Find out about news and upcoming events at the Friends of Kings Park.
Read on for a report from Friends President, Ian Kerr, new events and volunteer opportunities and to sign up for the March Plant Sale. Plus a chance to win movie passes!
Having recently taken over from Pippa Moodie as President I am still learning the ropes. I am grateful for the help provided by Helena and Alex in the Lodge, by Pippa herself (currently in the UK for six weeks), by Friends of Kings Park (FoKP) committee members and by Alan Barrett and other BGPA staff.
Helena and Alex are now employed directly by FoKP, rather than indirectly by BGPA, and this transition has involved a fair amount of my time, working with an independent HR consultant on devising employment contracts, an HR handbook and new employment-related FoKP policies.
The use of Wanju Marr facilities is increasing and five Wanju Marr carers have recently been employed on a part-time voluntary basis. Several events and functions have already been held there this year and the Management Committee will shortly be holding a workshop there.
I spent some time with Michael Tichbon in Busselton recently. Michael donated $100,000 to FoKP last year and is a passionate supporter of research into and cultivation of endangered native plants – one of them is named after him (Hemigenia tichbonii).
The FoKP Management Committee has been active so far this year, with a focus on governance. We are participating in a 3 ½ hour training course in Governance on Feb 8. We are also working our way through the FoKP Strategic Plan with a view to better monitoring progress in implementation of the Plan.
Right now FoKP is in the process of applying to Lotterywest for another grant for the Kings Park Festival in September. The Growing Friends are working hard in preparation for the March plant sale. All other volunteers are working towards what we hope will be a very successful year for the FoKP in 2020.
Our first Plant Sale of the year coming up and we would love your help!
Sunday 15th March 2019 9am – 12:30pm
We hope you’ll be able to support us again this year to deliver fantastic benefits to our organisation and the community. New volunteers welcome! Please fill in the online form by clicking below to let us know your availability and preferred tasks.
Photo: Digby Growns
Come along to our first scholarship presentation for 2020.
Ebony Cowan received the Vic Galea Scholarship for 2019 and will give a presentation to Friends of Kings Park members about her recent attendance at the Society of Ecological Restoration International Conference in Cape Town.
Ebony took part in a symposium investigating the impacts of fire on restoration in Mediterranean type ecosystems globally.
This a free members-only event.
Thursday 27th February 2020
5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Green Room, Education
2020 parking permits for Friends volunteers are now available for collection from the Lodge. Please display a permit on your dashboard when you are volunteering and parked at the back of the Lodge, to avoid getting a ticket from the PMOs.