Contribution by a Community-based Organisation
Northampton Friends of the RailwayThe Northampton Friends of the Railway is made up of a small group (usually less than 10) of volunteers who manage and look after two key historical railway sites, the Northampton Mary Street Precinct and the Gwalla Railway site.
Since 2003, the Northampton Friends of the Railway have worked tirelessly to collect and conserve the heritage of the Northampton Railway Station (Mary Street Precinct) by developing a Railway Museum, to complement the historic station buildings at the site, and driven the conservation of the site by restoring items such as rolling stock and built infrastructure.
The group has also cleaned up the former Gwalla Railway Station site which was badly neglected, and added a range of interpretive signage and displays to showcase the historic values of the site. Further, the group has initiated a number of commemorative events as well as developing interpretative signage for a number of former railway sidings along the Northampton-to-Ajana line.
Kings Park Guides
For the past 33 years, the Kings Park Volunteer Guides have provided a first port of call for visitors from Australia and around the world. The guides staff the Visitor Information Centre, providing award-winning customer service and sharing their knowledge of the history and heritage of Kings Park and Western Australia, with visitors.
Kings Park Guides also take visitors on free guided walks, including the Past and Present walk, run up to seven times a week. In this one-and-a-half hour walk, visitors are told stories about the park from the Aboriginal connection to the land, which the Nyoongar people called Mooro Katta, through to European settlement when it became Kings Park.
North Midlands Project
The North Midlands Project is based in Carnamah, 300 kilometres north of Perth and works to strengthen communities through heritage, arts, culture and education. The organisation saved and repurposed a former bank building in Carnamah and runs a range of community heritage projects with volunteers who have transcribed, indexed and made available a host of historical material.
In 2017, the organisation ran a series of arts-based activities around the stories of WA bushranger Frank Thomas and the art of Aboriginal yarning and tracking. This culminated in the exhibition 10863 Bushranger, which was shown in Carnamah, Geraldton and at Fremantle Prison.