Are you looking for an amazing kindergarten program for your little one?

Geraldton Grammar School offers a kindergarten program especially for 3 year old children with qualified early childhood teachers in a beautiful indoor and outdoor environment.

With the facilities only a K-12 school campus can offer, our junior kindergarten is an exciting place of fun and learning for 3 year old children.

For more information, or to book a tour of our early learning facilities, please call us on 9965 7800 or visit our website – www.geraldtongrammarschool.wa.edu.au
 


 

Norris & Hyde IT – IT’s What We Do

Norris and Hyde IT are your leading computer repairs and IT consulting company servicing Geraldton and surrounds in the Midwest area.

Rohan Norris and Travis Hyde joined forces to create an IT company that their customers can depend on, and with their years of combined experience they know what they are doing!

Norris and Hyde IT provide professional computer solutions to residential and business clients. They understand that each situation is different so they don’t have a one size fits all approach.

With the increasing threat of outside sources trying to hack into your computer data security has become even more important. Norris and Hyde can help improve your computer’s security, preventing people gaining access to your personal information and holding you to ransom by locking your computer.

Norris and Hyde IT can service all computers and have computers, laptops, printers and accessories for all major brands available for sale.

To get Norris and Hyde to help set you up securely or to just give your computer a service, call them on 9964 6448 or come and see them at 36 Chapman Rd, Geraldton.

http://www.nh-it.com.au/


 

Super Saturday at Harvey Norman Furniture

Make sure you get into Harvey Norman Furniture this Saturday 18th February for their ONE DAY ONLY SUPER SATURDAY!

There will be up to 50% off lounges, dining, occasional furniture, mattresses, ensembles and manchester.

This is a sales event not to be missed! Get down to Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding at 38 Chapman Road this Saturday from 9am, and get yourself an amazing deal.


 

Get 70% off large rugs @ALL DECOR

All Decor has 70% off their large rugs. This sale isn’t UP to 70% off but a full 70% off 2.4x3.3m rugs! If you have been looking to fill up a large floor space in your house, now is the time to get into All Decor and have a look at their range of rugs.

Don’t need a huge rug? Well, All Decor has huge range of different sizes and styles available to have a look at, with new stock just arriving.

To see the full selection of sale rugs and new stock rugs, head into their store on the corner of NWC Hwy and Jensen St.

Sale on selected rugs only and 70% off is off original ticketed price.


 

9 reason EVERY business should be online

Oh how times have changed!!

See the hilarious clip here:

Lets face it, the introduction of social media and online marketing has changed the way we will do business forever. Gone are the days of rigid advertising deadline’s no flexibility to change or update details with no real way of measuring the effectiveness of your marketing dollar spent.

The decline in readership of print media is real. 

Most people these days get their information and advertising from online sources. Ask yourself, where do you get your information and news from these days? Do you have a smart phone? Know of anyone who doesn’t?

OLD SCHOOL V’S NEW SCHOOL MARKETING

Marketing is the art of connecting customers to products and services. 

Old school marketing used traditional channels such as broadcast and print media to communicate with the target market. 
New school marketers have kept the traditional methods that still work, but have combined them with digital technology to communicate with consumers on a different and deeper level. New school marketing relies heavily on such Internet channels as Web sites, blogs and social networks.

Everything Geraldton is a local community Website and APP about…. well… EVERYTHING GERALDTON! 

It’s the perfect online platform for people living in or visiting the area. 

Featuring local news and articles, the Geraldton and Midwest business directory, The local events calendar, Job Vacancy section, places to eat and shop, as well as local attraction details and heaps more!

9 reasons you’ll be HAPPY advertising your business online with Everything Geraldton

  • Everything Geraldton has a massive reach. Our Facebook alone reaches over 200,000 weekly in Geraldton and the Mid West
  • We can have your listing up with less than a weeks notice.
  • Our prices are FAR MORE AFFORDABLE and have a lower cost per reach than print newspaper, radio or television advertising. 
  • 81% of Everything Geraldton's users are in the highest spending 18-54 age group.
  • 61% of Everything Geraldton's audience are female, the major decision makers when it comes to spending money in the household. 
  • Every day, over 30,000 people see content from Everything Geraldton. 
  • Everything Geraldton reaches people on their mobile devices, the place most people look.
  • With a business directory listing, your websites SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) ranking will improve because we link to it.
  • Everything Geraldton cares about Geraldton. We want the best for the Geraldton community, just like you do.

Need assistance with your online marketing message? We can help!

Advertise with Everything Geraldton and get your marketing budget working harder for you. We have a package to suit your individual business and requirements.

Call Lucie at Geraldton Digital Media today on 0419 378 611 or email on
sales@geraldtondigitalmedia.com.au

 


 

Give Country Builders A Fair Go: Master Builders

Government incentives to use regional building contractors and suppliers should be doubled, the Master Builders Association says.

Under the Buy Local Policy, a contractor tendering for a regional Government construction project can claim preferences if it has an office in the area and if it undertakes to purchase services and materials from local businesses.

Its tender price is notionally reduced by up to 10 per cent if both preferences apply, but only in contracts up to $5 million. Master Builders is calling for the incentives to apply in projects up to $10 million. Builders say opportunities to tender for substantial projects in their regions are limited.

The Buy Local upper limit does not reflect their capacity to take on much bigger jobs but the incentives plateau at the $5 million level.

Master Builders supports an increase in the regional preferences.

“We’re calling on the major parties in the lead up to the election to look at the Buy Local preferences and commit to doubling them,” says Master Builders’ director Michael McLean.

“The incentives support builders maintaining a presence in country towns,” he said. “They encourage use of local labour, suppliers and trades and create opportunities for apprenticeships.”

Mr McLean said there were many country builders and regional offices of metropolitan firms capable of taking on $10 million building and construction projects.

“In the interests of a strong building industry, and ultimately, a strong economy, these country businesses and their local subcontractors, apprentices and suppliers need to be fostered,” he said.

But Master Builders says there also needs to be tighter monitoring of successful tenderers who have benefited from the incentives.

“The criteria by which a business is judged to have a regional office need to be strengthened,” Mr McLean said. “A requirement should be that at least a small number of the business’s employees live permanently in the town or locality. And currently, an office can be said to be permanent if it has been operational for six months. This should be increased to a year.”

Mr McLean said there also needed to be more rigorous auditing of the regional content preference. It was too easy to claim at the time of tendering that local labour and materials would be used but then to bring in subcontractors and supplies from elsewhere.

“This is a difficult issue,” Mr McLean said. “Things often are pretty fluid between the time tenders close and actually doing the job but we still believe there’s a need for greater integrity in the system. That means the Government agencies responsible for the projects taking a more active interest.”

Meet the Candidates at Pollinators

With a State election looming, Geraldton voters will have a unique opportunity to hear from and question Geraldton’s three major State Election Candidates at an open house “Meet the Candidates” event at CityHive next Friday. 

The three candidates will have an opportunity to express their major pre-election pledges, with a focus on innovation and community development, at Pollinators monthly Member Meetup next Friday February 17, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Labor candidate Lara Dalton, Liberal sitting member and candidate Ian Blayney and Nationals candidate Paul Brown will provide short presentations and be available for discussion and to answer questions.

Pollinators chairman Paul Dyer encouraged anyone wanting to make an informed vote this election to attend the meetup.

“In other countries people fight for the right to vote but here in Australia we can sometimes become a bit apathetic about politics and voting,” Mr Dyer said.

“I’d urge everyone to step up and make sure they are informed about what each party is offering before visiting the polling booths on March 11.

“By making an informed vote you really are making your voice count.”

The evening is part of Pollinators’ monthly social meetup events, which include presentations, networking, nibbles and drinks. 

Pollinators members attend free of charge and non-members pay $20. For more information and to RSVP visit the Pollinators website and click on events www.pollinators.org.au).

Pollinators’ mission is to nurture people and ventures that enable healthy and resilient communities. 

Make your Valentine’s Day super special with Stirlings Central

Stirlings Central has everything you need to make your Valentine’s Day Super Special! From the perfect gift, to the perfect outfit or the perfect meal – you’ll find it at Stirlings Central.

With shops like At the Flower Pot – for your flowers; Bakers Delight, Lenard’s and Wendys – to make good meal great; Best & Less, Crossroads, Noni B, Hazard Clothing – have got you covered with what to wear; and House, Mendit Plus, Optical Pharmacy, Red Dot, Sanity, Specsavers, The Reject Shop and Wild – for all your gift ideas, you don’t need to go anywhere else.

For the full list Valentine’s Day ideas http://www.stirlingscentral.com.au/whats-on/valentines-day-2017/


 

Major suicide prevention trial extended to the Mid West

WA Primary Health Network is one of four regions across Australia with higher than average suicide rates and will take part in a $46 million trial aimed at delivering better mental health services.

The Federal Government will establish four Suicide Prevention Trial Sites, including the Mid West, with each site receiving approximately $3 million over three years.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said the local community will benefit from better resources and services for mental health.

“Suicide is tragic and heart wrenching experience for anyone involved, affecting family members, friends and the community,” Ms Price said.

“We must do all we can to turn the tide and reduce our suicide rate.

“We are bringing together and coordinating federal, state and local governments, GPs and mental health service providers to identify issues and deliver a tailored response to a community or individual need.”

WA Primary Health Network will administer the funding and, in consultation with the local community and government, decide what services can be brought together and assess which are most effective.

The four new Suicide Prevention Trial Sites will be established in Darwin, Central Queensland, Western New South Wales and Mid-West Western Australia.

This are in addition to the eight trial sites already announced for Brisbane North, North Coast NSW, North Western Melbourne, Perth South, Townsville, The Kimberley, Tasmania and country South Australia.

Two of the trial sites will be in Indigenous communities.

City urges State Government to fund repairs to heavily damaged rural roads

Significant rainfall in the last week has resulted in more than $2.5 million in estimated damages occurred to rural roads and left the City with no alternative but to urge the State Government to pay for the repairs.

City of Greater Geraldton Chief Executive Officer Ken Diehm said road repairs to this scale were unexpected and will have a serious impact on the City’s operational budget.

“The heavy rainfall in the last seven days has caused extensive damage to our rural roads and river crossings,” he said.

“It was by no means foreseeable and by far exceeds the City’s allocated budget for rural roads this financial year.

“While some of the damage has occurred on roads that lie outside of our Local Government boundary this still impacts members of the community who regularly use these roads.

“The City needs assistance from the State Government to repair these roads otherwise money will need to be diverted from other projects and programs to cover the costs,” Mr Diehm added.

“With more rainfall forecast over the next couple of days we can expect rural roads to be even further damaged and without assistance to repair them our entire community will ultimately be disadvantaged.”

Expression of Interest: Mullewa Mural Project

The City of Greater Geraldton are seeking an Expression of Interest from experienced artists to create two unique murals as part of a Mullewa youth engagement project. 

The City of Greater Geraldton has chosen two sites that have potential high-end public art exposure that will highlight the distinctive local culture Mullewa has to offer. Please see chosen sites below.

Mullewa Swimming Pool exterior wall. Dimensions approximately 3.54x2m.

Jose St public amenities. Dimensions approximately 7.3x1.2m.

The artist will work closely with both local schools and engage students aged 10 and upwards. The students will work alongside the artist to design a mural that reflects Mullewa’s strong sense of community but must also compliment the immediate surrounds. The artwork must be appealing to youth and the general public, be thought provoking, engaging and reflect Mullewa’s strong sense of community. 

The selected artist will be expected to work in Mullewa for approximately two 5 day blocks (Monday – Friday). One block designated to each site. The students must have a large influence on the final concept and production of the artwork once approval on the design has been granted by Council. 

The project cannot exceed the value of $6000 inclusive of GST. The amount should be inclusive of all artist’s fees and artist insurance including materials and consumables. An agreement between the selected artist and the City of Greater Geraldton will be put in place prior to commencement of project. 

What the City of Greater Geraldton can provide; 

  • Self-contained artist’s accommodation. 
  • Large air-conditioned venue to design and create murals on marine ply. 
  • All paints and paint brushes, marine ply and anti-graffiti coating. 
  • Installation of artwork. 

What the City of Greater Geraldton requires from you; 

  • A full CV detailing demonstrated experience in public art, including a minimum of one professional reference. 
  • Images of previous public art works (max 10 images). 
  • Proven ability to work with young people. 
  • A current WA Working with Children Card. 

Expressions of Interest will be assessed against the following criteria; 

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering public art works. 
  • Experience working with young people. 
  • Capacity to produce and complete a suitable artwork within a restricted timeframe. 

The panel which assesses the EoIs will be comprised of a City of Greater Geraldton representative and a member of the City of Greater Geraldton’s Public Art Committee.

The chosen artist needs to be available for a total of 10 days over the period of 13th March to 7th April 2017. The City of Greater Geraldton will work in conjunction with the schools to secure suitable dates for all involved within that time. 

For more information contact Faye Fulker, Assistant Community & Cultural Development Officer fayef@cgg.wa.gov.au or phone 9956 6643. 

Expressions of Interests close 5pm 28th February 2017 and should be addressed to Samantha Messina, Manager Mullewa Community Development and can be submitted either by email to samantham@cgg.wa.gov.au or posted to: 
City of Greater Geraldton
Attention: Samantha Messina
Re: Mullewa Mural Project
PO Box 101
GERALDTON WA 6531


 

Free Mammograms for Geraldton Women

If you are a woman aged 40 or over you can access the FREE screening mammography service in Geraldton. BreastScreen WA’s mobile service will be located at Geraldton Regional Hospital, carpark off Milford Street from 16/02/2017 to 22/03/2017.

Breast cancer is the most common life threatening cancer for women and one in eight women in Australia will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Having a screening mammogram (breast x-ray) every two years significantly increases the chance of a woman surviving breast cancer and reduces the amount of treatment required. More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Research shows that screening is most effective for this age group.
BreastScreen WA’s Medical Director Dr Elizabeth Wylie, said screening mammography was the most effective method for early detection of breast cancer.

“Screening every two years is vitally important to increase the chance of a breast cancer being detected when it is too small to feel or be noticed. Finding a cancer at this early stage often means that the breast cancer is small and more treatable”.

“A free screening mammogram is one of the best things that women can do to look after their health. Breast screening saves lives and only takes 20 minutes,” said Dr Wylie.

Screening mammograms may detect up to 90% of breast cancers.

Any woman with a persistent change in a breast should see her doctor immediately.

BreastScreen WA encourages women to make an informed decision about having a mammogram. For more information please visit the BreastScreen WA website
www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au

To make your free screening mammogram appointment – book online
www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or call 13 20 50.
Early detection is your best protection.


 

Norris & Hyde IT are doing The World’s Greatest Shave

The crew at Norris & Hyde IT are participating in The World’s Great Shave this year, to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. They have been growing their beards and hair since July 2016 in preparation for the shave! 

They will be hosting the World’s Greatest Shave Event at Bite’Z Burgers Bar Grill on Saturday, 18th of March at 12pm. They invite you, your family and friends to come down to show your support, the event will be open to the public to join in shaving and colouring! Local hairdresser’s from Candy’s Hair Salon will be shaving & colour spraying at the event. 

Colour Spray - $10
Head Shave - $20
Beard Shave - $20

To keep events interesting, there will be a couple of shave’s & top knot cuts up for auction! You can also keep an eye out for donation tins at the Queens Supermarkets.

Rohan will be shaving his hair and beard!

Stacey will be shaving her hair – massive effort!

Norris & Hyde IT would like to give a special thanks to Queens Supermarkets, Bite’Z Burgers Bar Grill and Candy’s Hair Salon for lending a hand and joining the cause!

This is a massive effort from all the crew at Norris & Hyde IT to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause. If you would like to know more, follow their story or donate to ‘The IT CrewCutz’ you can go to www.nh-it.com.au/shave or follow their Facebook page


 

Turtle Cove Open Day

Turtle Cove Open Day

Saturday 11th February
20 Cedar Crescent, Strathalbyn
Between 10am – 1pm

Bouncy Castle – Face Painting – Sausage Sizzle

All new enrolments in the 3 year old program received on the day or before Friday 17th February go into the draw to
WIN
One weeks’ accommodation for the family at Kalbarri Beach Resort!

Our existing families who refer new enrolments will also go into the draw to WIN a week’s accommodation at Kalbarri Beach Resort

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Support Pledged for Create Ranger Parks Initiative

Speakers at the Create Ranger Parks stories of the outback talk in Geraldton on Wednesday, Pew Charitable Trusts outback manager David Mackenzie, Aboriginal Elder Richard Nelly and environmental consultant David Blood.

Speakers at the Create Ranger Parks stories of the outback talk in Geraldton on Wednesday, Pew Charitable Trusts outback manager David Mackenzie, Aboriginal Elder Richard Nelly and environmental consultant David Blood.

Politicians, individuals and organisations came together in Geraldton on Wednesday to throw their weight behind ambitious plans to transform purchased former pastoral stations into havens for people and wildlife.

The Create Ranger Parks initiativewould involve the Government transforming unused former pastoral properties – purchased by the WA Government 20 years ago – across the Mid West, Murchison and Gascoyne into parks managed by Indigenous rangers.

Geraldton’sLabor candidate Lara Dalton pledged Labor’s support for the proposal. Ms Dalton pledged five years of funding specifically for the initiative if Labor were elected at the March State election.

The City’s other state government candidates, Paul Brown (Nationals) and Ian Blayney (Liberal) expressed general support but did not make a specific commitment to protecting the parks or funding the ranger programs.

“[Create Ranger Parks] just makes sense,” Ms Dalton said. “It ticks so many boxes – socially, environmentally, and culturally.”

Pew Charitable Trusts Outback Manager David Mackenzie said the initiative would build on the work of a past government initiative that resulted in the purchase of 5 million hectares of pastoral lease for addition to the conservation estate.

However, with such a massive and remote area, and limited budgets, the properties became largely unmanaged, leaving feral animals, fires and weeds to damage the environment and negatively affect surrounding pastoral properties.

“These properties present an incredible opportunity for regional development that will mean a win for everyone,” Mr Mackenzie said.

“We want the Government to finish what it started 20 years ago and create an extensive network of protected parks, managed by Indigenous rangers, with a particular focus on new jobs and business opportunities.

“Labor’s commitment to funding for Indigenous rangers is really welcome but we call on all parties to commit to creating the parks which would leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Speaking at the meeting in Geraldton, Aboriginal Elder Richard Nelly said Indigenous rangers working on their traditional country created a whole raft of benefits.

“Having Indigenous rangers working on country makes for healthier lifestyles, improved economic circumstances and better connection to culture and country,” Mr Nelly said.

He envisaged the Mid West becoming a world leader in Indigenous ranger programs.

“It’s up to us to plant the seed for this vision now, and we need lots of support to help water it,” he said.

An independent economic assessment of the proposal by Social Ventures Australia found that every $1 spent on the initiative would bring $3.70 worth of value to Western Australia, of which $2.30 would be a direct benefit for government, covering everything from improved health and increased employment to reduced crime and environmental benefits.

Mr Mackenzie said the program would need to be introduced in a staged manner, with existing land managers training new Indigenous rangers in a process spanning 10 years. He stressed the need for the program to work in harmony with other landholders and people living in the areas.

Also speaking at the meeting, former Department of Parks and Wildlife operations officer and current rangelands ecologist David Blood highlighted the unique and rare nature of many of the landscapes, plants and animals contained in the purchased former pastoral properties.

He presented a slide show outlining stunning vistas of lakes, flat-topped hills, ancient granite outcrops and rare wildflowers – each currently locked away from the public and without conservation management protection.

Create Ranger Parks is aninitiative backed by non-government groups and businesses such as Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, Western Mulga, and Partnership for the Outback.

The groups are advocating for the program to government in the lead up to the State election. Anyone interested in finding out more, or signing a petition to pledge their support, to visit the website www.createrangerparks.org.au

Coastal erosion study shows potential impact on City coastline

The Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation and Coastal Processes Study will be presented to the community at an information session.

The Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation and Coastal Processes Study will be presented to the community at an information session.

A study on the potential effects of coastal erosion and inundation from Cape Burney to Greys Beach will be presented at a community information session on 8 February 2017.

City of Greater Geraldton CEO Ken Diehm said the Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation and Coastal Processes Study was undertaken in preparation for Geraldton wide Coastal Adaptation Planning that will begin this year.

“Before we can begin engaging with the community to develop a Coastal Adaptation Plan we need to understand how sea level rise, coastal erosion and inundation may impact the Geraldton community,” he said.

“MP Rogers, a highly qualified and experienced coastal consultancy who undertook the Study, utilised historical data, water level records, studies on coastal processes, cyclone storm surge modelling and current rates of erosion to make predictions about what may happen to our coastline.

“Maps in the reports show the extent of possible coastal erosion over four different time periods and the areas that could be inundated by different intensities of storm events over these timeframes.”

As the Inundation Study is highly technical, a community information session will be held from 5.30 to 7pm on Wednesday 8 February at the City Civic Centre to present the report findings in laymen terms and dispel rumours.

“Given the technical nature of the Study the City has decided to meet with the community as soon as the report is made public to provide clarity around the findings and prevent the spread of misinformation,” said Mr Diehm.

“During the session, consultants MP Rogers will be presenting the study findings and answering questions.

“The Information Session is open to anyone interested in our coastline and I encourage members of our community to come along.”

The Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation & Coastal Processes Study follows two previously completed studies on Point Moore and the area from Town Beach to Drummond Cove.  Both studies are available on the City website.

The Inundation Study will be available on the City’s website www.cgg.wa.gov.au on Tuesday 7 February 2017 after 5.00pm.