2014 Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day at Charles Darwin Reserve

on 16 Sep 2014 

The Charles Darwin Reserve Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day is on again! After the HUGE success of the inaugural event in 2013, Bush Heritage Australia and The Shire of Perenjori are very excited about welcoming up to 1,000 people onto Charles Darwin Reserve this 4th October 2014.

The event has a great project team made of staff across Bush Heritage's operations, The Shire of Perenjori, Left of Centre Events and our site manager – creative thinker and resident aerialist Theaker Von Ziarno.

The Community Open day Program is again jam-packed with free, inspiring and entertaining activities for all. The Community Open Day is a very important part of the event as it gives visitors a chance to learn more about the work of Bush Heritage Australia and its partners. At this year's open day the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association is presenting an engaging and inspiring forum on 'Collaboration Across the Landscape'.

There are heaps of free and engaging activities for the kids being run throughout the day: a youth space hosted by the Morawa Youth Centre, circus workshops and performances by the Gascoyne Circus Troupe, bush poetry, an exciting variety of  craft and musical workshops and our regional ecologist Vanessa Westcott and experienced naturalists will be leading tours of the magical and ever changing Charles Darwin Reserve Reserve. For full details of the open day download the event program

The Community Open Day will draw to a close with an afternoon team of home-made lamingtons, ANZAC biscuits and bush tea, all provided by the local Midlands Agricultural Show Society.

Following this, the Blues for the Bush concert begins. This is indeed a family affair.

We are very fortunate in 2014  to have a local Ngoongar musician - Mr Craig Pickett - opening this year's event. Craig is an incredible guitarist and has played for many years around Western Australia. Following Craig we have some of the absolute best in independent Australian blues and roots music – for the full line-up see the gig poster.

As the current Reserve Manager at Charles Darwin Reserve it is indeed a great privilege to be part of the  Blues for the Bush and the Community Open Day. This event, for me, is a celebration of all the great work being done and reminds me what is possible when people work together to make something just that little bit special..

Full details of the celebration can be found at the Blues for the Bush website.

I hope to see you on the dance floor/paddock!