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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 7 2016

Created on: Friday, 11 March 2016 at 3:26:12 PM


Control of Eastern Long-billed Corella

The Shire of Irwin would like to advise the community that measures to control the seasonal influx of Corella’s will commence in various locations within the following weeks.

The device used is aimed at discouraging birds from foraging by emitting a short, sharp, high pressure noise.

All control measures shall comply with the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, Wildlife Conservation Regulations 1970 and any notices in force under this legislation.

For further information please contact the Shire Administration Office on 9927 0000 or email



Please be advised that the following changes will take place over the Easter long weekend.


Bins normally collected on Friday 25th March 2016 (Good Friday) – will be collected on Saturday 26th March 2016 (Easter Saturday).

Normal collection on Monday 28th March 2016. Please ensure all bins are out by 6.00am


The Dongara Transfer Station will be closed on Friday 25th March 2016 & open on Monday 28th from 10am- 12pm.

Friday 25th March (Good Friday) - CLOSED

Saturday 26th March- Open 10am-12pm

Sunday 27th March- Open 10am-1pm

Monday 28th March- Open 10am-12pm.

Please contact Toxfree on 9938 1196 or alternatively Heather Watts, Environmental Health Officer on 9927 0000 for any queries relating to these changes.



The Shire wants to put the Community in Community Garden and is excited to extend an invitation to Community Members and Local Businesses to participate in creating a Community Garden in line with the principles of the Dongara Town Centre Placemaking Project.

Community Garden comes in all shapes and sizes whether you are interested in getting your fingers and toes in the soil, turning the compost, being part of the committee or creating art for the garden there is a way you can contribute to your local Community Garden.

The objective of the Community Garden is to foster the establishment of a garden promoting continuous improvement, enjoyment and community sharing. It will bring together a group of like minded people from which a committee will be formed.

  • Like all good community initiatives, community gardens start with one person having an idea, talking to a few people about it and actively building from there.
  • All community gardens need is PEOPLE

Gardens are planned and managed and can include food production, seed propagation, and native gardens and the following activities:

  • Recycling;
  • Composting
  • Encouraging Arts and Culture through a range of activities such as:
               - Murals;
               - Planter Boxes;
               - Pallet Furniture;
               - Garden Sculptures

If you wish to be involved or would like more information please contact Coralie Palmer Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email:



Are you a teenager ready to learn to drive?  We know how important getting your licence is for you.  Some basic tips to keep you and your friends safe include learning the road rules, getting 120 hours of supervised driving experience, driving in accordance with the road conditions, hosting safe parties and avoiding distractions.

To help you prepare to get your licence a DVD titled Ignition is available for loan from the Dongara Library. We suggest you may want to watch this DVD with your parents or persons who will supervise you driving. Ignition can also be watched at the Library.

All teenagers who borrow Ignition during the period 1 March until 24 June 2016 will automatically go in the draw to win a Dash Cam.

Did you know that drivers under 24 years are twice as likely to crash than older drivers?  Please make sure you are not one of these statistics!



Irwin Roadwise Committee is concerned that in certain locations, child pedestrians may be more vulnerable. To address this concern the Committee is introducing the Consider Our Kids program. This program involves a sticker being placed on the side of wheelie bin - Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids. This provides a visual reminder to motorists to reduce their speed.

Residents living at the following locations:

-                      Smith Street

-                      Waldeck Street

-                      Church Street

-                      Hunts Road

-                      Point Leander Drive

-                      Flanagan Way

-                      Ocean Drive

-                      Gillam Drive

Are invited to call the Shire Administration Office on 9927 0000 to arrange collection of your bin sticker.



Did you know that it is Coelic Awreness Week 13-20 March?

Coelic Australia has launched a new campaign to help increase the diagnosis of celiac disease in Australia.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune illness affecting one in 70 of the population however, 80% of affected Australians remain undiagnosed and unaware they are living with the condition.

Dr Jason Tye-Din, gastroenterologist an Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia advises that the rise in popularity of the gluten free diet has had important medical implications for the diagnosis of celiac disease as removing gluten from the diet makes diagnosis challenging as the accuracy of testing depends on active gluten consumption.

If you would like to find out more visit or speak to your GP.


Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

11 March 2016

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