View Comments
Rod Ross, general manager of Araluen Botanic Park.
WA News / Nic Ellis Rod Ross, general manager of Araluen Botanic Park.

The Araluen tulip festival has been cancelled for the second year because of an ongoing row between the park's management and the City of Armadale over parking.

Araluen Botanic Park general manager Rod Ross said yesterday that despite a new management structure for the park being announced in January, the tulip festival could not go ahead because Armadale council refused to compromise on the overflow parking.

Instead, the community would be invited to help plant a modest scale of 50,000 tulips on May 29-30 and June 12-13 in garden beds - but there would be no central display of tulips.

Mr Ross said the festival, which over its 15-year history used to attract up to 50,000 people a year, was a key revenue raiser and the council's hardline stance was "illogical".

He said an offer of eight Sundays from August to October to host the tulip festival, of which maybe half would be busy, was also knocked back because it refused to allow any parking in surrounding streets.

But Armadale mayor Linton Reynolds defended the council's stance, saying it had asked festival organisers over the years to address the parking overflow, which choked neighbouring roads, or promote the festival on days other than Sundays.

"On its worst days, you would have to say if there was a problem in the park, emergency vehicles wouldn't get there," he said.

Environment Minister Donna Faragher said her department was liaising with the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation on issues such as management and "consideration of festivals and how they would be conducted".

She said the council had raised its concerns with the Department of Environment and Conservation which was working to ensure they were addressed.