INSPIRING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES


 
ALL PHOTOS BY JARRAD SENG

ALL PHOTOS BY JARRAD SENG

The Leederville Carnival is committed to leading the way in community lifestyle festivals in Western Australia, seeking to inspire healthy communities through decisions, activities and communications within and around the event.

Our holistic approach to health encompasses:

  1. Individuals' physical and mental health
  2. Community connectedness and moral
  3. The surrounding physical environments health

Below is an unprecedented extensive plan which delivers a model of comprehensive health management.


INSPIRING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES


 

PLAN ITEMS

  • Healthy individuals
  • Healthy eating and drinking (love food)
  • Healthy living (physical activity)
  • Healthy thinking (creativity and expression)
  • Healthy community
  • Cultural enrichment - connecting
  • Aboriginal reconciliation
  • Community support
  • Community empowerment
  • Healthy environment
  • Sustainability - waste minimisation, renewable energy use, transport options
  • Implementation and communications
  • Feedback, monitoring and reporting functions

 

INSPIRING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

1.1

HEALTH EATING AND DRINKING, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

The Leederville Carnival recognises and seeks to incorporate and promote foods that contribute to a balanced, healthy diet. With over 80 local Leederville food businesses and external food carts brought in for the day, food is a big element of the carnival and selections are chosen carefully. However, the carnival goes deeper than simply 'being healthy' and recognises the rapid rise in food intolerances within our community (in particular peanuts, dairy and wheat) and seeks to give preference and focus on foods that provide a balanced diet, giving people alternatives such as gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, sugar free foods, incorporating vegetarian, vegan and the food elements that cater to a healthy, balanced diet that is pro-choice.

Healthy drinking recognises alcohol is a part of almost every culture around the world and is intrinsic to humanity itself. Leederville Carnival recognises Australia, similar to it's UK ancestors has a robust drinking culture that can go from a social lubricant to an anti social fuel that can end disastrously. The Leederville Carnival seeks to reduce the exposure and prominence of alcohol at the event, whilst communicating a clear and responsible drinking message, however it also recognises the community as consisting of responsible adults who have the choice to make their own minds up on these matters.

The carnival also recognises the importance of water and hydration and will provide various free water stations throughout the carnival and water drinking initiatives. As well as the provision of healthy drinking alternatives such as healthy, fresh fruit juices and smoothies, rather than simply soft drinks and sugar filled slushies.

the leederville carnival will

  • Disallow food carts and local premises from participating in the carnival who produce low quality, unhealthy food and drinks, and actively promote businesses who are providing healthy alternatives.
  • Provide free, fresh water stations throughput the site and encourage people to bring down bottles and other receptacles.
  • Restrict alcohol brand exposure on the day and disallow any alcohol branding on any event promotion.
  • Relay a strong responsible service of alcohol message to the local venues in the area and notify them that the event security will be escorting any intoxicated persons in the area away from the site, and we expect their security to do the same.

1.2

HEALTHY LIVING, BE ACTIVE

Being active is an essential part of being healthy and the carnival seeks to incorporate positive messages around this at the event.

  • We will encourage alternative transport including walking, riding, public transport or other forms of transport that do not include driving a car and are more active and environmentally sustainable. 
  • We will also introduce elements of sport into the event beyond simply skateboarding and basketball shootouts, including football via the Leederville Oval and the East Perth Football Club and AFL clubs, the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers.

1.3

HEALTHY THINKING

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive. Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. The field is intended to compliment, not replace traditional psychology. It does not seek to deny the importance of studying how things go wrong, but rather to emphasise the importance of using the scientific method to determine how things go right.

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INSTITUTE 

Four of the major aims of Positive Psychology:

  • Rise to life's challenges, make the most of setbacks and adversity;
  • Engage and relate to other people;
  • Find fulfilment in creativity and productivity;
  • Look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction and wisdom (Keyes & Haidt, 2004);

The aims of the new wave of psychological thinking and scientific research currently sweeping the globe is shared by the Leederville Carnival.

In essence the following are the very content of this plan;

  • Positivity
  • Community engagement
  • Creativity (and expression) and,
  • Helping others

THE LEEDERVILLE CARNIVAL WILL:

Positivity is expressed through the entertainment and performer, the music, the art and the collective energy that is experienced when so many people congregate in a long-sacred place, Leederville.

Encouraging engagement, creativity and expression. This is achieved through a number of ways - we have over 10 'art installations' erected throughout the site encouraging interactivity, engagement with one another and participation, an aboriginal walkabout, art and craft areas and workshops and all the interactive displays and the stalls throughout the site.

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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

2.1

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT

Creating and giving cultural identity is a huge part of what the carnival is about. All the facets that make up the event are designed from existing elements of the existing place and community that comprise Leederville and it's community. Its intrinsic to the event itself and both takes to give the event itself and identity via Leederville's own identity, and gives back to the community by expanding on this identity and communicating it to it's direct community members and the rest of Perth who are also in attendance.

2.2

LEEDERVILLE - THE MEETING PLACE

Reconciling the collective, cultural guilt, reconciliation is about unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-indigenous Australians.

Leederville was a traditional and sacred meeting and camping place for the Aboriginal people. They would often congregate for social occasions on the old wetlands prior to the urbanisation of the area.

The Leederville carnival is a meeting place for all Western Australians.

the leederville carnival will:

  • Map out a Leederville 'Walk-a-bout' and give people a history of Leederville as it was pre-colonialisation
  • Provide Noongar translations on signs/programs throughout the carnival via a Noongar translator at Foyer Leederville

2.3

COMMUNITY SUPPORT, LOOKING BEYOND ONESELF

Foyer Leederville is a progressive piece of collaborative initiative designed to help assimilate struggling young people into broader society, giving the purpose, living/urban survival skills and psychological support. Opened in early 2013, Foyer Leederville, on Oxford st will be collaborating with Leederville Carnival, working towards helping those less fortunate through art programs and an open day on carnival day itself.

2.4

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT, SOCIAL ARTISTRY

Social art within the Leederville Carnival is generally non-physical art that is designed to connect and empower people. It's non-physical as it is about social facilitators developing social activities and exercises that engage and involve people such as flash mobs, social experiments, group activities and other random acts of social action.

 

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

Leederville Carnival is focused on holistic, grass roots approach to sustainable event management. It is about enriching the community and creating an event that reflects the leadership and healthy communities' aspirations of our event.

Leederville Carnival is working to achieve key environmental and social goals in a series of steps over the next 2-3 years. This is a journey however and lies within the story lines of the people and the event itself.

The journey will evolve around improving the 'Ecological Footprint' as well as the 'Social Handprint'.

steps: commitment plan

  • Collect baseline data
  • Identify key target areas
  • Create Management Plans
  • SEMS Tool
  • Review

3.1

SUSTAINABILITY - CLEAN-UP, REDUCED EMISSIONS

Keeping the Leederville Carnival's direct emissions low is important and also those of associated traders and carnival goers.

the leederville carnival will:

  • Encourage the use of public transport and/or bike riding/walking to the event
  • Traders to use environmentally friendly packaging for recycling and reduced landfill

3.2

EFFICIENCY - RECYCLING, WASTE MINIMALISATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY USE

Running the event as efficiently as possible works hand-in-hand with environmental sustainability.

THE LEEDERVILLE CARNIVAL WILL:

  • Recycled, up cycled and vintage street furniture and artworks
  • Water refill stations
  • Powering stages and stalls using renewable energy
 

IMPLEMENTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

COMMUNICATIONS PLAN STILL IN PROGRESS

  • Social Media plan
  • Publicity plan
  • Official policy document for dissemination to all stakeholders
 

QUALITY ASSURANCE

FEEDBACK, MONITORING AND REPORTING FUNCTIONS