Australian High Commission


18 April 2017

Free photographic exhibition ‘Better Together’ celebrates Australia’s contribution to Sri Lanka’s development over the last 70 years

Over the last 70 years, Australia and Sri Lanka have built a strong friendship across many fields. Australia has been a consistent and reliable partner in support of Sri Lanka’s development. From sending relief supplies during the floods of the 1950s to, recovery from the tsunami and conflict, and recent investments in public education that have touched the lives of thousands of students, Australia has been a key partner in Sri Lanka’s development.

A free photographic exhibition is showcasing this history of cooperation this week at the Lionel Wendt Gallery in Colombo. It’s a chance to learn about the history of our development partnership and the amazing Sri Lankan men and women that we have worked with, as Sri Lanka has changed and grown.

The exhibition was launched by the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific and is open to the public from 21-23 April.

“Many of our new development programs are focused on partnering with the private sector in innovative ways to create more quality jobs for all Sri Lankans,” said Minister Fierravanti-Wells.

Some of the newest partnerships are featured in the exhibition – like the project that provides economic opportunities for war widows in Vavuniya. There are now over 200 women growing export grade papaya in their home gardens, which they pack in a processing factory they own before shipping to Dubai.

Other photographs highlight the Australia-Sri Lanka partnership through sport, education, infrastructure, de-mining and agriculture, to name but a few.

The images are as beautiful as they are meaningful. Come for a look and help us celebrate this 70th year of friendship between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The exhibition is at the Lionel Wendt Gallery in Colombo 07.

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