COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Communities are better when people feel connected to each other. We need places to meet our neighbours. We need parks with fantastic walkways. We need events that get us out of our homes and into the parks and open spaces. Mike Turinsky will continue to support events that connect our multi-cultural community. This includes the new annual event: Christmas Wonder Park. In Burswood, Mike has been working on parks upgrades and the Burswood walkway and bridge repair. In Ormiston, Mike has been advocating for a continuation of the Ormiston Family Market. All of these places and events help people feel connected to each other. Mike is also working on Youth Development, which he sees as an important part of making a community grow and prosper.

Click on photo to see the facebook page for 2019.

Click on photo to see the 2019 event promo.

New Local Annual Event: Christmas Wonder Park

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By Mike Turinsky

On 15th December 2018, for the first time, we had a new local annual event. The Christmas Wonder Park was held in Barry Curtis Park. There were carols, a Christmas walk-through, food, games and entertainment. Music performances and dance performances by school children and community groups, community group stalls, and food stalls filled the area. I even organised a Howick Local Board stall for residents to meet me and other local board members.

My friend, Joshua Yang, from New Hope Community Trust, asked me to help with the idea for our new and growing community. Its a one-day celebration of Christmas. I felt it was an opportunity for our community to shine. Through my role as Chair of Ormiston Community Vision, we raised $6000 to help put this event on. 

 

Joshua is originally from China, and he felt this event could bring together different cultural groups, businesses, churches and community organisations, "to build a sense of community with one of the most important celebrations of the year, reflecting a true Christmas spirit." Joshua is passionate about bringing community together.

This event brought nearly ten thousand people into Barry Curtis Park and it was, in my opinion, one of the most successful free events we have had in the park. Plans for the 2019 celebration are already well underway. See you there on 14 December, 2019!

This annual event has been partly funded by a Howick Local Board Grant for 2018 and 2019.

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