Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
WITH glorious sunshine bearing down on Riverside Gardens, the annual City of Bayswater Autumn River Festival, sponsored by Galleria Toyota and Lotterywest, has proven to be another success.

Now it its 11th year, the highly-anticipated community event attracted widespread coverage and attracted more than 12,000 people to enjoy the fun, free activities on offer.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said the City of Bayswater Autumn River Festival had continued to prove popular because it had a distinct community focus that appealed to young and old alike.

“Events such as this attract large numbers of visitors from outside the immediate Bayswater catchment area, as well as locals, which combined with the wonderful weather, makes the festival extremely important to the local economy,” he said.

“It’s a valuable marketing tool that positions the City of Bayswater as a colourful, vibrant and exciting place to visit.

“Whether it was pony rides, monster balls, face painting, model yacht racing, fire engine rides, live music, circus performances or craft activities for kids, there was something to engage everyone.

“It was also an opportunity learn more about what’s happening in our community with various local social, sporting, hobby and other groups showcasing information on the day.

“Our councillors’ kitchen proved immensely popular with free apple and watermelon on offer with the watermelon slices all disappearing by the early afternoon.

“People also enjoyed the opportunity to dunk a councillor, especially the children, and I certainly took the plunge a few times, after some well-aimed throws, along with my fellow Councillor Sally Palmer.”

The fourth annual Artists on the Walkpath, featuring temporary art work installations from eastern suburbs artists, was another City of Bayswater Autumn River Festival highlight.

Mayor Kenyon said the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group also proved popular, ensuring the public got involved in their performance.

“It was a really terrific display, highlighting some wonderful cultural aspects and getting people to be a part of it all,” he said.

“I want to thank all the groups that took part in the day, whether it was a school, church or sporting group, because they helped to make it an event that truly embraced the overall community feel of the festival.”

autumn1: Kaylan, 5, and Amanda Booth, of Bayswater, take part in some umbrella art.

autumn2-3: Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon braves the Dunk the Councillor stall - only to make a splash minutes later.

autumn4: Trinity Dawn-Mackie, 6, of Bassendean gets up close and personal with some farm animals.

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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.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923
W: www.bayswater.wa.gov.au


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