Narrogin’s event calendar is full to overflowing with plenty to see and do for both residents and visitors to our Region.
One of the most popular events attended is the Australia Day Breakfast held in the Town Hall, where the community can celebrate the achievements of the recipients of the Australia Day Citizen Awards. Award recipients are nominated by the community, so, if you can think of someone that makes Narrogin a better place, then please nominate them.
It’s Show time again. On Saturday 20 October we have the Livelighter Narrogin Agricultural Show. This annual event is a fantastic day out for the family and showcases local produce, machinery, fashions, art and much more. The Show Committee work hard all year to make this an amazing day and of course many, much appreciated, volunteer hours contribute to its success.
Congratulations to Shire employees, Loriann from Events and Kay from the Library, who with their Committee of community members and councillors, brought together such a spectacular event on the occasion of the centenary of the Fall of Damascus. Despite the poor weather, it was fantastic that Narrogin turned out to witness the wonderful re-enactment. If you missed it, photo albums are available on the Shire’s Facebook page and Website.
The Council acknowledges the inconvenience of the recent closure of the Aquatic facility at the Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre while major repairs were undertaken to the aging pool plant and equipment. The Shire is also seeking tenders to repair the roof as some parts of the roof are 35 years old and therefore nearing their use-by date.
We hope you are finding Narrogin Narrative is meeting your expectations. Your suggestions and feedback is welcome and can be submitted in writing or via email to the Shire. Leigh Ballard ~ Shire President
~ COUNSIL DECISIONS ~
Council decisions made at the meeting held on 26 September include:
Railway Dam Management Plan
A draft Plan was endorsed and is now available for public comment. Re- sponses must be received by Monday 5 November 2018. A copy of the document is available on the Shire Website.
The first round of the Biannual Community Chest applications were endorsed. Funding totalling $15,343 were distributed to the following community groups: Narrogin Toy Library, Narrogin Art Group, Narrogin Junior Basketball Assoc, PCYC Narrogin Blue Light, Narrogin Speedway, Dryandra Archery Club and Narrogin Little Athletics Club. There will be a second round of Community Chest funds advertised in March 2019.
Clayton Road RAV Network
Council considered the proposal to apply to Main Roads WA for the downgrading of parts of Clayton Road, Lefroy Street and Williams-Kondinin Road to conditional RAV4 with a maximum speed of 40 km/hr. This recommendation was accepted.
Council considered the future management of the nine standpipes within the Shire. Council classified eight of the standpipes as ‘Local Authority’ standpipes and one standpipe was classified as ‘Commercial’. The standpipe classed as Commercial is located at the intersection of Chomley and Highbury West Roads. From 1 July 2019, all standpipes will be fixed with a locking system and the Shire will be communicating with affected ratepayers.
The full minutes can be found on the Shire’s website with public copies available at the Library and Shire Administration. Council Meetings commence at 7:00pm and are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Community members are most welcome to attend. Entrance to Council Chambers is via the door near the William Kennedy Way carpark.
~ ROADWORKS & PROJECTS ~
The Works Crew and staff have been busy with maintenance work on the gravel road network and undertaking-maintenance on drainage, footpaths, parks, gardens, sports ovals and street tree pruning as required. Customer service requests are being responded to and actioned depending on priority. If you wish to raise a customer service request with an issue that is important to you, then please do via the Shire’s website or by emailing or telephoning the Shire Administration.
Western Power has identified some 200 trees that will require pruning because of their vicinity to powerlines. Pruning will commence, by professional arborists to required specifications, at the end of October.
Capital works programs are progressing well and are on schedule. Some to note are kerbing works to Egerton, Herald and various other streets within the town site. New and refurbishment works to footpaths at various locations including Doney Street from Havelock to Butler Streets, Mackie Park and the ABC preschool on Earl Street. A new basketball half-court will be installed in Pine Park located adjoining Harper Street.
Gravel road storm damage works are nearing completion with only 7 roads remaining to complete out of the 56 roads that were affected.
Narrogin Walk Trails Master Plan
Council has supported the development of a Narrogin Walk Trails Master Plan. They have recognised that there is a wealth of existing heritage buildings and natural reserves such as Foxes Lair and Railway Dam. These could be better showcased and connected to allow residents and visitors to appreciate the town’s heritage and the diversity of the flora and fauna in bushland on Narrogin’s doorstep.
Narrogin Pump Track and Mountain Bike Trail Study
Council has also allocated monies in this year’s budget to conduct a Narrogin Pump Track and Mountain Bike Trail Feasibility Study. As a wellestablished regional hub for sport and recreational activities, combined with its ideal climate, Council has recognised that Narrogin may be well placed to capitalise on the increasing popularity of recreational cycling pursuits and the growing momentum in the development of these types of facilities. A pump track and mountain bike trails could well provide another form of active recreation for locals to enjoy as well as visitors to the town.
~ NOTICES ~ Pet Registration Renewals
Dog and cat registrations have been posted. If you have not received your renewal, please contact the Shire. Renewals must be paid in person at the Shire’s Admin Office and a new tag for your pet’s collar will be issued.
Online Community Directory
Is your Community or Sporting Group registered on the free online Narrogin Regional Business & Community Directory?
A great free resource to encourage new members. Check your registration at www.narrogindirectoryonline.com.au.
~ HOMECARE HIGHLIGHTS ~
Seniors — come along and celebrate Seniors Week on Friday 16 November at 11am at the Tree Tops Restaurant at the Narrogin Senior High School.
This is a great opportunity to spend time and chat with high school students who will document some of your memories. Recordings will be made and held by the Library history collection. Each participant will receive a “This is My Life” booklet to complete at a later date.
Bookings are essential and a 2-course lunch is available for $15. Please place your lunch order and pay in advance to secure a booking at Jessie House Narrogin Regional Homecare on telephone 9890 0700.
~ IMPORTANT DATES ~ 15 October
Burning permits are required from 15 October, until when the Prohibited Burning Period begins, from 1 November 2018 through to 1 March 2019.
Council Meeting 7 pm in the Council Chambers 89 Earl Street Narrogin.
Comedy short film festival. ‘Over the Fence’ 7.30pm ARtS SPACE. Phone 9881 6987 for more information.
Nominations close for the 2019 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards. Nomination forms are available at the Shire Administration Office and the Library or nominate online: www.citizenshipawards.com.au. Telephone Loriann on 9890 0923 for more information or email email@example.com.
Re-enactment of the Great Ride (photo courtesy of Barry Corke)