Cy­clone at heart of ex­hibit

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Lifestyle - ■ Ali­cia Perera

De­tails of ex­hi­bi­tions planned for Ex­mouth’s un­der-con­struc­tion Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre are start­ing to be re­vealed, and so far they in­clude a town mu­seum and a so-called “cy­clone ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Shire of Ex­mouth chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Price said the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre would in­clude three dif­fer­ent ex­hi­bi­tions: a marine ex­hibit show­cas­ing the stun­ning coast, a ter­res­trial ex­hibit about Cape Range and a “quasi-mu­seum” of the town’s gen­eral his­tory called En­route to Ex­mouth.

“En­route to Ex­mouth will in­clude the ma­jor his­tor­i­cal fea­tures and sto­ries of Ex­mouth,” he said.

“It will be about the war and the HEH (Harold E Holt Naval Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sta­tion) and Amer­ica and in­dige­nous his­tory, and all the things that are our his­tory. And cy­clones are def­i­nitely in it as a big part of our his­tory.”

Ex­mouth has been hard-hit by cy­clones in re­cent decades, with Vance in 1999 and Ol­wyn in 2015 caus­ing se­vere dam­age.

“Cy­clone Vance is still the most pow­er­ful cy­clone to hit main­land Aus­tralia,” Mr Price said.

“There needs to be an in­ter­pre­ta­tion for an ex­hi­bi­tion.”

“It’s go­ing to have a lo­cal feel to it, and it’s likely to in­volve a bit of an ex­pe­ri­ence as well, not just a stag­nant sign.”

Na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion de­sign com­pany Free­man Ryan De­sign is de­sign­ing all three Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre ex­hi­bi­tions.

Co-founder and di­rec­tor Su­san Free­man said the cy­clone ex­pe­ri­ence com­po­nent of En­route to Ex­mouth would show what it was like for res­i­dents to live through a se­vere cy­clone.

“It’s not just a sci­ence cen­tre ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“In part it is about what peo­ple might phys­i­cally ex­pe­ri­ence, but largely it is about per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences that peo­ple in Ex­mouth would have ex­pe­ri­enced (in a cy­clone).

“It’s im­por­tant be­cause it’s been such a shap­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who’ve been through it. The point is two sig­nif­i­cant cy­clones are in the liv­ing mem­ory of the peo­ple who are there now.”

The Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre build­ing is sched­uled to be fin­ished in Fe­bru­ary 2017, and ex­hi­bi­tions will open that April.

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