Rain doesn’t deter Davis Park sport fans!
Not even torrential rain was going to stop the residents of Davis Park grab the opportunity to meet the Dockers’ Michael Walters and former Wildcats’ Captain Brad Robbins at a sausage sizzle organised on 26 July to support the Beaconsfield neighbourhood turn a new page.
While residents – both young and old – were invited to join in a host of fun activities and enjoy a sausage sizzle provided by the Department of Housing, the event was designed to bring the community together in a positive environment and get their feedback on the changes they want to see in Davis Park.
The Davis Park community event is the first in a series of initiatives being undertaken as part of the ‘Our Davis Park’ project by a group of government and not-for-profit organisations, chaired by the Disability Services Commission’s Colin Alston, who are working with residents to improve quality of life in the neighbourhood.
‘Our Davis Park’ is one of four priority projects being undertaken by the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF), which was launched in March in recognition that complex social issues, such as those in Davis Park, cannot be addressed by any one organisation in isolation.
The first partnership of its kind in Australia, the SWMPF takes a ‘bottom-up’ approach, whereby all government and non-government initiatives are informed and driven by the community.
In addition to residents of Davis Park, the group implementing the ‘Our Davis Park’ project comprises the following organisations: City of Fremantle, Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department of Education, Department of Housing, Department of Social Services, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Disability Services Commission, Fremantle Foundation, Fremantle Multicultural Centre, Fremantle PCYC, SMYL Community Services, South Metro Community Drug Service, South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, UnitingCare West, and the WA Police.