news - february 2013

Agricultural Society · Gidgegram Deadlines

See the dates on the Calendar by clicking the link below.


Agricultural Society · New Committee

Please click the link below for the Agricultural Society's newly elected committee.

Agricultural Society page..

Progress Association · Newsletter February 2013

Newsletter February 2013..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter February 2013

Newsletter February 2013..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Agricultural Society · President's Report

President's report for the year 2012-2013 presented at the AGM on 24th February 2013.

View report..

Agricultural Society page..

Recreational Club · Swap Meet

Swap meet on Sunday 21st April at Percy Cullen Oval. Sellers from 7am, buyers from 8pm.

Enquiries: Allan on 9574 7104.

Recreational Club page..

Playgroup · 2013 School Year

The 2013 school year has commenced with Playgroup resuming at the Gidgegannup Agriculture hall on Monday & Wednesday from 9 till 11 am during the school term.

Everyone is welcome, so if you have children between 0 and 4, please feel free to pop in and have a play & a cuppa with the group. The first session is free and we have very low fees for the term! Lots of new & exciting toys, puzzles, art & craft & bikes to keep everyone occupied.

At the end of 2012 we had an AGM & we have a new committee running the Playgroup. Our committee is now made up of President, Kylie; Vice President, Steph; Secretary, Louise; Treasurer, Carmen and 2 committee members Rebecca and Deanna. Thank you to those enthusiastic members for putting up their hands to keep our great community organisation running.

For more information please ring Kylie on 0437 057 747 or Louise on 0408 928 940.

Playgroup page..

Scouts and Cubs · Upcoming Events

Cubs meet on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.00 pm boys and girls. Scouts meet on Tuesdays from 6.45pm to 8.45pm boys and girls.
  • Camp, over the long weekend in March - On a farming property south-east of Perth. Lots of activities planned. Bring your own food.
  • Swan Tiki Sprint, 17th March Rafts to be entirely built on site. If anyone has gear we can use to make our rafts, that would be great.
  • Volunteering for the Finish Area (Gloucester Park) for the HBF Run for a Reason, 26th May
For any enquiries please contact leader Donna Feehan on 9573 6707 or by email.

Scouts and Cubs page..

Gidgegannup Gossips · Gidgegannup Townsite

Weather humid and horrible and a really great reminder that high density living would not work out here. The heat sink from a bitumised townsite would be extreme. We have hit approaching the mid forties, imagine this with a highly developed townsite. The power consumption would be through the roof.

It still seems that WAPC and City and some Potential Developer who needs to live here permanently and learn some common sense, feel that Urban Deferred zoning could be a possibility in the Gidgegannup townsite (and wider) area. It is never going to work, what needs to be planned is a sustainable village development for our townsite. Forget all the infrastructure develop sensibly and as the community wishes. We live here, we know what works.

Gidgegannup Info · New Mailing List

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All you have to do to sign up is to click the link at the top of this page, or click here, and enter your email address. You will then receive an email where you can confirm your subscription.

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Each email will include an "unsubscribe" link and a link where you can change your email address.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or updates for the website, please feel free to let us know.

Hills Choir · Invites New Members

Hills Choir invites new members to come and join the choir in singing beautiful music. No auditions are required.

Our 2013 year commences on Monday, 4th February at 7.30 pm at the Mundaring Uniting Church, 120 Stoneville Road, Mundaring.

For further information please contact Jean Bourgault, our musical director, on 9572 1257.

The Hills Choir website..

From a Correspondent · Local Artists win at Darlington Festival

Jan Pittman, well known for her wildflower paintings and portraiture, also received an award for her photography at the 2012 Darlington Arts Festival.

Congratulations to year 12 student Lea Cruttenden and Emily Newton of Stoneville on winning the Digital Art section at the Darlington Arts Festival.

Darlington Arts Festival website..

Keep Australia Beautiful · Clean up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 3rd March 2013.

All those willing to help keep Gidgegannup clean and tidy, there will be a meeting at the Gidgegannup information sign in the tourism bay for the clean up between 9.00am and 11.00 am. Please bring gloves, bags, water and energy!

Any enquiries to Glena on 041 919 6320.

Clean Up Australia website..

Agricultural Society · AGM

Gidgegannup Agricultural Society's AGM of Members is to be held on Sunday, February 24th at 5.00 pm at the Gidgegannup Hall. To be followed by refreshments. All members are encouraged to attend and non-members are welcomed. For more information or additions to agenda contact Glenys Maisey on 0429 045 546 or by email

• Reports
• Election of Office Bearers
• Motion for registering for GST to be decided
• Any further business

Membership fees can be paid upon arrival for the AGM at the hall. Membership fees for 2013 must be paid to be able to vote. Membership forms can be downloaded from the link below.

Agricultural Society page..

From a Correspondent · Volunteering Issues in Gidgegannup

We see in the latest Gidgegram that the Agricultural Society has highlighted the problems with lack of new members, particularly at committee level. This could threaten the annual Gidge Show in the not too distant future. We also see that Volunteer Bushfire Brigades are not attracting sufficient new recruits to replace those who retire for various reasons, including getting older. Woorooloo Landcare Group wound several years ago for similar reasons.

The common denominator is the workload is being carried by fewer and fewer people, and the average age of those people is getting older. We see the same faces on the committees of several community groups, and some of those are getting very jaded. It is increasingly difficult to get community members to put their hands up for these positions, let alone to join in the first place.

How many other volunteer groups are facing similar issues? Do your kids have enough sporting coaches, do the elderly and the disadvantaged get enough community support, do Gidge bushland areas have enough volunteers for weed control etc, why do we see the same few faces each month at Progress Assoc Meetings.

City of Swan was identified at the last census as having the nearly the lowest level of overall community volunteering of all types, not just emergency services, of any Local Govt area in WA. 12.9% of the population of the City of Swan indicated that they had been involved in any sort of community volunteering in the previous 5 years. This is nothing to be proud of. City of Swan, including Gidgegannup, can and should do better. By the way Wickepin topped the state with a participation rate of just under 50%.

This is not a reflection on those who do volunteer, they are usually dedicated workers for whatever their volunteer cause, with many being involved in more than one form of community activity. However it is a poor reflection on the silent majority who benefit in so many ways from those same volunteers.

Volunteers are a key building block of a thriving community. Volunteer organisations provide a great opportunity to meet other people with similar ideals and to share the workload in numerous very worthwhile contributions to the community.

C'mon folks, lets actually contribute, rather than adopt the attitude that "somebody should do something"

Progress Association · Newsletter January 2013

Newsletter January 2013..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter January 2013

Newsletter January 2013..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Police · Burglaries in district

Last week had had two burglaries, one in Stoneville and one in Sawyers Valley. It appears that offenders in one have entered through open door or window, presumably left open due to recent heat. Unfortunately the open windows and doors let in not only cool air but offenders as well.

Can I ask that locals report suspicious activity to 131 444.

John Browne, Officer in Charge, Mundaring Police Station.

Police page..

Naturalists Club · Sharks and their situation

Next meeting is Friday, 8th March at 7.30pm, CWA Hall, Central Rd, Kalamunda.

Diana Papenfus will speak about sharks and their situation.

Visitors welcome. Call 9293 1676 / 9294 1044 for further details.

Naturalists Club website..

Wildflower Society · The Nullarbor Plain

Next meeting is Friday, 22nd March at 7.30pm, Octagonal Hall, McGlew Rd, Glen Forrest.

Eric McCrum will speak about the The Nullarbor Plain.

Visitors welcome. Call 9295 3344 or 9294 1044 for further details.

Wildflower Society page..

Kookaburra Cinema · Final program segment for the season

There are a couple of quite high-profile films in the selections this time. Fingers crossed that the weather stays "friendly" unlike the season start with thunderstorms and the like.

Listed also is a film that many of you have possibly never heard of: "Cheerful Weather For The Wedding". Our screening at Kookaburra is prior to the general cinema release in WA.

It comes from the same people who have brought Downton Abbey to the TV screens, so hopefully there are some fans out there that like good UK comedy. Being a PG rating, it is safe to bring the kids as there are some funny bits in there involving kids.

Regards and thanks for your support this season, Lindsay @ Kookaburra

Kookaburra Cinema website..

Experience Gidgegannup · Picnic by the Lake

This popular event has now been postponed until the Spring when Lake Josephine will look at its best after the winter rains. Watch the website and the Gidgegram for a new date.

Experience Gidgegannup page..

EMRC · Regional Digital Strategy

The EMRC are holding five sector-focused events to explore the digital opportunities available to your business.

Retail and Tourism - Tue 12th Mar 8.00am-9.30am
Community Organisations - Tue 12th Mar 5.00pm-6.30pm
Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing - Wed 13th Mar 8.00am-9.30am
Health and Education - Wedn 13th Mar 11.00am-12.30pm
Home/Small business - Wed 13th Mar 5.00pm-6.30pm

These events will inform the development of the Regional Digital Strategy for Perth's Eastern Region. The strategy will identify actions that will assist businesses and the community to maximise the benefits from the emerging digital economy and all it has to offer.

Venue: EMRC Administration Offices, 226 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont. Refreshments: provided please advise of any special dietary requirements.

Registrations: Contact Beth Caniglia on 08 9424 2241 between 8.30am and 5.00pm or by email to register to attend. Please register your attendance prior to 5th March 2013.

If you can't make it to one of the workshops, why not take part by filling our the quick survey. Call Beth to have it mailed or emailed out to you or visit the link below. It only takes 5 minutes and your feedback would be greatly valued.

EMRC website..

Australia Post · Correct Addressing

Rural road numbering was implemented in your area some time ago in accordance with the Western Australian state-wide Rural Addressing System. Using this address greatly assists emergency services and other utilities to find your property efficiently, including Australia Post.

The street number you were given, is your correct postal address and you should advise all relevant parties to this address to ensure prompt efficient mail delivery.

To help us deliver your mail on time to the correct destination in the future, we would ask you to encourage the sender to follow these simple guidelines.
  • Check and update your address and postcode details.
  • Correctly address by placing your name on the first line, the street address or private box on the second line and the name of the city and state as well as the postcode on the last line, all in capital letters without punctuation.
  • Use clear readable type and avoid handwriting the address.
  • Remember to place their return address on the envelope.
If you have any questions, please call our Customer Service Centre on 13 13 18.

Australia Post website..

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