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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 54

Created on: Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 4:26:31 PM

Local Planning Strategy Review

The Shire is undertaking a review of its Local Planning Strategy (2007) to set the strategic direction for land use and development within the shire over the next 10 to 15 years and beyond.

The community is invited to participate in the development of this important document through attendance at the following sessions to be held in the Function Room of the Shire’s Recreation Centre located at 1 Ridley Street, Port Denison.

Workshop Session 1 will be open to specific industry representatives and business owners. This session is to be held over lunch between 12pm-1.30pm on Monday, 17 February 2014.

Workshop Session 2 is open to all landowners located within the Dongara / Port Denison Urban Area. This session is to be held from 6pm-8pm on Monday, 17 February 2014.

Workshop Session 3 is open to all landowners located within the rural living areas. This session is to be held from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, 18 February 2014.

Workshop Session 4 is a general session open to all other landowners within the shire district. This session is to be held at 4pm-6pm on Wednesday, 19 February 2014.

We wish to emphasise the importance of being involved in this process to ensure that you have a say in shaping the future.

If you wish to know more about the Local Planning Strategy and what that may mean to you please contact Mr Doug Fotheringham, Manager Planning Services on 9927 0000 or email

Further information is also available via the Shire's website, in Latest News or under the Planning tab. 

Town Revitalisation Planning Workshop

Council are inviting members of the public to attend a second community consultation workshop for the Town Revitalisation Plan. The appointed consultants, GHD, will be returning to present concepts created based on the information and feedback they received after their original visit in November last year. This will allow the public another opportunity to have their say in the future direction of the town precinct area.

This public open workshop is to be held on Saturday, 22 February 2014 in the Ocean Room at the Irwin Recreation Centre commencing at 10:00am.

Emergency+ - New Smartphone App

Emergency+ is a new smartphone app that encourages people across Australia to call the right number for assistance in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Emergency+ was developed by the Triple Zero Awareness Work Group (TZAWG), a National body that represents emergency call-taking Agencies and their Government and industry partners throughout Australia. The App was specifically designed in response to a number of problems experienced by emergency call-takers and emergency services officers.

The TZAWG identified that more than 66% of incoming calls to Triple Zero (000) are now made from mobile phones; however callers are often unable to identify their location, meaning call processing times are longer and call-takers are unavailable to take the next incoming emergency calls.

Determining a caller’s location is the most critical piece of information emergency call centre staff require. If they do not know where an individual is; they are unable to turn out crews for assistance until more specific incident information is supplied.

The Emergency+ app uses the existing GPS functionality of smartphones to enable callers to provide emergency call-takers with their location as determined by their smartphone.

When activated, the built in accessibility features of a smartphone will describe aloud what appears on-screen, so a caller can use the app without seeing it.

Research also suggests that many people are not aware of the State Emergency Service (SES) or Police Assistance Line (PAL) numbers, meaning their default action is to call Triple Zero; tying up emergency call-takers unnecessarily.

The Emergency+ App includes the option of calling SES 132 500 and PAL 131 444 numbers, along with details of other relevant national numbers, such as Crime Stoppers and Health Direct Australia.

The original prototype of the Emergency+ App was built with initial funding from the Fire and Rescue NSW and 360 Entertainment, a software developer that also created the highly successful “Triple Zero Kids Challenge” safety game. Subsequent development costs have been funded through a National Emergency Management Project Grant from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

Additional information on the Emergency+ App can be found at

Fit2Live Bike Hike

Following on from the success of last year’s event, the Fit2Live Bike Hike is on again - Saturday, 22 March 2014 so save the date in your calendars! More information is to follow, check our Facebook page and the Local Rag for updated details.

Trial Extended Opening Hours at the Irwin Rec

After receiving some feedback that there may be in an interest in having the Irwin Rec more accessible during lunch hours the gym will remain open between 12pm and 3pm Monday to Friday. This is a TRIAL ONLY and will continue until Friday, 11 April 2014. After which we will review these hours based on identified need.

To coincide with the extended opening hours trial a Lunchtime Express Class will be run Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 12:15pm – 12:45pm.

Irwin Rec Class Attendance Competition

Record your name every time you participate in a class and at the conclusion of each term the person who has attended the most classes will receive a $40 voucher to be used at the Rec Centre. There will also be an overall winner across the 4 terms who will receive a 3 month membership (or equivalent).

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.


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