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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Shire President Wade DeCampo said “a lot of these facilities are out of date and this master plan will determine a staged approach for the Shire to take to make them all useable and appealing, on a regional scale, and provide us with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

10 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Town centre transforming and connecting

October 2014

The Shire of Manjimup is continuing to modernise the facilities provided in the town centre of Manjimup, by being one of the first Shires in the South West to bring free WiFi into its CBD. 

“Gone are the days of local governments sticking to the traditional role of providing just roads, rates and rubbish services,” said Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo, a strong advocate for bringing the Southern Forests region up to speed with its metropolitan and international counterparts, such as the Cities of Perth and London. “It is certainly timely for the Shire to be taking the initiative of providing free WiFi - it is a driver of economic activity and improves the visitor experience of Manjimup.”

Blanket WiFi will be made available in Giblett Street, Brockman Street and Coronation Park, which means users can move freely within this zone and stay connected to the internet, without having to rely on ‘hotspots’.  The free WiFi service will be available for use towards the end of November. 

“Locals, businesses and tourists will see signage go up to advertise the ‘free WiFi zone’, and should look forward to being able to access emails, social media and other resources such as maps and tourist information, from the centre of town,” said Cr DeCampo. “Having the WiFi available in Coronation Park provides integration between BrockmanStreet and the Manjin Park precinct, which opens up the town centre even more.”

The launch of free WiFi coincides with the commencement of Brockman Street revitalisation.  Currently, shop fronts are being updated with rendering and painting. The next phase will include the replacement of shop awnings, which will take place over summer.

“The overall look of Brockman street will change dramatically to give it a clean, uniform, art deco feel,” said Cr DeCampo. “This component of the Supertowns Project will see Brockman Street become the town’s culinary and food precinct, creating another drawcard for both locals and visitors to stay longer and enjoy what we have on offer.”

 

Pictured: Shire President Wade DeCampo in Coronation Park, showing a sample ‘Free WiFi’ sign.

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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

9 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Nominations Open for Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards

October 2014

The 2015 Shire of Manjimup’s “Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards” ceremony, and Australia Day celebrations, will be held at the Pemberton Swimming Pool on Monday 26 January 2015.

The Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards apply to the following three categories:
• Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award;
• Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person under 25; and
• Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a community group or event.

Recipients are selected from people and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during 2014, or have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Shire President Wade De Campo said, “The awards promote, recognise and celebrate significant contributions to community life and active citizenship within the Shire of Manjimup.”

Mr De Campo said, “Everyone at some stage has benefitted from the generosity or support of an individual or a group.  Nominating an individual or group is a great opportunity for you to say thank you and for that individual/group to achieve some formal recognition for their efforts.”

Nomination forms for these annual awards are now available from various outlets within the Shire including the Shire Administration Centre in Manjimup, all Shire Libraries, the Manjimup, Northcliffe and Walpole Family Centres, and the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole Community Resource Centres.  Nomination forms are also available from the Shire website www.manjimup.wa.gov.au or for further information please contact Shire of Manjimup Community Services Department on 9771 7777.

All nominations must be received by Friday 28 November 2014.

 

Pictured L-R: Ken Gwynne from Northcliffe accepting an award from Shire President Wade DeCampo at the 2014 awards ceremony.  

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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

8 October 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Community survey shows the gaps in alcohol awareness

October 2014

A recent community survey, conducted by the Shire of Manjimup’s Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again Project, has revealed that residents have a good understanding of the negative impacts of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, on young people and on the elderly. 

A total of 108 people responded to the survey, all of whom were eligible to be in the draw to win a prize for their contribution.  Shire President Wade DeCampo said “it is a good sign that almost all of the respondents are aware of the health risks that are associated with consuming more than two standard drinks each day, including the risk of developing a number of conditions, such as cancer.”

The survey also identified that there are gaps in knowledge, or some confusion, relating to the maximum number of standard drinks that are recommended for consumption on any single occasion and the legality of supplying alcohol to people under 18 years old, commonly known as ‘secondary supply’. 

“The Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again project aims to raise awareness of the harm that consuming alcohol can have on a young person’s developing brain and on their future drinking habits,” said Cr De Campo.  “Our message is clear; under 18, no alcohol.  It is the safest choice.”

The National Health Medical Research Centre recommends not drinking any more than four standard drinks, on any single occasion, to reduce the risk of short term harm, including increase the risk of conflict and violence, injury, unprotected or unwanted sex and problems in relationships.

The survey results also showed that the community needs more information about support services for those who require help to manage their drinking.  People with concerns about their own or someone else’s alcohol use can call the 24 hour Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 198 024 or the South West Community Drug Service Team on 9721 9256. For further information about the Shire of Manjimup’s Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again Project, please contact Assunta Di Francesco on (08) 9771 7778 or email assunta.difrancesco@manjimup.wa.gov.au

Pictured: The lucky survey respondent Tina Winslow, and her colleague Lee Wedrat (seated on chair).

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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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