NEW artwork acknowledging the Stolen Generations will be unveiled at Point Walter Reserve on Tuesday as part of National Reconciliation Week.
The boomerang-shaped seat was designed collaboratively by Sharyn Egan, a local Noongar artist and Nic Compton, a Northam based creative.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said it offered the community a space to sit and reflect on the tragedy of the Stolen Generations while also appreciating the resilience of Australia’s Aboriginal people.
“We identified as part of our 2017-2021 Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan that there was a desire to investigate the feasibility of a potential Stolen Generations memorial within the City of Melville,” he said.
“We went out and spoke to the local Aboriginal community, especially those directly affected by the Stolen Generations, and they agreed that the City should have a memorial but in the shape of a functional piece of art that promotes reflection and healing.
“Point Walter was chosen for its serenity and tranquillity, and a bench was chosen as it naturally invites you to sit and reflect.
“We have also installed a memorial plaque near the bench that explains the history and legacy of the Stolen Generations.”
For information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/rap.