news - february 2016

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice February 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.

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 February 2016.. for more detailed info.

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Recreation Club · Around the Club January 2016

The Rec Club saw a number of changes, at the AGM, to the number of people on the committee and to those in the executive positions. The AGM voted to increase the number of positions on the committee to 12. A new President, vice President and almost half the rest of the committee are all new to the positions. Importantly we also saw the election of a number of women to the committee.

So the New President is Paul Carroll, Vice President is Augie Vellalonga and we warmly welcome Laura Dacey, Cary Stewart, and Nicole Skehan, and Ross Linto to the committee.

We wish to thank Aaron Trew who has stood down to focus on his family. Aaron has made a huge contribution over the last 4 years while we have been involved in the construction of the new and refurbished buildings at Percy Cullen Oval.

Recreation Club page..

Agricultural Society · Update January 2016

The President and members of the committee of the Gidgegannup Agricultural Society hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and like us are looking forward to a very positive 2016.

This is a special year for the Gidgegannup Agricultural Society. On October 29th we will be staging our 70th Anniversary Show – a major milestone.

Already we are hard at work in a bid to make this year’s show very special. Our Show Recorder, Colin Metcalf and myself have been delving back into history to see what gems we might unearth that may be of use during this year’s Show.

However we do have an Annual General Meeting that will be held on Sunday February 28th at 5pm at the Main Hall in the Showgrounds.

We would love to see some new faces to help us organize the 2016 Show, so if you could spare an hour or so to join us at the AGM we would be delighted to see you.

The Gidgegannup Agricultural Society is composed entirely of volunteers and new helpers are always welcome – as the old saying goes “many hands make light” work, so please consider coming to help. We’re a great bunch and very easy to get on with.

As the year progresses we will keep you all informed as to what will be happening at this year’s Gidgegannup Agricultural Show.

Pat Harding
Media Liaison/Entertainment Coordinator

Agricultural Society page..

Progress Association · Newsletter January 2015

Newsletter January 2016..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter January 2015

Newsletter January 2016..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Kookaburra Cinema · Third Segment Season 20

We have taken advice from patrons and tried to put together a collection of movies to suit most tastes.

For the kids there is also the Peanuts movie at Easter. We have included a single screening of "JOY" which has received mixed reviews but we will let you be the judge.

Trailers for all the titles can be viewed from the Kookaburra website and the flyer can be downloaded or printed directly from the web page.

Thanks again for your support during this, our first season at Kookaburra Cinema.

Peter and Agnes

Kookaburra Cinema website..

Hills Choir · 2016 Season

The Hills Choir meets every Monday evening at 7:30pm at the Uniting Church, Stoneville Road, Mundaring, opposite the shopping centre.

This year the Choir celebrates 30 years of bringing good music to the Hills.

New members are always welcome. You don’t have to audition to join the Choir – just have a love of singing. Neither do you need to be able to read music, although of course this can help.

The Hills Choir has a website, can be contacted via email, and is also on Facebook.

If you would like to talk to someone about joining the Choir, you can call Margie on 9295 6103.

Hills Choir website..

Experience Gidgegannup · Exhibitors Info Small Farm Field Day

The next "Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day" will be held at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds on Sunday 29 May 2016. A great day full of information and fun for everyone. Come along and enjoy the day in the fabulous setting of Gidgegannup just 15 minutes from Midland.

Being an Exhibitor at the Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day brings many benefits.

We look forward to welcoming back previous exhibitors and to meeting those who will be contributing for the first time.

This year we have provided two versions of the Exhibitor Application form.

The full version gives all the conditions, contacts, dates for application, maps and advertising material, and we hope you like our Discovery Trail set out on the covers.

The short version is a Word version for completion and attaching as an email to return to us at

Of course if you would prefer to have a hard copy of the full version we are more than happy to post one out to you.

- Download Exhibitor Application form (Full)..
- Download Exhibitor Application form (Short)..

Small Farm Field Day page..

Yankuang · Bauxite Mining Update

Yankuang Resources Limited's recent letter addressed to the Gidgegannup Progress Association.

Yankuang letter to GPA..

City of Swan · Thinking Green Workshops

City of Swan presents a comprehensive series of workshops to inspire and teach new skills for walking more gently on the Earth. Not only can you help the environment, but you can save yourself money too!

Thinking Green page..

City of Swan · Storytime Volunteers Sought

We are seeking two volunteers to facilitate our fun and interactive Storytime sessions in Gidgegannup.

The City of Swan Libraries will provide training to successful applicants, as well as all necessary materials and equipment.

Additional Requirements:
  • A strong drive to give back to your community
  • A love for children’s literacy and craft
  • A NPC (National Police Certificate) and a WWC Check (Working With Children Check)
  • A valid Australian driver’s licence
Training, materials and preparation at the Gidgegannup Place Office/Drop-point Library. Storytime sessions at the Gidgegannup Hall.

Storytime involves stories, rhymes, crafts and lots of fun for parents and kids alike.

Gidgegannup Storytime Timetable..

City of Swan Libraries..

City of Swan · Storytime

Free sessions focusing on stories and activities for the preschool aged child held at Gidgegannup Hall.

Storytime involves stories, rhymes, crafts and lots of fun for parents and kids alike.

Gidgegannup Storytime Timetable..

City of Swan Libraries..

City of Swan

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