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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 29 2015

Created on: Friday, 2 October 2015 at 1:14:17 PM

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.


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 Friday, 16 October 2015.

More information through the subsidy administrators, Department of Sport and Recreation at or Laurie Smith, Manager Recreation Services, Shire of Irwin, 9955 9200 or


Temporary Road Closure

The Shire of Irwin would like to advise that Western Power contractors will be carrying out maintenance work on the Waldeck Street roundabout on Tuesday, 13 October 2015. Roads in the vicinity will be temporarily closed and detour signs will be in place while these works are under way from 9.00am to 4.00pm.The Shire regrets any inconvenience. 

For queries please contact Aaron Wootton on 0427 903 682 or email


Safe Driving on the Beach

Dongara is blessed with magnificent beaches and the privilege to enjoy these beaches by way of 4WD, motorbikes and all terrain vehicles. Before you drive on the coast make sure you know the local rules about using vehicles on beaches. The Shire of Irwin Ranger regularly patrols our shoreline during the summer months.

By following the tips below you will help protect our beaches and have a safe and enjoyable visit.

  • Recognise the right of others to use the beach. Keep a lookout for pedestrians. Be alert and drive carefully at walking pace.
  • Drive at the high tide mark to avoid contact with other beach users.
  • Drive in areas not used by general beach users eg. Families & Recreational Fisherman.
  • Park using care for others.
  • Observe all laws and regulations relating to the use of vehicles on beaches; you can still be charged for dangerous driving.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Vegetated sand dunes are easily damaged. Strictly avoid these areas.
  • Keep off the sand dunes except at designated crossing points for access to and from the beach.
  • Keep the beaches and dunes clean; carry your rubbish home. If others have left a mess, consider cleaning it up.

It takes only a few inconsiderate people to damage the reputation of all 4WD and all terrain vehicle users. For further information contact the Shire of Irwin on 9927 0000 or the Ranger on 0427 110 237.


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 Thursday, 15 October 2015 to arrange bookings. For any enquiries please contact Arqum Hayat on 9927 0000 or email


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 Monday, 30 November 2015.

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


Councillor Nominations

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

Click on each candidate’s name to read their profile.

Malcolm Meares

John Rossiter

Sandra Gumley

Barrye Thomson

Michael Smith

Riki Porteus


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 Thursday, 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

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



Darren Simmons

Chief Executive Officer

2 October 2015

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