news - april 2012

Football Club · New Season

The new season gets under way on 15th April with Gidge hosting Mundaring at 2.00 pm before a bye and then another home game against Mt. Helena on 29th April. Social memberships are available. The club always needs new players and helpers. More info call Michael McCrudden on 0439 467 831.

Football Club page..

Scouts & Cubs · Activities

The Scouts took part in Clean up Australia by picking up rubbish at Noble Falls. We also had a French food night, made crepes, filled vol-au-vents and talked about different languages.

Cubs have made and decorated gingerbread and done plenty of cooking. They have also been developing team skills and have watched some of the Jungle Book movies.

For the bi-annual Swantiki, scouts from all over Perth had fun making their own rafts for 2 hours then paddling to base points on the Swan River at Bayswater. Repairs could be made as needed! Approximately 75 rafts were made and dismantled on the day.

Upcoming events will be orienteering at Mundaring Weir, a Branch activity, and the ANZAC vigil at Blackboy Hill in Greenmount. Anyone is welcome to attend the Sunset ceremony at 5.30 pm and a 6.15am Dawn Ceremony.

Scouts Group page..

Recreational Club · Swap Meet

Percy Cullen Oval, Sunday, 22nd April, 2012. Sellers $5, from 7.00 am, buyers $1 from 8.00am. Enquiries on 9574 7128.

Recreational Club page..

CWA · Hoy Day

Wednesday, 18th April, 2012 9.30 am – 2.30pm. All welcome. Enquiries contact Phyllis on 6278 2212.

CWA page..

Touch Football · Social Family Touch Football

Held on Thursday evenings at 7.00 pm at the Percy Cullen Oval, Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup. More info contact Janette on 9574 6039 or by email.

Touch Football page..

Rural Watch · Incidents and Prohibited Burning

After a quiet spell there have been a few incidents in the last couple of weeks that should stimulate us all to stay alert and watch out for our neighbours.
  1. About a week ago a suspicious vehicle – white Nissan twin cab with fibreglass canopy - was seen parked inside the boundary fence of a property in the northern part of O’Brien Road. The owners don’t know anything about this vehicle. Let us know if you do?
  2. Also last week, another vehicle - Mitsubishi sedan, possibly a Magna, faded grey paint - was seen at 10:30pm at night, also on O’Brien Road, parked near a broken down truck. When "lit up" by a nearby neighbour the vehicle departed in a hurry. Hopefully they left the area, but if you know anything of this vehicle, again please let us know.
  3. A farmhouse in Clenton Road suffered an attempted break in a few days ago. A sliding door was pulled off its mountings and the house was entered setting off an alarm system. Fortunately it would appear the alarm caused the intruder to leave the house as nothing was stolen. Police are still investigating and following a lead from a neighbour who was able to provide a description of a person seen on foot in the vicinity and rego of a vehicle that may have been involved.
Please be advised that the Chief Bushfire Control Officer for City of Swan has extended the Prohibited Burning Season until midnight 14th April 2012 due to the dry conditions and associated fire risk.

A decision as to whether to issue Burning Permits covering the period 15th April 2012 onwards will be subject to environmental conditions as the time gets closer.

Note that Burning Permits for both East and West Gidgegannup will ONLY be issued at the Gidge Fireshed from 08:30 to 10:30 am on Saturdays. Note also that you will usually have to wait a minimum of 4 days after the permit is issued before commencing burning so plan well ahead.

Rural Watch page..

Rural Watch · Dog Attack Warning

About 10.30 am on Friday 30 March a dog came into a property on Reserve Road through a roo hole in the fence and attacked sheep. Two had to be put down and another four have had injuries treated. What it will do to their lambing prospects is questionable.

The dog was disturbed fortunately but unfortunately no gun was handy. The dog was large (Rhodesian ridgeback type), light brown, short haired with a darker muzzle. It was wearing a collar. If you see this dog on your property catch it – it is a killer.

Rural Watch page..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice April 2012

Lovely to see cooler weather but please don’t let this lull anyone into a false sense of security. The bush is still extremely dry, we usually get very strong and dry easterly winds during autumn, and we are still likely to get hot spells.

The Prohibited Burning Season has been extended to 14th April due to very dry conditions.

Fire Safety Newsletter April 2012..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Small Farm Field Day

The "Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day" 2012 will be held at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds on Sunday 27 May. A great day full of information and fun for everyone. Come along and enjoy the day in the fabulous setting of Gidgegannup just 15 minutes from Midland.

- Programme of Events
- Folk Singers

Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day 2012

More info..

Open Gardens · Open Garden in Gidgegannup

Lyn Dahl will have open garden on the weekend of 12-13 May at 41 Hargraves Crescent Gidgegannup. Entry $6.00 – proceeds to Australia’s Open Garden Scheme (most of the proceeds go to Cancer Research).

The Garden is open from 10.00 am- 4.30 pm both days. Weather permitting there will be Devonshire teas available at Café Peppercorn Tree.

Open Gardens Australia..

City of Swan · Rural Properties Revegetation Program

If your property is 10,000 sq metres (2.5 acres) or over and is located in the City of Swan, you are eligible to receive an allocation of plants. The number of plants allocated to each property will vary in order to cater for every eligible application.

To obtain your local native plants simply complete the application form and return it to the City no later than 4:30pm on Friday 11 May 2012 to avoid disappointment.

More info..

City of Swan · Worm Farming Workshop

As part of International Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May) Kevin Smith from the Worm Shed will be holding a free Worm Farm workshop in Gidgegannup.

Saturday 12 May 2012, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, at the Gidgegannup Hall, Lot 210 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup.

Admission is free. RSVP by 5pm Thursday 10 May to Julie Keeley on 9267 9401 or by email.

City of Swan page..

City of Swan

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