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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Students from Denison College Kelso High Campus have been participating in an outdoor mural project at the Kelso Community Hub aimed at engaging young people in an activity that explores place, belonging, and identity.

The mural, titled ‘Banha Belong’, is a partnership project between the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council (BLALC), Bathurst Regional Council (BRC), and Denison College Kelso High Campus.

Participants in the mural workshops have worked with street artist Sven to identify words, role models, and motifs that form the basis for stencils overlayed on to giant letters spelling the words BANHA (Wiradyuri for ‘truly’) and BELONG, creating a powerful, positive message for the Kelso Community Hub.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the Banha Belong mural has been a great way to engage youth in Kelso with a project that connects them to the Kelso Community Hub in a positive and proactive way.

“The project has promoted art making as a vehicle for identity, ownership, and pride,” he said.

Elements of the mural will be digitised and displayed on digital platforms within the Bathurst CBD during NAIDOC Week (Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July) and the Bathurst Winter Festival (Sunday 4 July to Sunday 18 July).

This project is part of Museums & Galleries of NSW’s Lets Get Digital initiative, proudly supported by the NSW Government though Create NSW as part of Arts Restart.


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