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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 29 2016

Created on: Monday, 12 December 2016 at 10:15:59 AM


The holiday period is near so to ensure we can meet your needs before the Christmas break please note our closures:

Administration Office


Saturday, 24 December 2016 – 8:30am Tuesday, 3 January 2016

Visitor Centre/Library/Licensing


Saturday, 24 December 2016, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 and the New Year Public Holiday (2 January 2017).

Irwin Recreation Centre


12.00 noon Thursday, 22 December 2016 and reopening at 6.00am Tuesday, 3 January 2017, this will allow time for resealing of the Centre’s floors.

Operations Depot


Public Holidays - 26 and 27 December as well as 2 January 2016

Transfer Station


Sunday, 25 December 2016 - Sunday, 1 January 2017

Please be advised that there will not be any change to the green bin collection services for both residential and commercial premises during the Christmas and New Year period.

Of course should you need to contact us urgently during this time our Call Centre is available to take your calls and direct your query appropriately - please call 9927 0000. For non-urgent matters you can email and we will respond upon return in 2017.

You can also use the localeye app to find out general information about the Shire and report any issues relating to our business (this can be used for any local government including the Shire of Irwin). It’s an easy online form that you can add photos to and search locations that could take less than 30 seconds to complete and submit.



The Shire of Irwin sincerely hope that the community enjoys the Christmas decorations that have been installed along Moreton Terrace. The aim of the decorations was not only to bring festive spirit to the community but also to support and promote the artistic talents within our town. We believe that this has been achieved in a fun, unique and interactive way and look forward to building on this initiative in the future.

The Shire would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their contribution to the town’s Christmas decorations. What has been achieved would not have been possible without;

  • The Mens Shed
  • Meedac
  • Marsdens Transport
  • Dongara District High School students and staff
  • Ready Set Grow Child Care Centre
  • Dongara Placemaking Group
  • Belladonna Raudvee Fine Art
  • Dongara Pop up Shop
  • SRM
  • The Patchwork Club
  • Richard Emery
  • Blake House
  • Rev David Mitchell
  • Central West Concreting

Please direct any enquiries regarding the Christmas decorations to Shannan Taylor, Community Officer on 9927 0000 or email and don’t forget #christmasindongara #dongaraportdenison



Fires should always be reported to ‘000’ to ensure an efficient response is provided.

If you are wanting to find out information regarding a fire or emergency call 13DFES (13 33 37) or visit The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) have a great range of resources available on their website if you would like to know how to be prepared in case of a bushfire.

There are also some useful apps available to assist in emergency situations, including Emergency +. Western Power have an app you can use to find out info regarding outages or even to report faults. SES can be contacted on 132 500 for assistance during an emergency.

Should you wish to find out more in regards to harvest and vehicle movement bans join our SMS list to receive notifications and updates by emailing or a registration form is available on our website and in this week’s Rag. ABC local radio broadcasts harvest ban information at dedicated times:

Weekdays       10:05am, 12:35pm and 2:05pm

Weekends       12:35pm and 2:05pm



I would like to extend a thank you to the 359 people who took the time to complete and return a MARKYT Scorecard by the close date of Monday, 14 November 2016. In total, 20% more feedback was received this year when compared to the response rate of 2013.

CATALYSE® Pty Ltd are still busy analysing the relevant data obtained and are expected to provide a summary of findings in mid-December. As previously indicated, the summary report will be uploaded to the Shire’s website and copies will be available at Shire Administration Office during office hours (11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara) once collated.

CATALYSE® Pty Ltd have also conducted the prize draw with our lucky winners for the 3 x $100 Gift Cards being:

  • Jill Ward
  • Joanne Tapscott
  • Deb Philipps

If you have any questions regarding the MARKYT Scorecard, please contact Lauren Tunbridge, the Shire’s Coordinator Organisational Performance, on 99270000 or email



Previous applicants will be considered and need not reapply.

The Senior Operations Officer will assist in both the delivery and supervision of the Shire’s operational tasks which includes grounds maintenance, landscaping, mowing, road sweeping, reticulation, turf care, weed control, parks and gardens functions and general town maintenance. The role will ensure budgeted operational works are expediently and economically undertaken to the Shire standards under the direction of the Supervisor Operations.

The role includes day to day supervision and support for the operations team. At all times they must strive for continuous improvement in the workplace and provide efficient, friendly and confidential customer service whilst being helpful and courteous to other Shire staff, Councillors and the public. The Senior Operations Officer shall provide guidance and leadership and work closely with the Supervisor Operations to ensure provision of sound and timely advice to the Operations Team. There will be opportunities for acting appointments to develop skills and capacity during times of staff absences.


To attract the right person with a brilliant blend of skills, knowledge and experience, the Shire is offering the position an annual salary of up to $57,527 (including an adverse working conditions allowance) and up to 14.5% superannuation (subject to a personal contribution being made). Other benefits and employment conditions are in accordance with the Shire of Irwin (Operational) Enterprise Agreement 2006 and the National Employment Standards and will be discussed at interview.


A copy of the position description is available from the Shire Office and website ( For further enquiries please contact Ms Lauren Tunbridge, Coordinator Organisational Performance, on 9927 0000 / 0409 137 245 or via email


Applications are to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Irwin, PMB 21, DONGARA WA 6525 and must contain an application form, a covering letter detailing your interest in the position (maximum 1 page), a statement addressing the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages) and a current resume.

Applications close at 12 noon, Tuesday 3 January 2017.



The Shire of Irwin is a proud sponsor of the Hollomby Foundation and Geraldton Universities Centre. The Shire of Irwin Scholarship of $3,000 is open to residents of the Shire of Irwin undertaking an undergraduate degree at the Geraldton Universities Centre either part time or full time. 

Applications for 2016 Scholarships are now open and close on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

The Geraldton Universities Centre manages the application and selection process and advertises the scholarship via their website



The Government has recently announced the locations to receive funding under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program that will provide for new or upgraded mobile base stations.

Irwin is set to receive funding towards a mobile base station at Irwin on Rowland Avenue.

Round 2 work is expected to commence rolling out in 2017 – Telstra are likely to announce their schedule for our region soon. Visit for further information.



Power outage scheduled 9am – 3pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

Western Power have a planned power outage scheduled which will affect the Irwin Recreation Centre. The Centre will still be open during normal hours. The Shire regrets any inconvenience.

Please contact the Rec Centre on 9955 9200 or email for further information.



The Shire of Irwin Retro Festival Committee celebrating the Drive-Ins 50th Birthday 8 April 2017

We will be having a PARTY – Retro Style 50’s 60’s 70’s era. One of the fun items will be an Afternoon Tea and Fashion Parade “The Fashions of Yester Year”. The committee are seeking fashions suitable in your wardrobe that you would be happy to loan for the parade.

If you can assist please contact Committee member Liz West on 0488 271126. Your help would be greatly appreciated.



Local Service Providers – Garden Maintenance Services APU Village

The Shire of Irwin invites quotations from suitably qualified service providers for the provision of garden maintenance services at the APU Village, 225 Ocean Drive Port Denison.

Request for quotation documents detailing specifications and requirements are available by contacting Mr Chris Giltrow, Procurement Officer on 9927 2268 or alternatively via email

Submissions close 12 noon Monday 19 December 2016.

Please direct enquiries to Mr Mark Jones, Supervisor Operations on 9927 2268 or via email

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

12 December 2016

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