Waroona arts project under way

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Perth-based artist Brenton See started transforming Waroona Supa IGA’s back wall into a flora and fauna themed mural yesterday, kicking off the first of a multi-stage project to revitalise the town.

In October last year, the Waroona Shire Council allocated funds to murals in town and chose to collaborate with the Waroona Business Support Group.

Six months later a meeting attracted more than 30 Waroona businesses, residents and community groups which approved the multi-stage project.

Waroona Business Support Group member Sue Rowe said murals and art works throughout the town would upport the Waroona shire’s tourism theme – Waroona Naturally.

Ms Rowe said with the shire being a green zone, it seemed fitting that conservation be the overall theme of the project.

“Once the theme was decided on I began researching mural artists that specialise in flora and fauna and found one of the best known, Brenton See, and from there we worked on a range of ideas that would best suit the space.”

Ms Rowe said the mural on IGA’s back wall facing South Western Highway would be the centrepiece for the three-part project.

“Stage two will involve an art gallery in the grounds of the Waroona Hotel which the hotel is funding,” she said.

“We are hoping stage three will comprise an art trail surrounding the hotel ... but this is dependent on how successful we are with the Alcoa sustainability fund.”

Group secretary Bronwyn Lawson said the aim was a strong tourism draw card for Waroona.

“We are hoping businesses will benefit from this by spreading the word about the creative project and bringing tourists to Waroona.”

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