Paint your wagon

Kerry-Ann Winmar, Elder- Dorothy Winmar and Dena Gower with Brierty staff in front of one of the colourful trucks. Picture: Martin Kennealeywww.communitypix.com.au d404080
Kerry-Ann Winmar, Elder- Dorothy Winmar and Dena Gower with Brierty staff in front of one of the colourful trucks. Picture: Martin Kennealeywww.communitypix.com.au d404080

Belmont based Ngarda Civil and Mining covered a prime mover truck and side tipper trailer in art designed by one of its employees while South Perth-based Brierty Limited had a service truck, a wheel loader and a sea container painted with designs by an Aboriginal artist.

Ngarda’s truck and trailer were parked on the corner of Abernethy Road and Great Eastern Highway every day last week so motorists could appreciate the work.

Ngarda chief executive Tony Sheppard said despite the recent slow-down of the industry, mining still represented the single most significant economic opportunity for Aboriginal people in history.

The Brierty vehicles were stationed around the City of South Perth during the week including Melville Parade Reserve, Manning Road, South Perth Civic Centre and outside Brierty’s South Perth office.

City of South Perth Mayor Kevin Trent acknowledged the importance of Naidoc Week and the celebrations that took place across the City.

‘Naidoc Week gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders the opportunity to promote their history and culture. It also encourages non-indigenous Australians to learn about, reflect upon and acknowledge the positive contributions of the indigenous community in different facets of our society,’ he said.