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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 1 2017

Created on: Friday, 6 January 2017 at 4:26:45 PM

Welcome to the New Year! Councillors and staff are looking forward to the year ahead and hope that we can effectively work with you to deliver quality services and meet the ongoing needs of the community.

Staff are currently reviewing the feedback received through the MARKYT Scorecard (survey) that was issued late 2016 and will be using this data to update our strategic objectives over the year, so watch this space.

If you have any suggestions for improvement or would like to raise an issue please contact us. Shire staff are available by phone, email, in person, through Facebook, the website and even Instagram.


Concept Design Workshop

The Shire of Irwin is proposing an extension to the existing Skate Park Precinct to create a welcoming family focused area as part of the Irwin Recreation grounds.

The Shire, along with Convic, would like your help to design the new extension.

When: 7 February 2017 at 6pm

Where: Irwin Recreation Centre – Function Room

For further information please contact Laurie Smith, Coordinator Recreation on 9955 9200 or email



Opportunity to Purchase Passenger Vehicles January 2017

The Shire of Irwin hereby gives notice of its intention to dispose of the following vehicles by public online auction commencing 26 January 2017.

o   2014 Toyota Prado  

o   2014 Mazda CX-5

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, Regional Sales Executive on 0408 880 935 or email



The Shire of Irwin Community Assistance Scheme is to provide assistance to not for profit community based organisations, event organisers and individuals to support the promotion and development of social, economic, recreational, art and cultural projects that make a positive contribution to the quality of life within the Shire of Irwin.

The Community Assistance Scheme provides the framework for the Shire of Irwin to administer community sponsorship. This framework ensures a consistent approach to all applicants who apply for assistance.

The Scheme is open for Submissions from Wednesday 14 December 2016, and closing Wednesday 01 February 2017 at 12pm. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2017.

Anyone interested in applying must discuss their proposed project with the Community Officer.

Copies of the Guideline and Application form can be obtained from the Shire of Irwin website, or contact Shannan Taylor, Community Officer on 9927 0000 or email



The Community Ranger provides a core service to the residents, business community and visitors to the district by being highly visible on the street through scouting and enforcement patrols. The Community Ranger performs a range of multi-skilled duties, including the raising of public awareness and public education. Where necessary, they initiate and implement projects/programs as well as enforcement and administration in relation to Acts, Regulations, Local Laws and Council Policies relevant to Local Government.

The Shire strongly supports personal and professional development and as such there will be opportunities for additional hours during times of staff absences to assist in developing the successful applicant’s skills and capacity.

The vacancy of this position is the result of an internal promotion.


To attract the right person with a brilliant blend of skills, knowledge and experience, the Shire is offering the position an hourly rate of up to $30.3659 (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 Local Government Industry Award 2010 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 12 noon Monday, 23 January 2017.



Dongara is blessed with magnificent beaches and the privilege to enjoy these beaches by way of 4WD, motorbikes and all terrain vehicles. Before you drive on the coast make sure you know the local rules about using vehicles on beaches. The Shire of Irwin Ranger regularly patrols our shoreline during the summer months.  

By following the tips below you will help protect our beaches and have a safe and enjoyable visit.

  • Recognise the right of others to use the beach. Keep a lookout for pedestrians. Be alert and drive carefully at walking pace;
  • Drive at the high tide mark to avoid contact with other beach users;
  • Drive in areas not used by general beach users e.g. Families & Recreational Fisherman.
  • Park vehicles in consideration of others;
  • Observe all laws and regulations relating to the use of vehicles on beaches; you can still be charged for dangerous driving;
  • Do not drink and drive;
  • Vegetated sand dunes are easily damaged. Strictly avoid these areas;
  • Keep off the sand dunes except at designated crossing points for access to and from the beach; and
  • Keep the beaches and dunes clean; carry your rubbish home. If others have left a mess, consider cleaning it up.

It takes only a few inconsiderate people to damage the reputation of all 4WD and all terrain vehicle users.

For further information contact the Shire of Irwin on 9927 0000 or the Ranger on 0427 110 237.



With summer upon us, we would like to remind residents that all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep must have a compliant barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds.

Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children aged 0–5. There are specific laws in Western Australia relating to the installation of compliant safety barriers installed around private swimming pools and spas, which are intended to help prevent the drowning deaths and injury of young children. Owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring that any fence or barrier restricting access to a swimming or spa pool is maintained and operating effectively.

The Building Commission has produced a fact sheet for homeowners, which provides general information about the building approvals process for swimming pools and spas, as well as information relating to safety barrier requirements.

‘Thinking of installing a swimming pool or spa?’ is relevant to anyone installing a private in-ground pool or spa, above ground pool or spa, indoor pool or spa, or wading pool with water that in more than 300mm deep. This document and others that may assist you to ensure pool is safe, are available on the Building Commission website:

Please contact the Shire on 9927 0000 or email for any enquiries regarding pool safety requirements.


Mr Geoff Peddie
Acting Chief Executive Officer

6 January 2017

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