Tree Trail leads way for Stirling at awards

City of Stirling parks and sustainability manager Ian Hunter (far right) with winners from FORM Michal Zdanowicz and Lauren Formentin, and award sponsor Andrew Wynne from Woodlands.
City of Stirling parks and sustainability manager Ian Hunter (far right) with winners from FORM Michal Zdanowicz and Lauren Formentin, and award sponsor Andrew Wynne from Woodlands.

THE City of Stirling’s Tree Trail event has won a State award.

The sustainability-focused initiative was joint winner of Community Based Initiative of the Year at the Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards of Excellence.

Tree Trail ran at Carine Regional Open Space in the April school holidays and shared the award with FORM’s Field of Light: Avenue of Honour display in Albany.

The Scarborough Beach intergenerational plaza, delivered in collaboration with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, received a high commendation in the Play Space Award category.

The City’s Sunset Veranda festival and Scarborough Beach Pool also received nominations at the awards.

Stirling councillor Stephanie Proud attended the awards on behalf of the City and said it was fantastic for the projects to be recognised at an industry level.

“A lot of hard work has gone into all of the nominated projects and everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved,” she said.

The City also received recognition at separate awards this month, with day club’s senior co-ordinator Linda Kuuse winning Leading Age Services Australia’s individual Excellence in Age Services Award.

Ms Kuuse and her team worked on a two-year Dementia Partnership Project with Alzheimer’s WA that resulted in a new care model for seniors attending Nollamara Day Club.

The client-focused model caters for individual needs, aspirations and accessibility requirements by taking into account personal interests and aspects such as careers and likes and dislikes.

It has since expanded to its day clubs in Scarborough and Stirling.

Linda Kuuse with Filomena Di Giallonardo and Attilio Romano.

“The opportunity to provide the best possible support to people and have them still be valued by their community they helped create is what drives me,” Ms Kuuse said.

“We’re working with people so they still have a voice and so their needs are still met.”

Day clubs support worker Emma McColm was nominated as a rising star and the Stirling Community Care team was short-listed in the team category.

Ms Kuuse and the City’s Tree Trail project will vie for respective national honours in October.

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