WILD project gets us all shopping among the blooms

Cr Cass Coleman, Wallerawang Lidsdale's Ros Francis, Chamber president Angela O'Connor, WILD's Kelley Crane, Jacki Mitchell, Rhonda Collins, Mayor Stephen Lesslie.
Cr Cass Coleman, Wallerawang Lidsdale's Ros Francis, Chamber president Angela O'Connor, WILD's Kelley Crane, Jacki Mitchell, Rhonda Collins, Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

The shopping precincts of Lithgow and Wallerawang have come alive with flowers as part of the Street of Flowers celebration in May.

The WILD (Women in Lithgow District) initiative, in collaboration with Lithgow and District Chamber of Commerce and Lithgow City Council, has resulted in plantings in Pioneer Park and Wallerawang’s Federation Park, as well as garlands hung along Lithgow’s Main Street area.

“It’s nice to work together and do something to brighten the streetscape,” WILD president Kelley Crane said. 

“The positive feedback we’ve been getting has been outstanding.”

WORKING HARD: Jess and Emily from Bunnings’ Community Projects Program in Pioneer Park. Picture: SUPPLIED.

WORKING HARD: Jess and Emily from Bunnings’ Community Projects Program in Pioneer Park. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The initiative, begun by council four years ago, has been continued by the WILD group. 

This is the first year Wallerawang has been part of the event and WILD hopes the initiative will continue to grow to the other centres in Lithgow’s LGA. 

Mayor Stephen Lesslie said he welcomed the additions to the business district, which was very appropriate in the lead-up to Mother’s Day on May 13. 

“I like the fact that the community came together to put this on,” he said. 

“It lifts the area, you really notice it as you are driving along Main Street.”

Lithgow and District Chamber of Commerce president Angela O’Connor said the group was happy to assist WILD in the Street of Flowers promotion. 

“We are excited that the Wallerawang Lidsdale Progress Association came on board this year - it was lovely to see the flowers extend to Wallerawang,” she said. 

The Chamber of Commerce was part of the hard-working crew that dedicated their Sunday to setting up the Street of Flowers on May 6. 

WILD sent its particular thanks to Lithgow Bunnings, which donated the time of two of its workers, Jess and Emily from Bunnings’ Community Projects Program (pictured top left). 

The bright plantings complement the artworks that are permanently part of Lithgow’s Pioneer Park. 

WILD encouraged business people who had special events or promotions on during the month to get in touch, as they would be happy to spread the word via the WILD Facebook page.

Look out for more WILD events coming up this year, including the annual WILD High Tea. 

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