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From the Desk of the CEO - 23 October 2012

Created on: Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 9:39:36 AM

Digital Television Switchover and Satellite Subsidy

As per the article in Midwest Times, Thursday 18 October 2012, Irwin residents may now apply for the Federal Government’s Satellite Subsidy Scheme. This means successful applicants can access the VAST satellite service at a reduced rate (using the government subsidy). The scheme is only available in designated areas where a transmission tower is not being installed and maintained within the local government and a reliable digital television signal cannot be provided terrestrially.

The Shire of Irwin was presented with the following options for receiving Digital TV in January 2012;

  • Access the service provided by the broadcasters (digital TV services emanating from Geraldton will be available to some residents)
  • Access the service provided by the Shire (by upgrading its existing TV ‘self-help’ tower); or
  • Access through a satellite service known as VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television).

At its meeting held on Tuesday, 31 January 2012, Council resolved;

That Council advises the Digital Switchover Taskforce that it intends to switch off the self help analogue transmitter tower so that residents currently served by the tower may move to the VAST service and subject to eligibility receive assistance under the Satellite Subsidy Scheme.

For further information on digital TV, including eligibility requirements and checks for the Satellite Subsidy Scheme please go to

Restricted Burning Season - Prohibited Conditions

The period 15 October to 30 November is a Restricted Burning period however due to the already dry conditions and number of very high – extreme fire danger days the Shire will not be giving out permits, and encourage residents to consider this time as a Prohibited period.

During a Prohibited Burning Period no garden rubbish or refuse is permitted to be burnt in an open fire and can only be burnt in an approved incinerator except of on days of a VERY HIGH or EXTREME fire danger.

If you have any queries regarding burning periods or fire prevention during office hours please contact the Shire’s Ranger on 0427 110 237 or email

Safe Driving on the Beach

Dongara and Port Denison are blessed with magnificent beaches and many people take up the privilege to enjoy motor vehicle access to some of these beaches by way of 4WD, motorbike and all terrain vehicles. Before you drive on beaches make sure you know the local rules about using vehicles on beaches. By following the tips below you will help protect our beaches and have a safe and enjoyable visit.

•     Recognise the right of pedestrians and other beach users. Be alert and drive slowly and carefully.

•     Drive in areas not used by general beach users e.g. families and recreational fisherman.

•     Drive at the high tide mark to avoid contact with other beach users.

•     Observe all the laws and regulations relating to the use of vehicles on beaches.

•     Keep off the sand dunes except at designated crossing points for access to and from the beach.

•     Vegetated sand dunes are easily damaged. Strictly avoid these areas.

•     Do not drink and drive.

•     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

Darren Simmons

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

23 October 2012

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