Bid to boost Aboriginal tourism

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian

Part of the Geraldton Visitors Centre has been transformed into a miniature art gallery.

The exhibition opened on Monday and features artwork by Mid West Aboriginal artists Susan Merry, Roy Merritt, Loretta Egan, Jan Williams, Dawn Hamlett, Marrika Laudehr and the Irra Wangga Language Centre. City of Greater Geraldton community and Aboriginal development officer Nola Gregory said it was a chance to showcase Aboriginal culture.

“The Aboriginal community in Geraldton has had a limited connection to tourism,” she said.

“Hopefully, [the exhibition] will entice visitors to connect with the Aboriginal community.”

Ms Gregory said different pieces would be on display throughout the month.

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During the launch, Laudehr created a sand mural that will be on display for the duration of the exhibition, which ends on October 31.

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