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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 7 2017

Created on: Friday, 24 March 2017 at 11:30:47 AM


All Shire workplaces will be closed from 2pm – 7pm on Wednesday, 5 April 2017.

The purpose of the closure is to allow staff to attend and participate in scheduled corporate-wide professional development during the course of the afternoon.

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, these 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.



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 feedback to the concept design.

When: Monday 27 March 6.00pm

Where: Function Room- Rec Centre

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



Tender 1-2016/17- Request for Tenders

The Shire of Irwin invites suitably qualified businesses to submit a tender for the resurfacing of three natural grass tennis courts to artificial/hard court.

A copy of Tender Specifications can be obtained by contacting the Shire of Irwin on (08) 9927 0000 during business hours, or by visiting the Shire’s website on

For any further information please contact Laurie Smith, Coordinator Recreation,  on 99559200, or Tenders containing all relevant details are to be enclosed in a sealed envelope marked. “Tender 1/2016/17: Tennis Court Resurfacing” and addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Irwin
PMB 21

Tenders close at 12 noon on 10 April 2017.



The Shire of Irwin Tidy Town Sustainable Committee and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) invite you to nominate an area around town that you would like to see the focus for Clean-Up Australia Day. 

Clean-Up Australia Day is focused on collecting rubbish, bottles, cans etc and any area nominated will need to be family friendly so everyone can join in.

The date for Clean-Up Australia Day in Dongara will be 13 May 2017.

To nominate an area for cleaning-up, please contact Yvette Robb, Regulatory Support Officer on 9927 0000 or email  



The Dongara Retro Festival is a new event being organised by the Retro Festival Committee, supported by the Shire of Irwin. The festival will be held on Saturday 8 April 2017 in conjunction with the Dongara Denison Drive Ins, 50th year of operation. The event aims to celebrate all things retro by including a temporary rollerdrome facility at the Irwin Recreation Centre, themed market stalls, classic car displays, rock and roll dancers, a vintage fashion parade and a full drive-in experience in the evening.

Afternoon Tea and Fashion Parade.

Saturday 8 April 2017

2pm – 4.30pm at the Irwin Rec Centre,

$20 per ticket, purchased from the Dongara

Port Denison Visitors Centre. Keep your ticket to be in the running for the door prize.


Retro Rollerdrome Skate Experience

Come dressed in your retro best and get ready to “Snowball” as LDAG man the DJ booth.

8 April 2017


Session 1: 9am – 11am

Session 2: 11am – 1pm

BYO Skates or Borrow free of Charge

Safety Pads Provided

BYO Helmet

The Retro Markets

Will be held at the Dongara Denison Drive Ins from 9.30am – 1.30pm on the 8 April 2017. The Markets will include Arts & Crafts, Food Vans, Entertainment, Vintage Cars, Vintage & Retro Items, Upcycled & Repurposed antiques.

The Drive Ins 50th Birthday Celebration

Kong: Skull Island PG-13 will be showing on 8 April 2017. Gates open at 5pm and the movie starts at dark. Pre movie entertainment includes Markets, Rock and Roll Dancers, Cutting of the Birthday Cake. Food will be available from the venue.

Walk Ins only on the night. Pre-Purchase car tickets now from the Dongara Port Denison Visitors Centre. Limited car spaces available.

Cars $30 and Walks Ins $5

For more information contact Shannan Taylor, Community Officer on 9927 0000 or email



Stage 2 – Clarkson Street through to O’Brien Park

The Shire of Irwin, in conjunction with the Tidy Towns Sustainability Committee, will be undertaking stage 2 of the Point Leander Drive verge planting project in the coming weeks.

This project was identified in the Shire’s 2015 - 2020 Green Infrastructure Strategy and aims to beautify Point Leander Drive whilst improving the aesthetic appearance of the area. The project will provide the community with shaded footpaths, reduce pavement heat in the warmer months whilst also increasing social and recreational value to the area.

The project will include planting approximately 100 established trees along the western footpath from Clarkson Street through to O’Brien Park. The trees for this project have been specifically selected for their tolerance to the Midwest regions climate; being drought tolerant whilst also offering maximum shade through a wide umbrella canopy.

The Green Infrastructure Strategy is available from the Shire’s website or by contacting the Administration Office on 9927 0000.

For further information regarding this project please contact Mark Jones, Supervisor Operations on 9927 2268 or email



Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price announced she has been working with the Federal Government to hold an important defence industry roadshow in Geraldton. One of just two regional Western Australian Roadshows, the Defence Industry Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels Roadshow, will be held in Geraldton on 11 April to promote opportunities and jobs within the Defence Industry Supply Chain. It will be co-hosted by Melissa Price and the Federal Department for Defence. Ms Price encourages regional businesses to attend to learn how businesses in regional WA could be a part of this massive Federal Government initiative. The roadshow provides an excellent opportunity for businesses supporting the mining sector, currently suffering from the mining downturn, to learn about new opportunities in growing industry. For further information contact Alex in Ms Price’s office on 9964 2195, or email Ms Price –


A new website Learning Potential Resources has been launched by the Federal Government to help school children with their learning and homework and provides an opportunity for parents to be better involved.

Learning Potential Resources supports the Australian Curriculum for primary school and contains three main sections–, which include:

  • 41 ‘every day ideas’ to show parents how to practice literacy and numeracy skills with their child during everyday life.
  • 80 ‘practice together’ articles to guide parents on how they can reinforce literacy and numeracy skills their child is learning at school.
  • 80 ‘practice online’ activities, including internet games and videos that parents and children can do together to practice these same skills.

The Learning Potential Resources website was created by Education Services Australia with support from the Turnbull Government.



Australian School of Management (ASM), are currently offering a Rural Scholarship (valued at $55,000 over 3 years) to support a student from regional/rural Australia to study a Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management. The scholarship has been designed specifically to support students who wish to live and study in their rural community.

Further information and details are available in the attached document and on the website: 

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

24 March 2017

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