TransLink's $371 million Smart Ticketing project will continue its celebration of First Nations people and culture during NAIDOC Week festivities.
With the history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be recognised during the annual NAIDOC Week from 4-11 July, Smart Ticketing's indigenous influence will be on display across South East Queensland.
Over 48 new ticket validators wrapped in TransLink's The Connecting Thread First Nations artwork have now been installed and switched on for go card use at 10 stations north of Brisbane.
The artwork was developed by local Gilimbaa artist Elisa Carmichael (Quandamooka) specifically for the Smart Ticketing project, with wrapped ticket validators also installed late last year for the successful Gold Coast light rail trial.
The Connecting Thread artwork recognises the rich contribution of the indigenous people of Queensland and the pathways of those who have travelled tens of thousands of years. It symbolises and reflects the landscapes of Queensland from top to bottom, exploring rainforest, bush, freshwater, saltwater and desert country.
Progressive installation of the new validators across Queensland Rail comes as Smart Ticketing ambassador and proud First Nations Queenslander Taliqua Clancy prepares for a second shot at Olympic Games glory.
The 29-year-old beach volleyballer, a Wulli Wulli and Goreng Goreng woman, and playing partner Artacho del Solar were last week chosen on the Australian Olympic team for Tokyo after debuting with different partners at Rio in 2016.
In addition to being an ambassador for the project, Ms Clancy is also the voice of Smart Ticketing's bright pink mascot Marlu the kangaroo, who has appeared in radio ads and on train, tram and platform signage.
Smart Ticketing will ultimately allow customers to pay for travel using smartphones, smart watches and smart devices, as well as contactless Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit or debit cards.
To plan your travel, visit translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.