MEDIA RELEASE: Donnybrook Balingup Ready for Bumper Crowds

Published on Thursday, 1 April 2021 at 3:48:51 PM

The Communities of Donnybrook and Balingup are preparing themselves for a record number of visitors this holiday season ahead of the Donnybrook Apple Festival this weekend and the Balingup Small Farm Field Experience later this month.


The Donnybrook Apple Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the region every Easter. The two-day festival, held at Egan Park, adjacent to the Apple Fun Park, showcases the region’s local produce and entertainment.


Thirteen years ago, at the 2008 Apple Festival, the Apple Fun Park was officially opened by Hon. Mark McGowan who was Minister for the South West at the time. It is estimated that since the opening some 500-600,000 visitors have enjoyed the facilities with many making multiple visits.


Shire President Cr Brian Piesse said “this year will be the last year visitors to the Apple Festival will be able to enjoy the Apple Fun Park in its current form. As we transition to an equally spectacular Apple Fun Park, it is appropriate to recognise the enormous contribution made by the Fry family and the broader community back in 2008 towards making this Fun Park one of the truly iconic and revered tourist attractions in Western Australia.”


Shire Chief Executive Officer Mr Ben Rose said, “It has certainly been a boon to the local economy as confirmed in a recent survey contributed to by over 500 local, state and interstate respondents.”


The Apple Fun Park will be rebuilt and re-presented in the coming months after the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup secured $1.5 million under Round 4 of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. While there is never a good time to close a high profile tourist attraction, the park will close for the upgrade after the Anzac Day long weekend.


Following the cancellation of the Balingup Small Farm Field Day in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the event organisers opted for a change in format which provides attendees a more authentic farm experience. This year the 2021 Balingup Small Farm Experience incorporates farm visits and a long table dinner.


Shire President Cr Brian Piesse said “this time of the year has always been busy for our region and this year it will be even more so with the increase in intrastate travel. The Shire is proud to support these local events and we welcome the influx of visitors.”


More information about events in the region can be found via the Shire’s website

 As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         
Mobile: 0408 471 947       

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