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Welcome to our issue for May 2022

In this Issue...

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

ANZAC Day 2022
Commemorating the Fallen & their Animals

On Monday 25th April - following two years of COVID uncertainty - this year’s ANZAC Dawn Service in Gingin attracted larger than usual numbers and featured the theme “Animals in War”.

The service commenced at 6.00am with a dawn march from the Arts & Craft Group building to the War Memorial at the Shire Office park. Leading the march was Mark Kay from RSL Bindoon along with retired Australian army dog Hera and her handler Valerie, Leanne Bull riding Remy, and Emma Gibbs riding Peanuts. Performing a bagpipe tribute during the procession was Ben Treloar.

At the War Memorial, the Gingin Scouts and three local cadets attached to the Northam Army Cadet Unit gave several interesting readings on the bravery of Private John Simpson and his donkey Duffy who served as stretcher bearers during Gallipoli. Following the laying of the wreath, the community was then invited to lay sprigs of rosemary at the memorial.

At completion of the Scout and Cadet service, everyone moved to the Soundshell for the official Dawn Service at 6.30am. Robert Brodie-Hall gave the Welcome Message and Invocation followed by GDHS Chaplain Helena Donohoe who did a Bible scripture reading of John 10:11-15.

The ANZAC Day address was given by Deputy Shire President Kim Rule who spoke about the important role of horses in battle, particularly the Australian ‘Waler’, and the significance of the West Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment in campaigns in Sinai, Palestine, Jordan and Syria during WWI.

The Prayer for Those Who Suffer Because of War was given by David Roe followed by an address from RAAF Pearce Flight Lieutenant Eddie Tighe that focused on the role of animals in Afghanistan.

 
Lindsay Conway Major Retd from the Gingin Pensioners Social Club acknowledged the next of kin of three local Gingin WW1 soldiers - Aeneas Murray, Thomas Mullins and his brother Austin - who died in service, and local craftsman Ron Taggart who completed the wooden frame around a display case that contained their “Dead Man’s Pennies”. The Gingin Pensioners Social Club donated the display case which will be available for public viewing in early May.

Mr Conway then gave a Dedication to Animals in War and spoke about the crucial role of dogs in military from WWI & II to modern times, and the extraordinary job of the carrier pigeon as military messengers. The community was also treated to viewing a small flock of pigeons lent by Andrew Quince from Muchea.
Mr Brodie-Hall invited community representatives to lay wreaths and children to lay poppies at the Wall of Remembrance.

Performing the Last Post and Reveille on trumpet was Renee Ging, and the One Minute Silence was led by Mr Conway. A Prayer of Remembrance was given by Able Seaman Caitlin Matthews and Amy Matthews from the Royal Australian Navy, and a Prayer for Peace was given by GDHS student Isaiah Pio. The Ode was read by Mr Kay and local musician Kelly Gardner provided moving live music for the service.

Once the official service concluded, attendees enjoyed a Gunfire Breakfast in Granville Park which was organised, provided, and served by the Gingin Pensioners Social Club and community volunteers.

A photo album from the event can be viewed on the Shire's Facebook page.


 

Next Council Meeting - Change of Time


Please note the May Ordinary Council Meeting will commence at 1:00pm on Tuesday 17 May, not 3:00pm as previously advertised.

This change only applies to the May Council Meeting and all future ordinary meeting start times will remain at 3:00pm.

Questions for consideration during Public Question Time should be submitted prior to the meeting using the e-form available from the Shire’s website.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.
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
Youth Week 2022 in Gingin & Lancelin
Youth Week returned again for 2022 - this year's event was a "Mixtape Zone" in Lancelin (13th April) and Gingin (14th April). Both Mixtape Zone events were free and attracted a variety of children of different ages and their families. 
 
This year's theme was "Stay Focused. Ditch the Distraction", with both events featuring a distracted/dangerous driver demonstration thanks to Roadwise Safety using a set of Fatal Vision goggles. This educational invention allows the wearer to experience what it’s like to drive drunk or when impaired by alcohol. At the Lancelin event, Lancelin Police provided demonstrations with their gear, gave kids a look inside a Police car, and an overview of what it takes to be a police officer.

Other activities included dance games and demos at Gingin with Roxanne’s Dance Workshop with all ages getting involved. At both Gingin and Lancelin events, there were skate board workshops with Freestyle Now and  DJ workshops provided by Focus Music which proved extremely popular with all the kids.

The new Gingin Outdoor Activity Space provided the venue for the Gingin event, whilst in Lancelin a number of visitors to town took the opportunity to join with the rest of the Lancelin community at the event at Wangaree Park.

The Shire would like to thank Roadwise Safety and the WA Police Force for their support for both of these events. Additionally a big thank you to the Lions Club who undertook the sausage sizzle in Gingin and Have A Chat General Store in Lancelin, both IGA X-Press in Gingin and Lancelin, and Gingin Premium Meats for donating food and drinks to both events.

Overall the event attendees reported having had a great time and it was fantastic to see so much activity in both the GOAS and Wangaree Park.

Photo albums from both events can be found on the Shire's Facebook page. 

Vale Norm Wallace 1930-2022


The Shire of Gingin Councillors and Staff would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Wallace family on the passing of Norm.

Norm's 33-year contribution to the Shire of Gingin as Road Board Secretary and Shire Clerk from 1960 to 1993 is deeply appreciated and esteemed, and his legacy of dedicated community service earned him the honour of Freeman of the Shire in 2013.

He lived an extraordinary life and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Norm.

Public Notices

The Shire of Gingin advises that Cowalla Road Bridge will be closed for repair work from
Tuesday 17 May to Friday 20 May 2022 between the hours of 6.00am to 6.00pm (daytime).
Each night the bridge will REOPEN between the hours of 6.00pm and 6.00am.
We apologise for the inconvenience to road users.

Variation of Fees & Charges

Guilderton Caravan Park

In accordance with Section 6.19 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire of Gingin gives notice that at its Ordinary Meeting on 19 April 2022, Council resolved to amend its adopted 2021/22 Schedule of Fees and Charges by adding the following fees applicable to the Guilderton Caravan Park:

Glamping Tent (minimum two nights) - High Season $199.00
Glamping Tent (minimum two nights) - Low Season $149.00

These fees will take effect from 1 May 2022.

Community Events
Save the Dates!
  • Gingin British Car Day - Sunday 15 May
    Granville Park,10am-3pm.
     
  • Volunteers' Week Festival of Small Halls Music Appreciation Concert - Sunday 15 May
    Guilderton Community Hall, 5.30pm.
     
  • Ordinary Council Meeting - Tuesday 17 May
    Shire Administration Centre, Gingin at 1.00pm (note change of start time)
     
  • Seniors' Movie Matinee - Thursday 26 May
    Guilderton Community Hall, 11am - 2.00pm
     
  • Gingin Dark Sky Star Party - Friday 27 May - Saturday 28 May
    Neergabby Grounds, Telephone Road - see advertisement below
For more information on these events, please see the Events Calendar on the Shire's website: www.gingin.wa.gov.au/events

SAVE THE DATE!


Amateur astronomers and the general public from across WA are invited to the inaugural Gingin Dark Sky Star Party, which will take place on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th May 2022 at the Neergabby Grounds.
 
Join us to celebrate and explore the Universe under WA's first protected dark sky place, located here in our very own back yard.

There will be free public observing sessions on Friday and Saturday nights hosted by astronomers from the Gingin Discovery Centre Observatory.

Saturday night will include a Local Aboriginal Astronomy Night with stories of creation and star lore told by a Nyoongar Elder.

Bring your cameras, telescopes, binoculars or imaging gear, and pack your camping equipment to make a weekend of it.

For more information on this exciting two-day event visit:
gravitycentre.com.au/neergabby-star-party/

Building Surveyor Appointments

(Thursdays only)


The Shire of Gingin still has some employees who are currently working from home, including our Building Surveyor. 

If you need to see our Building Surveyor in person, she is available in the Gingin Shire Office on Thursdays. Please contact the Shire to book an appointment on
9575 5131.
Have You Changed Your Name or Address?
Don't forget to tell us!
If you move home, change your name, or if a family member has passed away, please don't forget to let us know as soon as possible so we can update your new information on our system. This includes any pets registered with the Shire who have moved with you.

By not letting us know you may miss out on receiving important Shire notices which could result in the issuing of an infringement, or not being able to contact you to return lost livestock or impounded pets.


If you are a property owner and have recently changed your name, don't forget also to update your details with Landgate.

To update your details with the Shire, a Change of Name or Address form can be downloaded from our website: www.gingin.wa.gov.au/rates.
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