TRANSPORT FOR NSW
RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN
Balarinji designed a Reconciliation Action Plan that is unique and iconic for Transport for NSW, that exemplifies the organisation's connection to Country through travel and landscape.
The design for Transport for NSW's (TfNSW) Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 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 NSW. The small linear markings are representative of the tracks made when travelling our Songlines.
TfNSW recognised this artwork reflected the story of the TfNSW RAP, symbolising the journey to Reconciliation and beyond in partnership with Aboriginal people.
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.
“As Aboriginal people, we have navigated the country for thousands of years and in that time our natural travelling routes became our Songlines, this is the country in which the landscape sang us home, singing, walking, meeting, sharing, celebrating were regular occurrences when we followed our Songlines. We listened to the Country and in return we were guided safely to our destination.” - Frances Belle Parker.
Frances has had a stellar career, winning the prestigious Blake prize in 2000, making her the youngest ever winner and the first Indigenous recipient in the prize’s history. She has also been a finalist from 2005 to 2011 in the NSW Indigenous Parliament Art Award, and a finalist in the 2006 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
View the RAP here