Help will keep event grow­ing

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Zoe Keenan

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.

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

Kit­tens Dash and Archie are await­ing adop­tion at RSPCA Malaga, but re­mem­ber an­i­mals should not be im­pulse pur­chases.

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