CORROBOREE Magic, a community made mosaic was officially unveiled on Thursday to coincide with the end of Reconciliation Week.
Created through a partnership between the Kempsey Shire Council, Community Housing Ltd, Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre and the Dunghutti Elders Council, the symbolic mosaic can now be viewed outside the Westpac Bank building in Kempsey.
The spark of an idea that would eventually turn into the mosaic came into fruition after Uncle Richard Campbell consulted with artists Guy Crosley and Elwyn Toby at CrocFest 2005.
Together, they dreamed up the project, but it took over 200 students contributing to the artwork during a two day period at CrocFest to make it a reality.
Artist Guy Crosley believes Corroboree Magic will serve as a symbol of reconciliation.
"We worked with over 200 youth at CrocFest in 2005 to create this artwork, to finish it off with the help of extraordinary people in our community is fantastic," he said.
The unveiling ceremony began with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Fred Kelly, followed by Uncle John Kelly's traditional smoking ceremony.
"I love the name Corroboree Magic, and that it gives us a place in Kempsey where we can come together and admire this magnificent piece of art, made by the community, for the community," Kempsey Shire Mayor, Liz Campbell, said.
"I remember a Dunghutti Elder telling me that I might not be a Dunghutti lady, but I am from Dunghutti Country and to never forget that.
"So, I ask that for anyone who is in Dunghutti Country to really cherish and look after the people that are advancing the culture."
Westpac Kempsey Branch Manager, Tracy van Leeuwen, was delighted that her branch could participate in the community project.
"It's been our absolute pleasure and honour to be involved with this project, and a privilege for us to contribute to the history of Kempsey," she said.
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