The Banner Project at Beachlands sees colourful messages hung around the Geraldton suburb

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
The Banda family banner.
Camera IconThe Banda family banner. Credit: Jessica Moroney

A trail of meaningful messages using words and art can now be explored through the suburb of Beachlands, with the community flying their banners boldly and proudly.

The Beachlands Trail Walk started on Wednesday, with families and participants meeting at the Beachlands Primary School to explore the various colourful messages hung around the suburb.

Over the last two months, a group of participants in The Banner Project designed a message for the community and hung their banners proudly last week.

More than 75 recycled banners were created by more than 250 participants around Kalbarri, Beachlands and Mingenew to create a trail of inspiring and thought-provoking messages from local communities. Kalbarri was the first to launch their banners on Sunday, followed by Beachlands on Wednesday and Mingenew on Thursday.

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The project has been funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest residency program Creative Communities Program, supported by Euphorium.

Mid West Banner Project host Alex Desebrock said the community was asked to respond to a simple question: “What does the world need to hear”?

“I can’t wait for these banners to be shared to the world,” Desebrock said.

“Each holds someone’s words, hopes, ideas and values. Together they provide a snapshot of a community — the stories, people and context of a place.”

Walk the trail yourself by viewing the Mid West Banner Trail map at bannertrail.euphorium.com.au.

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