NAIDOC Week 2015
Respected Noongar representative Shaun Nannup performed a moving Welcome to Country last week to launch the City’s 2015 NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The Joondalup region is part of Mooro Country and is a very important place for Indigenous people. The City has a proud tradition of celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
In recognition of NAIDOC Week, the City displayed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags outside its administration building alongside those of the Western Australian and Australian flags.
A number of free NAIDOC themed events are being held in the City throughout July including the Ngatha ni2 Exhibition at Joondalup Art Gallery, which features selected works by indigenous artists including the late Shane Pickett.
The City has engaged Charmaine Green as curator of the exhibition which is running until 30 July. Visit the City's website for more information.
Sorrento to tackle A-League giants
There’s been some great news for one of our local sporting clubs with Sorrento Football Club drawn against A-League giants Sydney FC in their Round of 32 FFA Cup Clash.
A big crowd is expected to attend the match at NIB Stadium on Wednesday 5 August. The game will be telecast live around Australia and will give Sorrento players a chance to show their talents on a national stage. Kick-off is at 6.30pm.
Charity Bin Collections
The City will meet with local charities to discuss improved and more effective methods of collecting unwanted clothes following the decision of Council at its June meeting to ban clothing bins on City-owned land.
Charities struggle with resources and the costs to manage collection bins and the subsequent rubbish that is left by some in the community create public eyesores. The City is exploring the potential of holding community clothing collection days at sites throughout the City along similar lines to the e-waste collection events held at the Leisure Centre – Craigie.
Further details will be advised in due course and will be promoted through the City’s website, social media channels and local advertising.
Changes to City Rangers Services
The City will discontinue its City Watch patrol service from October, replacing it with a significantly expanded and enhanced in-house 24 hour a day, seven-day-a-week Ranger and Community Patrol Service.
City Watch has operated in the region since 1997, prior to the split with the City of Wanneroo, providing a discretionary service as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the City.
By the end of the year, patrol officers will be authorised to undertake a broader range of enforcement activity including parking, local government and public property offences to complement the existing services provided by the City’s Rangers.