New Beginnings for St John’s Church
Pinjarra’s much-loved St John’s Church has been reopened to the public following recent conservation works, undertaken to address damage to the church roof and walls that was threatening the building’s structural integrity.
On Thursday 30 May, with a little over a year since the fundraising campaign for the St John’s Church Heritage Appeal commenced, over 100 donors, sponsors and members of the public with strong connections to the community significant building, gathered to celebrate the milestone.
The event was a toast to the successful outcome of the collaborative efforts of town stakeholders, who sought to ensure an asset of considerable sentimental value continued to contribute to the community’s social fabric and sense of place.
Residents advocated for the conservation project and together with local businesses, groups and organisations, supported the Appeal.
The Diocese of Bunbury gifted the Church to the Shire and the desire of the leaders and members of the Local Pinjarra Anglican Church that the building continues to contribute to community life, was instrumental in reaching this milestone.
The Shire will now work to activate the building through hire opportunities including weddings, christenings and networking events.
The Shire is also collaborating with Edenvale Homestead User Groups and founding family representatives, to explore other community beneficial, tourism and educational opportunities.
To book the charming, 1860s-bulit building for your next event, contact the Shire of Murray on (08) 9531 7777.
Pinjarra Shines over the WA Day Long Weekend
Over 15,000 people were out and about in Pinjarra over the WA Day long weekend, enticed not only by the 2019 LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival but also a number of other exciting events which showcased the quirky town’s array of offerings.
The two-day festival celebrated Murray’s distinctive history and lifestyle and entertained attendees of all ages with its live music, market stalls, children’s activities, displays, demonstrations and amusements.
Saturday’s celebration continued into the night for the region’s first-ever Alcoa Pinjarra WA Day Concert which featured some of Western Australia’s best musical talent.
Other events that took place over the weekend included the St Joseph’s Pinjarra Country Fair, Alcoa and Pinjarra Rotary Art Exhibition and Sale, the Pinjarra Park Long Weekend Raceday and the Pinjarra Paceway STAWA Trotters Cup.
The 2019 LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival was proudly supported by the Shire of Murray, Healthway promoting the LiveLighter message, Lotterywest, Tourism WA, Alcoa, Pinjarra Community Bank Branch, MZI Resources and Cleanaway.
North Pinjarra Playground Opening
North Pinjarra residents, Progress Association members and Shire of Murray Councillors and officers gathered in early May to celebrate the official opening of the locality’s new playground, marking an exciting milestone in the overall redevelopment of the North Pinjarra Recreation Precinct.
The outcome is a product of collaboration and exemplary of the feats that can be achieved when community members, organisations and various tiers of government work together to realise community-driven projects.
The North Pinjarra Progress Association Inc. are commended for their commitment to transforming their area into a neighbourhood residents are proud to call home as well as their efforts, along with the local community, in ensuring the playground design and delivery were a success.
The project has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Program, Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.
Peel Business Park
Construction and Lot Sales:
There has been a strong demand for stage one lots since the lot release in October 2018.
Majority of stage one lots have been sold with LandCorp now taking expressions of interest for stage two lots.
Construction of essential trunk infrastructure is currently underway for the provision of power, water, sewer, gas, telecommunications and roads as well as bulk earthworks including subdivision works. This will result
in fully serviced lots in stage one and creates foundation for the seed development of Peel Business Park.
LandCorp will later this year undertake upgrade works on the road network supporting vehicular access to Peel Business Park.
For further information on the Park visit LandCorp’s website.
The Shire is currently securing project management expertise and
is concluding negotiations with foundation tenants including Murdoch University and Fund Singapore. A design brief will be developed to inform precinct building footprints and equipment requirements and an architect will be appointed leading to concept drawings, project design and costings by the end of 2019.
The Shire of Murray is working diligently to ensure construction on the Agri-Innovation Precinct commences in early 2020 and that the Precinct is ready for occupation by early 2022.
The Shire will over the next few months, finalise Exchange Hotel conservation works and continue discussions with developers to ensure that the Exchange Hotel reopens its doors as a much-loved community amenity, befitting of its prominent foreshore, main street location.
National Simultaneous Storytime 2019
On Wednesday 22 May, over 80 eager local children joined thousands of participants across the country, for the 2019 National Simultaneous Storytime event. The children together with their teachers and parents and drummers from Circles of Connection, joined the Murray Library at Pinjarra Lesser Hall for the reading of Alpacas with Maracas written by Matt Cosgrove.
Murray 2030 Strategic Community Plan
The Shire’s Strategic Community Plan was adopted by Council at the Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 23 May 2019, with over 83% of consultation respondents supportive of the blueprint and only minor changes to the document necessary.
Volunteers Honoured for Tireless Commitment
During May’s National Volunteer Week, we paused to reflect and acknowledge the selfless sacrifice and contribution of Murray’s volunteers and celebrate each individual at the Shire’s Volunteer Sundowner and Awards and Emergency Services Annual Function.
Don’t let your efforts go to waste, recyclables must be placed loose in the bin:
Pinjarra Blue Light Events
Pinjarra Blue Light facilitated by the Pinjarra Police Station, are seeking expressions of interest from individuals interested in joining the Blue Light Committee, in order to facilitate Blue Light events throughout the Murray district.
Murray Community Support Hub
The first Wednesday of each month
11:00am – 1:00pm | Lesser Hall
Free support services for Murray community members.
No cost and no appointment required – free lunch and life skills provided by the Pinjarra Family Church.
Support services include:
- Australian Taxation Office – Tax assistance, referrals and advice
- Shire of Murray – Volunteer support, grant information and general support
- Peel Jobs and Skills Centre – Career guidance, job seeking supports and resume updates
- GP Down South – Counselling and mental health support
- Palmerston Drug and Alcohol – Drug and alcohol counselling
- Bridging the Gap – Career guidance, job seeking supports and resume updates
- Relationship Australia – Senior relationship services
- The Compassionate Friends – Supporting the bereaved
- SMYL Community Services – Parents next program support
- Allambee Counselling – Counselling support
Pottery Classes with Phil Douglas
Saturdays | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Murray Arts and Crafts Society at Edenvale Homestead
Create beautiful and functional pottery and learn wheel work and hand-building techniques. First two lessons free, subsequent lessons $10 each.
Contact Phil Douglas: 0439 307 158
Incognito Art Exhibition by Gayle Bukey
Entire month of June | Liveringa Gallery at Edenvale Homestead
Art in disguise created from obsolete objects.
In conjunction with Gayle’s exhibition, Glen and Mike James will be exhibiting their wood-turned bowls, vases and lamps. Everything is for sale at very reasonable prices.
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