proposed stage 2 - development of music park
The Country Music Club of Boyup Brook is currently consulting with the local community and interested local groups with regard to the the proposed stage 2 to further develop the Music Park.
Initially the Club worked extremely hard to develop an area of land in Boyup Brook with a 22-metre stage, power, lighting, water and reticulation. This project was driven by the Club in a collaborative venture between the Shire of Boyup Brook and numerous Community groups.
Heartfelt thanks was made to those wonderful volunteers, men, women and children who dedicated their time and equipment to make the project a success. A big thank you to the Department of Transport and Regional Services, Department of Local Government and Regional Development and South West Development Commission for their financial contribution.
The Music Park is in a natural amphitheatre on the banks of the Blackwood River in Boyup Brook providing a focal point for cultural and recreational activities and has proved to be an outstanding success for the Boyup Brook community continuing to showcase numerous events throughout the years.
Some activities that have taken place are: Jimmy Barnes Concert, Community Spirit and Thanks Giving services, Country Arts WA Touring Program – Road Train, Dog Training, Christmas Celebrations, Markets, Get Unleashed In The Brook Youth Festival, Drumming Workshops, Hula Hoop workshops, Ute Muster, Kids Fun Activity Day, Country Music Festival, Square Dancers meetings, Car Club meetings and even a local wedding.
A venue like the Music Park is a huge asset to the town building a space to belong and share, and creates the opportunity to connect.
CMC Trainee - Hannah
The Boyup Brook Country Music Club has formally signed local teenager Hannah Chambers as a Trainee for 12 months. Hannah is currently doing a Certificate IV in Business. She will be involved in office and administration, and is lucky enough to include some Event Management modules which will give her excellent grounding to assist in the coordination of the annual County Music Festival. Hannah has been employed causally for a short time, volunteering in the office in the lead up to this year’s festival.
WA Winner - Local Hero Award 2010
Rhonda Parker was the winner of the Western Australian Local Hero Award 2010, one of the four categories in the Australia Day Awards at a ceremony at Government House. Rhonda has been the long standing Music Director for the Boyup Brook Country Music Club. She was bestowed with the honour not just for her driving force behind the Festival, but also for her long term commitment to the local community of Boyup Brook.
She is a tireless volunteer and has been the driving force behind many local organisations for the past 28 years. From 3,000 nominations received Statewide, Rhonda was named alongside three other finalists for the Award and honoured along with the State's best.
The Local Hero Award is one of four categories of the Australian of the Year program, presented by the National Australia Day Council in association with state and territory Australia Day organisations. The Australian of the Year Award acknowledges individuals who inspire national pride and enrich the lives of their fellow Australians.
Rhonda and three other state Award recipients joined winners in Canberra from all other States and Territories as finalists for the National Awards. Rhonda was excited about her ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to visit the Canberra residence of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd “The Lodge”, as well as attending the gala dinner the night before the awards ceremony.
Outstanding Contribution Award 2010
Malcolm Armstrong has played an integral role as Volunteer Treasurer for the Boyup Brook Country Music Club for the past nine years, working in the Arts sector, developing and supporting the ambitions and creative scope of artists (visual art, dance, indigenous performers, poetry, music). Treasurer is the job that no-one wants but is vital to the Arts sector.
Malcolm demonstrates true leadership qualities and assisted in bringing the Club back from difficult times and moved it to a new level. Over the years he has developed and implemented innovative fundraising ideas and stuck his neck out to make the ideas work. He continues to keep the Committee up to speed with financial issues, draws up budget plans, and makes sure the organisation’s book are kept satisfactorily.
He plays a key role in bringing about transformation or significant organisational outcomes. Malcolm is passionate and enthusiastic volunteer and is a tremendous driving force behind a number of local organisations. Malcolm’s involvement and contribution to the district has been outstanding, he has enriched many people’s lives within the community and surrounding areas.
WA Tourism Awards Finalist
WA Winner - Regional Arts Australia Volunteer Award 'Sustained Contribution' - Sharon Winter
One thousand of the country’s artists, arts workers and arts volunteers have just left Alice Springs after being part of the largest Regional Arts Australia conference in history – art at the heart.
I am very honoured and privileged to receive this Award. I believe there are many volunteers doing many great things in their communities. Over the years I have been Committee member, Administrator, and general hands on volunteer. I have attended a number of National and State Art conferences and have come home once again completely inspired. There are so many great activities taking place in very small communities across Australia. The conference drew together a very diverse range of artists, performers, art worker’s, funding bodies and volunteers and brings many like minded people together to inspire, connect, tell their stories, meet new friends and old acquaintances. The inspiration from the conference will help us to develop strong arts practices and in doing so will make a strong contribution to our town and region. Connection to place is what drives me to do what I am doing.
Winner - NAB Community Link Award - Arts & Culture
Accredited Tourism Business
RAC Top Events to See - Listed as No. 1
Australian Country Music Club of the Year
Winner - Racing and Wagering Western Australia Events and Tourism Award
Representing the Boyup Brook Country Music Club at the Awards Night were: Daly Winter, Events and Tourism Officer; Rhonda Parker, Music Director; Julian Hilton Barber, who presented the award on behalf of Racing and Wagering WA; Sharon Tuckett, Secretary; Bradley Mead, President; Kaye Kerruish, Merchandise Manager and Bill Gordon, Bush Poets Co-ordinator.
Finalist - Racing and Wagering Western Australia Events and Tourism Award
NAB National Community Link Volunteer Awards - Merit Award
NAB National Community Link Volunteer Awards - State Winner