Rotary Jacaranda Festival in Applecross raises $12,000 for local community

A young girl enjoys the sunshine at the Rotary Jacaranda Festival. Picture: Nicole Symons
A young girl enjoys the sunshine at the Rotary Jacaranda Festival. Picture: Nicole Symons

ABOUT 10,000 people made the most of a beautiful day and helped raise more than $12,000 during the 17th Rotary Jacaranda Festival in Applecross.

The gourmet food zone was a hub of activity, punters made the most of Christmas shopping opportunities, the new kids’ zone surpassed expectations in terms of demand, and the entertainment – including first-timer Ricochet Circus and festival veterans the Two Cent Professionals – proved a hit.

Festival-goer Erin Morris said the great weather prompted her to check it out.

“It’s a beautiful street with all the trees,” she said.

“Things like this always have a nice community vibe and it’s fun to check out the little stalls and things like the food and coffee on offer.”

More than $12,000 gathered from gold coin donations on the day will be re-invested locally and used to support a range of community groups.Bateman MLA Dean Nalder, who officially opened the event alongside Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey, said he was proud of the local community for coming together to support a fantastic event.

“It’s one of my favourite events of the year to take part in with the Applecross Rotary Club always putting on a great day,” he said.

Fifteen Waylen Bay Sea Scouts volunteered alongside Applecross Rotarians from 6am until 5pm to ensure all ran smoothly.

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