The Eora Journey is a visionary project that celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Sydney. Eora means ‘the people’ in the Gadigal language, so the Eora Journey is ‘the people’s journey’.
The project is guided by the City of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, made up of local community members.
The key Eora Journey projects are:
The City consulted widely with the community when developing our Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision, and the feedback called for better recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. This led to the Eora Journey.
Art curator and writer Hetti Perkins and architect Julie Cracknell were appointed by the City in 2010 to undertake an international review of cultural interpretation to help guide the development of the Eora Journey’s recognition in the public domain program.
The program will see seven major projects developed over the next 10 years, including:
This is a community-based project to renovate the remaining end terrace at the corner of Caroline and Hugo Streets, Redfern, near the Redfern Community Centre.
Through video projection, this project aims to reactivate the ‘memory’ of specific places and events in recent Aboriginal history at key sites within the city centre.
An artwork honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and
women who have served their country
The City will develop a significant public artwork in Hyde Park South to acknowledge and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served their country.
Monument for the Eora
This is a major public artwork to honour the Eora – the People. Located in the vicinity of Sydney Harbour, it will take its place alongside other great icons including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
This is a walking tour developed with the Redfern Terrace project and led by local Aboriginal people. Guides will share the history of the local area, telling stories of their own experiences and those of their families and other members of the local community.
This innovative project will use existing audio sources, oral histories and recreations to produce an imaginative narrated audio tour of the harbour’s edge, with reference to sites of Aboriginal significance.
Eora Journey Walking Trail
This will be a landscaped walking trail linking Sydney Harbour to the Australian Museum, then along Elizabeth Street from Hyde Park and on through Prince Alfred Park to Redfern.
The development of an Aboriginal Knowledge and Cultural Centre will provide opportunities for employment, tourism and the development of sustainable industry and enterprises. It would also promote cultural understanding among Sydneysiders and visitors.
The City recognises the need for a major annual event that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. The City currently provides support for the annual Yabun festival, held on 26 January in Victoria Park, on the corner of Parramatta and City roads, and last year hosted a major event in Hyde Park to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Plans for NAIDOC Week 2013 are underway.
An Eora Journey Economic Development Plan will be developed by the City to set out an agenda for the next 10 years. The aim of the plan is to develop a range of initiatives that will help the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to achieve equity of representation as students, employees and business owners. The plan will also underpin the other three aspects of the Eora Journey to ensure the economic development of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are maximised.
The Eora Journey builds on existing work undertaken by the City to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and community. In June 2011 the City published the free booklet, Barani Barrabugu (Yesterday Tomorrow), a historical walking tour that takes in more than 60 sites around Sydney significant to Aboriginal people.
The award-winning Barani Barrabugu was the result of two years of extensive research by the City’s History Unit and Aboriginal historian Steve Miller, under the guidance of the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel. This information will help the City develop the Eora Journey Walking Trail.
The Redfern Terrace is a striking mural covering an entire terrace house in Redfern as a landmark and monument to the neighbourhood's Aboriginal history, activism, community and culture. Welcome to Redfern, by internationally celebrated artist Reko Rennie – who also transformed the T2 building at Taylor Square - and a group of local young Aboriginal artists, have transformed a Victorian-era terrace at The Block with vibrant graphic designs and murals of inspiring Aboriginal leaders.
The City of Sydney is now seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit proposals for a major public artwork in Hyde Park South. Initially proposed by organisers of the Coloured Diggers ANZAC Day March, the Hyde Park Monument recognises the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, both past and present, who have served Australia.