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18 April 2019
It's hard to believe that Easter is upon us already!
It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Australia Day under the tree canopy of our beautiful award-winning Adventure Park, welcoming 51 new citizens to the City of Kwinana and announcing our citizens of the year for 2019 – Youth Citizen Michellie Jones, Senior Citizen Michael Metcalfe and Community Citizen of the Year, volunteer fire fighter Chris Artemis.
A stand-out among the many other community events that were held over recent months was our highly anticipated Alcoa Children's Festival. This year close to 5,000 local residents took part in the new and improved 'carnival' themed event, with free and low-cost activities available for the whole family, thanks to generous sponsors Alcoa and Lotterywest.
Eight Neighbour Day activities were held across Kwinana this year as the City launched a new initiative called 'Neighbour Day Every Day', a year round approach to combating loneliness and isolation in the community. The concept is simple but effective: get to know your neighbours by meeting up regularly for a barbecue, some backyard cricket or to share some stories over a cup of tea. These simple acts can strengthen connections and the more connected we feel, the more we feel a sense of belonging and safety within our community.
I know that as Easter comes around, many of our residents will be heading off on Easter Holidays. If you're planning to stay close to home, why not take advantage of the many wonderful beaches, parks and recreation areas on offer right here in Kwinana and in our neighbouring regions. If you're stuck for ideas, you can always visit www.whatson.kwinana.wa.gov.au.
As we head into the holiday period, spare a thought for the amazing volunteers and emergency services workers who may not be able to spend time with loved ones over Easter. Given that it is a notoriously busy time on our roads, I ask you to take caution, think of others, and make sure you return home safe and sound.
On behalf of my fellow Councillors and all the staff at the City of Kwinana, I hope you enjoy the Easter break and come back refreshed and ready to tackle the remainder of the year! Carol Adams MayorCity of Kwinana