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.

20 June 2019

18 July 2019

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.

Appointed Staff

We wish to welcome Tammy Sanderson who has been appointed on the Garden Crew and Heather Blechynden who  has been appointed Ranger of the Shire of Boyup Brook, Ranger matters can be put to Heather via the shire’s Customer Service Request system either over the phone (9765 1200), by email (shire@boyupbrook.wa.gov.au) or in person at the Administration Building on Abel Street.

Police Licensing - Practical Driving Assessments (PDA)                   

A new booking system for Practical Driving Assessments (PDA’s) has been implemented to increase the availability of bookings for Shire of Boyup Brook residents.

Residents now book their PDA manually at the Shire office.  Any spots left vacant after that then become available to everyone to book online.

To make a booking, please visit the Shire office with your Learners Permit and we will assist with finding a suitable date for your test. Bookings are limited, so please plan in advance.

The next date for PDA’s is planned for Wednesday 12th June 2019.

WISE

The WISE program will run every Tuesday in June at 10am-11am in the Town Hall. These active body sessions for people young at heart, 55+ have been made possible with thanks to a grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and have been proudly supported by the CRC and the Shire of Boyup Brook. Light refreshments will be served after the WISE session Tuesday 25 June.

Affordable Housing

The Shire of Boyup Brook Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027 presents the vision of "Growing our Community Together". To support this the shire offers affordable and diverse housing options and provides two duplexes (four units) to the community as affordable housing for low income earners. The units are property managed by a Real Estate agent. The tenants are assessed for eligibility and their rent is set based on their Centrelink Income statements. Currently there is a vacancy for a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom unit. If you would like further information please contact Joanna Kaye at the Shire office.

Feedlots (Intensive Stock Farming) - Notice of Proposed Policy

It is HEREBY NOTIFIED for public information and comment that the Council adopt revised policy P.07 Feedlots (Extensive Stock Farming)

Details of the revised policy is available for inspection at the Council office and Shire website.  Comments on the proposed reviewed policy may be submitted to the Acting/CEO in writing on or before the day of  30th June 2019.

Stephen Carstairs

A/Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Boyup Brook, PO Box 2, Boyup Brook WA 6244

What's on at the Early Learning Centre

For those who have been following us at the ELC, we have recently been growing seed samples for our chicken in residence, Moonpie. During the month of May, we have been doing an inquiry into their food preferences, with a choice between garden weeds, wheat and pea shoots. From our observations, preliminary results point to garden variety weeds as our chickens favourite. Even more interestingly, wheat is usually their last choice after everything else, including grass. 

In the spirit of animal husbandry, we are planning to have other small animal friends visit the Service, for the children to care for and learn from. Keep an eye out in the playground for who will be visiting next, check out the shade sail progression in the Nature Playground or join us for morning tea, as part of our  Play and Stay Enrolment process; its free for families looking to enroll at the Service.

For those who have been following us at the Early Learning Centre, it has been a very busy (almost) 12 months. July 2018, saw the ELC Service re-open as an essential part of the Boyup Brook community, thanks the backing of our local Shire President, Councillors, CEO, families, friends and wider community members.

2018/19 has been a great year for us, seeing the return of familiar faces, as well as so many new ones. The feeling of support has been overwhelming at times and the sense of community is really apparent.

The ELC Service has had a fresh coat of paint and a whole bunch of new resources to support our natural, play based learning style. A new Nature Playground has been installed jointly by Playgroup and the shire on the premises, and we are in the final stages of shade sails being added. Most of all, the children in our care  and their families are happy: our goal has always been to meet the needs of our community.

This month saw the ELC Service come to its 12 month review, where a decision would need to be made by Council to consider continuing the operation of the Early Learning Centre. I'm pleased to announce that the ELC Service will continue to operate. 

I personally, would like the thank the Shire President, Councillors, Acting CEO, Shire staff and wider community members who have helped us, and of course all the wonderful families and little ones who have supported us wholeheartedly. 

So I'm happy to say once again, see you in the playground!

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

Supporting the next generation to develop, explore and learn through play, naturally.

Councillors Corner

Hello to everyone and welcome to the Councillors corner. Do you, or someone you know have a property without a house on it? Or an old house that perhaps needs a renovation? This month I'd like to talk about something that I think is an issue for our community and that’s accommodation. I believe the lack of short stay accommodation is a significant problem in Boyup Brook and this impacts our tourism potential, which in turn affects our ability to develop our local attractions and our ability to retain and attract local business.

We do have a number of options in the Shire however these are frequently booked out and visitors to the town often have to travel to Bridgetown for accommodation which is a real shame. Services such as Airbnb are common these days so I will use that as an example. A location search of Bridgetown on the Airbnb website shows that there are 17 places within the town, with more in the surrounding countryside. The same search for Boyup Brook reveals that there are just 4 within the entire Shire and none within the town. Tourism should be on the community agenda for the town for a number of reasons. Tourism brings money to the town, it generates employment, it makes additional facilities and services viable, most importantly it puts Boyup on the map as a place for people to settle. Boyup Brook needs to be more of a tourist destination to help secure our future.

Often when people are looking for a tree change or to retire, they holiday there first, without any short stay accommodation available, the ability for people to be able to consider our town for their future is made difficult. Certainly there are many things that need to happen to make that a reality and a big part of that picture is having more quality places to stay. For this reason I urge people to consider developing short-stay accommodation both for the personal financial benefits and for the prosperity of our community.

Cr Sarah Alexander

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