Iluka bring resourceful sand sculptor to WoW

Sand sculpting legend Tim Darby will return to Geraldton for the Wind on Water Festival this weekend.

Sand sculpting legend Tim Darby will return to Geraldton for the Wind on Water Festival this weekend.

Sand sculpting legend Tim Darby will return to Geraldton this weekend for the Wind on Water Festival (WoW Fest) and is set to recreate one of the region’s icons out of a mound of sand. 

Festival goers will also be able learn tips and tricks from Mr Darby at a number of workshops thanks to the sponsorship of Iluka Resources.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the community was captivated with last year’s creation.

“Tim did an amazing job of producing the Point Moore Lighthouse and the HMAS Sydney II Memorial at last year’s WoW Fest and we can’t wait to see what he creates this weekend,” he said.

“Those attending this weekend’s festivities will also be able to participate in a number of free workshops as well as a masterclass.

“This is just one of the many family-friendly activities happening at WoW Fest.”

The sand sculpture and workshops will be taking place near Dome Café on the Geraldton Foreshore on the Saturday from 10am – 12pm in the morning and 1pm – 3pm in the afternoon.

Those wanting to take their skills to the next level can take part in the masterclass on Sunday from 10am – 12pm.

The City of Greater Geraldton would like to thank Iluka Resources for their support of this exciting element.

WoW Fest will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April on the Geraldton Foreshore. The RedFM WoW Fest Concert will conclude the event on Sunday 21 April with headline acts The Temper Trap and Tkay Maidza.

To view the full WoW Fest program, visit www.wowfest.com.au 


Geraldton Gymnastics Club

Are you looking for a sport for your child aged 2-16? Does your child love to flip, jump or hang from everything?

Look no further as Geraldton Gymnastics Club offers a variety of classes in a fun and safe environment lead by fully qualified coaches.

Classes are focused around improving fitness, strength and flexibility while growing passionate, strong & independent students.

Email them today to find out more and enrol: geraldtongymnasticsclub@gmail.com

FREE Easter giveaway for the kids!

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Bring the kids down to Seacrest Shopping Centre this Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 1pm to say hi to the Easter Bunny and collect a FREE Easter giveaway for the kids.

While you’re there check out the free face painting and Easter craft too! 😊

It’s a great chance to catch up with a friend while the kids are kept busy, and you can take a look at some of the specialty stores while you're there.

Seacrest Shopping Centre is your neighbourhood shopping centre featuring Woolworths, specialty stores and eateries, with plenty of convenient parking.

Check out https://www.facebook.com/SeacrestShoppingCentre for more information.

TAFE Major Award winners announced

Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) celebrated their 2018 graduating Diploma and Advanced Diploma students, and announced the Midwest’s Major Award winners at their annual Graduation and Awards evening held on Friday, 29 March 2019.

The award recipients were:

  • Skill Hire Apprentice of the Year - Cameron Christie

  • Humfrey Land Developments Trainee of the Year - Tianni Brown

  • Rio Tinto Aboriginal Student of the Year - Erin Dawson

  • Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vocational Student of the Year - Michelle Groom

The event had its highest turn out in recent years with approximately 400 people attending including family, friends and sponsors who presented the major awards. Thirty Outstanding Achievement Awards, across various industry areas, were also presented to students who excelled in their studies last year.

Guest speaker Isabelle Croswell, 2018 WA Training Awards finalist, CRTAFE’s 2017 Apprentice of the year and previous National WorldSkills competitor, impressed the audience with her inspirational words of advice for the graduates. Isabelle is a high achiever who returned to complete her Hairdressing apprenticeship after becoming a mum. The student address was given by Hannah Read a graduating Veterinary Nursing student.

The evening also celebrated the achievements of Central Regional TAFE’s Geraldton 2018 graduates. There were over 850 students across CRTAFE’s three Geraldton campuses (Fitzgerald Street, Batavia Coast Maritime Institute and Technology Park) who graduated from qualifications in 2018, ranging from Certificate I to Diploma level. Over 100 were from a Diploma and Advanced Diploma level.

Celebrations for graduating students in the Gascoyne region (Carnarvon and Exmouth campuses) were held earlier this year.

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the Graduation and Awards evening was a highlight on the college’s annual events calendar.

“It was great to see family, friends, industry partners and members of the community come together to support our students who have made a great effort to finish their training” he said.

“It is fantastic to see that many of the students who have graduated with their Diploma are currently employed in the region in the industry they’ve studied, and others have used their qualification as a pathway for further study” Mr Swetman said.

“The support by the local community in the Midwest has always been strong and we are proud of this fact. We thank our sponsors and industry partners for not only their support for the awards but also for their ongoing commitment to the future success of vocational education and training in our region” he said.

Vocational Student of the Year recipient Michelle Groom said she felt surprised by the Award and really proud of herself.

“I’ve had other successful careers but nothing with a formal qualification. TAFE has given me a qualification (Diploma of Nursing) and at age 50, I look forward to being able to make a difference in people’s lives during the remaining years of my own working life” she said.

Cameron Christie this year’s 2018 Apprentice of the Year recipient said studying at TAFE has been a great experience.

“Everyone is really supportive, blocks are structured and always fun” he said.

“Starting out completing a Certificate II pre-apprenticeship course led me to securing an apprenticeship and has now continued to enrolling in a second apprenticeship and becoming dual-trade qualified. It has really created opportunities and I’m really ecstatic to be recognised in this way” he said.

Major award winners will have the opportunity to apply for the 2019 WA State Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE had two state award finalists last year.

All graduates and award nominees were able to enjoy delicious refreshments, prepared and served by CRTAFE’s Commercial Cookery and Hospitality students, whilst networking with guests from local industry and the community.

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Nursing students with lecturers

Diploma of Accounting Students and lecturer

Diploma of Accounting Students and lecturer

Changes to MEEDAC Tip Shop opening hours

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise there are changes to the MEEDAC Tip Shop opening hours.

Located at Meru landfill, the Tip Shop will now be open from Thursday to Monday from 7am to 3:30pm.

On Tuesdays and Wednesday the facility is only open for processing recyclable material and is not open for sales or to drop off items. 

For more information contact the City of 9956 6600.

Chinese photographers showcase Coral Coast in exhibition

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You haven’t seen the Coral Coast captured like this before! 

In a brand new photography exhibition, Through the Dragon’s Eyes showcases the region through the lens of Chinese photographers from the Zhongyi Photography Club.

The first exhibition of its kind in Western Australia will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from 12 April 2019 to promote and showcase Australia’s Coral Coast.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the region was an emerging destination for photography themed tourism.

“We are attracting more and more photographers who are discovering Western Australia as the perfect place for amazing photography due to the unique landscape and pristine natural environment,” he said.

“Not only do we have some of the most stunning landscapes in the world here on the Coral Coast, but we also boast clear skies which is perfect for capturing the stars and night sky.” 

The exhibition is comprised of 40 photographs taken by 22 different Chinese photographers.

The exhibiting photographers visited Geraldton in September 2018 and January 2019 as part of the Photography Club’s international tutorial program.

With a main focus on landscapes and nightscapes, the photos capture locations including Geraldton, Lancelin, Cervantes, Northampton and Kalbarri. 

“People from the region tend to see these landscapes every single day and become desensitized to the unique beauty,” Mayor Van Styn added.

“So it’s great to have international guests, some seeing our region for the very first time, capturing the amazing Coral Coast.”

The exhibition is a joint initiative between the City of Greater Geraldton, Easy Going Travel Services, Museum of Geraldton and Zhongyi Photography Club.

It will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from Friday 12 April until Sunday 12 May.

Bursaries provide professional development for future leaders of the Western rock lobster Industry

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Western Rock Lobster is pleased to announce it has awarded ten $3,000 bursaries to attend the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The bursaries provide professional development for future leaders of the Western rock lobster Industry and target skippers and crew members who are actively engaged in fishing operations. 

CEO Matt Taylor said he was encouraged by the many strong, diverse and passionate applications received and commended all applicants on their desire to further build their capacity, knowledge and networks within the industry.

“The bursary applications illustrate our young fishers’ strong industry ambitions, drive and commitment so we are excited to be able to assist them with capacity building and professional development to help deliver benefits and security to both them personally and our industry in to the future,” he said.

“Attending the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress is an exciting opportunity which will allow participants to further network with rock lobster fishers, managers and scientists from across Australia and New Zealand, and will really help support their aspirations and future involvement within the industry.”

WRL will continue to provide bursaries so those who missed out this time around will have further opportunities to get involved in the future. 

“WRL is committed to engaging with future leaders and building industry leadership development so we will continue to provide opportunities in the future to assist with capacity building and professional development,” Mr Taylor said.

In October 2018, WRL held its first DECK Program which aims to build capacity within the industry. 

Mr Taylor said the DECK Program provides professional development opportunities for participants to build their industry knowledge, skills, capability and networks to continually improve their fishing operations and business management.

“The DECK Program is part of WRL’s commitment to developing young future leaders for the western rock lobster Industry.”

Congratulations to Kurt Glass, Chris Williams, Lance Dawe, Michael Butcher, Eddie Fernandes, James Camarda, Radley Woodcock, Stephen Minutillo, Frank Rodriguez and Ashley Cole on their successful bursary applications.

We look forward to working with the bursary winners further and helping grow the positive impact our young future leaders will have on our State’s iconic Western rock lobster industry. 

The bursaries have been funded by WRL through its Industry Partnership Agreement with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

Ongoing contamination moves bin location

The community is being urged to use the blue plastic recycling bins properly.

The community is being urged to use the blue plastic recycling bins properly.

Ongoing contamination of a blue plastics recycle bin in Drummonds has resulted in the bin moving locations 

The bin was located in the carpark at the Drummond Cove Hall but has now been moved to Bayside Park in Drummond Cove.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was disappointing that the community were not respecting the bins.

“It’s such a shame that we are having to empty a lot of these bins straight into landfill when we are trying to promote recycling and sustainability,” he said.

“It’s even more disappointing that after urging the community to use the bins correctly, they are still being contaminated.”

The blue recycle bin located at Waggrakine Primary School is also being continually contaminated and will be moved if contamination persists.

A total of 15 bins are located around Geraldton and are for the purpose of recycling type 1 and 2 plastics only.

To identify what plastics are type 1 and 2, look for the symbol on the item. Plastics include soft drink, juice and water bottles as well as common white or coloured plastic such as milk containers and shampoo bottles. 

People are also reminded to remove bottle lids and rinse the bottles out before recycling.

The locations of the bins are:

  • Beachlands Primary School – Corner of Whitfield St and Bradley St

  • Bluff Point Primary School – 18 Mitchell St

  • Opposite Glenfield IGA Sunset Beach – Chapman Road

  • Drummond Cove – Bayside Park

  • Geraldton Primary School – Augustus St

  • Geraldton Surf Lifesaving Club – 260 Willcock Drive

  • Leaning Tree Community School – 15 Bayly St

  • Mt Tarcoola Primary School – Acacia St

  • Paringa Park – Paringa St, Mount Tarcoola

  • PCYC – 105 Pass St, Wonthella

  • QEII Seniors and Community Centre Carpark – 88 Durlacher Street

  • Strathalbyn Christian College – 15 Cedar Cres

  • Tip Shop - 61 Landfill Lane, Narngulu

  • Waggrakine Primary School – Hall Rd

  • Wandina Primary School – 29 Ajax Dr

For more information about recycling in Geraldton, head to https://bit.ly/2JdBupS

2020 Academic Scholarships

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Scholarships available for 2020 are now open. The closing date is 1 May 2019 and the tests will take place in the Geraldton Grammar library on the 11 May. There are three levels of exams; level 1 for students starting year 7 in 2020, level 2 for those students starting year 9 in 2020 and level 3 for those students starting year 11 in 2020.

The scholarships are academic in nature and the exams require the applicants to sit 4 tests. The program is managed by ACER so as to ensure an objective process and further information is available on their website. In order to enrol in the exams, applicants must register at ACER by following this link https://scholarships.acer.edu.au Should you have any questions please contact the Deputy Principal, Mr Derek Lange - derek.lange@gegs.wa.edu.au

https://geraldtongrammarschool.wa.edu.au/index.php/enrolments/scholarships

Prescribed burn in Utakarra

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking a prescribed burn in Utakarra on bushland east of Abraham Street between the Geraldton Cemetery and Solomon Circle.

It will take place on Wednesday 3 April 2019 commencing at approximately 9.30am.

This burn will only proceed with favourable weather conditions. If the weather is not favourable, the burn will be postponed until further notice.

The Waggrakine, Cape Burney and Moonyoonooka Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades as well as the DFES Midwest/Gascoyne Mitigation Team 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 being 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.

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.

Kinetic creation celebrates Festival elements

A giant kinetic sculpture in the form of a colourful lionfish joins the program for this year’s Wind on Water Festival.

A giant kinetic sculpture in the form of a colourful lionfish joins the program for this year’s Wind on Water Festival.

Heads will turn as a giant kinetic sculpture in the form of a colourful lionfish joins the program for this year’s Wind on Water Festival. 

Celebrating the elements of wind and water, the giant kinetic sculpture comes to life through a bicycle, and the community is invited to help! 

With thanks to sponsorship from Stirlings Shopping Centre, artists Travis Bullock and Constance Titterton will create the bicycle-powered fish in the shopping centre as well as host workshops based around bikes. 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the community will love contributing to an element that they will also get to see in action. 

“This is just another amazing element of the Wind on Water Festival,” he said. 

“Not only can you go and help bring it to life, but thousands will enjoy the sculpture as it makes its way up and down the Foreshore over the Easter long weekend. 

“A big thank you goes out to Stirlings Shopping Centre for sponsoring this element, we know it will be a hit!” 

As well as creating the sculpture, there will be free drop-in workshops. The workshops include helmet art and disc art. 

Attendees can bring their own bike helmet, and the materials are provided to create your very own fish helmet art. 

Disc art involves painting bike discs to take home and spruce up your bike. Materials are provided. 

The workshops will take place at Stirlings Shopping Centre outside Woolworths on Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April from 10am-2pm daily.

The community can find out more about the kinetic sculpture by attending an artist talk on Thursday 18 April at 4pm. You can RSVP for the event by emailingeryn.leonard@au.knightfrank.com 

The kinetic creation will be on display at the WoW Fest on Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April. 

For more information about WoW Fest, head to www.wowfest.com.au

New footpath construction in Cape Burney

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be constructing a new footpath in Cape Burney at the northern side of Greenough River Road between Hull Street and River Drive.

Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 1 April 2019 and will take approximately five weeks to complete.

These works are part of the approximate 5000m of new footpaths being constructed this financial year.

The anticipated hours of work will be from 7am to 6pm 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

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Nangetty-Walkaway Road works underway

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise road widening and reseal works will be undertaken to part of Nangetty-Walkaway Road, north of Gunnado Road on Monday 1 April 2019 for a period of approximately four weeks. 

These works are part of the $3,965,000 allocated in the 2018/19 Budget for road renewals and are 66 percent grant funded from the Regional Road Group Scheme. 

The anticipated hours of work will be from 7am to 6pm, with traffic management 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  

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International artist brings Divine Assembly to Geraldton

Louise Paramor is bringing her exhibition Divine Assembly to Geraldton.

Louise Paramor is bringing her exhibition Divine Assembly to Geraldton.

Featuring colourful plastic assemblages and collages, internationally renowned Australian artist Louise Paramor is bringing her exhibition Divine Assembly to Geraldton. 

Well known for her large-scale public art commissions, which often combine formal concerns with a pop-inspired sensibility, the claimed exhibition will be on display at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery. 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said many people would be able to relate to the pieces. 

“The colours and scale of Louise’s work present a playful exhibition which will appeal to people of all ages,” he said. 

“This exhibition is an exciting opportunity to see award-winning work by one of Australia’s best artists without having to travel to the eastern states.” 

Louise has regularly exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1988, and has been awarded several grants and international residencies including an Australia Council Fellowship at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 1999-2000. 

In 2010 she won the prestigious McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award with her piece Top Shelf. 

The collection of raw material alone is impressive, with acquisitions from mining operations, plastic moulding companies and furniture production forming sculptures up to 6ft tall. 

With an exceptional knack for selecting objects that were once functional, Louise has created a unique series by stripping away practical context and arranging objects together to create fantastical apparatuses. 

The deliberate compositions of industrial scale also combines the art of plastic recycling, fitting in perfectly with the increasingly environmentally-conscious community.

The official opening for Divine Assembly will take place at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery on Friday 5 April from 6pm. 

The exhibition will be on display until 26 May 2019. 

For more information, head to artgallery.cgg.wa.gov.au or contact the Gallery on 9956 6750.

COMMUNITY, RESPECT & EQUALITY Launch

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Family Violence is a significant social issue in our community. It is preventable. With collaborative community action we can make a difference.

COMMUNITY, RESPECT & EQUALITY Launch

1st April 2019, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Geraldton Multipurpose Centre, 254 Marine Terrace, Geraldton

The Launch will showcase local businesses and organisations that have decided to say #ViolenceIsNEVEROk by signing the Agreement for Businesses and Organisations and committing to do what they can to prevent family violence.

The event will start with a morning tea catered by Taste Buds, followed by key speakers from local organisations discussing why preventing family violence is important to them and why signing up is just good business.

This is a FREE event, but please RSVP to Monica at Desert Blue Connect on 9964 2742 or info@desertblueconnect.org.au

For more information on the prevention of family violence or to see how your business or organisation can be involved go to our website: https://communityrespectandequality.com.au/

 

KEY LAUNCH SPEAKERS

  • Roger Beer, Superintendent
    WA Police Force, Geraldton

  • Russell Pratt, Chief Executive Officer
    Desert Blue Connect

  • Vickie Williams, General Manager
    Mid West Ports Authority

  • Peter Treharne,
    City of Greater Geraldton

  • Bendigo Bank representative

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Grant funding for safer cycling secured

New shared cycle paths along the NWCH will connect to existing paths in the Chapman River Regional Park.

New shared cycle paths along the NWCH will connect to existing paths in the Chapman River Regional Park.

The City has successfully secured State Government funding to construct cycle paths along the North West Coastal Highway to improve cycle and pedestrian access to the Chapman River Regional Park.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said providing safe access to the recently completed mountain bike facilities in the Chapman River Regional Park for people who live on the east side of the highway is paramount.

“Since the completion of the jump and pump track and skills track at Spalding Park and the formalisation of the mountain bike trail in the Chapman River Regional Park the number of people visiting the area in the last six months has dramatically increased,” he said.

“The 680m long off-road shared cycle path on the east side of the NWCH will help guide community members from Green Street to the existing underpass on the south side of the bridge enabling people of all ages who want to access the popular facilities with a safe way to cross the busy highway.”

The Department of Transport’s (DoT) Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program will fund 50% of the $230,000 design and construction costs of an off-road shared cycle path to connect Splading to the asphalt cycle paths located on the west side of the highway.

The City has also secured funding from the DoT Safe Active Streets Program to undertake the design and consultation of an off-road shared path on the west side of the NWCH linking Spalding Park to Green Street and includes the transformation of Railway Street into a Safe Active Street for cyclists.

The Safe Active Streets Program delivers cycle routes on quiet local streets, where speeds have been reduced to 30km/h to allow people in cars and on bikes to share the street safely. This will be a pilot program for the regions and is fully funded by DoT.

Both the shared cycle paths on the east and west sides of the NWCH were identified as a secondary network routes in the Geraldton 2050 Cycling Strategy.

Both projects will be completed in 2019/20 financial year.


Council approves grant funding for local sporting clubs

Kart racing at the Midwest Kart Club

Kart racing at the Midwest Kart Club

Kart drivers, BMX riders and soccer players are one-step closer to training and competing at improved sporting facilities after Council approved applications to improve club infrastructure via the State Government’s Community Sporting & Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).

The Midwest Kart Club’s application for $42,305 to renew the surface of their racing track along with applications for $20,973 and $25,300 to replace the existing metal halide flood light luminaries with energy efficient LEDS at Woorree Park BMX track and the Eighth Street West soccer grounds respectively now await the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries approval under the CSRFF funding scheme.

 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries CSRFF assists sporting clubs to develop and improve their infrastructure.

“The CSRFF funding program is open to all sporting clubs who want to increase participation their particular sport or recreation by providing quality facilities that are sustainable,” he said.

“Council is always keen to support clubs who work hard to raise one-third of the funds needed to make improvements to their facilities which ultimately benefits the community.

“All three of these organisations provide people of all ages with important sports and recreation opportunities that unite and bring our community together.”

CSRFF grants are offered as one-third funding contributions from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The remaining two-thirds of project costs are equally shared by the applicant and the City.


Clock Tower Square construction works begin

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise construction works on the Clock Tower Square portion of the Rocks Laneway Project will begin on Thursday 28 March 2019.

To ensure community safety, the footpath and the Square will be fenced off until project completion in September 2019.

Pedestrians are requested to use the footpath on the opposite side of Marine Terrace. Members of the community are also 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.