Paw-some event on the way

If you’re a dog lover like me, remember to add our upcoming Paw-some Day Out event to your social calendar. A must for everyone with a four-legged friend, this year’s event will be held at Carine Regional Open Space on Sunday 25 October 2020 from 8.30am to 12.30pm. While the location is new, all the popular crowd favourites from previous years will be back including a range of pet-related products and services for you to browse, fun competitions and giveaways.

The event will also offer an interactive kids' zone, and delicious food and drink options for both dogs and their owners. While entry is free, gold coin donations will go to the non-profit group Paws for Diabetics, which is involved in training diabetic alert dogs.

We live in a wonderful and incredibly diverse part of Perth. With a population of more than 220,000 residents across the City, it’s vital that we continue look ahead to create an even better future for everyone. To do this, Council recently adopted two important strategic plans that will help guide the City operations into the future.

The Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 is our chief strategic document that sets out a long term vision for the City. The plan will guide the City’s priorities and decisions in areas such as services, projects, assets and infrastructure, land use, workforce planning and financial management. The 30-page document also looks at how we will take action to create a more sustainable environment and strengthen our commitment to customers by offering better ways to interact with the community.

A second document – the Corporate Business Plan – focuses on how we will deliver the objectives and strategies outlined in the Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 over the next four years. The plan outlines how we will move ahead with capital projects including the upgrade to Hamersley Public Golf Course, the Bina Parkland development in Balga and a major refurbishment of Stirling Leisure Centre – Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. Visit the City’s website to find out more about the strategic plans.

Sustainability is a priority for the City, so it was great news when we added to our Waterwise Council Awards with another Gold Status win this year. The annual Water Corporation program recognises local governments working to improve water efficiency and create waterwise communities.

Cr Joe Ferrante and Cr Suzanne Migdale with the Waterwise Gold Status Award

The Gold Status Award acknowledged City initiatives such as the Living Green program, which offers rebates to residents that switch from grassed verges to waterwise gardens. To find out when the next round of Grass to Natives rebates will be offered, just sign up to the City’s Living Green in Stirling e-newsletter.

When it comes to local business, we are always looking for more ways we can offer support across the City. Our latest initiative is the Welcome Pack for Business, which includes a dedicated webpage on the City’s website that offers a summary of services available to new and existing businesses.

The webpage features lots of helpful information about topics including planning and building approvals, the health approvals process and Stirling Grant Finder, which details grants available to local businesses. Please visit the Welcome Pack for Business webpage for more details.

Congratulations to everyone at The Bend in the Road community group in Doubleview for another successful year. Affectionately known as The Bend, the resourceful group recently welcomed a new committee and unveiled new signage for use at Munro Reserve. The vibrantly coloured artworks were created by talented local artist Fiona McCallum.

Cr Stephanie Proud at The Bend’s artwork unveiling
Photo courtesy of The Bend Facebook page

In just a few years, The Bend has added a lot of vibrancy to the 1.5km stretch of Scarborough Beach Road – between St Brigids Terrace and Duke Street – by co-ordinating a mix of entertaining events and activities. A big advocate for the group, Cr Stephanie Proud was on hand at its annual general meeting to help launch the new artworks.

The new state-wide Containers for Change program launched this week and we are now offering two refund points where you can exchange each eligible can and bottle for a 10 cent refund. A new facility at 257 Balcatta Road offers a drive-through location to handover containers and receive on the spot cash refunds. The Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB) at 238 Balcatta Road has an express bag drop-off facility for electronic refunds.

City staff outside the City’s new Containers for Change facility on Balcatta Road

For recyclers interested in using the RCB’s express bag drop-off facility, it’s just a matter of visiting the Containers for Change website and signing up for a scheme ID to receive direct bank deposits. As well as providing an excellent way of helping reduce litter and landfill, the program creates jobs and offers new fundraising opportunities for community groups. Visit our dedicated webpage for more information about Containers for Change in the City of Stirling.

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