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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 27 2015

Created on: Friday, 25 September 2015 at 5:16:44 PM

Councillor Nominations

The 2015 Candidates for the Shire of Irwin Local Government Postal Election have been announced.

Malcolm Meares

John Rossiter

Sandra Gumley

Barrye Thomson

Michael Smith

Riki Porteus

Voting packages have been sent out to residents this week. Please ensure you complete and sign your package bfore posting in the reply paid envelope.

Replacement packages are available at the Shire Office. PLease contact Returning Officer, Robert Mark on 0438 161 079 if you have any queries.


Use of the Dongara Denison Drive-in Theatre

The Shire of Irwin seeks expressions of interests from community groups to enter into an agreement with the Shire of Irwin for the operation of the drive-in from September 2015 until the end of May 2016. The Dongara Surf Life Saving Club are willing to work with another community group in the operation of the facility. This is a great way to raise funds for your club. Training of operating the projector will be arranged.

If you are interested, please contact the Shire on 9927 0000 by 15 October 2015 to arrange bookings.

For any enquiries please contact Arqum Hayat on 9927 0000 or email


Irwin Roadwise – Safe Roads and Roadsides

The Irwin Roadwise Committee will be mounting a static display on safe roads and roadsides in the foyer of Irwin Recreation Centre in September. Community members are invited to view local projects and learn more about safe system improvements such as shoulder sealing, re-aligning sharp corners, improving pedestrian access and improving road surfaces. There will be opportunity for children and adults to enter the safe roads and roadsides quiz.

The Irwin Roadwise Committee believes it is important the community understand that continuing to improve the road environment also contributes to improving safety.

If you would like more information please contact the Shire Administration on 9927 0000.


Dongara to Northampton Route

If you are interested in the Dongara to Northampton Coastal Route and would like some more information, we have information packs at the Shire Administration Office which includes a feedback form which you can fill out and send off to Main Roads.


Position Vacant - Planning Officer

The council are currently looking for enthusiastic applicants for a Planning Officer position within the Shire of Irwin team. It is essential that applicants have completed a tertiary qualification in Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent and have an ability to be innovative, provide a high level of customer service and contribute positively to a team.

A copy of the Information Package for this information is available from the Shire Office and website ( For further job specific enquiries please contact Mr Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000/ 0417 904 918 or via email at

Applications are to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Irwin, PMB 21, DONGARA WA 6525 and must contain an application form, covering letter detailing your interest in the position, statement addressing the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages) and current resume including contact details of two (2) referees. Please send email applications to Applications close at 12 noon, Monday 12 October 2015.


Caravan and Camping Laws – Request for Feedback

The Department of Local Government and Communities is now seeking feedback from holiday makers and operators on Western Australia’s caravan and camping laws.

A consultation paper inviting caravan users, campers, long-stay tenants and operators to comment on proposed changes to the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995 has been released.

Following analysis of the feedback received from a first round of consultation in May 2014, the second paper presents recommendations for development of the new legislation.

The proposed changes to the legislation include:

  • giving park operators longer licences, lower compliance costs and greater flexibility to meet consumer demands
  • giving users a greater choice and more affordable holiday options
  • providing simpler and more flexible laws to meet the needs of the locality and to allow tourism to evolve and flourish

The consultation paper is an initiative of the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan, which is supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program to improve caravan and camping experiences in WA.

The consultation paper and feedback form are available on the DLGC Website. Comments are welcome on all or part of the consultation paper. The consultation is open until 30 November 2015.

For more information email, phone 6551 8700 or freecall 1800 620 511 (country callers).


Change of Purpose of Reserve Account

The Shire of Irwin proposes to change the use of the Building Reserve Fund containing $1,806,120.37 as at 17 September 2015 for another purpose, namely “to be used for the construction, major maintenance and retire debt associated with Council owned buildings”.

The objects of, and reasons for the change are to use the Building Reserve Funds to retire debt associated with Council owned buildings. Provision of the transfer from Building Reserve Fund is included in the 2015/16 Budget.

For any enquires relating to this change of purpose, please contact Helen Sternick, Manager Corporate Services on 9927 0000 or via email

One month’s notice of this intention is given as required by the Local Government Act 1995.


BMX Track Removal and Skate Park Cleanup

The Shire of Irwin Recreation Needs Analysis, prepared by A Balanced View Leisure Consultancy Services, made two recommendations for the BMX Track- Skate Park Precinct.

Recommendation 12; Remove the BMX Track and conduct some landscaping to beautify the area and provide a buffer between the skate park and residential housing.

Recommendation 13; Investigate the installation of portable ramps onto the outdoor hard courts focussed towards BMX riders.

Comments on this proposal may be submitted in writing on or before 12 noon 8 October 2015 to:

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Irwin
PMB 21 Dongara WA 6525

Please contact Laurie Smith, Manager Recreation Services on 9955 9200 or email if you require further information.


Hosken Street Road Closure 

Hosken Street will be closed on the first Saturday of the month from 3 October 2015 until further notice. 

The Road Closure will commence at 7:30am – 12.30pm for the Monthly Markets.

The road closures will continue on the first Saturday of the month in line with the holding of the Monthly Markets.

The Shire of Irwin regrets any inconvenience and will endeavour to keep disruptions to a minimum.

Please contact Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services for any enquiries on 9927 0000 or email  


Family Clean-Up Morning at the Obelisk

On Saturday 17 October 2015 - All Are Welcome 

The Shire of Irwin’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee has arranged a family clean-up morning - volunteers will meet at the Obelisk on Saturday 17 October 2015 at 8:30am, with an expected finishing time of 10:00am.  Bags and gloves will be provided by the Shire.  Afterwards a free sausage sizzle will be provided for all participants. 

Please contact Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000 or email


Club Equipment Subsidy

Irwin Clubs are invited to apply for $500.00 towards new equipment, which can include balls, bats, racquets, bibs, protective gear, team uniforms, first aid kits, shade tents and safety equipment.

Applications close 16 October 2015.

More information through the subsidy administrators, Department of Sport and Recreation at or Laurie Smith, Manager Recreation Services, Shire of Irwin, 99559200 or

Have-A-Go Arvo’s at the Rec Centre during the School Holidays

What is it? You can ‘have-a-go’ at Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Indoor Soccer and Squash

Who can join in? Everyone! (Children under 12 must be supervised)

When? Every weekday afternoon, 3pm—5pm

How much? $4 children (under 18), $6 adults

Where? Irwin Recreation Centre, Ridley Street, Port Denison

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

25 September 2015


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