• Finance answers the music call

    In October, the Department of Finance of Western Australia asked staff to donate pre-loved musical instruments to help Desert Feet Inc. deliver opportunity through music. Soon after, instruments started popping up from across Finance.

    Desert Feet Inc. is unique to WA. It uses the arts to create educational and musical opportunities for people in remote communities. At the heart of the organisation are regular music tours to indigenous communities which concentrate on tuition, recording and performing.

    Thanks to the enthusiasm of staff, the foyer of Finance’s Optima building looked like a band in waiting last week when Desert Feet Executive Officer and co-founder, Emily Minchin, picked up the eclectic collection of instruments, which included 13 acoustic and electric guitars, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet, two amps and much, much more.

    Emily said, “We haven’t had anything like this before in terms of numbers. All of the instruments will go towards creating musical opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable - so thank you!!”

    Finance’s Kris van der Spoel coordinated the collection, “We managed to collect so much more than I thought we would! I was aiming for recorders, ukuleles and maracas – instead we ended up being inundated with guitars, the perfect instrument for bringing people together through song, dance and plenty of good times!”
    The next Desert Feet Tour will be in 2017 during NAIDOC week.

    Don’t forget Desert Feet Tour have their own Facebook page and youtube channel that features highlights from recent tours.


    Jodie Smythe, Kristien van der Spoel and Simone Kirkness (Department of Finance), Emily Minchin (Desert Feet Tours), Brendan Williamson (Department of Finance) and Philip Wyles (Department of Training and Workforce Development).

    Photo courtesy of Department of Finance of Western Australia

    Published date: 19 December 2016