The Community Development Newsletter will provide additional information on:
  • Grants
  • Resources  
  • Best practice 
  • Community and Club Events
Its purpose is to inform and unify our communities in becoming inclusive, vibrant and healthy. You are welcome to share this information.
  • Celebrations
  • Tips
  • Grants and Opportunities 
  • Not For Profit Law
  • Resources
  • Events
**Please note: The Shire of Gingin Community Development Officer Helen Sutherland's mobile number has changed to 0419 604 101.
Woodridge Horse and Pony Club Leads WA in Club Awards
Congratulations to the Woodridge Horse and Pony Club for being a finalist  (one from three) for the WA Healthy Club Award at the Western Australian RAC SportWest Awards 2020 .

Want to join this WA Award  Winning Club or require more information please contact

The RAC SportWest Awards are Western Australia’s premier sports awards. The RAC SportWest Awards enable the WA community to recognise excellence in sport and celebrate the achievements of WA sportspeople. The RAC SportWest Award winners will be announced at the RAC Arena on Thursday 11 February from 6pm.

CLEAN UP DUNES DAY - 17th January 2021 was an event to promote and encourage other 4x4 adventurers to help clean up areas they use and to contribute to the conservation of the environment. Rubbish was collected as part of the ‘Clean Up Day’ throughout the Lancelin dunes and was disposed of properly. Trailers were placed in safe locations to load rubbish and then were taken to the Lancelin waste facility. A great day for all concerned!
THANK YOU Sean Blackman AND Secrets 4x4 Crew for supporting the Lancelin community in cleaning up the dunes. Sean mentioned that "the winds were strong and the beach was soft but we ended up with just over half a trailer worth from the beach including a gazebo and two oil drums!". "We will definitely be back in the future to do more and help the environment anyway we can." The efforts of the Secrets 4x4 Crew to use and not abuse is appreciated. 
Guilderton Community Library Free Painting Activity Day A HUGE SUCCESS!
A free fun painting activity was held in the Guilderton Caravan Park on Tuesday 5 January 2021. Another well attended event for the Guilderton Library. Special thanks to Julie Rouse, Jae Watson, Madeline Henshaw for promoting this activity. A kayak was also kindly donated and parents and children all participated in covering the kyak with names, pictures and designs. Many of the smaller children used their hand prints as their design. Thanks must also go to Pamela and Steve, Managers of the park, for their assistance.

5 Ways To Check In On Yourself - Sometimes it's hard to know exactly how you feel, particularly when you're under stress. Here are some tips to help you touch base with your feelings. Take the Test. 
Tips For Beating the New Year Blues - Here are some tips to help tackle the 'post holiday, back to work/school blues'
  • Remove unrealistic new year resolutions from your life
  • Remind yourself of something you were grateful for in 2020
  • Try for a good sleep routine and daily exercise
  • Focus on your strengths and be kind to yourself
  • Remember tough times do pass... and there is help available
For more tips and tools on boosting your mental health head to the 'this Way Up' website.
Worried About Someone's Mental Health? 
How To Make or Break A Habit In 3 Simple Steps

Action for Happiness have developed an App (iOS & Android) for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
COVID-19 Help and support for your mental wellbeing in other languages
Fuel to Go & Play aims to create healthier food environments in community venues e.g. sport, recreation, entertainment venues and playcentres. Check out this Better BBQ's Page.
Stem Story Time STEM story time is an interactive space adventure for early learners. Children aged 3–6, parents and carers join an astronaut on a journey to the International Space Station, learning about space and problem-solving along the way. Watch it here.
Is your child anxious about starting school for the first time? Here's how you can help. 
Road Safety Song For Drivers - As children begin to go back to school around the country, the Australian Road Safety Foundation have launched a new campaign called Slow Down Songs. Click here to download the Slow Down Song audio tracks and campaign video.
Want To Receive Harvest and Vehicle Ban Notifications?
To receive Harvest/ Vehicle movement ban notifications via an SMS, please register your details here. 
Are You Groundwater Wise? 
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is helping households to use garden bores wisely through the Be Groundwater Wise website. Groundwater plays a vital role in supporting our natural environment, including wetlands, lakes, bushland and cave systems. The website explains the importance of groundwater and shares practical information for garden bore owners including waterwise gardening and bore maintenance tips. To read more click here. For more information see the DWER's website

Are You Ready To Vote?
The next State election takes place on Saturday 13 March 2021. Being correctly enrolled to vote is the first step in taking part in our democracy. The Electoral Education Centre is encouraging everyone in your community to make sure they are enrolled or have updated their details. This can be done online at The electoral roll closes at 6.00pm on Thursday 11 February 2021.

Have You Checked Your Vessel Registration? - Recreational vessel registration needs to be current to be on the water. Skippers are also required to properly display their vessel registration sticker and number. Get your free Vessel Registration brochure    
Diabetes and Falls - Falls are a major health risk for older adults, with multiple factors increasing the risk of an individual experiencing a fall and causing serious and life-threatening injuries. Diabetes is a contributing factor for falling and the sixth leading burden of disease in Australia. A person with diabetes is 64% more likely to have a fall and individuals who do fall are twice as likely to sustain an injury from the fall. Read more for recommendations on how to reduce the risk of falls among people with diabetes. 
COVID-19 vaccines information — Department of Health
Free Access To Online Resources at the WA Library including eConnect workshops to help people build their resume's and CV's. 
Djert - Learn the names of birds in Noongar. Part One. Video
Djert - Learn the names of birds in Noongar. Part Two. Video
Volunteering Australia Survey Results - The Impact of Covid!
Early insights from the current ‘COVID-19 impact on volunteering’ survey reveal many organisations are still operating with limited volunteer capacity. 
•    To date, 60% of organisations reported that their volunteer programs are only partially operational, with 12% still not operational.
•    A third of organisations are not confident that they will achieve pre-COVID levels of volunteering activity in the next six months.
•    At the same time, over 40% of organisations reported experiencing an increase in demand for services and over half (53%) saying they need more volunteers.
WA Youth Awards Nominations -  Closes 5 March 2021

The WA Youth Awards recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community.  
2021 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards - Closes 5 March 2021
Do you know a volunteer, or organisation who goes above and beyond? 
Department of Communities Volunteer Awards –  1 March 2021
The WA Volunteer Service Awards program recognises Western Australian volunteers who have provided 25 years or more of voluntary service with the same organisation, and in 2021, will also acknowledge those volunteers who have served across multiple organisations, providing enduring commitment to our state. If you know a long-standing volunteer, nominate them online or seek further information.

National Volunteer Week - Recognition Grants - Closes 7 March 2021
Up to $1,000 to organise an event which recognises and thanks volunteers during National Volunteer Week (Monday 17 - Sunday 23 May 2021)

Parents of Teenagers - Supporting parents to help their teenagers with their wellbeing. Young PeopleTools, stories and information for whatever life throws at you. Tips for Starting High School  

$100 GIFT CARD FOR YOUTH Are you from a regional, rural or remote area? - Would you be willing to be part of a study about your experiences using ReachOut? $100 gift card as a thanks for being involved in the research.

Funding available for insurance, projects and events. Applications will be considered in conjunction with the Shire's 2021/2022 Annual Budget. For more information. 

Support for completing your Shire of Gingin grant application and advancing your grant writing skills is available Tuesday 16 February at the Guilderton Community Hall from 2-4pm and then again from 5.30-7.30pm. Attendance registration is required. Reserve a place by emailing or call 9575 5162 for your preferred time. 
Starick’s Mobile Outreach Service
Starick’s Mobile Outreach Service provides a smoother transition and ongoing support to women with or without children who are experiencing domestic or family violence and have to exit a refuge environment. The service offers further support to women already residing in the community. Mobile Outreach Service works closely with refuges and other Family Domestic Violence services. For more information including referrals please contact Rekha Bhatt, on 9398 5080 or email 
Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) Closes 19 March 2021
This program aims to help small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business. This program is available annually. 
Blaze Aid - Helping communities rebuild after natural disasters. Blaze aid volunteers can help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed and more. If you would like to utilise these services please contact Cher Groves - Shire of Gingin Recovery & Leasing Officer on 95755 5138.
Farm Hub - Connects Australian farmers to a range of helpful services and support.
Primary Produces Tax Support
Temporary Visa Measures -  Are in place to support the agriculture sector, including:
•allowing students who work in agriculture to work beyond the usual 40 hours per fortnight work limitation during their study period 
•giving Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) working in agriculture an exemption from the six month limitation working with one employer
•enabling WHMs to apply for a further visa to continue working in agriculture for an additional 12 months
•allowing those within the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Programme to extend their stay to support the agriculture sector and  to work for more than one approved employer 
•allowing temporary visa holders in Australia working in agriculture to apply for a COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa to extend their stay for an additional 12 months.

RuralBiz Diploma of Agribusiness Management at Muresk Institute in 2021 - Build farm management skills and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. This blended learning format is designed to develop farm production and management skills through the combination of study and integrated engagement with industry and practical experiences. Options for school leavers to enroll. 

Do you, or someone you know, have an innovative idea? - The Farmers2Founders Ideas Program is a 3 month program designed for primary producers who are wanting to work out whether their business idea is worth pursuing. The program equips you to test ideas, build capability and confidence to launch new products and services and kick start new business ventures. The next Ideas Program will be commencing on the 29th March 2021 and runs to mid-June 2021. 
Beach Emergency Number Signs Update
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is encouraging the use of the BEN sign program as the number of visitors to beaches, lakes and rivers increases over the summer. The BEN sign program has been utilised for reporting incidents and hazards other than sharks. These include capsized boats and fires. The BEN sign data for the Shire of Gingin is now featured on the SharkSmart app. For more information on BEN Signs please refer to the SharkSmart webpage here.
Stronger Communities Program 
Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available under Round 6 of the Liberal Government’s Stronger Communities Program. Community groups in the Pearce electorate will share in funding of $150,000 to support capital projects that deliver social benefits to the wider community. 
Click here to find out more.

Highways and Byways Closes 9 February 2021
Up to $3000 to assist people and communities to address disadvantage and inequality, focusing on healing of the land, the earth, the ecosystems, and the Australian people.

WA Hiking Participation Grants Closes 10 February 2021
Growing participation in hiking in WA through the development and delivery of new opportunities for participation, skill development and/or building the capacity of leaders (including guides, instructors and volunteers). Funds between $5000 and $25,000.

Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program Closes 11 February 2021
Up to $10,000 for a broad scope of expenditure categories including landscaping, venue hire, entertainment, display cabinets, restoration costs, flagpole supply and/or installation, new memorial and much more.  
Heritage Grants Program  Closes 12 February 2021
The 2020-21 program offers a new Community Heritage Grants stream for community engagement. Up to $20,000 for community events, activities and heritage interpretation that aims to help businesses and not-for-profit organisations share the stories behind valuable heritage places.

Strengthening Rural Communities Closes 23 February 2021
Up to $25,000 for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Lottterywest Covid-19 Relief Fund Closes 24 February 2021
Foster a more innovative, collaborative and resilient network of not-for-profit organisations and community groups that can better serve the needs of communities during and following the COVID-19 crisis. Three streams - Enhance organisational governance, development of innovative business models or service delivery models and to enhance collaboration across the not-for-profit-sector towards shared goals.

Arts Projects Program Closes 2 March 2021
For projects starting after 1 June 2021.Funding of $10,000 to $50,000 is available to support organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists. A range of activities will be funded, for example: activities that creatively engage communities / collaborations / touring / festivals / exhibitions / performances / publishing / recording.

Building Better Regions Fund Closes 5 March 2021
Local communities, particularly those impacted by loss of regional tourism, can apply to receive project financial support. For new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional areas. From $5,000.

COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants Closes 18 March 2021
Up to $10,000 to implement projects that engage young people (10–25 years) in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes for young people in the community.

NAB Foundation Community Grants Closes 31 March 2021
Grants of up to $10,000 to fund local projects aiming to: help people and places prepare for natural disasters, assist in short and long-term recovery efforts, build community resilience against future disasters, strengthen the environment to be more resilient to natural disasters, and/or help communities reduce their climate risk. 

Coastwest Grants Closes 31 March 2021
To support coastal land managers and community organisations to undertake projects to rehabilitate, restore and enhance coastal sites.    

Budget Direct Sponsorship Closes 31 March 2021 
$1,000 - $5,000 to help create happy and healthy communities. 

Grant Caretaker Period 2021 -The Western Australian State Election will be held on Saturday 13 March 2021. In line with other state public sector agencies Healthway and Lotterywest will assume a caretaker role from early February 2021, and follow the guidelines which will be issued at the commencement of the caretaker period. During the caretaker period, they will continue to receive and assess grant funding applications, however funding decisions will be deferred until after the caretaker period has ended. Please contact Healthway if you think your organisation may be affected by this on 133 777 or email .
Planning is beginning for the Moore Arts Annual Easter Exhibition to be held on Saturday 3rd April 2021.  Our artists who were unable to exhibit last year are very keen to exhibit this year. The response has been quick and exciting. For many years Delys and Gillian have been our artistic advisers and enthusiastic designers of the exhibition. Not an easy task when the number of exhibitors and the range of exhibits have grown over the last few years – exhibiting in an attractive way all the artwork that has been offered has been up to them and they have always created an amazing display.  This year will be different as Gillian and Delys are no longer available for this important role. Moore Arts are now looking for an equally enthusiastic person who will take on this activity for the 2021 exhibition.  Delys who has been involved with the exhibition since its inception 26 years ago, is willing to assist whoever takes on the main role. If you would like to take on this creative and important role, or if you know someone who would love to be involved in this way, please email Anne Gilkes on or phone Anne on 0427 687 053.
The iconic Australian Bobtail Lizard (Tiliqua rugose)is known by many other names including sleepy lizard and shingleback lizard! The word rugose translates to wrinkled or rough in Latin, referring to their raised, shingle-like scales. These slow movers are commonly seen during warmer months. Bobtails are mostly brown in colour, sometimes with yellow spots and a pale belly. They have short, stumpy tails and a triangular head. While females are larger in size, males tend to have stockier builds and larger heads. When Bobtails feel threatened, they will open their bright pink mouths and extend a dark blue tongue and hiss. Their habitat typically includes shrub land, sand dunes and arid grasslands. Bobtails enjoy open habitats for sun-baking, hence why they are often seen on road edges. As omnivores, Bobtails will eat various plants and animals, preying on snails and beetles which are easily crushed using their strong jaws. They also enjoy eating a wide range of flowers and vegetation. Pregnancy usually lasts between 3 and 5 months, with most babies born in the warmer months between December and April. Young are born fully formed and self-sufficient, often in two’s or threes. Bobtails are quite prone to vehicle strikes as a consequence of their generally slow movement. They can also fall victim to the deadly upper respiratory tract infection known as ‘Bobtail Flu’.
These lizards can survive without food for months at a time as they have a fat store in their tail. s
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Tips For Helping Wildlife Survive Extreme Heat And Drought
There are key signs an animal may be suffering from heat stress. The might be seeking shade and appear lethargic, unresponsive and open mouthed. (salivating or panting).
Secure Your Pets - (dogs on lead when outdoors and cats indoors, especially at night)
Put Water Out - If an animal is showing signs of heat stress, place water nearby and consider leaving them access to  a sprinkler or mister for a sort period. 
Do Not Approach Wildlife - This can stress them further. Monitor recovery from a safe distance. 
If recovery signs are not evident within a few hours call for wildlife rescue and advice. 
COVID REGISTER UPDATE - The current mandatory contact registers will be expanded in WA from February 2021. Contact registers are an essential part of keeping Western Australians safe and have been mandatory for many businesses in WA for a few months. The expansion follows a review of WA’s contact register system, which has been in place since 5 December 2020 as a precautionary measure. From February, the following WA business premises are required to keep a contact register for the purpose of Department of Health COVID-19 contact tracing:
•    retail venues
•    commercial buses or vessels that can carry 12 or more people
•  public and private hospitals (visitors only - persons visiting patients, or attending meetings/lectures, couriers, and contractors)
•    takeaway food and beverage services
•   events with a COVID Event Plan (500+ patrons), and certain outdoor functions and gatherings under 500 people (e.g. weddings, corporate functions, fetes, festivals). 
In addition, any businesses already using their own QR code for registration will be required to also clearly display the WA Government’s SafeWA QR code. This will ensure that patrons are able to choose their preferred registration platform and facilitate the most effective and efficient collection of information for contact tracing purposes. Public transport users are encouraged to register their SmartRider card to ensure their contact details are available if needed. People are also encouraged to tag on and off Free Transit Zone. For more information, please access the WA State Government website
Thanks again for your support in keeping WA safe.

Charity Registrations - The Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC) registers hundreds of new charities every month. To remain eligible for registration, charities must meet ongoing obligations to the ACNC. Each time a Responsible Person (a committee or board member or trustee) commences or resigns from their position, you must notify the ACNC. Holding an Annual General Meeting is a good way to be accountable to your members. Read more about AGMs and view the free resources.  
Aurora orange hand smoke distress flares recall
Anyone who purchased Aurora Orange Distress flare in October or November 2020 lot numbers 060 to 061 please be aware of a product safety recall. 
Boaters are urged to read the recall notice and follow the instructions.      
   Visit Product Safety Australia to find out more    


2020 WA Falls ReportFalls are a significant public health issue affecting Western Australian families and the economy, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury fatalities and injury hospitalisations in WA. The Report shows someone died every 26 hours in WA due to a falls-related injury in 2017; while older adults and those in regional WA remain overrepresented in falls injury statistics.

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Saturday 22 May 5-10pm
Featuring 'The Mucky Duck Bush Band' and other live music
Free Food, Prizes and Awards

If you are a volunteer in the Shire of Gingin THIS IS THE CELEBRATION FOR YOU 
Book This Date In Your Calendar Today
SATURDAY 22 MAY 2021 5-10pm
More Information To Come.....
On 1 February 2021, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will commence advertising nationwide to recruit Census Field Managers for the 2021 Census. The next Census will be held on Tuesday 10 August 2021. The ABS has appointed The Adecco Group to assist with the recruitment of temporary staff to support the 2021 Census. The roles will be advertised on Advertising for Census jobs in your local area may generate public enquiries. Please direct all  enquiries relating to recruitment for Census Field Manager positions to the Adecco group on 1300 233 445 or email Alternatively, if you have a complex enquiry relating to recruitment for Census jobs, direct the enquiry to the ABS Census HR team at, or contact the Census HR team by calling 02 6252 8303.
Community Celebrating Youth Events
Saturday 10 - Arts in the Park /Wangaree Park Lancelin
Monday 12  - Free Entry and Activity /Gingin Aquatic Centre

Tuesday 13 - Free Activities, Entertainment, Demonstrations /Gingin Football Oval 10-2.00
Wednesday 14 -Free Activities, Entertainment, Demonstrations /Guilderton Foreshore and Gabbadah Park Guilderton 10-2.00
Thursday 15 - Free Activities, Entertainment, Demonstrations/Wangaree Park Lancelin
All activities are chosen by Youth with support and sponsorship by local businesses, the Shire of Gingin and community organisations. More details to come. 
If you would like to sponsor or support further activities please contact Helen Sutherland Shire of Gingin Youth Officer / 0419 604 101
Please Note - 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.

Disclaimer - The information contained in this publication is generic and should not replace professional advice concerning individual circumstances. The COVID-19 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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Helen Sutherland
Community Development Officer
Mobile: 0419 604 101
Direct Tel: 9575 5162
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Amy Gibbs
Community Events and Services Officer
Direct Tel: 9575 5162
7 Brockman Street (PO Box 510)
Gingin WA 6503
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