Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath with Cherbourg artist Charlie Chambers.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath with Cherbourg artist Charlie Chambers. Carole Margand

Cherbourg man gives life to new designs

A CHERBOURG artist known for his educational and inspiring work is behind the design of two new limited-edition birth certificate designs, allowing indigenous parents to celebrate their baby's arrival with a unique certificate.

Charlie Chambers was born and raised in the town, and has painted for most of his life.

He spends his days in schools and prisons, teaching students and inmates stories of the Dreamtime and the importance of culture.

Chambers uses techniques of dot work and cross hatching inspired by the country where he grew up, and the stories passed on to him by his elders.

The two new birth certificate designs were designed by Chambers and artist Christine Slabb, supported by the Deadly Choices program.

From next week, they will be available to parents through IUIH's member network of 18 community health services in South East Queensland. Children aged up to five-years-old who are patients at one of clinics and who are up-to-date with their health checks and vaccinations will be offered the commemorative package.

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