Bloom Festival and EcoWeek open together

Floral treasures of the region were on show in the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern Bloom Festival, which ran from 16 September to 15 October.

The Bloom Festival was launched in Katanning in conjunction with the Katanning Landcare EcoWeek, with a joint grand opening day that drew an estimated 1,700 people for family activities, entertainment, markets, local food, sustainability talks and demonstrations, and a poultry auction.

EcoWeek was supported with $45,700 over two years through the GSDC’s Community Chest Fund, towards marketing and promotions, a waste reduction program and presenter costs.

The EcoWeek program, a Katanning Landcare event that ran to 27 October, featured information sessions and workshops, including topics such as plastic free food, storable snacks, preserving food, shopping smart and compost systems.

Bloom has been supported by the GSDC since it started in 2011; the Commission is acknowledged as the event’s founding supporter and principal partner.

The 2017 Festival attracted over 11,000 visitors with a program that included 76 events and activities across the Hidden Treasures communities. Activities such as wildflower exhibitions, walk and drive tours, open gardens, workshops, photography and art exhibitions, environmental awareness programs, market days and more.

Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern is a community-based tourism marketing group that works with the nine shires of the central and eastern sub-region. The contributing local authorities are Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling. The GSDC helped to establish the group in 2004 and has supported it throughout.

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