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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 47

Created on: Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 2:37:23 PM

Christmas Trading Hours and Contact Details

Please note the following trading hours for the Shire Administration, Library/Licensing/Visitor Centre and Irwin Rec over the coming Christmas New Year period:

Shire Administration Office
Closes at 1:00pm on Tuesday, 24 December
Re-open on Thursday, 2 January 2014

Library/Licensing/Visitor Centre
Closes at 1:00pm on Tuesday, 24 December
Re-opens on Friday, 27 December
Closed Wednesday, 1 January 2014 

Irwin Rec
Closes at 12 midday on Tuesday, 24 December
Re-opens at 6am on Thursday, 2 January 2014

Urgent enquiries should be referred through the Shire's Call Centre, so should you wish to contact us over the holiday period please call (08)9927 0000.

Please respect staff's entitlement to their own personal time by not visiting them at home or calling their home numbers in respect to Shire business. Staff are available for priorities calls via the Call Centre and will deal with all other matters during business hours.

The Shire President, Councillors and Staff take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and prosperous festive season.

Transfer Station and Rubbish Collection Arrangements over the Holiday Period

Christmas Domestic Rubbish Pick-up

Wednesday pick-up will be provided on the Thursday 26 December 2013
Thursday pick-up will be provided on the Friday 27 December 2013
Friday pick-up will be provided on the Saturday 28 December 2013

New Year Domestic Rubbish Pick-up

Wednesday pick-up will be provided on the Thursday 2 January
Thursday pick-up will be provided on the Friday 3 January
Friday pick-up will be provided on the Saturday 4 January

Transfer Station

Christmas / New Year Opening Days

Closed - Wednesday 25 December 2013
Closed - Thursday 26 December 2013
Closed - Wednesday 1 January 2014
All other dates/times as normal.

General Transfer Station Hours:

Monday                10.30am – 2.30pm             
Tuesday               10.30am – 2.30pm                         
Wednesday          10.30am – 2.30pm                         
Thursday             10.30am – 2.30pm                         
Friday                  10.30am – 2.30pm                         
Saturday              10.00am – 12noon
Sunday                10.00am – 1.00pm

Recycling Items

Some waste that is accepted free of charge at the Transfer Station are: Green waste, newspaper, aluminium cans, scrap metal, car batteries, sump oil and household items which may be of use to somebody and can be sold at the tip shop.

Shark Sightings in the Shire of Irwin

The Shire has received a few reports of shark sightings over the last week and wish to remind residents and visitors of the appropriate response should you see a shark.

After exiting the water and warning others of the potential danger, please call the Water Police on 9442 8600 (who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) - they will ask you to provide the follwoing information;

  • Your name
  • Phone Number
  • Location / Local Governnment
  • Time shark was sigthed
  • Where the shark was sighted
  • Number of sharks
  • Approximate size of shark

The Water Police will then notify the relevant personnel and agencies, including the Shire, Dongara Fisheries and the Dongara Denison Surf Life Saving Club upon receiving and verifying the report. These agencies will continue to monitor the water and will advise if and when the beaches will be opened again.

Check for updates on the Shire's Facebook page as well as the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter and Facebook pages.

It is important that you take direction from authorised persons within these organisations for own safety and the safety of others.

There are a number of measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of a shark attack. These measures are based on sensible water use and knowing under which conditions to avoid entering the water:

  • Swim in a group, since sharks are more likely to attack lone swimmers
  • Do not venture too far from shore or into deep waters
  • Avoid swimming at night, dawn and dusk
  • Do not enter the water if you are bleeding
  • Avoid areas where fishermen are present  
  • Avoid swimming when there are large numbers of bait fish - diving seabirds can be a good indicator of baitfish presence
  • Stay away from river mouths, especially after heavy rains, and areas where animal or human waste enters the water
  • Avoid splashing and erratic movements
  • Avoid areas with deep drop-offs or sandbars
  • Stay away from groups of dolphins and seabirds, they are attracted to the same food source as sharks, and sharks hunt dolphins as a prey source
  • Avoid areas around seal and sea lion colonies
  • Avoid areas where animal, human, or fish waste enter the water
  • Do not swim in murky waters

If you would like further information please contact us on 9927 0000.

Community Perceptions Survey

The results are in from the Community Perceptions Survey that many of you completed in October / November this year. Thank you to all those who provided feedback, it will be valuable in moving ahead with operations, programs and projects over the next two years.

As the Survey covered a broad range of topics we plan to release this information over time in the new year so watch this space.

As a taste of things to come, we can report that 94% of those who completed the survey indicated that they were satisfied with Irwin as a place to live and 76% were 'delighted'. Delighted was determined by providing a score of between 8 and 10 out 10.

Thank you again for your participation and for those who would like to see improvements we will take the feedback onboard to help meet those outcomes.

Australia Day at the Foreshore 2014

Presented by the Shire of Irwin in partnership with the Dongara Denison Lions Club Inc and the Dongara Denison Community Festival Association everybody is invited to enjoy a great Australia Day experience on the Port Denison foreshore. Sunday, 26 January 2014 – 5:00PM to 8:00 PM.

Celebrations will begin with the acknowledgement of nominees and announcement of the winners of the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizen Awards at 5pm.

There will also be a great many attractions including;  

  • A Fireworks Spectactular - the LARGEST display outside the Metropolitan area and can be seen from our very own Port Denison Foreshore, proudly sponsored by Stone Echo Pty Ltd
  • Mad Hatter Markets - visiting from Frematle, showcasing a great selection of stalls.
  • Camel Rides - a new and unique attraction sure to be popular with everyone.
  • Face Painting - by Rainbows 'n' Fairydust.

For any further information please contact Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services on (08)9927 0000 or email managercommunity@irwin.wa.gov.au.

Story Time and Library Services

Story Time will be back on at 9:30am each Tuesday from 4 February 2014. The Library will continue to provide Better Beginnings packs to families with a new arrival. A reminder that you can access eBooks from our Library and even have a specific book ordered in from another library on loan. Call the Library staff on 9927 1859 or email library@irwin.wa.gov.au

Geoff Peddie
Acting Chief Executive Officer

19 December 2013

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