BEAUTIFICATION: The mayor has announced a city square Aboriginal mural and the planting of bush tucker plants in the City Centre Mall.
BEAUTIFICATION: The mayor has announced a city square Aboriginal mural and the planting of bush tucker plants in the City Centre Mall. Bruce Thomas

Black cowrie shell in city mural

COFFS Harbour’s city centre is set to take on a vibrant new look with an Aboriginal mural to be painted in the city square.

At a NAIDOC Week civic reception yesterday, it was announced the hub of the city would soon feature a work from renowned local artist Alison Williams.

Under the plan, the rear section of the council-owned Woolworths car park facing the square will be transformed into a mural, based around the black cowrie shell.

“The black cowrie shell is renowned for its medicinal properties by the local Gumbayngirr Aboriginal people,” Ms Williams said.

“I remember walking along Park Beach as a girl with my Aunty Robyn Duroux looking for the black cowrie shells. This work is a reflection of culture and belonging,” she said.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said the artwork would be a major feature of the city centre and a focal point for the community to embrace Aboriginal cultural and the talent of our local artists.

“One of the outcomes from the 2030 Plan was that the community wanted us to create a sense of place within the city,” Cr Rhoades said.

Under the beautification plan, a bush tucker garden, featuring midgen berries, will also be planted along the alleyway bordering city square.

The project has been a collaboration between council’s cultural and community development unit, ETC and Country Energy.



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