The Town of Mosman Park’s ANZAC Day commemorations this year were a powerful demonstration of patriotism and community harmony in an increasingly uncertain world.
For the first time in recent memory, reflecting alleged threats to ANZAC Day ceremonies both in Turkey (and elsewhere in Europe) as well as in Australia, the 2017 event featured a police presence, but rather than dampening the mood - in true Aussie style - representatives of the Cottesloe Police were seen playing footy with local children and enjoying the warm and supportive atmosphere of the day.
The connection with football was given further emphasis in the speech given by Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park, who despite promising not to cry this year, gave an emotional tribute to local Western Australians who served in the First World War, as he recounted the development of a “small event, of great importance”, namely an AFL game played on the battlefields of Europe in those dark days. Mayor Norris recounted how the game was officially sanctioned by General Sir John Monash who recognised the incredible bravery of the Australian soldiers as well as their need for fun, sport, and mischief. He recalled how a rough leather ball was fashioned by one of the soldiers who was a tanner by trade, and how the referees were chosen from footie referees who had enlisted in the Army. At the end of that historic game, although scores were kept, it was not recorded which team won, as this would not have been in keeping with the spirit of the event. Tragically, following this clash of footy titans, the soldiers were despatched to the hell of the fields of France and Flanders.
Mayor Norris’ speech was one of the highlights of the day, which began with the traditional Gunfire Breakfast at the Alf Adams Pavilion, although this year without the smiling faces of Blue Stevens and Ray Dalziell who both passed away in recent years, as have other local veterans who were also much missed on the day. Nevertheless, the Town’s oldest living veteran, Ken Walker, who turned 100 in January, was in fine fettle and enjoyed the occasion immensely.
A tasty breakfast was prepared once again by the Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe, and then just before 10am, a larger than usual crowd – drawn in part at least by the stunning autumnal weather on the day - gathered at Memorial Park for the ANZAC Day service that was co-hosted by the Town of Mosman Park and the Mosman Park Sub-Branch of the RSL, featuring Sub-Branch President, Kevin Poynton, who read The Ode.
Wreaths were laid by many community members including representatives of The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and federal Member for Curtin; and for former Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett MLA and Member for Cottesloe; as well as the Mosman Park Sub-Branch of the RSL, and by local school children and the Mosman Bay Sea Scouts who joined with veterans in the march-past. Town of Mosman Park CEO Mark Goodlet attended with his family, as did many of the Town’s Councillors who were also in attendance, including Cr Brett Pollock, who was Master of Ceremonies for the event.
The service featured songs performed by the Mighty Camelot Choir and the service was signed into Auslan for the many hearing-impaired residents of Mosman Park, including several families whose children attend the local Mosman Park School for Deaf Children.
Following the service, hundreds of residents, friends and neighbours then stayed on to enjoy morning tea provided by the Town of Mosman Park, and to enjoy community fellowship, sharing family stories of war and sacrifice, and reflecting upon the meaning of ANZAC Day.
No doubt many who were in attendance would have watched the traditional AFL clash between Essendon and Collingwood that was telecast later in the day and felt the connections between Mosman Park, our ANZACs, and a famous game of footy that took place one century ago. Lest We Forget.
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Residents who live close to or who have travelled through the corner of Lochee Street and Bay View Tce will be aware of a water leak that occurred last night that is affecting the road surface.
A burst water pipe has caused hazardous damage at the entrance to the Mosman Park Bowling Club and secondary damage to Bay View Terrace (southbound) adjacent to the Bowling Club (near the intersection of Lochee Street).
The Town has engaged contractors to fix the pipe (as a first priority) and will then make necessary repairs to the road asphalt. The expected finish date for all works is expected to be no later than Friday 31 March 2017.
While these urgent works are being undertaken, detour signs are in place to redirect traffic away from that area.
Residents and visitors are requested to observe those signs and avoid the area if possible until the works are complete.
We thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
Mosman Park residents found it was easy and fun to celebrate Neighbour Day when hundreds descended upon Mann Oval to for what is arguably the highlight of the Town’s social calendar – the free Community Fair.
Concerns about the weather forecast were put aside when early showers gave way to a temperate autumn afternoon, and visitors of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the wide array of activities on offer. The Town’s many community and sporting groups showcased the impressive leisure, social and recreational opportunities available in Mosman Park, including golf, soccer, netball, AFL, Scouts; as well as groups for seniors and young people, local schools, and the natural environment, to name just a few.
Mayor of Mosman Park, Ron Norris, and other Councillors, as well as members of staff, were seen chatting to residents, giving out information and answering questions on a diverse range of subjects. Mayor Norris described this year’s event as “the most successful ever”, and said how impressed he was with the high level of participation and excitement, particularly by the children. “There was a sense of happiness in the air, and the inclusion of the wide range of sporting clubs was particularly successful.” Town of Mosman Park Chief Executive Officer, Mark Goodlet, attending for the first time in his new role was seen happily chatting to residents and taking their suggestions.
The highly popular Pimped out Pushys competition was held again this year, encouraging residents to decorate their push bikes and ride them to the Fair, where prizes were awarded. The Town’s youngsters were enthusiastic patrons of various rides and games on the day, including the return of the very popular climbing wall, bucking bull and other attractions. As evening approached, it was time for the explosion of colour, music, creativity and recycling that is Junkadelic, who took to take the stage with funky sounds that got the crowd moving. Their creative approach to making not just music but also the instruments themselves (from recycled materials) inspired many who created their own shakers and needed little persuading to join the band as they performed at the end of the Fair.
The Community Fair is made possible through the support of LotteryWest, and is held on Neighbour Day, a day which encourages not just residents of Mosman Park but those everywhere to get to know their neighbours to enhance safety and security as well as building friendships.
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Our beautiful town, nestled Between River and Sea has long been a mecca for boaties, fishermen and beach lovers, who flock to our waterways; and our pristine natural environment has inspired artists of all kinds for generations.
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The Town of Mosman Park is a highly regarded employer, and positions on our award-winning team are much sought-after. The diverse culture within the Town of Mosman Park is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds - more than 52% of staff are women, with 60% at senior levels. Many staff members were born overseas, and at least one staff member – one of the Depot crew – is aged in his 70s and is setting a positive example for others. By employing persons with some recognised disability, the Town also has a strong record as an equal opportunity employer, and there are three staff members who have served the Town for more than 20 years.
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The Town of Mosman Park has installed solar panels (photo voltaic cells) on the roof of the Administration building. We’re producing power and reducing carbon emissions.