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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 5 2016

Created on: Friday, 26 February 2016 at 4:03:14 PM

Farewell and Congratulations to our Administration Trainee

The Shire would like to congratulate and farewell Miss Sheridan Yelverton, the Shire’s Administration Trainee since February last year.

Through the Traineeship Sheridan has successfully completed a Certificate III in Business through Durack Institute of Technology and takes with her many new skills and experiences that will lead to new opportunities and success.

Many of you who have visited our offices would have been met with her friendly and helpful nature and she will certainly be missed.

The Shire President acknowledged Sheridan’s contribution and commitment to the Shire at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, and presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation. Sheridan graciously accepted the award and thanked Council for their support in offering the traineeship program.

The Shire President, Councillors and staff wish her all the very best for the future.

For those who may be wondering if the Shire will be offering a similar position again, no decision in this regard has been made at this stage but watch this space for future updates.


Hollomby Foundation Scholarship 2016

The Shire of Irwin is a proud sponsor of the Hollomby Foundation and Geraldton Universities Centre. The Shire of Irwin Scholarship of $3,000 is open to residents of the Shire of Irwin undertaking an undergraduate degree at the Geraldton Universities Centre either part time or full time.

Applications for 2016 Scholarships are now open and close on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

The Geraldton Universities Centre manages the application and selection process and advertises the scholarship via their website


Shire of Irwin Voluntary Redundancy Scheme

As a critical component of the Shire of Irwin’s Service and Organisational Review (SOR), and as recommended by its external auditors, the Shire needs to review all operating income and expenditure.

This analysis has indicated an undesirable operating position moving forward which is clearly shown by the downward trend of the Shire’s operating surplus ratio. This ratio has been impacted by recent reductions in federal and state funding and an increase in operating expenditure over a number of years arising from the increase in the range and scope of Shire facilities and services.

A way to reverse the downward trend of the operating surplus ratio and the Shire’s finances overall, is to reduce operating expenses.

The Shire considers a one-off voluntary redundancy scheme that results in a reduction of 4 to 5 (approximately 10%) of existing staff positions significantly contribute to the Shire’s expense reduction targets whilst at the same time providing staff with an incentivised opportunity to leave the Shire’s employment on their own terms.

The Shire has been in receipt of 4 formal applications under the Voluntary Redundancy Scheme. Whilst the application period has closed, to respect the confidentiality and rights of the individuals, this information is not available for public release.

The voluntary redundancy payments will be calculated as per the National Employment Standards and the Fair Work Act 2009 and will roll out over the coming weeks.


Duyfken 1606 Replica Visit

The Chief Executive Officer and Manager Community Services met with Peter Bowman, CEO of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation on Wednesday to discuss a potential visit of the Replica to Port Denison.

The visit would be part of a commemorative voyage program, as part of the State Government’s initiative to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s arrival on the west coast of Australia.

The State Government aims to develop national recognition for the significance of Cape Inscription as the landing place of Dirk Hartog in 1616 and its relevance within Shark bay through these objectives:

Encourage and support local community initiatives to celebrate the anniversaryEnsure there are opportunities for a wider WA audience to interact and learn more about the Dirk Hartog story and the State’s early maritime historyUse the occasion to promote learning amongst WA school children about the State’s European history and the role the Shark Bay region plays in that history.

The Duyfken Hartog Voyage Program is hoping to incorporate visits to various coastal locations from Fremantle to Cape Inscription at the northern tip of Dirk Hartog Island which will host the official ceremony on Tuesday 25 October 2016.

The Shire is excited to be part of the program and will continue to update the community on this project throughout the year.


National Ride2School Day – 4 March 2016

Next Friday 4 March is National Ride to School Day. This is a great opportunity to involve the whole family in safely and actively travelling to school. With vehicles and bikes sharing the road please be considerate and travel safely.


Fit2Live Bike Hike

Come and join in a morning of family fun down at the Irwin Recreation Centre on Saturday 19 March at 8:30am, for a group Bike Ride, either riding the 4km, 7km or the big 15km! Registration forms can be found on Facebook or at the Irwin Recreation Centre.

Register now and you can be in the draw for the early bird prize draw! For more information please call Kylie on 9955 9200.

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

26 February 2016

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