Nine new murals brighten highway journey

Putting up the murals. Photos: Contributed

Nine murals on nine overpasses on the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina have brightened the drive.

The artworks depict nine stories from three Aboriginal nations of the region – Gumbaynggirr, Yaegl and Bundjalung.

The works tell the songlines of these nations.

The artists chosen from the Gumbaynggirr community were Daniel Dootson, Debby Taylor and Reece Flanders.

From the Yaegl community, Aneika Kapeen, Frances Belle Parker, Gilbert Laurie and the late Jessica Birk were selected.

Marcus Ferguson, Oral Roberts and Sheldon Harrington represented Bundjalung.

A Transport for NSW representative said the artworks improved the highway experience for locals and tourists and importantly, provided a deep connection with the Aboriginal history and culture of the region.

“It is fitting the community came together to celebrate their work,” the representative said.

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