Monday, July 5th, 2010
THE countdown to the 2010 Avon Descent has begun – and the City of Bayswater will again be hosting a free finish line event at Riverside Gardens from 11am to 6pm, Sunday, August 8.

Attractions on offer include a live race commentary via the big screen (along with hot shots from day one and action from previous years), bouncy castles, roving entertainers and interactive activities for parents and children.

Regarded as one of WA’s premier events, the Avon Descent finish line attracts 12,000 people each year thanks to its broad family appeal, picturesque location and chance to cheer on the competitors as they make it to the end of their arduous river journey.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon described the finish line activities as a great opportunity for the community to get involved in of the State’s premier events.

“It’s become an integral part of our calendar, driven by a desire to enliven and enrich the lives of those in our community,” he said.

“The Avon Descent attracts coverage before, during and after the event, which makes it a valuable marketing tool that positions the City of Bayswater as a wonderful place to visit.

“But it’s more than just the economic benefits, it’s showcasing what Bayswater is all about and puts the message across that we have a very diverse and vibrant city.

“We are putting on attractions with broad family appeal at the finish line event to get parents and their children at Riverside Gardens to really cheer on the contestants.

“Our events aim to embrace the community spirit, providing engaging and appealing fun for all.”

The Avon Descent was first held in 1973 with just 49 competitors, no rules, no officials, no checkpoints and very few spectators.

Over the past 37 years, it has grown into a unique event, attracting competitors from across Australia and overseas to challenge the Avon and Swan Rivers in a variety of paddle and power craft in a two-day time trial over 134km.

More than 25,000 people have now competed in the Avon Descent, from novices and families through to world and Olympic champions.

Presentations begin at 4pm in the main marquee area at Riverside Gardens with the City of Bayswater again hosting the trophy presentations for major category winners.

For more information, go to, or call City of Bayswater Events Office Louise Edmonds on (08) 9272 0612.

Bayswater Riverside Gardens are located off Milne Street.

avonfinish: Head to Bayswater’s Riverside Gardens on August 8 for the free Avon Descent finish line event.

avon1-2: Watch this year’s Avon Descent competitors cross the finish line at Bayswater’s Riverside Gardens from 11am, August 8.

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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


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