Nar­ro­gin Nar­ra­tive

Oc­to­ber 2018

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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


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.

Com­mu­nity Chest

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.


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.nar­rogindi­rec­to­ry­on­


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.

24 Oc­to­ber

Coun­cil Meet­ing 7 pm in the Coun­cil Cham­bers 89 Earl Street Nar­ro­gin.

25 Oc­to­ber

Com­edy short film fes­ti­val. ‘Over the Fence’ 7.30pm ARtS SPACE. Phone 9881 6987 for more in­for­ma­tion.

31 Oc­to­ber

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.cit­i­zen­ Tele­phone Lo­ri­ann on 9890 0923 for more in­for­ma­tion or email en­quiries@nar­ro­

Re-en­act­ment of the Great Ride (photo cour­tesy of Barry Corke)

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