The Chief Goes Live!

This week’s interview features our Chief, Mr Chris Jackson and our Executive Manager of Corporate Services Miss Bonnie Cole talking everything coffee in the Narembeen Coffee Shop!

Dorcas Clothing hits it’s target

$100,000 Donated to Charities and Services

Dorcas Clothing is a second-hand clothing, furniture and homewares charity run by local volunteer Rosemary Smoker located in Narembeen and Narrogin.

Funds raised from the sale of second-hand goods are injected back into the communities of Narembeen and Narrogin through $1,000 donations to charities and services. And it is not only these towns that prosper; donations have been made to assist disaster relief efforts in Australia and around the world.

Rosemary Smoker, the instigator and driver of this project set her sights high this week to reach the magic $100,000 in donations to charities and services. A Facebook post on 16th May confirmed with much gratitude that this milestone had been reached!

Around 3 years ago when the collection of used clothing was discontinued locally, Rosemary had an idea to establish a collection point for clothing at the Church of Christ. This small donation area soon rapidly grew and alternative accommodation was required, this took the form of a garage and now the much bigger District Club.  In June 2015, it was decided to spread the charity to the Narrogin community, which has been very well received.

Rosemary said “goods are sold very cheaply, so there is a quick turnover and customers are coming from all around the Wheatbelt to purchase goods.”

Through Rosemary’s efforts as well as her band of merry helpers there have been many spin offs for the Narembeen and Narrogin communities through low cost clothing & goods, social interaction and volunteerism.

Of course this venture would not have been possible without the generous donations and purchases from the people of Narembeen, Narrogin and all over the Wheatbelt who have supported Dorcas Clothing to reach this awesome target!

Well done Rosemary on this fantastic achievement, you have humbly dedicated yourself to this exciting venture and your precious cash donations have assisted many, thank you!


Sheree Thomas
Community & Economic Development Officer
Shire of Narembeen
T: 9064 7308

Associations Incorporations Act 2015

The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 commenced 1 July 2016.

Associations must review and update their rules as well as introducing a number of changes regarding:

  • financial reporting
  • governance
  • privacy
  • the rules
  • becoming incorporated
  • membership of incorporated associations

  1. What you will need to do
  • Enrol and update.
  • Please check and update your association’s contact information via the AssociationsOnline portal.  You will need to complete the enrolment process even if you had access to the old system.
  • Review and update rules: You will need to review and update your associations rules to be in line with the new law.  Associations must include information in the rules about 19 matters known as the Schedule 1 requirements.
  • Associations will have three years from 1 July 2016 to ensure their rules comply with the new law.
  • Model Rules: You can use the new model rules  or you can still choose to use your own rules as long as they comply with the new law.
  • Keeping up to date with the associations law: By using AssociationsOnline and updating your contact information you will be kept up to date on any relevant news. Non-incorporated groups, individuals and stakeholders can be alerted about the new law by subscribing to the AssociationsInfo newsletter.
  1. A checklist has been developed to assist Clubs.

  1. Model Rules: The model rules are a standard set of rules that have been developed for use by associations who do not wish to develop their own rules. These rules meet all the requirements of the Act and provide a suitable governance framework for an incorporated association.

  1. A number of resources were made to help Associations adjust to the new law including Transition Packs.

The packs will provide an overview of the changes to be introduced under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015, answers some frequently asked questions and explains what associations will be required to do when the time comes to transition over to the new law.

  1. Associations and clubs are required to submit an information statement to Consumer Protection every year. This statement confirms the association is still active, eligible to be incorporated and has held its Annual General Meeting.

Information statements must be lodged within six (6) months after the end of an association’s financial year. Associations and clubs can choose their own financial year so the due date for submitting the statement may differ between groups.

  1. The following video link is of one of the presentations held prior to the commencement of the law and covers:
  • Effect of new laws on existing incorporated associations
  • Overview of changes
  • Prescribed Model Rules
  • Transitional requirements

You can also view or download the presentation slides and presentation transcript.

Have Your Say—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 –
  • 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

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.