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 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