Meet Leanne, Our Community Development Officer for Aboriginal Engagement

We offer a range of local community services, events and cultural activities throughout the year for people to get to know one another and do things together to achieve a sense of community.

Our roles

We've provided a range of programs, events and community infrastructure to address community needs.We seek to encourage and support community groups and initiatives that prompt residents to work together for the benefit of the community.

Some of the programs we initiated include:

We also run a range of events throughout the year, including:

  • Point Walter Concert: The 23rd annual Point Walter concert was the biggest and best yet, with over 12,000 people of all ages coming togetherto enjoy festivities at the iconic Point Walter foreshore for music, dancing, activities and a grand fireworks finale to celebrate 50 years as a city.
  • Limestone Concert Series
  • Art Awards have been running for 42 years and have showcased thousands of Western Australian
  • Other events include Merge Festival, Art in Place - Confluence Projections, Open Studios & Exhibitions Art Trail, Volunteer Event, Little Hands Children's Event, Music @ Murdoch and Wireless Hill Open Day for International Museums Day.

We aim to provide accessible facilities and services which meet the diverse needs our communities including community infrastructure where they can gather. Places include:

  • Libraries – A.H. Bracks Library, Canning Bridge Library Lounge, Civic Square Library, Bull Creek Library, and Willagee Library. Library services upgraded a number of their technologies including converting the library management system to a ‘cloud’ environment, providing a new library catalogue with improved customer experience and allowing easier access to eResources, as well as the introduction of a new customer self-service facility for printing from personal devices.
  • Museum, Arts and Culture at Wireless Hill Museum and Heathcote Museum and Gallery including Heathcote Accessible Tours (HAT) in partnership with Attitudinal Healing.
  • Community Hubs: Willagee Community Centre, Blue Gum Community Centre, Bull Creek Community Centre.

As a provider, we:

  • Developed the online Community Engagement platform Melville Talks which currently have over 4,000 registered users who comment on the City's projects, plans and strategies, as well as participate in discussion with their online community.
  • Developed the Noongar Interpretive Signage Trails.
  • Produced the Aboriginal History community educational leaflet.
  • Ensured our Aboriginal Engagement Officers engaged with the Aboriginal community on a range of issues.
  • Provided access at community events – accessible toilets, ramps, signage and access to site.
  • Provide Auslan Interpreters at events including the Point Walter Concert.
  • Ensured accessible toilets at City parks and public venues.
  • Installed adult change table facility at Deep Water Point
  • Improved barrier kerbs in ACROD parking bays.
  • Created a Disability Transport Service under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.
  • Put together the Homelessness Flyer to assist anyone looking for immediate support and referrals to services for food and accommodation
  • Put together the Age-Friendly Melville Directory
  • Developed the Canning Bridge Art Trail guide
  • Installed four new public artworks in locations identified through the Public Art Strategy community consultation - including the Waiting in the Wings at the Applecross jetty, Spirit at the Attadale Dog Beach Park, Seed at Piney Lakes, and I put a Moon in the Applecross Village. All provide opportunities for community interaction.
  • Continued to operate the Access Advisory Panel, established in 2013.

We also delivered:

As a partner, we:

  • Engaged in Age-Friendly Forums with the Council on the Ageing.
  • Worked with the Department of Transport on the Magical Mystery Tours for Seniors.
  • Worked with Alzheimers WA and Attitudinal Healing on bringing an international speaker on dementia to present to the Melville community.
  • Worked with Bull Creek Scouts to run the Harmony Week Outdoor Movie Night, an outdoor movie screening of Moana along with multicultural food trucks and pre-movie performances by local multicultural groups
  • Funded and partnered with Garden City, LGBTI Rights in Ageing and Celebrate Ageing to bring the Lovefest 2018 photo exhibition and festival.
  • Ensured the delivery of the Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo with Cities of Cockburn and Fremantle.
  • Worked on the Piney Lakes Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women's Trail artwork project with Djidi Djidi Committee.
  • Developed the Melville Age Friendly Accessible Businesses Network (MAFAB), in consultation with Garden City and AMP.
  • Developed the Mums and Bubs Program for Aboriginal parents of young children with The Bump and Medicare Local.
  • Partnered with Garden City, Coffea Fine Espresso to establish a monthly Memory Cafe for people living with dementia and their carers
  • Partnered with Murdoch Uni & Perth Symphony Orchestra to present free symphony in the park concerts annually over 3 years.
  • Partnered with Perth Makers Markets to present art and craft markets at Heathcote Cultural Precinct.
  • Partnered with WAAPA to present a site specific performance over 6 nights at Wireless Hill.
  • Partnered with Artitja Art to present a NAIDOC week exhibition of indigenous works from remote communities.
  • Partnered with Melville Citizens Relief Fund to distribute emergency relief.

We aim to encourage a diverse range of arts and entertainment options across our city. We've partnered with a range of organisation to achieve the following:

  • Free Family Outdoor Film Screening for local primary schools.
  • Afternoon Tea for Child Protection Week.
  • Adopt-a-Stop with Wandoo Recreation Facility.
  • Art Awards with Murdoch Uni, St John of God and Garden City.
  • Garage Sale Trail.

We've funded various community projects through:

  • The Community Partnership Fund which provides financial and non-monetary grants, approved 67 applications, supported 47 events held in the City and provided $89,918 in grants towards projects worth $301,725
  • Friendly Neighbourhoods events
  • Project Robin Hood, a participatory budgeting process which received over 2,400 votes from local community to decide on spending priorities. Eight community projects out of 22 were selected to be funded during round three of the project.
  • Friendly Neighbourhoods grants of up to $250. Thirteen were approved in 2017-2018 for individuals and community groups wanting to host events which help connect local communities and build networks.

We have also provided special financial assistance to members of the community via:

As a regulator, we ensured compliance with the Administration of Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

We also obtained membership to the World Health Organisation Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Guidelines

As a facilitator, we:

  • Ensured the Access Advisory Panel went ahead.
  • Ensured that large-print books, materials and audio for people with visual impairments is provided at libraries.
  • Developed the work experience program for Leeming Senior High School special education students at Blue Gum Community Centre.
  • Sought referral of people with disabilities for volunteer positions.
  • Facilitated the Digital Hub, around the use of mobile technologies.
  • Coordinated multicultural activities, such as the Japanese festival.
  • Facilitate the South of the River Forum - a bi-monthly forum for over 55's on priority topics from the Age-Friendly Melville Plan
  • Faciliate a bi-monthly network meeting (MASN) for service providers and organisations
  • Co-ordinate a Creative Networking Forum for local artists and creative businesses every two months, showcasing various locations and facilities within the City.
  • Facilitated the Melville Cultural Network and the Brentwood 60th Anniversary celebrations.
  • We aim to preserve and celebrate our history and cultural heritage, including the special role of Bibbulmun people as the First Peoples.
  • We are a Social Justice Advocate.
  • We offer holiday watch patrols to residents at no extra cost.

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