The land within and surrounding Vale is set amongst the Ellen Brook catchment within Whadjuk Noongar country, which is significant to Noongar people due to its mythological, economic and historical connections.
Generations of Noongar people camped, hunted and foraged for food and resources in the area surrounding Vale.
To honour the Noongar connection an “Old Tree” sculpture is to be installed at Vale’s Aviary Creek parkland.
The sculpture by local WA artist Kylie Graham will centre around an old dead tree and link to Aviary Park with six birds perching on the tree's branches. Drawing on Kylie's Noongar heritage, each bird will represent one of the six Noongar seasons Djeran, Makaru and Djilba (the cooler seasons) and Kambarang, Birak and Bunuru (the warmer seasons).
Interpretative information signage will explain the significance of the sculpture and go into more detail about the Noongar seasons.
The sculpture will sit alongside the waterways of Aviary Creek and is currently on track for installation mid-2019.