Bike workshop empowers Beaconsfield youth

Bike workshop participants with Communities staff and firefighters
​About 60 children and their parents attended the event, which was led by the Department of Communities with support from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and not-for-profit group Dismantle.

​Kids from Davis Park in Beaconsfield learnt about bike maintenance and fire safety at a recent workshop. The event was arranged by the Department of Communities (Housing) to give Beaconsfield children a treat for the holidays while promoting a sense of community in the area.

Activities were supported by staff from Housing's Fremantle office and officers from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) who generously donated their time to ensure that young people from Davis Park enjoyed a fun day out.

One of the highlights of the day was the dramatic entrance of the DFES officers with their fire truck and sirens blaring. After educating the assembled crowd on fire safety, the crew turned on their fire hose to help the kids slip and slide on the waterslide which Child Protection and Family Support provided.

Housing’s Fremantle office arranged for not-for-profit group Dismantle to run a bicycle repair workshop on the day which taught participants some basic mechanical skills to fix and service their bikes.

A sausage sizzle with the Regional Manager Steve Altham manning the grill was another hit with the children who enjoyed sausages in buns along with delicious fruit platters.

He was extremely pleased with the way the event was embraced by the local community.

“In an area that has not always had the best reputation, it was refreshing to be there and see Davis Park from a different standpoint, the only purpose was for the kids to have fun!” Mr Altham said.

Acting Manager Housing Services South Metro Rhonda Fleming was also thrilled by the success of the event.

“The waterslide was a big hit, the kids were all so well behaved, making way for the little ones and taking their turn," Ms Fleming said. "They really did have a fun day and it gave us all a sense of satisfaction that we were able to come together and have a positive and fun day.”

The event was publicised locally to target youth living in the Davis Park precinct. Housing Services Team Leader Rebecca Caldwell said the event was well attended by the local community.

“I would say throughout the day there would have been 60 kids coming and going and probably around 20 parents," Ms Caldwell said.

“Dismantle came along and demonstrated and assisted the kids with fixing and servicing their bikes, the kids loved it and all gathered around to help each other, it was lovely to see.”

Davis Park falls with the Beaconsfield redevelopment precinct which is an approximately 10ha residential area located between South Street and Lefroy Road in the City of Fremantle. Built up to low densities between the 1950s and 1980s, the area has a high proportion of social housing which is ageing, under-utilised and has high maintenance costs.

The Department of Communities is working closely with the City of Fremantle and local stakeholders to ensure that the masterplan best fits the needs of the local community.

Redevelopment of the precinct will provide the Department of Communities, along with associated stakeholders and partners, with a significant urban infill opportunity to provide a mix of modern affordable, social and private housing.

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