Mayor’s Col­umn – Hon. Al­bert Ja­cob JP

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An Ex­cit­ing New Era

Hav­ing been sworn into of­fice on Tues­day 24 Oc­to­ber as the new Mayor of the City of Joon­dalup, I would like to thank the com­mu­nity for plac­ing your trust in me. I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the rest of the Joon­dalup Coun­cil and our ac­tive and en­gaged lo­cal com­mu­nity to make Joon­dalup an even bet­ter place, to live, work and visit. I’d like to thank and ac­knowl­edge those members of the com­mu­nity who took the time to vote at the 2017 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tion. The City had the high­est voter re­sponse rate in its 19-year his­tory, re­vers­ing a trend where par­tic­i­pa­tion rates had de­clined in re­cent years. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the five Elected Members who re­tained their ward seats at the 2017 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions as well as Cr Rus­sell Poli­wka, who was ap­pointed Deputy Mayor. I would also like to ex­tend a warm wel­come to new Coun­cil­lor Christo­pher May in the Cen­tral Ward. There is a lot of hard work to be done and I look for­ward to work­ing with you and for you. Ex­cit­ing times are ahead.

Kalei­do­scope to Trans­form Joon­dalup City Cen­tre

There is just one week to go un­til the Joon­dalup City Cen­tre lights up in an ex­tra­or­di­nary wonderland of elec­tri­fy­ing il­lu­mi­na­tion as the award-win­ning Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val – WA’s world-class light and il­lu­mi­na­tion fes­ti­val – re­turns for a sec­ond year. On 25 Oc­to­ber, Kalei­do­scope was named the Na­tional Event of the Year at the 2017 Parks and Leisure Aus­tralia Awards of Ex­cel­lence.

The spec­tac­u­lar fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val had pre­vi­ously won the State ti­tle and was recog­nised as WA’s Best New Event and Best Cul­tural, Arts or Mu­sic Event at the 2017 Aus­tralian Events Awards. This year’s pro­gram will fea­ture 64 dy­namic artists from WA and in­ter­state who will show­case their light in­stal­la­tions, il­lu­mi­na­tions, pro­jec­tions, art and per­for­mances to an ex­pected au­di­ence of more than 80,000 peo­ple. Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Drew An­thony en­cour­ages crowds to come to the event site from 5.00pm each night to en­joy great mu­sic and food trucks and watch the sun go down and the lights come on at 7.30pm. Kalei­do­scope is a free event and runs from

Thurs­day 9 Novem­ber to Sun­day 12 Novem­ber. kalei­do­scope­fes­ti­

See for more in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing pro­gram high­lights.

City of Joon­dalup to host Com­mon­wealth Games Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay

The City has been named as one of the Aus­tralian cel­e­bra­tion com­mu­ni­ties for the Queens Ba­ton Re­lay (QBR) in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games (GC2018). The re­lay – which takes a mes­sage from Her Majesty the Queen through the Com­mon­wealth to the Open­ing Cer­e­mony of GC2018, call­ing for peace­ful and friendly com­pe­ti­tion at the Games – ar­rives in Aus­tralia on Christ­mas Eve and will be cel­e­brated in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try for 100 days be­fore the Open­ing Cer­e­mony of GC2018 on 4 April. The City’s leg of the re­lay will be staged on Sun­day 25 Fe­bru­ary with fur­ther de­tails on the QBR route and com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion to be an­nounced later this year.

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