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Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Josh Whiteland opens the mural.
Camera IconJosh Whiteland opens the mural.

Dunsborough Primary School officially has opened its new mural installation, Meeka Meelup, built to honour the Wandandi people.

The artwork was designed by the Aboriginal students at the school, with extension art students, to present the ocean’s changing seasons.

Koomal Dreaming’s Josh Whiteland said it was a great acknowledgement of country.

“It’s something that the kids have been involved in, it’s something that will be here for a long time, and something that everyone should be very proud of,” he said.

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The 19m entry statement came from talks between Mr Whiteland and DPS art specialist Karen Seaman after a Koomal Dreaming cultural incursion last year.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the mural was a lasting piece of work for students yet to come.

DPS principal Garry Jones said the whole school community could feel justifiably proud of the mural.

“Not only has it helped make the entrance to our school so much more appealing, it also gives our students and their families a unique insight into the culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land Dunsborough Primary is built on, the Wadandi people.”

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