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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 24 2015

Created on: Friday, 28 August 2015 at 5:24:17 PM

Rubbish Collection

As of 1 September 2015, Toxfree will be providing the Shire of Irwin with waste management services, as part of a new regional waste contract with the City of Greater Geraldton, Shire of Northampton and Shire of Chapman Valley.

Toxfree will be providing the Shire of Irwin with 5 days a week rubbish collection service, which may mean there will be changes to your collection days. Please see detail of proposed changes below;


Commercial – No change to current route schedule.


Residential – South of Irwin River both sides of Point Leander Drive, Pearse Road, Morrissey Place, Plester Street, Richardson Road, Ocean Drive, Retreat Blvd (All Encompassing).


Commercial – No Change to current route schedule.

Residential – North of Dongara at Bookara Road East on Brand Highway, Bonniefield Road to Old Irwin Townsite and back to Bookara Road West on Brand Highway (All Encompassing) – No Change to current route schedule.


Residential – South of Irwin River - East Side. Saint Dominics Road, Dawson Avenue, Francis Road, Blenheim Road, Golf Course Road. Point Leander Drive south of Golf Course Road. Ocean Drive south of Richardson Road (All Encompassing).


Commercial – No Change to current route schedule.

Residential – West of Brand Highway, North of Irwin River (All Encompassing) - No Change to current route schedule.

It is suggested that you ensure your bin is on the verge ready for collection prior to 6am of your scheduled collection day.

If you are unclear on whether there will be a change to your service please contact the Shire Administration or visit our website to view the route map which outlines the relevant scheduled routes. For further information on the new waste management contract please contact Felix Neuweiler, Manager Community Safety on 9927 0000 or email


Local Law Review

Council recently resolved to review all of its Local Laws to determine whether or not the Laws should be repealed, amended or remade. The following Local Laws are therefore under review;

  • Activities on Thoroughfares and Trading in Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law
  • Bush Fire Brigades Local Law
  • Dogs Local Law
  • Local Laws Relating to the Dongara Public Cemetery
  • Extractive Industries Local Law
  • Fencing Local Law
  • Health Local Law
  • Local Government Property Local Law
  • Parking & Parking Facilities Local Law
  • Sand Drift Prevention & Abatement 2004 Local Law
  • Local Laws Relating to Signs, Hoardings & Bill Posting
  • Standing Orders Local Law

A copy of the Local Laws may be inspected or obtained from the Shire Administration (between 8:30am – 4:30pm weekdays) upon request or can be downloaded from the Shire’s website at Submissions regarding these Local Laws may be provided by email to or in writing to;

Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Irwin
PMB 21

Submissions close at 12 noon, Monday, 26 October 2015.

Following the public consultation period, submissions to the Shire will be reviewed and summarised, and a report to Council will be developed with recommendations on whether the Local Laws are to be repealed, amended or remade.Should Council resolve not to appeal, amend or remake any local laws then the review process is complete and no further action is required. However, should Council resolve to repeal, amend or remake a Local Law then the process to do so must be undertaken in the same manner as adoption of a Local Law. This will provide members of the public an opportunity to review any proposed new or amended Local Laws and provide further comment prior to Council consideration. Please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email for further information on the review or the local law making process.


Calling All Beach Lovers

NACC’s photo-monitoring program aims to collect long term baseline data that can be used to inform coastal management decisions.

With funding assistance from Coastwest, the program kicked off with just a hand full of volunteers who monitored just 27 sites around Geraldton. Further Coastwest funding enabled the development of the smartphone app Photomon and the monitoring of 91 sites between Kalbarri and Guilderton, with over 6500 photos being taken during this time.

NACC currently have a few sites around Geraldton and Dongara that do not currently have a dedicated volunteer to monitor them.

Photo monitoring is very easy and is a great way to get the children involved so if you visit the beach regularly, have a smartphone and would like to be a part of the program, NACC would love to hear from you.

The beaches below need your help!

South Beach – Boat Ramp – Granny’s Beach – Surf Beach – Seven Mile Beach

If you would like some more information or would like to register your interest, please contact Felicity Beswick on (08) 9938 0108 or


WA Weekender

Keep an eye out on television for the WA Weekender program on GWN or, if in Perth Channel 7, on Saturday 5 September at 5.30pm for an episode on Dongara. It will also feature the Indian Ocean Drive, which was done by Australia’s Coral Coast.

Our episode includes a story on Doyle’s famous Award Winning Pies (at Caltex), the Priory Hotel and the Visitor Centre. The combination of businesses was arranged by Nicole Nelson and each business shared the costs of filming. We then get to keep the episode which will be loaded onto our website. As of 1 September 2015, Toxfree will be providing the Shire of Irwin with waste management services, as part of a new regional waste contract with the City of Greater Geraldton, Shire of Northampton and Shire of Chapman Valley. 


Local Government Elections 2015

The Shire has four vacancies in this year’s Council Elections. Nominations for candidates open 3 September and close 10 September.

The WA Electoral Commission is running a postal election on behalf of the Shire. Should sufficient nominations be received to hold an election, residents should receive a postal voting package in mid September.

Packages may be mailed direct to the Electoral Commission or can be hand delivered to the Shire Administration up until the day before Election Day which is Saturday, 17 October 2015.

The new Council Chambers will serve as the venue for Election Day including the vote count. Whilst this is a postal election and you are encouraged to submit your vote prior to Election Day, the Council Chambers will be open for people to hand deliver their postal package or to obtain a provisional voting package.

Returning Officer, Robert Mark can assist with any enquiries – please contact him on 0438 161 079.


Draft Local Planning Policy

Notice is hereby given that the local government of the Shire of Irwin has prepared a Draft Local Planning Policy for Developer Contributions for Upgrades to Roads & Footpaths.

The draft policy is 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 (email is acceptable) on or before 12pm Monday, 28 September 2015.

Please contact Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Serviceson 9927 0000 or email


Justice of the Peace Appointments

If you require the services of Darren Simmons, Chief Executive Officer in his capacity as a Justice of the Peace (JP) then please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email to arrange an appointment to ensure he is available to assist.

Should you require an authorised witness for a Statutory Declaration under the Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005 there are a number of staff available at the Shire that are authorised.

If you are unsure of the type of authorisation or witness you may require please contact us on 9927 0000.



Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

28 July 2015

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