Swan Scoop

Swan Scoop

Swan Scoop is our quarterly printed newsletter, bringing our residents the latest local news from across our City.

There are five editions produced each quarter – one for each of our five wards.

They are filled with positive community stories, news about upcoming events, and updates on City projects and services.

Below, you can read all of the stories from the current editions of the Swan Scoop.

A poignant memorial to Cassius Turvey was unveiled at Weeip Park on Halloween – Cassius’ favourite day of the year. 

Cassius’ life was tragically cut short in October 2022, triggering an outpouring of emotion that spread across Australia and beyond. 

One year later, we partnered with the Turvey family to unveil a tribute in the heart of Midland to a young boy who has had a big impact on our lives. 

The event was opened by the talented young dancers from Binar Futures, who performed a dance they created in honour of Cassius. 

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling, including WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch, Fremantle Dockers star Michael Walters, politicians and Council Members. 

But the guests of honour were the friends and relatives of Cassius. 

Some of his friends from Swan View Senior High School had created art for the event, including on a sheet that covered the memorial. 

After an emotional speech from his mother, Mechelle, two of his schoolmates helped unveil the memorial. 

The memorial features 15 qualities that Cassius he embodied during his 15 years. 

His loved ones then released 15 butterflies to mark the occasion. 

Congratulations, Mechelle

Our heartfelt congratulations to Mechelle Turvey, who was named WA’s Australian of the Year for 2024. 

An inspiration to us all, Mrs Turvey has championed messages of unity and peace despite the tragic loss of her son. 

She is doing important work with WA Police to improve support or victims of crime, and we are proud to support her. 

swan.wa.gov.au/cassius-memorial

City-wide

Our City has welcomed its first popularly elected Mayor after an historic election that delivered a new-look Council with greater diversity. 

Tanya Richardson, who has represented Pearce Ward since 2019, was declared the winner of a close mayoral contest at the Midland Town Hall on Thursday, October 26. 

Mayor Richardson is a nurse, a former Australian Army Reserve medic and a mother of four who lives in Guildford. 

She finished the count with 10,212 votes after preferences, ahead of Ian Johnson (9,661), who was comfortably re-elected in Midland/ Guildford Ward. 

The new Council Members were sworn-in at a Special Council Meeting on Monday, October 30, where Cr Johnson was elected Deputy Mayor. 

Mayor Richardson said she would be a strong advocate for our City, and the community groups that make it such a diverse and vibrant place. 

“I’m honoured that the City of Swan community has put their faith in me to lead the Council,” she said. 

“I want to see the City grow and realise its incredible potential but I will always prioritise our residents. 

“As a nurse, I know how important it is to listen, and I understand that health and wellbeing are what people value most.” 

Mayor Richardson is our first female Mayor, following in the footsteps of the late Margaret Kidson, who was the only female president of the Shire of Swan. 

We became a City in 2000. 

The new Council will have more female members than males. 

The election also delivered an injection of youth, with two of the successful candidates aged in their 20s. 

Mayor Richardson has been chosen to lead our City as it enters a period of renewal and growth, with a population that is set to soar from 168,334 this year to almost 300,000 by 2051. 

Covering almost 20 per cent of the Perth metropolitan area, we have land available to support the growth. 

There is a steady flow of major local projects and the METRONET Morley- Ellenbrook line is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. 

Our City has an enviable combination of heritage, natural assets, diversity and economic potential. 

Mayor Richardson and the new-look Council will be responsible for setting the strategic direction. 

“This is a new beginning for the Council and I’m excited about what we can achieve over the next four years,” Mayor Richardson said.

swan.wa.gov.au/your-council

Twelve original artworks by Aboriginal artists with connections to the City of Swan have been brought together in a remarkable free calendar. 

Our 2024 Community Calendar shares the history and stories of Swan through Aboriginal eyes. 

The theme is Connections to Home, recognising the ancient and ongoing relationship the Whadjuk Noongar people have with the region. 

Their creations are full of symbolism, colour and culture, touching on themes such as the Dreamtime and the Stolen Generation. 

Each piece has a description from the artist and is linked to a Noongar season. 

There are depictions of the kaarak (red-tailed black cockatoo), moojar (Christmas tree), mosaic burning and much more. 

Thirteen artists were commissioned to produce the artwork which is on show at the Midland Junction Arts Centre until January 21. 

They will then be displayed at public venues across Swan as part of our Art Collection. 

Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said it was an honour for the City to share the artwork with the community.

“The City is committed to sharing and celebrating the culture of our Traditional Custodians, the Whadjuk Noongar people,” Mayor Richardson said. 

“Creating this calendar was one way of doing that and the result is truly special thanks to 13 very talented artists. 

“These artworks enrich our understanding of the place we all call home.” 

Thank you to the talented artists: Lea Taylor, Hayley Thompson, Crystal Quartermaine, Rickesha Burdett, Jeanette Garlett, Philip Hansen, Brianna Dawson, Danielle Nelson, Bungaan (Joanne Parfitt), Julie Winmar, Jarnda Councillor-Barns, and Shirleen and Sarah Humphries. 

You can pick up your free calendar from the following locations: 

•    City of Swan libraries 
•    Swan Active locations 
•    Ellenbrook Sports Hub 
•    Bullsbrook Hub 
•    Ellenbrook Arts Centre 
•    Gidgegannup City office 
•    City of Swan administration 
•    Midland Junction Arts Centre 
•    Indigo Junction Community Centre 
•    Swan Valley Visitor Centre. 

swan.wa.gov.au/2024-calendar 

We are passionate about protecting and enhancing our natural environment – and we know you are, too. 

During our recent Branching Out campaign, we engaged with our residents to find out just how much you value trees and what might prevent you from keeping trees on your property. 

The response was overwhelmingly positive, with more than 82 per cent of people saying trees greatly contributed to their street. 

Of those who were looking at renovating their property, almost 75 per cent plan to keep their existing trees so they can continue to enjoy their shade and natural beauty. 

Many residents told us they would like more trees on their property, but issues like a lack of space and the cost of trees make it difficult. 

While gathering feedback was a key part of the campaign, it also involved a community photo competition, citizen science tree mapping, and sustainability workshops to teach residents about the importance of trees. 

The results will contribute to our Tree Retention and Management Policy, as well as community education initiatives delivered through our Thinking Green program.

swan.wa.gov.au/thinking-green

The prohibited burning period started on Friday, November 10, 2023, and runs to Sunday, March 31, 2024. 

Burning is not permitted during this time. 

The only exemptions are cooking fires which are subject to the following conditions: 

•    The fire danger rating is not high or above 
•    No total fire ban has been declared 
•    The fire is contained in a purpose-built appliance at your home 
•    There is no flammable material within 5m of the fire. 

If you haven’t already, prepare your bushfire plan so you’re ready for emergency situations. 

If you live or work in a bushfire risk area this summer, it is your responsibility to keep up to date with the Australian Fire Danger Rating System so you can plan and take appropriate action to protect yourself and others. 

swan.wa.gov.au/burnpermit 

Thank you for celebrating diversity in our City throughout November as part of Western Australian Pride Month. 

One of the best things about living in Swan is our diverse community. 

Our communities are made richer by having people from different backgrounds and walks of life who come together and connect. 

We celebrated our LGBTQIA+ community in November with a series of fantastic events that were full of colour. 

The City aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for all everyone, as outlined in our Access and Inclusion Plan 2023-2027.

Hooning is antisocial driving behaviour that is dangerous and disruptive. 

The best way to reduce hooning in your suburb is to report it to the police on 131 444 as soon as possible. 

If you see or hear hooning, try to make a note of the following details, without putting yourself at risk: 

•    Description of the behaviour 
•    Description of the driver 
•    Date, time, and location of the behaviour 

Vehicle details including registration, make, model and colour. 

swan.wa.gov.au/reportonline

An El Nino weather pattern has been declared for summer, potentially bringing with it extreme heat and dry weather conditions. 

This means there is an increased chance of heatwaves. 

It’s important to prepare yourself, and your home, for the change in weather conditions. 

Get informed and stay up to date with heatwave alerts and make sure to listen to radio and television weather reports, to plan for hot days. 

Here’s what you should do: 

•    Keep an eye on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours 
•    Seek air-conditioned areas. If you don’t have one at home, visit public places in the City of Swan such as our libraries and Swan Active centres 
•    Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water 
•    Keep out of the sun as much as possible and if you need to go out, stay Sun Smart 
•    Keep pets indoors or provide them with lots of shade and fresh water 
•    Never leave your animals in a vehicle, even with the windows down 
•    Get help if you start showing signs of heat stress such as excessive sweating, headache, vomiting or confusion. 

swan.wa.gov.au/heatwaves

We are calling on you to help tackle graffiti on public property in your area. 

We are always on the lookout for graffiti, but sometimes we miss it. 

And if we don’t know about it, we can’t remove it. 

So, how can you help us? 

If you see graffiti vandalism on places like bus stops, playgrounds, park signs, or public toilets, report it using Snap Send Solve. 

Simply snap a photo, send it to us through the app and we will get our graffiti team members to visit the site and work their magic. 

Download the app and get snapping.

swan.wa.gov.au/reportonline

Altone

Amanda Dorn has been elected to Altone Ward, where she replaces retiring former Mayor David Lucas. 

Cr Dorn received 2,474 first-preference votes at our October local government election, almost twice as many as any of the other five candidates for her ward. 

The Council newcomer will work alongside fellow Altone Ward representatives, Cr Jennifer Catalano and Cr Jagdip Singh. 

A real estate agent with a property management business, Cr Dorn wants to lift the profile of older suburbs and retain established trees as our City grows. 

She is eager to amplify youth voices and create more community events to bring people together. 

Voter participation in Altone Ward was 32.45 per cent at the October election – the highest of any ward. 

City-wide voter turnout was about 30 per cent, marking an increase on the 2021 and 2019 ordinary elections. 

Cr Dorn is one of three new faces on Council. 

In Whiteman Ward, 21-year-old Haeden Miles won his seat on preferences, finishing 30 votes ahead of Mel Congerton, a long-serving former Deputy Mayor.

Voters in Pearce Ward, our most populous ward, elected 29-year-old Ellenbrook woman Evia Aringo. 

Councillor-elect Aringo was born in a Ugandan refugee camp and migrated to Australia at the age of nine. 

In other results, Crs Ian Johnson, Rashelle Predovnik, Rod Henderson and Cate McCullough retained their seats.

swan.wa.gov.au/your-council

Seniors enjoyed a toe-tapping trip down memory lane at our sold-out Silver Linings Variety Show in September. 

More than 500 people enjoyed the show at Swan Active Beechboro, with live performances ranging from the big band swing era to stars of the 1960s and 1970s. 

The opening act, the talented jazz duo of Adam Hall and Tim Voutas, got the morning off to a high-energy start. 

Fresh from their European tour with The Velvet Playboys, Hall and Voutas had the crowd up and moving. 

The hits kept coming with Roseen Pearse channelling her inner Karen Carpenter, Jay Weston paying tribute to Roy Orbison and Jerry Salonga singing the songs of Jim Reeves. 

Seniors had the choice to sit back and soak up the nostalgia or hit the dance floor to boogie the morning away. 

swan.wa.gov.au/silver-linings

Swan Active Beechboro is hosting a second trial of an aquatic program designed to give women a safe, comfortable and culturally appropriate space. 

This year, the program will be trialled outside of the centre’s normal operational hours. 

This means women can improve their health and wellbeing with complete privacy at an aquatic centre staffed by females only. 

The program will include casual swimming and swimming lessons run in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia. 

The sessions will run from 5.30-7.30pm on Sundays between February 4 and March 24, 2023. 

swanactive.com.au/womens-aquatic-program

Midland/Guildford


Councillors Ian Johnson and Rashelle Predovnik have comfortably retained their seats in Midland/Guildford Ward. 

Cr Johnson received 2,798 of first-preference votes in Midland/Guildford at the October election, while Cr Predovnik received 1,433, putting them well ahead of the other four candidates. 

They were sworn-in at a Special Council Meeting on October 30, where Cr Johnson was elected Deputy Mayor. 

Cr Johnson was first elected to our Council in 2015, while Cr Predovnik was voted in at the 2019 election. 

The pair will continue to work alongside fellow Midland/ Guildford Councillor, Sarah Howlett, whose term ends in 2027. 

Voter participation in Midland/ Guildford Ward was 27.38 per cent at the October election – the highest since the ward was created in 2013. 

City-wide voter turnout was about 30 per cent, marking an increase on the 2021 and 2019 ordinary elections. 

Crs Johnson and Predovnik were among four Council Members to retain their seat, along with Cr Rod Henderson in Swan/Valley Gidgegannup Ward and Cr Cate McCullough in Pearce Ward. 

They have been joined by three new faces on our Council. 

Amanda Dorn was elected to Altone Ward, replacing retiring former Mayor David Lucas. 

In Whiteman Ward, 21-year-old Haeden Miles won his seat on preferences, finishing 30 votes ahead of former Deputy Mayor Mel Congerton. 

Voters in Pearce, the City’s most populous ward, elected 29-year-old Ellenbrook woman Evia Aringo. 

Councillor-elect Aringo was born in a Ugandan refugee camp and migrated to Australia at the age of nine. 

swan.wa.gov.au/your-council

Your Midland Public Library is set to reopen on Helena Street, Midland on January 2, 2024 after the completion of careful repair works. 

The library was closed in 2021 due to structural issues with its roof, resulting in a move to the temporary pop-up library at 11 The Avenue, Midland. 

The pop-up library will be closed from Monday, December 11, allowing for the relocation of books and equipment. 

The return to 45 Helena Street, Midland will mark an exciting new chapter for the beloved library. 

Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said staff were excited to welcome the community back. 

“Great care has been taken to ensure the building is safe for use,” Mayor Richardson said. 

“The reopening of the library is great news for the community and I look forward to being there in the new year.” 

There will be no change to the programs that have been running at the pop-up library. 

The City’s online library services will remain available 24/7.

swan.wa.gov.au/libraries

The beautiful sugar gum trees that shade Stirling Square in Guildford have been at risk of root damage for the past few years. 

In October 2021, we contracted an arborist to assess the damage, who noted it was likely caused by vehicles parking on the verges of the square. 

If left unmanaged, the root plate would become so damaged that it would affect the tree’s stability. 

After community consultation, we installed low fence-and-rail bollards and new signage to protect the trees’ root systems. 

Now, the sugar gums are protected and will provide shade for years to come.

swan.wa.gov.au/waste-and-sustainability

Pearce

Ellenbrook woman Evia Aringo has been elected to represent Pearce Ward as one of three new faces on our Council. 

The 29-year-old was voted in at the October election alongside Cr Cate McCullough, who retained the seat she has held since 2015. 

The pair received the most votes out of eight candidates after former Pearce Ward Councillor Tanya Richardson was declared our first popularly elected Mayor.

They will represent the Pearce Ward alongside Cr Aaron Bowman and Cr Patty Jones. 

Cr Aringo was born in a Ugandan refugee camp and migrated to Australia at the age of nine. 

She is a former nurse and passionate community advocate with a focus on youth engagement, crime prevention and community services. 

Voter participation in Pearce Ward was 25 per cent, while the City-wide voter turnout was about 30 per cent – the highest turnouts in six years.

Cr Aringo was one of three new faces on Council. 

Amanda Dorn was elected to Altone Ward, replacing retiring former Mayor David Lucas. 

In Whiteman Ward, 21-year-old Haeden Miles won his seat on preferences, finishing 30 votes ahead of former Deputy Mayor Mel Congerton. 

Cr McCullough was one of four Council Members to retain their seat, along with Crs Ian Johnson and Rashelle Predovnik in Midland/Guildford Ward and Cr Rod Henderson in Swan/Valley Gidgegannup Ward.

swan.wa.gov.au/your-council

We’re reviewing the Bullsbrook Local Area Plan (LAP) and we want to hear your priorities and vision for the next five years. 

Stage one of community consultation will run until December 17, 2023. 

We will then start shaping the LAP based on your feedback before launching the second phase of community consultation in February 2024. 

The LAP will highlight the community’s priorities and create a new roadmap for us to follow as we plan and deliver outcomes. 

Visit Swan Engage to learn more about our community engagement events and submit your views.

swanengage.com/bullsbrooklap


Carmen Tyrer took out the $7,500 top prize at the 2023 Ellenbrook Art Award in September for her felted merino wool piece, Mire a Miro. 

The Ellenbrook Art Award is an annual competition and exhibition presented by Ellenbrook Arts with our support. 

Tyrer, who comes from a Chilean textile family, knits, weaves, spins, felts and dyes woollen fleeces in her hometown of Waroona. 

She used merino fleece to create her winning piece, referencing the work of Catalan artist Joan Miro (1893-1983). 

Sandra Murray, Ellenbrook Art Award judge, said Tyrer’s entry showed “exceptional technical skill”. 

“It is ambitious and it succeeds in making something that is both wearable and an admirable work of art,” Ms Murray said. 

The $1,000 City of Swan Prize was awarded to Ellenbrook teenager Michael Kaye for his black-and-white bushfire photograph, Flight into Oblivion. 

The City of Swan Prize is awarded to the most outstanding work that was created by a City resident or reflects an aspect of living in the City. 

Michael, who is only 17, captured the dramatic image from his back fence, showing the silhouette of a plane on a cloud of smoke. 

The judges described his work as a moving response to a real event in his community. 

Ellenbrook Award ($7,500) – Carmen Tyrer 
City of Swan Prize ($1,000) – Michael Kaye 
Young and Emerging Artist Award ($250) – Millie Muller 
Painting ($500) – Graham Harvey 
Drawing and Works on Paper ($500) – Tyler Thompson 
Photography and New Media ($500) – Norma Schwind 
Printmaking ($500) – Nicola Cowie 
Wulff Prize for Glass, Sculpture, Mixed Media & Textile ($500) – Lee-Caroline Johnson 

swan.wa.gov.au/arts

In case you missed them, we marked two major milestones for highly anticipated projects in Pearce Ward in spring. 

The first milestone came in early September, when we announced that the Ellenbrook Leisure Centre would be built near the new Ellenbrook train station. 

Land set aside by the State Government will allow for the construction of a regional-level facility featuring a 50m pool, four indoor sports courts and much more. 

That’s a much bigger and better facility than was originally planned. 

The State and Federal governments have already committed $42 million to the project, with a similar level of funding to be provided by the City. 

The second big announcement came just days later, when the long-awaited Stock Road upgrade was opened to traffic. 

A major undertaking for a local government, the $71m project created a 4.3km connection between Great Northern Highway and Tonkin Highway. 

The upgrade will slash travel times, improve connectivity and boost safety, allowing trucks to bypass the Bullsbrook townsite. 

It will also unlock economic potential through a future industrial hub in Perth’s north-east. 

The Australian Government provided $16.67m in funding to make the project a reality. 

The project was also backed by developer contribution plans.

swan.wa.gov.au/majorprojects

Swan Valley/Gidgegannup

Councillor Rod Henderson will continue to represent you on Council after retaining his seat at the 2023 election. 

Cr Henderson received more than 35 per cent of first-preference votes from a field of six candidates at the October election, earning him a comfortable win. 

Since he was first elected to Council in 2015, he has represented the Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward alongside former Mayor Charlie Zannino. 

Voter participation in Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward was 31.68 per cent, while the City-wide figure was about 30 per cent – the highest turnouts in six years. 

Cr Henderson was among four Council Members to retain their seat, along with Cr Cate McCullough in Pearce Ward, and Ian Johnson and Rashelle Predovnik in Midland/Guildford Ward. 

They have been joined by three new faces on our Council. 

Amanda Dorn was elected to Altone Ward, replacing retiring former Mayor David Lucas. 

In Whiteman Ward, 21-year-old Haeden Miles won his seat on preferences, finishing 30 votes ahead of former Deputy Mayor Mel Congerton. 

Voters in Pearce, the City’s most populous ward, elected 29-year-old Ellenbrook woman Evia Aringo.

swan.wa.gov.au/your-council

Thank you for your feedback throughout our review of the Gidgegannup Local Area Plan (LAP). 

During the initial six-week community consultation phase, which included 10 in-person sessions and a digital campaign, we received more than 300 responses. 

You told us to focus on the following seven key priorities: 

1. Support the lifestyle and amenity of residents 
2. Enhance the local road network for all users 
3. Balance sustainable growth with lifestyle 
4. Protect and raise awareness of natural assets 
5. Support and champion community 
6. Provide bushfire mitigation education 
7. Support local growth of shops and businesses. 

These priorities were the focus of stage two consultation, when another 10 events were held and we received 247 responses. 

The Gidgegannup LAP is scheduled to be considered by Council on February 14, 2024.    

swan.engagementhub.com.au/gidgegannuplap

You have helped us produce a draft Upper Swan Local Area Plan (LAP) that identifies the key priorities for your area. 

We received more than more than 180 responses during an extensive community consultation phase which included seven in-person sessions. 

You told us your five priorities were: 

1. Improve traffic management on local roads 
2. Protect the habitats of wildlife 
3. Maintain local government parks and reserves 
4. Better manage and monitor the impact of land uses 
5. Improve the pedestrian movement and access network. 
A second phase of community consultation involved another four events and 141 community responses. 

The draft Upper Swan LAP is scheduled to be considered by Council on December 13, 2023

swan.engagementhub.com.au/gidgegannuplap

A tribute to the resilience and resourcefulness of rural Australians has earned the top prize at the 2023 Australian Rustic Farm Art Awards in Gidgegannup. 

Scott McDonald won the $3,500 Bendigo Community Bank Mundaring Overall Award for Farmer’s Throne and Side Table, made from garden tools, handles, wire, hessian, furniture and natural wood. 

Mr McDonald said his entry was dedicated to rural people who endured wars, the Great Depression and natural disasters. 

“Their ability to utilise whatever is lying around to create items of form and function has long been part of the Australian rural landscape,” he said. 

The judges said Mr McDonald’s piece symbolised the “tenacity of spirit” of rural Australians who found creative solutions in tough environments. 

“This piece embodies the reuse and sustainability that is a large part of the heart of farming,” they said. 

The awards, run by the Gidgegannup Agricultural Society with our support, were presented at the 2023 Gidge Show on October 28. 

It was the second edition of the awards, which were established to give the Perth Hills community a creative outlet after the 2021 Wooroloo bushfire. 

Paul Elliot’s sculpture, Re- Pressed, received rave reviews from the judges, winning the $1,500 Okeland Communities Local Artist Award. 

The sculpture features a woman in a long and windswept dress made with 100-year-old pressed tin from a house in the Wheatbelt. 

“The judges were moved by (Mr Elliot’s) gentle, yet powerful, intricately created work from pressed tin ceiling panels, they said.

“The artist has captured the powerful element of wind within the movement of the piece, reflecting the enduring strength of pioneering women in farming history.” 

•    $3,500 Bendigo Community Bank Mundaring Overall Award Scott McDonald - Farmers Throne and Side Table 
•    $1,000 Jessica Shaw MLA Youth Award Toby Bryson - Greatest of All Time 
•    $1,500 Okeland Communities Local Artist Award Paul Elliot - Re-Pressed 
•    $500 Rustic Gallery Bellevue & Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Peoples’ Choice Award Sean Harding – Kangaroo

swan.wa.gov.au/arts

Entwined in the Swan Valley(open in new window) was a resounding success in 2023, with big crowds enjoying a bumper program of 40 events across one weekend in October. 

Each spring, as new crops start to flourish and the promise of the new wine vintage is in the air, our makers, growers and creators open their doors to welcome visitors for a weekend of unique and delicious experiences. 

From hands-on masterclasses to lazy lunches and live entertainment, Entwined once again showcased the best of the Swan Valley. 

The annual event is proudly supported by the City.

Our Swan Valley Visitor Centre (SVVC) is once again supporting families in need by acting as a drop-off point for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. 

The SVVC, which has been involved in the appeal for several years, will be accepting donations until 2pm on Friday, December 8, 2023. 

“For those who are able, donating to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal at our visitor centre will help make sure no one goes without this Christmas,” Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said. 

“It’s been a challenging year for many amid the rising cost of living and your donation may be the only gift someone receives. 

“Dropping your donation to SVVC as early as possible will help ensure all gifts are delivered to families by Christmas.” 

The Salvation Army is looking for donations of: 

  • Non-perishable or tinned foods 
  • Christmas items such as puddings, cakes and table décor 
  • Cleaning and hygiene items 
  • Gift vouchers 
  • Outdoor equipment 
  • Activities such as books, puzzles, musical instruments and gaming consoles. 

Those who are donating might like to consider gifts that suit older age groups, as every year the appeal is overwhelmed with gifts for younger children. 

The SVVC is located at the corner of Meadow and Swan streets, Guildford.

Whiteman

Whiteman Ward voters have elected one of Western Australia’s youngest Council Members in 21-year-old Haeden Miles. 

Cr Miles won his seat on preferences at the October election, finishing 30 votes ahead of former Deputy Mayor Mel Congerton. 

It was his second time running for Council. 

As well as representing Whiteman Ward voters, Cr Miles wants to advocate for the nearly 42 per cent of people aged under 30 across our City. 

Voter participation in Whiteman Ward was 29.06 per cent, while the City-wide voter turnout was about 30 per cent – the highest turnout in six years. 

Cr Miles was one of three new faces on Council. 

Amanda Dorn was elected to Altone Ward, replacing retiring former Mayor David Lucas. 

Voters in Pearce Ward, our most populous ward, elected 29-year-old Ellenbrook woman Evia Aringo. 

Councillor-elect Aringo was born in a Ugandan refugee camp and migrated to Australia at the age of nine. 

In other results, Crs Ian Johnson, Rashelle Predovnik, Rod Henderson and Cate McCullough retained their seats. 

swan.wa.gov.au/your-council

The Sikh community in our City is the quiet driving force behind a program improving the lives and filling the stomachs of those most in need. 

Every Monday, orders get sent to the Sikh gurudwara in Bennett Springs, triggering a chain of events that feeds hundreds of people in Perth. 

They are orders for food – delicious food, at that – cooked by volunteers in the Sikh temple’s commercial-size kitchen. 

Once our staff have relayed the orders that come from a range of support services, the volunteers get to work, putting out about 850 meals a week. 

The support services – such as Midland Meals, Meerilinga Beechboro, DreamBuilders Midland and the Salvation Army – then distribute the meals to those who need them most. 

The volunteers had long cooked free meals at the gurudwara, offering them to whoever came through their doors on a Sunday. 

But their approach changed in April 2020, when COVID-19 plunged Perth into lockdown and the Sikh community stepped up to help. 

Sikh Gurudwara Perth president Jarnail Singh said the committee decided to contact the City and offer to make free meals for those in need. 

“Our community, in our religious teachings, is taught to help the needy whenever there is a crisis anywhere in the world – all of the gurudwaras worldwide will do the same,” he said. 

Since those early days of COVID, more than 150,000 of their free meals have been distributed. 

Our City is home to a thriving Sikh community, with four per cent of the population born in India and two per cent speaking Punjabi at home – more than double the State average. 

The gurudwara on Cheltenham Street serves free meals on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and everyone is welcome. 

“We don’t believe in caste, colour or creed. We believe all humans are one,” Mr Singh said. 

“It’s not just the Sikh temple in Perth – if you see a Sikh temple anywhere in the world, you can come and we will do our best to serve you.” 

Jose Ciciliamma, City of Swan Community Development Officer, said the volunteers had not missed a week since the program started. 

“It is a testament to the dedication of the Sikh gurudwara community and all organisations involved in providing meals to those who need them the most,” he said. 

“The initiative began in 2020 with the assistance of Evan Hillman, Community Development Officer for Beechboro at that time, and it has made a big difference for those in need.”

swan.wa.gov.au//homelessness

We are in the third year of making improvements across Ballajura based on the priorities you set out for us in the Ballajura Local Area Plan (LAP) in 2019. 

To ensure the community has adequate public open space infrastructure, the BMX pump track at Kingfisher Oval will be completed in June 2024, and we will start works on the Ballajura playspace in February 2024 thanks to $2 million from Lotterywest. 

We are improving access networks with plans in place for a $2m upgrade to the intersection of Hepburn Avenue and Marangaroo Drive to ease congestion in 2024. 

We are also supporting the State Government in their Metronet projects in the City, including Malaga and Whiteman Park stations. 

Our street verges are greener and more sustainable with more than 830 trees planted along Hepburn Avenue, and more than 60 trees throughout seven of our parks in 2022/23. 

Our tree planting program allows residents to request a free verge tree. 

Our social spaces and services have been boosted with more events and programs at Ballajura Public Library and the Ballajura Youth Centre providing access to youth workers, recreation services and meals three days a week for high school students. 

We look forward to your feedback in 2024 as we review the plan.

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