Celebrating Joondalup heroes

A Walk of Fame will be installed in Central Walk to recognise Joondalup heroes.
A Walk of Fame will be installed in Central Walk to recognise Joondalup heroes.

THE City of Joondalup will honour local heroes from all walks of life, expanding its honour roll created for sporting stars.

Councillors voted last week to install inscribed concrete pavers in Central Walk with acknowledgements to be given in the categories of sport, business or professional, and community.

In August 2015, the council approved the establishment of a sporting Walk of Fame but discussions looked at extending the eligibility criteria to recognise the wider community.

Walk of fame for City’s famous people

Proposed criteria includes:
– Nominees living in, or attending an educational institution in, the City for more than five years;
– Playing for a club in the City, being involved with the community or philanthropy in the City;
– Achievements, awards received elsewhere and a media profile.

A Walk of Fame selection group will consist of the mayor, chief executive and an independent community member.

Once the group is established, they will meet to decide upon and induct the inaugural heroes this year.

It is then proposed a community nomination process will take place every two years, in an off-election year, with the first starting in 2020.

The pavers are proposed to be 30cm by 30cm with the City crest and name, year and category of the inductee.

Cr Russ Fishwick, who initially called for a Walk of Fame in 2014, said the path would be an attraction for the Joondalup city centre and urged the inaugural inductees to be installed before the end of the year.

With no funds listed, Cr Kerry Hollywood asked if the City could afford the project this year, which chief executive Garry Hunt answered “certainly”.

According to the council document, it will cost $5000 to install signage at the entry points, $1000 per recipient paver, $2000 for printing and promotion and $10,000 for a function.

The project was unanimously approved.