Ex­cited by the chal­lenges ahead

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MOS­MAN PARK MAYOR RON MOR­RIS WE have had a very in­ter­est­ing year. We have dealt with the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­form agenda for the past five years when the Town may have ceased to ex­ist, and we are fi­nally able to start plan­ning our fu­ture again.

We have had a very pro­duc­tive year, even though we have been work­ing in fi­nan­cially strin­gent times.

I be­lieve the com­mu­nity re­mains pleased with coun­cil’s main­te­nance of the qual­ity of life we enjoy in Mos­man Park.

Those val­ues have been re­in­forced by the re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion by a group of North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents seek­ing to achieve a bound­ary change which, if ap­proved, would have them move from Fre­man­tle to be­come part of Mos­man Park.

The driv­ing force for seek­ing this change is a be­lief that their fu­ture would be en­hanced and bet­ter served if this change oc­curs.

Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity will wel­come them. TOWN OF CLARE­MONT MAYOR JOCK BARKER AS 2015 comes to a close, I look back with great pride.

In a rapidly chang­ing world, I think it’s im­por­tant to main­tain a strong sense of com­mu­nity.

Our Get into the Clare­mont Life pro­gram has been de­vel­oped to en­cour­age com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and con­tin­ues to con­nect peo­ple to sup­port gen­eral health and well­be­ing.

The year ahead prom­ises to be a busy one as we progress with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the busi­ness im­prove­ment pro­gram, which will see a re­newed fo­cus on cus­tomer ser­vice.

Plans for 2016 also in­clude ac­ti­va­tion ini­tia­tives fo­cused on the Clare­mont town cen­tre, the open­ing of Fresh­wa­ter Bay Mu­seum’s School Days ex­hi­bi­tion and an up­grade of Clare­mont Park. TOWN OF COTTES­LOE MAYOR JO DAWKINS AN up­grade to the much-used Lesser Hall at the Cottes­loe Civic Cen­tre will be wel­comed by the many lo­cal com­mu­nity groups who use it.

Funds from the sale of the de­pot site were ear­marked and will fund new toi­lets and a kitchen, en­abling both to be ac­ces­si­ble from in­side the hall as well as for out­side func­tions. Struc­tural de­fects in the floor and roof will also be re­fur­bished.

The Town will work with Main Roads on safe pedes­trian cross­ings on Curtin Av­enue at For­rest and Sal­vado streets.

A con­sul­tant has been en­gaged to as­sist with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Fore­shore Re­de­vel­op­ment Plan. Ini­tially, the area be­tween For­rest and Eric Street will be ad­dressed in 2016.

At In­di­ana’s, op­tions for up­grad­ing the pub­lic toi­lets to­gether with rene­go­ti­at­ing the lease on this iconic build­ing will be a pri­or­ity for coun­cil.

De­pot funds were also ear­marked for an up­grade to this site.

All the best for a healthy and happy 2016. TOWN OF CAM­BRIDGE MAYOR KERI SHAN­NON IN the two months since be­com­ing mayor, one thing that has struck me is the wealth of leisure op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Town, with our won­der­ful parks and open spa­ces and some ex­cit­ing new fa­cil­i­ties near­ing com­ple­tion.

In the past month, it has been my plea­sure to open two fab­u­lous new des­ti­na­tions – the sen­sa­tional Bold Park Aquatic and the picturesque Yange Kep Bidi na­ture trail that winds its way through Bold Park Re­serve.

In time for Christ­mas, we opened the pub­lic spa­ces at the City Beach precinct so you can enjoy the land­scaped ar­eas, beach look­out and pub­lic ameni­ties. The surf club and restau­rants are ex­pected to open in early 2016.

The new hos­pi­tal­ity precinct and minia­ture golf at Wem­b­ley Golf Course will also open, giv­ing us an­other fan­tas­tic din­ing des­ti­na­tion and the first minia­ture golf of its kind in WA.

As well, we have more Sum­mer of Fun ac­tiv­i­ties to look for­ward to. There's the Cam­bridge Street Fes­ti­val, Ex­treme Wa­ter Sports Day, Cel­e­brate City Beach and Ex­po­sure Youth Fes­ti­val, to name a few.

My best wishes to you and your fam­ily for a safe and happy 2016. CITY OF NED­LANDS MAYOR MAX HIPKINS THE City of Ned­lands is look­ing to the fu­ture.

The pav­il­ion at David Cruik­shank Re­serve in Dalkeith has been com­pleted and will be of­fi­cially opened by Premier Colin Bar­nett in Fe­bru­ary.

The build­ing now pro­vides a first­class fa­cil­ity which will be used by the com­mu­nity for many years to come.

We will also be mod­ernising the kitchen and change rooms of the lower pav­il­ion at Allen Park.

Th­ese projects ful­fil some of our ob­jec­tives to up­grade and re­new com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture and as­sets and cre­ate multi-use fa­cil­i­ties that will cater for the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of the com­mu­nity.

Ned­lands res­i­dents have al­ways sup­ported our re­cy­cling ef­forts over the years, for which we are very grate­ful. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to keep up the good work.

Your sup­port has con­trib­uted to main­tain­ing waste charges at the same level since 2013.

We at the City will con­tinue to work to­wards our goals in 2016, and look for­ward to work­ing for the com­mu­nity. SHIRE OF PEP­PER­MINT GROVE PRES­I­DENT RACHEL THOMAS PLAN­NING will con­tinue to be a fo­cus for Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cil in 2016.

We ad­ver­tised for com­ment on draft Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme 4 in the lat­ter part of 2015 and we are cur­rently work­ing through the sub­mis­sions re­ceived.

We ex­pect to make fi­nal re­vi­sions to the Scheme in Fe­bru­ary/March for fi­nal ap­proval by the WAPC and Min­is­ter.

We will also be con­sult­ing res­i­dents on a range of plan­ning poli­cies to ac­com­pany the new Scheme.

Con­struc­tion of the new cafe and kiosk on the fore­shore is ex­pected to take place over the win­ter months with the new fa­cil­ity ready for the fol­low­ing sum­mer sea­son. We will be trans­fer­ring our IT sys­tems to Coun­cilFirst soft­ware.

This is a shared ser­vice with the Town of Clare­mont and part of our pol­icy of re­source-shar­ing with neigh­bour­ing coun­cils to in­crease ef­fi­ciency. CITY OF SU­BI­ACO MAYOR HEATHER HEN­DER­SON COM­MU­NITY is at the fore­front of ev­ery­thing we do in Su­bi­aco and with this in mind, I’m pleased to con­firm we will be com­menc­ing stage one of the Rokeby Road Pub­lic Realm Up­grade in 2016.

The im­prove­ments, which in­clude new light­ing, ban­ners, street fur­ni­ture and op­por­tu­ni­ties for al­fresco din­ing ar­eas, will up­grade our iconic main street and help re­vi­talise the town cen­tre.

We’ll also be do­ing work around the fu­ture of Su­bi­aco Oval, fur­ther de­vel­op­ing our ur­ban forests, work­ing closely with lo­cal busi­nesses to pro­mote a new Su­bi­aco brand and con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide out­stand­ing ser­vices to our com­mu­nity.

Our great­est chal­lenge in the com­ing year will be the pro­posed City of Perth Act, the out­comes of which will have a huge im­pact on the whole com­mu­nity. We will look af­ter our res­i­dents ev­ery step of the way.

Su­bi­aco is a truly unique place to live, work and visit, and we look for­ward to see­ing you again in 2016.

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