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Homelessness in the City

Homelessness is a growing social issue not only for the general community but right here in Melville (

Homelessness is often as a result of a number of issues affecting people’s lives that can spiral quickly out of control. Things like a chronic illness, social isolation, loss of longer-term housing or relationship, mental health issues, loss of a job, domestic violence and addiction and gambling. People who are homeless include those who have to couch-surf, or who might have to sleep out in their car a few nights, women who have nowhere to live as they try to escape domestic violence of all kinds as well as those who sleep out on the streets.

The City of Melville has recently been involved in making changes to our processes to improve our data collection and responses to queries and notifications of issues.

The City has also produced an information leaflet to assist anyone looking for immediate supports and referrals to services for food and accommodation.

Want to help?

Would you like a leaflet to give out to someone in need? Request some to be sent out to you by emailing or download and print the leaflet available here.

Do you have items you’d like to donate? Why not try out donations via the not for profit organisation ‘Givit’ who provides a free opportunity for people to donate unwanted items to organisations and listed charities seeking items for people in need. As a website, it encourages a positive way that you can make a difference to the lives of those who need things you could perhaps do without.

You can find out more here:

Quick Poll

Do you know someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness in the City?
Do you feel confident knowing where they could find help or support?
Do you find this leaflet useful as a resource?

Please send any comments or information to our social justice advocate and comment to get talking.

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13 September 2017

Do you know City of Melville volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to their community? Nominate them for the 2017 Mayor's Valued Citizen, Youth Citizenship and Australia Day Awards.

Mayors Youth Citizenship Awards 2017

The Mayor’s Youth Award for Citizenship recognises school aged students that have made
a significant contribution to their school or community in the City of Melville.

To be eligible to receive the award, a Mayor’s Youth Citizen must:

  • Must be school aged students who have given extended service to their
    school community for 1 year or more,
  • Those who have demonstrated care for others in the community, and/or, the environment.
  • Must be a school aged City of Melville resident

Who can nominate:

  • Must be nominated by the principal of their school

Nominate someone for the 2017 Mayors Youth Awards, fill in the nominatation form or call

1300 635 845 | 9364 0669.

All awards will be presented at the Volunteer Function.

Nominations close the 20th October 2017.

Mayors Valued Citizen Awards 2017

The award was established in 2011 by Mayor Russell Aubrey as a way of celebrating the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer. After an overwhelming response the Mayor decided the awards will be an annual event.

To be eligible to receive the award, a Mayor’s Valued Citizen must:

  • Either live in the City of Melville, or be involved with a not-for-profit organisation
    in the City of Melville,
  • Have made a valuable contribution to the community for 10 years or more with
    the one organisation,
  • Can not be in a paid role at their organisation at any time during the
    10 year period.

Who can nominate:

  • Nominations must be received by the President or Volunteer Manager of
    the organisation,
  • Community members are encouraged to inform the President or
    Volunteer Manager of the award and refer possible candidates
    for nomination.

Nominate someone for the 2017 Mayors Valued Citizen Awards, fill in the nomination form or call

1300 635 845 | 9364 0669.

All awards will be presented at the Volunteer Function.

Please note there is a limit of 6 nominations per organisation.
Nominations close the 20th October 2017.

Australia Day Awards

The Australia Day Awards recognise persons and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the local community for a number of years.

The categories include;

  • Citizen of the Year,
  • Young Citizen of the Year and
  • Community Group of the Year.

The annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony held at John Creaney Park in Bull Creek usually attracts 600 - 700 people, who enjoy a barbeque breakfast by the Lions Club of Bull Creek and congratulate this year’s award recipients.

The winners of the awards will receive $400 to donate to their community group or chosen charity while the nominators each receive a $100 for the same purpose.

Nominate someone for the 2018 Australia Day Awards, fill in the nomination form or call

1300 635 845 | 9364 0669.

Nominations close the 20th October 2017.

Do you know of an outstanding volunteer in your community? Tell us about them here.

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29 August 2017

If you provide innovative programs and events that benefit the community, you could apply for a grant up to $10,000 for your next event:

The City of Melville welcomes applications for proposals i.e. activities, events, services that:

  • Are based in the City of Melville
  • Benefit a large and diverse number of people
  • Meet identified priority needs of the City of Melville’s local area
  • Are aligned to the Community Partnership Funding Guiding Principles
  • Observe access and inclusion principles
  • Create long-term social and cultural or economic value for the community
  • Have clear objectives and outcomes
  • Have a realistic budget and are cost effective
  • Demonstrate a high level of self-help and involvement of your organisation’s members
  • Are aligned to the City of Melville’s values of relationships, excellence, vibrancy and wellbeing.

Current priority areas

We are currently prioritising projects that directly address one or more of the following areas:

  • Age-friendly
  • Early childhood and youth
  • Community health and wellbeing
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Safety and Security
  • Cultural Vitality (celebrates culture and creativity)

Levels of funding available

The following levels of funding support are available:

To find out more and to apply, please visit

Here're what previous recipients of the Community Partnership Funding have said:

Have you been a previous recipient of the Community Partnership Fund? How has it helped your project?

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25 August 2017

GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way.

GIVIT works to alleviate poverty in Australia by ensuring every community service provider has what it needs through the simple act of giving. GIVIT is free to use and makes giving easy by allowing you to see exactly what is required by vulnerable community members.

GIVIT supports all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people. GIVIT makes it easier for organisations to empower their clients and improve quality of life by obtaining the items they require through the website, at no cost. The unique virtual warehouse eliminates the need for organisations to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items, saving valuable time and resources.

How GIVIT Works

GIVIT connects those who have with those who need, in a safe and private way. Through GIVIT’s website,trusted Australian charities are able to request exactly what is needed by their clients. These requests are listed here, where every day Australians can donate in response. Alternatively, donors can pledge their offer of donated items into our virtual warehouse. Details of this offer will be lodged online for all local charities to see.

When a need is matched to a donation, the GIVIT portal sends an email to exchange contact details between the donor and the charity. Then, the charity and donor agree between themselves on a delivery option. Once the charity receives the item, it is privately passed on to the recipient. The donor and recipient never meet as, above all, GIVIT aims to preserve the dignity and privacy of people accessing support.

Fore more information on how you can donate,click here.

Click here for a list of charities and community service providers working with GIVIT.

Some of the items needed by charities around Perth. Click here to see what other items are needed around your area.

Quick Poll

How do you donate your items?

13 July 2017

Melville Festival Decorated bike winner 1979

Melville Festival Decorated bike winner 1979

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Melville becoming a City. As part of this recognition, the Museum staff are in research and preparation mode to curate a ’50 Years 50 Objects’ exhibition.

We are seeking something for each year from 1968 to 2018. We are desperately searching for photos, documents, ephemera, etc of old businesses, clubs and places such as:

  • Booragoon Tavern
  • Willagee Hotel
  • Cunningham St Jetty (aka German Jetty)
  • Melway Drive-in
  • Teneriffe Picture Gardens (now 777 Pharmacy, Riseley Street)
  • KFC store on cnr North Lake Rd and Canning Hwy, Perth’s first fast food outlet!
  • Sommerville Pine Plantation & fire lookouts
  • Majestic Hotel (prior to demolition in 1989)
  • Tom the Cheap stores
  • Boans in Melville and Garden City
  • Sunday sessions at the Raffles, etc
  • Establishment of Murdoch University
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Local schools
  • Churches
  • Sporting facilities

Images of the development of the newer suburbs such as Bull Creek, Leeming, Kardinya, Booragoon, Winthrop & Murdoch are also materials we hope to capture.

You can submit your memories below or in person at Wireless Hill Museum.

For more information please call 9364 0158.

If you have photos or information, please share them here!

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2 June 2017

Squash player working on a laptop

If you are sports mad, or have a child that is, chances are you've sat on a committee or board for a Sporting Club.

Could your local club do with a little more direction and leadership in regards to governance?

Undertaking a Diploma of Business (Governance) could give you the footing you need to help provide this direction and leadership.

Scholarship applications are now open through the Institute of Community Directors Australia, partnered with Sports Without Borders. Check out for more.

What are your experiences working on a Sporting Club Board/Committee?

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21 December 2016

The City of Melville is working with the community on the 1,000 Paper Cranes For Brain Cancer Project.

The purpose is to raise public awareness of brain cancer and provide the brain cancer community and the broader community with an enjoyable entertainment experience.

Brain cancer is the biggest killer of children under 14 and the biggest cancer killer of adults under 40.

You can help this very worthy project in several ways:

  • Right now, until Sunday 19th March 2017, hundreds of individuals, community groups and schools are making thousands of Paper Cranes For Brain Cancer. Join in! Go to
  • Second, come along to the whole of community 1,000 Paper Cranes Community Picnic and Fun Day on Sunday 19th March. The event will take place between 12pm – 5pm at Piney Lakes Reserve, Murdoch Drive, Winthrop. Entry is free and there will be a full stage program and lots of “Have a Go" activities for adults and children. Help create the 1,000 Paper Cranes For Brain Cancer community artwork from all the paper cranes. Delicious food will be available, prepared by brain cancer support community groups. For more information about the event go to
  • Third, all types of volunteers are required for the event. Contact Brian Marshall, City of Melville Neighbourhood Development Officer to express your interest. Persons with an education background to assist with Have A Go Activities are particularly sought.

Flyers and make your own paper crane

Tell us how you will participate in the 1,000 Paper Cranes Project.

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9 December 2016

Children are the most vulnerable group in our community. They are more at risk of the emotional, physical and psychological effects associated with trauma than anyone else. Over 1,100 children in WA have to leave home every year as a result of abuse, neglect or other crisis situations, and often they do not have time to take even the basic essentials with them.

A Comfort Pack is a child’s backpack filled with essential items that provide personal care and comfort while away from home. Constable Care provides these free of charge to frontline care and emergency service workers anywhere in WA who are working with children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or who are involved in traumatic situations such as road accidents or bushfires.

What can I donate to Comfort Packs?

Comfort Pack contents are age and gender appropriate for children. Constable Care require the following NEW items for children aged 0 – 16 years.

  • Pyjamas
  • Underwear
  • Nappies
  • Toothbrush & Paste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Brush
  • Story Book
  • Small toy or teddy bear.

  • Where can I drop off my donations?

    Please drop off your donations at one of the Constable Care drop boxes listed below.

  • Willagee IGA – 70 Archibald Street, Willagee
  • Outside Woolworths - Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre
  • Blue Gum Community Centre – 33 Moolyeen Road, Brentwood
  • City of Melville Civic Centre – 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.
  • When do I have to drop off my donations by?

    Donations will be accepted at the above drop box locations until close of business on Sunday 4 December 2016. City of Melville officers will ensure the items get delivered to Constable Care headquarters.

    Visit the Constable Care website for more information about their Comfort Packs.

    25 November 2016

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    16 November 2016

    Be prepared for an emergency


    Australian Red Cross wants everyone in Australia to be prepared for an emergency: whether it’s a fire, flood or personal crisis. Emergency Preparedness Week, celebrated this year from September 19-26, is where we start.

    Too many conversations after an emergency begin with “I wish I had…”. People wish they’d taken the kids’ baby photographs; kept their passports safe; upped their insurance; looked in on their neighbours. And it’s these conversations that drive the Red Cross to empower Australians to prepare.

    Emergencies can happen at any time. They can be as large as a bushfire, flood or cyclone or as personal as a death in the family. But the better you prepare for them, the easier it is for you and your family to recover.

    RediPlan is a free disaster preparedness guide that will get you prepared for any emergency in four simple steps. RediPlan helps you:

  • learn about the risks you face and how they might affect you
  • make an emergency survival kit to help you through a disaster
  • take action now to protect the important things in life
  • create your personal emergency plan to help you when disaster strikes.
  • If you haven't prepared and made a plan, an emergency could disrupt your life in ways you don't expect. Get prepared and you'll be more confident, more in control and more likely to cope when disaster strikes.

    Sign up to receive your RediPlan at

    Have been in an emergency situation? Were you prepared? What lessons can you share with others on how to best prepare for such an event?

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    22 September 2016

    What event are you most looking forward to during the Safer Melville month?

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    1 September 2016

    Put your sale on the trail! Be part of Australia's biggest Garage Sale on Saturday, 22 October 2016!

    The City of Melville is taking part again in the Garage Sale Trail, Australia’s fastest-growing sustainability and reuse event on Saturday, 22 October 2016.

    It’s totally free to register and anyone can get involved! You can organise a group sale or host your own and even get your neighbours to have one too.

    Join thousands of households, schools, businesses and community groups and make this year's Garage Sale Trail the biggest and best yet.

    Registrations Now Open!

    Registration is now open - register at to receive a FREE seller's kit and start advertising your sale and items! You can also search for sales in your area and plan your trail!

    Download your free how to guide for:

    What do you think about the Garage Sale Trail initiative?

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    30 August 2016

    The 1980s were the decade when Australia began to tell its Shiraz from its Cabernet Sauvignon. As Frank Bongiorno writes in this exclusive extract from The Eighties, the decade also saw new forms of official control, the Guardian writes.

    In 1998 the novelist David Malouf celebrated Australians’ discovery of a style he called “loosely Mediterranean”, one he thought epitomised by people eating at pavement tables. But where they dined was only the beginning of it. Australians now ate dainty and stylish dishes, drank wine and dressed up or stripped off for display. They had come to accept their own bodies and were thoroughly at ease in enjoying themselves. Australia, he said, had become a place “where play seems natural, and pleasure a part of what living is for” – a contrast with what he saw as the more limited possibilities in the British and Irish Australia of his youth.

    The 1980s was the critical decade in the emergence of this way of living, thinking and feeling and, as Malouf recognised, the country’s foodways were among the most vivid illustration of a new cosmopolitan sensibility. “Do not overload any meal with cream or butter,” the Melbourne chef Stephanie Alexander advised, as she went about her mission of dismantling notions of taste entrenched by almost 200 years of chops, stews and roasts. Alexander emphasised cooking with fresh and seasonal ingredients, a larger number of small courses rather than the piling up of large portions, and the idea of a meal as a “ceremony” that had “a beginning, a middle and an end”.

    As Malouf had suggested, restaurant dining had become one easily recognisable mark of the new refinement, a turning of the back on the world of beer, pies and blue singlets. Victorians could from 1987 even buy alcohol in cafés and restaurants without ordering a meal as well; such a community clearly had the world at its feet. The cosmopolitan citizen could tell her Shiraz from her Cabernet Sauvignon and knew how to pronounce both focaccia and roulade. Salad, meanwhile, was no longer shorthand for iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and grated carrot. Alfalfa, chives, snow peas and mustard cress now graced the bowl, which might also include warm duck or lobster.

    Continue reading:

    When do you think Australia became a cosmopolitan society?

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    3 August 2016

    Most of us will say that a 'good society' is one in which people have access to essentials, like food, health, shelter, education and employment, as well as areas that enrich our lives, like culture, recreation and healthy personal relationships.

    But how do we go about measuring these things if we don't have an evidence base to compare against?

    Specifically, how do we know if we have adequate access to housing, if our living arrangements are changing, or if we have access to employment?

    We rely on a number of ways of answering these questions, and the Census is at the top of the list. However, in Australia, our ability to answer these questions is under threat.

    The ABS decision to keep name-identified data longer has sparked a protest about 'Big Brother' implications.

    While these concerns about protecting our privacy are serious and important, very little is actually changing with how the ABS are conducting the Census, notes .id Insight

    "Providing demographic and economic information in the Census is a central part of participating in our democracy and expressing our community mindedness is a great tradition in Australia and New Zealand, so we should be very careful not to do anything to undermine this essential resource," .id Insight says.

    What are your thoughts about the role of Census as a tool of democracy in Australia?

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    29 July 2016

    "How are you?" We ask that question of one another often. But how are we doing - as a country, a society? To answer that question, Bhutan uses its Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index. The GNH Index this year is 0.756, improving on the 2010 value of 0.743.

    In 2015, a total of 91.2% of Bhutanese were narrowly, extensively, or deeply happy. 43.4% were extensively or deeply happy. The aim is for all Bhutanese to be extensively or deeply happy. Bhutan is closer to achieving that aim in 2015 than it was in 2010.

    To read more about Gross National Happiness, visit:

    What do you think about Gross National Happiness and how Bhutan has approached this important issue?

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    18 July 2016