Thursday, March 18th, 2010
IT’S almost time again for the 11th City of Bayswater Autumn River Festival, sponsored by Galleria Toyota and Lotterywest, down by the Swan River on Sunday, March 28.

Regarded as a highly-anticipated major community event each year, the festival has been described as a cavalcade of fun, free activities for friends and family.

From 10am to 4pm, Bayswater’s Riverside Gardens will be host to pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, model yacht racing, fire engine rides, a climbing wall, live music, circus performances and craft activities for kids.

“It’s also an opportunity to find out what’s happening in the community by talking to local social, sporting, hobby and other groups who will be showcasing their interests on the day,” Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said.

“There’s a chance to compete in the Bayswater Games with sack races, egg and spoon races and an environmental treasure hunt offering some fantastic prizes for those able to follow the clues.

“We also have a ‘Councillors’ Kitchen’ that will give out free healthy treats, including watermelon and apple bites, with City of Bayswater councillors on hand to say hello and give a personal thank you.

“A variety of food and drinks will be on sale – or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy by the river.

“For a window into the past and a look a yesteryear, you can step forward for a heritage walk to learn more about Bayswater, visit Halliday House to discover the area’s rich history or stop by Ellis House for the inspiring art displays.”

Mayor Kenyon said the City of Bayswater Autumm River Festival had a distinct community focus that appealed to the young and old alike.

“We’ve also got the fourth Artists on the Walkpath event happening at the same time with temporary art work installations from artists living in the eastern suburbs, inspired by the local environment,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity to take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque riverside path and enjoy something slightly different and engaging as people keep an out for the different items on display.

“The Garden of Aussie Delights is also sure to entertain with giant roving puppets that use an Australiana theme.”

With more than 12,000 people expected to attend the festival, visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or catch public transport to and from the event as part of making the event clean and green by 2013.

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The annual City of Bayswater Autumn River Festival is on March 28 at Bayswater’s Riverside Gardens with face painting, model yacht racing, live music, circus performances and more.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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