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From the Desk of the CEO - 20 November 2012

Created on: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 at 10:41:41 AM

Facebook Page

The Shire of Irwin has now joined Facebook so why not become a fan and ‘like’ us in order to keep up to date with what’s happening within our Shire. We hope that by engaging with people via this media channel, we are enabling people to receive important information and updates in a more convenient way. Facebook allows the Shire to advertise opening hours, location, photos, updates and also communicate with people in a single location at any time of the day through various mediums (Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, Laptops etc.). This is an initiative supported by Councillors and is anticipated to be a popular method of communication.

Digital TV

It has been brought to the Shire’s attention that some individuals are experiencing difficulties in being approved for the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service under the Satellite Subsidy Scheme (SSS) as there is a discrepancy with determining which areas are in a poor reception area. The Federal Government is continuing to work through some of these issues and you are encouraged to contact the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013 should you be experiencing some issues or have some queries in regards to the digital service. To enable the Shire to further respond to the issues we encourage you to contact us if you are having difficulties, please email or call 9927 0000 and we will raise any issues with the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy. Please also remember that should you wish to apply for the Satellite Subsidy Scheme you are encouraged to apply by 24 December 2012. Further information is available on the Shire website

As summarised in the Desk of the CEO – 23 October 2012, Council previously committed to accessing digital TV via the digital transmitter in Geraldton and through the VAST service where the digital signal may be poor. This decision was based on the fact that the cost to Council and the community was unknown. Whilst the report to Council in January 2012 quoted a figure of around $80,000 this was one quote for the initial infrastructure expected to be required at the time and did not take into consideration spectrum/frequency licence fees, ongoing maintenance requirements, further upgrades and specialist consultation and works – in reality, the ‘start up’ cost of a local digital TV re-broadcasting tower is estimated to be closer to $300,000 with the future financial liabilities still being unclear. Another complication for the Shire relates to the fact that a significant number of residents are currently receiving acceptable digital transmissions and may have an issue having to pay twice (either through increased rates or as a separate service charge) for the same service.

Temporary Arrangements at Dongara Library

Please be aware that due to the ongoing renovations at the Library, the fiction room is temporarily closed. The books and other items have been relocated within the library which should result in minimal inconvenience. Watch this space for further updates.

Robyn Parsons Farewell

On Friday 9 November 2012 the Shire hosted a farewell and thank you function for Mrs Robyn Parsons following her retirement as Co-ordinator for the Port Denison Retirement Village (the Village).  Thank you to the residents from the Retirement Village that came to celebrate and acknowledge Robyn’s hard work, commitment and passion in the various roles with the Retirement Village including Coordinator and Chairperson of the Dongara Denison Retirement Village Management Committee over the past 24 years.

Ribbons a Reminder to be Safe on the Roads this Festive Season

With the holiday period approaching, the Shire of Irwin is joining forces with WALGA’s RoadWise Program to take part in the White Ribbons™ for Road Safety campaign which is focused on promoting the Towards Zero vision in line with the state’s road safety strategy. I ask that residents do the right thing by not drinking and driving, not speeding, not driving tired, wearing a seatbelt and being mindful of all road users.

You can help raise awareness of the importance of road safety by wearing a white ribbon which will soon be available from the Shire office or Dongara Police Station. For more information about the campaign visit



Darren Simmons
20 November 2012

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