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18 July 2014

The Manjimup Library is displaying the Returned Services League of Australia Incorporated’s (RSL WA) From War to Remembrance – A living History of RSL exhibition until 16 August. 

The travelling exhibition, which has been displayed in other regional locations, and will move onto another country centre after Manjimup, is a visual representation of the history of the RSL, and its role in the local community.

Cr Dean Bavich, Deputy Shire President said “this is such a good opportunity for our community to learn more about the valuable role that the RSL has played in Western Australia, particularly through its support of veterans and their dependents.” 

Featured in the exhibition are photos from the archives of the RSL and the State Library of WA.  Displayed in a trail of banners throughout the library, visitors will be taken on a journey through the formation of the RSL, to celebrate the RSL’s many and varied activities throughout WA. 

“I urge you all to visit the exhibition, particularly students, as it displays a vital and important part of Australian History, which will help us all to take the traditions and values of the RSL into the next generation,” added Councillor Bavich.

Authorised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Dean Bavich, Deputy Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

27 June 2014

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A new CEO to take over the reins

June 2014

Last night, Council voted to appoint Andrew Campbell as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Mr Campbell has been the Director of Statutory Services for almost seven years, having commenced with the Shire in 1993, as an Environmental Health Officer.   

“It is satisfying to see Mr Campbell appointed as the new leader of the Shire of Manjimup. Mr Campbell started his career with the Shire, and it is rewarding to see that the Shire is capable of developing strong leaders, and fulfilling careers.  Council is unified in its support for Mr Campbell,” said Shire President Wade Decampo.

“Mr Campbell will take the leadership role during an exciting time of growth and opportunity for our community.  Mr Campbell has the full support of Council and we look forward to working closely during this next chapter of our history,” Cr DeCampo added.

Mr Campbell, who has acted as CEO on several occasions, is confident he will transition into the role with ease, with minimal disruption to the organisation.  “I am fortunate to work with a cohesive and strong management team, in an organisation with an embedded culture of hard work and dedication,” said Mr Campbell.

“I see my permanent appointment as CEO, as an opportunity for the organisation to build on its strengths, and to take its next steps into business efficiency and professionalism, for the benefit of the community,” Mr Campbell added.

Mr Campbell will commence as the Chief Executive Officer on Monday 30 June.

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Authorised by Doug Elkins, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

24 June 2014

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Students challenged to plate-up our region

June 2014

In another Southern Forests SEED Program exclusive, Australian Good Food and Travel Guide’s (AGFG) ‘Chef in residence’ - Shawn Sheather - is in town for the Truffle Kerfuffle a few days early, especially to host a masterclass and cooking challenge for local students. 

As a part of his Regional Future Chef Challenge, high school students from Kearnan College and Manjimup Senior High School watched a master class from Sheather, who cooked three dishes made up of local produce, and featuring the famous Manjimup Truffle as an ingredient. “The region is renowned for its produce, there is not much you can’t get around here,” said Sheather. 

The students, aged from 15 to 17 years, then got busy in the kitchen, with less than sixty minutes to cook and plate-up their own versions of the three dishes demonstrated by Sheather. 

Each team’s dishes were taste-tested by a panel of judges which included Mr Sheather, Alana Starkie - WA Signature Dish regional finalist, and Sonia Porter – President of the Truffle Kerfuffle Committee. Kearnan College students Zoe Blechynden, Isabel Gibbs and Chloe Shipley won the challenge, standing out because of their perfectly cooked Marron, and precise seasoning techniques. 

Overall, the judges were overwhelmed with how well each of the groups cooked, particularly when most of the students had never cooked with truffle or some of the other ingredients.  “It is very encouraging to see how the students have changed and replicated the dishes - they’ve done themselves proud.  They understand that by putting their region on a plate, they include a little piece of themselves in the dish,” said Sheather.

Pictured L-R: Judge Alana Starkie, SEED Program Coordiantor Stephanie Carstairs (Shire of Manjimup), Judge Sonia Porter, student Chloe Shipley (winning entrant), student Zoe Blechynden (winning entrant), Shawn Sheather. Students displaying their prize and certificates.

Attached:
• Program and dishes demonstrated by Shawn.
• Quotes from Shawn Sheather, SEED Program Coordinator and guest judges.

More information on the Southern Forests SEED program:
http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED and  Follow us on Facebook

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Authorised by Doug Elkins, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

24 June 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Students challenged to plate-up our region

June 2014

In another Southern Forests SEED Program exclusive, Australian Good Food and Travel Guide’s (AGFG) ‘Chef in residence’ - Shawn Sheather - is in town for the Truffle Kerfuffle a few days early, especially to host a masterclass and cooking challenge for local students. 

As a part of his Regional Future Chef Challenge, high school students from Kearnan College and Manjimup Senior High School watched a master class from Sheather, who cooked three dishes made up of local produce, and featuring the famous Manjimup Truffle as an ingredient. “The region is renowned for its produce, there is not much you can’t get around here,” said Sheather. 

The students, aged from 15 to 17 years, then got busy in the kitchen, with less than sixty minutes to cook and plate-up their own versions of the three dishes demonstrated by Sheather. 

Each team’s dishes were taste-tested by a panel of judges which included Mr Sheather, Alana Starkie - WA Signature Dish regional finalist, and Sonia Porter – President of the Truffle Kerfuffle Committee. Kearnan College students Zoe Blechynden, Isabel Gibbs and Chloe Shipley won the challenge, standing out because of their perfectly cooked Marron, and precise seasoning techniques. 

Overall, the judges were overwhelmed with how well each of the groups cooked, particularly when most of the students had never cooked with truffle or some of the other ingredients.  “It is very encouraging to see how the students have changed and replicated the dishes - they’ve done themselves proud.  They understand that by putting their region on a plate, they include a little piece of themselves in the dish,” said Sheather.

Pictured L-R: Judge Alana Starkie, SEED Program Coordiantor Stephanie Carstairs (Shire of Manjimup), Judge Sonia Porter, student Chloe Shipley (winning entrant), student Zoe Blechynden (winning entrant), Shawn Sheather. Students displaying their prize and certificates.

Attached:
Program and dishes demonstrated by Shawn.
Quotes from Shawn Sheather, SEED Program Coordinator and guest judges.

More information on the Southern Forests SEED program:
http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED and  Follow us on Facebook

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Authorised by Doug Elkins, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

20 June 2014

MEDIA RELEASE 

Primary school pressure cook-off comes to Manjimup

June 2014

A highly anticipated primary school student cook-off will be raising the temperature on the From Paddock to Plate stage at Truffle Kerfuffle 2014, thanks to the Royalties for Regions funded Southern Forests SEED Program, and Louise Fitzroy of “From Paddock to Plate”.

Four teams of students from Primary Schools in the region, will feature on stage at 10:30 on Saturday 28 June.  They will be given 40 minutes to create a simple, healthy, homemade recipe that showcases local produce, and is suitable for lunchboxes. 

“What makes this experience really exciting for the students, is that they will have some of the Truffle Kerfuffle’s guest chefs as their assistants,” said Louise Fitzroy. 

Year seven students Imogen and Saffron Dodd from Northcliffe District High School, who have entered the cook-off, will be using local ingredients as well as their own home grown produce in their dish. “Imogen and Saffron are so enthusiastic and creative with their cooking, and they have a lot of knowledge about the ingredients that are going into their dish,” said Northcliffe District High School Principal, Kath Granger.

The winning students will receive the popular “From Paddock to Plate” book, personally signed by the author Louise Fitzroy.  The successful students’ school will receive the schools program which includes eight videos, worksheet and recipes, and is valued at $550.

“This competition has been really beneficial in demonstrating to these students how agriculture is a large part of their every day lives, and how they can take their skills and passion that they’re developing now, to carve a career in the future,” said Stephanie Carstairs, Coordinator of the SEED Program.

Pictured above L-R: Shire of Manjimup's SEED Program coordinator Stephanie Carstairs, student Imogen Dodd, Prinicipal of Northcliffe District High School Kath Granger, and student Saffron Dodd. 

More information on the Southern Forests SEED program:
http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED and Follow us on Facebook

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Authorised by Doug Elkins, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

9 June 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

A grand finale for the region’s inaurugal Ag Inspirations program

June 2014

The first Ag Inspirations demonstration program to be conducted in Australia, which saw twenty-four local year nine students explore the pathways to a career in agriculture, has come to a conclusion with an impressive day of inspiration and celebration. 

Guest speakers Tara de Landgrafft - journalist with ABC radio, and Sophie Zalokar - teacher and cook at Foragers and renowned food author, addressed the students with encouraging words of advice on how to make their passions come to life, through a career in Agriculture.

The students then wowed an audience of special guests with presentations that showcased the producers and business people who inspired them during the program, and the valuable career advice that they have taken on. 

“This is the only agriculture program in the work inspirations demonstrations project list in Australia, and it’s success has been demonstrated by the enthusiasm of the students, and how much they have grown and developed over the four days,” said Stephanie Carstairs, Education Development Officer for the Shire of Manjimup’s Southern Forests SEED Program and organiser of Ag Inspirations.

Ag Inspirations is one of many exciting initiatives taking place in 2014 as a part of the SEED Program.  Funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, SEED aims to increase interest in agriculture as a career path by fostering relationships between industry and education providers.

Attached:
• Quotes from guest speakers & facts about the event
• Ag Inspirations four-day program
• Southern Forests SEED Program - what’s on in 2014

More information on the Southern Forests SEED program:
http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED

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Authorised by Doug Elkins, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

30 May 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Geothermal heating warms AquaCentre patrons

June 2014

Patrons of the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre can now enjoy consistently warm water temperatures throughout the seasons.

Due to a new geothermal heating system – costing $775,250 – along with additional upgrades to the pools in Manjimup, AquaCentre staff have the ability to monitor the temperature of both the lap and leisure pools, ensuring they remain at the optimum temperatures for the comfort and enjoyment of our patrons.

The Shire of Manjimup expects the new system will also save about $70,000 in pool running costs each year. It works by extracting heat from the ground at a depth of 30 metres, which is used to warm the water in an environmentally friendly and energy efficient manner.

Evy Apeldoorn, Manager Recreational Facilities and Services for the Shire of Manjimup, said: “Pool heating is a large consumer of energy and thus a major cost for the Shire of Manjimup.  We are extremely pleased that the installation of this new technology will ultimately mean the pool costs less to operate. Not only will running costs be lower, but the system will also improve the service we offer to people of Manjimup as the water in the pool will be consistently warmer.”

The project was funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Community Energy Efficiency Program and the Shire of Manjimup. The system was installed from August 2013 to December 2013.

Attached:
Testimonial/Statement – Jeffery Stewart – AquaCentre patron (pictured below)
Fact sheet – Manjimup Regional AquaCentre geothermal project

More information on the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre:
http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/your-shire/community/shire-facilities/manjimup-regional-aquacentre

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Authorised by Doug Elkins, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081

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