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Iconic Salisbury clock tower to receive face lift

As part of the City of Salisbury’s commitment to Reconciliation, Council has partnered with award-winning Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri Landscape Architect and Visual Artist Paul Herzich to shine light on the Aboriginal history and identity of this land.

Salisbury’s iconic clocktower will be dressed in new artwork that depicts histories told by prominent Kaurna and Narungga Elders, and local Salisbury residents Uncle Frank Wanganeen and Dr Kevin ‘Uncle Dookie’ O’Loughlin OAM.

The artwork, made of large aluminium panelling, depicts drawings representing local features of significance including vernal pools in Parafield, as well as a dingo, whose skeleton was found in Greenfields.

The artwork will be unveiled at the corner of Church and John Streets on January 23 at 10.30am in a special ceremony which will lead into events and activities for Councils Australiana Week.

As part of the event, Elders Uncle Frank and Uncle Dookie will share these histories and discuss broader themes of reconciliation and messages for the community.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM said it was important to reflect on our past history in the lead up to Australia Day.

Salisbury is committed to enhancing relationships, respect and opportunities available to our Aboriginal community.

We recognise that Salisbury is built upon Kaurna land and many parts of the Salisbury region – including our wetlands sites – are sacred to the Aboriginal community.

The unveiling of our new clock tower artwork will complement our commitment to strengthening connections between all parts of our community and tie in with existing themes seen at the Salisbury Community Hub.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM

An existing artwork by Paul Herzich can be seen at the John Harvey Community Hall within the Salisbury Community Hub in Church Street.

More information on this event and Australiana Week is available here.