news - april 2017

Progress Association · Emergency Services Levy

Call for the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) to be removed from direct Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) control and handed to a body not receiving ESL funds, to manage.

Also a call for legislation and regulation changes to extend ESL funds usage from mainly "response" activity to include "prevention and preparedness" works, as well as "frontline" fire mitigation and suppression by an independent rural fire service.

See this article in the Farm Weekly..

Progress Association page..

Primary School · Community ANZAC Service

Gidgegannup Primary School will be holding a school ANZAC Service for students and community members on Thursday 27 April, commencing at 10.00am.

We would like to extend an invitation for community members to attend the service.

Primary School page..

Agricultural Society · Life Members

During 2016 the Committee dealt with Life Membership nominations under a protocol adapted from that of the RASWA. Those being so recognised were announced at the February AGM and presentations made.

Congratulations to to all who have made such significant contributions to the Society.

L-R: Col Metcalf, Barry Howard, Keith Robinson, Gordon Caine

Keith Robinson: Keith has been a long-serving Committee Member over a period spanning 4 decades. With an expertise in Floriculture, Keith has largely been responsible for the magnificent displays seen each year at our Annual Shows.

Gordon Caine: Gordon has been a long serving Member of many Committees dating back to 1987. He rose to President of the Society between 2007 – 2009. Gordon is well known for not being frightened to ‘get his hand dirty'.

Barry Howard: Barry was a respected member of Committees between 2002 – 2014 with several years as Vice President. Barry spent many years managing Gidgegram advertising and invoices as well as always lending a hand overseeing several Sections at many Gidge Shows.

Colin Metcalf: During his involvement with the Society, Colin has untaken many tasks. Chief Ground Steward (1995), Secretary (1996), Show Recording from 1996–2017, President 2016-2017. Colin is credited with bringing the Society Show recording processes into the computer age.

Agricultural Society page..

Recreation Club · Info

The events hall has just had work done to improve the acoustic so we can help make your event even more enjoyable time. If you are thinking of holding a function come and have a look at Gigegannup Recreation Club. We provide a fully licensed bar, commercial kitchen and large function area along with a lot more.

Check out our website or facebook page.

The recreation club committee has a number of projects in the process including looking at fitting solar panels to enhance the power source and supply. We are in discussions with the shire for a sculptor of the gardens. A budget is being put together to commence the design for two indoor basketball courts.

If you bring you dogs down to the oval for walking you will find doggy bags now are available. Please use these and dispose of these responsibly.

Come along and enjoy your local community venue.

New are welcome and are able to join the Gidgegannup Recreation Club by sending us a message via face book or email. If you have a suggestion of what you would like to see happen at the club please send an email.

Recreation Club page..

Football Club · Players Wanted

With season 2017 kicking off soon, the Gidgegannup Senior Football Club are looking for more players to join our great club.  All skill levels accepted.

Training is from 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Percy Cullen Oval. It is a great opportunity to play football in a social atmosphere with a great bunch of guys. Call coach Brett Davis (0419 900 991) for more details.

The HFA season starts on April 23rd with a blockbuster home game - the 2016 Grand Final rematch against Chidlow. This is followed by away games against Parkerville (April 30th) and Bullsbrook (May 14th). Bounce down for all games is at 2pm. C ome along and support your local football club.

Football Club page..

Playgroup · Info

Playgroup is held at the Gidgegannup Agriculture Hall on Monday & Wednesday from 9 till 11 am during the school term.

Everyone is welcome with children between 0 and 4. The first session is free and we have very low fees for the term. Lots of fun toys, bikes, puzzles and art & craft activities to keep everyone occupied.

So come along, have a cuppa and give Gidge Playgroup a try. For more information, please ring Kiri on 0409 481 102 or Bangas on 0458 014 677.

Playgroup page..

Community Church · Easter Sunday Dawn Service

The Gidgegannup Anglican-Uniting Community Church invites you to a Dawn Service at Barbara & Max's property, 2510 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup (opposite Gidge Convenience Store), on Sunday 16 April, 6.30 am.

Followed by hot cross buns, tea and coffee, fruit juice. Easter egg hunt for the kids.

Please bring your own chairs for this outdoors service. Everyone is welcome.

Community Church page..

Progress Association · Newsletter March 2017

Newsletter March 2017..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter March 2017

Newsletter March 2017..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice April 2017

Fire Safety Newsletter April 2017..

  • Important Dates
  • Ferguson Report
  • Whether to report Smoke or Fire
  • How to Report a Fire
  • Restricted Burning Season
  • Whom to Notify when Burning
  • Getting a Permit to Burn
  • When are Permits suspended or cancelled?
  • Importance of extinguishing properly
West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Susannah Brook Catchment Group · Would you like to join us?

The Susannah Brook Catchment Group (SBCG) is reforming and is currently recruiting volunteer members to be a part of this friendly and active group.

Are you concerned about the ecological health of Susannah Brook? Do you enjoy working outdoors in the local environment? Would you like to be involved in a committee to help manage the health of the Susannah Brook and it's catchment? If the answer is yes, please join us!

There are a number of ways to become involved, from actively working outdoors in the local bushland to taking on an administrative role within the steering group.

Please help us to take care of the ecological health of this catchment.

To register your expression of interest in joining the SBCG or for further information please contact: Kathryn Johnson by email or Sandy Stone by email.


City of Swan · Rural Properties Revegetation

If your property is 10,000 square metres (2.5 acres) or over, and is located in the City of Swan, you are eligible to receive a free allocation of plants.

The City is pleased to announce the launch of the Rural Properties Revegetation Program for 2017. Men of the Trees (Inc) has been engaged by the City to grow approximately 10,000 trees, shrubs and ground covers to compliment the City's natural environment.

Men of the Trees (Inc) is a not-for-profit organisation staffed by volunteers committed to growing plants for the betterment of the environment.

For more information click here.

To obtain your local native plants fill ou the form here.

Due to the limited amount of plants available, and to avoid disappointment, applications must be received by the City no later than 4.30pm Wednesday 10 May 2017.

More info..

City of Swan · Toodyay Road Clean-up

In partnership with the EMRC, Main Roads WA and KAB, the City of Swan is coordinating a community litter clean up along a 6km stretch of Toodyay Road, between the Red Hill Lookout and Roland Road, Gidgegannup on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 9.00am till 12 noon.

The final sites will be confirmed depending on the number of Volunteers that are registered.

Provided is:

  • Transport from parking area to clean up sites
  • Bags, gloves and clean up equipment
  • Light refreshments after the clean up

Please register your availability online and you will receive further details by email prior to the event.

For further details please contact Kathryn Petersen on 9267 9267.

City of Swan page..

City of Swan · Introduction to Birds of Prey

Liven up your school holidays with this educational talk and hands-on workshop on nature's top predators.

Come and learn about the environment from a raptor's point of view. Find out how we impact their lives and what we can do to make a difference to their survival. There will be opportunities for the brave and strong to hold a live Wedge-tailed Eagle and Brown Falcon.

After this we will dissect dry pellets to learn about the digestion of owls. Sounds disgusting but is a lot of fun!

A great experience for kids and their parents. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12.

Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Click here to book online.

Wednesday 19 April, 10am-12pm, Percy Cullen Pavilion, 1990 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup. RSVP to 9207 8989.

Thinking Green Workshops..

City of Swan · First Aid Course

As part of our 'Capacity Building Approach', the Rural Community Development team would like to offer your community group the opportunity to train two of your volunteers/committee members in St John's accredited 'Provide First Aid', formerly Senior First Aid.

Along with this training each participating community organisation will have the opportunity to purchase a Large Leisure First Aid Kit at a subsidised cost of $50, regular cost is $160! This will mean that you community organisation will have two certified First Aid Officers and a First Aid Kit to assist in running of activities and events in the future!

The First Aid training will be run on Saturday 20th May at Baskerville Hall, from 8am – 5pm. Lunch will be provided

There will be some pre-training reading to be completed by participants – details of which will be sent once you register. The cost of the training will be $30 per participant which is payable via Cash at City of Swan Bullsbrook, Gidgegannup and Ellenbrook Libraries.

Should you wish to purchase the subsidised First Aid Kit, please notify me when you register and I will arrange for this to be available on the day of the training.

To Register please contact Jenna Whistler via email with each participant's details –

Contact Number:
Email Address:
Any Dietary Requirements:
Purchase of First Aid Kit (1 per Community Group): Yes/No

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity for your community organisation! Places will go quickly so register as soon as possible and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Jenna Whistler via email or by calling 0427 163 317.

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