Blooming great festival


Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP today congratulated in Parliament the Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival committee on a fantastic launch.

The Bloom Festival is held over four weeks across eight shires and showcases the very best of the Great Southern.

Mr Wilson said this year there are more than 37 events or activities to introduce visitors to the wonders of the Great Southern.

“One of the highlights of the launch was a presentation by Bremer Bay ecologist Nathan McQuoid who talked about the unique, native flora in the region,” Mr Wilson said.

“I also spent some time with festival coordinator Emily Hardie who certainly has a big job ahead of her.

“She showed me through the 2016 Bloom Festival calendar - a collection of wild flower photos taken by local photographers and gathered through a competition on ABC Great Southern.

“For $15 people get not only a beautiful calendar but help support increasing tourism to an amazing part of the world.

“I’d like to thank the committee for inviting me to the launch and I wish you the best of luck for the next four weeks.

“I encourage everyone to visit the website ( and attend an event near you.”

The festival runs until 12 October. 2016 Bloom Festival calendars can be purchased at Bloom Festival events or by emailing


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