And chal­lenges

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Season’s Greetings -

Fol­low­ing this, elec­tors lodged a pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing a poll to be held, which will take place via postal vote in Jan­uary 2015, clos­ing Fe­bru­ary 7.

Although 2014 has been chal­leng­ing, the City has also had some great key achieve­ments. A ma­jor mile­stone was the sale of the iconic South Perth Civic Tri­an­gle in Septem­ber. The com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit from the sale of this sig­nif­i­cant site, with the pro­ceeds de­liv­ered to the de­vel­op­ment of the Man­ning Com­mu­nity Hub fa­cil­ity and the planned re­de­vel­op­ments of the Old Mill Precinct and Mends Street Precinct.

Look­ing ahead to the year 2015, the City is ex­cited to be­gin work on the de­vel­op­ment of other key projects.

City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks

On be­half of the Coun­cil­lors and staff at the City of Bel­mont, I would like to wish you all a joy­ous and safe fes­tive sea­son.

Our City is filled with a sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion fol­low­ing our re­cent Car­ols in the Park event that was held at Faulkner Park.

Christ­mas is a spe­cial time. It is a time for fam­ily and friends to get to­gether and re­flect on the past year and cel­e­brate the New Year.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the City, at­tended lo­cal events and par­tic­i­pated in our pro­grams.

The City of Bel­mont aims to de­liver ex­cel­lent ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties and looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan

2014 was busy and ex­cit­ing year for the Town of Vic­to­ria Park. In Oc­to­ber the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties an­nounced the Town of Vic­to­ria Park and City of South Perth will amal­ga­mate (plus a por­tion of the City of Can­ning) and re­tain the Bur­swood Penin­sula. It was fan­tas­tic that our com­mu­ni­ties, elected mem­bers and staff pro­vided un­wa­ver­ing support to recog­nise the river as a nat­u­ral bound­ary and help win the Bat­tle for Bur­swood.

In Septem­ber, the lease agree­ment be­tween the Town and the West Coast Ea­gles was for­mally signed, leas­ing a por­tion of Lath­lain Park to West Coast for a term of 50 years, with an op­tion to re­new for a fur­ther 49 years. This was an im­por­tant mile­stone in pro­gress­ing the Lath­lain Precinct Re­de­vel­op­ment Project and the Town’s part­ner­ship with West Coast.

A ded­i­cated team has been work­ing on the “ac­ti­va­tion” of Al­bany High­way, with the in­stal­la­tion of parklets, Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions, ur­ban art mu­rals, the Laneway Launch, Busk­ing in the Parklet, free WiFi as well as the Pop-Up French Cin­ema. There’s also the weekly Hawker’s Mar­ket that be­gan in the laneway be­tween IGA and Ten Ten Kitchen but moved to John MacMil­lan Park due to over­whelm­ing pop­u­lar­ity. Events like th­ese en­cour­age our com­mu­nity to be con­nected so­cially and phys­i­cally and gen­er­ate a fan­tas­tic.

There’s noth­ing bet­ter than tak­ing some time off to spend with fam­ily and friends. Keep cool and en­joy the fes­tive break.

East Met­ro­pol­i­tan MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe

I hope ev­ery­one is able to spend some time re­lax­ing this Christ­mas sea­son en­joy­ing the company of fam­ily and friends.

For those trav­el­ling around WA, stay safe on our roads and en­joy the fan­tas­tic nat­u­ral at­tributes that our State has to of­fer.

Christ­mas is a time to con­sider oth­ers in our com­mu­nity who will be do­ing it tough this fes­tive sea­son. In­creas­ing costs of food, util­i­ties and hous­ing mean Christ­mas will not be the re­lax­ing time for some peo­ple that it should be. I hope we can all find our own ways of reach­ing out to those who may be strug­gling.

2014 has been a big year. I have en­joyed meet­ing hun­dreds of Bel­mont res­i­dents and lis­ten­ing to your con­cerns about the things that mat­ter. I look for­ward to 2015 and mak­ing sure Bel­mont res­i­dents have a strong voice in State Par­lia­ment.

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