Katanning celebrates diversity

Participants at Harmony Day festival

Crowds turned out in Katanning at the weekend as the town celebrated the annual Harmony Day. Often touted as the one of the most multicultural regional towns in the nation, Katanning has celebrated its diverse cultural mix for the past decade.

Harmony Day is supported by the GSDC as a community building event. GSDC Chief Executive Officer Bruce Manning said the celebration complemented other activities of the Commission in the region. Mr Manning said recently-announced Regional Economic Development grants included support for projects that would work in synergy with Harmony Day.

One of the projects is a Shire of Katanning initiative focused on food tourism, aiming to build on the town’s advantages in having a wide range of food skills from many cultural backgrounds. Funding for Great Southern Treasures will support further development of tourism opportunities in the inland areas of the region.

Mr Manning said the projects and events would work together to increase economic activity through tourism and maintain strong regional communities.

The photo by Zahra Shirazee shows Karen community members from Myanmar and the Hula Magic Polynesian performers at Harmony Day.

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