Enrolments open for 3 and 4 year old kindy programs at Geraldton Grammar School

Geraldton Grammar School offers kindergarten programs especially for 3 and 4 year old children with highly qualified, experienced early childhood teachers in a beautiful environment. With the facilities only a K-12 campus can offer, their kindergarten programs are exciting places of fun and learning!

Junior Kindergarten is two full days of fun and learning for 3 year old children. Kindergarten is four full days of fun and learning for 4 year old children.

Do you want to have a look at Geraldton Grammar School’s Early Learning Centre? Then join them at their next Come and Play morning on Wednesday 6 September. You will get to meet the staff and experience their facilities. It is at the Junior Kindy Room at 134 George Rd, 9am to 10:30am. Alternatively you can arrange a tour of the campus by calling 99657800.


 

New CEO looks to build on solid foundations

City of Greater Geraldton’s new CEO Ross McKim.

City of Greater Geraldton’s new CEO Ross McKim.

Ross McKim has been appointed as the City of Greater Geraldton’s Chief Executive Officer and says he looks forward to continuing the years of hard work bringing the City to a financially sustainable position.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council in Mullewa today, a recommendation was passed with unanimous support from Council appointing Mr McKim as CEO for a five year term.

Over the past two years, Mr McKim has been the City’s Director of Infrastructure Services and most recently stepped into the role of Acting CEO after the departure of previous CEO Ken Diehm in June.

City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor Neil McIlwaine said Mr McKim had put himself in good stead with the City and emerged as the most outstanding candidate for the position.

“We had a great response for the job role with over 20 quality candidates applying from around Australia,” he said.

“After a rigorous selection process, I am very pleased to announce that Mr McKim has accepted the role as CEO.

“Ross has been working at the City for the last two years as the Director of Infrastructure Services and has a wealth of knowledge and experience leading local government teams.

“I look forward to working closely with Ross now and into the future.”

Mr McKim has over 25 years of local government experience and has previously held leadership positions at Cairns, Redlands and Tablelands Regional Councils, where he was responsible for the delivery of a diverse range of local government services. 

His qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration, an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering, a Diploma in Community and Youth Work and various certificates relevant to local government operations.

Mr McKim said he was honoured and humbled to be the successful candidate for the role.

“The City of Greater Geraldton is a very progressive local government with a strong national reputation for community consultation and innovation and I am honoured to take up the position of CEO,” he said.

“I'm looking forward to working closely with the Mayor, Councillors, staff and the community in building on the great work currently underway.” 

Mr McKim also added that Council had worked extremely hard over the past years to build strong foundations for the City.

“The Councillors have made a number of courageous decisions over the last two years with the intention of bringing the City back to a financially sustainable position,” he said.

“I look forward to continuing this work which should see the City reach a surplus in the very near future. 

“Complementing this endeavour, is the need to develop robust asset renewal programs that will ensure the City’s nearly $1 billion in infrastructure remains fit for purpose.”

Mr McKim added that he will continue to work with stakeholders on initiatives that will help to grow the local community.

“I look forward to working with key stakeholders such as the Midwest Development Commission and the Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry to develop and implement initiatives to assist in the growth of the local economy,” he said.

“The Progress Midwest model combined with the completion of the Greater Geraldton Growth Plan demonstrates the Council’s commitment to doing all it can to grow the local community.

“I also look forward to developing and implementing the City’s customer service strategy and working with local community groups to ensure their input is provided to Councillors as part of the decision making process.”

Mr McKim will officially take up the new position on 28 August 2017 and said he is excited to keep the City of Greater Geraldton moving forward.

“I am passionate about local government and all that it represents and achieves,” he said.

“I very much appreciate the faith both the Council and staff have shown in me and it is very rewarding as it provides me with the opportunity to continue doing what I love – which is serving the local community to the best of my ability.

“I believe Geraldton has a very bright future ahead of it, and I am excited about making a positive contribution.”

Spend $30 – get $10 back at Stirlings Central!

For FOUR days only when you spend $30 at Stirlings Central you will get a $10 voucher back!

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From Wednesday 23rd August to Saturday 26th August, present your receipts, to the value of $30 or more, to the hostess in the centre to receive your $10 voucher – while stock lasts.

The hostess will be at Stirlings Centre at the following times –
Wednesday 23rd August – 11am to 6pm
Thursday 24th August – 11am to 6pm
Friday 25th August – 11am to 6pm
Saturday 26th August – 9am to 5pm

So make sure you get down to Stirlings Central between these times to claim your $10 voucher.
T&C’s apply and it is strictly while stock lasts.

https://www.stirlingscentral.com.au/whats-on/10-give-back/


 

Have you seen the great 4 bedroom design plans at Triton Building Co?

Are you looking to build your new home and have no idea where to start? Then a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom is a good place to start. And Triton Building Co have some great designs to choose from. You can change them to suit your style or leave them as they are.

Just some of the designs available are:

The ‘Kalumba’ is a great design for narrow blocks or where side access is needed. It is centred around a great kitchen and designed for entertaining. This livable home will tick all the boxes. The bedrooms have been placed towards the rear of the home, ideal if your site is on a busy street or you have a shift worker in the house.

The ‘Dandalup’ is a great plan for the first home owner or if you are looking to downsize. Has a lovely open kitchen, dining, living area and alfresco area.

The ‘Helena’ is well proportioned and boasts a massive main bedroom. There is ample storage throughout with generous, practical kitchen and wet areas. This is ideal for the modern family or as a great investment home.

The ‘Victoria’ was originally designed to allow the use of the alfresco area in summer, while being sheltered from the southerly winds. This home boasts a generous walk through kitchen and a beautifully defined entry to impress your guests. The large master bedroom, ensuite and walk in robe allows you to feel pampered every day of the year. This design also has a separate games room and study.

The ‘Mackenzie’ was originally designed to accommodate a site with a frontal view. This is a well proportioned home with a large kitchen, theatre room and alfresco, and heaps of storage with the built in robes and linen cupboards.

The ‘Murchison’ is a large home with raised ceilings to the master bedroom and projected façade tastefully framing the bedroom windows, creating an exciting and aesthetically pleasing frontage that will set this home apart from the neighbours. Huge walk in pantry and walk in robe in the master bedroom, gives ample space for storage. Large rooms and luxurious living is the ‘Murchison’

For more great designs go to Triton Building Co’s website - http://www.tritonbuilding.com.au/designs/4-bedroom/ and if you can find a plan you like they will help design one from scratch!


Ascential Float

Ascential Float will be opening their doors soon! And to celebrate they will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 20th August. Meet the team and walk through Geraldton's first Floatation Therapy Centre. They will have some great deals available on the day! Check out their Facebook page for more details. 

Last days of the Harvey Norman Furniture Birthday Sale

Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding are celebrating 20 YEARS in Western Australia! Join the celebration and see the amazing furniture and bedding deals in store now. 

There are some truly amazing deals on furniture like the ever popular Bourbon Modular Suite at $2499. 

And the Sunset 7 Piece Dining Suite for just $999

Or the Vegas 4 Seater + Ottoman for only $1899!!

As well as 20% off bar stools and 40% off rugs!

Now is the time to update your bedroom with up to 50% off mattresses and ensembles – Sealy, Sleepmaker, King Koil, Beautyrest and Tempur - Plus up to 50 % off selected clearance Manchester and up to 30% off bedroom furniture and kids beds

And bonus local delivery and free removal of old mattresses on mattress purchases over $999.

Hurry, these deals are 20 years in the making and won't last long!

Must end Monday 21st, so make sure you get into Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding at 38 Chapman Rd, as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!


 

Bluff Point Pharmacy celebrate their rebranding to TerryWhite Chemmart

Follow all things green to the newly rebranded TerryWhite Chemmart Bluff Point Pharmacy.

That’s right the Bluff Point Pharmacy has turned green! But they are still locally owned and run, just as they have for past 30 years. So you will still see the same friendly faces and receive the great service you have come to except from your local chemist.

So why are they going green? Terry White Chemists, Chemmart and Chemplus pharmacies are joining forces to become TerryWhite Chemmart, with the goal of providing better healthcare to all Australians.

They understand that in today’s world, better health means better prices – that’s why they are committed to delivering even better value everyday as well as offering their price match guarantee. But they also believe that better health goes far beyond price, which is why they offer health programs, where they can deliver quick and convenient extras, like flu vaccinations. All their pharmacists are qualified experts and are able to provide advice on a wide range of preventions and treatments.

Terry White Chemmart Bluff Point are located in the Bluff Point Shopping Centre on Chapman Rd, and are open 7 days a week

Come and see them, or call them on 9923 1584, their friendly staff are always happy to help.


 

Specsavers loves their new season eyewear range - ELLERY

Specsavers are excited to announce the new season of exclusive eyewear designed for Specsavers by luxury womenwear brand – ELLERY.

The Ellery eyewear collection includes a range of both glasses and prescription sunglasses, starting at just 2 pairs from $199, complete with standard single vision lenses.
Conditions apply

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See the full collection at Specsavers Geraldton, located at the Stirlings Shopping Centre.


 

Staff Appreciation Day at Strathalbyn Christian College

Have you heard about the National Day of Thanks?
This year it was held in May and it’s an opportunity for people to say thank you to the people around you. Sometimes we take people for granted. For example, the bus driver or the rubbish truck driver. We would rarely run out to the road to say thank you for collecting my rubbish. What would happen if we did? Well, I suspect that the Rubbish Collection person would feel really happy that someone has recognised and appreciated the work that they do. So, it’s important to say thank you once in a while.

At school, there are many areas that have to work together to prepare for each day, such as Administration, Library Staff, IT, Grounds People, Bus Drivers, Teachers and Education Assistants. We all have a job to do however it’s nice to hear a thank you every now and then.

At Strathalbyn Christian College they take the time to appreciate each other and they set aside one day particularly to say Thank You - Staff Appreciation Day.

On this day, students can dress up as Teachers and Teachers can dress up as students. The students had lots of fun dressing up as their favourite teacher or staff member. Students prepare Certificates of Appreciation that they present to the Teachers and Staff of the College in recognition of the work they do each day.

Cleaning staff – Ronell Neveling, Claire O’Brien, Chanelle Wennekes, Skye Hogan and Caraline Harrold

Relief teacher – Michelle Lake and Hannah Easton

Teachers – Jarad Grimsley, Jenine Steenekamp, Khatarina Rahayu, Kristen Fenby and Lachlan Anderson

Principal Mr Gavin Hirschhausen and Year 2 Student Theo Hollander Dressed up as Mr Hirsch

Mrs Fiona Davidson (Communications Officer) and student Minna Hilton (Head Girl), Minna is dressed as Mrs Davidson.


 

Foreshore upgrade replaces struggling trees

The City will be replacing poor performing Norfolk Pine trees on the Foreshore.

The City will be replacing poor performing Norfolk Pine trees on the Foreshore.

Poor performing Norfolk Pine trees located on the Geraldton Foreshore will soon be replaced with similar looking Cook Pine trees as part of the City’s program of Foreshore upgrades undertaken in the last 12 months.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said even though Norfolk Pines are well suited to the climate a number of them are not doing well on the Foreshore.

“Norfolk Pines thrive in our Mediterranean climate and can be found almost everywhere in the City,” he said.

“However 12 of these trees, which were planted seven years ago on the Foreshore between Durlacher Street and Forrest Street, simply aren’t thriving despite all our efforts.

“Therefore, the City will be replacing them with Cook Pines, a hardier variety that drops less foliage and will fit well with the aesthetic of the Foreshore.

“These new mature trees will beautify the City’s premiere public open space whilst providing shade for many years to come,” Mayor Van Styn added.

From Wednesday 16 August to Friday 18 August 2017, seven of the 12 trees will be removed and new trees planted in their place.  The remaining five trees will be replaced when replacement trees are available.

The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Australia is coming to Queens Park Theatre and bringing with them Mozart's classic 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Sung entirely in English and brimming with luxurious costumes and beautiful sets... This is a not to be missed performance, find out more at http://bit.ly/2sUr1vh

Get your block ready before the start of the bush fire season

As we start to approach the bush fire season, you need to make sure your firebreaks and block slashings are done in time. Tony Hooper from Hooper Transport can help! 

They have a six foot slasher, disc plough and front end loader and are able to help with any slashing job, complying with the City of Greater Geraldton regulations.

For great rates and great services, call Tony on 0403 178 027, to book your job in. 
Please call between 7:00am and 6:00pm – Monday to Saturday

Geraldton celebrates the opening of the NEW Seacrest Shopping Centre and Woolworths store

Convenience shopping in Geraldton continues to grow with Woolworths Ltd opening the new Seacrest Shopping Centre and Woolworths Seacrest, next week. 

The official launch of Seacrest Shopping Centre and the new Woolworths store will take place on Wednesday, 16 August at the store, located on the corner of Barret Drive and Ocean Queen Drive, Wandina. Seacrest Shopping Centre is a $12 million investment in the local community and includes Woolworths plus a range of specialty stores and a medical centre.

Among the key features at Woolworths Seacrest, customers can expect free Wi-Fi, and wide aisles, as well as free undercover parking. 

Woolworths Seacrest store manager, Shane Cranston said: “The launch of Woolworths Seacrest is a potentially transformational change for the Geraldton region, as it dramatically increases the local employment opportunities while also raising awareness of healthy eating and fresh fruit and vegetables.”

“The store has been designed with the customer at heart following a great deal of time spent understanding what local shoppers are looking for. We’ve taken care to ensure we provide easy-access parking and that we stock Geraldton favourites, such as locally sourced cucumbers. 

“With 100 per cent of our fresh meat and 96 per cent of fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from Australia, the store has been designed to also showcase the wonderful seasonality of our produce and provide further food inspiration for our customers,” he said. 

Woolworths Seacrest will also be an active participant in the local community, supporting charities such as Food Bank and donating fruit to local schools. 

Opening hours for Woolworths Seacrest are 8am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am-9pm Thursday and 8am-5pm on Saturday. 

Opening celebrations at the new Seacrest Shopping Centre include a meet and greet with Peppa Pig, on Saturday 19th August at 10am, 11am and 12 noon.


 

Prepare for Thunderstorms - Alert

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).


Time of issue: 08:09 AM
Date of issue: 09 August 2017

Get ready now for thunderstorms in parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Perth Metropolitan

If you live in the area from Geraldton to Perth including Eneabba, Jurien Bay, Lancelin and Yanchep you need to get ready now for the thunderstorms coming this afternoon.

A strong westerly flow and cold air mass in the wake of a cold front is developing over the south west of the state. The westerly flow will ease during this afternoon. Thunderstorms and showers associated with the cold air mass may produce DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour and could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES has these tips to help you and your family get ready now: 

  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
  • Move vehicles under cover
  • Boat owners should securely moor their boats
  • Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephone if there is lightning.

If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 09/08/2017 07:29:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for DAMAGING WINDS For people in parts of the Central West and Lower West districts.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins. 

Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

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Bushfire Cadets to represent Geraldton at Championships

A group of youngsters are gearing up for the Australian Fire Cadet Championships where they will be the first regional Western Australian team to compete and are seeking the community’s assistance to get them there. 

The Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Cadets are one of two teams representing the state at the Sydney-based Championships in October and a GoFundMe page has been established to raise funds.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the group are a huge asset in the community.

“The cadets will be our next volunteer firefighters and will gain key insights from this event,” he said.

“The Australian Fire Cadet Championships provide a safe and enjoyable opportunity for cadet firefighters to compete, develop their skills and interact with other cadets from across the country. It’s a great honour to be invited.

“I encourage everyone to spread the word about the GoFundMe page that has been created and help get these kids to Sydney in October.

“I wish the cadets the very best of luck at the Championships.”

Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Cadet Coordinator Darren Cole said the cadets are extremely excited about going to New South Wales to compete in the Championships.

“This event attracts 26 teams from all over Australia and to be given the opportunity is fantastic not only for the kids, but also for Geraldton,” he said.

“The cadet unit caters for kids from 12 to 16 years old and teaches firefighting skills, fire behaviour, teamwork and leadership whilst having fun.

“Unfortunately we are only allowed to take six cadets to compete in the Championships and none of them have been to Sydney before, so we are hoping to show them a few icons before heading to Myuna Bay for the Championships.

“That’s why we are raising funds – we want to make this a really enjoyable trip for the cadets.”

The Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade were a recipient of the last round of the City of Greater Geraldton Community Grants. Round 19 of the 2017 – 18 Community Grants Program is currently open.

To support the Cadets at the upcoming Australian Fire Cadet Championships, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/waggrakine-volunteer-bushfire-cadet

The Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Cadets are representing the state at the Australian Fire Cadet Championships in October and are raising funds to help get them there.

The Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Cadets are representing the state at the Australian Fire Cadet Championships in October and are raising funds to help get them there.

Be your own boss with a Muffin Break Franchise

Have you always dreamed of owning your own business? There is a new exciting opportunity to be your own boss with a Muffin Break Franchise!

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Get out of the rut of working 9-5, and open the door to flexibility and a great work/life balance. Join a company with a nationally recognised brand that will help set you up with your very own bakery café. You will have the backing power that the name Muffin Break brings as well as accredited training and ongoing support, allowing you to take control of your business without feeling as if you are alone.

Having a Muffin Break franchise you will be part of a national product development team that has an innovative and changing product range, which will keep your customers coming back for more.

If you need a change and would love to own your very own bakery café, then get in touch with Muffin Break today! A prime location at Stirlings Central, near Woolworths has already been picked, ready for you to bring the Muffin Break name to Geraldton. Investment level is $249,000 + GST.
Call Vic Pardini on 0401 989 549 or check out the website - https://muffinbreakfranchise.com.au/available-locations/western-australia/geraldton

The people of Geraldton will thank you for grabbing this opportunity and giving them the delicious coffee and food that Muffin Break is known for.


 

The Boss is Away Sale @All Decor

The boss @All Decor Rick Smith is having a few well deserved weeks off work. But while he is away his staff are reducing prices across the store!

Whether you need one room or a whole house of flooring All Decor can help.

With prices discounted on carpet, vinyl, vinyl planks, rugs and remnants, you are sure to find the flooring that suits your project and budget.

This sale is for a limited time only, so make sure you get into All Decor, corner NWC Hwy and Jensen St, before Rick returns to work and the prices go back to normal.


 

Dozens to Sleep in Their Cars for the Homeless

Fusion Australia with the support of Shelter WA, will be hosting ‘Sleep in Your Car 2017’ on August 11 to raise awareness and funds for homelessness in Australia.

Held during Homelessness Week, the event hopes to create an understanding of the plight of those living without a home by having participants experience homelessness first hand.

In Geraldton on August 11 from 6pm participants will spend the night sleeping in their cars at 193 Marine Terrace (behind Headspace).

There are over a hundred thousand people who are homeless every night in Australia - 48% of these are under 25 years old.  ‘Sleep in Your Car’ aims to raise funds and increase awareness about the homeless.

Once again, Fusion, in partnership with GRC (now RAW) and Ngala Midwest, will run the event in Geraldton  “We are so excited about the opportunity for people to sleep out and make a real difference for the thousands of people that don’t have a home or a bed tonight,” said event organiser Alison Hilton.

So far 26 individuals including politician Ian Blayney MLA have volunteered to give up their beds and sleep rough on August 11.  The Geraldton team hopes to have 30 participants sleeping out and have raised $1500 already and hope to meet our target of $16000 from this local event.  Money raised supports Fusion’s homelessness programs, GRC (now RAW Regional Alliance West) and Ngala Midwest.

For the first time Sleep in your Car – Geraldton will be holding an interactive experience developed by Fusion Housing and Support Team “The Walk without Home”

The Walk without Home has a number of aims:

  • To help participants develop empathy and compassion for others.
  • To advocate for young people within this system and the obvious gaps in the housing sector that need addressing to best support those most vulnerable.

For those who don’t want to sleep out why not bring a cash donation and participate to discover what it might be like to be young and at risk of homelessness.

Other activities on the night will include games, an adult ball pit/discussion pit, a sausage sizzle and the sharing of information about homelessness in the Midwest and beyond.

Participants over 18 are asked to raise a minimum of $100 (under 18 raise a minimum of $50). The reason for this minimum is that we want people to do this that are committed to raising funds and creating awareness for homelessness.  Fusion is running the event nationwide, with people participating in at least ten different locations.  Here in Geraldton the event is being assisted through a $500 grant from Shelter WA to help cover the administration costs.

For further information or to register, visit www.sleepinyourcar.com.au or call 0423 895 978.