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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 58

Created on: Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 4:52:27 PM


Northern Country Zone

The Shire of Irwin is hosting the Biannual WALGA Northern Country Zone Conference for local government officers and Councillors which will be held at the Irwin Recreation Centre on 29 March 2014. Minister for Local Government Hon. Tony Simpson MLA will be officially opening the event. John Worsfold (former West Coast Eagles Senior Coach) will be a keynote speaker discussing ‘Leadership through change’. This is a great opportunity for local governments to network and for us to showcase our fantastic facilities and community.

Local Government Road Safety Awards

The Shire of Irwin was recently announced a winner at the 2014 Local Government Road Safety Awards in the category of Safe Roads and Roadsides-Rural for its Walkability Audit. The Walkability Audit was developed to consider and identify any needs and issues in creating and maintaining an accessible and inclusive community. The Audit assisted in the development of our Access and Inclusion Plan.

Volunteer Employer Recognition Program

The Shire of Irwin has been awarded Gold for Outstanding Support of Emergency Services Volunteers in the Volunteer Employer Recognition Program. The core values that underpin the Volunteer Employer Recognition Program are a strong sense of community spirit and support, open and honest two way communication with volunteers, mutual respect and contribution to corporate social responsibility.

Superintendant Kim Lambkin from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services attended a recent Council function to present the award to the Shire President and thanked Council for their support of volunteers and staff in the emergency services.

MWCCI Training Day and Business After Hours

The Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MWCCI) held a Meeting Effectiveness training session for interested locals yesterday, 12 March 2014.

Local businesses, Geraldton business, Council representatives and staff then attended a Business After Hours function yesterday evening, sponsored by Regional Development Australia and Mid West Labour Pool and held the Priory Hotel. 

The MWCCI are inviting local businesses to attend a presentation with renowned guest speaker, John Stanley titled ‘Ghost Town, Clone Town or Home Town’. The function will be held on Monday, 24 March 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the The African Reef Resort, Geraldton. You can contact MWCCI at for more information.

Greenough River Bridge Replacement and Brand Highway Realignment

Main Roads WA have notified that work has started on the new Greenough River Bridge and the realignment of the Brand Highway. During the construction of the new Greenough River Bridge there will be speed reductions and some delays. Road users please be mindful of the disruptions and observe all traffic signage.

Building Surveyor

The Council is seeking someone who is reliable, enthusiastic and has a good knowledge of Building legislation. Additional qualifications as Environmental Health Officer would be an advantage. Reporting to the Manager Community Safety, the successful applicant will be an integral member of the Planning and Infrastructure directorate.

Information Packages for the positions are available from the Shire Office and website For further job specific enquiries please contact Mr Felix Neuweiler, Manager Community Safety on 9927 0000 or email

Applications are to be addressed to Darren Simmons, Chief Executive Officer and must contain a resume, contact details of two (2) referees and a covering letter summarising your skills, knowledge and experience and detailing your interest in the position.

Applications close 4.00pm, Monday 24 March 2014

Recreation Needs Analysis

The Shire of Irwin Recreation Needs Analysis Draft Report has been endorsed by Council for public comment.

We would like to invite interested parties to read the Draft Recreation Needs Analysis and provide feedback. This can be done in several ways;

Written Submissions to;

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Irwin
PMB 21
Hand deliver to 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara WA 6525.

Verbal Submissions
Contact the consultants – Gavin Fialkowski from A Balanced View –

Contact Laurie Smith, Manager Recreation Services on 9955 9200 or email

Submissions are due Tuesday, 1 April 2014.

YAC Movie Night Thank You

Last Friday night we escorted 15 young adults to Geraldton for a feed of KFC and then on to the Movie ‘Non-Stop’. 

We had loud music, fun and lots of laughter throughout the night.

They all behaved impeccably and all home safely at midnight.

We had some new faces and old faces attend the event which was great to see.

A big thank you to Russell and Sarah Collins for attending on behalf of the YAC and Buddy Harring for driving the bus for us.

Watch this space for the next event!


Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

13 March 2014

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