All material on this site is written/authorised by John Logan, 10 Ranleigh Way Greenwood WA
BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY
City of Joondalup to roll out more defibrillators
DEFIBRILLATORS will be installed outside more community facilities in Perth’s north to help save more lives in emergencies.
The City of Joondalup plans to install another 27 automated external defibrillators (AED) at 21 of its facilities over the next two years.
The portable, battery-operated electronic devices can diagnose potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias when connected to patients and treat them through defibrillation.
A March council report said there were 115 AEDs registered with St John within the City but only 25 were publicly available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 000 for a pin code in an emergency.
Councillors supported the recommendation to roll out more of the devices, which would cost $68,500, and Cr John Logan’s additional request that it consider allocating funds to install more at other facilities in future budgets.
Once installed, all units will be registered on the St John Ambulance community first responder program, which aims to connect AEDs to cardiac arrest victims prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
Cr Logan first requested the initiative in March 2019, with the council agreeing to investigate locations last November.
He said for every minute someone was in cardiac arrest, their chances of survival decreased, so the sooner first responders could get a defibrillator to them, the better their chances of survival.
As part of the program, St John maintains the ‘First Responder’ app which includes a map of all publicly accessible AEDs that have been registered in WA and contact details for the AED owner.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City had consulted with other local governments who had undertaken similar AED rollouts and their feedback was that the units had been widely welcomed by their community and community groups.
“Data shows that for every minute someone is in cardiac shock, their chance of survival reduces by 10 to 12 per cent,” he said.
“The use of an AED during a cardiac incident has been shown to improve that outcome.
“While council makes many important decisions, it is not often we are charged with making a decision that has the potential to save a life – or lives.”
The first stage of the rollout in 2020-21 will include Heathridge Park Clubrooms, Iluka Sports Complex, Kingsley Memorial Clubrooms, Penistone Park Community Sporting Facility in Greenwood, Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility in Sorrento, Warwick Bowling Club, MacNaughton Park Clubrooms in Kinross, Currambine Community Centre, Admiral Park Community Sporting Facility in Heathridge, Forrest Park Community Sporting Facility and Gibson Park Community Facility in Padbury, Mildenhall in Duncraig, Connolly Community Centre, Rob Baddock Community Hall in Kallaroo, and Warwick Hall.
The second stage is planned for 2021-22 at another 12 facilities, including Beaumaris Community Centre in Ocean Reef, Flinders Park Community Hall and Whitford Senior Citizens Centre in Hillarys, Ellersdale Park Clubrooms in Warwick, Sorrento Community Hall, and Calectasia Hall in Greenwood.
Others will be installed at toilet facilities at Burns Beach Park, Iluka Beach Park, Ocean Reef Beach Park (boat harbour), Hillarys Foreshore Reserve (Whitford Dog Beach), Hillarys Beach Park (Whitford Nodes), and Marmion Foreshore Reserve, adjacent to Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club.
CORONAVIRUS SLOWS BLOOD DONATIONS
That bug coronavirus, has been taking a toll on donations of blood which can be the difference between people surviving or not….for so many people the blood and plasma donations they receive are gifts of life. Red Cross Lifeblood sent an SOS for donations a few days ago which, thankfully, many Aussies responded to….it makes me proud to be an Australian when I hear that sort of generosity. However, blood and plasma donations remain vital going forward. To give you some idea of what’s needed: Lifeblood is calling for 10,000 appointments nationally over the next few weeks, 1,000 in WA and 185 at the Edgewater Donor Centre. Louise Rowe, from Red Cross Lifeblood tells us more. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 25/03/2020)
CORONAVIRUS GETS A HOLD ON SPORT
We’re a multicultural country but there’s one thing the vast majority of us have in common……our love of sport. You’d be hard pressed to find an Aussie who doesn’t follow a sport ….it’s part of the social fabric of our nation. Of course we don’t all play sport, if more of us did we’d be physically healthier, but we do love getting together informally to embrace sport….and of course most of us aren’t shy in expressing an opinion on those big sports like Aussie Rules, cricket, soccer basketball, and so forth. So what may happen now the plug has been pulled on sports, professional and community sports alike, as a result of the coronavirus? What impact will no sport, or very little sport, have on us? Professor Dawn Penney is a professional research fellow at Edith Cowan University’s School of Education who’s been leading a study into the value of informal sport. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 25/03/2020)
JOBS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
I think we can all agree that we’re facing tough times: businesses are struggling, the State’s unemployment is high (currently 5.8 per cent) and we face a challenging future due to uncertainty around global economics and, dare I say, due to coronavirus. About three million people are living below the poverty line in our so-called “lucky country”. Of the people with disabilities about 40 per cent are living below the poverty line. While times are tough for most of us they’re much tougher for some than for others. People with disabilities trying to find a job are among the hardest hit in tough times. Jacquie Thomson is the chief executive of the Ability Centre and Goodwill Engineering. The Ability Centre supports and provides services for people with a range of disabilities and Goodwill Engineering is one of the eight WA Disabilities Enterprises. Jacquie tells us about the challenges facing people with disabilities who are willing and able to work. Importantly, what’s being done to give these people a chance to prove themselves. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 11/03/2020)
As I’m sure you’ll appreciate here at 89.7 we’re not keen on promoting other radio stations, especially commercial and community radio stations which compete with us for sponsorship and advertising. One radio station I’m happy to support anytime is the uniquely set up Perth radio for sick kids. It has been bringing some sunshine into young lives since its first broadcast from Princess Margaret Hospital 35 years ago. I’m talking about Radio Lollipop which today provides a radio service for a number of children in hospitals, including here in Joondalup. James Rodgers, who’s somewhat of a gun when it comes to social media and Websites, is one of our volunteers at 89.7 who is also a longtime Radio Lollipop volunteer. He has made his way to our studio to tell us a bit more about his Radio Lollipop role. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/03/2020)
HELPING OTHERS – COMPUTER RECYCLING
If you’re not sure what to do with that old computer and related equipment sitting idle in your home or workplace I’ve got an option worth considering. Lions club members and supporters are recycling computers back into our community to help people who are struggling financially and as aids for people in Third World countries. Let’s find out more from the passionate 80-something-year-old manager of the Lions Computer Recycling Program, Murray Fletcher. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/03/2020)
KEEPING KIDS SAFE WHEN THEY’RE HOME ALONE
With only a couple of weeks left in the school year, if you’re a parent or guardian, you probably don’t need reminding that school holidays can be a challenging time, especially the long break over summer. Of course if you’re a single-parent or if the adults in your family are working people, or otherwise occupied, the task of keeping the kids safe and out of trouble can be problematic. Natalie Gately, who’s a criminology courses co-ordinator at Edith Cowan University, shares her experience and provides a few pointers for concerned parents for the school holidays. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/12/2019)
DON’T DRINK AND SWIM
When I was a child I believed in Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and Mermaids. By the time I’d become a teenager Santa had lost his mojo and the Easter Bunny was buried at the back of my mind. But a chance meeting with a mermaid was front and centre for me, especially as the hormones in adolescence kicked in. Fast-forward more than 40 years and it’s all a distant memory…..at least that was the case until I came across this story. Royal Life Saving WA has just launched a campaign encouraging young people to be a Mer-mate (that’s m-a-t-e as in friend)….it’s aimed at arresting an alarming trend in the numbers of young people drowning. These friends will aim to step up safety at our beaches, rivers and other waterways. Let’s find out more about the campaign from Lauren Nimmo, a senior manager at Royal Life Saving WA. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/11/2019)
FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH
In four weeks time we’ll celebrate another Christmas….well, most of us are set to celebrate another Christmas. While most of you will have reason to celebrate I’m mindful of the people doing it tough and feeling lonely; perhaps thinking that no one gives a damn. As someone who’s had a few challenges in life I’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to let you know that there’s people who do care. Please give us a chance to give you a hand up, after all isn’t that what Aussies do best? You may like to take a step in that direction by attending the annual Joondalup Christmas Lunch in Central Park. The Joondalup Christmas Lunch is run by good people who want you to know that they care if you’re feeling isolated or are having financial hardship, or as too often the case, both. The spokesman for the committee which runs the free lunch, Jeff Fullelove, shares with us the story of this community get-together. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/11/2019)
LIFEBLOOD – DONATE AND SAVE LIVES
Tiffany Gourlay has been on this show a number of times. She helps to save lives, alongside he colleagues at the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre. AS far as I’m concerned one can never publicise the nation’s blood service enough. What you may not know is that in recent times the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has been doing even more. To reflect those changing roles the service has been renamed Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/11/2019)
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CHATS WITH GREENWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
It’s the third brightest object in the sky, the size of a soccer field and weighs about 420 tonnes, or about as much as 280 cars. What is it? The International Space Station, which flies about 400 km high at speeds that defy gravity, is a space environment laboratory in which astronauts conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy and meteorology. Because it’s so big and bright and in low orbit, which means it can be spotted at night with our naked eye, the space station catches the curiosity of people all over the world. Millions of people around the globe would love to chat with one of the astronauts in the man-made satellite. Well that’s exactly what 10 students from Greenwood Primary School will be doing shortly. Two of their teachers have joined me to share their story. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 13/11/2019)
CHRISTMAS OFFICE PARTY OBLIGATIONS
Summer is fast approaching and so is the season to be jolly. But, without being a kill-joy, if you’re an employer who’s planning to throw a party you’ll have plenty of legal obligations to consider. If you don’t comply with your obligations it can cost you big-time. Melanie Pool is the Joondalup Business Association’s new events and membership officer. Before we hear from Melanie I must point out that the information in this segment is of a general nature and if you’re and employer with concerns about the upcoming matter you should contact a lawyer for specific advice. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 13/11/2019)
BE BUSHFIRE PREPARED
Officially the bushfire season has just started, but as we all know fires can start just about anywhere at any time. I hope we’ve all been taking heed of the messages from fire authorities to be prepared for bushfires, especially as a challenging summer approaches. 89.7 is one of very few radio stations which broadcasts bushfire warnings provided by the department of Fire and Emergency Services. Listening to 89.7 may even help to save your life as people like City of Wanneroo’s chief bushfire control officer, Paul Postma, fight flames. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 06/11/2019)
BEING A FOSTER CARER
Some of the people who I’ve met through this radio program give me hope for humankind despite the sadness and hardships of today’s world. Neil Reynolds and his wife Beth have been foster parents for almost two decades, looking after kids who have all sorts of disabilities and high-care medical needs in addition to coming from a range of trauma and abuse backgrounds. Neil has come to share the Reynolds story in the hope that more people may find room in their heart and home for children needing a chance to reach their potential…..surely that’s something every child deserves. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 06/11/2019)
HOME HUB: ONE-STOP SHOP FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
You’ve heard me more than once on this radio station being critical of governments for not doing enough to help the three million Aussies in our so-called “Lucky Country” get out of poverty. Of course, thousands of the people living below the poverty line are homeless….thousands of them families, maybe you’re one of them. One of the biggest challenges in turning around this scourge on our nation is finding affordable accommodation. Enter the new housing and homeless services directory called Home Hub, a first of it’s kind online service set up by the not-for-profit HYGGE Community Life with the support of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness and, to its credit, the State Government. The service is a single place, a one-stop hub if you like, which connects people who need a home with safe, secure and affordable accommodation options. Find out more from the founder of Home Hub Iain Shields. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 30/10/2019)
BEATING EXAM STRESS
One of the biggest struggles I had as a youngster was coping with the stress of exams. To be brutally honest with myself, even nowadays I have a fear of exams…..not that I can see myself having to face many more exams in my life given that I’m fast approaching 60. Today marks the start of ATAR written exams; the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank assessments which have thousands of our mostly young people on edge, as well as parents, other family and friends. Mandie Shean, who’s an education expert at Edith Cowan University, has an interesting take on stress and some helpful hints on managing it. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 30/10/2019)
THE JOY OF MUSIC
Most of us love having music in our lives; it can pick us up when we’re feeling down and helps us make the most of the good times. Kristy Raymond, who’s a music teacher at St Mark’s Anglican Community School, set up a community choir which is not only bringing joy into the lives of a lot of local people but also fundraising for local charities….helping people doing it tough. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 23/10/2019)
PETS OF OLDER PERSONS
Living longer as we are these days presents a number of challenges for us and our pets. How do we keep together with pets such as man’s best friend, who needs regular walking and so forth. It can be a tough task for many of us. Trish Harris, from a volunteer-run group called Pets of Older Persons, has a few solutions. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 18/09/2019)
PANCREATIC CANCER – ONE OF THE BIGGEST KILLERS
It’s one of the biggest killers in our nation but not many of us know about it….well, it certainly isn’t a cancer which we hear enough about. Such is the insidious nature of pancreatic cancer that by the time it’s diagnosed the chances are that the sufferer will die within the first 12 months. Michelle Stewart is the chief executive of the Avner Foundation, the only charity in the nation exclusively dedicated to improving the survival rate of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She’s leading a national campaign in a bid to raise awareness of the problem and boost funding needed to meet the research challenges. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 11/09/2019)
DRIVE-IN SLEEP-IN TO HELP THE HOMELESS
When I was a young bloke growing up in the country, in Manjimup, I used to look forward to a night out at the local drive-in. Times have moved on and now most of us check out films at the cinemas. In fact, there’s just one drive-in still operating in the metro area, in Kingsley. If you’ve never seen a film at a drive-in you may like to try the experience. The Kingsley drive-in and St Vincent de Paul Society are going to take the experience to another level shortly by staging a Vinnies Drive-In Sleep-In as a fundraiser and to raise awareness of people in our community who are homeless. It’s one thing to enjoy a movie at a drive-in then go home to a warm bed. It’s quite a different thing to be forced to live in a car. Andrew York, who’s the society’s executive manager of member and volunteer services tells as more. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 11/09/2019)
When controlled burns are in the news it’s usually about fire authorities trying to reduce fuel loads in the likes of forests, such as the ones we have in the State’s south. Here in our local area we have a number of natural bushland sites which are rich in biodiversity but worrying fuel loads. Controlled burns seem to be the only way to get on top of the fuel loads, to reduce risk to life and property.Understandably, many people in the community have experienced concern about how much damage may be done to flora and fauna. After all, Friends of bushland volunteers do a great deal of work caring for these bushland sites. Andy Duckworth, who’s the local Department of Fire and Emergency Services officer, joins us to discuss this “hot topic”, pardon the pun. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/09/2019)
FLU SEASON ISN’T OVER YET!
Elly Marillier, a doctor with 15 years experience as an emergency department specialist and many years in patient care, has never seen another flu season like the one we hope and pray is coming to an end. More than 50 people have died from influenza-related illnesses in our state this flu season. The number of flu-reported cases spiked a few months ago but I suspect Elly Marillier, from the Joondalup Health Campus, is keen to remind us that the flu season isn’t over yet. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 28/08/2019)
Kathryn Birch is a local mother who home-schools her kids. She has 7 kids, three are now adults. Hear what she has to say about home-schooling. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 28/08/2019)
Joondalup Times, August 22, 2019
REMEMBER THE BUS?
You may recall that at the start of spring last year the good people at the not-for-profit aged, family day-care and disability services group Community Vision launched an ambitious project called Roast to Remember aimed at raising funds for WA’s first travelling community dementia bus. Despite tough financial times ordinary people have shown extraordinary generosity and the bus has now been purchased, though there’s a way to go to get it ready to support the people who need it. Community Vision’s chief executive Michelle Jenkins chats about the bus which will improve the lives of thousands of West Australians. She also answers questions about aged care and the NDIS, especially recent changes. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 31/07/2019)
WHAT’S PLANNED FOR YELLAGONGA REGIONAL PARK
The Yellagonga Regional Park, which spans 13 kilometres across the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo, is a biodiversity gem which includes a natural wetland system, most prominent of which are lakes Goollelal and Joondalup. The park is of cultural significance to the Nyoongar community and has a diverse history of colonial settlement; market gardeners and viticulturists drawn to the area because of the groundwater. On Sunday week the Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park volunteers will team up with the not-for-profit environmental group Greening Australia to provide a unique chance to learn more about the park. Jan Richards, who’s the co-ordinator for FOY, tells us about what’s planned for the upcoming Celebrate Lake Goollelal day, a free event in Kingsley. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 31/07/2019)
DRONES – HARMFUL OR HELPFUL?
Trends come and go but one which has really taken off and is flying high at present is owning a drone. The numbers of drones are not clear, especially the numbers of recreational drones. Much of the research around drones is being done in the United States, but if it’s an indication of what may be happening here then the number of drones is spinning out of control. The United States Federal Aviation Administration estimated that small hobbyist drones will more than triple from 1.1 million in 2016 to more than 3.5 million by 2021. Here in Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority estimates there’s at least 120,000 drones in the nation. In 2017 CASA reported that there were 28 per cent more drone operators certificate holders than manned aviation certificate holders. At the time, over 1100 drone operator certificate holders were employing more than 5870 remote pilots. This sort of growth in drone usage, alongside the unknowns about drones, often raises many serious security questions, which is why Edith Cowan University cyber security guru Craig Valli joins us today. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 19/06/2019)
LIONS NEED YOU!
You may need Lions club support one day. Right now many Lions clubs need you…..they’re looking for new members, people who want to give back to the community. Colin Heap, president of Kingsley-Woodvale Lions Club, gives us some insight into what the club does. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 19/06/2019)
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FLU!
It’s been a late start to winter but the season has broken big time with a wild and woolly weekend followed by much of the same over the last few days. Usually we associate winter with colds and the flu, and many of us leave it until now to have our flu shot, thinking the peak of the flu season will be a few months away. But this year the flu season started early, catching many of us out and with horrible consequences. In fact, 15 people reportedly have died from flu-related illnesses and a record number of 3284 cases of flu were diagnosed in WA last month. If you haven’t had a flu shot please get one is the clear messsage from our most accomplished doctors like my guest Elly Marillier, from the Joondalup Health Campus. Perhaps we need to listen to people like Doctor Elly Marillier like never before. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 12/06/2019)
TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Men’s mental health is often in the news for all the wrong sorts of reasons….I mean we talk a lot about the vast number of blokes with mental health issues and governments seem to forever be telling us they’re tackling the problem. But what inroads, if any, are being made? You may have heard me on this program talk about having my own mental health challenges over the years. Without my wife, Lil, who’s helped me to open up, I don’t know where I’d be today. Speaking of beautiful women, my guest Ashlee Harrison has been making a difference to the lives of people with mental health problems through the not-for-profit Zero2Hero organisation which she founded after the personal tragedy of losing her step-father a decade ago. Given it is Men’s Health Week I thought it timely to ask Ashlee, who’s also the chief executive of Zero2Hero, to share her views with us on men’s mental health….how far we’ve come and where to from here? (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 12/06/2019)
HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE ASSESSMENT TOOL
Huntington’s disease is a disease which causes the loss of movement and thinking capabilities. It’s a scary, horrible disease which is inherited and for which there’s no cure. The body progressively breaks down….medication can help to manage the symptoms but treatment can’t prevent the physical and mental decline of a person with Huntington’s which after years of suffering leads to death. In other words, it’s a slow and painful death sentence. ECU School of Medical and Health Sciences researcher Travis Cruickshank has gone some way with his team to develop a new assessment tool to predict the clinical onset of Huntington’s disease. Hopefully this will mean more targeted treatment for sufferers….hopefully earlier help towards a better quality of life. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 22/05/2019)
PAIN OF POVERTY
During the Federal election campaign the pollies and wannabe pollies made all sorts of promises. If past experience is anything to go by, some promises will be kept but many won’t materialise. What I’m sadly sure about is that politicians aren’t in any hurry to address the needs of the growing number of people living in poverty….at last count three million of them in our so-called lucky nation, 739,000 are children and there’s a significant number who are old-age pensioners. Poverty by itself is bad enough but of course it also leads to outcomes like homelessness and hopelessness. Locally much has been left to the Wanneroo and Joondalup councils to come up with homelessness strategies, working alongside charities, various agencies and so many other good people trying to make a difference in this challenging space. The St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a winter appeal called Pain of Poverty which focuses on the impact of poverty on older members of communities….people who should live happily in their twilight years are dying poor, cold and alone. Andrew York, who’s Vinnies executive manager of member and volunteer services, explains the seriousness of the situation. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 22/05/2019)
BONE MARROW AND STEM CELLS SAVE LIVES
I don’t know how many TV programs I’ve watched which have left me thinking that patient transplants are painful and involve a high degree of personal risk for donors as well as the patients. A lot of these dramatised programs are often misleading as my guest will tell you. Sue Jackson is the donor co-ordinator of WA’s Bone Marrow Donor Centre which is the auspices of the Red Cross Blood Service. Along with her colleagues at the centre, they’re in the business of saving lives by sourcing bone marrow and stem cells.(John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 08/05/2019)
PEOPLE POWER NEEDED TO SAVE BALI PEACE PARK PLANS
You may recall a recent chat on Movers and Shakers with one of the key players in a plan to set up a peace park in Bali, which would be one of only a few such parks in the world. Keith Pearce, from the Bali Peace Park Association, told us that he was confident the park would go ahead in Kuta, which was the site of a terrorist attack in 2002. More than 200 people were killed when terrorists targeted nightclubs with bombs in 2002, including 88 Australians. Fast forward a month or so from our chat on 89.7 with Mr Pearce and the owner of the Kuta site has just released plans to build a restaurant, among other things, on the former Sari Club site. This development plan has enraged a lot of people in our local community, and let me tell you that people like Keith Pearce don’t give up easily. The good people behind the Bali Peace Park Association this week convinced Prime Minister Scott Morrison to go onto bat for them. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 01/05/2019)
SPOTLIGHT ON CYBER SAFETY
In 1989 a police officer, Sgt Ross Pengilly, with support from fellow boys and girls in blue, set up a child safety foundation which has evolved into arguably the State’s most well known and effective harm prevention charity. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have heard about Constable Care. But chances are that, like me, you’re not familiar with the range of programs which help our kids. One of them which has caught my eye is a student film competition called Your Say Your Call. The competition, supported by WA Police, this year will put the spotlight on cyber safety. Danielle Antaki, the arts and education manager of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, tells us more. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 01/05/2019)
ESCAPE THE WELFARE TRAP
You’ve heard me talk about this topic before but with Easter on the horizon I think it’s timely to be reminded that many people are doing it tough. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to celebrate Easter but can do with a reality check, how about you…..after all there’s three million Aussies living in poverty. Great work is being done by charities in our community but it falls well short of helping everyone. For example, the St Vincent de Paul Society helps about 41,000 people in our State but can only support about half of the people who request emergency relief for food, rent and so forth. Between 2016 and last year Vinnies partnered with Edith Cowan University researchers to investigate ways in which welfare dependency is communicated between generations within families. Aside from education, the researchers found that if adequately funded, sports and the arts are ways for children to escape the welfare trap. Professor Leila Green, from ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities, discusses the research. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 17/04/2019)
If you were listening to Movers and Shakers a couple of weeks ago you would have heard me have a chat with the doctor who heads up a new stroke unit at Joondalup Health Campus. Dr Andrew Wesseldine shared his enthusiasm about the new facility, which has the potential to save lives and will benefit many stroke survivors who need ongoing rehabilitation. After that interview a friend of this radio station phoned to ask me if I’d heard about the good works of the Northern Suburbs Stroke Support Group in Wanneroo. I checked out the group, learning it has helped a significant number of local stroke survivors and their families re-adjust to life. Sally Allen, the co-ordinator of the group, tells us more. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 17/04/2019)
GUIDE DOGS ARE WELCOME!
You may recall that late last year I introduced you to a local guide dog trainer and trainee Labrador Cooper. As a follow-up let me tell you that Cooper has earned his stripes….he’s now a fully-fledged guide dog caring for a youngster with autism. As well as assisting people who are blind or vision impaired or have autism or can benefit from therapy it goes without saying that guide dogs are wonderful companions. By the way, Guide Dogs WA is always on the look out for families interested in taking in these super animals to help prepare them for a life of service. One would think that guide dogs would be welcome everywhere….they should be. Sadly they aren’t; actually many are being turned away by businesses even though to refuse a guide dog entry to pretty much anywhere apart from an operating theatre in a hospital is against the law. Debra Barnes, the acting chief executive of Visibility WA, which is the State’s local provider of visibility services and operates Guide Dogs WA, speaks with John. She is joined by Joondalup resident Allan Jones and his best mate, guide dog Lenny. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 10/04/2019)
SCHOOL P&C’S CONNECT WITH WIDER COMMUNITY
There’s a long-held perception in the community that the role of school Parents and Citizens Associations, or Parents and Friends Associations as they are sometimes called these days, pretty much starts and ends at operating the school canteen. While it’s true that running the school canteen is in the domain of the P&C, or P&F, there’s much more to these associations in today’s schools. These groups are playing an increasingly important role in building better communities, not just their school community but the wider community to which we all belong. Craig Watson is president of an active, progressive school P&C which regularly engages with people in the wider community. In fact, the Greenwood Primary School P&C welcomes people from all walks of life without kids attending the school as much as it does for parents of students. In recent years that has included me as a Joondalup councillor. Let’s find out why the connection between school and the wider community is so important from Greenwood P&C president Craig Watson, who himself doesn’t have kids at school. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 10/04/2019)
Many of us have suffered a stroke or know of someone who has suffered one. About 50,000 Australians suffer a stroke every year. In recent years, thanks to the research of some pretty clever people, the survival rates have improved. The half-a-million stroke survivors in our nation also have hope and for many their quality of life is improving. A new 12-bed stroke unit has opened at Joondalup Health Campus which brings acute and rehabilitation stroke care closer to home for stroke survivors in our community. Dr Andrew Wesseldine, the State’s stroke director, stroke physician and geriatician, and director of clinical innovation and reform at Joondalup Health Campus, speaks to John about the new unit and what it means to those who suffer a stroke. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 03/04/2019)
COMMUNITY MINDED TEENAGERS
One thing I love about my role as a City of Joondalup councillor is meeting the many and varied contributors in our community. A couple of years ago Colin Heap, who’s the president of the Woodvale-Kingsley Lions club, invited me to be one of the judges for a program called Youth of the Year. I came across a fantastic group of kids already contributing a lot in our community. Many of these youngsters are inspiring their generation to tackle today’s challenges with tomorrow’s outcome front and centre in their minds. Kingsley resident Brian Williams is a local Lion who’s the national co-ordinator of the Youth of the Year. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian when I was asked to be a judge recently, at a local stage of the long running Lions program. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 03/04/2019)
BALI INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK
When I hear or read about terrorism it triggers a range of emotions; sadness over the loss of life and for grieving families, anger over the evil act of the terrorists and, to be honest, at times a feeling of wanting revenge. Suppressing that feeling of wanting revenge can be a big challenge but I realise it’s a feeling which must be controlled so I don’t become like a terrorist myself. On October 12 in 2002 (almost 17 years ago now) 202 people were killed when terrorists targeted nightclubs in Bali. Of those who lost their lives, 88 were Australians. Keith Pearce had his son in Bali at the time with a number of other young men from the Kingsley Amateur Football Club…..seven of those young blokes didn’t make it home. Mr Pearce will be MC at an English Breakfast event at the Kingsley Memorial Clubrooms on April 14 which is a fundraiser for a Bali peace park. He’s a member of the Lions Club of Whitford which is hosting the breakfast to raise funds for a group called the Bali Peace Park Association. Keith has strong ties with the association, which is determined to see the Sari Club site in Bali’s Kuta district become a place of peace where people can look forward, not back, and consider playing a part in bringing international peace. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/03/2019)
Tiffany Gourlay, of the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre, speaks to John about the need for donors, especially to cover the coming Easter and Anzac Day holiday period. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/03/2019)
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WORKING TOGETHER
This morning I attended a special event at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre; the launch of a plan which has the potential to save and change the lives of the homeless people living in the local area. The Regional Homelessness Plan is the first of its kind for local government in our State. I’m proud that the City of Joondalup, of which I’m a councillor, and the City of Wanneroo have teamed up in a bid to assist the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless. Both local governments have acknowledged the need for a shared vision to address homelessness. Wanneroo mayor Tracey Roberts, who launched the special partnership alongside Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob, joins me to tell us about the plan. She also speaks about the tri-cities alliance between the cities of Stirling, Joondalup and Wanneroo. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 20/03/2019)
DESERVING SENIOR CITIZEN
The City of Joondalup Senior Citizen of the Year award for an individual aged over 65 went to Duncraig resident Carmel Ward for her work as a volunteer mentor at Greenwood College, particularly with some of the school’s most vulnerable students. With her natural ability to relate to and support people of different ages and backgrounds, it is evident that students Carmel has worked with have demonstrated greater confidence in their approach to their studies, a happier disposition and improved communication skills. Ms Ward has also had a long association with the Lions Club – both in Victoria and WA – as well as various other charities, such as PlusLife, which help people in need and improve the quality of other people’s lives. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 20/03/2019)
ROTARIANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
Eliza Bourgault du Coudray, president of the Rotary Club of Joondalup, speaks to John about being a Rotarian and some of the projects the club is working on. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 20/03/2019)
Once again, it was a great honour and privilege to be one of the judges for the Lions Youth of the Year Region final. (09/03/2019)
FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH
‘Tis the season to be jolly is just around the corner again. Well, try telling that to the 9500 homeless people and thousands of other lonely people in our city. Thankfully there’s a group of local people from different faiths who are coming together to bring a bit of joy into the lives of others. Jeff Fullelove is chairman of the group which is holding this year’s Christmas Lunch in Central Park. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 28/11/2018)
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME ISSUES
With an annual budget of $22 billion a year as a taxpayer you’d expect an insurance scheme, a safety net, for vulnerable people to work well. The National Disability Insurance Scheme was set up and is being rolled out to assist mostly under 65s who have disabilities ranging from physical and intellectual disabilities to autism, deafness and blindness, and mental health challenges which prevent regular participation in the workforce. But in reality such are the many and varied problems associated with the scheme’s roll out that one in five vulnerable people say they’re worse off. Many of these people have had support cut under the scheme, which cost taxpayers $22 billion a year to fund when fully rolled out, supposedly in 2020. Here in the northern suburbs, where the NDIS has just been rolled out, there’s growing concern about the program….its own program to join the national one. Michelle Jenkins, the chief executive of local NDIS provider Community Vision, joins us to discuss the issues. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 28/11/2018)
A ROAST TO REMEMBER FOR DEMENTIA
Michelle Jenkins, who’s the CEO of the not-for-profit Community Vision discusses, with John, an initiative which is raising community awareness about dementia. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 28/11/2018)
Joondalup Weekender, November 15, 2018
Joondalup Weekender, November 15, 2018
MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Man’s best friend has arrived in the studio at 89.7fm. He’s a quiet achiever called Cooper, a staff member of Guide Dogs WA. Joining Cooper is autism assistance dog instructor Bethan Holyoake. Bethan trains the likes of beautiful labradors like Cooper who are enriching the lives of people in our local community. Unfortunately there’s simply not enough foster carers for the Coopers at Guide Dogs WA. Let’s find out more….(John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 14/11/2018)
ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS
You and I have heard the messages on countless occasions….watch your speed, wear a seat belt, don’t drive when tired. The reality is the messages aren’t getting through….there’s been 137 deaths on our roads this year, just 24 less than last year’s total and the busy season on roads hasn’t yet started. In my opinion, the carnage on our roads is a community responsibility….a problem we share and need to work together to sort out. A step towards that goal is participating in the WA Local Government’s Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign which runs from Sunday until January 4. This Sunday, campaign launch day, is also United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. WALGA president Lynne Craig is going to tell us more about her association’s community campaign. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 14/11/2018)
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
If you’re a regular listener of this radio program you’ll be aware that the epidemic of mental health problems and the spiralling rate of people taking their own lives concerns me, as I’m sure it does for the vast majority of you too. Last year 3,128 Australians took their lives….262 more than the previous year. Men with mental health challenges are most at risk….about three times as many men than women take their own lives. Taking one’s own life is the biggest cause of loss of life among young people in our nation. Today I’d like to introduce you to a young man who’s the co-ordinator of a breakfast event aimed at assisting young blokes struggling with mental health problems. Brodie Mack is a member of the Zero2Hero Camp Hero alumni who’s studying to be a counsellor. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 07/11/2018)
Here’s a great way of building better communities.
Joondalup Weekender, November 1, 2018
PEACE AND REFLECTION
Joondalup Times, October 23, 2018
PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE
If you’re a regular listener to this show you’re probably aware that my personal view is far too many of us are fixated on gadgets….that we’re losing our ability to communicate as human beings. That said, of course technology can be used for a greater good. That’s exactly what Wes Storm has been doing. He wants to protect and care for people who are vulnerable in our community. He’s come up with a computer software package which he’s hoping will go some way to providing checks and balances to protect kids, the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people from being victims of abuse. Wes is hoping someone will put up their hand to help him trial the multilingual software so it can become more widely available and then perhaps developed as an app. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 24/10/2018)
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY FOY
We love to celebrate birthdays…. I think it’s important that as a community we acknowledge and celebrate the birthdays of volunteer groups….their members are the heart and soul of our community. Many of us are aware of Yellagonga Regional Park, a wetland system which includes Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal. A Bush Forever site, the 1400 hectare park is frequented by more than 120 different species of birds and has more than 220 species of flora. There’s also a number of historical sites in the park, which was named after the Mooro Aboriginal people. The State department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions along with the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup has the responsibilty for managing the park. But lots of the heavy lifting is also done by the volunteer group Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park which turns 25 this year. Kevin McLeod, chairman of FOY, speaks about the groups achievements during the past 25 years. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 17/10/2018)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOME CARE
Like me, I’m sure that you’re outraged over the abuse of residents in nursing homes. There’s been countless media reports of the abuse; of people who have given much to this country being treated like animals in the twilight of their lives. Is it any wonder that there’s a growing demand for home care compared with demand for places in residential aged-care facilities. People want to stay in their own homes, be independent, more than ever. Experienced health sector worker, Eileen Wilson, shares her experience and views on home-based care for our ageing population. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 10/10/2018)
FINES FOR FLOUTERS
October is Bushfire Action Month; the time of the year when the Department of Fire and Emergency Services appeals big time for us to be bushfire ready. Prescribed burning has reduced some fuel loads from last year, but there’s still likely to be a significant fuel load after significant rainfall in recent months. The State Government has introduced $1000 on-the-spot fines for the idiots who flout total fire ban laws….a good move and long overdue. Andy Duckworth, our local district DFES officer, reminds us of the need to be prepared for bushfires. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 10/10/2018)
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
I find that talking about death is a challenge. When it comes to talking about my own death, hopefully no time soon, I avoid the subject, though I admit that as I get closer to senior citizen age the thought crosses my mind. Should we be reticent to discuss our inevitable departure from this world? If we were more open to such a discussion would it help us make better use of our time living? Vicki Barry is a local Death Cafe convenor. The name sounds scary but as you’re about to find out there’s no need to be alarmed. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 03/10/2018)
World suicide Prevention Day was held on Monday, an awareness of suicide as a global tragedy. It’s concerned me for years that thousands of people have taken their own lives or attempted to do so in our nation, a so-called lucky country. Almost 3,000 people a year die from self-harm and for every person who ends his or her own life about 25-30 others attempt to do so. Locally, the Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network, which was formed a year ago almost to the day under the auspices of Wesley Lifeforce, has a goal of Zero Suicides. You may well ask if no suicide is a realistic goal. Kat Houareau, the chair of the network, is confident that better ways forward to tackle the issue are being found. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 12/09/2018)
TO THE BRINK AND BACK
If you’re out and about travelling by train or bus, or perhaps shopping at a popular supermarket, on Friday there’s a fair chance that you’ll come across volunteers from the St Vincent de Paul Society encouraging you to donate a few coins towards the charity’s annual street appeal. Vinnies provides emergency relief to about 40,000 people a year and almost all of the money donated in Friday’s street appeal will go directly to people who genuinely need it, not towards meeting administration and other costs. When we donate we make a contribution towards helping people doing it tough to get back on track….in many cases we help to keep a roof over the head of a stuggling family. Trish may not have been with us today had it not been for Vinnies. She shares her journey from the hell of being homeless with two teenage children to getting back into a safe place and now studying at university. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 05/09/2018)
A ROAST TO REMEMBER
When I was a kid I looked forward to Sundays because it was when all my family got together for one of mum’s fabulous roast meals. It was a time to reflect as a family on the week behind us and discuss the week ahead. Most families in the community in which I grew up shared similar experiences. Fast-forward to today’s hectic schedules, and you don’t find many families caring an sharing over a roast or other meal on a regular basis. As a community there are health costs from not engaging as well as we should with each other….that is by not engaging face-to-face. One of those costs is the growing number of us suffering from dementia. Many of you have heard about the not-for-profit group called Community Vision. It provides a range of services for people in the local area, including Home Care, Veterans Home Care Assessments, and Disability and Family Day Care programs. Community Vision has launched an initiative called Roast to Remember which aims to put community back into community. CV’s chief executive, Michelle Jenkins, explains. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 05/09/2018)
HELPING AUSSIE BATTLERS GET BACK INTO WORK
The catch-cry Thank God for the Salvos has long been widely appreciated, and for good reason because the Salvation Army has helped millions of people over the years. But do you know the Salvos are behind the second biggest employment services provider in the nation? The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus has about 38,000 job seekers on its books spread over more than 90 locations, including here in Joondalup. Nicki Trappitt, who’s the business development manager for Employment Plus, says that while placing people back into jobs after they’ve been out of work for some time continues to be challenging she’s confident there’s better times for job seekers on the horizon. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 29/08/2018)
MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO YOUNG LIVES
One of the more pleasant jobs that I have as a Joondalup councillor is engaging with a cross-section of people who are making positive contributions in our community. A few days ago I met a young man who co-ordinates the theatrical response group of the Constable Care Safety Foundation. He was working alongside students at Woodvale Senior College. Zac James is his name. He was directing a rehearsal of the production called Party for a show later that day for the parents and friends of the students. Party is a performance which focuses on some challenging youth issues and how to address them. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 29/08/2018)
GET LOUD – TELETHON SPEECH AND HEARING CENTRE
Many of us are probably aware of the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre….it’s been a beneficiary of Channel 7’s Telethon for a number of years. But I wonder how many of us know the centre is the only one of its kind in the nation, helping 1300 kids a year. The centre brings together various supports for kids with hearing and speech problems and supports their families along the way. An integrated service delivery helps kids to hear and speak so they can learn and have fun. You may say the centre is in a league of its own. Daniel Lombardo, who’s the business development manager at the Wembley-based facility, has been working in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo of late, building relationships between the centre and medical practitioners and local families. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 22/08/2018)
John, with Greenwood Primary School principal Peter Mulcahy, when Sarah McGowan visited the school.
Joondalup Times 14/08/2018
SAVING LANDSDALE FARM SCHOOL
The plan to shift the operations of Landsdale Farm School from the Education Department to another organisation, likely a private one on a lease basis, has been headline news. Thousands of locals have signed petitions which have been presented to parliament by MPs, including local Liberal Upper House Member Tjorn Simba, who’s the opposition’s Community Services and Youth spokesman. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 15/08/2018)
QUALIFIED GLAZIER OR COWBOY?
If, or should I say when, we need an electrician or a plumber or other job of expertise, most of us call a qualified person to do the job…..we call a tradie. That isn’t the case for a lot of us when we want glass installed at home….even though the wrong glass for the job, not properly installed, puts our families at risk of serious injury. Campbell Pudney, who’s worked in the glass industry for 45 years, was the first glazier in the nation to gain a Certified Glaziers Certificate and has a rare Master Glaziers Accreditation. He says safety isn’t being made a priority….that cost is being put ahead of our safety. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 15/08/2018)
TRI-CITIES BLOOD CHALLENGE
As a Joondalup councillor, I’m delighted that our people are leading those in neighbouring Stirling and Wanneroo after the first month of the latest tri-cities blood donation challenge. Joondalup has chalked up 666 donations, compared with Stirling’s 515 and Wanneroo with 505. Jess Willet, of the Red Cross Blood Service, is keen for people to donate for the first time. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 15/08/2018)
Many of you will have read or heard about Homelessness Week….it started on Monday to raise awareness of homelessness. But I wonder how many of us truly understand what it’s like to be homeless….a dispiriting state about 9,500 people are experiencing here in WA. The cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup are working on a regional homeless strategy. Both cities have also developed processes to help their staff who assist people sleeping rough. On Saturday our local governments are getting together for an event called Blink of an Eye. To be held in the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, the event acknowledges the fact that life can quickly go pear-shaped. Michelle Mackenzie is the chief executive of Shelter WA, a not-for-profit which advocates for affordable housing and ending homelessness. She understands homelessness better than most of us, and joins John Logan for a chat. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 08/08/2018)
ORIGINS PROJECT – A HEALTHIER GENERATION
An exciting project of international significance is underway at Joondalup Health Campus, one aimed at ensuring the next generation is healthier and more productive. Designed to span 10 years and involve 10,000 families, Origins project hopes to unravel the key caused of non-communicable problems such as childhood obesity, allergies and mental health issues. Funding of $26 million has been provided over the life of the study, $13 million from benevolent Paul Ramsay Foundation via Telethon and the other $13 million from Federal Government funds. Professor Desiree Silva, the head of paediatrics at Joondalup Health Campus, speaks about the project. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 25/07/2018)
FIRE! ARE YOU PREPARED?
I think it’s fair to say that most of us find focusing on the risk of fire on a hot summer’s day a lot easier than on a wet and cold day in the middle of winter. So it may come as a reality check to learn that last winter our fire fighters attended, on average, two accidental house fires a day. Andy Duckworth, who’s our Joondalup district fire officer, is keen to highlight the winter risk of fire to us. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 25/07/2018)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR PEOPLE IN NEED
Chris Smith is the general manager of business development for Foundation Housing, a not-for-profit which provides homes for people in need. Foundation Housing is the biggest property manager of its kind in the State with about 2500 tenancies, and a number of local offices including one in Joondalup. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 25/07/2018)
BEAT THE FLU
Every year at this time the medical profession encourages us to have the flu shot, remember to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, exercise and do at least the basics associated with hygiene. John Logan catches up with Elly Marillier from the Joondalup Health Campus to find out what’s been happening on the flu scene. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/06/2018)
KUFUNZA – AID FOR EAST AFRICAN CHILDREN
If you’re like me you appreciate the world’s givers….those who help others and expect little in return. Sarah-Jayne Griffiths, who’s a social worker, runs a WA-based social enterprise called Kufunza. She set it up with her family to help people in need, a lot of them being East African children. Kufunza sells various products, provides speakers for events and leads groups of volunteer to East Africa. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 20/06/2018)
DOING IT TOUGH
Sadly more than 9000 people in the metro area are homeless. But there’d be thousands more if it wasn’t for dedicated volunteers who are members of charities which provide assistance to those in need. Louise Macfarlane, a spokeswoman for the St Vincent de Paul Society, joins John Logan to tell us a bit about the work of these unsung heroes. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 13/06/2018)
COULD YOU LIVE ON $39 A DAY?
You may be interested to learn three-quarters of Newstart recipients have received income support for more than a year, 68 percent are in the 35-64 age bracket and 78 percent are paid at the allowance’s single rate, $273 a week. Thousands of younger people receive a pittance under the Youth Allowance program. Some are apprentices and students but 40 percent of them are 16-21 year-olds without a job who rely on family and friends for support. Studies have found about $433 a week is needed to cover living basics such as housing, food, clothing, health and transport. In a nut shell, there’s a lot of people on these allowances who are in a state of poverty. Speaking to John Logan is Jennie Gray, the deputy chief executive of the WA Council of Social Service. She’s got some pretty strong views on the allowances, which haven’t increased in 24 years. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 13/06/2018)
A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO SHALOM HOUSE
How often do we talk about the scourge of drugs in the community…pretty often, don’t we? However how many of us would be up in arms if a drug rehabilitation centre opened in our neighbourhood, especially if some of those people seeking support had served serious jail time for drug trafficking and other crimes as well as being users? Peter Lyndon-James is the founder and chief executive of Shalom House…arguably the strictest rehab centre for men in the nation. He speaks openly, to John Logan, about his life and Shalom House. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 06/06/2018)
POVERTY-100 FAMILIES PROJECT
Susan Young, the director of Social Policy Practice and Research Consortium at UWA, joins John Logan to chat about the 100 Families Project. The WA Council of Social Services has teamed up with a number of charities and UWA to study how families have become trapped in poverty and, importantly, what may help them to find a way out. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 30/05/2018)
DONATE PLASMA AND SAVE LIVES
We’re fortunate in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo that we have many and varied volunteers. Our selfless troops include a number of people who, on a regular basis, donate their blood at the Edgewater Donor Centre. Giving blood is a wonderful way of making a contribution to the community, especially if you’re time poor because of work or family commitments. It takes very little time and you may be giving a heck of a lot….in fact, you may be saving someone’s life. Now is a great time to get started because the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is in need of plasma. Daniela Niv, from the Blood Service, is going to tell us more. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 30/05/2018)
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
John Logan speaks to Michelle Jenkins, chief executive of not-for-profit Community Vision, about being one of the leading service providers of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in WA. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 11/04/2018)
LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Caleb McKenna, 17 year old student and head boy at Warwick Senior High School, is one of three students selected in a district final to make it through to the Lions Youth of the Year State Final. He talks to John Logan about the competition, his goals and community involvement. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/04/2018)
BLACK DOG AND FIRST AID HEROES
David Gribble, the chief executive of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, joins John Logan to discuss a new program aimed at suicide prevention and supporting young people through the grieving process. Constable Care has also teamed up with St John Ambulance to come up with a puppet performance for primary school kids. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 28/03/2018)
Photo – left to right Anne Marie, David, Shara, Colin Heap (of Woodvale-Kingsley Lions), Susan and John
It was a great privilege to be one of the five judges for the Lions Youth of the Year district final. (24/03/2018)
WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
International Women’s Day was a fortnight ago, but the story is one that grows by the day, by the month, by the year. Are women being sold short in the workplace; are they being undervalued? The answer probably depends on who you put the question to. Aquila Burhani, a young 4th year chemical engineering student at Edith Cowan University, shares her views. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 21/03/2018)
Azelene Williams’ life story is one of personal courage and compassion for others. National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is on Friday. Azelene shares her experience of domestic violence as a teenager in South Africa. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 14/03/2018)
MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS EXPO
On Friday, a different kind of business expo will be held at Arena Joondalup. The Multicultural Business Expo brings together local business people who were born overseas. It’s an exercise improving education and networking opportunities. Cema Santos, the founder of the Immigrant Business Networking Association, speaks to John Logan about the expo. (John Logan – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 14/03/2018)
PASTORAL CARE IN SCHOOLS
YouthCARE chaplains care for the social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing of students, families and staff in state school communities. This support helps students achieve their potential, both academically and in their social and family lives. Chaplains are qualified in pastoral care and youth work. Clive Haddow speaks with YouthCARE school chaplain, Lisa Ingham, to find out more about the important role of chaplains in our schools. (John Logan & Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 15/11/2017)
JOONDALUP CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Volunteers from a group of churches are getting together, as they have done so for a decade, in a bid to see that the lonely in our community can enjoy fellowship on Christmas Day. John Logan finds out more from Jeff Fullelove, a spokesman for the organising committee of the Joondalup Christmas lunch. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 08/11/2017)
THE SPIERS CENTRE FUNDING UNDER THREAT
The not-for-profit Spiers Centre in Heathridge is making a difference to the lives of families and singles living in the northern suburbs. It’s one of 50 under threat Centres in our State which provide services such as emergency relief and financial counselling, engaging with people at grassroots community level as they do so. John Logan speaks to Gaelle Gouillou, CEO of The Spiers Centre in Heathridge, to find out more about what is happening as they face losing funding which keeps their doors open. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 08/11/2017)
John Logan speaks to Professor Craig Valli, director of ECU’s Security Research Institute, about the rapidly changing information technology world and the importance of cyber security now and for our future. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers 0n 89.7fm 25/10/2017)
GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN – NAPA – COOPER HEALEY
Renae Goosen speaks to Clive Haddow about NAPA (Neurological & Physical Abilitation) Centre and how the program can help two year old Cooper Healey. She has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help him attend a three week intensive therapy program. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 25/10/2017)
Joondalup Times 24/10/2017
Suzanne Long, financial counsellor for the St Vincent de Paul Society, talks to John Logan about rising personal debt and the ever-increasing demand for assistance. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 18/10/2017)
John Logan speaks to Vicki Barry, from Palliative Care WA, about dying, death and bereavement and her views on a move to develop more local compassionate communities. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 18/10/2017)
TELETHON SPEECH AND HEARING
John Logan talks with Mark Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre, about the centre and the range of services provided for both children and adults. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/10/2017)
Anne Aly, Cowan MP, speaks to John Logan about the progress of the NBN rollout in the northern suburbs and WA’s poor GST return. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 04/10/2017)
Keith Pearce, whale watching skipper, talks to John Logan about the wonderful experience of getting up close and personal with these magnificent animals. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers on 89.7fm 27/09/2017)
John Logan speaks to investigator, John Napier-Winch, about reconnecting families and friends who have gone their separate ways for various reasons. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers program on 89.7fm 27/09/2017)
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT OUTDOOR BROADCAST
Joondalup Weekender 21/09/2017
Kevin McLeod, the president of the conservation and environmental group Friends of Yellagonga, brings us up to date with projects being put in place to tackle the midge problem. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers program on 89.7fm 06/09/2017)
FIGHT THE MIDGE
Joondalup Weekender 24/08/2017
SHORT STORY WITH A MESSAGE
Aboriginal community leader Shaun Nannup with a message for all fathers. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers program on 89.7fm 23/08/2017)
It’s Homelessness Week with the theme Action and Innovation. John Logan speaks to Gayle Mitchell, the State manager of homeless services for the St Vincent de Paul Society. Australia has 100,000 homeless with 10,000 in WA. (John Logan and Clive Haddow – Movers and Shakers program on 89.7fm 09/08/2017)
STIRLING SKILLS TRAINING-TRANSITION TO WORK
John Logan’s Movers and Shakers co-host, Clive Haddow, speaks to Paul Sorensen and Mia Taylor, from Stirling Skills Training, a not-for-profit company. Their mission is to help unemployed people get jobs and help those already in employment to expand their career opportunities. (09/08/2017)
MENTAL ILLNESS-A MOTHER’S STORY
Irene Strange shares her emotional story with John Logan. She speaks about the son she lost last year after he struggled against mental illness. (02/03/2017)
About 3,000 Australians a year have taken their own lives in recent times. The scourge is the leading cause of death of people between 18 and 44…….more people take their own lives than die in road accidents and from skin cancers.
Paul Valentino, schools co-ordinator of the Fathering Project, speaks to John Logan about the not-for-profit group and the range of activities helping to bring fathers and their children closer together. (12/07/2017)
IBS-NOISY GUT PROJECT
John Logan speaks with Dr Mary Webberley, the noisy gut project manager at the Marshall Centre which is a world leader in medical research. Find out about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the new acoustic sensing technology helping with diagnosis. (05/07/2017)
THE GROWTH BOX
John Logan speaks to his radio co-host Clive Haddow, CEO of the Malaga & Districts Business Association, about The Growth Box which is a new venture targeted at developing business and creating jobs. (05/07/2017)
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO, David Gribble, speaks to John Logan about the new safety school in Maylands, which aims to teach children best-practice safety habits from bike riding to catching public transport and being on guard while walking. (28/06/2017)
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT OUTDOOR BROADCAST
Joondalup Weekender 15/06/2017
Dr Syed Shamsul Islam, scientist from ECU’s School of Science in Joondalup, speaks to John Logan about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnoea. (14/06/2017)
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
John Logan speaks to Susan Rooney, the new CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society, about her new position, government welfare changes, homelessness, CEO sleepout and more. (14/06/2017)
FRIENDS OF SHEPHERDS BUSH RESERVE KINGSLEY
John Logan speaks to Elizabeth Griffin, coordinator of the Friends of Shepherds Bush Reserve in Kingsley, about the importance of the bushland and the wonderful work being done by the friends group. (07/06/2017)
FLU SEASON IS APPROACHING
What viruses are affecting people most? Is it the flu or a cold? Dr Elly Marillier talks to John Logan about different viral illnesses, symptoms and the flu vaccination. (31/05/2017)
Shaun Nannup, indigenous educator, speaks to John Logan about reconciliation week, structural reform and Welcome to Country. (31/05/2017)
Paris Mitchell speaks to Tyler Spooner about Feedmee, the social enterprise app which donates a part of the profit from every meal ordered to a food charity to help them feed someone else in need. (31/05/2017)
CONSTABLE CARE CHILD SAFETY FOUNDATION
John Logan talks to David Gribble, CEO of the harm prevention charity Constable Care Child Safety Foundation. The foundation runs programs which aim to educate and help children affected by issues such as drugs and bullying. (12/04/2017)
RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE
Tiffany Gourlay, Red Cross Blood Service’s community relations officer, speaks to John Logan about the never ending need for blood donations, particularly for the Easter holidays. (12/04/2017)
DROP-IN CENTRE FOR HOMELESS
The cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup have been working together in a bid to see a drop-in centre set up for homeless people in the local area. John Logan speaks with Community Vision’s CEO, Michelle Jenkins, about this and more. (05/04/2017)
GRANDPARENTS REARING GRANDCHILDREN
Clive Rowden is the president of the not-for-profit group Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren. He speaks to John Logan about this group, as well as the issues and hardships many grandparents face when raising their grandchildren. (29/03/2017)
KIDZUCATE AND JOONDALUP’S YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Sian Williams is a delightful 10 year old who has achieved so much in such a short time. Her charity, Kidzucate, takes a stand against bullying and other forms of abuse. For reasons which become obvious during her interview with John Logan, she was awarded Joondalup’s Youth Citizen of the Year. (01/03/2017)
ECO SHARK BARRIER AT SORRENTO BEACH
Craig Moss, inventor of the eco shark barrier and owner of the company, speaks about the installation, ecological benefits and popularity of the barrier at Sorrento beach. (01/03/2017)
THE HUB AT PRENDIVILLE CATHOLIC COLLEGE
John Logan’s Movers and Shakers co-host, Clive Haddow, speaks to Chris Greenwood, community engagement manager at Prendiville Catholic College. The Hub is a new venture bringing the community into the school by providing a venue for innovative and mainstream start-up businesses to operate. (01/03/2017)
MARMION ANGLING AND AQUATIC CLUB
There’s still plenty of fish in the sea! I was up at 4am today (18/02/2017) to volunteer as one of the many helpers at the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club’s Blue Water Classic fishing competition.
AUSTRALIA DAY CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY
Joondalup Times 31/01/2017
ROAD SAFETY BIN STICKER PROGRAM
The City of Joondalup has stepped up its participation in the “Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids” bin sticker program. This follows John Logan and fellow Kingsley-Greenwood councillor John Chester promoting the program’s safety benefits with local schools in 2015.
Joondalup Weekender 24/11/2016
Recfishwest researcher James Florisson with some rules and tips for the abalone season which starts on Sunday. (02/11/2016)
Luke Davey, director of Playful Learners childcare centres and pre-kindergarten program. (02/11/2016)
Kevin McLeod, chairman of Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park. Pumping treated sewage into our aquifers proves challenging. (02/11/2016)
DISMANTLE CHARITY – BIKE RESCUE
Pat Ryan, the chief executive of the charity Dismantle which runs an initiative called Bike Rescue to assist at-risk youth. (19/10/2016)
HALIDON PRIMARY SCHOOL, KINGSLEY – INDEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOL
Andrew Schmidt, the acting principal of Halidon Primary School, Kingsley, explains what it means to become an Independent Public School. (19/10/2016)
SHEPHERDS BUSH RESERVE KINGSLEY
Local councillors John Chester and John Logan support a City of Joondalup management plan for Shepherds Bush Reserve, Kingsley. They encourage people to join Friends of Shepherds Bush. John Logan catches up with local environmentalist and naturalist, David Pike, during his Movers and Shakers program on 89.7fm. ( 12/10/2016)
COMMUNITY VERGE GARDEN
Councillors John Logan and John Chester worked with the Greenwood community to ensure the Ranleigh Way verge garden’s success. (Joondalup Times 04/10/2016)
KIDS AND DADS BENEFIT FROM FATHERING PROJECT
Colin West, of the not-for-profit group, the Fathering Project, talks about the benefits for kids as well as building friendships between blokes. (14/09/2016)
PRIVATE INVESTMENTS FOR SOCIAL GAINS
Mark Fitzpatrick, the CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society and the vice-president of the WA Council of Social Services, explains how social impact bonds build better communities while saving taxpayer dollars. (07/09/2016)
THE HIDDEN FACE OF DISCRIMINATION
Beyond Blue’s CEO Georgie Harman chats to John about subtle forms of racial discrimination. Beyond Blue crisis line 1300 224636 (or Lifeline 13 11 14). (07/08/2016)
Fran Stanley, the assistant director of Science and Nature Conservation at the Department of Parks and Wildlife, explains to John why corellas are a problem. (24/08/2016)
89.7fm community radio is staffed by volunteers and gets most of its revenue to operate from the likes of sponsorship and annual local government grants, not to say the limited funding from Federal Government grants isn’t welcome. Some of the other community radio stations are digital broadcasters which also are vital voices in their communities but unlike us at 89.7, they rely more on Federal funds which after the last Federal Budget face big cuts. In fact, some may even go off the air if funding cuts go ahead. Catch up with John Bisset, the chief executive of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, to learn more. (17/08/2016)
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
John’s Movers and Shakers co-host, Clive Haddow, speaks to Russell Thomas, from Autism Association of WA, who explains the complexities of autism spectrum disorder and the challenges faced by those with the disorder. (03/08/2016)
Professor Ralph Martins, a world renowned researcher in Alzheimer’s Disease, explains the disease and findings which suggest early detection, diet and exercise are the key to more successful treatment. (27/07/2016)
FROM LIFE OF CRIME TO COMMUNITY CALLING
A young man outlines why and how he changed his troubled lifestyle, which included crime, to one of serving the community. (20/07/2016)
ST VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT
Joondalup Weekender 07/07/2016
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY CEO SLEEPOUT
A young self-funded retiree (I’m 56), I was elected to the Joondalup council last October. I put up my hand to be a councillor in a bid to build a better City of Joondalup community, including caring for people less fortunate than me, people like the homeless. I encourage other community leaders, including councillors and State and Federal MPs, to consider participating in the Sleepout. (23/06/2016)
The Kingsley 17s are making a mark with Kingsley Amateur Football Club vice-president Brett Walton and local Joondalup councillor John Logan.
Walton, left, and Logan agree that the likes of Benjamin Tripp and Riley Mason, pictured in training shirts sponsored by the councillor, are exciting fresh faces of the future.
“The 17s is an outstanding group of talented kids. We hope they consider joining us at the KAFC after playing juniors,” Walton said.
Logan, “the Voice” in the wider community, in reference to a local news and views show he co-hosts on community radio station 89.7fm, said it was important to bring out the best in young players on and off the field.
Kevin McLeod, the spokesman for Friends of Craigie Bushland, discusses with John a plan to introduce endangered wildlife at the site. (15/06/2016)
Ashlee Harrison, 2016 WA Youth Award Winner and founder of the mental health group helping young people called zero2hero. (15/06/2016)
John Logan has now registered for the VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT to be held at the WACA on June 23. I am giving up my warm and cosy bed for a night out in the cold, sleeping on a piece of cardboard. Please support this event by sponsoring me in my quest to raise funds for the homeless. Every little bit will help. Go to www.ceosleepout.org.au and sponsor John Logan.
ST VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT
The 2016 St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleepout will be held at the WACA on June 23. I will give up my warm bed for the night to participate in this event to help raise awareness about the issues surrounding homelessness and help raise much needed funds Vinnies will use to support the homeless.
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
East Hamersley Primary School newsletter extract. Pictures include students from East Hamersley Primary School, along with John Logan and Stephen Herbert from 89.7fm’s Movers and Shakers. (01/06/2016)
Sharon Ingram, co-ordinator of YMentoring, speaks about the community based mentoring program, operated by YMCA, for youth in the metro area. (01/06/2016)
PET CREMATION AND CEMETERY
Lance Stringer, from Lawnswood Pet Cremation and Cemetery, talks about his family business which provides a dignified farewell and a peaceful resting place for our beloved pets. (01/06/2016)
RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE
Tiffany Gourlay, the local community relations officer for the Red Cross Blood Service, talks about the need for more blood donors. (18/05/2016)
Carolyn Edwards, project development manager of not-for-profit group i60 Community Services, talks about the FIFO Families Organisation. (18/05/2016)
SOUTHERN BROWN BANDICOOT
Dr Leonie Valentine, UWA researcher, talks about the southern brown bandicoot or quenda that is native to WA. (27/04/2016)
GREENWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD TRADE DIRECTORY
John’s Movers and Shakers partner, Clive Haddow, talks with Liam Cochran about the Greenwood Neighbourhood Trade Directory. Supporting and promoting local trades. (20/04/2016)
JOONDALUP MEN’S SHED
Joondalup Men’s Shed president Bob Allen. (13/04/2016)
12 BUCKETS MENTORING PROGRAM
Travis Fitch, founder and CEO of 12 Buckets. (13/04/2016)
Wayne Bradshaw, CEO of the Fathering Project. (30/03/2016)
WA ROAD SAFETY
Kim Papalia, Road Safety Commissioner. (30/03/2016)
Joondalup Weekender 03/03/2016
MARMION ANGLING AND AQUATIC CLUB
Cooper and Jet say: “It’s good to have you home dad!” Home after getting up at 4am today (20/02/2016) to volunteer as one of the many helpers at the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club’s (MAAC) Blue Water Classic fishing competition.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN, CONSIDER OUR KIDS
Cr John Logan recently delivered the last of the road safety bin stickers to Creaney Primary School. All Kingsley and Greenwood schools have received the bin stickers and students have been given one to take home to stick on their rubbish bin. The aim is to create road safety awareness and encourage motorists in our suburbs to slow down. Cr Logan is encouraging all Joondalup City councillors to promote this safety initiative in their respective wards.
(Creaney Primary School P&C Newsletter November 2015)
SCHOOL BIN STICKER PROGRAM
Road safety bin stickers are being sent home with children from all schools in Kingsley and Greenwood. John Logan and Cr John Chester were out and about checking on the program. (Joondalup Weekender 20/08/2015)
PENISTONE PARK TENNIS COURTS IN PLANS
A win at the council meeting. Thanks to all who signed the petition and fought to keep the tennis courts in the Penistone Park redevelopment plans. (Joondalup Weekender 20/08/2015)
PENISTONE PARK TENNIS COURTS (17/08/2015)
John Logan helping to sell raffle tickets down at the MAAC on a Friday night.
Mark Fitzpatrick, from St Vincent de Paul Society, explains poverty cycles and the research being undertaken which will hopefully lead to a solution to this problem. (05/08/2015)
Jenni Werner, from Community Vision, explains the financial, physical and emotional difficulties grandparents face when raising their grandchildren. (05/08/2015)
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT OUTDOOR BROADCAST
John Logan is taking his Movers and Shakers School of Thought program out of the studio to Greenwood Primary School on July 29. Several schools will join together to take over the airwaves. (Joondalup Weekender 23/07/2015)
BIN STICKER SAFETY INITIATIVE
John Logan is promoting the “PLEASE SLOW DOWN, CONSIDER OUR KIDS'” bin stickers. He has been out and about delivering these stickers to residents and schools in Kingsley and Greenwood.
As part of John Logan’s Movers and Shakers program, on 89.7fm community radio, Clive Haddow interviews Garth Kearvell, the founder of the bin stickers safety campaign.
KEEP PENISTONE TENNIS COURTS
John Logan with local community members enjoying the free use of tennis courts at Penistone Park in Greenwood. There is strong support to keep the tennis courts as part of the redevelopment of the park. (Joondalup Weekender, 09/07/2015)
Is there gender equality between men and women in the workplace and in the home? (Joondalup Times 07/07/2015)
FRIENDS OF YELLAGONGA
John Logan, Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park (FOY) member, with other FOY and Greening Australia volunteers helping out with planting, watering and mulching at Lake Goolellal last Thursday. (11/06/2015)
Friends of Yellagonga’s Kevin McLeod is keen to get support from Greening Australia and its backers to tackle the midge in Yellagonga Regional Park. (10/06/2015)
Knowing the reason behind the public holiday on the 1st day of June and showing our true West Australian spirit. (Joondalup Weekender 28/05/2015)
KINGSLEY AMATEUR FOOTBALL CLUB COMMUNITY DAY
Children from Greenwood and Creaney Primary Schools who will be part of the teams representing their schools to play for the KAFC Community Shield. The game is part of the KAFC Community Day on May 16th, 2015, and the perpetual shield is donated and sponsored by John Logan. (Joondalup Times 12/05/2015)
Unfortunately, due to the weather and other circumstances beyond my control, this event was cancelled on the day. However, it will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Spiers Centre’s project officer and positive thinker, Tracey Sanzone, talks about helping women with low self-esteem. (06/05/2015)
PLEASE SLOW DOWN CONSIDER OUR KIDS
John Logan with Peter Mulcahy, Cr John Chester, Nikki Bower and her children Lucy and Hayden, sharing a road safety message with the community. (Joondalup Times 05/05/2015)
FRIENDS OF YELLAGONGA WORKDAY
John Logan and Kevin McLeod, Friends of Yellagonga Chairman, were among the volunteers busily planting a variety of seedlings in Yellagonga Regional Park during FOY’s workday last Sunday. (26/04/2015)
HOUSING PLANS AND STRATEGIES
In a recent interview, Dale Page, City of Joondalup planning director, explains to John Logan local housing plans and strategies.
REMEMBERING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN TO WHOM WE OWE OUR FREEDOM
Wendy Tuffin, president of the Returned and Services League’s Wanneroo-Joondalup sub-branch. (15/04/2015)
NEW TRAINING SINGLETS
They’re trim, taut and terrific, and the exciting future of the Kingsley Amateur Football Club. Colts coach Mike Cockburn and community radio 89.7fm’s John Logan recently welcomed last year’s premiership-winning 17s from the juniors competition to the KAFC. To mark the arrival of the colts recruits, training singlets, with KAFC and 89.7fm logos, were presented to the boys. Mike and John, who’s also a KAFC committee member, are keen to bring out the best in young footballers on and off the field. (19/03/2015)
Coach Mike Cockburn, first-year colts Lochie Walton and Lachlan Atkinson, in the new training singlets, and 89.7fm’s John Logan.
INDEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Greenwood Primary School Principal Peter Mulcahy explains what it means to be an Independent Public School. (25/03/2015)
The illegal dumping of rubbish is damaging the environment and has become a major fire risk. (Joondalup Times 10/03/2015
Kingsley MLA Andrea Mitchell backs calls for motorist warning lights at a school crossing on busy Hepburn Avenue. (February 2015)
MARMION ANGLING AND AQUATIC CLUB
John after a long and hard day (15/02/2015) volunteering at the MAAC’s Blue Water Classic fishing competition. The boys, Cooper and Jet, “mmm……this doesn’t smell like our Dad, he smells like fish!” (posted by John’s wife Lil)
EAST GREENWOOD WORKING GROUP
John Logan, a member of the Greenwood East Working Group. (February 2015)
2014 AT A GLANCE
Being a young self-funded retiree, I have the energy to be involved in lots of sports and community groups. I feel that I’ve been helping other like-minded people to make a difference, which has been rewarding. It’s now clear to me what volunteers have long been saying about getting back more than what you put in.
Here’s some of the things I was fortunate enough to be a part of during 2014.
RADIO 89.7FM: Movers and Shakers is a news and views program focusing on what matters to people in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo. It’s rounded off by an opinion piece, The Last Word, which takes a look at a topical subject. I set up the Wednesday afternoon show to also give journalism and broadcast students the chance to get practical experience. School of Thought, involving school students doing their own thing at 2pm on Wednesdays (after the news from Movers and Shakers), was another first for 89.7 in 2014.
I initially invited high school students to prepare and present their own program, before giving a local primary school the chance to show that younger children were up to the challenge. Greenwood Primary School’s Christmas show was an outstanding success, convincing me to extend School of Thought to all primary as well as secondary students in 2015.
Joondalup Weekender, 07/08/2014
KINGSLEY AND GREENWOOD RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: The year will be fondly remembered by KAGRA members as the one in which Lot 971, a magnificent area of bushland adjacent to Kingsley Reserve, was saved with the assistance of local people, the Kingsley Amateur Football Club and Joondalup councillor John Chester. As a committee member of both KAGRA and the footy club, I was thanked by a number of people for my role. But there were others far more deserving of praise. People Power Did Us All Proud.
I think most people will agree that another big win for KAGRA and Greenwood people in 2014 is developer Australand and the Department of Housing ruling out four-storey apartments as part of the East Greenwood housing project. I was part of a 12-member working group which provided community feedback to Australand before a plan was developed for the old East Greenwood Primary School site. The other members of the working group, which convinced Australand to make many and various changes before the plan was submitted to the Joondalup council, were Brett Nardi, Mary Manov, Sonia Makoare, Michelle Drage, Rebecca Joel, Brook Leber, Denise Brown, Daniel Rose, Mark Carson, Marc Gillard and Kristian Kahout.
Click to listen to The Last Word opinion piece on working groups.
Joondalup Times, 01/07/2014.
KINGSLEY AMATEUR FOOTBALL CLUB: Wow! I’ve learnt that this is a club of champions on and off the field. I’m lucky to be a committee member because it means that I can help the community through the club even if my playing days are long gone. One of the club’s many successful projects during 2014 was a community day to raise money for the fight against cancer. I hosted an 89.7fm broadcast from the club during the day as my fellow volunteers were shaking tins. Subiaco stars and former West Perth guns also got the ball rolling for the cancer cause.
Joondalup Weekender, 04/09/2014.
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL: This last year has made me realise how lucky I am. On Friday afternoons, I visit battlers in our community as part of the St Vincent de Paul volunteer team based at All Saints Catholic church in Greenwood. Among other things, we take food and food vouchers to people who have little, help to find suitable clothing and give those struggling to pay utility bills a helping hand.
I felt proud being a West Australian when people gave so generously during a Vinnies appeal I participated in during the year. All the money raised rattling tins in our community during such appeals helps the homeless and battlers like the people Vinnies visits at their homes.
Joondalup Times, 07/10/2014.
FRIENDS OF YELLAGONGA: I’ve been on a steep learning curve after joining FOY late in 2013. I join FOY volunteers who regularly work in Yellagonga Regional Park. These people are not only passionate about the environment but many of them are knowledgeable as well. They do their research, like on the midge problem from Lake Goollelal. I’m confident we’ll finally see the start of a sensible environmental solution to the problem sometime in 2015. But a word of warning, if I may. Don’t listen to the politicians who claim credit when something is finally done about the midge. Aside from councillor John Chester, who is a long-time FOY member, I suspect our other councillors and politicians have little understanding of the problem.
Joondalup Times, 29/07/2014 & 16/09/2014
GREENWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL: I recently accepted an invitation from Greenwood Primary to be a community representative of its inaugural board, which replaces the school’s council when the school takes on independent status in 2015. I’m looking forward to this new challenge.
MARMION ANGLING AND AQUATIC CLUB: The MAAC has members from a number of different communities, including Kingsley and Greenwood. I’ve been a member for four years.
A keen but not-so skilful darts player, I was the 2014 darts representative in matters relating to the running of the club.
WEST PERTH FOOTBALL CLUB: Please don’t hold it against me if you support another WAFL team, you know like East Perth or Subiaco (ha,ha), but I’ve been a West Perth member for many years.
I missed a few matches in 2014 because of community commitments but I’m sure the Falcons faithful will forgive me. I look forward to our league team finding its wings for 2015.
WHAT MATTERS TO YOU MATTERS TO ME.