Great Southern festival shows all that blooms

Media Statement from Kim Hames & Brendon Grylls

•Thousands expected to attend 65-event program
•Supported by Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme
•Jointly funded through Royalties for Regions

With more than 65 events in eight shires and 16 communities, Hidden Treasures: Great Southern Bloom Festival celebrates Western Australia’s extraordinary wildflower season.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the second annual six-week festival offered activities and tours based on the region’s diverse culture, natural environment and farming industry.
 
“WA boasts one of the most stunning displays of wildflowers in the world and our Great Southern region is a hotspot for these native flowers,” Dr Hames said.
 
“With open gardens, agricultural shows and wildflower displays, the festival will be a favourite for nature lovers, photographers, artists and self-drive holiday enthusiasts.”
 
The State Government is a proud supporter of the festival through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme, which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions.
 
“Local events bring a sense of vitality to a community and can help make towns and shires across the State wonderful places to live and visit,” the Minister said.
 
“Spring is the ideal time to enjoy a break in the Great Southern region.  Wildflowers, quality wines, local produce and national parks offer visitors plenty to see and do.”
 
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Government’s $40million Royalties for Regions commitment to regional events was bringing benefits to communities State-wide.
 
“This wonderful event in the Great Southern is bringing communities together to celebrate the beautiful region they live in and provides the perfect opportunity to showcase to others just what it is that makes their region so special,” Mr Grylls said.
 
Fact File
•Hidden Treasures: Great Southern Bloom Festival to be held September 16-October 24
•Locations include Broomehill/Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup and Woodanilling
•More information: visit http://www.hiddentreasures.com.au
•Royalties for Regions administered by Department of Regional Development and Lands

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