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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 32 2015

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2015 at 5:04:22 PM

Visit by Hon Bill Marmion, Minister for Mines and Petroleum

The Hon Bill Marmion, MP visited the Shire of Irwin on 27 October 2015 and met with elected members and executive staff during his regional visit, following a State Cabinet meeting in Geraldton on 25 October.

The Shire President was able to raise some concerns on behalf of the community in regards to the lime sand drift occurring in the south of Port Denison.

The Minister also congratulated the Shire on its leadership in hosting the Oil and Gas Expo.


Emergency Services Volunteer – Fuel Card Scheme

Are you a volunteer in one of the following emergency service brigades, groups or units (BGUs)?

- Bush Fire Service

- Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

- Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

- State Emergency Service

- Volunteer Marine Rescue Services

- St John Ambulance

Yes? Then your BGU is entitled to receive a $2,000 fuel card annually, for the next four years, commencing in 2015/16. The fuel card is a gift, made possible by the State Government, to support the important work of metropolitan and regional volunteers and acknowledge their contribution to the WA community.

The volunteer officer-in-charge of an eligible BGU (e.g. Commander/Captain/Unit Leader/Local Manager or recognised volunteer leader from a St John Ambulance Sub-Centre/Dvision) can apply by visiting

Applications open Monday 23 November 2015.

Applications close Sunday 10 January 2016

For further information please visit or email or by calling Fuel Card Administrator on 9395 9550.


Larry Lobster Festival - 21 November

The Dongara Denison Larry Lobster Festival will be held on Saturday 21 November 2015 at the Port Denison Foreshore. All are welcome for a fantastic day of music and activities for all ages. A family-friendly event for the community by the community.

Please see the Shire’s Events Calendar on the website or flyers on our Facebook page for more information.


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


Community Assistance Scheme – Grant Writing Workshop

The Shire of Irwin Community Assistance Scheme is open for Submissiong, 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.

Representatives from not-for-profit community, sporting and service groups, event organisers are invited to attend this Grant Writing Workshop which will be held on Wednesday 25 November at the Irwin Recreation Centre. There will be two sessions, 10am – 11am and 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Interested applications are invited to attend either the morning or evening session. This is a great opportunity to talk about the do’s and don’ts of grant writing and to discuss your project prior to applying for the Community Assistance Scheme Funding.

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


Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards 2016

Local Government Celebrating Local Achievement - Nominate an inspiring local community member or group today, for one of the three awards fostering Australian Pride and Spirit.

The Three Award Categories

Premier’s Australia Day – Active Citizenship Award

Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award – Under 25 Years

Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award – Community Group or Event

The Awards will be presented at the Australia Day Celebrations Ceremony on Tuesday 26 January 2016. Nomination forms are available from the Shire Office or forms can be downloaded from the Australia Day Council website on

Nominations close Friday 11 December 2015 completed forms can be delivered to Shire Office or posted to Coralie Palmer, Shire of Irwin, PMB 21 Dongara WA 6525

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


Tourism WA Awards

I travel to Perth this weekend to attend the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.The winners will be announced at the ceremony, and winners will then go on to represent Western Australia at the National Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

The Shire of Irwin has made it as one of the finalists for the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, under two categories. The Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards recognise excellence within the tourism industry and highlight the extraordinary tourism experiences Western Australia has to offer.

The Dongara-Port Denison Visitor Centre is a finalist in the Visitor Information Services category which recognises the consistent delivery of face to face information services to the visitor.

The Shire of Irwin is a finalist in the Local Government Award for Tourism category which is open to all Local Government authorities and recognises excellence in tourism planning, the provision of tourism facilities and services, marketing, event development and management, and the overall contribution made both locally and overall to the WA Tourism Industry.

Congratulations to all involved, wish us luck!


Darren Simmons Chief Executive Officer

13 November 2015


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