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Soroptimists International of South Perth Breakfast

Delighted to accept invitation from Soroptimists International of South Perth to attend a fundraising breakfast to support Starick,

An amazing organisation which provides safe refuge, support and advocacy for women and children affected by family and domestic violence. Caught up with Soroptimists’ president Vida Corbett and member Judy Kay, both local residents.

Soroptimist Night

Taiwanese Culture Troupe Performance Night

I was glad to accept an invitation from the Taiwanese Association to attend their Culture Troupe Performance Night held at the Octagon theatre. Perth was the second port of call in the Australian tour for the troupe, which consisted of 30 secondary students from Keelung, Taiwan. About 700 members of the Taiwanese community turned up to watch the display of traditional folk dancing. The performances were very colourful and most impressive.

I am a very strong supporter of the over 2,000 Taiwanese people in Perth. I believe it is very important to continue to foster more trade and cultural ties with Taiwan.

Taiwanese Culture Performance - Edit

Starlight Lotterywest Grant

I was very pleased to visit Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital today, representing the Minister for Health, to present a Lotterywest cheque for $400,000 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The funds will go towards the fit-out and technology for the Starlight Express Room at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The room, including operation for three years, is a $3.8 million project.

Starlight has been operating for 27 years and is the only children’s charity to have permanent  presence in all children’s hospitals around Australia. Starlight, who last year supported 146,000 sick and chronically ill children and teenagers across Australia, is now headquartered in the electorate of South Perth.

It was great to visit the Starlight Express Room at PMH, meet two Starlight Captains, and be shown around what is such a family friendly facility that has been used by so many West Australians.

The cheque presentation ceremony was attended by Jayne Graham (State Partnership’s Manager for Starlight), Lorraine Discoll (General Manager at LotteryWest), Paul Andrew (CEO of LotteryWest), Simon Price (Director of Azure Capital and board member of Starlight), Frank Daly (Assistant Chief Executive of the Child and Adolescent Health Service and Perth Children’s Hospital Commissioning) and Tina Chinery (Executive Director of Perth Children’s Hospital).

Lotterywest is committed to building a better Western Australia, and provides a vital source of support for public hospitals, sports, the arts, thousands of non-for-profit communities groups like Starlight. In 2014, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the Western Australian community. Western Australia is the only State where money raised from Lottery products is distributed back to the community.

Lorraine Driscoll (General Manager, LotteryWest), Paul Andrew (CEO, LotteryWest), Susan (LotteryWest), John McGrath MLA, Simon Price (Director of Azure Capital – on the board of Starlight)
Lorraine Driscoll (General Manager, LotteryWest), Paul Andrew (CEO, LotteryWest), Susan (LotteryWest), John McGrath MLA, Simon Price (Director of Azure Capital – on the board of Starlight)
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Paul Andrew (CEO LotteryWest), Jayne Graham (State Partnership’s Manager, Starlight), John McGrath MLA and the Starlight Captains

South Perth Lawn Tennis Club Grievance

My grievance is to the minister representing the Minister for Housing and is about a funding commitment by the Department of Housing to provide alternative facilities for members of the Canning Lawn Tennis Club, which about two years ago was
displaced from its premises to make way for a very good Department of Housing planned development in Bentley; that is, the Bentley regeneration project around Brownlie Towers.

Members of the tennis club were evicted from their club grounds. They had a valid lease with the City of Canning, but agreed to vacate the premises on certain conditions; namely, that the Department of Housing would fund facilities at South Perth Lawn Tennis Club. The members of the Canning tennis club had been to the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club and the South Perth club welcomed them to join it. They joined the South Perth club on
the condition that the Department of Housing would allocate funding—a figure of $850 000 was mentioned—to provide eight new floodlit courts on land at the South Perth Tennis Club and extensions and renovations to the existing clubhouse, because with an extra 50 or so members the clubhouse is fairly small. The department agreed that if South Perth was prepared to take on the homeless tennis club members from nearby Canning, it would
need those extra facilities to accommodate them.

The problem is that was two years ago and on a recent visit to the club I discovered that nothing has happened. I am sure that the minister can understand the frustration of not only South Perth tennis club members, many of whom are my constituents, but also the members of the Canning club, who moved to the new club to make way for a significant development. Members’ main frustration is that there are now not enough courts to accommodate all the players who turn up on Saturdays. When I arrived at the club last Saturday, four or five members were sitting there. I was introduced to them, and they said that they were from Canning and were waiting to get on to a court. If a person is a member of a tennis club and they want to play tennis on a Saturday afternoon—as the Speaker as a tennis player would know—they need to be able to get on a court, but these
people were sitting on the sidelines. I am told it happens not just on Saturdays, but also many people are unable to play night pennants because there are too many teams for the number of courts available. The members told me that the new courts and clubhouse development should have been completed last season, yet there is still no indication of when any work will begin or whether in fact this project will go ahead.
The point made to me was that the cost to the department would have been significantly more if it had had to find a new greenfields site to re-establish the tennis club when it had to move from its site in Canning, but because the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club agreed to take the Canning members into its fold, it saved the
government and the department a lot money. I think they have a far less expensive option.

Do not get me wrong, minister, the members at South Perth are very happy to have the members from Canning in their home; they get on very well. I am the patron of South Perth Lawn Tennis Club and not long ago I went to last season’s trophy presentation, and a number of Canning members featured in those presentations, including for winning tournaments and for playing in finals. Right now, people feel a bit let down. The club has its annual
general meeting on Saturday, which I will attend, and I would like to be able to take to that meeting some positive response from the minister on where this situation sits regarding the eight new courts.

I was told that the first stage of the development would involve site works, the second stage was the laying of the courts and the third stage would be putting in the lights, and the club was happy with that. It was to be done incrementally but right now nothing has happened. It seems totally reasonable that the members of these two clubs should be able to seek an assurance that the required works will be initiated and completed at the earliest
opportunity to allow the club members to enjoy their family-orientated game of tennis. Our government has been very good in the field of sport and recreation by supporting community sporting clubs through the previous Minister for Sport and Recreation, the member for Wagin, and the current minister, the member for Central Wheatbelt. I also understand that there have been complications because the original agreement was with the
City of Canning. Local government boundary changes were proposed, which would have resulted in the City of Canning disappearing, so the tennis club had an agreement with a council that would no longer exist. Everyone thought that the City of Canning would be amalgamated with the combined City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park. I am not sure whether any discussions happened at that stage. However, that amalgamation did not eventuate and now I believe that talks are being conducted with the City of South Perth. This matter landed in the lap of the City of South Perth after many discussions. I believe that the Department of Housing wants an agreement between the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club and the City of South Perth to be drafted by a lawyer, but the tennis club does not want to expend the funds to do this without a guarantee that the overall funding will be put in place. It is a community tennis club and it does not have a lot of funds. The City of South Perth is not sure it wants to spend money on a lawyer either because it is not in its forward budget.
In closing, I want an assurance from the minister on the future of this development. Is the $850 000 available, what will the scope of the works be, and does the minister think the club will be compensated in any way for the two-year delay in which it has had to endure a fair bit of hardship in getting people onto its courts?

2015 Emerging Artist Award

Are you a budding artist? Celebrating its 13th year, the 2015 Emerging Artist Award presented by Brierty is now open for registrations and will close at 5pm, Friday 18 September 2015.

The Award provides upcoming artists and arts students with the opportunity to exhibit their work to the wider South Perth community, as well as a chance to share in $7,000 worth of prizes! Limited to one entry per artist, artworks can be 2D, such as paintings or photography, or 3D, such as sculpture.

For details on how to enter and full terms and conditions, visit the City of South Perth website, contact 9474 0777 or email

New Life Membership Recipient at Hensman Tennis Club

Congratulations to Joan Bonser on receiving a Life Membership of the Hensman Tennis Club at their Annual General Meeting on 30th May. Joan has made significant contributions to the club as a member, as President of the Club from 2002 to 2013 and as current Chairperson of the subcommittee involved with Club house redevelopment plans. Some of her achievements over the years include increasing Club and State League sponsorship, strongly advocating for Hesman Park at Tennis West, and managing and recruiting members for the Club’s successful State Grade men’s and ladies teams.

I congratulate Joan for putting many years of service of contribution to the Hensman Tennis Club and the wonderful game of tennis.

Picture of Joan Bonser with State League MVPs Mykala Hedberg (North Beach TC) and Zach Itzstein (Hensman Park TC) at the 2014 Tennis West Return of Service Cocktail Function
Picture of Joan Bonser with State League MVPs Mykala Hedberg (North Beach TC) and Zach Itzstein (Hensman Park TC) at the 2014 Tennis West Return of Service Cocktail Function

International Day of Yoga

On Sunday, June 21, International Day of Yoga was celebrated across 177 countries around the world.

I was privileged to represent the Premier Colin Barnett at a very special celebration held at the South Perth Community Centre.

The day came about after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a motion to the United Nations calling for international recognition of yoga. Mr Modi convinced delegates of the benefits of Yoga in contributing to mental and physical health, relationships, productivity and general happiness.

It was a pleasure to spend time with members of the Indian community and meet the acting Consul General of India in Perth, Mr Hira Raichandani, and Consul Mr Rajesh Kumar.

John McGrath at South Perth Community Centre celebrating International Day of Yoga
John McGrath at South Perth Community Centre celebrating International Day of Yoga