1 February 2023, Cr Anna De Villiers- Carisbrook Mercury


The tapestry of Community

In the Great Hall in Parliament House in Canberra is a tapestry, claimed to be one of the largest in the world, woven by Australian craftsmen and women, based on a painting by Arthur Boyd, depicting the Australian landscape.

Historically tapestries were marketing tools, used by kings and leaders to tell a story. Silk, cotton and silver threads in a magnitude of colours were used creating these tapestries, telling a story.

That is what a community is. A tapestry made up of many colours and strings all held together by the technique used in weaving, a very skilled process, interlocking the threads, creating a colourful and vibrant tapestry telling a story.

Our community is just that. A complex artwork with many hidden facets. People linked by a shared vision and goals but also tragedies and disasters. The theme of our tapestry is the people living in the community. The colours and threads are the personalities, cultures, customs and contributions of each individual. Interwoven, creating a work of art.

Our tapestry is a living tapestry, still being added to on a daily basis by the wonderful people of our community.

We are all weavers in our own life journey and we all come together to create this work of art focussing on a shared vision for the future, focussing on our shared stories.

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