Work has begun on Camden’s first official public art trail that will feature stunning artworks from local artists, including Melissa Barton, Jane Cavanough, Kevin Vo, Graham Chalcroft, Mark McClelland, Cathy Drew and Peter Day.

The art trail is part of a 4-kilometre extension to the walking trail though Camden Town Farm and Fergusons Land Cricket Facility which will offer a visitor views of picturesque landscapes and glistening waterways.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Ashleigh Cagney, said she was excited to see the walking trail come to life.

“Walkways like this one provide the perfect way for people to get out and about and enjoy a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Cagney said.

“To have a connection between Camden and the Nepean in such a fantastic way will be an incredible asset to the Camden area.”

Of her striking artwork Ngalawadyini Ngurrawa, which means “Source of Survival”, Melissa Barton said, “The work is a representation of the connection to Country that local Dharug people had with the Nepean River.”

Ms Barton is a proud Boorooberongal clan woman of the Dharug nation, and notes that not only was this area a complete source of survival and home to the local custodians, it was also a place of meeting, trade and ceremony with clans from the Gundangarra and Dharawal nations.

“Caring for this part of country was vital to not only the flora, fauna and Aboriginal people, it was paramount for the river’s survival,” she said.

“Heavy rains and floods on the plains were occurring then, just like now in modern day Camden, so having solid ecological plans and knowledge was of importance. The local clans held information and knowledge from elders and ancestors to allow this to occur.”

The Linking Camden Town Centre to the Nepean River project, which will be completed over the coming months, is being funded through the NSW Government Public Spaces Legacy Program, with the Government contributing $5.1 million.

Viewing platforms to the Nepean River, works to support the agricultural operations at the Camden Town Farm such as fencing and stock gates, installation of historical and environmental interpretive signage, water stations and park furniture are all included in the project.