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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 88

Created on: Thursday, 13 November 2014 at 4:53:01 PM

2014 Larry Lobster Festival – 15 November 2014

The 2014 Larry Lobster Festival is this Saturday, 15 November 2014 at the Port Denison Foreshore. There are great range of activities and treats for the whole family throughout the day, please see a list of free activities listed below;

Free Activities that Start at 10:15am

  • Lazertag Opens (Vacant Block Near Recreational Boat Jetty)
  • Old Mcdonalds Farm Petting Zoo (Open Till 4pm)
  • Sand Cards – Children’s Activity (Open Till 4pm)
  • Fishermen’s Hall Display – CWA, Art Group, Patchwork Group & Uncle Anne’s Writing Group

Free Activities that Start at 10:30am

  • Blessing of the Fleet
  • Jolly Lobster – Jumping Castle & Island Waterslide (Open Till 4pm)
  • Scitech Interactive Exhibits (Open Till 3:30pm)

Free Activities that Start at 11am

  • Ricky Possum – Grandad’s Place – Sea Search & Rescue Building
  • Air Born Amusements - Bucking Bull, Velcro Fly Wall, Obstacle Course, Bungee, Joust & Basketball Challenge (Open Till 6pm)
  • Oom-Ma-Ma & Oom-Pa-Pa Inner Clown Workshops (Open Till 2pm)

Free Entertainment/Activities

  • Shuttle Bus Between Main Street And Foreshore (9am – 9.30pm)
  • Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative – Tours (10am – 6pm)
  • Lions Train Ride From 10:30am
  • Warrick Trant (10.45am, 1:30pm & 3:15pm)
  • TRG High Council Re-Enactment (11am & 2pm)
  • Salt Water Sisters Belly Dancing (11.15am)
  • Kate Hindle (11:45am & 2:45pm)
  • Kate Linke (12:15pm & 2pm)
  • Rope Coiling Contest (1pm)
  • Tom Day (3.30pm & 6:15pm)
  • Wasamba (5pm & 7pm)
  • Morgan Bain (4:15pm, 5:30pm & 7:20pm)
  • Fireworks (8pm)

Other Entertainment:

  • Taylor’s Carnival Amusements – Sideshow Alley (10:30am – 8.00pm)
  • Pony Rides (10:30am – 2pm)

*Due To Unforseen Circumstances, These Times/Venues May Be Subject To Change.

A shuttle bus will be running between the front of the yellow shed in the main street (pop-up craft shop) & the Geraldton Fishermens Cooperative) at half hour intervals between the hours of 9am - 9.30pm. The bus seats 24 passengers and those choosing this method of transport will be transported on a first come first serve basis.

*intervals may vary dependent on demand*

A reminder to all that this is a family friendly, alcohol free event and that pet owners should ensure their animals are secured from 8pm during the fireworks display if necessary.

If you require assistance at the event, an Information Bay will be setup near the Nufab tent at the Foreshore or look for our volunteers dressed in high vis vests who will be available to assist you. 

Information Brochures are also available from a number of local business outlets including; the Shire Administration, Visitors Centre, Dongara CRC, Dongara IGA, Dongara Newsagency, Foodworks and the Port Store.

Road Closure – Larry Lobster

Note that Point Leander Drive, from Hampton Street (roundabout) to Samuel Street will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC to prevent access to Point Leander Drive between 9am and 8:30pm for the Festival.

Access to Point Leander Drive from Leitch, William and Samuel Streets will be closed to traffic as well. Access to the Port Store and Southerlys is via Hampton Street.

Please direct any enquiries to Mrs Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or 0409 110 237.

Annual General Meeting of Electors

The Annual General Meeting of Electors of the Shire of Irwin will be held on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 5.30pm in the Ocean Room, Irwin Recreation Centre, Ridley Street, Port Denison.

The purpose of the meeting and order of business for the matters to be discussed at the meeting are firstly, the contents of the annual report for the 2013/14 financial year and then any other general business.

A copy of the annual report is available for download from the Shire’s website www.irwin.wa.gov.au, from the Shire Office at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara, by emailing reception@irwin.wa.gov.au or by telephoning 9927 0000.

Please note that questions requiring research should be submitted to the Shire in writing by 4.30pm on Thursday, 20 November 2014 so that an appropriate response can be made at the meeting.

Fire Danger Ratings

If you live in a bushfire risk area you need to know what the Fire Danger Rating is for your area, monitor local conditions and keep informed. Understanding the FDR categories and what they mean will help you make decisions about what to do if a bushfire starts.

Catastrophic

YOU NEED TO ACT NOW

  • Put your survival first and leave bushfire risk areas the night before or early in the day – this is your best option.
  • Act immediately - do not wait and see
  • Leave now.
  • Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass.
  • Take shelter if you cannot leave.

Extreme or Severe

YOU NEED TO GET READY TO ACT

  • Only stay with your property if you are prepared to the highest level. This means your home needs to have been constructed to bushfire protection levels e.g. enclosed eaves, covers over external air conditioners, metal fly screens etc.
  • You must be well prepared and able to actively defend your home if a fire starts. This means you have the right equipment and resources to put out fires around your home e.g. enough water supply, petrol/diesel portable pump, generator, protective clothing etc.
  • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.

Very High

YOU NEED TO BE AWARE

  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety. This means you have the right equipment and resources to put out fires around your home e.g. enough water supply petrol/diesel portable pump, generator, protective clothing etc.

High / Low-Moderate

  • Check your bushfire survival plans
  • Monitor conditions.
  • Action may be required.
  • Leave if necessary.

The Fire Danger Rating is based on the weather forecast and gives you advice about the level of bushfire threat on a particular day.

For additional information and resources:

  • Visit the Department Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. www.dfes.wa.gov.au
  • DFES’ Prepare. Act. Survive.
  • For more information please contact DFES Community Engagement on 9395 9816

Drive In Opening

A reminder that the Drive In season is set to begin on Friday, 14 November 2015, with the Boxtrolls being shown at 7pm (gates open at 5:30pm). The Dongara Denison Surf Life Saving Club has a Facebook page which provides information on the movies being shown – Dongara Denison Drive In. Also see the Local Rag for more information.

RV Friendly Rating

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) are pleased to officially declare Dongara as an RV Friendly Town™.

By promoting the partnership between recreational vehicle (RV) travellers and small towns, CMCA hopes to encourage the expansion of tourism related infrastructure and services, and also boost the economy of those small towns providing RV tourist specific amenities.

In order to qualify for the scheme, towns must successfully meet the needs of RV travellers and satisfy stringent criteria including:

Access to medical facilities, a pharmacy, a dump point and a general shopping areaProvision of appropriate parkingA Visitor Information Centre and vehicle service centre

CMCA also considers the general attitude of the local council and community, so as to truly identify the friendliest areas in Australia.

The advantage of Dongara becoming an RV Friendly Town™ is that the business communities will benefit from the dollars spent by these mobile travellers. The value of road based tourism in Australia is estimated to be $7 billion per annum.

The Shire was awarded the Bronze Local Government Award at the 2013 WA Tourism Awards and is very proud to have gone one better bring the Silver Local Government Award for Tourism at the 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. This industry recognition is a testament of the hard work the Irwin community has undertaken in recent years to develop and promote tourism as an important and worthwhile industry sector for Dongara-Port Denison’s economic and social vibrancy.

In addition, the process of submitting a nomination provided a valuable opportunity to critically appraise the work the Shire is undertaking in the tourism field and ensures Shire staff, across all work areas, pursue best practice initiatives as evident with the opening of a blackwater waste dump point, the recent adoption by Council of a policy to allow free overnight stopping by travellers in self contained vehicles close to the Dongara town centre has ultimately seen Dongara designated as an “RV friendly” community by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia.

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

13 November 2014

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