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Shire of Gingin Administration Centre & Council Chambers
7 Brockman St, Gingin, WA 6503
T: (08) 9575 5100  E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin Office
255 Vins Way, Lancelin, WA 6044
T: (08) 9575 5155  E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au
W: gingin.wa.gov.au
Welcome to the August edition
Delivering news, notices and information for the Shire of Gingin community.
Projects Update
Community Events
Employment Opportunities
General News & Information
Shire Notices
Save the Dates!
Projects Update
Gingin Emergency Services Centre Reaches Practical Completion
On Tuesday 2 August approximately 50 fire brigade volunteers, Shire staff, and Councillors got the chance to inspect the newly completed Gingin Emergency Services Centre.
Following a welcome from Shire CEO Aaron Cook, DFES District Officer Shaun Champ gave everyone an overview of  the Centre's functions and capabilities before leading a tour through the facility.
The Gingin Emergency Services Centre consists of co-located fire station facilities for Gingin South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and Gingin Volunteer Fire & Rescue, as well as a Level 3 Incident Control Centre containing the latest communications and IT technology.
The Centre contains offices for incident management functions, planning, operations, communications, and other emergency service agencies when required.
The Centre was built by Midwest Building WA and the project took just over 12 months to complete. Funding for construction was provided by DFES and the Emergency Services Levy, and the Shire of Gingin provided the land.

"The facility has generated quite a bit of interest from the public and other local government regions," said Shire CESM Phil Barrett. "We are delighted with the end result and extend our sincere thanks to Shane Troy from Midwest Building and everyone else involved with construction and fit-out for an outstanding job.
"I'd also like to thank Shaun, Andy, and the team at DFES Metro North Coast Regional Office for their support and assistance throughout the project. 
"All members of both brigades and myself are looking forward to taking up residence and getting familiar with everything it has to offer."
An official opening of the Centre is planned for later in the year - more details will be published when available.
Drainage Works in Guilderton
The Shire's Lower Coastal Maintenance team have been busy with drainage works in Guilderton, including the recent replacement of a sump on Mullins Street. 
Side entry drainage works have been scheduled for a number of other roads including Gordon and Turner Streets which will be completed once the weather fines up.
The Shire's Operations team will be overseeing repair work to the following bridges within the Shire over the next three months:
  • Lennards Brook Bridge—Cockram Road
  • Nolans Bridge—Gingin Brook Road
  • Junction Bridge—Gingin Brook Road
  • Cowalla Bridge—Cowalla Road
Traffic management will be in place on roads around each bridge, and while full road closures are not expected, there may be some delays at each location while works are in progress.
We ask everyone to please drive carefully on the roads during this time and consider taking alternative routes where possible.
More information on each bridge can be found here.
Hoy Road Upgraded & Reopened
The upgrade to Hoy Road, Frogmore is now complete and the road has reopened to the public.
The Shire's Operations team carried out road preparation works in readiness for sealing which was done by contractors. The project took just under two weeks and, as the photos show, it has made a big difference.
Thanks to everyone for your patience while works were in progress.
Community Events
CWA Annual Conference Comes to Gingin
From Monday 18 July to Wednesday 20 July, 107 branches of the CWA from as far as the Ord Valley to Esperance and in between were represented at the 98th CWA Annual Conference at the Granville Civic Centre in Gingin.
This year's theme was 'Unity, Service, Gratitude' and was proudly joint-hosted by the Bindoon Belles and Koorunga CWA branches, with sponsorship from many local businesses and support from the Shires of Gingin and Chittering. 

Gingin Shire President Wayne Fewster welcomed everyone to the event and CWA State President Elaine Johnson presided over the conference, with several important agenda items discussed over the course of three days.
Highlights of the event included a performance by the Baby Belles (children of the Bindoon Belles) who sang the National Anthem and Home Among the Gum Trees, a special guest appearance from an owl called Willow, and the magnificent Gratitude Tree created by artist Gina from Chittering Acres Studio which greeted attendees in the foyer of the Granville Civic Centre.
Workshops and discussions were held on a range of topics including Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren, provision of  a double-lane highway between Perth and Albany over the next 10 years, improving train lighting and crossing safety issues, wildlife endangerment concerns, and working with the Salvation Army in times of emergency.
A cheque for $20,175 was presented to the Centre for Women's Safety and Well-Being - funds of which were raised by CWA branches over the past 12 months.
Congratulations to everyone involved with making the conference a wonderful success.
Do You Have a Community Event to Promote in the Shire?
If so, please email cdo@gingin.wa.gov.au and we will include it in
our Events Calendar on the Shire's website
Employment Opportunities

Option for 1 Full-Time Officer or 2 Part-Time Officers (Job Share)

Do you have a flair for organising events and love working with people? Do you enjoy delivering projects and using your creativity to make them special?
If so, we are seeking the talents of enthusiastic, creative, and organised person/s for the position of Community Events & Services Officer to join our Community Services team.
For more information on this position and to apply, please see here.
Applications close 4.00pm on Friday 12 August 2022.
Belgravia Leisure, who is the lessee of the Guilderton Cafe and General Store, has the following job opportunites available:

Cook
Cafe Attendants


For more information on these positions and to apply, please see
here.
Applications close 14 August 2022.
General News & Information
Shire Road Condition Survey to Commence
If you see a strange-looking Toyota Prado travelling in the Shire, it may well be the ARRB Network Survey Vehicle.
ARRB has been engaged by WALGA to conduct a road condition survey of designated sealed and unsealed roads in the Shire of Gingin, as part of the Roads 2040: Regional Strategies for Significant Local Government Roads initiative.
Survey work will commence in the Northern Wheatbelt Region in August and is expected to take approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
Data collection occurs at normal driving speeds so there will be no disruption to other road users.
For more information on the ARRB Network Survey Vehicle, please see here.
Seeking Volunteer Drivers in Gingin... Can You Help?
The Gingin Community Car Service is a community-run initiative designed to meet the needs of Shire residents who need medical treatment but do not have transport to get to appointments.
This service does rely on volunteers to operate and the Gingin service is currently in need of additional drivers.
If you have a spare day or so each month and would be willing to volunteer your time as a driver in Gingin, please contact the Gingin CRC on 9655 2033 or crc@gingin.net for more information and/or to register your interest.
Green Waste Kerbside Collection—September/October
Each year, the Shire undertakes green waste kerbside collection for residential and rural residential properties. It is usually scheduled to follow the Queen’s Birthday long weekend which will be 24-26 September this year.
Advice will be given in local papers, on the Shire’s website, and on the Shire and community group Facebook pages during September to confirm exact times and details of the kerbside collection.
At this stage, residents wishing to take advantage of this service will be required to have green waste ready on the verge by no later than Monday 26 September.
Speed Zone Changes - Cheriton Road
Please be advised the speed zone sign on the north side of Marchmont Estate has been changed from the open speed limit to the correct speed limit of 80kph.
In addition, there is now temporary signage in place reducing a section of Cheriton Road (near Whakea) to 60kph until a new sign for this limit is installed.
These changes are in line with the required safety speeds at these locations, and we encourage road users to be mindful of the new speeds when travelling through these areas.
Changes to Fire Danger Rating System
As of 1 September 2022, the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) will go live. This new system is being rolled out nationally and will be the standard FDR for all States.
DFES has secured Commonwealth funding to assist local governments with signage replacement, and over the coming months the Shire will be working with DFES to update our roadside FDR signs to bring them in line with the new standard.
Thinking About Your Firebreaks Yet?
A reminder to owners and/or occupiers of land within the Shire of Gingin that it is time to start thinking about firebreak compliance in preparation for the summer bushfire season.  It is a legal requirement under the Bush Fires Act 1954 to maintain firebreaks from 1 November to 31 May every year.
Your firebreak should be 3 metres wide with a minimum vertical clearance of 4 metres to enable fire vehicles to drive along the firebreaks without access being obstructed.
The following tasks may need to be undertaken to make your firebreak compliant:
  • Trimming tree branches and bushes
  • Removing dead wood and leaves
  • Reducing weeds (chemical spraying)
  • Raking /discing /grading /scarifying etc. 
If you have any queries regarding firebreak compliance, please refer to the Shire's Firebreak Orders or contact us on 9575 5100 or mail@gingin.wa.gov.au.
Please note, the Firebreak Orders and Bushfire Information booklet for 2022-23 will be included in the Rates mailout next month.
 
People connected to nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite service can now access video streaming for 16 hours a day - between 12am (midnight) and 4pm and use Virtual Private Networks (VPN) without it counting toward their monthly data allowance.
 
This means between the hours of 4pm and 12 am midnight, only video streaming and VPN use will count towards a user’s monthly data allowance.
 
Activities like online shopping, internet banking, sending and receiving emails, audio streaming, video calling, and Wi-Fi calling will NOT count towards a user’s monthly data allowance for the full 24 hours.
 
This is a major improvement for customers and responds to their calls for more data, plus it comes at no extra wholesale cost.
 
For existing nbn Sky Muster Plus users, the changes will automatically be applied.
 
New customers and existing nbn Sky Muster customers can enquire about upgrading to nbn Sky Muster Plus by calling their preferred internet service provider.
 
To find out more visit www.nbn.com.au/skymusterplus
Colby Promoted to Ranger 4

Our Australian Shepherd Colby has ditched his Trainee Ranger status and officially graduated to Ranger 4.

Pictured right is Colby wearing his new Ranger 4 uniform and getting his induction treat from our HR Officer Genesia.

He has been a very good boy during his traineeship and is a great asset to the Rangers team.

Nice work Colby!
 
Shire Notices
The Shire of Gingin is seeking nominations from interested members of the public to fill three (3) community representative positions on the newly established Guilderton Foreshore Development Working Group.
For more information and to submit a nomination, please see here.
Nominations close 4.30pm on Monday 8 August 2022.
Address: Lot 58 (16) McCormick Street, Seabird
The Shire of Gingin invites comments from the public on an application received for a proposed gazebo / lookout on the abovementioned property. 
For full details of this proposal please see here.
Closing date for submissions is 4.00pm on 10 August 2022.
Planning Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on 19 April 2022 Council adopted for public advertising the following local planning policies:
  • Amended Local Planning Policy 2.1 – Residential Outbuildings.
  • New draft Local Planning Policy 1.12 – Advertising Signs.
The amended Residential Outbuildings Policy is intended to provide a context and framework in which outbuilding use and development can take place without having adverse impacts on the streetscape, character, amenity, or environmental attributes of the surrounding area.

The new draft Advertising Signs Policy is intended to provide guidance on the display and erection of signs, to ensure that any signage relates to the uses, services, and products on the site whilst maintaining local amenity and public safety.

The Shire of Gingin invites comments in relation to both local planning policies.

Documents setting out and explaining the policies can be viewed hereAlternatively, hard copies may be viewed at the Shire of Gingin Administration Centre, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin or the Lancelin Office, 255 Vins Way, Lancelin  during office hours.

Submissions in relation to this proposal should be made in writing and directed to the Chief Executive Officer either by post to the Shire of Gingin, PO Box 510, Gingin 6503, or by email to  mail@gingin.wa.gov.au.

Comments should include the name and address of the person making the submission, details of the submission, and be lodged by 4.00pm on Tuesday 6 September 2022.
Save the Dates!
Ordinary Council Meeting - Tuesday 16 August 2022 at 3.00pm, Shire of Gingin Council Chambers. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Gingin Spring Market—Saturday 3 September at 8.00am-1.00pm, Shire Office front lawn. Enquiries & registrations  to Gingin CRC 9575 1253 or crc-service@gingin.net.

Steel Bumper Car Club Event —Sunday 2 October from 10.00am-4.00pm, Ledge Point Oval. Details coming soon.

For more information on these events please visit the Shire's Events Calendar.
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