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ast year Brisbane Airport became home to one of Australia’s

most significant Aboriginal art installations by acclaimed

Indigenous artist, the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda

(Mrs Sally Gabori), a massive digital rendering of her works

in brilliant colour along 750 metres of the arrivals concourse at the

International Terminal.

The airport also acquired Brian Robinson’s jumbo outdoor

play-scape

WovenWonders of the Reef

which now sits alongside the

al fresco dining strip at Skygate, at the entrance to the busy DFO

precinct. But these are more than just colourful adornments to the

airport environment. They are among the first steps in a master plan

to create a closer connection between the airport, its visitors and

the wider community with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

communities of South East Queensland.

Brisbane Airport Corporation has developed a comprehensive

Reconciliation Action Plan in consultation with local Traditional

Owners, the Turrbal people, which aims to share and celebrate

Indigenous cultural knowledge and experiences, not only through

creative works but in education, business activities and environment.

Already initiatives such as sponsored university scholarships and

work internships for Indigenous students are in place and planning is

underway to introduce many more opportunities for collaboration.

The plan is the only one by an Australian airport to be endorsed by

Reconciliation Australia and can be viewed online at

www.bne.com.au

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| BNE September/October 2016

Steps towards

reconciliation

ROUND THE CLOCKWORK

ONMAIN RUNWAY

Work on the runway overlay at Brisbane Airport has passed

the halfway mark with more than 200 workers and 80 pieces

of machinery working overnight on the main runway overlay

as the project heads towards completion by the end of

September. So far, more than 40,000 tonnes of asphalt has

been laid and the construction team is laying 600 tonnes

of asphalt each shift, covering 60-metre sections each

night. Work on upgrading the connecting taxiway overlay

to accommodate A330 aircraft is also underway. View the

overlay video at

www.bne.com.au

Dibirdibi Country 2011,

by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Sally Gabori), pictured above,

courtesy of the artist’s estate and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne