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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 15 2016

Created on: Friday, 10 June 2016 at 12:00:15 PM


As a result of an external Service and Organisational Review and the development of an associated executive management business case response relating to the C&C Directorate (which looked at current and future operating structures, development plans, financial plans, work needs and resourcing requirements) it has been determined that a C&C Directorate restructure is in the best interests of the Shire and its community.

As recently outlined to staff, the restructure is based on the need to:

  • Focus on reducing overlap, improving communication, consultation and reporting within the community, recreation and tourism services areas of Community Development;
  • Implement a proportionate Corporate and Community Directorate structure that supports effective levels of service delivery to the community; and
  • Focus on ensuring consistent, high-level quality customer service across the organisation.

The Shire is currently consulting with staff in respect to the changes required to implement the restructure and appreciates your patience and understanding during this time.



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 population of senior citizens in Western Australia is expected to increase from its current 458,000 to 865,000 in the next two decades. Supporting an ageing population is a significant policy challenge faced by all levels of government.

To ensure social concessions are better targeted and concessions provided by the State are sustainable over the longer term, the State Government has made the difficult decision to cap the amount of the concession allowed for pensioners on their local government rates and water service charges.

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:



A second locality meeting, this time scheduled to be held in Port Denison, will be held on Thursday evening from 4pm at the Sea Rescue building.

The purpose of these meetings is to meet with residents in their own locality to discuss various issues pertaining to Council business e.g. roads, service delivery, amenities etc. within the Shire.

This will be an informal get together where residents can feel more comfortable to bring up issues away from the formality of a council meeting.

This is also an opportunity to meet those elected members who, since the abolition of wards, don't necessarily live in your locality.

The plan is to have five of these meetings at various localities within the Shire on an annual basis depending on the response. One has already been held in the Irwin townsite earlier this year.

As not everyone reads the Rag, can those that do, please inform your friends and neighbours of the meeting.

The Shire President and Councillors are looking forward to meeting everyone.



The Shire of Irwin INVITES YOU to the Act-Belong-Commit – Community Day being held on Sunday 26 June 2016 at the Irwin Recreation Centre from 10am – 2pm.


The Act-Belong-Commit – Community Day is an event for the whole community


Air-Dry Clay Pots (Kids 7+) 2 Hours

Clay Table – Snails & Creatures (Kids 7+) 2 Hours

Mixed Media Workshop (Collage, Paint & Charcoal) Adults 1 Hour

Large –Scale Abstract Paint (Stress Release on Canvas)

Re-cycled Community Artwork (Circular Weaving and Colourful Yarn) 10-2pm

Please Register your Interest

Roving Entertainment - Stalls - ZAP Circus - Kite Making Workshops - Lasertag - Wheelchair Basketball - Music by Warrick Trant & Jimmy Smith and much, much more. 

Regional Men’s Health will be on hand.

Community or Sporting Groups are encouraged to participate either through running an Activity, having a Market Stall, Food Stall or Showcasing your Business/Services on the day it is up to you.

All Enquiries to Coralie Palmer Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email



The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have recently released a Fact Sheet regarding the TV Reception issues in Dongara and Port Denison.

The Shire has been working with the ACMA to setup long-term TV monitoring equipment on Dongara which has confirmed the unreliable reception.

The Fact Sheet provides further detail on what is causing the reception issues and what you can do to improve your reception. The Fact Sheet is available on the Shire’s website at or visit  



The Shire of Irwin would like to invite the public to attend the launch of the 2016 Oral History Project 10am on Tuesday 21st June at the Rec Centre Function room. Morning tea will be provided.

With the co-operation of Oral Historian Trish Parker, Irwin locals, past and present, were interviewed to collect memories of historical importance. So far 30 interviews have been recorded on themes including farming, education and development of the town. One of the interviewees was Jack Pickering, ex CEO. Jack became Secretary of the Irwin Roads Board in 1954, and he remembers running the Roads Board from the small building next to the Memorial Park (Music Shop):

“There were only a little over 700 people in the whole of the Shire. I was the only staff member and we had four or five outside staff, that’s all we had.”

Please RSVP by Monday 13th June, Dongara Public Library

Phone: 9927 1404 Email:



A reminder that submissions are welcome on the proposal to make a new Meeting Procedures Local Law (currently Standing Orders).

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 close 12 noon, 20 June 2016.

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

10 June 2016

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