Dear Members
Well just when we thought we’d been given the green light there’s another spanner in the works, I think this current situation only reinforces how lucky we are to be living in this part of Australia.   While it may be a little longer before we are back to life as we knew it, we are certainly enjoying more freedoms than our Eastern  States counterparts.  So is there a word for this?  The new new normal?

The RRSRA committee is now back to regular meetings, it was good to see everyone again and in good health, full of energy and good ideas.

We have had some great feedback from our last newsletter and thank you to those that let us know what you think.  It is really very gratifying when you get feedback at least you know you’re heading in the right direction.  Also please don’t forget this is your Association so if you have any concerns regarding the local area or have any particular issues then please let us know.

We have also had some more great news – The RRSRA has been successful in receiving a grant from the City of Canning to update the RRSRA website.  So watch this space, we are in the middle of rebuilding the site and when it is ready you’ll be the first to know!

In case you are wondering… the pictures in the newsletter have been taken by local residents and consist of mainly the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises, perhaps another upside to corona more people have time to stop and enjoy the place they live in,  which only reinforces what a wonderful part of Perth we live in.

City of Canning rate review
Due to the economic circumstances created by COVID the RRSRA has emphasised the need for reduced rates this year. This would not be unique to City of Canning there are several councils who have already taken this initiative. The RRSRA has initiated several posts in social media by way of a poll, strong argument in relation to keeping the local economy buoyant by supporting local business, and to provide relief/assistance for the members of our community that have been impacted by the covid. We have had a great response to our social media campaign which fully supports a reduction and needless to say we will continue to highlight the need to assist the members of our community who have been impacted. If you want to provide a comment to the City of Canning go to:
Planning Scheme 42 –R40 Rezoning
Rezoning of selected parts of Canning to increase density near shops and transport hubs has been finalised. It includes the south side of Wilber and Massey Streets to Leach Highway between Ann Way and Webb Streets, and part of High Rd. The City of Canning contact is Chris Schooling, Senior Strategic Projects Planner
The full scheme is at City of Canning website /residents/building-here/planning services. It is a 91 page download.
A more useful site describing R40 for residents is the WA Department of Planning, Land and Heritage (DPLH) State Planning Policy Residential Design Code. For R40 it shows an average lot size of 220 square metres, each with 45% open space.
Here is a link to the interactive map found which is a great resource.
Users can move about the whole map or enter an address to see details of zoning, existing lot size and aerial photo views

Rossmoyne Retirement Village.
There has long been talk about expansion of the Retirement Village in Tuscan St, including a connection to Central Road, and to a vacant lot near the Bowling Club. Nicki Crook, a helpful City of Canning Land Asset Manager, provided a useful update. Any planning has been deferred, probably until next financial year, as part of options in a “precinct plan” for that general area. She advised that a new agent, Village Solutions, has been appointed to market leases for life and rentals for the village. Their Fiona Davidson said that at present 15 of the residences are occupied, three are being put to market on a lease for life base, and four are being refurbished to be offered as rentals..

Gratitude – a child’s perspective
Congratulations to staff and students for the hearts hung on Rossmoyne fence. Students wrote items that they were thankful for during the covid pandemic.
A Child’s view of what they feel grateful about. Rossmoyne Primary School
There were many thoughtful comments about family, our fortunate situation, and health workers. They included one negative comment- “my brother is 100 times more annoying.
What’s happening along this lazy river where the riverboats, the canoeists, the paddle boarders, the fishermen, the dogs and the families go…..
Local Matters

Canning Art Group
This fabulous resource has been operating in this community for 49 years – do you believe that!!
What a find or a rediscover such a hive of activity to appease the creative soul.
If you want to undertake some formal tuition in an extensive range of art forms these are available to you and term 3 is about to commence.
If you are a practicing artist but don’t have all the right equipment or space they have hobby groups that meet and exchange ideas, good conversation and sometimes a delicious tea and scone thrown in.
If you are a practiced artist who would just like to brush up on a particular technique they run some fantastic workshops.
Or perhaps you would just like to visit the centre and have a look at their regular exhibitions you would be mist welcome.

Next  members exhibition “Favourites” commences 22nd July – 4th September.

This is a thriving centre which has a great range of options for potential artists at all levels from beginners and beyond!  It has an extensive range of equipment and it is a really pleasant space.
There is great plans a foot for the Centre as they will be moving to purpose built facilities attached to the Leisureplex in the next 2-3years with plans being drawn up now – so watch this space.
The Coordinator, Selena is extremely welcoming and helpful so if you’re looking to try a new hobby, wanting to meet more like minded souls in the local area I can’t recommend it highly enough.
All you need to know can be found on the website:   Or have a chat to Selena on 94579600 or email:

Taken a trip down Roxby Lane lately – What a find!
 With great talent and enormous bravery this young woman has opened a beautiful studio in Roxby Lane just in time for Covid 19.  There is some beautiful and unique gifts, flowers and ideas and really worth a visit.
Inked & Etched is a small handmade boutique on Roxby Lane in Willetton, owned and run by Bree Downsborough. Bree designs and creates beautifully handcrafted keepsakes for your home, business and special events. Specialising in laser cutting, her work is created on site in her studio where you can buy her products. She also has many years experience in working with flowers, in particular dried flowers which you will also find at ‘The Etch’ (nickname). In store you will find a really pretty dried flower bar with a large selection of dried natives and everlasting blooms for just $5 per bunch to make your own arrangement.
Inked & Etched is my collection of handcrafted goods which I hope will add to the community in Riverton, Rossmoyne Shelley & Willetton..
I do have an online shop (which I am still working on) but you can find that at or find me on social media: