Contribution by a Community-based Organisation
Northampton Friends of the Railway
This small and dedicated group of volunteers demonstrates vision, energy and commitment in restoring, maintaining and interpreting two key historical railway sites at Gwalla and Northampton.
With strong community support, the group has developed numerous railway displays which tell the story of Western Australia’s early rail history and shaped commemorative events that have become community celebrations and tourism drawcards.
The 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
The 120-strong Kings Park Guides operates as a tight, well-oiled, and highly-trained volunteer group which offers an informative and educational introduction to Western Australia’s premier inner-city park.
The Kings Park Guides are commended for their services, including free, professionally-delivered, daily guided tours that explore the botanical and cultural heritage of Kings Park, including its Aboriginal and early settler heritage, together with its creation as a park and centre for scientific research.
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.