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Connecting South Perth

The giant numbat as part of the City of South Perth’s Connect South project.

Work finished on the South Perth foreshore near Mends Street late in the year as the city’s Connect South project began to blossom.

Ferry travellers and other visitors walk beneath a giant numbat to access Mends Street and further to Perth Zoo.

RSL in South Perth celebrates a century

On 26 November the local sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) celebrated 100 years of involvement in the South Perth area.

RSLWA members and other special guests attended to celebrate the occasion.

RSLWA chief executive officer John McCourt presented the local sub-branch with a certificate of recognition for its 100 years’ service and the significant contribution made by South Perth residents in all fields of conflict.

(LtR): John McGrath MLA; South Perth (City of) sub-branch president Justin Regan; Mayor Greg Milner; John McCourt and veterans’ liaison officer RSLWA John McPherson

11/11: Remembrance Day at City of South Perth

The City of South Perth Remembrance Day service on 11 November was attended by a large and diverse crowd from veterans to young children.

St Columba’s Catholic Primary School choir gave a beautiful rendition of We Are Australian and I was proud to represent the electorate in laying a wreath to remember the service men and women whose lives were forever altered by serving their country during wartime.

The service is also a chance to catch up with old friends and distinguished former soldiers.

With Dave Menzies; South Perth mayor Greg Milner; and former mayor John Collins OAM.

Retirement announced

On 31 October I announced that I would not be standing for the seat of South Perth at the State Election in March 2021.

Liberal Party State Parliamentary Leader Liza Harvey made the official announcement to a media conference at Parliament House.

Leader Liza Harvey invites me to the microphone after announcing my intention to not contest the seat of South Perth in March 2021.

However, this doesn’t mean I have retired. There is still more than a year to keep representing South Perth and to fulfil my shadow portfolio duties in Racing & Gaming and Sport & Recreation.

The announcement provides the Liberal Party of WA the luxury of time to pre-select the best available candidate to further the work I have undertaken in the seat since 2005, when I took on a similar role after the celebrated career of the late Phil Pendal MLA.

Senior Citizens 60th year celebrated

THE SOUTH Perth Senior Citizens 60th anniversary lunch was held at Royal Perth Golf Club on October 15.

Karen and I were delighted to attend and enjoyed the day.

I was joined by some Senior Citizens members and their guests for a photo to commemorate the occasion.

(LtR): Lil Asche, Bev Hill, Isobel Wight, Val Faulkner, Alana Hunt and John McGrath MLA.

Bus route 30 swerves to help Manning residents

ON SEPTEMBER 17 I joined Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and constituents at the newly installed bus stop near the Manning Community Centre (Manning Hub).

Due to many constituents’ requests and work by my office, the Minister enabled bus route 30 to be re-routed.

Bus route 30 has seven of its Monday-to-Friday journeys deviated to allow easier passenger access to the library at the Hub, a new medical centre and the Welwyn Avenue shopping strip.

NAIDOC flag raising -South Perth ceremony

AT THE NAIDOC week flag raising ceremony conducted by the City of South Perth.

With me are Kerry-Ann Winmar, Angel Smith and Aarianne Webb.

Kerry-Ann gave her second annual Welcome to Country at the ceremony; Angel, a promising basket ball player with local team Redbacks, is Aarianne’s granddaughter.

(LtR): Kerry-Ann Winmar, John McGrath, Angel Smith & Aarianne Webb

Hannah Green wins 2019 Women’s PGA Championship

HANNAH Green won the Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota in June 2019.

Hannah became only the fifth player in more than 60 years to lead from start to finish in the PGA event.

Congratulations to Hannah, a former captain of the Como Golf Academy, which is run from the Collier Park Public Golf Course in Como.

Hannah Green with the US Women’s PGA trophy