WALPOLE - CONGRATULATIONS!!29 November 2013
Keep Australia Beautiful and Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities chose Walpole as the 2013 winner for Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities State Title.
In a letter from Keep Australia Beautiful Council congratulating the community on their win the Chairm said "Your projects are an inspiration to other towns in your region and the State. You now have the opportunity to go into the national competition and inspire communities across the whole of Australia."
As well as a plaque, the community receives $2,000.
The win is a testament to the hard work put in by the community and should give encouragement to other towns in the district who pariticipate in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.
Manjimup CBD Urban Art Project13 September 2013
Youth urban art workshops crammed with valuable knowledge!
The Shire of Manjimup held Urban Art Concept Workshops over the past few weeks with local youth throughout the Shire to gather ideas with the purpose of developing a public art piece to be displayed in the Manjimup CBD.
Shire President, Wade De Campo, encourages community participation in public art projects. "It is great to see local young people involved in a public art project that will enhance community involvement, improve the Manjimup CBD and promote civil pride", he said.
The concept workshops were held in Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole to grasp a broad range of ideas and promote inclusivity of the diverse locales of the Manjimup Shire. The workshops allowed the Shire of Manjimup to uncover local young people's views about community identity and the aspects of the Manjimup Shire that they identify as influential in shaping the community.
The aim of the concept workshops was to engage local youth in the development phase of the urban art project by acquiring their ideas and knowledge of the community whilst being inclusive to all youth including CALD young people, youth living with disabilities and at-risk or disengaged youth. This project has been made possible by support from the Office of Crime Prevention and local community organisations.
For more information please contact the Community Development Team at the Shire of Manjimup on 9771 7777.
Authorised by Jeremy Hubble, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.
Contact: 0427 094 081
Commencement of Mottram Street Underground Power Project19 July 2013
First impressions upon arriving in Manjimup are about to change. The works to underground power along Mottram Street / South West Highway between the northern archway and the roundabout to the south has commenced.
As part of the Royalties for Regions SuperTown initiative, the Shire of Manjimup received funding of $5.17 million to implement a number of aesthetic upgrades to the Manjimup townsite, with $2 million of this funding to go towards the undergrounding of power and installation of decorative street lighting.
This $2 million project will result in all the existing overhead powerlines and power poles being removed, along this section each house / business will be connected to the underground power system, uniform and improved street lighting being installed in advance of specimen tree planting.
Shire President, Wade De Campo said, “it is exciting to see the start of this project, which not only improves the landscape, it also provides a more reliable power source, improved lighting and a much safer roadside environment.”
Pictured above: Western Power begin site works at the northern end of town
Alcohol media campaign to target Southern Forests Region16 July 2013
Over the next 12 months Shire of Manjimup residents will be exposed to radio and newspaper advertisements which promote drink safe messages. Under the ‘Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again Project’ banner.
Shire President Wade DeCampo said, “Alcohol causes more harm in Australia compared to illegal drugs so it’s important we do not become complacent. The Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again campaign will localise key messages aimed at our community”.
The media campaign will target three groups and convey the following messages:
- Alcohol and youth: Harmful alcohol use by young people can increase the risk of damage to their developing brain and mental health issues. For people under 18 years, not drinking alcohol is the safest choice.
- Alcohol and parents of young people: The longer young people delay drinking, the less likely they are to develop problems with alcohol later on.
- Alcohol and the general community: The more a person drinks, the greater the risk of harm. Health experts recommend no more than 2 standard drinks on any day to reduce the risk of alcohol-related cancer and other diseases.
Picture: Shire President Wade DeCampo supports the new media campaign on responsible drinking.
The media campaign has been funded by Healthway and the Office of Crime Prevention.
For further information about the Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again Project please contact Assunta Di Francesco on (08) 9771 7778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Comment sought on Draft Access & Inclusion Plan16 July 2013
The Shire of Manjimup is seeking community feedback on its draft Access & Inclusion Plan 2013-2018, that will replace an existing Plan that has expired.
The draft Plan seeks to expand upon previous disability access and inclusion plans to incorporate the needs of all members of the community.
“We recognise the task of addressing the many important issues that affect our diverse community is not an easy one” said Wade De Campo, Shire President, “access and inclusion plans are not just about ensuring buildings have wheelchair access, they also look at inclusion at a participatory and service level”.
1. Northcliffe resident, Aimee Dickson, receives her Austcycle beginners’ course graduation certificate. Desired Outcome 1: People with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as other people to access the services of, and any events organised by, the Shire of Manjimup
The Shire of Manjimup aims to ensure that the services it provides meet varied individual needs and expectations and that everyone has equal access to these services regardless of their race, heritage, gender, religious or non-religious belief, nationality, family background, age, disability or sexuality.
Click HERE to download a copy of the Plan.
The Plan is also available for collection from the Shire’s Manjimup Administration Centre. Hard copies of the draft Plan are also located in the Shire’s public libraries for viewing. Community feedback forums are planned for Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole. Please advise of any access requirements or communication support you may need to participate.
|Manjimup||Tuesday 30 July||5:30pm||
JC Rose Room (Council Committee Room)
Cnr Rose & Brockman Sts
|Manjimup||Wednesday 31 July||10:00am||JC Rose Room|
|Pemberton||Wednesday 31 July||1:30pm||
Pemberton Public Hospital (Conference Room)
|Walpole||Thursday 1 August||9:30am||
Community Resource Centre (Meeting Room)
|Northcliffe||Monday 5 August||2:00pm||
Community Resource Centre (Meeting Room)
Formal submissions on the draft Plan are to be in writing and lodged with the Shire on or before Monday 5 August 2013. For further information, contact the Shire’s Community Development section on 9771 7777.
SUPERTOWN UPDATE Timber & Heritage Park Playground Now Ready for Play9 July 2013
School holiday fun is about to get better with the completion of the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park Playground.
The Shire of Manjimup constructed the $1.14 million playground after receiving funding through the Royalities for Regions SuperTown initiative and Lotterywest.
The playground has been designed to be used by children of all ages with varying levels of ability. The equipment features custom made structures such as a large climbing net, 40m double cable flying fox, water play, cubbies, slides, rides and sculptures of our local animals. There is also outdoor gym equipment, barbecues and picnic spots, so families can enjoy a complete recreational experience.
The Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park is open seven days, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, April – September and 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, October – March. Entry is free.
Shire President, Wade De Campo said, “It is exciting to see the end product of Manjimup’s new, one of a kind adventure playground. Thank you to all the staff, contractors and funding provides for the hard work that has gone into completing this fantastic new play area, which children of all ages can enjoy for many years to come.”
An official opening event will be held in October 2013.
Pictured above: picnic area in the playground Pictured above: Toddlers play area
Manjimup's Southern Timber Archway Destroyed8 July 2013
Late Thursday afternoon a truck floating a large excavator destroyed the southern timber archway in Manjimup. The accident dislodged the gantry and one of the four supports.
Fortunately no one was injured.
Debris completely blocking the South West Highway was promptly removed with minimanl disruption to the public.
The southern archway was originally installed by the Manjimup Rotary Club and volunteers in May 1988 complementing the pre-existing northern archway. The two archways are synonymous with Manjimup, an expression of the town's timber heritage.
"The southern archway will be replaced" said the Shire President Wade DeCampo noting that "the approval procss is likely to be more challenging today than in 1988 when it was originally constructed. It is possible the replacement archway could be constructed from lighter weight materials."
The Shire is determining the extent of insurance coverage of parties concerned.
Authorised by Jeremy Hubble, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777
Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo; Shire President.
Contact 0427 094 081