A new Aboriginal Cultural Garden has been unveiled at Concord Hospital.
More than 32,000 colourful glass tiles bring a new Aboriginal Cultural Garden to life in the grounds of Concord Hospital.
The rainbow serpent cultural garden was officially opened during Sydney Local Health District's National Sorry Day ceremony, to acknowledge and remember the mistreatment of Aboriginal people.
Designed by members of our Aboriginal workforce and Aboriginal artists, the colourful garden features a Rainbow Serpent, representing all Aboriginal tribes and a fireplace in the middle to symbolise a place of meeting or corrobboree.
The Rainbow Serpent, also known as Wagyl or wuagyl, is a common deity considered to be the creator god by Aboriginal groups. The colourful symbol is a common motif in Aboriginal art and represents the seasons creating valleys, lakes, rivers and links to Concord Hospital's location on the banks of the Parramatta River.
Sydney Local Health District's Deputy Director of Aboriginal Health, Ricky Lyons, said the garden is landscaped with seating and native flora for visitors and staff to enjoy.
"This is a place that will enable Aboriginal visitors to the hospital to feel welcome, comfortable and at ease and for all health staff and students to learn about and appreciate Aboriginal culture and heritage".
Watch the video about the Aboriginal cultural garden here