Councillor’s Column – Kerry Hollywood
The City has won two major awards at the prestigious Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) WA Awards of Excellence, which were announced Friday 16 June. The Kaleidoscope Festival was named the 2016 Event of the Year while the Shepherds Bush Park Playspace in Kingsley won the Playspace (Minor) of the Year category. Both projects will now vie for the national titles in their respective categories. PLA WA is the peak industry body for the parks and leisure industry and their annual awards recognise exceptional resourcefulness, initiative, perseverance and enterprise in the delivery of events and leisure facilities.
Urbi Arrives in Joondalup
As part of a one-year trial, the City has joined forces with Urbi Bikes to establish bike-share facilities throughout the Joondalup City Centre. It is the first time a Local Government has undertaken this type of community transport initiative in Western Australia in conjunction with a private operator. The trial is free to the City however users will have to pay. Promoting bike use as a more commonly used form of transport through this Western Australia first initiative will result in a greener, safer, less congested and more liveable City. Single rides are $3.00 while there are daily passes $10.00, weekly passes $20.00 and monthly passes $40.00 available.
Recycle Right City wins Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards of Excellence
The City has commenced a trial of 360L recycling bins, which are 50% bigger than the more common 240L yellow lid bins. As part of this trial, the City has undertaken an audit of 240L and 360L recycling bins across all suburbs to assess whether bigger bins have led to increased recovery of recyclable materials. The audit included the weighing of bin contents. Did you know that last year the City collected 16,147 tonnes of recycling via the yellow lid bin – 13,856 tonnes of which was recycled. Of the 85,000 tonnes of all types of domestic waste collected last year. The City diverted 45% from landfill with an aim of increasing this to 65% by 2020. Items that can be recycled include; plastics, aluminium, steel, glass, paper, cardboard and bulk polystyrene packaging. For further details see the City’s website or look out for the Domestic Waste and Recycling Guide 2017/2018 which is due in letterboxes soon. Although waste collection and disposal costs have risen annually, the City has not increased annual charges for waste services in the last few years.
Plaudits for Upgrades to Iluka Foreshore Park
There has been plenty of positive feedback about the new playspace at Iluka Foreshore Park with many families taking the opportunity to visit the park in recent weeks. The new play equipment is suitable for children of all ages and was built under trees where possible to provide shade to users. The log structure was built from recycled wood from the former jetties at Ocean Reef Marina which were replaced in September 2015. The play area also features new limestone edging, rubber and sand soft-fall surfacing and new connecting footpaths. Congratulations to the following community groups for their success in obtaining funding in Round Two of the City’s 2016/2017 Community Funding Program.
Community Development Fund • Vincent’s Project for the Homeless
(sponsored by Rotary Club of Hillarys) • Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren • Fishers with Disabilities Association • Liwara Catholic Primary School • Women’s Health and Family Services
Culture and the Arts Development Fund • Disco Cantito Association • Comet WA • Mullaloo Beach Primary School P&C • Grace Anglican Church • Wanneroo Joondalup Art Society
Environmental Development Fund • Friends of North Ocean Reef – Iluka Foreshore • Whitford Catholic Primary School • The Montessori School