news - june 2015

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter July 2015

Newsletter July 2015..

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Progress Association · Newsletter July 2015

Newsletter July 2015..

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Community Website · Newsletter July 2015 - AGM

The AGM is being held on Tuesday, 11th August 2015, at 7.00pm at the Percy Cullen Oval.

1.The Minutes of the Meeting of 12th August, 2014
2.Treasurer’s Report and Accounts
3.Chairperson’s Report
4.Election of Officers
   - Chairperson
   - Vice Chairperson
   - Secretary
   - Treasurer
   - Two Committee Members
5.Any Other Business
6.Closure of Meeting

Directory Entries: These will be due for renewal and invoices will be emailed. Thank you for your support.

Community Website page..

Fire Brigades · EMRC Grant helps West Gidge Brigade

This season, the West Gidge brigade has a wonderful new piece of equipment, a thermal imaging camera.

Thermal Imaging Camera

By finding hot spots that are invisible to the naked eye, this camera not only reduces the chances of flare ups significantly, it can save hours or even days of mop-up and patrol by brigades. This camera has been used to great effect at fires locally, and in places like Mandogolup, Bullsbrook and Wanneroo.

The brigade could only purchase this camera through a fantastic grant from the EMRC (Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council). A huge thanks to the EMRC for their generosity, it is very much appreciated.

EMRC website..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Friends of Gidge Reserve · Update June 2015

Gidge Reserve or Reserve 2145 is situated on the southern side of Toodyay Rd, Perth side of the village. The fireshed and Percy Cullen oval fall within the reserves boundries.

In 2014 the Friends of Gidge reserve (FOGR), an enthusiastic group of like minded people recieved a generous grant from the Perth NRM (Natural Resource Management). The funds from the grant were used to carry out much needed projects within the reserve. These were....

A management plan was compiled for the reserve that will be used in conjuction with the City of Swan (who manage the reserve). The plan outlines important works required to maintain the integrity and preservation of the reserve.

Gidge Reserve FOGR coordinator Bob Huston and community members with the management plan

The reserve was mapped for the presence of dieback or phytopthora. The mapping identifies areas which are infested and those that remain dieback free.

In conjuction with the mapping process the areas that were identified as dieback free were treated by an experienced contractor to prevent further spread of dieback. Whilst it is not possible to eradicate dieback, treatment of bushland can help prevent further spread.

The FOGR wish to thank the State NRM for the grant and the opportunity to put the funds allocated to us towards these important projects.

In April the FOGR got together with the City of Swans Thinking Green program. Members of Birdlife Australia conducted a birdwatching information session on a Wednesday evening and a guided bird walk on the following Saturday morning. All participants enjoyed the sessions and a total of 21 different species of bird were spotted on the 2 hour walk.

The FOGR are planning further walks during winter and spring and if you would like to come along please feel free to attend. Details of the walks will be in the Gidgegram and the Gidgeinfo website.

Friends of Gidge Reserve page..

Football Club · Update June 2015

The Gidge Bulldogs currently sit in second position on the Hills Football Association ladder after a successful start to the season. A hard fought win against Pickering Brook in the opening round was followed by the only loss of the season thus far to last year's premiers Chidlow. With injuries denying the team of much of its experience after the first two games, the results since then have been pleasing with contributions across the ground in solid wins over Bullsbrook, Parkerville and Mt Helena. Luke and Tim Tanner have been standouts so far, along with Gav and Chris Scott, the Adonis Ross Linto and the Fossil Ash Howse.

Over the next month Gidge play away at Bullsbrook (June 7th), at home against Chidlow (14th June), at home against Pickering Brook (21st June), and away at Parkerville (28th June) with all games starting at 2pm. We’d love to see plenty of support at our games so please come along and support your local football team.

The Gidgegannup Football Club is hosting its annual Quiz Night at the Percy Cullen Recreation Grounds on Friday June 26th. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start and entry is $10/head. It's a great night full of prizes so come along and test your mettle against Gidge's finest brains.

Football Club page..

Primary School · Community Representative Vacancy

The Gidgegannup Primary School School Council has a vacancy for a community representative.

If you would like to become involved in our vibrant school community and you are neither a parent of students at the school or a member of the P&C (these positions are already filled), please register your interest by emailing a short biography highlighting the skills you can bring to our Council to either Vicki Duncan (Chair Gidgegannup PS School Council) email or Michael Kovalevs (Principal Gidgegannup PS) email.

The Council has been formed with the fundamental purpose of supporting the school to operate in the best interests of students and will enhance the education provided by the school.

The role of the School Council includes:
  • Establishing and reviewing the school's objectives, priorities and general policy directions.
  • The planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions.
  • Evaluating the school's performance in achieving them.
  • Formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.
  • Determining, in consultation with students, parents and staff, a dress code for students.
  • Promoting the school in the community.
For further information please contact Michael on 9574 6344 or Vicki on 0419 193 897.

Expressions of interest close on 19th June 2015.

Primary School page..

Progress Association · Gidgegannup Concept Townsite Plan

Attached herewith is the GPA Concept Plan for the townsite area.

It appears from the North East Sub Regional Planning Framework that the consideration of Gidgegannup as an Urban precinct is a short term objective 2015-2021. Given this the community feels it important that, even though Rowegroup are a considerable way from a detailed structure plan and lot layout work for what the Town Site development might ultimately be, that this Conceptual plan be considered. The important word here is Conceptual. Jon has done an extremely good job for the community, encompassing past surveys and consultations, present views and future aspirations. Certainly we would be prepared that this plan very likely will be amended, but we need to keep in mind the principles on which it is based

• Appropriate lot sizes (not too small and a range)
• Transition of lot sizes (small in the centre radiating outwards)
• Location of smaller lots next to the town centre
• Number of lots (at least 1,500)
• Protection of bushland and creek-lines
• Provision of public open space

These lot numbers also facilitate the provision of water supply which adds value to the school and town centre uses, even though many residents don’t want it themselves.

The size of the lots is important given that all planning documents and the community have supported retaining the 'Hills Lifestyle'. Larger lot sizes than the traditional urban/suburban development are also required so that residents can have on site storage of water, for their use and also as a supplementary supply in the case of bush fire when quite often the reticulated supply fails.

We are now going to put this plan out for community comment as their input is essential. Although we might be some way off having a townsite, we feel that the eventual townsite should be "our" townsite, one that the community can live with and have had input into.

Our thanks to Frank Alban for all his help in this matter and to Jon for doing a tremendous job.

All comments, ideas, feedback very welcome.

GPA concept townsite plan..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter June 2015

Newsletter June 2015..

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Progress Association · Newsletter June 2015

Newsletter June 2015..

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Football Club · Quiz Night

Quiz Night on Friday 26 June 2015 at Percy Cullen Oval.

$10 per person. Tables of 6. Licensed premises. BYO supper.

Enquiries: Allan on 9574 7104.

Football Club page..

Fire Brigades · Hanson Hydrant

Local Brigades working with industry. Hanson Quarries fund emergency water source.

Hanson Hydrant West Gidgegannup Capt/DCBFCO John Mangini, East Gidgegannup Capt/DCBFCO Sean Corbin and Hanson Quarry Manager David Kraima at the hydrant

Local Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Representatives this week attended the final commissioning of an Emergency Fire Fighting water supply which was funded and installed by Hanson Quarries on Tooday Rd near the Gidgegannup/Red Hill boundary. This helps cover a gap in such water supplies in a particularly high risk area adjoining extensive bush and rugged country including John Forrest National Park.

This area has a history of numerous bush and vehicle fires from both accidental and deliberate causes, the most significant example in recent years being Red Hill 2011. It is also a major transport route with high traffic density, including hazmat and waste disposal transport which increases the risk to all.

Hanson Hydrant East Swan Capt Dave Churn, East Gidge Equipment Officer Les Harris, Sean and David with the hydrant flowrate "test bed" East Gidge 12.2

The flowrate is impressive, it will fill a Landcruiser fire unit in approx 1 minute, and a 4x4 tanker in less than 5 mins.

Local Brigade Captains negotiated this arrangement with Hanson Quarries as part of higher level arrangements for emergency management in the area. A great example of volunteers working with local industry to help reduce the risk, and also an example to other industries in how they can help protect the communities in which they are located.

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Agricultural Society · Gidge Show 2015 Update

Just four months and a bit before the Gidgegannup 69th Annual Show takes place and arrangements are coming together nicely.

A former President, Stephen Williamson, has been co-opted on to the Committee and has taken over the job of Chief Groundspace Steward. Anyone interested in having a stall at this year's show can contact Stephen at However ground space spots are filling fast and you need to be quick.

This year there will be a special food and drink precinct on the western side of the ground as well as the traditional area between the Exhibition Hall and Burgo’s Bar.

All the entertainment for this year's show has been locked into place and there will be some exciting entertainment, particularly on the Bush Verandah where a number of groups will heavily involve children. Watch out for details.

On the main arena there will be a spectacular Anzac Centenary presentation and also it is hoped that the 10th Light Horse will mount a special exhibition.

Also a note to those of you with sheep. We hope that you will reserve some of your fleeces to enter in our Fleece competition. We always get a large number of exhibits but we can always accommodate more, so please if you’re shearing between now and October do think about entering fleeces at the year's Gidge Show.

Pat Harding
Media Liaison/Entertainment Co-ordinator

Gidge Show page..

Agricultural Society · Gidge Show 2015 Groundspace for Vendors

Documentation for groundspace is now available to view or download.

Documents are Ground and Site Maps (3), How to Book Ground Space, Notes & Conditions, Schedule of Rates, Application Form.

Questions may be directed to Steve by email or, alternatively, on 9574 6088.

Groundspace documents..

City of Swan · Dog Attacks and Prevention

As a dog owner, you are legally responsible for how your dog behaves. By managing your dog correctly, you can prevent it from attacking people and animals.

A dog attack is traumatic for both the victim and the dog owner but most can be avoided if dog owners properly manage their pets.

If you, or someone you observe, are threatened or attacked by dogs, call 9267 9267. If serious or life threatening injuries are sustained call 000 or seek the required medical attention.

City of Swan Dog Attack page..

City of Swan · School Holiday Activity - Instrument Making

The City of Swan have organised a school holiday activity for the families of Gidgegannup coming up on 10th July!

See the flyer below with all the information.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact Jenna Whistler on 0427163317

City of Swan page..

City of Swan

enquiries: is an initiative of gidgegannup community groups