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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 26 2016

Created on: Friday, 11 November 2016 at 2:03:14 PM


This year 11 November marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918).

Each year on this day Australians observe one minute silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Congratulations to the Dongara R.S.L and their volunteers on a respectful and moving memorial service at Memorial Park today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are currently serving, may have served or have family members who may be affected.


A further two Meet the People sessions have been scheduled to be held prior to the Christmas break:

  • 4pm Friday 18 November at 130 Melaleuca Road
    For residents living north of the Dongara townsite
  • 5:30pm Friday, 2 December at 24 Acacia Road
    To coincide with the annual Bush Fire Ready meeting

Thank you to the Small and Parker families for agreeing to host these sessions.



Opportunity to Purchase Passenger Vehicles November – December 2016

The Shire of Irwin hereby gives notice of its intention to dispose of the following vehicles by public online auction commencing late November 2016.

o   2014 Holden Caprice 
o   2014 Toyota Prado
o   2014 Mazda CX-5
o   2014 Ford Territory
o   2014 Holden Commodore Sportswagon
o   2014 Ford Kuga
o   2013 Ford Kuga
o   2014 ISUZU D-Max Crew Cab Utility

For further information including details on how to place a bid visit Pickles Online Auctions at

Please direct any enquiries to Mr Joshua Traupmann, Pickles Auctions Regional Sales Executive on 0408 880 935.



Through WALGA’s CouncilConnect subscription, the Shire’s website has recently undergone an upgrade with Market Creations. Since the upgrade we have become aware of some minor glitches with the system so if you come across any issues please report by phoning 9927 0000 or email

Furthermore, we are always keen to hear any feedback in regards to our website, its content and availability of information so please contact us anytime in this regard.

Thank you for your assistance.



Be in the running to win one of three $100 gift cards by simply providing us with your feedback…

The community scorecard is available to community members until 14 November 2016 so get in now to have your say…

A scorecard may be completed by all members of your household aged 18 years or older. Hard copies of the scorecard are available from the Shire administration office (11-13 Waldeck Street) or you may complete a response online by visiting or All surveys are required to be completed and returned by 12 noon, Monday, 14 November 2016.

Completed surveys received by the closing date accompanied by the relevant entry form information will go in the draw to win one of three $100 gift cards.

A summary of survey results will be uploaded to the Shire’s website and copies will be available at Shire Administration Office (11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara) once collated. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Tunbridge, the Shire’s Coordinator Organisational Performance, on 99270000 or email



Congratulations to this year’s early ratepayers Prize Draw Winners and thank you to our very generous sponsors for the great range of prizes the Shire was able to offer this year:

Weekend Package with full Buffet Breakfast - Perth Ambassador Hotel
Kevin & Danielle Zimmermann

Ipad Air - Market Creations
Peter Burke & Liz White

1 Night’s Breakaway Package - Pagoda Resort & Spa Como
Peter Jones

1 Night’s Breakaway Package – Seasons of Perth
Edward & Judith Austin

$200 Cash - In-situ Construction & Maintenance
John & Beth Fitzhardinge

$200 Garden Mulch or Soil - Dongara Bobcat & Construction Services
Paul Warnock

$100 Cash - Harcourts Real Estate
Rita Schiller

$100 Cash - Midwest Labour Pool
Brenton Hanson

$100 Voucher - Mitchell & Brown
Ian Strickland

$100 Service Voucher - Kirkland Electrical Service
Annette Hill

3 x $50 Gift Voucher – Leading Edge Computers
Greg & Linda Cole
Richard Emery
Carl Forward

2 x $50 Service Vouchers - Dongara Plumbing
John & Margaret Norton
Noel & Leonie Davenport

$25 Lunch Voucher - Starfish Café
Michael & Sinikka Redway

5 x $20 Food Vouchers - IGA
Robert & Mina Welsh
Gary Doust
Nancy Broad
Norwest Energy NL
Murray & Margaret Robinson

2 x $20 Vouchers - Dongara Bakery
Vicki Meiklejohn
Leon Eayrs

All winners have been notified by mail.



The Shire of Irwin Annual Electors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at 5.30pm in the Council Chambers at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara.

The purpose of the meeting and order of business for the matters to be discussed at the meeting are firstly, the contents of the Annual Report for the 2015/16 financial year and then any other general business.

A copy of the 2015/16 Annual Report is available for download from the Shire’s website, from the Shire Office at 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara, by emailing or by telephoning 9927 0000.

Some of the information highlighted within the Annual Report is:

  • Highlights from 2015/16
  • Organisational Structure and outcomes of Service and Organisational Review
  • Funding Allocations (cartoon) – What We Spend…
  • Information on Bushfire Management
  • Financial Report and Auditor’s Report

Please note that questions requiring research should be submitted to the Shire in writing by 4.30pm on Thursday, 17 November 2016 so that an appropriate response can be made at the meeting.

If you have any enquiries please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email The Shire is also interested to receive any feedback as to what other information may be of interest or how better to present the information to the public.



The Shire of Irwin Administration Office and Visitors Centre/Library/Licensing will be closed on Friday, 18 November 2016.

The purpose of the closure is to allow staff to attend a scheduled professional development day.

Shire rates and debtor payments can be made online at Further information or advice on other Shire services can also be found on the website.

For all vehicle registration and driver’s license renewals, that do not require a new photo to be taken, can be processed at the local post office ‘Stamps and Stuff’ (Shop 6/33 Moreton Terrace, Dongara). For all other licensing enquiries, please call the Department of Transport (DoT) on 13 11 56 or alternatively visit the DoT website –

Urgent enquiries can be made through the Shire’s Call Centre by calling
9927 0000, and your enquiry will be directed to the relevant staff member. All other enquiries can be referred to

The Shire regrets any inconvenience this important staff development initiative may cause.

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

11 November 2016

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