Lands Minister Doug Shave and Aboriginal community elders laid tiles created as part of the Mt Henry Public Art Program at Mt Henry Estate today.
The Mt Henry Public Arts Program celebrates the European and Aboriginal cultural heritage of the site and the Salter Point community. It was established last year by LandCorp working with local artists and the Community Arts Network.
Artists Toogarr Morrison and Julie Crockett joined the Manning Aboriginal community and Manning Primary School Year 7 students to design tiles representing their feelings of the history of the site.
The tiles are in the estate’s extensive public open space and will give future generations an understanding of its historic and cultural significance.
“The program is a great idea and demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to incorporating heritage and history values in managing community assets,” Mr Shave said.
“Artwork concepts have been developed through community consultation and incorporate the site’s Aboriginal and European heritage and its natural features.
“The program’s general theme of ‘healing’ refers to the site’s past as a hospital and aged home and the healing of cultures through reconciliation and acknowledgement of the area’s Aboriginal heritage.”
Mt Henry Estate, seven kilometres south of Perth’s CBD, is one of the last near city, river view land releases. It will contain 135 home sites ranging from 450 sqm to 770 sqm. Development began in mid-1999 and more than 55 lots have been sold to date.
LandCorp retained two large London Plane Trees during early site works to create a central framing feature for the entry park. Fifty mature Macrozamia trees from the site were donated to the City of South Perth for landscaping projects.
Development of Stage Three of the 11 ha for a further 36 lots is due to start this week and was brought forward to meet strong demand for land in the estate.
Michelle Downie LandCorp 9482 7499
John Clune Minister Office 9213 6500