The City of South Perth Young Writers Award 2015 is now open.
Entry forms are available from South Perth and Manning Libraries and will be distributed to schools in the first week of February. The entry form can also be downloaded from the library website.
In its 29th year, this prestigious literary competition encourages excellence in creative writing and is open to all students who live in or attend school within the City of South Perth. There are six age categories for prose and the Award is open to all students from Year 1 through to Year 12.
Entries will be accepted at South Perth Library and Manning Libraries until the close of the competition on Friday
24 April 2015.
The City of South Perth has received a $1 million grant from Lotterywest, which will contribute towards the costs of the new Manning Community Hub development.
Funding was awarded to the City under Lotterywest’s Community Spaces – building and fit out program. The funds will contribute towards the construction of the early years activity spaces and community group premises within the Manning Community Hub.
“The new Manning Community Hub will provide modern, functional and sustainable community facilities increasing accessibility, community participation and usage,” said Mayor Sue Doherty.
“The Manning Community Hub project has strong community support and will provide purpose built facilities for groups and organisations that have been operating on the site for many years, including Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Community Group and the Manning Child Health Clinic.
“Additionally creating a new space for playgroups, the Manning Rippers Football Club, Manning Toy Library and the relocation of the Manning Library.
“The demographics of the Manning community have changed with more families coming into the area. In response to these changes, the community identified the need for a vibrant, integrated ‘village centre’ linking existing shops, services and activities.
“This development will also provide a ‘town square’ space flanked by a café, shops, businesses and recreational areas.”
The total cost of this project is in the vicinity of $16M, with the City of South Perth funding the balance.
Construction of the Manning Community Hub development is scheduled to commence in mid-2015.
The City of South Perth proudly supports Disability Awareness Week 2014. This year it is being held from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 December in Western Australia to coincide with International Day of Disability – Wednesday 3 December.
The purpose of the week is to recognise individuals and groups in the community who have made a contribution to the ‘Count Me In’ vision: ‘All people live in welcoming communities that facilitiate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.’
This year, the City of South Perth is hosting two Soapbox Speaker Events during Disability Awareness Week on Wednesday 3 December.
Guest speakers feature:
Mari – who has learnt to live with Crohn’s disease over 22 years and will share her experience and day to day impacts to create a better insight into this lifelong condition;
Ben – has a lifetime of experience living with a significant disability. The nature of his condition is not immediately apparent to people who interact with him. Ben will share stories of barriers and triumphs; and
Bec – an articulate 20-year old who believes that being on the autism spectrum makes her well placed to understand the needs of people with disability and would like to share the issues faced by people with a disability.
Mayor Sue Doherty said, “The City of South Perth is committed to an inclusive community, and the hosting of the Soapbox Speaker Event is a way of raising awareness for disability, access and inclusion in our community.
“Disability Awareness Week is an important time to highlight the hundreds of disabilities, conditions and diagnosis that are not visibly obvious, yet can still affect everyday life.
“The week serves as a reminder of what still needs to be done to ensure Australians with disability have access to opportunities to fully participate in social and economic life.”
The Council has endorsed Stage 1 of the ‘Local Government Reform Toolkit’ (the ‘Toolkit’) work completed by the City of South Perth and has authorized the commencement of work on Stage 2. Both the City and the Town of Victoria Park have worked collaboratively in the preparation and management of the proposed reform program in working towards ensuring the best outcomes for our community, staff, the new local government entity and its stakeholders.
A step-by-step practical Toolkit guide was developed by the Department of Local Government and Communities in conjunction with WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA). The Toolkit was presented to all metropolitan local governments in February 2014, and identified core activities grouped by function to be addressed over four stages in implementing reform:
Stage 1: Review (until August 2014)
Stage 2: Plan (August 2014 – March 2015)
Stage 3: Mobilise (April 2015 – June 2015)
Stage 4: Implement (July 2015 onwards)
Stage 1 of the Toolkit involved the review, identification and audit of the City’s current state and documentation of its processes, such as policies, databases and plans. The City has used this time to prepare for the next stage in the reform process in the event it goes ahead. The City has worked in conjunction with the Town in the completion of this work, which has involved the following preparatory tasks:
Development of a Governance Framework and Terms of Reference;
Establishment of a Reform Program Office;
Development of a Change Management Plan;
Establishment of Joint Project Teams;
Development of Project Implementation Plans; and
Documentation of our current stage and processes (Due Diligence).
Mayor Sue Doherty said, “The endorsement of Stage One activities is important given the prominence and implications of the reform program.
“We need to clearly demonstrate to our community what we are doing. In formally endorsing the work by the City’s Officers, we are accepting responsibility and being accountable – a requirement of elected members under legislation.
“Much of the work undertaken with the Town of Victoria Park has focused on review and documentation of current-state processes, including identification of risks and opportunities. If the reform program proceeds, the work from Stage 1 will be carried into Stage 2 of the merger. If the reform program is halted, the work undertaken from Stage 1 will be internally re-directed into improving and updating the City’s own processes.”
The City will again offer support to those in hardship through its annual food drive for charity this festive season.
Last year, a car load full of goodies including stocking fillers, gifts, Christmas food, decorations and crackers were delivered to Southcare in the lead up to Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of those who donated, families in need were able to enjoy some Christmas cheer.
If you wish to donate, please drop off any non-perishable food items or suitable gifts at the collection points;
• Civic Centre Reception
• Operations Centre Reception
• South Perth Library
• Manning Library.
Items will need to be delivered to the donation points by Wednesday 10 December 2014.
All donations will be delivered to Southcare, a not for profit organisation based in Manning providing services that support the well-being of people in need in the South Perth community.
Today I commemorated Remembrance Day with the City of South Perth and the Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League in the City’s Memorial Gardens in South Perth.
I was pleased to see a good crowd in attendance and it was great to catch up with so many respected local identities.
The service was attended by a number of returned servicemen from the electorate of South Perth, including Alastair McPherson. Alastair was President of the Manning Sub-Branch until it amalgamated with the City of South Perth Sub-Branch. He previously held the position of Vice President of the City of South Perth Sub-Branch RS, and now is a Committee member. He was a marine engineer and he made trips to Korea delivering troops and supplies to the Korean War.
Congratulations to the South Perth and Manning Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League for organising such a heartfelt service.
This year I was fortunate to again support the City of South Perth’s Emerging Artist competition. The competition is a great way for establishing artists to gain recognition of their work.
Congratulations to Emma Itzstein for winning the $500 John McGrath MLA Young Artist Award. Her art-work ‘A still encounter’ was of a very high standard.
The Exhibition will remain open to the public until Saturday 1 November. Members of the public can also vote on their favourite piece that will be awarded the Soco Realty People’s Choice Award post exhibition.
Exhibition Details: Free entry Friday 24 October to Saturday 1 November 2014
9am – 4pm Monday – Friday
10am – 3pm Saturday
South Perth Community Hall
Cnr Sandgate St & South Terrace, South Perth