Red Hat Ladies from around the state to descend on Geraldton

Lavish hats and even lovelier ladies will descend on Geraldton on the weekend of August 9-11 creating colourful mayhem as they almost - or should! - get the key to the City.

Helped along with a City of Greater Geraldton Community Grant of more than $4,000 from Round 11, the Scarlet O’Hairas, one of the local chapters of the popular, world- wide Red Hat Ladies Society will be hosting the annual State gathering of the ladies.

Colours of our Lives Mayhem, promises to be a weekend of fun, frivolity and friendship culminating in a colourful parade by the ladies in all their finery, along the Geraldton Foreshore to the Railway Markets on Sunday, August 11.

Speaking on behalf of the Scarlet O’Hairas, Queen Scarlet said the event is usually held in Perth however, the chapter put in a bid to hold the 2013 event in Geraldton to promote the region’s beauty and benefits.

“We were lucky enough to be awarded a grant of $4,387 by the City of Greater Geraldton through its Community Grants program to assist us in this venture,” she said.

“Our aim is to bring an exciting influx of enthusiastic ladies to Geraldton which we hope will benefit the local economic community as well as filling the town with vibrant colour and fun.

“Many local businesses are happy to participate in creating a lively atmosphere and the Scarlet O’Hairas are willing to give a prize for the best decorated shop front during Mayhem week,” said Queen Scarlet.

More information can be found on the Scarlet O’Hairas website, which the ladies put together with the help of free training at the City of Greater Geraldton’s Digital Hub at 71 Marine Tce.

“The Red Hatters love the Digi Hub,” Queen Scarlet said, “and the Digi hub is taking part in our Treasure Hunt around the City on Saturday.”

The Digi Hub is a federally-funded initiative providing free, interactive, internet training sessions for community members to take advantage of the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Geraldton.

Contact the Geraldton Digital Hub on 9965 6752 to find out more about free computer and online training.

*Twice each year the City of Greater Geraldton returns one per cent of annual rates to the community in the form of community grants. Last financial year there were 46 successful Community Grant Submissions with $339,298 in funding awarded for community projects valued at $1,224,044.

Applications for Round 13 Community Grants are now open; the closing date for all applications is Friday, August 22, 2013. For further information visit the City’s website or contact Treasury Officer, Brooke Rafferty on (08) 9956 6993, email

Pic caption: Red Hatters at Sunshine Festival

Look out Geraldton, the Red Hat Ladies will be painting the town colourful from August 9-11 with their Colours of our Lives Mayhem annual State gathering.