Public art in our State often only reflects Australia's colonial white history while omitting First Nations history. That is why I am very proud that the Inner West Council, through the Gadigal Wangal Wayfinding Project, is delivering a series of Indigenous public artworks across the Gadigal and Wangal lands on which we live and work.
At the Bay Run a statue by Edwards Clarke, Fish Traps, depicts the traditional fishing practices of the Gadigal and Wangal people. At Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Cadi – The Clansman by Adam Hill, depicts the totem of the Gadigal. A statue by Joe Hurst immortalising the bark canoe now rests on the banks of the Cooks River at Steel Park. Another public statue, Pemulwuy's Shield by Jasmine Sarin, will be installed at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park at the end of this year. The Cooks River canoe club has been adorned with a beautiful mural called 'Rivers Flow' by Indigenous artist Zachary Bennett‑Brook and local artist Kim Siew.
I thank these incredible First Nations artists.