Alkimos Storytelling for Community Building: residents urged to get involved in initiative

Nadia King. Picture: Louise Allan
Nadia King. Picture: Louise Allan

ALKIMOS residents are encouraged to share their stories and make history with TED Talks speaker Sisonke Msimang and author Nadia King as part of an initiative for prosperity of the suburb.

City of Wanneroo is working with Alkimos Beach and Alkimos Vista developers Lendlease to capture the history of the area by holding community workshops to record residents’ stories.

Adults and young people are encouraged to take part in the Alkimos Storytelling for Community Building project by sharing their personal stories at a series of workshops during March and April.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said creating a community from the ground-up presented a unique opportunity not only for residents but for historians to capture an accurate record right from its inception.

“The suburb of Alkimos is a fast-growing community with more than 2500 families making it their home since 2013, and this will grow to more than 10,000 by 2040,” she said.

“Through the project we want to capture the stories of Alkimos; from the very first residents to people who are currently building homes.

“We want to reflect their life experiences and reasons for moving to the area to build the story of Alkimos.”

Sisonke Msimang.

Lendlease general manager of the communities business in WA Anthony Rowbottam said that sharing the rich experiences of residents and their stories was part of creating places where people feel they belong.

Adult participants will work with Ms Msimang from the Centre for Stories in Northbridge over three sessions from March 28 to April 4 to gain storytelling skills and develop their story for recording.

King, author of young adult novel Jenna’s Truth, will work with 10 youth aged 13-16 years old over three sessions from April 18-26 to share their Alkimos stories, explore their ‘voices’ as writers and learn storytelling fundamentals.

For more information and to register, contact the City of Wanneroo Community History Librarian Sooz Dalgleish on 9405 5925.

Alkimos Storytelling for Community Building
Adult sessions – March 28-29 and April 4 (participants need to attend all three)
Youth sessions – April 18, 23 and 26 (10 Alkimos residents aged 13-16 only who need to attend all three)
11.30am-2.30pm
Alkimos Pop-up Library, The Gateway Shopping Precinct – Alkimos Beach, Sanderling Drive

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