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1 September 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Strong relationship turns to rubbish

September 2015

The Shire of Manjimup and Manji Men’s Shed are working together on a Shire funded project to refurbish the rubbish bins located around the Manjimup CBD. 

Shire President Wade DeCampo explained how the project first came about, when the Shire’s Waste Management Officer, Klaus Mueller, determined that replacing the bins completely would be very costly.  “Coincidentally, Mr Mueller learnt about a product that is made of sawdust and recycled plastic that could be used in place of the wooden slats that the bins were originally made of,” said Cr DeCampo.  The composite wood product, which has the potential to last for twenty years, doesn’t require painting every year and can be wire-brushed clean of any markings.  

Having already completed other initiatives together successfully, such as the installation of ‘No Smoking’ signs in playgrounds, the Shire approached Manji Mens Shed for their help with the bin refurbishment project. 

“The Men’s Shed were really enthusiastic about helping us, so one bin at a time, the bins have been refurbished by the Manji Men’s Shed and then reinstalled by the Shire’s Property Care Team,” added Cr DeCampo.  

Federal member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson MP, is a strong advocate for the Men’s Shed initiative, particularly in rural towns. “These guys are active, willing to learn new skills and want to support the community at any opportunity.   They epitomise community spirit and pride,” said Mr Wilson. 

“For any Men’s Shed to remain busy, sustainable and involved in community initiatives, it is important for them to maintain strong ties with local organisations, particularly the Local Government.”

So far four bins have been refurbished – two on Giblett Street, one on the corner of Moore and Rose Streets and another on Chopping Street – with finances set aside to complete up to another three.  The project will be ongoing over the next few years. 

“There are so many benefits to projects of this kind.  There was a cost saving of approximately 50% which is a win, we’re utilising recycled materials which are long lasting and the project has been socially engaging; something we should all be proud of,” said Cr DeCampo.  

Pictured above L-R with one of the bins that has been refurbish – Stephen from Manji Men’s Shed, Klaus Mueller from the Shire of Manjimup and Chris from the Manji Men’s Shed.

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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

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Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

26 August 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Alcohol think again campaign hits the spot with the community

August 2015

A study into the success of stage one of the Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again (SFATA) advertising campaign has revealed that 95% of respondents believe it has relevance in the community. 

The SFATA campaign is being driven by the Shire of Manjimup in partnership with St John of God Bunbury, WA Country Health and the WA Mental Health Commission. Stage one consisted of a series of poster advertisements in local print media with associated radio ads and was implemented during 2014.

Shire President Wade DeCampo said that the campaign was aimed at the whole community, saying “we as individuals need to look closely at the way we consume alcohol rather than being in denial that it is only other people, or young people, that drink at risky levels.  Even the smallest positive change in several individuals can create a larger ripple effect in the community as a whole,” said Cr DeCampo.

The study into the success of stage one was conducted via a series of face to face surveys, with analysis of the results undertaken by the University of Western Australia.  Other key findings included that over 80% of those surveyed had interpreted the key messages of the campaign correctly.

Though only two thirds of respondents thought the campaign was relevant to them personally, around one in five people reported their intention to do something positive in response to the campaign and a further 15% had already taken action.

“The study has been very useful, because it has helped the SFATA project drivers determine where the focus should be for stage two of the ongoing project,” explained Cr DeCampo.  “We’ve got the interest of the broader community, but now we’ve got to target our messaging and include a call to action, in order to encourage positive changes.”

For further information about the SFATA project or the evaluation, please contact Assunta Di Francesco on assunta.difrancesco@manjimup.wa.gov.au .

 

Pictured above L-R: Mrs Jane Dixon of Manjimup was the lucky survey respondent whose name was drawn to win a Sports Power voucher to the value of $100, courtesy of St John of God, Bunbury.

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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

24 August 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Growing Science Forum goes off with a bang!

August 2015

For the second year running, celebrity science guest speakers have wowed the Southern Forests audience at the Growing Science Forum, held on Friday in Manjimup.  The forum is an initiative of the Southern Forests SEED program, which is a part of the Agriculture Expansion Project, supported by Royalties for Regions SuperTowns funding and the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The event kicked off with SEED patron Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, who provided mind boggling insight into the wonders of light and sight.  She also went into detail about how the use of drones to photograph crops under ultra violet light can potentially change farming methods in the future by pinpointing weeds, areas under attack from insects and patches that require more water and/or fertilizer. 

As usual, second guest speaker Dr Karl Kruszelnicki gave an insightful perspective on science – historically, today and into the future.  He encouraged students to use their brain to practice patience and discipline, particularly as they’re experiencing advantages of never before - we’re living in the most peaceful time in history and due to the ‘Flynn Effect’, their IQ is approximately 9 points higher than the last generation.

Dr Chris Smith (the naked scientist) talked about applying scientific principles, such as

14 August 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – State funding announced for Wellness and Lifestyle Centre

August 2015

The Hon. Terry Redman MLA visited Manjimup today to announce Lotterywest funding of $1,044,000 which will be put towards the construction of a Wellness and Lifestyle Centre.  The funding will complement $750,000, awarded to the Shire of Manjimup’s Home and Community Care (HACC) in late 2014, for the same purpose. 

Shire President Wade DeCampo said that a wellness centre located in Manjimup will assist the community to age in place. “It is vitally important to keep the family unit together by providing services which enable people to remain in the area they love, the place they call home, as they age,” Cr DeCampo explained

The Shire’s HACC unit as well as other aged care service providers in the region, are experiencing an increased demand on their services due to the changing needs of the ageing population. This increase in demand can be attributed to the rapidly growing trend for older people to live at home for as long as possible rather than move into aged care facilities.

In order to stay at home, these people often require access to a greater range of services, in addition to the home based services already being provided.  Additional services identified include a dementia specific centre based day centre, social support (including respite for carers) and group social support, which are all included in the design of the Wellness and Lifestyle Centre.

“Council has been striving for some time to provide incentives, programs and support that will keep the whole gamut of ages within a family together, from kids to middle ages, grandparents and even great grandparents,” said Cr DeCampo.  

“Facilities like this mean we can provide additional services and support to keep people here, in a familiar environment with their usual support networks and health care professionals, who know them and understand their particular circumstances and needs.”

Additional federal funding will be sought in December of this year via the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), and if successful, the project will be completed in its entirety.

Click here to see  further information on the Wellness and Lifestyle Centre. 

Pictured above: Liz Lockyear (centre) - Manager of Home and Community Care, accepts a cheque from the Hon. Terry Redman MLA (right) with Shire President Wade DeCampo (left). 

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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

 

12 August 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Adopt a spot - keep our roads clean

August 2015

In an effort to make the region a more beautiful place to visit, particularly with the rise in interest in the Southern Forests as a tourist destination, Shire President Wade DeCampo is encouraging people to take more pride in their home towns by disposing of their rubbish properly rather than littering the roads.  A Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KAB WA) initiative known as the ‘Adopt-a-Spot Program’ is taking steps to solve this growing problem, by engaging volunteers to coordinate the litter clean-up of areas, which these volunteers become responsible for, within the community. 

“It was following a major event that was held in the Shire, that as I drove around, I noticed litter everywhere – not just on the main roads.  Our goal is to have more and more people come to visit the region and ideally we want them to spend more time here, invest and even relocate.  Litter really detracts from all of the natural beauty that we’re surrounded by and stains a positive experience with negative imagery” said Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

There are already several participants in the Adopt-a-Spot program from Manjimup, spanning from individuals who look after the piece of road along which their property runs, to community groups who have ‘adopted’ part of the highway or a major reserve. 

“Litter is an issue for everyone.  Studies show that if you keep an area clean, there is more chance of it remaining clean.  However if litter is visible others are more likely to also litter,” added Cr DeCampo. 

Any individual, organisation or community group who is interested in taking part in the Adopt-a-Spot program should contact KAB WA via adoptaspot@kabc.wa.gov.au or call the coordinator on 6467 5339. 

KAB WA provide bags, gloves, tongs, sharps containers and insurance to groups at no cost,with other promotional material and anti-litter campaign resources also available to help extend the anti-littering message. 

“We have so many community minded people who are already playing an important role in keeping our towns and surrounding areas pristine, by regularly picking up rubbish along our roads.  The Shire is very much behind this campaign and all of the community benefits that it brings, including the sense of pride that comes from looking after the beautiful environment in which we have the privilege of living,” said Cr DeCampo. 

Pictured above: Damian Taylor, Brad Clinch and Jonathan Muir from the Shire of Manjimup Property Care Team, who regularly collect rubbish along the road. 

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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 2015

Successful applicants for the Shire of Manjimup's Community Contribution Grants for 2015/2016 have been announced. 

Please click here to see the list of the events, youth and project grants that will receive funding under this scheme in 2015/2016.

 

3 August 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Growing Science strikes again

August 2015

The Growing Science Forum is coming to the region again, as a part of the Royalties for Regions funded Southern Forests SEED program, on Friday 21 August. SEED patron Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE will be joined by celebrity scientists Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Chris Smith (the naked scientist), as well as a newcomer to the science forum -  Professor Andy Whiteley from the University of Western Australia. 

Schools from the region are given an allocation of tickets to bring students, from year seven upwards, along for the experience.  “For the second year running, we’ve got these high profile science specialists here to give our school students insight into the wonders of Science and how closely it relates to the world of agriculture,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo. 

Joining the already impressive line-up of 2014 is Professor Andy Whiteley from the University of Western Australia (UWA).  Professor Whiteley hails from the UK, where he helped map the bacterial ecosystems of British soil in a world-first study.  He is leading a team of experts from UWA in soil rehabilitation, looking at innovative ways to rehabilitate the land and increase agricultural production.  Click here to learn more about Professor Whiteley’s ‘Microblitz’ program

“Prof. Whiteley is the perfect fit for this forum and will provide a different perspective, as well as valuable experiences, as to why science is so important in the evolving spectrum of agriculture related careers,” said Cr DeCampo.       

The venue for the forum is the Town Hall and a full house is predicted, yet again.  “Last year the event was booked out well in advance, so I strongly advise people to book sooner rather than later,” Cr DeCampo added.   Tickets can be reserved online by visiting the ‘Coming Events’ section on the Shire of Manjimup homepage, or by visiting www.trybooking.com/IMUM.

Pictured above: Stephanie Carstairs is anticipating another full house for the Growing Science Forum 2015.

Click here to see the event program, or 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

 

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