Brigade unveils artful truck

Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Fire Brigade has unveiled a special ultralight as part of its open day celebrations.

Brigade unveils artful truck

Charmaine Sellings from Lake Tyers Trust brigade with the brigade’s new ultralight.

The ultralight features CFA’s commissioned Aboriginal artwork, ‘Working Together’, on its bonnet.

The well-known piece is the feature artwork of CFA’s Koori Inclusion Action Plan and was added to the vehicle by District 11 DMO Steve O’Shea to recognise the significance and hard work of the brigade.

A satellite brigade, Lake Tyers is led by a team of Gunaikurnai women and is the CFA’s only Indigenous brigade, founded and staffed entirely by Indigenous Australians.

The brigade protects 4,000 acres of bushland and more than 40 homes and creates positive change when it comes to fire safety in their community.

“The ultralight with the artwork is a good example of the CFA taking the initiative to express their values and recognition of Koori inclusion in the protection of the community,” Lake Tyers firefighter Charmaine Sellings said.

“The vehicle is better equipped, has more room and looks fantastic – it will serve the community well.”

A Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony formed part of the handover celebrations.

‘Working Together’ artist, Emma Bamblett also spoke about the meaning of the artwork.

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