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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 91

Created on: Friday, 19 December 2014 at 2:10:29 PM

The Shire President, Councillors and staff wish you all a very Merry Christmas
and a safe and Happy New Year!

Transfer Station - Christmas / New Year Opening Days

CLOSED - Thursday 25 December 
Open - Friday 26 December (10am – 1pm)
CLOSED - Thursday 1 January
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

Newspaper Recycling

Newspaper recycling is being carried out by the Lions Club, so bring your old newspapers to the Transfer Station and help raise funds for a good cause.

Other Recycling Items
Some waste that is accepted free of charge are tree pruning, lawn clippings, aluminium cans, scrap metal, car batteries and household items which may be of use to somebody.

Christmas Domestic Rubbish Pick Up

Thursday services (25 December 2014) will be serviced on Friday, 26 December 2014

Friday services (26 December 2014) will be serviced on Saturday, 27 December 2014

New Year Domestic Rubbish Pick Up

Thursday services (1 January 2015) will be serviced on Friday, 2 January 2015

Friday services (2 January 2015) will be serviced on Saturday, 3 January 2015

Proposed Disposal of Property – Lot 13 Point Leander Drive, Dongara
(Former Shire Depot Site)

In accordance with Section 3.58 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire of Irwin (the Shire) hereby gives notice of its intention to dispose of the former Shire Depot Site (at the rear of ‘Stomp Music’) being Lot 13 Point Leander Drive, Dongara (5,220m2) by private treaty to Batavia Health.

The sale of land would be subject to the following:

  • The purchase price to be set at $500,000 exclusive of GST;
  • A restrictive covenant being placed over the Lot to ensure that the property is used for the purpose of providing medical and allied health services for a minimum term of ten (10) years; and
  • The responsibility for the construction and long term maintenance of the car park and associated fencing on the Lot being the responsibility of the Shire of Irwin in exchange for a caveat and/or other legal instruments that ensure reciprocal medical centre and public vehicle parking is retained on the Lot.

Batavia Health proposes to develop a purpose built medical and allied health centre on the property.

An ‘as is – vacant land’ market valuation of $730,000 (exclusive of GST) dated 14 July 2014 has been procured by the Shire.

Submissions on the proposal can be mailed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Irwin, PMB 21, DONGARA WA 6525 or emailed to and will be accepted until 12 noon Monday, 2 February 2015.

Please direct any enquiries to Miss Lauren Tunbridge, Coordinator Organisational Performance on 9927 0000 or via email

Regional Management Challenge – Geraldton 27-28 November

Congratulations to the two Shire of Irwin teams who participated in the 2014 Regional Management Challenge hosted by Geraldton on Thursday 27 November and Friday, 28 November.

The Regional Management Challenge is a professional and personal development, networking and skill enhancement opportunity for local governments to participate in and go up against other local government officers in the region. The teams are provided scenario based tasks that reflect real management issues and current topics within local government. 

The Shire of Irwin teams were;

“The Quiet Achievers” – Arqum Hayat (Team Leader), Kylie Bessen, Stacey Pratt-King and Nicole Nelson (Team Mentor)

“Planet Irwin” – Stephanie Clarkson (Team Leader), Lauren Tunbridge, Heather Watts and Erin Greaves (Team Mentor).

Planet Irwin came second to the Geraldton “Assassins” team, out of the two Irwin teams and 3 Geraldton teams in the Midwest Gascoyne region. 

Staff Acknowledgements

Well done to the following staff who were presented with awards at the recent Shire of Irwin Family Christmas Party and acknowledged at the recent Ordinary Council Meeting on 16 December 2014;

CEO Commendation – November 2014
“Larry Lobster Festival Taskforce” (Operations Team) for assisting stall holders, managing and directing traffic and overall contribution to the success of the Larry Lobster Festival.
Included Mark Jones, Russell Taylor, Bill Millet and Dwayne Calver

Employee of the Month – November 2014
Helen Sternick
In recognition of your continuing efforts to raise the bar in terms of standard of work and always going above and beyond. Your assistance in developing a number of new initiatives to enable staff to have an improved working knowledge of the budget is commendable.

Employee of the Month – December 2014
Heather Watts
In recognition of Heather’s practical and mature approach to carry out her work and can-do attitude. Your problem solving skills, creativity and initiative was demonstrated at the recent LGMA Regional Management Challenge, impressing your teammates and mentor.

Employee of the Year 2014
Stephanie Clarkson
In recognition of significant and valuable contributions to the Shire of Irwin over the past 12 months. Steph has developed a great rapport within the organisation and with the wider community.

Staff Academic Achievements
At the Ordinary Council Meeting held 16 December 2014, the Shire President presented academic certificates to the folling staff that completed a Diploma in Project Management - Coralie Palmer, Kyle Pollitt, Felix Neuweiler, Aaron Wootton, Nicole Nelson, Laurie Smith, Helen Sternick.

The Shire President also acknowledged Carolyn Koot for completing her Certificate IV in Business Administration and on her recent appointment as Senior Customer Service Officer.

Staff Milestones

A number of staff have been recogniesd for service with the Shire of Irwin in 2014, including Shirajee Doole, Irwin Rec Cleaner who saw 5 years service , Aaron Wootton, Manager Works who was recognised for 30 years service, and Kylie Bessen, Senior Recreation Officer for 5 years service.

Geoff Peddie was also recently recognised for 15 years long and loyal service in the local government sector.

Bushfire Ready Message

As the weather hots up so does the risk of bushfire and local governments are being encouraged to spread the ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ message to their communities this fire season.

Local governments have a vital role to play in bushfire planning, response and communication. The risk of bushfire varies across the State, so local governments are well placed to promote a local fire readiness message and communicate with residents about bushfire risks and what they can do to prepare themselves.

The State-wide ‘Are you Ready?’ campaign encourages the promotion of key messages to ensure that communities are able to lessen the risk from fire this season. The campaign website features a host of handy resources for use by local governments and individuals, including factsheets and checklists.

For more information visit the Are you Ready website.

The Department of Local Government and Communities is working with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the State Emergency Management Committee and other stakeholders to assist local governments and their communities ensure they are bushfire ready.

DLGC advises on proposed emergency services reform and is working with the State Emergency Management Committee on the implementation of the bushfire risk assessment process. This includes the Bushfire Risk Management Planning Project piloted at Collie, Boyup Brook, Augusta-Margaret River and Nannup local governments.

Keep Our Marine Areas Clean

A reminder to all to please dispose of rubbish thoughtfully when boating and fishing in our waterways this summer

Taking care of our environment is a shared responsibility in which we all play an important role.

Plastic items, including drink containers and bait bags, pose the biggest threat to our marine environment as they do not biodegrade. Rather, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller particles, which are often ingested by marine animals causing them to become sick. In many cases, rubbish also ends up washed up on our beautiful beaches.

Some important reminders for when using our recreational waters:

When boating, stow your rubbish where it can’t be washed or blown away and bring all waste and litter back to shore to dispose of properly.

When fishing, leave no litter, dispose of rubbish thoughtfully; use a bin or take it home. Avoid disposables plastics if you can.

And please bin your butts, put them in a personal ashtray or bin and never into the water.

Please keep our environment clean for everyone.

Please contact Miss Heather Watts, Environmental Health Officer on 9927 0000 or email for further information.

Safe Driving on the Beach

Dongara is blessed with magnificent beaches and the privilege to enjoy these beaches by way of 4WD, motorbikes and all terrain vehicles.

Before you drive on the coast make sure you know the local rules about using vehicles on beaches. The Shire of Irwin Ranger regularly patrols our shoreline during the summer months.

By following the tips below you will help protect our beaches and have a safe and enjoyable visit.

  • Recognise the right of others to use the beach.
  • Keep a lookout for pedestrians. Be alert and drive carefully at walking pace.
  • Drive at the high tide mark to avoid contact with other beach users.
  • Drive in areas not used by general beach users eg. Families & Recreational Fisherman.Park using care for others.
  • Observe all laws and regulations relating to the use of vehicles on beaches; you can still be charged for dangerous driving.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Vegetated sand dunes are easily damaged. Strictly avoid these areas.
  • Keep off the sand dunes except at designated crossing points for access to and from the beach.
  • Keep the beaches and dunes clean; carry your rubbish home. If others have left a mess, consider cleaning it up.

It takes only a few inconsiderate people to damage the reputation of all 4WD and all terrain vehicle users.

Holiday Period Closures

The Shire wishes to advise that the following closures apply for the Christmas and New Year period;

Administration Office
Closes 1pm, 24 December 2014 and reopens 8.30am, 5 January 2015.

Irwin Rec
Closes 1pm, 24 December 2014 and reopens 8.30am, 5 January 2015.

Visitors Centre, Licensing Centre and Public Library
Closed 1pm, 24 December 2014, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day – open all other days as normal, 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 4:30pm Friday and 9am – 12 noon on Saturdays.

Works Depot
Limited staff will be available between Friday 19 December 2014 and Monday, 5 January 2015 with the exclusion of the public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). 

The Shire’s Call Centre will be available to take any messages and forward any urgent matters to relevant staff during this time so please call (08)9927 0000. Please be patient when calling the call centre as there may be delays.

It would be appreciated if residents could respect staff in using the call centre above rather than visiting staff at their home during the holiday period. All urgent matters will be dealt with appropriately and every effort will be made to respond to enquiries in a timely fashion.

Our Facebook page and Information Board will continue to be updated over the break as necessary, and many of our business details are available on the website at

Note a few emergency numbers that may be handy;

  • To report a fire call ‘000’
  • To report a shark sighting call the Water Police on 9442 8600
  • For water leaks call the Water Corporation on 13 13 75
  • To report a power fault, street light outage or other electrical issues please call Western Power on 13 13 75
  • To report a dangerous driver (on or off-road) contact the Police on 13 14 44.

Green Infrastructure Strategy

Notice is hereby given that the local government of the Shire of Irwin has prepared a Draft Green Infrastructure Strategy, which includes Draft Council Policies for Street Trees and Verge Treatments and for Public Open Space. It also includes a Draft Local Planning Policy - Water Sensitive Urban Design.

A summary of the strategy and the Background Report containing the strategy and the policies can be downloaded from the Shire’s website at

Should you have any enquiries please contact Mr Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000 or email

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before Friday, 2 January 2015.

Extractive Industry Proposal

The Shire of Irwin has received an application to use and develop land for an Extractive Industry (Sand) at Lot M590 Allanooka Springs Road, Allanooka and public comments are invited.

Further information regarding the proposal can be viewed on the Shire’s website

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before Friday 2 January 2015.

Please contact Mr Arqum Hayat, Planning Officer on 9927 0000 or email


This is the final issue of the Brilliant Blend Bulletin for 2015, travel safe this holiday period and see you in the new year.

Geoff Peddie
Acting Chief Executive Officer

19 December 2014




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