The Hon Albert Jacob MLA Minister for Environment presented a grant for $100,000 from Lotterywest to the Friends of Kings Park on Wednesday.

The Hon Albert Jacob MLA Minister for Environment presented a grant for $100,000 from Lotterywest to the Friends of Kings Park.

The grant was presented to a gathering of Friends volunteers and special guests and will be used to help deliver the 2015 Kings Park Festival. The Festival offers free events throughout September during Kings Park's peak wildflower season.

The Minister said he was pleased to see the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest continue their long-standing 'friendship'.

'This grant will mean people from all walks of life will be able to enjoy a wonderful Festival program. This goes to the heart of Lotterywest's goal of helping to build a better Western Australia.

'The Festival promises plenty of fun but also has a more serious role to play in public education. It inspires and educates the community about WA's precious natural environment.'

As well as providing a valuable source of grant funding, the Friends of Kings Park's 500-strong army of volunteers are also critical to the Festival. From growing native plants and assisting with wildflower displays, to coordinating events such as their popular native plant sale.

The Friends of Kings Park have contributed in excess of $10 million to Kings Park and Botanic Garden since it was formed in 1993. Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community.

The Kings Park Festival includes outdoor exhibitions, guided walks, native gardening activities, Santos Live music concerts and a special children's day. 'Beauty rich and rare' is the theme of the 2015 Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the WA Botanic Garden.

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