit was developed by the Bland Shire Council in collaboration with the West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council using a $ 100,000 grant to Stronger Country Communities from the Government of New South Wales. Additional financial support was provided by the NSW Country Arts Support Program – Create NSW.
The amazing collection is permanently housed at The Wetlands and features a number of important indigenous artifacts and symbols which have all been painted by local artists.
The main artist was Kheely Turner of West Wyalong of Bundyi Yadhaa while Indigenous students from Central Ungarie School Ethan Robb, Allora Vinecombe, Joseph McKenzie, Madi Vinecombe, Archer Hale, Dean Hale and Mitchell Collins painted numerous artifacts with the help of Jon and Rhonda. of Didgeridoos on Main. Jon also went crazy and carved the two didgeridoos into the display. Meanwhile, a number of local students from Wyalong Public School have their handprints etched into the concrete on the slab surrounding the exhibit.
Lighting was also installed to create a spectacular nocturnal visual and maximize the cultural and tourist impact of the exhibition.
The Yindyamarra exhibit was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of the Bland Shire Council, Rodney Crowe, and the Wiradjuri Area Councilor of the New South Wales Aboriginal Lands Council, Leeanne Hampton, and followed by a brilliant performance on Charlie Dodds’ didgeridoo.
After the performance, the large crowd was invited by the master of ceremonies and general manager of Bland Shire, Ray Smith, to carefully cross the road for the official opening of the Mirri Ngurang dog park in the Cooinda reserve.
The dog park was funded with a $ 70,000 grant to Stronger Country Communities and offers a safe, off-leash area for dogs to play and exercise.
With Wyalong’s location at the junction of two main highways, Deputy Mayor Crowe said the park is ideally placed to attract people traveling with dogs to stop and visit the Bland Shire.
Deputy Mayor Crowe was joined by West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Linton Howarth to unveil the Mirri Ngurang sign before opening the park and its hard-to-inspect obstacles.