Icons of the North unveiled
Barwon Health North has unveiled a new photographic display titled 'Icons of the North', in recognition of the region's rich history. In collaboration with the Geelong Advertiser, Geelong Heritage Centre and Facebook community group Old Norlane 3214, more than 40 historical images were sourced and put on display throughout the facility.
Barwon Health communications co-ordinator Emma Harty said the images form part of the story of the northern suburbs and pay homage to the region's history, including migration, football premierships, and world-class industry.
"We hope that in decades to come, Barwon Health North will be seen as another proud icon in the local community and we thank the groups who have allowed us to use their photos as our Icons of the North."
Old Norlane 3214 page administrator Aaron Riches said the new facility now formed part of the history that is the 3214 postcode.
"It tugs on the heartstrings to see these photographs here, to see these people’s stories shared in a community setting such as this health service, and we’re honoured they’ve taken this approach. The group has monitored the movement, the removal of the water slide and the history of this area.
“This site has been a cropping block, a wood chip yard, a swimming pool, so we have watched and monitored that story, and people have followed that journey that has culminated in such a wonderful facility for Norlane and the northern suburbs.
“Some people are so quick to criticise people of the northern suburbs, but to have so much history out here, we want to bring that pendulum back a bit, allow people to share their stories, their history, their hard work ethic, how they’ve succeeded, and just support one another.
“We’re humbled that we’d be considered to be part of this as a community consultative group or advisory capacity, and we want to thank Barwon Health for our inclusion.
Pictured: Old Norlane 3214 page administrator Aaron Riches with page moderator Tammie Riches and community event co-ordinator Carol Elzinga in front of the Icons of the North display at Barwon Health North.