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Bollard prints add a splash of colour to Sunset Beach surf spot

Michael RobertsGeraldton Guardian
Photographer Tanya Causer and Sunset Beach resident Linda Stott next to the bollard installation.
Camera IconPhotographer Tanya Causer and Sunset Beach resident Linda Stott next to the bollard installation. Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian/Geraldton Guardian

A set of mundane road bollards at Sunset Beach have been beautified with a collection of photographs paying tribute to some of the local surfers who have a strong connection to the area.

The project is the brainchild of Sunset Beach resident Linda Stott, who was inspired by the artwork printed on bollards in the Geraldton CBD.

With the blessing of the City of Greater Geraldton, Ms Stott worked with local photographer Tanya Causer to make the project a reality.

The City told Ms Stott it was a great idea, but said it could not assist with funding.

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So she self-funded the installation, gathering sponsorship and donations from local politicians and business owners, with the prints going up on Swan Drive last week.

The prints show local surfers in action at "Pipeline".
Camera IconThe prints show local surfers in action at "Pipeline". Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian

“There has been a lot of positive feedback,” she said.

“A lot of the sailors when they saw them were stoked. They were running around taking photos and sending them to family over east.

“People are pulling up and taking photos of it, so it’s almost like a little tourist attraction.”

Ms Stott said seven more action prints would be installed in the next month and hoped the project would inspire other.

“In theory you could do them at different spots around town like the surf clubs, football clubs or tennis clubs,” she said.

“Somewhere people have a strong connection to.”

Five surfing prints were also installed at “Triton” beach, but Ms Stott said they were torn down within 24 hours.

She has reported the incident to police.

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