Nar­ro­gin Nar­ra­tive

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~ P ’ P ~

I hope you en­joy this first, monthly edi­tion, of ‘Nar­ro­gin Nar­ra­tive’. It is Coun­cil’s de­sire to in­crease com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity. We hope that this ini­tia­tive will as­sist in reach­ing a wider read­er­ship, be­yond the ex­ist­ing web­site and Face­book page. The Shire’s new CEO, Dale Stewart, com­menced at the be­gin­ning of June. Dale was se­lected from a strong field and was iden­ti­fied as the ideal can­di­date to take the re­cently merged Shire to a new level. Dale comes with some 32 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, and is very used to work­ing in the re­gions. He is proudly born and bred in coun­try WA, and his lo­cal govern­ment roles have been based in the Shires of Den­mark, Brook­ton, Won­gan, Port Hed­land, Chit­ter­ing, York and Ash­bur­ton. Dale is al­ready busy, turn­ing rocks and meet­ing strate­gic stake­hold­ers in Nar­ro­gin and High­bury. He ar­rived at the per­fect time to over­see this year’s bud­get process and the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the Cor­po­rate Busi­ness Plan which guides the Coun­cil to ac­ti­vate the com­mu­nity’s so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal strate­gies. Dale is a West Coast Ea­gles sup­porter and a self­con­fessed cricket tragic. For the Coun­cil and Ad­min­is­tra­tion alike, July has been a par­tic­u­larly busy month. It is the time of the year when a lot of fo­cus is placed on the Bud­get for the forth­com­ing fi­nan­cial year, where projects are agreed upon and pri­ori­tised. The re­cently dis­trib­uted rates no­tice in­cludes a flyer that out­lines some of the cap­i­tal projects planned for 2018/19. Some of the sig­nif­i­cant projects planned for this year, aside from road­works, in­clude toi­lets for Memo­rial Park, play­ground up­grades to McKen­zie, Pine and Ash­worth Parks, more CCTV, Youth Ser­vices Strat­egy de­vel­op­ment and cap­i­tal works at the Nar­ro­gin Re­gional Leisure Cen­tre. This info can also be found on the Shire’s web­site. I hope you get some use­ful in­for­ma­tion from this page. We would love to hear your thoughts and sug­ges­tions. Your sug­ges­tions can be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing, or via email, ad­dresses as be­low. I hope you en­joy the read! Leigh Bal­lard ~ Shire Pres­i­dent

Coun­cil De­ci­sions

Coun­cil de­ci­sions made at the meet­ing held on 25 July 2018 in­clude: Pro­posed Laneway Clo­sure – Syd­ney Hall Way and Nar­rakine Rd – Coun­cil re­solved to ad­ver­tise its in­tent to close the laneway and in­vite sub­mis­sions to be pre­sented for re­view. Pro­posed En­closed Off-Leash Dog Ex­er­cise Area – Coun­cil did not sup­port the pro­posal as there was not suf­fi­cient pub­lic de­mand for an ad­di­tional fenced area at this time. Did you know that the Thomas Hogg Oval is a dedicated fenced off-leash dog ex­er­cise area? Adop­tion of the 2018/19 Draft An­nual Bud­get – Coun­cil re­solved to adopt the Mu­nic­i­pal Fund Bud­get for the 2018/2019 fi­nan­cial year. 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

Dur­ing the months of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, much needed road and kerb­ing up­grades will be oc­cur­ring on Egerton and Her­ald Streets. Lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents, di­rectly af­fected, are be­ing con­sulted. Traf­fic man­age­ment will be in place on both sites as work­ers and ma­chin­ery will be in op­er­a­tion. There will be some noise and dis­rup­tion dur­ing this time. Lo­cal busi­nesses will still be ac­ces­si­ble, al­though al­ter­nate park­ing dur­ing this time will need to be con­sid­ered. Your pa­tience and co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing these much needed works is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, so that the Shire team can con­tinue to im­prove the Town’s us­abil­ity and vis­ual amenity for com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please contact Man­ager of Op­er­a­tions - John Warburton on 9881 5443.

Pro­posed Clay­ton Road RAV Down­grade

Thank you to all those who sub­mit­ted com­ment on this pro­posal, your com­ments are val­ued and will as­sist in de­ter­min­ing the out­come. The Road Ref­er­ence Group and the Shire are care­fully work­ing through all sub­mis­sions, in­clud­ing in­put from Main Roads WA, with the process near­ing con­clu­sion. All those that have sub­mit­ted com­ment will be no­ti­fied in writ­ing of the rec­om­men­da­tions, prior to this item be­ing pre­sented to Coun­cil for res­o­lu­tion.

~ N ~ Pet Reg­is­tra­tion Re­newals

Dog and cat reg­is­tra­tions are due to ex­pire on 31 Oc­to­ber. No­tices will be mailed out in early Oc­to­ber. Reg­is­tra­tions must be paid in per­son at the Shire’s Ad­min Of­fice and a new tag for your pet’s col­lar will be is­sued. Please en­sure your pet is also reg­is­tered with Cen­tral An­i­mal Records.

Parvo Virus Alert

There have been 4 con­firmed cases of parvo in Nar­ro­gin over the past weeks. We strongly ad­vise all dog own­ers to en­sure vac­ci­na­tions are up to date.

Park­ing in Load­ing Zones

Please be aware that park­ing in load­ing zones, on es­tab­lished foot­paths, at in­ter­sec­tions and on the wrong side of the road can at­tract an in­fringe­ment.

Sep­tic Sys­tems

Are your sep­tics main­tained? You may need to pump out the sludge ac­cu­mu­lated over the years. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit the Waste Wa­ter sec­tion on the Shire web­site.

Pub­lic Build­ing Safety Alert

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Of­fi­cer is tar­get­ing un­ser­viced build­ings for the pur­pose to main­tain a safe en­vi­ron­ment for the pub­lic. Any con­cerns you have ob­served may be re­ported to the Shire.

~ H H ~

Nar­ro­gin Re­gional Home­care is about “coun­try peo­ple serv­ing coun­try peo­ple”.

The aim is to as­sist frail and el­derly peo­ple liv­ing in­de­pen­dently at home and in the com­mu­nity. The friendly Home­care sup­port work­ers pro­vide many in-home ser­vices and take the worry out of day-to-day tasks. They pro­vide as­sis­tance in get­ting clients out and about to the shops or ap­point­ments, as­sist with house­hold chores and those es­sen­tial ac­tiv­i­ties such as bank­ing and pay­ing bills. Home­care Pack­ages are avail­able in four lev­els to meet peo­ple’s vary­ing needs. To be el­i­gi­ble for a Home­care Pack­age, an as­sess­ment is re­quired and can eas­ily be ar­ranged by call­ing the sup­port team on 9890 0700 or call­ing in to Jessie House at 30 Clay­ton Road Nar­ro­gin.

~ I D ~ 31 Au­gust

Com­mu­nity Chest fund is now open. Ap­pli­ca­tions close 4:30 pm, Fri­day 31 Au­gust.

5 Septem­ber

Early Bird Prize ~ Pay your rates in full by 5 Septem­ber and go in to the draw to win Shire-sup­plied Cham­ber of Com­merce vouch­ers. 1st Prize – $1,000, 2nd Prize – $500. There are also 15 bonus prizes of $100.

30 Septem­ber

A story-telling by Carmel Charlton of The Great Ride – the 12 day ride through the desert by the 10th Light Horse, and the real story of the sur­ren­der of Da­m­as­cus in 1918 to Nar­ro­gin’s own den­tist, Ma­jor Arthur Charles Olden – Nar­ro­gin Re­cep­tion Cen­tre.

1 Oc­to­ber

At Memo­rial Park – a re-en­act­ment of the sur­ren­der of Da­m­as­cus to Ma­jor Arthur Charles Olden.

5 De­cem­ber

Thank a Vol­un­teer Day dinner. In­vi­ta­tions will be sent to al­most 100 Nar­ro­gin vol­un­teers and sport­ing groups to at­tend the dinner to cel­e­brate won­der­ful work vol­un­teers do in our com­mu­nity.

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