ROADS & MARITIME SERVICES NSW
Advising and translating the project’s high level strategic objectives into physical interventions of Aboriginal public art and interpretive elements, to embed Aboriginal heritage within the Concept Design for the M12 Motorway.
On behalf of the Australian and NSW Governments, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is planning the development of the M12 Motorway. The M12 will be delivered prior to the opening of the Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek and will provide direct access to the Airport and a connection to Sydney’s Motorway network.
Balarinji was engaged within the Arcadis and Hassell design team to embed Aboriginal heritage and culture in the identity for the M12 Motorway. M12 will connect the Western Sydney Airport to greater Sydney. Through Balarinji’s cultural design principles methodology, a deep Aboriginal sense of place has informed the earliest stages of the M12 design.
Through research and collaboration with endorsed local Aboriginal stakeholders, Balarinji created an interpretation plan to activate the local Aboriginal narrative. The overarching theme of “interconnectedness” depicts the central Aboriginal tenet of physical and spiritual belonging to land. Celebration and interpretation of the theme across the M12 corridor will acknowledge the corridor’s Aboriginal history and the Aboriginal community’s contemporary story.
deep, authentic engagement with verified local stakeholders
thorough, peer-reviewed desktop research
workshop methodology to facilitate local Aboriginal stakeholders and creative professionals to articulate and interpret their own authentic Body of Story for a Body of Art for conceptual interpretation
translating the site’s core Aboriginal narrative for the M12 Design Team to integrate local Aboriginal cultural interpretation
commitment to offering opportunity and building capacity in the Aboriginal creative community, by fostering local art practice and by growing partnerships with established and emerging Aboriginal architects and designers.
Balarinji worked closely with local Aboriginal artists and knowledge holders to translate the cultural theme for art and design across the M12. The creation stories, song, dance, iconography and cultural practices that have informed the M12 cultural narrative, will greatly enrich built form, landscape design and interpretive user experience. The story of those who travelled the area long before us is an authentic base for the project’s identity.
Balarinji has been an integral part of the Central City Metro (CCM) design joint venture delivering the Sydney Metro West Technical Advisory services to TfNSW.
They have led the Aboriginal research and engagement elements of our project with a huge level of professionalism. The input and approach they have provided is making a fundamental difference to the way we engage on design major infrastructure projects.
Ros, John and their team have been a pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation in recommending Balarinji.
Sam McWilliam, Major Projects Executive, WSP Australia Pty Limited, 2018
Recently I had the privilege of partaking in a consultative process with the incredible team at Balarinji. Professional, cultural safe and friendly, as was the environment they provided to participants.
The team knew their subject matter and were extremely well versed and aware of the project and issues along with recognizing and understanding the importance of walking in two worlds whilst holding Traditional customs and beliefs at the core of all discussion.
It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend Balarinji for any further projects undertaken.
Julie Bukari Webb (Jones), Traditional Custodian Western Sydney, 2018