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7 November 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Second SEED Ag Inspriations a hit with local students

November 2014

A second Ag Inspirations program, hosted by the Southern Forests SEED Program, has been taking place over the last two weeks with students from Kearnan College.  Only the second of its kind conducted in Western Australia, the first was also hosted earlier this year by the Royalties for Regions funded SEED program. 

“Students are selected to take part in the program via an expression of interest process,” detailed Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “The volume of first round of submissions was so high that two programs have now been run, with a third due to commence next week.” 

The program has given students exposure to a wide range of careers in agriculture, with the timetable including a trip to Nannup for the food bowl experience, farm visits and interviews with local professionals in Agriculture to learn about how their careers have progressed to where they are today. 

The final day of Ag Inspirations was celebrated at the Department of Agriculture and Food in Manjimup, where students heard from an impressive line-up of guest speakers, including Alana Starkie from Sally’s Lane, Erin Gorter from AgVivo Events and Jackie Jarvis who is WA Rural Woman of the Year and runner up for the Australian Award.   

“The strongest message that students are taking from this round of Ag Inspirations is that you don’t have to have been born into farming to have a career in Agriculture - the variety of careers, and opportunities to enter the agricultural industry, are endless,” explained Cr DeCampo. 

Pairs of students concluded the event with a presentation profiling one of the people who had inspired them during the course of the program.  “These students were all really grateful for the experience, and spoke about the value of hard work and making the most of opportunities that may come their way,” said Cr DeCampo. 

“The initiatives being rolled out as a part of the SEED program are proving to be hugely valuable in our region – the popularity of Ag Inspirations, and post-program surveys, are strongly indicating that the awareness of agricultural career pathways, and the level of interest in pursuing a career in agriculture, are on the rise,” said Cr DeCampo.  “The SEED Program is really gaining momentum and is setting a national benchmark for other education providers and industry bodies to aspire to. The 2015 SEED Program is looking to be just as action-packed as this year.”

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.

Click here for m ore information on the Southern Forests SEED program

Pictured above: L-R:  Ethan Sawyer, Erin Gorter from AgVivo Events, Blake Liddelow, Alana Starkie from Sally’s Lane, Ryan Copley and Jackie Jarvis who is Runner up Australian Rural Woman in Agriculture of the year (2014).

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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

3 November 2014

MEDIA RELEASE - AquaCentre showcases facility to the state

November 2014

The Shire of Manjimup, together with the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Royal Lifesaving Society Australia and the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatic (Inc), recently hosted the 18th Annual Country Pool Managers Seminar.  With guests from all over the state, the conference is an important event for leisure industry professionals, giving them with the opportunity to discuss local and global issues and maintain networks. 

The conference was officially opened by Shire of Manjimup Chief Executive Officer Andrew Campbell, who gave attendees a brief history of the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre, from when it opened in 1974, to its redevelopment and re-opening in 2006.

“It is the first time that Manjimup has hosted this conference, and it has given us the opportunity to showcase our facility to representatives from country pools across the state and share the lessons learnt from recent projects that have been implemented at the pool,” said Mr Campbell. 

Evy Apeldoorn, Manager of Community and Recreation, gave the forum a briefing on the new geothermal heating system at the AquaCentre – costing $775,250 – which has provided staff with the capability to monitor the temperature of both the lap and leisure pools, ensuring they remain at the optimum temperatures for the comfort and enjoyment of AquaCentre patrons.  Conference attendees were then shown through the AquaCentre Coordinator Rachel Halbert.

“The conference has come at a time when there is a lot going on at the AquaCentre, and it was great for our staff to gauge the feedback on the most recent initiatives, from other industry professionals,” said Mr Campbell.  From Monday 10 November the multi-purpose room at the AquaCentre will closed for the installation of rubber flooring, commonly used in gyms across Australia.   The room will re-open on Monday 17 November, coinciding with the launch of the summer group fitness timetable.  In addition, a new giant inflatable has been ordered, and the community will be invited to celebrate its arrival with a ‘launch party’.

Click here for more information on the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre.

Pictured above: L-R Rachel Halbert – Manjimup Regional AquaCentre, Chris Blankley – Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics Vice President, Kathryn Conopo – Manjimup Regional AquaCentre – Pictured at the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre.

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Authorised by Andrww 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

31 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Launch of local support for local business in the Shire of Manjimup

November 2014

The meeting of the Shire of Manjimup Council was last night the forum for an official announcement, made by Sue Daubney of Bannister Downs Dairy, of a unique and ongoing funding opportunity for groups and businesses located within the Shire of Manjimup. 

Appropriately titled the ‘Hand in Hand’ project, the fund will provide the volunteer groups or individuals, and emerging businesses, with the capital they require to get new projects or ventures off the ground. 

“The funding is only eligible to applicants from within the Shire of Manjimup, and the rationale behind that is that most grants and sponsorship opportunities are, at least, from a State Government level, with a large pool of applicants.  We wanted to improve the chances of people being successful in their application for financial support” said Mrs Daubney during her address to Council.

Bannister Downs Dairy contributes to the fund on a monthly basis - the tool is in place for other businesses who may also wish to contribute to the fund, and become part of the team who assess the applications and gift the money. 

“It is about giving back to the community in a structured way, and encouraging other businesses to invest in the region via this simple process,” added Mrs Daubney.

Shire President Wade DeCampo, and fellow Councillors of the Shire of Manjimup are pleased with the establishment of this community development fund. 

“This is a community spirited opportunity for local groups and individuals, provided by a local business, and I congratulate Bannister Downs for pursuing it.  I hope to see other businesses taking part in the fund, and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing the projects that come out of it,” said Cr DeCampo.

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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

20 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Call to protect the Community’s asset

October 2014

In the wake of a spate of vandalism and theft in the Shire of Manjimup’s cultural hub - the Timber and Heritage Park - the President of the Shire of Manjimup Wade DeCampo is pushing for community members to report suspicious behaviour.

“This senseless act of vandalism to public property and resources presents a huge cost, both financially and socially, to the whole community,” said Cr DeCampo.  “We’re all responsible for doing something about it – this is your money and your resource that has been trashed, and this sort of behaviour is not acceptable within our community.”

Police are still seeking further information about the occurrences at the timber park between Saturday night and Monday morning last weekend.  The total cost of damages amounted to in excess of $2,500.

“We’ve put a lot of work into improving the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park and it has become a hugely popular destination for both locals and visitors.  This reckless and disrespectful behaviour acts as a deterrent, when actually, our end goal is to provide a unique and safe environment for people to come and visit.”  

“Whether it is drug and alcohol fuelled or not, this kind of anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and unwelcome, and we all play an important role in keeping our community safe and assisting the police to find the perpetrators.”

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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

20 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Learn more about the Manjimup Community Recreation Hub Project

October 2014

The Shire of Manjimup is holding a community information session on Thursday 23 October to kick-off a project that will see the development of a Master Plan for the future of the Manjimup sport and recreation precincts Collier Street, Rea Park and the Manjimup Recreation Grounds – the Manjimup Community Recreation Hub. 

Shire President Wade DeCampo said “a lot of these facilities are out of date and this master plan will determine a staged approach for the Shire to take to make them all useable and appealing, on a regional scale, and provide us with the necessary research and analysis that is required to secure funding for the future development of these facilities.”

Partly funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Manjimup Community Recreation Hub Master Plan will identify two or three development projects that are short-term priorities, and ensure that these projects are both financially feasible and ‘shovel ready’.

The Master Plan will be prepared in accordance with the strategic directions outlined in the Shire of Manjimup Sport and Recreation Strategic Plan 2014-2024, and be utilised by Council to make sound decisions regarding the development of these facilities.It is expected that the project will be completed by June 2015.

Representatives from all sporting clubs, schools and interested community members can walk into the information session, any time between 2pm and 6:30pm on Thursday.“Representatives from the Shire will be available to answer your questions, and it is a good opportunity to learn more about the project, how you can be kept informed and how you can be actively involved in the development of the master plan,” explained Cr DeCampo.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Gallery Meeting Room - Manjimup Community Centre

Mount Street, Manjimup

Walk in any time between 2pm and 6.30pm

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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

17 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Book launches the region’s produce

October 2014

In another success story, fresh from the Royalties for Regions funded SuperTown initiative – the Southern Forests Food Council - a book launch was held this week for Sophie Zalokar’s Food of the Southern Forests.

“This is another stepping stone in our SuperTowns program, which aims to highlight the variety and quality of the produce borne from the Southern Forests region, and promote it globally,” said Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo.  “It is an amazing compilation of recipes that paint a picture on your plate – it will truly rival any world renowned cookbook and chef,” he added.

The setting for the book launch was the Old Coolroom at Newton Orchards in Manjimup, a wooden clad structure designed to keep fruit fresh in the days before air conditioned coolrooms were invented.  “It was a befitting location for the book launch, as the history of places like these are featured in the book as an exhibition of the adaptability, durability and dedication of the producers of the Southern Forests,”   said Cr DeCampo. 

Guests, including all of the producers featured in the book, heard from Sue Daubney of Bannister Downs, photographer Craig Kinder and Sophie Zalokar herself, and were served samples of the culinary delights, made from local produce, mastered by Zalokar. 

“All credit to Sophie and her family who have been compiling this amazing book for two years,” said Cr DeCampo.

A second book launch was held on Wednesday evening at the University of Western Australia.  For book sales, please visit the Southern Forests Food Council or purchase the book online via:

http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/collections/sophie-zalokar/products/food-of-the-southern-forests

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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

17 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – New blog to showcase the region’s hidden gems

October 2014

The hidden gems of Southern Forest region, and surrounds, will be showcased via a travel blog, started by the Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo – Hidden Gems of the Southern Forests.

“The Southern Forests Region has an abundance of locations and icons waiting to be discovered and appreciated – truly hidden gems,” said Cr DeCampo, who started the blog after a visit from the Premier and Cabinet Ministers to the Shire of Manjimup in September.  “I couldn’t show them the entire shire, so I took them on a ‘virtual tour’, from King Jarrah in Manjimup, Beedelup Falls in Pemberton, the Understory in Northcliffe to Mount Frankland in Walpole. This, coupled with conversations I’ve had with people who aren’t aware of what the region offers, has spurred the idea of a blog to showcase the best of the Southern Forests,” he said.

Cr DeCampo aims to update the blog at least every three weeks, to coincide with his regular message in the Shire’s column featured in local print media.  He is encouraging community members and visitors to make suggestions about which spots, events and initiatives should be featured.  “I won’t be limiting the blog to destinations within the Shire of Manjimup – this blog is about bringing visitors to the Southern Forests which includes Bridgetown and Nannup, and the whole of the South West,” he said. “It is so important that we all work together to promote the South - everywhere is just a destination on the way to somewhere else – why wouldn’t people try and take in as much as they can, or do several trips to see it all.”

Suggestions for your hidden gems can be sent through to info@manjimup.wa.gov.au.

“I want people to realise how accessible the region is, and stray from their norm to visit places they haven’t been before.  Why not stay longer in the region and appreciate the breadth of what is on offer – from all of the hidden gems, to the genuinely southern forests produce,” he said. 

The blog can be found at www.hiddengemssouthernforests.blogspot.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

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