MurrE-news 7 August, 2019

MurrE-news 7 August, 2019
August 1, 2019 Katherine Stevens

Affordability and Sustainability, Key Considerations for Budget

The Shire of Murray will continue to invest in infrastructure improvements, environment protection, economic development and community support and service-based initiatives following Council’s adoption of the 2019/20 budget and supplementary rates and minimum payments at the Special Council Meeting on Thursday 1 August.

An overall rating increase of 2% with 0% increase for residential waste charges will be applied.

The Budget balances the desire to limit the increase for ratepayers with the need to maintain a sustainable financial position, in the provision of key community services.

Over the course of the next financial year the Shire will, through collaborative relationships and a combination of revenue sources, continue to improve quality of life in Murray through project delivery, investment attraction, district level planning, tourism and place-making.

2019/20 funding priorities include:


  • Dwellingup National Trails Centre conclusion of works including the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre opening and landscaping, road, parking and path improvements – $3.1M (Part funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Alcoa and Dwellingup Community Association Inc.)
  • Dwellingup trails development – $8.4M (Part funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions)
  • Agri-Innovation Precinct architectural designs and equipment requirements, leading to construction – $6.5M (Part funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund)
  • Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment – $1.25M (Part funded by the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme and Local Projects Local Jobs Grant Scheme, Lotterywest, Peel Development Commission and Alcoa)
  • Bushfire Risk Management Plan – $171,213 (Fully funded by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services)
  • District Structure Planning including District Traffic Review – $210,125
  • Bushfire Centre of Excellence, to ensure the Centre’s opening by December 2020 – in-kind support

Tourism, Place Making, Economy and Business

  • Tourism Strategy and Tourism Marketing and Communication Strategy – $78,000
  • Supporting the delivery of initiatives by local place-making groups – $25,000
  • Dwellingup Local Place Plan preparation – $5,000
  • Dwellingup 100 town activation to maximise economic opportunities – $9,500
  • Economic development initiatives to continue investment attraction including Murrayfield Airport – $20,000
  • Business Capability Support Program – $10,000
  • Façade Refurbishment Subsidy Program – $10,000
  • Pinjarra Festival – $83,128
  • Christmas Celebration – $18,879
  • Youth Program – $10,000


  • Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Strategy – $175,000 (Part funded by the Western Australian Planning Commission)
  • Serpentine-Jarrahdale Landcare Partnership – $25,000
  • Supporting biosecurity works and projects to build community capacity in weed and pest management – $10,000
  • Community assisted riverbank restoration – $20,000


  • Edenvale Homestead conservation works – $25,000
  • Edenvale Landscape Masterplan implementation of first stage works – $62,000
  • Ceiling replacement for Miss Adam’s House, 6 George Street, Pinjarra – $30,000

Facility Upgrades/Improvements

  • North Dandalup Oval and Play Space – staged construction pending income from lot sales at Lot 102 Lakes Road
  • Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre court one toilet and change room renewal – $64,500
  • 24 hour gym access at Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre – $42,500
  • North Pinjarra play space enhancement through access to toilets and hall kitchen upgrade – $9,853
  • Murray Street Masterplan development, Coolup – $25,000
  • York Street Park shade sails and green space, Furnissdale – $45,000 (Part funded by Alcoa)
  • Gowman Reserve playground and landscaping, Ravenswood – $75,000 (Part funded by Lotterywest and Alcoa)
  • Design of tip face for Corio Road Waste Transfer Station – $53,845
  • Pinjarra War Memorial relocation and landscaping – $70,000 (Part funded by Alcoa)
  • Sport and community facilities feasibility studies for South Yunderup, Ravenswood, Pinjarra and Dwellingup – $60,000

Roads – $3M | Pathways – $206,739 | Drainage and kerbing – $102,388

Differential rates continue to apply for the 2019/20 financial year with a 20% lower rate in the dollar applied for commercial properties.

Differential rates ensure the viability and growth of Murray’s existing businesses, encourage new start-ups and attract other businesses and service providers into the district, to widen our economic base and create more local jobs.

Differential rates were applied due to valuation fluctuations in 2017/18, whereby the gross rental value of commercial properties increased by an average of 8.05%, while residential property values decreased by 9.16%.

Rates notices will be delivered to ratepayers via their preferred delivery method – mail, email or BPAY View, from Friday 30 August.

To register to receive rates notices via email visit or for further information visit: Projects | Rates | Waste

Funding Enables Start of Pinjarra Foreshore Redevelopment 

Residents and visitors to Pinjarra will soon enjoy improved recreation opportunities within a revitalised Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore reserve, thanks to a $500,000 Lotterywest grant.

Together with funding from Alcoa and the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme and Local Projects Local Jobs Grant Scheme, the key amenity will be redeveloped to include shaded seating areas, improved pathways and lighting, a small-scale amphitheatre with stage, public art and Aboriginal interpretation as well as improved water accessibility through the construction of a jetty for non-motorised vessels.

Due diligence is ensuring coordination and integration with associated works and/or proposals for adjoining George Street properties including the Exchange Hotel and Police Station.

Detailed design plans, drawings and costings are being finalised with a view to commencing site preparation in late August and major works in September. The Shire anticipates that most of the works will be completed by Christmas, with some elements continuing into 2020.

Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment - Landscape Concept Plan

Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment - Concept Images

Member for Murray-Wellington Mrs. Robyn Clarke MLA, on behalf of the State Government through Lotterywest, proudly presented the grant certificate to Shire of Murray President Cr. David Bolt and CEO Mr. Dean Unsworth.

The redevelopment of the Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore will create a high quality, vibrant, public space – a focal point for the town. It will further enhance the character of Pinjarra, integrate with surrounding sites, encourage activity, longer visitation and a diverse range of formal and informal activities including events in both the square and foreshore areas.

The redevelopment is a pivotal outcome of the Murray River Foreshore Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2015 and follows widespread consultation with the community undertaken as part of the precinct’s concept planning in 2018.

Exchange Hotel Conservation Works Complete

Exchange Hotel heritage Building components including the 1866 Dr Bedingfeld Cottage and 1925 accommodation, kitchen and dining sections have been protected, structural repairs and reroofing including roof plumbing undertaken and the building secured, to entice future development works.

Conservation works have made it clear for prospective development proponents, the sections of the site that are significant and need to be incorporated into future development.

The Shire aspires for the building to be redeveloped into a food and beverage establishment, with negotiations ongoing with potential developer/operators.

Achieving a quality outcome for this key site has the potential to stimulate further private investment in the town, support the local economy and activate the surrounding heritage precinct and adjacent foreshore.

The Exchange Hotel conservation works were proudly supported by Alcoa.

Ordinary Council Meeting Thursday 25 July, 2019:

  • Council resolved to prepare Amendment No. 308 to Town Planning Scheme No. 4 to rezone portion of Lot 1 Napier Road, Oakley to Rural and Industrial Development consistent with the corresponding Rural and Industrial zones under the Peel Region Scheme. The amendment will be forwarded to the Environmental Protection Authority for consideration. Pending compliance, the amendment will be advertised for a period of at least 42 days
  • Council resolved to prepare Amendment No. 309 to Town Planning Scheme No. 4 to rezone Lot 13 (22) Husband Road, Barragup from Public Purpose to Service Commercial. The amendment will be forwarded to the Environmental Protection Authority for consideration. Pending compliance, the amendment will be advertised for a period of at least 42 days
  • Local Development Plan for Lot 102 Lakes Road, North Dandalup was supported, in order to guide the form of development permitted on the new lots fronting the proposed recreation reserve and Lakes Road
  • The Shire of Murray Communications and Engagement Strategy was endorsed
  • Council endorsed the selection criteria for Tender T19/09 – Agri-Innovation Precinct. Tender advertising for Architectural Consultancy Services for the Agri-Innovation Precinct will commence shortly
  • Council resolved to support a lease proposal for the Pinjarra Heritage Rail Station premises to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for a period of two years, subject to the Minster for Lands prior written consent
  • Council resolved to decline a rates exemption application from Access Housing in relation to nine properties in the Shire of Murray
  • The Shire of Murray Corporate Business Plan 2019-2023 was endorsed
  • The Long Term Financial Plan 2019 was endorsed
  • Council resolved to modify the Community Assistance Partnership Fund and endorsed new Policy C14 – Community Association Funding Allocation and C15 – Automatic Fee Waiversto streamline application and community funding processes, and to provide a greater level of autonomy for community associations to implement community led initiatives
  • Council resolved to approve an allocation of $3,500 within the 2019/20 Budget for the funding of Pinjarra Garden Day ($2,000) and the Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival ($1,000)

Read the meeting minutes here.

2019 Ordinary Local Government Elections

Election Day: Saturday 19 October 

Ordinary Local Government Elections are held in Western Australia every two years. This year there will be five vacant Council positions up for nomination with voting conducted via a postal vote.

Ballot packages will reach elector mailboxes from early October.

Thinking about becoming a Councillor? 

Candidate Information Session

Date: Thursday 22 August, 2019
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Councillors Lounge, Shire of Murray Administration Building

Arm yourself with the information you need to successfully become a candidate in the upcoming 2019 Election. Presentation by the WA Electoral Commission.

For further information please contact Rob Marlborough or Fayhe Hide  on (08) 9531 7777.

Webinar for Prospective Elected Members

Date: Thursday 15 August
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Topics covered:

  • Parliament’s role in creating legislation
  • How to read the Local Government Act 1995
  • Who does what at a Local Government
  • A Councillor’s personal responsibilities
  • Consequences of improper conduct

Looking for a Off-Leash Area to Exercise Your Pooch?

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Great news for Murray River Country Estate Residents: At the June Council meeting Council voted in favour of allowing dogs to be exercised off-leash at the Redcliffe Oval (Lot 302 (59) Sunset Circle), excepting the established Children’s playground area. The change comes into effect on Thursday 8 August, 2019.


Young Peeps Sought to Make Murray Hip

The Shire is keen for new, local young people to join the myVoice Youth Reference Group to help carve a fitting youth-offering for future events and initiatives to entice your mates and fellow young people.

myVoice Youth Reference Group:

  • Members aged between 11 and 25
  • Collaborate to deliver youth activities throughout the district
  • Contribute to the Shire of Murray Youth Strategy

Past initiatives include:

  • Street Chillz Drug Aware Youth Fest –2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Pinjarra Skate Clinics
  • Dwellingup Teenz Youth Space
  • Pinjarra Youth Space
  • Youth Zone at the LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival
  • Virtual Reality Night
  • Centre Stage Youth Theatre Program
  • Ravo Hoops Youth Basketball Project
  • Dungeons and Dragons Late Night Gaming
  • Blue Light Discos

Interested in joining?

Download an application form or email

For further information contact the Shire’s Community Development Officer (Youth) Trick Cole on 9531 7708.

Community Assistance Partnership Fund 

Community groups and organisations are reminded that round one applications for the 2019/20 Community Assistance Partnership Fund close on 31 August for projects commencing after 31 October.

This fund is a partnership between Alcoa and the Shire of Murray and aims to:

  • Assist community based organisations to build vibrant, inclusive and healthy communities
  • Build and strengthen their organisational capacity or sustainability
  • Deliver events, projects, programs or facilities that benefit the Murray community or simply address a well evidenced need, effectively contributing toward building a vibrant, inclusive and healthy community

Dwellingup Community Assistance Scheme

This fund is a partnership between Alcoa and the Shire of Murray which aims to assist Dwellingup community based organisations build a vibrant, inclusive and healthy community.

The fund supports events and projects that demonstrate a benefit to the Dwellingup community.

Applications are sought throughout the year.

Community Sponsorship Fund

This fund aims to assist community organisations and individuals residing within the Shire of Murray with travel or accommodation expenses associated with representing their sport, recreation or academic field either individually or as a team at a state, national or international level.

$100 individuals | $300 groups/teams

Applications and supporting state body documentation must be submitted prior to the event. No closing date.

For further information and to download application forms click here.