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29 June 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Successful events giving the region national exposure

July 2015

A busy calendar of events has seen the Southern Forests region gain exposure, on a national level, for a range of the unique and sought-after activities and attributes on offer in the Shire of Manjimup.  At the conclusion of the most successful Truffle Kerfuffle weekend yet, Shire President Wade DeCampo offers his congratulations and thanks to the organisers of all of the events which have filled the region’s calendar over the transition from autumn to winter.

“Our goal has been to occupy these weekends with things to do; events to bring people from all walks of life to the region and encourage the ‘winter escape’ type of getaway.  With all that is on offer, we’re hoping people are enticed to come back for more,” said Cr DeCampo. 

“It doesn’t matter how big or small the event is, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make it a success and planning for next year’s event often commences before this year’s has even taken place,” said Cr DeCampo. 

Some of the events that have been held in the Southern Forests throughout May and June include the 2Oceans mountain bike race, Killarnee Targa Rally, Manjimup Motocross, Pemberton Unearthed Festival, Truffle Kerfuffle and the Nullarbor Mountain Boys concert organised by the Warren Arts Council. 

“These events are often made feasible through grants, but more often than not, they remain possible through local support and contribution,” added Cr DeCampo.  “We’re the culinary capital and fresh food bowl, adventure playground and the place to see action-packed motorsports.  There is something on offer for all tastes and it’s really promising to see the dedication and backing all of these events are receiving both locally, state-wide and even nationally.”

“It is really encouraging to see events like the Truffle Kerfuffle, which started in 2011, elevate to the heights and calibre that were on display at the weekend.  It is an absolute credit to all involved and I look forward to seeing what is new in 2016.”

Popular Manjimup event the Cherry Harmony Festival is on again in December, which is another favourite that continues to bring people to the region to showcase Manjimup’s widespread local delicacy, the Cherry.  For more information visit http://www.cherryfestival.com.au/ .

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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: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

25 June 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Funding announced for nine new mobile towers in the Shire of Manjimup

June 2015

The Shire of Manjimup is set to benefit significantly from the State Government’s announcement of the most substantial increase in mobile network coverage that Western Australia has seen since the inception of this form of communication.  The Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot program has been teamed with the Western Australian Government’s Regional Mobile Communications Project, another Royalties for Regions initiative, to jointly fund 109 of 130 new or upgraded mobile towers, nine of which are located within the Shire of Manjimup.   

The locations of the new towers are as follows:

  • South Western Hwy between Broke Inlet and Walpole
  • Mt Pingerup
  • Mt Frankland West
  • Windy Harbour
  • Crowea
  • Mt Burnside
  • Vasse Hwy, Collins
  • Beedelup East
  • Eastbourne Road, Diamond Tree

“Given the size of our Shire and the distances that are travelled through heavily forested areas, it is heartening that both state and federal governments are investing in closing in the black holes that we have in telecommunications,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo. “This is fantastic news for us and comes as a result of the Shire and our community taking part in the consultation process conducted by the Federal Government in 2013/14, to determine the mobile blackspots that exist across Australia,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

“We have seen and experienced in February of this year that it is vitally important to have adequate mobile coverage during an emergency or natural disaster, but it is not just during these trying times that this need arises.  It is crucial to our future growth on an economic basis, and on a global scale, that our residents and the travelling public are able to stay connected.”

“Our beautiful and serene Shire has received funding in both the vastly forested areas and the coastal hamlets such as Windy Harbour, which has now been acknowledged as the only access point for emergency services, during a rescue operation, between Augusta and Walpole.   The future has caught up with us.”

Click here to view the State Government’s media release announcing the funding.

-ENDS-

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: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

17 June 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Community buses available for hire

June 2015

The Shire of Manjimup offers a bus to local community and recreation groups for hire, available to be booked through the Manjimup Community Resource Centre. In addition, the Shire’s Home and Community Care (HACC) has a bus available for the same purpose, so long as it is not being used for the provision of a HACC service or initiative.   

“These buses are an important facility within our community, not only because the Shire is so large, but because we have so many community and sporting groups or associations who often travel out of the Shire to take part in activities,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo.   “Safe transportation is crucial.”

The Shire bus seats 25 people including the driver, who to transport passengers legally, requires an ‘F-extension’ on their licence. Information on how to obtain an ‘F-Extension’ can be found by clicking here.

Interested groups are encouraged to contact the Community Resource Centre for prices and conditions, or to make a booking, by phoning 9777 2774 or by emailing reception@manjimup.org.au.

The HACC bus seats 21 people including the driver.  Whilst preference is given to HACC services, this bus is also available to community or recreation groups for hire, with the driver requiring a B-class licence.  Information on hire fees and additional fees can be found on the Shire of Manjimup website, or my phoning HACC on 9777 1455.

Any group wishing to use one of the buses must complete an application form, agree to and sign the Conditions of Hire forms and provide copies of current drivers licence.  Bus drivers are available, for an additional fee, to drive both buses. 

-ENDS-

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: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

17 June 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Responsible dog ownership – compulsory microchipping

June 2015

Dog owners are reminded that by 1 November 2015, all dogs must be microchipped.  The Dog Act 1976, a state law which was amended in 2013 to bring in requirements relating to microchipping, is put into effect by the local government.  The Act also outlines requirements regarding dog control, dogs barking, removal of dog droppings, dog attacks, dog registration and registration tags.

“Having your dog/s microchipped is just as important as registering them,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “Microchips are registered nationally, so no matter where you are in Australia, if your dog goes missing, a vet or ranger will be able to identify you as their owner, and reunite them with you.”

The Dog Act 1976 stipulates that it is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure that their dog is both microchipped and registered and if they have a change of address or other contact details such as phone number, both the Shire and the National database need to be notified of that change. Dog owners can visit the national Pet Register to determine which national database holds the information to their pet.  Details are also provided to the owner when the dog is first microchipped. 

The process for having dogs microchipped is relatively pain free for the animal, a minimal cost to the owner and can be performed by any veterinarian. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted just under the skin, between the shoulder blades and the back of the dog’s neck. 

“It is a permanent means of identification, unlike collars and tags that often get lost, damaged or removed, and you are far more likely to be bought together with your dog again should they go missing,” explained Cr DeCampo.

Infringements apply for dog owners who have not had their pet microchipped, registered and other offences under the Act. In addition, fees apply for when dogs need to be housed in the pound, which commonly occurs when dogs are picked up by rangers and their owner/s cannot be identified.  Click here to see the Shire of Manjimup Fees and Charges, effective as of 1 July 2014 (subject to change 1 July 2015).

Click here to view the Department of Local Government’s brochure on the Laws for responsible dog ownership.

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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: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

16 June 2015

The Manjimup Regional AquaCentre is entering the final stages of the ground source heat pump project (GSHP), which involves finding the ideal temperature balance between customer satisfaction and energy consumption.

This requires approximately 3 weeks of testing which will occur between Wednesday 10 June 2015 and Tuesday 20 June 2015.

There may be times where we do not reach temperature set point, however disruptions will be kept to a minimum and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

If you have concerns about the temperature of the pool water, we urge you to phone the AquaCentre in advance on 9771 1278 to check the current temperature.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

8 June 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Illegal clearing along Walpole foreshore

June 2015

A random inspection conducted by Shire of Manjimup officers today has identified approximately one hectare of land, along Walpole foreshore, that has been cleared illegally.  This matter is now under investigation and may lead to prosecution of those involved.

The clearing took place on Shire of Manjimup land without any approvals.  Evidence reveals that the work to fell the trees was conducted approximately two to three weeks ago, ie around mid-late May 2015.  

Shire President Wade DeCampo expressed his disappointment at the illegal act, saying “our public asset has been destroyed.”

“Not only is the foreshore area home to native fauna, it is reserved for all of the community to enjoy, not for someone to destroy for their own personal reasons,” said Cr DeCampo.

The correct procedure for the clearing of land requires planning approval to be sought from the Shire of Manjimup. 

The next steps for the Shire include a full investigation involving the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WA Police.  Anybody with information is encouraged to contact WA Police in Walpole on 9840 1618. 

-ENDS-

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: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

22 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Federal decision on the renewable energy target scheme

May 2015

The wait is finally over on the federal decision about the future of the renewable energy target (RET) scheme for Australia.  The federal government this week came to bipartisan agreement to lower the target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 and to abolish the requirement for the scheme to be reviewed every two years.  Though the target decrease has caused some dispute, the decision means both certainty and an opportunity for the renewable energy sector and will kick start investment that has long been put on hold.     

The original RET scheme was designed to ensure that 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity is generated by renewable sources by 2020, with the goal being to generate electricity from a diverse range of cleaner sources, whilst supporting employment growth in the sector. 

Shire President Wade DeCampo, who has teamed up with Rick Wilson MP to push for a decision on the RET scheme since the announcement of its review in 2014, said “the RET scheme is designed to encourage the generation of electricity from renewable sources.  It’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector and ensuring the sustainability of renewable energy sources.” 

“The decision about the RET means that Australia is moving along with leading countries in the areas of sustainability and renewable energy production, and it also means big things for the region as there is huge potential for us to be playing a part in producing part of that RET.”

“In supporting this decision we’re supporting an economically sustainable future for the renewable energy sector, as well as a more viable future of the sector in our region along with other complementary industries,” explained Cr DeCampo. 

“We’re saying yes to training opportunities, we’re saying yes to sustainable jobs for Manjimup and surrounding areas and we’re saying yes to reducing the carbon footprint by generating energy through biomass.”

-ENDS-

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: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

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