news - february 2014

Toodyay Road Liaison Committee · Update January 2014

The Toodyay Road Liaison Committee (TLC) is a sub-committee of the Gidgegannup Progress Association and formed originally at the request of Frank Alban MLA for the community to meet with Main Roads to determine the best way to upgrade the Toodyay Road to make it safer for all users and for those who live and do business on the road.

TLC Update - January 2014..

Toodyay Road page..

Progress Association · Proposed Small Landholder Group

Sandy Pate - Regional Landcare Facilitator working out of the Perth Region NRM (Natural Resource Management) office in Midland - gave a presentation at the recent Gidgegannup Progress Association meeting.

Through its "Caring For Our Country" program, the Federal Government makes funding and resources available to assist landholders and groups with common interests to increase their NRM knowledge and skills to enable on-ground practice change.

Perth Region NRM would like to assist local small landholders and farmers to set up an informal group in Gidgegannup to work on a number of issues such as adapting to climate change, farm water issues, horticulture, pasture and grazing etc.

This group will have a chairperson or spokesperson to keep contact amongst the other members, while the Rural Landcare Facilitator will provide support to address local agricultural problems, arrange field days and workshops. There are other similar groups operating in other areas of the Swan region.

Delivery of the project is at no cost to members and the nature of the issues covered will be determined by members. Meetings are usually held around four times a year and can be hosted at farms or any other suitable venue. Evening meetings can be easily arranged for members' convenience.

For further information, please contact Sandy Pate at Perth Region NRM on 9374 3333 or by email.

Perth Region NRM website..

Agricultural Society · AGM

Here we are a new year started, hope everyone had a Merry Xmas & a Happy New year. Commiserations to all that have been affected by the fires.

Firstly a reminder that our membership subs - $20 a family - came due on Janurary 1st 2014. They can also be paid at our AGM.

The Gidgegannup Agricultural Society's Annual General Meeting of Members is to be held on February 23rd 2014 at 5pm at the Gidgegannup Lesser Hall.

  • Reports
  • Election of Office Bearers
  • Election for Committee Vacancy's
  • Motion " To change the constitution where it states the subscription year (Jan 1st to Dec 31st) to a time that suits the working year i.e. March 1st to Feb 28th.
Preamble: At present the subs are due on January 1st, being the holiday season makes it more difficult to advertise.

At the close of the meeting there will be refreshments available.

For any further information please contact Glenys Maisey on 9578 3849 or by email.

Agricultural Society page..

Basketball Club · Thank you EMRC

The Gidgegannup Basketball Club would like to thank the EMRC for supporting our club in the 2013-2014 Community Grants program.

Gidge Basketball Club was sucessful in securing $1500 for the purchase of new basketballs. The new balls are high quality, made specifically for use on outdoor courts which enables us to provide our teams with the very best training equipment. From all the players and the Committee - Thank You EMRC!

2013-2014 EMRC Community Grant recipients 2013-2014 EMRC Community Grant recipients with EMRC Chairman, Cr Dr Alan Pilgrim (far left) and EMRC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Peter Schneider (far right)

Committee member Brett McCrum (3rd Right) accepted the cheque on behalf of the Gidgegannup Basketball Club.

Basketball - Gidge Crishers The Gidge Crushers (boys 10s) are having a ball in their very first season

Basketball Club page..

Playgroup · Update

It is the end of another year already and on the 15th December Gidgegannup Playgroup enjoyed their annual Christmas party. With a bouncy castle, water slides and the big man in red making an appearance the children and parents had a great time.

Next year brings changes for the committee and we are all looking forward to getting started again in the New Year. New members are always welcome.

Playgroup is held at the Gidgegannup Agricultural 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 0417 873 136 or Louise on 0408 928 940.

Playgroup page..

Kookaburra Cinema · Season 18 Program 3

This is the last program segment for this season and is the very last series of movies to be projected by means of 35mm film which by the end of this year will be only a memory in Australia.

Currently we at Kookaburra are considering our options as to whether to convert to digital or close the gates.

Nothing is yet certain and as the season end comes along we should be in a better position to know in which direction we are to go.

Trust that you find something of interest in the titles offered and what there is there is about all that is available at present.

Regards, Lindsay @ Kookaburra

Kookaburra Cinema website..

City of Swan · Community Directory

Just a reminder to community groups and service providers within the City of Swan that your group/organisation may be suitable for inclusion on the City's Online Community Directory.

If you're involved in a not-for-profit group or organisation within the City of Swan that may be suitable for inclusion on the Community Directory, please contact Marie Welsh (Midland Public Library) on 9267 9020 or use click the link below to go to the online form.

For those who are already listed on the Community Directory, please ensure your information is current and up to date, as this information serves as a reference for the City of Swan Customer Service Team.

City of Swan - Community Directory..

City of Swan · Understanding being incorporated

A free community training session in Midland this month will provide important information for community groups and organisations. This session is open to all local residents and volunteers as well as members of locally based not-for-profit associations.

Attendees will gain an understanding of what it means for their organisation to be incorporated. The session will also cover the roles and responsibilities of committee members.

February 26 from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Old Midland Court House.

More info..

City of Swan · 180 Years of Winemaking Competition

Attention wine lovers! Want to add 180 bottles of wine to your cellar? Here's your chance, thanks to the City of Swan and Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association.

We're celebrating 180 years of winemaking in the Swan Valley. From sweet whites to hearty reds, this region is home to the very best drops. What better way to celebrate our rich history in the industry than to give away 180 bottles of wine to one lucky winner?

Enter the competition..

City of Swan · Noble Falls Picnic Area Vandalism

The roof of the gazebo at Noble Falls Picnic Area went missing sometime between Monday morning 2 December and 4 December 2013. The roof was unbolted from the uprights and lifted off.

Noble Falls Gazebo

It would have taken a number of people and a truck to take it away as it is about 3m in diameter and is heavy.

It is another example of the senseless vandalism being experienced in Gidgegannup at the moment.

Gail Compe, Rural Place Manager, City of Swan

City of Swan page..

City of Swan · Bushfire Amendment

The City of Swan Council last night voted to introduce a new standard for houses built in a bushfire prone area.

The amendment to the Local Planning Scheme No 17 is aimed at making homes better able to withstand a bushfire.

City Mayor, Charlie Zannino, said the safety of residents was paramount and the new standard would improve the protection of lives and property.

Read more..

Bushfire amendment FAQs..

Dep of Communications · Mobile Coverage Programme

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over four years to a Mobile Coverage Programme to improve mobile coverage and competition in regional Australia.

Local Governments are encouraged to nominate specific locations in regional and outer metropolitan areas with poor or no mobile phone coverage. These locations will be added to a database of locations which will be provided to mobile network operators and/or infrastructure providers to assist them in preparing their programme funding proposals.

The Government has released a discussion paper to provide stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the proposed design and delivery of the Mobile Coverage Programme. The paper is available on the Department of Communications website. The consultation period for the Mobile Coverage Programme discussion paper will remain open until Friday, 28 February.

Submissions to the discussion paper, as well as nominations of locations with poor or no mobile coverage, can be lodged via email to the Department of Communications.

Mobile Coverage Programme webpage..

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