26 Jul Wedge Community Open Day 2012
Fine weather created the perfect setting for the Community Open Day for the Wedge settlement. The transformation of the
Gun Club created a carnival atmosphere and provided an entertaining and informative venue for visitors.
The Catering Team did a fantastic job on the day, using a café format inside the Gun Club with tables and chairs for diners and several areas for the serving of food.
The food on offer was a winner, the menu contained:
– Famous Wedge Oven Baked Potato
– King Wedge Banger Burger
– Annie Supa Dupa HotDog
– Assorted desserts.
The fairy floss and the popcorn were both popular with the children.
The team also conducted a series of raffles over the morning and afternoon, providing people the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.
Children’s activities were provided to entertain children while their parents were at the Gun Club.
The walking tour was very popular, taking in some of the older and more interesting parts of the southern end of the settlement.
Shacks were opened by their owners to provide visitors the opportunity to look through the shacks and learn of the history of construction and ownership. This also allowed shack owners to show off the environmentally sustainability features of their shacks.
Two councillors from the Shire of Dandaragan attended the Community Day, providing an opportunity for some discussions on the Wedge shack settlement. We also received a visit from Chris Wilkins, the Liberal candidate for Moora in next year’s state election.
The number of registrations at the Gun Club was lower than expected, which allowed all visitors to spend more time at each of the points of interest and get extra attention from the information booth team, shack owners and the tour guides.
Visitor Survey forms were given to all visitors to record their feedback on the day to organisers. This feedback is being analysed to assess level of demand for public access to the Wedge settlement.
The winning entry in the major raffle of the day was drawn from the submitted feedback forms.
There was much praise for the team of volunteers who assisted in the setup of the Gun Club and the running the Open Day. All elements of the Wedge settlement contributed to dissemination of information to the visitors, including fishermen and Yued traditional owners.
The Wedge and Grey settlements held their Community Open Days simultaneously to promote the heritage aspects of the two sites following the launch of the heritage Assessment by the National Trust of WA.