In partnership with the WA Visitor Centre in Perth, WAITOC - Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council - staged a competition in search of a decorative Welcome to Country from a local Aboriginal artist.
The winning artist Rickesha Burdett, will soon see her artwork featured as a stunning display across the ceiling of the Visitor Centre reception area. It extends a story and a traditional welcome which illustrates that the region now known as Perth, sits within a landscape that has been home to the Noongar Wadjuk people for over 40,000 years.
WAITOC Chair, Doc Reynolds, commented, “Protocols for welcoming visitors to country have been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for thousands of years, offering them safe passage and protection during their journey. Today, the Western Australian Visitor Centres extend a perfect contemporary venue for this ancient custom to welcome our visitors from across Australia and around the world through art from the local custodians”.
Make sure to visit the WA Visitor Centre to see the unique and vibrant Welcome to Country.