The Pollies Pearl first started in 2005 as a strategy to help raise funds for Shinju Matsuri. In the first few years of the Pollies Pearl, each politician representing Broome both state and federally contributed $220 toward the purchase of a Broome Pearl that was either raffled or auctioned during the festival. In the more recent years in the true spirit of community and Shinju Matsuri, the Pearl has been a full donation allowing the contribution from the politicians to more directly support the festival. In 2014 Allure South Sea Pearls donated the Pollies Pearl to coincide with the launch of their online eBoutique.
The Shinju Matsuri Annual General Meeting 2014 will be held at the Roebuck Bay Hotel in the Piano Bar at 6pm Wednesday December 10.