Thursday, December 24, DAYSAdam PoulsenSEAFOOD lovers havebeen stocking up in thelead-up to Christmas, aftertrade tensions betweenAustralia and China led toa flood of WA lobster hitting the local market.Those in the know havebeen flocking to FremantleFishing Boat Harbour,where fishermen havebeen offloading their catchdirect to the consumer.Kombination Seafoodsowner Lisa Cowley, fromCannington, has also beentaking advantage of “backof-boat” sales, purchasingINSIDEdirect from fishermen andthen on-selling to the public.“It’s been fabulous; people love buying back-of-boat local seafood,” shesaid.“I love supporting theCONTINUED PAGE 4Christmas parcel scam warningSCAMMERS are using aCity of Belmont emailaddress to target unsuspecting residents, prompting a warning for people toimmediately delete themessage.The council said it wasaware an email was beingsent to residents pretend-FESTIVE FLYERSanta Claus takes flightPage 4SVBing to be from a Cityaddress telling the recipient there was a packagewaiting to be picked upfrom a warehouse.It warns that it is the lastchance to claim the package to avoid furtheractions.A WA ScamNet spokes-man said it was a classicpostage scam message.“Those who click on thelink would probably beredirected to a fake delivery website, which asks foryour personal details and/or credit card details to beable to receive the parcel,”he said.

2NEWSDecember 24, 2020NEWS . 1-8STAGE . 9FOOD . 10TRADES DIRECTORY . 11-12EMPLOYMENT . 13CLASSIFIEDS . 13INSIDEFILM . 13MOTORING . 14SPORT . 15Editorial Director:News Production:Design:Features Editor:Digital Editor:Amanda KeenanDavid FriedlosCarly PiltonArylene Westlake-JenningsAlison MiddletonGeneral inquiries:Email:9237 [email protected]:Carmelle Wilkinson(Canning, South Perth)Sarah Brookes(Belmont, Victoria Park)9237 14649237 1455CONTACT USPhotographers:David Baylis, Andrew RitchieAdvertising Manager:Max Wilson0420 927 511Advertising Executive:Andrew Clark0413 444 031Contact Centre/Trades:Ilsa YatesDistribution9237 14651800 811 855Published by: Community Newspaper Group50 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017.Printed by Colourpress54 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017.Partners in adventureCarmelle WilkinsonTHE brainchilds of two localentrepreneurs have cometogether to help people makethe most of their next getaway,Adventureequipmenthire company Quipmo andonline property bookingplatform WA Homestay arejoining forces in hopes ofconnecting locals and tourists with both gear andaccommodation for theirnext holiday.Quipmo is an online peerto-peer site connecting surf,bike and snow gear ownerswith like-minded travellersneeding gear to rent, andcurrently operates in 21countries.WA Homestay founderAmanda Walker, from Willetton, said the partnershipwould add value to herguests’ holiday experience.“The South-West in particular is a world-renownedoutdoor adventure destination,’’ she said. “By partnering with Quipmo, our guestscan rent anything from anelectric bike, to a stand-uppaddle board, kayak, surfboard and more to enjoy theregion without the hassle oftransporting bulky gear.”AdventureenthusiastChris Evans founded Quipmo in 2015 after what hedescribed as a “light bulbmoment”.“I realised the challengeand frustration of findingGenerousappealRIVERTON MLA MikeNahan has thanked the community for supporting his2020 Vinnies WA ChristmasAppeal.“We had the challenge ofbeating last year’s recordcollection and I am delightedto say that we did it, with myoffice overflowing with fooddonations” Dr Nahan said.With over three large boxes collected, Dr Nahan saidhe was in awe of the generous spirit shown by local residents despite being in themidst of a global pandemic.“I would like to give a special thank you to the children from Willetton’s NidoEarly Learning Centre andtheir families, who onceagain exceeded expectationsby delivering boxes of food tosupport their local community,’’ he said.Quipmo founder Chris Evans and WA Homestay founderAmanda Walker.qualityadventuregearwhen you are travelling, andthe cost of transporting thatgear from home when youhead to remote locations wasa recurring theme,” he said.“The problem to solve washow to make accessing quality gear for adventurersmore efficient, affordable,and readily available.”Both Chris and Amandaagree that while COVID-19had created enormous chal-SVBlenges for the world’s tourism industry, they wereboth optimistic about the domestic travel market.“I think this period has really opened many people’seyes to how very lucky weare to have WA as our backyard; there really has neverbeen a better time to go andexplore it,’’ Chris said.For more ason’sgreetingsWELCOME to a special combined edition of the Southern and Canning gazettes.A second combined edition next week will bring youall the local news fromacross the region.We wish all our readers aMerry Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous NewYear.

NEWSDecember 24, 20203Turf luck for hockey clubSarah BrookesTHE final chapter in thelong-running debate overthe future use of HigginsPark has been decided.The Town of Victoria Parkwill establish a workinggroup to explore opportunities for the future development of the Victoria ParkXavier Hockey Club aftercouncillorsunanimouslybacked staff recommendations not to include a synthetic hockey turf in themultimillion-dollar redevelopment of Higgins Park.The redevelopment of the8ha site will now proceed tothe design developmentstage after the council adopted a design that will accommodate training and gamesfor the Victoria Park RaidersJunior Football Club.VictoriaParkXavierHockeyClub’sStewartLamont said after nearly twodecades of lobbying for better facilities within the Town,the club was understanda-bly disappointed by the outcome.“We have more than 650members who play hockeyfor our club and we are thelargest sporting club byplayer numbers in theTown,” he said.“We have some amazingelite players who play in theAustralian teams and havebeen selected for the TokyoOlympics.“We need a synthetic turfbecause it is the future ofour sport. Internationallynearly everyone plays onturf. People keep commenting that we should be playing at Curtin but there is noroom for our club.“After 18 years, we feelthere should be more of asense of urgency aboutwhere we can place a hockeyfacility within the Town.”Bentley resident SteveWalker argued a synthetichockey field at Higgins Parkwas feasible.“Don’t be fooled intothinking another opportuni-ty will arise for hockey,” hesaid. “It won’t. They’ve beentrying for decades and yetthe result is still zero.“It is dangerous for theTown to go down the path ofa complete football focus atHiggins Park.”Mayor Karen Vernonmoved a successful amendment calling on the CEO tocontinue to work with thehockey club to identify further partnerships and location opportunities.A meeting will be orga-nised by the end of Februarybetween the club, representatives of council and theTown, and Hockey WA to discuss the club’s futurerequirements and establisha working group.“It will provide greatercertainty, structure andtimeframe for the Town’scommitment for continuingto work with the hockey clubto explore opportunities forthe future development oftheir club in the Town,” shesaid.Fears forsurge inhomelessVictoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon wants people to shop in Vic Park this festive season. Picture: Andrew RitchieYour festive entertainment all wrapped upTHE Town of Victoria Parkis inviting the people ofPerth to Unwrap Vic Parkthis festive season.The Town has launched acampaign that highlightsall there is to see and do inthe area during Decemberand January, providingmuch-needed support forlocal businesses includingeateries, retail and enter-tainment.Victoria Park MayorKaren Vernon said the areawas known for its bustlingcafe strip, entertainmentprecinct and a number ofPerth’s hidden gems.She said 2020 had been achallenging year and few inthe community had notbeen affected in some wayby COVID-19.“This year, more thanever, we want to encourageour community to chooselocal businesses for shopping, dining out and entertaining over the festiveseason,” Mrs Vernon said.“Vic Park is home tosome truly unique experiences and we’d love to sharethem with the people ofPerth.“We’ve made visitingeven easier with one-hourfree parking in all paidparking bays along AlbanyHighway during Decemberand January.”A quick online search for‘Unwrap Vic Park’ revealsan online hub with all VicPark has to offer, includingcommunity-ledevents,Christmas lights trail andSVBTown-wide Pinterest boardfilled with gift ideas.“After what has been avery socially separatedyear, we want bring back afeeling of togetherness,”Mrs Vernon said.“We’re reaching out toourcommunity,localgroups and businesses tohelp spread the joy. It’s nottoo late to get involved.”THE economic fallout fromthe coronavirus is expectedto result in a 15 per centincrease in homelessness insoutheastern suburbs nextyear, according to new analysis that also predicts thenumber of families facinghousing stress will rise bymore than 34 per cent in theregion.The landmark economicstudy by Equity Economicspredicts people living in Belmont, Canning and VictoriaPark are among those to behardest hit.The report, commissionedby Everybody’s Home, a coalition attempting to fix Australia’s broken housingsystem and end homelessness, is calling for the StateGovernment to invest 2.1billion in social housing.Everybody’s Home spokeswoman Kate Colvin saidthe modelling painted afrightening picture for themonths and years ahead.“A secure, stable home isamong our basic needs,” shesaid.“With decent housing wecan fulfil our dreams, raise afamily and connect with ourcommunity.“Take it away and even themostresilientperson’sworld will shatter into a million pieces.“Social housing investmentsimultaneouslyattacks homelessness frommultiple angles.”

4NEWSDecember 24, 2020NO REINDEERS REQUIREDBefore Santa takes flight to deliver gifts to children around the world, he took a little time to prepare atiFly in Rivervale. Instructor Anthony Skipsey donned the red suit and stepped inside the tunnel at theindoor skydiving venue in the lead-up to Christmas. General manager Jarrad Kline said the centre hadproven popular with many giving the gift of flight this festive season.Seafood and eat itFROM PAGE 1local industry and my passion is to get people eatingmore local seafood.”Ms Cowley – who sells atFremantle Fishing BoatHarbour, Freo Farmers Market and Perth City Farm –said business was booming.“Consumersdefinitelyappreciate being able to getfresh-caughtseafoodstraight from the source,”she said.SVB“Most of the fishermenare selling lobsters for about 42 to 45 a kilo, and I sellthem for 50 a kilo frozen.”The model has proved particularly popular since theState Government allowedcommercialfisherstoincrease the number of lobsters sold from the back oftheir boat to 200 per landingduring December and January.The move came after China rejected the WA seafooddelicacy amid a raft of sanctions and tariffs.Business has also beenbooming at Perth Markets inCanning Vale, with plenty ofpurchases of fresh seafoodat the Saturday Markets inpreparation for Christmas.The markets have beenflooded with supplies offresh stone fruit, with varieties of plums, peaches, cherries and nectarines provingpopular. Mangoes are also infull supply.

NEWSDecember 24, 20205Virtual permits a new realityStadiumparkingreliefSarah BrookesKensington Primary School Year 4 students Maya Kendrick, Ethan Stonel, Stella Balding and Louis Kelly with theirPicasso Cows submission Queen Banksia Moonlight Coco-Rose. Picture: Andrew RitchieStudents unleash Pab-moo PicassoKENSINGTONPrimarySchoolstudentshavebrushed up the history ofAustralia’s dairy industryby taking part in DairyAustralia’scurriculumbased learning program,Picasso Cows.For more than a decade,the Picasso Cows programhas challenged primaryschool students to channeltheir inner Picasso by decorating their very own lifesize fibreglass cow.It teaches students aboutthe health and nutritionalbenefits of dairy foods,what life is like on a dairyfarm and how milk is produced to bring dairy products from the farm to plate.“Everyparticipatingschool receives their veryown life-like cow to paintand decorate while completing the digital educational program,” DairyAustralia schools engagementadviserJennieAnnand said.KensingtonteacherDianne Filmer declared theschool’s new artistic installation a class favourite.“Queen Banksia Moonlight Coco-Rose is a suitable name for our lovelylady,” Ms Filmer said.“The students have thoroughlyenjoyedtheprogram and have reallyloved the hands-on experiences.”SVBTHE Town of Victoria Parkhas rolled out a virtual parking permit system that willease the burden on Burswood Peninsula residentsaffected by the overflow ofevent-goers scouring thestreets for parking duringevents at Optus Stadium.The Town’s parking coordinator Amadeus Rainbow said vPermit was a userfriendly digital system thatwould help address the current parking challenges andsimplify the permit application process.Smarter City Solutionshead of business development Michael Doherty saidthat based on previous experience of delivering virtualpermits to councils aroundAustralia, the implementation of virtual permits inVictoria Park should be wellreceived and help streamline the process of residential parking management.“vPermit’stechnologystreamlines the entire process for residents and thecouncil, and residents canhave peace of mind knowingtheir paper permits won’t bestolen or lost,” he said.“In the past, council had todedicate hours to themanual distribution and authentication of paper permits, which was alsoremoved as a result of implementingthisadvancedlicence-plate-based technology.”“The residents of VictoriaPark will now be able to easily apply for and managetheirparkingpermitsthrough vPermit so they canconveniently access parkingnear their homes.”

6NEWSDecember 24, 2020Mayors David Goode, Karen Vernon, Patrick Hall and Ruth Butterfield.Learning from pastLEARNING from the Inquiry into the City of Perth willbe the first priority of analliance of local mayors representing the southeast corridor.The South-East CorridorMayors’ Group — comprising the mayors and chiefexecutives of the cities ofCanning,GosnellsandArmadale and the Town ofVictoria Park — will focuson advocacy, transport,infrastructure,economyand employment, tourism,environment, education andtraining, as well as animproved level of co-operation and collaboration.But ensuring best practiceSVBis maintained is at the top oftheir concerns.The Perth council was suspended in 2018 after years ofscandal.A recent forum to discussthe findings of the Inquirywas attended by mayors,councillors, CEOs and directors, and included a Q&Asession with representativesfrom the Department ofLocal Government, Sport &Cultural Industries and WaLocal Government Association.Canning Mayor PatrickHall said local governmentplayed a vital role in the daily lives of residents.“Being part of the South-EastCorridorMayors’Group means we’re in agreat position to worktogether to reduce red tapeand the duplication of effort,and to deliver on our promise to ratepayers and ourcommunity,” Mr Hall said.VictoriaParkMayorKaren Vernon said the formation of the group offeredmuch-neededperspectiveand insight.“Discussing these issuesmeans we can learn fromeach other to adapt andimprove our processes ineach local government – andsee the bigger picture whichleads to a benefit for ourcommunity,” she said.

NEWSDecember 24, 20207Mosey into retirementSarah BrookesAFTER 36 years of dedication and service, long-timeeducator, parent, grandparent, artist, groundskeeperand parent managementcommittee member LynnMosedale has officiallyretired from a much-lovedcommunity kindy in Manning.Affectionately known asMrs Mosey, Mrs Mosedalehas helped nurture around1000 kindy kids during hermore than three decades atthe McDougall Park Community Kindergarten.At her retirement celebration, Mrs Mosey wasthanked by past and presentfamilies and plans wereannouncedfor‘MoseyIsland’ next year - a newplayground structure thathopes to inspire future children to adopt Mrs Mosedale’s adventurous spiritand imagination.Mrs Mosedale first joinedthe community kindy as aparent when her childrenattended. She was laterhired as the kindy’s education assistant, a position shehas held for the past 29 years.Throughout her time atkindy Mrs Mosedale hasgone far beyond the call ofeducator, getting involved inall elements of the kindyfrom helping with thegrounds and gardens topainting the eye-catchingmurals that dot the grounds.Lynn Mosedale is retiring after 36 years at McDougall ParkCommunity Kindergarten.Picture: Jack and Purdy PhotographyCurtin Primary Schoolprincipal Jennifer Broz saidMrs Mosey had made anincredible contribution.“For more than three decades, Lynn has been at theheart of McDougall ParkCommunity Kindy,” shesaid.“Her enthusiasm, passionand care for all of the kindykids is evident in everythingthat the kids do and in everynook and cranny of the kindergarten.”McDougall Park Community Kindergarten haswelcomed kindy studentssince 1966. Mrs Mosedale’sinvolvement of 36 years is arecord that is likely to holdfor some time.SVB

8NEWSDecember 24, 2020Way of the future. Curtin University’s self-driving bus.Innovation driveSELF-driving vehicles havebeen given a cautiousthumbs-up by residents atSwanCare Bentley.Curtin University recently conducted a research project in conjunction withSwancare, examining howseniors feel about using selfdriving vehicles.And while the majority ofresidents were open to theidea of using a self-drivingbus to travel around theSwanCare retirement complex, reservations remainedabout operating on publicroads.Curtin’s self-driving buswas taken to the SwanCareretirement village recentlySVBto show residents the busand provide them with anopportunity to ask researchers questions about theemerging technology.Residents also took part ininterviews to express theirenthusiasm or concernsabout using a self-drivingbus.SwanCare chief executiveGraham Francis was excitedto partner with Curtin University for the project.“It was great to see ourresidents actively embracing technology and expressing interest in learning moreabout the self-driving bus,’’he said. “The future ofretirement is changing fast,especially with rapidly progressing technology.“We endeavour to keepinnovative in our practicesand focus on continuousimprovement with technology in our SwanCare community.”SwanCare residents werealso invited to Curtin University to ride the self-driving bus around the Bentleycampus.Self-driving vehicles areexpected to bring numerousbenefits to society, includingreduced traffic collisions,fewer road fatalities, bettertraffic flow, less vehicleemissions and more enjoyable travel time.

STAGEDecember 24, 2020In for longstretchTanya MacNaughtonCIRCUS artist Sam Smith’s 2020turned out much like The Clash hitShould I Stay or Should I Go afterthe pandemic closed theperformer’s Leicester Squareshow Cafe de Paris in March.“I’ve been in London for fouryears and normally come backfor Fringe World but I’d decidedto stay to see what a Londonwinter was like, which I endedup regretting,” Smith, whogrew up in Duncraig, said.“We didn’t know when itwould open up and if it didopen up, then I w