Be a Vocal Local – Post your Vote!
We are days away from the 2019 Ordinary Local Government Election, which takes place on Saturday 19 October via postal vote.
Electors are encouraged to complete and return their postal voting package as soon as possible as per instructions contained in the package (mail or hand delivery). Completed packages must reach the returning officer by 6:00pm on election day.
Five positions will be contested at this election. Current Councillors whose terms will end on 19 October, 2019:
- Shire President Cr. David Bolt
- Deputy Shire President Cr. Steve Lee
- Cr. Ange Rogers
- Cr. Casey Rose
- Retired Cr. Maree Reid
Ensure the right candidates represent your interests on Council. This year’s candidates are pictured below in ballot.
Microgrid to Power Jobs in Peel
A renewable energy industrial microgrid within Transform Peel’s Peel Business Park, a first of its kind in an Australian industrial setting, will be developed by Enwave Australia and the Shire’s Agri-Innovation Precinct will be one of the first developments within the Park to be powered by the innovative system.
A Wheel Success
Over 1,000 participants and spectators supported the annual Dwellingup 100 on Saturday 7 September. The event was held as part of the town’s inaugural Mountain Bike Month, which showcased its quality trails, warm local hospitality and plethora of activities.
The community’s vibrancy and love for their town shone over the course of the month and its members are congratulated on the initiative’s success!
Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment
All four trees have been transplanted and earthworks have commenced.
In the coming week’s drainage and underground services will be installed in preparation for pavement and paver works in late-October.
Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre Works
The Centre’s portal frame was erected this week. It is expected that the majority of the structural steel will be in place by mid-October.
Works are transforming the current information centre to incorporate the trails component of visitor servicing including trails retail, gift shop, improved ablution facilities, bike hire, purchase and repair shop as well as improvements to parking, pathways and exterior lighting.
Anticipated Centre opening: March, 2020.
Proudly supported by: The Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government through the Local Projects Local Jobs Fund and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Alcoa, Hotham Valley Tourist Railway and Dwellingup Community Association Inc.
Civil works currently underway:
- Paterson Road – Widening works were sealed in late-September. Drainage works including the replacement of a culvert and the widening of a set of box culverts are planned for November, 2019
- Culeenup Road – Drainage and reconstruction works
At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Thursday 26 September, Council resolved to:
- Support preparation of Amendment No. 310 to the Shire of Murray Town Planning Scheme No. 4 to rezone Lot 2557 Woodview Way, Barragup from Public Recreation/Conservation to Special Rural. Council further authorised the Shire President and Chief Executive Officer to sign and seal the amendment documents once prepared to the satisfaction of the Director of Planning and Sustainability for submission to the Environmental Protection Authority for environmental assessment. The proposed scheme amendment will help facilitate the sale of the lot consistent with the Shire’s Land Asset Strategy, with the funds generated to be reinvested into community infrastructure.
- Not proceed with detailed site planning for the Ravenswood Regional Sporting Complex in line with the Project Steering Group’s recommendations due to an adjustment in population growth forecasts for the Shire of Murray and advice from the City of Mandurah that provision of additional recreation space outside their boundaries over the next 5-10 years is no longer required. Council further:
- Noted the findings and recommendations of the Feasibility Study and Needs Assessment.
- Noted the reduced short-term demand for the facility and reduced need for its immediate development.
- Noted that further site planning and needs analysis for the facility would be revisited in the next ten years.
- Endorse Cr. Cardilini to join the Shire President and Deputy Shire President in forming the CEO Resource Sharing Committee as required under the Resource Sharing Agreement endorsed on 13 August, 2019 with the Shire of Waroona. Additionally, Cr. McLarty was endorsed as proxy.
- Support the Chief Executive Officer in negotiating and endorsing a licence agreement (subject to the Minister for Lands’ prior written consent) with the Department of Education for Pinjarra Senior High School’s use of portions of the Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre commencing on 1 January, 2020. The initial agreement is valid for 12 months with two further 12-month option periods being available.
- Support the Chief Executive Officer in negotiating and endorsing a lease (subject to the Minister for Lands’ prior written consent) with Ramms Pty Ltd (The Hill Family Trust), for Lot 1810 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra for a five year period for the purpose of houseboat hire facilities.
- Provide in principle support, subject to compliance with the Local Government Act, lease opportunities within the Peel Business Park (Agri-Innovation Precinct) with prospective lessees being ManukaLife, Fund Singapore and Murdoch University. An additional report is to be presented to Council prior to the construction of the Agri-Innovation Precinct to consider leasing arrangements and for acceptance of a formal market rental valuation.
- Endorse a Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre Building contract variation for the preferred tenderer Firm Construction, to ensure the full extent of the visitor centre is completed to align with the proposed fit out and architectural representations.
- Endorse the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre fit out option two, up to $395,248 (exc. GST), to enable the funding of all necessary infrastructure and services required for the effective function of the Centre and to ensure Dwellingup and the broader region’s rich and unique tourism experiences and heritage are promoted.
- Approve proclamation of the West Pinjarra Service Centre Ramps H385 to H388 – Forrest Highway H057 in order to enable a consistent approach to traffic management and ensure controlled access to these facilities is managed for traffic carrying capacity.
- Approve advertising intention to acquire Lot 155 on DP2624 (408/459) being Second Street, Pinjarra as Crown Land for the purpose of formal dedication as a public road as well as Lot 33 on DP 14029 (1038/946) and Lot 166 on DP 2624 (408/459) as Crown Land for the purpose of public right of ways. At the close of submissions, should no adverse comments be received, Council further resolved to delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer to formally request the Minister for Lands to acquire the Lots.
$2,000 cash deposited into a Pinjarra Community Bank Branch account including an obligation free financial health check.
Two night stay for two people in a premium room including buffet breakfast and complimentary car parking.
Three day festival entry for two adults and two children to the 2020 Fairbridge Festival – Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April.
$200 dine-in food and beverage voucher for Jarra Infusion.
Double pass to the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Concert: The Art of Orchestration.
18 holes of golf at the Pinjarra Golf Course and a shared cart for two people.
- All Shire of Murray ratepayers who pay their rates in full by 5:00pm AWST on 18 October 2019 will go into the draw. Note: Councillors, direct employees of the Shire of Murray and their immediate family are ineligible
- Winners will be randomly drawn by computer selection before the Shire’s 2019 October Ordinary Council Meeting
- No correspondence will be entered into
- The prizes are non-negotiable and may only be transferred in agreement with the sponsor
- The Shire will contact the winners using the ratepayer’s details on record. If no correspondence is received from the winner within six months of the prize draw, the prize will be redrawn from the initial pool and the winner notified accordingly
- Should a prize winner refuse a prize, the Shire of Murray reserves the right to redraw from the initial pool
- For any variation to the prize, the prize winner must liaise directly with the Shire of Murray
- The Shire of Murray accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by prize winners as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize
- The Shire of Murray shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure
Restricted Burning Time
Murray’s Restricted Burning Time commenced on Tuesday 1 October and will remain in place until Saturday 30 November.
During Restricted Burning Times, a Permit to Burn is required, and is obtainable from Local Bushfire Brigade Fire Control Officers or Locality Permit Issuing Officers. For further information, including important fire prevention dates and contact numbers click here.
Murray Community Food Drive
Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 October
Help those in need this Anti-Poverty Week by donating non-perishable food items to Murray’s annual Community Food Drive.
Items collected will assist the Pinjarra Community Kitchen with meal provision for Murray community members who are homeless or under severe financial constraint.
Collection Bin Locations:
- Alcoa Administration Building
- Alcoa Refinery Security Office
- Murray House Resource Centre
- Carcoola Primary School
- Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre
- Dwellingup Primary School
- St Joseph’s Primary School
- Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre
- Murray Library
- Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club
- Pinjarra Senior High School
- Shire of Murray Administration Office
Donation examples include: tinned food, cereal, spreads, muesli bars, snacks, rice, pasta, baby supplies, crackers and tissues.
Ready Your Green Waste
Green waste verge collections commence in Area 1 on Monday:
Area 1 | 14 October, 2019
Pinjarra, North Pinjarra, West Pinjarra, Dwellingup and Meelon
Area 2 | 21 October, 2019
Furnissdale, Barragup, North Yunderup, South Yunderup, Ravenswood, Murray Bend
Area 3 | 28 October, 2019
Coolup, West Coolup, Birchmont, Yamba, North Dandalup, Nambeelup and Stake Hill
Please place your waste on your own verge by Monday 6.00am BUT no earlier than seven days prior to the scheduled start date for your area.
- Place your green waste into a neat pile on your verge with the cut ends towards the street the equivalent of two 6’ x 4’ trailer loads or three cubic metres only. Excess waste will not be removed
- Do not bundle or tie your green waste
- Do not present your green waste in plastic bags or boxes
Permitted: Tree and shrub prunings up to 1.5m with trunks up to 0.3m in diameter
Prohibited: Lawn clippings, loose leaves, stumps, palm logs, weeds, root material, general rubbish or whitegoods
Murray Community Christmas Celebration
Stallholder Applications Now Open!
Edenvale Homestead will ring out with the joyful sound of carols this December as Murray’s annual Christmas Celebration returns for another enjoyable, festive season event on Wednesday 4 December between 5:00pm and 7:30pm.
Applications close Wednesday 23 October, 2019
2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards
Nominations close Thursday 31 October, 2019
Ensure worthy Murray individuals and organisations are recognised and thanked for their selfless efforts.
Nominees will be judged on their:
- Significant contribution to the local community over and above what is normally expected from their paid employment/business
- Demonstrated leadership on a community issue resulting in the enhancement of community life
- A significant initiative which has brought about positive change and added value to community life
- Inspiring qualities as a role model for the community
Know someone worthy? Nomination Information
2019 Alcoa Peel Volunteer of the Year Awards
The Peel Volunteer of the Year Awards aim to recognise the invaluable and important contributions of the Peel region’s volunteers.
Nomination categories include:
- Peel Volunteer of the Year
- Community Group of the Year
- Youth Volunteer of the Year
Note: Nominees must not have been a finalist in the 2018 Peel Volunteer of the Year Awards, self-nominations will not accepted for individual awards however community groups can self-nominate.
Free Community Fun
Saturday 19 October | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre is throwing open its doors to the community for a free, fun-filled day. Enjoy a play or relax in the pools, have a go on the giant inflatable waterslide or navigate the Centre’s floating inflatable obstacle course.
There will be free activities and an opportunity to try out the gym and group fitness classes as well as information on how to sign up for the Centre’s Get Summer Ready Myzone Member Challenge – a great way to kick-start your fitness journey and receive real-time feedback.
- Giant inflatable waterslide
- Floating inflatable obstacle course
- Giant games – Leisure pool paved area
- Gym tours
- Children’s face painting in the crèche
- Dives and Turns Clinic with Pinjarra Swimming Club – 12:00pm
- Virtual cycling class 30 minute sessions – 12:15pm, 1:15pm and 2:15pm
- Fun Splash Relay Races – 12:30pm
- Shooting clinic run by the Pinjarra Basketball Association – 1:00pm
- Free Throw Shooting Competition – 1:30pm (all ages)
- Hip Hop Come and Try session – 2:00pm
Myzone Membership Special available on the day!
Purchase a MZ-3 MYZONE heart rate belt and receive six weeks free MY Lifestyle membership to kick-start your fitness journey. Only 20 belts available, ensure you get in early to secure your belt and membership which includes access to the pools, gym and the group fitness classes, a fitness appraisal, personalised workout program and expert guidance from qualified fitness staff.
In addition, the Centre will enter all members who reach 5000 MEP’s into the draw for a three month MY Lifestyle Membership, with the first member to 5000 MEP’s also receiving a bonus ten entries into the draw. For more information visit about Myzone, visit www.myzone.org.
Social Sport Summer Season
14 October – 19 March (plus finals) with a mid-season break from 20 December – 12 January.
Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre’s summer season of senior sports commences on Monday 14 October. New and returning teams are encouraged to head down to the Centre to make the most of the rejuvenated courts.
As well as senior sports, the Centre also has a junior mixed netball competition running throughout terms four and one, for years 7-9s and 10-12s.
- Mixed Netball – Mondays from 6:00pm
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball – Thursday’s from 6:00pm
- Ladies Five A-side Daytime Netball Fridays from 9:30am
- Junior Mixed Netball – Thursday’s from 4:00pm (Terms four and one)
$65 per week/per team ($35 five a-side) – 10% discount for season upfront. Team nomination fee $100 – re-nominating team fee $50.
Junior Mixed Netball – free nomination, $40 per week/per team.
Guided Tour of the Pinjarra Massacre Site
Sunday 13 October, 2019 | Event sessions: 11:00am and 12:30pm
Murray Districts Aboriginal Association (MDAA) guided tour of the Pinjarra Massacre Site including welcome to country as well as presentations on the historical and environmental significance of the area – traditional bush tucker provided.
Following the presentation, attendees will be invited to attend a guided tour of the site. Individual transport required to travel between locations and RSVPs essential.
Contact: Tom Lerner
Meeting point: MDAA building Hampton Road, Pinjarra
This project is supported by Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Pinjarra Community Men’s Shed | Opening Ceremony
9:00am – 1:00pm Saturday 2 November | New shed, Williams/Pinjarra Road
Pop-in to view the new facility, learn about membership and meet the faces behind the beneficial community project.
Traditional Aboriginal Animal Sculpture Workshop
Saturday 9 November, 2019 | Murray Library
Create an animal using traditional Aboriginal techniques, under the guidance of Dianne Jackson. Join Murray Library for a fun morning of craft, community connections and cake!
This event is proudly supported by the Murray Library in conjunction with the Murray Alliance for Depression and is funded by WAPHA.
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