Huge cel­e­bra­tion for Ex­mouth an­niver­sary

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Ex­mouth is gear­ing up for a week­end of cel­e­bra­tions to mark 50 years since the of­fi­cial opening of the town and Naval Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sta­tion Harold E. Holt.

The cel­e­bra­tions will in­cor­po­rate the of­fi­cial opening of the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre on Septem­ber 15, with res­i­dents in­vited to take a peek in­side the build­ing.

Shire of Ex­mouth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Woods said res­i­dents and vis­i­tors would be en­ter­tained by the Pun­darra Gun­tharri dancers, the Ex­mouth District High School Choir, an aerial artist and a pro­jec­tion art and py­rotech­nics dis­play at the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre grounds that evening. “Lo­cal and vis­it­ing food vans will be set up around the cen­tre and we are invit­ing ev­ery­one to bring their fam­i­lies, pic­nic rugs and chairs to this al­co­hol-free event and en­joy the evening of free entertainment,” he said.

“We are also plan­ning to seal a time cap­sule at the event, a tra­di­tion that was started 50 years ago when the town was first opened.

“At that time the then prime min­is­ter Harold E. Holt sealed a time cap­sule that is to be opened in 2067. We will ask the Premier when he is here to seal an­other cap­sule that will be opened at the same time as the orig­i­nal.”

Ex­mouth Cul­tural Arts Cen­tre will also be un­veil­ing its co­ral reef com­mu­nity art piece at the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre opening as part of Ex­mouth’s 50th an­niver­sary week­end.

More than 70 cro­cheters, weavers, lace-mak­ers and braiders have worked for 18 months to recre­ate, out of yarn, life-sized corals and crit­ters found on Nin­ga­loo Reef.

ECAC YARN project co-or­di­na­tor Christie Ware­ham-Norfolk said peo­ple would be amazed at what had been pro­duced.

The art­work will be on dis­play at the cen­tre be­fore be­ing moved later in the year to its long-term home in the Mi­ly­er­ing Cen­tre.

A full pro­gram of the week­end’s event, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralia v Amer­ica soft­ball game, live mu­sic, float pa­rade, party in the park and fam­ily beach day, is avail­able on the Shire web­site.

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