This striking imagery is so much more than bold colours and detailed line work.

DELWP’s Aboriginal cultural identity is part of our focus on driving recognition and respect for Aboriginal peoples’ rights, cultural and customary interests in DELWP’s planning and management for land, water and the built environment.    

Mirring is a commissioned piece created by artist Thomas Day, a Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba man.

“The painting depicts country.

The background colours represent the landscapes with sea country at the bottom flowing into the forest and grasslands country then we see the desert country flowing into the wetlands and into the mountain country.

The foreground designs represent scars that have been left within the landscape by our old people, serving as reminders but more importantly guides to show places of importance.

The four scar trees represent the four directions of north, east, south and west with spirits peaking behind them. This represents the our ancient connection and our inherent responsibility to protect country.

The boldest designs represent what is visible to us today with the powerful river standing out the other designs represent markings to signify ceremony.

Each white line signifies our ongoing connection to country by representing our generations that is our bloodline.”

The artwork was created in collaboration with Aboriginal staff to better understand the work DELWP does and the values our staff hold which is reflected in the artwork.

We are committed to driving recognition and respect for Aboriginal peoples’ rights, cultural and customary interests in our planning and management for land, water and the built environment.

You'll see that commitment whenever you visit DELWP, with this Aboriginal cultural identity artwork being displayed across our places of work and digital channels. 

Aboriginal cultural and economic wellbeing is a priority for DELWP.

Our Aboriginal inclusion plan Munganin – Gadhaba, meaning 'Achieve Together', sets out DELWP's approach to inclusion for 2016 – 2020.

The name Munganin – Gadhaba is from the Taungurung language, and brings to life the plan's aim to work in partnership with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities across the state.

The plan outlines around 60 actions to achieve the outcomes of Recognition and Respect, Opportunity and Prosperity, and Participation and Collaboration.

DELWP’s vision for Aborigional inclusion includes working in partnership with Aboriginal Victorians across landscapes, communities and natural resources, growing liveable, sustainable and inclusive communities, and sustainable natural environments.

Page last updated: 27/07/20