Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 08-07-2014 Contents 31 - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
INAUGURAL EXHIBITION AT Q
Queanbeyan indigenous artist Wayne Williams with artwork on display at the Q.
Picture: ELESA KURTZ
Art ensures culture is
passed on to children
Wayne Williams was proud to see his artwork
hanging shoulder to shoulder with works
created by his family and other members of the
local indigenous community at this year s
NAIDOC Week Art exhibition, held for the first
time at Queanbeyan s Q Theatre.
Created in a partnership between Burrunju
Indigenous Community Links and the
Queanbeyan City Council, the exhibition will
showcase 12 artists and includes an impressive
variety of paintings, wood work and jewellery.
Mr Williams said it was thrilling to see the
strong response from local indigenous artists.
"There is a lot of talent in the region," he
said. "Right up until the last minute we were
getting calls from local artists about submitting
A Queanbeyan resident for 10 years, Mr
Williams works at Burrunju Indigenous
Community Links on Crawford Street assisting
members of the community and their families
with issues ranging from welfare, housing,
childcare, employment and health support.
"[My artworks] are all different stories based
on the people coming in that we help," he said.
"[Art] is the next best thing to passing stories
down from elder to children. It is what made the
indigenous culture so strong and long-lasting.
We don t have written history we have oral and
visual and that is how we are able to pass down
stories from so long ago."
Having studied indigenous art at Preston
TAFE in Victoria, Mr Williams said despite the
vast range of styles and mediums used in the
collection he could interpret some of the stories
through the use of traditional symbols in many
of the works.
This year s NAIDOC Week theme "Serving
Country" honours all Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander men and women who have
fought in defence of the country.
Mr William s mother, Wilga Munro, and his
nephew Coomamo Munro both devoted years
of service in the Australian Air Force and are
guest speakers at the launch of the exhibition on
Tuesday, July 8 at 6pm.
"It s a proud moment for the family. Mum
has never much spoken about her past in the Air
Force," he said. "I was asked to play didgeridoo
at the launch and have accepted graciously."
All are encouraged to visit the vivid
imaginative display of local work before it
closes on July 22.
Speed zone signs
not a suggestion Behind the blue line
Last year ACT Policing detected more than 8700
drivers speeding on Canberra roads, which
included 6652 drivers issued with Traffic
Infringement Notices and 2140 drivers cautioned.
So, what s it going to take to get you to notice
the speed zone signs?
Earlier this month, ACT Policing arrested a
53-year-old Theodore man driving a motorcycle
at 173km/h in a 100km/h zone.
An average of 13 deaths and 704 injuries occur
on Canberra s roads every year.
Speeding, even by a small amount, increases
the distance travelled while the driver reacts to an
obstacle as well as the breaking distance. For
example, travelling at just 10km/h over the limit
in an 80km/h speed zone increases your total
stopping distance by almost 20 metres.
ACT Policing is running a campaign to change
attitudes and behaviour towards speeding in
Canberra. The Stop Pushing the Limits campaign
will run throughout this month and August,
featuring a television commercial, radio advert-
ising and social media messaging warning drivers
to slow down.
ACT Policing will actively enforce the speed
limit during this month and August. Motorists
caught speeding will face fines ranging from a
minimum of $203 and one demerit point to over
$1811 and six demerit points for each offence.
The public will also get a chance to see the
effects of crashes, including a car involved in a
fatal collision, as a public display tours major
town centres in Canberra. Australian New Car
Assessment Program s crash-test vehicle will also
be shown. The display will visit Belconnen on
Thursday, July 17, Tuggeranong on Thursday,
July 31, and Woden on Thursday, August 14.
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