A mural, Dreaming of a Koala Haven, by local Aboriginal artist Karla Dickens is installed on the new Woolworths complex at Goonellabah
A mural, Dreaming of a Koala Haven, by local Aboriginal artist Karla Dickens is installed on the new Woolworths complex at Goonellabah LCC

New mural for Goonellabah

ANYONE travelling through Goonellabah today is very likely to have noticed a massive mural by Aboriginal artist Karla Dickens is now adorning one wall of the soon to be completed Woolworths complex.

This is just one of two new major public art works being unveiled in Goonellabah and Lismore.

A colourful, intricate mosaic by Scott Harrower which pays tribute to the rich traditions and contributions of local Italian migrants to the region will be unveiled on July 27 in Spinks Park.

Lismore Regional Gallery Director Brett Adlington said the two new public art pieces are a tangible demonstration of the Public Art Policy in action.

Adopted in May 2010, the Public Art Policy ensures big developers contribute to the cultural spirit of the city when they choose to do business here. Woolworths partnered with Lismore City Council to commission the work for the side of its building while Dan Murphy's donated money straight into the Public Art Fund, some of which was used for the Italian monument.

"Having said that I think we do need to acknowledge that money for the Italian monument was largely raised by a very dedicated committee who spent years fundraising, but it's still a wonderful example of how the Public Art Policy is ensuring our city receives cultural benefits from economic development," Brett said.

"These are both really fantastic pieces by two very significant local artists. Karla's work brings a very organic feel to the side of the Woolworths building, so this will really help to soften and brighten that exterior.

"In Scott's case, he has done many public art projects throughout Queensland but this is his first public art project in Lismore, where he lives and works, so I think he's pretty proud of that and we're delighted we are finally home to one of his works.

"I am really delighted that we have such beautiful works adding to the visual and cultural landscape of our city."

The unveiling of Scott Harrower's Lismore Italian Memorial in Spinks Park (adjacent to the gallery) will coincide with the launch of the 'Bananas, Business and Bocce: The Lismore Region's Italian Community' interpretation by Leonie Lane at the Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday, July 27.

The launch commences at 12.30pm for a 1.00pm official opening.

The Dreaming of a Koala Haven mural by Karla Dickens will be officially launched on Wednesday, August 1 at the Goonellabah Youth Plaza, Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah (adjacent the mural) commencing at 10.30am for an 11.00am official opening.

For more information phone the  Lismore Regional Gallery on 02 6622 2209 or Council's Customer Contact Centre on 1300 87 83 87.



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