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Presidents Column - Issue 4 2017

Created on: Friday, 23 June 2017 at 9:43:18 AM

                                                                                                                              

As we all know April has been an extremely busy month starting with the Retro Festival to celebrate fifty (50) years of continual operation of the Dongara Drive In held on Saturday the 8th. During the morning part of the basketball courts were transformed into a Roller Dome which proved very popular with the young and not so young. The Rec Centre now owns a quantity of roller skates that will be used as another activity that will be made available to the community from time to time. The Roller Dome was extended to open the four (4) days before Easter so as to enhance the activities during the school holidays which proved immensely popular.

The Retro afternoon tea and fashion parade was a great success and unfortunately could only cater for 120 with the limited space available. Much thanks needs to go to the Retro Committee for the many hours put in over the past twelve months to make it all happen.

Easter was of course the usual busy time for Dongara with the annual race meeting and the Historical Society markets on the Saturday.

The Thursday prior to Easter was the annual art awards display and presentation at the big yellow shed in Morton Terrace. Having the pleasure of presenting the awards, the breadth and quality of the works on display never ceases to amaze me. Congratulations to all the winners. Congratulations also to Marie Wendland who received a Life Membership of the Art Group for her dedication and support over many years.

To top off the month on the 29th was the Lobster and Land Food Festival which showcased local produce. The day consisted of cooking demonstrations, live music, world class samples and tastings, food stalls and children's activities.

The month of April's activities presented a great opportunity to showcase the Shire and bring welcomed economic activity to the local businesses.

I have had many comments from visitors and locals on the clean and well maintained public facilities and extend my congratulations to the Shire's outside staff for their commitment in this area.

My thanks to Cr Smith for officiating in my absence in particular the April Council meeting and the wreath laying on Anzac Day.

Over the summer months a number of roads have not held up as well as we would like, so together with some customer requests, the week following Easter a road maintenance program was mobilised to deal with this. This will give a start to the upcoming winter road maintenance program.

The CEO represented the Shire at a Naval Shipbuilding Briefing hosted by local federal member for Durack Melissa Price and the Department of Defence. The purpose of the briefing was to start the process to ensure regional WA has an opportunity to be involved in the construction of numerous Defence infrastructure. Our local marine industry was represented and may have opportunities from this initiative.

As reported last month tests were being conducted on the various methods of retransmitting TV and radio from our tower here in Dongara. At our April Forum Mr Mike Ryan from Communication and Wireless Services presented two options, these being re-transmission via satellite or from the transmitter in Geraldton. These will be further discussed by Council with a decision being made shortly so quotes can get under way. Regardless of the option chosen residents will need to redirect their antennas towards the transmitter once installed.

Cr Ian West, Shire President

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