Evolve will hear Roger’s con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - Kaylee Martin

BUR­SWOOD res­i­dent Roger Meakes wants his coun­cil to pro­vide more help to peo­ple at the edges of the com­mu­nity, and thanks to the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s lat­est lo­cal govern­ment ven­ture, his sug­ges­tions will not go un­heard.

Mr Meakes, a res­i­dent of the Town for more than 30 years, said new pro­ject Evolve could be an op­por­tu­nity to find new ways to look af­ter a wider range of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“I’d like to know if there’s a bet­ter way to look af­ter ev­ery­one in Vic­to­ria Park,” he said. “I want to ex­plore more ways to make things more mean­ing­ful for the older gen­er­a­tion. And I’d like to see the Town of Vic­to­ria Park help the peo­ple at the bot­tom.”

Mr Meakes sits on a num­ber of not-for­profit boards deal­ing with the el­derly, youth, home­less and

d449184 is a mem­ber of a Ro­tary club.

“We’ve got some won­der­ful ar­eas here and then some not-sowon­der­ful ar­eas so I’m go­ing to sit back and lis­ten to what ev­ery­one has to say,” he said.

Com­mu­nity needs and ex­pec­ta­tions will be iden­ti­fied through in­ten­sive pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion un­til July this year.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said coun­cil wanted to un­der­stand the com­mu­nity’s pri­or­i­ties.

“Un­der­tak­ing this level and type of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment on a pro­ject is un­prece­dented for the Town and will be a point of dif­fer­ence with Evolve,” he said.

An on­line com­mu­nity en­gage­ment web­site, Your Thoughts, has been set up for feed­back and guid­ance on Evolve and other projects.

For more, visit vic­to­ri­a­park.wa.gov.au/ yourthoughts

Bur­swood res­i­dent Roger Meakes wants to know if there are bet­ter ways of look­ing af­ter ev­ery­one in Vic­to­ria Park.

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