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Welcome to our issue for June 2021

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


(08) 9520 6148   www.robbrowa.com.au
Thank you to Robbro Road Construction Pty Ltd for sponsoring the 2020 Rates Incentive Prize Night.

Gingin Outdoor Activity Space
Ready for Action!

As of Saturday, 15 May the Outdoor Activity Space in Gingin opened to the public – just in time for British Car Day!

It’s been a race to get to the finish line with some finishing touches still to be undertaken over the next few weeks.

The Hon Martin Aldridge, Shire staff, three student Councillors from Gingin District High School and several Shire Councillors involved in the project together with the Gingin Outdoor Activity Space Project group (formerly Gingin Interactive Space Group) and their children took the opportunity to inspect the new space on Friday afternoon, 14 May (pictured above).

The project has been a community driven initiative and is sure to be a terrific asset to all sectors of the Shire’s communities in the years to come. An official opening launch for the Outdoor Activity Space will take place during the Gingin 150th Event scheduled to take place on Saturday, 9 October 2021.

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!  

MARKET STALL APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! 
The Gingin 150th Event Project Team is now inviting businesses to apply to exhibit at the Gingin 150th Event! To apply visit www.gingin150th.com.au/exhibit-and-faqs.

All businesses that produce and create within Gingin and surrounds are invited to showcase and sell their wares as we celebrate the diversity of output that comes from this region.

Businesses in the wider Wheatbelt community are also invited to apply to be stallholders. Perth based businesses are welcome to apply however, when confirming stalls based on numbers of applications received preference will be given to regional based businesses.


SPONSORSHIP
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

REGISTRATION FOR THE BILLY CART RACE
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! 

EVENT BACKGROUND
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, 15 June 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.

Community says 'Thank You'
to our Volunteers in style

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”   Author unknown.
 
A crowd of over 300 came together in Gingin on Saturday, 22 May to hold a special event to ‘thank’ our Shire’s many wonderful volunteers. Times of late have been very testing with the COVID-19 Pandemic, bush fires both within our Shire and without in addition to the cancellation of events and everyday ongoing activities where so often volunteers are asked to contribute.
 
The Volunteer ‘Thank You’ Evening event was a special opportunity to recognise the contribution made by our many communities’ wonderful volunteers and to provide them with an evening’s entertainment. Four separate organisations applied for and were able to successfully acquire funding from Volunteering WA in order to put on the evening event. The four organisations were the Lancelin Community Resource Centre, Ledge Point Community Association, Woodridge Community Association and the Shire of Gingin.
 
Across our community so many give freely of themselves for so many different reasons. Obvious volunteers include our fire fighters, ambulance crews and other emergency services volunteers who sometimes face very harrowing situations and yet they step up without complaint. Less obvious are those who assist at sporting events, with looking after our youth and elderly, fundraising for a cause, land care initiatives and so much more.
 
The Volunteer ‘Thank You’ Evening event was a wonderful chance to give back to our community volunteers who have done so much for us, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic and to those who have served their communities for so many years without expecting any form of recognition.
 
The evening featured entertainment provided by Kelly Gardner and the Mucky Duck Bush Band – the latter of which encouraged attendees onto the dance floor and talked them through several different types of entertaining dances.
 
There was a huge number of raffle prizes from community groups, businesses and residents who wanted to ‘acknowledge and thank a volunteer’ - the sheer amount was staggering! Almost no one left the event empty handed with wines, local preserves, eskies and more won over the course of the evening. Thank you to the extensive list of sponsors (as many as 116!) who donated these items including the Hon Martin Aldridge MLA, Mr Shane Love MLC and the Hon Christian Porter MP. Your generosity was hugely appreciated. 
 
Sergeant Dave Harnett, OIC for Gingin Police, was invited to present a special Certificate of Achievement to 15 year old Tyla Babich in recognition of his outstanding bravery and courage during the Red Gully Bush Fire event earlier this year. His actions to save wildlife affected by the fire and his commitment to the active defence of the Moore River Ranch and Wildlife Sanctuary was truly commendable.
 
The evening was a momentous success and would not have been possible without the additional support of the Gingin & Chittering Lions Club for providing and setting up the marquees outside, David Roe for the supply of the hay bales, Sylvia Kelly for the flowers, the bus services provided for coastal attendees by Kim and Jenny Rule, Jenny Walker from the Woodridge Community Association and Shire staff from the Community Services Department and the Parks and Gardens team. Thanks must also be extended of course to the previously mentioned raffle sponsors, caterers and the evening entertainment, without which this event would not have been possible.
 
In 2019 volunteers contributed 596.2 million hours to communities across Australia according to Volunteering WA which is an amazing figure. This year’s National Volunteer Week theme acknowledged that it is time to recognise, reconnect and reimagine volunteering. By recognising volunteers, reconnecting by giving our time and reimagining how we can continue to support our volunteers – we can keep volunteering invigorated in our Shire as we head into the future.  
 
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”   Sherry Anderson.

Local Fire Fighters recognised at
Volunteer's 'Thank You' Evening

On Saturday, 22 May, the communities of the Shire came together to hold a special event to ‘thank’ our Shire’s many wonderful volunteers.

Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, Phil Barrett, and Shaun Champ, DFES District Officer North Coastal Metropolitan Operations, took the opportunity to present several long overdue service medals and medallions to a number of the Shire’s volunteer fire fighters during this event.

This included:

  • 3 National Medals of Service to the Country to Bob Wilson (35 yrs), Mal Harrington (25 yrs) and Glen Susac (15 yrs).
  • Bush Fire Long Service Medals to the State which were awarded for 10+ yrs of service to Bob Wilson, Mal Harrington, Carol Andela, Steve Owen, Dave Stroud, Anne Stroud, Jason Barrett, Olga Nye, Mark Cullan, Judy Marshall, Bill Marshall and Michael Pollette.
  • A special NSW Citation for Service which was awarded to James Morton, Carol Andela and Glen Susac for their service provided over east during Australia’s Black Summer in 2019/20.
  • A 5 Years Medallion for Volunteer Bush Fire Service which was also presented to Carola Granswick, Vince Tarzia and Margaret Harrington.

Given not all of the Shire’s volunteer fire fighters were able to attend the evening, those who missed out of the presentation of medallions or award of medals will be presented with them at a later date.

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.

NEVER HEARD OF THESE PLANS?
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.


HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY
Feedback will be sought via a public survey (complete online - https://forms.gle/jCQTJRQGmcx5bv5D7 or pick up a hard copy from either of our officers or the Lancelin or Gingin CRCs) and through a series of workshops from 22-24 June.

Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE to attend! Contact Linda Fidge on (08) 9575 5119 / email Linda.Fidge@gingin.wa.gov.au.
WORKSHOP DATES: 
  • 22 June 2021 - Gingin
  • 23 June 2021 - Guilderton
  • 24 June 2021 - Lancelin
To find out more information about how these 4 plans work, visit our website to view several videos and fact sheets that the Shire has produced.

QUERIES
Contact the Shire on (08) 9575 5119.  

Construction of Gingin Emergency
Services Centre Underway  

Members of the public may have taken note of the recent clearing of a block of land to the south of the Chittering Gingin St John Ambulance Centre on Weld Street in Gingin.  

This location is to be the site for the construction of the new Gingin Emergency Services Centre (GESC). Construction is expected to be completed by approximately April 2022 and when completed, this facility will be utilised by Gingin Volunteer Fire & Rescue and Gingin South Bushfire Brigade.

Additionally, the facility will also act as an Incident Control Centre during emergency level bush fires, of which the Shire has seen 3 in the past 18 months including the Red Gully Bush Fire, Yanchep Bush Fire and more recently, the Gingin Town Site Bush Fire. This facility will act in this capacity as an Incident Control Centre not only for the Shire of Gingin but also for surrounding Shires as it will be a regional facility for the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) and other relevant emergency services in the event of an emergency level fire threat.

The GESC will be a huge asset to both the Shire and surrounding regions. It will be managed by the Shire of Gingin and has been funded through the DFES Emergency Services Levy.

Enquiries about the Gingin Emergency Services Centre may be directed to Phil Barrett, Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, on 0408 943 576

Road Works

The following roadworks have recently been completed by the Shire of Gingin:
  • Resealing works on Bootoo St (Lancelin)
  • Kendall St asphalt overlay deferred
  • Reconstruction of Mortimer St, Guilderton – sealing completed
The following projects are currently in progress around the Shire of Gingin:
  • Maintenance grading of other gravel roads across the Shire
  • Dingo Rd gravel re-sheet - approximately 2.5km completed
The following roadworks are due to commence shortly in the Shire of Gingin:
  • Resealing works for Edwards St (Seabird), Mullins Way (Guilderton) and Weld St (Gingin). Awaiting sealing contractor
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:
  • Installation of two replacement water monitoring bores within the Lancelin Sporting Complex by the Department of Water & Environmental Regulation
The following projects are currently in progress around the Shire of Gingin:
  • Upgrade of Granville Park Ablution Block – external wall cladding has been completed. Works remaining are re-tiling of the floor areas and some minor plumbing replacements
  • Design of the renewed Gingin Weir structure
  • Construction of Gingin Outdoor Activity Space (minor finishes left)
  • 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
Further queries about these works may be directed to the Shire’s Assets team on (08) 9575 5100, option 7.

Indian Ocean Drive
Main Roads WA Consultation Sessions

Mainroads WA is undertaking a planning study along Indian Ocean Drive between Breakwater Drive, Yanchep and Seaview Drive, Lancelin.

The study aims to identify what the long term requirements are for Indian Ocean Drive, including intersection treatments and the expected requirement for a dual carriageway. This is a comprehensive investigation that will inform and guide the future role of Indian Ocean Drive within the regional transport network and surrounding community.

It is important to understand that this is a planning study only. No funding is currently available for any construction works or land acquisition. This study complements the recently completed safety upgrades and will assess future demand for the road, including potential land development, access requirements and traffic numbers.


INFORMATION SESSIONS
  • Tuesday, 1 June from 3pm - 7pm Guilderton Community Hall, Wedge Street, Guilderton
  • Wednesday, 2 June from 2pm - 6pm Wangaree Community Centre, 131 Gingin Road, Lancelin
FURTHER INFORMATION
View the Planning Study Update which was recently circulated to local communities

Call Mainroads WA on 138 138 and ask for their Community Stakeholder Representative for the Indian Ocean Drive Planning Study or email indianoceandrive@mainroads.wa.gov.au. More information is also available on their website.

Report your Planned Burn to DFES

The Shire of Gingin is now in the Unrestricted Burning Period until the end of September 2021. You may now burn without obtaining a permit.  

However, as a courtesy to our fire fighters it would be appreciated that if you intend to burn you still contact DFES to notify them of your planned burn. Call (08) 9395 9209

Members of the public may still make triple 0 calls when they see a fire even at this time of year. By notifying DFES, you will assist us in preventing unnecessary call outs to our local fire fighters.  

Upcoming Events

 Make sure you REGISTER TO ATTEND! Book by contacting Linda Fidge on (08) 9575 5119. 

If you can't make one of the 3 drop in work shops then complete the survey
Hard copies of the survey can be picked up as well from either the Shire's Administration Centre in Gingin or our Lancelin Office or either the Gingin or Lancelin CRCs. 

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE - INTENTION TO BORROW

In accordance with s.6.20(2) of the Local Government Act 1995, Council hereby gives notice of its intent to borrow $157,743 to fund an upgrade to a new financial management system.

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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