This Territory Day we continue our recognition of our First National people and this special place we call home.
Darwin’s iconic Garramilla Boulevard now recognises the Aboriginal heritage of the CBD with a new entry statement.
Larrakia Development Corporation and Larrakia Nation provided the ‘Welcome to Country’ words as an entry statement to Darwin and to honour the local Larrakia people.
The entry statement installation was a joint effort by a number of local companies including Territoria Civil, Halkitis, AM Cranes, JEC Transport, Custom Concrete and 4 kitchens who dressed the large rocks. A total of 15 Territory jobs were created through the construction and instalment of this entry statement.
The word Garramilla is of great significance to Larrakia people. The word refers to the white stone appearing on the faces around Darwin Harbour, and is the same rock used in the stonemasonry adorning the wall facades along the new Boulevard.
The entry statement welcomes motorists to Larrakia Country, saying:
“Nilijarrk – You’ve arrived”
“Batjji ganyam – It’s good to see you”
“Gun-gwa gwoyelwa Gulumoerrgin – This is Larrakia Country.”
In addition, construction of the new flag poles at the Stuart Highway and Bagot Road intersection is also now complete.
The Northern Territory Flag, Australian Flag and for the first time, the Aboriginal Flag are now flying over the Stuart Highway and Bagot Road intersection, delivered by local business Rubberduck Civil Worx Pty Ltd.
Further works will be undertaken, assisting in the creating of another attractive and vibrant entry point into Darwin City. More than 50 jobs will be created with Paradise Landscaping set to begin the landscaping and additional lighting at the new flag poles site in the coming weeks.
As stated by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler:
“Both Garramilla Boulevard and the Stuart Highway and Bagot Road intersection are important and frequently travelled gateways into the Darwin CBD.
“The entry statement and flying of the Aboriginal flag sends a strong message about the type of city Darwin is – attractive and inclusive.”
Quotes attributed to the Member for Karama, Ngaree Ah Kit:
“For Indigenous Australians the Aboriginal flag is an important symbol of our culture, our strength and our resilience as a nation”
“Flying it on such a busy intersection and giving it the opportunity to be seen by so many, in such a prominent position shows our commitment as a government to Indigenous Australians and to the Northern Territory.”