Creating a street art trail

November 14, 2017

The first large street art mural commemorating influential indigenous community members William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls.

A street art trail through Shepparton featuring indigenous icons and historic events is edging closer with two more murals set to begin in coming months.

The hope is for a series of murals commemorating people and events from the region to connect the Shepparton central business district with the forthcoming Shepparton Art Museum at Victoria Park Lake.

A large wall behind Goulburn Valley Water’s offices in Fryers St, backing on to Stewart St, will soon proudly display the images of two influential indigenous women from the region, Greater Shepparton Council said yesterday.

Works on this mural are planned for late February 2018.

A further mural is planned to commemorate indigenous community members who went to war. But the location of this mural remains under wraps for now.

These projects follow the creation of a large mural of influential figures William Cooper and Sir Doug Nichols in a laneway connecting Fryers St and Stewart St, launched earlier this year.

Council business and industry development team leader Michael Carrafa said the two indigenous women set to feature in the mural would be announced later this year, following discussions.

Mr Carrafa said the council had watched the success of Benalla’s Wall to Wall festival, and stressed Greater Shepparton had been keen to pursue something unique to the city.

He said the project presented an opportunity to recognise the contributions of prominent indigenous community members and celebrate local indigenous history.

‘‘The plan is to create a trail ... that will tell a story of local indigenous history and culture,’’ Mr Carrafa said.

‘‘Not just of indigenous figures, but also recognise indigenous milestones and events.’’

‘‘There’s some incredible stories throughout our region that we would like to dedicate murals to, have stories represented.’’

An additional mural is planned to be painted in the first week of April, at a yet to be announced location.

Mr Carrafa said the new SAM was going to be constructed in a prominent position at Victoria Park Lake and it was up to the council to establish linkages with the central business district.

‘‘So traders can ultimately benefit from foot traffic created.’’

As well as creating a walking connection, Mr Carrafa said the planned street art trail aimed to offer insight into the history and culture of Greater Shepparton, via ‘‘an extension of the art that will be on offer’’.

He highlighted the significant work of those from the region in giving indigenous Australians a voice.

‘‘Those people are legends that should be recognised.

‘‘It’s an important part of Greater Shepparton’s history.’’

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