The launch of our second mural last Saturday was the culmination of three years work by our club to turn our venue into a modern, inviting, innovative and colourful facility that can easily host state and national titles and reflects the heritage of the site. Consisting of new, modern club rooms and two amazing murals, the result is nothing short of spectacular. We can indeed say we have one of the best speedway’s in the country!
The final mural was a huge undertaking as it spans 19 metres. It provides a unique point of difference to our speedway venue as well as a vibrant and colourful entry statement, welcoming all visitors. The mural showcases the cultural significance of the site that includes Indigenous culture and the history of the Moora Speedway Club. We have taken a bit of a bold step in speedway circles perhaps — whoever thought art and speedway bogans would mix, right? We see the mural as the perfect finishing touch to our venue.
At the event we heard from Acting CEO of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, Gavin Robins, Deputy Shire President, Louise House and Shane Love MLA. Attendees enjoyed a moving Welcome to Country by June Hedland followed by Cheryl Chipper who designed the mural, sharing the meanings and stories reflected in the beautiful artwork.
Christine Bean from Tronox and Zoe Joyce from Moora Community Recreational Council awarded certificates to all artists and Des King, Patron of Moora Speedway acknowledged all involved in the project, thanking them on behalf of the speedway club.
Cheryl Chipper was the heart and soul of this mural, having painted some of the artwork and mentored students through the painting process. It was a long journey to complete, but many positives have come out of it. Not least of which are two communities coming together, working together, involving our kids and culminating in a beautiful story of history and heritage.
Trish Hewitt, Principal at Central Midlands Senior High School was pivotal in allowing all the blank panels to be housed in the art department for easy access by students. There were many occasions when students had panels spread across the quadrangle as they painted during lunch and recess times, garnering interest from other students.
Moora Speedway club was proud to work with Central Midlands Senior High School and provide an opportunity for our local Aboriginal school students to be part of this project. It allowed them to learn more about their own culture, through storylines and word meanings in the artwork. This gives them more connection to culture and the opportunity to work on a community project that provides a lasting legacy that they helped to create. Giving them a sense of pride in themselves and their culture.
Moora Speedway Committee and club would like to thank all involved in this huge project and the very talented artists which include students plus Cheryl Chipper, Trida Taylor, Tania Vanzetti, Stephanie Mippy and Kelly Prior.
Sponsors who made the project possible include Wheatbelt Development Commission, Royalties for Regions, Tronox, Moora Community Recreational Council, Shire of Moora and Central Midlands Steel.
Moora Speedway’s next meeting on Saturday 9 November will be our huge Moora Sedan Muster, open to Productions, Street Stocks, Modifieds and Juniors. With trophies and cash prizes up for grabs, it will be action-packed racing! Gates open from 3 pm, racing from 6 pm. So come out, enjoy the racing and check out our amazing mural!