The Town of Mosman Park, with the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council hosted its very popular STOMP! event last Sunday, which saw a very grey and overcast day in Mosman Park come alive with orange-clad and enthusiastic youngsters racing around the Town, taking part in challenges and having a ball.
One hundred participants aged between 10 and 18 years took part in STOMP! 2016 on Sunday 18 September, an event that was sold out well in advance, and is now clearly a favourite event on the calendar with the Town’s young people.
The intrepid teams completed the thirteen checkpoints across a route that covered 9 kilometres around Mosman Park, meandering through some of the Town’s most scenic locations from the Alf Adams Pavilion to the finish line at Jabe Dodd Park where ‘The Stompinators 2.0’ took line honours in a time of 1hr 32mins, bettering their result last year, where they were the runners up.
At the conclusion of the event; participants, parents and volunteers joined organisers for a picnic and presentations, sharing their own personal highlights of what was clearly an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved.
This is the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Councils’ fourth STOMP! event, with last year’s STOMP! being recognised at the 2016 Australia Day Awards as the Town’s ‘Community Event of the Year’.
Members of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council have been hard at work planning and coordinating the event under the leadership of STOMP! Subcommittee Chairperson Amy Vanderhor for the past three months and it was great to see their hard work pay off with another fantastic event.
Not only a fun day out, STOMP! also serves as a great opportunity for young people to find out about local groups, learn new things and see what the Mosman Park community has to offer.
The Town is grateful to many local community groups who all participated in the event by running checkpoints on the day; including the Mosman Park Tennis Club, Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, Mosman Park Netball Club, Swan Canoe Club, Mosman Bay Scout Group, Western Earth Carers, Leighton Battery, Rotary Club of Mosman Park - Cottesloe, Friends of Mosman Park Bushland as well as Bakers Delight who again prepared our special STOMP! buns featuring bright orange icing. Stomp! would not be possible without their support.
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The Mayor and Councillors of the Town of Mosman Park note with sadness the passing of F. J. 'Blue' Stevens.
Blue who was a member of the RSL and his wife Beryl have worked tirelessly over many years for the benefit of the community of Mosman Park.
We take this opportunity to record our thanks and appreciation for Blue’s efforts.
Deepest sympathy to Beryl and the family on this sad occasion from the Town and the community of Mosman Park.
The above image of Blue Stevens was taken at the Town of Mosman Park's ANZAC Day service, at which Blue was a regular and much loved participant.
A local adventure park has gained further recognition by winning another award, this one recognising the strong community partnership that brought the park into being, and highlighting the Park’s development as a best practice model for other local governments to follow.
The Russell Brown Adventure Park in Minim Cove, Mosman Park, on Thursday 8 September, won the ‘Innovative Partnership Award’ at the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) WA, Community Development Awards.
The award that was conferred on Thursday night recognises a Local Government partnership that has delivered community benefits, and can include collaborations with other local, state or federal government partners or not for profit or a community group. In order to be eligible, the lead organisation must demonstrate service-based outcomes including collaborative/cooperative working relationships to achieve community benefits; resource leveraging; improved project outcomes; or an improved and innovative approach to a particular task or project.
This was the second time that the Russell Brown Adventure Park has been recognised in this way, following an award given by Parks and Leisure Australia, who singled out the Park for high praise by awarding it Playspace: minor (less than half a million dollars) in the WA State Finals held on 16 June 2016.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Town of Mosman Park were Mayor of Mosman Park, Ron Norris, who was joined by Cr Jenna Ledgerwood, Deputy Mayor of Mosman Park, and Kristy Arnott, Manager Community Development for the Town.
The Russell Brown Adventure Park nestled within the shade trees at Minim Cove in Mosman Park is a nature play space like no other. What was once unutilised land is now a thriving 2,400 square metre nature adventure park with water play, tree rope swings, cubby house making, log balance, sound sensory play and so much more.
The Russell Brown Adventure Park (named after a long-serving community volunteer) came to life through the hard work of a steering committee, comprising the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, along with the Town of Mosman Park and through the donation of time and materials from dozens of local volunteers and organisations.
The Park was officially opened and launched by The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Member for Cottesloe; Premier of Western Australia; Minister for Tourism and Science on 27 March 2015; and since then has been extremely well patronised by local people and visitors alike.
This unique project was created by a unique community collaboration of the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, Mosman Park Community Men's Shed, and the Town of Mosman Park. Commercially valued at $480,000 to build - the actual cost was just $60,000. This large project took only 18 months from project inception to completion largely due to significant co-operation and collaboration with the community partners.
Being met with limited funds, Rotary challenged the usual way private business supports not-for-profits initiatives. A key factor in this was dedicating a large amount of time to establishing genuine relationships beyond the need for cash donations. The Town also had the rare advantage of a local community leader who was a member of the three partners (Councillor, Rotarian and Chairman of the Men’s Shed) and able to coordinate the project.
The development of the Park showcases the significant results achieved when groups work together to a common goal and how the natural environment can be further utilised to the enjoyment of a significant cross section of the community. The Park now provides for residents, families, schools, educational groups, sporting groups and environmental organisations an outlet close to home whereby they can observe local flora and fauna and enhance their wellbeing.
In developing ideas during the design stages of the park, the project partners, working group and stakeholders jointly participated on a ‘study tour’, which organised visits to other nature playgrounds in the Perth area, plus engaging directly with the community about what their ideal park would look like.
Partners worked closely with the landscape architect to ensure that the Park was in keeping with very latest thinking in open space and unstructured play for children in order to maximise their creativity and resilience to develop both physical and social skills in a fun, outdoor environment. The park also ensured minimal impact on the natural environment, was designed incorporating existing trees and natural landforms, and used repurposed and recycled materials throughout.
The park is also a significant achievement in terms of financial limitations and the ability to source cash and in-kind contributions in the form of discounts, loaned equipment, labour, and donated and repurposed materials to develop a site so large in size.
Not only is there now a newly created park for children, but: an accessible and friendly space for people of all ages, abilities and interests; a venue frequently visited by five local Schools and forming part of their curriculum; a showcase of State Government programmes and other environmental initiatives. It also showcases the true value of relationships between community organisations, local government and private enterprises, and the spirit driving a sustainable outcome for our future generations.
People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can call the Town of Mosman Park through the National Relay Service.
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.