NATIONAL BUSHFIRE MITIGATION PROGRAM - ADVICE TO RESIDENTS
The Shire of Goomalling wishes to advise residents of hazard reduction activates scheduled April/May 2017.
The hazard reduction activities consists of a number of prescribed burns which are being conducted by the Shire as part of the National Bush Fire Mitigation Program, with the aim of reducing fuel loads around the Goomalling town site.
The location of the activities will occur in the bushland recreation reserves to the immediate north/north east of the town.
Every care will be taken to minimise smoke in and around the town site during the burns. Residents with respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors and close doors/windows should smoke be encountered.
Roads will remain open during the mitigation activities, with motorists advised to follow warning signs, slow down, use headlights and be mindful of crews working off roadways.
Please contact Robert Koch, Community Emergency Services Manager (0458 042 104) or Clem Kerp, Chief Executive Officer (0429 376 223) for any enquires.
Chief Executive Officer
Restricted Burning Permit Period - Extended
The Shire of Goomalling advises the Restricted Burning Permit Period has been extended up to, and including 19th April 2017. All permits can bee obtained at the Shire of Goomalling office.
Quarterly Newsletter is out now - March
Read the Autumn 2017 edition of the Goomalling Shire Newsletter including topics such as:
- Easter Closure
- DrumMuster Dates
- Youth Friendly Plan
- Water Harvesting Project
- Thank a Volunteer Day
- The war on Cactus
- 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
Goomalling Swimming Pool Closure
The Goomalling swimming pool will be closing on Friday 31st March. The Shire of Goomalling will be working on the pool during the off season to improve the facility ready for the 2017/18 season.
The Shire of Goomalling would like to advise the following closure over the Easter Break:
Shire Office & Depo - Closed Good Friday 14th April and Easter Monday 17th April
Tip - Closed Good Friday, Open Sunday 16th April
Doctors Surgery - Closed Good Friday 14th April and Easter Monday 17th April
The Shire of Goomalling's next drumMUSTER is Friday 31st March 2017. Please register your interest and number or containers to the Shire office on 9629 1101 by Tuesday 27th March.
Should you require any further information please contact the Shire of Doug Sewell on 0427 791 190
Developed with the environment in mind, the drumMUSTER program collects and recycles eligible, pre-cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical containers.
drumMUSTER is a national product stewardship program that is supported by agvet chemical manufacturers, industry stakeholders which includes member and farming associations, state and local governments.
Working hand-in-hand with local councils and other collection agencies, drumMUSTER has established collection facilities all over Australia and since its inception in 1998 the program has recycled over 20 million containers.
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
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
Cunjardine Bush Fire Brigade
Dowerin-Goomalling Apex Club
Gabby Quoi Quoi Catchment Group
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
Goomalling Senior Citizens Club
Goomalling St John Ambulance
Goomalling Swimming Club
Goomalling Tennis Club
Goomalling Tidy Towns Sustainable
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
Jenna Kart Club
Jennacubbine Bush Fire Brigade
Jennacubbine Hall Committee
Jennacubbine Progress Association
Jennacubbine Sports Council
Knick Knacks Op Shop
Konnongorring Bush Fire Brigade
Konnongorring Hall Committee
Konnongorring Recreation Council
Konnongorring Tennis Club
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
Goomalling Youth Zone is BACK for 2017
Goomalling Youth Zone sessions start again!
5.00-6.00pm Primary School students & 6.30-8.30pm High School students
Activities are held at the Goomalling Town Hall, Crn of Quinlan and Hoddy St
For more information contact Tahnee Bird, CDO on 9629 1101
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.