For the first time in history scar trees are now able to be seen by people in a public setting thanks to Wiradjuri Cultural Care director Adrian Williams.
Traditionally, scar trees are of Indigenous culture and only found in in the bush, according to Mr Williams, but now there is a corridor of scarred Australian native trees, on Wallerawang's Barton Avenue.
"This is the first time that we've been allowed to do it here like this [in a public setting].
"These type of trees are normally done right up the bush because they are used for borders, boundaries, burials, sacred places or special places," he said.
There are currently six scar trees on Barton Avenue each with a different Aboriginal symbol.
"We have a symbol for meeting place which has all concentric and tapered lines, a platypus, a lineal scar, a turtle, a goanna and a kangaroo," Mr Williams said.
"They all hold significant Aboriginal meanings."
Mr Williams said his idea to do the trees and get local Wiradjuri community members involved came about because he was saddened by the coronavirus pandemic.
"I've been saddened by the virus and saddened by so many jobs lost around here and I wanted to give back to the community.
"The best way I thought to give back would be something that would cheer them up, something that would brighten the place up and something that the little town here can be super proud of," he said.
"These trees bring some brightness in a dismal time."
He then approached Lithgow City Council to see who was in control of the land and had the help of Council's director of infrastructure services Jonathon Edgecombe.
"I explained to him what I wanted to do and and he thought it was great to allow us to practice culture in the city limits," he said.
Mr Williams explained that local Wiradjuri artist Rick Slaven taught him how to scar trees.
He said firstly you needed to select a tree that could handle the scar.
"If the tree is not healthy it won't handle this [scarring] happening to it but if it is [healthy] it will recover."
Mr Williams said the piece of bark that was removed from the tree was called a coolamon and could be cut by either a man or a woman.
"A coolamon can be used for carrying berries or a newborn baby. You can line the inside of it and use it for smoking ceremonies or if it's a really big scar then that piece of bark can be made into a shield."
"Traditionally only men can scar the trees but men and women can both cut the coolamon."
He said it roughly took four hours to complete a tree depending on the size and detail, but thankfully he had help of local Aboriginal community members.
"I invited people from all around the place along the way to do it, the youngest was three years-old and the eldest 79."
Mr Williams said the scar trees in a public setting proved that Council and local Aboriginal people could work together.
"This proves that a black fella and a white fella can come together and do something nice.
"I'm so passionate about my culture and I want to showcase it and have people come and enjoy it, Council has allowed me to do that."
Council's Jonathon Edgecombe said he was glad to help Adrian get the opportunity to share indigenous culture locally.
"It's a local project for local people.
"It's beneficial for everyone involved and hopefully the community can learn from it," he said.
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