Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Each year on Australia Day, local governments around the state celebrate active citizenship in their communities.

Nominations are now open for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards, to recognise individuals and organisations that have made a big contribution during the year or over a number of years.

The awards acknowledge outstanding contributions and community service in a wider range of areas that promote community advancement and wellbeing including charitable and voluntary service, education, health, arts, business, the environment and sport.

 

There are four categories:-

Citizen of the Year

A person you believe has delivered outstanding service to his or her community.

Citizen of the Year – Youth

A young person you believe has delivered outstanding service to his or her community and to be eligible, the person must be under 25 years of age on January 26, 2018.

Citizen of the Year – Senior

An older person you believe has delivered outstanding service to his or her community and to be eligible, the person must be over 65 years of age on January 26, 2018.

Award for Active Citizenship

A group doing outstanding work or for an event staged in the community during the past year.

For further information and how to nominate visit https://www.citizenshipawards.com.au/

Nominations close on 31 October 2017.

Integrated Wheatbelt Secondary Collector Freight Route Project

The Shire of Narembeen, along with the 41 other Wheatbelt local governments, is working towards an integrated Wheatbelt Secondary Collector Freight Route project. The aim of the project is to develop an interconnected road network for heavy haulage across Local Government Authorities so that freight can be transported across the region linking the “first or final” mile to and from Wheatbelt towns and farms. The goal is to concentrate heavy traffic on specific routes (local roads) which will feed onto Main Roads. These roads have been selected to fit into specific criteria so as not to duplicate existing heavy vehicle routes. The upgrading of the “secondary collector routes”, will encourage operators to move onto them ASAP and allow for a more concentrated focus on maintenance programs on this network, which will remain a Shire responsibility. It will still be individual local government responsibility to maintain or upgrade any connecting roads.

To achieve this, the Shires intend to upgrade the selected local roads to a minimum standard and have consistent RAV ratings along routes. This will enhance safety on our roads and alleviate the interaction between heavy traffic and local traffic.

Currently, Shires are analysing the roads identified in this project to ascertain exactly what work needs to be done to upgrade the routes. This will allow us to calculate a total amount for the required funding. We expect the cost to be substantial and will be seeking Federal funding.

We are working in collaboration with our Regional Road Groups (Wheatbelt North and Wheatbelt South), Regional Development Australia (Wheatbelt), Main Roads WA and the Western Australian Local Government Association to develop a business case to have this project added to the Infrastructure Australia priority list, which will enhance our ability to attract funding.

Click here to see the Secondary Freight Routes Map

New Census Data Released!

The new Census figures for the Wheatbelt are available, click here to compare other towns in the Wheatbelt.

Waste Management Practices

SMRC RESPONSE TO FOUR CORNERS INVESTIGATION INTO WASTE MANAGEMENT

In light of the allegations presented in a recent ABC Four Corners programme into waste management practices in NSW and QLD, the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) would like to reemphasize that recyclables collected in the yellow-topped bins processed by the SMRC are recovered to the fullest extent possible with 85% of recyclables recovered and made into new products.

Click here to read the full article.