Round the town with Nola – 7/9 edition

Collie gets arty: The Festiv Arty Festival will kick off this Friday night and run until Sunday, September 17. Photo: Shannon Wood
Collie gets arty: The Festiv Arty Festival will kick off this Friday night and run until Sunday, September 17. Photo: Shannon Wood

Festiv Arty

Central Park will be the scene of festive activity on Sunday, with this year’s street fair.

There will be face painting, a climbing wall, a roving fairy story teller, a bouncy castle and lots of market stalls.

It promises to be a fun time for young and old, from 10am to 3pm.

Let’s hope the weather man produces some fine spring weather.

The official launch of Festivarty is an invitation event tomorrow night, and after that, activity is the name of the game every day, with workshops, exhibitions and competitions.

On Saturday night, there will be a photography and journalism workshop at the library, you can drop in to the library to book a spot for just $5, or book by phone.

On Wednesday, there will be a wine and cheese travel night, also $5, and on Saturday, an evening with Alastair McGuiness, preceded by a cooking demonstration by Wannaporn Hooley, once again, $5, book at the library. 

An interesting session at Our Community Garden on Saturday, September 16 gives you the chance to help make a bee hotel.

Art and craft exhibitions this year will run at two venues, the Margaretta Wilson Centre PCYC, and at the Art Gallery.

Works will be offered for sale at both venues.

For more information about the festival and for a full program visit

Witnessing documents

Collie’s Justices of the Peace have a new venue for their document witnessing centre, at the Collie Courthouse.

There will be a JP on duty from 9.30am to 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As court sessions are held on Wednesdays, the JP centre will not operate on that day.

Ladies’ high tea

YouthCARE is running its annual Ladies’ High Tea on Wednesday, September 20 from 10am to 12 noon.

Each lady will be served high tea on dainty matching cups and plates from tiered cake stands.

A range of special teas will be offered, courtesy of Michelle from Coalfields Cafe; a range of coffees will also be available.

The door prize will be a Death by Chocolate cake, and there will be other raffles with lots of great prizes.

Tickets are $20 from Crank’n Cycles, and there are limited seats available. 

Garden competition

Entries open next week for the annual Keeping Up Appearances garden competition, and close in the first week of October.

Categories will be the same as in previous years, complete garden, small garden, new garden under three years, waterwise, public (businesses and schools), child’s garden.

This competition is part of the Tidy Towns entry each year, and encourages locals to take a pride in their homes and their home town.

Collie is a finalist in the General Appearance section of the State awards, a reflection of the Central Park upgrade and the lovely gardens we have around town.

Footy fever

Footy fever continues for Collie, with another home ground final for the League team on Sunday.

This game will be vital for the Collie Eagles, so go along and show your support.

It is a bonus for local fans to be able to see their team in finals action in Collie, and hopefully, the home ground advantage will get the boys through to further final action.


Wanted: a volunteer with carpentry experience to assist with running a woodworking workshop and willing to mentor others.

Contact Dawn from Collie Home Care if you are able to assist on 9734 2354.

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