MORE than 1500 people received an insight into the Port of Geraldton recently as the Mid West Ports Authority hosted its annual Community Open Day, also marking the 50th anniversary of the authority.

Local site Shepherds Park was transformed into a community hub.

Of the 1500 people who attended the event, more than 450 enjoyed a guided bus tour through the port.

MWPA chief executive Rochelle Macdonald said one of the tours welcomed a special guest.

“A highlight for our team was when one of our staff members was able to take his 106-year-old great grandmother for a tour of the Port,” Ms Macdonald said.

“She was delighted that she could get to see where her grandson actually worked.

“We love how events like our Community Open Day are able to connect us with the families of our staff and the wider community.”

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After the open day, MWPA hosted more than 80 customers and dignitaries to a special sundowner event at the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Guests heard from MWPA Board of Directors chair John Elkington, who spoke about the history of the Port and future developments.

“Both of our events on Sunday were a fantastic opportunity to connect with our community and keep them informed of the exciting future ahead for MWPA,” Dr Macdonald said.

The anniversary celebrations are to continue with a MWPA staff function in coming weeks and further events planned for later in 2019.

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