Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    People of Bassendean prepare to celebrate 100 years of Federation

    18/01/2001 10:00 AM

    Bassendean will be at the centre of major Centenary of Federation celebrations this Australia Day.

    The celebrations will recognise the local area’s historical importance. Within seven months of Federation in 1901, Bassendean became a separate local authority.

    Works; Services; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said Bassendean became an independent authority at the same time Australia declared its independence from Great Britain.

    Mr Johnson said the people of Bassendean had played - and continued to play - a major role in Western Australia’s economic, social and political life.

    “I am delighted that the people of Bassendean will come together on January 26 to celebrate their shared history,” he said.

    “Bassendean is also recognising the Centenary of Federation with a large street banner project.

    “Local primary schools, artists, community groups and individuals have joined forces to design and make 46 colourful banners which illustrate the experiences of Australia since Federation.

    “These banners will be prominently displayed for 12 months on Guildford Rd.”

    Mr Johnson, who is the State Minister responsible for the Centenary of Federation, said Bassendean’s celebrations and the banner project had been partly funded by a $12,000 grant from the WA 2001 Community Centenary Project.

    More than 200 communities throughout the State have shared $3.5 million committed by the State Government to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Federation.

    “The WA 2001 Community Centenary Project has benefited a wide range of communities right across our vast State,”
    Mr Johnson said.

    “The projects, which have a total value of more than $18 million, will enhance the lives of everyone in WA - whether they live in remote communities like Gascoyne Junction and Laverton, regional centres like Kalgoorlie or the heart of Perth itself.”

    Bassendean’s celebrations kick off at Point Reserve, North Road, on Friday, January 26, at 9am. Attractions include a sausage sizzle, entertainment and citizenship ceremony.

    Media contacts:
    Fran Hodge (Minister’s office) 9215 4800
    Karen Wertheimer (Project co-ordinator) 9279 5022