Dampier up­date amid laugh­ter

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

The Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mu­nity Up­date and Com­edy Night on Wed­nes­day May 10 was hailed as a huge suc­cess.

The event was ex­clu­sive to Dampier res­i­dents, who were given the op­por­tu­nity to vote on what ser­vices they wanted to see in the com­mu­nity, to hear from so­cial en­tre­pre­neur and com­mu­nity en­thu­si­ast Peter Kenyon, and to be en­ter­tained by co­me­di­ans Jimeoin and Janelle Koenig.

Jimeoin is an Aus­tralian-Ir­ish co­me­dian who has been one of the na­tion’s top com­edy per­form­ers for more than 20 years.

He spent a few days in Dampier get­ting to know the lo­cals be­fore the event and had the crowd in stitches with his ob­ser­va­tional hu­mour.

Sup­port­ing act Koenig re­ceived con­tin­u­ous laughs through­out her short set.

She in­ter­acted with the crowd and even im­pro­vised a hi­lar­i­ous song about one of the au­di­ence mem­bers.

DCA pres­i­dent Ge­or­gia Evans said the sold-out event was a big suc­cess.

“We have re­ceived over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive feed­back from com­mu­nity mem­bers who have said they went home with sore cheeks from laugh­ing so much at the very funny Jimeoin and Janelle Koenig,” she said.

“The DCA Com­mu­nity Up­date and Com­edy Night was a great op­por­tu­nity for Dampier lo­cals to come to­gether for a laugh­ter-filled night and to re­flect on the achieve­ments at the half­way mark of our Dampier Com­mu­nity Plan 2014-2019. It was also a chance for us to do a tem­per­a­ture check to see if the plan’s goals, which the DCA com­mit­tee are fo­cus­ing on, are still rel­e­vant to the com­mu­nity given the changes that have taken place both eco­nom­i­cally and in terms of new fa­cil­i­ties be­ing built since 2014.”

Ms Evans said the night showed the DCA re­tain­ing and re­gain­ing ser­vices was still im­por­tant to Dampier res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to postal/par­cel drop-off and pick-up ser­vices and the need for a phar­macy now that there was a med­i­cal cen­tre in town.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Ir­ish co­me­dian Jimeoin.

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