Vol­un­teers to re­store Old Farm

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

The ap­pro­pri­ately named Old Farm at Straw­berry Hill is one of the old­est farms in our State, and now it is be­ing re­stored, the Na­tional Trust is call­ing for vol­un­teers.

The farm was es­tab­lished even be­fore the Swan River Colony, aris­ing in 1827 as a source of food for the set­tle­ment.

Na­tional Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Ju­lian Don­ald­son said restor­ing the ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion would not only in­crease vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ences but rep­re­sent Al­bany’s rich farm­ing her­itage.

“Old Farm played an im­por­tant role in the set­tle­ment of West­ern Aus­tralia and the site de­serves to be ap­pro­pri­ately con­served,” Mr Don­ald­son said.

“It will take a cen­tral role in the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the bi­cen­te­nary of Bri­tish set­tle­ment of West­ern Aus­tralia in 2026, so it is im­por­tant that we start now.”

The farm was bought by the Gov­ern­ment in 1956 as a his­toric mon­u­ment and trans­ferred to the Na­tional Trust in 1964

Mr Don­ald­son said plan­ning be­gan for the restora­tion project in 2012.

“Al­ready, a strong group of vol­un­teers is mak­ing an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the care of the place and mak­ing it avail­able to lo­cals and tourists, how­ever we need more peo­ple to join our team,” he said.

“The is look­ing for vol­un­teers who are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing the her­itage as­pects of the place while con­tribut­ing their skills and ex­per­tise to pro­tect this im­por­tant place.”

Vol­un­teers can un­der­take a range of ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to gen­eral main­te­nance du­ties such as rak­ing, weed­ing and plant­ing her­itage species. To vol­un­teer or in­quire about the plans for Old Farm, phone the Al­bany and Re­gional Vol­un­teer Ser­vice on 9841 3588.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Na­tional Trust vol­un­teers Linda Bar­ton, Faye Clay, Ca­role Tonk­in­son and Laura Bow­man at Straw­berry Hill Farm.

Vol­un­teer Mar­garet Adams with vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Judy Wil­liams at Straw­berry Hill Farm.

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