Re­fur­bished vis­i­tor cen­tre

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

The Dryan­dra Coun­try Vis­i­tor Cen­tre un­veiled nearly $90,000 worth of re­fur­bish­ments and tech­nol­ogy last Thurs­day night, be­fore vol­un­teers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the shires of Nar­ro­gin and Cuballing.

Man­ager Geire Kami says the cen­tre re­ceived two grants from Tourism WA to help pro­mote at­trac­tions in the re­gion.

“The first grant was for equip­ment — com­put­ers and soft­ware, a pro­jec­tor, printer, and a drone for pro­mo­tional video projects,” she said.

“This al­lowed me to put more fo­cus into a self-pub­lished bio­di­ver­sity guide project, which in­tro­duces tourists to the amaz­ing things on of­fer in Cuballing and Nar­ro­gin.

“Two more guides are in the plan­ning.

“We have been told by Aus­tralia’s Golden Out­back that we are with­out doubt the only vis­i­tor cen­tre in Aus­tralia which is self-pub­lish­ing lo­cal at­trac­tion guides to en­cour­age tourists to stop.

“We cer­tainty couldn’t have un­der­taken a project like this if it wasn’t for that grant.”

Grants given to the cen­tre were worth $37,000 and $51,000 — 20 per cent of which had to be con­trib­uted by the or­gan­i­sa­tion it­self.

“The se­cond grant was for the re­fur­bish­ment,” Ms Kami said.

“We now have a be­spoke desk made by lo­cal fur­ni­ture maker, Wood­ism, built out of wood from a redgum which was stuck by light­en­ing at the Nar­ro­gin Hos­pi­tal many years ago.

“We have a gor­geous dis­play ta­ble, plinth and shadow boxes all made with wood from that tree, so it has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to the area.

“The se­cond grant also al­lowed us to de­sign a small in­ter­pre­ta­tive area for tourists, so they can learn a bit about Cuballing and Narro- gin, from our indige­nous his­tory, our Euro­pean pi­o­neers, agri­cul­ture, and the rail­way.”

Ben Voskulin in­spects new in­for­ma­tion dis­plays.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

Shire of Cuballing pres­i­dent Mark Con­ley and Michelle Wnuk of­fi­cially re­veal the re­fur­bish­ments.

Dryan­dra Coun­try Vis­i­tor Cen­tre’s new re­cep­tion desk.

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