A series of projects to improve the appeal of Manning Street Taree has included the involvement of local Aboriginal artists to create a more vibrant and relaxed space.
The aim of the project is to encourage civic and cultural pride, attract visitors and bring economic benefits to the region.
Protective fencing and planter boxes were donated by Parramatta City Council. The planter boxes have been packed with native plants and painted by local Aboriginal artists, including Leonie Morcome, Joshua Wood, Russell Saunders and Joedie Lawler. As these plants grow, they will provide shade and create a more vibrant and relaxed space.
The street is on its way to becoming a shadier and more inviting space to spend time. It’s also a reflection of the heritage and culture of our Biripi community. The street art was funded by a NSW Government grant from Resilience NSW and has helped provide income for local artists during the pandemic.
The street improvements are possible thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program. This street beautification project is a work in progress and is being conducted on a trial basis.
About the artwork
In memory of Jay Davis, a local Indigenous artist and champion of Biripi culture, his final artwork will become a practical feature of the street design. Listen to Jay’s sister Joedie talk about Jay’s artwork and her own involvement in the new cultural features of Manning Street in the video below.