Trophy tribute to Susan Island
THE winners of this Sunday's Grafton dragon boat races won't only take away the glorious memories of victory on the Clarence River, they will also take away a hand-painted tribute to Susan Island.
The trophy, a large painted ceramic bowl designed by local Aboriginal artist Deborah Taylor, was donated for the races by South Grafton business Durahrwa Shed Designs.
Ms Taylor has fond memories of floating over to Susan Island from Wharf Street with friends on an inner tube when she was a child. She said the design incorporated Susan Island's bat colony, its history with the local Aboriginal people, its rainforests and the flow of the Clarence River that passed its banks.
Grafton town crier Roy Bowling fashioned a piece of red mahogany, taken from his own property at Glenugie, for the bowl to rest on.
Running since the late '90s, Durahrwa Shed Designs has found success exporting its bright and colourful pieces, created by local artists, to many parts of Australia.