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!