Fiesta 2016 Big Finish

Mayor's Diary 23 March 2016
March is always a very busy time in the City of South Perth, and this year has been no exception.

Our annual Fiesta started with a huge concert at Sir James Mitchell Park with young hip-hop and R&B performer Nathaniel headlining. Crowds of people of all ages picnicked, played and danced the night away before being treated to a fabulous fireworks display.

We had plenty of interest in the Ascending Signals artwork on the foreshore, as well as the ‘Find Me’ pop-up activities that included deckchairs and hammocks to relax on during our very warm March weather, and bookstops to swap your favourite books.  The regular appearance of the food trucks as part of South Perth StrEats has been very popular (they’ll be there through April, so head down if you haven’t already).

The Fiesta culminated on Sunday 20 March with the biggest and best Angelo Street Marketplace yet with over 14,000 enjoying the event.  With over 120 stalls offering fashion, homewares, beauty, art, crafts and gourmet street foods there was something for everybody.  The Gopher Muster was again a huge hit, with entrants from the South Perth Senior Citizens Centre decorating and racing their gophers.

I was very pleased to meet the two Young Australians of the Year when they visited Collier Primary School late last month.  Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett are motivated, clever, and entertaining young men who have established Orange Sky – a series of mobile laundry vans for homeless people not just to wash and dry  their clothes, but they help maintain their dignity and build self esteem.  I’m sure the students were inspired by the innovative and compassionate idea which Nic and Lucas have built into an organisation which now operates in most states of Australia.

While I tend to focus on the more light-hearted aspects of being the Mayor in these diary posts, there is a serious side to the job.  At this month’s Council meeting we resolved to advocate for the abolition, or at least the significant reform of, Development Assessment Panels (DAPs).  DAPs have largely removed opportunities for local and community-based issues to be considered in the development decision-making process and this is an important step in trying to restore that balance.  

With Easter approaching celebrate this time with hope, faith, love and joy.  Have a wonderful Easter. 

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