Menang elder Lynette Knapp has presented an original painting of the Wilson Inlet for display at Denmark Hospital. The artwork was one of three by local Aboriginal artists that were commissioned by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to recognise the artists’ deep cultural knowledge of and connection to the area. Ms Knapp and her son Michael Cummings were chosen by DWER to create artworks highlighting the cultural importance of the Wilson Inlet, known as Nullaki in the local Noongar language. Ms Knapp’s painting ‘Beetchabup Dreaming’ was presented on Sunday to Denmark Hospital, where it will be displayed in the foyer. The painting depicts part of the Wilson Inlet that is significant to the local Aboriginal people. “The part of the inlet was on the end of the Nullaki peninsula and it was a great walk-through for the Bibbulmun people and all the other tribes that used to gather around the Wilson Inlet,” Ms Knapp said. “The part that I have got up on the artwork is a very ceremonial place. “There’s a gong rock there that we since found out that if you gong it the swans will come up. “The grooves that are in the rock are sharpening grooves.” Ms Knapp said the inlet was “a really great part of our tradition”. “We’ve had a lot of people die around there … it’s a very taboo area, and people are just going back there,” she said. “We belong to our environment. “We don’t own the country or the land, we belong to it and it belongs to us.” As part of the commissioning of the artwork, the artists were asked to choose a public place for it to be displayed. Ms Knapp chose the Denmark Hospital, where her brother was cared for when he was dying of cancer. “Why I donated it there was because the hospital, their service and their care towards my brother was outstanding,” she said. “And I thought because it was of a very highly traditional area of the Wilson Inlet, I got it done and donated it to them because of the high regard (for patients) and standards.” The commissioned artworks are part of a DWER initiative, which includes the development of a Nullaki Water Quality Improvement Plan, to ensure the cultural values of the Inlet are incorporated into planning.