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8 September 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Pregnancy and alcohol not a good mix

September 2014

On September 9 2014, community members across the Shire are being encouraged to support their pregnant partners, sisters or friends by not drinking any alcohol on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.

FASD refers to a group of conditions that can potentially occur when a mother consumes alcohol during her pregnancy.  The effects of FASD on babies are hard to predict but can include brain damage, poor growth, speech and language delays, birth defects, social issues and behavioural problems.

Dr John Davies, who is currently performing obstetrics in Manjimup explained “the possible risks associated with the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy are being realised. No amount or type of alcohol during pregnancy is considered the safest option for mothers and their unborn babies, as the damage to the child is permanent”.

Manjimup resident and expectant mother Mrs Maria Krispyn has not had any alcohol during her pregnancy. She explains, “I chose not to drink alcohol because there are too many risk factors that could harm my baby. I want to give my baby the best possible health outcomes as I can”.

The National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (2009) also recommended that for women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is the safest option due to the negative effects alcohol can have on infants.

Shire President Wade De Campo said the prevention of alcohol related problems, such as FASD, is a key objective of the Shire of Manjimup’s Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again Project.  “Not drinking on the ninth of the ninth is a great way to support and encourage your pregnant partners or friends, to not drink for the nine months of their pregnancy,” he said. 

For further information about the Shire of Manjimup’s Southern Forests Alcohol Think Again Project, please contact Assunta Di Francesco on assunta.difrancesco@manjimup.wa.gov.au. For more information about FASD please make an appointment with your doctor, or contact the 24/7 Parenting WA Line on 1800 654 432. 

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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 September 2014

MEDIA RELEASE – Volunteer fire brigade gets Rolls Royce treatment

September 2014

The Smithbrook bushfire brigade is celebrating the delivery of a much needed brigade response vehicle. The brigade took delivery of the vehicle at a welcoming event held at the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park, attended by bushfire brigade volunteers, Shire President Wade DeCampo, and Cr Cliff Winfield, who is also a member of the Bush Fire Advisory Committee, and a Smithbrook landholder.

Cr Wade DeCampo said he was pleased to see another investment in fire protection for the benefit of the wider community.  “Out of the 26 volunteer bushfire brigades in the Shire, only eleven have a designated appliance.  This vehicle will enable the Smithbrook volunteer bushfire brigade to respond quickly, and more effectively, to wildfire emergencies in and around the Shire.” 

Funds were raised to purchase the second hand fire-fighting unit through raffles, fundraising events, donations from landholders, and funding from the Shire of Manjimup.  The vehicle was sourced from Neil McLean, a specialist mechanic of Rolls Royces and Bentleys in Mundaring, who also has the rare hobby of building fire fighting vehicles.  Mr McLean was happy to donate time, expertise and machinery parts to the project, saying “I take pleasure in helping volunteer bushfire brigades, who do such an important job in our communities - they deserve all the help they can get.”   

Smithbrook volunteer bushfire brigade’s next goal is to build a shed to house the new vehicle, which will double as a place for the brigade and other Smithbrook locals to gather. 

“Now is also a timely reminder for all property owners and residents throughout the Shire to think about how they can prepare for the next fire season, which is fast approaching,” said Cr DeCampo.  “Volunteering in your local bushfire brigade is very empowering, and a great way to get to know your fellow community members. I encourage community members who are interested to contact the Shire and find out how they can become involved.”

Pictured L-R: Adrian Wayne – Secretary/Treasurer Smithbrook volunteer bushfire brigade, Cr Cliff Winfield, Neil McLean and Todd Ridley - Community Emergency Service Manager

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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 – 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

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