On Sunday 28 January, several thousand North Perth residents, plus those who had travelled from further afield, gathered on Woodville Reserve in the warmth of the late afternoon. They came to enjoy the free annual community event, 6006 in the Park.
The afternoon officially started with a moving Welcome to Country performed by Whudjuk traditional owner, Matthew McGuire. Mr McGuire welcomed all the visitors onto Whudjuk Boodjah (Whadjuk country), the land on which North Perth is located.
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Local sounds and legends
Up and coming Freo band, Spacey Jane, kicked off the musical proceedings with their joyful and energetic brand of indie rock. The young guns were followed by Perth’s own ‘grandfather of blues’, Rick Steele and his and, bringing his distinctive voice and warmth to the early evening.
Away from the main stage, neighbours mingled while kids enjoyed the baby animal farm and face painting. The North Perth Community Garden and Vincent Men’s Shed opened their doors to showcase the great work they do in North Perth. Those who had built up a thirst for a frosty beverage were found in the Rosemount’s pop up bar, where there was a great view of all the goings on across the reserve and stage.
North Perth songstress Felicity Groom drew the crowds around the stage as the sun dipped lower in the sky. She showcased a new indie-pop sound in some new tunes from her upcoming album.
Feature Act Tired Lion end on a boisterous high
As visitors munched on picnics, delicious meals from the food vans or a sausage from the local primary school’s P & C stall, excitement mounted for the feature act of the evening.
Tired Lion didn’t disappoint, with their set of infectious melodies and boisterous guitar ensuring the evening finished on a high.
North Perth Local Chair, Ida Smithwick said ‘Our second 6006 in the Park is the sort of event we really feel showcases the best of North Perth. It had something for all ages, showcased great local talent, and made the most of one of our beautiful inner city parks.’
Mrs Smithwick thanked the festival’s major sponsor, the City of Vincent, who along with Lotterywest, the Rosemount Hotel, Bendigo Bank North Perth, Paragon Property, John Carey, Spex Design Optometrist, Smithwick Strata Services and Spectra Business Partners and Strategic Accounting and Business Management who contributed to staging the free event. She also paid tribute to the North Perth Local committee, festival coordinator and volunteers who helped make the event possible.
The North Perth Local committee is busy planning events and local activities for 2018. The association’s AGM will be held at the Rosemount Hotel with the date to be announced soon, and all members are invited to come along to hear what is to unfold throughout the year.