Great ideas for community improvement at Wellard Neighbourhood SOUP

City of Kwinana Councillor Matthew Rowse, Dion Harris, Lisa Jones, Clare Russell, Zoe Nash and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.
City of Kwinana Councillor Matthew Rowse, Dion Harris, Lisa Jones, Clare Russell, Zoe Nash and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.

MORE than 40 local residents headed to the John Wellard Community Centre to take part in the inaugural Wellard Neighbourhood SOUP.

The night was an opportunity to share a meal and hear four locals pitch their community project ideas.

Guests each paid $10, and in return received a bowl of soup and bread, and a vote for the idea they thought would benefit their community the most.

They were treated to a choice of soup made by The Village at Wellard Residents’ Association’s chairperson Claire Cardew.

Each presenter had four minutes to share their idea and field questions from their fellow diners for a further six minutes.

Dion Harris won with her proposal to support The Christians Ready Equipped and Willing Incorporated (The C.R.E.W) by setting up weekly Sunday lunches for the needy and homeless in the area.

Dion was presented with a $450 prize, raised from ticket sales and the event pop-up bar, which she is donating to The C.R.E.W.

The other three pitches included enabling the Kwinana Swimming Club to provide more opportunities for their coaching staff to reach out, engage and work with local school communities and supporting the start-up of a second-hand school uniform shop which would include all the local schools in the area.

The event was organised by The Village at Wellard Residents’ Association and hosted by City of Kwinana Councillor Matthew Rowse.

Peet chief executive Brendan Gore said it was a great community-led initiative.

“It follows a proven, successful microgranting model that is a great way to bring the community together and hear about projects that are important to them,” he said.