news - january 2016

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice January 2016

What a summer so far. Numerous fires, both large and small, multiple losses of life and property, but in many cases uplifting stories of survival.

Gidge has had its fair share of fires, fortunately only one of major extent (Noble Falls). However there have been 40+ smaller fires in the past couple of months, many suspicious and also many from lightning. On Thurs 8th Jan brigades attended 16 fires from lightning in Gidge over a few hours, followed by 2 more delayed outbreaks on Fri 9th, 2 more suspicious fires that evening, and another delayed outbreak from lightning on Sun 10th Jan. There were reports of several more ignitions from lightning extinguished by residents which brigades did not attend.

What is most important is learning from such experiences and that each and every one of us does all they can reasonably do to survive the impact of bush fire rather than just relying on others to protect us. Unfortunately so many set themselves up for failure in this regard by having inadequate plans and physical preparations. Let's revisit some of the considerations which must be taken into account in developing a robust Bush Fire Survival Plan.

Firstly your plan MUST allow for ALL of the following possibilities:
  • You may get little or no warning
  • You may not be able to evacuate
  • Power and water supplies will very likely fail
  • You may not get any help for some time
  • Your home may not be defendable
If your plan doesn't allow for ALL of these, you are setting yourself up for disaster.

Download the Fire Safety Newsletter January 2016.. for more detailed info.

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Recreation Club · Outdoor Movie Night

Saturday 23 January 2016. Enjoy a movie night under the stars in Gidgegannup with family, friends and neighbours.

BYO picnic blankets and low back chairs. Support your local community groups providing food and entertainment. Circus Challenge will be running a Circus workshop under the big top from 5pm till 7pm for all ages as part of the City of Swan School Holiday Program.

For more information about the movie night please contact Paul Carroll on 9574 6601.

School Holiday Activities..

Kookaburra Cinema · Second Segment Season 20

With some input from Lindsay and suggestions from patrons we have put together the second program segment for Season 20.

We have tried to cater for a diverse audience, including some movies for the kids on a few of the Friday nights during January. We have taken on board several comments from regular patrons, including suggestions for future titles. It is hoped that the final segment for March/April will contain a few alternative type movies, once we have settled in and have more time for researching.

One title that we have been able to obtain for the current segment, after much chasing up with the agents in the UK, is the performance by Eric Clapton earlier this year at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating his 50 years at the top of the music business, entitled "Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall: Slow Hand at 70".

Don’t forget that you can view the trailers on our website.

Peter and Agnes Foyster

Kookaburra Cinema website..

City of Swan · Hyperfest

Do you live in or around Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup or Bullsbrook? Book your seat on a shuttle bus to and from Hyperfest now! Head to Ticketbooth and select ticket + shuttle bus from your closest destination.

More info..

City of Swan · School Holiday Activities

Are you ready for a Circus Challenge? Come along and learn some circus skills under the big top at Percy Cullen Oval! Develop your circus skills and learn new tricks from the professionals and be part of a performance for family and friends!

Saturday, 23 January 2016, Percy Cullen Oval, Gidgegannup, 5pm – 7pm, suitable for ages 5 and up.

This activity will run prior to the Gidge Movie Night, so bring you picnic blankets and make a night of it under the stars!

More info..

Free skateboarding clinic and competition for all ages and skill levels! Come down and learn some new skills with the experts from Skateboarding WA. Skateboards and helmets provided, or bring your own!

Friday, 29 January 2016, Skatepark at the Gidge Showgrounds, 4pm – 8pm.

Free BBQ from 6pm for all competitors and families provided by the Gidgegannup Scout Group.

More info..

City of Swan

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