ANZAC DAY COMMUNITY EVENTS Wednesday 25th April 2018
The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup invites members of the community to come together to commemorate ANZAC Day.
6.00am Dawn Service – Apex Park War Memorial
6.30am Gun Fire Breakfast – Donnybrook Memorial Hall
9.00am ANZAC March – Form up at Ayres Gardens and march to the War Memorial
Apex Park, South West Hwy, Donnybrook
10.00am Memorial Service – War Memorial, Apex Park, South West Hwy, Donnybrook
10.30am ANZAC March – marchers to gather at the Birdwood Avenue Bridge
10.45am March to War Memorial
11.00am ANZAC Service, and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial
12.00pm End of Service – Sausage Sizzle. Balingup Primary P&C
The Military Exhibition, at The Packing Shed, will be open and we hope you will take time to visit this historic military display
09.30am Memorial Service – War Memorial, South West Hwy, Kirup
11.00am Memorial Service – War Memorial, South West Hwy, Mullalyup
Morning tea after service at Mullalyup Fire Shed
For more information ANZAC Day Services – Community Notice 2018
Balingup Patches and Craft Group invite you to their Annual Quilt and Craft Exhibition on Saturday 21st April, 2018!
Balingup Town Hall on Jayes Road from 10am to 4pm.
Morning & Afternoon Teas available
Come & see the beautiful local work. Chose your favourite and WIN.
Buy some raffle ticket to win our Beautiful
For more information – Balingup Patchwork Exhibition – Sat 21st April 2018
The Balingup Small Farm Field Day is being held on Saturday 21st April, 2018. Showcasing the wonders of small farming!
The Field Day provides a wealth of information on many topics related to sustainable small scale farming, together with a huge range of cottage industry products.
Balingup Sports oval. Gates open to the public 9am – close 4.30pm.
Adults $15. Children under 16 FREE when accompanied by a parent. No concessions.
Free parking available in the paddocks either side of SW Highway adjacent to the main entrance.
NO DOGS or SMOKING at the event grounds.
This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in another aspect of what makes Balingup so special. Rokewood Olive Grove, Southampton Homestead & Farm and Bossy Boots Organic Farm are excellent examples of ‘small farms with big ideas’, then finish off with a lunch made from fresh produce sourced from the participating farms at Jalbrook Estate.
Sunday the 22 April, a fully air conditioned coach bus, provided by Royal Gala Tours, will depart at 8am sharp. The local growers will be your guides at the three farms. Lunch will be served in the exquisite grounds of Jalbrook Estate, allowing you to truly enjoy the farm to table experience.
To book a place, please phone the Balingup Visitors Centre on 9764 1818 or visit balinguptourism.com.au
Our much-loved Donnybrook Apple Fun Park celebrated its 10th Birthday on Saturday 31st March, 2018 as a breakfast opener to the annual Donnybrook Apple Festival!
Minister for Seniors and Aging; Volunteering, Sport and Recreation the Hon Mick Murray MLA and Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray joined Shire President Brian Piesse to officially mark the Park’s 10th anniversary.
“It has been 10 years since the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park opened. It was a project borne from the local community and driven with great enthusiasm and passion from the people of Donnybrook, with many generous donations of money and volunteer time from over 100 people and businesses,” exclaimed Cr Piesse.
“Like most community projects, there is a catalyst that starts the ball rolling, and in this regard, we remain indebted to Crendon Machinery for their determination, generosity, vision and design work,” continued Cr Piesse.
In responding, the Hon Mick Murray MLA stated, “it certainly was an impressive effort by the community with donations of plant, equipment and labour totalling some 1.5 million dollars.”
“A community member took on the role of project coordinator and many local people volunteered labour to clear and prepare the site. The Shire too made a significant contribution during this construction phase and has continued to maintain the Park beautifully over the last 10 years. It was a labour of love for the Donnybrook community and they are to be congratulated on creating a playground that is not only something for the families in Donnybrook to use, but has promoted the town to visitors across the region, Western Australia and Australia,” continued Hon Mick Murray MLA.
“Visitors bring economic benefits to towns and help them to grow and create jobs.
Tourism is a major priority and economic focus for the McGowan Government which last week (21 March, 2018) launched its two year action plan to grow tourism in Western Australia,” concluded Hon Mick Murray MLA.
The Donnybrook Lions Club cooked up a storm serving a BBQ breakfast to over 400 people who attended the event. With an estimated crowd of approximately 200 people, it was a little like the ‘Christian miracle of the five loaves and two fish’, stretching the available food as far as possible.
Larger than life ‘apple and pear’ characters roamed the crowd adding to the colourful spectacle on the day.
The Fun Park certainly provides endless opportunities for children to ‘play’, however they were also treated to a juggler, bubble blower, temporary tattoos, free apples and a piece of birthday cake!
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