Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCRAP - Shire Pres­i­dent’s

Firstly, Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Wa­roona Cricket Club on your suc­cess this year. The grand fi­nal by all ac­counts was a great game and you man­aged to come through at the end and seal a vic­tory. Well done to all in­volved and en­joy your time as the pre­miers of A Grade cricket team in the Peel re­gion till next sea­son. The Memo­rial Hall ren­o­va­tions are com­plete and were ahead of sched­ule. All the work on the build­ing in­clud­ing the ceil­ing, paint­ing, floor sand­ing and win­dow treat­ments have given the hall a wel­come freshen up and it was nice to see the Farm­ers’ Mar­kets re­turn to our town hall. The Wa­roona Recre­ation and Aquatic Cen­tre held their Triathlon re­cently and con­grat­u­la­tions to the or­gan­is­ers. Well done to all the competitors and I sin­cerely hope more events like this can be held in the fu­ture. I would like to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to look at all the ac­tiv­i­ties the Rec Cen­tre of­fer from very young par­tic­i­pants right through to our spe­cial se­niors. I re­alise ev­ery­one seems to be busy but some in­no­va­tive pro­grammes are on of­fer at the Rec Cen­tre and ex­er­cise at any level of fit­ness can be catered for by the staff and fit­ness in­struc­tors. Please have a look at what is on of­fer. Our Com­mu­nity has been blessed with some spe­cial vol­un­teers over many years. All our Fire Bri­gades are for­tu­nate enough to be led by some very spe­cial peo­ple and I thank Greg, Steve, Macca and our ex­tra­or­di­nary Cap­tain John. John Twad­dle was the fo­cus of a heart­warm­ing per­sonal story on Chan­nel Nine re­cently and what an in­spi­ra­tion he is for vol­un­teer­ing in a com­mu­nity. We have as a Shire, been very for­tu­nate to have had the com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship from Cap­tain John for over 50 years. John Twad­dle, our com­mu­nity is very proud of you and thanks you for all you do. At our March Coun­cil meet­ing we had a briefing from the Peel Biose­cu­rity Group. This group formed a few years ago to fo­cus on strate­gies and plans to help erad­i­cate pests in our re­gion. While the main tar­get may be try­ing to con­trol the vir­u­lent spread of re­ally in­va­sive plants like cot­ton bush and arum lil­lies, they also recog­nise the threat of foxes, rab­bits and feral pigs. They are propos­ing to es­tab­lish a $30 rate on all landown­ers in the peel re­gion that own prop­erty that is greater in size than 1 hectare. The State Gov­ern­ment is match­ing this pro­posed con­tri­bu­tion on a dol­lar for dol­lar ba­sis. Com­ments on the pro­posal are be­ing sought shortly and I en­cour­age any­one who wishes to have an in­put into this pro­posal to do so. It was heart­en­ing to see quite a lot of ac­tiv­ity over the Easter Break. The main street in town had foot traf­fic and in­ter­ested shop­pers look­ing at what sev­eral busi­nesses had to of­fer. Thank you for your en­deav­ours in try­ing to re­vi­talise the CBD with some re­tail and the colour­ful dis­play you all of­fered. Please don’t for­get that there are two AN­ZAC Day Ser­vices in Wa­roona on the 25th April at our War Memo­rial. The Dawn Ser­vice com­mences at 6am fol­lowed by a gun fire break­fast at the Hall. The Tra­di­tional late morn­ing Ser­vice starts with a march at 10:45am from the Memo­rial Hall. All are wel­come. I hope you all had a safe, happy and en­joy­able Easter break spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends. To all our school chil­dren, en­joy your hol­i­days and stay safe.

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