Community spirit

Mayor's Diary 11 April 2018
What a busy start to the year it’s been! Once again, the City’s annual offering of arts, events and culture has reached thousands of people. A record crowd of around 15,000 attended South Perth Sounds - the annual music concert on Sir James Mitchell Park. It was a magical evening of entertainment, music and fireworks under the stars. The synchrony of the fireworks going off when the Perth Symphony Orchestra and WAAPA Gospel Choir presented their encore was memorable.

Similarly, the ever-popular Angelo Street Marketplace drew thousands of people to the South Perth community event. The celebrations started early in the morning with the seniors’ Gopher Muster and the fun continued throughout the day with arts, crafts, food, fashion and live music. 

At the beginning of April I was lucky enough to attend the McDougall Park Community Kindergarten Tell Me a Story event. I welcomed the opportunity to support the event and read to the children, sharing storytime with them. I am passionate about early childhood learning, especially the importance of “play-based learning” and it’s so inspiring to see the wonderful programs this kindy has in place. There’s a real emphasis on the importance of community, play and fun which is how young children learn.

Speaking of early childhood learning, in March the City’s Manning Library welcomed parents, grandparents and children joined Hon. David Templeman, Minister for Culture and the Arts to launch new reading materials designed to develop literacy skills of infants aged 0-3 years with vision impairments.

Part of the State Library's award-winning Better Beginnings family literacy program, the new resource packs include Braille-embossed editions of the Baby Ways publication and an audio CD with Baby Ways sung and narrated. The packs are available to borrow from South Perth and Manning Libraries.

In April I also attended the Mill Point Rotary Club Unsung Hero Award. It was a chance to celebrate the invaluable work of local volunteers including Kelly Backshall who was recognised for her work at Food Rescue, a UnitingCare West program that provides food for disadvantaged people. Old Mill volunteer Marjorie Barker (former Councillor with the City of South Perth 1994 – 97) also received an award for her work. For more than 40 years, Marjorie has played a vital role in the life of the iconic Mill, welcoming visitors to the heritage building and encouraging people to explore and reflect on WA’s colonial past.