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Recreation & Aquatic Facility

The City of South Perth is looking for feedback from ratepayers on its plan for a regional scale Recreation and Aquatic Facility (RAF).

The city informs me they have already received more than 600 returned surveys since first putting them on their website late last week.

It is important the survey gets a strong response, consistent with the views of all ratepayers and I urge you to have your say on this major council project.

Plans for the RAF, to be located adjacent to Collier Park Golf Course, include traditional swimming pools, hydrotherapy pool and indoor sports courts operating alongside research and education programs.

It is proposed that public health programs delivered at the facility will assist the shift from hospital to community care and rehabilitation.

The project’s business case will be considered at council’s October meeting.

To provide your opinion, please see the following link to a survey to help the council make an informed decision and gauge the level of stakeholder support for the project.

A promotional video link is also attached with information about the plan.

Promotional video: https://youtu.be/MOQ10QziRgQ  

Unique survey link: https://survey.websurveycreator.com/s/RAFSurvey_Pol

The survey closes at:

4pm Wednesday

23 September 2020

Gingko + Hiroshima = Peace

City of South Perth plants home-grown, international gift 6 August 2020

PEACEFUL: GINGKO BILOBA TREE AND PLAQUE

A six-year-old sapling, grown from the seeds of a Gingko Biloba tree which survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, was today planted at the scented gardens in Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth.

Only two Gingko trees survived the blast and fires of the Hiroshima attack and the seeds emanate from one of these which was situated 1370 metres from the bomb drop’s epicentre.

As part of the Mayors for Peace program, City of South Perth mayor Greg Milner and nursery supervisor John Murray planted the sapling, one of six germinated from the seeds.

SOILED: MAYOR GREG MILNER AND NURSERY SUPERVISOR JOHN MURRAY PLANT THE TREE IN THE SCENTED GARDEN AT SIR JAMES MITCHELL PARK

The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in August 1945 and their massive destruction with great loss of human life hastened the end of Japanese involvement in World War II.

Seeds from Gingko trees which survived these bombings have been distributed around the globe as symbols of peace.

Ten of these were received by the City of Fremantle in 2014 and that council asked the City of South Perth to germinate and grow the trees.

Six of these grew to planting maturity and the one in the scented gardens will have siblings at other council jurisdictions throughout Western Australia, in Albany, Rockingham, Cockburn, Fremantle and Subiaco.

CEO GEOFF GLASS AND JOHN McGRATH MLA

Council CEO Geoff Glass briefed invited guests and told how the City of Fremantle planted its tree at 7.15am today, the time the first air raid siren went off in Hiroshima on 6 August, 1945.

Mr Glass told the audience of the name hibakusha given to Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims and of one man, known as a double hibakusha. This businessman was in Hiroshima on 6 August, survived the bomb attack, and returned to Nagaskai where a second atomic bomb was dropped on 9 August, 1945. He survived there too.

CITY GUESTS: SOME ATTENDEES AT TODAY’S PLANTING

Mr Murray paid tribute to the longevity of Gingko Biloba trees which he said are the only trees to survive the Jurassic era.

He said the world’s longest surviving Gingko Biloba tree is 3500 years old. The trees are widely planted throughout the world and are very slow growing

He also praised 10-year staff member, nursery horticulturist Jennifer Grainger, who attended the ceremony. “Her fingers planted the seeds,” he said.

Mayors for Peace was a 1982 initiative of the Mayor of Hiroshima to symbolise and further world peace. Each year on today’s date, Hiroshima Day is celebrated in more than 8000 cities.

CULTIVATED: PLAQUE ACKNOWLEDGING MAYORS FOR PEACE

Bill Grayden AM turns 100

Congratulations to Bill Grayden AM, a legend of Western Australian politics who turns 100 today. Bill was the Member for South Perth from 1956 until 1993 and a Minister in the Charles Court Government from 1974-82.

JOHN McGRATH MLA WITH BILL GRAYDEN AM IN 2007

Always a champion for his electorate, Bill was responsible for the formation of the South Perth Senior Citizens’ Centre in 1961 and served for 50 years as its chairman.

MARGARET EVANS OF SP SENIOR CITIZENS CENTRE WITH BILL

National Tree Day at Gowrie

Planting a new tree with children at early learning centre 31 July 2020

TALKING TREES: JOHN McGRATH MLA WITH CHILDREN, PARENTS AND EDUCATORS AT GOWRIE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE IN KARAWARA

John McGrath MLA today joined children, parents and educators at Gowrie Early Learning Centre in Karawara.

Today is National Tree Day and the centre had arranged for Mr McGrath to plant a new tree in the garden near the children’s play area.

He first spoke about trees and environment with the children and asked them questions about what they had learned about trees in the previous week.

PLANTING: ELIJAH HELPS JOHN

All then gathered outside where Elijah helped John plant the tree. Some of the other children also helped by tamping down the soil around the tree with their feet and all said they would help water it and watch it grow.

Gowrie Early Learning Centre hosts children from six weeks old to six years at Karawara. The organisation was founded in 1940.

Mr McGrath wished to thank operations manager Nate Draper for the invitation and educator Fina Zackaria and other staff for their assistance on the day.

A special thanks to Elijah for helping with the planting.

Electric tram soon to be displayed at Windsor Park

It has been 22 years in the making but the faithfully restored B Class electric tram that used to run along Mends Street, South Perth, and up to Como between 1922 and 1950 will soon be on display in Windsor Park.

Congratulations to the City of South Perth, the South Perth Historical Society and the volunteers of the Perth Electric Tram society for their work on the restoration which will enable another aspect of our city’s rich history to be preserved.

MEDIA RELEASE

Motorists the winners with new ramp 13 July 2020

South Perth MLA John McGrath believes constituents living in the southern part of his electorate will not be the only motorists to benefit from the new southbound on-ramp to the Kwinana Freeway on Manning Road.

“I’m sure this long overdue traffic management project will also be welcomed by those living in southern suburbs who travel daily to Curtin University or do school drop offs at Aquinas College, Penrhos College or Como Secondary College in my electorate,” Mr McGrath said.

“The trip home has now become a lot easier for them.”

Mr McGrath said the people of Manning, Salter Point, Waterford, Karawara and parts of Como had been waiting more than 30 years for a government to provide them with southbound access to the freeway.

“Back in 1982 when the freeway was extended to South Street, Murdoch, the planners at Main Roads began looking at the best place for a ramp onto the freeway south.

“Now it has finally been delivered and people are so happy.”

Mr McGrath said one resident, who has been living in Salter Point for 28 years, was so delighted to hear that the official opening had just taken place that he jumped in his car and went for a spin down the ramp.

“He was beginning to think it might not happen in his lifetime,” Mr McGrath said.

Mr McGrath was in Opposition in 2006 when he first raised the issue of the on-ramp in parliament to then Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

However, he admitted it was never easy for MPs in seats that are considered “safe” to win support from either major Party for major projects.

MEMBER FOR SOUTH PERTH JOHN McGRATH ADDRESSES THE MEDIA WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER RITA SAFFIOTI AND SWAN MHR STEVE IRONS AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE LONG-AWAITED MANNING ROAD ON-RAMP TO KWINANA FREEWAY

He thanked Swan MHR Steve Irons for delivering $28 million in Commonwealth funding towards the $35 million cost of the on-ramp and praised McGowan Government Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Main Roads WA for delivering ahead of time.

Main Roads expects more than 7000 vehicles a day to take advantage of the ramp.

MAIN ROADS MD PETER WORONZOW (left) JOINED MEMBERS OF HIS CREW; BMD CONSTRUCTION WORKERS; AND POLITICIANS AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING

MEDIA RELEASE

OFFICIAL OPENING OF MANNING ROAD ON-RAMP
JOHN McGRATH WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER RITA SAFFIOTI AND SWAN MHR STEVE IRONS AT THE OPENING OF THE MANNING ROAD ON-RAMP

South Perth MLA John McGrath believes constituents living in the southern part of his electorate will not be the only motorists to benefit from the new southbound on-ramp to the Kwinana Freeway on Manning Road.

“I’m sure this long overdue traffic management project will also be welcomed by those living in southern suburbs who travel daily to Curtin University or do school drop offs at Aquinas College, Penrhos College or Como Secondary College in my electorate,” Mr McGrath said.

“The trip home has now become a lot easier for them.”

Mr McGrath said the people of Manning, Salter Point, Waterford, Karawara and parts of Como had been waiting more than 30 years for a government to provide them with southbound access to the freeway.

“Back in 1982 when the freeway was extended to South Street, Murdoch, the planners at Main Roads began looking at the best place for a ramp onto the freeway south.

“Now it has finally been delivered and people are so happy.”

Mr McGrath said one resident, who has been living in Salter Point for 28 years, was so delighted to hear that the official opening had just taken place that he jumped in his car and went for a spin down the ramp.

“He was beginning to think it might not happen in his lifetime,” Mr McGrath said.

Mr McGrath was in Opposition in 2006 when he first raised the issue of the on-ramp in parliament to then Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

However, he admitted it was never easy for MPs in seats that are considered “safe” to win support from either major Party for major projects.

He thanked Swan MHR Steve Irons for delivering $28 million in Commonwealth funding towards the $35 million cost of the on-ramp and praised McGowan Government Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Main Roads WA for delivering ahead of time.

Main Roads expects more than 7000 vehicles a day to take advantage of the ramp.

Parking near Coode Street riverfront should be free

Sailing vessels provide unique local and tourist attractions on the Swan River

I feel the City of South Perth should review its parking policy of the bays behind The Boatshed Café and Funcats Watersports at Coode Street, South Perth.

Bays in this car park were previously free all day but have been altered to paid-parking from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, including public holidays.

While this has had a deleterious impact on the two businesses’ summer operations, I am concerned with its effect on people pursuing recreation.

South Perth has one of Perth’s most picturesque and best continuous walking paths next to the Swan River. Thousands of residents, visitors, school children and tourists walk or exercise along it every year.

I would hate to think that some of this activity has been stopped because of an aversion to paying parking fees. Also, when someone goes for a walk, there is often no prescribed limit to how far they intend to go or if they decide to stop en route.

If you were to, say, park near Funcats then unexpectedly meet a friend near Mends Street and pause for coffee or a cold drink, you may return to a parking ticket. Even if you remember the ticket expiring, being hamstrung by parking restrictions seems most unfair.

Parking is free at weekends but this just confuses the matter for recreation users who start their activity at this point several times a week. There is another car park, east of The Boatshed Café which offers some free parking, further confusing the issue.

The cafe and Funcats provide a point of difference to other businesses. The first due to its location and the second because customers are able to sail a vessel across the Swan to the Perth cityscape and return. This is unique.

I don’t believe the City of South Perth needs the revenue so badly that paid parking needs to be in place at this spot.

Return the whole area to unpaid parking and let the people of South Perth use the river for free.