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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 9 2015

Created on: Friday, 27 March 2015 at 5:19:54 PM

Irwin River Bridge Works

Main Roads WA recently advised that work is scheduled to begin on strengthening the bridge over the railway on Brand Hwy and reparation works on the pier columns of the Point Leander Drive Bridge.

The works on the Bridge (#1026) Over Railway on Brand Highway have commenced. The works involve reinforced concrete overlay of deck, replacing of guard rails and approach slabs and will be constructed in two halves with one 3.5m lane open to traffic at all times under temporary traffic signals.

The works on the Point Leander Bridge (# 3016) is proposed to commence mid – late April. The works involve the repair of pier columns by encasement with reinforced concrete. A speed limit of 40KM/H will be in place over the bridge during the construction.

If you have any further enquiries please contact the Midwest – Gascoyne office, Main Roads WA on 9956 1200.


Obelisk Works Update

On Tuesday, 24 March Council resolved to make some modifications to the works recently commenced at the Obelisk Precinct (as part of the overall Foreshore Redevelopment Plan).

To provide some background, Council resolved at the February meeting to form a working group to consider community concerns raised regarding some of the kerb profiling and overall design. The Obelisk Precinct Working Group initially held a site meeting on Friday 27 February to discuss any proposed changes. Outcomes of this visit were raised at the Council Forum on 10 March and then changes were marked onsite to demonstrate the areas marked for modification. A subsequent agenda report was prepared for the March Ordinary Meeting.

Following production of this report and release of the Agenda, a community member-initiated protest meeting was held at the site on Sunday 22 March, at which a number of Councillors attended to assist in outlining the proposed changes to those present and to provide some background to the concept.

Although the Agenda report had been prepared, Council considered a signed works request submitted at the 24 March ordinary meeting from some residents expressing a desire for changes to the kerb profiling and the pedestrian thoroughfare, prior to adopting the officer’s recommendation whereby Council endorsed the Obelisk Concept Plan and authorised remedial works. A presentation was provided by the Coordinator Organisational Performance that included a slide show of photos demonstrating the proposed improvements and reasoning behind them.

A copy of this presentation is available on the Shire’s website or can be provided via email upon request. If you have reviewed the Concept Plan and relevant documents and still have concerns please contact Miss Lauren Tunbridge, Coordinator Organisational Performance or speak to your elected members.


Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MWCCI) Information Board, Brand Highway

You may be aware that the Information Board within the Information Bay near the BP Roadhouse on Brand Hwy is getting a makeover! The MWCCI Dongara Sub-Branch, Rotary Club and the Shire of Irwin are collaborating to provide an attractive, purposeful and up-to-date information sign. The sign is set to include business signage, a local map, and tourist information, and will integrate with the release of a business app providing access to relevant local information.

There may be minimal restrictions to parking in the area during installation but it is not expected that traffic access will be closed.

The anticipated completion date for this project is 1 June 2015.


Youth Week Activities (Monday, 13 April – Friday, 18 April)

The Shire of Irwin Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) has some great activities scheduled for Youth Week this year including; workshops for youth to create and paint murals on the outside of the Drive-in building; a skateboarding competition at the Port Denison Skate Park conducted by skateboarding professionals; and a music concert aimed at 12-17 year olds.

National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia are involved in Youth Week each Year. In 2015 National Youth Week will be held from 10 – 19 April.


Sporting Club Equipment Grant Open

West Australian sporting clubs can apply for up to $500 to upgrade their sporting equipment.

$1 million of grant funding is available to metropolitan and regional clubs ($2 million in total) around WA, to increase or upgrade their shared sporting equipment.

The grant is aimed at providing sporting clubs with direct financial assistance to increase participation from local communities, creating active and sustainable regions. This four year scheme has so far provided 605 regional clubs with $302,500, and 474 metropolitan clubs with $237,000.

Applications for the grant close Friday, 17 April 2015.

For more information please visit the Department of Sport and Recreation's website at or contact the Regional Development Minister's office on 6552 6700.


Easter Waste Collection and Transfer Station Information

Rubbish Collection

All services (front Lift and Domestic) that would normally be completed on Friday, 3 April will be serviced on Saturday 4 April 2015.

Easter Transfer Station Opening

CLOSED – Good Friday, 3rd April 2014

Easter Monday – Sunday Opening Times

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 assist with recycling within your town and help raise funds for the Lions Club at the same time.

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


Suzette van Aswegen
Acting Chief Executive Officer

27 March 2015


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