Your Boyup Brook Shire Council Matters

Welcome to the latest Council news items and information on ‘what’s going on at your shire’!

The following meeting dates and times apply for the 2019 year:

Residents and Ratepayers are welcome to attend the Briefing Session which commences at 3.30pm and the Ordinary Council meeting which commences at 5.00pm in the Council Chambers.

22 August 2019

19 September 2019

17 October 2019

21 November 2019

12 December 2019

Council Minutes

Please see the minutes at the front counter or on the website from the Council Meetings held in 2019.

Council Deliberate on 2019-20 Rates

At Council's meeting on Thursday 18 July a Levying Rates in 2019-20 report was laid on the table for want of a mover or seconder.  Subsequently, Council met on Monday evening 22 July to strategise assets preservation and proposed rates in 2019-20.  The shire's 2019-20 Transport grants comprise $1,807,100 for roads, drainage, cycleways etc, and with bridges grants at $638,000 total Transport grants will amount to $2,445,100.  Add $500,000 of Council's own funds to this gives a staggering $2,945,100 2019-20 Transport budget, let alone costing sport and recreation facilities, buildings, and plant and equipment assets preservation.   Highlighted at Monday's Council workshop was the need for Council to re-assess their 2017-27 Long Term Financial Plan.  Deliberations on the shire's assets preservation needs and the rates to be levied in 2019-20 is to continue at a second workshop scheduled for Friday 02 August.

Rates

Pensioner Concession Rebate

Pensioner Concession Rebate - Water Corporation forwards Pensioner Concession Rebate details to the shire.  The rebate  applies from the date of registration.

Change of Address

Please advise the Council in writing of any change of address to which notices are to be sent. The assessment number should be quoted on all such correspondence. There is an obligation on property owners to ensure that the Shire has the correct address for service of notices.  The Shire accepts no responsibility for mail not received due to an incorrect mailing address or a mail redirection.

Preferred Postal address for correspondence

Under the Local Government Act 1995 - Financial Management - Rates and Charges Section 6.42

 (3) Notwithstanding sections 75 and 76 of the Interpretation Act 1984 service of the rate notice is deemed to have been effected if delivered to the address shown in the rate record for the owner at the time of delivery.

It is the responsibility of the owner to advise the shire, in writing of the preferred postal address for correspondence, including but not limited to rate notices.

Since the introduction of rural numbering, owners of more than one property will have several rural addresses therefore it is extremely important that the shire is advised of the preferred postal address. 

Difficulty in paying rates?

The shire acknowledges that times are difficult for many.  Don't be embarrassed, better to discuss options available to clear the outstanding rates than to incur more expense with legal costs. 

POSITION VACANT

MEDICAL CENTRE CLEANER - 4 HOURS PER WEEK

The Shire of Boyup Brook is seeking a reliable  person to undertake the cleaning of: the Medical Centre and other shire facilities on an ad hoc basis.  The position is  covered under the Local Government Industry (2010) Award, Level 1.

Previous experience and demonstrated high standard of cleaning, good time management and ability to work flexible hours are essential.

Application package, including current position description is available from the HR coordinator by contacting the Shire:

08 9765 1200 or shire@boyupbrook.wa.gov.au

Applicants must address the selection criteria.

Applications close  Friday 2nd August 2019   and should be addressed to the Acting Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 2, Abel Street, Boyup Brook.

Boyup Brook Artwork in Perth

The ShoWcAse in Pixels Competition (formerly known as Banners in the Terrace) is an annual exhibition of artwork from Local Governments. This year the artwork will be a digital display on the tower at the heart of Yagan Square in the Perth CBD from Monday 29 July - Sunday 11 August. To view the banner and find out more information visit the shire website.

Collaborative Shade Sail project at the ELC

The shade sail project for the nature playground at the Early Learning Centre (ELC) is now complete.  The shade sails project was an initiative of the local Boyup Brook Playgroup.  Partnering with the Shire, and with the support of a Department of Industry, Innovation and Science  Stronger Communities Programme grant for $7,750, the shade sails provide a new sun smart, community play area.  The Sails extend the hours the ELC outdoor area can be used, and encourages young children to get active outside. Thank you to the Boyup Brook Playgroup for your support in “Growing our Community Together”.

Seniors Exercise

The WISE (Weekly Information and Seniors Exercise) program, February - June 2019, was made possible with thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Seniors Activation Program and was proudly supported by the CRC and the Shire of Boyup Brook. The program received fantastic community support with over 27 individuals engaging in the program with an average of 11.5 participants per session. The program will now be coordinated by the CRC and run under the banner of Seniors Exercise and Activity (SEA) with the support of a Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grant. The Shire will continue to support the weekly one hour exercise class, that focuses on a healthy and active body in a fun and social atmosphere every Tuesday in the Town Hall 10am - 11am. For more information contact the CRC.

Sandakan Memorial Service

Everyone is welcome to attend the Sandakan Memorial Service at Sandakan Park, Abel Street, Boyup Brook on Tuesday,

10th September 2019 at 11am.  Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the Ceremony in the Lesser Hall.

Australia Day Awards

  • Citizenship Award Nomination
  • Young Achiever Award Nomination
  • Sports Person Award Nomination
  • Kevin Henderson Memorial Award Nomination

Nominations are to be forwarded to the Shire Office by 4.30pm on 1st November 2019.

Nomination forms are available at the Shire Office and on the website.

Nominations must be in an envelope clearly marked "Citizenship Award", "Sports Person Award", "Young Achiever Award" and "The Kevin Henderson Memorial Award" and forwarded to the Shire Administration Office, Abel Street (PO Box 2) Boyup Brook 6244.

What's on at the Early Learning Centre

School Holidays brought a new hive of activity to the Early Learning Centre, with children learning about our First Nation People in acknowledgement of NAIDOC week. Building humpies, highlighting Indigenous artists and designing our very own story stones, featured in a range of experiences to develop our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and history. 

Building cultural competency and celebrating diversity forms a core part of the curriculum at BBELC amongst an array of other experiences.

Our Service happily accepts both casual and permanent bookings, with a fantastic FREE Play and Stay enrolment process for families and children interested in attending. So why not call in for a peek and see all the amazing things happening in our corner of the world.

See you in the playground! 

Jimina

Director

Boyup Brook Early Learning Centre

Tuesday to Friday

8.15am to 5.15pm

82 Abel Street, Boyup Brook

08)  9765 2229

elc@boyupbrook.wa.gov.au

Ranger

An audit of the Shire's dog and cat systems is currently being undertaken.  It has highlighted some missing information, including microchip numbers and current owner details.

Dog owners will soon be sent a letter asking them to provide certain information or confirm existing information for our records.  If you receive a letter and your dog has passed away or left the Shire, please complete the declaration and return it to the Shire. 

If you have a dog or cat, but do not receive this letter, please visit the Shire or contact us on 9765 1200 to arrange registration. 

NOTE:  All Dogs and Cats must be registered in the Shire they live in, and since November 2015 all dogs and cats are required by law to be microchipped and registered (sterilisation of cats over 6 months is compulsory).  Microchip details must be provided at the time of registration.

If you do not have the microchip details, your vet will be able to advise you of your dog /cat's microchip number, or chip them.  If your dog/cat is not microchipped, please arrange this as soon as possible as penalties may apply.  Chipping and having your name and address on your animals collar can save time and money in organising for them to be returned to you safely.

If your dog/cat is registered in another Western Australian Shire but resides in Boyup Brook, please visit the Shire of Boyup Brook Administration Office to update your dog/cats details. 

The Parks and Wildlife Service, South West Region of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is seeking volunteers residing in the Shire of Boyup Brook to apply to the department to become volunteer animal control agents to assist in roadside euthanizing of injured kangaroos. The department has a Helpline run by volunteers to assist the public where they come across injured or orphaned native wildlife, the Wildcare Helpline is contactable on 9474 9055. If you would like to volunteer please contact regional wildlife officer, Pia Courtis on 9725 4300.

Councillors Corner

Hello Everyone,

I’d like to begin by giving a compliment to the Community for embracing recycling. Boyup Brook has a very good record of a minimum of 14% waste in recycling. Of course, this can still be improved upon and if you rinse things like jars, milk bottles and cans it would make the sorting task a lot more pleasant. It is important for the Community that you separate aluminium cans and put them with the Lions collection. That way the proceeds stay in the district. Unfortunately, some people don’t even bother to separate their recycling at all and its distressing to see so much stuff go into the waste bin.  If you don’t recycle, I would plead you to start and do so.

It is great to see that the Early Learning Centre (ELC) has shade sails in their yard, this is most important for our little ones. The Primary School P&C is also saving for shade sails in their amphitheatre. If you can help your P&C it would be much appreciated.

We have Local Council elections in October, and it is very important that you give serious consideration to nominating. This is an increasingly important position in the Community and WALGA would like Councillors to do special training for the position.

Finally, Seniors exercise program I became involved by accident and I’m loving it. Jodi Nield oversees the routines to see we do it properly and don’t over do it. This is also a great opportunity for socialising, and I encourage everyone over 55 to give it a go.

Tuesdays 10am at the Town Hall.

Till next time,

Cheers and God Bless

Cr Tom Oversby

The above information was included in the Boyup Brook Gazette August 2019 edition.