The WMRC is saying thank you very mulch to its member council residents by providing them with free garden mulch!
With proof of residency, Mosman Park residents can pick up a trailer-load of beautiful free mulch from the West Metro Recycling Centre, corner Lemnos and Brockway Streets, Shenton Park, 7 days a week.
The free mulch is a great example of closed loop recycling where residents get rewarded for their recycling efforts. It is processed from green waste including that delivered to the West Metro Recycling Centre and from WMRC’s member councils. This green waste will soon include that from the Town of Mosman Park’s new garden organics bin service which will be rolled out from June 2019.
For more information, call the WMRC Recycling Hotline on 9384 6711 or visit wmrc.wa.gov.au
The Town of Mosman Park’s ANZAC Day commemorations this year recalled the extraordinary courage and bravery of one local man, who defied expectations and limitations to bring honour to himself, his family and his nation, thereby setting a wonderful example for residents about what one person – one who some thought not up to the task – can do.
On a warm and sunny autumn day, community members gathered first for the traditional Gunfire Breakfast prepared by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe at the Alf Adams Pavilion, and then stayed for the Commemoration Service co-hosted by the Town of Mosman Park and the Mosman Park Sub-Branch of the RSL at Memorial Park, a fitting venue as it is a war memorial featuring plaques recalling the military service of many from our local district.
One of these plaques recalls the daring and can-do attitude of young James Park Woods, whose heroism was lauded by Mayor Brett Pollock in his speech. Mayor Pollock delighted the crowd with the story of how Private Woods was at first rejected when he tried to enlist – at the time the army recruiters decided he was too short to serve. Despite this setback, “Jimmy” served with great courage, single-handedly holding down a crucial offensive vantage point in one of the fiercest battles of the First World War, holding this position for hours whilst waiting for reinforcements. His courage on that day saw him awarded the Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross, which was personally bestowed upon him by the King in 1919. Mayor Pollock’s speech was well received by the crowd, which included many members of the local deaf community, as this was one of only a few services in Perth translated into Auslan.
The service was led by MC Ben Pronk and featured songs performed by the Mighty Camelot Choir and the Last Post played by local Scout, Alex Kinsey, a student of Shenton College. Wreaths were laid by many community members including Rob Meecham representing the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC; Dr David Honey MLA, Member for Cottesloe; Mrs Rachel Thomas, President of the Shire of Peppermint Grove; and the Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park as well as Mrs Maxine Coverley, Vice President of the Mosman Park Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League.
Wreaths were also laid by local school children and community groups including students from Mosman Park Primary School and Iona Presentation College, Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, St Hilda’s Anglican School Cadet Unit and Mosman Bay Sea Scouts who joined with veterans in the march-past, which once again was led by local legend and war veteran Ken Walker, who cut a dashing figure at 102 years young.
For the first time in many years, the three fountains in Memorial Park were returned to their former glory, having recently been renovated and re-coloured to their originally intended red, white and blue - relfecting the colours of the three branches of the Australian armed services.
Following the service, hundreds of residents, friends and neighbours including the Town’s elected officials Mayor Pollock, Deputy Mayor Johnson, Cr Carey, Cr Ledgerwood and Cr Baird 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. Lest We Forget.
Today the Town of Mosman Park joined an elite list of WA Councils to achieve a gold standard for its water conservation efforts.
The Water Corporation upgraded the Town from being a ‘Waterwise Council’ to ‘Gold’, making it one of only three Councils in the western suburbs of Perth to achieve this standard.
Deputy Mayor Zenda Johnson received the award on behalf of the Town, explaining that this new achievement is a recognition of hard work over several years, showing ongoing commitment to water conservation and water sensitive practices.
“By achieving ‘gold’, the Town is now recognised as a leader in the area of water conservation among local governments,” she said. “This is a particularly proud achievement given that so much of our Town features parks and reserves, which are traditionally water intensive spaces.”
She explained that the initiatives and changes in practices that have been implemented to achieve this new standard include the installation of smart irrigation controllers and meters, the installation of a weather station, hydro-zoning of parks and reserves, and improvements in cultural practices in turf management across the Town.
But rather than resting on its laurels, Deputy Mayor Johnson said the Town's commitment to water efficiency will be further enhanced, as within the next year there are plans to audit all major Town-owned facilities in order to identify further water saving opportunities.
Left to Right - Mike Rowe, Director General of Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Michael Hollett – Chairman - Water Corporation, Mosman Park Deputy Mayor Zenda Johnson, Minister for Water Dave Kelly.
Mayor Brett Pollock's Speech - ANZAC Day 2019
Welcome to distinguished guests, local and visiting RSL members, other veterans and their families, residents of Mosman Park and visitors. It’s particularly great to see such a large gathering, here today.
Today we and many others throughout Australia are attending memorial services for those men and women in the services, who gave their lives defending our great country, and its way of life. We also remember those who served and survived, many who suffered from the physical and mental trauma.
The increase in numbers attending this service in recent years indicates how precious this Memorial Park and our annual memorial service are to residents of Mosman Park, and the many visitors. Not only on ANZAC day, but also throughout the year. We especially welcome members of the family of James Park Woods VC.
Today I would like to share with you the stirring example of dedication and courage showed by former Mosman Park resident James Park Woods VC.
In 1962 the three Memorial Ponds [Red white and Blue], and the entrance to Memorial Park from Bayview Terrace were constructed. It includes walls which contain 121 plaques remembering individuals who served in World War 1, and 43 persons killed in action in World War 2. I encourage you to view and reflect on them before you leave today.
A plaque of great significance relates to Private James [Jimmy] Park Woods VC who served in World War 1, and for some time before his death in 1963 lived in York Terrace with his family, a few hundred metres from where we are today.
This is his inspirational story.
‘Jimmy’ Woods was born in South Australia in 1886. When war broke out in 1914 he tried to enlist in the Australian Imperial force, but was rejected because he was only 5 feet 4 inches [163 cm] tall. Jimmy then moved to WA, where he carted timber and fenced at Katanning before becoming a vigneron in the Swan Valley. In September 1916 as Army height requirements were reduced, he enlisted in the AIF, and was posted to the 48th Battalion in France in September 1917.
After serving in France and Belgium in the front line trenches during 1917/18 Jimmy became ill and was evacuated to England. He returned to his battalion in 24 May 1918.However his poor health continued.
By September 1918, the Allies were in the midst of the Hundred Day’s Offensive. Jimmy Woods was part of a four man patrol near St Quentin when it identified a strongly defended German position with good fields of fire. While an attack force was being organised, Jimmy decided to lead his patrol against the German defenders. This was successful, but then the Australians had to defend against a number of counterattacks. For his work Jimmy Woods was recommended for the Victoria Cross. The Citation reads :
“On 18 September 1918 when with a weak patrol he attacked and captured a very formidable enemy post and subsequently with two comrades held the same against heavy enemy counterattacks. Although exposed to heavy fire of all descriptions he fearlessly jumped on the parapet and opened fire on the attacking enemy inflicting severe casualties. He kept up his fire and held up the enemy until help arrived and throughout the operations he displayed a splendid example of valour determination and initiative.”
Jimmy Woods returned to Western Australia in 1919, and married Olive Wilson in 1921, the couple had six children. Three sons and three daughters. Two of their sons Norman and Gordon served in the RAAF in World War 2; Gordon was killed in a training accident.
Jimmy Woods had to give up work, because he was gassed during the war and suffered chronic lung damage. He also suffered nightmares about the war. He died age 77, and was buried with military honours at Karrakatta. His VC is held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Although Jimmy Woods was an Australian hero, he was a modest man. The following excerpt from a letter he wrote to his sister on the 22 October 1918 demonstrates this [It has been provided to us by the Australian War Memorial]. Jimmy describes the action in which he won the Victoria Cross
“One morning we went over in an almost impenetrable mist of fog and smoke before the dawning hours of morn, and in which we could only see a few yards ahead. This of course made us almost invisible to the enemy. They did not know where we were till we were upon them. There was plenty of wire entanglements to get through and we got our legs caught at times especially with the sand bags puttees to save our clothes from being torn. I got mine caught often enough till I got disgusted and ripped them off with the bayonet. One chap got caught in some barb close to me and was jumping around trying to get someone to free him. One of the cheer up sort called to him. He’d better get out of there quick, as the wire was mined. Needless to say he did not wait for help to get free then, but it will cost the military another pair of breeches as he left most of his there. We reached our objective alright that morning and took plenty of Huns prisoners and guns.”
“Then later we did another stint, rather a small one, but remarkable for the results of the successful finish we put to it. Once I got into a tight place, didn’t have time to think about that at the time.”
“There was plenty of Huns close to me that I had to shoot at, while the officer who had lead of the two of us into that machine gun nest of Huns, went back and brought up some more of our lads to hold the position, while I did all I could to bluff them [that is these Huns who had got away] when we had two cartridges left when the others came up.”
“You will I suppose be pleased to hear I might get some decoration out of it so I thought I tell you a little bit about it. The Officer met me tonight, and said the Colonel was highly recommending me for the bit I did that morn for the highest Dec.”
“Well it wasn’t much, but that Officer I was with was one of the gamest men I met and how he acted in that critical time, and how he dashed at those first Huns in the trench, and while I fixed one up from using his gun, he dashed down after the others who were bolting. Later when we occupied that nest we got 14 machine guns out of the nest, so you see it was a strong position and a vital one to the Huns. We were remarkably lucky getting it thus with only one slight casualty. I suppose.”
I would like to conclude with Jimmy Woods own patriotic and inspirational words from the horror of the trenches in France;
“There is no place over here like Aussie. This war as indeed taught us what a country we have and how to appreciate it as God's free country.”
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.