Councillor’s Column – Sophie Dwyer
Australia Day Celebrations
Today more than 330 local residents will become Australian citizens at the City’s 2017 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, being held at Central Park in the Joondalup City Centre. Citizenship candidates from 26 different countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Thailand, Uganda and the USA will take part in today’s spectacular outdoor ceremony. The Governor’s Citizen of the Year Awards for the City of Joondalup will also be presented, recognising the outstanding community work of active local residents. This year’s winners are: Pina Pettinicchio
Sian Williams Sara Munagorri
Citizen of the Year: Youth Citizen of the Year: Senior of the Year: Award for Active Citizenship – Group or Event:
Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren. Paralympian Brant Garvey will provide the keynote address as the City’s 2017 Australia Day Ambassador.
Community Engagement on Sporting Facilities
The City of Joondalup is considering a proposal to upgrade the existing football (soccer) facilities at Beldon Park, Beldon. The proposal aims to provide greater opportunities for local sporting clubs to train and play matches in a safe and accessible manner, while enhancing recreational opportunities for the local community. As part of the planning process, the City is currently seeking comment on the proposed works. Interested parties can read more about the proposed project and provide comment by going to the Community Engagement page of the City’s website at The comment period closes on Monday 13 February 2017.
joondalup.wa.gov.au Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility
Joondalup Council will consider the business case for the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility (JPACF) on Tuesday 1 February and will also determine whether the business case is released for public advertising. The JPACF business case was developed over several years with input from expert consultants, performing arts facility managers, the Department of Culture and the Arts, Perth Theatre Trust and other key stakeholders. The design of the JPACF includes an 850 seat auditorium of international standard, a 200 seat ‘black box’ theatre and a variety of rehearsal spaces that could also cater for small performances and general community activities. It also includes a dedicated art gallery with curatorial space, a bar and catering facilities as well as offices, managerial spaces and car parking. The site is located in the Joondalup City Centre next to Central Park and the Joondalup Learning Precinct.