Stirling Scene

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 3 November 2023.

Welcome to the November edition of Stirling Scene.


Earlier this week the City of Stirling held a swearing-in ceremony at our Special Council Meeting following this year's election. Every Councillor who had stood for re-election was rewarded with the continued support and trust of their communities, and I am honoured to continue to have your trust in me as Mayor for the next four years.

It was a wonderful evening for families to join us to celebrate the success of the election, with a special addition to the program - the unveiling of Freeman David Boothman's official portrait.

We also elected Councillor Suzanne Migdale as Deputy Mayor, and together with our two new Councillors Giudici and Paparde, our Council is ready to launch back into action to achieve our vision of a sustainable City with a local focus.

It is with some level of sadness but more so with deep appreciation that I recognise the decision of Rae and Walter Kolb to take a step back from their many decades of volunteering.

The husband and wife powerhouse has given a combined 30 years of service to their community through a range of great initiatives, but none more so than the Stirling Natural Environment Care (SNEC) group that protects the natural dunes and coastal areas of our community. I'm sure despite this step back, we will still see them at the next tree planting!

We are already well into the summer season, a peak time for our community full of events and celebrations, with Paw-some Day Out and the Wembley Downs District Fair held this past weekend.

We now look ahead to events such as the Scarbs Beach Party, Wadjak Reconciliation Day, Garage Sale Trail, the Osborne Park Show and ICF Canoeing Ocean Racing World Championships to name just a few.

Several important community projects are also open now or are soon to open for community consultation, so as always I encourage you to engage with these projects and share your vision for your local neighbourhood.

Mark Irwin

New faces around Council chambers

The City of Stirling warmly welcomes Councillor Rob Paparde for Coastal Ward and Councillor Damien Giudici for Inglewood Ward to chambers.

This week they and their fellow Councillors attended an Elected Members Expo which the City holds as the start of an induction process, and they were sworn in at last night's ceremony.

If you would like to get in contact with any of your local Ward Councillors, please visit the Council website below.

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World championships soon to make a splash in Scarborough

The City is delighted to sponsor the prestigious 2023 ICF Canoe Racing World Championships - the first time it has been hosted in Australia.

The event will take place less than a month from now, beginning 27 November and finishing 3 December. Scarborough Beach will host the Athlete’s Hub throughout the event, and finish line for the 20km ocean paddle race which begins in Fremantle.

Come and join us at Scarborough on Saturday 2 December, for an afternoon of fun for both adults and kids from 11.00am to 6.00pm.

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Trackless Tram opens its doors to community

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Australia’s first Trackless Tram with a free community event held in conjunction with the Stirling Farmers Market’s 12th birthday.

Date: Sunday 26 November 8.00am – 11.00am
Location: City of Stirling Administration Centre, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling.

Free activities include a bouncy castle, bubbleology, balloon twisting and giant games. There will be a DJ and the Stirling Farmer’s Markets will have plenty going on including pony rides and face painting.

With pony rides and trackless tram technology, you will be able to experience one of the oldest and newest forms of transport side by side!

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Art Awards and Exhibition set to kick off this week

    The City of Stirling Art Awards and Exhibition 2023 will kick off this coming Saturday 4 November until Sunday 12 November, from 10.00am to 5.00pm at our Civic Centre Reception Hall.

    The highly anticipated biennial exhibition will also feature an exciting public program of events, including DADAA Access Tours, an art-themed storytime for the little ones, a young artists’ sketch workshop, a local artists’ networking night with the curator and artists panel, and an artists’ talk with three generations of creative Yorga.

    Please come along to the exhibition and support our local artists!

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    City continues support for state FDV prevention campaign

    The City of Stirling will once again be supporting the 16 Days in WA campaign, between Saturday 25 November – Sunday 10 December 2023.

    During the campaign, a range of activities will be on offer for clients at both Naala Djookan and Stirling Women's Centre. The City will be participating in several special events and initiatives, including the annual march in the Perth CBD, interactive displays at our Stirling Libraries and the installation of new purple benches.

    The Stirling Women's Centre is also running their annual Christmas Appeal from 13 November – 13 December 2023. Donations can be made to the City's Administration Centre, Operations Centre, Stirling Libraries and Stirling Leisure Centres.

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    North Beach Soccer clubrooms ready for next season

    The North Beach Soccer Clubrooms were officially opened in August 2023 by Mayor Mark Irwin, Coastal Ward Councillors, Mr Ian Goodenough MP and Club officials following a significant redevelopment.

    The project received joint funding from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and the City of Stirling.

    The City worked alongside North Beach Soccer Club throughout the duration of the project to finalise designs and to deliver modern, contemporary facilities to support enhanced recreational opportunities for junior and senior soccer players in the community.

    Fire safety requirements for landowners

    To reduce the risk of fire in our community, all landowners and residents in the City of Stirling must ensure their properties comply with City’s requirements for the upcoming fire season (from 30 November 2023 until 31 March 2024).

    • Land area less than 2,000m²: mow all grass to a maximum height of 5cm and remove all inflammable material from the property
    • Land area greater than 2,000m²: Install a continuous firebreak of 4m wide and at least 4m high that is clear of all flammable material around all structures and external land boundaries.

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    What's on in the City

      With so much happening in the City, find out about some of the must-not-miss events coming up this November and December!

      To find out more about these and other exciting events, visit the City's 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 Nyoongar seasons and Mooro Country native flora and fauna. The above artwork represents Kambarang or the 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. Also during this time the Balgas will also start to flower, especially if they've been burnt in the past year or closely shaved. 

      It's also a time that many young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Koolbardies (Magpies) will also be out protecting their nests and their babies.