CRC/Medical Centre Update

Construction is well and truly underway on the extension to the Narembeen CRC and Medical Centre. With the steel frames and truss roof complete, the brickwork has now commenced with the brick layers arriving in town yesterday.
The air conditioning cassettes have been installed, allowing the electrical works to commence. In the next few weeks we can expect to see the roof and ceilings being completed.
It is an exciting project and it’s great to see the building taking shape, keep up to date with the construction of this building via the Shire’s Facebook Page, Twitter or the website.

Collocated Emergency Services Centre opens in Narembeen

Invited guests and residents from Narembeen and surrounding towns gathered on Friday 14th September 2018 for the official opening of the Narembeen Volunteer Emergency Services Centre.

Shire of Narembeen Freeman Melvin Bristow, Halley Cowan, Stephen Padfield and Shire President Cr Rhonda Cole officially opened the $717,000 emergency centre.

Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole said “this magnificent new building provides for the collocation of the Narembeen St John and the Narembeen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, two dedicated groups of volunteers who play a key role in the delivery of emergency services in Narembeen and the surrounding communities.”

Funding towards the project was provided by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services $258,000, Wheatbelt Development Commission $250,000, St John Narembeen $100,000 and Narembeen Bush Fire Brigade $30,000.

“The volunteers of the St John Narembeen and Narembeen Bush Fire Brigade are selfless and give their time to protect others; they are an essential part of the Shire’s response before, during and following emergencies. They are fundamental to the community’s safety and resilience and give their time without expectation and I thank you all for your dedication and commitment to your community”, said Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole.

It was fitting that the day’s celebrations included a life membership presentation to Mrs Debbie Hall of Narembeen St John in recognition of her long and continuous service to Narembeen St John Sub-Centre and to the community of Narembeen. The honour recognised Debbie’s outstanding commitment, loyalty and dedication to the organisation. Congratulations Debbie.

Mr Murray Dixon, President of the Narembeen Bush Fire Brigade said “the process for a new building started over 9 years ago, there’s been a great investment by the State Government and more importantly by the local community, let’s continue to look after this investment as we head into becoming a Volunteer Emergency Service.”

Mr Lloyd Bailey, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Fire & Emergency Services said “the complex will provide a centralised base for operations in Narembeen as well as supporting emergency services in surrounding towns. As volunteers you give your time to the community, spend some of your free time training and what you do will be challenging and we want to support you as best we can.”

It’s the community spirit and co-operation that makes resilient communities such as Narembeen possible, where neighbor’s don’t hesitate to help and where members of the community volunteer their time for both of these organisations”, said Mr Justin Fonte, Senior Operations Manager, St John Ambulance.

The building centralises emergency services, provides private office space for debriefs and counselling and provides training area to upskill volunteers and a shared communications room to better manage emergency situations.

Narembeen volunteers are a vital part of the fabric of our vibrant community, it is important to acknowledge and support them through dedicated infrastructure such as this wonderful facility.

Many thanks to the following people for their assistance on the day and in the lead up to the event:-

  • Narembeen P&C, in particular Lucy Lines for the power of work put into co-ordinating a magnificent afternoon tea as well as providing much needed assistance on the afternoon and following the event.
  • Kellie Mortimore & Ian Mortimore for their assistance in setting up and cleaning up after the event as well as organising the bbq.
  • Ian Mortimore and Michael Lethlean for their help in cooking the bbq.
  • Andrew Hardham & Murray Dixon – for organising the drinks.
  • Shire staff for their assistance on the day and in the lead up to the event.

It was a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without you! THANK YOU.

Wildflower Update

It is lovely to see the countryside changing colour as the weather heats up.

Click here to see the current list of wildflower sightings in the Eastern Wheatbelt.

Narembeen CRC – Award Finalist in Regional Safety Awards

The Narembeen CRC’s SOCK week event was recently listed as a Semi-Finalist in the WA Regional Achievement Awards (Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award category).

Last week we were advised the Narembeen CRC is now a Finalist for these awards to be judged on 19th October 2018.  Congratulations to Leanne and her team, this certainly is wonderful recognition for a fantastic, worthy event.

The award recognises public initiatives that through efforts and/or innovation improve safety in the community.  The award promotes safe road practices in regional communities which encourages fewer and less serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes.



Narembeen Volunteer Emergency Service to officially open

The Narembeen Recreation Centre will be officially opened by Shire of Narembeen Freeman, Mr Melvin Bristow, Mr Halley Cowan and Mr Stephen Padfield JP at a ceremony on Friday 14th September 2018.

The Narembeen Volunteer Emergency Service development began in March 2017 with the facility costing $717,000 to build.  The building collocates the Narembeen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and the Narembeen St John Sub-Centre and replaces two outdated and inadequate buildings no longer meeting the needs of each of these emergency service organisations.

Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole said “this is magnificent facility provides the community with a structured approach to emergency situations, it will play a critical role in the overall management of disasters”.

The facility signifies the growth and success of Narembeen and is about providing a shared base for the operations of these groups who can work side by side to share their expertise and experience.

The Shire of Narembeen recognises the valuable contribution made to the Narembeen community by emergency service personnel and the need to provide ongoing support to ensure these groups to have the training and resources required.

Narembeen volunteers are a vital part of the fabric of our vibrant community, it is important to acknowledge and support them through dedicated infrastructure such as this wonderful facility, said Cr Cole.


Narembeen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Narembeen St John Ambulance Sub-Centre
Royalties for Regions
Wheatbelt Development Commission
Department of Fire & Emergency Services
St John







Shire of Narembeen receives Lotterywest support for new community bus

Last Thursday, on behalf of Lotterywest, the Hon Laurie Graham MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region presented the Shire of Narembeen with a cheque for $41,998 for the new Narembeen Community Bus.

Generous donations from Go Narembeen and Narembeen Homes for the Aged, enabled the Shire of Narembeen to purchase a 18 seater Fuso Rosa wheelchair-friendly community bus for local groups and organisations to hire.

The Shire of Narembeen would like to acknowledge and thank Lotterywest, Go Narembeen and Narembeen Homes for the Aged for making this project possible.


CRC Funding is Back!

The Shire of Narembeen received some exciting news last Friday morning with notification from the Labor Government that the CRC funding would continue at the current $13 million per year!

As you can imagine we had one very excited CRC Co-ordinator wanting to pop the champagne at 10.00am!  This is fantastic news for our community and offers financial security and viability for the Narembeen CRC for the next 3 years.

The Narembeen CRC is a vital part of Narembeen, the continuation of funding will ensure that the Narembeen CRC can deliver high quality services to the community, including access to government and community information as well as undertaking community, business and economic development activities.

Earlier this year, the Shire of Narembeen developed an action plan in response to the planned funding cuts.  Two meetings were held in Narembeen and the 40+ Wheatbelt CRC’s and Shires were invited to provide input and strategies for solutions to the issues at hand.  These workshops were very well received and we had at least 50-60 in attendance at both meetings. Outcomes received from these meetings included the suggestion of formalising partnerships with government and private enterprise to provide an collaborative approach the proposed funding cuts.

Executive Officer of the Wheatbelt Business Network, Caroline Robinson said “we were pleased to work with the Shire of Narembeen and support their leadership to address the funding cuts being proposed by the State Government.”

“Together the Shire and WBN presented opportunities to various State and Federal Government agencies as to how they could use CRC’s and we will continue to progress these opportunities for the group of CRC’s to ensure their presence and relevancy going into the future”, said Caroline.

The Shire of Narembeen appreciates the support of the WBN and looks forward to continuing to work closely with them to prove the value of all CRC’s and to use the current funding to leverage additional funding and services for the regions.

Bonnie Cole appointed to RDA Wheatbelt Board

Congratulations to our very own Bonnie Cole on her recent appointment to the board of RDA Wheatbelt.

The committee of RDA Wheatbelt comprises of nine volunteer members drawn from community, business, government and not-for-profit organisations across the region.  Each committee member presents broad and diverse skills base and brings leadership and experiences from across the region.

Awesome effort Bon, given your extensive experience in local government, and living in Wheatbelt communities, your qualities and experience will be an asset to the RDA Wheatbelt Board.


Narembeen wins Award in 2018 Banners in the Terrace

The annual Banners in the Terrace Competition is one of the State’s largest single community arts projects and each year brings St George’s and Adelaide Terrace’s alive with colorful, vibrant works from communities around the State.

Held in conjunction with the WA Local Government Convention, banners are entered inone of five categories covering school ages, community group, professional/digital. 66 Local Governments entered this year’s competition.

This year on behalf of the Shire of Narembeen, the Narembeen CRC engaged Heidi Bailey and Sara Riches, both gifted and talented artists to create a colourful, funky piece of artwork.  Well done to both of these artists, your flair for creativity is evident and we are very proud of the final design —THANK YOU!

The winners of this year’s Banners in the Terrace are:-

  • Professional/Digital—Shire of Narembeen
  • Junior Primary School—Shire of Manjimup
  • Upper Primary School—Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley
  • Secondary School– Shire of Halls Creek
  • Community Group/Overall —Shire of Harvey

 Awesome effort to all involved, many thanks to the Narembeen CRC for co-ordinating this project.  We look forward to displaying the banner in Churchill Street very soon!