Thank you 2019, its been a blast. With the unwavering support of our Western Australian community, we have celebrated the highs and weathered a few lows.
It was the year we proudly welcomed 230,000 people from every walk of life for a 'this-could-only-happen in Kings Park' experience of 'Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak,' and the year Roe Gardens was transformed into a Western Australian pleasure garden for 1,200 guests from the world’s tourism industry for 'WAnderlust'.
Volunteers led the way with important projects in collaboration with staff, including opening Kings Park’s first dedicated volunteer facility Wanju Marr (which means 'welcome hand' in Nyoongar), commemorating the centenary of Kings Park’s Honour Avenues and hosting 200 delegates at the 16th Australasian Botanic Guides’ Conference.
2019 was also the year we were heartbroken by repeated thefts of large quantities of flowers and foliage from Kings Park but were buoyed by the response from local florists and the community in preventing further thefts.
Our scientists worked on 30 research projects, published 59 peer-reviewed research papers and made 100 native seed collections from almost two months spent in the field in WA’s North West.
The solemn ANZAC Day Dawn Service was attended by 35,000 people, 30,000 watched the Australia Day Skyworks from the vantage point of Mount Eliza and 19,000 runners sweated their way through the park for the Chevron City to Surf for Activ. Music concerts were held in the stunning WA Botanic Garden and outdoor cinema drew in the summer crowds.
We were sad to see the closure of the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kings Park after 23 years, but thrilled to welcome new Aboriginal artists into Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop.
Thank you to our partners including Rio Tinto, Fugro, the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest for your critical support for our wonderful park. Thank you to our volunteer organisations, staff, the businesses we work with and – most importantly – the millions of visitors who keep loving Kings Park and Botanic Garden every year.
We look forward to 2020 with you!