More to the Stoneville Parkerville Progress Association than advocacy

Published on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 at 8:57:50 AM

Shire of Mundaring recently shared a story about the great work of the Mahogany Creek Progress Association in supporting the local community. Another resident/ratepayer association the Shire is pleased to support is Stoneville and Parkerville Progress Association (SPPA), who is planning a very special commemorative event in partnership with Mundaring & Hills Historical Society.  

The Parkerville Hall is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary soon. To mark the occasion, a full day event is being planned which will include a trip down memory lane and other great activities.

Although we couldn’t meet with the full committee as many had work commitments, we were able to talk to three members who are involved in planning this milestone event.

Association President Jo Sheil said the anniversary was an exciting event on the SPPA calendar. 

“The Parkerville Hall has played a big part in community life over the years, and it continues to provide a place for community to meet and enjoy functions and activities,” she said. 

SPPA Secretary Rob Borsje spoke of the plans for the event.

“With a date booked for October, and with hiring fees waived by the Shire, planning can now start in earnest,” he said.

SPPA members enjoy a relaxed, fun culture

It is evident from speaking to the members that SPPA is all about getting things done in a relaxed and fun way.  

Committee member Claire Palmer takes care of liaison for the recently established Stoneville community garden, another significant project for the SPPA. The garden is a space for anyone to come along and enjoy and is a great way to support mental health and wellbeing within the community. Claire was instrumental in establishing the garden and also works on other SPPA committee projects and initiatives. 

“Of course advocating on behalf of our residents is central to what we do. But we really want everyone to have fun and play to their strengths,” she said.

“There are a number of projects for community members to get involved in, and they don’t all involve sitting on a committee. Our committee is very inclusive and proactive.” 

Following a long period of pandemic isolation, the group is also keen to revive the great partnerships with the other 11 ratepayers/progress associations within the shire.

The Shire, together with SPPA look forward to a successful 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Parkerville Hall and to working together on projects that support community wellbeing and inclusion.

Further details for the 100th Anniversary event, can be found by visiting the SPPA Facebook Page. Residents interested in joining the SPPA or getting involved in other activities can contact:

SPPA President Jo Sheil 0422491016 

Secretary Rob Borsje via email

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