A COOLBELLUP resident helped to write and present a report evaluating a popular North American festival.
Ruth Noble, a final year tourism and marketing student at Murdoch University, travelled to the US where she experienced the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival first-hand.
The multi-day festival celebrates the annual migration of salmon returning to Issaquah Creek to spawn.
“The event is run by passionate people who wish to sustain and celebrate their local environment,” Ms Noble said.
“It was an amazing experience to attend the festival, meet and work alongside the many volunteers who make it possible.”
Ms Noble said one of the recommendations put forward involved the expansion of the festival so it runs for a month.
“Having grown up in Karratha and been involved in its festival, I felt I had a deeper understanding of what such events mean to residents,” she said.
“The experience also opened my eyes to the nature and importance of volunteering in America.
“The Salmon Days festival is particularly reliant on its volunteers.”
Thirty Murdoch students worked on various chapters in the report.
Ms Noble also got to meet Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler.