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18 August 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Dust of Uruzgan 

August 2014

In partnership with Country Arts WA and Act-Belong-Commit, the Shire of Manjimup is excited to present the Dust of Uruzgan, by Fred Smith.  This unique event will be held in Manjimup Town Hall on Friday 5 September.  Tickets are selling out at a rapid rate, be sure to book yours so that you don’t miss out on seeing this emotive show, live.

With beautiful songs, stunning photographs and humorous yet touching stories, Dust of Uruzgan tells the story of the 20,000 young Australians who, for the last eight years, have worked to make a difference in war-ravaged Afghanistan.  Audience members will leave the venue with a sense of connecting with something real and important.

Over the last 15 years, Fred Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most remarkable artists.  Songwriter, journalist, radio broadcaster and diplomat in Afghanistan, Fred presents his material with engaging humor and wry smile.

“This is a great night out for our community members, and a brilliant way to bring people into Manjimup.  These types of acts help people to learn about parts of the world, and peoples’ experiences, that most of us will never be exposed to,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo, who is encouraging people to attend the event.  “I’m looking forward to seeing that part of the world from Fred Smith’s perspective, rather than the images and stories we see portrayed in the media.”

The ticket price includes a light supper which will be served at intermission, and bar facilities will be available before the show and during intermission.  Doors open at 6:30pm, with the show starting at 7:30pm. 

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.trybooking.com/87268 or in person at the Shire of Manjimup Administration Centre.  Tickets start at $35.00 for concession holders and children between the ages of 12-15 years, and $45.00 for adults.

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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 August 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – A great loss for Northcliffe, and the wider Shire community

August 2014

Councillor Tom Fahey become the representative for the coastal ward on the Council of the Shire of Manjimup in October 2009, and was re-elected for a second term in October 2013.  Having lived in Northcliffe for twenty-five years, Tom had insight and understanding of his ward, and was highly regarded by his fellow Councillors and the community.  Tom passed away peacefully last week in England. 

“Tom’s passing has been a very sad time.  We have lost a compassionate and intelligent man, who was not only a wonderful representative on Council, he was a true friend to many,” said Shire President, Wade DeCampo.   

Tom owned both the General Store and Post Office in Northcliffe for a number of years, and was still working locally.  His awareness of the highs and lows of operating a small business in today’s climate, as well as his understanding of the issues faced by a community located a distance from some services and amenities, provided an important perspective and voice on Council. 

Cr DeCampo commented on Cr Fahey’s diligence in working with his community, through his membership on several local committees, and his dedication to hearing everybody’s concerns and taking them to a Shire level where appropriate. “Tom was a wonderful advocate for the Northcliffe and Windy Harbour areas. He took a rational and logical approach to decision making, and balanced that with his recognition of the potential of the area; that is a stance we are all very keen to continue for the coastal ward, on his behalf.”

An extraordinary election will be held to fill the vacant position on the Coastal Ward.   A date for the election, which will most likely be in November, will be decided by Council at the Council Meeting to be held on 28 August 2014. 

 

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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

15 August 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

SuperTown initiative celebrates science

August 2014

Young people in the South West were inspired to pursue a career in science and agriculture by the Growing Science Forum, held in Manjimup today.

The Forum, held as a prelude to National Science Week, was an initiative of the Shire of Manjimup’s Southern Forests Science Extension Education Development program (SEED).

Shire of Manjimup President, Councillor Wade DeCampo, said the Forum received a great response and was a successful initiative of the SEED program.  The SEED program is part of the Agriculture Expansion Project, supported by Royalties for Regions SuperTowns funding and the Department of Agriculture and Food.

“The event was a great opportunity to support the aim of the SEED program, to improve the profile of careers in agriculture and foster relationships between industry and education providers,” Cr DeCampo said.  “It is an important component of the Agricultural Expansion Project, which aims to boost employment, production and growth opportunities for both the community and future generations.”

Celebrity scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki delighted Forum attendees with stories about great moments in science, from the weather to DNA, to how science is changing in the 21st century.  The audience also enjoyed ‘Naked Scientist’, Dr Chris Smith’s entertaining explanations about the role of science in everyday life.

A highlight of the event was a panel discussion about science in agriculture with local leaders in agriculture – dubbed ‘Agvocates’ – including agriculture consultant Paul Omodei junior and Kathy Dawson from the Warren Catchments Council.

DAFWA Executive Director Irrigated Agriculture said the Growing Science Forum was a great way for industry leaders to pass on their passion for agriculture and science to the next generation.

“It is important to demonstrate to young people how rewarding a career in science and agriculture is and that there are a myriad of career opportunities and prospects available,” Mr Hill said.

“The department is committed to supporting these initiatives as it works with the Shire and other partners to, together, build a strong, sustainable future for the community.”

For more information about visit agric.wa.gov.au or manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED

Pictured above: Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, Dr Chris Smith, Stephanie Carstairs and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

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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

7 August 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Shire President honoured for loyalty

August 2014

Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo - long-standing councillor, deputy president and president - yesterday received a Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) Honours Award for Long and Loyal Service. 

A local government honours presentation took place at the WALGA Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday in Perth, following a formal address from the Hon Tony Simpson MLA - Minister for Local Government, and the Hon Mark McGowan MLA – Leader of the Opposition.  

Cr DeCampo was nominated for the Loyalty and Long Service Award by fellow Shire of Manjimup councillors Dean Bavich, Lynn Daubney and Denise Jenkins.  

Elected as a councillor for the west ward in May 2001, Cr DeCampo then became Deputy Shire President in 2003, before being elected as the President in 2005.  He has been re-elected as Shire President on four occasions in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, and still holds that position today.  Cr DeCampo is the second longest standing Shire President after JC Rose. 

Cr DeCampo’s award is also attributed to his strong representation of the Council and Shire on external bodies and committees:
• Conservation Commission (Commissioner) January 2012 – Current
• South West Development Commission (Board Member) June 2009 – Current
• Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils – Committee Member – Current
• Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee – Current
• Local Emergency Management Committee – Current
• Pemberton Townscape Committee – Current
• Regional Road Group – Current
• South West Zone of the WALGA – Current
• SuperTown Community Reference Group – October 2011 – August 2012

Attachments:
• Quotes from Cr Wade DeCampo , the Hon Tony Simpson MLA and the Hon Mark McGowan MLA
 

Cr DeCampo accepts his award from Troy Pickard, President of WALGA

More photos taken at the honours ceremony, available via dropbox.

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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

4 August 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Youth art project on permanent display at the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre

August 2014

A piece of urban art illustrating what it means to live in the Shire of Manjimup, created by the youth of Manjimup, Northcliffe, Pemberton and Quinninup youth groups, has been unveiled at its new home – outside the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre. 

The project commenced at the “Our Voice Our Impact” Youth Festival, held in Quinninup in April to coincide with National Youth Week.  It has since travelled to Northcliffe, Manjimup and Pemberton, where local youth groups made their contribution to the final masterpiece. 

The unveiling ceremony, held at the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre on Saturday 2 August, was attended by representatives from the various youth groups, and opened by Deputy Shire President Dean Bavich. 

“Congratulations to all of the youth involved in this amazing art project.  Your collaborative efforts, which ensured each town’s youth groups had the opportunity to contribute, is an admirable and true representation of our Shire – a place where we work together, grow together, and can be proud of one another,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.

The art project, which was jointly funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities, and the Shire of Manjimup, was overseen by artist Lewis Horne, who has had several years experience facilitating art projects for youth.  

“The mural is really impressive - the words represent how the youth feel about living in the Shire, and the silhouettes are of the youth who contributed to the artwork.  It is a celebration of our region’s diversity, and is something that the youth involved can all be proud of for many years to come,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Placing the mural outside the AquaCentre, is the first step in reinvigorating the outside area to make it an inclusive, youth friendly space.”

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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

4 August 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Agriculture program brings celebrity scientists to town

August 2014

In another first for our region, the Royalties for Regions funded Southern Forests SEED program is hosting the ‘Growing Science Forum’ on Friday 15 August. SEED patron Professor Lyn Beazley will be joined by celebrity scientists Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Chris Smith (the naked scientist) as guest speakers for the free event. 

Appropriately titled ‘Growing Science’, guest speakers will wow the audience by showcasing the wonders of science, with particular emphasis placed on agriculture.  “The audience will be exposed to elements of science and agriculture that they haven’t seen or experienced before,” said Stephanie Carstairs, Education Development Officer for the Shire of Manjimup, and coordinator of the SEED Program. 

Along with the impressive line-up of guest speakers, the Growing Science Forum will feature panel discussions with local agriculture industry representatives - dubbed ‘Agvocates’ - who will provide a regional perspective when the audience is given the opportunity to ask questions.   

Shire President Wade DeCampo said “the exciting thing about the Growing Science Forum is that it is for the whole community to take part in and benefit from, and it puts the Southern Forests region, and all that it has to offer, on the map.” 

Tickets have been reserved for local high school students, with remaining seats available for interested community members to attend.  “This sort of opportunity doesn’t come along every day, so we’re encouraging people to reserve their tickets as soon as possible so that they don’t miss out,” Cr DeCampo added.   Tickets can be reserved online by visiting the ‘Coming Events’ section on the Shire of Manjimup homepage- www.manjimup.wa.gov.au, or www.trybooking.com/FLNJ.

“Feedback on the activities already conducted by the SEED program shows that attitudes towards a career in agriculture are already becoming more positive.  This, coupled with the caliber of guest speakers the Growing Science Forum has attracted, is testament to the importance of the SEED Program for our region,” added Cr DeCampo.

Attached:
Growing science program (including guest speaker biographies)

More information on the Southern Forests SEED program:
http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/SEED

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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

30 July 2014

A public meeting was held in Walpole on Tuesday 29 July 2014, providing community members the opportunity to view and comment on the draft concept plans for the Walpole Main Street Project. 

Please click here to view the draft concept plans, and if you wish to provide preliminary input, please email info@manjimup.wa.gov.au

Please note that a formal consultation process will take place once the plans have been refined. 

 

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