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Acknowledgment of Country

The Department of Transport and Main Roads acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Queensland and Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present, and recognise the continued connection to land, waters, and community and support the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this site may contain images and voices of people who have died.

Director-General, Neil Scales Foreword

My colleague, friend and brother, Mr Colin Saltmere, an Indjalandji-Dhidhanu man and Managing Director of the Myuma Group, once gave me some sage advice – it was to “stay on the road”. Colin’s advice recognises our department’s work and that our core business has and can continue to significantly increase the economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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First Nations Partnerships gallery

Our deep respect for First Nations peoples is woven into the fabric of the department; integrated throughout our approach to policy and strategy, community consultation, jobs and employment pathways, as well as our many infrastructure projects.

This First Nations Partnerships gallery tells the story of how we have embraced the knowledge and wisdom of First Nations peoples and value partnering with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Queensland for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

Walking together

Tells the overarching story of the department’s strategic partnerships. This video features key highlights from the stories captured throughout the site.

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Travelling

In 2010 we commissioned an original artwork by Indigenous company, Gilimbaa.

Our 'Travelling' artwork is featured throughout the gallery to symbolise how we live together in understanding, sharing our cultures, our customs and stories. The artwork illustrates connection, diverse landscapes and vibrant communities.

"Meandering pathways wend their way across the land to the sea, opening up country and connecting people. Trade lines are established, knowledge is gained, and new ways of learning and living are passed on to the next generation."
Gilimbaa
(2010)
The artwork’s journey begins at the bottom, with the Rainbow Serpent slowly meandering its way northwards, creating and forming the land. The bold red rectangular motifs represent the built-up urban cityscape of South-East Queensland. The bright golden dotted strip indicates our beautiful coastline and magnificent beaches. Moving out west over the Great Dividing Range and into dry, arid country, before being engulfed by the rainforest region of Cape York. The serpent’s head is situated at the tip of Queensland, with the blue colour representing the pristine waters of the Torres Strait Islands.