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Mullum’s gateway opens

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The burying of a time capsule was part of a full day of celebrations for the official opening of the Mullum Gateway on Saturday.

The new totem pole, carved by world-renowned environmental artist, Tonu Shanewas, was donated by Uplift festival.

The refurbished rotunda features an eight-metre panorama of the region, painted by Daniel Hend.

Local Arakwal artists Delta Kay, Nickolla Clark and Belle Arnold also contributed.

Early colonial history of Mullumbimby, sponsored by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society, is also featured.

Richard Mordaunt from the Mullumbimby Gateway Association, along with the project management team of Richard Hughes, Sunita Bailey, Greg Aitken and Maggie Brown, worked with well-known Indigenous artists, Richard Clarke and the late Digby Moran, on painting the new 15m Uplift totem pole.

Mr Mordaunt said, ‘This is a project made by many – skilled engineers, artists and volunteers’.

Elected officials also attended, including Mayor Simon Richardson, Greens MP Tamara Smith and Nationals MLC Ben Franklin. The project was sponsored by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and funded by the NSW government.

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