Health tip makes a splash

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Koombana Foreshore project manager Phillip Rowley hangs out with Dexter the Dolphin – a donation from South 32, which bought the colourful sculpture as part of a public arts project raising awareness and funds for children’s mental health.
Camera IconKoombana Foreshore project manager Phillip Rowley hangs out with Dexter the Dolphin – a donation from South 32, which bought the colourful sculpture as part of a public arts project raising awareness and funds for children’s mental health. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

A unique and colourful dolphin has cemented its position at Koombana Bay as a new art installation aimed at raising awareness for children’s mental health.

Dexter the Dolphin was gifted to the City of Bunbury by mining and metals company South32, which operates Worsley Alumina.

The life-sized bottlenose was one of 37 dolphins commissioned for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation public arts project – The Big Splash – to raise awareness and money for children’s mental health.

Each sculpture was sold at auction with proceeds going to support the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the hospital.

South32 was the successful bidder for Dexter.

Dexter the Dolphin has cemented his position at Koombana Foreshore.
Camera IconDexter the Dolphin has cemented his position at Koombana Foreshore. Credit: Supplied / City of Bunbury

South32 corporate affairs vice-president Katie Tovich said the company cared about people and the community.

“With our headquarters in Perth and our Worsley Alumina operation near Bunbury, we’re pleased that we could donate the artwork for the enjoyment of the Bunbury community,” Ms Tovich said.

“We’re proud to have been a major sponsor of The Big Splash WA and we hope that having Dexter on display at the foreshore will help to raise awareness of youth mental health and well-being.”

Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel said it was a generous offer and the sculpture would inject some colour to Koombana Foreshore.

“I wish to thank South32 for donating this unique artwork to not just the City of Bunbury but the community as a whole,” Cr Miguel said.

“It has injected some colour to Koombana Foreshore and adds to the overall vibrancy of the area not to mention solidifies Bunbury’s reputation as having the largest public arts display in regional Australia.”

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