Mandurah’s Winter Wonderland Returns

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Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore will once again come alive this July (7 – 29) with the return of Winter Wonderland! Celebrating everything we love about winter, Mandurah’s family friendly winter themed festival, Winter Wonderland offers a wondrous ice skating experience, complete with falling ‘snow’ for the quintessential family fun day or night out!

Relax inside Flic’s Kitchen Cabin Bar, a warm and cosy space to treat yourself to an amazing bite to eat while sipping on some warming winter bevies. If the winter food and drinks isn’t enough to excite you, keep an eye out for details on themed nights, music, entertainment and more, igniting the Cabin Bar throughout the festival.

An exciting new addition to this year’s Winter Wonderland experience are the custom-made fire pits, keeping you warm on a perfect chilly winter night! Cuddle up with family and friends and watch in wonder at all the ice skating action.

Winter Wonderland exists to bring vibrancy and excitement to the Eastern Foreshore during the quieter winter months. The local Foreshore business community have truly embraced the festival by curating an exciting program of events and activities across the 23 days including themed bar nights, carnival rides, arts and craft markets, nightly venue specials,family fun activities, a winter lounge and heaps more! Winter Wonderland encourages the community out of their homes and into the heart of the City to celebrate the true magic of winter, while supporting local businesses.

WATCH THIS SPACE as the full program of events is announced in the coming week!

Winter Wonderland is supported by the City of Mandurah, with Mayor Rhys Williams saying, “The Eastern Foreshore is at the heart of our City Centre and for us Winter Wonderland is about giving people a reason to get out and enjoy the City during a time when people tend to favour the indoors. It’s about giving our community another place to come together and enjoy.”

“It’s also about encouraging the community to get out and support some of our local businesses.”

“Last year’s event was well received by the community so when the opportunity came up to do this again we we’re more than happy to support the initiative.”

Mandurah’s Winter Wonderland takes place overlooking the picturesque Peel-Harvey Estuary. This year the event is taking advantage of the last week of the July school holidays to ensure visitors and locals alike can revel in the true magic of winter!

The City of Mandurah, local businesses and experienced event management company, KINN & Co, are working together to boost visitor numbers and vibrancy along Mandurah Terrace during the quieter winter months through this fabulous event.

Winter Wonderland is accessible for all, including wheelchairs and “wheely friendly” ice skating sessions throughout the season. There are special ice skates and penguins for tiny tots (and big skaters) that require a little more help on the ice and plenty of late night skate sessions for that perfect first date, or a fun night out with your loved ones.

For many Mandurah locals and visitors, this will be their first experience seeing ice and snow. For others, it’s a chance to re-live some of the magic snow and European winter experiences you’ve had on holidays.


TICKETING & EARLY BIRD OFFER

Tickets are available NOW via ticketbooth.com.au

Get tickets before 5pm Sunday 1 July and take advantage of the 10% EARLY BIRD ticket offer!

Ice skating sessions (45mins) will run on the hour every hour with peak and off peak hours;

PEAK:  Last week of school holidays (7 – 15 July) and weekends (Sat 21 & Sunday 22, Sat 28 & SUN 29 July)

SESSION TIMES:

9:00am - 10:00am
10:00am - 11:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
5:00pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
7:00pm - 8:00pm

PEAK PRICES:

Under 5 Years: $5
5 years - 15 years: $15
Over 15 years: $22
Family (2 Over 15s & 2 Under 15s): $65
Penguin Hire: $10

OFF PEAK: Monday 16- Friday 20 July & Monday 23– Friday 27 July

SESSION TIMES:

3:00pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
5:00pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
7:00pm - 8:00pm

OFF PEAK PRICES:

Under 5 Years: $5
5 years - 15 years: $10
Over 15 years: $18
Family (2 Over 15s & 2 Under 15s): $45
Penguin Hire: $10
Primary School Group Booking: $8 per student (Minimum purchase 20 tics + 4 Complimentary tickets for Teachers/Parents)

NOTE: Ice skating ticket price includes skate hire.

Information is available now via the City of Mandurah WHATS ON section.

Full details and tickets for ice skating available at ticketbooth.com.au.  
Book now to secure you spot on the ice.

Peel Region on Show to International Film Goers

Ben Elton during filming of Three Summers

Ben Elton during filming of Three Summers

The Peel Region will be showcased at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival with Ben Elton’s Three Summers making its international debut this month.

Three Summers, winner of the 2018 Cannes Senior Cinephiles award, is the first feature film ever shot in the Peel Region, with filming proudly supported by Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO), and other local organisations.

The film is set in the historic Fairbridge Village, a 100-year-old heritage listed site near Pinjarra, and will offer film goers a taste of this beautiful part of Western Australia.

MAPTO CEO, Karen Priest, said the film captured the feel and personality of the region and she was thrilled to see Three Summers making its international debut in Edinburgh.

“MAPTO provided funding support for the film’s production and reached an agreement with the producers to make sure significant awareness of the Peel Region was achieved through the promotion and release of Three Summers,” Ms Priest said.

“We’ve been monitoring the film’s publicity and social media mentions since it was first screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year and have noticed a jump in mentions and awareness of our region, particularly Pinjarra and the Fairbridge Festival.

“MAPTO is working with Tourism WA and the film’s producers to make sure people seeing Three Summers at the Edinburgh festival know where this alluring part of Australia is and how to book a holiday here.”

Thanks to MAPTO and Tourism WA’s UK office, Ben Elton will talk to UK broadcasters and newspapers at the end of this month about Pinjarra and Fairbridge Village as part of the promotion of the film at the festival.

Following the media interviews, Mr Elton will host a private screening of Three Summers in London, to which Tourism WA has invited a mix of tourism stakeholders, media and senior TV production and TV development contacts to further promote WA and the Peel Region as a filming and holiday destination.

Three Summers is Ben Elton’s first foray into film writing and directing in 17 years. It is a very funny story of love and music that follows the same people attending an annual music festival over three years.

Offenders on the loose without being monitored

West Australians were left in the dark when dozens of offenders, some with serious convictions including dangerous sex offences, were unable to be tracked following a telecommunications outage.

Shadow Minister for Corrective Services Zak Kirkup said it was incomprehensible the Government did not alert the community to the dangers posed by offenders able to roam the community without being able to be tracked.

“If there is a telecommunications outage and offenders cannot be tracked, the community needs to be made aware,” Mr Kirkup said.

“Last night in Parliament it was revealed 81 offenders with trackable ankle bracelets had been disconnected from monitoring as a result of the outage.

“The first the community has heard of this is through questioning in Parliament.

“The question must be asked, why did it take questioning in Parliament for this information to be made public?  Why didn’t the Minister bring this to the attention of the public at the height of the risk of these offenders being in public without being able to be monitored.”

Mr Kirkup said the Government needed to assure the public they would not be kept in the dark if there was a similar telecommunications blackout in the future in which offenders were unable to be tracked.

“It is the responsibility of the Minister for Corrective Services to be open and transparent about these very serious and concerning security issues,” Mr Kirkup said.

“He would have received a briefing that the Department had lost track of the offenders as a result of the outage, and he should have insisted on warning the public that this had occurred.

“His failure to do this smacks of a cover up.  I am concerned he may not have wanted the public to know that offenders were out in the public and not being tracked.

“This has only come to light through questioning in Parliament and it would not be surprising if the Government was hoping the questions would not be asked and this incident had not come to light.

“It is now incumbent on the Minister to insist his Department develop a communications protocol to alert the public whenever there is an incident in which tracked offenders are unable to have their movements monitored.

“The public needs to be assured they are protected from these offenders.  This is the Minister’s responsibility and he needs to take action now that this incident, and the potential for further such incidents, has been exposed.”

Community Called to Assist with Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment

Public feedback could help revolutionise the Murray River Square and adjacent foreshore reserve, into a well-planned, well-utilised community amenity.

The Shire of Murray has recently appointed landscape consultants, EPCAD, to assist with the progression of the design for the study area.

According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth, three sketch options have been released and the Shire are seeking community comment regarding a preferred design.

Among other components, planning could see the town square redeveloped to achieve views to the river from George Street and James Street and an informal grassed terraced amphitheatre and stage area, upgraded streetscaping, a canoe entry and exit point and improved picnic and BBQ facilities established along the foreshore.  

Mr. Unsworth said following community feedback it is intended that a preferred option which may involve components from one or more of the sketch options, would then be chosen to develop a full concept design.

To view the sketches and submit feedback, community members are encouraged to visit the Shire’s website murray.wa.gov.au or call into the Shire’s Administration Office at 1915 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra during office hours.

Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Murray, PO Box 21, Pinjarra WA 6208. Emailed submissions should be sent to mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au.

A drop-in information session will also be held at the Pinjarra Civic Centre on Monday 21 May from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The sketches will be on display and Shire officers will be available for discussion and to answer questions.

Concept development follows Council’s adoption in 2015 of a masterplan for the Murray River Foreshore in Pinjarra, between the Henry Street boat ramp and the Murray Leisure Centre. 

“The masterplan was prepared with extensive consultation with the community and was intended to provide a high level framework to guide future action within the foreshore area,” Mr. Unsworth said.

Submissions close 12:00pm Friday 1 June, 2018.

Murray River Site plan - perspective and images - Option A

Murray River Site plan - perspective and images - Option A

Murray River Site plan - perspective and images - Option B

Murray River Site plan - perspective and images - Option B

Murray River Site plan - perspective and images - Option C

Murray River Site plan - perspective and images - Option C

Community invited to have say on Mandurah’s city centre waterfront

The community is being asked to help shape the future of Mandurah’s city centre as the City of Mandurah kicks off the next phase of making it a reality.

The recent completion of the Eastern Foreshore’s seawall, extended grassed area and path connections, and the Mandurah Bridge Replacement, now paves the way for the community to shape the re-energisation of the city centre’s waterfront areas.

Community members and stakeholders will play an important role in identifying and developing upgrade priorities for the city centre waterfront.

The City is asking the community to guide the vision by sharing their thoughts about what people love about the areas now, and suggestions on what they want to see in these areas.

To assist with shaping the vision, the foreshore areas have been divided into zones, each with unique existing character, activities and opportunities that the community can have their say on until May 18.

Mayor Rhys Williams has shared his passion for Mandurah’s city centre since being elected in October and said the local community played an important role in ensuring a strong and re-energised future for Mandurah.

“Mandurah is such a special place and this really is an exciting time of growth for our community,” hesaid.

“It’s important that we continue on this journey together, to ensure we have a culturally enriched, vibrant city that people want to be part of, to ensure our economy is strong and that people have jobs, and that visitors want to come and see what we have to offer.

“So now is the time to have your say – help shape our story to ensure a strong and re-energised future for Mandurah.”

The final output of this consultation will be Mandurah waterfront designs that incorporate the community’s input while taking into consideration land use, built and natural form, environment and movement.

A Community Reference Group will also be established to engage the community and capture input from diverse groups, ensuring that the vision, aspirations and objectives expressed are representative of community views.

For more information or to nominate for the Community Reference Group go to haveyoursaymandurah.com.au

City of Mandurah Councillors Matt Rogers, Tahlia Jones, Lynn Rodgers, Merv Darcy, Mayor Rhys Williams, Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight, Peter Rogers and Hon. Fred Riebeling are encouraging the community to have a say on Mandurah’s city centre waterfront revitalisation.

City of Mandurah Councillors Matt Rogers, Tahlia Jones, Lynn Rodgers, Merv Darcy, Mayor Rhys Williams, Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight, Peter Rogers and Hon. Fred Riebeling are encouraging the community to have a say on Mandurah’s city centre waterfront revitalisation.

Mandurah Junior Council holds elections

What: Photo opportunity for Mandurah Junior Council Elections

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 11 at 9.00am-11.30am (Junior Mayor and Deputy Junior Mayor announcement and photo opportunity estimated between 10.50am-11.30am following proceedings)

Where: Council Chambers, entrance off 83 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah

Contact person: Kellie Revett or Holly Sutton, Media and Public Relations Consultants on 9550 3727 or 0417 506 995.

The Mandurah Junior Council elections will be held tomorrow in the Council Chambers.

The 38 Junior Councillors, from the 19 local primary schools, will cast their votes for Junior Mayor and Deputy Junior Mayor. 18 nominations have been received for the Junior Mayor position, and 18 for Deputy Junior Mayor, with each nominee having the chance to speak about why they should be elected.

The Junior Mayor and Deputy Junior Mayor will serve for 12 months.

Following the elections, morning tea will be served and photo opportunities will be available with the Mayor and Councillors also in attendance.

Please advise of your availability and interest to attend.

Mandurah Bridge light show a must-see for community picnic goers

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The new Mandurah Bridge will be lit up in spectacular fashion this Sunday, April 8, during the Mandurah Bridge Celebration Picnic, which kicks off at 4.30pm with the lighting of the bridge at 7pm.

The community is invited to join the family friendly picnic event to celebrate the completion of the $53million Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement project.

The free event will be held on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore from 4.30pm - 7.30pm, and is a celebration of the significant community-guided project.

There will be fun for everyone including an impressive coloured light show on the bridge, twilight market stalls, live music, pony rides and children’s activities.

Stories and pictures that celebrate Mandurah’s rich social history will also be incorporated into the celebration with an exhibition at the Mandurah Community Museum and guided walking tours on offer.

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled by Hon Rita Saffioti MLA Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands, the Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts, Hon David Templeman MLA and Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams at 5.30pm.

Free parking will be available on Hall Park.

The Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement project is a joint project led by the State Government (Main Roads WA and Royalties for Regions) with support from the City of Mandurah.

Local sport and recreation improvements get Council go-ahead

Improved opportunities to participate in sport and recreation, and enhancements to community facilities, were given the green light at the City of Mandurah Council meeting last night.

The South Mandurah Football Club, Dudley Park Bowling Club, and South Mandurah Tennis Club were all approved for the latest round of the 2018/19 Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants.

The Fund is a Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - Sport and Recreation program that provides financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The grants aim to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity through development of sustainable, good quality, well designed and well utilised facilities. The application process for submissions involve Local Governments undertaking an initial assessment to ensure proposed projects are well planned, prioritised and positively benefit the community.

The South Mandurah Football Club will put its grant towards the construction of change room facilities at its Falcon headquarters. The Dudley Park Bowling Club will use its funding to resurface a green, and the South Mandurah Tennis Club in Falcon will use the money to resurface courts.

Another report to Council acknowledged that in recent years there has been significant growth throughout Australia in the participation of women’s sport. This has been largely driven by the success of Australia’s national women’s teams and the formation of new national elite competitions.

This growth is now starting to occur in Mandurah, with a number of women’s competitions already in place and many state sporting associations planning to launch new formats as early as 2018/19.

As the primary provider of infrastructure for local sport, this presents a challenge for the City, with a number of change room facilities having been originally designed to solely meet the needs of male participants. The City has identified gaps in some of its existing amenities.

Council supported City officers to look at implementing a staged refurbishment of its change room areas over the coming years. This would initially prioritise the upgrade of the City’s older existing amenities to facilitate female participants, with the long-term objective being for all change room facilities to be unisex in their design and function.

Mayor Rhys Williams said it was great to see these two items on the Council agenda providing an opportunity to support sport and recreation in the community.

“Our community shares a great love of sport and healthy, active lifestyles and the City plays an important role in helping this grow. It’s vital that our facilities and services continue to meet the needs of our growing community,” he said

Teens to Rally for Street Chillz Event

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Teens will hit the ramps of Pinjarra Skate Park between 4:00pm and 9:00pm on Saturday 14 April for the 2018 Street Chillz Drug Aware Youth Fest.

Major event drawcard the Freestyle Now Skate, Scooter and BMX competition, returns in 2018 for round four of the Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series.

Skate, scooter and BMX enthusiasts can enter into beginner, intermediate or open class categories.

Registrations are essential and can be completed online at freestylenow.net/coming-events or from 3:00pm on event day. Helmets are also essential.

According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the competition offers a platform for local youth to demonstrate and be recognised for their skills, and is a great opportunity for the Shire to entice young people from outside the region, to experience the wonders of Murray.

The Street Chillz Drug Aware Youth Fest will also feature a virtual reality tent, skateboard design workshop, POSCA art activities, youth service displays and a variety of food trucks.

For the budding artist, creatives from Graphite Crew will host an Urban Street Art Sesh workshop, coaching attendees through the production of intricate aerosol designs.

“The event encourages teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance and is a productive outlet for popular youth pastimes,” Cr. Bolt said.

According to Kaitie Worthington, chairperson of the myVoice Youth Reference Group, the popular youth event will not disappoint.

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The Street Chillz Drug Aware Youth Fest is an official event of the 2018 Youth Week and is a smoke, alcohol and drug free event.

For further information contact the Shire of Murray’s Community Development Officer (Youth) on (08) 9531 7777 or visit www.streetchillz.com.au.

The Street Chillz Drug Aware Youth Fest is proudly supported by Country Arts WA and Healthway promoting the Drug Aware message, Department of Local Government and Communities, Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.

Cleaning up Murray

Murray’s natural landscape continues to shine this week following several Clean Up Australia Day events made possible through exceptional volunteer efforts.

2018 initiatives kicked off in Murray with the Shire’s event on Friday 2 March.

Volunteers retrieved a total of ten shopping trollies from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

Volunteers retrieved a total of ten shopping trollies from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

Volunteers fished ten shopping trollies, a push bike and a swivel chair out of the Murray River from the iconic swing bridge and filled thirty waste bags with rubbish collected from Cantwell Park.

A further four events took place across the weekend which saw Mandurah Environment and Heritage Group successfully facilitate its fifteenth consecutive Clean Up Australia Day event.

Exceptional volunteer efforts made for a successful 2018 Clean Up Australia Day event © Josh Cowling

Exceptional volunteer efforts made for a successful 2018 Clean Up Australia Day event © Josh Cowling

Efforts concentrated on the removal of rubbish from the Murray and Serpentine Rivers, Delta Islands and local foreshores.

Remarkably over 2 tonnes of waste was removed from the waterways and surrounding areas, covering a total of 8km2.

The local waterways clean up forms part of the Clean Up the Peel Waterways program – a Friends of the Rivers Peel initiative, and is supported by Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.

The Shire also supported clean up efforts facilitated by the Ravenswood Community Group, the Pinjarra Girl Guides and a community driven initiative in North Dandalup.

“Trash and illegal dumping have proven detrimental impacts on the environment and the ability to compromise valuable Shire assets.

“This year’s Clean Up Australia Day efforts are exemplary of the feats that can be achieved when residents unite in the fight against trash.

“The Shire of Murray commends organisers and volunteers for their willingness to give up their time to clean up and conserve our district and encourage the wider population to do their bit to keep the Shire litter free,” said Cr. Bolt.

A push bike retrieved from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

A push bike retrieved from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

Dwellingup Now EV Friendly

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Dwellingup has embraced the growing trend toward Electric Vehicle (EV) use, with the installation of an EV outlet at the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre (DHVIC).

Shire President Cr. David Bolt applauded the environmentally progressive step forward for the friendly tourism town.

“The twenty-first century has sparked a resurgence in EVs due to technological developments and an increased focus on renewable energy.

“It is hoped this eco-friendly asset will encourage an increase in the number of EV owners to the town, who can charge their vehicles while enjoying its diverse offerings,” Cr. Bolt said.

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The outlet takes approximately 30 minutes to pull the required 23kW, equating to roughly $3 which is further mitigated by the photovoltaic cells installed at the visitor centre.

Cr. Bolt added that the outlet has been logged on the plugshare.com app and website for the information of EV owners.

“The app encourages donations towards power consumption which can be made to the DHVIC.

“The outlet has been a welcome addition by both locals and visitors, with several EV owners already plugging in,” Cr. Bolt said.

Plans are also underway to install an EV outlet in Pinjarra within a public carpark at the Shire of Murray’s Administration Office. It is anticipated that the RAC fast charger will be fully operational from April, 2018.

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“As use of EVs grows the Shire of Murray will continue to monitor demand and look for opportunities to expand its network of charging stations into other locations,” Cr. Bolt said.

The project was made possible by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association and Synergy.

Eskimo Joe and Samantha Jade hit Crab Fest stage in less than month

The City of Mandurah is excited to announce Eskimo Joe and Samantha Jade will join the stellar festival line-up at the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter.

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These two WA headliners will add to the 20th year anniversary celebrations which will take place on Mandurah’s eastern foreshore on March 17 and 18.

Since taking out the 2012 X Factor Australia win, Australia’s sweetheart Samantha Jade went on to accumulate a collective 81 million streams, released a single with Pitbull (Shake That), starred as Kylie Minogue in the TV miniseries The INXS Story (for which she was nominated for a Logie), and released her debut album NINE. She also had a guest starring role in the iconic Australian TV series Home & Away, and launched her debut cosmetic collection with Models Prefer in Australia. Last year, she completed a critically acclaimed debut UK and European tour.

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Having recently returned to Australia, Samantha Jade is finishing her new album, set for release in April. Samantha will perform at 7.45pm on Saturday at Crab Fest, hot off the stage as a headline at Sydney’s iconic Mardi Gras festival.

Eskimo Joe will rock the stage on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The band has successfully straddled mainstream commercial success while managing to keep their alternative music roots secure.

Along with numerous tours of Australia and performances at huge events like Live Earth, Big Day Out, Splendour In The Grass, and Sundance Film Festival in Utah, their music has been released to great acclaim across the world.

With festivals and sold out tours, the band has come a long way from their humble beginnings as much loved indie rock kids in Fremantle.

Crab Fest has a long history of offering a unique experience for all ages and tastes, and this year’s event will be no different. This year the free, two-day festival includes over 100 hours of free entertainment, including local and international acts across four stages, celebrities, unique food experiences, waterway activations, live music, a spectacular anniversary-edition fireworks display and Mandurah’s famous Blue Manna crabs… plus a few surprises!

Mayor Rhys Williams said Mandurah Crab Fest was a highlight in Western Australia’s event calendar and the 20th anniversary event was not to be missed.

“Crab Fest showcases what we all know, that Mandurah is such a special place with plenty on offer – from our waterways, our people and our relaxed alfresco lifestyle,” he said.

“The final touches are being put on this year’s Crab Fest and I’m really excited, it’s shaping up to be another crowd-pleaser with something for everyone.”

The award-winning Mandurah Crab Fest is Western Australia’s biggest free regional event and showcases the best food and entertainment the Peel Region offers.

This year marks the Crab Fest’s 20th year of delighting local, national and international visitors, with more than 100,000 people enjoying last year’s event.

The festival is an integral part of the state’s annual event calendar and delivers economic and social benefits to local businesses and the community.

Mandurah Crab Fest was awarded back-to-back Gold in the Major Festivals and Events category at the 2016 and 2017 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, hosted by the Tourism Council of WA.

The City is eagerly awaiting the results of the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be announced this evening. Last year the event claimed Bronze in the Major Festivals and Events category against a field of strong contenders.

The Mandurah Crab Fest is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions. The festival is also proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the LiveLighter message.

For details on Western Australia’s largest free regional event, visit www.crabfest.com.au.

Countdown to APES Games

What: Countdown to Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games

When: Tuesday, February 20 at 11.30am

Where: At the recently installed countdown clock on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore, near Dome carpark

Contact person: Kellie Revett or Holly Sutton, Media and Public Relations Consultants on 9550 3727 or 0417 506 995.

The City is proud to host the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games (APES Games) from October 28 to November 2 bringing a boost to tourism and the local economy.

To help create awareness and build the lead-up excitement to the 17th Games, a countdown clock has been installed on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore.

The APES Games which consist of around 50 individual and team sports is expected to attract more than 3,000 athletes to Mandurah representing the major emergency service providers of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

Competitors are expected to include members of the Police Service, Prison Service, Crime Commission, Aviation Security, Fire and Emergency Services, Royal Life Saving Society, St John’s Ambulance, Coast Guard and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The City of Mandurah works hard to attract major events and actively seeks to increase the local sports tourism.

In recent years, the City has hosted and secured a number of high profile events, which bring many positive benefits and attention to our area.

The games will utilise a number of the City’s premier sporting facilities including the Rushton Park Sports Facility, Meadow Springs Sports Facility, Peelwood Sports Facility and the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC).

The APES Games take place every two years. The City of Melbourne hosted the 2014 event with the 2016 games to be held on the Sunshine Coast. Perth last hosted the games in 2004.

Please advise of your availability to join us for the photo opportunity with Mayor Rhys Williams, Jeremy Petersen - APES Games Director (WA Police) and a WA Police Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Services) representative as they countdown to the APES Games.

Dental services for young children needed in the South West

Shadow Minister for Health Sean L’Estrange has called on Health Minister Roger Cook to address a shortage in dental health services for young children in the South West.

Mr L’Estrange said it had been bought to his attention that children aged between 2 and 5 in the South West Region were being referred to Princess Margaret Hospital for surgical treatment of extensive dental decay and oral infections instead of being treated locally.

“There are a limited number of specialist paediatric dentists in Western Australia and I am advised that only one currently works in regional WA,” Mr L’Estrange said.

“When children suffering from dental decay require treatment under general anaesthesia, a specialist paediatric dentist needs to perform the treatment and it is important these specialists have reliable and regular access to hospital facilities and general anaesthesia services.

“This is not the case in the South West and most children are being referred to PMH to receive the paediatric dental treatments they need, unnecessarily adding to the demand for services at PMH.”

Mr L’Estrange said he had received information provided by a specialist paediatric dentist that there were empty operating theatres in the South West that were suitable for the surgical treatment of children but were not currently being made available for use.

“The Minister for Health should be working with the Health Department to make regional facilities available for specialist children’s dental care so children can receive treatment in their local community”, Mr L’Estrange said.

High Court ruling on unionists’ fines a win for common sense

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Peter Katsambanis has welcomed yesterday’s High Court decision which will mean unions can no longer pay fines on behalf of militant union officials who break the law.

Mr Katsambanis said the ruling would be welcomed by the construction industry which would now hopefully see a marked reduction in the use of militant tactics by the CFMEU.

“Time and time again we have seen repeat behaviour from certain union officials who blatantly disregard the law by entering worksites under dubious claims, disrupting lawful business operations and even sometimes stopping all work, in attempts to blackmail their way to a decision.” Mr Katsambanis said.

“This has gone on for too long because the fines resulting from the illegal behaviour of these individuals were covered by the union, which simply considered them as a cost of doing business.

“Once the fines were paid from union member funds the militant tactics continued.

“Not anymore. This is a fair and just decision by the High Court of Australia which upholds the premise that all individuals should be held accountable for their own actions.”

Mr Katsambanis said early signs of a fragile recovery in the West Australian economy meant it was more important than ever to ensure that construction projects were not put at risk from illegal delays due to illegal union tactics.

“The importance of the building and construction industry in Western Australia cannot be understated,” Mr Katsambanis said.

“It currently employs approximately 130,000 people while contributing $22 billion to our State’s economy.

Collaborative Efforts Achieve Revamp of Local Playground

Ravenswood residents flocked to Moondyne Ramble Park Playground on Saturday 10 February, to celebrate the official opening of the improved community amenity.

Moondyne Ramble Park Playground is officially open

Moondyne Ramble Park Playground is officially open

The playground was opened by Mrs. Robyn Clarke MLA Member for Murray-Wellington, who marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting and wished the community many happy memories at the upgraded facility.

Ravenswood Residents enjoying their new playground

Ravenswood Residents enjoying their new playground

“The decision to revamp the playground was the result of the community and Shire working together, and it’s fantastic that the State Government was able to provide funding for the project,” Mrs. Clarke said.

Attendees further enjoyed a sausage sizzle run by the Lions Club of Pinjarra, children had their faces painted and delighted as they put the new play equipment to good use.

Shire President Cr. David Bolt, Ravenswood Community members Oakley Gyoergy and Izzy Powell, Mrs Robyn Clarke MLA Member for Murray-Wellington and Ravenswood Community Group Chairperson Don Repacholi

Shire President Cr. David Bolt, Ravenswood Community members Oakley Gyoergy and Izzy Powell, Mrs Robyn Clarke MLA Member for Murray-Wellington and Ravenswood Community Group Chairperson Don Repacholi

According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the project is exemplary of the feats that can be achieved when residents unite through their progress association and work with the Shire of Murray to effect community-driven projects.

“Ravenswood Community Group shone bright as the representative group of its locality and was the driving force behind the redevelopment project, ultimately choosing the new playground design, with Mrs. Robyn Clarke MLA instrumental in securing project funding.

Children enjoyed having their faces painted

Children enjoyed having their faces painted

“It is hoped that shade sails will soon be installed, pending results of a funding application, another project that if successful, will be achieved through collaborative efforts between Ravenswood Community Group and the Shire of Murray,” Cr. Bolt said.

The playground redevelopment further supports an objective of the Ravenswood Local Community Plan 2016 – 2020.

The Moondyne Ramble Park Playground project was proudly supported by the State Government through the Peel Development Commission’s Local Projects Local Jobs Grant.

Belinda Keillor with Milla Gyoergy

Belinda Keillor with Milla Gyoergy

Community Spirit Shines at Australia Day Celebrations

Hundreds of proud Australians gathered at the iconic Edenvale Homestead on Australia Day for the Lions Club of Pinjarra and Shire of Murray 2018 Australia Day Celebrations.  

According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast, were entertained by performer Lionel Morris, welcomed 11 new Australian citizens and the winners of the 2018 Community Citizenship Awards were announced. 

Jenni Ruyter was named the 2018 Australia Day WA Citizen Award winner in recognition of her decade tenure as artist caretaker at Fairbridge Village and contributions to the Pinjarra Community Garden and Pinjarra Town Centre revitalisation project.

“As part of the revitalisation project, Ms. Ruyter has painted elaborate murals on walls of local buildings including the original Tuckey's Mitre 10, the Pinjarra Primary School Library and the Anzac memorial wall,” Cr. Bolt said.

The Senior Citizen Award was presented to Susan Hill, an active member of the Pinjarra Lions Club since 2008.

Cr. Bolt reported that Ms. Hill had spent countless hours helping to raise funds of direct benefit to the local community including through donations to medical research and natural disaster relief.

Luke De Sliva and Jake Bennet were dual recipients of the 2018 Youth Citizen Award.

Luke was recognised for his contribution as Chairperson on the Shire of Murray’s myVoice youth reference group and member of the Shire’s Access and Inclusion group.

“In spite of a severe visual disability, Luke has been a driving force behind youth participation in Shire consultation efforts and planning of youth initiatives, has volunteered at many events and sought funding and participation opportunities for youth arts projects,” Cr. Bolt said.

While Jake was recognised for his contributions to the Coolup Bush Fire Brigade as a Junior Cadet.

Jake was further recognised for his ongoing involvement with the Coolup Kids Club, first as a member and now as an older youth assisting younger children, as well as his polite manner and willingness to volunteer.

The North Pinjarra Progress Association received the Community Citizenship Award in the category of Community Group or Event.

“The Association have reenergised the North Pinjarra community through several events which have given youth, seniors and other demographics in the locality a place to belong,” Cr. Bolt said.

The group were further recognised for their events’ tendency to attract community members from across the district realising further community enhancing outcomes.

The group’s efforts with regards to the management of the locality’s community hall were also acknowledged.

Cr. Bolt was pleased with the community turnout at the celebrations and exclaimed that the event was a true celebration of how great it is to be an Australian and a resident of Murray.