A story of Country, connection and unity - METRONET


A story of Country, connection and unity

  • 28 May 2024

The METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project’s Aboriginal Engagement and Participation team recently commissioned an Aboriginal artwork to honour the rich cultural heritage of the area and raise awareness of Noongar culture within the project’s workforce and broader community.

Dana Garlett with the commissioned artwork.

The piece, created by local artist and Whadjuk Nyikina, Minang, Ballardong woman Dana Garlett, is proudly displayed at the project’s Community Hub in Bentley and pays respect to local Aboriginal people, culture and Country – reflecting the themes of travelling in unity to strengthen connection to place. The art now also features on polo shirts proudly worn by the project team.

“The piece is an invitation for all to come along on the journey, and to take the time to read and understand why each element was created and the meanings they hold. Together, we can embrace and celebrate our shared history and identity as we travel across Noongar Boodjar (country),” Dana explained.
The Djarlgarro Beeliar (Canning River), a local lifeline to nature and community, flows through the artwork as a symbol of continuity and life force. The piece also features plant and bird life found in the Victoria Park to Beckenham area, including echidnas (Nyingarn), the long-neck turtle (Yargan), bobtail lizard (Youran) and red tail black cockatoos (Karrakin). 

A seed pod also runs through the centre of the piece, representing each station precinct and the fountains of new life they will bring as the Armadale Line becomes a bustling area for commuters and the community who live in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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