The design for Transport for NSW’s (TfNSW) Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was inspired by the painting, ‘Our Songlines are Calling’ by Frances Belle Parker, a Yaegl artist from Maclean New South Wales.
‘Our Songlines are Calling’ is an aerial view in topographical mapping to symbolise various aspects of Country within New South Wales. The small linear markings are representative of the tracks made when travelling the Songlines.
TfNSW recognised this artwork reflected the story of the TfNSW RAP, symbolising the journey to reconciliation and beyond in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Many of the main roads and railway lines across New South Wales are based on the Songlines and trading tracks of local Aboriginal communities. Frances’ artwork is the story of both the modern commute and the 40,000 years of journeys that have led to this point in time.