City of Melville boosts local night time economy with $40,000 funding

8 July 2021

Local residents can look forward to new evening programming and offerings, with the City of Melville awarding more than $40,000 in grant funding.

Local residents can look forward to new evening programming and offerings, with the City of Melville awarding more than $40,000 in grant funding for night time events and activities.

Nine businesses, creatives and not-for-profits received Night Time Activation grants totalling $40,370 to develop new projects that support the local night time economy and activate community hubs.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the City was collaborating with businesses and organisations to add vibrancy and diversity to the local night time sector.

“The funded projects include jazz nights, new dining experiences, family movie nights and outdoor concerts, which will contribute to our community priorities of social connectedness, sense of community and safety,” said Mayor Gear.

“For our local businesses and not-for-profits, the grants are an opportunity to trial new ideas and programming, which will help build capacity for our night time economy into the future and help support local jobs.”

The Night Time Activation Grants were a one-time special funding round of the City’s My Community Grants program and offered grants of up to $5,000 to organise workshops, entertainment or events at a business, business precinct or community space.

The funding could also be used to revitalise a hospitality venue to allow for new activities to be held at night, with matched funding required for capital equipment.

Currant Event Creative Director Cindy Wiese received a grant of $5,000 to use towards delivering a series of monthly jazz music performances.  

“What was a spark of an idea has been brought to reality through the support offered by the City of Melville,” said Ms Wiese.

“Groove Music Club will test the appetite for world class live jazz, jazz fusion and soul music performances in the heart of Melville.”

The first Groove Music Club event is set for Friday, 20 August at the City of Melville Civic Centre, and will feature jazz ensemble the Libby Hammer Quartet.

Vocalist Libby Hammer said she was looking forward to performing for the Melville community.

“With all of the upheavals in the performing industry over the past year, it has been so fantastic to see that Perth audiences really do love going out to see live music when they can,” said Ms Hammer.

“I very much look forward to meeting and singing for the Melville locals and anyone who would like to come along from further afield - let’s enjoy an evening of good friends, laughter and jazz!"

Ms Wiese said tickets were available at

The other events and projects that received Night Time Activation grants will take place over 2021-2022.

Night Time Activation Grant Recipients

Bad Apples Bar ($5,000)

The funds will go towards an upgrade to Bad Apples Bar's existing licensed alfresco area. Management's intention is to provide patrons with a modern, convivial, hospitality outdoor venue containing creative lighting, high quality acoustics and the ability to provide live instrumental entertainment.

Australian Museum and Galleries Association Western Australia ($5,000)

The funds will help deliver a series of evening events at Goolugatup Heathcote and other local venues to showcase the museums and galleries of WA in fun, informal way. The events will provide an opportunity for museum and gallery staff to tell stories about their work, collections and institutions and provide a behind-the-scenes look into the unique and significant stories, art and objects in WA.

Anglican Parish of Applecross ($3,814)

The Anglican Church will use the funding to hold an evening family event, where  the community will come together to be entertained with food, face painting and balloons, coupled with musicians and communal singing under the stars.

Top Dup Donuts ($5,000)

Top Dup Donuts will use the grant towards purchasing equipment to enable night time trading and will hold a series of burrito and donut nights at their shop in Willagee.

Currant Event Management ($5,000)

The funding will be used to support Groove Music Club, a series of once-a-month jazz music performances. The events will test the appetite for world class live jazz, jazz fusion and soul music performances in the heart of Melville.

Mt Pleasant Bowling Club ($5,000)

The Mt Pleasant Bowling Club will use the funding to host a series of music concerts on the bowling green under lights in the evening during the warmer months. Families and friends are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and cushions and relax under the stars while listening to music and enjoying some food.

Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia ($2,056)

The funding will be used to trial an evening family event – A Night at the Museum. The museum hopes to use the night time opening as an education opportunity to highlight some of the aviation events that occurred at night time, such as bomber command, as well as celebrate the Air Force's 100th Birthday in 2021. If successful, the museum hopes to replicate the event on a recurring basis.

Blue Gum Park Tennis Club ($5,000)

The grant will be used to deliver family nights on Friday evenings at the clubhouse. The club will host a music performance, while a family movie, games and table tennis will also be available. The grass tennis courts in front of the clubhouse will be open for everyone to enjoy a relaxed hit of tennis or a kick of the footie.

Attadale Junior Football Club (INC) ($4,500)

Attadale Bombers will use funding to host a variety of social events at their clubrooms, including Friday night footy and movie nights. Families can stay for a barbeque meal after Friday night Auskick sessions and watch the football as a community.

Image: Currant Event Creative Director Cindy Wiese will use Night Time Activation funding towards delivering Groove Music Club – a series of jazz music performances in the City of Melville.

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