By Melissa Sheil
PLEAS for community assistance by the Kalamunda show committee have fallen on deaf ears, with a lack of volunteer sign-ups resulting in the cancellation of the 2021 event.
The decision was made unanimously at the committee’s January 7 meeting after the quota of five new volunteer committee members failed to be met, having only received one application.
Committee chairman Wayne Garwood said the decision to cancel the show was made with great sadness but without additional members there was no way to continue without each current member taking on several jobs at once.
“It was a very hard decision to make for us – I wrote up a huge list of pros and cons before our meeting, but the committee is tired and I can’t be asking them to take on triple roles when I already had them on double,” he said.
“It’s really the lack of community support that has been disappointing.
“There have been offers of assistance from external sources which was great but just not enough.”
This is the second year in a row the show has been forced to cancel, having been shut down due to coronavirus related restrictions in April 2020, only three weeks out from its commencement.
Mr Garwood said the struggle to rally volunteers is an epidemic across regional agricultural shows, both the Harvey and Bunbury shows recently falling victim to a similar lack of help.
“Lots of people want to enjoy the show but are unwilling to put in the work to help us,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it is the community who will miss out and we can only hope for a better future.
“We’re not packing up our bags yet and we will keep pushing but it’s been a long year of fighting to keep the show alive and for now we need a break.”
Mr Garwood implores those who would like the show to go ahead in 2022 to attend the committee’s AGM on February 10 at 7.30pm in the Jack Healey Centre or contact the committee to register as a volunteer for the next event.