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Shire of Narembeen—Community Grants Program 2017/18

The Shire of Narembeen Community Grants Program objective is to provide funds to community based organisations whose project objectives include:

  • Supporting seniors
  • Providing opportunity for lifelong learning
  • Improving/increasing safety within the community
  • Supporting local culture
  • Encouraging conservation and natural resource awareness
  • Incorporating elements of the Shire of Narembeen’s Strategic Community Plan themes ie: Social, Economic, Environment, Civic Leadership (for more information on what these themes encompass go to http://www.narembeen.wa.gov.au/council/council-documents/ and look at our Strategic Community Plan or alternatively request a copy from the Shire office.

Eligibility criteria for applicants is as follows:-

  • Organisations must be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • Organisations must possess current Public Liability Insurance

Funding will be provided to assist with one-off costs including advertising, training, equipment purchases, facility hire. Funding will not be provided for recurrent expenditure such as wages, insurances, debt reduction, loan repayments, travel.

In accordance with Council policy, applications are to be received by the Shire of Narembeen on or before the 30 April 2017 for Council’s consideration in the 2017/18 budget.

Applications must be submitted using the application form which is available in hard copy from the Shire office or click here to download a form.

Enquires may be directed to Sheree Thomas on 9064 7308.


Building Tomorrow, Today—Shape Narembeen’s Future

The Shire of Narembeen is currently reviewing its Community Strategic Plan and would like your input. This will ensure that the plan reflects the needs of the community. The Shire would like your thoughts on the current community vision for the Shire. It’s also looking for your feedback on a range of strategies within the plan.

Input can be provided via an online survey, which can be accessed via:


A hard copy version of the survey can also be completed at the Shire office, Narembeen CRC or is available at the Medical Centre and IGA. It is a very short survey and should only take around 5 minutes to complete.

Additionally, Caroline Robinson who is completing the community consultation for the Shire of Narembeen will be available via phone to discuss your thoughts anytime, her contact number is 9880 8035 or 0403 225 900.

Caroline will also be available in person at the CRC for a resident meeting on the morning of Friday 21st April 2017, to make a booking to see Caroline contact Sheree Thomas at the Shire of Narembeen.

Caroline will be meeting with a number of local community, sporting, business and service groups over April, May and June.

We look forward to hearing from you. We value our community’s input, as it plays an important part in shaping Council’s strategic direction over the next 5-10 years. We want to know what you see as important and what you value in our community.

Community Alert! Residents urged to help stop spread of Tomato Potato Psyllid

The tomato potato psyllid is a quarantine pest that has been detected for the first time in Australia here in Perth and some regional areas.

Three different quarantine zones have been introduced in WA this week.

The community alert’ flyer below provides a brief explanation, but for additional information and maps of the zones and to find out exactly what’s happening and what to do click here.

Community Alert Flyer





New pest rabbit biocontrol plan for Australia

New pest rabbit biocontrol plan for Australia

A new 20-year national biocontrol plan for pest rabbits got underway in the first week of March 2017, with the release of a new strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, called RHDV1 K5, commencing at more than 600 sites across the country.

In Western Australia there have been 135 release sites.

K5 is not a new virus, but is a naturally occurring Korean variant of RHDV1 already present in Australia. A Czech strain of RHDV1 was first released in 1996, and is now widespread.

It is expected that K5 will work better in the cool-wet regions of Australia, where the Czech strain has not been so successful.

Rabbits are Australia’s most destructive agricultural and environmental pest animal, costing upwards of $200 million in lost agricultural production annually, and the new strain is expected to slow down the increase in pest rabbit numbers.

K5 will not however result in a 90% reduction of pest rabbit populations, as was seen 20 years ago. Rather it is expected to ‘boost’ current management.

To maximise the effectiveness of K5, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is issuing the following information to release site managers, communities and the general public:

  • Domestic rabbit owners are advised to seek advice from their local veterinarian and use protective biosecurity measures to help keep their rabbits safe from infection. For more information visit DAFWA’s RHDV web pages – agric.wa.gov.au/rhdv.
  • The release of K5 provides no greater risk to pet rabbits than the existing RHDV1 strain which has been present in Australia for 20 years. Domestic rabbits with up to date vaccinations for the existing strain are likely to be safe from K5.
  • RHDV will be most effective if supported by integrated pest management, with conventional control measures being undertaken following release of the virus. A series of instructional ‘how-to’ videos on best practice rabbit control has been released by the Invasive Animals CRC.
  • The video series can be downloaded from the PestSmart website. All release sites should have received a USB of the video series along with their information and sampling kits.
  • Release sites, landholders located close to release sites, and members of the public are urged to get involved by using the RabbitScan (FeralScan) app to report rabbit sightings or signs of disease. This will help track the spread of the virus. The RabbitScan app is available from iTunes or GooglePlay, or can be downloaded from the FeralScan website.
  • Land managers are strongly encouraged to carry out concurrent control for predators such as foxes (potentially looking for alternative food sources in the absence of rabbits).
  • The Invasive Animals CRC issues regular RHD Boost E-updates to report on progress of the release program. To subscribe go to pestsmart.org.au/subscribe.

The release of K5 comes after more than five years of testing through the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre RHD Boost project, with major financial and in kind resources provided by the Australian and state governments, and industry and non-government organisations.

For further information click here.


Cheque received for purpose built Emergency Services Building

A purpose built Emergency Services building collocating the Narembeen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance is a step closer with $250,000 from Royalties for Regions through the Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme handed to the Shire of Narembeen last Wednesday by the Hon Mia Davies MLA, Member for the Central Wheatbelt.

The Hon Mia Davies MLA met with representatives from the Narembeen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance as well as the Shire of Narembeen to discuss the importance of this facility within the community.

See the full media release.


Building Tomorrow, Today – Shape Narembeen’s Future

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 15 February 2017 Council agreed to commence a review of the Shire of Narembeen’s Integrated Planning & Reporting (IPR) including the Strategic Community Plan.

The review will be based on the following timeline:-

March 2017 – Councillors/staff workshop

  • April 2017 – Community survey “letter drop”
  • June/July 2017 – Community workshop
  • March to December 2017 – Regular updates in “From the Chief”
  • October 2017 – draft updated Integrated Planning and Reporting documents presented
  • November 2017 – Council to adopt updated Integrated Planning and Reporting Documents
  • December 2017—Updated Integrated Planning and Reporting Documents advertised

Council have engaged Caroline Robinson to assist with the community consultation and preparation of the updated documents.