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About the tribute

Rock Solid Foundations represents the notion of education being the foundation of a person’s life journey. It is the means in which one acquires and builds knowledge and skills to shape their future.

To reflect this, the use of stone, particularly Western Australian granite, symbolises the foundations upon which one builds during their educational journey.

Each stone is unique in its size, formation and texture.

The combination of natural, cut and polished surfaces reflects the process of a student’s journey from the beginning, through to graduation and beyond.

In various sizes, the seven stones or pillars, honour the Nyoongar story of the ‘Seven Sisters’ constellation and are placed accordingly.

Facing north, the pillars not only indicate the location of the constellation, but the idea that as you leave Kurongkurl Katitjin on the Mount Lawley campus, you see the names of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have who led the way and serve as inspiration to others who are following in their footsteps.

Each pillar represents a ten-year block and displays the names of each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student by the year of their graduation, with names coloured-coded according to their discipline or area of study.

The ‘wave’ design between each year symbolises the ‘ripple effect’ and how it builds upon itself to gain momentum, much like our graduates who, over time, have built up a cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have succeeded at university to form ECU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni community.

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