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Welcome to our issue for February 2021

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Australia Day - 26 January

What a great morning! We hope you had a chance to join us this Australia Day in Neergabby for the Shire of Gingin’s Australia Day Picnic Breakfast. We were very fortunate this year to enjoy a cool morning under the shade of the trees at the Neergabby Grounds on the banks of the Gingin Brook.

Thank you to the folk from the Neergabby Association who manned the barbecue to provide event attendees all with a hearty picnic breakfast and to the local coffee van. It was an early start for some so no doubt some breakfast and coffee were much appreciated!

Event attendees arranged themselves on the grass beneath the trees with local musician, Kelly Gardner, once again setting the atmosphere with a selection of classic Australian songs and ballads.

Official proceedings commenced from 9am with a great crowd turnout of nearly 400 in attendance. Shire CEO, Aaron Cook, opened proceedings and invited Cr Jan Court forward to conduct an Acknowledgement of Country and the Yued People of the region. Attendees were then invited to stand and sing the National Anthem which this year featured a new second line with the words ‘For we are young and free’ replaced with ‘For we are one and free’. Some of us may or may not have remembered to sing the new version!

Following this Shire President, Cr Wayne Fewster, stepped forward to undertake his opening address. He touched on a number of topics during his speech including the recent Red Gully and Yeal bush fires and of course, the ever present COVID-19 pandemic which affected our lives so much during 2020 and continues to do so.

Cr Fewster then proceeded to conduct the Citizenship Ceremony. The community had the privilege of welcoming 4 new citizens to our Shire and by extension, to Australia this Australia Day. Congratulations to the following on officially becoming citizens of Australia:

  • Patrick Heasman
  • Anastasia Howard
  • Ariel Gabon
  • Zara Wild-Smith

A slideshow from the Australia Day Council was then played before our new citizens, together with the community, stood to undertake the Australian Affirmation Ceremony which was shortly followed by everyone joining in to sing ‘I Am Australian’.

Councillors Andrea Vis, Kim Rule and Linda Balcombe were then invited forwards to present the 2020 Australia Day WA Community Citizen Awards. There was a good number of nominees this year which is indicative of the great number of people involved with and striving to better our communities. It made it extremely difficult to determine an award recipient for each of the 3 categories that nominees were nominated for.

Congratulations to all of the following nominees and recipients:

Active Community Citizenship of the Year Award for a Community Group/Event

  • Gingin Environmental Group
  • Gingin Outdoor Activity Space
  • Guilderton Visitors Centre Volunteers
  • Roxanne Fewster

Recipient – Roxanne Fewster

Senior Community Citizen of the Year Award

  • Arthur (Herb) Elliot
  • John (Skip) Truswell
  • Murray Hyne
  • Terri James
  • Theo Mossveld

Recipient – John (Skip) Truswell

Community Citizen of the Year Award

  • Alicia Gomersall
  • Jane Taylor
  • Roxanne Fewster

Recipient – Jane Taylor

Following the presentation of the Community Citzen of the Year Awards, special guest speaker, Gloria Hyne, was invited forward to address the audience.

Gloria originally hails from Manitoba, Canada and moved to Australia with her two young sons after marrying Murray Hyne after meeting him when he came to Canada on an exchange program in the late 70s. She shared her story with the audience regarding her experiences both before coming to Australia and since. Attendees were very much moved by Gloria’s personal story of overcoming the loss of her first husband in a farming accident. Her tale was not without some humour however and since arriving in Gingin, Gloria has gone on to become an invaluable member of the Gingin community. Her involvement in the Gingin Scouts, local fire brigade and other community areas, is well known by many community members. Thank you to Gloria for sharing the story of your very personal journey with us.

Official proceedings concluded with one last song (‘Waltzing Matilda’). The Shire President, Cr Wayne Fewster and Shire CEO, Aaron Cook, thanked the community for attending and also the large number of people who contributed to the setup, pack up and running of the event. This event would not have been made possible without the assistance of the Neergabby Community Association (breakfast), Kelly Gardner (musician), Debra Chapman and Vicki Colyer (flower arrangements), Councillors (Kim Rule, Linda Balcombe, Jan Court & Andrea Vis) and Shire event staff (Amy Gibbs, Kailee Williams, Genesia Koorasingh, Miranda Wallace and with a special mention to the Shire’s Maintenance Team). We all appreciate your contribution to this event which would not have been a success otherwise.

The Facebook photo album created by the Shire can be viewed by clicking here

Next Council Meeting
The Shire's next Ordinary Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 3:00pm. This meeting is open to the public but attendance is limited due to the continuation of the 2m² rule.

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

Upcoming Work/Asset Projects

The following projects have recently been completed by the Shire of Gingin:
  • Accessibility ramp for Woodridge Community Hall
The following projects are currently in progress around the Shire of Gingin:
  • Upgrade of Granville Park Ablution Block
  • Request for Quotation currently out for Stage 2 of the Lancelin Skate Park.
The following projects are due to commence shortly in the Shire of Gingin:
  • Re-roof of Granville Civic Centre and Gingin Bowling Club
  • Drainage works at the CWA/Arts & Craft Building in Gingin
  • Installation of new town entry statements for the Gingin town site
  • Upgrade of the Guilderton Foreshore Ablution Block
  • Installation of two replacement water monitoring bores within the Lancelin Sporting Complex by the Department of Water & Environmental & Regulation commencing the week of 1 March. This process is expected to take approximately 8 weeks
Further queries about these works may be directed to the Shire’s Assets team on (08) 9575 5100, option 7.

Upcoming Road Works

The following road works are in progress for the next month:
  • Reconstruction of Cowalla Rd for 2.5km from Mimegarra Road heading towards Cowalla Bridge
  • Road patching has been undertaken on Dooling Rd and Edward St, Lancelin in preparation for resealing.
  • Garbanup Rd and Kildare Rd - verges cleared of overgrown vegetation.
  • Road patching as required
Further enquiries about these works may be directed to the Shire's Operations team on (08) 9575 5100, option 7. 

To report potholes, damage to the Shire's road network, etc. please click here

COVID-19 – The Shire is Still Open as Usual

The Shire of Gingin still remains open to the general public as per usual despite the new COVID-19 lockdown measures for Perth, Peel and the South West.
As per previous advice, the Shire asks that if you have any flu-like symptoms then please don't visit any of our facilities. Likewise, if you have been to any of the risk areas in Perth, please follow the State Government's advice on this matter -
If you do visit, please remember to social distance (1.5m) and use the hand sanitiser as provided. The Shire is also is required to keep a Contact Register to assist with contact tracing so please ensure to either scan or fill in our register when you visit.

Council Meetings
The public is still required to register with the Shire if you wish to attend a Council Meeting as social distancing measures still remain in place.

If you are planning to attend the Council Meeting on 16 February then please register with the Shire’s Governance Support Officer (call 9575 5127) so that we can manage attendances to ensure that we comply with our safety obligations to members of the public, Councillors and Shire employees. If you are intending to stay for the whole meeting, please be aware that you may be asked to leave the Council Chamber from time to time to permit the attendance of others.
Refer to the Funding & Grants page on the Shire’s website (
For further information please contact Amy Gibbs on (08) 9575 5162 /

New Outdoor Activity Space Works
Commenced 4 Jan 2021

The Shire of Gingin has commenced construction of the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space (GOAS) as of 4 January 2021.
This exciting project (situated adjacent to the Granville Civic Centre) is a community based initiative and has been predominantly driven by the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space group (formerly Gingin Interactive Space Group), a community working group who came together to initiate and progress the development of a new outdoor activity space within the Gingin town site. The working group was independently formed in 2018 and is made up of several community members representing different demographics and/or interests in the community. 
This project (formerly known as the Gingin Regional Playground) was instigated by the community given the aging and limited playground equipment in the Gingin town site. The original ‘Gingin Regional Playground’ project was to potentially relocate, renew and add to existing playground equipment for children. However, the project evolved over time given the need for an outdoor space that supported inclusion and engagement of all ages. The Working Group’s vision ‘is for a cohesive, accessible multigenerational outdoor recreational space within the centre of Gingin town.’ 
The Working Group has actively worked with the Shire at all stages of this project to ensure their vision is achieved. This has included independently undertaking fundraising activities and sourcing sponsorships ($50,000), obtaining in-kind works and contributions ($35,000) and securing $150,000 in partnership with the Gingin CRC through a successful Bendigo Bank grant application. The Working Group also contributed to acquiring Federal funding with Hon. Christian Porter’s support by meeting with him and discussing the project, the community’s needs and the Working Group’s role.
The Working Group continues to drive this project together with the Shire. The official launch of the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space is expected to coincide with Gingin’s Sesquicentenary (150th Anniversary) which will take place 9 October 2021.

Music in the Park - 9 January

Despite a hectic week with a couple of major bush fires, Music in the Park 2021 wasn’t about to be stopped following a year of COVID-19 and event cancellations left, right and centre.
This great event returned to Guilderton on Saturday, 9 January. An annual attraction, Music in the Park saw its biggest number of attendees ever this year. Families and friends trickled in the Gabbadah Park, which is something of a natural amphitheatre, to enjoy 4 hours of the great sounds of the 1950s from Johnny Law & the Pistol Packin Daddies. The Perth band’s styles included Americana, Rockabilly, Country and Rock and Roll. It created plenty of grooving and jiving with one couple jumping up to show the rest how it’s done early on in the evening.
A sausage sizzle was provided by the Redfield Park Community Association to raise funds for the Refield Park First Aid Post and the kids had plenty to choose from including a bouncy castle, a bucking bull and face painting.
St John Ambulance were in attendance with Lancelin Police also stopping by for a bit to mingle with event attendees and under the festoon lights and native trees.  
This free event is the first event for the year which forms part of the Shire of Gingin's Summer Suite of Events. 
This event was sponsored in partnership with Bendigo Bank - Gingin Community Bank Branch & Lancelin Branch.

Movie Night at Gingin Aquatic Centre

What a fantastic night at the Gingin Aquatic Centre on Friday, 29 January! Thank you to all event attendees for attending. We hope you had a great time.
Approximately 180 people turned up to enjoy the children’s movie ‘Trolls World Tour’ with a few choosing to go for a quick swim afterwards.

Local Government Elections - October 2021

Are You Eligible to Vote?
2021 is a Local Government Election year. Although the elections won’t take place until October, it is a good time now to ensure that your electoral role details are up to date if you plan to vote.
If you live in or own rateable property in the Shire of Gingin and meet the relevant eligibility criteria, then you are entitled to vote at Council elections. However, in order to do so you must be enrolled either on the State Electoral Roll for an address within the Shire, or on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.
If you are enrolled on the State electoral roll and you are listed as living at an address within the Shire of Gingin, then you will be automatically included on the local government electoral roll for this Shire. However, if you are an owner or occupier of property within the Shire of Gingin but are enrolled on the State roll at an address outside the Shire, or are not currently listed on any electoral roll but meet the eligibility criteria, then you must apply for inclusion on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.
You can check your enrolment details by visiting the WA Electoral Commission’s website -  
Please contact the Shire’s Rates Department on (08) 9575 5100 or by emailing for further advice on applying for registration as an Owner or Occupier.

Restricted Burning Period

The Restricted Burning Period is due to commence from 1 March 2021 subject to conditions being appropriate.
Residents of the Shire of Gingin district wishing to undertake any burning between 1 March and 31 May are reminded that you will need to apply for a permit from your local Fire Control Officer (FCO) to burn any grass, paddocks, bush, etc. Refer to your Fire Break Orders for a list of local FCOs.

Before you apply:
  • Have your address ready
  • Know the size of your burn and ensure materials are dry
  • Check that your firebreaks are maintained and that the burn area is trafficable
  • Check your firefighting equipment and resources are in good working order
  • Have the contact numbers of 3 able bodied people who will be at the burn
  • Remove plastics, treated wood, tyres and other material (you can only burn vegetation) from the area
  • Double check that a Fire Ban (imposed by the Shire, DFES or both) is not in place.Visit All permits are automatically cancelled in the event of a Fire Ban.

If you have misplaced your copy of your Fire Break Orders (posted to all rate payers last August) then copies are available for downloading from the Shire of Gingin’s website
REMEMBER - you must comply with the conditions set out on your Fire Permit. You are asked to comply with these conditions for a number of reasons including the safety of yourself and your neighbours.
Further enquiries may be directed to Phil Barrett, the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer for the Shire of Gingin, on 0408 943 576.


Do you produce food and beverage products in the Shire of Chittering, Shire of Dandaragan or Shire of Gingin? Are you looking for a way to showcase your food and beverage product range to a wider audience of consumers and buyers?

If so then APPLY NOW for FREE for inclusion in the Central Coast Wheatbelt Food & Beverage Capability Guide – NOW EXTENDED to 28 February 2021!!

This Guide will be produced in an accessible and interactive, easy to share digital format, which will ultimately link products with potential buyers. It’s a little extra exposure for your business or even if you’re not looking at growing now, what about in 6 months’ time or more? It takes as little as ten minutes to upload the relevant details of your business.

The Guide is for all Central Coast Wheatbelt producers and manufacturers who sell their products direct to consumers or via a retail wholesaler – from fruit, vegetables, beef, lamb, pork, seafood and honey to value-add products such as wine, cheese, preserves, jams and more. 

The Guide is also the 4th in a series of regional food and beverage guides with successful guides having already been developed for the Mid-West and the other two for the Great Southern and Kimberley which are close to completion. There will be more regional guides to follow with the view of creating a state-wide capture of food and beverage producers in WA.

Follow the link above and apply by 28 FEBRUARY 2021 or for more information please contact the Project Coordinator, Miranda Wallace, at the Shire of Gingin via or call (08) 9575 5150.

Pictured: Araluen and Craig Hagan from 14K Brewery, Chittering who have already come on board to participate in the guide.

Gingin Medical Centre
Online/App Bookings Now Available

The Gingin Medical Centre is now providing the option to book appointments with Dr Dapo either online or via an app downloadable on your phone.

It's called HotDoc and to book an appointment you can either go to or download the HotDoc app (instructions on how to do that can be found by clicking here) onto your smart phone.

Contact the Medical Centre on (08) 9575 2300.

Upcoming Events


Given the COVID-19 lockdowns affecting the Metro, Peel and South West regions, unfortunately a number of presenters for this workshop scheduled to be held in Lancelin (3 Feb) are unable to attend.

At the stage the Shire and DFES are looking to reschedule this event to a later time. A new date will be advised to the community as soon as it is known.

Public Notices


Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 58 of the Land Administration Act 1997 that the Shire of Gingin has received a request to undertake the process to permanently close part of Telephone Road to be amalgamated with adjoining Lot 53 Wanerie Road, Wanerie.

Plans and documents setting out and explaining the proposal can be viewed via the below link or alternatively at the Shire office, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin during normal office hours.

Submissions to the proposed road closure should be made in writing and directed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Gingin, PO Box 510, Gingin WA 6503 or by email on or before 20 February 2021.  

Should you require any further information regarding this notice, please contact the Shire’s planning department on (08) 9575 5100, option 6.

Road Closure Documents - Telephone Rd

Les Crichton

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 132 68 43


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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