Thrills and spills as Hills Billycart Festival hits the streets

Premier Mark McGowan, Jess Shaw, James Martin with volunteers from the Mt Helena Fire Brigade.
Premier Mark McGowan, Jess Shaw, James Martin with volunteers from the Mt Helena Fire Brigade.

THERE were thrills and spills when the inaugural Hills Billycart Festival hit the streets of Mt Helena for some good ol’ fashioned fun on Sunday.

Premier Mark McGowan was among some of the thousands of visitors who descended on the hills destination to watch billy cart races, visit the vintage markets and car shows and try local produce.

More than 150 competitors participated in races with prizes awarded to the top three finishers of each race.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said the festival was just one of the amazing community events that helps put the Perth Hills on the map as a tourism destination.

“Not only is it a great family day out, it provides an economic boost for our local Hills small businesses,” she said.

“This event celebrates our history and shows what a creative, vibrant community we are.

“Our community has really pulled together to put this event on – it shows we can achieve great things when we all work together.

Mt Helena Resident and Ratepayers Progress Association spokeswoman Joan Quinn said they were rapt at the successful event.

“The purpose of this event was to encourage families and the community to work together with kids to create an inspired billy cart, build lasting family memories and have fun,” she said.

“We hope to make it an annual event.”

The event was organised by the Mt Helena Ratepayers Association and supported by grants from Lotterywest and Healthway.