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EOI Wauchope Riverwalk Sculpture Trail

Article submitted by, Denis Juelicher on, June 11, 2020

With funding received through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country’s Community Fund, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) has created a unique opportunity for artists to contribute to the creation of The Riverwalk Sculpture Trail.

This interpretive walking trail along the riverfront – encompassing the natural, Aboriginal, European and community history of Wauchope – will be part of the popular Riverwalk, fronting the Hastings River from Hastings Street to Rocks Ferry Reserve.

The artworks commissioned by PMHC will add to existing sculptures, community artworks and interpretive signage along the Walk, bringing the history of Wauchope and the historical significance of the river to life.

As part of this project, artists have the opportunity to creatively interpret the history of a regional town that has always been a thriving community on the banks of the Hastings River. The Trail presents a unique opportunity to tell community stories in creative and inspirational manner that creates a legacy to the Wauchope community and the Hastings.

The Hastings River is central to the history of Wauchope. It sustained the Birpai people who lived on its banks long before European settlers arrived, and later ensured Wauchope’s status as a trading hub for timber and dairy. At different times in its history, more timber was transported out of Wauchope than out of any other location in Australia. Timber from Wauchope was used in the construction of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.

PMHC is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists for this project from Tuesday 16 June 2020.  Please visit PMHC’s website for more information.


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