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The silk painting that will be transferred onto the wall of the Ramada in Ballina. Painting Kim Michelle Toft.

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Ballina is about to become home to a new mural celebrating ‘Healthy Waterways, Healthy Planet’.

The mural by Kim Michelle Toft is a reproduction of her latest project, a silk painting adorned ‘My Ocean Home’.

The mural will be the first of its kind in Ballina and will be permanently displayed on the exterior wall of the Ramada Hotel and Suites building from Thursday 19 December. 

Karen Whiteford, General Manager of Ramada, said the mural would serve as a visual reminder to protect and conserve the unique waterways of Ballina. 

‘We are incredibly lucky to see dolphins, turtles and other amazing sea life on a daily basis and we hope many generations to come will be able to share this vision,’ said Ms Whiteford.

Supported by the Rotary Club of Ballina, LJ Signs and Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina, the mural represents the artist’s belief that nature, art and education are the corner-stones of a brighter future. 

‘Its incredibly important for local businesses to support art in the community, it not only enriches our outlook but adds beauty to our landscape,’ said Ms Whiteford. 

The artist, Kim Michelle Toft, wants this mural to be a positive reminder for people of all ages of the beauty and vibrancy of this region’s environment. 

‘It has been my life’s work to help educate children about conservation and the environment,’ said Ms Toft. 

‘I want people to look at the vibrancy of the mural and think “WOW”’.

A launch party will be held Friday 20 December from 5pm to 7pm in the Fenwick Room, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina.


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