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Welcome to our issue for October 2021

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With just a couple of days to go, this event is shaping up to be a terrific celebration for the Shire's oldest town. 

Program of Activities & Event Map
To see the full list of all the activities you can do during the event (from Friday evening to Sunday morning) and to view a map of the event - CLICK HERE! 

Getting Around the Event
The Gingin 150th will be fairly spread out across town with activities concentrated around Granville Park. However, there will also be things to do and look at on the grassed area in front of the Shire, at the Post Office, Bowling Club, School, Men's Shed, Op-Shop and more. To get to these places without having to necessarily walk, there are a couple of different methods.

2 x shuttle buses will operate during the event to ferry event attendees around town to the various locations at 12 Stops from 10am - 4pm.

From 4pm onwards until late 1 x shuttle bus will operate to transport people from Granville Park (where the evening festivities will take place - Stop #6) to either of the 2 x designated car parks (Stops #1 & #10) or the camping area up at the Recreation Grounds (Stop #2). The bus will generally run every half hour for the evening period.

If you'd like to move around town at a slower pace and take in the scenery for awhile then there will also be a horse and cart operating which will arrive at Stops #4, #6, #8, #9 & #12 between 10am - 4pm.

Road Closure - Weld St from 7am - 4pm / Speed Reduction
For the safety of all the competitors, spectators and helpers of the Billy Cart Race, please note that Weld Street will be temporarily closed from 7am to 4pm on Saturday, 9 October 2021.

The closure will start at the Dewar Road/Brockman Street intersection and finish at St Luke’s Church carpark. An alternative route into town will be accessible via Brockman Street.

Also, a temporary speed limit reduction to 30kph will be in effect through the main Gingin town site from 7am to 10pm for safety of pedestrians attending the event.

The Shire apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the public for your cooperation.

More Event Information
Visit the 150th website for Frequently Asked Questions and more. 

Be a Vocal Local 

2021 Local Government Elections
It's a local government election year again with the elections set to take place on Saturday, 16 October 2021.

Many community members would have received voting packages in the post already with the 5 candidates that have nominated for the Shire of Gingin Council.

We encourage you to vote now for your chosen candidates. Your elected members are the community's representatives and they will speak on your behalf on matters before Council.

For more information (i.e. to view the Candidate's profile) head to the Shire's website.
Next Council Meeting

The Shire's next Ordinary Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 3:00pm. This meeting is open to the public.  

Questions for consideration during Public Question Time should be submitted prior to the meeting using the e-form available from the Shire’s website.
Shire Employee Awarded
Red Cross
International Service Medal
It is with tremendous pride that the Shire of Gingin congratulates senior staff member, Bob Kelly, on receiving the Australian Red Cross International Service Award.

On Friday, 17 September, Bob was presented with the International Service Medal by Aisling Blackmore, Chairperson WA Red Cross Divisional Advisory Board, at a ceremony in Perth. This award recognises aid workers who represent the Red Cross overseas and who display exemplary service of a commendable nature over a lengthy period of time, usually during times of conflict or natural disaster.

Over the last 30 years in between working for local government, Bob completed humanitarian deployments as a delegate for the Red Cross in Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, South Sudan, North Kenya, India and Bougainville where he undertook missions that improved the quality of life for victims of war and disaster.

One of Bob’s most memorable assignments was in Somalia during the 1990s where he was tasked to provide humanitarian aid during the country’s devastating war and drought crisis. During that time he and two other co-delegates were held hostage by Somali warlords for 48 hours until Bob managed to negotiate their release and subsequent escape.

In contrast to his difficult and dangerous missions, a highlight of his Red Cross career was establishing the first Red Cross Unit with a fellow colleague at Lodwa in Turkana, Northern Kenya which is still in operation today, nearly 26 years later.

A former colleague nominated Bob for the award in May this year which was verified by the International Committee of Red Cross in Geneva and the Australian National Red Cross, making him one of a very select few Australians to receive the award since its inception.

“We are incredibly proud of Bob and wholeheartedly commend him on receiving this award,” said Shire of Gingin CEO, Aaron Cook. “We are also grateful to have his extraordinary skill set on our management team.”

Bob is currently employed as the Executive Manager Regulatory and Development Services for the Shire of Gingin and continues to volunteer for the Red Cross.
Fran and her team are looking to open the Gingin Aquatic Centre very soon as it won't be long before the hot weather is upon us!

The opening times remain the same as last season with the pool being open 7 days a week from 9am – 7pm. The pool will also open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for morning swimmers from 6am – 8am.

Adults (16 and over) - $4.50
Child (5 – 15) - $2.50
Child (under 5 years) - $1.80
Concession - $3.30
Family Pass - $13.20
Spectators Free

Adults (16 and over) - $45.00
Child (5 – 15) - $25.00
Child (under 5 years) - $18.00
Concession - $33.00
Family Pass - $132.00

Adults (16 and over) - $132.00
Child (5 – 15) - $70.00
Child (under 5 years) - $36.00
Concession - $66.00
Family Pass - $335.00

The Open Days and opportunity to enrol for Swim School will be Saturday & Sunday, 23 & 24 October from 12pm until 2pm.

If community members have any further queries, please contact the Swimming Pool Manager, Fran Haenni, on (08) 9575 5154 / 0447 790 291 or email

2021/22 Fire Control Officer Contacts Update

Please be advised that there are a couple of amendments for the Fire Control Officer contact list (refer page 23) in this year’s Fire Break Orders.
  • Jon Pallette should be listed as servicing the Guilderton, Redfield Park and Seabird areas. Not Seaview Park as listed.
  • Russell Kernahan IS NOT an FCO this year. Please do not contact him for any Seabird permits but rather, please contact Jon Pallette on 0467 588 143.
  • Gary Robinson is listed as servicing the Woodridge area but he should also be listed as servicing the Guilderton and Sovereign Hill areas too.
  • Colin Gofton should be listed as servicing the Woodridge area and he can be contacted on 0404 113 557.
These typos have been corrected in the copy of the Fire Break Orders on the Shire’s website which can be downloaded via the above link. When the Gingin & Lancelin CRCs Regional Directories are printed later this year they will also include the updated and correct version for FCO contacts.
It's that time of year again and we've received reports of swooping magpies in Gingin.

While their dive-bombing behaviour can be a bit frightening, they are doing what comes naturally by protecting their eggs during nesting season, which typically runs from August to October.

For tips on living safely with maggies during this time, please visit the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' website

Upcoming Events

The main 150th event will take place in Gingin on
Saturday, 9 October 2021 from 10am - late.

Find out more via
The following activities will also be taking place as part of the 150th event but
they will be occurring on Friday, 8 October - the evening prior to the main event on Saturday. 

Public Notices


Pursuant to Section 18 (5) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, it is hereby notified that the Unrestricted Burning Period within the Shire of Gingin has been extended until:


Phillip Barrett

Cr Wayne Fewster

Community Opportunities & Information


The Heritage Council’s Heritage Grants Program is now open for applications. 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.

Applications close 4pm on Friday, 10 December 2021.
Community organisations or local governments can now apply for funding for programs that boost participation in hiking and trail running. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to eligible organisations through the WA Hiking Participation Grants program, which aims to provide new opportunities that grow participation in hiking or develop leaders including guides, instructors and volunteers. The strategy is the first of its kind in Australia to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way.

Applicants are encouraged to think of innovative and creative ways of growing Western Australia's community of bushwalkers, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Hosting 'have-a-go' activities for bushwalking and/or trail running
  • Engaging Aboriginal people with training opportunities in hiking leadership
  • Delivering training in navigation, bushcraft, trail maintenance, first aid, etc. 
  • Establishing new hiking clubs and groups in regional areas and developing training products for hiking leaders
  • Designing and delivering hiking programs of increasing levels of self-reliance
Applications close 5 November 2021. 

For more information on the WA Hiking Participation Grants program, CLICK HERE.

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

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For more information visit: 
WA State Government's website -
Shire of Gingin's webpage -
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