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Where to vote this Saturday in Mosman Park

This Saturday (11 March) is election day for the WA State Government.

To cast your vote...

In person - visit:

Mosman Park Primary School
91 Victoria Street MOSMAN PARK 

Saint Hilda's Anglican School for Girls - Chidley Campus
McCabe Street MOSMAN PARK (note - this location has Wheel Chair Access)

If you are unable to vote in person, you can register NOW for online voting via the WAEC's iVote system.  Once registered, you can vote using iVote any time from now until election day.

If you have any questions about the state election,

  • visit the WAEC website at elections.wa.gov.au  
  • send an email to waec@waec.wa.gov.au
  • or call the Election Line on 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400 8.30 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday

For those needing additional assistance:
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) 13 14 50 and then ask for (08) 9214 0400
National Relay Service 133 677 and then ask for (08) 9214 0400  

Protecting Our Coast and Rivers

 

National release to control wild rabbits

The Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) has been selected to participate in a national release of a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (calicivirus) called RHDV1 K5.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority spent 18 months assessing the application for registration of RHDV1 K5 before approving it for release in mid-2016.

Nearly 1000 landholders and community groups in Australia have registered to be involved in the release of the new strain which is anticipated to help control rabbit numbers across Australia.

The release is supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) who advocate for an integrated pest management approach, i.e. integrating a number of different control approaches targeting multiple pest species at the same time.

RHDV1 K5 is a variant of the strain of RHDV1 already used in Australia. RHDV1 K5 is a Korean strain of the calicivirus and is not a new virus. There is a vaccine (Cylap®) for prevention of RHDV1 disease that has been available in Australia since 1996.

Prior to registering RHDV1 K5 for use in wild rabbit control, a NSW Department of Primary Industries pilot study through the Invasive Animals CRC examined the vaccine for suitability in protecting domestic and production rabbits from RHDV1 K5. This experiment compared the mortality of a small number of vaccinated and unvaccinated rabbits that were subsequently infected with a high dose of RHDV1 K5.

All of the rabbits vaccinated with the currently available vaccine survived the infection with RHDV1 K5. None of the unvaccinated rabbits survived.

Pet rabbit owners are encouraged to get further advice from their veterinarian prior to the release in the week starting 27 February. Further information is available on http://www.pestsmart.org.au/

The virus only affects rabbits and does not infect dogs, cats or native animals.

Wild rabbits are estimated to cause over $200 million dollars in damage to Australian agriculture every year, and they are recognised as a potential threat to at least 304 native threatened species. They are also a nuisance across Perth chewing up home grown vegetables and damaging native revegetation sites before they have a chance to develop.

The nominated sites in the WESROC area are City Beach, Town of Cambridge, John Black Dune Park, Town of Cottesloe, Point Resolution, Swanbourne Dunes and Bishop Road Reserve, City of Nedlands and Chidley Reserve in the Town of Mosman Park.

Under favourable conditions, the virus can be expected to travel 10s of kilometres within weeks. It should be noted that there are other release sites in the metropolitan area. As such rabbits may be infected from other release areas.

Mosman Park Reels In Fishing Waste to Protect Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s fishing line project “Reel It In” has hooked another Council into its initiative focused on reducing fishing waste in the Swan Canning Riverpark.  

The Town of Mosman Park is the latest Council to get involved and has recently installed purpose-built fishing waste bins at Mosman Bay jetty and Garungup Park jetty. 

The bins are installed at popular jetties, fishing platforms, traffic bridges and foreshores and the Town now joins eight other river-side Councils involved in the project, lifting the number dedicated bins in the Riverpark to 53 in total.

Parks and Wildlife Manager of volunteers and community, Jason Menzies, said the project has been growing in strength and the participation of the Town of Mosman Park was great newsThe Department of Parks and Wildlife’s fishing line project “Reel It In” has hooked another Council into its initiative focused on reducing fishing waste in the Swan Canning Riverpark.  The Town of Mosman Park is the latest Council to get involved and has recently installed purpose-built fishing waste bins at Mosman Bay jetty and Garungup Park jetty. 

The bins are installed at popular jetties, fishing platforms, traffic bridges and foreshores and the Town now joins eight other river-side Councils involved in the project, lifting the number dedicated bins in the Riverpark to 53 in total.

Parks and Wildlife Manager of volunteers and community, Jason Menzies, said the project has been growing in strength and the participation of the Town of Mosman Park was great news for Riverpark wildlife.  

“Reel It In is a cost effective solution to the really serious problem of fishing line entanglement,” Mr Menzies said.  “Recently, we had a six-month-old dolphin calf in the river suffering from an entanglement; and the sad thing is that for every fishing line death or injury we know about, there would be hundreds that go unnoticed.”

Mr Menzies said Reel It In was helping to reduce the impact and that over the last three years the community had helped to remove more than 44km of fishing line. “The community and riverside Councils have really become involved in this project,” Mr Menzies said.

 “On top of the large amount of fishing line we have removed from the Riverpark, another 7,600 hooks and sinkers, 6,600 bait bags and 18,000 pieces of general rubbish have been disposed of correctly.”

Town of Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris said the health and safety of Riverpark wildlife were at the heart of the Council’s decision to get involved in the project.  “Reel It In is a simple solution to make our Swan River safer and more sustainable,” Mayor Norris said.  “As a Council with river frontage, it is our duty and responsibility to strike the right balance between offering opportunities for fishing and protecting and preserving our precious air and water borne creatures.”

The Town of Mosman Park is now looking for local volunteers to assist with emptying the fishing line bins through the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s River Guardian’s Program.  For further information or to register your interest, please contact Jason Menzies at the Department on 08 9219 9999.
 

Warm Welcome for New Aussies and Local Legend on Australia Day

On a scorching Australia Day 2017, hundreds of locals gathered at the Town of Cottesloe’s Civic Centre where the Towns of Cottesloe and Mosman Park and the Shire of Peppermint Grove hosted their annual community celebration and gave a warm welcome to new Aussie citizens and one very special guest.  

In attendance was former captain of the Fremantle Dockers football club, Matthew Pavlich, in his role as an Australia Day ambassador.  Many young (and not so young) fans took the opportunity to meet ‘Pav’, to have their picture taken with him and to thank him for his years of service to the Fremantle community.  

On the day, 19 Mosman Park residents confirmed their Australian citizenship, having come to us from the United Kingdom and the USA as well as more exotic locations such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Chile and Bangladesh.  Mayor Norris officiated at the ceremony for the newly-affirmed citizens and welcomed them to the community.  A highlight, as always, of the occasion, was the announcement of the winners of the Town of Mosman Park’s Australia Day Awards.  

Citizen of the Year 2017 was presented to Ms Rhonda Miller, who has nobly served as Chaplain at the Mosman Park Primary School and School for Deaf Children since 2007.  Rhonda has demonstrated leadership on several community issues, encouraging local children to participate in charitable works as well as helping at-risk families and organising ANZAC and NAIDOC celebrations and activities.  She has shown leadership in promoting and providing before and after school as well as weekend activities for local children including breakfast clubs, swimming and netball coaching and parental support including indigenous students.  Rhonda exhibits inspiring qualities as a role model through showing genuine care, concern and commitment to the local school and wider community, offering grief and loss groups, programs on such issues as parenting, cyber bullying and protective behaviours.  To best assist the school community and their families, in her own time, Rhonda has secured additional professional qualifications including a Diploma of Counselling to enhance her effectiveness to the school community. She has also become competent in Auslan to enhance communication with Deaf students. 

Citizen of the Year (Youth) 2017 was presented to Amy Brades.  Amy is a positive and inspiring member of the Mosman Park community and has been an active member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council since 2014, and has also taken on a leadership and coaching role in local junior sport, including netball. During that time she has volunteered her time at many community events and is known for her willing spirit and ready smile.  

The award for Citizen of the Year (Senior) 2017 was presented to Brian Millmore.  Brian was Chairman and an active committee member of the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed from 2013 onwards, and led many enhancement and improvements of the Shed in its interactions with the community and has imparted his wisdom and leadership to many members.  He embodies the very spirit of the Men’s Shed movement, and has devoted much time and energy to its preservation and enhancement within Mosman Park and further afield.  

Finally, the Active Citizenship - Community Group of the Year 2017  was presented to the Mosman Park Community Group, accepted on their behalf by Sue Tinson, who herself is a former Citizen of the Year.  The Mosman Park Community Group is a not for profit seniors club that has operated for 20 years – meeting weekly at the Alf Adams Pavilion in Mosman Park, offering members social and sporting opportunities for local seniors.  Congratulations to all of our new Australian citizens and to all of the winners of our Australia Day Awards for this year.

For images of the Australia Day celebration and of the award recipients, visit our Facebook page here

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