The very best of Mosman Park’s civic spirit was on display over the weekend, as community members gathered to attend a Community Planting Day, and to begin new community projects with support from the Town.
In the morning, a green army gathered at gorgeous Garungup Park along the Swan River for a morning of planting, with the assistance of the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland, and volunteers from throughout Mosman Park.
Attendees on the crisp winter morning included representatives from the Cottesloe Sea Scouts, local schools Iona and Saint Hilda’s as well as Town staff and Councillors Jenna Ledgerwood and Brett Pollock. In all 45 volunteers were there on the day.
Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park, Ron Norris, was delighted with the turnout and thanked all of the volunteers for their hard work, advising that all 650 seedlings that were identified for planting were now planted in the ground and would be added to the Town’s regular bush care management roster.
Following the planting, volunteers stayed to enjoy refreshments provided by the Town, admired their handiwork and made new friends whilst enjoying the stunning river views on a picture perfect day that was captured with beautiful aerial photographs taken by Liz Conlan.
Later in the afternoon, another group of residents gathered at the Town’s Administration Centre for a kick-off workshop for the Town’s new microgrants program, Mossie Bites.
Residents of all ages came together to hear a presentation by Maria d’Souza of the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. to understand this new approach which sees local governments stepping back and enabling community leaders to step forward and devise local projects that the Town can support both in kind and through financial assistance.
Cr Brett Pollock was back in attendance, and led a lively discussion in which community members, most of whom had never met before, shared their ideas about what they would like to see come to life in the Town.
Amongst the participants were residents of Doyle Street, who are already leading a quiet community revolution in their street, having hosted street lunches, and community get-togethers, sharing fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in their gardens and checking in on neighbours that are older and needing support.
Participants were surprised at the breadth and diversity of skills and experience on offer at the workshop from amongst the participants and were seen exchanging contact details and ideas as they left the workshop, energised about bringing their ideas to life.
By way of follow-up, another workshop will be held where participants will get down to the finer details of project planning, task allocation and costing out their projects as well as seeking advice from Town staff about the appropriate regulations, laws and policies that affect their projects, and discovering what support is available to them.
It’s not too late to join in this process – to find out more about Mossie Bites, click here or call 9384 1633 to find out more about this initiative, and to find out more about how you can volunteer with the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland, contact Coordinator Sue Conlan on 0419 942 483 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org