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.
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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.
The group lobbying for Wellington National Park to be expanded is gaining momentum after the State Government has shown an interest in the area.
Promote Preston – the group behind the Imagine Greater Wellington National Park campaign – says its next step is to put together a business plan for the proposal to become a reality.
The group’s efforts were given a boost of confidence last week when parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Water, Fisheries and Forestry Chris Tallentire was given a tour of the forest areas outlined in its plans.
The group wants the park increased to cover a whopping 30,000ha.
Promote Preston spokeswoman Julieanne Hilbers said the visit was the first step in Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray fulfilling his election campaign commitment on the expansion.
“It provided us with a great opportunity to highlight the many opportunities an expanded national park would bring to both our local community and the wider Bunbury-Geographe region,” Ms Hilbers said.
“Now things are progressing it means we can now start work on a business plan.
“In the past few months we have had positive talks with local tourism businesses and identified potential partnerships.
“By diversifying the local economy and encouraging micro-businesses that connect people with nature we will be well placed to create a prosperous future for the residents of our valley.”
Mr Murray said he would work with all stakeholders.
“I will be working closely with Promote Preston, the Minister for Environment and other relevant stakeholders to make sure this valuable natural asset is protected and contributes to expanding the Collie-Preston electorate as an area of natural beauty and tourism,” Mr Murray said.
Reporter - Kate Fielding
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