news - november 2010

Fire Brigades · Prohibited Burning / Total Fire Bans / Firebreak

No apologies for yet another missive re. fire safety. There have been several incidents already including John Forrest National Park and the Avon Valley. Some have been accidental, some suspicious, and some deliberate. We have already had a vehicle movement and harvesting ban imposed by City of Swan.

Last week a local behaving irresponsibly lost control of a fire near his house/sheds after he did some illegal burning. He had a permit to burn small heaps but decided to burn verge and grass around buildings instead. Fortunately there was little wind and the fire was contained by brigades before spreading too far and impacting neighbours. The owner was very lucky that his house and shed were not involved and damaged. It took several hours of mopup to make safe. The City of Swan has taken steps to prosecute.

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Gidgegannup Cricket · Unbeaten after 4 rounds

Gidgy Cricket has started the season strongly and is unbeaten after the first four rounds. The next game is at home so come down and watch your local team do battle in the Hills Cricket Association. Starts at 12.30. (Editor's guess: Sunday 28 October)

Cricket Club page..

Community Church · Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight will be held at the Gidgegannup Primary School on 4 December 2010. There will be a choir singing with us and battery-operated candles will be available for those who need them.

Enquiries to Sharon on 0414 908 258.

Community Church page..

Football Club · Gidge Plates

The Department of Transport has set minimum sales requirements of ten plates per annum. In the past 12 months the Gidgegannup Football Club has not been able to meet this requirement so new plates are no longer available. Customers who have already purchased a set of plates can still apply for remakes of the current approved design.

Thanks to everyone that supported this fundraising venture.

Football Club page..

Recreational Club · Swap Meet

Sunday 21st November, 7am- 11am at the Gidge Rec Centre. Sellers $5, Buyers $2. Sausage sizzle. Tea and coffee available. Come and enjoy this great family day with somethingfor everyone!

For more infor contact Peter on 9574 7128 or Alan 9574 7104.


Bushfire Ready Action Group · Community Meeting

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

More info..

Gidge Touch · Social Family Touch Football

The aim of Gidge Touch is to give everyone an opportunity to play sport either alone, with their families or have their families come along while they play in a family friendly environment.

Contact Janette on 9574 6039 or by email.

Gidge Touch Flyer..

Progress Association · Newsletter November 2010

In this issue : Next Meetings - Car Park Clenton Road and Peter Brock Memorial - Parking of Commercial Vehicles Discussion Paper - Dams - EMRC Community Task Force and Resource Recovery Facility - Proposed Conceptual Plan for Rural Residential Subdivision in O'Brien Road - Water Corporation - Western Power - Access Road to Brigadoon from O'Brien Road - EMRC Community Liaison Meeting

Download Newsletter..

Progress Association page..

Gidge Fire Brigades · Fire News and Advice Nov 2010

Please be reminded that the Restricted Burning Season has commenced on 1st Oct and continues to 30th Nov (unless shortened). The total Fire Ban will commence from 1 December.

At the time of writing we have just had the major fire in John Forrest National Park. This threatened a number of hills communities and has to serve as a wake up call to Gidge residents to develop and implement a robust Bushfire Action Plan.

So far the outlook is very dry with greatly increased bushfire risk. We are already seeing late December/early January fire behaviour, and many dams from which we would normally get firefighting water all season are likely to be dried out by mid to late January.

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Agricultural Society · Gidge Show Results

Major prize winners and Section prize winners of the 2010 Gidge Show.

Show Winners 2010..

Experience Gidgegannup · Medal for Cherax Farm

Congratulations to Grant and Jancis Elphick of Cherax Farm, winning a Bronze Medal at the Perth Royal Show 2010 for their extra virgin olive oil in Class 1, Section "micro volume using oil sourced from a single grove".

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Kookaburra Cinema · Start of the New Season

Well, despite all the doom and gloom sayers re the relocation of the DEC depot to alongside the cinema it is well under way with very little impact upon the cinema to date. We have lost some tree vista out to the north but many of the close by mature trees are still there and we have been rather busy replanting the understorey over winter so in time much of the greenscape will return.

The first program segment is attached as a PDF file and we trust that you find something of interest in the offerings to suit your taste.

Interestingly the Opening film "The Concert" was to have been the opening film for PIAFF last summer but the timing did not line up with what the distributor wanted so it went out to general cinema release in May this year. It is a delightful film and having viewed the trailer a couple of times and had feedback from a friend who operates Mt Vic Fliks in the Blue Mountains who has now screened it on 4 separate programs due to public requests again and again.. it comes highly recommended... it has the lot Comedy, Drama, Music and human emotions all in one.

See @ Kookaburra, Lindsay

Kookaburra Program..

EMRC · Resource Recovery Project Community Forum Feedback

A community forum on EMRC's Resource Recovery Project was held at Rosehill Lodge in South Guildford on Saturday 18 September 2010, and was attended by approximately 60 community members.

Feedback obtained at the forum will be used in the development of a Community Partnership Agreement, tender evaluation criteria and in guiding community education.

Forum Presentation and Forum Report can be downloaded below.

Resource Recovery Project Community Forum Presentation
Resource Recovery Project Community Forum Report

EMRC Website..

City of Swan · Total Harvest and Movement Ban

Please be advised that as from 10:00 am today 27/11/2010 on behalf of the City of Swan as the CBFCO I have imposed a total harvest and movement ban on all areas in the CoS which will be reviewed at 1700hrs.

Fire Ban info..

City of Swan · Free Garden Compost

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Environment and Conservation Strategic Waste Initiative Scheme (SWIS) and the City of Swan through the support of the East Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), 40 bags of free garden compost will be available to give away to City of Swan Gidgegannup residents.

The bags of garden compost will be available free of charge to residents (maximum two bags per household) on Tuesday 30th November from 9am to 12pm at the Rural Place Office, Gidgegannup (behind Shell Garage). Be early to avoid missing out!

For further information, contact Trish McCourt on 9267 9218.

City of Swan page..

Ag Department · Dealing with the Dry Season 2010

If you are the owner of a small rural property in the South West, you are invited to the Small Landholder Workshop "Dry Season Essentials: Livestock, Feed & Water Supplies on small landholdings". This is one of a series of workshops being held throughout the South West to help you manage your property.

Ag Department - Dry Season 2010 - Events

FESA · Prepare, Act, Survive

If you live in or near a bushland area, bushfire is a real risk to you and your family.

Bushfires happen every summer, they can start suddenly and often without warning. People have been killed or seriously injured and homes are destroyed during bushfires.

Before summer starts you need to decide what you will do if a bushfire threatens. If you live or work in a bushland area you need to prepare your home, family or business and have a plan so you can act to make sure you survive.

FESA Prepare, Act, Survive Booklet..

City of Swan

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