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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 19 2016

Created on: Friday, 12 August 2016 at 1:40:50 PM


The Shire of Irwin and Main Roads Western Australia have initiated 5 year coordinated weed management program, aimed at controlling pest plants in all roadside verges in the Shire. By coordinating efforts in this way we hope to maximise the benefits of weed control. We will monitor the effects of the work in order to measure the success of the program and work out which techniques work best.   



Asphalt reseal work is scheduled to take place from 22 August 2016, weather permitting.

Location - between Ridley Street and Grannies Beach roundabout. Traffic Management will be in place. 

Please contact Suzette van Aswegen, Director Planning and Infrastructure on 9927 0000 or email for further information.



Point Leander Drive, from Samuel Street entry (in front of Sea Rescue building) up to the Obelisk, will be closed on Sunday 25 September 2016 from 8am to 4.30pm. The Recreational Boat Jetty will be closed from 7pm, Saturday 24 September through to 4.30pm, Sunday 25 September.

Permission has been granted to use the Commercial Boat Ramp for recreational users during this time. The purpose is to allow the running of the Denison Foreshore Sprint and Mid West Show & Shine events. The Shire regrets any inconvenience and will endeavour to keep disruptions to a minimum.

Please contact Manager Community Capacity Nicole Nelson on 9927 0000 or email should you have any enquiries.



Economic Development Australia (EDA) will be visiting the Shire of Irwin on 12 and 13 September 2016 to offer a training programme to community members and stakeholders that aims to provide insights into tackling common economic development challenges faced by regional areas.

The Shire of Irwin Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) would like to encourage interested members of the public to attend any or all of these FREE sessions to initiate conversation about economic development that will assist in creating a well-informed Economic Development Plan (EDP) for the Shire.

The development of an EDP will assist with facilitating and supporting economic activity within the Shire and ultimately guide Council in its future planning and decision making.

It is essential that we gain your input but do appreciate your time is valuable therefore come along if and when it suits. We are hoping to get a good cross section of community members involved.

Open to anyone living and/or working in the Shire of Irwin who has an interest in economic development and would like to gain some valuable skills for personal growth, their business or to have a positive impact in the community.



With the Duyken Replica set to visit our shore (in Port Denison) between 4-7 October, below is a media release issued on the Replica’s voyage:

“With 2016 marking the 400th Anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog on the coast of Western Australia, the replica sailing ship Duyfken will set sail on August 18 from the port of Fremantle to begin the Duyfken 2016 Dirk Hartog Commemorative Voyage and Exhibition program.

Initiated by the State Government of Western Australia, this celebration is to acknowledge the beginnings of European engagement here on the west coast of Australia, marked by Hartog leaving a message of his visit on an inscribed plate that was nailed to a post and jammed in a rock crevice on the most northern point of the island we now know as Dirk Hartog Island.

Engaging the Duyfken replica in this anniversary program provides a tangible connection to the early 1600s. As an authentic replica of her original namesake that was built around 1595, Duyfken gives a real insight into the way ships of this period were constructed.

Built in Fremantle and launched in 1999 at a cost of $3.7 million, Duyfken has given more than a million visitors a taste of what life was like for the seafarers of the early 17th century.

Travelling the world, the Duyfken replica has shared the story of Willem Janzoon, and the crew of the original Duyfken who became the first Europeans to set foot on Australian soil in 1606, on the western shores of the Cape York Peninsula, some 10 years prior to Hartog’s arrival aboard the Eendracht in 1616.

In acknowledging the significance of this year’s celebration, WA Premier Colin Barnett says it’s fitting that the Duyfken is involved in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch VOC captain Dirk Hartog’s landing at Dirk Hartog Island off Shark Bay on the WA coast.

"The anniversary provides a real opportunity for Australians to learn more about the Dirk Hartog story and our early maritime history," he said.”

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

12 August 2016

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