news - march 2010

Playgroup · Million Trees Family Fun Event

Gidgegannup Playgroup invites you to come along and be part of the Million Trees Family Fun Event on Friday 9 April 2010 from 3.30pm onwards at the Gidgegannup Recreation Centre. Follow signs off Toodyay Road to the Percy Cullen Oval.

Kids, bring your mum or dad, or both! There will be treasure hunts, stories, muic, games and a BBQ. Places are limited so please make your bookings with Dianne on 9267 9136 by noon on 6 April. Suitable for children 4-12 years. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Playgroup page..

Progress Association · Newsletter April 2010

In this issue : Next Meetings - Development Townsite - Townsite Liaison Group - Peter Brock Memorial - Building in Bush Fire Prone Areas - Construction of Dams Policy - Perth Hills Planning Bill - Scheme Amendments to Commercial Vehicle Parking, Rural Transport Depot and Transport Depot Policy - Rubbish on Toodyay Road - Questionnaire - Roadside Drains in Townsite - EMRC - Stoneville Road - Trail Bikes/Hoon behaviour

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Progress Association · Questionnaire

If you haven't already done so, please complete our questionnaire. We need your responses to present a fair and balanced view to local and state government as to how our community wish our townsite to develop over the next few years.

Forms are available to download or to complete online at the link below. Or you can pick up a copy at the Newsagents and return to GPA, PO Box 66. Maps of the proposed density are in the notice board outside the Newsagents or you can download them from the link below.

We have had requests for comparisons on population and size of blocks. The present population of the townsite is about 200 people (including the surrounding subdivisions about 1000). The existing homesite 1 acre blocks in the townsite could accommodate about 12 x 300m2 blocks.

Development of the townsite will impact on all of us, so put your view forward. It is your and your children's future.

Survey will close 30th April, 2010. Thank you for your input.

Gidgegannup Development page..

Progress Association · Boxing

Congratulations to Jacob Croft who recently competed in the state novice amateur boxing titles. Jake qualified for the 63 kg final and after a very even bout which resulted in a draw he lost on a count back. With an interrupted lead up to the fight due to illness he is back training and looking to go one better in his next fight.

Progress Association page..

Netball Club · New Season

Gidgegannup Netball Club submitted 10 teams to the Eastern Hills Netball Association for the 2010 season. The club continues to offer support for coaches to upgrade and clinics for players to improve their skills.

President's Report..

Netball Club page..

Junior Football Club · Season Commencement

Meet the coaches for u10s & u12s on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at 4.00pm. A light training session will be held followed by a sausage sizzle and drink for the players.

Training for the u10s and u12s will commence Wednesday April 21st. First game will be Sunday May 2nd. 10s (Yr5) Coach is Neal Holiday and training sessions will be held on Wednesdays 4.30-5.50pm. 12s (Yr7) Coach is Steve Parlour and training sessions will be held on Wednesdays 4-5pm.

The first Auskick training session will kick off on Saturday May 1.

Junior Football Club page..

Bushfire Ready Action Group · Community Meeting

Prepare - Act - Survive community meeting, Wednesday 17 March 2010 at 7.00pm at the Gidgegannup Fire Station. Topics to be covered include:
  • Early warning systems & staying informed
  • Experiencing a Bushfire
  • Bushfire behaviour
  • How houses burn
As in the past there will be plenty of time for questions.

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Junior Football Club · Footy Tipping

It's on again. If you are interested in becoming Gidge's top football tipster in 2010, then register on line here prior to the start of the season.

$44 to enter (payable to either Eric or Allan) with a weekly prize that jackpots for those talented (or lucky) enough to pick 8 winners. For more information contact Eric on 9574 6005 or email.

Junior Football page..

Community Church · Easter Services

Easter Thursday (1st April) 6.30 pm - Passover, Meal and Service. Good Friday (2nd April) 9.30 am Service. Easter Sunday (4th April) 8.00 am Catholic Service and 9.30 am Anglican/Uniting Church Service.

Community Church page..

Touch Football · Fun and non-competitive

Social family touch football each Friday 7.00 pm at the Gidgegannup Recreation Grounds.

Fun and non-competitive. Kids and teens welcome. Safe children's playground. $50 per family for 6 months. Fees will be pro-rata if you join after November 2009.

Contact Janette on 9574 6039.

CWA · Hoy Day

Hoy Day (bingo with cards) on Wednesday, 14th April, 2010 at 9.30 am for 10.00 am start. $3.00 entry including lunch, 20c a game. There will be prizes and raffles. Everyone welcome.

CWA meets on a Wednesday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. For more information call Sue Harris (secretary) on 9574 6961.

CWA page..

Kanowna · Kanowna short film

We filmed a short film at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds late last year. At the time, the Hills Gazette came out and did a little story about the production and since then we have completed the film and have started sending it to film festivals around the world.

(Note: The link below points to a flash-only website. Loading this website may be slow over some internet connections and could use a substantial amount of bandwidth.)

Kanowna website..

City of Swan · Opportunities for Public Comment

Proposed scheme amendments and local planning policies – Commercial Vehicle Parking and Transport Depots

Both the proposed scheme amendments and local planning policies are available for public review and comment for a period of 42 days. Any persons wishing to make comment or provide feedback may do so in writing before Wednesday 14th April 2010.

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City of Swan · Extension of Prohibited Burning Season

Please be advised that the Prohibited Burning Season has been extended in the City of Swan until midnight 14th April 2010. Further extensions are likely if dry conditions persist.

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City of Swan · Off-road vehicles and trail bikes

At the annual City of Swan General Meeting of Electors on 21 December 2009, Gidgegannup community members raised their concerns in relation to trail bike nuisance behaviour in the area. A reporting and response plan is in place and is outlined below to promote what people can do to help stop the problem.

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City of Swan · City of Swan embraces NearMap

The City is able to zoom in and check how construction is going, check on compliance issues for developments, and it has the potential to identify environmental hazards such as the illegal dumping of toxic materials.

[..] and we plan, in the future, for councils to even be able to check cracks on the footpath.

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City of Swan · Home refitting workshop, Save energy and water

Have you ever wanted to know how you can save money as well as the environment by saving energy and water?

The City of Swan is hosting a home refitting workshop in conjunction with the Government of WA and Green Skills to show you how you can cut back on energy consumption.

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WA Department of Environment · Black Cockatoo Recovery Project

Birds Australia WA and Department of Environment and Conservation are currently organising ‘The Great Cocky Count 2010’ on Wednesday the 7th April 2010 and we’re asking for your assistance. In 2006 a snapshot survey of Carnaby’s Black-­-Cockatoo by Birds Australia found that at least 4,500 birds utilize the Swan Coastal Plain during the non-­-breeding season. Since the last count we have managed to identify approximately 100 evening roosts that are used by Carnaby’s Black-­-Cockatoo and we will be attempting to survey every one of these in the 2010 count. What we need is for volunteers from all across Perth and the wider metropolitan area to survey a chosen evening roost and count the number of birds using the particular site for approximately an hour around dusk on Wednesday the 7th of April. You will be provided with a pack that will include, amongst other things, detailed instructions and a data sheet on which to record your observations. To reach our goal of counting every Carnaby’s Black-­-Cockatoo roost we will need as many volunteers as possible so please feel free to spread the word. As well as The Great Cocky Count we also have an on-­-going monitoring program for which we are also looking for volunteers so if you are interested in being involved, would like more information or have some information regarding Carnaby’s Black-­-Cockatoo that may help us, please contact Quinton Burnham via email or phone. Thank you. (e) (m) 0428 762 292

Frank Alban MLA · Meet your local MLA on Friday 26 March

Meet your local Member of Parliament. Frank Alban MLA – Member for Swan Hills. Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Hall, Friday 26th March, 9.30 am – 11.00 am. Issues include policing, hoons, Telstra, Western Power outages. Contact number 9296 7688.

Newsletter February 2010..

MLA page..

City of Swan / EMRC

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