We’ve come a long way since this area was first settled in the late 1820s but as we grow and progress, I’d like to ensure our history, heritage, Indigenous heritage and our strong sense of community remain important. This C y was formed by hard-working and innovative people, with many descendants of those ‘original’ families still living here. I recently discovered a direct family link to the Spencer family, after which Spencer Road in Thornlie is named. This may explain the connection I’ve always felt with this area. These founding families instilled pride and passion for our community and I encourage all residents, particularly those who are new to our country, to continue that passion and join in local activities, whether sport, art, social or event-based. Our website is a terrific starting point. Our City is blessed to still have many historic buildings. In fact, there is currently a competition to find the most ‘beautiful old buildings’ in the City of Gosnells. Entries are open until 1 December and the owner of the most popular historic building will win $2,000. See the City’s website for details. I believe our rich past has given us a solid foundation to build our community’s future, which I look forward to. And if you’re interested in Council, or the decisions that could help shape our City’s future, you can now listen to recordings of Council meetings on the City’s website.