About Us

The Friends of Kings Park supports the work of the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority by active participation in conservation, bushland management and horticulture; education, providing volunteer support and supporting special projects within Kings Park by raising funds, for example the Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion.

Our History

The Foundation General Meeting of the Friends of Kings Park was held at 8 pm on Wednesday, 5 May 1993 with 12 founding members.  Under the Chairmanship of Tom Alford, the Friends of Kings Park was established to provide support and assistance to Kings Park and Botanic Garden, to improve the facilities and to enable the community to be involved in making the Park a special place for People and Plants.

The first issue of ‘For People and Plants’ magazine was published in Autumn 1993.

To date the Friends have 1,080 members of which over 200 are active volunteers.

Governance

The Friends of Kings Park is an Incorporated Association managed under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Guidelines under which the Friends operate include:

Accountability to the membership and community is represented by an Annual Report and a Special Purpose Financial Report.

The Management Committee ensures the Friends is a sustainable, well run and highly respected organisation with an effective structure, high standards of corporate governance and compliance with all legislative requirements and Association rules.

Committees

Members of the Management Committee are:

President

Ian Kerr

Vice President

Kim Smith

Treasurer

Vern McKay

Committee Members

Ruth Robertson
Guy Chandler
Pia Beukes
Pippa Moodie

Supported by 2 part-time employees

Office Administrator

Helena Waldmann

Events & Communications Officer

Alex Castle

2020 AGM

The 2020 Friends of Kings Park Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 15 October at 6pm, in the Pavillion, Next Generation Gym.

The Management Committee is supported by three sub-committees, whose purpose is to support the Management Committee in fulfilling its role of managing the business of the Friends.

Executive Sub-committee

President

Ian Kerr (Chair)

Vice President

Kim Smith

Treasurer

Vern McKay

Nursery Sub-committee

Lester Zani (Chair)
Lynda Woodhams
Tony Scalzo
Ruth Robertson
Alisen Brooks

Communications Sub-committee

Nicole Parks (Chair)
Sue Elliott
Celeste Sweeney
Shannon Murphy
Alex Hew
Kate Biondo
Jessica Grant

Funding

We earn funds through:

  • Donations

    Help support the Friends to make a bigger contribution to Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Tax deductible, one-off and regular payments are available.

  • Plant Sales

    Volunteers raise funds through quarterly plant sales by offering Western Australian native plants for sale.

  • Corporate Membership

    Perth and WA businesses make varied valuable contributions to help the Friends through the printing of book marks.

We provide funds to:

  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden for research projects
  • Support our active volunteers
  • Publication of our quarterly magazine, “For People and Plants”
  • Sponsor scholarships for post-graduate students, staff and volunteers.

Friends of Kings Park Fund

Money well spent!

The Friends of Kings Park was established in 1993 as a support organisation for Kings Park, mainly through volunteering and raising funds for various projects.

Always looking for ways to support Kings Park, a Friends of Kings Park Fund was created in 2008 to assist with attracting tax deductible donations for important educational, horticultural, scientific and conservation work in the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.  Then in 2011 the Fund received a generous donation of shares from the Minderoo Foundation.  Over the years, dividends from these shares together with donations from members, have enabled the Fund to support various projects within Kings Park.

Some of the projects currently funded through the Fund are:

$17,000 per annum

to support Kings Park Summer Science Scholarship programme into the foreseeable future. This programme enables scholarship recipients to undertake a 12 week research project over the summer break in their area of interest, which must also align to a Kings Park research priority.

Read about recent Scholarship projects here:

$125,000 over 3.5 years

to Determine the colour compounds in novel coloured Anigozanthos hybrid, led by Digby Growns, Senior Plant Breeder, Kings Park. This breeding programme is unique in that it is the only ornamental breeding programme in the world that has environmental outcomes as its main objectives. Until recently, research has been focused on producing disease tolerant kangaroo paws, now it is time to research colour pigments present in the flowers and the metabolic pathways that produce these pigments.

$35,000 to Kings Park Science

to fund orchid biology and conservation through supporting the salary of the current part-time orchid research scientist. This will enable KP to maintain and increase the significant living orchid research and conservation collection and increase its capacity to undertake ex-situ conservation of some of Western Australia’s most threatened plant species.

$26,000 to support a PhD scientist

on the Australian Postgraduate Research Intern programme to conduct a thorough search of the literature of studies addressing the impacts of introduced honeybees on native plants and pollinators.

$15,000 per annum over 5 years

to support a PhD scientist to understand seed storage performance and to develop new technologies that will assist in the early identification of problematic seed collections.