Local sports club scores community event grant

GLEN Forrest Sports Club is preparing for its annual Day in the Forrest event which takes place on Sunday 3 November.

The event is made possible this year thanks to a grant of $2500 awarded to the club in Shire of Mundaring's 2017/18 Community Event Grant round. ‚Äč

The grants, which are run twice a year subject to funding, are awarded up to a maximum of $5000 to groups wishing to run fetes, festivals, markets, sporting or recreational carnivals, exhibitions, small performances and training related to an event.

Day in the Forrest coordinator Ben Smeeton, of Glen Forrest Sports Club, said there was a lot to look forward to at this year's open day.

"The event had its first year in 2015, which was a huge success. The feedback we got was overwhelming so we did it again in 2016 and that day was bigger and better. We are all very excited for 2017!" he said.

"Over the course of the day there will be 12 different live music acts over two stages and a thriving food market. Then over at our non-food marketplace we will have everything from homemade dog treats and refuge awareness, vintage clothing, vinyl records, soaps and oils, and a huge range of locally made arts and craft."

Mr Smeeton said special attractions at this year's event included a vintage car display and a live art project.

"Something we are very excited about, that's new this year, is having a local artist create a live painting of the festival throughout the day. The painting will be done on a huge canvas and will go to auction after the festival," he said.

As one of six successful recipients in the 2017/18 round, Mr Smeeton said community grants were important for events like Day in the Forrest.

"This open day is purely volunteer and community driven and without the funding from our Shire and local business sponsors it wouldn't be possible. It also allows us to keep the day as a free event which is so vital to its ongoing success."

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw said the Community Event Grant program contributed to building a vibrant and connected community.

"It's great to see a variety of community groups putting together events, especially where there is a focus on local products, entertainment, arts and craft," said Cr Daw.

"Events like Day in the Forrest contribute to making our shire an exciting place to live and Shire of Mundaring is proud to support these activities through the Community Event Grant. I encourage everyone to enjoy a Day in the Forrest," he said.

Day in the Forrest runs from 11am to 7pm on Sunday 3 December at Glen Forrest Sports Club, 47A Marnie Road, Glen Forrest. View the poster here.

For more information about the Shire's Community Event Grant visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au 


Successful recipients of the 2017/18 Community Event Grant:

Mount Helena Residents and Rate Payers Progress Association (Inc)Whim Festival
Helena College Junior School P&FAnnual School Christmas Markets & Carols Evening
Glen Forrest Sports ClubDay in the Forrest
Glen Forrest Christmas GatheringGlen Forrest Christmas Gathering
Hills Rangers Football ClubFemale Festival of Football
Silver Tree Steiner School P&FSpring Fair and Open Day 2018

P&F = Parents and Friends Association

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