Senior Local Hero Eileen Stark: Growing healthy spaces with local youth

29 June 2022 9:00 AM

City of Kalamunda resident, Eileen Stark was presented with a Senior Local Hero Award at a recent Adopt a Patch bush-care session held with students from High Wycombe Primary School.

Ms Stark was acknowledged for her volunteer work nurturing her local community for over 30 years, most recently as Friends Group Coordinator for Markham Road Reserve, High Wycombe; and earlier as a volunteer with the local Girl Guides and being instrumental in establishing the Kindergarten in High Wycombe.

Senior Local Hero, Ms Eileen Stark with High Wycombe Students, City of Kalamunda Environmental Education and Engagement Officer Ms Taylor, and Uncle Neville Collard.Photos:  Senior Local Hero, Ms Eileen Stark with High Wycombe Students, City of Kalamunda Environmental Education and Engagement Officer Ms Taylor, and Uncle Neville Collard. 📷 by City of Kalamunda

Ms Stark is a passionate advocate for the preservation of Blancoa canescens (Winter Bell) a plant species native to the area, growing cocky food, bee keeping and educating young people about caring for the environment.

Under Ms Stark’s guidance the students spent the session learning about the importance of weeding, watering; planting over 50 native seedlings and creating a healthier space for them and their families to grow up in.

Mayor Margaret Thomas JP commented, “We are fortunate to have members of our community who share their knowledge, passion, experience and time investing in our youth and actively caring for the environment”.

The City’s Local Hero Awards are a celebration of the people within our neighborhoods who are passionate about making a difference, freely volunteering to give back to the community. Award winners receive a $50 KalaCash gift card. The monthly Awards are proudly presented by the City of Kalamunda and supported by Echo News.

If you know a local hero, nominate them today at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/local-heroes

For more information on the Local Heroes Awards or Friends Groups Programs please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

Photos:  Left - Senior Local Hero, Eileen Stark | Right - Senior Local Hero, Eileen Stark being congratulated by High Wycombe students 📷 by City of Kalamunda

Senior Local Hero, Eileen Stark  Senior Local Hero, Eileen Stark being congratulated by High Wycombe students

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