Good news! We have been successful in receiving a grant from the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) as part of their threatened species program. We look forward to working with them on fostering discussions and awareness of Chuditch (Western Quoll's) in our area.
Our Imagine a Greater Wellington National Park campaign has taken a big step forward with the public announcement of the proposed new boundaries for the Wellington National Park. The proposal for the expansion of Wellington National Park has been released for public comment with submissions closing 5pm, 13 March 2019.
The current proposal would see an additional 7360 hectares of land added to the existing Wellington National Park, along the current southern border of the park to the Preston River. These additions will increase the overall area of the national park to almost 25,000 hectares. For more information on the proposal and submission process click here.
“Expanding national parks was important in order to protect conservation values and ensure these areas could be enjoyed by future generations. During the past 10 years visitation to the park has increased substantially and more than 315,000 visitors had gone through the park over the past year. Wellington National Park continues to grow as a popular destination due to the proximity to Perth, outstanding scenic, cultural and biodiversity values and the multitude of recreational activities it offers.” Stephen Dawson, Environment Minister
For a detailed outline of our response and help with writing your submissions we will be holding a workshop on Tuesday, February 12 from 6.30pm -7.30pm at the Yabberup Hall. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Promote Preston team we would like to thank the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire council for the community grant that made our Spring program possible and everyone who contributed along the way.
And a BIG THANK YOU to the Anglican Parish Boomerang Bags group (see pictures below) in Donnybrook for donating $337.45 towards our Greater Wellington National Park campaign. The boomerang club were instrumental in getting us to switch from plastic to BYO bags at the Donnybrook IGA. Now that it has been legislated by the WA Government this group has dissolved. The group have donated the funds they raised selling their bags to Promote Preston as “the expansion of the Wellington National Park will benefit many people in our community and visitors to our region helping them to feel connected to their natural environment with all the benefits that brings”. It is another example of the great community support we have received along the way.
Members of the Donnybrook Boomerang club | Dianne Da’re, Colleen Bandy, Sandy Holdaway, Dot Pendergrast, Deborah Scoullar, Emily Jendrzejak, Katrina Zeehandelaar-Adams, Priscilla Symes , Louise Haydock, Marilyn Schmit, Will Holdaway, Lucille Piesse, Claire Jendrzejak, Marg and Stu Law, Leonie Darlington, June Scott
It was a fabulous weekend. Preston River Valley was a vibrant hub of creativity and community.
With four artist studios joining 'Fernbank' open garden and our art exhibition, the Art…Naturally trail did a wonderful job of showcasing our beautiful Preston River Valley and wonderful community.
Our textile fine art exhibition held at the Yabberup Hall was an outstanding success. Nearly 100 people gathered on Saturday evening for the judging of the ‘For the Love of Nature’ textile fine art competition. Congratulations to all the wonderful artists who entered pieces and were exhibited alongside notable Bunbury-Geographe artists Jenni Doherty, Jane Flower , Val Hornibrook and Helen Seiver. Thank you too, to internationally renowned Noongar artist Sandra Hill and Ferguson Valley artist Jan Hart for judging. They were very impressed at the quality and thought that went into the art works exhibited.
First prize was won by Preston River Valley artist, Sally Young for her piece ‘Natural decay of humanity'. (Pictured in slide show at end)
2nd prize went to Robyn Inkpen for her piece “Warning-bleached coral in a plastic sea”
3rd prize went to Elaine Sheridan for “Next generation”
Special mention was made for Valerie Rowe’s piece, “Respect, Protect, Preserve”
As Jan Hart shared, “It was a great pleasure to be involved in Art ...Naturally. A great concept well executed by all involved. The Hall looked a treat with its beautiful floral arrangement at the entrance. All the objects inside were curated with much thought and consideration and the catalogue was superb. I found the standard very high and with the extra works by accomplished artists to fill the hall it was so interesting to the whole exhibition. The organiser Fiona Richardson was industrious with her team. The food and drinks were delightful and the atmosphere she created outside for the public and artists was so friendly we all had a great time. It’s been a pleasure for me to see such active and creative people working together to put Preston Valley on the map as a exciting place to enjoy contemporary artisans at their work in some very interesting studios.”
Thank you to Georgina Richardson who did a great job as curator and to Balingup resident Sean Mitchell who shared his talent and expertise in lighting and hanging the exhibition. Thank you also to Sam Dixon for being our textile artist in residence on the Saturday.
All in all the weekend was a wonderful success. Our event was profiled in the new Found Bunbury-Geographe tourism magazine. The artists Sally Young, Cynthia Dix, Janelle Barnes and Marion Dreaver who opened their studios had a great turn out and the feedback from the community has been great.
"Many thanks to the organisers of this outstanding week-end of art, craft and fellowship. The organisation was superb, the variety and quality of the work on display was amazing … so many talented people living around us down here … and the atmosphere of friendliness and community spirit was uplifting.” Elizabeth and Russell Docking
On behalf of the Promote Preston team we would like to thank everyone involved.
Drawing on the inspiration of nature, Promote Preston is launching a new art event to promote the Preston River Valley.
Art…Naturally will be held on November 3 & 4 along the Preston River Valley.
Twenty two textile artists from the broader Bunbury Geographe region have entered pieces into the ‘For the Love of Nature’ textile fine art competition. This exhibition will be judged by highly regarded Noongar artist, Sandra Hill and renown Ferguson Valley artist Jan Hart.
The Preston River Valley is a beautiful part of the South West, with forests of jarrah and marri right on our doorstep. This made it easy to chose ‘for the love of nature’ as our theme.
The exhibition of textile fine art will be on show at the Yabberup Hall from 10am – 4pm on Saturday the 3rd and from 10 – 2pm on Sunday the 4th, with winners of the competition being gifted produce from our local wine and food producers.
The Preston River Valley community is both a creative and supportive one. We are fortunate to have a collection of talented artists working in different media who are opening their studio’s, some for the first time, for the art trail which travels along the Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Rd. Felt artist and jewellery designer Sally Young will be opening her beautiful strawbale studio in Mumballup. Just up the road is Cynthia Dix a painter, glass and mixed media artist. Mixed media artist, printmaker and potter is Janelle Barnes, right next to the Yabberup Hall. Potter Marilyn Dreaver’s studio is first cab off the rank, if you are coming from Donnybrook. She is on Sandhill’s Road.’ Fernbank’ is our open garden with over 275 roses and makes up the final part of our Art…Naturally trail and will be a great place to stop and relax along the way.
Refreshments and food will be on offer at many of the studios and at Fernbank. At the Yabberup Hall there will be yummy wraps available on Saturday and the famous Kentucky smoker will fire up on Sunday.
On Sunday Scott Bartholomew will be hosting his popular Seed Propagating Workshop from 10am til noon at the Yabberup Hall. Cost is $10 and everything will be provided.
Please register for either or both at email@example.com
Full details supplied on registration
With the announcement that an expansion of the Wellington National Park will be happening we have launched Promote Preston and developed our strategic plan.
Our vision is for an interactive park that enables people of all ages and abilities to access and engage with our beautiful Jarrah/Marri forests. A pace where people can learn more about Noongar ways of caring for country, participate in citizen science volunteer programs or challenge themselves by doing something a little ‘wild and adventurous’.
What can we say...it was a heap of fun for everyone! "The kids enjoyed it immensely and it was so good to see them having so much fun and learning at the same time." Debbie Cann (teacher, Donnybrook Primary School). Thanks Steve from Wild Movement Perth for all the 'wild' games - especially two tribes, the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup for the community grant that made it possible and Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia for access to the Wellington Discovery Forest facilities.
An enthusiastic community group committed to the Preston Valley being an eco-friendly place to live, work and play!