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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 20 2016

Created on: Friday, 2 September 2016 at 4:41:28 PM

FREE Training – Cultivating Local Opportunities

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 and how individuals and businesses can make a positive impact for our community.

Council have formed the EDAC to assist in preparing an Economic Development Plan that is informed by the local community and hope to use this information to guide 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.

To rsvp or find out more please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email


Coastal Nodes Project Opening

Premier, Colin Barnett, MLA visited the Midwest on Monday with Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, to officially open the first stage of the Mid West Coastal Nodes project at Sandy Cape campground near Jurien Bay. The Shire of Irwin has been managing the project on behalf of the Shire’s of Coorow, Dandaragan, Irwin and Northampton.

The campground upgrades are part of a $2.52 million injection, including $1.5 million from Tourism WA through the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018 and $1.02 million from Royalties for Regions, to the shires of Irwin, Coorow, Dandaragan and Northampton.  In addition to Sandy Cape, there are also upgrades to campgrounds at Cliff Head, Lucky Bay and Milligan Island, which are among 200 campsites in the Mid-West.

Shire of Irwin representatives also met with the Premier, Colin Barnett MLA and other representatives of local tourism businesses, stakeholder organisations and local and state government in Jurien Bay to discuss investment and economic development opportunities for the region.


Duyfken Official Welcoming

An opportunity exists for local not for profit community groups to host the official welcoming function during the Duyfken visit on the evening of Wednesday, 5 October 2016.

This function can host up to 50 people and includes a tour and the official welcoming. The Shire of Irwin is seeking interested groups to host the evening as a fundraising opportunity. The Duyfken staff will be available to serve the refreshments and will have a marquee and bar area available. The club is to supply catering and sell tickets to the function which will begin at 6:30pm and conclude by 9:30pm.

Your not-for-profit group/club can run this event by selling tickets for up to 50 people to attend. The function will have some welcome speeches from the Shire and general formalities, then attendees will be given a tour on board the Ship.

The entertaining area is under a marquee set up at the Jetty, this is provided along with a bar, eskies and plastic wine glasses. Provided also are the staff to service the food and beverages who have their RSA qualification.  Your club will need to arrange for the finger food and beverages, promotion of your event and selling of the tickets.

If your club or group would like to take up this opportunity please contact Ms Nicole Nelson, Manager Community Capacity on 9927 0000 or email for further information.


Raise funds for Your Community Group

On Sunday 25 September Port Denison will be hosting the Denison Foreshore Sprint and the Mid West Shown n Shine. The day will be very busy as the Ulyssees Club will be hosting their state meeting here and the Denison Bowling & Recreation Club also have an event on that weekend.

The Denison Foreshore Sprint are not for profit and are bringing 50 competitors to town along with the organisers, officials plus their families. The Show n Shine will also attract other car enthusiasts. An opportunity exists for community groups to cater for the food requirements on the day for these groups as well as the community.

The Ulyssees Club would like breakfast supplied from 8am (preferably bacon and egg rolls), plus lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all attendees, including the wider community. It is suggested that food would be delivered to the pit for competitors to purchase.

A Coffee Van, which also offers Gelato, has been booked in. LDAG are offering donuts and West Coast Dance are selling hotdogs and slushies.

For dinner the competitors require finger food for their private event held at the Fisherman’s Hall around 4.30pm – 6pm. Groups will be provided the funds required to purchase the food for this upfront. Everything else is as you see fit.

This is a great way for clubs to fundraise. If you can assist please contact Nicole Nelson, Manager Community Capacity on 9927 0000 or email


Budget and Rates

At the August 2016 Ordinary Council meeting Council adopted the Budget for the 2016/17 financial year. As a result rate notices have been printed and posted so you should have seen them arrive in your letterbox / pot box already. The following list is of the due dates for the payment of rates in full or by instalments:

Option 1

Payment in full by one instalment only, payment is to be received by 4pm 3 October 2016.

Option 2

Payment by two instalments only

  • First instalment due date 4pm 3 October 2016
  • Second instalment due date 4pm 5 December 2016

Option 3

Payment by four instalments only

  • First instalment due date 4pm 3 October 2016
  • Second instalment due date 4pm 5 December 2016
  • Third instalment due date 4pm 6 February 2017
  • Fourth instalment due date 4pm 10 April 2017

A reminder that Pensioner Concessions are now capped, for 2016/17 it has been set at $750. 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:

Please note the relevant information included with your rates notices including the 2016/17 Fire Prevention notices.

The Shire thanks those who have generously donated prizes for the Early Ratepayer Prize Draw. Prizes and sponsors are listed on a flyer enclosed with your rates.

Should you have any queries in regards to your rates please contact Cassandra Seymour, Payroll and Rates Officer on 9927 0000 or email


Complete your Census

The ABS wishes to remind Australians that there is still time to participate in the 2016 Census.

Head of the Census Program, Duncan Young, said the online form has been performing smoothly since it was re-opened, and with good responses over the weekend, the Census is progressing well.

“We thank the many Australians who have already completed the Census and we apologise again to everyone for the inconvenience caused on Census night,” Mr Young said.

“If you have not completed the Census, we remind you to complete it as soon as possible. Your information is safe and you won’t be fined for completing it after Census night, but it is important to complete the form either online or in paper as soon as possible.

Reminder letters containing 12-digit online Logins required to access the online form will also shortly be sent to households that haven’t yet returned a Census form. If you don’t have your Login or a paper form, please wait for your letter or visit.

The Census Inquiry Service is still open seven days from 8am to 8pm local time, to help with any questions people have about completing the Census online or on paper. The dedicated Paper Form Request service is also still available 24 hours a day.

Important Census numbers:

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS): 13 14 50.
Paper Form Request Service: 1300 820 275


Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

2 September 2016

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