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TOWARDS A CITY OF SUBSTANCE
CONGRATULATIONS Scoop on entering the debate
on how our city can continue to progress prosper
and grow (Scoop, Summer 2009). The Future
Perth article by Danielle Benda was well consid-
ered and invited astute commentary from key
I know I am not a lone voice seeking Perth to
be more engaged on a regional and global level to
maintain our competitive edge in a shrinking
globalised world, because we do face disengage-
ment if we don t leverage every opportunity for
our city and ourselves when we can.
Perth needs to change, but change does not
mean loss of our unique character or way of
life. Change is improvement, enhancement and
with that is more vitality, greater liveability and
improved connectivity and recognition from the
world, that we are indeed a city of substance.
~ Lisa Scaffidi
Lord Mayor, City of Perth
KEEP TALKING ABOUT PERTH
THANK YOU for your article History of the
Future (Scoop, Summer 2009). I think the article
astutely demonstrates the key challenge we face in
thinking about the future of Perth -- there are lots
of us thinking and some of us doing, but we are
all heading in different directions.
In our view, the first practical step is obvious.
Organisations that care about the future of the
city need to get together and put our ideas and
dreams on paper to tell the story of Perth through
The narrative can articulate the good and bad
bits of the metropolitan area: it can inspire us to
accept the change needed to protect the things we
like; and ensure that our worst fears for the future
are not realised.
The ultimate outcome will be a collective
vision statement for Perth that will assist us
to maximise the opportunities for our unique
and wonderful city. It will be a short, powerful,
bipartisan statement that will unite our combined
We welcome your feedback and contributions.
Letters should include a full name, contact
address and phone number, and may be edited
for legal reasons or clarity.
Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
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energy to achieve a shared dream for the future.
The government should not fear this type of
direction. In my view, having a shared vision for
Perth can only assist government decision-making.
There are examples of visionary documents,
such as the South East Queensland Regional Plan,
which have achieved unified support at a state and
local government level. We need this type of lead-
ership and unity for the benefit of the population
as a whole.
~ Marion Fulker
CEO, Committee for Perth
THANKS FROM STARLIGHT
ON BEHALF of the Starlight Children s Founda-
tion and all the seriously ill children and their
families that we support, I would like to thank the
community for their fantastic support of Starlight s
We truly appreciate all the schools, commu-
nity groups, individuals and corporate partners
who generously supported Starlight by making a
donation and writing a "Message of Hope" which
was sent to sick kids in hospitals all around the
Every day over 400 seriously-ill children are
admitted to hospitals across Australia and the
challenges families who have seriously ill and
hospitalised children face all year round are only
amplified at Christmas time, when they should all
be at home together.
Starlight continues its work throughout the
year and we are now looking for community
support for Starlight Day, on Friday May 7.
Please look out for our volunteers -- in yellow
shirts -- who will be on the streets between Thurs-
day May 6 and Sunday May 9 looking for dona-
tions to help raise $3 million to ensure Starlight
can brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospital-
ised children and their families across Australia.
The need for Starlight s programs in increas-
ing with 600,000 child admissions to Australian
hospitals every year -- Starlight s programs are an
integral part of the total paediatric care for seri-
ously ill children but we are currently only able to
reach one in three. Starlight s ultimate goal is to
enable every seriously ill child the opportunity to
benefit from Starlight s innovative programs.
To make a donation or to find out how you can
support the Starlight Children s Foundation, please
visit starlight.org.au or phone 1300 727 827.
~ Louise Baxter
CEO of The Starlight Children s Foundation Australia
Portrait of success
Congratulations to photographer Ross
Swanborough for taking the "Best Portrait"
prize at this year's WA Press Photographer
of the Year Awards. Ross, who regularly
contributes to Scoop as well as our sister
publication Insite, won the prize for his picture
of singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
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