Happy birthday on Sunday to Karl West! We hope you have a great birthday weekend!
NEW DATE! Grant Writing Workshop
The Grant Writing Workshop was postponed due to lack of numbers. The workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday October 18 from 4.30pm til 7.30pm and is ONLY $20pp. A small investment that could do wonders for your club or community group. Contact the CRC on 9863 4829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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Rhyme Time at the CRC
Don’t miss out on a fun morning of singing, rhyming and dancing! FREE to attend and at the CRC next Tuesday October 2 from 10am with Mrs Gilfellon. Contact the CRC on 9863 4829 or email email@example.com.
Combined Winter Sports Windup - Save the date!
The combined winter sports windup will be held on Friday October 5, 2018 at the Dumbleyung Town Hall. Please RSVP to the CRC by calling 9863 4829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE Tickets to the Perth Royal Show
There are still 24 tickets left for the Perth Royal Show. First in best dressed and four tickets per family. The tickets are thanks to Dumbleyung Events Committee via the Royal Agricultural Society of WA. Don't miss out and be sure to pop in and collect from the CRC! The Perth Royal Show ends this Saturday September 29.
Drought Fundraiser Update from the Men's Shed
The Dumbleyung & District Men's Shed decided to make a donation to the drought effected regions of Australia. A notice was included in the Quack Chat asking if anyone wanted to add to our donation. It was decided to donate via the Lions Clubs, who were collecting monies Australia wide and our donation was sent via the Lions group in Katanning. In total, we donated $1000.00 made of donations from Dumbleyung & District Men's Shed, Paul Ward, Greg Bairstow and Dave Wall. Our thanks go out to those people who added to our contribution.
SEEKING INFORMATION - Recreation Plan 2018
The shire is currently reviewing the Recreation Plan with an aim to incorporate it into our suite of integrated plans. We would like to hear from individuals on where they think recreation is heading in the shire and what facilities, equipment and/or services we will need to support this. Please write in to the shire with your email@example.com or PO Box 99, Dumbleyung WA 6350.
All clubs are invited to comment, if you haven’t received the email, please get in touch with us to obtain a copy.
North Kukerin &TARIN ROCK HISTORICAL LOCALITY SIGN
North Kukerin & Tarin Rock, Do you have any historic school or sporting photos from the pioneering days? We are hoping to feature some photos on the Historical Locality Signs, please contact Nicole at the shire on 9863 4013 if you can help.
EMAIL COMMUNICATION LISTS
You may already receive our monthly "Lake Express" newsletter however there are many ways we send information to specialised groups. These are some of the mailing lists we currently use to update groups with relevant information. If you would like to be added to any of these lists, please click the link provided to subscribe.
- BUSINESS INFO EMAILING LIST
Join this list to receive information on upcoming opportunities and training for businesses. Those registered in our business listing are automatically subscribed to this list however, if you would like to be added please register your email address here:http://eepurl.com/dsVsu5
- COMMUNITY GROUPS & ORGANISATIONS EMAILING LIST
Updates on funding opportunities, training and anything relevant to our community groups and organisations. We have only just commenced this list and if you would like to be added please register your email address here: http://eepurl.com/dsVqvD
- SPORTS UPDATE EMAILING LIST
Updates on funding opportunities, training and anything relevant to our sporting clubs. Those registered in our sporting clubs listing are automatically subscribed to this list however, if you would like to be added please register your email address here:http://eepurl.com/cJY6GH
- HISTORY UPDATE EMAILING LIST
Updates on shire history projects. If you wish to be updated on the projects we are working on please register your email address here:http://eepurl.com/cQExx1
Historical Locality Sign Update
This project commenced in 2016 and has involved considerable consultation with the community to date. I thank those who have joined the update email mailing list and have assisted with proofreading and content in the designated timeframes - it has been a great help. Over the last two months the North Kukerin, Merilup and Kukerin signs have been drafted and sent via the email mailing list for community awareness and proofreading. These sign drafts are available to view and can be downloaded at the below link:
North Kukerin Download
If you would like more information on the project please join the mailing list via this linkhttp://eepurl.com/cQExx1 or contact me at the shire office on 9863 4012.
Please feel free to share this with anyone interested to help it reach our community.
Nicole Taylor, Community Development Officer
WE ARE NOW IN THE RESTRICTED BURNING PERIOD
19th September to 31st October
1st February to 31st March
Restricted Burning Period – It is unlawful to set fire to the bush during this time except in accordance with a permit obtained. The Restricted Burning Period can be varied i.e. shortened, extended, suspended, reimposed by the Shire 14 days at a time if seasonal conditions require.
Harvest Mass Management Scheme
Please be aware that the changes to the 2018 Harvest Mass Management Scheme has been finalised by Main Roads. If you want to drive a RAV Rated Vehicle on a Non-RAV Rated Road, part of the process will now be gaining endorsement for the road from Main Roads. Main Roads advises to do this as early as possible. There is more information regarding the 2018/19 Harvest Mass Management Scheme on the Main Roads Website
NOMINATIONS OPEN | Citizen of the Year Awards
Do you know an outstanding community member or group who deserves a little recognition for their efforts?
Nominate them today for the Shire of Dumbleyung Community Citizen of the Year Award! NOMINATIONS CLOSE 31ST OCTOBER.
Request a nomination form at the shire office or nominate online:
Awards presented at the annual shire Australia Day Breakfast
Help Us By Completing Our Digital Census
Digital technology and the internet are now integral to our society and economy. Our ability to embrace the digital age will factor strongly in building the optimal community and economy for today and tomorrow.
The Shire of Dumbleyung is undertaking the region’s first digital census, to help it to understand what is required, to assist all homes, business and community groups, to benefit in the digital age.
Your support in completing a short online survey will help the Shire to develop future strategies, plans and actions, to position the region competitively for the digital future.
Copy the web link into your browser and this should take you directly to the online survey https://optimi.typeform.com/to/jWFuxk Click Start and follow the instructions.
If you are unable to access the online survey and wish to participate in this digital census, please ring the Shire on (08) 9863 4012 and a hard copy will be posted to you with a return address envelope.
Annual Vacant Block Maintenance
Some residents get the shire to mow their vacant resident blocks before the 1st November. In the latest fees and charges, a new fee was introduced whereby the shire will keep your vacant residential block tidy for the entire year for $253, around the same it would cost for a one off tidy. If you would like to take up this offer, in time for this year’s fire season, please get in touch with the shire before 30th September 2018.
THE MONTHLY SHIRE OF DUMBLEYUNG NEWSLETTER 'LAKE EXPRESS' IS OUT NOW!
Want to receive it by post or email? Call us now 9863 4012.
Read all about our latest happenings in the Lake Express online here: https://mailchi.mp/e72239724585/shire-newsletter-lake-express-volume-thirty-august-1843329
IN THIS ISSUE
- Help us by completing our digital census
- Ideas hub
- Recreation plan forums
- Bain Estate Future Fund allocations 2018/19
- Robert & Daphne McIntyre Citizenship Award
- Annual vacant block maintenance
- Community citizen nominations
- Why we close roads
- Historical locality sign update
- Rates 2018/19
- Harvest mass management scheme
- Restricted burning period
- Public notices
And so much more!!
Kukerin Bowling Club
Hi everyone. Yes, it’s the time of year again to get those bowls uniforms out and see if they have shrunk or stretched during the winter. (Not your body shape changed?) The Kukerin Bowling Club’s opening day for season 2018-19 will be held next Sunday 30th of September and all intending players are asked to please have names in by 1.30 pm.
The club extends a warm welcome to everyone who would like to join us and enjoy a game of bowls and socialising after play.
At the A.G.M. held earlier in the year the following office bearers were elected for the coming season. President, P. Davidson. Secretary, T. Adams. Treasurer, B. Davidson. Captain, R. Ditchburn.
Article by P.Adams
Lakeview Golf Club
Life membership to Eric Gossage (pictured right with wife Davina and children Stuart, Tiffany and Hayden).
Thank you to everyone who kept this big surprise from Eric but especially from wife Davina - who always knows what's going on. Son Hayden had Eric's whole family in on the secret and watching Eric when they walked in the club house was just mint, especially when he saw his Dad.
Closing Day saw a great crowd hit off at different times to catch the football or not! A few members braved Perth to watch their beloved Eagles have a great win. Our sponsor Clem Henry couldn't make it due to other commitments (not too sure if he also went to the footy) but we thank him for his continuous generous sponsorship of our day. The heat did affect some and not others who had carts or played in the morning.
A big thank you to fill in Men's Captain, Paul Ward for running the show for the day. Final winners were Eric Gossage, Bob Hannah, Graham Ball 59.2 nett with an 11.8 handicap. Runners-up Liz Dare, Ronnie Ball, Tamara Bartram 62 nett with a 15 handicap, a sterling job to get runner-up with an all girls team. NAGA was convincingly won by Tim Dowdell, Graeme Jose, Dave Wall, Margie Ward with 64 1/4nett on a 7 3/4 handicap.
President, Eric thanked everyone, committee, members, non-members whom without we would not survive over the year, for the wonderful help and commitment to making our golf club such a great place to go to - always playing that extra hole No 19 with gusto, stories and great comradeship.
Results over the year’s play. Most Improved Man was Jon Ward donated by the Mott Family. Most Improved Woman was Sharlene Powell donated by the Williams family. Eclectic winner was Daniel McDougall, runner-up Dave Wall; Women winner was Tamara Bartram, runner-up Margie Ward. Championships winner was Eric Gossage, runner-up Lee Smith, B Grade Bob Hannah, Women Tamara Bartram, runner-up Davina Gossage.
Article by T.Bartram
2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People
Grant applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Open to 18-35 year olds, these awards are a chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund a project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Applications close 12 October 2018. Need advice? Contact the Science Awards team at Science Awards or phone 02 6272 2260
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Pictured above: Volunteers watch on as the Creekbed is underway!
Marvellous weather (two 28 degree days) over the weekend, September 22 and 23 saw 1000+ people go through the gate of the 2018 Kukerin Creekbed and Burnout Competition, an annual event hosted by the Kukerin Ag Society.
Sixty five drivers took to the pad Saturday afternoon to compete for the cash prize in the Smoke for Dough competition with only one crowned 2018 winner! There were more than double the entries of last year’s event and the race was on to be donned best of ground!
Spectators from across the state were treated to not one, not two but three late night burnouts with the tribute band playing late into the night.
Sunday morning was an early rise and shine for some with bacon and eggs a hot favourite for a few who partied a tad too hard the night before!
With more than 120 drivers across the four divisions, Sunday was a big day for all! It was great to see an increase in entrants (on last year’s numbers) for both the creek divisions, two wheel drive and four wheel drive.
Local, Shane Timperley took out top spot, winning the two wheel drive creekbed with fastest time of 106.28 and only 1 of 2 that made it successfully through in the class!
The four wheel drive division saw local Nick Green take out 3rd position from a competitive class of 42 vehicles.
Burnouts had the greatest number of entries and drew the biggest crowd. We saw an array of coloured smoke throughout the weekend including some glitter, although one very special edition of some pink smoke for a Narrogin visitor, who unveiled the gender of their expecting baby!
Once again, the event was a great success! With massive crowd numbers significantly contributing to this. The biggest thank you goes to Kukerin Ag Society President, John Davidson! John spent hours putting every last effort into making this year event a success and even more effort into the weekend to make sure the event ran smoothly. Thank you John, this year's event wouldn't have been possible without your efforts.
Further thanks also goes to all our volunteers - your assistance is greatly appreciated! For photos and videos of the event be sure to check out the Kukerin Creekbed and Burnout Competition Facebook.
We look forward too and hope to see our crowds back again next year, for the 2019 Kukerin Creekbed and Burnout Competition!
Article by E.Edwards
On Monday September 17, the CRC hosted a FREE NBN information session and though only two people attended the information was extremely useful! After some additional research we thought we’d share with you what we learnt about the NBN! The session was facilitated by independent NBN advisor (not employed by the NBN or a retail provider) Mike Hendry who has been completing a lot of work across the South West of WA.
Many locations in the Shire of Dumbleyung are ready to switch over to the NBN Satellite (Skymuster). Some of you may have already switched. Whether you have or haven’t made the switch here’s what we learnt and can share with you.
Q. How do you know if your address is ready to switch to the NBN?
A. Check if your address is ready to switch by visiting www.nbnco.com.au. Once you have confirmation that you can switch, contact your preferred retails service provider to discuss your requirements.
Q. Is switching to the nbn automatic?
A. No. You need to contact your preferred retail service provider and they will assist you in the switch to the nbn.
Q. What internet speeds can I expect on the nbn?
A. You get a choice of speeds with the nbn (which you will need chose with your retail service provider) the speeds (megabits per second – mbps) are as below (download and upload respectively),
Q. What should I ask my retail service provider when switching to the nbn?
A. A few questions you should ask include,
A. No. The nbn correspond by letter only. If you receive a phone call from the nbn informing you that your internet will be disconnected do not follow the prompts as it may be a scam. We are aware of people receiving these phone calls in our shire so please be aware!
Want to know more or have a question? Click here to view the facts sheet provided by Mike Hendry or pop into the CRC to pick up a hardcopy. If you have any questions about the nbn the team at the CRC will do their best to answer them though for more information please visit www.nbnco.com.au or talk to your phone provider.
Pictured above left to right: Shire of Dumbleyung CEO M.Gilfellon, Shire Councillor A.Knight, C.Bairstow, C.Bairstow, Community Development Officer N.Taylor and P.Bairstow.
WE WON! 2018 Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards Heritage & Culture Category.
Rewind a few months and the Dumbleyung community and shire staff were busy mowing lawns, tidying gardens, collecting rubbish and helping those in need to prepare to welcome the Tidy Towns judges to showcase the newly completed Bluebird Precinct and passion that has revitalised the town! To our delight Dumbleyung was nominated as a state finalist in the Heritage & Culture category of the 2018 Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards along with Albany, Collie, Dowerin, Northam, and Quairading for their amazing projects!
Honoured to be a part of the 2018 Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award Ceremony it was exciting to see pictures of the completed precinct on the big screen in the big city! As the smallest community in our category we quivered with excitement when Dumbleyung was announced as the category winner, what special recognition of our community achievements! For every contribution great and small, we thank and congratulate our passionate community.
Below are some words on all the nominee’s projects from the 2018 Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award Ceremony:
Dumbleyung - winner
The installation of the final interpretive panel for the Bluebird precinct project marked the completion of this outstanding four-year heritage project. The community-led initiative preserves and celebrates the significance of Donald Campbell's unrivalled 1964 World Water Speed Record on Lake Dumbleyung. The project has revitalised the main street into a vibrant heritage area. When driving into Dumbleyung you cannot miss the stunning replica of Donald's boat Bluebird Kl at the new Bluebird precinct and the wire sculpture of Donald. The site of the precinct is built upon existing CWA memorial infrastructure and the old railway station. The project, which includes landscaping, picnic areas, nature play, banners and the purchase of the Post Office building for an interpretive centre and cafe, make this project visually appealing and regionally significant.
Albany - finalist
ANZAC Albany Festival
Albany's heritage and culture projects are outstanding. The RSL and City of Albany collaborated to deliver the inaugural ANZAC festival, including the Convoy Campout event. Ship H MAS Newcastle officers performed a sunset ceremony and over 10,000 people attended the Troop March. The Field of Light art installation of 13,000 glass spheres will mark 41,000 troops who departed for the Great War from Albany.
Collie - finalist
Collie's Coalfields Museum grew from humble beginnings, with local Stan Cull salvaging items from the rubbish tip. The collection grew into a museum run as a family concern for nearly five decades. This year the museum was taken on by a volunteer group, and 60 volunteers have put in over 6200 hours to catalogue, digitise and upgrade displays, with work still ongoing. The Shire of Collie repaired the building so that the museum, which was always a great place to visit, now displays a magnificent heritage collection.
Dowerin - finalist
Minnivale old bakery oven
The town of Dowerin aims to resurrect the history of the nearby village of Minnivale, once a thriving community. To date, volunteers and the Shire of Dowerin have revamped the Methodist church and general store and created the outstanding Wheatbelt Heritage Rail Discovery Centre. The oven is all that remains of a significant dynasty of bakers. Restoration of the bakery land has included clearing of rubbish, weeds and dead trees for safer access, erecting signage, and a protection area around the bakery, with further plans to preserve the oven and create an interesting visitor experience.
Northam - finalist
Bilya Koort Boodja Centre (8KB)
Set on the Avon River next to the Northam Visitor Centre, this unique cultural centre is a beautiful and spacious building that will have a regional impact. Completed in June 2018, BKB has a welcome space, interpretative space, sorry space and yarning circle. Interactive displays provide outstanding cultural educational experiences. The centre is a significant project and demonstrates outstanding commitment to, and preservation of, the culture of the Nyoongar Ballardong region. The Shire of Northam and Northam Aboriginal Advisory Group collaborated on the building. The centre will protect, celebrate and share the culture of the Nyoongar people and highlight land management practices that draw upon the knowledge of the land's traditional custodians.
Quairading - finalist
Stacey's Fat Lamb Train
The Quairading Agricultural Society and Land Conservation District Committee combined to acknowledge the entrepreneurial excellence of Stacey family who, from 1942-1973, commissioned an annual train at the Badjaling railway siding to take fat lambs to market. More than 10,000 lambs transported in 1971 made it the largest consignment from one farmer in the world at that time. Leslie Stacey received an M BE for his services to the fat lamb industry.
Article by N.Taylor
Pictured above: Participants view the wildflowers including Lasiopetalum sp.
Photo acknowledgement to Lyn Alcock
Sunday September 16 was a beautiful sunny spring day, which may have been just what was needed to draw a big crowd of families with children, seniors and farming people to Tarin Rock Nature Reserve. People travelled from Narrogin, Wagin, Newdegate and Lake Grace joining the locals to enjoy a two hour tour - discovering the names of the wonderful wildflowers growing near Hill’s Road. With expertise help from Jolanda Keeble and local Botanist, Anne Rick there was not a spare moment when a wildflower was being pointed out and named. A couple of local keen photographers took advantage of the vast array of brightly coloured flowering shrubs and other delicate plants along the track and were able to capture some wonderful images (theses can be viewed on The Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc.) or Western Australia Native Orchids face book pages.
We were delighted also to have enticed members from the Narrogin Naturalist (Nat’s) Club and with their vast knowledge of flora species, ensuring all requests for a flower name were happily shared amongst the Group. At the end of the Tarin Rock tour, most of the group drove into Kukerin town site and during lunch many took the opportunity to view the vast array of orchids growing at the entrance to Nenke Park.
In the afternoon another tour was led by Howard (Spike) Edwards at ‘Candlelight Farm’, located north of the Candlelight Reserve. It was here the group enjoyed viewing many flora species found growing on different soil types. There was a huge display of different species growing, specifically on the iron stone ridge including Grevilleas and Gastrolobium spp. then Smokebush, Acacia and Lambstail spp. were found on the deep sandy soils. At the final location, on top of a breakaway ridge an excellent display of magnificent orchids from the majestic spiders to the brightly coloured rabbit orchids were found.
On behalf of the Dumbleyung Landcare Office many thanks is extended to Jolanda Keeble, who is voluntarily collating a ‘Field Guide on the Flora of the Tarin Rock Nature Reserve’ to be available to the public in 2020. Jolanda is travelling from Perth every month to spend four days recording flora species and would welcome assistance for this project, either with field work, plant identification, photos or from monetary donations.
Also, a big thank you to Anne Rick who voluntarily travelled to the site from Newdegate and offered her expertise knowledge identifying the flora spp. for everyone who attended the event.
The day was a great success and congratulations to the people who made it happen, especially to the members of the Nat’s Club who assisted in every way and Spike, our other enthusiastic tour leader.
If anyone would like more information regarding Jolanda’s field trips to Tarin Rock Nature Reserve, please contact her on 0439978550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next organised guided wildflower tour will be held in October 2019.
Article by C.Hadlow
Photo acknowledgement to Lyn Alcock
Staff and committee of the Dumbleyung CRC along with community members and volunteers contribute to the weekly Quack Chat Newsletter.