Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
THE City of Bayswater is lending a financial hand to help those in need, following recent disasters locally and overseas.

Following unanimous decisions at its February 2 council meeting, the City is donating $5000 to the Toodyay Bushfire Appeal and $5000 to the Australian Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said both tragedies had struck a chord and it was important to lend a hand when people were so desperately in need after losing everything.

“There is a wonderful amount of compassion in the community and an overriding desire to help those who have been affected and, as a council, we share similar sentiments,” he said.

“The State Government has declared the area affected by the Toodyay fires as a disaster zone, after the destruction of property included the loss of 39 homes.

“That means 39 families suddenly have nothing – nowhere to live, no clothes and no possessions – and if we can help in some way, they can start to put their lives back together.”

Mayor Kenyon said many would be familiar with widespread devastation following the January 12 Haiti earthquake, after seeing television news reports.

“People are in Haiti’s streets with very limited access to shelter, sanitation, water, food and medical care,” he said.

“Local and international Red Cross staff and volunteers are providing relief while also trying to reconnect families during search and rescue effects.

“Money raised through the Haiti Earthquake Appeal will support emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovering activities, send specialist aid workers to assist and support longer-term Red Cross programs of assistance in affected areas.

“Looking at the television footage, you can’t help be affected by the enormity of the situation and what people in Haiti are enduring.

“But there are also little rays of hope with people still being found alive two weeks after the earthquake struck.

“We will never fully comprehend the enormity of these disasters but hopefully, through donations such as these, we can help rebuild communities and some semblance of a normal life for these people.”

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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