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President's Column - Issue 3 2017

Created on: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 at 9:11:32 AM

The TV and radio transmission from a locally positioned tower is progressing steadily with advice being sought on the type of technology that will best fit our situation. The two choices are either a direct satellite signal or the retransmission of the signal out of Geraldton - both have their own pros and cons but a decision should be made shortly. Unfortunately as TV is a digital signal there may be a problem with the retransmission of our local ABC radio which is still transmitted as an analogue signal.

Mr Mike Ryan a communications engineer has been running quality tests at our tower for retransmission via the Geraldton tower. These results will be made available to Council within the next fortnight. We will keep the community updated on progress.

The second community consultation for the Skate Park/South Precinct area was held on 27 March with, once again, a great turnout of potential users with many great ideas being expressed. All are looking forward to the concept plan and potential costing so the area can be developed in a staged approach.

As advertised the Point Leander verge tree planting will progress this month which is a continuation of the Shire's 2015 - 2020 Green Infrastructure Strategy which will see the planting of approximately 100 established trees along the western footpath of Point Leander Drive 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 landscaping within the new medical centre and public car park is underway with a number of plantings on the southern boundary with further landscaping to be done within the car park itself.

This month will be full on for the town with the Retro Festival and associated activities on the 8th, the annual Easter Races on Saturday the 15th and of course the Lobster and Land Food Festival on the 29th. These three events will swell the number of visitors to the town and boost much welcomed economic activity.

With school holidays starting this Friday and the expected large number of visitors holidaying in Dongara - Port Denison, please be extra vigilant of the larger than usual number of pedestrian and bike traffic moving around the town.

Keep an eye out for the new Drive In sign to be installed before the Retro celebrations - very impressive.

A reminder that the LDAG have a camp for 14-17 year olds organised for 20-23 April consisting of simulated and educational programs providing fun activities. Located in Perth visits will include St. Johns HQ, RPH Outreach Program and Adventure World. Congratulations to Sarah and her committee for organising these programs and the excellent work they do during the year.

As reported last month a concept design for approximately 20 units with the initial stage being at least 6 x2 bedroom units designed for people with disabilities and dementia, I am pleased to advise that the tender to project manage this undertaking has been awarded to Fratelle Group who have exceptional knowledge and experience in dementia design and ageing in place projects.

Council at its March meeting received the draft copy of our Industrial Land Use Strategy and moved to advertise it for 21 days to allow public consultation and submissions on the strategy. Copies are available on the Shire web site and at the Shire office.

If travelling away at Easter please take extra care on the roads so you and your family can return safely.   

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Cr Ian West, Shire President

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