news - september 2014

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice October 2014

If you have been burning, please make sure that it is properly extinguished and that you check up on it regularly. There have been several reignitions of previous burns leading to Brigade callouts in Gidgegannup recently. One was from a burn conducted 3 weeks previously..

IMPORTANT: Changes to Garden Refuse Burning Rules for this year. In previous years in the City of Swan it has been legal to burn small amounts of garden refuse without a permit after 6:00 pm throughout the year, including the Prohibited Burning Season. These rules have changed as it has been decided that the risks outweigh the benefits during the highest risk times.

Read all Burning Rules and more in Fire Safety Newsletter October 2014..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Scouts and Cubs · News September 2014

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.

Cubs have had a District leadership day recently and will be having a District Camp in September.

In November there will be a Cubilee in Warnbro and a Bushwalk.

Scouts have had a day abseiling together with 2 other scout groups at Boya.

We will be having our usual Hamburger stall at the Gidgegannup Show and look forward to your continued support for our only fundraiser for the year.

Upcoming Events: Rotary Ramble in Perth, Jota Joti - talking with other scouts from around the world, Caving Camp.

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

Scouts & Cubs page..

Recreational Club · Around the Club September 2014

The last Month has been another busy one around the Gidge Rec Club, with the Junior and Senior Football Clubs playing games at home. We also hosted the Hills Rangers Football Club over several weekends and will be working with them to have further games played here next year.

The Junior Football Club and the Gidge Netball Club are having their respective windups and Basketball has just conducted its registration day.

Gidgegannup Junior Footy

Progress on the building and surrounds has continued. The City of Swan has provided 200 seedlings to replace some which died in the first year. Additionally the Rec Club has purchased seedlings to add to the mix. It was noted that someone had been vandalising the plants in the garden near the entrance to the new building. Parents are asked to monitor children's behaviour as after nearly fourteen years of hard work to get to where we are, we do not wish to go backwards. If any reader sees these acts occurring, please advise a committee member.

The City has also been busy adding additional parking spaces and laying bitumen both behind the building - which includes new bus bays - and between the building and the cricket practice pitch. Line marking and curbing will be added this week. We have a work detail attending to pave the old storage shed, build stone walls, plant the rest of the plants, re-mulch the gardens, erect the new fence around the children's play area and paint the outdoor furniture.

All of this should be completed by the 14th of September when the Hills Football Association will be holding the Grand Final at Percy Cullen Oval. Given that the Senior team is top of the ladder and should be there on that last game in September, this would be a great day to come along and cheer for our local boys.

Spring has also brought a burst of colour throughout the Reserve and now is a great time to walk one of the many tracks and observe the wildflowers and variety of bird and animal life. The flower display is one of the best in years.

On a less happy note, persons have been chopping tress down in the reserve. The City has been and now has patrols checking regularly. Additionally the Rec Club has people checking daily. While the City has placed notices up and asked for people to listen for chainsaws, the last group of trees were cut down by axe.

Now that the Flag poles have been placed, Christan Porter and Frank Alban, our Federal and State Representatives will be attending to present the Rec Club with an Australian and Western Australian Flag respectively. This will occur on September 11 at 4.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend to watch the first flag raising at the Club.

As the Recreation Club does not have its own flag, we will be announcing a competition next month for people to propose designs for our own flag.

The Annual General Meeting and Election of Office Bearers will take place at 7.30pm on 13 October at Percy Cullen.

Recreational Club page..

Avon & Hills Mining Awareness · September 2014 Update

A small article published in the July edition of the Toodyay Herald informing residents of of the proposal for a large scale strip Bauxite Mine in the heart of the locality of Morangup, set residents of the area into a state of confusion as to what is actually happening.

The extent of the mining proposed activities could have severe detrimental effects to our water supply, the native flora and fauna and the de-valuation of our properties and businesses.

You will notice in the local shops a short survey sheet to fill in. Please take the time to do this.

Letterbox drops with ongoing information will be available regularly, however the best way to follow the release of nformation is to join our mailing list on the website.

Avon & Hills Mining Awareness Group / AHMAG

AHMAG website..

Progress Association · Newsletter September 2014

Newsletter September 2014..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter September 2014

Newsletter September 2014..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice September 2014

Read all in Fire Safety Newsletter September 2014..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Progress Association · Special Electors Meeting 8 September 2014

The Special Electors' Meeting has been fixed for Monday 8 September 2014 at 6.00pm at the Agricultural Hall.

This Meeting will be a chance for people to ask questions and gain information regarding the following.

The Gidgegannup Progress Association, representing the Gidgegannup community, request a Special Meeting of Electors be convened to allow the community to discuss and seek clarification on the following issues:
  • Has the City considered the impact the proposed MRS Amendment 1239/41 Gidgegannup Urban precinct - will have on Gidgegannup and the surrounding Hills area?
  • Its compliance with the NEHSPP of 2002 and the Gidgegannup Rural Strategy?
  • Whether the Consultation and reporting process for this Amendment has been fair and inclusive of all stakeholders?
  • Whether the progression from urban deferred zoning to urban zoning is achievable on the proposed Gidgegannup townsite, and, if so, what time frame is envisaged?
This meeting is not confined to ratepayers or electors of Gidgegannup, and, as undoubtedly this proposal will have a wide effect on the Hills, please come along if you are interested.

Progress Association page..

Horse & Pony Club · Gidge Show 2014 Horses in Action

Programme and schedule of prizes for the 68th Gidgegannup Show - Horses in Action.

Horses in Action 2014 Programme & Schedule..

Hills Choir · Weekly Meetings

The Hills Choir is a community-based, mixed-voice ensemble which performs a variety of styles of music from classical to modern, both sacred and secular.

Rehearsals are on Monday nights 7:30pm at the Uniting Church, Stoneville Rd, Mundaring.

The Choir welcomes new members, and auditions are not required.

Enquiries to Bob Bristow 95746626, or just rock up on Mondays.

Hills Choir website..

Wildflower Society · September Meeting

Friday 26 September 2014 at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.

Tanya Llorens speaking about her work on remnant native vegetation.

Octagonal Hall, McGlew Road, Glen Forrest. Visitors welcome. Door fee $2.

For further details contact Cathy Car on 0404 959 654 or by email.

Wildflower Society page..

Fire & Emergency Services · Prepare, Act, Survive

Our volunteer fire fighters having been preparing for this coming fire season, conducting prescribed burning and undergoing extensive training.

How prepared are you?

Bushfires happen every summer. They can start suddenly and without warning. People have been killed or seriously injured, and homes destroyed during bushfires. The chances of a bushfire occurring increases as the season progresses.

If you live in bush or near scrub, you should prepare your property and have a bushfire survival plan and emergency kit ready.

Read more..

City of Swan

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