Rates, Rates, Rates

Please don’t mistake this short piece as any kind of excuse for the rates we are currently charged. I can barely keep my lunch down when I see the City of Greater Geraldton using our money to employ staff to put out press releases telling us how wonderful they are for giving some of our own money back to us in the form of services and street art we never asked for.

But before I digress into a libertarian rant, the point of sitting at the keyboard tonight was to discuss the issue that is currently being thrown about on Facebook regarding rates, and specifically as to whether the recent rate rises, which have been relatively low, are justified at all.

If you cast your mind back, the CGG CEO during the time of the 27% rate increase disaster was extremely clear about the rationale behind the hike. At the time, the City explicitly told everyone it was not their fault. Rents had increased dramatically due to the property boom, and you should direct your anger at the valuer general for telling the City we were all so rich now. The ‘rate in the dollar’ hadn’t increased, our property values had just gone up so much.

Ah, wonderful. We’re wealthier, so we pay a little more. Makes sense.

Not everyone bought it, but enough did that there weren’t French Yellow-Jacket style riots in the street. I mean hey, if our incomes go up, we pay more income tax. So it seems fair, right?

Riiiiiight.

Except conveniently the narrative has now changed.

Rents and property values have PLUMMETED. You can pick up a house in virtually any suburb in Geraldton for less than 2005 prices. Not inflation adjusted less. Like ACTUALLY LESS DOLLARS. And the price falls haven’t abated. Even just last month prices kept falling by a lot in both Perth AND the regions.

So by all the logic the City used before, we should be seeing steep decreases in our rates, right?

Of course not. Because conveniently, as always, that was a different CEO and Mayor.

But here’s the catch. By the time boom-time hits again (as it eventually will but who knows when) we will likely have yet another CEO and Mayor. When property prices spike, can we expect the logic to once again reverse, and our new-found wealth being the source of large rate increases? Who will hold our current administration accountable for their rhetoric and the continued increases in the face of our present rapidly declining wealth?

No one.

So what is the current narrative regarding the continued increases in rates?

Well, it’s the fact that actual costs born by the City of Greater Geraldton are in no way connected to the potential rental income of Geraldton’s inhabitants. The costs largely hinge State Government expenses like electricity prices, labour costs, and the legislative requirements as to what services a local government is required to provide.

That is to say, the State Government tells the local governments what they have to do, and what they have to pay, and then leaves them to be the bad guys collecting your rates, so you don’t realise that it’s Mark McGowan who is in charge of what your local government is allowed and not allowed to do, and what they can and cannot do to raise revenue, and how much they actually need to raise.

It gets even worse when you zoom right out. Because it’s Melissa Price and co in Canberra who have the bulk of the nation’s purse strings via income and business tax, and who get to decide where that precious GST revenue gets sent. And while they can freely cut or increase services they run as revenue waxes and wains, they in turn put demands on the States through all sorts of mechanisms to get them to keep certain standards or pass certain laws, as no Premier wants to be the guy who can’t fund the new “whatever project” because he burnt Canberra. The federal government also hands out grants like Santa Claus to local governments, boasting about providing funding to some project for this or that, as if they personally earned all that money and weren’t merely giving us back our own funds.

Before I wrap up, I don’t place the full blame at the feet of the state and federal governments. Surely the local government here, like most bureaucracies, is bloated in some areas. For example, regular businesses can’t compete with them in terms of what they pay staff. The irony that they take rates off us in order to out-compete us for the limited talent pool of staff is not lost on me.

But in this author’s opinion, the crux of the problem is not local. It’s in Perth and Canberra.

One of these two things need to happen to see any long term change:

  1. Local governments need to stop existing altogether and just be rebranded what they really are, which is administrative departments of the state government, with the State responsible for setting and collecting land rates, and dealing with the political fallout from all that follows; or

  2. Local governments need to be legitimate independent bodies with actual power to make decisions over their regions, raise revenue as they choose, and to live without fear that any decision they make can be quickly overridden by a tribunal in Perth completely disconnected from the goings on in the region.

As they currently exist, local governments are the perfect scape-goat and revenue raiser for Mark McGowan and Co. State Labor suffer none of the flak for our rates constantly increasing while our home values plummet, but get to dictate all the services that shall be provided AND they get to sell overpriced electricity etc to those local governments in order to extract more revenue from us. And whenever a local government does something the State Govt disapproves of, they can simply override the decision or make a quick legislative amendment and viola, the democratically elected local government’s decision is null and void. All the while, whenever someone complains that our rates keep going up, Labor politicians point to our Mayor here in Geraldton and his National Party affiliations and tell us all that that is where we should direct the voice of our dissatisfaction. Of course, I’m not saying these issues started with the Labor party. This problem of misaligned incentives wasn’t birthed with the latest incarnation of State Labor. It’s been this way for a long time.

I take my hat off to ANYONE who chooses to serve us in the the capacity of local government, state government, or federal government. Politics aside, Labor, Liberal, whatever, I have a lot of respect for all of them. It’s easy to sit in the peanut gallery and opine as to how much of a better job I could do if I wasn’t so busy watching The Politician on Netflix (great show btw).

My argument is simply that sometimes blame over particular issues we are facing may not lie at the feet of a particular individual, but more so with the way a system has been designed, and the incentives it begets.

Footpath construction at Abraham Street

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be constructing a new footpath in Karloo at the western side of Abraham Street between Aitken Place and Assen Street with works scheduled to commence on Thursday 3 October 2019 for a period of approximately three weeks.

The anticipated hours of work will be from 7 am to 6 pm and traffic management will be in place during this time.

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au


New accommodation option offered by Activ Geraldton

People living with disability in Geraldton now have more options with the opening of Activ’s first new accommodation home in 30 years. 

The opening of the new house will provide two Activ customers with the opportunity to move out of home and live independently. 

Activ CEO Danielle Newport said the support of Activ, combined with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding, meant customers could aspire to greater independence through increased participation in their community, employment opportunities and independent living. 

“We’re excited to extend our service offerings in Geraldton and offer more living options for locals who live with disability,” said Ms Newport. 

“With a focus on independence, we are also running an information session called ‘Achieving Independence’ in Geraldton on Monday 23 September,” she said. 

Topics covered at the information session will include NDIS and funding, accommodation options, independence and how Activ can help. 

Register for the information session at https://achievingindependence.eventbrite.com.au 

As part of its commitment to delivering services in regional Western Australia, Activ will also hold its board meeting in Geraldton on the same day. 

Fact file 

  • Activ currently supports more than 70 individuals living with disability in Geraldton. 

  • Among a range of other services Activ is perhaps best known for manufacturing and supplying craypots to Geraldton and the surrounding communities since the late 1980s. 

‘Rum Jungle’ gets re-blitzed

Volunteers cleaning up Rum Jungle.

Volunteers cleaning up Rum Jungle.

African boxthorn plants growing in ‘Rum Jungle’ will be re-blitzed during a follow-up collection of any remaining rubbish in the area.

On Sunday 22 September, City staff will be holding a Boxthorn Blitz Workshop on the triangular strip of Crown Land, located on the west side of Chapman Road south of Macedonia Drive.

The workshop will demonstrate best practice methods to get the small plants under control.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the clean-up offered the perfect opportunity for community members to learn more about this highly invasive plant species and see demonstrations on how to keep it under control.

“African boxthorn is a very resilient plant,” he said.

“It has the ability to reshoot from old wood or seeds spread by birds who eat their fruit and it can germinate almost anywhere and under almost any condition.

“That’s why it is critical that sites where boxthorn has been removed are monitored and follow up control is undertaken to ensure the plants don’t re-establish themselves.”

Project initiator Heather Beswick said the staged clean-up continues to raise awareness around illegal dumping and the impact invasive species are having on the environment.

“Now that the majority of the rubbish has been cleaned up and the boxthorn removed the area is much lighter and easier to see into which will hopefully reduce the problem of illegal dumping,” she said.

“This community led project has really shown the broader community how our bushland is being mistreated but more importantly, how we can take ‘ownership’ of these public spaces and return them to a more natural state that everyone can enjoy.”

The small piece of Crown Land, which has been the focus of the clean-up, lies adjacent to a number of privately owned bushland lots.

“It would be fantastic to see the owners of the rest of the Rum Jungle match the community’s initiative and clean up their land which has been used as a dumping site for many years,” Mayor Van Styn added.

The City will be contacting these landowners regarding the condition of their properties.

The community clean-up of Rum Jungle will take place on Sunday 22 September 2019 from 9am to approximately 11am. Members of the community interested in taking part should wear long sleeves and pants, bring along a hat and water bottle. A barbeque will be held following the clean-up to thank volunteers for their hard work.

The onsite Boxthorn Blitz Workshop will train members of the community on how to use the Boxthorn Blitz Kits which are partially funded by the State NRM program. Anyone who can’t make the workshop but is interested in Boxthorn control can contact City of Greater Geraldton Environmental Planning Officers on 9956 6600.

The Rum Jungle clean-up began in February 2019 with the mechanical removal of highly invasive African boxthorn plants and illegally dumped car bodies and heavy whitegoods. With the assistance of the Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade the piles of boxthorn equivalent in size to 16, 8m long shipping containers were burned on site in a controlled burn.

New fire truck enhances community protection

Walkaway Brigade Captain Brendan McCann, Mayor Shane Van Styn, the City’s Emergency Operations Officer Murray Smith, DFES Superintendent Craig Smith and City CEO Ross McKim.

Walkaway Brigade Captain Brendan McCann, Mayor Shane Van Styn, the City’s Emergency Operations Officer Murray Smith, DFES Superintendent Craig Smith and City CEO Ross McKim.

Volunteers of the Walkaway Bush Fire Brigade have welcomed a brand new 3.4U fire truck which will assist in protecting the local community.

The $600,000 truck built by Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment in Malaga was supplied to the City of Greater Geraldton by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) under the Emergency Services Levy – Local Government Scheme. 

It may have been a long time coming, but the brand new 3000 litre, 4WD vehicle will now be utilised by 54 volunteers for fire management of Walkaway and the surrounding areas.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the new appliance was much needed and was a crucial element of community safety.

“We know there is no one that deserves more kudos for their new vehicle than the incredible volunteers of the Walkaway Bush Fire Brigade themselves,” he said.

“They have worked professionally and persistently to absolutely demonstrate their capacity to make very good use of new resources to protect their community.

“A big thank you goes out to the volunteers for what they do for our community, it doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Grant funds CBD intersection upgrade

Early morning traffic congestion at the intersection of Cathedral Avenue and Sandford Street.

Early morning traffic congestion at the intersection of Cathedral Avenue and Sandford Street.

One of the busiest intersections in the CBD will be transformed into a roundabout with the assistance of government grant funding.

The City has recently secured $1.27 million in Federal Black Spot funding to build a roundabout at the corner of Cathedral Avenue and Sandford Street.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the 100 percent grant funded project will improve traffic safety and the general flow of traffic in the area in alignment with CBD revitalisation plans.

“Over the years traffic congestion has steadily increased along Cathedral Avenue in the vicinity of the schools with almost 9,000 vehicles travelling through the intersection every day,” he said.

“Peak hour traffic happens around school pick-up and drop-off times with over 800 vehicles between 8-9am and nearly 1000 vehicles from 3-4pm.  All while hundreds of students cross this busy stretch of road.

“Anyone trying to turn onto or off of Cathedral Avenue at the Sandford Street intersection knows how difficult and time consuming this can be.

“A roundabout at the intersection will enable drivers entering or exiting Cathedral Avenue at the intersection to do so in a quicker and safer way and provide pedestrians with a safer way to cross the road.

“The roundabout will also be the catalyst for planned improvements to the Cathedral Avenue entrance to our CBD which, along with the Rocks Laneway Project, will help revitalise of the heart of our City,” he added.

The City has also received State Government Blackspot funding to build a roundabout at the intersection of Durlacher and Maitland Streets. The design and relocation of services have been included in the 2019/20 Budget with construction planned for next financial year. The project cost is estimated at $800K of which 75% is grant funded.

“I’d like to thank both the Federal and State Governments for supporting our applications and providing the funding to build the roundabouts,” said Mayor Van Styn. 

Design and construction of the roundabouts will take place over the coming months.

Watch the 3D fly through CBD Revitalisation Master Plan video below:

Temporary closure of Goulds Road

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise ARC Infrastructure will be undertaking repairs to the rail crossing located immediately south of the Goulds Road and Southern Transport Corridor intersection on Thursday 12 September and Friday 13 September 2019.

From 6am to 6pm, Goulds Road will be closed to traffic between the Southern Transport Corridor and the Meru Waste Facility access lane with a detour in place via Edward Road and Rudds Gully Road.

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.


Port Celebrate Three Generations of Family History

With ancestry spanning over a century in the Midwest, local man Jason Dutton is proud to see the roots of Geraldton’s maritime history firmly entwined in his family tree.

A self-confessed history buff, Jason can trace his Geraldton lineage all the way back to 1860.

There to witness the early stages of the region’s maritime, fishing and crayfish industries, the Dutton family also played a major part in establishing the beginnings of Geraldton Port.

Three generations of the Dutton line have worked on the berths, beginning with Jason’s grandfather.

“My grandfather Hugh Dutton (MM) was in shipping between his combat service in both world wars,” he said.

“After he got back from WW1 he worked as a Lumper, which is what Stevedores were called in those days, and loaded ships from the old Railway Jetty before the Port was even built.

“He then started working at the new Port when the first 2 berths were constructed in the 1930s and later berth 3, where he worked continuously until the outbreak of WW2.

“He then served in WW2 and was killed in action in 1942 while fighting in New Guinea.”

Hugh’s son, Alan Dutton, followed in his father’s footsteps and began his career at the Port in 1950.

From humble beginnings as an apprentice mechanic, Alan went on to become one of the inaugural Founding Board Members of the Geraldton Port Authority.

He worked at the Port for four decades, with 20 of those years spent on the Board.

During this time Alan also went on to complete his national service - remaining in the armed forces for two years.

But such was his love for his home town, Alan returned soon after to resume life in Geraldton, despite being offered a promotion to become a second lieutenant.

Jason said his father’s true love had always been the Port.

“My father Alan was a great man who cared very much for other people, his community and his beloved Port,” he said.

“It was the hard work and vision of people like my dad and grandfather that laid the incredibly strong foundations that remain today.”

Jason continued this legacy when in 2013 he began working in one of the Port’s Operational Crews at the Bulk Handling Facility.

In his spare time, Jason continued to delve in to his genealogy and began tracing the origins of the other side of his family.

This is when Jason discovered an even greater tie to the region’s aquaculture industry.

“It turns out my great grandfather Carl Newman was one of the pioneer rock lobster fisherman off the Geraldton coast and the Southern Group of the Abrolhos islands,” he said.

Jason also discovered further links to the armed forces – uncovering the tale of how his great grandfather would ferry sailors to and from war ships during shore leave.

“My great grandfather was the last man to ferry the sailors from the HMAS Sydney II when she came to Geraldton,” he said.

“It was only a short time later that she was sunk while in battle with the HSK Kormoran off Shark Bay.

“To this day this story is told when they do tours of the HMAS Sydney II memorial site.”

Utakarra Road renewal kicks off

Ozone Drive-In located on the south-east corner of Blencowe and Utakarra Roads. (Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia)

Ozone Drive-In located on the south-east corner of Blencowe and Utakarra Roads. (Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia)

A range of improvements planned for Rangeway, Utakarra and Karloo this financial year will kick off with resurfacing of part of Utakarra Road.

Works will start with the section between Wandoo Street and Blencowe Road followed by the section of road between Abraham Street and Davies Road at a later date.

City of greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said investing in urban renewals in the suburbs was long overdue.

“Rangeway, Utakarra and Karloo have roads that need fixing, especially Utakarra Road that used to be the Geraldton-Mount Magnet Highway until the Southern Transport Corridor opened in December 2009,” he said.

“This year we have budgeted more than $1.6 million for road works in these suburbs of which nearly $1 million will be used to resurface sections of Utakarra, Eastward and Horwood Roads, the main east-west thoroughfare through these localities.”

The area around the resurfacing works has seen a number of changes over the years.

“Long-time residents might recall the old Ozone Drive-In located on the south-east corner of Blencowe and Utakarra Roads that opened in September 1964,” Mayor Van Styn said.

“I’d be interested in knowing if anyone attended the last films shown there, The Eiger Sanction and A Howling in the Woods, before it closed on 2 July 1977.”

Resurfacing works are scheduled to begin on Monday 16 September 2019 and will take approximately one week to complete.

Airport runway extension paves way for economic growth

The Geraldton Regional Airport runway extension was officially opened on Friday 6 September 2019 by Federal Member for Durack the Hon. Melissa Price MP, City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn (center) and Member for the Agricultural Region Hon. Laurie Graham MLC.

The Geraldton Regional Airport runway extension was officially opened on Friday 6 September 2019 by Federal Member for Durack the Hon. Melissa Price MP, City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn (center) and Member for the Agricultural Region Hon. Laurie Graham MLC.

Recently completed upgrades to the Geraldton Regional Airport are paving the way to long-term economic growth for the City region.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the $24 million resurfacing and extension of the airport runway to 2400m is part of a long-standing plan to open the region to global markets.

“The ability for larger aircraft to be accommodated at the Geraldton Airport provides an important whole-of-network role in Western Australia aviation, tourism and export industries,” he said.

“The significance of this upgrade was recognised long before the works were completed when in April, the Geraldton Airport was named as an alternative emergency landing site for international flights unable to land in Perth.

“Now that larger aircraft such as the Airbus A330 or Boeing 787 can land here, the region has become more accessible to both the interstate and international tourism industries.

“Whilst larger planes mean new airfreight export opportunities directly into Asia can now be explored.”

Construction on the $24 million Airport Runway Resurfacing and Extension Project was undertaken by locally based contractor WBHO. The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) contributing $10 million, the State Government Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) $6.5 million and the City $7.5 million.


CBD Foreshore Beach Maintenance works

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise beach maintenance of the CBD Foreshore between the Dome Café and Forrest Street will be undertaken on Monday 9 September 2019.

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.

2019 Art Show

The Geraldton Grammar School P&F invite everyone to their 2019 Art Show. Artists from around WA are displaying their pieces with all exhibits available to purchase.

There will be live performances, food and a licenced bar.

Thanks to The Gerald Apartment Hotel we have an amazing door prize for the Art Show. All attendees have the opportunity to win 1 nights accommodation in their premium 1 bedroom apartment and a $100 voucher towards dinner in The Lobby Restaurant.

Tickets available through Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/BCCYS

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218349201670254/

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Church Together

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Church Together is an annual event which brings Christians together in the Midwest to celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ. Last year’s event saw over 300 people gather at Strathalbyn Christian College to hear guest speaker Dr Margaret Court.

Organised by the Minister’s Fellowship, this year’s Church Together event will be hosted by Strathalbyn Christian College on Sunday 8th September at 6.00pm.

The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Michael O’Neil, Director of Research at Vose Seminary in Perth. Vose has a passion for theology, ministry, chaplaincy, mission, education and leadership.

Dr Michael O’Neil returns to Geraldton with over twenty years’ experience as a Pastor, having held various senior ministry roles including former Pastor at Family Church in Geraldton.

It is expected that this year’s Church Together will draw an even larger crowd than last year; therefore the event will be held under cover outdoors to accommodate the diverse Geraldton Christian community.

A combined music and worship team represented by many fellowships and a Children’s program provided by local Youth Ministries will ensure all ages are catered for. It is important to RSVP for both the main event and the children’s program through any Christian Church in Geraldon.

“This year, Strathalbyn Christian College celebrates 40 years of providing education from a Christian worldview. The College enrols students from different Christian denominations and those families to whom it is important that the Biblical values taught at home are also taught at school. Hosting Church Together is a wonderful way for us to support the combined Geraldton Christian Churches”, said Mr Gavin Hirschhausen, Principal of Strathalbyn Christian College.

The Geraldton Christian Churches represented by the Geraldton Minister’s Fellowship invite you to come along to Church Together on Sunday 8 September at 6.00pm at Strathalbyn Christian College. The gathering will be held at the Hangar off Verticordia Drive, with parking available.

Woolworths rolls out Quiet Hour in Geraldton

Chris Chippendale, Life Without Barriers Executive Lead, Disability Engagement with Woolworths team members

Chris Chippendale, Life Without Barriers Executive Lead, Disability Engagement with Woolworths team members

Thursday 22 August 2019: Following a successful trial period in Western Australia, Woolworths Geraldton will now offer the low-sensory Quiet Hour to customers.

The program is designed to reduce anxiety and sensory stress for customers with specific needs, including autism, by providing a quieter and less stimulating environment in store. 

Autism Spectrum Australia estimates more than 300,000 (or 1 in 70) Australians are on the autism spectrum*.

Woolworths Geraldton will lower lights, turn down music and radio, and turn off oven buzzers for an hour every Tuesday between 10:30am and 11:30am.

Woolworths Geraldton will join more than 260 stores nationally, including 20 in Western Australia.

Woolworths  Group Manager James Ferguson said: “We’ve heard from our customers there is a need in the community for a low sensory shopping experience in the area. 

“Off the back of successful trials, we’re delighted to expand Quiet Hour to Woolworths Geraldton for the benefit of even more customers. 

“Our team takes great pride in ensuring the store is quieter and less stressful for customers who want to shop during Quiet Hour and we look forward to welcoming them in store.”

The low sensory initiative was developed in consultation with disability service providers at Life Without Barriers. 

Life Without Barriers Chief Executive Claire Robbs said: “Quiet Hour is a fantastic accessibility initiative by Woolworths that recognises that people have different accessibility needs. 

“It gives people a way to do their shopping and increase their independence in an environment that is not stressful and overwhelming to them.” 

During Quiet Hour, customers will also notice the following changes:

  • Reducing volume on store phones and registers on the trading floor;

  • Roll cages will be removed from the shop floor; and

  • No PA announcements (excluding in case of emergencies).

Boarding at Geraldton Residential College.. More Affordable!

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Geraldton Grammar School families with students boarding at the Geraldton Residential College are in for a substantial saving from 2020 with the annual maintenance levy being dropped for private school students.

Thanks to Sue Ellery MLC who visited Geraldton Grammar School last term and conducted a review into the financial arrangements with regional boarding colleges she recommended discontinuing the maintenance levies.

As of 2020, all students regardless of which school they attend students will be charged the same boarding fee set by the government.

The Geraldton Residential College provides a safe and caring environment for all its students including students from Geraldton Grammar School and hopefully, this change will keep more children in the Midwest and closer to their families.

Available Room to Rent at Midwest Chiropractic

MIDWEST CHIROPRACTIC

NWC Hwy - Geraldton

 

Looking for an amazing ALLIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL to join Dr Darren Edwards and his team of dedicated workers, whether you're a Remedial Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, Reflexologist or a Podiatrist, we'd love to hear from you.

Rental Requirements

  • Fully qualified with minimum 2 years working experience & membership with appropriate Governing bodies.

  • Eligibility to provide Private Health Fund rebates.

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • Public Liability and professional Indemnity Insurance.

If you would like to join our team, please contact Donna Parker, Practice Manager to view the room and discuss costs. Midwest Chiropractic 279 NWC Hwy, Geraldton. Mobile 0412 363 862


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Prescribed burns in Cape Burney

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking several prescribed burns on the eastern side of the Greenough River Walk Trail in Cape Burney on Saturday 3 August 2019.

The burn will commence at approximately 9am and the Greenough River Walk Trail will NOT be closed to the community during this time.

The Cape Burney, Waggrakine and Moonyoonooka Volunteer Bushfire Brigades will be on site to control the burn rate and extinguish the fire by the end of the day.

Smoke from this prescribed burn may affect the surrounding areas. If you have a respiratory condition or are affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

Prescribed burns are undertaken by the City to mitigate the severity of bushfires and to help protect lives and property by reducing the build-up of flammable fuel loads.

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

If weather conditions are not favourable this burn will be postponed until a future date.

The City apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.