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Welcome to our issue for April 2021

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This edition of the Shire of Gingin’s Council to Community is brought to you by: 


www.westernstabilisers.com.au
Thank you to Western Stabilisers for sponsoring the 2020 Rates Incentive Prize Night.

Race Results - Gingin Triathlon

A massive congratulations to all our competitors in the Gingin Biennial Triathlon last Sunday! The weather sure turned on the heat but thankfully it wasn’t too bad for the most part and really only started to warm up towards the end of the race.

The complete race results can be viewed via https://my.raceresult.com/165935/. Well done to our overall individual champions Connor Richards (time of 0:43:27.0) and Petra Jerejian (time of 0:46:37.5). Congratulations also to our short course champions Chaz Gresele (time of 0:22:36.7) and Kayla Campbell (time of 0:25:45.5).

As registrations were carried over from last year due to COVID cancellations, we have become aware that a small number competitors were in the wrong age category. In the spirit of good faith, all placings issued on Sunday will still stand however to appropriately recognise those positioned outside the placings as a result of the oversight, we are pleased to also award Kendra Venn the Third Place in Female 13 - 16 age category and Team Cousin Sandwich Third Place in the 7 – 12 age category.

Congratulations once again to everyone who competed. It’s a fantastic event and we’re looking forward to hosting the event again in 2023 for Gingin. Next year the Triathlon will take place in Lancelin.

PHOTOS from the event will be made available for public viewing on the Shire’s Facebook page shortly and you can ask for a copy of the originals from the Shire.

If you have any queries please contact the events team via events@gingin.wa.gov.au / (08) 9575 5162.


Gingin is turning 150 this year!

To celebrate, a special Project Team is planning an event for Saturday, 9 October 2021. The group recently launched a Facebook page and is hoping to go live with their website next week. 

Gingin is one of WA’s oldest towns (gazetted in 1871) and its history is rich with stories of pioneers, stockmen and women, Aboriginal culture and many more memories of times gone by.

This anniversary event offers a unique and time sensitive opportunity to display and celebrate the founding history of Gingin and the Shire’s other communities by extension.

A Project Team has been established with key community representatives and the planning of this event is well underway. Planned activities are expected to include a billy cart race, history and interactive displays, market stalls, competitions, live demonstrations and entertainment, an evening sundowner plus lots more.

SPONSORSHIP
The Project Team is seeking sponsors for the billy cart race and also for the event itself. If you are interested in sponsoring and receiving advertising and more as part of your sponsorship deal then please click on the following links to view and download an Application Form.

Billy Cart Race Sponsorship - Application Form
Event Sponsorship - Application Form

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE BILLY CART RACE - GINGIN LOCALS
The planned Billy Cart Race is going to be a fantastic event. The Project Team would like to make sure Gingin locals register in advance for the race. When the website goes live next week, please make sure you sign up! There are just 75 places for the event. 

Next Council Meeting
The Shire's next Ordinary Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 20 April 2021 at 3:00pm. This meeting is open to the public but attendance is limited due to the continuation of the COVID-19 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 – www.gingin.wa.gov.au/council-meetings.

Annual Meeting of Electors

The Annual Meeting of Electors took place on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 at 5pm. It was a quiet meeting this year with just 3 members of the public in attendance but there was some good questions raised on a number of topics. Thank you to those who attended.  

A copy of the minutes of the meeting is available for viewing on the Shire's website. 

Do You Need to do Your Fire Breaks Again?

There has been a little bit of rain this summer which has unfortunately resulted in sporadic fresh green growth around the Shire including on your fire breaks.

All property owners in the Shire of Gingin are required to maintain their fire breaks for the duration of the fire danger season which for our Shire, runs from 1 November until 31 May annually. This requirement is as per the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the Fire Break Orders which are issued by the Shire to property owners annually in approximately August.

The Shire has received a large number of reports of fire breaks with fresh growth recently. It is important that you maintain your breaks because they are an indispensable defence method in the event of a bush fire. They not only act as an access track for emergency vehicles but they can also slow or halt the spread of grass fires and can be used for back burning purposes.

Given two major bush fires have threatened properties and residents both this summer and last, there is no room for complacency. All property owners are reminded to check your fire breaks now. Inspections are ongoing throughout the Shire during the bush fire season and Fire Control Officers and Shire Rangers WILL issue infringements if your fire breaks do not meet the requirements of your Fire Break Orders.

The Shire is serious about bush fires and protecting properties and lives. Please do the right thing and make sure your fire breaks are maintained. This includes checking them yourself personally if you have had a contractor undertake your fire breaks because the responsibility of having maintained fire breaks lies with you as the property owner and not with any contractors that undertake this work for you.

Check your Fire Break Orders for you legal requirements on page 4 or see by property type below. If you do not have a copy at home then you may view them on the Shire’s website.

Changes to Pool Hours as of 1 April

From today, 1 April 2021, the Gingin Aquatic Centre’s hours have changed. Morning swimming has come to an end so the centre will just be open daily from 12pm - 6pm, weather dependent.

At this stage it is expected that the centre will close for this season after Sunday, 18 April. However again, this will be dependent upon the weather and it may be a few days earlier.

It’s been a great season. Staff hope that you'll continue to visit the centre still over the next few weeks until the season officially ends.  

Road Works

The following roadworks have recently been completed by the Shire of Gingin:
  • Maintenance grading on Wannamal South Road, Wannamal West Road, Red Gully Road, Pin Pin Road and Beermullah West Road
The following projects are currently in progress around the Shire of Gingin:
  • Reconstruction of Cowalla Rd for 2.5km from Mimegarra Road heading towards Cowalla Bridge has been completed. Now awaiting sealing works
  • Reconstruction of Mortimer St, Guilderton have commenced
The following roadworks are due to commence shortly in the Shire of Gingin:
  • Resealing works on Bootoo St (Lancelin), Edwards St (Seabird), Mullins Way (Guilderton) and Weld St (Gingin).
Further enquires about these works may be directed to the Shire's Operations team on (08) 9575 5100, option 7. 

Work/Asset Projects

The following projects have recently been completed by the Shire of Gingin:
  • Re-roof of Granville Civic Centre
  • Installation of Beach Emergency Number signs
The following projects are currently in progress around the Shire of Gingin:
  • Upgrade of Granville Park Ablution Block – some items have been completed with re-roof and painting works. Works remaining are re-tiling of floor areas, minor plumbing replacements, external wall stone cladding. The works are expected to be finalised soon.
The following projects are due to commence shortly in the Shire of Gingin:
  • Re-roof of 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.

Bushfire Ready Group 
Seeking Bushfire Ready Facilitators 

Bushfires can start suddenly and without warning. During a major bushfire firefighters will be working to stop the fire but a fire truck may not be available to defend your home.

We all have a responsibility to reduce the risk to our homes and surrounding areas and to take early action to survive a bushfire.

The Shire of Gingin’s Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) is developing a local network of Bushfire Ready Groups. These groups are people living within a local area, facing the same bushfire threat and who often have existing social networks already in place.

The groups are run by a Bushfire Ready Facilitator, assisted by Street Coordinators and supported by Fire and Emergency Services personnel.

They meet informally to learn and discuss how to become Bushfire Ready and to work together to prepare and protect their families and properties against bushfires.

ARE YOU A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER? COULD YOU BE A BUSHFIRE READY FACILITATOR?
Bushfire Ready Facilitators are volunteer firefighters and they play a key role in coordinating their local communities to work together and undertake activities to reduce the risk of bushfires.

They also work closely with Street Coordinators and provide updates on bushfire information and resources.

The Shire’s LEMC is seeking a local bushfire brigade/or services member to become a Bushfire Ready Facilitator.

The LEMC understands that this is a big additional responsibility for any volunteer to take on, especially since volunteers are already stretched quite thin between work, family commitments and volunteering.
This may be a role for a volunteer who is no longer comfortable on the fire ground but would still like to contribute to their brigade and the community.

DFES will support all Bushfire Ready Facilitators by providing access to the Community Preparedness Team and the LEMC team will also assist.

If you would like to nominate to take on this role as a Bushfire Ready Facilitator then please contact Cher Groves, Local Recovery Coordinator, via Cher.Groves@gingin.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9575 5138.

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 www.hotdoc.com.au or download the HotDoc app (instructions on how to do that can be found by clicking here) onto your smart phone.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES
Contact the Medical Centre on (08) 9575 2300.

Upcoming Events

MEET OUR ARTISTS - LANCELIN ARTS FESTIVAL, 10 APRIL 🤩🎨👋

Have you met our Artists yet? There is a great line up of talented and creative people who will be holding the various workshops and activities at the Immerse Creative Arts Festival at Wangaree Park in Lancelin on 10 April. Head on over to the Event page (linked above) to read all about these incredible artists.

No matter your art level, come along and have a go! This is a FREE event open to all ages from 10 years and over so why not take advantage? Grab some girlfriends or get some mates and come try your hand at lots of different things from poetry, lots of different types of painting styles and mediums, song writing, sculpture, making tote bags, circus skills and more!

Some of the workshops require registration prior to the event so head on over ASAP to sign up at www.gingin.wa.gov.au/events.

There will also be plenty of delicious options for you on the day with The Juicy Box Lancelin WA and The Cream Kombi joining us.

 
Let's get excited folks!!

*This event is sponsored in partnership with Bendigo Bank (Gingin Community Bank Branch & Lancelin Branch) with support from Lancelin Community Resource & Visitor Centre and Dadaa (Wangaree Community Centre).
YOUTH WEEK ROADSHOW 🤩🤙🌭🎾🎨🎧🚗
 
#YouthWeek2021 is here! There is a huge variety of FREE fun and interesting events on offer for youth right throughout the Shire. It's sure to be a fantastic week for Youth so make sure you take part!

Try activities like:
👉 Laser Tag
👉 Art Activities
👉 Sumo Wrestling
👉 Personal/Safety Defence Workshops
👉 DJ Workshop
👉 Dance Workshop
👉 Surfers Rescue Safety Training
👉 Snake Bite First Aid Training
👉 FREE Food
👉 Animal Petting
👉 Plus tonnes more!

For a complete activities list visit www.gingin.wa.gov.au/events/youth-week-road-show/411.

Youth Week 2021 is brought to the community by a variety of organisations including the Shire of Gingin, Guilderton Community Association, Lancelin CRC & various others.

ENQUIRIES
Contact Helen Sutherland, Community Development Officer, on (08) 9575 5173.

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE OF PLANNING PROPOSAL

The Shire of Gingin has received an application to use and/or develop land for the following purpose and public comments are invited:

LOT NO:           LOT 510 OLD LEDGE POINT ROAD, LANCELIN

PROPOSAL:     PROPOSED EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY (LIMESAND)

Plans and documents setting out and explaining the proposal can be viewed online on the Shire’s below or alternatively at the Shire of Gingin’s Administration Centre, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin or Lancelin Office, Vins Way, Lancelin.

Application for Development Approval & Extractive Industry Licence (Limesand)

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer in writing on or before 4.00pm on Wednesday, 15 April 2021. All enquiries regarding this proposal should be made to the Shire’s Planning Department on (08) 9575 5100 or email mail@gingin.wa.gov.au.

Aaron Cook
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT - ONE TREE HILL RESERVE

The Shire of Gingin has been presented with a request by the Gingin Football Club to crop the “One Tree Hill Reserve” for hay to undertake fundraising for the club.  It is acknowledged that the local community frequent this area for recreation by walking and exercising their dogs. 

The area, due to its size, has a large amount of weeds spread throughout that urgently need addressing and this proposal will see the Football Club spraying the reserve to arrest any further weed growth.

Whilst the “One Tree Hill Reserve” is quite large, it is expected that both activities can continue together.  A detailed map of the two separate areas is available for public viewing below. As per the map plan, it is proposed that the cropping will occur in the area bordered by yellow and the recreation area is bordered by green.  As part of the proposal, Council will ensure that the driveway access will remain and a gravel footpath will be installed from McHavloe Drive for pedestrian access.

The cropping proposal is for a period of three years due to the cost of preparing the area for year one.  All works will be carried out by Football Club members and all care will be taken for residents surrounding the reserve.

Council would like to invite public comments from residents utilising this reserve or living in the area prior to making a formal determination to either grant or refuse the request from the Gingin Football Club. Public comments may be submitted in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Gingin, PO Box 510, Gingin WA 6503 or emailed to mail@gingin.wa.gov.au up until 4pm, Friday, 16 April 2021.

Map of One Tree Hill Cropping & Recreation Areas

Queries may be directed to the Shire on (08) 9575 5100.

Aaron Cook
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL

Date:                           6 April 2021

Commencement:       4.00pm
 
Venue:                        Council Chambers
                                    Shire of Gingin Administration Centre
                                    7 Brockman Street, Gingin
 
Purpose:                    To receive the Shire of Gingin 2020/21 Budget Review. 

Aaron Cook
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


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 / mail@gingin.wa.gov.au 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


AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 HOTLINE 1800 020 080

For more information visit: 
WA State Government's website -  www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus
Shire of Gingin's webpage -  www.gingin.wa.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx
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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