A key feature of the new Springvale Community Hub pays tribute to the First Peoples of our nation.
The Ceremonial Firepit was designed by Aboriginal artist and Kirrae Whurrong woman Fiona Clarke and her collaborator Ken McKean, and is a focal point of the outdoor space at the hub.
Greater Dandenong Mayor Angela Long said the firepit was designed in collaboration with the Bunurong and Wurundjeri land councils.
“Named ‘Waa and Buln Buln Corroboree' this firepit is an important focal point for the hub, and will be used for permitted events and ceremonies,” Cr Long said.
The artwork includes a symbolic sculpture comprising of two large bluestones. The lyre bird (Buln Buln) and crow (Waa) have been hand carved into the stone symbolising the two local aboriginal clans, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong of the Kulin nation. As night falls, the carvings glow and reflect the night sky above.
“This sculpture depicts the coming together of the Bunurong and Wurundjeri peoples as well as the broader enduring and continuous legacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to country.
“The elements of fire, stone, water and flora come together in harmony as a place of gathering, yarning and connection. I look forward to seeing this space used for generations to come.”