Moving masterpiece for Indigenous community

Indigenous dancers launch a new NAIDOC Week bus design. (Photo: Renee Nowytarger/State Transit)

Indigenous workers have been praised by a top transport boss, as he unveiled a new bus design for NAIDOC Week.

Steffen Faurby, the CEO of NSW’s State Transit, was speaking at the launch in Brookvale, northern Sydney, where Aboriginal artist Charmaine Mumbulla’s design was revealed to the public with a smoking ceremony and an Indigenous dance performance.

A smoking ceremony on board the bus. (Photo: Renee Nowytarger/State Transit)

The bus will be used to help support an ongoing recruitment campaign aimed at offering more opportunities to Indigenous job-seekers looking for a career change or to learn a new trade.

“State Transit’s Indigenous employees are some of our best, and attracting new candidates is something we are actively doing,” Faurby said. 

“Improving our frontline services is a top priority so we can better serve the hundreds of thousands of customers who rely on State Transit’s bus services every day. 

Brookvale bus depot manager Christian Severino with Indigenous dancers. (Photo: Renee Nowytarger/State Transit)

“There are a lot of great opportunities for a career with State Transit; sitting behind the wheel of a bus is a rewarding one and that could be just the beginning.” 

State Transit apprentice mechanic Kayleb Waters led the dance performance with the smoking ceremony, held in and outside the bus.

This is the second year running that a State Transit bus has been decked out for NAIDOC Week. and it has proved hugely popular both within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and wider communities.

The bus will be in service on routes around Sydney.

NAIDOC Week continues until Sunday, 14th July.

Bus depot workers with State Transit CEO Steffen Faurby (far right). (Photo: Renee Nowytarger/State Transit)
Indigenous dancers launch the new bus design. (Photo: Renee Nowytarger/State Transit)

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