Thousands of children in the City of Gosnells lined up on driveways and verges to greet the Easter Bunny on the weekend – and he arrived on the back of a fire truck to hand out over 35,000 chocolate eggs or small gifts.

To brighten the day for families housebound this Easter, City of Gosnells Councillors, staff and members of the Volunteer Bushfire Brigade visited every suburb in the City, with sirens sounding to herald the arrival of the egg-stra special guest.

Children and adults waved and shouted greetings to the Easter Bunny and his entourage, who braved temperatures nearing 40C to connect with the local community, while respecting social distancing requirements.

Mayor David Goode, who joined the Bunny on his journey, said it was a delight to see so many people lining the streets of the community to join the fun.

 “The egg-stra special delivery service was part of the City’s Home But Not Alone interactive online initiative, designed to create connections and maintain positivity in the community,” Mayor Goode said.

“At a time when we are all required to stay home as much as possible, to reduce the impacts of the Coronavirus, it was an absolute pleasure to bring a little bit of joy to the lives of so many local children and their families.”

Volunteer fire-fighters in five fire trucks visited as many local streets as possible between 8am and 4pm, including the home of Thornlie nine-year-old Taylah Samson, who wrote to Premier Mark McGowan, asking whether travel restrictions associated with the Coronavirus would prevent the Easter Bunny from visiting WA families this year.

“The Easter Bunny was particularly keen to visit Taylah and her family – and she was clearly thrilled to see him.”

The City has a number of other activities and initiatives planned as part of Home But Not Alone, and members of the community can find out more via the links below.