RestingPlaceSculpturalTrail

North Gardens Wetlands


Project DescriptionTop of document.

The word ‘Ballarat’ is derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area, balla arat - thought to mean “resting place”. The concept for the creation of a Resting Place Sculptural Trail in the North Gardens is to create an area dedicated to the 29 Aboriginal clan groups of Victoria and the Wathaurong, being our traditional owners, in an area in the vicinity of where clans came to meet and rest.

The Trail concept proposes to commission 29 contemporary art pieces to represent each of Victoria’s clans and one major Wadawurrung piece to acknowledge Victoria’s Koori heritage. The sculptures will be installed in landscaped settings around the North Gardens wetlands and become a sculptural trail of national cultural significance, dedicated to the Aboriginal people of Victoria’s past, present and future.


Project BenefitsTop of document.

Resting Place will:

  • recognize Ballarat as a significant part of indigenous cultural heritage, building on our heritage reputation, cultural tourism and awareness of the importance of Lake Wendouree to the Wathaurong
  • reflect meaningful long-term recognition of the First Peoples by providing a place of quiet reflection and healing for the Stolen Generation
  • be the site for ceremony/story telling, traditional skills demonstrations and educational experiences
  • build on the respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people

Project FinancialsTop of document.

The total project is estimated to cost $1.3 million including the commissioning of all sculptures, installation, landscaping, interpretation, promotions and education.

Potential Funding Sources include the :Arts and Sculpture funding streams within Federal and State Government, the City of Ballarat and corporate sponsorship.

Have Your Say

Want to express your opinion of the Resting Place Sculptural Trail?

All residents are encouraged to have their say on the new Master Plan for Lake Wendouree by completing the MyTownHall Online Survey.


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