news - november 2015

Agricultura Society · Show Helpers BBQ

The Gidgegannup Agricultural Society invites all Show Helpers and Partners to our Annual Show Helpers 'Thank You' BBQ.

Sunday 22nd November 2015, 5pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Please bring a salad to share. The Society will provide meats, rolls, desserts and drinks.

RSVP by 19 November 2015 to Julie via email or on 0402 063 094.

Gidge Show page..

Agricultura Society · Owen Snook Jumps in the Deep End

When Owen Snook put his hand up to steward our show’s wool section, he got a lot more than he bargained for.

Volunteers are sometimes thin on the ground in agricultural societies so Owen took on the huge role of Chief Animal Steward of which the wool section is only a small part.

As a wool lecturer, woolclasser and former shearing contractor he rose to the challenge and applied his organisational skills to the task of overseeing the sheep, cattle, dairy goat, poultry, pasture and wool exhibits.

"It is a lot of responsibility for a first-time steward", said Owen who is a seasoned competitor in the show's super-fine fleece, merino sheep and pasture sections.

His 44 years of woolclassing have taught him to 'stay ahead of the game' and to be prepared. Enlisting his former woolpresser Norm Taylor and local classer Ieva Tomsons the trio got stuck into the jobs well in advance of the show.

Owen, Norm and Colin Metcalf had set up the pens on the Sunday before the show and general set-up and cleaning, hay distribution for animals and poultry, exhibit allocation/ tagging and, staking out the dairy-goat arena were all done on the Thursday.

Wool is judged on early on Friday afternoon and all 46 entries were received and paperwork completed by 11am. It was another story, however, on Saturday morning when all animals are to be penned and ready for judging by 8.30am.

"People have to understand the preparation that goes into the show. To arrive with animals at the last minute when the judging is on isn't fair on anyone." Owen also asks future animal exhibitors to ensure their stock are earmarked and that owners ensure they have a weigh-bill during transport. "It's a hefty fine, if you're caught without one", said Owen.

It was another successful show which relies totally on the countless volunteers such as Owen who step up to the plate when needed and give it their best shot.

Gidge Show page..

Progress Association · Newsletter November 2015

Newsletter November 2015..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter November 2015

Newsletter November 2015..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Wildflower Society · Meeting and AGM

Friday 27th November 2015, 7.30pm start.

We will hold our brief AGM first, followed by a showing of the movie "Walking Together – Belonging to Country".

This is a documentary made by ECU's Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research. It celebrates the remarkable similarities between Nyoongar and Western scientific understandings of the formation of Nyoongar land using explanatory animation to take the audience through the 300 million year journey.

Bring a plate for supper afterwards. This is our final meeting of the year. We resume in February 2016.

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

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

Wildflower Society page..

West Gidge Fire Brigade · Christmas Party

Dear members,

You are invited to the West Gidgegannup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Christmas Party. Saturday 28th November 2015 from 6pm at the Gidgegannup Recreational Hall (entrance off Toodyay Road next to fire shed).

RSVP: Natalie Insley by Friday 20th November via email or on 0417 956 223.

Bring: Yourself and your family. All families to bring a salad or dessert to share

The annual tradition of a sheep on the spit continues, accompanied by BBQ sausages, bread rolls, wine, beer and soft drink (no spirits).

I hope you and your family are available to attend. This is an opportunity to thank you for your outstanding efforts this year. The event is also open to potential new recruits and landholders in our West Gidge district, which is the area west of Reserve Rd and Stoneville Rd and north of Cameron Rd.

Beau Algeri
West Gidgegannup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
0423 388 299 / email

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Agricultural Society · 2015 Gidge Show Trophy Winners

The 69th Gidge Show on 31 October 2014 was a great success again.

Follow the link below for the list of Trophy Winners

List of Trophy Winners..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice November 2015

Download the Fire Safety Newsletter November 2015..

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Agricultural Society · November Update

As this is the last Gidgegram for the year, on behalf of the President of the Gidgegannup Agricultural Society, Mrs. Gloria Metcalf and members of the committee we would like to sincerely thank all of you who attended our 69th Annual Show and made it such a success.

We were wonderfully blessed with some excellent weather and that made for a super crowd.

All our groundspace spots were fully filled with a variety of goods on offer. The food and drink facilities did a roaring trade and there were many happy and smiling faces around the showgrounds.

Our main arena attraction, "The Centenary of Anzac" production was well received and a great many people took the opportunity to visit the 10th Light Horse Centenary exhibition along with the four ladies riding horses in the uniforms from World War 1.

Our Exhibition Hall again attracted some high quality exhibits and there were increased numbers in the Photography and Child Art section.

As far as the entertainment is concerned, Isabel the Hula Hoop performer attracted a great deal of interest from the kids and she also entertained them with her Circus Disco Cantito workshop.

The Juncadelic Brass band attracted huge interest, not only with their performances and workshop in the Bush Verandah but they also wandered throughout the showgrounds playing rousing music for the patrons before ending up in Burgo’s Bar to entertain the patrons.

Mr Graham Edwards AM, State President of the RSL who officially opened the Show said he was delighted that the Show Society had adopted an Anzac theme for this year's show and told organizers that he and his wife Noelene had a wonderfully enjoyable day.

2016 is a special year for the Ag. Society as it marks the 70th anniversary of the Annual Show. Planning for next year is already underway and we will tell you what is happening when the Gidgegram resumes in the New Year.

Once again our sincere thanks for all your great support for the 2015 Show.

Pat Harding
Media Liaison / Entertainment Coordinator

Agricultural Society page..

Kookaburra Cinema · First Segment Season 20

Hi there,

[..] This is the last program (click here) that I will be associated with at Kookaburra because over the winter break I was made an offer to purchase the venue which I accepted and it is now in the hands of new owners, Peter & Agnes Foyster and their family from Roleystone.

Peter has had a long interest in movies and I have known the family for some years so I am sure that the cinema format will remain much as it has been since I first established the venue in January of 1997. There will be of course the usual small changes and tweaks here and there plus Peter, like me, will be open to suggestions for titles to screen at Kookaburra. They are equally as passionate about quality movies for hills patrons.

My family and I have absolutely enjoyed running the venue for the past 19 seasons and we could not have done what we have achieved without the very dedicated support from all the patrons so thank you all so much for that.

There were times when, with all that building that was going on around the venue, I wondered if I was somewhat crazy to continue operating the cinema and the switch to digital was another challenge that I worried about but need not have as last summer was the best season we had ever experienced. So thank you for that support for the new digital medium.

We have enjoyed your company over many, many, nights and you helped us build a venue that has proven to be far more popular than I ever imagined it could be and if I was a lot younger I would do it all over again... it has been a memorable 19 years for us.

Currently I am in a mentoring role with Peter and expect to really retire after the last session for me at Kookaburra on December 6th.

As to be expected the cinema email addresses have all gone to the new owners. [..]

Lindsay & Jan Morris & family.

Kookaburra Cinema website..

City of Swan · Volunteer Firefighters Recognised

Members of the East Swan and East Gidgegannup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have been recognised for their outstanding work at the 2015 Western Australian Firefighting Awards.

City of Swan Mayor, Charlie Zannino, said he is proud of the efforts of City of Swan Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer and East Gidgegannup Captain, Sean Corbin, and East Swan firefighter Nathan Garrington to be finalists in this year’s ceremony.

Mr Garrington was nominated for the Youth Achievement Award while Mr Corbin was nominated for the Murray Lang Bush Fire Service Award.

The ceremony took part during the Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last month.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter in the City of Swan can contact Swan volunteer resource centre on 9278 9690.

City of Swan page..

City of Swan · Cape Tulip Weeds in Gidgegannup

The City of Swan has responded to an anonymous request from a resident to carry out control of the weed cape tulip in Gidgegannup.

Whilst the one-leaf cape tulip is a serious pasture weed in Western Australia and is listed as declared in various rural local government areas by DAFWA, it is not listed as a declared plant in the City of Swan.

Cape tulip was originally introduced as a garden plant in the 19th century. The seeds germinate in autumn and the plants regrow from corms at the same time. The plant is poisonous to stock, but is generally avoided by them. However, young stock may be affected if there is no alternative grazing available.

Residents who have concerns about this or others weeds, or wish to commence a management program on their property, can find further information on DAFWA's website.

City of Swan page..

City of Swan · WA Signature Dish Finalists Revealed

Buy West Eat Best has announced the four finalists for the 2015 WA’s Signature Dish, including a mouth-watering marron and lemon myrtle curry representing the Swan Valley and Surrounds.

Blogger and keen foodie, Matt Cook, made the finals for the Swan Valley section of the competition with his lemon myrtle marron laksa-inspired curry. The marron was supplied by Nagle Marron and Silver Perch Farm in Gidgegannup and the lemon myrtle essence for the dish was sourced from The Bitter Bush and sold at Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery in Henley Brook. The finalists will now collaborate with a Mentor Chef to help them perfect their dish for the grand finale. Kiren Mainwaring Swan Valley Humane Food Ambassador and head chef at Co-op Dining, will advise and assist Matt Cook with his creation.

WA's Signature Dish grand finale will be one of the highlights of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival to be held on 22 November.

City of Swan page..

City of Swan · Gidgegannup Drop-Point Library

The Gidgegannup Drop-Point Library offers the following services:
  • Library Membership registration
  • Requesting, issuing and returning items
  • Access to the library catalogue and City services online
  • Access to the internet via a public access computer
- City of Swan - Gidgegannup Drop-Point Library..
- City of Swan - Justices of the Peace..

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City of Swan · Local Area Plan Workshops

The City of Swan values your comments and feedback to help form the Gidgegannup Local Area Plan.

The Gidgegannup Local Area Plan Discussion Paper offers background information in identifying the key themes and issues affecting the area.

You are invited to attend one of the following workshops for the opportunity to contribute to the Plan:

• Monday 23 November 2015, 6:30pm
• Tuesday 24 November 2015, 1:00pm

If you wish to attend any of the above events, please contact Retha Steenkamp by email or by telephone at 9267 9283.

Youth surveys will also be available at the Gidgegannup Place Office at Unit 4, 2125 Toodyay Road (next to the Gidgegannup Bakery and Cafe) in Gidgegannup until Wednesday 25 November, which is the day after the last community workshop.

More info..

City of Swan · Strategic Community Plan Review

The City of Swan is seeking your input for the review of its Strategic Community Plan between October 19 and November 20, 2015.

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WA Department of Planning · Gidgegannup Urban Precinct

In accordance with Clause 27 of the Metropolitan Region Scheme, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) resolved on 27 October 2015 to transfer land from the urban deferred zone to the urban zone, as shown on WAPC plan 4.1625.

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Frank Alban MLA · Media Releases

The State Government’s KidSport program celebrated a milestone. 50,000 WA kids have been supported to play sport, with further $600,000 announced in funding.

More information on KidSport is available here.

Member for Swan Hills, Frank Alban, welcomed a range of support recently announced by the State Government of benefit to the state's Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (VBFBs).

Announced as part of the crew protection project, new protection measures will be fitted to nearly 1,000 Fire and Emergency Services and local government firefighting vehicles.

A $7.6 million Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme has been announced by the State Government to provide eligible volunteer emergency services groups with $2,000 per year over four years.

More information on the Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme is available here.

Swan Hills MLA, Frank Alban, welcomed the State Government's release of the draft Swan Valley Development Plan (SVDP) for public comment.

The draft Swan Valley Development Plan is available on the Department of Planning website.

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