New tram tells the city's oldest story

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 03-Aug-2017

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A NEW addition to Bendigo’s talking tram fleet telling the story of the city’s indigenous history hit the tracks this week.

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions have partnered to create the new themed tram, which went into service this week.

The tram is adorned with artwork by Dja Dja Wurrung artist Natasha Carter and features special commentary written and narrated by the organisation’s staff members.

“The Dja Dja Wurrung tram has given the Dja Dja Wurrung Clan a unique opportunity to tell our story and share our vibrant culture with Bendigo as well as the many thousands of tourists who ride the trams,” Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation chair Trent Nelson said. 

Dja Dja Wurrung CEO Rodney Carter said he was proud the tram would use contemporary technology to tell the ancient story.

Bendigo Heritage Attractions chairperson Wayne Gregson said the organisation was proud to tell the stories of Bendigo’s first residents, whose history pre‚Äźdates the gold rush.

“We believe that this tram will be a very popular choice for our visitors, in particular school groups who are looking to learn more about Aboriginal culture,” he said.

Along with the Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions, the project was funded by the federal government’s Stronger Communities Fund, Transport for Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo, Fosterville Gold Mine and Bendigo Tourism.

The tram will depart from the Central Deborah Gold Mine on the hour, every hour, from 10am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

It is expected to become a permanent part of the fleet.

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