Mayor’s Column – Hon. Albert Jacob JP
Big year ahead for Joondalup on many fronts Welcome to 2019. It promises to be an exciting 12 months for our City; nowhere more so than in the area of local jobs growth and employment opportunities for people living in Joondalup and across the northern corridor. Recent planning approval for a Spudshed fresh produce market at the former Joondalup Masters site (Lot 806, 11 Injune Way) will result in new job opportunities and is a sign of things to come this year. Jobs growth in the Joondalup City Centre is currently increasing at about 740 jobs per annum, which shows that we are on track to achieve our employment target for the City Centre of 45,000 jobs by 2050. Later this year, Quest Apartments on Boas Avenue and the AMA (Australian Medical Association) training college at Shenton House are expected to open their doors. In addition, about 700 State Government employees will move into their new commercial office premises on Davidson Terrace. Their presence will further add to the vitality and vibrancy of our City Centre by vastly increasing the number of people who visit Joondalup for work, retail and commercial purposes. Away from the City Centre, significant projects expected to progress in 2019 include the Burns Beach-Mindarie shared coastal path and Whitfords Nodes Health and Wellbeing Precinct. Keep abreast of all the news and exciting project updates in 2019 through the City’s website – joondalup.wa.gov.au and on our various social media platforms. Music in the Park returns Pack a picnic and head to Falkland Park, Kinross this Saturday evening 12 January for a free evening of music under the stars. Brisbane seven-piece Cheap Fakes will be joined by local act The Isolites at the City’s first Music in the Park concert of 2019. Children’s activities from 5.00pm. The music commences 6.00pm. Food and drink will also be available to purchase. Hundreds to take citizenship pledge in Joondalup on Australia Day A crowd of 800 people is expected at the City’s 2019 Australia Day citizenship ceremony to be held at Joondalup’s Central Park on Saturday 26 January. More than 300 candidates, from countries including China, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Turkey, will be granted Australian citizenship on the day. As well as the ceremony itself, the City’s Community Citizen of the Year Awards will be presented in the categories of Citizen of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year and Active Citizenship – Group/Event. 2019 marks 70 years since Australian Citizenship was introduced into law. Ryde car required The City is seeking the donation of a (new model) roadworthy automatic vehicle to help young drivers gain practical experience behind the wheel as part of the Regional Youth Driver Education (RYDE) program. Anyone with a suitable vehicle is asked to contact the City of Joondalup Youth Services team on 9400 4000.