news - november 2014

Fire Brigades · Are you bushfire ready?

Lightning and Bushfires: The risk continues well after the storms clear.

Prohibited Burning Season starts 1st December 2014.

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West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Lost Animals · Lost dog in Gidge area

Bayleigh has gone wandering from her farm on Utah Rd in Gidge.

She is much loved and my father-in-law Garry would love to get her home. She is 18 months old. If they can contact me via email or my husband Shane Brindley on 0438 958 182.


Basketball Club · Telstra Kids Fund Grant

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Agricultural Society · 2014 Gidge Show Trophy Winners

The 68th Gidge Show on 25 October 2014 was a great success again, this year with an estimated 7000 people in attendance. The weather held off which made for a very pleasant day wandering through all the Show had to offer. We hope that everyone who came had a wonderful day. Thanks again go to all of the people who helped out leading up to and on the day.

Follow the link below for the list of Trophy Winners

List of Trophy Winners..

Progress Association · Newsletter November 2014

Newsletter November 2014..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter November 2014

Newsletter November 2014..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

West Gidge Fire Brigade · Christmas Party

Saturday 29th November 2014 at the Gidgegannup Recreational Club at Percy Cullen Oval from 6.00pm.

Welcome are residents and members of the West Gidgegannup Brigade Fire District (west of Reserve and Stoneville Roads, North of Cameron Rd).

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Wildflower Society · AGM

Notification of the Society's AGM: Friday 28th November at 7.00pm for 7.30 pm. Please note earlier starting time. The AGM will be followed by a talk by our guest speaker.

Speaker - Andrew Brown. Topic - Early Nancys: plants in the lily family belonging to the genus Wurmbea. Venue - Octagonal Hall, McGlew Rd, Glen Forrest. Visitors welcome - door fee $2.

Further details Cathy Car on 0404 959 654 or email, or email here

Wildflower Society page..

CWA · Thank You

The Ladies of Gidge C.W.A. would like to thank the Gidge Scouts very much for tidying up our garden. It looked lovely for our visitors to the Gidge Show. Thank you.

CWA page..

Community Church · Church News

Burns Supper - 25 January 2015

Wassailing and whisky, haggis and hilarity... Robbie Burns, the Scots poet and his life, nationalism and poetry traditionally is celebrated each year on 25th January in Scotland and all over the world. So, in place of our traditional Progressive Dinner, we've decided to have a Burns Night (no, not that sort of burns.)

Tickets, prices and bookings and other info... please ring Barb Slater on 9574 6114. Venue (somewhere in Gidge) will be announced soon. Dress code - traditional Scottish dress is encouraged. Or take this opportunity to deck yourselves out in cocktail party gear. Tickets will be limited as the venue dictates around 60 wassailing guests.

Please nominate a driver!

Blessing of the Fleet - 16 November 2015, 9.30am at the church.

Hopefully the Fire Brigades will get back to Barb Slater ASAP about numbers on 95746 114 or by email, otherwise there'll be no food or drink for you at lunch. Yes, that's a threat. Everyone welcome.

Carols by Candlelight - 14 December 2015, 7.30pm at the Rec Club.

Really cool electric candles will be provided as well as glo-sticks and bracelets, a Christmas tree and Christmas cake for everyone to share. Start practising your scales around December 7th which will get you in good form for the night. It will be outside on the grass at the Rec Club under the stars (hopefully) but remember to bring a rug and pillows for comfort. As usual, we will have a basket for your gifts to others in need and there will be a box for donations to the Christmas Bowl Appeal.

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Neighbourhood Watch · Local Robberies

A friend from O’Brien Road passed on the following information this morning. A timely reminder that unwanted activity often increases in the warmer weather and we can get a spike in the lead up to Christmas. Worth thinking about your security, particularly if the property isn’t a permanent residence year round…..

A property in O’Brien Road was broken into about 6 weeks ago. The front gate had been smashed open. After being reported by a neighbour, it was discovered that the house had been smashed into and robbed. The thieves cleaned out the sheds - stealing a car, quadbike and other items. The police caught the thieves (from the Swan Valley), but not all the goods have been recovered. The owners were overseas at the time.

Another nearby property was broken into just week ago. Two motorbikes were heard on the property during the midweek by a neighbour. A couple of days later it was noticed that the O’Brien Rd gates were missing a padlock and chain. Investigation with the owner confirmed that the machinery shed had been broken into, tractor investigated, tools stolen, etc. It appears that motorbikes came through a bush block firebreak and crossed where there is no fence (too rough to fence). Rather than go back the way they came, they cut the front gate chain, let themselves out through the front gates and took off on O’Brien Rd. They closed the gates afterwards though. The tracks seem to indicate possibly 1 quad bike involved, although the extremely loud noise was definitely a dirt bike too. Likely 2 riders out trespassing on other people's properties. Property management and maintenance has now been arranged to ensure regular tracks at the front gate, as people seem to be aware when a property is rarely visited.

In the lead up to Xmas, property owners need to be vigilant, keep sheds locked and watch out for their neighbours' front gates, especially if the property is not lived on regularly.

What a shame this sort of stuff keeps happening. All we can do is be aware and keep a lookout for our friends and neighbours. The whole idea of having a Neighbourhood Watch……

Report incidents to POLICE on 131 444.

Information to CRIMESTOPPERS on 1800 333 000 or

CITY OF SWAN on 9267 9267 (CoS property, verges / reserves etc.)

Rural Watch page..

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..

Kookaburra Cinema · Season Opening Night

Hi Everyone,

We are now well advanced towards the re-opening night which is now to be on Boxing Night (Friday Dec 26th).

Thus as the work at the cinema itself has eased off I am moving into the programming phase & as usual am seeking your feedback on what titles you would like to see screened this season. The choice now is enormous as the limiting factor of very few actual film copies which must remain at any site screening them until the run is over has ceased with the switch to digital format. The only restriction I now have as a Sub Run site (little fish) is that I must wait at least 4 weeks from initial release date so that the larger sites (big fish) who operate Day & Date have had first go at the titles before Sub Run sites can screen anything.

Also as the digital revolution has now freed up Family / Childrens movies I am exploring the idea of running through January at least 3 & possibly 4 of that type and looking at the possibility of screening 4 nights a week for that period having the family movie on Thursday & Saturday nights and the normal Adult selections screened on the Friday & the Sunday nights. Does that splitting of the screening nights create issues for you or would it be better to run family titles Thurs & Friday & Adults films Sat & Sunday…thoughts please.

Regards, Lindsay @ Kookaburra

Kookaburra Cinema website..

AHMAG · Residents Meeting in Wundowie

AHMAG would like to thank the 50 residents of Wundowie and Wooroloo who attended the Residents meeting held in the Wundowie Community Hall on Saturday the 25th of October.

It was a great turn out given the short notice that was given and when the question was asked as to whom supported mining in our back yard, there was a resounding 95% No vote from within the hall.

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