Indigenous art lights up AGL Loy Yang cooling tower for NAIDOC Week
Local indigenous elder Aunty Eileen Harrison’s artwork titled, ‘Men taking guidance from women’, is being lit up on AGL Loy Yang’s 110-metre high cooling tower during NAIDOC Week 2018.
This year’s theme for NAIDOC week, which runs from Sunday 8-15 July, is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ and AGL Loy Yang general manager Steve Rieniets said Aunty Eileen’s artwork was strongly representative of this.
“It’s the first time we have lit our towers with indigenous artwork and I’m very proud to see this magnificent piece by a local artist which is representative of the significant role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played in our community,” Mr Rieniets said.
AGL Loy Yang held an event at the power station yesterday with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) in recognition of NAIDOC Week and as part of a commitment by the company to strengthen its indigenous engagement and awareness.
The event included a smoking ceremony, flag raising ceremony and cultural awareness speech by GLaWAC cultural hub manager, Grattan Mullett.
“The Latrobe Valley has a rich indigenous history, in fact Loy Yang is an aboriginal word meaning ‘Big Eel’, and I felt like as an organisation we could be doing more to ensure our local indigenous community was engaged in our operations,” Mr Rieniets said.
Mr Rieniets said AGL had an Indigenous Engagement Working Group, formed to recognise, respect and raise awareness across the AGL employee network about a shared indigenous history and culture, and to support inclusion and recognition for all AGL employees.
“The group’s focus is to open-up conversations across AGL’s network about our indigenous history and build understanding and respect of indigenous culture.”
Mr Rieniets said AGL Loy Yang would be running cultural awareness sessions for employees in August as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion.