Community Noticeboard

This community noticeboard is provided to inform you about what is happening in and around your area. Content provided is supplied by community groups and supporting organisations. While care is taken, the City of Swan cannot be held accountable for information presented that is incorrect.

If you have concerns or queries directly related to any of the information provided, we encourage you to contact the relevant group directly.

Events and activities 

Fun day to celebrate Movida Estate Display Village opening 

Peet’s Movida Estate will throw the doors open to celebrate the grand opening of its new display village, featuring 13 stunning and contemporary homes from some of WA’s leading builders.

The three-hour street-party kicks off at midday, with a host of kids’ activities such as face painting, balloon twisting and a petting zoo as well as mini golf for the whole family and live entertainment. You’ll also have a chance to win with competitions and giveaways and a visit from the Nova Casanovas! There’ll also be plenty of food options – with free ice cream, coffee and popcorn for attendees. You’ll be able to support the local Midvale Junior Football Club who will be cooking up a sausage sizzle storm, while a team from The Cheese Barrel will be shining a spotlight on some of the Swan Valley’s finest produce with a range of tastings.

Movida Display Village Grand Opening event details
Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Location: Movida Display Village, off Farrall Rd, Midvale WA 6056
Cost: FREE
What to expect: Entertainment; kids’ activities; food and drink options, with multiple display homes to view

Mili Markets Xmas Made-it Markets

Come along to our Christmas Made-It Markets December 3 in the beautiful Whiteman Park. We have over 100 stalls selling the best WA handmade produce and gifts. Show your support our local artisans and shop handmade for your Xmas treats this year. There will be a wide array of entertainment, food trucks, loads to do for the kiddies, free giant games and so much more.  

RAAF Base Pearce: Community walk-in sessions

The Department of Defence is holding Community Walk-in Sessions to provide information on the environmental investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that commenced in May 2016 at RAAF Base Pearce and nearby areas. 

The session will include a presentation on information gathered during the detailed site investigation to date and the next steps in the investigation. There will also be an opportunity for the community to ask questions one-on-one about the environmental investigation with Defence, contracted experts and other key government department representatives in attendance. Light refreshments will be provided, and children are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 
Where: Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre, Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook, WA 
Email or call the RAAF Pearce Environmental Investigation project team by Monday 27 November.

Guildford Twilight Markets

The Guildford Twilight Market returns this November 10, with its fabulous Foodies Hub - Market Stalls - FREE Children's Activities including a SILENT DISCO, face painting, bouncy castle, MEGA BUBBLES and Live Entertainment all makes for a great family night out. 

Celebrate Polish Independence Day with the Polish Club

This is the 99th Anniversary of the resumption of the independent Polish state after 123 years of partitions. Let’s celebrate Poland’s independence with Polish food, dance and music! Everybody is invited, bring your family and friends, there will be entertainment for all ages. 

The Club will be open at 4pm. There will be a traditional Polish food: our famous hunter’s stew, split pea and ham soup, sausage sizzle, hot dogs, dumplings, red borscht with croquet, Polish vegetable salad with bread. Also, there will be cakes, coffee and tea, dancing to good music just to burn some calories and for some excitement: a Raffle with nice prizes

The Long Road from a Broken Heart

The Rotary Club of Swan Valley presents Jeremy Scott-Adventurer, Author, Speaker and Photographer-talking about his solo bike ride around the globe. Jeremy also happens to have been born with a hole in his heart. See video and pictures of this incredible journey while enjoying a delicious meal and drinks(cash bar available).
 
On Monday, December  4, 2017, at 6.15pm

The Mallard Duck Restaurant 10 John Street, Henley Brook, WA 6055

Aveley Circle of security parenting program

Midvale Hub Parenting Service is delivering a Circle of Security program for parents of children aged 0-6 months. This seven sessions weekly program is designed to enhance the bond and sense of security for both parents and their children. The program begins Tuesday, October 24, 9.30am-11.30am and continues weekly.

Arbor Grove PS P&C Twilight Fete

Save the date, November 17 is the date for the upcoming Arbor Grove P&C Twilight Fete. Fun for the whole family, with exciting prizes in the pick a box game, dunk tank with some of your favourite teachers, lots of competitions, zorb balls, show bags, raffles and that's just the start!  

The Midland March That Matters

The North-East Metro White Ribbon Day Committee would like to invite you to join the Midland March That Matters, an event with entertainment, information stalls, 12pm march, followed by guest speakers and sausage sizzle.

When: 11.30am-1.30pm, Thursday, November 23

Where: Juniper Gardens, Midland (behind Dome)

Christmas Make-it Market at Whitman Park

Support your local Artisans this Christmas and come along to the Christmas MiLi's Made-it Market at Whiteman Park on December 3. With over 100 stalls of the best WA handmade produce and gifts, you'll be able to find something special for your loved ones this festive season. There will be a food truck alley, and loads to do for the kids, free giant games, bubbles and a sand art station. Your doggy friends are welcome too (on a leash), and they'll have plenty of dog-themed stalls on the day plus dog great bags to give out. 

MiLi's family Christmas at the Vines

MiLi's Family Christmas evening at Novotel The Vines Resort & Country Club is going to be an awesome night out for the whole family.  Come along on December 8 to enjoy an amazing array of market stalls, street food, live music, free kids activities and so much more.   

Ready Steady Golf – Back on for term 4

Situated at The Vines Resort and Country Club, Ready Steady Golf provides a pathway for children and adults with special needs. Participants will learn golf skills in a fun, friendly and supportive environment, while also building confidence and friendships. Contact Mark Tibbles at mtigolfacademy@gmail.com for more information.

  

Project updates

Safety on NorthLink WA construction site

NorthLink WA is a $1.02 billion jointly funded Federal and State Government initiative being delivered by Main Roads Western Australia.

In the road reserve behind Ellenbrook, as well as the Hepburn Avenue area at Ballajura and Whiteman Park, there have been significant changes since construction started earlier this year. Clearing is almost finished, and fencing and signage are in place wherever possible along the site boundary.

Not long ago, members of the community may have been able to walk ride and drive through these areas quickly. Now construction for NorthLink WA central section has begun, heavy machinery, bulk earthmoving equipment and trucks are operating along the entire length of the corridor.

Unfortunately, members of the community are risking their safety by entering the site. When people visit the site to walk their dog or take a short-cut, not only are they endangering their own lives, they're putting the safety of our construction workers at risk.

Everyone who works on NorthLink WA goes through a rigorous site and safety induction to ensure they are prepared for the serious risks involved with working close to dangerous construction machinery. Stringent procedures are carried out to manage these risks, which all workers adhere to every day. A member of the public doesn't have this training. A quick shortcut or a leisurely stroll could have dire consequences.

Readers are urged to think of themselves, their family and friends, and the safety of our workers before entering the construction site. Let workers do their job, assured in the knowledge they're not going to cause injury or worse to a member of the community.

Please follow all signs around the construction sites. If you are unsure about where you can and can't go, please contact our community team on 1800 874 998, or email info@gncjv.com.au

Community groups

Meerilinga Early Learning Program

Unlock your child's potential through play via Meerilinga's early childhood program. Sessions are held Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.30pm. Payment plans and Government fee assistance available. Learn more by visiting their website. 

Money Matters Workshop

Learn how to make your money last, plan for the future, use online banking and most importantly avoid scams and credit traps at Midland Women's Health Care Place.  The workshop starts at 11.30am on December 1st. A light lunch is provided.  Contact MWHCP on (08) 9250 2221 or email to book your place. 

Kids and Parents Dance Club

(Expression of interest). For parents, grandparents who want to dance the afternoon away, in a disco-like setting while gaining some fun exercise. Cost is $6.00 for one child with $1 for every additional child. Water bottles, juice boxes and healthy snacks will be provided. 

Where: Meerilinga Children and Family Centre Ballajura, 2 Community Mews Ballajura. 

Contact Chrissy to register your interest on: 0423 663 434 

Swan Districts Summer Soccer Training

Swan Districts Soccer is holding training sessions on Thursday evenings. The training sessions are open to all who wish to come and keep up to date, learn new skills or just to keep up their fitness. For further information, contact Carlos on 0428 222 332 or via email.

Solid Ground Addiction Treatment Program

This day program is ideal for supporting people who struggle with alcohol and drug issues. It offers education, structure, skills and strategies for participants to develop relapse prevention management skills, make healthier lifestyle choices, positive goal setting, maintaining motivation and emotional regulation and management. This program is supportive of clients who identify with dual diagnosis issues. The program commences November 21 and will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Registrations open at 9:30am at the Old Midland Court House, 49 Helena Street, Midland.  

Free adult English classes

Do you want to practice your English with other local people? Join in at 4pm on Saturdays, at HillCity Church, 33 Comserv Loop. Please note that you do not have to be a member of HillCity Church to join the classes.

Swan Valley pre-kindy program

Help your child prepare to start school in 2018 with the Swan Valley Community Centre's fun, educational pre-kindy program! Your child will learn valuable skills for kindy through play. We assist with fine motor, gross motor, social, language, cognitive and early literacy Skills.

Brockman Community House term four program

Brockman Community House provides a comprehensive array of community support programs from Brocky Baby Club, playgroup, childcare and much more, with the intention of helping to grow healthy, active and empowered communities. For more information about their term four programs and to sign up to one of their classes please visit their website. 

Ballajura Melting Pot

Come along and join Ballajura's multicultural cooking instruction and socialising group. They gather the 4th Thursday of every month from 10am to 12pm at Kingfisher Community Centre. 

Born To Sing choir Guildford

The choirs welcome all non-singers, shower singers, park singers, car singers, air guitar singers and actual singers. Held every Thursday Evening: 7.15-9.15pm. St Matthews Anglican Church Hall in Stirling Square, Meadow St, Guildford.

Friends of Emu Lake and Emu Swamp

By Alyce Hofmann-Fritz

The Friends of Emu Lake and Emu Swamp is a group of local volunteers which began in June 2017. We are interested in looking after and enhancing our local areas in and around Emu Lake and Emu Swamp in Ballajura so that these areas can be enjoyed by all of our community. As with all ‘Friends of’ groups, there is a great emphasis on community spirit and getting involved. 

A few years ago, Emu Lake was brown, smelly and unhealthy with very little bird life. Through the efforts of some dedicated locals and the City of Swan, they were able to improve the quality of the lake immensely. The bird life has returned, the lake is clear and does not smell, and it is a pleasure to live around the lake again. But we have to keep the work up and maintain this beautiful and unique asset in our area. There is still a lot of rubbish left in and around the lake, there are still people feeding the birds, there are still people releasing exotic fish species such as koi carp into the lake, and there are still people over-fertilising their gardens and causing algal blooms which are all very detrimental to the environment in which we live.

Emu Swamp, enclosed by Alexander Drive, Illawarra Crescent, Paradise Quays and Sunset Drive, is a unique piece of bushland in poor condition. A lot of work needs to be done to eradicate the non-native species of plants, i.e. weeds, and replace with native plants and ground covers. The plan is for the swamp to be made safe and more accessible to the public so that more people can enjoy this beautiful oasis that we have in our area.

There are a number of people in our group interested in bird life. A bird watching workshop and expedition was organised with BirdLifeWA in which 18 different bird species were viewed within half an hour at the Emu Lake. We plan to make these bird watching expeditions more regular.

Being a relatively new group, we are still defining what we are about and what we want to achieve. We are open to suggestions and comments from local community members, and we are working closely with The City of Swan, but above all we want people to get involved and join our group! If you are interested in joining, please contact Alyce Hofmann-Fritz at alyce.hof@gmail.com or 0405 808 586.