MurrE-news Friday 29 March, 2019

MurrE-news Friday 29 March, 2019
March 28, 2019 Katherine Stevens

Help Ensure Murray is on the Prosperous Track

The blueprint that will guide the way forward for Murray and its people to 2030, is now open for comment.

The Shire has over the last year, engaged with the community to understand long-term desires for the district and articulate a plan that captures its aspirations and sets a strategic direction for the next ten years.

During the consultation period, which ends on Friday 3 May, it is important that community members read Murray 2030 and submit their feedback, so that the Shire can gauge whether these aspirations have been captured correctly.

The Shire’s draft Strategic Community Plan proposes that by 2030 the Shire of Murray will be a place where business thrives, the environment is protected and all residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life.

According to the Plan, the vision will be achieved by focusing on five key areas: places for people; thriving economy; environment, character and heritage; connected and accessible and capable and accountable.

Each focus area has its own aspiration, as well as a number of specified objectives and strategies. Success measures have been determined to monitor progress.

Murray 2030 is necessary to meet the challenges and growth predicted for the district with clear intent, and to take advantage of the many opportunities growth brings.

Ensuring we have correctly articulated the community’s aspirations will ensure that together, we create great places for our people and a diverse and prosperous economy as well as provide effective stewardship of our environment, history and rural character, much-loved Murray attributes that will continue to make our district a unique and wonderful place to live.

Copies of the plan can be viewed online via the Shire’s YourSay! Portal as well as at the Shire of Murray Administration Office and Murray Library.

Investment Game Changer for New Jobs in Murray

The Shire of Murray has successfully secured $21.75 million through the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Growth Fund toward the construction of a world class Agri-Innovation Precinct within Transform Peel’s Peel Business Park in Nambeelup.

To have been selected as one of the successful recipients in a very competitive round of 300 applicants is a feat in itself, which took concerted effort by a dedicated team of Shire and Peel Development Commission representatives over a sustained period.

The $21.75 million will see to the construction of common-use infrastructure including research facilities, cold storage, warehousing, packaging and distribution and incubator space.

These common-use facilities are set to stimulate the development of the wider Agri-Innovation Precinct, to incorporate high technology food production, value-added processing and university-led research and development, to de-risk investment and encourage significant local and international buy-in.

The Precinct is a catalyst for the conditioning of the next generation into a highly skilled workforce to satisfy job requirements and is of momentous benefit to Murray businesses and ratepayers.

The common-use facilities within the Precinct will be a Shire of Murray owned asset that will help secure long-term sustainability for the district and through strategic linkages and improved access to export markets local business will have new platforms on which to expand and grow.

Agreements are in-place with Fund Singapore and Murdoch University, with discussions underway and set to intensify, with several other smart businesses.

Approximately 186 direct and indirect jobs will be created through the construction of the common-use facilities, with the creation of a further 88 operational jobs.

This project will also be an important catalyst for the anticipated long-term outcome of 33,000 jobs for the wider Transform Peel initiative.

The creation of new jobs is critical for addressing unemployment rates and the resultant employment needs of the anticipated population growth for Murray and the Peel region, and the Peel Agri-Innovation Precinct is a significant step towards building a strong and resilient local and regional economy.

Over the next six months, the Shire will finalise planning for the common-use facilities, to prepare for the start of construction in early 2020.

The Shire will work with Peel Development Commission to employ the State’s local content, local jobs initiative to maximise opportunity for local businesses to satisfy goods and service needs and for Peel’s unemployed, underemployed and trainee and/or apprenticeship seekers to fill respective vacancies.

Funding Boost for Dwellingup Trails

March delivered exciting news for Dwellingup and the wider Peel region, with the Federal Government revealing they will invest $3.4 million into the development of the Dwellingup Adventure Trails. This funding along with $5 million from the State Government will see the delivery of additional MTB trails, 4WD upgrades and more! Read more.

Bushfire Centre of Excellence

In a monumental announcement, the Shire of Murray was named the host locality for the Bushfire Centre of Excellence for Western Australia. The establishment of the Centre will not only deliver significant economic benefit for our district, but will also provide firefighters from around Western Australia access to a transformative, world-class facility offering innovation, research and training in bushfire management from the country’s leading authorities. Read more.

Murray River Foreshore Stabilisation, George Brook Reserve

The health of the Murray River was bolstered this month thanks to the collaborative efforts of the local Noongar community, Bindjareb Middars, Greening Australia, Shire of Murray and Syrinx Environmental, who completed bank stabilisation work to minimise undercutting of the riverbank through the installation of a brush wall and matting – a bioengineering technique. Read more.

Funding Available to Assist Murray Not-for-Profits

Not-for-profit organisations, associations and groups in the Shire of Murray requiring funding assistance to aid service delivery, host an event or strengthen community capacity, are encouraged to submit applications as part of round three of the 2018/19 Community Assistance Partnership Fund.

The Fund, a partnership between Alcoa and the Shire of Murray, invites applications three times each financial year with round three closing on 30 April, 2019 for projects commencing after 30 June, 2019.

Through the fund, not-for-profits can apply for up to $3,000 each financial year and can apply for funding in all three rounds, providing the total grant request does not exceed the $3,000 limit per entity per annum.

Projects must align with the Shire’s Murray 2030 Strategic Community Plan, by fulfilling a community need whilst supporting the district’s strategic direction.

Several significant applications were successful in round two. These included funding for Coolup Country Women’s Association’s kitchen upgrades, Dwellingup Primary School’s 2019 Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival, Fairbridge Festival’s 2019 Peel and South-West Cultural Development Project, Friends of Lake McLarty’s vegetation and mapping survey, North Dandalup Community Group’s movie projecter and Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club’s Men’s Open Triples event.

The Fund aims to ensure the vibrancy, health and inclusivity of Murray communities by way of assisting not-for-profit community groups, associations and organisations to continue the invaluable work they perform.

Applications are also currently open for the Shire’s Community Facility Fund, which aims to assist community groups/members within the district to upgrade, extend or construct sport, recreation and community facilities that are of benefit to the wider community.

For further information on both grant opportunities and to download application forms click here or contact the Shire’s Community Development team on (08) 9531 7777 or via

Rangers to Help Conquer Cotton Bush

Murray has advanced in its fight to conquer cotton bush, with Shire of Murray Rangers now authorised to enforce the Biodiversity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 within the district.

Residents now have a local contact to report cotton bush instances, enabling a better, more immediate response to concerns and more effective control of the declared plant in Murray.

Sightings of cotton bush should be reported to Shire of Murray Ranger Services on (08) 9531 7777. For further information on cotton bush identification and control visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s website.

Variation to Prohibited Burning Time

The district’s Prohibited Burning Time has been extended for a period of 14 days until 11:59pm on Sunday 14 April, 2019.

For further information including specifics around outdoor cooking click here.

Winter Sports Season Nominations Now Open

The next season of senior sports competitions are fast approaching at the Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre. New and old teams are always welcome and encouraged to sign up.

Ladies Winter Netball
Thursday evenings | 19 weeks plus finals
2 May – 5 September, 2019 | First game 6:00pm

Men and Women’s Winter Basketball
Monday evenings | 18 weeks plus finals
29 April – 2 September, 2019 | First game 6:00pm

Mixed Netball
Monday evenings | 18 weeks plus finals
29 April – 2 September, 2019 | First game 6:00pm

Nomination Fees
New teams – $110
Returning teams – $50 (discounted rate)
Nominations close 23 April, 2019

Game Fees
$65 per game with a 10% discount offered for teams who pay for the regular season upfront.

For further information contact the Centre on (08) 9531 2000 or click here.

Primary Producers Rates Concession

Applications for the Primary Producers Rates Concession 2019/20 are open.

The concession is available for Primary Producers who reside in Murray, operate an approved rural pursuit and pay Shire rates on rural zoned land.

Eligible applicants must have generated and claimed an assessable primary production income of more than $20,000 from property in their tax return last financial year.

To obtain a comprehensive list of criteria as well as an application package click here, contact the Shire’s Rates Department on (08) 9531 7777 or email

Applications close Tuesday 30 April and will be considered by Council as part of the 2019/20 budget.

Dwellingup Skate Park and Pump Track Opening

3:00 – 5:00pm Wednesday 17 April | Cnr Moore and McLarty Street Dwellingup

Calling all community members, skateboarders, scooter riders, BMX bikers and roller skaters!

Drop-in to the brand new Dwellingup Skate Park and Pump Track to celebrate the highly anticipated, official opening.

Opportunity to ride the new facilities | DJ | Sausage Sizzle | Refreshments

The Dwellingup Skate Park and Pump Track are the first two deliverables of the wider Dwellingup National Trails Centre project and have been proudly supported by the State Government through the Local Projects Local Jobs Fund and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.

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