’Appy life in coastal region: Perth Royal Show display

Courtney and Monique Russell at the Coastal display.
Courtney and Monique Russell at the Coastal display.

THE Coastal region earned top honours in the district displays at this year’s Perth Royal Show for its innovative display.

The region, which covers Wanneroo, had a display featuring an app called Augmented Coastal that showgoers could download on to their phones.

Targets revealed hidden photos, animations, sounds and information related to agricultural sectors in the Coastal region.

Architect student Alaric Korb, whose mother Peta was Coastal’s coordinator, designed the app and said the idea initially started out as a joke.

“But when I mentioned it to mum she took it seriously and encouraged me to go ahead,” he said.

“I had never designed an app before, so it was a big learning curve and took about four months.”

Hundreds of people downloaded it onto their phones on the first day of the show and tablets were available for those without iPhones.

Great Southern was second overall, after fears last year it would have to leave the competition following the retirement of volunteers. Former co-ordinator Greg Brockway showed the ropes to new volunteers who stepped up to keep the tradition going.

“To come second overall more than exceeded expectations,” he said.

“Coastal has started a new era in district displays with its use of the kind of technology that some of us older ones didn’t even know existed.”