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Airport Aboriginal Artwork Design Competition

Airport pass back doors where winning mural will be installed.
We have a winner! Congratulations Angela Marr-Grogan on being named the winner of our Airport Aboriginal Artwork Design Competition. Angela’s stunning artwork will be translated onto a vinyl wall graphic in our Port Macquarie Airport terminal building to welcome visitors and residents when they arrive. We’re looking forward to unveiling the artwork in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
We’d also like to thank all entrants who submitted their artwork into the competition. We received 8 submissions of a high standard which made it tough for the judging panel to select a winner.



Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) invites all interested designers, artists, graphic designers or similarly qualified parties to provide a submission to produce a bespoke Aboriginal artwork mural to be displayed in the recently upgraded Port Macquarie Airport Terminal. The artwork is to convey a message of welcome to Birpai Land and the Port Macquarie region. The successful applicant must identify as belonging to the Birpai Nation and reside in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area.

The winning artist will have their designs translated onto a vinyl wall graphic measuring approximately 7.2m long and 2.7m high to be installed on a wall between the arrivals pass back doors. Council is offering the winning artist(s) $5,000 in prize money.

About The Port Macquarie Airport Terminal Upgrade

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council commenced the construction of an upgrade to the Airport terminal in October 2018, which was completed in November 2019. This staged project provides Port Macquarie and surrounding regions a contemporary and efficient facility that will streamline operations and add to the passenger experience. The terminal has doubled in size and provides significant improvements including:

  • A fully air-conditioned space
  • Additional departures lounge seating
  • Wireless internet availability
  • Hearing loop availability
  • Additional ablution facilities
  • A café space with full commercial cooking facilities
  • New flight information display systems and televisions
  • Additional check in desks
  • A baggage reclaim carousel
  • Improved security monitoring, including the provision of pass back doors.

About the design site

All incoming passengers through the airport terminal are directed through the newly constructed pass back doors to the passenger lounge. The currently blank plasterboard wall to the western side between the two pass back doors has been identified as an ideal location to install the proposed artwork. The space measures approximately 7.2 meters long and 2.7 meters high. The chosen site will also be visible to all outbound passengers as the passenger security screening area is adjacent to the pass back zone.  

Proposed artwork details

Designs must include the following as part of the competition concept:

  • The designer must identify as belonging to the Birpai Nation and reside in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area.
  • Designs must be original.
  • Convey a ‘Welcome to Country message’, acknowledging that Port Macquarie is traditional Birpai land.
  • Inform, identify and celebrate the Birpai people as traditional custodians.
  • Incorporate an element of local language.
  • Include an artistic element which is relevant and represents the Birpai people residing within the Port Macquarie Hastings region.
  • Designs can be hand-drawn or computer generated.

The successful applicant(s) will ultimately be required to provide:

  • A fully developed and completed suitable mural artwork.
  • A 10% scaled artwork mural suitable for translation into a 7.2m x 2.7m vinyl graphic i.e. a 10% scaled version would measure 720mm x 270mm.
  • The final output can be either in traditional medium for scanning by Council or electronic format if provided to a suitable quality for enlargement.

The winning design will be converted into a vinyl graphic and publicly displayed at the Port Macquarie Airport Terminal.

The winner may be consulted through this process, however, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council reserves the right to determine the final design and look of the print.

Selection process

The criteria for judging the best submission will include adherence to the design guidelines and theme, along with the production of an imaginative design which is strong, bold and creative and can be reproduced easily for the mural production. The artist’s previous experience and proven track record to deliver similar quality artworks will also be considered when assessing applications.

The panel will consist of:

  • 1 x representative from the Birpai Aboriginal Land Council
  • 1 x representative from the Bunyah Aboriginal Land Council
  • Port Macquarie Hasting Council’s Gallery Curator
  • Port Macquarie Hasting Council’s Airport Business Manager or Community Engagement Manager

Submissions are due on the 14 June 2020 by 11.59pm

The winner will be contacted directly by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and announced by the 19 June 2020.


The prize is subject to the  Full Terms and Conditions of Entry245KB pdf(PDF, 245KB)

The winning artist will receive a cheque for $5,000 for their winning entry payable upon successful completion of the final artwork.

Competition timeline and milestones

  • 27 May 2020: Competition Opens
  • 14 June 2020: Competition Closes
  • 17 June 2020: Panel selects winner
  • 19 June 2020: Winner announced
  • From July 2020: Installation of artwork at Port Macquarie Airport Terminal


If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Works Engineer, Damon Walker at damon.walker@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or call Council on (02) 6581 8111.

This page was last updated on: 23 June 2020