A vibrant artwork of a lyrebird done by local indigenous girls will find a permanent home in the Figtree Hill community.

As part of a First Nations storytelling through art project, students from Airds High School sketched the bird (which is the local Dharawal area totem), divided it into 6 pieces and were each responsible for decorating a piece in their own, unique way. The students then brought the pieces together to form the final artwork.

The project was facilitated by Big Yellow Umbrella and the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), a non-profit that works with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on programs that improve school attendance and performance, build life skills, and strengthen cultural pride and identity.

“It’s wonderful to see students engaging through art and storytelling and I’d like to thank NASCA, Airds High School and Lendlease for their support and participation,” said Kim Landouw, Chief Operations Manager, Big Yellow Umbrella.

“I’d especially like to thank local Elders, Uncle Larry and Uncle Pat, for sharing their knowledge and guiding the students to create this unique and special art piece that represents the indigenous history of the local area.”

Ms Landouw, together with the two elders, gifted the artwork to Lendlease’s Figtree Hill sales office in Macarthur Square on behalf of the students.

Big Yellow Umbrella was a successful applicant of Lendlease’s Figtree Hill Community Grants Program, which recognises the importance of building communities from the ground up by funding programs, initiatives or events that benefit the Macarthur region through improving social, environmental, and economic outcomes.