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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 31 2015

Created on: Friday, 6 November 2015 at 9:04:22 AM

Councillor Contacts

The Shire President recently outlined, in his new weekly President’s Column, that he would like to initiate some changes to enhance Council’s engagement with the community. To facilitate good communication with members of the public please find a list of new email contact details for the Shire’s Councillors as follows;

Cr Ian West                             Shire President             

Cr Michael Smith                    Deputy President          

Cr Sandy Gumley                   Councillor                      

Cr David Kennedy                  Councillor                      

Cr Mark Leonard                    Councillor                      

Cr Mal Meares                        Councillor                         

Cr Barrye Thompson              Councillor                      


Please note that customer service enquiries, works requests and any operational matters should be referred to the Shire Administration on 9927 0000 or email

Further contact details will be available on the Shire’s website.


Local Law Review

The submission period for the Shire’s Local Law Review has been extended to Monday, 21 December 2015.

Council resolved at its Ordinary Council Meeting in August to review all of its Local Laws to determine whether or not the Laws should be repealed, amended or remade.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, 21 December 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 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.


Annual Meeting of Electors

The Annual Meeting of Electors of the Shire of Irwin will be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at 5.30pm in the Council Chambers at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara.

The purpose of the meeting and order of business for the matters to be discussed at the meeting are firstly, the contents of the annual report for the 2015/16 financial year and then any other general business.

A copy of the annual report is available for download from the Shire’s website, from the Shire Office at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara, by emailing or by telephoning 9927 0000.

Please note that questions requiring research should be submitted to the Shire in writing by 4.30pm on Thursday, 19 November 2015 so that an appropriate response can be made at the meeting.


Seniors’ Quiz and Afternoon Tea

“National Seniors Week” celebrates the valuable contribution made by the over 55’s to our community, and the Shire would like to invite you to this FREE EVENT.

Please register at the Shire of Irwin Office or the Irwin Autumn Centre by Tuesday 10 November 2015. Afternoon Tea will be provided and there will be prizes throughout the afternoon.



FROM:         1:00pm to 4:30pm

Please direct all enquiries and RSVP to Manager Community Services, Mrs Coralie Palmer on (08) 9927 0000 or email


Expansion of Geraldton Secondary Schools

John Willcock College and Geraldton Senior College will expand to cater for students from Years 7 to 12 from 2019. Each school will offer a broad curriculum with pathways leading to both Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and attainment of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), enabling children to complete all of their secondary education at one local secondary school.

John Willcock College will introduce a new Academic Extension Program for children from Years 7 to 10 focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Access will also be available to the Trade Training Centre at Geraldton Senior College through the Geraldton trade training consortium.

Geraldton Senior College will retain its state-of-the-art Trade Training Centre providing programs in laboratory skills, engineering and electro-technology and will continue the Clontarf Foundation Academy program.

Each school will be Independent Public Schools from 2019 and will benefit from facility upgrades and improvements.

Further information is available at the Department of Education’s website


Community Assistance Scheme – Round 2 Open

The Shire of Irwin Community Assistance Scheme is to provide assistance to not for profit community based organisations, event organisers and individuals to support the promotion and development of social, economic, recreational, art and cultural projects that make a positive contribution to the quality of life within the Shire of Irwin.

The Community Assistance Scheme provides the framework for the Shire of Irwin to administer community sponsorship. This framework ensures a consistent approach to all applicants who apply for assistance.

The Scheme is open for Submissions from Monday 2 November 2015, and closing Monday 21 December 2015 at 5pm. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2016. Anyone interested in applying must discuss their proposed project with the Manager Community Services or attend a Grant Writing Workshop dates will be advertised.

Copies of the Guideline and Application form can be obtained from the Shire of Irwin website, or contact Coralie Palmer on 9927 0000 or email


Age-Friendly Communities Plan

The Shire of Irwin has been successful in receiving funding from the Department of Local Government and Communities for the purpose of preparing an Age-Friendly Community Plan.

The steps involved in the age-friendly community process will assist our community to identify age-friendly features, age-friendly barriers and suggestions for improvement in relation to the physical and social environment in relation to eight topics:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings;
  • Transportation;
  • Housing;
  • Respect and inclusion;
  • Social participation;
  • Communication and information;
  • Civic participation and employment;
  • Community support and health services.

What is an Age-Friendly Community?

An age-friendly community is one which:

  • Recognises the great diversity among older people;
  • Promotes their inclusion and contribution in all areas of community life;
  • Respects their decision and lifestyle choices and;
  • Anticipates and responds flexibly to ageing-related needs and preferences.

Consultants SDF Global have been engaged to facilitate this process and as part of developing the plan, we will be undertaking written surveys, online surveys, workshops, telephone interviews and focus group meetings. 

An INVITATION is extended to all individuals Over  55 as well as Service  and Agency Providers  with  an  interest in  Age-Friendly   Communities  to  attend  a  Focus  Group Meeting.

Senior's participation in the Shire's consultation process is essential to an age-friendly approach to community planning. The Shire therefore seeks community input through the following Focus Groups:

Seniors and I or Carers Focus Group: Wednesday 2 or Thursday 3 December.

Age Care Service Providers Focus Group: Thursday 3 or Friday 4 December.

Dates and venues to be finalised once Expression of Interests are received

If you would like to be involved, either ring Coralie Palmer or complete the Information Sheet  included  and  return  it  to  the  Shire  via,  email,  or  hand  deliver  to  the  Shire Administration Building by Friday 13 November 2015.

Successful applicants will be contacted and further information provided along with discussion questions to consider before the Focus Group Meeting.

Please contact Coralie Palmer if you would like to be involved or require more information on 9927 0000 or email


Advertising in the Dongara Port Denison Holiday Brochure

The Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre invites expressions of interest to advertise in our 2016-17 Dongara Port Denison Holiday Brochure.

35,000 brochures are distributed annually state wide to Visitor Centres, hotels, car hire companies, shopping centres and Expos including the Perth Caravan and Camping Show. The brochure is also displayed at

Brochure advertising rates for 2 years distributed Jan 2016 – Dec 2017:


Back cover:                Full Page (210mm x 275mm + 5mm Bleed)............. $2800


Inside Back:                1/2 Page (190mm x 125mm).....................................$1500

                                   Full Page (210mm x 275mm + 5mm Bleed)..............$2200


General Display:         1/4 Page (190mm x 60mm).........................................$600                                                

                                   1/2 Page (190mm x 125mm).......................................$1080

                                     Full Page (275mm x 210mm)....................................$1800


Booking deadline 12pm Monday, 9 November 2015. For more information, or to place an advertisement, please contact Tara Raymond on 9927 1404 or email

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

6 November 2015


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