Waste Guide and tipping vouchers go online

The City of Joondalup is taking new measures to enhance its reputation as WA’s leading local government when it comes to environmental sustainability.

In 2022/23, residents will be able to download the annual waste guide directly from the City’s website, saving about 1.5 tonnes of paper every year.

Greens tipping and shredded green waste (mulch) vouchers will also move to an online format.

Vouchers only need to be shown on a phone or iPad at the recycling facility for the QR code to be scanned (along with a valid ID to show proof of address, if requested).

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said sustainability was an important focus for the City and these simple measures could make a big difference.

“The City has programs to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and we are always trying to improve,” he said.

“Putting the waste guide and tipping vouchers online will save an enormous amount of paper.

“We receive many calls from residents who have misplaced their tipping vouchers each year, so, for the majority, the move to an online system will be far more convenient.”

Mayor Jacob said the City’s commitment to environmental management was recognised locally, nationally and internationally as best practice.

“The City’s Waste Management Plan aims to minimise waste to landfill through sustainable waste management practices which incorporate reduce, re-use, recovery, and recycling principles,” he said.

“The City has been working towards waste reduction goals for a number of years, for example bringing in the three-bin system to reduce waste going to landfill.”

Residents can get help to download their voucher and access the guide online at any of the City Libraries and from the Customer Service team at the Administration building

Print copies will also be available on request.

The City is considering other ways to minimise the amount of paper being sent to residents.

Ratepayers are encouraged to sign up to a paperless system via the City’s e-rates platform in the lead-up to the issuing of rates notices in the next few weeks.

Other measures will be promoted on the City’s website and social media platforms.

More information on the 2022/23 waste guide and tip passes available at joondalup.wa.gov.au/greenstippingvouchers

Vouchers will be available 1 July 2022.

City of Joondalup Receives Highest Waterwise Recognition

The City of Joondalup has been crowned WA’s Platinum Waterwise Council of the Year as part of the Waterwise Council Program’s 2022 recognitions.

The honour was announced by Water Minister Dave Kelly and recognises the City’s achievements over and above Gold Waterwise Council status requirements.

The Waterwise Council Program was introduced by Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation more than 13 years ago.

It is one of several targeted programs that promote efficiency among high water users and ensure all segments of the community are doing their bit to conserve precious water supplies.

The City first joined the Waterwise Council Program in 2010/11 and became a ‘10 year Waterwise Council’ in 2020/21. The City has had continual endorsement as a Gold Waterwise Council since 2015/16.

The City’s Platinum Council application highlighted three waterwise projects that were successfully implemented in 2020/21:

  • Creating Waterwise landscapes;
  • Endorsement of the Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan;
  • Adopting a Central Smart Control Groundwater Irrigation System technology.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City is the largest local government in WA to achieve this status, and has long recognised the importance of sustainable water management.

“It has been, and always will be, a priority for our City, and this award also comes on the back of Joondalup winning the Water Sensitive Cities Award from the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities for our water sensitive practices,” Mayor Jacob said.

“These accolades give us the confidence to know we are striking the right balance between the provision of water services for the community with the protection of water resources in the context of a drying climate.

“At the City of Joondalup, our commitment to water conservation and water quality is strong and demonstrated by the many effective programs and strategies we have implemented to improve how we sustainably manage this precious resource.

New Platinum Waterwise Councils are promoted in different ways to show industry and the community that local governments are undertaking innovative initiatives to save water and build waterwise communities.

The City will be able to access an additional $10,000 on top of the usual $10,000 of available co-funding (total of $20,000) through the Waterwise Greening Scheme, as well as having priority to access other opportunities as they become available.

Andrijasevich wins top prize at 2022 Community Art Exhibition

CAE 2022 winner
CAE 2022 winner

Julia Andrijasevich has claimed the top prize in the City of Joondalup’s 2022 Community Art Exhibition (CAE) for her textile Isolation.

The Greenwood artist received $4,000 in prize money for producing this year’s Most Outstanding Artwork.

The CAE is being held at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City until Sunday 10 April, featuring more than 160 artworks produced by local residents and members of local affiliated visual arts associations – all at various stages of their practice.

Of the winning artwork, the judges said: “The work stood out for a number of reasons, being: the scale of the work compared to its subject matter; the media – textiles – being very personal and domestic; and the process is intimate in line with the subject matter. There is ambiguity about the isolation – is it about lockdown or just some quiet in an increasingly clamorous world? There is a fineness to the figure’s modelling. In all, the fine connections between work, subject, process, material and presentation were exemplary.”

While the Community Art Exhibition again features an impressive array of paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, glassworks, textiles, photography, printmaking and mixed media, some significant changes were made to the event format in 2022.

The City increased the prize pool to $11,000 to show its support and commitment to culture and the arts in Joondalup.

This year, instead of several media category awards, a single overall prize of $4,000 was on offer to the winner, an increase of $2,500 from 2021. Similarly, the Celebrating Joondalup and Student awards increased by $1,000 and $500 respectively.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the exhibition had also been incorporated into the programming for the Joondalup Festival for the first time.

“I congratulate all participating artists on producing the outstanding and enormous wealth of artwork on display, particularly Julia who joins an impressive list of overall winners,” Mayor Jacob said.

“I am certain many of the artworks we have on display were created during, or inspired by, the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are certainly home to a very talented artistic community and I am sure everyone who visits Lakeside Joondalup over the next two weeks will be impressed.”

Votes for the Popular Choice Award can be cast by completing a survey form, which is available on-site at the exhibition and online through the QR code in the CAE catalogue.

A $500.00 prize is on offer, so attendees are encouraged to support the artists and vote for their favourite artwork.

This year’s competition judges were: Emma Buswell, local artist and Exhibitions and Engagement Coordinator at Fremantle Arts Centre; Kamilé Burinskaité, the founder of Kamilé Gallery; and local artist, lecturer and curator, Stuart Elliot.

2022 Community Art Exhibition Category Winners

Highly Commended ($1,500)

Olga Perova for Bargello vase. Comments: This work demonstrates a wonderful and dedicated mastering of the material. Its form, construction and presentation made it stand out to the judges. The use of gradient colours and line detail make it a thing to marvel at. It is a work that compels you to spend more time with it.

Celebrating Joondalup ($1,500)

Katie Gordon for Joondalup Still Life – A Study in Biodiversity. Comments: This work is finished and presented to a high standard and with an appreciation of craftsmanship. The work explores sustainability concerns, which are vitally important in the City of Joondalup.

Student Award ($750)

Monique Chevalier for Honey. Comments: The relationship between the work, its media and subject matter is excellent. The form, suggesting a honeycomb screen is very evocative; the liquid quality of the glass’s finish reflects with bubbles. Conceptually interesting, the exposed comb indicates nature’s imperilment.

Inside Out Billboard Commission ($3,000)

Kodi Dennison for When can we play?

Arts in Focus (support for exhibition in 2023 and $500 prize)

Afsaneh Khoramshahi for A Countess from Georgia.

Who let the dogs (and aliens out) at Hillarys Boat Harbour?

ENORMOUS, illuminated canines will take over Hillarys Boat Harbour for the WA premiere of interactive art installation, the Lost Dogs’ Disco – one of the key attractions at the City’s 2022 Joondalup Festival.

The 16 interactive art installations will be located at the Joondalup Festival Hub at Hillarys Boat Harbour, Monday 21 March to Saturday 2 April.

Created by internationally acclaimed art and technology company, ENESS, festivalgoers are invited to play among the litter of bull terriers, dachshunds and poodles, where sensors will bring these creatures to life with music, sound and light.

Visitors will journey through an immersive installation of 16 dogs, some up to 5.5m tall: all in various states of repose – curled-up, standing, even touching noses.

The installation is free to explore and opens from 4pm daily.

Another ENESS attraction, the ‘I Believe’ swings, were installed earlier in the month.

Visitors can swing in between the beams of mysterious UFO radiance. Sensors in the structure animate the lights along the UFO beams, beaming users’ messages – whatever that may be– out to the universe.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said both installations would add excitement and colour to one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations, which is hosting components of the much-loved festival for the first time.

“Hillarys Boat Harbour is a huge part of Joondalup Festival 2022 and it’s going to be a spectacular sight to witness these installations light up this picture-perfect coastal setting,” he said.

“The installations are sure to prove popular with families from across Perth and are perfect backdrops for selfies and social media posts.”

The Joondalup Festival 2022 is made possible by Lotterywest, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Westfield Whitford City, Seven West Media and Nova937.

For more information about the 2022 Joondalup Festival please visit joondalupfestival.com.au.

Joondalup Festival program changes

Following the WA Government’s announcement of upgraded Level 2 public health and social measures to be introduced state-wide from 12.01am Thursday 3 March, the City of Joondalup has announced changes to the 2022 Joondalup Festival program.

The Funky Town Hits of the 70s, 80s & 90s disco event, to be held at the Bar1 nightclub on Saturday 2 April, has been cancelled due to the reduced capacity and requirement for seated service.

Music in the Park (Saturday 12 March), Bunuru Concert (Sunday 13 March), Wundabaa Gaay-Galgaa (Ghost Stories) (17-20 March), A Gala Evening with West Australian Ballet (18-19 March), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (25-26 March) and Future Moves (Sunday 27 March), and the Kids Corner at the Dining Hub, Westfield Whitford City (Saturdays 19, 26 March & 2 April) will all be postponed to a later date, which will be advised in due course.

There is still much to explore over the three weeks of programming with all other Festival events still taking place as scheduled.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City carefully assessed the impacts of Level 2 measures on Festival events, in particular the 2sqm rule and capacity limits for venues and events, before making the difficult decision to alter the programming.

“The disappointment that the pandemic has impacted the Festival yet again in 2022 is shared not just by the patrons who were looking forward to these events but also the team at the City who have worked so hard for many months to bring the Festival to our community,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The City had to assess the viability of holding events with restrictions on capacity, and based on the current measures likely to be in place throughout March it was determined we were unable to hold some events at this time.

“However, we do remain committed to holding these events at a later date and we will provide news on this as soon as we are able to.

“Our priority is the health and safety of our community, staff and contractors, and by making this decision now it means we can present the events to full audiences when public health directions allow.

“The silver lining is that many Festival events will go ahead as scheduled, and we are looking forward to delivering these in a COVID-safe manner.

“Hillarys Boat Harbour will remain abuzz with lots of immersive art installations, a family fun day with roving performers and a pop-up circus tent. So please join us, support your local businesses during this time by grabbing a bite to eat and drink, and see a show in The Gold Digger tent or visit the I Believe swings and Lost Dogs’ Disco.”

Ticket holders will be advised of refund details via email as well as when new dates are set for postponed events.

Visit joondalupfestival.com.au for more information on the revised event program. Please note the City will continue to monitor all relevant directions relating to COVID-19 and will follow the appropriate State Government health advice.

The 2022 Joondalup Festival is made possible by funding partner Lotterywest, venue partners Hillarys Boat Harbour and Westfield Whitford City, and media partners Channel Seven, The West Australian and Nova937.

Joondalup to host Festival of Motoring

Joondalup Council has given the green light to a two-day motorsport extravaganza within the Joondalup City Centre, incorporating a series of car sprint events.

The Council has agreed to list for consideration $350,000 in its 2022/23 budget to sponsor the 2022 Festival of Motoring, which will be delivered by Justin Hunt Management.

A range of car types will take part in the racing component, making their way around the Joondalup City Centre at speed. Car displays and competitions will also be incorporated into the programming.

The inaugural festival is planned for October 2022 with the potential for the City to sponsor the event again in 2023 and 2024.

It is expected to inject $1million into the local economy and draw tens of thousands of people to the Joondalup City Centre.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City of Joondalup had experience holding and supporting significant events such as the Joondalup Festival, Valentine’s Concert, Kaleidoscope, Luminight and AFL pre-season competition games and is confident the Festival of Motoring will become an iconic event that furthers Joondalup’s reputation as a Destination City.

“Come October, car lovers are going to be in heaven and our City centre will literally be buzzing with cars of all makes, models and eras taking turns around the track and on display,” he said.

“But the action won’t just be on the track, the COVID-safe event will have plenty of family-friendly fun on offer and we expect the flow-on effect for local businesses to be strong.

“Attracting big events to Joondalup is part of the City’s strategy to position Joondalup as a ‘Destination City’ that creates new opportunities for our community and attracts visitors with its diverse mix of iconic events with local, national, and international appeal.”

Justin Hunt said: “My team and I are excited to be working with the City of Joondalup to create another world-class event for their exciting portfolio, we will have more great news and further event details to share in due course”.


Green light for car event

Joondalup Council has given the green light to a two-day motorsport extravaganza within the Joondalup City Centre, incorporating a series of car sprint events.

The Council has agreed to list for consideration $350,000 in its 2022/23 budget to sponsor the 2022 Festival of Speed, which will be delivered by Justin Hunt Management.

A range of car types will take part in the racing component, making their way around the Joondalup City Centre at speed. Car displays and competitions will also be incorporated into the programming.

The inaugural Festival of Speed is planned for October 2022 with the potential for the City to sponsor the event again in 2023 and 2024.

The Festival of Speed is expected to inject $1million into the local economy and draw tens of thousands of people to the Joondalup City Centre.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City of Joondalup had experience holding and supporting significant events such as the Joondalup Festival, Valentine’s Concert, Kaleidoscope, Luminight and AFL pre-season competition games and is confident the Festival of Speed will become an iconic event that furthers Joondalup’s reputation as a Destination City.

“Come October, car lovers are going to be in heaven and our City centre will literally be buzzing with cars of all makes, models and eras taking turns around the track and on display,” he said.

“But the action won’t just be on the track, the COVID-safe event will have plenty of family-friendly fun on offer and we expect the flow-on effect for local businesses to be strong.

“Attracting big events to Joondalup is part of the City’s strategy to position Joondalup as a ‘Destination City’ that creates new opportunities for our community and attracts visitors with its diverse mix of iconic events with local, national, and international appeal.”

Justin Hunt said: “My team and I are excited to be working with the City of Joondalup to create another world-class event for their exciting portfolio, we will have more great news and further event details to share in due course”.

Experience Something New at Joondalup Festival 2022

The City of Joondalup has announced the region’s largest and most significant arts, culture and community event, the Joondalup Festival, returns in 2022 with an exciting three-week program.

Kicking off on Friday 11 March and running until Saturday 2 April, the Festival brings together the very best talent from Western Australia to connect, inspire and entertain audiences.

The theme in 2022 is “Experience Something New” and features a revamped format with stunning performances by the West Australian Ballet, Fremantle Theatre Company, and highly-acclaimed national studio ENESS, as well as more than 30 activations.

The Festival consists of a series of free and ticketed events across several locations in the City, including Hillarys Boat Harbour, Neil Hawkins Park (Joondalup) and Penistone Park (Greenwood), with performances under the stars, community art installations, music, movies and more.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said this year’s Festival was the biggest ever seen in the City and heralded an exciting new era for the event.

“Like so many in our local and wider community, we were very disappointed that COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Joondalup Festival in 2020 and 2021, but we are rapt to be bringing this much-loved event back this year and can’t wait to put on a great show,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The Festival has something for all ages, from live music to community art installations, outside cinema to cabaret and stand-up comedy. Attendees can expect to see incredible performances that showcase the very best of arts and culture within our region.

“As live performances recover from the pandemic, we look forward to supporting arts and culture within our city and uniting our community through live entertainment.

“Despite many challenges in the lead up to the Festival, we are excited to bring a COVID-safe event and a new revamped format.

“I encourage everyone to come to the City of Joondalup and experience something new.”

Internationally-renowned West Australian Ballet is set to headline Neil Hawkins Park with two unforgettable performances of classical and contemporary ballet under the stars on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March.

West Australian Ballet Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella said it was an honour to partner with the City of Joondalup and showcase a scintillating mix of world-class dance works in a Gala performance at the Festival.

“We’re honoured to headline the Joondalup Festival 2022, joining an incredible line-up of Western Australian artists and performers,” Mr Scannella said.

“Our Gala performance will show you the best bits of our State Ballet Company. It’s a veritable tasting plate of incredible classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballet, and to a live audience under the stars. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

To view the full program, book tickets or request more information visit joondalupfestival.com.au.

The Joondalup Festival 2022 is made possible by Lotterywest, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Westfield Whitford City, Seven West Media and Nova937.

City committed to delivering underground power and improved lighting

The City of Joondalup will work together with local residents and the State Government, through Western Power, in an effort to completely underground power and improve lighting across its suburbs.

The “Vision for the City of Joondalup Underground Power Program” was adopted unanimously by the Joondalup Council at its December 2021 meeting. It will see the City begin the process of scoping projects to bring underground power to specified areas where it is supported by the majority of homeowners, financially sustainable, and justified with a robust business case.

Just over 20,000 properties in the City, approximately 33% of all City properties, are still connected to overhead power lines.

Lighting improvements will also be a focus of the project. The City’s preference is to ensure all streetlights within its boundaries are City-owned, LED smart-metered lights, seeking to maximise their financial and operational benefits.

In already undergrounded areas, converting existing Western Power streetlights to City-owned smart-metered LED street-lighting would result in increased illumination levels and reduced energy use.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the program would make a huge difference to the future of the City.

“The City is very keen to work collaboratively with all stakeholders on what is a win-win for all parties, and in particular for the State Government to seriously consider contributing to undergrounding of power instead of replacing overhead power assets like-for-like,” Mayor Jacob said.

“A large percentage of the City still has above ground power, and if we can deliver underground power to those areas, coupled with integrating the City’s new modern standard of lighting, the benefits will be felt immediately.

“There are economic benefits, with increased housing values, there is a safety benefit, an energy benefit, and we can have a truly leafy City as it would allow for the planting of proper, mature urban forests.

“Energy-efficient LED lighting will also significantly reduce our carbon emissions, so it really is an environmentally responsible initiative.”

The City will list for consideration during the development of the draft 2022-23 Annual Budget the establishment of a City Utilities Reserve to fund improvements to utility infrastructure, including the conversion of Western Power streetlights to City-owned LED lighting and potentially to fund loans to households for the upfront, one-off cost of converting overhead power to underground power.

“Savings generated from utility projects funded by the reserve can pay back into the reserve and help fund future utility improvements,” Mayor Jacob said.

“This is a major project that all of the Council is behind, but the City cannot undertake it on our own, so we will be seeking the support of local residents and encouraging the State Government and Western Power to maximise its contribution to underground power projects.”

The City will prepare pilot business cases detailing conversion of areas from overhead power lines to underground power and the installation of LED streetlighting, which will be presented to the Council for consideration later this year.

Music in the Park returns

The City of Joondalup has announced details for the popular Music in the Park concert series, which will be rocking the suburbs again in 2022.

Concert One takes place on Saturday 15 January at Santiago Park in Ocean Reef and will be headlined by Perth pop rock band End of Fashion, with support from WA Music Award nominees Supathick and Kurt Carrera from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Concert Two will be at Penistone Park, Greenwood on Saturday 12 March, headlined by Fremantle singer-songwriter Noah Dillon with support from local blues and roots star Ben Catley and Mikayla Boonstra from WAAPA.

Food trucks will be available from 5.00pm at both events, and concert-goers are also welcome to bring their own picnics.

Concerts commence at 5.30pm, and there is a range of free children’s activities and roving entertainment for families to enjoy.

Entry to both concerts is free, however the events will be ticketed to ensure the number of attendees can be capped and suitable contact tracing can take place.

Tickets will be available via Ticketbooth from Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Music in the Park remains one of the most popular events on the City’s summer calendar.

“For many years, Music in the Park has brought local residents together to enjoy free, world-class entertainment close to their homes,” Mayor Jacob said.

“For many families, it has meant that they can leave the car at home, pack a picnic and stroll down to their local park for an evening where there is so much for all ages, including children.

“Despite the many challenges that COVID-19 has presented, for local governments and the entertainment industry alike, we are proud to continue the tradition of delivering high quality, innovative cultural events that engage and entertain the community.

“The City will continue to monitor all relevant directions relating to COVID-19 and will follow the appropriate State Government advice.”

Music in the Park is made possible by premier partner Healthway – promoting the LiveLighter message, and media partners PerthNow and Nova937.

Tender awarded for Chichester Park redevelopment

Joondalup Council has appointed Geared Construction Pty Ltd to undertake the redevelopment of Woodvale’s Chichester Park.

The $5.6 million project will include a new Community Sporting Facility, which will feature changerooms that better cater for the increasing number of female users, an umpires’ room, first aid and meeting rooms, toilets, a kitchen, storage areas and a covered verandah.

More parking bays, a new barbecue/picnic area and underground drainage for the southern playing field will also form part of the project.

Almost 30 years old, the existing clubroom facility no longer meets the needs of its 1,300 registered users.

Issues include the small size and condition of the meeting room and kitchen, limited storage space and drainage problems on the southern playing field.

The City received $400,000 through the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) towards the overall project cost. An extra $1,243,426 will be listed for consideration in the City’s 2022/23 Capital Works program.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said ground would likely be broken on the project in early 2022 and the tender provided the best value for money for ratepayers.

“The facilities at Chichester Park are in dire need of an overhaul,” he said.

“Our Council has made the decision to forge ahead. We cannot delay this project for 12 months, or longer, in the hope the construction market steadies and prices come down.

“This redevelopment will not only service the needs of users groups but also that of the wider community.”

Chichester Park is one of eight district parks in the City and is currently home to five sporting clubs, they are:

  • Kingsley Westside Soccer Club
  • Woodvale FC (soccer)
  • WA Christian Football Association (soccer)
  • Kingsley Woodvale Junior Cricket Club
  • Kingsley Woodvale Cricket.

The sporting fields and majority of the park will be unaffected by the construction works. The existing clubroom facility and parts of the car park will be unavailable during construction.

The City has previously completed several community sporting facility developments of this type at Seacrest Park, Sorrento; Forrest Park, Padbury; Bramston Park, Burns Beach; and Penistone Park, Greenwood.

Media Statement – Beach Enclosure

The City of Joondalup will work with other tiers of government to investigate alternative shark mitigation strategies along its 17km stretch of coastline, after ruling out the return of the beach enclosure at Sorrento Beach this summer.

The barrier was removed after it was found to have significant damage and structural faults.

Joondalup Council voted not to pursue a new, or replacement, enclosure until a reliable commercial option is available on the market.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said while the City is willing to investigate alternative means to improve beach safety, any new measures would need to be delivered in partnership with the State or Federal Government.

“This is an important issue, but it is not one that Local Governments can take on by themselves. This is an issue that affects all coastal municipalities across Western Australia and involves many different stakeholders,” he said.

“Ultimately, shark mitigation is a responsibility of the State Government.

“As a City we have spent significant funds on an enclosure that required substantial and ongoing repairs during its lifespan. And ultimately the enclosure failed. We are reluctant to spend more ratepayer dollars on barrier-type infrastructure if its structural integrity cannot be guaranteed.

“Tens of thousands of people enjoy swimming at our beaches, and up and down the Western Australian coastline; and we need to find the best way to mitigate the risk of shark attacks and provide them with an even safer swimming environment.

“By investing heavily, and with State Government support, into what was one of Perth’s largest beach enclosures, the City has shown we are willing to work with other stakeholders on this complex issue.”

Mayor Jacob said the City would look to collaborate with the Minister, local State and Federal Members of Parliament and relevant agencies on the issue.

Further background

The City of Joondalup is home to two of the most popular beaches in the metropolitan area at Sorrento and Mullaloo.

The Sorrento Beach Enclosure opened in December 2016 at a cost of $845,000, with the City receiving $400,000 in funding from the State Government.

In May 2016 Joondalup Council accepted a tender for the supply, installation and maintenance of an enclosure at Sorrento Beach for an initial three-year period.

The structure was to have a minimum useful life of 10 years, after which time consideration of a replacement was anticipated to be investigated and determined.

At the end of the City’s initial three-year maintenance contract, which expired in December 2019, the City undertook an independent assessment of the enclosure. That found the enclosure had significant damage and structural faults. The structure was subsequently removed.

Shark Mitigation

View the State Government’s Shark Mitigation strategy

Satisfaction guaranteed in Joondalup

More than 96 per cent of City of Joondalup residents are satisfied with Joondalup as a place to live, according to the results of the City’s 2020/21 Customer Satisfaction Monitor.

The findings of the independent survey were presented to the Joondalup Council last night.

The Customer Satisfaction Monitor is conducted every two years. Originally scheduled for 2019/20, the survey was delayed for 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other significant findings, 91.8 per cent of residents said they are satisfied with the services the City provides, while 84.5 per cent said they are satisfied with the City’s customer service experience.

The City’s 20 external facing services all achieved high levels of satisfaction, with only three of the 20 scoring less than 80 per cent overall satisfaction.

Areas with the highest satisfaction levels were recorded for Library Services (94.6 per cent), Craigie Leisure Centre (93 per cent), Parks (92.3 per cent), Emergency Management (90.7 per cent), Community Facilities (88.9 per cent), Conservation/Natural Areas (88.8 per cent), Waste Management (87.6 per cent), Roads (87.3 per cent), Rangers Services (86.5 per cent) and Pool Inspections and Community Safety (86.1 per cent).

There were also improved results for Community Consultation and Engagement (74.3 per cent) and City Communications (80.8 per cent) – two areas that have historically ranked lower than others.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said he was buoyed by the positive results.

“The findings of the 2020/21 Customer Satisfaction Monitor show that the majority of our community are happy with the work we are doing on their behalf and had positive interactions with the City as customers,” he said.

“We are home to an active and engaged community, that is, more than ever, keen to have their say on local issues. Therefore, it was particularly pleasing to see higher satisfaction levels in the key areas of community consultation and engagement and City communications.

“Overall, the results are very positive, but we will not rest on our laurels.

“Joondalup has a reputation as one of the world’s most liveable Cities and the City will continue to seek improvement, where possible, to improve the customer experience and better meet the service delivery expectations and priorities of our community.”

Changes to Joondalup Festival format – experience something new   

The City of Joondalup is excited to announce that the Joondalup Festival will extend to a three-week program in 2022.

Next year’s festival is scheduled to run between Friday 11 March and Saturday 2 April 2022 and will consist of a series of free and ticketed events.

Multiple locations across the City will be activated to entice festivalgoers to ‘experience something new.’

Programming highlights will include performances under the stars, community art installations, music, movies and more.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said full details of the festival program would be released soon.

“Following the dual disappointment of COVID-19 cancellations in 2020 and 2021, this new-look festival format signals the start of an exciting new era for the northern corridor’s largest and most significant arts, culture and community event,” he said.

“Our much-loved festival is back bigger and better than ever.”

The Joondalup Festival is proudly supported by Lotterywest, Nova 937, Channel 7 and The West Australian


2022 Valentine’s Concert to get the Jitterbug into your Brain 

The music of iconic British singer-songwriter George Michael will be on show at the City of Joondalup’s Valentine’s Concert at Joondalup Resort on Thursday 10 February 2022.

The concert promises to deliver an unforgettable night of entertainment, celebrating the man who brought soul to the pop world.

Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will perform the Music of George Michael, with the audience taken on a remarkable journey of emotions in a 90 minute scripted show.

Also featuring Perth’s finest voices from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Gospel Choir, the audience is sure to be singing and dancing along to classic hits including Faith, Careless Whisper, Freedom, I’m Your Man and many more.

PSO Founder and CEO Bourby Webster said the George Michael show was, and remains, one of the most magical performances Perth Symphony has ever produced.

“His music played by an orchestra is timeless with hit after hit, and the WAAPA Gospel Choir brings the magic,” Ms Webster said.

“It’s a truly memorable concert and we can’t wait to perform it again in such an incredible setting. We know it will be a night to remember.”

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was proud to once again deliver its premier music event.

“Every year the picturesque grounds of the Joondalup Resort are transformed into a world-class outdoor concert venue for this wonderful event,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The Valentine’s Concert has been running since 2005 and has long had the reputation of being one of the most popular events which the City stages, providing a relaxing and memorable evening for attendees whilst giving them the opportunity to witness outstanding entertainment.

“Not even a pandemic and subsequent lockdown could stop us last summer, and we look forward to bringing another memorable and COVID-safe concert to our residents and ratepayers next February.

“As always, the City will monitor all relevant directions relating to COVID-19 and follow the appropriate State Government health advice, but we are planning for an unforgettable night of entertainment under the stars at the stunning Joondalup Resort.”

City of Joondalup residents and ratepayers will get first opportunity to purchase tickets in an exclusive pre-sale from 9.00am Monday 15 November 2021. Ticket sales open to the general public from 9.00am Monday 29 November 2021.

Tickets are $35.00 for residents and ratepayers, $30.00 for residents with a valid concession card, $45.00 for non-residents, $40.00 for non-residents with a valid concession card and $20.00 for children.

Tickets will be available for purchase via online ticketing agent Ticketbooth. Customers that require assistance can contact Ticketbooth for support or visit the City of Joondalup Customer Service Centre during business hours to purchase tickets.

“Despite the significant costs associated with large-scale, modern concert productions, it is pleasing that the City continues to offer a heavily subsidised ticket price,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The fee will assist the City to ensure one of the northern corridor’s biggest music events can continue to be delivered despite the increasing costs associated with staging the concert.”

The City acknowledges premier partners Edith Cowan University and Joondalup Health Campus, and media partner Channel Seven Perth for their support of the Valentine’s Concert.

Council Election Results

Albert Jacob has been re-elected Mayor of the City of Joondalup at the 2021 Local Government Elections, with 52.38% of the vote.

Russell Poliwka received 24.89% and Ziggi Murphy 22.72% of the vote.

Four incumbent members of the Joondalup Council were re-elected – John Chester (South East Ward), Russ Fishwick (South Ward), Christine Hamilton-Prime (South West Ward) and Christopher May (Central Ward).

There were two new members elected to the Council – Adrian Hill in the North Ward after Kerry Hollywood chose not to seek re-election, while Daniel Kingston replaces Philippa Taylor in North Central Ward. Ms Taylor had served on the Council since 2009.

Mayor Jacob and the six Ward Councillors were sworn in at a ceremony held in the Joondalup Council Chambers yesterday. Their terms will expire in October 2025.

At a special Council meeting held later that evening, Cr Hamilton-Prime was elected Deputy Mayor.

Cr Hamilton-Prime stated that she intends to serve one year in the position before stepping aside in October 2022 to allow for the election of a new Deputy Mayor until the 2023 Local Government Election.

Mayor Jacob said he was grateful for the support he had received from the residents of the City and was looking forward to delivering positive outcomes over the next four years.

“It is an enormous privilege to serve one of the greatest populations you will find anywhere in the world. They have put their trust in me to fulfil the role of Mayor and I don’t take that trust lightly,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Our job as a Council is to make what is already one of the best places in the world to live an even better place to live.

“Having four current members of Council returned to their position is a great reflection of the work that they have been doing within their community for a number of years.

“Our two newest Councillors both come in with very strong mandates from their community, and that will be respected around the Council table.

“We are very lucky that we have a strong Council team that brings a high capacity and a range of skills in varied areas.

“All of the City’s Elected Members seek the best for our community, they seek ongoing prosperity for our community, as well as improvements to the quality of life for our community.

“I also take this opportunity to pay tribute to Kerry Hollywood and Philippa Taylor, who have now departed the Joondalup Council after serving 15 years and 12 years respectively.

“I sincerely thank both Kerry and Philippa for all that they have done for the Council, the City and our residents and ratepayers over a number of years and wish them and their families all the very best for the future.”


Mandy White Named Invitation Art Prize Overall Winner

Mandy White has been named overall winner of the 2021 Invitation Art Prize (IAP) exhibition – the City of Joondalup’s most prestigious visual arts competition.

The announcement was made at the launch of the IAP exhibition, which runs until Sunday 24 October at Westfield Whitford City.

Ms White received $25,000 in prizemoney for her entry, titled Creatures of the Crystal Caves.

Born in 1978 of Yamatji heritage, Ms White grew up in Guildford, Western Australia and began her art practice in her thirties when she started classes at Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts, Australia (DADAA).

Over the subsequent decade, Ms White has become a passionate, award-winning artist and a strong role model for artists with disability.

As well as featuring in many exhibitions, she has received public art commissions, and her work is held in various public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia and DADAA.

Many of Ms White’s artworks are interpretations of Yamatji stories told to her by her mother. In her IAP-winning artwork, “the crystal caves are a magical place in the landscape where creatures play. The ghosts fly around as the animals play amongst the crystals. The animals are cheeky, with special powers that allow them to fly with the ghosts to scare people”.

Judges remarked that “the paintings are open and optimistic. A whimsical sense of play draws one into an intrigue where creatures reveal connections of peoples across time. Innovative use of colour sees the motifs floating in a world that speaks of moments of becoming”.

The judging panel for the 2021 IAP was:

  • Dr Laetitia Wilson, Exhibitions Manager, Holmes à Court Gallery
  • Dr Jon Tarry, Honorary Fellow, UWA School of Design
  • Sue Starcken, Curator Arts and Humanities, ECU.

The IAP is an acquisitive art prize open to professional Western Australian artists, and is acknowledged by the visual arts industry as one of the major contemporary visual art prizes for professional artists in the state.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said 154 expressions of interest were received from Western Australian artists wishing to participate in the IAP this year.

“When Joondalup became a City in its own right in 1998, it was considered a priority to cultivate a modern, urban and culturally-enriched environment with a quality, contemporary visual art program,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The IAP enhances Joondalup’s reputation as a local government dedicated to encouraging and fostering culture and the arts by celebrating the creative talents of professional Western Australian artists.

“While the past 18 months have certainly been tough for many of us, it is pleasing to see the local arts and cultural industry emerge from the many challenges that COVID-19 has presented.

“Never has it been more important to encourage and support the local arts industry, which has been doing things tough during COVID-19, and the City continues to look at opportunities to support this sector.

“I congratulate Mandy on her success along with all 30 artists selected to exhibit at the IAP, and express our gratitude to the judging panel and to Westfield Whitford City for hosting the 2021 IAP.”

Members of the public can vote for their favourite artwork in the Popular Choice Award whilst visiting the IAP exhibition at Westfield Whitford City.

The winner of the Popular Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition after votes have been counted.

2021 Invitation Art Prize Exhibiting Artists Annette Peterson, Bjoern Rainer-Adamson, Britt Mikkelsen, Bruce and Nicole Slatter, Bruno Booth, Caspar Fairhall, Christophe Canato, Desmond Mah, Di Cubitt, Dushong Rohin Kickett, Elmari Steyn, Fiona Gavino, Harrison See, Jessee Lee Johns, Jurek Wybraniec, Kelsey Ashe, Kieron Broadhurst, Leanne Bray, Lindsay Harris, Liz Gray, Lucille Martin, Mandy White, Marla Bishop, Nathan Beard, Ron Nyisztor, Ross Potter, Shaun Wake-Mazey, Susanna Castleden, Toni Wilkinson.


Joondalup planning for future jobs

Local high school and tertiary students turned up in big numbers to the inaugural Jobs in Joondalup event, held on Thursday 23 September at Joondalup Reception Centre.

Hosted in conjunction with Lotterywest, WA Government, Study Perth and the Joondalup Education Network, the key motivator of this FREE event was to encourage students – the future Joondalup workforce – to launch and grow their careers in Perth’s northern corridor.

“It is becoming easier than ever for students to study here and then find work within contemporary and emerging industries locally; without having to travel across the metropolitan area, interstate or overseas, as they may have had to do in the past,” City of Joondalup CEO James Pearson said.

“As we find ourselves transitioning from an economy supported by population growth to one that is driven by private and public sector investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Joondalup is in pole position to become a future workplace hub, based on local opportunity combined with global connectivity.

“Already, we are seeing big numbers of students supporting themselves financially through local employment, while studying at one of our world-class tertiary institutions. Often these young people will visit our CBD for retail or entertainment purposes and our coastline for recreation.

“This will increase as the flexible way we work, study and live continues to evolve.”

Industry experts in the emerging fields of medical and healthcare, construction, mining and resources, digital and cyber security and retail, hospitality and tourism addressed the audience, which included local business owners, members of industry, business support networks, stallholders, key City stakeholders and City of Joondalup officers.

Experts from Jobs Skills Centre were on hand to offer advice to students on resumes.

Stallholders included City of Joondalup Libraries, WA AustCyber, Industrial Automation Group, ECU Future Students, Job Skills Centre, Joblife, RediApps, Joondalup Resort, Vocational Training Services, RoboWest, FutureHub, the Australian Hotels Association, Quality Resort Sorrento Beach and the Australian Medical Association WA.

“By 2050, we plan for the number of jobs in the Joondalup City centre to grow to 45,000 and offer about 64,000 jobs across the whole of Joondalup. We expect to be home to a labour force in excess of 100,000,” Mr Pearson said.

“We are a City built on knowledge. And looking ahead our goal is to build Joondalup’s reputation as a place for innovation and creativity by enhancing growth across a range of sectors.  It’s hard to fathom but many of the jobs of the future do not even exist yet.

“Joondalup is ahead of the curve and with the support of the community and Council, we aim to stay in front.

“Joondalup wants to be a home for successful local businesses that bring to the table fresh ideas and create diverse employment opportunities and global connectivity.”   

The concept of Jobs in Joondalup was initiated by the Joondalup Education Network, which identified the need to connect students and job seekers to businesses and industry.

The network includes the City of Joondalup, Edith Cowan University, National Electrical College of Australia, North Metro TAFE, Joondalup Business Association, Study Perth and Australian Medical Association (AMA) Academy of WA.

Little Feet Festival, big fun

Roll up, roll up. The Circus is coming to town.

The region’s biggest and best FREE cultural event for children (12 and under) is back. The 2021 Little Feet Festival will be held at Edith Cowan University’s Pines Picture Gardens on Sunday 24 October, 12.00noon – 5.00pm.

This year’s theme is: Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Circus Time.

“It’s time to laugh, be happy and dream once again at this year’s Little Feet Festival,” Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said.

“Little Feet never fails to deliver an engaging program of fun, creative learning in a safe and friendly environment.

“This year, patrons will be immersed in a fun-filled world of clowns, aerial performance, mazes, and lots of interactive activities.

“I look forward to seeing families from across Perth in attendance.”

As in past years, a passport will be available on entry which contains event information, activities, fun facts and a page for children to collect stamps from around the event site.

Entry and participation in all activities is free but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Food and drink will be available to buy on the day.

The health and safety of all visitors remains the City’s priority and measures will be in place to ensure the outdoor event complies with all State Government directives in relation to COVID-19.

This year’s program line-up will feature less make-and-take activities and more performances and interactive activities.

The City acknowledges premier partner St Stephen’s School and media partner Nova 937 for their support.

The full 2021 Little Feet festival program will be available closer to the event date.

Joondalup Urban Robotics and Automation Precinct a Step Closer

The Joondalup Council has voted to provide in-principle support for initiatives to establish Australia’s first urban robotics and automation precinct.

The aim is to build and attract national and global businesses to invest in robotics, automation, cyber, space and artificial intelligence in Joondalup and the northern corridor, and encourage a local supply chain.

A report has been commissioned to recommend a roadmap for, and assess the impact of, a robotics and automation precinct in Joondalup, and this will be presented to Council for consideration at a later date.

A dedicated precinct in Joondalup for the testing and development of robotics and automation technologies would bring together key global suppliers, researchers and regulators of autonomy and robotic products, services and systems with local firms, researchers and students.

A blueprint for Joondalup to become a focus centre for urban and service robotics by 2032, it would also include creating a world-class education hub and industry cluster that supports emerging business and creates training and employment opportunities for the local community and people and enterprises across the state.

It is envisaged that the project will include representation from government, the community, researchers and industry and will be responsible for the trial and testing of robotic equipment in the Joondalup area, operating in conjunction with the relevant government agencies.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the proposal is an innovative economic development opportunity that would increase job opportunities for Joondalup residents, and expand and diversify the City’s rates base.

“The City of Joondalup currently has limited population growth and will rely increasingly on public and private sector investment, innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth to fund the delivery and enhancement of services to the local community,” Mayor Jacob said.

“This proposal has the potential to significantly grow the local economy over the next decade, as this growth sector will attract emerging industries, international investors, international talent and provide upskilling opportunities for all education networks in the Joondalup region.”

Another key component of the proposal is the approval process for autonomous vehicles and gaining permission to have a level four autonomous vehicle on the road in traffic, and being able to travel through controlled intersections.

“In the field of vehicle automation, level four vehicles can operate in self-driving mode, but must have a human driver who can over-ride and take control at any time,” Mayor Jacob said.

“This requires advocacy at a state and federal level for reform and regulatory change, and in-principle support from the City of Joondalup will enable the proponents to work with government agencies to progress the initiative.

“Joondalup is the first Innovation Hub announced by the State Government, and the development of an automation and robotics precinct in our City Centre and the region would further position Joondalup as a leader in digital development, and build on our existing capabilities.”

Mayor Jacob said the project’s vision is to create a global centre of research that will provide an accelerated knowledge transfer opportunity for local businesses, schools, and universities.

“This human capital and social infrastructure would, in turn, create a highly integrated environment and provide the foundations for a vibrant future in the City of Joondalup,” he said.

“It will encourage increased investment into local education to grow skills and research into automation and digital futures, strengthening Joondalup’s position of being the capital of cyber, and creating new and exciting jobs for our young people.

“Initiatives such as this project support our goal to be a Digital City that is home to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.”

City of Joondalup reinforces its support for local manufacturers

The City of Joondalup has reinforced its commitment to local manufacturers, officially joining the Australian Made Campaign as a Campaign Supporter – the first local government in Western Australia to do so.

Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro, said through the partnership, the City of Joondalup has pledged to support the activities of Australian manufacturers and growers in its municipality.

“Australian Made is thrilled to partner with The City of Joondalup,” said Mr Lazzaro.

“The city has chosen to leverage the power of the Australian Made logo to actively demonstrate its support for local industry.”

The City of Joondalup is one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions. It is home to 53,000 jobs in diverse industries including strategic growth sectors of digital media, cybersecurity, engineering, and medical technologies.

“The pandemic has brought the many benefits of buying Australian Made into sharp focus, and this renewed focus has consumers and businesses exercising their preference for Aussie products more than ever. This pro-Australian sentiment also presents an opportunity for Aussie manufacturers to expand their markets both at home and abroad. As Australia’s only registered country of origin certification trademark, the logo is the true mark of Aussie authenticity and is central to the domestic and export strategies of many Joondalup businesses,” said Mr Lazzaro.

At the recent Future Proofing Joondalup Business Forum, Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob recognised the power of the Australian Made logo and noted the partnership would help showcase Joondalup’s manufacturing capabilities, both in Australia and around the world.

“I am proud to announce that our city is the first local government in WA to become a Campaign Supporter of the Australian Made Campaign,” said Mayor Jacob.

“Due to the impact of COVID-19, there has been a significant upswing in demand for Australian-made products. We know that while some of Joondalup’s businesses are leveraging this opportunity for domestic sales and exports, it’s an opportunity for more local businesses to get on board the iconic gold and green kangaroo triangle, Australia’s most recognised and trusted country of origin brand.”

Recent Roy Morgan research revealed trust in the iconic Australian Made kangaroo logo is at an all-time high, with 92% of Australians confident products displaying the logo are made in Australia.

Almost all Australians (99%) recognise the green and gold Australian Made logo, with 97% associating it with the support of local jobs and employment opportunities, 95% with safe and high-quality products, 89% with the use of ethical labour and 78% with sustainability.

Learn more about the City of Joondalup and its Business Programs

Michael Carter from CCI WA, Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and CEO James Pearson embrace the Australian Made message.

Craigie Leisure Centre Construction Commences

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob joined key local stakeholders in turning the first sod of soil to officially begin construction of Stage 1 of the $8.7m Craigie Leisure Centre refurbishment project.

Stage One includes relocation and extension of the group fitness studio, cycle studio and creche, as well as formalisation of the existing overflow car park area to the western end of the centre and additional parking on the northern side. Works are expected to be completed in early-2022.

Stage Two, scheduled to commence in February 2022 and be completed by early-2023, includes extension of the gym, new and expanded change rooms and toilet area, relocation and extension of the wellness studio, and upgrades to the main entry access road, car park and pedestrian crossing.

The project was professionally designed by architects Hodge Collard Preston, with BE Constructions awarded the contract to undertake construction work.

Craigie Leisure Centre remains open during the construction period, with temporary changes to health and fitness facilities designed to minimise the impact to members and customers as much as possible.

Mayor Jacob was joined today by Caitlin Collins MLA, Member for Hillarys, with the State Government committing $2.9 million towards the refurbishment project.

Deputy Mayor Cr Russ Fishwick, Central Ward Councillor Christopher May and Troy King from BE Project (WA) were also present for the sod-turning ceremony.

Mayor Jacob said the Craigie Leisure Centre refurbishment was a much-anticipated project in the community and it was exciting to see works getting underway.

“Craigie is one of the most popular leisure facilities in Western Australia, and with patronage growing year on year this was a very important project for the City,” he said.

“As a Council we are committed to fostering health and fitness opportunities for our residents and the wider community, and this refurbishment will ensure facilities at Craigie continue to keep pace with current and future industry trends.

“The improved gym and group fitness facilities will not only meet their needs, but also attract new members in the future.

“Membership growth is vital to enable the project to pay for itself over a period of time, so it is very important that we offer our patrons world-class facilities. I look forward to seeing the result when works are completed.”

Member for Hillarys, Caitlin Collins MLA, said she was really looking forward to taking a class in the expanded group fitness studio.

“Craigie Leisure Centre is an incredibly popular venue for community fitness. The McGowan State Government is delighted to commit $2.9 million towards this worthy health and wellbeing resource,” she said.

Further information on the Craigie Leisure Centre refurbishment project is available at joondalup-leisure.com.au.


Unleash your inner warrior at health hub

Visitors to Whitfords Nodes Park in Hillarys will soon be able to unleash their inner warrior when the City of Joondalup installs a park warrior obstacle course at the popular health and wellbeing hub.

Already home to a 145-step stairway structure, outdoor fitness equipment and engaging play spaces, the park warrior course (mega course) has been developed to encourage people 12 and over to get outdoors and get active.

To be located near the existing exercise equipment, the course will feature a range of innovative and challenging obstacles configured in a well-considered sequence with a clear start and end point.

The challenge for some users will simply be to complete the course. For others, it might be to beat the ‘clock,’ achieve a PB (personal best time) or to challenge others.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the addition of the course would add another challenging fitness element to the health and wellbeing hub.

“The Whitfords Nodes Health and Wellbeing Hub has undoubtedly been one of the City’s great success stories and this new infrastructure will only add to the park’s reputation as the best outdoor fitness hub in Perth,” he said.

“Challenging fitness courses like this are in high demand due to the popularity of TV shows like Australian Ninja Warrior.

“Our City recognises the vital role recreational activities play in building and engaging communities and enhancing community spirit. In these times of COVID-19, never has it been more important for people to get outside in the fresh air to undertake some exercise.

“This already popular location is going to be an even more attractive fitness destination for local residents and visitors from across Perth.”

Associated work will include alterations to the existing footpath network and informal seating.

Construction commences in August and is expected take about two months to complete. The stairway and fitness equipment will remain open during construction.

Digital City Joondalup is future fit

Future-proofing Joondalup

Thursday 22 July 2021

 Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Connolly

Globally-ranked futurist and social media business influencer Gihan Perera applauded Joondalup’s strides toward a thriving digital future in his keynote address at the City of Joondalup’s July business forum.

Speaking to more than 150 members of the local business community and key City stakeholders, Mr Perera said the City’s competitive mix of cyber experts and supporting infrastructure, as well as a focus on education and innovation, saw it well-positioned to meet the digital demands of the future economy.

His presentation highlighted that access to technology was now cheaper and faster and that the world was flatter, meaning businesses can make their mark globally from anywhere in the world.

“An impressive 85 per cent of companies accelerated their digital transformation in 2020. We must remember that innovation is people first, then technology – each of us has been forced to adapt quickly and take action amidst great uncertainty of late,” he said.

“We must truly enable the infrastructure needed for the future, such as NBN. These are the building blocks required for innovation – start laying the right foundations now. Joondalup has all the ingredients to be a global innovation hub – fit for the future.”

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the business forum was an essential part of shaping the City’s new 10-year Strategic Community Plan, a strategic document that will guide the City and its operations over the next decade.

Reflecting on the City’s transition from an economy supported by rapid population growth to one driven by public and private investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Mayor Jacob said the City was already attracting talent, research and investment both locally and globally.

“In recent months we have seen major public and private sector funding coming into our region, ranging across retail, health, education, amenities, hospitality and social services. In the last quarter, the City received development applications for several large projects worth an estimated $140 million,” he said.

“Coupled with being the site of WA’s first federally funded Innovation Hub, Joondalup has the potential to be the epicentre for homegrown and global talent, start-ups and scaleups.

“At the same time, the City maintains its commitment to our small businesses – which make up the majority of the City’s 13,000 businesses – including delivering business ready programs aimed at helping businesses be cyber safe and increasing their digital readiness.”

Mr Perera said the City and its businesses had an opportunity to build on its advantages in cyber security by further developing talent and skills in the sector and sharing the story about why cyber security is important for everyone.

Joining Mr Perera on the forum’s panel to discuss how the Joondalup economy is thriving through disruption were recently appointed Director of the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub Cecily Rawlinson and Rachael McIntyre, the General Manager of State Corporate Affairs at nbn co.



Keynote presentation

Mayor’s presentation

CEO presentation

Panel discussion


Gihan Perera to deliver keynote address at business forum

World-renowned futurist, conference speaker, online presenter and author Gihan Perera will deliver the keynote address at the City’s business forum at Joondalup Resort on Thursday 22 July.

The forum theme is Future-Proofing Joondalup and Mr Perera will share his insights into global trends affecting Australia and how local businesses can take advantage of next-generation digital infrastructure, such as 5G mobile data and fibre-to-premises internet, to help them compete globally.

About 150 members of the local business community and key City stakeholders are expected to attend.

“We in Western Australia live in the best time zone in the world; the one with the most number of people and right on the doorstep of what’s going to be this Asian century,” Mr Perera said.

“For cities like Joondalup, which is leading the way in education, entrepreneurship, and innovation, there’s never been a better time with so many opportunities to leverage for success.

“I’ll share some broad principles and really practical strategies to take advantage of that opportunity and be fit for the future.”

An interactive panel discussion will also explore opportunities of growing an innovation eco-system in Joondalup and key digital growth areas such as cyber security, digital health, robotics and artificial intelligence

The many challenges that businesses are currently facing such as the COVID-19 pandemic, digital disruption and changing workplaces will also be addressed.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said now was the perfect time for Joondalup businesses to look at future-proofing their operations.

“The theme of this forum is particularly timely, given the City is developing a new 10-year strategic plan which will drive us ahead on the next leg of our journey,” he said.

“Joondalup is transitioning from an economy supported by population growth to one that is driven by private and public sector investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Local businesses must be prepared to take advantage of future trends

“Our goal is for Joondalup to become a home for our future innovators, entrepreneurs and a place where progressive businesses bring fresh ideas to the table that create diverse employment opportunities and global connectivity.”


Future-proofing Joondalup

Thursday 22 July 2021, 7.00 am – 10.00 am

 Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Connolly

Cost $30.00, register online


Craigie Leisure Centre and Mirror Park Toilets closure


The City of Joondalup has today been advised by the Department of Health that the Craigie Leisure Centre and Mirror Park Toilets have been identified as an exposure site visited by a positive COVID-19 case.

The City has decided to close the Leisure Centre and Mirror Park toilets immediately for deep cleaning. At this stage, it is anticipated Craigie Leisure Centre will reopen at 5.00am on Thursday 1 July and Mirror Park Toilets will reopen on Wednesday 30 June.

The health and safety of our Leisure Centre patrons, our community and staff remains the City’s priority and the City will continue to be guided by the relevant health advice.

Further details can be found at joondalup-leisure.com.au.


Council Approves 2021/22 Budget with Small Rate Increase

The Joondalup Council has unanimously approved the City’s 2021/22 Budget at its June meeting, including an increase of 0.9% to the general rates charge.

Despite this small increase, more than 90 percent of ratepayers will be paying the same or less than they did in 2019/20.

The 2021/22 Budget continues measures taken over the past year to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and restrictions on the wider community and the local economy.

The budget highlights include:

  • $7.2 million to the Craigie Leisure Centre
  • $2.8 million to Chichester Park clubrooms
  • $1.1 million to redevelop Warwick Sports Centre
  • $2.5 million for streetlighting in the Joondalup City Centre
  • $2.8 million for parks equipment, playground equipment, shelters, barbecues and irrigation refurbishments in accordance with landscape master plans or asset preservation plans
  • $2.2 million to undertake streetscape enhancement and landscaping works, including the Leafy City program
  • $1.8 million to refurbish and upgrade City-owned buildings
  • $21.3 million for road construction, drainage and other infrastructure including:
    • blackspot projects at Marmion Avenue and Ocean Reef Road
    • Warwick Road and Erindale Road intersection upgrade
    • Joondalup Drive and Hodges Drive intersection upgrade
    • Shenton Avenue upgrade design
    • road preservation and resurfacing, local traffic treatments, stormwater drainage, and other infrastructure
    • new footpaths, shared use paths and slab path replacements
    • bridges and parking facilities
  • Progressing projects funded by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) grant (Phase 2)
  • $50,000 for a feasibility and concept design for installation of a skate park at Percy Doyle Reserve

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the Council and City administration has worked hard to deliver a budget that is achievable despite challenges associated with operating results.

“When you consider the vast majority of our ratepayers will be paying less in their rates charge than they did two years ago, coupled with one of the most ambitious capital build programs that the City of Joondalup has ever seen, I believe this is a very good budget,” he said.

“We are also paying down the very small amount of debt that we have left, we have very healthy reserves and we are running with a cash surplus.

“In last year’s budget we focused heavily on incorporating significant measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, including the reduction of rates revenue by $5.3 million.

“This was achieved with prudent financial management, whilst maintaining frontline services despite the uncertainty brought about by the global pandemic.

“COVID-19 measures to stimulate the economy by investing in infrastructure remain particularly important, with building costs likely to escalate in the next three to four years.

“Rates remain the City’s most important source of revenue for funding a whole community. In this budget there is a suite of projects, big and small, for everyone in our community.”

City of Joondalup ratepayers are encouraged to sign up to the eRates service by 12noon, Tuesday 13 July, to receive their 2021/22 rates notices and instalment reminders by email rather than by post. Register at joondalup.wa.gov.au.

Budget Highlights by Suburb


Ocean Reef Road / Gwendoline Drive intersection upgrade* ($247,600)

Harriet Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($78,000)

Marlin Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($44,000)

Gwendoline Drive median upgrade ($25,000)


Burns Beach café/restaurant/kiosk construction ($319,000)

Burns Beach coastal node redevelopment ($97,000)


Huntingdale Park playspace renewal ($150,900)

Connolly Community Centre works* ($140,000)

Diablo Way / Fairway Circle roundabout works* ($60,000)

Riviera Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($31,000)


Craigie Leisure Centre Upgrades Stage 1 ($7,247,000)

Marmion Avenue / Coral Street intersection upgrade* ($486,200)

Fenellia Crescent resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($211,000)

Electra Street / Fantome Road intersection treatment ($130,000)

Macedon Place sump beautification ($130,000)

Montreal Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($99,000)

Otway Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($79,000)

Warrandyte Park universal access toilet construction* ($65,000)


Connolly Drive / Sussex Way roundabout works* ($63,633)

Sunlander Drive / Citadel Way roundabout works* ($38,000)

Sunlander Drive / Currambine Boulevard roundabout works* ($38,000)

Caledonia Avenue path replacement* (Sussex Way to Yorkshire Grove) ($36,000)

Caledonia Park irrigation renewal ($30,000)


Percy Doyle Reserve floodlighting upgrades ($625,221)

Sorrento Bowling Club synthetic turf conversion* ($464,244)

Glengarry Park irrigation renewal ($240,000)

Mildenhall refurbishment ($134,864)

Lilburne Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($206,000)

Buckthorn Way and Buckthorn Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($127,000)

Wittenoom Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($62,000)

Meryll Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($61,000)

Malipo Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($54,000)

Vigors Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($47,000)

Barre Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($37,000)

Readshaw Road parking embayments and pedestrian upgrades* ($90,000)

Coolibah Park playspace renewal ($74,000)

Macaulay Park playspace installation ($40,000)

Duncraig Child Health Centre works ($50,000)

Killen / Sycamore Park amenity upgrades ($25,000)


Emerald Park community facility upgrade ($740,000)

Joondalup Drive (southbound) resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($307,955)

Treetop Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($205,000)

The Loop resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($189,000)

Vista Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($158,000)

Settler Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($151,000)


Installation of splitter island, cnr Sherington Road and Garfield Way ($65,000)

Calectasia Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($184,000)

Warner Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($104,000)

Coolibah Drive / Orkney Road roundabout works* ($56,000)

Tingle Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($44,000)

Grove Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($26,000)


Poseidon Park revitalisation ($115,000)

Littorina Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($148,000)

Peninsula Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($133,000)

Squire Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($89,000)

Nemesia Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($40,000)

Scallop Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($37,000)

Dolium Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($25,000)


Pinnaroo Point parking improvements ($513,133)

Installation of a ‘Warrior Park’ at Whitfords Nodes Health & Wellbeing Hub ($200,000)

Upgrade of City lighting to LED luminaires and associated infrastructure works ($80,000)

Whitford Library and Senior Citizens Centre refurbishment works ($20,000)


Marmion Avenue pathway upgrade (Delamere Avenue to Burns Beach Road)* ($465,000)

Ocean Gate and Santa Monica irrigation infrastructure renewal ($170,000)

Iluka Beach Park car park renewal* ($165,000)

Upgrade of City lighting to LED luminaires and associated infrastructure works* ($150,000)

Burns Beach Road / Delgado Parade roundabout works* ($78,000)


City Centre lighting infrastructure replacement ($2,523,292)

Joondalup Drive / Hodges Drive intersection upgrade* ($2,444,800)

Shenton Avenue upgrade design (from Mitchell Freeway interchange to Joondalup Drive intersection)* ($1,130,000)

Joondalup Drive streetscape upgrades, resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($656,778)

City Centre Streetscape Renewal Program ($511,540)

Boas Avenue intersection improvements ($317,088)

Shenton Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($200,000)

Blue Mountain Drive lighting improvement ($135,000)

Regents Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Winton Road / Cord Street roundabout works* ($73,000)

Windermere Park parking improvements ($60,000)

Davidson Terrace resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($60,000)

Candlewood Park pathway lighting ($55,000)

Cord Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($53,000)

Kendrew Crescent / ECU car park entrance roundabout works* ($50,000)

Neil Hawkins Park upgrade ($45,000)

Candlewood Boulevard / Brienz Drive roundabout works* ($38,000)

Burns Beach Road Trail Car Park Access ($35,000)

Blue Mountain Drive / Yellowstone Way intersection improvements* ($28,000)

Grand Boulevard bus priority lanes (between Shenton Avenue and Collier Pass) ($25,000)

Lakeside Drive path upgrade (east of Aldgate Street) ($22,000)

Blackfriars Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($18,000)


Maritana Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($210,000)

Kiernan Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Stanford Park sump beautification ($10,000)


Whitfords Avenue (westbound) resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($456,192)

Whitfords Avenue / Kingsley Drive intersection upgrade* ($367,800)

Montessori Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works, installation of splitter island* ($209,000)

Kingsley Drive resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($190,270)

Chelsea Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Kingsley Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Goollelal Drive / Robertson Road Cycleway Crossing* ($85,000)

Bowes Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($44,000)

Pinner Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($39,000)

Vance Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($38,000)

Hahn Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($34,000)

Kiah Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($30,000)

Picasso Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($26,000)

Burke Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($23,000)

Improvement to pathway connection at Creaney Drive / Kidbrooke Way intersection ($17,000)


Selkirk Drive parking installation and median treatments ($235,000)

Marmion Avenue path replacement (Edinburgh Avenue to Burns Beach Road) ($100,000)

Callander Avenue / Broughton Heights roundabout works ($40,000)


Finney Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Parnell Avenue / Sheppard Way roundabout works* ($48,000)


Charonia Park bore and irrigation network renewal ($330,000)

Mullaloo Drive cul-de-sac parking and pathway improvements (southern end of Laurel St)* ($95,000)

Koombana Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($83,000)

Pearsall Gardens resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($66,000)

Volute Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($49,000)


Coastal shared path upgrade (from West View Blvd to south of Ocean Reef Marina)* ($1,155,000)

Marmion Ave new shared path on western verge (from Prendiville Ave to Shenton Ave)* ($415,000)

Mirror Park Skate Park installation of lighting ($52,500)

Reconstruction of Ocean Reef Park toilets and change rooms, irrigation system upgrade ($90,000)


Whitfords Avenue / Gibson Avenue intersection upgrade* ($826,113)

MacDonald Park floodlighting upgrade* ($397,583)

Newcombe Park amenity improvement* ($390,000)

Marmion Avenue / Forrest Road intersection works* ($269,600)

Gibson Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($160,000)

Wentworth Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Simpson Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Leichhardt Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Byrne Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($114,000)

Gibson Avenue / Pinnaroo Drive (North) roundabout works* ($43,000)

Gibson Avenue / Giles Avenue roundabout works* ($58,000)

Gibson Park drinking fountain ($15,000)

Revitalisation of hard and soft infrastructure at Wentworth Park, improvements at Fraser Park and Byrne Park ($10,000)


Quay Court sump retaining wall renewal ($385,000)

Albacore Drive resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($260,000)

Parker Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($154,000)

Porteous Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($140,000)

Kempenfeldt Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($136,000)

Seacrest Drive resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($135,000)

Haynes Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($131,000)

Byrne Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($114,000)

Seacrest Park universal access toilet construction* ($55,000)

Ford Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($39,000)

Reef Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($29,000)

Sorrento Foreshore irrigation works ($22,000)


Refurbishment of Warwick Bowling Clubrooms and Greenwood Tennis Clubrooms ($1,154,460)

Warwick Road / Erindale Road intersection upgrade* ($450,000)

Ballantine Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works and drainage upgrade* ($162,000)

Chelsford Park playspace renewal ($120,900)

Warwick Open Space bushland path renewals ($100,000)

Ellersdale Park parking improvements and recreational lighting* ($80,000)


Chichester Park clubrooms redevelopment* ($2,871, 769)

Whitfords Avenue Streetscape Upgrades (Trappers Drive to Wanneroo Road) ($300,000)

Shannon Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($62,000)

Maple Hill Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($59,000)

Tara Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($59,000)

Timbercrest Rise / Trailwood Drive roundabout works* ($48,265)


* Includes grant funding.



 Shed finds home

The Joondalup Men’s Shed celebrated the official opening of their new permanent premises at 17 Winton Road, Joondalup with a special ceremony on Saturday 29 May.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob cut a ribbon to mark the occasion, bringing an end to the Joondalup Men’s Shed’s decade-long search for a home base.

The Joondalup Men’s Shed was established in 2010, and was located at the former Padbury Senior High School manual arts building under a lease arrangement with the Department of Education.

However, with that agreement expiring in 2019, the City worked closely with Joondalup Men’s Shed to try and identify a suitable location for a new home.

Prior to the decision of the Joondalup Council to proceed with the Winton Road site, the City investigated dozens of options, with three of those progressing to a feasibility and concept design phase.

In a unanimous decision of the Council at its December 2018 meeting, it was determined that the most suitable location was the City’s building maintenance depot at 17 Winton Road.

Council’s decision also meant that extension works were required at the City’s main Works Operations Centre in Craigie to accommodate the relocation of staff and centralisation of operational activities.

Significant refurbishment and power upgrades were required for the Winton Road site to meet the current and future needs of Joondalup Men’s Shed.

The City invested $1.23 million over four years to the project, and the Joondalup Men’s Shed also contributed $168,000 to help bring it to fruition.

Mayor Jacob said with a lease now in place, Joondalup Men’s Shed has certainty and capacity to grow its membership and future sustainability.

“The City and the Joondalup Men’s Shed have long enjoyed an excellent working relationship and we look forward to this continuing into the future,” he said.

“An important aspect of the Men’s Shed movement, beyond the amazing work they do within the workshop environment, is the social interaction and support of its members.

“The inclusion of a large social room space in the new premises has been a great outcome to help support this important function of the group.

“I also congratulate the City’s Asset Management Team for their diligence in delivering this significant project and they should be very proud of their involvement.”

Joondalup Men’s Shed President Reg Luther thanked the City for delivering its commitment to establish a new home for JMS.

“Our motto of ‘Blokes building better Communities’ could never have been realised without a home and a commitment from the City of Joondalup to participate in the community services for the overall betterment of the ‘men’ in the community,” Mr Luther said.

“The JMS provides a ‘shed away from their shed’ for men of all ethnic, professional and diverse backgrounds and takes advantage of the collective wisdom of our members.

“It is truly inspiring to see the creative expertise of our members and this new home will give us the capacity to expand and share our talents.

“Our gratitude also to the team assigned for the project upgrade. They have excelled in their contributions and guided us with sound advice.”

Ideas required to activate City centre

What is your big idea for the Joondalup City Centre? What works and what doesn’t?

What is your vision? Has that vision changed? Would more restaurants, small bars, boutique shops or public art encourage you to spend more time in Joondalup?

These are just some of the questions the City of Joondalup wants community members, business owners and visitors to address as it works towards the development of its inaugural place activation plan.

The Joondalup City Centre Place Activation Plan (JCCPAP) will provide the City with guidance on how it can work with the community and local businesses to achieve greater activation and vibrancy in the area of the City bounded by Shenton Avenue, Lakeside Drive, Central Park and Grand Boulevard/McLarty Avenue.

“The project is a great opportunity for the City to work with the community and local businesses to revitalise and improve the heartbeat of Joondalup – the City Centre,” Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said.

“Feedback will be used to develop a series of initiatives that support liveability, community connection, and economic vibrancy; ideas that could inform future investment and operational and capital works projects.”

There are several ways the community can get involved. People are encouraged to visit the JCCPAP project page on the City’s website, joondalup.wa.gov.au where they can complete the online survey and pin their ideas and feedback on a digital place map. A separate survey is available for business owners.

FREE collaborative workshops will be held at Joondalup Library on Saturday 29 May and Sunday 12 June.

Registrations for these sessions are essential via an EOI process on the project page.

Online feedback will be accepted until Friday 21 May.

This pilot project will establish a framework and process for developing activation plans in other places and neighbourhoods across the City’s 22 suburbs.

City to Soon Roll Out Next Phase of Leafy City Program

The City of Joondalup will soon begin the next round of tree planting as part of the Leafy City Program.

From May through to August 2021, street verge trees will be planted in the suburbs of Kallaroo, Mullaloo, Beldon and Warwick.

The location of trees to be planted has been identified as ‘hot-spots’ via thermal mapping and tree-canopy surveying and is supported by the advice and planning of the City’s arborist, landscape architects and civil engineers.

Since the Leafy City Program was established in 2017, more than 3,600 trees have been planted across the City’s streetscapes.

Positive environmental impacts associated with the Leafy City Program include the reduction of ambient air temperature, cleaner air through the absorption of polluting gases, reduced cooling energy consumption costs and water savings through reduced evaporation rates.

The City will liaise with homeowners on preferred planting locations on street verges and take into consideration factors such as underground service infrastructure, traffic sightlines, tree offsets to the footpath/property boundary/kerb, pedestrian thoroughfare, and the overall alignment of trees in the street.

Letters will be sent out to all households taking part in the roll out of the next Leafy City Program phase, and City Officers will be visiting properties over the coming weeks to assess and mark proposed tree planting locations.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said in the four years since the Leafy City Program has been running, there has been overwhelmingly positive feedback from local residents.

“The City adopted this program as we recognised that street trees are an important natural asset which help to maintain liveable urban environments and provide aesthetic, economic and social benefits,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Increased leafy canopy cover in residential streets through tree planting helps to mitigate the environmental impact of climate change and rapid urban growth, and creates cooler, inviting green urban spaces.

“The future generation of Joondalup residents will reap the benefits of this exciting and visionary program which will change the look and feel of our City for the better.”

For residents in areas not included in the Leafy City Program and wishing to green their streets, the City will supply and plant tree/s on residential verges free of charge at the request of the property owner.


Walk of Fame recognises high achievers

Justin Langer can rest assured his name will forever live on in the City of Joondalup, long after he steps away from the cauldron of international cricket.

Langer is one of 11 names to be immortalised in the City of Joondalup’s Walk of Fame; a new feature in the Joondalup City Centre.

The West Australian cricket icon and current Australian cricket coach heads an impressive list of inaugural inductees to have their names inscribed on specially designed pavers to be laid along Central Walk.

The pavers will be located at the Boas Avenue end with a view to extending through to Reid Promenade. Langer’s plaque has already been installed.

The Walk of Fame was first put forward by Deputy Mayor Russ Fishwick (pictured with Langer and Mayor Albert Jacob) who wanted to publicly recognise members of the Joondalup community who have achieved success at an elite level.

Langer lived in Warwick, Duncraig and Sorrento, attended primary school in Greenwood and also played junior cricket in the City before progressing through State and international ranks to play 105 Test Matches for Australia.

He will be joined on the Walk of Fame by Daniel Ricciardo (Formula 1), Greg Hire (basketball), Matt Priddis (football), Casey Dellacqua (tennis), Jessica Bratich Johnson (karate), Brian Bratich (karate), Shaun Tan (artist illustrator, comic books and film), Michael Malone (business), Mike Hussey (cricket) and David Hussey (cricket).

Mayor Jacob said despite Joondalup being a relatively young City, many high achieving members of the community had made significant impacts at a local, national and international level over the past few decades.

“I congratulate the inaugural inductees into the City’s Walk of Fame, and I look forward to seeing more names being added in the years to come,” he said.

“Joondalup is a City that encourages its community members – no matter what area of interest they have – to follow their dreams.”

The nomination criteria for the Walk of Fame includes:

  • Residing in the City for over five years and /or attending a school within the City of Joondalup for over five years;
  • Area of recognition: Sport / business or professional /community;
  • Clubs played for within the City of Joondalup;
  • Business / professional / community achievements;
  • Involvement with the community / philanthropy within the City of Joondalup;
  • Awards received elsewhere;
  • Media profile.

The City will call for nominations for the next group of inductees later in 2021. The selection panel will then consider these nominations before announcing the recipients in 2022.

Tree shines a blue light on mental health struggles  

If ever we needed to look on the bright side of life, then it is now.

The City is now home to its first bright blue tree (on public land), which can be seen at the corner of Marmion Avenue, Warwick Road – in the Duncraig Library car park.

The tree was painted by the City on Friday 29 January as a reminder to the community about the importance of maintaining positive mental health, while shining a light on issues such as anxiety, depression and suicide.

The City has received a number of requests to paint a blue tree. It is hoped the Blue Tree Program will now include the Duncraig tree on its tree register which totals more than 600 across Australia.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said COVID-19 and the recent lockdown had taken a toll on some community members and urged anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help as soon as possible.

“Depression and anxiety can strike anyone. It knows no boundaries. There is no shame in asking for a helping hand,” he said.

“These are challenging times and it’s important we all look out for each other. Nobody is infallible.”

Visit beyondblue.org.au for further mental health advice. To find out more about the Blue Tree project, visit bluetreeproject.com.au

Wood-Kenney appointed chair of RAP Community Reference Group

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob has praised the City of Joondalup’s Reconciliation Action Plan Community Reference Group (RAPCRG) for appointing Sharon Wood-Kenney as its inaugural chair.

A proud Noongar Yamatji woman, Wood-Kenney is a respected member of the community who has played a key role in the development of local young people, primarily through football.

Inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame (sports category) earlier this year, Wood-Kenney founded the Djinda Falcons program in 2012; a unique program offered to Aboriginal youth aged between 11-15 years who live in the West Perth Football Club district.

She is the founder/general manager of the Djinda Bridiya Wellbeing Australian Aboriginal Organisation Foundation and has co-designed family and domestic violence hubs.

A recent Leadership WA alumni – nominated as Valedictorian – Wood-Kenney is the president of Ocean Ridge Football Club and is currently working on the West Australian Football Commission’s own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Perhaps most importantly she is a proud family woman, wife and mum of four.
The RAPCRG, which held its first two meetings in November and December, has been tasked with guiding the development of the City’s RAP, improving relationships with Aboriginal people and relevant stakeholders as well as fostering a better understanding of Aboriginal cultures, rights and experiences.

Mayor Jacob said Wood-Kenney’s appointment as RAPCRG chair was a unanimous decision by its membership.

“A proud Aboriginal woman, Sharon is highly respected for her community mindedness, her integrity, strong work ethic and dedication to positive reconciliation outcomes,” he said.

“She is driven by an aspiration to improve the mental and physical health of young people in our community – with a particular focus on Indigenous youth – and using football as a vehicle for young people to express themselves in a positive way.

“I am confident Sharon will help the City achieves its vision for reconciliation through the development of a RAP that is based on practical actions built on relationships, respect and opportunity.”

The development, endorsement and implementation of the City’s RAP aims to:

  • Formalise the City’s commitment to reconciliation
  • Strengthen meaningful links with Aboriginal people through ongoing, effective and respectful connections;
  • Bring a sense of vision and purpose to the City’s current suite of reconciliation contributions;
  • Foster a culturally safe, understanding, welcoming and respectful workplace and community;
  • Bring positive behavioural and attitudinal change through partnerships and cultural celebration; and
  • Create ongoing conversation and engagement.

It is estimated there are more than 650 registered RAPs in Australia and more than 500 in development.

Wood-Kenney replaces Mayor Jacob, who acted as the interim chair until the RAPCRG was able to formally nominate a chair.

The next RAPCRG meeting date is likely to occur in February 2021.