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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

 

22 January 2015

Over the next few weeks, motorists may experience some delays due to road works occurring on Middleton Road and Windy Harbour Road in Northcliffe. 

Reconstruction of 900m of Middleton Road in Northcliffe, between Wheatley Coast Road and Gairdner River Bridge, will commence in late January 2015.  A second road reconstruction project will occur on Windy Harbour Road on the 1.5km stretch between Chesapeake Road and Ladhams Road. 

The work will be undertaken as follows:

  • Installation of a number of new storm water culverts (Windy Harbour Road only);
  • Construction of table drains;
  • Widening of the existing road;
  • Placement and compaction of gravel; and
  • Sealing.

To increase efficiencies, the works will be undertaken so that where possible, contractors can carry out their works in one visit. This may result in either one or both of the roads remaining unsealed for a short period of time.  The Shire appreciates your patience and understanding during this time. 

It is anticipated that all works will be completed by early March. 

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22 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – WA’s Potato Industry – Shire President speaks out

January 2015

Shire of Manjimup President Wade DeCampo is raising concern over misconceived perceptions surrounding the growing and marketing of potatoes in Western Australia.  Following comments from the Chief Executive Officer of Western Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the regulation of the potato industry in WA is “ridiculous”, and one rogue potato grower disregarding his allocated quota in what appears to be a move to build their own enterprise, Cr DeCampo is setting out in defence of the Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC), the Southern Forests region and the stereotypical ‘family farm’.

The growing and marketing of potatoes in Western Australia is regulated under the Marketing of Potatoes Act (1946) and the Marketing of Potatoes Regulations (1987).  The Act is reviewed every five years to ensure that the community and industry are still benefiting from its enforcement, and in 2014 the Potato Growers Association commissioned a report that provides evidence showing that the existing system works – “the benefits far outweigh the costs, both economically and to the community,” said Cr DeCampo. 

“The regulation of the industry produces a positive triple-bottom-line effect – smaller producers are given a quota of production which keeps the family farm afloat and means people remain in regional communities, it ensures a continual supply of fresh potatoes year-round without the wastage experienced in other states and it keeps the price of potatoes stable for Western Australian consumers,” explained Cr DeCampo.

Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt has knocked the PMC for advertising in Friday’s The West, accusing them of political campaigning.  Cr DeCampo responded by saying “the Potato Marketing Corporation’s overall campaign has meant that Western Australia is the only State where the potato market has held its own, and gained traction, compared to other states where potatoes have lost market share to alternative carbohydrates.  Western Australian consumers deserve to know the truth about what they’re getting when it comes to potatoes, and that’s what Friday’s advertisement did.”

A large portion of the State’s potato production comes out of the Shire of Manjimup, also known as the Southern Forests region.  “Potato production contributes greatly to our local economy - changes to the current system could have severely negative economic, social and environmental impacts on our community, right when the region is gaining momentum as the food bowl of WA, and agriculture as a career path is looking more and more attractive.”  The potato industry is also represented by farming families from as far as Dandaragan and GinGin in the north, the Myalup strip heading towards Busselton and the Cape, along with Donnybrook and further south to the Southern Forests.

“There is no valid argument to support the notion that the potato industry shouldn’t be regulated just because no other vegetable market is regulated.   It is not the only regulated industry that has survived the ages through the stability it provides to stakeholders and consumers – look at fishing, timber, taxis, pharmaceuticals, lotteries, I could go on.”

“Rather than paying attention to the outlandish statements made by a few people who know little about the industry or the Potato Marketing Corporation, the general public should be paying attention to the growers and the truth,” concluded Cr DeCampo.  

Pictured above L-R: Curtin University third-year Agribusiness students Alex Davies, Michael Swarbrick and Simon Panizza visiting the Parker’s Potato Farm in Manjimup as a part of 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

19 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Alcohol and the summer season

January 2015

With the longer and brighter days of summer come more opportunities for socialising, which can often include the consumption of alcohol.  The Shire of Manjimup’s ‘Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again’ project is promoting the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol, which aim to assist Australians to make informed decisions about alcohol consumption, so as to reduce the risks to health that are caused by alcohol.

According to the NHMRC, a substantial portion of people across Australia drink at levels that increase their risk of alcohol-related harm.

The NHMRC’s guidelines suggest that healthy men and women should limit their alcohol consumption to two or less standard drinks on any day to reduce the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury (e.g. cancer of the mouth and throat, breast cancer, heart disease and bowel cancer).

Furthermore, on any single occasion, healthy men and women should limit their alcohol consumption to four or less standard drinks, which will reduce the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.

Shire President Wade DeCampo made some suggestions on how people can reduce their alcohol intake and avoid the short and long term effects of high risk alcohol consumption.

“One of the most important things, especially on these hot days, is to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.  Space your alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic beverages and eat before and while you’re drinking alcohol,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Plan some alcohol-free days too, you’ll feel much better for it.”

For more information contact Assunta Di Francesco, Shire of Manjimup on 9771 7778 or assunta.difrancesco@manjimup.wa.gov.au, or refer to the Alcohol Think Again website: http://alcoholthinkagain.com.au/

Pictured above: Assunta Di Francesco, Project Officer for the Alcohol Management Program, advocates for the accurate measuring of drinks.

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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 January 2015

Please note that as of 5 January 2015, Body Step on Thursdays at 5:30pm will no longer run.

The following classes have been cancelled, only on the dates specified below:

Monday 19 January 2014

10:15 Aqua Fit

Tuesday 20 January 2015

9:00 am Cardio Fitball

10:15am Revive

11:30am Aqua Circuit

Thursday 22 January 2015

9:00am Aqua Pioneers

Monday 26 January 2015

PUBLIC HOLIDAY—no classes running

Tuesday 27 January 2015

9:00 am Cardio Fitball

10:15am Revive

11:30am Aqua Circuit

 

For more information, please contact the AquaCentre on:

P: (08) 9771 1278

E: aquacentre@manjimup.wa.gov.au

W: www.manjimup.wa.gov.au

P.O. Box 1 MANJIMUP WA 6258

 

13 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Community Recreation Hub project moves into its next stage

January 2015

The Manjimup Community Recreation Hub project, jointly funded by the Shire of Manjimup and the Department of Sport and Recreation, has achieved a significant milestone with the completion a detailed needs analysis which forms the basis of the master planning phase of the project.

Throughout phase 1A, input from stakeholders regarding current and desired sporting facilities was sought via a survey. This information, along with recommendations from State Sporting Associations regarding requirements for facilities, advice from previous studies and information contained within the SuperTown Growth Plan and the Shire of Manjimup Sport & Recreation Strategic Plan 2014-2024, is summarised in the Needs Assessment report. 

“Though no decisions have been made regarding the future of any of our sporting facilities, the Needs Assessment Report does provide recommendations and considerations for each sport, which will be taken into account during Phase 1B when the Master Plan will be developed,” said Shire President Wade DeCampo.

Consultant Phillip Gray from SGL Group, in conjunction with Creating Communities, an architect and quantity surveyor, is undertaking the development of a Master Plan for the future of the Manjimup Community Recreation Hub, which includes Collier Street Reserve, Rea Park Reserve and Manjimup Recreation Grounds.   “The community’s participation and feedback thus far has been crucial, and there will be a number of opportunities for the community and sporting groups to provide further feedback and input on the options outlined in the Master Plan, before it is put before Council for consideration,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Manjimup has a rich sporting culture, which is why it is so important for the community’s views to be properly understood and accounted for in the options outlined in the Master Plan.”

Community workshops on the draft master plan will be conducted in March 2015, with opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the draft Master Plan during as well as after the workshops. 

The Manjimup Tennis Steering Committee has been making the most of this opportunity by taking an active role in the consultation phase to date.

Pictured above at the site of the former Manjimup Tennis Courts, now the Manjimup Skate Park, L-R: Paul Starkie (Tennis Juniors Coach), Evy Apeldoorn (Manager Community and Recreation, Peter Simpson (Manjimup Tennis Steering Committee) and Kathy Dawson (Manjimup Tennis Steering Committee). 

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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

13 January 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Disabled parking bays – ACROD permit required

January 2015

A number of parking bays for people with a disability are provided in all four towns of the Shire of Manjimup.  These bays are reserved for those who hold an Australian Disability Parking Permit and an ACROD Parking Program Card, or interstate equivalent, to enable them easier access within the communities of Manjimup, Northcliffe, Pemberton and Walpole. 

Shire President Wade DeCampo emphasised how important it is that the community respects the requirements of disabled parking bays.

“The parking bays for people with a disability are clearly marked and signed, and the Shire Rangers ensure that these parking bays are utilised by permit holders only as their mobility is limited, and not by a person who should be parking in a general bay,” added Cr DeCampo. 

“The disabled parking bays are to enable permit holders to be in the vicinity of the facility or premises they seek to visit and also to allow for additional space for a wheelchair or walking apparatus to be manoeuvred,” said Cr DeCampo. “The permit doesn’t allow for a friend or family member who is not the person with the disability to park in a disability parking bay, unless they are transporting the permit holder on a visit.”

The number of disabled parking bays in Manjimup is 30, four in Pemberton, two in Northcliffe and six in Walpole.  The fine for parking in a disability parking bay without displaying a valid permit is now $300. 

The National Disability Service, which in Western Australia is the ACROD Parking Program, grants the permits to people who cannot walk and require the use of a wheelchair, or are otherwise severely restricted. 

“Permit holders need to display their permits correctly to avoid an infringement,” urged Cr DeCampo.  In Western Australia, the disability parking permit consists of two elements which are only valid when displayed together – an Australian Disability Parking Permit plastic pocket and an ACROD Parking Program Card which will display a permit number and expiry date. 

To make an application for a disability parking permit, please contact the ACROD Parking Program by visiting www.app.org.au or by phoning 08 9242 5544. 

Pictured above L-R Senior Ranger Stephen Croft with Cadet Ranger Ashleigh Reeve in one of the disabled parking bays provided at the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre. 

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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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