Damage and Stealing Arrest

At 6:15 pm on Wednesday 15 February 2018, a male was renovating in his rear yard located in Abraham Street Rangeway having recently moved into the address.

For reasons unknown a 25 year old male offender from Rangeway has kicked in a rear fence panel and entered the yard confronting the occupant.

The offender has armed himself with a shovel laying nearby threatening the occupant to a fight. The occupant has backed away to his house and the offender ran from the rear yard.

Police attended shortly after locating and arresting the person nearby in Clematis Crescent Utakarra still in possession of the shovel.

The male was later released to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on charges of:

  • Being armed in way that may cause fear
  • Damage
  • Stealing
  • Trespassing.

Possess Weapon and Possess Drugs Charge

At about 1:30 am Thursday 15 February 2018, Officers from the Geraldton Police Station conducted a traffic stop on a Holden Cruze travelling along North West Coastal Highway Waggrakine.

After speaking with the occupants police have searched the vehicle during which officers located a small amount of Cannabis and a silver metal knuckle duster inside the vehicle.

As a result a 30 year old male from Tarcoola Beach was charged with being in possession of the weapon and a 28 year old male charged with being in possession of a prohibited drug. Both have been summons to appear before the Geraldton Magistrate.

Disorderly Behaviour Arrest

At about 10:20 am on Tuesday 13 February 2018, Police received calls from the public regarding a fight that was happening on Chapman Road Geraldton near Stirling’s Shopping Centre.

Two females were located at the location in an agitated state and spoken to by police.

A 45 year old female and 22 year old female both from Waggrakine were ordered away from the Central Business District and both summonsed to appear before the Geraldton Magistrates Court on charges of disorderly behaviour in a public place.

Firearm Incident Arrest

At about 9:45 pm on the Tuesday 13 February 2018 Police received calls regarding a possible gun having been discharged in the vicinity of Sullivan Court Rangeway. Police provided an immediate response and conducted investigations into the allegation.

At 3.50 on the 14 February the person of interest was sighted by police jumping a fence from an address in Kul town Drive Waggrakine.

After a short foot chase the person of interested was arrested by Officers from the Geraldton Police Complex.

After further inquiries a 34 year old male from Rangeway was charged by Geraldton Detectives and held in custody to appear before the Geraldton Magistrate on the following charges:

  • Unlicensed person possess Firearm/Ammunition x 2
  • Threats to Injure, Endanger or Harm any Person
  • Endanger Life, Health or Safety of a Person.

If you have any further information please contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Temporary closure of Wonthella Skatepark

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise the Wonthella Skatepark, located on Pass Street, will be temporarily closed from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February 2018 to undertake maintenance works.

Works will include the repair of general wear and tear followed by the resealing of all concrete surfaces. The anticipated hours of work will be between from 7.30am to 4.30pm.

During this period, the Skatepark will be fenced off and members of the community are requested to not to use the Skatepark. Alternative skateparks are located in Maitland Park, Glendinning Park, Strathalbyn, Forrester Park and Drummond Cove.

Members of the community are also requested to 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.

City welcomes translating and interpreting services

People who speak languages other than English can now access services from the City of Greater Geraldton with greater convenience, thanks to the introduction of translating and interpreting facilities.

The service, which is provided by Department of Home Affairs, is free for residents and ratepayers who are not proficient in English and has over 80 languages available.

City of Greater Geraldton Chief Executive Officer Ross McKim welcomed the addition. 

“We are taking customer service to the next level and are delighted to launch our new translating and interpreting facilities,” he said.

“Greater Geraldton is home to a rich multicultural community and we want to remove all language barriers.

“Customers and staff are now able to speak with an interpreter via telephone. We are also very fortunate to have staff who speak different languages and where possible, we will try to use their skillsets.”

Phone interpreting services are available at the Civic Centre as well as the Geraldton Regional Library, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Aquarena, Mullewa District Office, Queens Park Theatre and the Queen Elizabeth II Seniors & Community Centre.

Members of the public are also able to access the service, however, telephone charges may apply.

If members of the community do require TIS services with the City, it is recommended a booking is made with the Customer Service department to ensure an interpreter is available at a time that is convenient to you.

For more information about the City of Greater Geraldton’s translating and interpreting facilities, please visit https://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/your-council/news-and-information/customer-service/translating-and-interpreting-assistance.aspx or https://www.tisnational.gov.au/

Armed Robbery Arrest

At about 2:00 pm on the 13 February 2018 a male has attended the BWS Bottle Shop at the Wintersun Hotel BLUFF POINT.

Staff from BWS have provided assistance to obtain his purchase. The male has distracted the staff during which he ran from the store with alcohol that he had not paid for.

2 Staff members have attempted to retrieve the products from the male when he produced a knife which he was carrying and threatened to harm the employees.

Police have been called and 30 minutes later located a male walking in Spalding who matched the description and CCTV images that had been obtained.

A 41 year old Male from South Perth was arrested on suspicion and conveyed to the Geraldton Police Station where he was later charged with Armed Robbery.

He was refused Bail and is due to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court today.

Burglary and Drug Arrest

On the 11 February 2018, on Hardman Road Rangeway Officers from the Geraldton Police Station spoke with a 19 year old male from Rangeway.

After speaking with the man he was identified as being a person of interest for a burglary that had occurred in Bunbury in November 2017. Whilst being spoken to he was searched by police and found to be in possession of an amount of cannabis.

The male was arrested and charged by officers for the offences of Burglary, Stealing, and Stealing from Motor Vehicle and Possess Cannabis.

He was bailed to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

Trespass Arrest

At 3:00am on Sunday 11 February 2018, an intoxicated 28 Year old male from Northam has attended a business address in Bayly Street Geraldton.

At the address he has smashed a glass bedroom window, climbed through the window falling asleep on a bed within the premises.

Officers have attend shortly after locating the male still asleep. He was arrested and charged for the offences of Damage and Trespass. He is due to appear before the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

Possess Weapon

At about 4:30 pm on the 11 February 2018, Officers from the Geraldton Police Station were at the Home Maker Centre, North West Coastal Highway Webberton.

Whilst in attendance officers sighted two males whom were behaving in a suspicious manner. Whilst being spoken to officers had cause to search the men’s belongings during which officers located a 20 cm Kitchen Knife which one of the men was carrying to protect himself with.

The knife was seized and a 31 year old male from Spalding has been summons to appear in the Geraldton magistrates Court.

Unlawful Wounding Arrest

On the 11 February 2018 a 21st Birthday was being celebrated at an address in Abraham Street Utakarra.

At about 3 am the celebration was coming to a close and people were leaving the address. Whilst people were milling in the street a fight has broken out during which a 26 year old female from Beachlands and 28 year old female from Perth were both stabbed in the arm and shoulder sustaining non-life threatening injuries. Both were conveyed to the Geraldton Regional Hospital for treatment to injuries they had received.

A 22 year old female Rangeway was arrested by police at the scene where she was later charged with 2 counts of Unlawful Wounding and remanded in custody to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

WALGA seeks suppliers for parks and gardens services

The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) are currently seeking tenders for the newly created Panel of Suppliers (PSA) for parks, gardens and related services.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he urged local businesses to apply.

“It is a great opportunity for local providers to be placed on WALGA’s panel and become a preferred supplier,” he said.

“The benefits of becoming a WALGA preferred supplier have been demonstrated repeatedly in recent years with a range of local businesses successfully applying and subsequently being engaged by the City for a broad range of projects.”

The new PSA will consist of the following areas of supply:

  • Mowing services
  • Weed management and fertiliser application services
  • Supply of general parks and gardens goods
  • Water management goods and services 
  • Tree maintenance services
  • Landscaping works, maintenance and infrastructure
  • Provision of general parks and gardens services
  • Turf supply, installation and maintenance
  • Provision of parks and gardens consultancy services
  • Trees and nursery plants goods and services
  • Playgrounds goods and services

Request for Tender documents are currently available from WALGA’s Tenderlink portal https://www.tenderlink.com/walga/.

Further information in regards to this request for tender can be obtained from Craig Grant on (08) 9213 2037.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community statement: Incident at Australia Post toilet block

The City of Greater Geraldton is currently investigating last night’s incident at the toilet block located in the Australia Post car park.

Please be aware that the contractor responsible for security at this location is not in any way associated with City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, or any of his businesses.

We will update the community as soon as we have further information to ensure that this situation does not reoccur.

Greenough River Nature Walk Trail works

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking works along the Greenough River Nature Walk Trail from Cape Burney to Devlin Pool Road with works commencing on Wednesday 14 February 2018 for a period of approximately three weeks.

Works include the installation of new steps to the gazebos to improve accessibility and general gazebo maintenance. New bench seating will also be installed at scenic sites along the trail. The City requests members of the public to refrain from using the trail between 9am and 3pm to ensure community safety.

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.

 

Temporary closure Convict Bridge in Greenough

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be temporarily closing Convict Bridge located on McCartney Road in Greenough on Thursday 15 February 2018 to undertake bridge maintenance works.

The anticipated hours of work will be from 7am to 5pm. Traffic management will be in place with a detour through the river bed side track.

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.

A boy and a girl "freed" a guinea pig

On Tuesday 6 February 2018 a Burglary was committed at an address in Nerrel Street  Waggrakine. During the course of the Burglary the young offenders have removed the family’s pet guinea pig from its cage in the rear yard.

Police officers had been notified by a member of the public whom had witnessed persons jumping the fence.

Police officers attended shortly after sighting a group of youths running through rear bushland.

During a search of the bushland officers located the Pet Guinea Pig which had been discarded by the offenders. The Guinea Pig was returned to the owners.

As a result of inquiries an 11 year old boy and a 13 year old girl, both from Waggrakine were identified and interviewed over the incident.

Both have been charged with further inquiries continuing.

Stealing Captured on CCTV

On the evening of 8 February 2018 an offence occurred at the Orana Cinema in Geraldton where a male was disturbed whilst in the process of stealing alcohol from the Gold Class Section. The male was captured on CCTV footage running away from the cinemas along Fitzgerald Street Geraldton.

Later that evening a 31 year old male from Rangeway was arrested by officers and after inquiries was charged with Burglary and Stealing Offences.

He was remanded in custody to appear before the Geraldton Magistrates Court the following day.

2 Juveniles Arrested for Burglary

Between 2 February and 5 February a series of burglary offences occurred around the suburbs of Geraldton.

Officers from the Geraldton Detectives and Volume Crime Team have identified a number of person believed to be involved with having committed these offences.

On Tuesday 6 February, Officers have attended an address in Rangeway where two juvenile males were located trying to hide from Police.

A 14 year old male from Yalgoo and 17 year old male from Karloo were arrested by officers and formally charged with a number of offences. Both have appeared in Geraldton Children’s Court.

14 year old charges:

  • 2 x Aggravated Burglary
  • 1 x Burglary and Commit
  • 4 x Stealing of Motor Vehicle
  • 1 x Assault to Prevent Arrest

17 year old male charges:

  • 1 x Aggravated Burglary
  • 1 x Stealing
  • Breach of Bail.

Inquiries are still continuing.

Vehicles Stolen

On the 11 November 2017 a Burglary Offence was committed on a residence in Cooper Circuit Mount Tarcoola. During the Burglary a number of items are reported to have been stolen including the Occupants Hyundai Elantra Sedan which was later located abandoned on Hadda Way Mahomets Flats.

On the 5 February 2018 a stealing offence occurred in Eastern Road Geraldton. At this address offenders have entered the rear yard and stolen 3 off road motor bikes.

On the 6 February 2018 Officers on Patrol sighted one of these motorbikes being ridden along Brand Highway Wandina. The motorbike has driven off at speed riding through traffic to evade police.

On the 7 February 2018 a 25 year old male from Mahomets Flats was arrested by officers from the Geraldton Police Station to assist with inquiries.

As a result of these inquiries he was charged with a numbers of offences and has appeared before the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

  • He has been remanded to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on the following charges.
  • Aggravated Burglary and Commit
  • Stealing
  • 2 x Stealing of Motor Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving to Evade Police.