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A creative new look for NBN boxes

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A sequence of NBN broadband roadside infrastructure boxes across the City of Whittlesea have been given a makeover.

Council partnered with local First Nations artists and NBN Australia to transform the ordinarily grey boxes into decorated Aboriginal artwork as part of a project ot help promote the municipality’s soon-to-be-built Aboriginal Gathering Place.

The artwork of four First Nations artists was officially unveiled on February 27 2024, at prominent locations in Mernda, South Morang and Mill Park.

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City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the project, which was developed and delivered in partnership with NBN Co, was a creative approach to improve otherwise uninteresting but important roadside infrastructure. 

“These artworks provide the community an opportunity to connect and learn not only about the stories behind these beautiful artworks and contributing artists, but also about the Aboriginal Gathering Place that is being built in the heart of Quarry Hills Parkland,” she said.

“The Aboriginal Gathering Place is a key part of council’s commitment to reconciliation and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and will provide a culturally safe and inclusive space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to come together to feel socially and culturally connected.”

“We are grateful to the artists who have created such captivating artworks that can be showcased and shared with the local community.”

For more information on the Aboriginal Gathering Place or to find out more about the artwork or artists, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/aboriginalgatheringplace.

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