Shire Pres­i­dent’s Mes­sage

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

Oc­to­ber is tra­di­tion­ally our busiest month for our com­mu­nity. We hold our show, our Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Rally and we usu­ally com­mence our hay sea­son. It’s also the month as prop­erty own­ers to start ready­ing our­selves for the sum­mer ahead.

Fire­break Sea­son

I un­der­stand last year held some con­cerns for prop­erty own­ers in re­gards to an in­crease in fire con­trol stan­dards. I sin­cerely ask that you make your­selves aware of your obli­ga­tions and please make prepa­ra­tions over the next month for the up­com­ing sum­mer. It is up to all peo­ple that are re­spon­si­ble for prop­erty to have it up to a stan­dard by the end of Novem­ber. I can as­sure you that the rangers do not en­joy is­su­ing in­fringe­ments and the sub­se­quent upset they create. They are per­form­ing their le­gal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and are a good source of in­for­ma­tion if you re­quire it. Please make the ef­fort to be ready or at least be proac­tive as ig­no­rance is no ex­cuse. It is a col­lec­tive task we all must do to help keep us bet­ter pre­pared in the event of a bush­fire.

Sup­port­ing Lo­cal Busi­nesses

From time to time I have had some mem­bers of the com­mu­nity men­tion they are con­cerned by the lack of shops and ser­vices in our Shire. The short an­swer is that while many of you do what we can to sup­port our lo­cal busi­ness’s we still suf­fer from leak­age to other shop­ping ar­eas. Shop­ping lo­cal ini­tia­tives and other in­cen­tives have been de­vel­oped over time and do come and go but there are so many good rea­sons to give our lo­cals your first choice. I un­der­stand that you may have had an un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence or ser­vice or a price may not have suited, you but com­mu­ni­ca­tion is al­ways a great start, and just sim­ply not sup­port­ing a busi­ness and not telling them why will not help in mak­ing repa­ra­tion. The time and cost in trav­el­ling a dis­tance must now be a con­sid­er­a­tion in any pur­chase and sup­port­ing our busi­nesses will help ex­pand what they can of­fer us. I can only ask to just con­sider the al­ter­na­tive to los­ing some of our busi­nesses and ser­vices, is that you will have no choice but to travel or be tied to a de­liv­ery ser­vice that will see an in­crease in costs that you will not be able to com­pare. Our lo­cal busi­nesses sup­port lo­cals in jobs and spon­sor­ship so please sup­port them back.

Com­mu­nity Events

In keep­ing with the theme of our busy Oc­to­ber, I would en­cour­age every­one to spend some time at the Quilt­ing, Patch­work and Tex­tile Ex­hi­bi­tion at our Vis­i­tor Cen­tre. Af­fec­tion­ately called “A Hang­ing on the High­way”, it runs all month and it will def­i­nitely be worth a visit. Our Leo’s are hold­ing an in­au­gu­ral Com­mu­nity Quiz Night on the 12th of Oc­to­ber so please sup­port our Leo’s and se­cure a ta­ble of 8 and see how clever you are while en­joy­ing a great night. We also con­grat­u­late the St John’s on the new Sub-Cen­tre, of­fi­cially open­ing on the 20th Oc­to­ber. The cen­tre looks very im­pres­sive and I know it will help com­pli­ment the great ser­vice our Ambo’s give our com­mu­nity.

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