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Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

West Coast Eagles Join WA Day Celebrations

Victor P Taffa

  • Premier launches Western Australia Day celebrations
  • West Coast Eagles to host historic WA Day match
  • Perth Zoo and WA Museum provide free entry to celebrate spirit of WA

The West Coast Eagles, Perth Zoo and the WA Museum will help celebrate the spirit of Western Australia across the WA Day long weekend in June.

Premier Colin Barnett said the three would play leading roles in community celebrations across the long weekend, which begins on June 1 and culminates with the WA Day public holiday on June 3.

The Premier said Perth Zoo and the WA Museum would provide thousands of free tickets for entry on WA Day on June 3.

For the first time, the West Coast Eagles will host a special WA Day match, kicking off at 5:40 pm on the Monday public holiday.

“This is the first time in the West Coast Eagles’ 27-year history that the club has played on the WA Day public holiday.” Premier Barnett said.

“The West Coast Eagles will take on Richmond in a night game at Patersons Stadium on WA Day, providing a finale to the long weekend celebrations.”

“It’s pleasing that the AFL supported West Coast’s request for a fixture on this significant day, as a celebration of Western Australia. The match will also celebrate WA football, and it’s fitting that the Eagles play Richmond the club it played in its first game in 1987.”

The Premier said Foundation Day was renamed Western Australia Day in 2012.

“WA Day celebrates our history by marking the arrival of the first settlers and recognising our indigenous people as the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of the land.” Premier Barnett said.

“WA Day is already becoming an important day in marking what we love about life in WA. One of the key aims is to develop major events where West Australians come together to celebrate the spirit of WA.”

Perth Zoo and the WA Museum will provide thousands of free tickets to help celebrate the WA Day long weekend.

“Perth Zoo is providing free entry for 5,000 people for the Monday public holiday to mark WA Day, and the WA Museum is providing free admission for 1,000 people to its current special exhibition ‘Secrets of the Afterlife’ both will be great ways for people to celebrate the spirit of our State.” Premier Barnett said.

The WA Day celebrations will also include the announcement of the Western Australian of the Year, the running of the WA Plate at Belmont Racecourse, and the State of the Art Music Festival at Perth Concert Hall, featuring performances from 30 WA bands.

Perth Cultural Centre will host activities for children, as well as one of six Coles Community Barbeques. Community barbeques will also be held at Ellenbrook, Belmont, Subiaco, South Hedland and Geraldton.

The Perth Zoo and WA Museum ticket give-aways are being carried out by Celebrate WA in conjunction with The West Australian newspaper, beginning May 22.

The free tickets are strictly limited and will be made available on a first come, first served basis for people who register online at thewest.com.au/competitions from tomorrow (May 15).

Fact File

  • Foundation Day was renamed Western Australia Day in 2012
  • WA Day marks the day the first European settlers arrived to settle the Swan River Colony
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