A moment to remember
It was moving to be part of community who came together to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 on Remembrance Day with a commemorative service at the City’s Civic Centre. The service was attended by a number of service men and women and included the traditional wreath-laying, flag raising and the last post bugle call, followed by a morning tea in the Community Hall.
So many folk have asked me about the beautiful yellow and orange flowers in bloom at the City’s Civic Centre recently. In particular they have wanted to know what they are called and find out more about the spectacular flower. They are called Pincushion Proteas or Leucospermum and originate from South Africa. They are perfect for a warmer climate, very low-maintenance and can be sourced from most nurseries.
Ernest Johnson Reserve
We celebrated the completion of Ernest Johnson Reserve Stage Two with an informal community event on Thursday 22 November. Kids, families and dog walkers turned out to mark to occasion along with Councillor Travis Burrows and myself along with members of the City’s staff.
The second stage of this $10.5 million project has seen the creation of a beautiful new nature play area for children, installation of extensive playground equipment and exercise equipment for adults. Landscaping, new paths, lighting as well as barbeque and picnic facilities add to the much-loved reserve. If you haven’t visited yet I encourage you to stop by for a visit – the barbeque is very popular so at the moment it’s a matter of first in best dressed!.
Southcare Christmas Appeal
As we move towards Christmas it’s timely to think about how we can give back to our community.
There are a host of groups that work to make the festive season more enjoyable for people in need. One such organisation is Manning-based Southcare.
Over the years they have worked tirelessly with the community to provide Food Hampers for those in need at Christmas time. This year they reflected on the needs of the people who come to them for support. The peoples needs were for emergency relief to pay rent, housing assistance, utility accounts, medical bills and clothing, linen and house hold goods.
This year Southcare made the decision to stop collecting food donations and focus their efforts on fundraising so they can provide emergency relief. There are 6 local organisations that provide food relief services.
How you can help: Rather than donating food this Christmas, Southcare ask that you consider making a financial donation or donating clothing, linen or household goods. For details on how to assist Southcare visit their website.