A tram substation wall in Thornbury has been transformed into a work of art, thanks to a new Aboriginal mural near Croxton Station on Stott Street.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Victoria Jenny Mikakos today thanked the work of Yamba Ross, a well-known local artist, who was identified by the community to complete the blank canvas.

Yamba’s mural has turned the small open space on the railway corridor into a painting with his family’s songlines, including Bolung the rainbow serpent and turtle totems.

Yamba is a proud Jawoyn-Gayiri man with family from Queensland and the Northern Territory, with his artwork sharing their song of the land.

Along with three other local tram power facilities in Preston, Fitzroy and West Preston, Thornbury’s new tram substation provides power to Route 11 services.

It comes as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out eighty new state-of-the-art E-Class trams and infrastructure on the busiest routes on the network, to keep them running today and well into the future.

PTV and Yarra Trams will continue to work with communities across Melbourne to turn ordinary looking buildings into artistic expressions of the people and places that surround them.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Victoria Jenny Mikakos

“This mural recognises the stories and traditions of our first Australians and gives those unfamiliar with them a first-hand experience.”

“It’s exciting to see communities and creative people come up with ideas that brighten up an otherwise bland space.”