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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 9 2016

Created on: Friday, 8 April 2016 at 2:10:23 PM


The Shire is holding an Irwin Rec South Precinct Working Group meeting on Friday, 15 April 2016 at the Skate Park.

Interested parties and users of the Skate Park and BMX track are invited to attend a consultation session at 4pm to establish ideas for the future development of these facilities and the area in general.

The Shire is particularly keen to hear from those who utilise the area, including children.

If you can’t be there but have some ideas to contribute please email or call 0458 770 988.



The Shire of Irwin received funding through the Department of Local Government and Community for the purpose of creating an Age-Friendly Communities Plan looking at eight specific domains covering:

  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Social PArticipation
  • Communication and Information
  • Community Support and Health Services

On completion of this consultation a Draft Age-Friendly Communities Plan has been developed which identifies the age-friendly features, barriers, and provides suggestions for improvement against the eight domains.Consultants SDF Global facilitated this process.

An age-friendly community embodies a culture that anticipates and responds to the needs of its ageing population. Seniors and community participation in the consultation process is essential to an age-friendly approach to respond to demographic ageing.

The Shire of Irwin Draft Age-Friendly Communities Plan is available for viewing on the Shire’s website (under the Community/Community Development tab) or at the Shire Office at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara.

Submissions on the Draft Age-Friendly Communities Plan may be made in writing (email is acceptable) and lodged with the Shire on or before 12pm Monday 18 April 2016. 

If you have any queries in relation to the above matters, please contact Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services on (08) 9927 0000 or via email at



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 4 April 2016, and closing Monday 16 May 2016 at 5pm. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2017. Anyone interested in applying must discuss their proposed project with the Manager Community Services or attend a Grant Writing Workshop.

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



The Shire of Irwin Community Assistance Scheme is open for Submissions, and closing Monday 16 May 2016 at 5pm. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2017. Anyone interested in applying must discuss their proposed project with the Manager Community Services.

The Workshops will be held on Tuesday, 3 May 2016 at 10-11am and 5.30-6.30pm at the Irwin Rec Centre in the Ocean Room.

Representatives from not-for-profit community, sporting and service groups, event organisers are invited to attend this Grant Writing Workshop. Interested applicants 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



Please be aware that Council contractors will carry out pre-sealing repairs on Point Leander Drive during the week commencing Monday 4 April 2016 for a total of approximately 7 days. 

This will be followed by sealing works on Point Leander Drive during the week commencing Mon 18 April 2016 (TBC) for a total of approximately 2 days.



Come and Join S.T.E.P.H At her new class to improve your:

Strength, Tone, Endurance, Performance, Happiness

Starts Thursday 28th April @ 6:00 pm. Equipment is limited so secure your spot now!!!!

Please phone Irwin Rec on to register your interest or find out more 9955 9200 or visit our Facebook page: Irwin Rec Centre.



The Irwin Rec’s School Holiday Program will be running from Monday, 11 April to Friday, 24 April 2016 with activities such as gardening, art and craft, cooking, science experiments, water fun and finishing with a dance party!

The Program is offered to chidlren in Pre-primary to Year 7.

Discounts are available for multiple bookings (conditions apply).

Those attending are asked to bring a hat, water bottle and snacks.



Nominations are now open for registering a team in the Monday Night Netball competition starting 11 April 2016. This year mixed teams will be accepted, although conditions do apply. The cost to submit a team will be $800. Subsidies may be available for players born 2002/2003.

Get your forms from the Iriwn Rec, their Facebook page or check out this week’s Rag. Forms may be submitted in person to the Irwin Rec or via email to



Did you know that research has shown that the more supervised experience a novice driver gets behind the wheel the less likely they are to be involved in a road crash with serious injury or fatality? Irwin Roadwise Committee fully supports 120 hours of supervised driving for all learner drivers.

For a complete driving guide you can go to the following website:

Another learning option for young road users is to go to:

It is an engaging way of finding out how important it is to clock up more supervised hours and gain essential experience to become a safe road user. Roadtrip takes the viewer through:

  • ·         Vehicle control skills
  • ·         Traffic skills
  • ·         Safety skills and
  • ·         Suggested driving conditions to gain experience

All teenagers who borrow the DVD Ignition from Dongara Library will automatically go in the draw to win a Dash Cam.



The Irwin Rec is hosting a Roadwise Children’s Art & Craft Day on Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April between 9am and 11am.

Included are games and activities, prizes, subsidised entry (only $5), design a bumper sticker, design and paint a mural, plus a healthy morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch.

Please rsvp to the Irwin Recreation Centre on 9955 9200.

This project is an initiative of the Shire of Irwin Roadwise Committee and is supported by SDERA, the Office of Road Safety, and the Government of Western Australia’s Road Safety Community Grants Program.



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 e.g. 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.

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

8 April 2016


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