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Page 38 • MICEBTN - MARCH- MAY 2017 WESTERN AUSTRALIA Marine parks help drive eco-tourism boom Mid West Art Prize is rejuvenated THE CITY of Greater Geraldton has taken on leadership of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and intends to put greater emphasis on community and regional arts. Symbolising this is the return of the Mid West Art Prize. Mayor Shane Van Styn said “new signature gallery events” would also be announced. “We really want to introduce more workshops and communi- ty engagement elements to the gallery that will draw in people and visitors alike,” he said. The Mid West Art Prize exhibition is regarded as one of the most sig- nificant cultural events in WA. “Taking on the Geraldton Region- al Art Gallery allows the City to run this exciting competition again,” said Van Styn. “I hope lots of local artists get behind the Mid West Art Prize and share their unique, vibrant pieces with the community and state.” In a change from previous years, the Overall Award for Excellence – which carries prize money of A$20,000 – will become acquisi- tive as will the Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Art Award and the RED- FM Youth Award while the Local Member People’s Choice Award will remain non-acquisitive. On the web: artgallery.cgg.wa .gov.au LONG time in planning, the Great Kimberley Marine Park has been finalised with the creation of the huge North Kimberley Marine Park. Under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy the state government established new ma- rine parks at Camden Sound, Eighty Mile Beach, Horizontal Falls, North Lalang-garram and Rosebuck Bay as well as North Kimberley. This gives protection to some three million hectares of coastal waters in the Kimberley region and will help further WA’s eco-tourism appeal. The North Kimberley Marine Park protects coral reefs, man- grove-lined creeks and bays and sandy beaches that are home to a variety of marine species including dugongs, whales, dolphins, sawfish and turtles. It is also rich in Aboriginal culture and the Bal- anggarra, Wunam- bal Gaambera, Ngarinyin and Miriuwung Gajer- rong people have a cultural, spiritual and social connection to the north Kimberley sea country. Balanggarra sea country in the park will be jointly managed by traditional owners and the Depart- ment of Parks and Wildlife. Great Kimberley Marine Park , Camden Sound, photo WA Parks & Wildlife The Kimberley Science and Con- servation Strategy is the biggest conservation project ever under- taken in WA.