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What's Happening March - May 2018


AWARD CITY WINS CHILDREN’S HEALTH AWARD The City of Wanneroo’s policies on children’s health were recently recognised at The Children’s Environment and Health Policy Awards. The awards, presented annually by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, showcase local government’s progress in creating environments that protect and support the health of children. The City received the ‘Best in WA’ overall award. It also excelled in a number of categories including wins for Nature Play and Child Health and Development, as well as commendations for Climate Change, Healthy and Safe Food, Injury Prevention and Shade in Public Places. Mayor Tracey Roberts with City staff, (L-R) Luke Middleton, Coordinator Connected and Resilient Communities, Karen Dales-Anderson, Early Childhood Officer and Debbie Terelinck, Director Community and Place. NEW ONLINE SERVICE FOR PET OWNERS Did you know that new dogs and cats can now be registered online? Previously, City residents were required to register their pet in person at the Civic Centre. All dogs aged three months and over must be registered and microchipped, and wear both a registration tag and disc with the owners’ name and address. PETS Cats six months and over must be registered, microchipped and sterilised. Registrations may be for one year, three years or lifetime. Visit registerapet LOCALS GIRRAWHEEN HUB OFFICIAL LAUNCH The Girrawheen Hub will officially launch in March to showcase some of the facilities available to residents and to thank everyone involved in establishing the Hub. The event will also provide an opportunity for the City to formally acknowledge state government support for the Hub, through its $100,000 Local Projects, Local Jobs grant contribution. The Hub is shaping up to be the perfect place for individuals and groups to meet, learn, network and provide support to one another. Programs on offer include job readiness, small business development and life-long learning. The Hub, located at 11 Patrick Court in Girrawheen, is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, and room bookings are also available after hours and on weekends. Contact the friendly Hub staff on 9405 5344 or email ( 04 ) WANNEROO.WA.GOV.AU

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES AND RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS RAP The City of Wanneroo has a newly elected Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group to support the reconciliation process and close the gap in disadvantage between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The new working group, consisting of eight members, the Mayor and two councillors, will work towards the development of the City’s third RAP which will outline actions for 2018-2022. Newly elected chairman Dennis Simmons said he was looking forward to working with the group on a wide range of reconciliation actions during the next four years. “I feel very privileged to chair this group because it has the potential to facilitate positive outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents,” Dennis said. “All actions in the current RAP are based around the three pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities. “The new RAP will build on existing actions and also identify other opportunities by which the City can establish relationships and mutual respect with our Indigenous community.” Examples of reconciliation successes during the past two years: • A Welcome to Country Policy was developed and adopted by Council • Welcome to Country guidelines have been produced for use on all publications, emails, websites and signs in the City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with members of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (L-R) Derek Nannup, Kadambii Barnao, Margaret Gidgup, Nathaniel Lee, Bruce Loo, Cr Natalie Sangalli, Marion Chalker, Jason Barrow and Toyah McCarthy. (Inset) Dennis Simmons, Chairman of the RAP Working Group. • Staff cultural awareness training • Noongar names have been included on signage in culturally significant locations such as Waitj Dreaming Reserve • Noongar language classes have been delivered within the City • Opportunities for the community to learn about Aboriginal land care, sing in Noongar language and sample native foods • Building relationships and supporting Girrawheen Aboriginal art students • A Reconciliation walk at Lake Joondalup during Reconciliation Week 2017 • An Aboriginal themed community canvas was created at the 2017 City of Wanneroo Presents concert • The movie ‘Bran Nue Dae’ was shown as part of the City’s Live in the Amphitheatre Program • Six Noongar seasons signage launching at Lake Joondalup during Reconciliation Week 2018 • The City has secured federal government funding to host the Wandjoo Festival at Yanchep in October 2018 • The City has hosted Aboriginal art exhibitions including Tracey Moffatt’s film ‘Montages’ The Full Cut 1999-2015, and Girrawheen Senior High School’s ‘Yokayi Waarbiny Wer Malayin Djin-Djin’ (Celebrate Art and Cultural Spirit). Important dates 21 March Harmony Day 26 May National Apology Day 27 May-3 June Reconciliation Week WASTE PLASTIC, NOT SO FANTASTIC From 1 July 2018, single use plastic bags will be banned across WA. Many different terms are used when people talk about plastics and it can be very confusing trying to figure out which option is best. Here’s your guide to plastics: Degradable plastics break into small pieces. All plastics are degradable. These small pieces can last in the environment for hundreds of years. They do not break down. Biodegradable plastics can be broken down by living things. This can take many years and needs the right circumstances. Compostable plastics are a type of bioplastic. They will break down in an industrial compost facility, like the Resource Recovery Facility in Neerabup. This is where the things you put in your domestic waste bin goes. Look out for the Australian Standard number (AS 4736) and the compostable logo. The best thing to do is avoid single use plastic altogether. Many people are already using the more environmentally friendly ‘bags for life’. Start practising your plastic free shopping today! ( 05 ) WANNEROO.WA.GOV.AU