Melbourne, Australia: The National Museum of Australia launched a new exhibition titled ‘Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route’ in Canberra. This interesting exhibition presents story telling using contemporary indigenous artwork in the traditional format and also through 17 pieces of contemporary art which had not been previously displayed.
Stories of contact, conflict and survival were effectively embeded in stories from the Canning Stock Route. These stories explore the history of the famous West Australian droving road (the Canning Stock Route) tracking the anecdotes of places from where it cuts across. Through the works of desert artists and the stories of traditional custodians, the exhibition tells the story of the Canning Stock Route’s impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country surrounding it.
Iconic Indigenous artist Rover Thomas was among the artists who represented their forms in the exhibition, along with Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Kumpaya Girgaba, Jan Billycan, Wakartu Cory Surprise and Curtis Taylor – all of them displayed pieces inspired by a six-week return-to-country trip in 2007.
National Museum Director Mathew Trinca said that the exhibition presented an opportunity to showcase new works from The Canning Stock Route Collection – a jewel in the crown of the National Museum’s National Historical Collection.
The Canning Stock Route is the longest historic stock route in the world. Late 19th century industrial expansion in Western Australia sparked the need for stock routes allowing cattle to be moved from stations in the north to markets in the south. First surveyed in 1906 by Alfred Canning, the route comprised 48 wells spaced at intervals of no more than one day’s walk apart, along an 1800 kilometre stretch of track. The route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups.
The Canning Stock Route Collection includes 116 paintings, sculptural works, contemporary cultural objects, documentary material and oral histories by 60 artists who travelled along the Canning Stock Route on the 2007 return-to-country trip.
The National Museum of Australia regards this collection as one of truly national significance, providing a unique archive of indigenous social and cultural histories, thus becoming an important addition to the nation’s heritage and history collections.
Bachar Houli Cup begins in Melbourne
With a focus on Australian Football League (AFL) training skills, round one of the Bachar Houli Cup kicked off in Melbourne with players from Minaret College, Ilim College and Darul Ulum College of Victoria taking parting part in the competition.The Bachar Houli Cup and Leadership Program, established by Richmond player and AFL Multicultural Ambassador Bachar Houli, embraces Australia’s diversity and builds greater social cohesion through sport.
Since 2012, the program has engaged more than 30 Islamic schools and organisations, and more than 5,000 players have taken part.The Government has provided $200,000 to bring this great initiative to more young Australians, including in Western Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Emerging young players are given the opportunity to engage with positive role models, develop their AFL skills, and gain access to mentoring, education and leadership training.
The Ministry of Justice was of the opinion that Bachar Houli presents itself as an excellent initiative to cultivate social cohesion, and thus creates a sense of belonging for young people and their communities. The Sport awareness of the Australian community supported by the Australian government in itself celebrates unity, integrity and works towards bringing people together, and programs such as the Bachar Houli Cup helps building community resilience, and challenges ideologies that can lead to mistrust and marginalisation.
The Australian Government is keen to extend its support to the Bachar Houli Cup and Leadership Program and make it a cohesive interactive platform.
Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
The Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan provides an overarching strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef — it coordinates actions and guides adaptive management to 2050.
The Plan has been developed in close consultation with partners, including Traditional Owners and the resources, ports, fishing, agriculture, local government, research and conservation sectors.
Public input occurred through a six-week consultation period, with more than 6000 submissions received.
The Plan responds to the challenges facing the Reef and presents actions to protect its values, health and resilience while allowing ecologically sustainable use.
It addresses the findings of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Outlook Report 2014 and builds on the comprehensive strategic environmental assessment.