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Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track public art project

By July 26, 2021 No Comments

Lake Macquarie City Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artist teams interested in creating work for a public art program to be installed along the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track.

The Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST) project will extend the Hunter Region’s most popular walking and cycling track, filling in a missing link to create an active transport route from Newcastle to southern Lake Macquarie. The FAST project aims to create a tourism landmark; a shared pathway that provides an educational and Cultural experience, and a piece of public infrastructure that encourages recreation, connectivity and tourism.

FAST will take in culturally significant parts of Belmont, including Belmont Lagoon, and a series of public artworks along the route will express connection to Country, the area’s cultural significance and the strength and vibrancy of Lake Macquarie’s Aboriginal community. Multiple artwork commissions are available with a total project value of $200,000. Council is eager to collaborate with artists to discuss permanent and temporary installations, Council is open to all creative mediums including visual art, music, poetry, performance, etc.

This opportunity is open nationally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Artists with a connection to Awabakal Country are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submissions expressing interest in the project are now open, closing Wednesday 18th August 2021.

Artist’s interested in the project are encouraged to get in touch with Kattie Bugeja, Urban and Public Art Curator via
A detailed project information document including links to the submission website is attached and available via: