news - september 2015

Avon & Hills Mining Awareness · Big Day Out for Mining Protesters

The campaign to stop open-cut bauxite mining in The Hills was never going to be a sprint but a marathon.

On August 11, local campaigners for the Avon and Hills Mining Awareness Group (AHMAG) set their clocks for 5am to battle the peak-hour traffic to Parliament House.

They had reached an important first-stage marker – presenting a 4,425-signature petition to Greens MLC Robin Chapple which was officially verified and tabled later that day.

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Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice September 2015

Download the Fire Safety Newsletter September 2015..

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Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter September 2015

Newsletter September 2015..

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Progress Association · Newsletter September 2015

Newsletter September 2015..

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Community Website · Newsletter September 2015

Newsletter September 2015..

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Pet Safe Solutions · Dogs that roam

I read with interest your article “Dogs that roam may never come home” and am very aware of the damage and pain that domestic dogs can inflict on livestock without the owners even being aware.

This is not a promotion of my business as I do not actively advertise anymore due to the apathy of dog owners and I mostly provide the service on a needs basis or “word of mouth” referrals. My point is that there are solutions for responsible pet owners to keep dogs in and that is by installing a pet containment system. I am also aware of the group of people who oppose “shock collars” however they are harmless to the dogs, certainly when compared to a bullet of being hit by a car.

We got involved in this service over 10 years ago when we found our dog was rounding up our neighbours sheep. We quickly realised that it was our responsibility to keep our dog at home and not allow it to become a nuisance to our neighbours.

Most people think that their pet “buffy” would not hurt another animal, however when dogs join together and hunt in packs it is a very different story. Once they get a sheep or other animal down they will quickly savage it with fatal consequences.

Wake up to yourselves and be responsible pet owners.

John Mills

WA Petsafe Solutions website..

Horse & Pony Club · Gidge Show 2015 Horses in Action

Programme and schedule of prizes for the 69th Gidgegannup Show - Horses in Action.

Horses in Action 2014 Programme & Schedule..

Experience Gidgegannup · Picnic by the Lake

This will be held on Sunday, 18 October 2015 at Lake Josephine.

Picnic by the Lake 2015

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 Update

Our Gidge Show book for 2015 is at the printers and will be available for intending exhibitors after September 1st. Show books will be available from stores and shops in Gidgegannup, Midland, Swan View and the Swan Valley. Entry forms can be found in the middle section of the Show book. A reminder to all those intending to enter the various sections to get your entries in as soon as possible.

There will be a wealth of entertainment at this year’s Gidgegannup Show. The main arena attraction will be four performances of the Centenary of Anzac performed by Syd and Kim Davey. This is a nostalgic trip back in time in a light hearted Aussie colloquial style and includes a range of activities from a time when all Australians rode on the sheep’s back, began to shape this nation and call themselves Australians. There will be animals a plenty performing, poetry from Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson and some exciting whip cracking. There will also be a good deal of entertainment in the Bush Verandah and for the first time families will actually be able to sit down and watch performances.

All the performances will be held on the Upper level of the Bush Verandah whilst the lower level will be filled with chairs. Included in the entertainment will be a Hula Hoop demonstration, the Disco Cantito Circus performers will perform and then hold a workshop for children to show them how to perform circus tricks.

Another attraction will be the Junkadelic Brass Band which uses some extraordinary materials to make their instruments. As well as performing the band will also hold a workshop for children and those children will then be able to perform on stage with the band. So along with our show regulars the Cuddly Animal Farm, Birds of Prey, Tyrannosaurus Park, Radio Control trucks and a host of others there will be entertainment aplenty at this year’s Gidgegannup Show on Saturday October 31st.

Pat Harding
Media Liason/ Entertainment Coordinator

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City of Swan · 2015 Local Government Elections

An Ordinary Postal Election will be held on 17 October 2015 in the City of Swan.

The following candidate nominations for the Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward have been received:
Rod Henderson..
Andrew Kiely..
Charlie Zannino..

Election brochures:
Rod Henderson..
Andrew Kiely..
Charlie Zannino..

City of Swan Elections page..

City of Swan · Open for Public Comment

The City of Swan gives notice that draft versions of the Local Rural Planning Strategy and Local Biodiversity Strategy are available for public comment.

For submissions to be registered they must include your name and address and be lodged no later than 4pm on October 30, 2015.

The City’s Strategic Planning officers will be available to discuss the strategies and answer questions.

• Gidgegannup Place Office – Monday, September 14, 2pm-5pm
• Gidgegannup Place Office – Wednesday, September 16, 9am-4pm
• Gidgegannup Hall – Monday, September 14, 6pm-9pm

More info..

City of Swan · School Holiday Activities October 2015

Please see attached flyer for our up-coming school holiday activities in Gidgegannup!

We have a ‘Balance and Bounce’ gymnastics session hosted by West Coast Gymnastics for ages 5 – 12 yo. Registrations for this activity are essential so get in fast!

Skateboarding WA are coming out to run a free skate clinic for all ages! They will have skateboards and helmets available on the day. So even if you don’t have a skateboard come on down! Registration forms can be brought down on the day.

Skateboarding WA website..
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If your group or club would like to be involved in hosting a school holiday activity, please get in touch as we would love to promote local groups!

Jenna Whistler
Community Development Coordinator
0427 163 317

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WA Transport · Toodyay Road project near Noble Falls

An important project to improve traffic flow and safety along a one-kilometre stretch of Toodyay Road, near Noble Falls is under way.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban welcomed Transport Minister Dean Nalder’s announcement of the $5 million project, involving both the widening of Toodyay Road and construction of new passing lanes.

Minister Nalder said "These improvements will allow vehicles to turn off Toodyay Road into Noble Falls Tavern or Noble Falls Road without impacting through-traffic, reducing the likelihood of head-on or right-angle crashes."

The Minister said the project design reflected the outcomes of a road safety review at this location, which involved experts from a number of agencies including Main Roads and the Road Safety Commission.

Mr Alban stated “I thank the Minister for his attention to this stretch of road, as well as members of the joint Government and community committee and the Gidgegannup Progress Association who contributed significant feedback throughout the process.”

Key features of this improvement project include:
  • Widening of Toodyay Road to provide right and left-turn lanes onto Noble Falls Road, access into Noble Falls Tavern and adjacent properties
  • Clearing and road realignment to improve sightlines and visibility
  • New guard rails on both sides of Toodyay Road and upgraded street lighting
Earthworks and construction of retaining walls will start over winter, with the widening and construction works to be undertaken under a separate contract, for completion by early 2016.

Federal Government · Stronger Communities Grants

The Federal Coalition Government has launched a new Grant Programme – Stronger Communities Programme. This programme is designed to fund small capital projects for reputable not for profit organisations.

Under the programme funding of $150000 per year over two years will be available to support projects in the Pearce Electorate. pplicants can seek a grant of at least $5000 and up to a maximum of $20000 and must match the grant in cash or in kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis. Guidelines for the Programme can be found here.

A Community Consultation Committee has been established to assist in identifying and considering worthwhile projects within our electorate. If you can identify a project within your community that falls within the guidelines please have the not for profit organisation complete and return the Expression of Interest Form to the office of Christian Porter by 16th September 2015 by emailing of

The Expressions of Interest will be appraised against the guidelines to ensure that all eligibility requirements are met and to ascertain whether funding the project would be a proper use of this grant funding. Successful EOIs will be invited to apply for project funding and will be provided access to the Department’s online application process. Online applications for this funding close on 30th October 2015.

City of Swan

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