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Welcome to our issue for May 2021

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

Thank you to M.R. Mulching for sponsoring the 2020 Rates Incentive Prize Night.

ANZAC Day Services for 2021

Although Australia is younger than most of the other nations around the world, we have nevertheless been involved in many events that have shaped today’s modern world. Perhaps the greatest of these has been the contribution of our ANZAC soldiers to the many conflicts that have occurred in our nation’s short history. Without the sacrifices of our service men and women in years gone past, we would not enjoy the freedoms of today.
It has been 103 years since the end of World War I, 76 years since the end of World War II and even less for other conflicts such as the Vietnam War. Currently Australian troops are serving in Afghanistan although in just the past few weeks our Prime Minister has announced that Australia will be pulling out of the region in September 2021. Australian troops have served in Afghanistan since 2001 and during that time, the lives of 41 Australian personnel have been lost.
This year services around the Shire of Gingin were able to resume to commemorate all those who have served. Following the cancellation of services last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s services felt particularly poignant for many of us.
Unfortunately the lockdown for the Perth and Peel regions across the long weekend did see the last minute cancellation of the Dawn Service that was to be held in Seabird. However many held a vigil in their driveway and other services went ahead including a morning service on 23 April at both Gingin District High School and Lancelin Primary School.  Gingin’s students were additionally able to observe the flyover of two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hawk 127 aircraft from Number 79 Squadron, RAAF Pearce flying at approximately 500 ft. Given that this year is the RAAF’s 100th birthday, this year’s theme selected by the Returned and Services League of WA was Flying into a New Era: 100 Years of RAAF.  The RAAF was keen to mark this year’s ANZAC Day especially so the high school was extremely fortunate to have this flyover take place. 
In Gingin, Guilderton and Lancelin dawn services took place on ANZAC Day followed by the supply of breakfast to community members. Given the lockdown, many members of the public wore masks to the services but all services were well attended with the community keen to observe a traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service and pay their respects to Australia’s service men and women.
The Shire would like to acknowledge and thank the various organisations and volunteers who arrange the ANZAC Day services every year including (but not limited to) the Pensioners Social Club Gingin, Lancelin & Districts RSL, Seabird Progress Association, Guilderton Country Club and both Gingin District High School and Lancelin Primary School. Your organisations and those who volunteer to assist during each service are a wonderful credit to each of our communities.
Shire staff and Councillors were able to attend and participate in the Gingin Dawn Service and photographs were taken during the event. If you would like a copy of any of the originals, please contact the Shire on (08) 9575 5162 or email
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
~ Lest We Forget ~

Gingin is turning 150 this year!

To celebrate, a special Project Team is planning an event for Saturday, 9 October 2021. The group has a Facebook page and a website. FOLLOW to stay up to date!  

The Project Team is seeking sponsors for the event. If you are interested in sponsoring and receiving advertising and more as part of your sponsorship deal then please click here Application Form. You can also read more here

The planned Billy Cart Race is going to be a fantastic event. There are just 75 places for the event so make sure you REGISTER NOW! The team will also be at the British Car Day this Sunday to give tips and more on construction your billy cart so pop by and say hello! 

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.

Next Council Meeting
The Shire's next Ordinary Council Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 18 May 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 –

How do you IMAGINE Our Community's Future?

2021 is a busy year for the Shire’s Administration with the Strategic Community Plan (SCP) up for a major review mid-year. Additionally the Long Term Financial, Asset Management and Workforce Plans also require reviewing this year.

Well the plans each form a major component of the Shire of Gingin’s Integrated Planning Series. Under the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 each WA local government is required to have these documents and to review them regularly. This makes them ‘living’ documents.

To create the SCP Council needs your feedback! In June Council will seek feedback from the community about what you feel our Shire’s long term objectives should be. What areas do we want to focus on and continue to grow into the future? Are our objectives realistic? It’s easy to set objectives but do they take into account Shire resources, staff time and how much money the Shire realistically has to spend? Or are our objectives an unrealistic wish list?

It’s important to get this process right in order to have plans for the future that DREAM BIG but are also REALISTIC.

The Shire has commenced publishing the first of 4 x Infographics/Fact Asked Questions sheets and videos. You can view a copy of the first Infographic/Fact Sheet and on the SCP on the Shire’s website. A copy of the related video can be viewed below. This FAQ sheet and video specifically look at the SCP and they both explain other considerations and processes that need to be included in the development of the Plan.

At this stage 3 x discussion sessions are scheduled to take place in each of the Shire's sub-regions and it is envisaged that an online survey option will also be available if you can't make your local session. Session dates are currently expected to take place as follows: 
  • 22 June 2021 - Gingin
  • 23 June 2021 - Guilderton
  • 24 June 2021 - Lancelin
Times and locations for each of these sessions will be confirmed in the near future. Keep a look out via our Facebook page and website for this information in addition to the further roll-out of fact sheets and videos in coming weeks. 

Contact the Shire on (08) 9575 5100

Lancelin Immerse Creative Arts Festival 

What a fantastic Saturday was had in Lancelin on the 10th April! The Immerse Creative Arts Festival (a new addition to the Shire’s 2021 Summer Suite of Events) took place in Wangaree Park and had a terrific attendance rate for this brand new event.

Local and visiting families tried their hand at multiple art forms including song writing, poetry writing, circus skills, acrylic and water colour painting, clay modelling, block printing, face painting and 3D colouring in. There was soulful live music from Savanah Solomon and Jewel Owusu to set the mood as people made their creations in the giant tepee. Artists from the area and from Perth shared their skills, facilitated full workshops and activities across the day.

The event was supported by DADAA and the Lancelin CRC and made possible by the generous sponsorship of Bendigo Bank.

Thank you to all the event attendees and the artists who made this such a terrific event. Copies of photographs from the event may be viewed on the Shire’s Facebook page and requested from the Shire via

Youth Week 2021 - A Collaborative Celebration!

Youth Week this year was huge in the Shire of Gingin with a Road Show of events held across communities including Gingin, Guilderton, Lancelin and Yeal. Youth Week this year ran from Monday, 12 April through to Friday, 16 April 2021. It was hosted by three organisations – the Shire of Gingin (Helen Sutherland), Guilderton Community Association (Guilderton CA - Kerry Jones) and the Lancelin Community Resource & Visitor Centre (Sharon Bodle). It was also supported by 28 community groups, local organisations/services and businesses.
Across the Shire more than 600 youths participated in a total of 62 fun activities across 5 days. This included activities such as Laser Tag, Art Workshops, Sumo Wrestling, Personal/Safety Defence Workshops, DJ Workshops, Dance Workshops, Surfers Rescue Safety Training, Snake Bite First Aid Training, Animal Petting, 3D Augmented Colouring, Tennis games, Rocket Making, Space Explorer Programs and a whole tonne more.
The success of this event was thanks to the willingness of community members to volunteer their time and funds for the enjoyment of our young people. A huge thank you to all who participated and thank you also to this week’s key sponsors being the Department of Communities (Youth Week WA), the Road Safety Commission, the Guilderton Community Association and Lancelin Community Resource Centre. Thank you lastly to the many event organisers who made each day in each location such a resounding success.
Copies of photos are available upon request from the Shire. Contact or call (08) 9575 5162.

Gingin Outdoor Activity Space progressing fast!

It’s hard to believe how quickly the construction works for the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space (situated adjacent to the Granville Civic Centre) have been progressing over the past few months. Handover is just a few short days away with much of the bulk of the heavy construction work already undertaken. We hope you’re excited about this new activity space which began life as a community initiative.
The Gingin Outdoor Activity Space Project group (formerly Gingin Interactive Space Group), has driven this project since its initiation in 2018. This community group has independently undertaken fundraising activities and sourced sponsorships ($50,000), obtained in-kind works and contributions ($35,000) and secured $150,000 in partnership with the Gingin District Community Resource Centre through a successful Bendigo Bank (Community Bank Gingin and Lancelin) grant application. The Working Group also contributed to acquiring Federal funding with Hon. Christian Porter’s support (Building Our Future - Australian Government) by meeting with him and discussing the project, the community’s needs and the Working Group’s role.
The Outdoor Activity Space is expected to be finished (bar some small finishing touches) just in time for British Car Day on 16 May 2021. The official launch of the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space is expected to coincide with the Gingin Sesquicentenary - 150th Anniversary event (150th Anniversary) which will take place on 9 October 2021.
Please contact the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space Project working group via their Facebook page or contact the Shire via / (08) 9575 5100.

Road Works

The following roadworks have recently been completed by the Shire of Gingin:
  • Maintenance grading on Wannamal Road South, Wannamal Road West, Red Gully Road, Pin Pin Road and Beermullah Road West
The following projects are currently in progress around the Shire of Gingin:
  • Reconstruction of Cowalla Road for 2.5km from Mimegarra Road heading towards Cowalla Bridge has been completed. Sealing works have been completed. Now awaiting line marking
  • Reconstruction of Mortimer Street, Guilderton - awaiting sealing
The following roadworks are due to commence shortly in the Shire of Gingin:
  • Resealing works on Bootoo Street (Lancelin), Edwards Street (Seabird), Mullins Way (Guilderton) and Weld Street (Gingin). Awaiting sealing contractor
  • Dingo Road gravel re-sheet
  • Kendall Street asphalt overlay
  • Maintenance grading of Bennies Road, Beermullah Road West, Mimegarra Road, Nilgen Road and all other gravel roads  across the Shire
Further enquiries 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. Works expected to be undertaken over 4-6 weeks.
  • Design of the renewed Gingin Weir structure
  • Construction of Gingin Outdoor Activity Space
  • Gingin Football Lighting Tower Partial Renewal (2 x lights)
The following projects are due to commence shortly in the Shire of 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. 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.

Differences between Fire Bans 

We’ve all heard that there are different types of fire bans but do you know the difference?

There are 2 x types of bans you will hear about most commonly in the Shire of Gingin which are:
  • Total Fire Ban
  • Harvest, Hot Works & Vehicle Movement Ban
Total Fire Bans are set by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services. Generally they will set this ban the day before it is due to commence and it will usually be put in place from midnight that night until midnight the following night.

Harvest, Hot Works & Vehicle Movement Bans are set by the Shire of Gingin. The Shire will impose this type of ban when the predicted weather conditions (as classified by the Bureau of Meteorology) are rated 'Very High', 'Severe', 'Extreme' or 'Catastrophic'. 

  • Prohibit open fires for the purpose of cooking, camping or outdoor entertainment including fire pits and bonfires.
  • Prohibit the undertaking of hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding and gas cutting in the open air except for business and industry if regulatory conditions are met.
  • Prohibit the undertaking of off-road activity using a four-wheel drive, quad bike, motorcycle, bobcat or similar vehicle, except for agricultural purposes or by business and industry if regulatory conditions are met.
  • Can be placed at any time of year.
The main difference between the 2 types of bans is that the Harvest, Hot Works & Vehicle Movement Ban also prohibits the use of harvest vehicles for harvesting operations which is not prohibited if there is only a Total Fire Ban in place.

It is
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out if there is a ban of either kind in place. Subscribe to the Shire’s SMS service to receive free notifications when either type of ban is placed.

Contact Phil Barrett, Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, during office hours on 0408 943 576

Edward Island Point Track Seasonal Closure

In October 2020 Council resolved to allow seasonal (September to late April) 4x4 vehicle access to the beach directly from the start of the existing Edward Island Point Track (just south of the gates at the south end of Grace Darling Park) as conditions allow.
The closure of the track is now in place and will be removed in September, conditions permitting.
This seasonal closure is for the purpose of recreating dunes, re-establishing vegetation and increasing natural protection for both the Lancelin Caravan Park and the Lancelin town site.

Mitigation Burns - Ocean Farms & Woodridge

Last week the Shire of Gingin commenced the undertaking of mitigation burning in Ocean Farms Estate. These burns are continuing this week and from next week, the Shire has started to also undertake several burns around Woodridge.
These burns will reduce the risk during a bushfire by creating low fuel buffers and will be undertaken by fire mitigation service providers who have completed the last series of prescription burns in the area.
Further burns in these areas are expected to occur up until the end of June.
Queries may be directed to David Wilson, the Shire's Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator, on 0412 716 577 or to James Morton, Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, on 0427 141 078.

Thank You to Our Emergency Services

The Shire of Gingin and Council would like to say a tremendous ‘thank you’ to all of our many emergency services volunteers and officers who protected homes and lives in the Gingin town site on the 28 April 2021 and who mopped up the remnants of the fire in the days afterwards.
The bushfire was reported at 3.17pm on the 28 April 2021 and it burnt along Gingin Brook towards the rear of St Luke’s Anglican Church. An estimated 26 hectares was burnt.
Volunteer and Career Fire and Rescue and Volunteer Bushfire Brigades from both within and outside of the region, Salvation Army, Police, DFES, St John Ambulance and Shire Staff all assisted to coordinate a response and contained the blaze by around 7pm on the day the fire started.
To all volunteers and service personnel: you are the gems in our community that we could not do without. Thank you for your service to the Shire of Gingin and its residents.
For all emergency warnings please always refer to This is the DFES emergency website and it will always have the most current information on any declared emergency situation and instructions on what to do. We recommend bookmarking it in your browser on your smart phone and home computer. 

Photo credit - Nikki Woods, Gingin Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Upcoming Events

Public Notices


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


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

Proposed Plans

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer in writing on or before 4.00pm on Thursday, 13 May 2021. All enquiries regarding this proposal should be made to the Shire’s Planning Department on (08) 9575 5100 or email

Aaron Cook


Local Planning Scheme No. 9 – Scheme Amendment No. 22
Lot 100 (1492) Bennies Rd, Cowalla

The Shire of Gingin invites comment in relation to proposed amendment No. 22 to Local Planning Scheme No. 9 (LPS 9) to rezone Lot 100 (1492) Bennies Road, Cowalla from ‘General Rural - uncoded’ to ‘General Rural 20’ (GR20) over the portion of land north of Bennies Road and ‘General Rural 30’ (GR30) over the portion of land south of Bennies Road.

Comments should include:

  • The amendment number (No. 22),
  • Name and address of the person making the submission,
  • The property affected; and
  • Details of the submission

Submissions should be lodged within 42 days from the date of this notice (by 4.00pm, 24 May 2021). Submissions in relation to this proposal should be made in writing and directed to the Chief Executive Officer either by post to the Shire of Gingin, PO Box 510, Gingin WA 6503 or by email to

Plans and documents setting out and explaining the proposal can be viewed below. To view the proposal in hardcopy, please attend the Shire of Gingin Administration Centre, located at 7 Brockman Street, Gingin or the Lancelin Office, 255 Vins Way, Lancelin during office hours.

Plans - Lot 100 (1492) Bennies Rd, Cowalla

P: (08) 9575 5100

Aaron Cook

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.

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