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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 14 2015

Created on: Friday, 5 June 2015 at 5:33:12 PM

Meet the CEO Session

The next ‘Meet the CEO’ Session is scheduled for 2:30 – 4:30pm on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 outside the Dongara Post Office. The CEO will be joined by the Environmental Health Officer to take any enquiries regarding Shire matters.

It is important to note that you can lodge an enquiry or work request with the Shire at any time by calling 9927 0000 or emailing reception@irwin.wa.gov.au.

 

Gas Industry Information Expo

The Shire of Irwin (the Shire) is seeking support and participation from stakeholders in a gas industry information expo to assist in raising community awareness of local issues and operations.

The Shire’s aim is to encourage all stakeholders to attend the expo to provide the community with an opportunity to ask questions and gather answers/ information directly from the relevant source. Stakeholders include state government agencies, gas exploration companies, business groups and community actions groups to ensure that a wide range of information may be accessed.

Booths could be made available for each stakeholder, so that community members could speak with representatives attending and collect flyers/information sheets so they may be better informed.

Whilst the Shire of Irwin has no formal stance or policy position on oil and gas mining due to having no jurisdiction or part to play in the approval process, Council is committed to ensuring the community have the opportunity to access information relevant to the industry and advocate on the community’s behalf.

It is anticipated that the expo will be held mid – late August 2015, with the venue likely to be the Irwin Rec, and I seek your feedback on whether your organisation would be interested in attending and request that you provide contact details of relevant personnel that the Shire may liaise with on this matter.

If you would like to find out more on the proposed expo or you would like to express interest in attending please email ea@irwin.wa.gov.au or call 9927 0000.

 

Submissions and Comments to the Shire

Please note that if you wish to provide comment or a submission for any Shire events or activities that may be out for public consultation, we need you to submit those comments in the appropriate format (usually in writing, via email, through our Facebook page or even via phone as a Customer Request) directly to the Shire as outlined in the relevant advertisement. We are unable to consider any comments that have been made in the Local Rag or other social media sites. So to ensure your opinions and comments are heard please direct them either by mail to PMB 21 DONGARA WA 6525, by email reception@irwin.wa.gov.au or call (08)9927 0000 unless otherwise advised. Thank you.  

 

Customer Service Charter

Did you know the Shire has a Customer Service Charter that outlines the Shire’s commitment to quality and effective customer service delivery?

Any person who deals with the Shire of Irwin is entitled to:

  • receive friendly, courteous, timely and quality service;
  • participate in the community decision making process;
  • be treated as individuals by officers who will be open and honest at all times;
  • receive accurate and appropriate information in response to requests;
  • be informed of all services and amenities provided by the Shire; and
  • have ready access to all services and amenities as well as being advised, wherever possible, of any disruption to those services to avoid inconvenience.

In order to provide a timely and efficient service you will find that our staff will often inquire as to who is calling and what the call is in regards to so that they may direct your call to the most appropriate officer. It may be recommended to you that you speak to someone other than that whom you have requested so that you are directed to the person who is most qualified, experienced and available to discuss your needs. Even the CEO needs to refer to staff responsible for relevant service areas so it would be appreciated if you can provide as much information in your initial enquiry.

You can request an appointment with an officer if they are unavailable at the time of contact but note that in many cases the Customer Service’s staff can often assist so please take the time to outline your request or enquiry.

Remember that there a number of ways that you can contact us, either in person, by calling 9927 0000 including after hours, visiting the Shire’s, Irwin Rec’s or Visitor Centre’s Facebook page, accessing the Shire’s website (www.irwin.wa.gov.au), emailing reception@irwin.wa.gov.au or writing to us.

The Shire also welcomes your feedback, compliments and suggestions about making improvements to our services or acknowledging good performance.

 

Aged Care and Disability-Friendly Accommodation

Aged care or lack of aged care has been high on the community priority list and therefore Council’s for some time, of particular concern is the lack of aged care respite beds and housing for people with a disability.

Aged Care is defined as when a person is unable to live independently and requires personal or nursing care in a residential facility which provides, staffing, nursing, meals and the provision of accommodation.

In the Mid West Region in 2013 the Commonwealth reported there were 354 operational residential care beds and the planning/funding benchmark is for 503 beds based on the 2013 over 70 years population.

Disability Friendly Housing – community service organisations provide a range of support to encourage people to live independently in their own home or to live in community residential units for people with a disability.

The Shire of Irwin combined with Homeswest to provide Joint Venture Housing in the form of a Retirement Village at Port Denison. This housing is available for people on low and moderate incomes who meet specific eligibility requirements.   The Village currently has 39 units (28 double and 11 single) with 54 residents.

Council have worked hard to initiate solutions to community concerns as demonstrated through involvement with the following projects:

The Proposed Ageing in Place – Thungara Seaside Estate

The Shire entered into discussions with the City of Swan Aged Person Homes Trust Inc (now Global Care Group Inc) to discuss an ‘Ageing in Place’ concept back in 2009. The proposal was for an Ageing in Place development incorporating a 55 bed residential aged care facility, Senior Citizens Centre, Doctors Surgery and over 55 retirement village with 62 Independent Living Units. The proposed Thungara Seaside Estate was designed to address the very issues of Aging in Place.

The Shire wrote in support of the submission by Global Care Inc for the allocation of a 25 bed licence plus 1 respite bed licence to enable an aged care residential facility to be constructed in Dongara. This application was unsuccessful.

Ongoing financial viability issues due to the economic climate was a factor in the decision by Global Care to not proceed with the proposed Thungara Seaside Estate.

Age-Friendly Communities Plan

The Shire of Irwin has successfully applied for part-funding through the Department of Local Government and Community to create an Age-Friendly Communities Plan looking at eight specific aspects covering:

  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings;
  • Transport;
  • Housing;
  • Respect and Social Inclusion;
  • Social Participation;
  • Communication and Information;
  • Civic Participation and Employment; and
  • Community Support and Health Services.

Whilst subject to Council funding within the 2015/16 Budget, the development and adoption of this Plan will assist the Shire’s advocacy with relevant government agencies and service providers in order to encourage and facilitate an enhanced delivery of appropriate aged and disability services for the Shire of Irwin.

State Wide Ageing in the Bush Project

Elected members attended a workshop on a State Wide Ageing in the Bush project in 2014 that was an initiative led by the Regional Development Commission, WA Country Health Service, and all nine development commissions across regional WA. The project aims to develop a holistic regional solution to assist ageing residents to remain in their communities for as long as possible. A report is expected to be made available later this year that will provide more information about the specific needs of our community and immediate region.

Based on available information, it is not possible to establish an overall picture of availability and suitability of existing older person’s housing in the Mid West Region.

There is considerable range of housing in Geraldton, 11 retirement units in Kalbarri, 39 Units in Dongara, six houses in Port Denison and three units in Mingenew. Nazareth House has land six kilometres outside Geraldton where it wishes to build independent living units supported by community care facilities.

The Shire has been working with local, state and federal members to gain insight to the options available for the Shire of Irwin however we are not alone in this issue and the answers, funding and support are not easily available.

 

Trees of Remembrance and 2D Memorial Life Size Structures

Last chance to provide comment!

The Shire of Irwin, in partnership with the Dongara Returned Services League, is considering a proposal to commemorate the Anzac Centenary by planting Trees of Remembrance. The original proposed site for planting is alongside the boardwalk on Ocean Drive and was chosen due to low maintenance requirements and an existing water source.

The trees to be planted are 25 Norfolk Pines; these are the preferred plant species due to their tolerance to coastal conditions and low maintenance requirements.  

In addition to or as an alternative to the trees, there is a proposal to construct a number of 2D metal life size structures which would replicate a range of different soldier outlines. 

In using this style of memorial it is hoped that this would be a prominent piece of art as well as a significant sign of respect for all those that have fought for Australia over many years. In creating the structures out of metal it is envisaged that the memorial will be able to withstand acts of vandalism as well as having low long-term associated costs. 

Several other locations have been considered, including Ridley Street, Point Leander Drive, Blenheim Road, North Shore, Waldeck Street, Port Denison Oval and Brady Road. Most of these sites have restrictions mainly due to their proximity to services and ongoing maintenance requirements.  

Council is interested in receiving the views of the community before committing to the project or its location. Comments on the proposed projects may be submitted to the Shire in writing on to PMB 21 Dongara WA 6525, via email to reception@irwin.wa.gov.au on or before 12 noon, Monday 8 June 2015.   

Please contact Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email managercommunity@irwinwa.gov.au for any enquiries.

 

Draft Local Planning Policy – Wind Turbines

Notice is hereby given that the Shire of Irwin has prepared a Draft Local Planning Policy for Wind Turbines.

The Draft Policy is available for inspection at the Shire Office or the Shire of Irwin website www.irwin.wa.gov.au (under Planning tab). Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before 12pm, Monday, 8 June 2015.

Please contact Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000 or email mps@irwin.wa.gov.au

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

5 June 2015

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