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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 52

Created on: Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 5:02:38 PM

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) – BMX Demonstration

The BMX demonstration held on Saturday morning at the Port Denison Skate Park was enjoyed by a range of young children and youth that benefited from the chance of interacting with professional BMX riders. Music, drinks and a BBQ was also provided by the YAC which was enjoyed by all those in attendance.


Australia Day Celebrations

The Australia Day Event held on Sunday evening at the Port Denison Foreshore included a range of events that were enjoyed by a large amount of attendees. The Shire is grateful that they are able to support such events by making access to many of the attractions free.


Supported entertainment included music by the Nathan Gaunt Duo, the Humpy Camels, Mad Hatter Markets, Jolly Lobster (water slide and jumping castle), Rainbows ‘n’ Fairydust (Face painting), and various food outlets. The Shire also supported the costs in providing a free sausage sizzle, watermelon and water which was served by the Dongara Denison Lions Club. As well as cooking the BBQ, members also provided the Lions train to contribute to the long line of entertainment offered on the day.


Acknowledgement of nominees and announcements of winners for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards was made at the start of the Australia Day festivities. Congratulations to the following Active Citizenship Award recipients:

  • Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizen Award – 25 years or older – Doug Johns

  • Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizen Award – under 25 years Joshua Crane

  • Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizen Award for Community Group - Dongara Charities Association.


The Shire would also like to make a Special mention to our wonderful sponsor Stone Echo Pty Ltd for the Fireworks Spectacular and the Aerobatics Display which were truly a work of art. Feedback has been very positive and with a huge number reported to have enjoyed the festivities.


Tourism Development Plan

REMINDER: All public comments on the Draft Tourism Development Plan are due by 5.00pm on Friday, 31 January 2013.


The Draft TDP is available for viewing at the Shire of Irwin Administration Office, 13 Waldeck Street and the Visitors Centre 9 Waldeck Street Dongara or alternatively can be viewed online at The Draft TDP is also available in alternative formats on request.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Nicole Nelson Manager Tourism and Library Services on 9927 1404 or via email


Gymnastics is Back

The Irwin Rec Centre is now taking registrations for Term 1 Gymnastics. Classes are set to start on the 3rd February 2014, for registrations or enquiries please call the Rec Centre staff on 9955 9200.


Current Employment Vacancies

We are currently advertising for both an Operations Support Officer and a Plant Operator at the Shire Depot. The Operations Support Officer will undertake a range of duties including engineering, computer programs, administration, records keeping, customer service and a number of tasks in a support role for the Manager Works. Applications for this role close at 5.00pm on Friday, 31 January 2014.


The Plant Operator will be required to operate mainly road rollers with the construction/road maintenance teams. It would be highly advantageous if applicants have past experience on other plant and equipment. Applications for this role close at 5.00pm on Friday, 14 February 2014.


Interested persons are encouraged to contact the Mr Aaron Wootton, Manager Works on 0427 903 682 or Ms Suzette van Aswegen, Director Planning and Infrastructure on 9927 0000. Information packages can be found under the ‘Employment/Tenders’ section of the Shires website (


Community Development Plan Workshop

The Shire of Irwin has engaged consultant company Building Better Communities to develop a Community Development Plan (CDP).


The completion of a Community Development Plan will enable the Shire of Irwin to take an integrated and co-ordinated approach to long term planning of our community development needs. The consultant will seek consultation from community and assess the need for additional facilities and programs to meet the long term needs of the Shire’s growing population. In line with meeting the expectations and needs of the community it is proposed that the CDP engage the following key focus areas:


  • Seniors and Aged Care Services;

  • Community Events;

  • Youth;

  • Volunteer Program;

  • Families;

  • Arts and Culture


There will be an public open workshop held at the Irwin Recreation Centre Function Room on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 commencing at 6pm. Should you wish to find out more please contact Mrs Coralie Palmer Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email


Draft Dongara & Port Denison District Structure Plan

A reminder that the Draft District Structure Plan is available for viewing at the Shire of Irwin Administration Office, 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara or online at under the Planning menu. Comments on the Draft must be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before 4:30pm on Friday, 28 February 2014.


2014 Shire of Irwin Heritage Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Shire of Irwin Heritage Awards. The Irwin Heritage Award is aimed at recognising excellence in conservation and exceptional efforts in promoting heritage within the Shire. 


The award is given annually and may be awarded to Individuals, Community Groups, Government Bodies or Business Groups. Nominations could be a building, a collection of natural or cultural landscapes, a promotion, a publication or a website.


To enter, please complete a nomination form and submit to the Shire by 5.00pm on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Nomination forms are available from the Shire of Irwin Administration Office, 13 Waldeck Street. Any queries can be directed to Mrs Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 / 0409 110 237 or via email



30 January 2014

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