Roadworks Update

Shire staff are continuing with their roadworks program, this includes the completion of 1.78km of lime stabilisation on the Cramphorne Road. The Shire are currently carting gravel to complete the works.
Also in progress is the carpark to the Emergency Services Facility which will the final stage in the completion of this project.
On the Mt Walker South Road culvert pipes and end walls have been completed.
Please remember to drive carefully around roadworks and obey the conditions.

Testimonial Dinner to honour former Shire Councillors

Former Councillor’s Stephen Padfield, Gina DeLuis and Sydney Parsons were honoured at a Testimonial Dinner on Saturday night at the Narembeen Recreation Centre.

Stephen Padfield has devoted more than three decades of service to his community, Gina DeLuis twelve years and Sydney Parsons eight years. Between them, these extraordinary individuals have spent thousands and thousands of hours improving the services, facilities and opportunities to the Narembeen community.

Shire President, Councillor Rhonda Cole said “standing for council is a significant commitment in itself, for Stephen Padfield to have dedicated 31 years to public service signifies a remarkable contribution that deserves to be celebrated, along with his fellow colleagues, the service of Gina DeLuis and Sydney Parsons is to also be admired.

Distinguished guests included the Hon Melissa Price MP, the Hon Darren West MLC, Freeman Melvin Bristow and wife Iris and Freeman Halley Cowan and wife Mary.

It was wonderful to see former CEO’s attending the celebration including Jim Epiro, Ian Ball , Alan Middleton and Ryan Duff.

Guests enjoyed a meal catered for by the Narembeen Netball Club and the P&C arranged the waitressing—thanks to you all!

Meet the Team

Miss Bonnie Cole – Executive Manager Corporate Services 

1. How long have you worked with the Shire? 3 years and 2 months
2. What were you doing before working at the Shire? Deputy CEO at the Shire of Kellerberrin
3. How would your friends describe you? LOUD, Funny, Idiot!
4. What is your favourite indulgence? I love getting my hair done.
5. What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m not as confident as many people think I am.

Australia Day 2018 Celebrations Become Extra Special at Narembeen

Over 100 people gathered at the Narembeen Aquatic Centre on Friday 26th January 2018 to share a barbeque breakfast and celebrate being Australian. Shire Councillors and staff were off to an early start getting to the pool before 7am to ensure breakfast was ready for community members on their arrival.

The event commenced with Doctor (Councillor) Peter Lines leading everyone in a stirring rendition of the National Anthem followed by the Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole presenting the annual Australia Day Awards.

Every year, nominations are sought for outstanding people and groups within our community to be recognised with the Australia Day Awards. This year’s very deserving winners were:

Community Event of the Year: S.O.C.K (Save our Country Kids) Week. An initiative developed by the Narembeen Community Resource Centre to raise awareness of road safety.

Senior Citizen of the Year: Lorraine Lethlean. Lorraine is a quiet achiever who contributes to so many organisations they could not all be mentioned.
Citizens of the Year: Emma Main and Maddie Main. Known throughout the Shire and the region as the Main twins, these ladies play massive roles in hockey both on the field and as part of the committee. Always willing to lend a hand, the Narembeen community is very lucky to have them.

Following the presentation of the above awards, the Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole made a special announcement and requested that former Councillors Halley Cowan and Stephen Padfield come to the podium. At this point, Deputy Shire President, Cr Kellie Mortimore read out the formal citation that they both be bestowed with the title of Honorary Freeman of the Shire of Narembeen. Until now, the Shire of Narembeen has only bestowed this honour on three other occasions and it was an honour to have Freeman Mel Bristow and his wife Iris present. Halley and Stephen both gave brief speeches thanking Council for the honour but also both appeared to be somewhat lost for words.

Well done to both gentlemen!

 

Merry Christmas From the Chief

As is usually the case at this time of the year, we all reflect on how quickly the year has passed, it’s incredible to think that we will be celebrating Christmas in a couple of weeks, and just a week after that 2018 will have arrived!

As we look back over the events of 2017, it has been a bit of a mixed bag with the Shire receiving significant rains through February, again leaving many Shire roads with damage. These rains did however create good sub soil moisture for our farmers, which was definitely needed throughout the dry June that we experienced. The season all up though has been much kinder on our farmers than last year, with minimal frost damage and much better yields. Our community continues to be resilient when faced with the varying challenges the seasons can bring and you are to be commended on this.

There have been a number of notable achievements by Council throughout 2017 including: the completion of the town hall kitchen; the installation of solar panels at the Recreation Centre, Shire Administration Office and Pool; the successful application under the Stronger Communities Program to install an electronic honour board system at the Recreation Centre in 2018; road improvements including:- Narembeen-Corrigin Road & Kondinin-Narembeen Road (Roads to Recovery, Bruce Rock-Narembeen Road (Regional Road Group Funding), Wogarl Muntadgin Road (Blackspot Funding).

2017 saw the review of the Community Strategic Plan, with significant community consultation taking place, Council feels that the revised plan reflects on where we are as a community and adequately defines goals and strategies that are certainly achievable in the short and long term. The new plan is available online at www.narembeen.wa.gov.au. We appreciate those that took the time to provide their input into how we can make Narembeen a better place to live.

We continue to keep the community updated via social media including Facebook and Twitter, a cost efficient, more personal marketing medium. The Shire website is updated regularly and we hope that you are continuing to enjoy “The Chief” in the Narembeen Fencepost which aims to continue to keep you updated.

Along with the successful delivery of services to the community, much time has been dedicated this year to meeting the challenges of WANDRRA in which the Shire was granted funding following the second significant rain event in as many years. Council engaged the services of Core Business to oversee the reinstatement of works, which has been contracted to Leeuwin Civil. It is estimated

these works will be completed by June 2018 to a value in excess of $5,000,000. The works are currently being undertaken in the south of the Shire, the works to be completed are significant, so we appreciate your patience during this time.

During January 2017 we received notification of successful funding for the Emergency Services Facility through the Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme, this is an exciting project for Narembeen which is expected to be completed in early 2018, a long time in the making it will be very beneficial to have a centralised base for the operation of emergency services in Narembeen.

With the success of the funding for the CRC/Medical Centre extension through the National Stronger Regions Fund, this has been a project that Shire staff have been working on throughout the year and we look forward to finalising a contract with a builder in early 2018 to get this project underway.

October saw the Local Government Elections and with four positions vacant, we received four nominations, all elected unopposed. We welcome new Councillors Peter Lines, Scott Stirrat and Alan Wright and Cr Rhonda Cole for another term. 2018 saw the retirement of three Councillors—Cr Regina DeLuis served for 12 consecutive years, Cr Sydney Parsons served for 8 consecutive years and Cr Stephen Padfield served for an outstanding 31 years. They are to be commended on their dedicated service to the Narembeen community.

Congratulations to the many men and women who generously volunteer their time and skills to make Narembeen Shire a great place to live, work and play! We look forward to working close with our local community groups who are making a difference in our community. Please remember our Australia Day Breakfast & Awards Ceremony which is held on Australia Day—26th January, this is an event where we get to honour and pay tribute to those who have dedicated their time for the betterment of our community.

As we reflect upon the achievements of this year and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that next year holds, I would like to thank the Shire of Narembeen team (Councillors and Staff) for their hard work and commitment.

I would like to wish each of you a safe and Merry Christmas and a healthy successful year ahead.

Chris Jackson
Chief Executive Officer

Community Strategic Community Plan – You Talked, We Listened

The Narembeen Community Strategic Plan was adopted on 18th October 2017.

We believe through the community consultation process that the plan clearly reflects where we are heading as a community and adequately defines goals and strategies that are achievable in the short and long term. There is a summary of community feedback attached to the plan which indicates what community members had to say during the review process.

Click HERE to read the Plan.

Click HERE to read about what YOU, the Community had to say.

Think Mental Health

HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Last week, the McGowan Government launched the Think Mental Health campaign, to encourage men to seek help early and urge their family and friends to check in with them if they notice they are not going so well.  In a first for Western Australia, the public education campaign is dedicated to improving the community’s mental health and wellbeing, and reducing the risk of suicide.
The campaign seeks to destigmatise mental health issues. The first phase targets men aged 25 to 54, in recognition of the higher incidence of death by suicide among this group.
The campaign emphasises the power of talking, listening and the importance of being there for your mates and your family. Through these actions, we can strengthen the protective factors in people’s lives.
Think Mental Health provides easy access to a wealth of information and resources to assist Western Australians in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
The website thinkmnentalhealthwa.com.au has a mental health self-assessment checklist and check-up tool to help people find the right help for them.

Separated Parents and Bereavement Counselling Services

Separation and bereavement affect everyone at some point in their life. Lifeline WA is committed to helping individuals and families deal with the stress that separation and bereavement creates.

FREE Separated Parents and Bereavement counselling services are accessible to everyone in WA by providing support in a secure online environment.

Click here to access the electronic brochure provided by Lifeline WA.