news - august 2013

Progress Association · Safety of Toodyay Road and School Parking

Thank you to those who attended our Public Meeting on 8th August, 2013. We had about three hundred attendees from the communities of Gidgegannup, Morangup and Toodyay.

There has also been enormous support on the social media and many phone calls from across WA. It appears that all who know and have driven the Toodyay Road agree - it is a very dangerous road.

Minutes of that meeting and the feedback from numerous emails that have been sent to us can be emailed out by sending a request to

Or download the Meeting Outcomes.

Progress Association page..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice September 2013

- Important dates
- Bush Fire Readiness
- Restricted Burning Season and Permits
- Fire Fighting Water Supplies in Gidge
- Water Tanks for Firefighting/Defending your Property
- Dams for Firefighting/Defending your Property
- Permanent pools on streamlines

Read all in Fire Safety Newsletter September 2013..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Community Meeting · Safety of Toodyay Road and School Parking

Community Meeting

Gidgegannup Town Hall

7pm Thursday 8th August

Meeting regarding the safety of

Toodyay Road & School Parking

Gold coin donation for Jess’s family

Tea/coffee and cake provided

Everyone Welcome


Community Website · Tenth Year in Gidgegannup

Just a reminder that Business Directory renewals are due from 1st July 2013. This, and donations from user groups is our only income. If you wish to renew your Business Directory, please email us. Receipts will be sent out by email.

The community website is an important part of our community and we hope you are happy with it. Please let us know how we can improve it.

If you wish to subscribe to updates on the website, click on the Subscription link at the top of this page or click here. Each email that we send out will include an "unsubscribe" link and a link where you can change your email address.

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday, 13th August, 2013 at 7.00 pm at the Recreation Club.

Communitry Website page..

Progress Association · Newsletter August 2013

Newsletter August 2013..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter August 2013

Newsletter August 2013..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Georgina Byrne · An Aviary without Wire

At a recent book club meeting we were all saying how we will miss “Bertha’s Bits in the Gidgegram. Her articles although lighthearted were often a very accurate description of the lifestyle we all enjoy, warts and all!

One of the ladies, Georgina Byrne, is a very talented author and has very kindly offered to submit some of her observations of life in Gidge, to fill the gap!

Please click the link below.

An Aviary without Wire - Part 1..

Rural Watch · Burglary on O'Brien Road

Hello everyone,

Things had been quiet for quite a long time, but it never lasts for ever.

Early on Saturday morning, an isolated residence at the northern end of O’Brien Road was burgled, whilst the resident was at home. A gate padlock was cut and a number of items, including a wallet and keys were stolen from a parked (but unlocked) vehicle. A chain saw was then stolen from one of the sheds on the property.

Before the resident was able to contact banks and cancel cards (later on the Saturday morning), money was withdrawn at teller machines from the cards that were in the wallet. It should be noted that there were NO PIN numbers in the Wallet – which is a big worry to me.

The person involved in this burglary was a male, whose image was captured on a remote camera. Police were notified and it is hoped that the person may be able to be identified. If I can get a copy of the image, I will distribute in case the thief is a local (I hope note) and if anyone recognises him.

In any case, be warned and be extra careful with your keys, wallets and handbags..

- Report incidents to Police on 131 444
- Information to CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or website
- City of Swan on 9267 9267 for CoS property, verges, reserves, etc.


Rural Watch page..

Textile Art Group · Join our group

Are you looking to join an art group in the hills, where you can have a social chat and have a go at doing all kinds of textiles? Then our group may be just what you are looking for.

We welcome people of all ages, cultures, skills and interests. Regular workshops are also arranged according to member’s interests.

Our group is volunteer based and is not for profit and new members are extremely welcome.

Every alternate Friday, 9.30am - 12.30pm, The Hub of the Hills - Annex Room (rear of the building), 8 Craig St, Mundaring. $2 per session.

Contact: Janette on 9574 6039 or by email.

Auzzie Kid Mohair · Closing-down Sale

Sadly we have both run into health issues resulting in us having to sell our farm and our craft business.

Unless property sells in the meantime, I am having yarns and fibre sales, inclusive of “knit clinics” to learn tips, hints & shortcuts for a more professional finish.

Clinics will be run by Pamela Mathers a knitting guru. To register for these clinics email

Sales will be held 9th to 11th August, 23rd to 25th August, 29th August to 1st September and 6th to 8th September, 10am to 3.30pm. Clinics on assorted days as per booked.

Of course I love dearly for someone to take over my business and get as much pleasure out of as we have.

Margaret & Garry Atwell

Agricultural Society · Tips for Gidge Show Exhibitors

This year the Gidgegannup Agricultural Show will take place on 26 October.

Click the link below for important exhibitor tips.

Gidge Show 2013 Exhibitor Tips..

WA Police · Ewatch

Ewatch is an easy way to find out what’s happening in your community.

ewatch is an email based system that keeps you connected to your local police and council so that you can help to track down crime and be proactive in making your community safer.

Connect with your local police and council to help make your neighbourhood a safer and more vibrant place to live!

Be involved, keep informed.

Ewatch website..

State Government · EPA Recommends Approval Red Hill

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended conditional approval for two technologies for processing municipal waste at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s Red Hill site.

EPA Chairman Paul Vogel said the proposed facility, located west of the existing waste site and about 1km from the nearest residence, would assist in diverting waste from landfill.

The EPA and the Waste Authority released a report in April this year, which concluded that modern waste-to-energy plants could operate within strict emission standards, and with acceptable environmental and health impacts, when well designed and operated using best-practice technologies and processes.

The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period, closing August 5, 2013.

EPA report..

Appeals form..

City of Swan

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