news - october 2014

Fire Brigades · Brigades Reducing the Risk

On Sat 1st Nov West and East Gidge VBFBs, assisted by East Swan VBFB and Bullsbrook VFS, conducted the first hazard reduction burn in the Avon Valley rail corridor since the late 1990s.

Historically the buffer strip alongside the railway line was burnt frequently in late spring to reduce the risk to surrounding communities from fires originating in the rail corridor during summer. Unfortunately this programme ceased in the late 90s with the abolition of the Bush Fires Board, and redeployment of the staff involved. The importance of fuel reduction in the rail corridor was highlighted by the Avon Valley/Walyunga/Bullsbrook fire in early 2013.

Gidge brigades have been fighting hard for over a decade to have this programme re-instated and finally approval to commence has been given. On the day 21 volunteers with 8 fire units from 3 brigades, plus a control vehicle, spent many hours burning and containing 1.6 kms of buffer strip along the south side of the rail line. Brookfield provided a liason officer to control trains. Having not been burnt for at least 15 years, fuel loads in some parts were high, fire behaviour was very lively, and volunteers had to work hard to ensure the fire did not escape. There were some very tired but satisfied people by the end of the day.

While that 1.6 kms might seem a small amount when looking at the length of the rail line through the valley, the precedent has been set, and hopefully this will trigger a much more robust hazard reduction programme to replicate that of pre 2000.

Thanks to all who participated, and who worked so hard to get agreement for the burn to occur.

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Fire Brigades · Buddhist Nuns' Exemplary Fire Management

Recently the nuns at Dhammasara Buddhist Monastery in Reen Rd, Gidgegannup swapped brown robes for yellow overalls and conducted a hazard reduction burn as part of a robust and ongoing fire management plan to reduce risk to not only their own community, but to neighbours and the wider community as well.

It was refreshing to a hardened "battler of bushfires" who attended on the day to see the ladies working really hard to achieve the burn, and to mop up afterwards and make the area safe to a standard which could put efforts by others to shame.

Ever since the monastery was established, the nuns have been proactive in fulfilling the responsibilities that every landholder should assume.

They have requested and received advice and tailored training from both the local Bush Fire Brigade volunteers and City of Swan, have installed significant firefighting infrastructure, and have been way ahead of the game in seasonal preparations for the bush fire season.

Over the years they have engaged the local volunteer Bush Fire Brigades for several larger hazard reduction burns, and the experience they have gained has made them so much more confident in conducting smaller burns themselves.

The Dhammasara Community are a shining example of what can be achieved by landholders who take responsibility for their land, and actually manage and improve it in an environmentally sensitive manner rather than just indulging in rhetoric.

The challenge is for YOU to match this example!

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Progress Association · Newsletter October 2014

Newsletter October 2014..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter October 2014

Newsletter October 2014..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Recreational Club · Around the Club October 2014

Well another month gone and a rush to get in all the news and happenings around the Recreation Club in a short article.

Recreational Club page..

Playgroup · Info October 2014

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 0417 873 136 or Louise on 0408 928 940.

Playgroup page..

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..

Swan Chamber of Commerce · Business Awards

The locally owned and operated Gidgegannup Pharmacy was recognised in the Hanson Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards 2014 recently, awarded Best New Business for the region.

The pharmacy, which has been providing healthcare services to Gidgegannup and the surrounding Hills area since April, was praised by judges for its outstanding customer service and comprehensive medication and health care offerings.

Gidgegannup Pharmacy is located at Shop 7, 2086 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup. Phone: 9578 3875 Fax: 9578 3876

Swan Chamber of Commerce website..

Experience Gidgegannup · Picnic by the Lake

This will be held on Sunday, 9th November, 2014 at Lake Josephine.

Picnic by the Lake 2014

Hampers for two $65. Places limited - Bookings essential.

Please contact Penny 9574 7211 or Jennifer 9572 9243 for bookings.

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Agricultural Society · Gidge Show 2014 Busy Bees

The Gidgegannup Agricultural Society would like to sincerely thank the numerous businesses and individuals who support the Annual Show and are vital to its success.

Show entries close Wednesday 15 October (all sections except Floriculture) and Saturday 18 October (Floriculture only). Show schedules containing further information are available on the website.

Assistance is always appreciated leading up to the Show and busy bees will be held on the following dates at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds:
  • Line Marking - Saturday 18 October contact the Ground Space Steward: email
  • General Show preparation - Sunday 12 October and Sunday 19 October contact the Secretary: email
Read more..

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..

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