Follow the footsteps for a glimpse at an Indigenous past

10 November 2020

Transport for NSW is inviting people to hop out of their cars and cross the Murray River at Mulwala by foot to take part in a cultural walk and exhibition on the bridge linking the border towns, as part of NAIDOC Week.

Transport for NSW A/ South West Director Jonathan Tasker said the Mulwala Bridge has been lined with Indigenous paint markings to form an educational event for the local community to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

“Follow the footsteps on Mulwala Bridge to learn more about the traditional owners of the land, their Dreamtime stories and explore Indigenous landmarks,” Mr Tasker said.

“The walk begins in Mulwala at Miss Ross Hill, which has picnic tables and a carpark available for people to use, and will finish at Yarrawonga Health.”

NAIDOC Week activities and events are held across Australia each year to showcase the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As part of the Federation City Council and Yarrawong Health’s NAIDOC Week activities and events, local Indigenous artist and co-founder of Many Mobs, Iris Troutman was nominated to paint the footsteps on the bridge in a homage to Mulwala and Yarrawong’s traditional owners.

Federation City Council Mayor Pat Bourke said NAIDOC Week provides a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people like Iris Troutman to share Indigenous history and culture with the local community.

“This year has been a challenging one for a lot of people so I’d encourage the community to get outdoors, see what the Mulwala Bridge has to offer, and acknowledge what a contribution our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to our towns,” Mr Bourke said.

“The cultural walk and exhibition is an opportunity for anyone to learn more about Australia’s Indigenous past, and embrace it.”

The distance from Miss Ross Hill to Yarrawonga Health is approximately 1.3 kilometres and will take around 15-30 minutes to walk.

This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ and the week concludes on Sunday 15 November.

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