1. Ensuring Adequate Amenities and Infrastructure for Public Open Space
The City has a number of internal mechanisims to ensure adequate embellishments are provided for at our public open spaces. This includes the Altone Community Infrastructure Plan developed to provide guidance on future planning, location, development and funding priorities for public open space and community facilities within the Altone local area. The intention in Altone is, where possible, to maximise current infrastructure and promote the multi-functional use of community facilities which have potential to bring a range of compatible services to existing activity centres.
The City’s Standards of Provision Open Space and Community Buildings document(PDF, 1MB) sets out the City’s expectations in order to meet the City’s growing population and diverse community needs. The standards guide our planning and development by ensuring the City provides consistent and adequate open space and community building provision throughout the City.
The City is developing a playspace strategy to guide the efficient use of resources whilst providing quality play environments for the community. This includes the City’s Play Space Replacement Program, a 5 year plan which indicates where facilities become due for replacement, based on an assessment of safety, and the most appropriate course of action.
2. Improving Movement and Access Networks
The Altone local area is located between three Metronet stations: Bennett Springs East (indicative), Malaga and Noranda, as shown in Figure 9 in the Background Report. The project is currently in the Design Phase, with designs available on the Metronet website. Bus routes and cycle facilities will also be planned for as part of the designs. Construction of the project is expected to be complete by 2023.
On the completion of Northlink WA project, residents in the vicinity of Beechboro Road North will be in the proximity of a high quality Principle Shared Path (PSP) along Reid Highway and Tonkin Highway extension. Cycling access to the new PSPs should be improved by upgrading the path on Beechboro North (from Marshall Road to City boundary) to a 3m wide shared path, and a shared path on the southern side of Marshall Road (From Beechboro Road North to Northlink WA) to ensure it is connected to the Northlink PSP.
3. Protecting Bushland and Tree Retention
This City encourages the retention of bushland where appropriate. The City has prepared a draft Urban Forest Plan as a response to the loss of tree canopy as clearing of vegetation increases with continued development. This Plan seeks to provide healthy and diverse landscaping on public and private land, supporting biodiversity, preserving natural amenity and protecting valuable natural plant resources as the region develops
The City supports the formation of ‘Friends Of’ groups who work together informally to conserve and protect a local reserve under the management of the City. Activities include planting native trees, weed and rubbish removal, dieback control, protecting and restoring habitat for native species, and creekline restoration. In Altone there is a ‘Friends of Bennett Brook’ who aim to increase biodiversity and provide habitats for the various native animals that reside in the bushland, and anyone is welcome to join.
4. Facilitating Social Cohesion through Community Programs and Activities
The City continues to facilitate events and programs which promote social cohesion amongst Altone’s multicutlural community. This includes ‘Altone Comes Alive’, a key cultural event for the local area to celebrate Altone’s strong diverse community. It is an opportunity for residents to connect and learn more about the community’s rich cultures.
The City offers free Social English Club at Beechboro Library where conversational English is encouraged over a tea or coffee and cake. The library also offers the pop up space in the foyer to CaLD organisations who would like to showcase their organisation, services and activities that are available within the Altone local area.
5. Provision of Social Opportunities for Young People
The City continues to facilitate programs, activities and events for young people including Futures Labs at Beechboro Library, BMX, skateboarding and scooter sessions for all ages and levels at Altone Skate Park, Youth Out Loud public speaking competition series, the Youth Power Leadership Group, and the Hyper series which includes small and large scale music festivals, and art exhibition and competition. See section 3.3 of the Background Report for more
6. Provision of Service Delivery for the Community
The Beechboro library is part of the Be Connected project, a digital inclusion program providing computer access, free personalised training and support through a learning portal. The learning portal includes a range of free courses and resources to help improve their skills and embrace digital technology.
The City of Swan Community Care Services continues to offer a variety of support services for the frail aged or people living with dementia or disabilities. Support services include a Home Care Package consisting of domestic assistance, personal care, social support, community transport and home maintenance. Community Care Services provides cost-effective transport for clients and their carers to attend social activities, medical appointments, social support and shopping assistance.
The City of Swan has commenced construction on the Brockman Community Centre, a modern, functional home for a not-for-profit neighbourhood centre that has provided valuable services to our local community for over 30 years. Funded by a $5 million commitment from the State Government, we look forward to delivering Brockman Community Centre which will support our growing community and provide strong social benefits for years to come.
7. Promoting Indigenous Culture
The City has developed a draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP will formalise a commitment between the City and the Wadjuk-Noongar and other Indigenous peoples living and working in Swan. Developing the RAP enables the City to develop greater cultural awareness and professional development practices that will strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, and ensure more effective and relevant service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
The City of Swan supports annual NAIDOC Week celebrations to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Beechboro Library supports free access to the library collection and public computers to Indigenous communities. The library recognises and celebrates the culture by having dual signage of the welcome and bookshelves in both English and Noongar.