Scarred tree showcased at Light Rail Open Day

On Sunday 17 December, Jabree Ltd were proud to attend the opening celebrations of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 Project.

This opening celebration was an opportunity to showcase the culturally scarred Ironbark trunk that was relocated for the Project, together with a cultural information display designed by Jabree Ltd, that are now a permanent feature at the entrance of the new Helensvale Light Rail Station.

Pictured (L-R): Deputy Premier Jackie Trad with Brandon Sandy and Dale Willis of the Gold Coast Traditional Owner community, Department of Transport and Main Roads Cultural Heritage Officer Fiona Sabatino and Jabree Cultural Heritage Adviser Kate Greenwood.

This cultural display is a significant achievement for the Gold Coast Traditional Owner community and Jabree Ltd. Not only did the relocation of the scarred Ironbark trunk ensure its preservation during the Project’s construction phase, its permanent display at Helensvale Light Rail station has made an important part of the Gold Coast’s history and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage accessible for everyone to engage with and learn about.

Pictured (L-R): Dale Willis and Brandon Sandy at the Helensvale Scarred Tree Information Display
Pictured (L-R): Dale Willis, Kate Greenwood, Fiona Sabatino and Brandon Sandy at the Helensvale Scarred Tree Information Display

As part of Jabree’s Cultural Heritage Assessment of the Light Rail Project (November 2015), it was determined that the culturally scarred Ironbark tree would likely be impacted by surrounding construction activities.

An alternative management strategy for the tree was developed in consultation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and GoldLinQ to ensure the scarred trunk was able to be preserved and form part of a future cultural display at the new rail station.

In April 2016, the Jabree team oversaw the careful removal and preservation of the tree, and were proud to be there again in July 2017 to supervise its careful installation at the new station precinct.

Jabree would particularly like to thank Fiona Sabatino with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for taking a leading role with the journey of this scarred tree.

You can read more about the journey here. Or for more information, please contact us. 

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