An­other silent night

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Madeleine Stephens

THE Car­ols in the Park event in Bur­swood Park has been can­celled for the sec­ond Christ­mas in a row, this year be­cause of the tim­ing of river­bank re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works.

Bur­swood Park Board gen­eral man­ager Linda Krut said the de­ci­sion was made be­cause the site of the car­ols had to be closed to im­prove the re­ced­ing Swan River fore­shore.

“The Board’s de­ci­sion to can­cel the 2018 event was a re­luc­tant one and made only to fa­cil­i­tate crit­i­cal fore­shore works which are needed to ar­rest and sta­bilise the shore­line ero­sion, re­pair dam­aged sec­tions and ul­ti­mately im­prove the amenity, ap­pear­ance and ecol­ogy of the fore­shore area,” she said.

Ms Krut said the car­ols event would return next year de­spite the hia­tus.

Last year’s con­cert did not go ahead be­cause the event space was ear­marked for a con­struc­tion project, which ul­ti­mately did not even­tu­ate.

Parkwood res­i­dent Gabrielle Iriks said her grand­daugh­ter looked for­ward ev­ery year to danc­ing at the event, which she de­scribed as a great fam­ily oc­ca­sion.

“Many fam­ily mem­bers, par­ents and grand­par­ents of the par­tic­i­pants also go to watch their chil­dren and rel­a­tives per­form and it is a trea­sured event for them,” she wrote in a let­ter of dis­ap­point­ment to sev­eral politi­cians.

“Every­one en­joys the event as it caters to many, on many dif­fer­ent lev­els, in­clud­ing the big­gest one which is com­mu­nity to­geth­er­ness and in­te­gra­tion.

“In this day and age of empty con­sumerism, peo­ple are look­ing for real con­nec­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences as well.”

Ms Krut said mov­ing Car­ols in the Park to an­other lo­ca­tion in the park had been con­sid­ered but was ul­ti­mately not vi­able.

“Un­for­tu­nately, re­lo­ca­tion is not pos­si­ble due to a range of fac­tors in­clud­ing light­ing, safety and ac­cess to ser­vices, as well as host­ing of the Telethon Com­mu­nity Cin­e­mas Bur­swood,” she said.

More than 2000 peo­ple at­tended the 22nd Car­ols in the Park in 2016.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said an al­ter­na­tive was Count­down to Christ­mas, which the coun­cil had part­nered with Curtin Uni­ver­sity to hold on De­cem­ber 2.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the City planned to meet with the Lions Club to dis­cuss their plans for this year, where the can­cel­la­tion of Bur­swood Park’s event would be dis­cussed.

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