Shire of Goomalling

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Notice of Intention to Levy Differential Rates

Levy

Differential Rates Document 2017/2018

Changes to Goomalling Refuse Disposal Facility - Opening Hours

Opening Hours

WA Off Road Racing Association - Expression of Interest

WAORRA is the oldest off-road racing club in Western Australia, comprising of over 130 entusiastic off-road endurance racing members. The WAORRA originated in the ‘70s when some of the founding members raced the sand dunes in Lancelin. Now, the members generally race on farming properties within a few hours’ drive from Perth, in the next generation/s of racer in faster and stronger vehicles.

Off-road racing tests the competitors and their vehicles over different track conditions, consisting of anything from mud and creek crossings, gravel pits, open paddocks, tight bush tracks, long sandy straights, dusty corners and some very rough terrain sections. Most races are held over two days, with the lap distance varying from 25-60kms in length and totalling anywhere between 200kms to 500kms per race for long course events.

WAORRA are interested in hosting an event in the Shire of Goomalling, which has the support in principal from the Council. The event promises economic benefit for businesses and community groups with an influx of visitors, as well as creating another spectacle for everyone to enjoy.

The event would 100% be managed and coordinated by WAORRA.

Council is seeking expressions of interest from property owners about the possibility of using part of your property to create the track. To see WAORRA’s full proposal, to offer your support or to find out more information contact Tahnee Bird, Community Development Officer 08 9629 1101 or cdo@goomalling.wa.gov.au

For more information about past events see the following:

 

WAORRA

W:  www.waorra.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/WAORRA/

 

WAORC

W: https://waorc.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/westausorc/?fref=ts

Traffic Management Course

A Traffic Management Course will be run in Goomalling in August 2017. More information will be published in the Goomalling Endeavour closer to the date, however it is an opportunity to obtain qualification in Traffic Management and be available for casual employment with the Shire of Goomalling in Traffic Management for roadworks and construction projects when they arise.

Interested persons are encouraged to contact Council’s Work Supervisor, Russell Beck on 0427 556 579 or email works@goomalling.wa.gov.au for more information or to register their interest.

Annual Rubbish Collection Day

Residents of the Goomalling Townsite are given the opportunity for Council Staff to collect your piles of debris, garden refuse and the like on Townsite blocks to be collected on Friday 1st September 2017.

Please call into the Shire Office to complete the required form for those who wish to have their rubbish and refuse collected between 8.30am to 3.00pm.

Road Closures – Wongamine & Hughes Roads (Amended)

It is advised for Public Information that section of Wongamine Road within in the Shire of Goomalling will be closed on Wednesday 14th June 2017 from 7.00am to 5.00pm and Hughes Road from the Goomalling-Toodyay Road to Wongamine Road will be closed from 7.00am on Monday 12th June 2017 to 4.00pm on Friday 16th June 2017 for the reinstatement of the bridge section of Wongamine Road and concrete floodway section on Hughes Road respectively.

For more information contact Shire of Goomalling Works Supervisor, Russell Beck on 0427 556 579 or CEO, Clem Kerp on 0429 376 223.

BIKE RESCUE PROGRAM EMPOWERS LOCAL YOUTH

Local youth were challenged and enthralled during Dismantle’s BikeRescue program during the school holidays, with ten young people rebuilding seven bikes over the course of the three-day workshop.

During this intensive three-day program, the young people worked alongside bike mechanic Pat to fully restore bicycles in a mentored workshop environment. Dismantle have designed the program to provide a unique opportunity for participants to connect with peers, mentors and Council staff all whilst developing knowledge of bike mechanics resulting in enhanced self-confidence and self-awareness.

The atmosphere in the workshop was super chilled, with Bob Marley tunes in the background setting the scene for productive sessions. Council was impressed to see the program’s capacity for engagement, an outcome underpinned by mentoring principles which have lead to the program’s success with young people from various backgrounds, including those who may be at risk or disengaged.

The young people involved were able to attain a great sense of achievement after completely deconstructing second-hand bikes, painting and rebuilding the bikes with new brakes and handles, some even had to handle the complexity of rebuilding shock absorption mechanisms. 

Each participant was presented with a certificate acknowledging their participation achievement.

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Restricted Burning Permit Period - Ended

The Shire of Goomalling advises the Restricted Burning Permit Period has ended

Quarterly Newsletter is out now - June

Read the Winter 2017 edition of the Goomalling Shire Newsletter including topics such as: 

  • Pensioner Rebates
  • Traffic Manager Course
  • Cactus Sites
  • Recreation Strategy - Public Comment
  • Community Garden Update
  • Pioneers' Pathway
  • and much more..

Are you currently receiving a paper copy but wish to contribute to saving paper and ratepayers' money? Or you're not receiving one but are interested in what's happening in Goomalling, then subscribe to receive our quarterly newsletter via email.

New pest rabbit biocontrol plan for Australia

A new 20-year national biocontrol plan for pest rabbits got underway in the first week of March 2017, with the release of a new strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, called RHDV1 K5, commencing at more than 600 sites across the country.

In Western Australia there have been 135 release sites.

K5 is not a new virus, but is a naturally occurring Korean variant of RHDV1 already present in Australia. A Czech strain of RHDV1 was first released in 1996, and is now widespread.

It is expected that K5 will work better in the cool-wet regions of Australia, where the Czech strain has not been so successful.

Rabbits are Australia’s most destructive agricultural and environmental pest animal, costing upwards of $200 million in lost agricultural production annually, and the new strain is expected to slow down the increase in pest rabbit numbers.

K5 will not however result in a 90% reduction of pest rabbit populations, as was seen 20 years ago. Rather it is expected to ‘boost’ current management.

To maximise the effectiveness of K5, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is issuing the following information to release site managers, communities and the general public:

  • Domestic rabbit owners are advised to seek advice from their local veterinarian and use protective biosecurity measures to help keep their rabbits safe from infection. For more information visit DAFWA’s RHDV web pages – wa.gov.au/rhdv.
  • The release of K5 provides no greater risk to pet rabbits than the existing RHDV1 strain which has been present in Australia for 20 years. Domestic rabbits with up to date vaccinations for the existing strain are likely to be safe from K5.
  • RHDV will be most effective if supported by integrated pest management, with conventional control measures being undertaken following release of the virus. A series of instructional ‘how-to’ videos on best practice rabbit control has been released by the Invasive Animals CRC.
  • The video series can be downloaded from the PestSmart All release sites should have received a USB of the video series along with their information and sampling kits.
  • Release sites, landholders located close to release sites, and members of the public are urged to get involved by using the RabbitScan (FeralScan) app to report rabbit sightings or signs of disease. This will help track the spread of the virus. The RabbitScan app is available from iTunes or GooglePlay, or can be downloaded from the FeralScan
  • Land managers are strongly encouraged to carry out concurrent control for predators such as foxes (potentially looking for alternative food sources in the absence of rabbits).
  • The Invasive Animals CRC issues regular RHD Boost E-updates to report on progress of the release program. To subscribe go to org.au/subscribe.

The release of K5 comes after more than five years of testing through the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre RHD Boost project, with major financial and in kind resources provided by the Australian and state governments, and industry and non-government organisations.

Release site map - WA 

Thank A Volunteer Day


Volunteering is essential to the function of small communities, without which services and facilities wouldn’t exist and the town would be a skeleton,empty and lifeless. Goomalling has over fifty community organisations
coordinated by volunteers. These organisations create a diverse ecosystem for our people to expand and thrive, there is an abundance of opportunities for you to join in creating a better community for
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Some great ways you can volunteer in Goomalling:
• Join the emergency services
• Help out at breakfast club at Goomalling Primary
• Write stories for the Endeavour
• Sort recycling at the Lions Recycling Depot
• Share your skills with at risk young people
• Pick up rubbish


Volunteering WA released a publication “The Economic, Social and Cultural value of Volunteering to Western Australia” which stated that for every dollar ($1) volunteered four dollars fifty ($4.50) worth of benefits is returned to the community. The benefit doesn’t only apply to communities but to individual volunteers, research published in the journal Health Psychology found selfless volunteering on a regular basis can increase longevity and health. Anecdotal accounts on the benefits of volunteering suggest you will develop skills, build experience, and increase mental health


Shire of Goomalling recognised the significant contributions of our community groups in a ceremony Thursday 9 February 2017 with funding from the Department of
Local Government and Communities, each community group within the Goomalling
district received a certificate.


Thank you to the following community organisations for your contribution to our
community:
Cunjardine Bush Fire Brigade
Dowerin-Goomalling Apex Club
Gabby Quoi Quoi Catchment Groupimage1
Goomalling Bowling Club
Goomalling Children's Centre
Goomalling CRC Committee
Goomalling Cricket Club
Goomalling & Districts Community Bank
Goomalling Farmers Club
Goomalling Football Club
Goomalling Go-Kart Club
Goomalling Golf Club
Goomalling Gumnuts Inc
Goomalling Historical Society
Goomalling Hospital Auxiliary
Goomalling Ladies Hockey Club
Goomalling Lions Club
Goomalling Netball Club
Goomalling Nippers Football Club
Goomalling P & C Association
Goomalling P & F Association
Goomalling Primary School Board
Goomalling Railway Station Restoration
Society
Goomalling Senior Citizens Clubimage2
Goomalling St John Ambulance
Goomalling Swimming Club
Goomalling Tennis Club
Goomalling Tidy Towns Sustainable
Communities Committee
Goomalling Tip Shop
Goomalling Town Bush Fire Brigade
Goomalling Toy Library
Goomalling Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service
Goomalling Wado Ryu Karate Club
Goomalling Youth Group Inc
Goomalling/Konnongorring CWA
Jenna Kart Club
Jennacubbine Bush Fire Brigade
Jennacubbine CWA
Jennacubbine Hall Committee
Jennacubbine Progress Association
Jennacubbine Sports Councilimage 4
Knick Knacks Op Shop
Konnongorring Bush Fire Brigade
Konnongorring Hall Committee
Konnongorring Recreation Council
Konnongorring Tennis Club
Mens Shed
Mortlock Pony Club
Mortlock Sports Council Inc
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Sacred Heart School Board
Skeleton Weed Action Group
Slater Homestead Group
St Paul's Anglican Church
Ucarty Catchment Group
Uniting Church Ladies Guild
Media Contact: Tahnee Bird, CDO
Authorising Officer: Clem Kerp, CEO
Date: 13 February 2017

Ross River Virus Warning

The WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt Public Health Unit is urging all residents and visitors in the Wheatbelt to take extra care to avoid mosquito bites following an increase in the number of Ross River virus (RRV) infections in the region.

WACHS Wheatbelt public health physician Naru Pal said a total of 37 cases were notified so far this year compared to 31 cases at the same time last year.

“The illnesses caused by Ross River viruses include painful joints, aching muscles, lethargy, fever, headache and skin rashes, and symptoms may last from weeks to months,” Dr Pal said.

“People experiencing such symptoms should seek medical attention from their GP or their local hospital”.

“There are no specific cures or vaccines for this mosquito-borne disease so it is very important that people take care to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes”.

The Department of Health’s “Fight the Bite” campaign encourages individuals to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes by adopting the following simple measures:

  • avoid outdoor exposure particularly around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • wear protective (long, loose-fitting, light coloured) clothing when outdoors
  • apply a personal repellent containing diethyl toluamide (DEET) or picaridin to exposed skin
  • empty or cover any standing water around the home or holiday accommodation to reduce mosquito breeding
  • ensure insect screens are installed and remain in good condition
  • use mosquito nets or mosquito-proof tents when camping or sleeping outdoors
  • ensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, bed nets or other forms of insect screening.

For more information on ‘Fight the Bite’ and how to prevent mosquito bites visit http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Healthy-living/Prevent-mosquito-bites or contact the Wheatbelt Public Health Unit on 9622 4320.

Fire Response Vehicle Identifier Stickers  

To assist authorities identify vehicles which can assist DFES in bushfire response, DFES and the Shire encourages owners of such vehicles or machinery to apply for a Fire Response Vehicle Identifier windscreen sticker. The stickers are designed to enable passage of approved vehicles through the vehicle control points (road blocks) where approved by the Incident Controller. Appliances or machinery without a Vehicle Identifier sticker may be delayed or prevented from assisting in the response.

Stickers are issued under a number of conditions including:

  • the Fire Response Vehicle Identifier is for the purpose of fire response;
  • when the vehicle is no longer used as a fire response vehicle (e.g. when sold) the identifier will be removed;
  • compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1974;
  • identifier can be revoked by an Incident Controller or authorised person at any time;
  • appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing will be worn at all times;
  • the driver will ensure that the vehicle’s presence at an incident is recorded on  both arrival and departure;
  • Read and understood the “Operating Private Equipment at Bushfires” publication and will make drivers of the vehicle familiar with this document.

Stickers for the period ending 30 September 2018 are now available. Application forms are available from the Shire Administration Centre or downloadable here.

Multiple stickers may be issued to persons with multiple suitable vehicles/equipment – one application form per vehicle is required.

Stickers will be mailed to applicant following vetting of the application by the Shire.

Should you have any questions please contact the Shire on 9629 1101.

Permits required for vehicles over 19m long, traversing on our local roads

Even if you hold a Main Roads WA permit you are still required to obtain a permit from Council to traverse on local roads.

To renew your permit or apply for a new permit, please apply in writing advising of all Prime Mover and Trailer Registrations, along with $11.00 per configuration. Permits are valid for one year from the date of the application.


Shire of Goomalling
Clem Kerp, Chief Executive Officer

32 Quinlan St  |  PO Box 118
GOOMALLING WA 6460

Ph: (08) 9629 1101  |  Fax: (08) 9629 1017
Email: goshire@goomalling.wa.gov.au

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