TrainLink celebrates NAIDOC week with special message sticks

NAIDOC WEEK: Bob Sutor and wife Sally stand with the message stick that arrived in Lithgow. Picture: CIARA BASTOW.

NAIDOC WEEK: Bob Sutor and wife Sally stand with the message stick that arrived in Lithgow. Picture: CIARA BASTOW.

NSW TrainLink is celebrating NAIDOC week by sending message sticks along their train lines and inviting customers and staff to sign them. 

On Monday, July 9 Bob Sutor, Sally Sutor and Ceane Towers performed a traditional Wiradjuri gathering to signify the passing through country as the message stick arrived in Lithgow. 

Six message sticks were created for the different train lines with the Western lines message stick painted by one of TrainLines Aboriginal staff members, Alfie Walker, a Wiradjuri man from Goulbourn. 

Message sticks are a form of communication traditionally used by Indigenous Australians to pass messages and stories between different clans and language groups. 

Customers and staff were invited to sign the canvas located inside the message sticks, and were encouraged to write their name, whey they were from and the name of a woman who inspired them. 

The message stick travelled from Central station and according to a TrainLink representative it symbolises the journey that it has taken and the little things in between the different stops. 

“This is just such a fantastic thing to do,” Ceane Towers said. 

The message stick is expected to enter Dubbo on Tuesday, July 10. 

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