This month's guest councillor column was written by South Ward Councillor, James Martin.
October in Focus: Cr James Martin
People seem to have a distinctive spring in their step now that another season is in full swing.
Longer, warmer days are always welcome especially as we are lucky enough to live in such a beautiful part of the world. It's also the time of year we start to see the rolling out of many of the events that bring our community together.
Whether it's celebrating the arts, encouraging some friendly competition on the billy cart track or enjoying a movie under the stars with your family, there are lots of great events planned for the months ahead.
In addition to delivering activities and events for residents, the Shire of Mundaring is proud to work alongside community groups to support events via the provision of our Community Events Grant program.
Community Event Grants are awarded to eligible groups wishing to run fetes, festivals, markets, sporting/recreational carnivals, exhibitions and small performances in the shire. Funds can also cover the cost of training related to the event. The grant is offered twice in a financial year, subject to availability of funds and aims to support events that demonstrate community consultation, widespread community benefit, and capacity for the community to contribute. Up to $5000 is offered per event and we encourage not for profit community groups to apply.
Here are just some of the activities planned for Spring and Summer. We hope to see you there!
- Mundaring Hills Open Studios – Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 October and Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 October. Celebrating its 10th year, there will be 49 artists exhibiting over two weeks. More information at https://www.mundaring-hills-open-studios.org.au/
- Bark in the Park - Sunday 20 October at Morgan John Morgan Reserve, Glen Forrest. Presented by the Glen Forrest Residents and Ratepayers Association. Family and dog-friendly event including dog exhibitions, games, pet parades and more. See https://bit.ly/2oJAPaY/ for all the details
- Mount Helena Classic (encompassing the Whim Festival and Hills Billy Cart Festival) – Sunday 27 October. Presented by the Mt Helena Residents and Ratepayers Progress Association, this free event includes a billy cart competition, food, music, activities, competitions: photography and much more. Entry is free. More information at https://mounthelenaclassic.com/
- Darlington Arts Festival – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November. WA's longest running community art event is a fantastic free event for all ages. More information at http://www.darlingtonartsfestival.com/
- Seniors Week – Tuesday 12 November. There will be an Intergenerational Craft Activity and Morning Tea at Middle Swan Child and Parent Centre. Or join the free bus trip to the LiveLighter Information Day at Burswood on Wednesday 13 November
- The Shire has a fun Summer Season of free events planned – various dates from December to February (to be advised). More details will be announced soon.
If you'd like to see what else is coming up in your area, the Shire's community events calendar (https://bit.ly/30IoNgk) is packed-full of great ideas. Or please keep an eye on the Shire's Facebook and Instagram pages.
For more information about Community Grants, including Grant Guidelines see https://bit.ly/2muIZ6v or phone the Community Capacity Building Officer on 9290 6678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The October 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting is being held on Tuesday 8 October. For full details and to download the agenda click here
- A Special Council Meeting to determine the Shire President and Deputy Shire President following the 2019 Local Government elections will be held on Monday 21 October
- A Special Council Meeting to appoint commitees following the 2019 Local Government elections will be held on Monday 28 October
- Download a copy of the October Community Update page here.