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President's Column - Issue 8 2016

Created on: Tuesday, 2 August 2016 at 1:35:04 PM

Issue 8                  1 August 2016

Thanks to the many people who attended the Thursday and Saturday sessions of the Foreshore Master Plan presented by Councillors and Staff at the Irwin Rec. There was a general acceptance of the overall plan, with the feedback sheets providing Council with a clear indication of what the general community were happy with. The final draft is now being completed along with the business plan around the concept so as to meet the dead line at the end of September.

Dongara/ Port Denison featured on Destination WA over two weekly programs during July. The program promoted a number of coastal towns including Dongara/Port Denison with great footage of some of our picturesque locations including the Port Denison Marina, river mouth, golf course and town centre. These programs not only provide great exposure for our locality but indicate to the travelling public a tourism pathway as they travel north from Perth. For those who may have missed the program it can be accessed via the Destinations WA web site under previous episodes in particular Episodes 13 & 14.

While still on tourism Dongara/Port Denison is a finalist in the Top Tourism Town Award for towns with a population under 5000, competing with Cocos Island and Exmouth. The judges were in town during July and undertook an intensive look at what we had to offer. Results will be announced later in the year - so watch this space.

It is disappointing to see senseless vandalism especially when the target is a highly regarded and tremendous fund raising organisation such as the Op Shop. As we know this dedicated group of ladies volunteer their time and energies which generates a large amount of money back into the community. I am sure those responsible are members of clubs or organisations that have benefited from OP Shop donations.

Hats off to the organisers of the Bushfire Ready awareness program conducted out at Springfield in late July. These meetings are a great way for our emergency crews to not only meet the residents but to hear firsthand their particular areas of concern. As Springfield has the potential to be a bush fire hot spot it is heartening to see the importance residents place on being bush fire ready.

As advised last week there will be remedial works carried out on the foreshore in the coming weeks to address some of the erosion issues. This area was identified along with others during a risk audit of the Shire, all of which will be addressed going forward.

I have had some great comments on the seating and tables placed along the river opposite the Priory. Now this area has been cleaned up it is attracting people to this part of the river which is a great natural unspoilt area.

Although I am happy to hear issues from electors, a more immediate response for everyday items should be logged with the Customer Service officers on the front desk so they can be entered into the Customer Service Request register.

A "meet the people" session for the town area and the northern part of the Shire hopefully can be organised for towards the end of August/early September - keep a look out for notices in the Rag.

Finally my thanks to Suzette for the extremely professional manner in which she managed the organisation while the CEO was on annual leave.

                                                                                                         Cr Ian West, Shire President

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