City of Melville Turns 50

15 May 2018

In recognition of 50 years since the Shire of Melville became a City in 1968, two special events celebrated the City's golden anniversary.

Celebrations commenced with Mayor Russell Aubrey planting the first of 50 trees at Piney Lakes Reserve in the early hours of the morning.

“The City’s continued focus on creating a clean and green community has been reinforced with the recently adopted Urban Forest Strategy and this planting ceremony,” Mayor Aubrey said.

In June, the Mayor will return to Piney Lakes to plant the 50th tree.

“Planting 50 trees to celebrate 50 years strengthens our commitment to increasing our tree canopy coverage in the City.

In the afternoon, staff, Elected Members and residents came together for the City’s 50th Birthday party in the Main Hall of the Civic Centre, sharing afternoon tea as well as a slice of birthday cake.

“Marking this important milestone gave everyone an opportunity to come together as a City and as a community, to share an afternoon of delicious food and enjoy each other’s company in celebration of all that has been achieved in 50 years,” Mayor Aubrey said. 

In his opening address, Mayor Aubrey made mention of an upcoming art installation that also forms part of the  50 year celebrations. ART IN PLACE, commissioned by the City of Melville, will bring a new temporary public artwork to the Canning Beach Road foreshore to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary.

The light installation, titled ‘Confluence’, will be a projection-based night time installation on the body of water where the Swan (Derbarl Yerrigan) and Canning (Djarlgarro Beeliar) rivers meet. Moving images will be projected and illuminated onto a fleet of boats, moored in the area.

Perth-based artists VJzoo (Kat Black and Jasper Black) will be creating the installation using designs adapted from paintings artworks by illustrator and artist Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh).

For more information please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/50birthday or call 9364 0666.

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