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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 13 2016

Created on: Friday, 27 May 2016 at 1:40:32 PM


As part of the 2015/16 State Budget, the state government announced that from the rating year commencing 1 July 2016, the 50% concession allowed to eligible pensioners on local government rates would be restricted to a capped amount.  Western Australia was the only State not to provide a dollar cap on Local Government Rates. 

The pensioner rates capped amounts will be set each year, consistent with the manner in which senior’s rates caps are set.  The gazettal of the cap amounts usually occurs in late June, prior to the commencement of the rating year.  The pensioner rate capped amount has been announced as $750 for 2016/17. 

The Shire does not administer the laws in regards to pensioner concessions.  If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the capping of the pensioner rebate you will need to contact your local Member of Parliament.  Mr Shane Love tel: 9927 2333 postal: PO Box 216 Dongara WA 6525. Email:



In accordance with section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, notice is hereby given that the Shire of Irwin proposes to impose differential general rates in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Rate Category

Rate in Cents in the Dollar

Minimum Rates

Total Valuations

Proposed Rate Revenue

Gross Rental Value



General Rate





Unimproved Value



General Differential Rate





Mining Differential Rate





The proposed rates in the dollar and minimum payments are based upon estimates at the time of giving this public notice (which incorporates a general 3% overall rate increase on actual rates raised in the previous year with full year equivalent adjustments for interim changes) and may change as part of Council’s 2016/17 budget deliberations.

Submissions are invited in respect of the proposed rates or minimum payments and any related matters.

Council will consider all submissions received, and any other relevant information that will impact upon estimates of revenue, income or expenditure, including forecasts of inflation and changes in Commonwealth or State Government appropriations and charges prior to setting the rates and minimum payments.

A Statement of Objects and Reasons for adopting these rates is available for inspection at the Shire Administration Office, 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara, between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or on the Shire of Irwin website at

Submissions can be mailed to PMB 21, Dongara WA 6525 or emailed to and will be accepted until12 noon Monday, 20 June 2016.



In the Council Chambers at 5:30pm, Monday 30 May 2016

The purpose of the workshop is to present the Draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP), and to allow community members to ask questions about the plan.

Please contact Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000 or email



The Shire of Irwin has resolved to make a local law relating to Meeting Procedures.

The purpose of this local law is to provide rules and guidelines which apply to the conduct of meetings of the Council and its committees and to meetings of electors.

The effect of this local law is to result in:

(a)      better decision-making by the Council and committees;

(b)      the orderly conduct of meetings dealing with Council business;

(c)     better understanding of the process of conducting meetings; and

(d)      the more efficient and effective use of time at meetings.

A copy of the proposed local law may be inspected at or obtained from the Shire Administration, 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara WA 6525 between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Alternatively you can access a copy from the Shire’s website

Submissions about the proposed law may be made in writing to:

Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Irwin
PMB 21

Or you may email Submissions will be accepted until 12noon, Monday 20 June 2016.

Please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email with any further enquiries.

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

27 May 2016

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