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Children can view Sandgate through aboriginal eyes

Children at Nash Street Early Childhood Centre, Sandgate, are being encouraged to understand aboriginal culture and its relationship with their own community with the instalment of 12 large storyboard paintings in their playground.

Acclaimed artist Lloyd Hornsby Gawura painted the mural which depicts local activities and places of interest around the Sandgate community.

“The paintings are designed to educate the children on cultural respect and understanding with a strong message of community and the way aboriginal people interpret community,” Gawura said.

“The stories reflect our Sandgate beaches and the local activities such as kiteboarding, fishing as well as locations of note such as the Hornibrook Bridge, the boardwalk and the lagoon.

“We are encouraging the children to ask questions about our indigenous culture such as talking about the birds at the lagoon such as the ibis which in indigenous culture is the spirit bird and has a strong connection with our culture.

“The children can really get a view into the indigenous heart of the Sandgate community through aboriginal eyes.”

Principal Project Officer Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspective in Early Childhood (EATSIPEC) Marie Page said the artwork provided the opportunity for culture to be shared within Nash Street Childcare’s everyday practices.

“It is on the fence and at the children’s level to allow the learning environment to be enhanced and enriched in the traditional story of Sandgate,” Page said.

Nash Street Centre Director Lyn Warddrop said she was thrilled with the mural and the colour and the endless story opportunities they would provide.

“These children can now embrace our local indigenous history and it stories and culture from such an early age.

“At the same time these story boards create local pride in our community through their day to day activitiies and place of interest in our community.”

The mural was officially presented to the Childcare Centre and community last week.

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