Deputy Mayor’s Column – Russell Poliwka
The award-winning Kaleidoscope Festival has again captured the hearts and minds of people across Perth with tens of thousands of people coming from far and wide to the Joondalup City Centre for four nights of spectacular light installations, illuminations, projections and performances.
In just its second year, Kaleidoscope – named National Event of the Year at the recent prestigious Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence – featured 64 dynamic artists from WA and interstate and delivered innovative cultural programming and attractions not seen in WA before.
Kaleidoscope 2017 not only provided an outstanding free family-friendly event for local residents and visitors alike, but it showcased Joondalup as the entertainment capital of the northern corridor of Perth and provided a significant stimulus to the local business economy.
Chichester Park Redevelopment
Following community feedback, Joondalup Council has agreed to progress the redevelopment of Chichester Park, Woodvale to a concept design and cost estimate phase.
It is proposed that a new Community Sporting Facility is developed at Chichester Park, with existing car parking provisions and drainage issues on the southern oval to be investigated as part of the project.
There are five sporting clubs with over 1,800 registered members that currently use Chichester Park. Currently $3 million has been listed from 2018-19 to 2020-21 of the City’s Five-Year Capital Works Program for the redevelopment.
Prince Regent Park Community Consultation
The City is in the process of analysing community feedback prior to making a decision on the proposal to redevelop Prince Regent Park in Heathridge.
Prince Regent Park was identified for facility redevelopment as part of the City’s Active Reserve and Community Facility Review, undertaken in 2014, and as a result funding was included in the City’s 20 Year Strategic Financial Plan.
The proposed redevelopment includes a new multi-purpose community facility, car park extension, relocation of the existing cricket infrastructure within the park and floodlighting upgrade.
The three-week consultation period (Monday 9 October and Monday 30 October) involved residents within a 200-metre radius of the park, current user group representatives, Heathridge Residents’ Association members and the wider community.
This community feedback will then allow Elected Members to make an informed decision when a report is presented to Council.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Councillors for their support in electing me Deputy Mayor of the City of Joondalup.
I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to Councillor Christopher May who was elected as Central Ward Councillor at the recent local government election to represent the needs of residents in the community.