Collective cultivates community

Vic Park Collective’s Joe Mucci, Ryan Sandilands, Sarita Leal, Aimee Johns, Joni Sercombe and son Avery, Flavia Pardini and Lisa Bowden. d418540
Vic Park Collective’s Joe Mucci, Ryan Sandilands, Sarita Leal, Aimee Johns, Joni Sercombe and son Avery, Flavia Pardini and Lisa Bowden. d418540

New chairwoman and mother of three-month-old son Avery, Joni Sercombe has called the Town home for about 15 years and was attracted to the Vic Park Collective because it wasn’t just about ‘money and profits.’

‘The collective is about making the community fun, inclusive, progressive and healthy,’ Ms Sercombe said.

Formed in the middle of last year, it comprises local residents including families with children, business people and representatives of community organisations who want to be part of the evolving conversation of what they want Vic Park to be.

The practising artist and former Lotterywest grants manager joined the collective last November after attending a networking event and recently took over the helm from the previous chairwoman who has taken time out to care for a newborn.

‘I took on the role to keep my brain ticking over. We’re not all hipsters and skinny jeans. There are young mums and a variety of ages. We’re not an arts organisation, we’re a community organisation but we believe a thriving arts scene is a part of healthy community life,’ Ms Sercombe said.

She said the group had more than 600 followers on its Facebook page, about 60 on its mailing list, and a committee of 8-10 people that met regularly. Visit www.facebook.com/VicParkCollective.