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Welcome to our issue for March 2022

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This edition of the Shire of Gingin’s
Council to Community is brought to you by:
Thank you to Avon Waste for sponsoring the 2021 Rates Incentive Prize Night.

Lancelin Triathlon 2022

*To see more photos from the Lancelin Triathlon 2022, visit the Shire's Facebook page

Approximately 160 keen competitors met at Grace Darling Park on Sunday, 20 February for the 2022 Lancelin Triathlon. Morning weather conditions were close to perfect for this family-friendly event which attracted participants from the South-West, Metro, Mid-west and Wheatbelt regions from as young as 9 to 75 years of age.
The event offered both long and short courses consisting of an open ocean swim followed by cycle and run legs through Lancelin. Following an event briefing, long course competitors kicked off the triathlon with a 325m swim at the Cunliffe St beach area, then a 14km bike ride and a 3km run through town. Short course competitors then followed with a 125m swim, 6km cycle and a 1.5km run.
Keeping a watchful eye over the swimmers during the open water swim were Lancelin Volunteer Marine Rescue and West Coast Water Safety patrol boats and paddle board riders and a West Coast Heli Scene chopper. The event was also attended by Lancelin Police and St John Ambulance officers, as well as a team from Shalom House who helped Shire staff with marshalling support through town.
Cr Frank Peczka from the Shire of Gingin officiated the presentation ceremony along with major sponsor Bendigo Bank Gingin & Lancelin branch Chairman, David Roe, who presented 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes to winners of each category. Taking out first place in each category were:
  • Open Male - Scott Petricevich
  • Open Female - Petra Jerejian
  • Masters Male - Darren Powell
  • Masters Female - Diane De Mol
  • 13-16 Female - Ayla Watts
  • 13-15 Male - George Holmes
  • Masters Team – Swan Masters
  • 16 & Under Team – Alvin & the Chipmunks 
  • Open Male – Tyler Dubiniak
  • Open Female – Chantelle Whelan
  • Masters Male – Bevan Jacobs
  • Masters Female – Kathy O’Leary
  • 9-12 Male – Jacob Goodacre
  • 9-12 Female – Abigail Campbell
  • 13-16 Male – Levi Yewers
  • 13-16 Female – Kayla Campbell
  • Open Team – Schoolyard Tri-Hards
  • Masters Team – Old Farts
  • 12 & Under Team – Cousin Sandwich
A very big congratulations to all of the winners for their respective categories and to everyone who competed. A full listing of competitor times and placing results can be found at and the Shire of Gingin has posted a photo album of the event on its Facebook page for public viewing. Feedback from the day was very positive with one winner saying it was the best triathlon they had ever participated in.
The Lancelin 2022 Triathlon would not have been possible without the generous support of the community and the Shire would like to sincerely thank Bendigo Bank, Lancelin Sands, Marine Rescue Lancelin, Shalom House, Experience Lancelin Holiday Park, Lancelin IGA X-Press, Coastal Courier, Lancelin Surf, Gingin Dental Clinic, Lancelin Police, Lancelin St John Ambulance, West Coast Heli Scene, West Coast Water Safety, Lancelin District Community Association and Lancelin Primary School P&C.
The Lancelin and Gingin Triathlons are biennial events, each taking place on alternate years, and form part of the Shire of Gingin’s annual Summer of Suite of Events.

Extension of Prohibited Burning Period

Pursuant to Section 17 (7) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, it is hereby notified that the Prohibited Burning Period within the Shire of Gingin has been extended until midnight on Monday, 14 March 2021.

During this time NO BURNING is permitted for any reason. This includes open cooking or camp fires.

Despite the forecast for slightly cooler weather this week, weather conditions have been extremely hot for the past month and more hot and dry weather is forecast in the near future. With high fuel loads from a wet winter last year, consequently the decision was made to extend the Prohibited Burning Period an additional 14 days.

Community safety remains the number one priority for the Shire.

Further enquiries may be directed to the Shire of Gingin on (08) 9575 5100.

Phil Barrett

Cr Wayne Fewster

Next Council Meeting

The Shire's next Ordinary Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 at 3:00pm. This meeting is open to the public.  

Questions for consideration during Public Question Time should be submitted prior to the meeting using the e-form available from the Shire’s website.
Meeting dates for Council's Ordinary Council meetings for 2022 are as follows: 
18 January 15 February 15 March 19 April
17 May 21 June 19 July 16 August
20 September 18 October 15 November 20 December
Enquiries about Local COVID-19 Cases
The Shire of Gingin has been receiving a large number of enquiries about active COVID-19 cases in our communities.

The Shire can advise that we are not informed about the number of cases or who may have contracted COVID-19 in our communities by the State Government. That information remains confidential between the patient and their doctor.

Community members are advised to continue using the Safe WA app/paper contact registers to check in. Should you come into close contact with someone who has COVID then the authorities will be able to contact you. Please also continue to check the list of exposure sites on the Department of Health's website.

Lastly, if you have cold and flu like symptoms then please get tested and isolate immediately. If you have any enquiries about community transmission of COVID-19, etc. then please see the State Government's website for further information or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 13 COVID (13 26849).
2022 Shire Community Funding Program

The Shire of Gingin’s annual Community Funding Program is now open!

This program provides the community with the opportunity to apply for funding for projects and events. Applications will be considered in conjunction with the Shire’s 2022/23 Annual Budget. 

Visit the Shire's website for more information and application forms. 

Contact the Shire's Community Services team on (08) 9575 5162 /
Are you prepared for a positive COVID-19 result & do you know where to get tested?
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 now in WA, now is the time to make preparations for directions to isolate in the event of a positive COVID-19 result. The best thing you can do is know where to get tested and have a kit prepared in case you test positive.

If you or a family member starts to feel COVID-19 symptoms you should go to your nearest public emergency department for testing. For the Shire of Gingin there are a number of regional and metro locations where you can get tested in addition to many more across the Wheatbelt. See locations below.

REMEMBER - please make sure to call ahead to Wheatbelt testing sites.

It’s important you’re prepared to manage COVID-19 with these essentials for your COVID-19 kit:
✔️ A thermometer
✔️ Pain relief
✔️ Your regular medications
✔️ Face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves
✔️ Stay-at-home activities to keep you entertained

If you need to isolate make sure you have:
✔️ Phone numbers for people you can call if you need help
✔️ A plan for who can look after your children, pets or people in your care if you have to go to hospital
✔️ A plan for how you’ll get food and essentials. If possible, arrange with a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you to shop for you and leave groceries at your door
✔️ A plan listing your health conditions and medications that may assist health care workers and doctors to assess your condition if you are required to go to hospital

To learn more about what you need to do to prepare visit the State Government's website

Roadworks for Wannamal Rd West Floodway

Works have commenced to repair the damaged floodway on Wannamal Road West. These works will be ongoing for approximately a further 2 weeks (having commenced last week).

Motorists are asked to please proceed with caution due to the operation of heavy machinery and personnel in the area.

Contact the Shire's Operations Department on (08) 9575 5100, option 7.

Military Training - Lancelin Defence Training Area

The Department of Defence has advised the Shire of Gingin of the following activities that will be occurring at the Lancelin Defence Training Area over the next few months.
  • 7-11 Mar – Defence live fire activities involving aircraft, no high explosives.
  • 14-18 Mar – Defence live fire activities involving aircraft, no high explosives.
  • 19-20 Mar – Defence activities, no live firing.
  • 21-23 Mar – Defence activities, no live firing.
  • 25-27 Mar – Defence live fire activities include high explosives and beach closure.
  • 28 Mar - 1 Apr – Defence live fire activities including some high explosives and illumination ammunition. The beach will be closed during this activity.
  • 6-8 Apr – The Navy will be conducting a live fire practice with high explosives ammunition. The beach will be closed during this activity.
  • 11-13 Apr – The Navy will be conducting a live fire practice with high explosives ammunition. The beach will be closed during this activity.
  • 27-29 Apr – Defence live fire activities, no high explosives.
The Lancelin Defence Training Area is a coastal dune area used as a naval gunnery range, air bombing range and for navy clearance diver explosives training, army engineers and other training. It has also been used for SAS and counter-terrorism training. The range covers 13,000 hectares.

This information is being shared in the interest of advising the community to expect this activity in the area during the next few months.

Jim Gordon VC Trail re-opened 25 February

The popular Jim Gordon VC Trail in Gingin re-opened on 25 February after being closed on 31 January to undertake maintenance works.

The trail has not been accessible throughout this period so the Shire thanks the public for their patience whilst these works were undertaken.

We hope the public will enjoy accessing the newly re-opened trail once more.

Enquiries may be directed to the Shire's Operations & Assets department on (08) 9575 5100, option 7.
Guilderton Foreshore Ablution Works
We recently announced that the ablutions on the foreshore in Guilderton are getting a much needed touch up.

For the duration of 5 days in March (9 - 11 and 14 - 15) painting of the ablutions both inside and out will be undertaken. They will remain open but access will be limited whilst the painting works are carried out. Please be aware of staff and contract workers moving in the vicinity undertaking these works.

Other works on the ablutions also being carried out (or already carried out) include plumbing upgrades, carpentry repairs/replacement and a deep clean of the ablutions.

Enquiries may be directed to the Shire's Operations & Assets department on (08) 9575 5100, option 7.
Cowalla Bridge Closure & Open Times
Maintenance works are required to be undertaken on Cowalla Bridge on Cowalla Road.

Please be advised that Cowalla Bridge will be closed from 6am - 6pm daily. The bridge will be open at night from 6pm - 6am to all traffic whilst these works are undertaken from 28 February to 4 March 2022.

The Shire will endeavour to undertake these works promptly during this time period although works may take an additional few days after the set time period.

The Shire understands that this bridge is on a major road with a decent amount of traffic so we thank the public in advance for your patience whilst we undertake these works.

Please plan ahead and travel east/west via Gingin Brook Road and onto either Indian Ocean Drive or Brand Highway. Bennies Road, Nabaroo Road and Karakin Road will be for local traffic only and not accessible for heavy vehicles.

Enquiries may be directed to the Shire's Operations & Assets department on (08) 9575 5100, option 7.
Amnesty Period extended for Illegal Buildings
Last September the Shire offered an amnesty period to landowners with a building or structure on their property that had never received planning or building approval. This includes swimming pools and spas.

The amnesty provided a waiver for retrospective planning and building application fees and was scheduled to expire 31 January 2022.

We are pleased to report that the amnesty has been positively received and our Building Services team have received many enquiries. As a result, we are extending the amnesty to 30 June 2022.

If you are unsure if a structure or building is approved, you can request a copy of the plans of the structures on your property from the Building Services team. You can contact them directly (see below phone number) or complete an Application for Copy of Plans form available for download from our website. You can then either drop off or email your form to for processing (please note an administrative fee will apply).

Enquiries may be directed to the Building Services team on (08) 9575 5100, (option 5).
Guilderton Boardwalk at
Stephens Crescent closed for Repairs
The boardwalk at Stephens Crescent in Guilderton has been temporarily closed after a recent inspection deemed it to be unsafe. 

Repairs to the boardwalk will be undertaken in the new financial year as the repair of the boardwalk was not budgeted in the 2021/22 financial year. Staff in the meantime are currently undertaking a structural engineering report and will look to have plans developed for the repairs over the course of the remainder of this financial year. 

The Shire thanks the public for their patience whilst these works are undertaken. We appreciate that the boardwalk is popular with many local walkers and we will endeavour to have it repaired and re-opened as soon as possible. 

Enquiries may be directed to the Operations & Assets Department team on (08) 9575 5100, (option 7).
Food Vans in Guilderton for the Long Weekend
Guilderton Store Works to commence from next week
If you're heading to Guilderton for the March 2022 long weekend then there will be several food vans in town for the weekend to make sure you're fed and watered including: 
  • Hot Baked Potatoes – Saturday to Monday, 10am to 3pm
  • Taylor’s Kitchen – Saturday to Monday, 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm
  • Kebab Van – Saturday
  • Jo’s & Bros – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Goldpage Coffee and Phil’s Soft Serve will be operating from Saturday to Monday. Soft drinks and ice-creams will also be available for sale from the Guilderton Holiday Park office.

Belgravia have recently advised the Shire that they will also finally be commencing renovation works for the Guilderton Store from next week following the long weekend. This is great news after the planned works were delayed due to supply issues caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
Free Pulse Oximeter for
Eligible Community Members
In its effort to support regional communities during COVID, the WA Department of Health is supplying pulse oximeters to members of the public who are:
  • Over 65 years;
  • Pregnant; or
  • Aboriginal and over 50 years.
This service forms part of WA Health’s Home Monitoring Program (WA COVID Care at Home) which has been designed to enable higher-risk West Australians to receive clinical support and monitoring in the comfort of their own home and alleviate unnecessary pressure on our hospital system should they become COVID-19 positive. 
To request a pulse oximeter from the Shire please contact Olivia Forbes, Community Development Officer, on or (08) 9575 5176.

Got Questions? We've got Answers! 

Local government is more than just roads, rates and rubbish – in today’s modern world we handle a wide range of services and issues right across the Shire of Gingin.
We’ll continue working hard to keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest happenings throughout the Shire however sometimes you may have a question on a topic we haven’t talked about in a while or perhaps you want to report an issue you’ve noticed. In this case we more than welcome your questions, feedback and reports!
Contact the Shire on (08) 9575 5100 / or drop us a line on our Facebook page.

Let's work together to stop the spread of COVID-19

Please practice good hand hygiene and social distancing

 WA COVID-19 HOTLINE 13COVID (13 26843)


For more information visit: 
WA State Government's website -
Shire of Gingin's webpage -
COVID-19 Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is general guidance and should not replace professional advice concerning individual circumstances. The pandemic continues to evolve and the accuracy of the information contained in this newsletter cannot be guaranteed should the situation have changed following the date of issue for this newsletter. 
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