news - march 2013

Fire Brigades · Bush Fire Ready Meeting

There will be a Public Bush Fire Ready Meeting Wed 17th April 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, any resident is encouraged to attend.

More info..

CWA · Exhibition

Saturday 14 September 2013 at the Gidgegannup Hall and Showgrounds.

Interested stall holders please ring Jan on 9471 7546.

CWA page..

Playgroup · April 2013 Update

On the 3rd of March the playgroup Mums and Dads held a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Midland to fundraise money. The day was a success and playgroup would like to give a big thank you to all the Mums and Dads who helped organise and helped out on the day and of course those who bought a sausage or two. A big thanks to Kylie for all your hard work in organising another successful fundraiser.

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 Kylie on 0437 057 747 or Louise on 0408 928 940.

Playgroup page..

Basketball Club · April 2013 Update

With the basketball season nearing an end, we would like to thank the Coaches/Team Managers and Players for getting behind our club.

The girls 10s teams - The Gidge Bullets and the Gidge Comets displayed great sportsmanship facing each other at last Friday night's game.

The Gidgegannup Basketball Club was well represented this season in the HRBA competition with 30 teams and 226 players participating each week across all age groups. Congratulations to all teams who competed and best of luck for the finals.

Committee, Gidgegannup Basketball Club

Basketball Club page..

Scouts and Cubs · April 2013 Update

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.

Launching Fish Fingers
Early in this term, 2 scouts took part in a leadership camp. Also on the long weekend in March scouts enjoyed a 3-day hike around Brookton organised by a senior scout.

Swantiki Sprint was held on the Swan River at Bayswater with a number of other scout groups. Our team did well to construct their raft using lashings and different knots. It floated and completed part of the sprint course.

Upcoming Events:
• Orienteering at Mundaring – a branch activity
• Proposed camp at Gingin Observatory

For any enquiries please contact leader Donna Feehan on 9573 6707 or by email.

Scouts and Cubs page..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice April 2013

- Bush Fire Ready Public Meeting
- Recruitment
- Prohibited Burning Season
- Permits to Burn
- Verges and Reserves
- Hazard Reduction (see also here)
- Reporting Smoke and Fire and Avoiding False Alarms

Read all in Fire Safety Newsletter April 2013..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Wildflower Garden · Next Working Bee

The worst of the summer heat has probably past although no doubt we can expect that final blast. The end of the "no burning" period is approaching, so it seems a good time to resume work on the project. There are some areas where, with light clearing, seeds or plants could be introduced.

Some rubbish piles still require burning off but when to do that will have to depend on conditions. We have inherited some gravel and rock heaps that may need some ground-cover. Will leave that to the experts to decide.

As stated previously, it is impossible to fix a date for working-bees that will suit everyone. That being the case, may I suggest our merry band of volunteers get together each Sunday morning at 9am for 3 or 4 weeks, commencing on 7th April. Location: Gidgegannup Showgrounds. All helpers welcome.


Noela Shepherd · In the Garden

Rain, rain, glorious rain! Nothing quite like it for bringing optimism to the garden scene. First to be planted on Anzac Day will be my collection of pink sweet pea seeds. I soak them in hot - not boiling - water overnight and sprinkle their well dug sunny patch with a handful of lime before planting. This year they'll have an elegant tall tepee trellis all ready for them, thanks to my husband's skill.

Last year my red poppies were so prolific that I have decided to mix their seed with deep blue larkspurs to create a small meandering meadow walk down to a rarely used seat on the northern perimeter of the garden. The inspiration comes from the exquisite spring flowering meadow plantings I've seen in France and at Highgrove. Not much preparation is necessary beyond a little tillage with a little three pronged rake that has become my favourite tool. A scatter of blood and bone fertiliser should boost early growth of the seedlings.

Beyond the garden I plan to scatter Hakea laurina seeds gathered from an existing plant that grows in a most desolate part of the back yard. Its lime green buds and pale pink pincushion flowers are delightful to both bird and gardener.

Progress Association · Newsletter March 2013

Newsletter March 2013..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter March 2013

Newsletter March 2013..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Progress Association · Dog attacks on stock

There have been ongoing reports of dog attacks on stock in Gidgegannup over the past year. We now have over 15 properties suffering losses. The carnage so far is:
• 160 sheep
• 6 Alpacas
• 1 calf

This is considerable trauma to stock and landowners. Some landowners are now packing up and stopping breeding. Considerable financial loss has been suffered.

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This is because of inconsiderate and irresponsible dog owners, who cannot contain their dogs on their own properties and think their fluffy pets will never do such a thing.

You are wrong. These dogs are all someone’s pets. They are large dogs and small dogs. They get in a pack and they kill and maim.

The dog laws have been strengthened but the process of prosecution is lengthy. Landowners and their stock need protection. If you have any information, report it to the City of Swan on 9267 9267 or phone 9574 7060.

City of Swan website..

Recreational Club · Kulcha Beats in the Bush

Gidge Kulcha concert followed by Beats in the Bush, featuring
- The Continentals
- The Ridge Hill Pickers
- Brett Hardwick Band

A free evening of live music on Saturday 23 March 2013 at Percy Cullen Oval from 5.00 pm to late. BYO picnic. Canteen open.

Call 9574 7104 or 9574 7218 for more details.

Recreational Club page..

Community Website · Major Website Update

Hope you are now enjoying the updated Community Website.

Thank you to Hillbilly who told us we were getting boring. Thank you to the committee who went right through the site amending data, identifying broken links and nagging the community groups to update their pages. Thank you to those groups who updated so promptly (one or two still to go, we would love to hear from you). Thank you to Remy Maassen who has patiently implemented all the changes and does so much to keep our Community Website to an exceptional standard and gives so much of his time to do so.

Please let us know what you want to see on the Site, if we can improve it, and email all your suggestions, news items and updates through to us - we need your community input.

We also have installed new software which should make it easier for you to subscribe to our email notifications.

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.

Once subscribed, we will send you a short message whenever we add news items or update the website, but no more than once a day.

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

Community Website page..

Fire Brigades · Fuel Reduction Advice

This is the time to start planning and even starting some of your fuel reduction activities. It is also the time to identify high fuel loads and risks near to you over which you have no control, and to report these to the City of Swan (or other Local Govt if applicable) so as to maximise the opportunity to deal with these before next fire season. Send your concerns by email to the City of Swan.

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Netball Club · 2013 Winter Netball Season

Well it's nearly time again… The 2013 Winter Netball Season is soon approaching.

Please find attached an information sheet, including fee structure & committee contacts, along with a registration form.

Information Sheet..
Registration Form..

Netball Club page..

Fire Brigades · Avon Valley Fire

We knew that eventually Gidge would end its run of quiet times fire-wise. Tues 26th Feb saw a fire started by lightning in Dinsdale Rd. Fortunately this was contained by Gidge Brigades assisted by waterbombers and the Chidlow brigade. Lucky the wind wasn’t such that it didn’t really take off.

The Gidge Volunteer Firefighters – Walyunga Lookout 3 March 2013 - From left to right: Wayne Gliddon, Fiona Crowe, Dave Needs, John Mangini, Steve Payne, Sean Corbin (Photo from the West Australian – Sat 9 March 2013)

Click here for the article in The West Australian..

On Thurs 28th Feb came the Avon Valley fire. There were a number of fires started along the rail line in a short period from near Oakover Rd to just below Walyunga lookout. Most were quickly contained but several in the Walyunga National Park joined up giving a 5km wide fire front which burnt up both sides of the valley from just below the Walyunga lookout. Another fire just upstream from Bell’s Rapids was contained to less than 1 km along the river/rail line thanks to the efforts of firefighters supported by helitacs/waterbombers.

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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..

Garden of Noble Falls · New Ownership

After a wonderful near-on two decades of association with the Gidgegannup community I have left "Paradise in the Hills" to Bryan and Kym Ettridge and children Slayde and Kody.

I have no doubt they will add to the vibrancy of the community in their sporting/social and business plans, please make them welcome.

Kooringal Vale has been my very favourite home and I shall miss this. I am also pleased to have positioned Gidgegannup into the world of Daylily and Iris plant specialization, something Kym will continue with the Daylily Festival held every year in the first week of December, now in its 15th year.

To the many people and associations please take this as my personal thankyou and goodbye.

Lena Elliott

Shire of Mundaring · Suspicious Fires, Request for Community Help

Shire of Mundaring has joined local emergency services in calling for community assistance to stop arson. The request follows eight suspicious bush fires within the shire over the past two weeks.

Shire President Helen Dullard said local residents could assist police to stop arson by being the community’s “eyes and ears”.

The Officer in Charge of Mundaring Police Station, Sergeant John Browne, called for the community’s continued support of Police endeavours to locate people responsible for bushfires.

If you suspect someone is behaving suspiciously do the following:
  • Note the description of people who have entered or left an area prior to a bushfire starting. Record details such as gender, age, height, build, hair colour, eye colour, facial hair, clothing, ethnic appearance, and distinguishing features.
  • Note the description of any vehicles you see entering or leaving an area prior to a bushfire starting. Record details such as registration, make, model, colour, and any damage to the vehicle.
  • Report any activity in an area prior to a fire starting, such as camping, firewood collecting, children playing or bushwalking;
  • the time and location where you first observed a bushfire;
  • anyone taking photographs of the early stages of a bushfire;
  • any implements or accelerants that may have been used to start a bushfire;
  • any conversations that may be linked to a bushfire.
You can contact police on 131444, provide confidential information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or lodge an online information report with Crime Stoppers WA.

Agricultural Society · Gidge Show Groundspace Applications

Groundspace application forms can be downloaded here.

Gidgegannup Show page..

City of Swan · Prohibited Burning Season Extension

Please be advised that the City of Swan has extended the Prohibited Burning Season until midnight 14th April 2013.

Permits to Burn will not be issued prior to 13th April 2013. From that date on they will be available at the Gidgegannup Fire Station from 08:30 to 10:00 hours Saturdays only.

John Mangini, Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (Volunteer) – City of Swan

More info..

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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