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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 55

Created on: Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 4:38:27 PM

Employee of the Month Scheme

The Shire of Irwin is committed to recognising the contribution of its staff and this award scheme has been developed to reward those members of staff who have delivered exceptional service.

The following nominations were received for the January 2014 Employee of the Month. The Shire President is due announce the winner at the upcoming February Ordinary Council Meeting;


Jodie O’Keeffe – for her very high level of customer service, respectful communication, willingness to go the extra mile to assist fellow staff members with enquiries, and her professional aptitude. (Nominator: Suzette van Aswegen)

Norm Ilich – for his assistance in preparing the skate park for the YAC event on 25 January 2014. Norm is always happy to help when requested and always completes his work to the highest of standards. (Nominator: Lauren Tunbridge)

Coralie Palmer – congratulations with the success of Australia Day for 2014 and all of the hard work you have put in with the coordinating. (Nominator: anonymous)

CEO Team Commendation

Parks and Gardens Crew – for consistently ensuring the parks and recreation areas in and around Dongara and Port Denison are well maintained. The efforts by Norm and his team are much appreciated by the community and visitors. (Nominator: Community Member)

Parks and Gardens Crew – the Parks and Garden Crew worked to ensure the Skate Park and the Port Denison Foreshore were ready for the BMX demonstration and our Australia Day celebrations. Nothing was too much trouble, and lead by Norm and Dwayne, they ensured that the relevant work required was done on time and to a very high standard. (Nominator: Coralie Palmer)

If you wish to nominate a staff member for Employee of the Month please email your details of your nomination and your contact details to . If you are happy to be recognised as the nominator please state this (otherwise it will be assumed you wish to remain anonymous.

Roadworks – Massingham, Philby, Watson and Sloper Vale

The Shire will be conducting sealing works on the following roads from Wednesday, 26 February 2014;

  • Massingham Place

  • Philby Road

  • Watson Place

  • Sloper Vale

These roads will be under traffic management during this time. Should you have any queries please contact Mr Aaron Wootton, Manager Works on 9927 0000.

Dog Exercise Areas

A reminder that all dogs must be on a lead at all times except within the designated dog exercise areas. The map below outlines the areas in which dogs are not permitted, designated dog exercise areas and the foreshore which specifically states that dogs must be on a lead.

There be penalties for owners who do not abide by these restrictions as set out in Local Laws.

There are poo pouches at various locations around Dongara and Port Denison. Please use them to our streets are kept litter free.

If anyone would like information regarding Dogs or Cats you can contact our Ranger, Mr Ashley Clarkson on 9927 0000 or email us at and we can assist with any enquiries.



Administration Centre - Opening Times for 27 February 2014

Please note that the Administration Centre will open at 9am on Thursday, 27 February 2014 in order for staff to attend a general staff meeting. Should you wish to contact us during this time you will be referred to our Call Centre however if your enquiry is urgent a message will be forwarded to the relevant officer for actioning.

Community Development Plan – Survey

The Shire of Irwin has engaged a consultant Gary Fisher from Building Better Communities to develop a Community Development Plan (CDP) to identify the strategic goals, develop a strategy and action plan to help achieve the desired outcomes.

Part of this process is to conduct a relevant survey to assist the Shire of Irwin to achieve a comprehensive CDP that is based on feedback from the community. The survey is very short and will only take a few minutes.  If you are aged under 18 please complete the youth survey.

Community Survey -

Youth Survey -

Thank you for your assistance.

Should you wish to find out more please contact Mrs Coralie Palmer Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email

Clean Up Australia Day

The Shire of Irwin Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee has arranged a Clean Up Australia Day event on Sunday, 2 March 2014 between 9am – 10:30am, meeting at the foreshore shelter sheds on Point Leander Drive.

The Committee would appreciate support from the community, with members volunteering a few hours of their morning to assist in helping to make Australia beautiful. If you can’t make it on that day you could contribute by taking a simple step and pick up one piece of litter in the street, on your verge or at the beach!

All equipment will be provided. If you have any enquiries please Mrs Coralie Palmer, Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email

Fit2Live Bike Hike

Registrations are now open for the Fit2Live Bike Hike on Saturday, 22 March 2014, starting from 8am. There are three rides to choose from, a 4km, 7km and 15km ride, each starting and finishing at the Rec Centre.

The Fit2Live Bike Hike is part of Cycle Instead Bikeweek, 15-23 March 2014.

To obtain a registration form or to find out more please contact Kylie Bessen, Senior Recreation Officer on 9955 9200.

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.

Draft Dongara & Port Denison District Structure Plan

A final 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.

Asbestos Removal

It has been recognised for many years that asbestos is a hazardous substance. The people who work with asbestos containing (AC) building products must be trained in the safe way of handling and transporting the material.

A licence is required in Western Australia for the removal of more than 10m² materials that contain asbestos. A person can apply to WorkSafe for an asbestos removal licence, once they passed the relevant training course. Only a licence holder or an employee of a licence holder may carry out this type of work.

Private landowners removing less than 10m² of AC materials should adhere to the following safe work procedures;

  • When AC building products are being removed, signs and barriers must be erected to warn of the danger and to prevent unauthorised people entering

  • All people in the AC removal area must wear disposable coveralls and either a class P1 or P2 disposable mask

  • AC sheets must be sprayed with a PVA (poly vinyl acetate) solution or kept wet with water during removal. Care must be taken on roofs because AC Sheets are brittle and slippery when wet.

  • Non-powered hand tools or portable power tools incorporating dust suppressing or dust extraction attachments designed to collect asbestos fibres must be used.

  • AC products must be removed with minimal breakage, and lowered to the ground, not dropped.

  • Removed sheets are to be stacked on polythene sheeting, then wrapped and sealed into bundles for disposal

  • Sheets must not be left lying about the site where they may be further broken or crushed by machinery or site traffic.

  • When removed sheets are being stacked, care must be taken not to skid one sheet over another, s this will result in the release of fibres

  • Roof gutters must be cleaned or sealed prior to their removal

  • Any AC visible residue remaining in the roof space or within the removal area is to be cleaned up, using an approved vacuum cleaner if necessary

  • All waste containing asbestos is to be kept wet, wrapped in polythene or otherwise sealed, and removed from the site as soon as practicable

  • Used disposable coveralls and masks are to be placed in bags for removal with other asbestos waste

    Compliance with regards to safe removal and licensing is managed and policed by Worksafe. If anyone has any queries or concerns visit


20 February 2014

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