Mayor’s Column – Hon. Albert Jacob JP
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. kaleidoscopefestivalwa.com.au
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.