The award-winning Kings Park Guides are shining again, this time as double finalists in the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards.
Kings Park Volunteer Coordinator Larr Rose said it was an honour to be nominated for two categories.
'The Kings Park Guides are a dedicated volunteer group who, amongst many services, offer walks reflecting on the history and heritage of the Swan River, Perth and Kings Park which has been developed over 30 years,' Larr said.
'It is wonderful to see the Guides being recognised for their extremely hard work as volunteers,' she said.
'(The Guides) reacted to the news with sheer joy. They feel that their hard work and dedication is paying off.'
In 2016, the Kings Park Guides were named the WA Volunteer Community Organisation of the Year, and Kings Park Guides Vice President Chris Olney said the Guides were honoured to be named finalists in another prestigious award for the second year in a row.
'Being chosen as a finalist in the 2017 WA Heritage Awards is a wonderful recognition of the breadth of knowledge Kings Park Guides share with the community,' Chris said.
'We not only give visitors to Kings Park information about our unique West Australian flora but we also tell stories about the history of the park and its important role in the heritage of the State.'
The winners of the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards will be announced on Friday 26 May 2017.
This year, the Awards are celebrating 25 years of honouring the leading contributors to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA, making the Guides’ achievements particularly special.
The Heritage Council said the 36 finalists were a combination of volunteers, professionals, organisations and projects, split evenly between metropolitan and regional areas.
Kings Park’s team of 120 active guides welcome and lead visitors through the Western Australian Botanic Garden, parkland areas and the Kings Park Bushland. These dedicated volunteers are rostered on three times a month at the Visitor Information Centre or on Guided Walks.
All prospective guides undergo an application and interview process, before completing an intensive training course to learn about Kings Park’s flora, culture, heritage and history. Thirty-two people will be invited to the 14-week training course in March 2018, with interviews commencing in October 2017.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an award-winning Kings Park Guide, contact our Volunteer Coordinator!