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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 79

Created on: Thursday, 4 September 2014 at 5:45:07 PM

Leading Hand – Parks and Gardens (6 month fixed-term position)

An opportunity exists for a conscientious and motivated individual to join a dynamic team within the Planning and Infrastructure directorate. Applicants must be able to work both autonomously and independently and have a keen interest in parks and gardens upkeep and maintenance. The position reports directly to the Manager Works and will be responsible for the supervision of 5 Full Time Employees.

To attract the right people with a brilliant blend of skills, knowledge and experience, the Shire is offering the position an annual salary of up to $63,000 pro rata and up to 14.5% superannuation (subject to a personal contribution being made). Other benefits and employment conditions are in accordance with the Local Government Industry Award 2010 and will be discussed at interview.

An Information Package for the position is available from the Shire Office and website. For further job specific enquiries please contact Mr Aaron Wootton, Manager Works on 0427 903 682 or via email

Applications are to be addressed to the undersigned and must contain a resume, contact details of two (2) referees and a covering letter summarising your skills, knowledge and experience and detailing your interest in the position.

Applications close 12 noon, Monday 22 September 2014.

30 Year Service Recognition

The Shire recognises and congratulates Mr Aaron Wootton, Manager Works on 30 years of long and loyal service with the Shire of Irwin. Aaron joined the Shire on 3 September 1984, starting out as a Bulldozer Operator and then becoming the Shire’s Maintenance Grader Operator. He became the Works Supervisor in 1989 and then Manager Works in 2012 as part of an organisational restructure.

30 years service is a unique and significant achievement and on behalf of the Shire President, Councillors and staff, I congratulate Aaron on this major milestone.

Tidy Towns Success

Dongara Port Denison was recently recognised at the Midwest-Gascoyne Regional Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards ceremony held in Guilderton on Friday, 29 August 2014.

Winning the Natural Environment Conservation category, the Shire was presented with a certificate which was accepted by Manager Community Services, Coralie Palmer and Manager Community Safety, Felix Neuweiler.

The overall regional winner for the Midwest-Gascoyne was Three Springs.

The Shire congratulates the community on such an achievement. The judging was based on community initiatives such as the Earth Carer’s Course, Irwin Estuary Boxthorn Removal Program and Clean Up Australia Day.

Mr Shane Love's Electorate Office Opening

The Hon. Terry Redman, Minister for Regional Development and Hon. Martin Aldridge MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region, were in town today for the formal opening Mr Shane Love MLC Member for Moore’s Electorate office in Dongara.

Mr Redman outlined the importance of the Royalties for Regions program and encouraged local community members to contact the local office with any issues or concerns on 9927 2333 or email

The office is located at 2/29 Moreton Tce, Dongara, next to the Post Office and is open Monday to Thursday each week.

Rules for Pools and Spas

With summer just around the corner, we would like to remind residents that all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep must have a compliant barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds.

Owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring that any fence or barrier restricting access to a swimming or spa pool is maintained and operating effectively. Pool Barriers must comply with Australian Standard AS1926.1-1993

The Royal Living Saving Society web site contains very useful information for pool owners.

If you are unsure as to whether your pool is compliant with the required Building Standards please contact the Shire of Irwin on 9927 0000 if you require further information.

Preparing for Fire Season

To assist residents in preparing for the coming fire season, a flyer has been included on the Shire’s website and in the Dongara Denison Local Rag.

The flyer gives practical advice on how to prepare your property to ensure a bushfire can be prevented or to minimise damage. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services or contact the Shire’s Community Emergency Services Manager, Kyle Pollitt on 0417 165 056.

Firebreak Notices were also included with this year’s Rates Notice and can be accessed from our website. The notice outlines landowner responsibilities with regard to firebreaks and burning periods.

Regardless of the severity or location of a fire, if you wish to report a fire please call ‘000’, calling your local Shire, police or brigade members prior to Triple Zero may result in delays and confusion.

There is also an Emergency + Smartphone App available from the App Store and Google Play which will provide the caller with information about when to call Triple Zero, display coordinates of the phone’s location so that it can swiftly be provided to the operator and details of who can be called in non-emergency situations. Go online to download the app now – it may save someone’s life!

School Holiday Program (Pre-Primary – Year 7)

The Irwin Rec is again preparing for another exciting School Holiday Program. The Program begins 30th September and runs until the 10th Of October (Monday the 29th is a Public Holiday).

Get in early, book and pay to take advantage of our prepayment discounts**

5 Days $75

4 Days $65

3 Days $55

**discounts only apply for bookings made and paid in full by 26th of September (Daily cost is $20)

Call the Irwin Rec now on 9955 9200 to book & save!

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

4 September 2014

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