ANZAC Day 2021
With the recent Perth & Peel lockdown we experienced over the ANZAC Day long weekend, I certainly hope that everyone has stayed safe and well during this time. As a community, we have certainly had to demonstrate just how resilient we are in dealing with ongoing adversity and challenges.
While ANZAC Day services in the region were affected, it was heartening to see the number of people who still participated in private dawn driveway services to commemorate our war dead and pay tribute to the sacrifices of those who have served in the armed forces. And to all the hard-working volunteers and servicepeople in our local RSLs, please know that while in-person events were not able to be held in our region, your efforts and service is absolutely acknowledged and appreciated.
The way both business and community have come together to deal with these ongoing COVID challenges is something we can all be very proud of. Now more than ever is the time to get behind our Peel small businesses and continue to show our support by shopping local, eating at local cafes & restaurants and buying from local companies and suppliers. At the Commission, our Local Content Adviser certainly continues to collaborate with a range of local businesses to help build business capability and raise awareness on tender and funding opportunities so as to maximise the participation of regional industry in regional supply or works contracting opportunities.
At a regional level, the Commission continues to work closely with a range of key stakeholders, both Federal, State and local governments; private sector, not-for-profit and regional business associations to provide facilitation, advocacy and support on a range of regional priorities and I will mention some more of these in my next update.
Food & Farm Fest
From a community events perspective, with the interim COVID restrictions currently in place, a number of community events both large and small have had to, unfortunately, be rescheduled. One of them being the Food & Farm Fest which was due to occur Saturday 1st May. The event has now been rescheduled for Saturday 13 November, so I certainly encourage all locals and families to go and support this wonderful event as kids and teenagers 16 and under can enter for FREE!
Keep an eye out for updates on this event on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/FoodandFarmFest/
And finally, I would like to pass on congratulations to our tourism operators who attended the April mingle event with Visit Mandurah and Destination Perth last week. It was wonderful for these local tourism businesses to have the opportunity to speak directly with the Destination Perth Board.