Recognition in the Public Domain (Eora Journey)

(10am, Lord Mayor's Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall)

Thank you, Hetti, [Perkins] and good morning, everyone. Welcome to Town Hall.

This is an incredibly exciting moment in the Eora Journey. In 2007, as part of the consultations for our Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy, more than 200 members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities put forward ideas that became the basis for the Eora Journey - a series of art works and installations to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in our City.

To help us with this important work, we've established our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, and also the Eora Journey Public Art Working Group to advise specifically on key aspects of the project.

Earlier works include Nicole Foreshew's stunning images, Born into darkness before dawn, that were projected on the side of the Australian Museum in 2013, and also Welcome to Redfern, a collaboration by Reko Rennie with young Aboriginal kids at the Redfern terrace where we launched the Eora Journey.

More recently, we launched Yininmadyemi, Tony Albert's work to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served their country in wartime. Siting this work so prominently in Hyde Park meant consultations beyond the ATSI community with the NSW RSL, the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial and State Rail, among others.

We are proud to have commissioned this work to give long overdue recognition of their service, and we were especially proud to have it completed in time for the centenary of ANZAC this year.

The Monument for the Eora will be our fourth Eora Journey project and it is likely to be one of the most significant artworks created in our city's history - for all the reasons you know. For it to truly reflect the community's thoughts and wishes, it will require a close collaboration.

It will provide an opportunity for all Australians to recognise that the birth of modern Australian occurred here on Gadigal land and will be a public recognition of the continuing significance of Aboriginal people and culture in the 21st century city.

At the last Eora Journey morning tea in October 2012, for the Hyde Park project, we heard many important stories that helped form the finished project. Many of those stories of war-time service, and the impacts it had on families, were professional recoded and are now on the City's Oral History website, where all Australians, and all future generations, can hear them.

It is important to us - in fact, it's critical for the success of these projects - to have the support of the Aboriginal community, so thank you all for coming here today.

I'll hand over now to Monica Barone to talk more about the City's role in supporting this project.