Her­itage event eyes sus­tain­able fu­ture

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

A day to cel­e­brate Kwinana’s rich his­tory and re­flect on its sus­tain­able fu­ture is be­ing held at Sloan’s Re­serve in May.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to Our Her­itage Event on Sun­day, May 7, which is be­ing held dur­ing the Aus­tralian Her­itage Fes­ti­val, with a range of his­tory and sus­tain­abil­ity-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

Not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Kwinana Com­mu­nity Shar­ing is based on Sloan Re­serve and will be of­fer­ing ad­vice on bee­keep­ing, wax wraps, worm farm­ing, plant­ing ideas and re­cy­cling.

Chair­woman Erin Bell said the re­serve was re­ally im­por­tant to a lot of peo­ple in Kwinana, with many hold­ing onto spe­cial mem­o­ries from even be­fore the cot­tage was re­built.

“We are try­ing to re­di­rect where Her­itage Day has been,” she said.

“Tra­di­tion­ally it has been a cel­e­bra­tion and it still is of the cot­tage and the his­tory here but we as Kwinana Com­mu­nity Shar­ing are go­ing forth into the fu­ture in a more sus­tain­able way.

“The first ideal of sus­tain­abil­ity is to use what you have and what we have is a re­ally amaz­ing fa­cil­ity that hap­pens to have a beau­ti­ful his­tory and lots of love in it, and I guess that’s what it is all about for us.

“It should be a re­ally fun day, it al­ways is. It is a re­ally beau­ti­ful prop­erty and we’re so lucky to be able to be here.”

Cof­fee and food stalls will be on of­fer along with an an­i­mal farm, bub­ble sta­tion, face paint­ing, live mu­sic, his­tor­i­cal talks and dis­plays by lo­cal vet­eran car and me­dieval clubs.

Res­i­dents will also be in­vited to take home na­tive seedlings on the day for $1.50, sub­sidised by the City of Kwinana, with 16 plant va­ri­eties avail­able in­clud­ing kan­ga­roo paws and banksias.

Mayor Carol Adams en­cour­aged res­i­dents to take part in the com­mu­nity bush­land plant­ing ses­sion tak­ing place on the day.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in bush­land plant­ing is a fan­tas­tic way to teach chil­dren about na­ture and en­cour­age a sense of re­spect and own­er­ship of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“In the com­ing years, they will be able to walk through Kwinana’s beau­ti­ful na­ture re­serves and say, ‘I helped cre­ate this’.

“If you have ever thought about join­ing a lo­cal group, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to get to know a bit more about what they do and see how you might like to get in­volved.”

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au Kwinana Com­mu­nity Shar­ing chair­woman Erin Bell is look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing on Her­itage Day.

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