Help will keep event growing
A lack of volunteers means the Anglican Parish Council has partnered with Esperance Community Arts to keep the Anglican Wildflower Festival alive.
Renamed the Esperance Wildflower Festival, the council has co-ordinated the well-loved community event, which attracts more than 1000 visitors and tourists every year, for nearly 40 years.
But co-ordinator Ruth McIntyre said the council was struggling to get volunteers every year.
“Finding people to help run the event from the church every year is impossible,” she said.
“I’ve run the event the last two years and I can’t do it any more.”
The new partnership with Esperance Community Arts and the con- tinued partnership with the Esperance Wildflower Society is set to keep the event running, with the potential to expand to more than just the wildflower festival, Ms McIntyre said.
“The idea is to expand the wildflower festival and make it a whole town festival,” she said.
“By expanding the event to include more people and get more community groups involved, it’ll be for the better.
“I have every confidence that Esperance Community Arts will be able to do a great job and if they can secure grants, then we’ll be able to expand the festival in the future.”
The Esperance Wildflower Society will continue to manage the exhibition which is at the core of the festival, labelling species and providing education material.
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