Statement issued 15 February 2024

February 14, 2024

The Royal Agricultural Society of WA (“RASWA”) and Cirque du Soleil have been working together for some time to consider various layout options for its event at the Claremont Showground. After the review of the different building scenarios and weighing up a range of safety, operational, community and environmental impacts, RASWA and Cirque du Soleil have decided on a layout solution that will allow the conservation of all the trees at the Showgrounds.

Minimising environmental impact and tree preservation has always been an important consideration for RASWA and Cirque du Soleil. 

There are over 400 trees on the Claremont Showgrounds which have been planted by RASWA. Prior to any discussions on this event, and as part of our redevelopment plans, one of the crucial aspects highlighted has been the future shade and canopy of the site. Shade is important for visitors on our site and we are well aware of the role vegetation plays in the comfort of patrons. Our intent has always been to include improved and appropriate landscaping and planting as we replace aging infrastructure.

While the majority of the Showground is on privately owned land, we understand the Showground holds immense value for the community. RASWA provides significant in-kind support to a wide range of community groups and has done so for 190 years. 

We are honoured to host an event the quality of Cirque du Soleil at the Showground and we are thrilled Western Australians will have the opportunity to attend.

Robyn Sermon
Chief Executive Officer

Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia




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