Bushfire Recovery and Information - Shire of Manjimup

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20 February 2015

Over the last two weeks, a recovery committee and sub-committees, coordinated by the Shire of Manjimup, have met to progress initiatives that aim to assist with returning the communities of Northcliffe and Walpole to a sense of normality.

Since Sunday 8 of February, the Shire, together with other key agencies and organisations such as the Department of Child Protection and Family Services, Department of Agriculture WA and utilities providers, have operated a 'Recovery Information Centre' out of the Gallery in the Northcliffe Visitor Centre.

Shire President Wade DeCampo said "this one-stop-shop initiative has been open every day to assist those who have been affected by the fire, and we anticipate continued manning of the Recovery Information Centre until Wednesday 25 February.  After that date it will be unmanned, however literature from all agencies will still be available from the Northcliffe Visitor Centre.

The next steps in the recovery process involve a number of initiatives that are being coordinated at the sub-committee level (see attached for futher information on sub-committees).  Residents and land owners situated within the fire damaged zone will soon be contacted by a Shire officer to initiate an informal visit, providing the community member with the opportunity to raise any concerns or issues they may have.

"Everybody's situation is different, and the purpose of these informal catch-ups with our community members is so we can gain a better understanding of the individual circumstances that people are dealing with, and gauge  what needs to be done out there," said Cr DeCampo.  "This information will be fed back to the recovery committee, and no doubt a number of actions will come of it."

A community meeting that was held in Walpole last Friday was attended by over 100 residents.  "Their main concerns have been around the closure of South West Highway, and the impact this has had on local businesses," explained Cr DeCampo.

A recovery donation account has been established by the Shire of Manjimup, and all money donated will be allocated by the recovery committee to the community priorities, which will be determined by the information and feedback received from the community.  Donations can be made via direct debit into the 'Shire of Manjimup Trust Fund Account' - BSB 036 126 A/C 830 418 or in person at the Shire of Manjimup Customer Service Centre at 37 Rose Street, Manjimup.

For all enquiries relating to recovery, please contact Recovery Coordinator Paul Bawden on 9771 7777.

Authrised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: (08) 9771 7777
Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: (08) 9771 7777
Contact for comment:  Wade DeCampo, Shire President
Contact:  0427 094 081
 

13 February 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Processing plant – potential profit for the region

February 2015

The possibility of a high-pressure processing (HPP) facility being built in the region, for produce from the region, is being investigated as a part of the Manjimup SuperTowns Agricultural Expansion Project in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA).

Kim Antonio, Manager of Future Food with DAFWA, explained that studies are now being conducted to assess the commercial viability of a HPP in the region, saying “consultation with industry in Manjimup has indicated that the lack of profitable markets for second grade produce is a major constraint to business profitability in the region.”

High-pressure processing, otherwise known as cold pasteurization, is a technique being successfully used around the world to process a range of products, including fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat and seafood. It results in an extension in the shelf-life of the product, without sacrificing its nutritional or sensory characteristics.

Products that already exist in the market are Avocado pulp and pink lady apple juice, which are being produced elsewhere in commercial quantities, for both domestic and export markets.

Manjimup Shire President Wade DeCampo said it was important to look at opportunities to process and value add product from the area. “The benefits of introducing a facility such as this are huge,” Cr DeCampo explained.  “Along with creating new jobs in the region, the facility will establish additional product lines which will help local producers become more profitable, and contribute to a reduction in the wastage of perfectly good produce for minor reasons such as lack of colour and/or blemishes.”

Mr Antonio is encouraging producers who are interested in the study to contact DAFWA. “Meetings with key producers will be taking place throughout February and into March, and we are very keen to have the input of all those who have an interest in processing.”

Contact details:

Kim Antonio, Manager Future Food DAFWA Manjimup 97770071   

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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

6 February 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Local recovery commences for Northcliffe

February 2015

Though the smoke is yet to clear from the most catastrophic fire event the Shire of Manjimup has experienced in decades, the recovery process has already commenced.

The town of Northcliffe has been under an emergency warning for nearly a week, with residents strongly encouraged to evacuate to remain safe from the fire.  In addition, the settlement of Windy Harbour has been under threat and at the time of this media release, also remains under emergency warning.

“The safety of our community members and incident support crews has been the absolute priority,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

Fire conditions need to improve before the ‘Emergency Warning’ alerts in Northcliffe and Windy Harbour are downgraded to a ‘Watch and Act’ by the Incident Controller. Where properties and other assets have been subject to fire attack there is an additional need for prior safety inspections of trees, roads and buildings.

“I understand the need for people to go back home as soon as possible, but we have to allow the crews time to ensure that each area is safe, both from fire and structural impacts, before you will be able to return,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Please be patient, we’ll work through this as fast as we can to make it safe for you, because the last thing we want is for anybody to come to harm or injury in their urgency to get home.” 

Despite these alerts and warnings remaining in place, the Shire of Manjimup has already commenced the recovery process, which Local Government has the responsibility to lead. 

Cr DeCampo advised that the Shire’s Recovery Committee met for the first time on Thursday, and is in the process of establishing working sub-committees to work across the areas of:

Buildings and infrastructure repairs and liaising with the insurance industry;
Business continuity through provision of support to the dairy and wider agricultural sector, tourism and local businesses;
Community support ranging from access to recovery funding through to personal health needs; and
Environmental impacts on bushland, wildlife and any health effects from the fires.

“The Shire and representatives from agencies such as Fire & Emergency Services, Parks & Wildlife, Main Roads, Agriculture & Food and Family Services, together with utility providers, already have a good understanding of what has occurred and what is required by the community,” added Cr DeCampo.

“We’ll be there to assist the community with whatever it is they need to do next with regards to their own specific circumstances.  We understand everybody’s situation will be different, which is why the specialist sub-committees have been formed,” said Cr DeCampo.

“At the moment we’re receiving many offers from people seeking to donate money and goods.  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the wider community – it is very humbling for both the Shire and the community – we are all very grateful” said Cr DeCampo.

In response to offers of donations, the Shire of Manjimup is establishing an appeal fund that will be utilised solely towards the recovery of the communities that have been severely impacted by the fire.  Efforts are being made to ensure donations can be tax deductable. Further details will be available next week via www.manjimup.wa.gov.au or by phoning 9771 7777. 

Financial donations are encouraged as they can most easily be targeted to the purchase of goods and services. There is a specific need for pet food and/or stock feed, and enquiries can be made directly to Department of Agriculture and Food in Manjimup on 9777 0000.

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Authorised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.

Contact: 9771 7777

Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

Contact Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup

Contact: 9771 7777 OR 0401 352 991

3 February 2015

MEDIA RELEASE - Northcliffe and surrounding areas under bushfire threat

February 2015

The Shire of Manjimup is encouraging residents to heed the warnings and alerts from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in relation to the bushfires which are burning out of control, particularly in and around Northcliffe townsite and south of Middleton Road, East of Gabbedy Road, north of Chesapeake Road and Steves Road and west of Deeside Coast Road.  the fire is posing a severe threat to lives and homes in and around Northcliffe townsite and the subdivisions of Parkview, Braken Rise and Double Bridge.

Shire President Wade DeCampo explains "The Shire is working very closely with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Parks and Wildlife in defending property and getting the fire under control.  Crews are working hard both on the firefront and in the control centre, doing everything possible to contain the fire".

"At the moment, the main priority is to make sure our community members and crews all remain safe," Cr DeCampo added.

"The current update from DFES for residents is that if the way is clear, you need to leave now.  It is not safe to stay and actively defend.  The best way out is to head north towards Pemberton along the Pemberton-Northcliffe Road," said Cr DeCampo.

An emergency relocation point has been set up at the Pemberton Sports Club, 1 Club Road, Pemberton.  People evacuating to the Pemberton Sports Club are being encouraged to bring their own bedding.

A community meeting will be held at the Pemberton Mill Hall on Brockman Street in Pemberton at 12.00 noon on tuesday 3 February 2015.

"The most important thing is to stay up to date via the DFES website www.dfes.wa.gov.au or by calling DFES on 13DFES (13 3337).  Listen out for updates on ABC local radio, or in the news bulletins," urged Cr DeCampo.

NOTE: This information is accurate as at 8:30 3 February 2015.  Please check the DFES website via www.dfes.wa.gov.au for more up to date information.

Please direct all requests for quote and/or interview with Shire President Wade DeCampo through Gina Nieuwendyk, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup - 0401 352 991.

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Authorised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Manjimup.
Contact: 9771 7777

Contact Gina Nieuwendy, Public Relations Officer, Shire of Manjimup
Contact: 9771 7777  or 0401 352 991

30 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Annual Community Grants Round 2015/2016

February 2015

The Shire of Manjimup’s annual community grants round for 2015/2016 opens Monday 2 February 2015, allowing another opportunity for community groups and organisations to seek funding for projects, events or activities.

Each year Council allocates up to 2% of the Shire’s rates income back to the community by way of grants. Last year this equated to in excess of $100,000 in cash support for local events, sports clubs, community centres, art projects, community gardens, youth zones and more.

Funding is available under three categories: events, community projects and youth. “Every year, part of the Shire’s annual rates income is given back to the community through grants,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “One of the great things about the Shire’s community grants is that you don’t have to be an incorporated body to apply, which means funding is potentially accessible for one-off events or pop-up projects.”

Some of the events and projects that were funded in 2014/2015 include the Walpole Regatta, Quinninup Market Day, Manjimup Men’s Shed start-up, Northcliffe Pioneer Museum maintenance costs, shelving for a food bank through the Pemberton Uniting Church, plus many more worthy initiatives.  Please see attached for a full listing of events and projects funded.

“We’re particularly interested in initiatives that improve the quality of life for community members of all ages, and provide a reason for people to visit and stay in the region,” said Cr DeCampo.  “This is the only opportunity for the community to access Shire funds for the year.  You may not think that your event or project will qualify, but I encourage you to contact the Shire and put your idea out there, and if you’re not eligible for one of the Shire’s community grants, we will steer you in the right direction.

Application forms for the 2015/2016 community grants can be downloaded from the Shire’s website, picked up from the Shire Administration Centre, or from the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole Community Resource Centres and public libraries.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 27 March 2015. For more information about community grants contact Rachel Croft, Administration & Events Liaison Officer, on 9771 7701, email rachel.croft@manjimup.wa.gov.au or click here to visit the Community Grants Information pages on the Shire’s website.

 

Pictured above: Stephen Croft, about to compete in the Karri Cup in Northcliffe which received funding for through the Shire's Community Grants.

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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

 

27 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Aussie spirit alive in Pemberton - 2015

January 2015

Australia Day celebrations were in full swing yesterday at the Pemberton Pool, thanks to the Shire of Manjimup, Pemberton Visitor Centre and the Pemberton Community Resource Centre. 

The Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Shire of Manjimup, recognised the contribution made by individuals and groups to each of our communities. 

“Everyone at some stage has been touched by the amazing generosity or support of an individual or community group, and the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards are the perfect opportunity for the community to express a sincere thank you.  All nominees are formally acknowledged during the ceremony, which finishes up with a presentation to the winners of each category,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

Winners in each of the three categories were presented by Cr Wade DeCampo and the Hon Nigel Hallett MLC, and were as follows:

Winner of the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award in the Community Group or Event category — Home and Community Care Volunteers Manjimup.  These volunteers are joyful and selfless in their delivery of services and support. 

Winner of the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award in the Person under 25 years category — Kate Milentis. Kate’s active involvement in playing, umpiring and coaching Netball makes her a positive role model for girls. 

Winner of the Universal Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizen Award — Robert Trevorrow.  Robert shows commitment and dedication towards four different volunteer organisations over two different communities.

At the conclusion of the awards presentation, guest speakers Joanna Box and Lisa Hannaford shared their experiences on getting the arts recognised and celebrated in local communities. 

L-R: Cr Wade DeCampo and the Hon Nigel Hallett MLC with the Home and Community Care volunteers, recipients of the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award in the Community Group of Event category.

L-R: Cr Wade DeCampo, winner of the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award in the Under 25s category Kate Milentis and the Hon Nigel Hallett MLC.

L-R: Cr Wade DeCampo, winner of the Universal Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award Robert Trevorrow and the Hon Nigel Hallett MLC.

 

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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

23 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Pemberton hosts Australia Day 2015

January 2015

The annual Australia Day celebrations, hosted by the Shire of Manjimup, are this year being hosted at the Pemberton Pool in Pemberton.  The town is putting on the festivities in full force this year, with the weekend jam-packed with things to see and do. 

The Australia Day long-weekend kicks off with the Subaru National Mountain Bike Race on the exceptional mountain bike trails that Pemberton offers.  “Pemberton has etched its place into mountain biking fame, offering trails that are of national significance with experiences available for beginners, intermediates and experts.    We’re really proud to be the venue for events of this sort, and look forward to hosting more,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.

Australia Day celebrations kick-off with a breakfast at Pemberton Pool from 8am - 10am, followed by the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award Ceremony which will run until midday.  “The awards are a highlight on the Shire’s calendar, as community members and groups who make valuable contributions to our region, get recognition for their time and devotion,” said Cr DeCampo. Following a midday sausage sizzle, there are activities for the whole family which include the wood turning, a mini railway, tram rides and bath tub races. 

Cr DeCampo urges people to come along and celebrate our country with their fellow community members, saying “the day will finish off with a dusk concert at the Pemberton Pool from 4pm – 8pm.  It’s a spectacular time of the day and will be the perfect way to relax into the celebrations - sit back and toast how lucky we are in Australia, and in our beautiful region.”

In addition, the Pemberton Arts Group are displaying an exhibition which includes works from the Shire of Manjimup collection, which was founded upon a philanthropic donation of artworks by Sir Claude Hotchin.  The exhibition runs from 16 January through until 29 January at the Pemberton Sports Club, daily from 10am -5pm.   

“We are honoured that the Pemberton Arts Group are displaying our collection in this way, for the purpose for which Sir Claude Hotchin originally intended – to provide regional people with exposure to some of the best visual arts practices that occurred in WA at the time, and to encourage enjoyment and participation in the arts, support for visual artists and to raise the general level of cultural appreciation of the audience,” 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

 

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