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Splash of colour brightens South for weekender extravaganza

Published on Monday, 15 May 2023 at 10:34:52 AM

South Hedland was a sea of colour over the weekend as crowds flocked to the Town of Port Hedland’s Welcome to Hedland Weekender extravaganza.

The event featured a Community Expo on Friday night as well as a Street Art Festival across the weekend, held in conjunction with Perth-based mural creators Blank Walls.

Twelve murals have been painted in the town square celebrating the cultural pride and rich history of South Hedland. A walking trail has also been established for the murals.

Mayor Peter Carter said the community expo and street art festival were a terrific way to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of South Hedland.

“There has been a great sense of community all weekend,” Mayor Carter said.

“The murals are wonderful. Half of them have been painted by talented local artists and the colours and vibrancy are amazing and will be a lasting legacy that help revitalise the town square for years to come.”

There were more than 60 stallholders and food vendors at the community expo on Friday night, showcasing Hedland’s industry, community groups and services.

“The highlight for me on Friday night were the brilliant performances by the kids from the school choir and dance groups – and the amount of families who were out enjoying the festivities of the community expo,” Mayor Carter said.

The 50th anniversary also included the official launch of the Hedlander Memories book, which is a collection of stories collated by the team at Hedland libraries.

The Welcome to Hedland Weekender was supported by sponsors Pilbara Ports Authority, Horizon Power, South Hedland Square Charter Hall and Aus Traffic Management.

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