The carpet snake is officially unveiled

It’s definitely time to park your car at the rooftop car park at Hinkler Central these holidays.


Well, after securing and locking your car, you can walk towards the entrance and stand in awe of the amazing art work which was unveiled on Thursday, April 6. The artwork has been completed over a number of weeks by contemporary Indigenous artist Chernee Sutton, Police Liaison Officer Kyrra Wilson and a number of proud, enterprising youth, who have developed a new found skill of dream time story telling through art.

The carpet snake dream time story holds a significant meaning to the Taribelang Bunda Tribe and I’d like to share an extract of the story, recently told by Uncle Raymond “Willie” Broome to Police Liaison Officer Kyrra Wilson.

Back in the dream time, Couple was the greatest warrior and the fastest hunter in the land. He could run fast like Moi the emu and Buru the kangaroo. Despite only being allowed to hunt in his own territory, one day he decided to explore a bit further onto the neighbouring tribe’s land, to explore the mountains.

While exploring on this land, Couple came across a group of girls who were laughing and having a good time splashing in the Boorool Boorool River, which we know as the Burnett River. As Couple hid in the grass and watched the sisters he fell madly in love with the youngest of the girls.

When Couple returned to his own territory, he told his elders of the love he had for this girl from another tribe. His elders told him that it was wrong to go onto someone else’s country and not to return again, unless he was invited.

Couple was so in love that he decided to go up to the mountain and ask the girl’s father for his daughters hand in marriage and for permission to take her back to his land. Over time, Couple was given permission to marry the girl and it was a return to the Boorool Boorool River, where they were finally married.

For quite some time they were happily married, but over time the girl missed her family, sisters and her country. The edge of the river was where she would look into the water and cry for her family.

As much as Couple tried to console and encourage her to stay with him, her heart was full and in need to return to her family and country. After jumping into the water, she turned into a lung fish and swam back up the river to be with her family.

Couple missed her terribly and he waited and waited by the edge of the river for her to come back, but she would never return. Couple, who was known as the fastest and greatest warrior on the land began to become slower and slower. Knowing that he had done the wrong thing and that his love would never return, he was heartbroken. It was because of his broken heart that he turned into a carpet snake.

So today, the reason why the carpet snake is the slowest of all the snakes is because he has a broken heart.

This story is now set in place in amazing colour, detail and pride to many who have been part of the art project journey and sharing a story with our Bundaberg community and visitors.

Special thanks goes out to many people, especially Hinkler Central management, Taribelang Bunda Tribe, Chernee Sutton, Kyrra Wilson and the youth who all contributed.

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