Friends of Jirdarup and Town's UFS showcased our "Bush Forever" land

Smoking ceremony at the Friends of Jirdarup "Celebrate our bushland" event

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New interpretive signage at Kensington Bushland

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Bushwalk at Friends of Jirdarup event with Town's Natural Areas staff member

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Community members on a guided bush walk tour

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Information stall on our local bird life at Friends of Jirdarup event

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Town of Victoria Park Mayor and staff at Friends of Jirdarup event

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On Saturday 19 September 2020, the Town and its community celebrated ‘Spring’ in our bushland, with an event that showcased the partnership between the Town and the Friends of Jirdarup Bushland. 

The event was held from 2pm - 4pm at Kensington Bushland and started with a Smoking and Welcome to Country ceremony by Noongar Elder Matthew McGuire, guided bush walks by the Town’s Natural Areas team and also Elder, Neville Collard. 
 
Despite the wind, rain and even hail, over 100 people came out to the event and checked out the new interpretive signage and bird waterers which have been installed in the Kensington Bushland. 
 
The Town of Victoria Park’s Urban Forest Strategy team worked with the volunteers of the Friends of Jirdarup by not only providing funding for the event but also expert events assistance to run the event in a safe and successful manner. 
 
The work together with Friends of Jirdarup is a product of an ongoing relationship and partnership with the community and the event was a great opportunity to also celebrate this.
 
The element of maximising community involvement and collaboration, is a major outcome and focus of the Town’s Urban Forest Strategy which has been a community led initiative since its inception and throughout its delivery.
 
The Town’s event team also worked with the Friends group at every step of the planning and delivery of an event, meeting with them weekly and building their capacity to deliver events in the future. They got the full ‘events’ experience – managing extreme weather and implementing last minute contingency plans to ensure the event could go on!
 
If you have any photos from the event please, we would love to see them. 

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