Vivid colours open seasons

ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow in front of the Chancellery, lit up in red.
Vivid colours open seasons
ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow in front of the Chancellery, lit up in red.

JOONDALUP’S architectural wonder will be lit up each night in 2016.

The ECU Chancellery will be cast in the colours of the six Nyungar seasons to help celebrate the university’s 25th anniversary.

The seasons, which will be indicated by the colours red, orange, green, blue, pink and yellow, can be shorter or longer according to changes in the flora and fauna.

ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow will observe the natural environment and decide when to change the colour of the lights.

“If you drive past the campus and notice the buildings have changed colour, you’ll know a new season has begun,” he said.

The names and colours that represent each of the Nyungar seasons are:

n Birak – Red (mirda) symbolises heat, sun and fire (December/January);

n Bunuru – Orange (yoorntmirda) symbolises abundance of fishing and lack of rain (February/March);

n Djeran – Green (nodjam) symbolises cooler weather and eucalyptus trees (April/May);

n Makuru – Blue (wooyan) symbolises rain and cold weather (June/July);

n Djilba – Pink (mirdamokiny) (or purple) symbolises growth of wildflowers and plants (August/September); and

n Kambarang – Yellow (yoornt) symbolises return of hot weather (October/November).

The lights will be switched on from January 1, the date that ECU was established 25 years ago.

The library at the university’s Mt Lawley campus will be lit with the same colours, along with ECU’s Bunbury campus.