Range Kindy welcomes Kerry Neill, a member of the Gubbi Gubbi visits with the Goombuckar Indigenous Cultural Bus Program, for two days of learning

Range Kindy welcomes Kerry Neill, a member of the Gubbi Gubbi visits with the Goombuckar Indigenous Cultural Bus Program, for two days of learning

Keep November 3 free for the Range Kindy Community Fun Day! There will be plenty to celebrate.

The kindy was recently successfully awarded a Small Assistant Grant from the Department of Early Childhood and Community Engagement. “This grant will go towards a musical art installation in our Bush Food Garden,” Kindy Director Margaret Taylor shared, “with the formal ‘opening’ of the art installation at our annual Community Fun Day.”

The event runs from 9.30am to 12 noon with an official opening by Cr Greg Rogerson at 10.30am.

The musical installation is currently being completed by local artist, Glen Christie, a transformative artist best known for his musical sculptures made from recycled materials.

“He has taken his knowledge of creating music and art from recycled and repurposed material to many schools and remote aboriginal communities,” Margaret explained.

Musically, Glenn uses a harmonic scale in his sculptures. This means that even the most inexperienced user can achieve the most beautiful harmonic sounds. This is important in the emotional connection to the music and sound in the environment.

Margaret said, “I have for a long time wanted a musical installation in our beautiful kindy grounds.  The inspiration to use Glenn Christie came about through a ‘show and tell’ item one day. It was harmonically tuned recycled ‘coke’ bottles that he had helped children make at a school fair.

“I recognised an artist who knows about music and who echoes our kindy’s commitment to sustainability.”

Over the past few years, with parents’ kind donations, the kindy has developed a Bush Tucker Garden area with a ‘yarning circle’ for the children to play in and explore how the indigenous people of the area may have sourced their food.

“The interactive musical sculptures (three in all) will be a part of this story, as the form of the sculptures are of local Mary River Cod and a bejewelled Goanna.