11 month old Imogen enjoying a cuddle with the Governor at Caversham Wildlife Park.

Governor takes day trip to Whiteman Park experiencing all the area has to offer

On Friday 3rd July, the Governor conducted a trip to Whiteman Park in Perth’s northern suburbs. Whiteman Park is a well-loved conservation and recreation reserve that covers nearly 4,000 hectares of natural bushland and leisure facilities.

Read more about Whiteman Park’s history and heritage on their website.

Before the visit to Whiteman Park, the Governor met with Cr Kevin Bailey, Mayor and Mr Michael Foley, CEO from The City of Swan at Sitella Winery and Restaurant to get an update on the area’s recent developments.

At Whiteman Park, the Governor visited:

  • Motor Museum of WA – The Motor Museum of WA is a purpose-built, two building facility displaying more than 200 vehicles.  From the horse drawn era to the present day, their display covers a vast time span and is changed continuously, making the museum an interesting place to visit time and time again! Cars include Daniel Riccardo’s first F1 winning red bull car and the first electric car from 1914.
  • Bright Press –  Under the new name of Bright Press (formerly the Whiteman Park Print Shop), this print shop is passionate about the history of printing and specialises in the traditional craft of letterpress printing.
  • Village Art Gallery –  Owner and contemporary artist Michael (Mick) Rice purchased the Village Art Gallery in 2015 and saw an opportunity to provide a reasonable cost space for local artists. Featuring original paintings, prints and commissions. The gallery is home to a collective of accredited and award-winning artists
  • Caversham Wildlife Park – Caversham Wildlife Park showcases many of Australia’s unique native animals, including koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and wombats – providing visitors with the opportunity for a close-up encounter with some Australian icons! Hand-feed the kangaroos, have a photo taken with the koalas, catch a keeper talk and interact in one of two great hands-on shows.

Governor’s reflections

  • Motor Museum of WA: “The Motor Museum is the most comprehensive motor museum I’ve ever seen, and is of itself worth coming to Whiteman Park to see. Any West Australian visiting the museum will see cars that they identify with. For me, the first car in my family was my grandmother’s 1927 Chevrolet, there wasn’t a 1927 model there but there was a 1928. Then the first Ford Falcon, of which our family had the second. Absolutely beautiful lines.”
  • Bright Press: “This is old fashioned printing beautifully done by an unbelievably cheerful lady (Ann Ong, Owner). You could feel the grain of the imprint. Ann takes so much time and care in all the work she is producing.”
  • Village Art Gallery: “So many different skills are encouraged and showcased in this fascinating complex. A group of artists are effectively working in house, though they exhibit all over. They are producing exactly the right souvenirs to take away from Whiteman Park.”
  • Caversham Wildlife Park: The park is heavily dependent on international visitors of which there are currently none. But there is nowhere else that you will have these up close experiences with Australia’s native animals in such numbers. Placid approachable kangaroos, large numbers of fascinating wombats and koalas amongst an array of other animals and birds.”

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