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16 April 2015

MEDIA STATEMENT: Report points to high pressure processing plant potential at Manjimup

A recent study commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Food as part of the Manjimup SuperTowns Agricultural Expansion Project has shown strong potential for a high pressure processing (HPP) facility in the region.

The study, undertaken by Dairy Innovation Australia Limited, assessed the potential for establishing a HPP facility in Manjimup.

Department Future Food manager Kim Antonio said the work followed consultation with industry which indicated a lack of profitable markets for second grade produce was a constraint to business profitability in the region.

HPP, also known as cold pasteurisation, involves a high pressure treatment process which can extend the shelf life of food products.

“The study has shown that there is strong desire and support from major producers in the region and that a high pressure processing facility is likely to be viable, based on current data,” Mr Antonio said.

The study concluded:

  • The Manjimup region is well suited for a value-added fruit processing facility as it is one of the biggest fruit producing regions in Australia.
  • The volumes of composite (second grade) fruits, especially apples, in the region are sufficient to justify establishment of a HPP facility in the region.
  • There is significant support from growers and suppliers for value-added processing using HPP of agricultural and horticultural produce from the region.
  • Basic financial modelling using volumes of composite apples shows that a HPP facility in the region could be profitable.

The Manjimup SuperTowns Agricultural Expansion Project is led by the Shire of Manjimup and made possible by the Royalties for Regions program.

Manjimup Shire President Wade DeCampo said, “We’re anticipating that, along with several other benefits a plant such as this will bring to the region, there will be an increase in job opportunities – which will be influenced by how we choose to go about downstream processing.”

“We need to look broader and think outside the square, so we’re considering a number of models,” he said. “One of these models allows producers to hire a room or suite at the plant on a short-term basis, to conduct research and development or to process and package their product for the market.

“This could be an opening for the various niche markets.”

The department has approved the second stage of the study which will investigate the technical aspects of establishing and operating a facility in Manjimup.

Media contacts:

Jodie Thomson, Department media liaison    +61 (0)8 9368 3937

Kim Antonio, Department Future Food manager       +61 (0) 400 614 328

Manjimup Shire President Wade DeCampo +61 (0) 427 094 081

Gina Nieuwendyk, Manjimup Shire    +61 (0)8 9771 7723

13 April 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Shire celebrations for National Youth Week 2015

April 2015

The Shire of Manjimup’s Youth Network is once again joining forces with the Department of Local Government and Communities, Local Drug Action Groups, the Water Corporation, Country Arts WA and Healthway, to host the annual celebration of youth to coincide with National Youth Week.  Themed ‘Drug Aware - It starts with us’, this year’s FREE youth festival is being held at Pemberton Park in Pemberton from midday until 6pm on Saturday 18 April 2015.

National Youth week, which in 2015 runs from 10-19 April, is an annual celebration of the positive contributions of young people to Western Australian communities. 

“This year’s local festival gives youth from across the Shire the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their talents, and will feature a range of activities that promote and raise awareness of good health and good times, without the use of drugs,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.

Activities include zorb balls, a ninja challenge, bungee run, inflatable water slide, pizza making, drumming, face painting, circus skills and a jaws of life display.

Cr DeCampo, a strong advocate for the prevention and elimination of drug use in the community, explained “the take-home message for youth is that you can get your heart racing, have a good laugh and enjoy time with your mates, and still be looking after your health by saying no to drugs.”

“The youth from each of our youth zones are involved in the organisation of the event, and by promoting the message ‘It starts with us’, they’re setting a great example of how important it is to look out for one another,” said Cr DeCampo.

Free bus transport is being offered from Manjimup, Northcliffe, Quinninup and Walpole, which can be booked by contacting Sharon Wilkinson at the Shire of Manjimup on 9771 7752.

Click here to see the event poster.

Click here for a message from the Hon Tony Simpson MLA Minister for Local Government; Community Services, Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

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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 April 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Wellness and Lifestyle Expo - 2015

April 2015

The Shire of Manjimup’s Home and Community Care (HACC) is hosting its biennial expo to showcase services and products that are available to support people to live independently.   The Wellness and Lifestyle Expo, which was formerly known as the Seniors Expo, will take place on Monday 20 April 2015 at the Manjimup Indoor Sports Pavilion between 10am and 3pm.

“The expo is not just for seniors, which is why it has been re-branded as the Wellness and Lifestyle Expo,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “The expo is for anybody who is interested in learning more about how they, or their loved ones, can continue to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle, in the comfort of their own homes as they age.”

The expo will feature a number of exhibits from organisations and businesses, including Alzheimers Australia, the Independent Living Centre, Aged Care Facilities and Warren Blackwood Community Health.  Experienced representatives will be providing product demonstrations and expert advice on a range of wellness and lifestyle options to support independent living. Free individual health assessments will also take place throughout the day.

A FREE bus service is available to transport people to and from the expo.  The bus service/s will pick people up from Walpole at 8am, Northcliffe at 9am, Pemberton at 9:30am, Quinninup at 9:30am and a home pick-up in Manjimup commences at 9am. The bus services will leave the expo at 3pm to return people to their pick-up points.  Bookings for transport are essential, and can be made by phoning the HACC office on 9777 1455.

“The Shire is very focused and committed to delivering services such as HACC and projects like the Seniors Housing Opportunity and the Wellness and Lifestyle Centre, which will support our community members to age in place,” said Cr DeCampo.  “We want to keep people and their families in the community, and a big part of that is educating everyone on the services and products that can assist in making this possible, which is why the information that will be on display at the expo is so applicable.”

“The expo is a great opportunity for everyone to have all of their questions answered by the experts, and a good social day out for people from right across the Shire,” 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

30 March 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Southern Forests region shines brightly

March 2015

The Southern Forests Region is the target of a new tourism campaign to aid in the recovery of Northcliffe and surrounding areas following the recent bushfire.  The Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA, Minister for Tourism, recently launched the $200,000 campaign, which will include newpaper, radio, online and social media marketing.   

“We have real evidence that the bushfires have had a negative impact on tourism operators, and therefore other businesses, within the region,” explained Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “This funding is really to assist those businesses to bounce back from this downturn and help put the region on the map in a positive light.”

“The message we want out there is that the Southern Forests is open for business, it is safe, and there is more to see and do than most people actually realise.”

The first stage of the awareness campaign started with an advertisement which ran in The West and the Sunday Times.  The focused advertisement featured a call to action, urging potential visitors to go to the Australia's South West (ASW) website, where there is detailed destination information about the Southern Forests region and accommodation/price information.  The first stage will run until 1 April, with the second stage commencing in mid-may.  

“There is something special about the Southern Forests region that will be captured as a part of this campaign, and promoted to the rest of the State and nation,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Having the support of the State in doing so is invaluable.”

The campaign is being developed and coordinated by Tourism WA and Australia’s South West, with input from the Shire of Manjimup. 

Click here to view the media statement from Tourism Minister Kim Hames.

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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

25 March 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Prescribed burning – a priority for the regions                                

March 2015

Before the Northcliffe bushfire had even been contained, Shire President Wade DeCampo was advocating with the Hon. Albert Jacob MLA - Minister for Environment, along with The Hon. Terry Redman MLA - Minister for Regional Development, for additional funding to go towards an increase in prescribed burning across the State.  Minister Redman, who is also the State Member for Warren-Blackwood, last week made a pledge to dedicate a portion of Royalties for Regions funding to that purpose.   

Cr DeCampo has spoken out in defence, of Minister Redman, who has found himself defending the validity of the use of Royalties for Regions money for prescribed burning and also rejecting the suggestion that this funding source will replace the State’s general budget allocation towards prescribed burning. “Comments questioning the validity of the use of Royalties for Regions funding for prescribed burning are both frivolous and unhelpful,” said Cr DeCampo.

Royalties for Regions funding has been aimed at improving the quality of life in the regional communities and making them more sustainable.   “If, for example, Royalties for Regions funding is utilised to put a roof on a community hall to protect and preserve that asset for the community, then putting that money towards prescribed burning is no different as it can essentially protect several assets and often entire communities,” said Cr DeCampo. 

The prescribed burning target of 200,000ha per year hasn’t been achieved for many years. Cr DeCampo also agrees with Minister Redman’s rationale of using Royalties for Regions as a platform to meeting the State’s prescribed burning targets, explaining “this will help get the prescribed burns back on track, and will hopefully assist the State Government with getting future spending priorities on target as well.  When it comes to community safety, one would assume that bipartisan support will prevail.”

“If anything good is to come from this 100,000ha fire that saw Northcliffe under imminent threat and had three other communities on alert, we hope it is that people across the state become more aware of the importance of prescribed burning, and that the 200,000ha of prescribed burn per annum target is exceeded.”

“It’s about doing something to reduce the risk and likelihood of another wildfire, through prescribed burning, in order to protect the increasing population of regional communities all over Western Australia.”

Pictured above: The Hon Terry Redman MLA addresses the community meeting during the Northcliffe bushfires in February 2015.

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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

18 March 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Coastal investment opportunities in Windy Harbour

March 2015

The Shire of Manjimup has released twelve 20-year lease sites at the coastal holiday settlement of Windy Harbour, which are for sale by tender.  Time is running out for interested parties to make a submission, with tenders only being accepted up until 3pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

“The coastal hamlet of Windy Harbour has been a favourite for both locals and visitors for years,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “There is something very special and unique about Windy Harbour that sets it apart from other coastal holiday spots.”  

Windy Harbour, which is situated only 80km south of Manjimup, sits on 190 hectares of class ‘A’ reserve for the purposes of recreation, camping, caravan and holiday cottages.  “The closest town is only 27km away, but it’s secluded enough to really make you feel like you’ve escaped; its as though you’re sheltered from the rest of the world.” 

The sites are suitable for the development of holiday cottages only, which can be used for periods of up to, but not exceeding, six months in any rental year.  Lease sites will be cleared and partially levelled prior to the close of the tender, and road access and connection to the Windy Harbour water supply will be included in the sale price. In accordance with the lease agreement, there is an option of the first right of refusal for the lessee to renew after 20 years, and if sold before the expiration of the lease, the new lease term is also 20 years.

Tender documents are available on the Shire of Manjimup website via http://www.manjimup.wa.gov.au/windy-harbour, at the Shire of Manjimup Administration Office, the Caretakers Cottage at Windy Harbour or by phoning Roy Winslow at the Shire on 9771 7777.   

“The tender process has been made really simple,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.  “Part five of the ‘request for tender’ documents is basically a form that needs to be completed and signed by the party or parties who are the tenderer, and then submitted to the Shire of Manjimup by 3pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015.”

Tenders should be marked "Tender 1-14 2015 Individual Sale of Twelve (12) Additional Twenty (20) Year Land Leases at Windy Harbour" and delivered to the tender box, Shire of Manjimup Administration Centre, 37-39 Rose Street, Manjimup or posted to PO Box 1, Manjimup WA 6258 or online at tenders@manjimup.wa.gov.au or by facsimile on 9771 7771.  Tenders received by facsimile cannot be assured of confidentiality.

“This sort of opportunity hasn’t come up in years, so if you’re interested, take a chance.”

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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 77770.

Contact for comment: Wade DeCampo, Shire President.

Contact: 0427 094 081

13 March 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Road safety reminder

March 2015

Following a recent spate of traffic accidents on local roads, particularly with international travelers, Shire President Wade DeCampo is urging everybody in the community to go ‘back to basics’ and brush up on their road rules. 

“As we all know, our region relies heavily on the itinerant workforce, or backpackers as they’re more commonly known, particularly in the agriculture industry,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Unfortunately, these international visitors are often driving in markedly different conditions to what they are used to.”

Currently, visitors to Western Australia may drive only those vehicles that they are authorised to drive on their overseas licence, for as long as that licence remains valid in the country of issue.  (Source: http://www.transport.wa.gov.au)

“So many things are different on WA roads, particularly in the country.  It’s not just the side of the road that we drive on, it’s the speed zones, road signs, and different conditions, that could potentially be very daunting for people who haven’t been driving in this country for very long,” Cr DeCampo said.

As at 8 March 2015 the current WA road toll was 31, with 18 of those fatalities being on country roads.  (Source: http://www.ors.wa.gov.au/Statistics)

Cr DeCampo believes that it is incumbent on the whole community to play a part in keeping the roads safe, saying “we can’t forget that the English language may be their second language and often they are unable to read English very well.  They may also be from countries where higher speeds are accepted.”

“Anybody who has regular contact with members of the itinerant workforce – be that accommodation providers, employers or friends – has an inherent duty of care in assisting them with learning the road rules, and ensuring them that our roads are safe when these road rules are abided by,” said Cr DeCampo. 

The Shire of Manjimup is facilitating the collection of donations, and Stewart Ipsen will be coordinating the distribution of funds collected, which will go towards assisting the families of those in the car accident on Channybearup road on Saturday 7 March.  Donations can be made into the Shire of Manjimup Trust Account, BSB 036 126 Account No 830 418 with reference ITA070315, or by visiting the Shire of Manjimup Administration Office. 

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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

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