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Lake Mac on the FAST track for public art support

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring to create artworks that will take pride of place on the soon-to-be-built Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST)and the surrounding area.

The installations will include a major artwork where the FAST shared pathway joins the existing Fernleigh Track at Belmont, while eight others will be dotted along the route and further south at Blacksmiths and Swansea.

“The FAST route will take in culturally and historically significant parts of Belmont, including Belmont Lagoon,” Lake Macquarie City Council Urban and Public Art Curator Kattie Bugeja said.

“These public artworks will express connection to Country and the area’s cultural significance.”

Aboriginal Community Development Officer Maree Edwards said a panel of Aboriginal community representatives would help decide the winning submissions.

“This is an opportunity not only to recognise the area’s history in a meaningful and enduring way, but to celebrate Aboriginal culture today,” she said.

“I’m really excited to see what comes out of it.”

The opening of submissions coincides with the installation of a large-scale sculpture at Boolaroo.

Sculpture by the Sea winner David Ball has created the newly installed 4.5m-tall Eolian on the corner of Munibung Road and Lake Road at Boolaroo – one of the gateways to the City’s North West Catalyst Area.

The circular steel installation, co-funded as part of the Australian Government’s Munibung Road extension project, is designed to reflect the area’s industrial past, while framing views of Munibung Hill and the surrounding landscape.

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 18 August. Head here for more information.

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