Segment: Mountains and Murals
Air Date: 8th March 2020
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy
363 kms south of Perth lies the town of Mount Barker, home to one of the state’s most incredible collections of murals.
- Known as the Gateway to the South, Mount Barker features award-winning wineries, a great local bakery and many other attractions.
- Local police officer and Walldog member Sergeant David Johnson led the revitalisation of the town, with murals popping up all over Mount Barker.
- In 2019, David Johnson managed to convice 25 fellow Walldogs from aroung the globe to travel to Mount Barker and help his town record its history on the walls.
- The pieces of history shown were chosen after a long deliberation, and include the history of the local co-op, the local Aboriginal artist Bella Kelly, the founding of the town and the first flight to arrive in the town.
- The town of Mount Barker contributed to the airfares of the arriving Walldogs, who donated 100 hours of work, including two weeks in Mount Barker, to the project.
- There were 50 volunteer artists from across WA, as well as 20 volunteers helping out with catering.
- The next round of murals will be painted in November as a part of the Mountains and Murals festival – come on down to get involved!