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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 17 2015

Created on: Friday, 3 July 2015 at 5:41:25 PM

RSL Trees of Remembrance / 2D Sculpture Proposal

Thank you to community members who participated in the consultation period by providing comment on the Trees of Remembrance / 2D Sculpture project which has been proposed by the Dongara RSL.

Please note that no decision has been made to date on this proposal, as Council and staff are yet to consider the comments provided by members of the community. Further to the public notice placed by the Shire, those comments submitted by 8 June will be collated and presented to Council at a future meeting for a decision.

Should you have any queries please contact the Shire on 9927 0000 or email


Draft Budget 2015/16

A reminder that the 2015/16 Draft Budget is currently available for public comment and can be obtained from the Council Offices at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara or on the website at

Community Members are encouraged to obtain a copy of the document and provide comments to Council. Comments on the draft budget may be submitted to the Shire in writing to PMB 21, Dongara WA 6525 or by email to and will be accepted until 12 noon Monday, 20 July 2015.


Supermarket Proposal

Notice is hereby given that the local government of the Shire of Irwin has received a planning application for a Supermarket which is proposed to be located across five properties: numbers 15, 15a and 19 Moreton Terrace, Dongara and numbers 14 and 16 Smith Street, Dongara.

The details of the application are available for inspection at the Shire office or on the Shire website (under the Planning tab). Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before 5pm Friday 17 July 2015.

Please contact Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000 or email for further information.


Congratulations to Local Sporting Clubs

Four Dongara Clubs are among 297 clubs across Western Australia to receive a $500.00 subsidy to spend on new sporting equipment that is made accessible to all club members.

The Government has allocated two million dollars over four years to the State Governments Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme.

In this second year round 161 regional clubs were successful; these regional subsidies are provided through the State Governments royalties for Regions program. The subsidy can be used by clubs to purchase shared equipment for both training and competition and includes items such as rackets, balls, bats, uniforms, markers, safety equipment and first aid kits.

Congratulations to our successful local clubs- Dongara Horse Riding Club, Breezes Netball Club, Dongara Pistol Club and the Denison Bowling and Recreation Club.


Tidy Towns Family Clean Up

The Shire of Irwin’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee has arranged a family clean-up morning for the area around the Skate Park on Ocean Drive, Port Denison. Volunteers will meet at the Skate Park on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 10am, with an expected finishing time of 11:30am. Bags and gloves will be provided by the Shire. Afterwards a free sausage sizzle will be provided for all participants.

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


National Broadband Network Rollout

The Shire of Irwin has just received notice from NBN Co of its intention to commence the roll out of the telecommunications network within the Shire district. Further information, including dates and localities, will be released soon.

Please contact Director Planning and Infrastructure, Suzette van Aswegen on 9927 0022 or email for further information.


Notification of Aerial Wildlife Surveys

The Department of Parks and Wildlife wish to advise that aerial wildlife surveys will be undertaken during July 2015 within the Shire. During this period you may receive reports of a low flying aircraft. If you are contacted by your constituents regarding low flying aircrafts, you might provide this advice to allay any concerns.


Nabo Community Grants

Nabo Community Grants is a national grants program that will provide $50,000 worth of funding for projects or programs that support their commitment to supporting and strengthening local communities.

To enter simply become a member, create a group profile for your community group or charity on and complete the online application form. They will shortlist up to five finalists and invite Nabo members to vote for their favourite community project or program.

Visit for more information.


Volunteer Workshop

The Shire of Irwin identified a gap in Volunteer Recruitment and Training during the consultation for the Community Development Plan. Gilda Davies from Volunteering WA has been engaged to facilitate workshops around best practice in volunteer management. These workshops are targeted at community and sporting groups, committees, event organisers and anyone that manages volunteers in the workforce.

Wednesday 8 July 4.30pm – 5.30pm – Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

This short workshop will get you thinking about volunteer expectations as we examine the unwritten rights and responsibilities of all parties. We also look at interesting facts and figures about volunteering in WA and explore the ‘volunteering experience’.

Wednesday 8 July 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Attracting and Retaining Younger Volunteers

This is a fun couple of hours delving into the different generations, exploring why they are different, what expectations they have and how you can capture younger volunteers. What motivates young volunteers to volunteer, stay or leave their volunteer experience? How is this younger generation different from others? All will be revealed....

Thursday 9 July 9.30am – 12.30pm – Grant Writing

Learn what funders are looking for, what they worry about and why applications fail. We will discuss different types of grants and go through the five steps for putting together successful grants. This two hour workshop is very useful for those who are time poor and have minimal grant writing experience.

Irwin Recreation Centre – Function Room.
PleaseRSVP to Coralie Palmer on 9927 0000 or email


Adoption of a Local Planning Policy for Wind Turbines

The Shire of Irwin has recently adopted a Local Planning Policy for Wind Turbines. The purpose of the policy is to allow for the construction of Wind Turbines, where they are ancillary to existing development, throughout the Shire compromising the local character and setting of the area of the amenity of neighbouring properties.

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


Suzette van Aswegen
Acting Chief Executive Officer

3 July 2015

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