Translink: Smart Ticketing

Smart Ticketing is Translink’s ticketing solution that makes it easier for customers to plan, catch, and pay for public transport in Queensland.

Gilimbaa worked with Translink and artist Leecee Carmichael (a Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay) to create ‘The Connecting Thread’ artwork for the project.

We are travelling in the pathways of those who have gone before us. Many of the major highways, roads and waterways are travelling routes for the First Peoples of the land. Over tens of thousands of years our ancestors’ footprints have paved the way for the routes we travel today. This artwork honours the footprints of First Nations people; guiding the way for safe travel and caring for Country and the environment across Queensland. One of the most important items for First Nations people is string. Threads of string support daily life activities and ceremonial gatherings. Strings are carried when travelling across Country. The strings are woven with grasses, rushes, or hair. When one thread comes together and is woven with many, its strength is formed. Placing the woven string elements over the patterns inspired by Country honours connection to Country and the significance of caring, working, and living with the environment.

For more information about Translink’s Smart Ticketing project, check out its website.

Gilimbaa Translink Connecting Thread artwork
Gilimbaa Translink Connecting Thread Leecee Carmichael
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Gilimbaa Translink Connecting Thread 57