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22 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – WINNERS – Regional Local Government Management Challenge

December 2014

The team of four representatives from the Shire of Manjimup, who recently won the South-West round of the annual Regional Local Government Management Challenge, has been declared as WA Regional champions. 

The Shire’s team, consisting of Michael Leers – Manager Parks and Gardens, Evy Apeldoorn – Manager Community and Recreation, Jason Giadresco – Planning Officer and Gina Nieuwendyk – Public Relations Officer,  competed in the South-West round of the two-day management challenge in October.  Additional rounds of the regional challenge, conducted by the Local Government Managers Association (LGMA), were held in the North West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields and the MidWest. 

Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Manjimup, Andrew Campbell, is extremely pleased with the team’s triumph, explaining “our team did really well under pressure, and demonstrated a broad knowledge base and understanding of a wide range of scenarios, commonly faced in Local Government.  The fact that the Shire’s team was the overall winner out of 22 regional local governments is something to be really proud of, as an organisation and as a community.”

The challenge saw each team completing eleven tasks, each based on  real-life issues faced by local governments and communities.  Each task was weighted differently in points value and was allocated a specific time in which it was to be completed, requiring strong decision making and time management skills.  The Shire excelled above the other teams in several tasks, including the major “overnight task”, which required a report of up to 24 pages and a presentation.     

When asked what bought the Shire’s team over the line, Mr Campbell said trust and teamwork.  “Each team member has their own unique strengths, knowledge base and skill set, and they trusted each other’s capabilities.  They epitomised the strengths of the organisation as a whole, and demonstrated the value of cross-functional collaboration.”

Each team member has been awarded $250, paid into their superannuation account by WA Super.  The team will compete again, with an additional two members from finance and human resources, in the 2015 Metropolitan Local Government Management Challenge. 

Click here to see the LGMA Information Circular.

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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

18 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Retail resurgence across the region

December 2014

The town of Manjimup is not alone in the recent upturn of business interest and activity across the Shire, with Northcliffe, Pemberton and Walpole proudly displaying new businesses and impressive patronage over the last few months.  

Earlier this year in Pemberton, the iconic Pemberton Fine Woodcraft Gallery re-opened, and in more recent times a larger Pemberton Pharmacy combined with a ‘Treasures in the Forest’ gift shop has opened.  Shire President Wade DeCampo is impressed with the exciting ventures that are going ahead, saying “it is great to see some of our older buildings being re-vamped and re-occupied, for example the new bakery in the old sports and social club, and the extensive development work that is still underway at the Walkers’ Rest Cafe.”

Northcliffe is benefiting from the introduction of the unique ‘Karri Country Good Food Shop’, which is a community organisation run by volunteers, supplying whole foods and certified organic produce.  “This shop is not just about supplying a line of product. The aim of it is to educate the community and visitors about healthy eating and lifestyle choices, growing organic produce and living sustainably,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Karri Country Good Food Shop is engendering community spirit and cooperation, and encouraging people to buy and sell locally.”

Walpole remains alive with activity, especially during the festive season, which sees the town bursting with visitors who escape the urban hubs to Walpole for a summer break.

Seven day trading is remaining popular in Manjimup, with reports from Coles, Woolworths and Target Country of an impressive utilisation of the extra operating hours.  “It is obvious that the extended retail hours provides an added convenience that brings people to town when they otherwise wouldn’t have come, and retailers are grateful for the community’s support and are encouraging shoppers to continue to enjoy these hours to make them sustainable,” added Cr DeCampo.

“We’re really seeing a shift in economic activity, and it is the perfect time for potential business owners to be entering the market and having a go at a venture they’ve always thought about. There are still gaps and opportunities in the district, waiting to be filled. Contact the Shire to see how you can get started; let’s keep this momentum up.”

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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

18 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Railway removal restores an old entrance to town

December 2014

The Shire of Manjimup’s Town Centre Revitalisation project, funded by the Royalties for Regions SuperTowns program, is soon to achieve another milestone with the removal of 17 metres of railway line at the Ipsen Street Crossing. 

Until the mid-late 1970s, a level crossing existed at Ipsen Street, which was closed when the railway line was upgraded.  The upgrade allowed for additional stacking distances for the train from the highway, which at the time, catered for the high volume of woodchip traffic from Diamond Chip Mill.  Since its closure, access to the town centre for traffic coming from the South has been limited to Pritchard Street. 

In March 2005, rail services were suspended as the mill no longer had sufficient tonnage to warrant a train service, and the railway line was put into care and maintenance.

Planning has been underway for the removal of the railway for a number of years, with negotiations between the Shire, Brookfield Rail and the Public Transport Authority resulting in a tri-partite agreement allowing for the railway removal and re-opening of the crossing to take place. 

“The removal of the crossing is a momentous milestone for the Town Centre Revitalisation project as it provides the much anticipated re-opening of an access point straight into town from Mottram Street, almost 10 years on from the suspension of services,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “Some of our community members will remember having that access point, but for many of us, this incredible improvement to convenience will be a new experience.”

The road reserve across the rail corridor remains in place, as does the roadway on either side. The Shire plans to provide improved vehicular and pedestrian access into town, with initial work for Stage 1 to include a new road surface, amended drainage, new footpaths and additional landscaping.

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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

12 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Mottram street will light the way

December 2014

Manjimup’s main highway corridor is set to undergo a long-awaited makeover with the installation of 70 new decorative light poles, with LED lights, on Mottram street. The light poles were designed especially for Manjimup as a part of the overall Town Centre Revitalisation project, funded by the Royalties for Regions SuperTowns program.

The first stage, commencing on Monday 15 December, will see the installation of 40 of the light poles.  The second stage, to occur throughout January and February 2015, involves the removal of the existing light poles and installation of the remaining thirty new light poles.  The final stage, energisation, entails getting electricity to the new poles and lighting them up. 

Shire President Wade DeCampo says “the light poles have been designed to reflect a diverse and thriving region and to give the town another point of difference; a potential drawcard that might encourage people to stop or at least return.”

In addition to the progress being made with this component of the Town Centre Revitalisation project, the works required to remove 17 metres of railway line at the Ipsen Street Crossing will commence on 18 December.  This will allow for the Shire to provide improved vehicular and pedestrian access into town, from Mottram street, at the Ipsen Street/Giblett Street roundabout.  Initial work for Stage 1 includes new road surface, amended drainage, new footpaths and additional landscaping. 

Further into town, free WiFi is now available in Coronation Park and Brockman street, and work on the upgrade to existing building facades in Brockman street will start in February 2015.

“Some members of the community have been under the impression that nothing further is happening with the Town Centre Revitalisation, when in fact the Shire has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get all of the design work, approvals and scheduling right, so that all of these project components can be implemented seamlessly,” said Cr DeCampo. “It is going to be a busy couple of months; people will start to see things happening, and the changes will be dramatic.”

 

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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

11 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

New shops open in time for Christmas

December 2014

The community and regular visitors to Manjmup are benefiting from an upturn in investment, occupation of shops and movement of businesses around the CBD, particularly with the opening of a number of new shops over the last few months.

The Reject Shop on Rose street got off to an impressive start and remains popular, and the opening of Jumblaya on Brockman Street bought a unique and creative experience to town. 

The much anticipated opening of The Cherry Box in the former “Alf’s” store has been an exciting exhibition of Genuinely Southern Forests produce with a mixture of non-mainstream grocery items.  Shire President Wade DeCampo has felt the confidence of the town lift, saying “the influx of local investment into new business, and the occupation of shops that have previously been vacant, has certainly bought a sense of pride to the region.”

The list doesn’t stop at those shops – the town is watching the new Tall Timbers forming right before it’s eyes, with other investors showing interest in opening additional cafe style eateries locally, targeting a different market to the already popular venues that exist in town.

New business hasn’t been limited to the CBD, as a number of different specialist outlets opening, or continuing to operate under new ownership, in the industrial sector. 

“The opening of these new businesses has been really timely, and I hope that as everyone looks around for those last minute Christmas presents, food supplies, or other services that you shop locally and show your support for local business, both new and old,” said Cr DeCampo. 

“We should all be really proud of what is on offer right here in town, and I congratulate our local business owners who have remained dedicated throughout the years and those who have made the commitment to new business in recent times.”

 

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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

5 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

President pushes for a decision on the renewable energy target

December 2014

During a trip to Canberra at the beginning of this week, Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo joined forces with Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson to encourage the federal government to make a decision on the renewable energy target (RET). 

Meetings facilitated by Rick Wilson’s office included conversations with the Chiefs’ of Staff for the Minister for Industry and the Minister for the Environment, who jointly announced the review of the RET scheme in February 2014. 

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. 

“The ultimate aim of the RET scheme is to encourage the generation of electricity from renewable resources to reduce green house gas emissions in the electricity sector and ensure that renewable energy sources are ecologically sustainable,” explained Cr DeCampo. 

Meetings were also held with opposition members Glenn Searle and Gary Gray, with the campaign for a decision to be made gaining real momentum following talks with Alannah MacTiernan. Ms MacTiernan agreed to re-visit the topic following the release of a report in August outlining the results and recommendations of the RET scheme review.

Also in attendance at these meetings was a representative from WestGen Pty Ltd, the proponent for the WA Biomass project in Manjimup.

Rick Wilson MP is a strong advocate of the construction of a Biomass power plant in Manjimup.

“The biomass project will provide significant jobs, training and business opportunities to Manjimup and south west communities, and represents a real growth opportunity as well as enhancing the region’s already clean and green image.

“The Biomass project supports the goals of the RET scheme through the use of renewable resources for the generation of electricity and the creation of jobs in both the sector and the region.

“Once bipartisan agreement on the level of the RET is reached, the Biomass project can progress,” Mr Wilson said.

Click here for further information on the Renewable Energy Target scheme.  

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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

Authorised by Rick Wilson’s Office Kalgoorlie

Contact: 9021 2044

4 December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Agriculture students broaden their horizons

December 2014

Agriculture students from highschools in Manjimup and Pemberton were given a global perspective on science and agriculture when they had the unique opportunity to meet Murdoch University’s Professor Lyn Beazley at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) in Bunbury today, thanks to the Southern Forests SEED Program.

Together with Professor Beazley, the students took part in a tour of the Bunbury Port, hosted by the Bunbury Port Authority, and were also shown through the DAFWA laboratories, giving them a sneak-peek at some of the exciting research projects that are currently underway.

Before lunch, which was provided by DAFWA, Professor Beazley gave the students an encouraging talk about the future of careers in agriculture.  Professor Beazley found it very encouraging that that so many enthusiastic, young people were interested in agriculture, saying “the world will have more than 10 billion people to feed in 35 years, so we need innovative young people in agriculture to solve the global issues surrounding sustainability and food production - the great thing about bringing them to Bunbury is that they’ve been exposed to the world of opportunities that are out there waiting for them.”

“The SEED Program is part of the overall Agricultural Expansion Project which is funded by Royalties for Regions.  It is all about the proactive promotion of careers and pathways in agriculture - it provides opportunities that regional students may otherwise have missed out on, and excursions such as this give students a fresh perspective on the scale of agricultural operations across WA and around the world,” added Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

The Southern Forests SEED Program will continue to provide opportunities of this nature to students with a keen interest in agricultural science throughout 2015.

Pictured above: Students with Professor Lyn Beazley and SEED Program Coordinator Stephanie Carstairs. 

More information on the Southern Forests SEED program:

Contact Stephanie Carstairs, Education Development Officer on 0417 881 665

Visit http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED and  Follow us on Facebook

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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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