Stirling Scene

Mayor Mark Irwin discussing the City's reconciliation journey with Wadjak Nyoongar Elder Mrs Oriel Green OAM in the City's first 'birdiya to birdiya' or boss to boss meeting.

Welcome to the November edition of Stirling Scene

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Information contained in the below sections is accurate as of the November Scene release date, Friday 28 October 2022.

Welcome to the November edition of Stirling Scene for 2022.

This month has been a busy time for the City, with innovations, new funding announcements and progress toward our strategic objectives.

Earlier this week the City launched Stirling Fast-Track - an innovative online service to modernise, simplify and streamline the assessment and determination of small-scale residential development applications.

The service will cut waiting times for approval by half and covers 65 per cent of the assessments we receive, so a fundamental shift in the way we do business.

We were honoured to be joined by Local Government Minister, Hon John Carey MLA, as well as project partners Master Builders Association and Housing Industry Association to showcase the service with representatives of the development industry.

The week prior I joined Water Minister Hon Dave Kelly MLA and Mount Lawley MLA Simon Millman for the State Government's announcement of funding to help local governments reduce their groundwater use under the Gnangara Groundwater Allocation Plan.

The City will share in a $4 million fund that will support projects that improve water efficiency and urban cooling in the suburbs through initiatives such as redesigning public open spaces, using water sensitive urban design, planting tree canopy for shading, hydro-zoning and undertaking water audits.

Looking forward to the next few weeks, I strongly encourage you to attend our events and participate in the public consultations that are currently underway. Consultations include our Scarborough Esplanade closure trial (starting this Sunday), the City’s eScooters trial, Yokine Regional Open Space public toilets, the proposed upgrade to the Main Street carpark and the Jackadder Lake Reserve landscape plan. Click on the link below to help shape our City.

Mark Irwin

Candidates for the Balga by-election

A by-election will take place in the Balga Ward on Friday 25 November 2022 to elect a new Councillor.

At the close of nominations, the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) received seven (7) nominations for the Balga Ward, presented below in the order they will be shown on the ballot:

  • GETTY, Leonie
  • ION, Daniela
  • TIN THEI, Ram
  • EVANS, Wayne
  • NDAYIKEZE, Bellamore
  • DUDEK, Michael.

The Balga Ward includes the suburbs of Balga, Mirrabooka, Nollamara and Westminster, and residents in these suburbs will receive their voting packs via Australia Post in early November.

Read more.

Esplanade closure trial starts this weekend

Recognising Scarborough’s popularity as an entertainment precinct, particularly over the summer period, the City of Stirling will trial a vehicle closure of a short portion of The Esplanade (Scarborough) between the Clock Tower and The Lookout.

The trial closure will take effect on Sundays 4.00pm – 2.00am starting from this Sunday 30 October 2022, and Thursday evenings from 4.00pm – 10.00pm from 3 November 2022, all the way through until December 2022.

Coastal Ward Councillors Tony Krsticevic and Felicity Farrelly met with business owner Ben Randall to discuss how the trial will provide benefits and capitalise on visitation to hospitality venues like The Sandbar on Sundays evenings.

Read more.

People's Choice finalists named

The City is proud to partner with West Australian Music (WAM) to present the 2022 WAMAwards and announce the City of Stirling People's Choice award finalists:

The City of Stirling People's Choice finalists are:

  1. 46 Brigade
  2. Angelina Curtis
  3. Jayden Tatasciore
  4. Ratking
  5. Sofia Rippingale

The winners of the four City of Stirling award categories - Best Act, Best Youth Act, Industry Champion and People's Choice - will be presented at the WAMAwards on Tuesday 1 November at the Astor Theatre. Make sure you book your tickets soon!

Tickets cost $45 plus booking fee. To purchase your tickets and see all the award finalists, visit the WAM website below.

Finalists and tickets.

Nominations for local heroes closing soon

This weekend is your last chance to nominate someone for the 2022 Community Citizen of the Year Awards, which closes on Monday 31 October 2022.

Each year on Australia Day, the Community Citizen of the Year Awards give local governments around the state the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and celebrate community engagement of people within the community.

Every community has local heroes and you have the opportunity to acknowledge those making outstanding contributions to the advancement and wellbeing of the community.

Nominate a hero.

Paw-some Day Out returns

Sponsored by RAC, Paw-some Day Out is the City’s largest dog-friendly event, with over 45 stallholders showcasing the latest pet products and services. Food and drinks are available for purchase and entry is free.

As a provider of pet insurance, and a key organisation in Western Australia, the City is grateful to have RAC on board as a sponsor.

Paw-some Day Out will be held this Sunday 30 October from 8.30am - 12.30pm at Dianella Regional Open Space.

Learn more.

City launches CCTV rebate

The City of Stirling has launched a CCTV rebate initiative, investing $150,000 in a program being dubbed a ‘21st century upgrade to the concept of neighbourhood watch’.

The program will provide eligible residents with a rebate of up to $500 toward the cost of a new installation or improvement to an existing CCTV system that includes a view overlooking the road, footpath, front verge, or any other applicable public area.

The rebate program has launched this week and closes 28 April 2023, however applications can be retrospectively submitted back to 1 October 2022.

Learn more.

Register for Garage Sale Trail

The annual Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff held over two big weekends in November, starting 12 - 13 November 2022.

This celebration of secondhand will include a series of free sustainability workshops and see 10,000 garage sales hosted locally and around the nation.

Register your Garage Sale today, and why not encourage your neighbours to join in too!

Learn more.

Do you need help finding a job?

We offer free assistance with resume design, job applications and interview preparation.

Our Job Shop volunteers will guide and support you towards better employment prospects. Free appointments are available for City of Stirling residents at the Osborne Community Hub.

Bookings are essential. For more information please contact Stirling Libraries - Osborne on (08) 9205 7900 or

What's on in the City

With so much happening in the City, find out about upcoming events not to be missed this October and November!

To find out more about these and other exciting events, visit the City's events calendar.

Events calendar.

Kambarang — season of birth

Local Aboriginal-owned graphic design agency, Norlap Creative, partnered with artist Teresa Miller to create six original artworks for the City of Stirling that share the story of the six Nyoongar seasons and Mooro Country native flora and fauna. The above artwork represents Kambarang or second Spring.

During the Kambarang season, we see an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us. The yellows of many of the Acacias continue to abound, along with some of the Banksias and many other smaller delicate flowering plants including the Kangaroo Paw and Orchids.

October is also the most likely time of the year that you'll encounter a snake as the reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation, and Koolbardies (Magpies) will also be out protecting their nests and their babies.