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From the Desk of the CEO 24 April 2012

Created on: Tuesday, 24 April 2012 at 11:10:56 AM

Strategic Community Plan Consultation and Survey Closing on Friday 27 April 2012! HURRY YOU STILLHAVE TIME

I would like ot thank all those within the Community that have completed and lodged a Community Strategic Plan survey be it online or on paper. I has been very interesting reading the views, ideas and comments being provided.

I strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say and outline your vision for the future for the Shire of Irwin? The online version of the Strategic Community Plan Survey is available for you to access through the following internet address: or alternitvely a link has been added to the Shire's homepage (

A hardcopy (paper) version is also available from the Shire office on request with collection boxes provided at the Shire office or at Irwin Rec. A reply paid postage option is also available with details outlined on the back page of the survey form.

 If you just wish to provide comments or suggestions we have a dedicated email address –

Shire of Irwin - Scholarship

The Shire of Irwin in partnership with Geraldton Universities Centre (GCU) recently offered a scholarship of $3000 to a student enrolled in an undergraduate course on a full-time basis in 2012 at GCU. The aim of the Shire of Irwin Scholarship is to encourage and support the involvement of local people in the courses offered through the Geraldton Universities Centre and to support programs that not only broaden the educational opportunities available to residents of the Mid West but also keep people in our region.  To be eligible students had to be a resident of the Shire of Irwin, be enrolled in an undergraduate course on a full-time basis through Geraldton Universities Centre in 2012. Applications were assessed by a selection panel consisting of representatives of the Shire of Irwin and the Geraldton Universities Centre.

The Shire is pleased to announce the recipient of the Shire of Irwin Scholarship is Ms Katelyn Shields. Katelyn grew up in Morawa and moved to Dongara to complete her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree at the GUC. The Shire of Irwin wishes Katelyn all the best in her studies and are confident Katelyn will be a terrific ambassador for the region and the GUC and we look forward to
working with you during the coming year.  

Pensioner/Senior Rates Rebate

If you hold a current Pensioner Concession Card, State Concession Card, WA Seniors Card or a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card – you may be entitled to a rebate on your rates. In order to be eligible for a concession you need to own and occupy the property as your ‘ordinary place of residence’ as of 1 July of the current financial year and possess the correct concession cards. You could also be eligible for a rebate on your water rates.  Please contact the Shire of Irwin Rates Department to see if you qualify on 9927 0000.

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Shire Heritage Advisory Committee Membership

The Shire’s Heritage Advisory Committee is seeking new community members to assist in advising Council on heritage and related matters. Should you have an interest in local history and heritage please contact Coralie Palmer at the Shire office for more information.

Last Weekend's Smarter than Smoking State Netball League Matches at Irwin Rec

Last weekend (21 and 22 April) the Midwest Gascoyne Netball Region held their Under 18’s and Reserves Redink Homes Midwest Tigers double-header State Netball League fixtures against the visiting Perth Lions at Irwin Rec. It was great to see the players in action and from the feedback I received, the officials were very happy with the crowd support in attendance and Irwin Rec is considered a quality netball venue that many wish could be copied elsewhere. Thanks go to the Midwest Gascoyne Netball Region for choosing to use the venue and Centre Manager, Laurie Smith and his staff for a great


Darren Simmons
Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

 24 April 2012

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