Looking for funding for your community group

The Shire of Narembeen’s Grants Program for 2018/19 is OPEN.  The objective of the program 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 Goals
    (For further information on what the above goals encompass, visit the Shire of Narembeen’s webpage: https://www.narembeen.wa.gov.au/council/council-documents/ and look at our Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027 or alternatively request a hard 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  for Council’s consideration in the 2018/19 budget.

Applications must be submitted using the application form below.

Application Form – 2018/19 Community Grants Program

Enquires may be directed to Sheree Thomas on 9064 7308 or E: ced@narembeen.wa.gov.au

Churchill Street Community Precinct (Apex Cake Stall Area)

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 21st March 2018, Council adopted to improve the area of land on Churchill Street which houses the Apex Cake Stall Shed, gazebo’s and seating.

The existing shed and pergola are not in good condition and will need to be demolished so that the area can have new shelters, seating and screening erected to improve the aesthetics of the Churchill Street precinct.

Please be aware that works will be undertaken over the next couple of months, so please be careful in the area.

Council looks forward to keeping you updated on this project.

Narembeen Cemetery Re-development

The Shire of Narembeen recognises the historical significance of the Narembeen Cemetery and is committed to ensuring the cemetery is preserved and enhanced in keeping with the natural features and landscape.

In 2016 the Shire of Narembeen’s Cemetery Committee identified a need for better planning and management of the Narembeen Cemetery and conducted several site inspections in order to ascertain any required improvements.

In February 2018 the Shire of Narembeen advertised for expressions of interest for consultants to provide a Scoping Study for the project. With three consultants providing quotations, it was decided to appoint Plus Architecture as the preferred consultant for the project.

Plus Architecture will provide a masterplan, concept design and vision for the project. Which will also include phasing of the project in order of priority and to align with Shire budgets.

The Shire of Narembeen recognises the need to consult with the community and affected families when carrying out any works that may impact directly on for example the niche wall. In the coming weeks, the Shire of Narembeen will provide the community with recommendations for the Cemetery Re-development Plan and welcomes feedback.

Rural Water Planning – Grants & Rebates Available to Farmers

If you are a commercial farmer experiencing a water deficiency you can apply for rebates under the Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme (FWSPS) to have an audit and site inspection of your farm and the Farm Water Rebate Scheme (FWRS) for undertaking water supply improvements on your farm.  The FWSPS and FWRS are available to commercial farmers in dryland agricultural districts receiving less than 600mm average rainfall.

For more information click here.

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!

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!


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.