Welcome to our Newsletter for NOVEMBER 2021
This Community Newsletter provides information on:
  • Grants; 
  • Resources;   
  • Best practice; and 
  • Community and Club Events. 
Its purpose is to inform and unify our communities to become inclusive, vibrant, and healthy, and provide information on available grants, local community and club events. You are welcome to share this information onwards. 
In this Issue
Hi everyone and welcome back to the community newsletter. I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Olivia Forbes and I am the new Community Development Officer for the Shire. I have been in local government for about 5 years and have experience in general admin, finance, governance and now community development. I live locally in Lower Chittering with my husband and our 15 month old son. Some of my hobbies include gardening, cooking, macrame and just getting outdoors and exploring our beautiful country.  I look forward to meeting you all and working closely with you to support an inclusive, vibrant, healthy and safe  Gingin Shire community. I currently work three days a week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and can be contacted on 9575 5176 or 
Council sworn in and Shire President & Deputy Shire President Elected
Congratulations to the new Shire of Gingin Councillors duly sworn in at yesterday’s Council Meeting by Mrs Margaret Greenwell JP.  

Councillors Kim Rule and Frank Johnson were re-elected to office with Councillor Erik Sorensen being newly elected and Councillor Robert Kestel returning to office having previously served as a Councillor for the Shire in years past. Thank you to outgoing Councillors, James Morton and Jacquie Lobb, for their service to Council during the past 4 years.

Congratulations to Cr Wayne Fewster who was re-elected as the Shire President and to Cr Kim Rule who was also re-elected as the Deputy Shire President.

Council and the Shire would like to thank Mrs Greenwell for her services rendered as JP for the ceremony. The new Council is looking forward to commencing their duties
Did You Know?

Being involved in a community club or organisation can be a very rewarding experience. We are fortunate to have many community, sporting and religious organisations within the Shire of Gingin. If you would like to join a club or organisation in the area then a list of local clubs and organisations located throughout the Shire can be found here.

If you are involved in a community club or organisation it is important to keep the Shire up to date with your contacts, please register any changes on our website or email

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries update
Reminder to review workers’ compensation arrangements - charity or not-for-profit organisations
Not-for-profit and charitable organisations are reminded to review their workers’ compensation arrangements. There are serious consequences for organisations and their officers if the required insurance is not in place.
Any individual, whether paid or as a volunteer, who fulfils a governing role for an organisation can be held personally liable for the costs of an uninsured workers’ compensation claim. These costs could total hundreds of thousands of dollars, so it is simply not worth the risk.
Additionally, workers’ compensation regulators may prosecute organisations and individuals for compliance breaches. In Western Australia, a penalty of $5,000 per worker could be imposed.
To ensure your organisation is meeting its compensation obligations, speak to your insurer or insurance broker today.
Contact the workers’ compensation authority in your state or territory. If your charity or not-for-profit organisation operates in Western Australia, you can phone WorkCover WA’s Advice and Assistance line on 1300 570 937 or visit for more information.
WHY ARE BEN SIGNS IMPORTANT?  Quoting the information on the nearest BEN sign will help emergency services accurately pinpoint the location of the emergency. When visiting the beach, take note of the closest BEN sign location and information.
The Shire of Gingin are now showing all Beach Emergency Number signs on the SharkSmart website and SharkSmartWA app.
In an emergency, dial triple zero and quote the unique code and location information on the nearest BEN sign. Where possible, someone should wait at the BEN sign until emergency service crews arrive.
BEN signs may also be referred to when reporting shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600. This will help beach managers implement beach closures earlier by using this accurate location information.
HOW DO BEN SIGNS WORK?  Each BEN sign has a unique code based on an area prefix followed by a one to four digit number. This code is linked to the coordinates for the sign's location. The official location name (if there is one), the address, suburb and nearest intersection are also on each sign. This information is integrated into computer aided dispatch systems used by emergency services (ambulance, police and fire crews). 
In an emergency where there is no BEN sign, you are encouraged to use the Emergency+ app.  The app uses the GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a triple zero caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services. For more information.
WATER SAFETY MONTH is an initiative of Playgroup WA and the Royal Life Saving Society WA.

This year Water Safety Month is in November and playgroup members can join in the fun by participating in water play activities whilst learning about being safe around water.

Check out this informative Water Resource Kit we’ve developed for families and playgroups to enjoy!
With summer around the corner this is a perfect time to have some fun with water and learn about the environment, movement and science.
Debunking myths around meditation
When learning to meditate it’s not uncommon for people to give up before they’ve had the chance to properly experience the benefits that come from a regular meditation practise. All too often people quickly conclude that they’re ‘no good’ at meditation or they’re unsure whether they are meditating ‘properly’. If you're interested in mediation or wanting to improve your practice see the information link below.
Beginner morning yoga routine
Wake up, stretch out and feel rejuvenated. This simple morning yoga sequence will get you ready for the day ahead.
Tips to keep good mental health
Good mental health and wellbeing allows you to live your life in a positive and meaningful way and cope with life’s changes and challenges.

7 Tips for Living with Migraine in the Zoom Era
COVID-19 has radically changed the way we live, work, and socialize. Case in point: too much technology has been linked to migraines see here for more information.

Want To Receive Harvest and Vehicle Ban Notifications?
To receive Harvest/ Vehicle movement ban notifications via an SMS, please register your details here. 
State Library free e-resources
Bestselling ebooks and e-audiobooks are now available from BorrowBox.

BorrowBox enables library members to borrow, download and enjoy ebooks and e-audiobooks for limited periods through digital loans.

Designed and powered by Bolinda digital, BorrowBox is available now from the App Store and Google Play - install it on all your mobile devices for free.   

Child Safety
If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call Police on 000.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, and you are unsure which service to contact, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Both are available from anywhere in Australia 24 hours a day (toll free) and provide generalist crisis counselling, information and referral services.

If you need to report an incident of child abuse or neglect, refer to the resource Reporting Abuse and Neglect: Information  


The complete Christmas checklist for an organized holiday season 
Preparing for Christmas early is a savvy way of avoiding stress and chaos in the December holiday frenzy 
Grants & Opportunities
Macca's Junior Sports Grants - Closes 30 Dec 2021
Macca's Junior Sports Grants aims to increase participation in junior sports and encourage the habit of a healthy lifestyle amongst young West Australians living in our regional communities where access to funding is harder to come by.

Macca's Junior Sports provide grants to clubs or groups within regional Western Australia to provide basic sporting infrastructure for a club or sporting group for an activity which is likely to encourage kids to participate in sport.
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, Healthway has refreshed it's grants programs to better align to the vision of creating a healthier WA.

Healthway will continue to provide funding for the same great health promotion activities and to the same types of organisations, however they now offer four separate grants programs:

1) Healthy Partnerships – Funding to sports, arts, racing and community events to provide healthy environments, and to educate and promote good health. This relates to their current Partnership Program funding.

2) Healthy Spaces – Funding that focuses on creating healthy environments in sport and recreational settings. Their ‘Healthy Club’ and ‘Healthy Venues’ programs will fall into this grant program.

3) Healthy Communities – Funding for health promotion projects within our community. This relates to their current Health Promotion Program funding; and

4) Healthy Research – Funding for health promotion research that builds the evidence base and research capacity through fellowships and scholarships. This relates to their current Health Promotion Research Program funding.

All the details can be found on the Healthway website, in the attached FAQs, or if you have any questions please call 133 777 or email  at

Community Grants Program - Festivals Funds public events that provide a range of cultural experiences and activities that celebrate the cultural identity of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in WA. The festival must be free or low cost, delivered as a singular or contained event, and able to attract participation and attendance of the broader community.

The Heritage Council’s Heritage Grants Program is now open for applications, close 4pm on Friday, 10 December 2021. This program offers matched-funding assistance to projects that conserve or celebrate one or more State Registered Heritage Places. If you are an owner of a State Registered place, a local government, not-for-profit organisation or business, you may be eligible to apply for funding assistance under the program. If you are an owner of a place on the Heritage Council’s Assessment Program you may also be eligible to apply.

For more information and to view the eligibility criteria visit

An information webinar on the Heritage Grants Program will be held on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. To participate in the webinar, please register your interest via the above link.

If you have any questions in relation to the program, please contact the Senior Heritage Grants Administrator via or call (08) 6552 4031.

Grants Directories
WA Grants Directory
Australian Government GrantConnect

Not For Profit Law
Are you starting a not-for-profit organisation?
New or start-up organisations should read Justice Connects Getting Started resources. These resources will help to guide you through setting up a not-for-profit organisation. ____________________________________________________________________________________
New to a board or committee? An introduction to your role
The Not-for-profit Law fact sheet on the role of board or committee of management members has been prepared to help new board members understand their roles, so they can contribute effectively to the successful running of their organisation from day one. 
Help for your not-for-profit - Find out about the tools and services to have to help you manage your not-for-profits tax and super affairs.
Resources for not-for-profit treasurers
The Community Finance Centre has been established by Our Community in conjunction with CommBank Not-for-Profit Sector Banking to provide tools and resources to help improve the financial management of not-for-profit groups, and provide access to better and more cost-effective banking services.

Find what you need from the list below:
Financial Policies
The Institute of Community Directors Australia's downloadable financial management policies provide the information and support you need to safeguard and grow the finances of your not-for-profit organisation.

Financial Literacy Tools
Our financial literacy help sheets, financial tutorials and checklists provide the advice a treasurer needs to keep the organisation's books balanced.

Damn Good Advice Guides (Free)
Not-for-Profit Finance Week
Not-for-Profit Finance Week highlights the importance of good stewardship over the finances of Australia's many community organisations. Events during Not-for-Profit Finance Week are designed to celebrate and provide financial literacy education for the staff, volunteers, board members and treasurers who oversee the finances of Australian not-for-profit organisations.

Fundraising Resources
Our Community has developed a range of resources and tools to help community groups raise more funds. Go to the Community Funding Centre to get information on grants and fundraising in Australia.
The Funding Centre's grants database, help sheets and tools are specifically designed for not-for-profit organisations and schools, no matter your location, size or type.

Stay On Your Feet® resources & information
Stay On Your Feet®, which is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health, is a WA based falls prevention program which aims to help older adults within the community to stay active and independent.

Stay On Your Feet® resources such as fact sheets and brochures can be downloaded through our website here or ordered free of charge at Quickmail. Resources include strength and balance exercise flyers, booklets on healthy eating with included recipes, and fact sheets on how to get up off the floor after a fall. Translated Stay On Your Feet® information is also available for culturally and linguistically diverse older adults.
Stay On Your Feet® has a range of videos on YouTube as well as Promotional Displays that can be ordered online. We have an online learning module, Move Your Body that community members can complete here.
The Stay On Your Feet® website also contains a directory of services to help connect people with exercise classes which are local to them and can help them prevent falls. The eDirectory can be accessed here.
Olivia Forbes
Community Development Officer
Direct Tel: (08) 9575 5176
Amy Gibbs
Community Events & Services Officer
Direct Tel: (08) 9575 5162
Disclaimer - The Shire of Gingin does not endorse any other website and the information contained herein is not intended to be a source of advice or credit analysis with respect to the material presented and the information and/or documents contained in this newsletter do not constitute investment advice. 
In relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the information contained in this publication is generic and should not replace professional advice concerning individual circumstances. The pandemic continues to evolve rapidly 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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