Forum focuses on future

From LEft: Katy Raftery, Mark Griffin, Frankie Bird, Hayley Robertson at the 'Open Space' meeting
From LEft: Katy Raftery, Mark Griffin, Frankie Bird, Hayley Robertson at the 'Open Space' meeting

The Department of Health’s public health and ambulatory care section organised the Imagine Merriwa forum on November 19, supported by several other groups and agencies.

Residents used the forum to raise issues and ideas for the suburb, and discuss potential actions.

Facilitator Michael Woods said the event topic was how to work together to build and grow a stronger, more connected and more vibrant Merriwa.

To start, Mr Woods said it was a self-organising process and asked participants to think of emerging ideas or questions they had, which they wrote down as conversation topics. ‘It just provides a space for people to talk about what they really care about,’ he said.

Topics participants submitted included hoons, youth employment and empowering strategies, starting a community garden, building a community facility, access to Commonwealth services, connecting people with services, community health, family support and engaging with migrants and refugees.

Participants split into groups to discuss each topic and come up with possible actions. Other groups and agencies involved included Whitford Church of Christ, Mercy Care, City of Wanneroo, Youth Futures, WA Police, West Coast Institute and the Department of Human Services.