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Upgrades to the netball courts on Troy Park are almost complete! Check out the before and after photos below.

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6 December 2017


Attadale Netball Club Court Refurbishments

Attadale Netball Club have all the stars aligned and will commence site preparation around the 4 November starting by edging the courts from grass infiltration, with a club busy bee. The court resurfacing will commence 13 November and should take approximately 2 weeks to be fully complete. Watch this space for 'before' and 'after' images to see the transformation!


Kidpreneurs at the Curious Collective Market

Kidpreneurs were at the the Curious Collective Market on the weekend and the word on the street is they did a brilliantly well! Read more here....

25 October 2017


Talkable Speech Pathology FREE 10 Week Program

Would you like to take part in a FREE, 10-week program all about helping your child learn to talk?

Thanks to your votes, project Talkable has been funded through the City of Melville Project Robin Hood Grant Scheme.

Talkable is a FREE 10 week program for parents, grandparents and early childhood educators who care for a child under 3 years. Run by a Speech Pathologist, this program aims to give you all the skills you need to help create a rich language learning environment for your child.

This program will be kicking off in September 2017 and will be held within the City of Melville, Perth.

Head to the Talkable website for more info.

11 October 2017


It has only been two and a half months since the successful projects received funding and already so much has happened. Here're some of the updates:

  • A Home for Microbats- The Rotary Club of Attadale’s “Microbats and Minimizing the Mozzie Menace in Melville” project is progressing steadily. The Bicton Men’s Shed has completed the first run of fifty microbat roosting boxes and has the second run of fifty boxes cut out and ready for assembly. Melville residents can soon apply to for a subsidized roosting box.

Find out more...

  • Talkable Speech Pathology - Nineteen families are participating in the Talkable 10 week language
    learning program which kicked off on the 17th of September with a group seminar
    held at the picturesque Heathcote. The session was a great opportunity for
    families to meet and share their experiences of raising young children.

Read more...

  • Loki the Therapy Dog - We have booked our flights, accommodation and training course; and we are off on the 31st of October to train in animal therapy. We have visited some people and made them smile - so far so good! Good things to come after the course, watch this space!
  • Bushfoods and Native Species Community Corridor at Mount Pleasant Primary - Plans are currently being drawn up for Mount Pleasant Community verge. Stay tuned for more info!
  • Tree Deck Project at Palmyra Primary - We have just had some new plans drawn up for our deck as the platform was proving a little problematic due to safety issues. Hopefully we will be beginning the deck in the next few weeks. More updates to come!
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20 September 2017


The Kidpreneur Markets are off to a flying start!

The first all-kidpreneurs market will be held on Saturday, 2 December, 9am to11am at Blue Gum Community Centre.

Call-outs for kidpreneurs wanting to participate will be published on our Facebook page in early October, so if you’ve got a budding kidpreneur that would like to join in please keep an eye out for it.

We plan to hold the second market around Easter 2018.

The exciting news is that our grant will be enough to deliver not just the two all-kidpreneur markets: we’ve been able to take stalls at established local markets that you all know and love too!

In 2017, you’ll find kidpreneurs at:

  • Perth Makers Market, Sunday 24 September, 9:30am to 3:30pm, Heathcote Reserve
  • Curious Collective Market, Sunday 22 October, 9am to 1pm, City of Melville Main Hall
  • Rotary Jacaranda Festival, Saturday 25 November, 10am to 3pm, Ardross Street in Applecross

For all the latest news on the Kidpreneur Markets, subscribe to the project at https://melvilletalks.com.au/projectrobinhood/kidp...

13 September 2017


The Ombeardsmen from the 8 successful projects met together for the first time on 8 August to learn about their role as an Ombeardsman and 'who does what?'.


Citizens: The CreatorsCity of Melville: The Facilitators
  • Working out what needs to be done, when, how and who will do what (remember - it's your community project)
  • Facilitating project funding
  • Spending Project Robin Hood money responsibly
  • Encourage the project groups if required but will not be directly involved in managing or completing Project Robin Hood projects
  • Encouraging others to get involved and donate time, money or supplies
  • Helping with location and underground infrastructure if required
  • Managing the project, problem solving
  • helping groups keep things 'safe and legal'
  • Involving and communicating with the community
  • Helping funded groups find other sources of funding
  • Liaising with the City (if building on public land) to make sure infrastructure’s not damaged
  • Facilitating contact between groups
  • Completing the project
  • Celebrating when you are finished and sharing successes!
  • Maintaining the asset/structure in the future

You can view the Project Robin Hood Charter here.


Learning from Past Projects

Ombeardsman Will of the 2015 Webber Reserve Nature Play project gave an overview of what made the project a success - through fantastic conversations which led to funding from local businesses, materials and labour from residents, links to politicians, media, community groups, Indigenous community etc.

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With over 200 people from the community at the launch of the play space, the project has since inspired other projects and is now famous in nature play / park circles.

For more information on the park visit http://www.kids-around-perth.com/webber-reserve-na...

And when asked what were the benefits of their project, and this was what they said:

1. What would you say the benefits of the project were for those involved in it?

We were a bunch of neighbours who knew each other vaguely from dog walking and chance meetings at the park. Through Project Robin Hood …

  • We got an awesome park
  • We all became good friends and so did our kids.
  • We have since been able to call on each other for support
  • We gained skills in landscaping, limestone bricklaying, tile making, glazing, grouting, native planting, Noongar culture, grant writing, project management, budgeting and publicity
  • We gained a sense of personal investment and pride in our local park

  • 2. How would you say the wider community has benefited?

    The local community seemed to thrive on the energy generated by the project. Local pride about the park and our thriving community swelled. A neighbour confessed that he and his wife were thinking of moving out of the area but our Robin Hood project convinced them to stay. That year kindy enrolments boomed.

    The park has become a place where locals come to picnic. Families from surrounding suburbs come down to play. Regular birthday parties carry on next to the Naturescape. Holiday care providers bring their kids down on the holidays. The park now buzzes with colour and movement all year around.

    Miranda and Alex have opened a new café over the road from park in a formerly vacant shop. It serves the best coffee south of the river. Next door, a new organic shop has opened.


    You can find out how this year's funded projects are going by visiting their project pages here.

    Build and supply 150 Microbat boxes for local schools, community groups and the general public as part of a habitat development and education program.

    The project will use the funding to train an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog which will then be taken into a range of community groups, care and support services etc. within the City of Melville. Animal Assisted Therapy focuses on reducing stress, raising awareness for mental health, promoting community inclusion, and working towards helping people live a more fulfilling life.

    The creation of a new nature play space on the grounds of the Attadale Primary School which will be accessible to the wider community.

    The creation of a community verge that attracts local natives such as birds and lizards as well as growing bush tucker to eat which will be coordinated by Mount Pleasant Primary School. The community Bushfood Corridor will be located on the council side of the school fence running along the entire length of Gunbower between the intersections of St Michael’s Terrace and Henley Street, allowing community access at all times.

    To provide a local market twice a year exclusively for kidpreneurs (school age students running their own business) to sell their wares and services.

    A group of teachers, the school gardener and community members are working together to create a nature play area to replace the early childhood playground. The deck will provide a space to play, learn and congregate, the platform, just under the tree’s canopy will be a play area with possibilities only limited by the children’s imagination.

    The refurbishment of 2 of the Troy Park netball courts as part of the club's 50th birthday celebrations.

    A free speech therapy program for parents who are expecting a child or have a child under the age of 3 years, Grandparents who care for a child under the age of 3 years and Early childhood educators who work with young children 0 to 3 years.The group operate as a social enterprise and hope to provide the service to members of the community who may otherwise find it prohibitive for a range of reasons including financial etc.

    24 August 2017


    Winning Projects

    Hear ye, hear ye! 8 Public voting recipients were awarded a proportion of Project Robin Hood's $100,000 funding during an awards evening on Friday, 23 June 2017.

    The successful projects receiving funding were (in no particular order):

    Build and supply 150 Microbat boxes for local schools, community groups and the general public as part of a habitat development and education program.

    The project will use the funding to train an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog which will then be taken into a range of community groups, care and support services etc. within the City of Melville. Animal Assisted Therapy focuses on reducing stress, raising awareness for mental health, promoting community inclusion, and working towards helping people live a more fulfilling life.

    The creation of a new nature play space on the grounds of the Attadale Primary School which will be accessible to the wider community.

    The creation of a community verge that attracts local natives such as birds and lizards as well as growing bush tucker to eat which will be coordinated by Mount Pleasant Primary School. The community Bushfood Corridor will be located on the council side of the school fence running along the entire length of Gunbower between the intersections of St Michael’s Terrace and Henley Street, allowing community access at all times.

    To provide a local market twice a year exclusively for kidpreneurs (school age students running their own business) to sell their wares and services.

    A group of teachers, the school gardener and community members are working together to create a nature play area to replace the early childhood playground. The deck will provide a space to play, learn and congregate, the platform, just under the tree’s canopy will be a play area with possibilities only limited by the children’s imagination.

    The refurbishment of 2 of the Troy Park netball courts as part of the club's 50th birthday celebrations.

    A free speech therapy program for parents who are expecting a child or have a child under the age of 3 years, Grandparents who care for a child under the age of 3 years and Early childhood educators who work with young children 0 to 3 years.The group operate as a social enterprise and hope to provide the service to members of the community who may otherwise find it prohibitive for a range of reasons including financial etc.

    With nearly 2,500 people from across Melville involved in making the decision on the 22 projects submitted by community members they would allocate funds to, the community was spoilt for choice.

    For these funded projects, the road continues as the City will assign every project an “Ombeardsman” – a City staff member who will provide technical advice, guidance and support.

    Here are what some of the funded projects have to say about their win.

    What is Project Robin Hood about?

    Voting for Project Robin Hood III has now closed. The projects selected by you for funding will be announced soon! Thank you for participating.

    Project Robin Hood is a participatory budgeting project, where the community decides what to do with $100,000 (provided by the City of Melville) to be split into grants of $1,000 to $20,000. The City of Melville will provide a grant only, with grant recipients to manage their own projects. For more information visit the FAQ section of this page.

    Projects are presented by community groups, not-for-profit organisations, local businesses and individuals, and then the community votes online, with the most popular projects receiving funding

    Project Robin Hood encourages community participation and supports the creativity of community-owned project ideas.


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