Bushfire Recovery and Information - Shire of Manjimup

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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.”

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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

22 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Students get inspired by local ag specialists

May 2015

The Royalties for Regions funded Southern Forests SEED Program, which is a part of the overall SuperTowns initiative, is hosting its biggest Ag Inspirations program for high school students from the region. A total of 61 students, who were required to submit an expression of interest in order to take part in Ag Inspirations, will gain first hand insight and knowledge from local agriculture specialists.

The four-day program which spans across three weeks is the third of its kind, this time hosting students from six high schools - Manjimup Senior High School, Pemberton District High School, Northcliffe District High School, Kearnan College, Nannup District High School and Bridgetown District High School.

Shire President Wade DeCampo explained “the range of agriculture based career options which are available in this region are both plentiful and diverse.”

“SEED Program Coordinator for the Shire of Manjimup, Stephanie Carstairs, has put together a program that encompasses several options that are out there for local young people.”  Students have been divided into two groups, with the days’ programs tailored according to what their particular areas of interest are.

Ag Inspirations 2015 will see students learning about things from food production and processing, to herd management and horticultural agronomy.  Cr DeCampo went on to talk about how this year’s program differs to the last two which ran in 2014.  “Forest Products Commission will be hosting students this year, which will demonstrate how broad opportunities can become with an agriculture background – skills and knowledge gained in agriculture are easily transferrable into other areas such as forestry and silviculture,” said Cr DeCampo. 

The Ag Inspirations program commenced on Thursday 21 May and concludes on Friday 5 June.  

For more information please contact Stephanie Carstairs at the Shire of Manjimup stephanie.carstairs@manjimup.wa.gov.au .

Click here for more information on the Southern Forests SEED program.

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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 May 2015

Main Roads WA have produced a project newsletter to provide detail about the South West Highway upgrade which is occurring between Vasse Highway and Walpole.

Please click here to view it

15 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – State Government praised for supporting prescribed burning

May 2015

The State Government announced this week that $20 million of Royalties for Regions money is being dedicated to the prescribed burning program to help reach, and surpass, the annual target of 200,000 hectares.  Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo is praising the decision and urging the general public to have some tolerance and compassion for what the prescribed burning program will achieve. 

“There are few people that will know what it is like to sit in a community meeting and be told that their homes, possessions and livelihoods are in grave and imminent danger.  People in two of our communities, in particular Northcliffe and surrounds, have experienced just that,” explained Cr DeCampo.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (www.dpaw.wa.gov.au) conduct prescribed burns for a number of reasons, including:

  • to maintain biodiversity;
  • to mitigate the severity of bushfires and to help protect lives and property by reducing the build-up of flammable fuel loads;
  • to rehabilitate vegetation after disturbance, such as timber harvesting and mining; and
  • to undertake research on fire and its interaction with our environment.

“There is no better evidence that reduced fuel loads greatly contribute to the suppression of fire, than the wildfire experienced here in February. This fire was uncontrollable, jumping containment lines; but when it ran into low fuel areas, it extinguished,” said Cr DeCampo.”

“We can all relate to how unpleasant it is when smoke lingers, particularly in areas outside of prescribed burning areas, and especially when it affects small children and people with respiratory issues,” said Cr DeCampo, who also emphasised how the prescribed burning benefits everyone across the state, not just those who live in bushfire prone areas.   “That smoke is just a temporary reminder that positive measures are being taken to prevent the trauma of wildfires across the state; it is protecting everybody’s asset, that is, the natural environment and habitat; not to mention preventing the potential loss of livelihood and loss of life.” 

Pictured above: Windy Harbour road, the day after the Northcliffe fire made its run to Windy Harbour – on the left is three year old fuel load (burnt in the Badminton fires in 2012); on the right five-15 year old fuel loads. 

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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 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Volunteers crucial to the region

May 2015

National volunteer week for 2015, which runs from 11-17 May, has great significance in the Shire of Manjimup, where volunteers are responsible for services ranging from St Johns Ambulance, State Emergency Services, bushfire brigades, sporting clubs, meal delivery, streetscape design, rubbish collection, environmental conservation and event management. 

“Our Shire has one of the highest rates of volunteer uptake per capita in the State and this week is just a small acknowledgement of the valuable contribution they make to our region and regions just like ours across Australia,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.

Cr DeCampo outlined how the value of volunteers in the region became truly evident during the Northcliffe and Walpole bushfires this year.  “I was taken aback by the generosity and endurance of the volunteers during the fires; the tireless effort that went into fighting the fires, protecting assets, providing meals, making snack bags for firefighters, the list goes on.”

Cr DeCampo believes it is during an emergency, when the community is at its most vulnerable, that we see the significance of volunteers as several groups, from across towns, come together to get us through, adding “the efforts of volunteers have continued well into the recovery phase.”

Cr DeCampo acknowledged the family, friends and employers of all volunteers throughout the community, who support them in their capacity as volunteers, and provide them with the encouragement, support and comfort that they need to fulfil their roles within the community. “A large majority of our volunteers are available 24 hours a day, meaning they often sacrifice family time, work and sleep to assist those in need.”

“If we all take a moment to think about what our Shire might be like without volunteers, we would realise exactly how much they contribute to the fabric and richness of our communities,” explained Cr DeCampo.  “Without the combined efforts of the Shire’s volunteers, a lot of services simply would not exist, or at the very least, their activities would be significantly less.”

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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 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Home and Community Care (HACC) volunteers

May 2015

The Shire of Manjimup’s Home and Community Care (HACC) delivers services across Manjimup, Pemberton and Northcliffe, and into Bridgetown, to enable its eligible clients to remain independent at home, and in the community.  Services include help with light housekeeping, laundry, personal care, meal preparation, home maintenance, gardening, respite care and social support.  Volunteers are a vital component of the HACC team and the Shire is calling upon community members to become a part of that pool of volunteers.  

“Volunteering can be very rewarding and also creates cohesion within the community,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo, “particularly when a couple of hours a week, or a few days a month, can make an enormous difference in someone else’s life.”

The areas of HACC that most require volunteers are for meals on wheels and for driving clients to and from appointments.  “Anybody who holds a C-class licence and is willing to drive clients to out of town medical appointments can become a driver,” Cr DeCampo said.

“Some HACC clients are not well enough to drive themselves, don’t have someone to drive them and there are restrictions to them using public transport as that often means additional cost for taxis and overnight accommodation,” explained Cr DeCampo.   New Volunteers will be provided with training, an ‘F-extension’ on their licence, and a HACC motor vehicle.  They also have the flexibility to volunteer regularly, occasionally, or once in a while.

“Volunteers are an essential part of HACC in providing services to the community over and above the services for which they are funded. The services provided by HACC volunteers are imperative to meeting the growing needs of our ageing population.”

“HACC volunteers meet new people, explore new places, gain work experience, and make a difference to the lives of our loved ones which has an impact on our own lives.” 

For further information or to register your interest in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Shire of Manjimup Home and Community Care (HACC) on 97771455.

 

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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 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – AquaCentre to launch new pool inflatable

May 2015

The Manjimup Regional AquaCentre is hosting celebrations this Saturday to launch the long-awaited, NEW pool inflatable.  The whole community is invited to join the festivities. 

“We’re really proud of the progress that has been made at the AquaCentre over the last year and the new inflatable marks another milestone that is definitely worthy of a celebration.  I hope to see families from across the Shire come along to join us,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.

“There has been quite some demand for a new pool inflatable, as the last one was decommissioned about four years ago,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

AquaCentre staff member Belinda Parker conducted research into which inflatables would be suitable for the swimming pool at the AquaCentre, and narrowed the selection down to three.   AquaCentre patrons were then invited to participate in a survey where they could ‘vote’ for which pool inflatable they liked the most. 

Cr DeCampo explained that the new  ‘dual track’ inflatable, which is being launched this Saturday, was by far the most popular, saying “out of over 90 responses, 50 plus were in favour of this inflatable.”

The pool inflatable launch party for the new ‘dual track’ commences at 11am on Saturday 16 May at the AquaCentre.  Additional pool inflatables, the ‘sea saw’ and the ‘o-ring’, will also feature on the day.   

The day’s celebrations will wind up with team games, which will include noodle races and a bombing competition, with refreshments available from Cafe Lil. 

Children must be eight years or older to play on the inflatable.

Please phone the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre for further information on 9771 1278.

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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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