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

Western Power Works

Scheduled for Narembeen – December 2017

14th December – Curralll St
15th December – Doreen Street
17th December – Ada St, Wakeman St & Northmore St
18th December – Ada Street

Some of these outages will affect Shire public facilities as follows:-

Thursday 14th December 2017, 7.30am to 5.30pm
Apex Park Public Toilets
Caravan Park
Aquatic Centre

Monday 18th December 2017, 7.30am to 5.30pm
Narembeen Community Gym

There may be other planned outages affecting your property and you should have been advised direct by Western Power.

WANDRRA Road Works Update

The WANDRRA works programme continues, the following roads are complete and ready for inspection:

Billericay East Road SLK 0.00 to 28.60 except culverts require cleanout SLK 13.05, 15.88, 22.19, 23.20 and 27.86
Billericay West Road SLK 10.36 to 12.44
Brown Road SLK 0.28 to 12.35
Cheethams Road SLK 0.00 to 7.53
Hedges West Road SLK 0.00 to 11.96
Koolberrin Road SLK 0.00 to 7.92
Malones Road SLK 0.00 to 2.60 (note there is no SLK 3.00 to 4.13 or 4.85 to 6.46 or 7.60 to 8.30)
Narembeen Boundary Road SLK 0.00 to 6.38
Narembeen South Road SLK 14.77 to 23.48

Works program up until December 19th 2017:

Construction grading Hedges East Road SLK 0.30 to 5.82 ready for re-sheeting
Re-sheeting Cumminin Road SLK 4.22 to 5.10 from 29/11/2017 to 30/11/2017
Re-sheeting Cumminin Road SLK 5.50 to 6.67 from 5/12/2017 to 7/12/2017
Re-sheeting Hedges East Road SLK 0.30 to 5.82 from 8/12/2017 to 19/12/2017

Works program for January 2018 includes:-

Emu Hill East Road SLK 0.89 to 4.55 – Heavy Construction Grade
Erdman Road SLK 0.00 to 8.56 – Construction Grade and re-sheeting where stipulated

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.

Letter to Editor of The West Australian from Local Helen Fidge

Great to see Helen Fidge’s Letter to the Editor making it in today’s West Australian.

Click here to read what she had to say!

We need to keep the support flowing in for this service in our community.

Please remember to write your letter of support for the Narembeen CRC.

 

Asbestos Awareness – Get to Know Asbestos this November

It’s Asbestos Awareness Month!

If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos. It is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home.

Importantly, if you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!

For more information – click here