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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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Community Chest fund is now open. Applications close 4:30 pm, Friday 31 August.
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.
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.
At Memorial Park – a re-enactment of the surrender of Damascus to Major Arthur Charles Olden.
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.