City turns up the heat on weed control

Steam treating weeds in the Mahomets Flats playground.

Steam treating weeds in the Mahomets Flats playground.

Weeds across the City are beginning to feel the heat as the City rolls out a 12-month steam treatment trial for the unwanted plants.

The trial, which began last week, uses a purpose built, steam treatment machine that applies steam directly to plant foliage.

City of Greater Geraldton CEO Ross McKim said the trial is part of ongoing investigations to identify alternative, environmentally friendly and cost effective ways to control weeds.

“Managing weeds in our parks, open spaces, road reserves and paths and even in our drains is a massive, never ending, task,” he said.

“Weeds can have a huge impact on our environment by choking out native plant species and reducing food sources or habitat for native animals.

“They can also create fire hazards which is why weed control is a very important part of the City’s operations.

“Given the sheer volume of work involved in weed control we are always looking for alternative weed management practices that can achieve effective results whilst reducing the need for chemical control methods,” he added.

The trial will monitor the cost and efficiency of steam as an alternative to Glyphosate for weed control.

Warning to motorcycle & push bike riders in Wandina

Local residents have contacted EG over safety concerns caused by a large concrete block that is not visible to riders coming from one direction, which has been placed on a dirt track near Eakins Crescent and Bellimos Drive in Wandina.

The concrete block appears to have been placed there to deter would-be riders. However, the concern the locals who contact EG hold is that the block is not visible to people coming from the other direction, and poses a serious hazard.

Rangers from the City of Greater Geraldton were alerted to the risk but the community members. However when presented with the safety concerns they said they were told “that it was placed there to stop people using the track. We were told that people should not use the track!

The locals say the concrete block is now something of a “man trap” and they hold concern that “someone will be seriously injured if something is not done to remove this hazard, even another block on the other side of the hill.”

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Looking for a Secondary school in Geraldton?

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Do you have a child in upper primary and looking at your options for Secondary School?
Want to hear about the options and opportunities for students at Geraldton Grammar School?

Come along to our information evening on Tuesday 6 August at 6pm and see what Geraldton Grammar School could offer your child.


Delivered: tax relief for Durack

Low and middle income earners in Durack will start to receive immediate tax relief from next week.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Morrison Government has delivered on its promise to build a better tax system and provide more tax relief in Durack.

“This will ensure Durack low and middle income earners will keep more of what they earn and have more money in their pockets. This will ultimately boost household consumption, which will be good for the overall economy,” she said.

“Those earning up to $126,000 in Durack will receive up to $1,080, and dual income couples will receive up to $2,160.”

The tax package provides a further $158 billion in tax relief, building on the already legislated Personal Income Tax Plan that announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

The Government has also locked in the benefits of low and middle income tax relief by increasing the top threshold of the 19 cents in the dollar tax bracket from $41,000 to $45,000 and by increasing the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022-23.

In combination with the legislated removal of the 37 per cent tax bracket in 2024-25, the Government is delivering structural reform to the tax system by reducing the 32.5 cents in the dollar tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar.

“Together, these tax relief measures will create a flatter and better tax system that will improve incentives for those people working hard Durack,” Ms Price said.

“It will also ensure that 94 per cent of Australians will face a marginal tax rate no higher than 30 cents in the dollar in 2024-25.

“Australians voiced their loud and clear support for our comprehensive tax package at the election. They supported a tax system that rewards aspiration and encourages effort, and we have delivered it. 

“Lower taxes are part of our plan for a stronger economy,” said Ms Price.

Stirlings Central has some exciting school holiday activities on in July!

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Decorate your own cookie with Go Health, and take home your own chef apron and hat! Or make your own family- friendly kite from paper, straws and string with Faire and Co! Then move down to the beach and watch your creations fly!

Strathalbyn Christian College joins the Country Week

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For the first time Strathalbyn Christian College will be sending a team of over 50 students to Country Week which will be held in Perth at the end of this month.

The week-long event will provide an opportunity for our students to meet, and play against, other students from regional centres in specific disciplines such as netball, basketball, volleyball and hockey.

They also have a dance team that will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of dances such as Indigenous Contemporary, Ukranianian Cossack and Commercial along with ballet, pilates and Wu Tao.  The Dance program is coordinated by AusDance with students using the studios at WAAPA.

To mark this special occasional the College appointed Overall Team Captains Calli-Rose Woods and Alyse White who have assisted staff with preparation for the event.  Students were also nominated as Sports Captains by their peers: Calli-Rose Woods (Girls Basketball), Bella Davidson (Dance), Jesse McKoy (Hockey), Rene Brand (Netball), Levi Moore (Boys Basketball) and Evan Gilbert (Volleyball).   Each Captain has assisted the Team Coach to organise team practises, assisted with fundraising/promoting and informing students about details about Country Week.  The students participated in fundraising activities to assist with their Country Week expenses.

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Calli-Rose Woods and her mother, Julie Woods, helped to design the Country Week Polo Shirts which have an Aboriginal theme.  All elements of the shirt design have special meaning, for example the circle on the front represents the meeting place (of Country Week) and the message stick is symbolic of Welcome to Country

Strathalbyn Christian College students will be stepping out in style in our newly designed Country Week sports uniform. Created with the help of Cooper Teamwear, this design captures the Strath uniform colours of green, blue and white in a unique way. ‘Working with Cooper Teamwear during the design phase of the project was very easy and they were able to meet our short deadline without any problems. The students love the new design and are excited to be representing Strathalbyn Christian College at Country Week” said Anna Hollander, Marketing and Community Relations Manager.

Leading up to Country Week, the students have been playing scratch-matches against Geraldton Senior High School and Geraldton Grammar School which assisted with their team skills.

Blue bin contamination continues

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The blue plastic recycling bins in Sunset Beach are being relocated due to ongoing contamination.

The bins currently located on the west side of Chapman Road across from the Glenfield Shopping Centre will be moved 200m to the south to the turning bay in front of the Spalding Horse and Pony Club on the east side of Chapman Road on Monday 1 July 2019.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the ongoing contamination was very discouraging.

“Over the past six months the City has been reminding the community to do the right thing by putting only types 1 and 2 plastics into the blue bins,” he said.

“When other plastics and non-recyclable materials are placed in these bins they become contaminated and the whole lot goes to landfill.

“We’ve already had to relocate the blue plastic bins in Drummond Cove due to contamination and hopefully moving the bins away from the cardboard recycling containers and rubbish bins at their current location will stop the ongoing contamination.

“It’s really frustrating as we are trying to provide a service the community wants and it’s unfortunate that their recycling efforts are actually going to waste.”

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 them 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

  • Drummond Cove – 19 Parkvista Square

  • Geraldton Primary School – Augustus St

  • Geraldton Surf Lifesaving Club – 260 Willcock Drive

  • Leaning Tree Community School – 15 Bayly Street

  • Mt Tarcoola Primary School – Acacia Street

  • Paringa Park – Paringa Street, Mount Tarcoola

  • PCYC – 105 Pass Street, Wonthella

  • QEII Seniors and Community Centre Carpark – 88 Durlacher Street

  • Strathalbyn Christian College – 15 Cedar Crescent

  • Tip Shop - 61 Landfill Lane, Narngulu

  • Waggrakine Primary School – Hall Road

  • Wandina Primary School – 29 Ajax Drive

For more information about recycling in Geraldton, head to www.cgg.wa.gov.au

City makes film friendly pledge

In a bid to become a ‘film friendly’ location, the City of Greater Geraldton has introduced a new process to help encourage organisations and businesses who are looking to commercially film in Geraldton.

Following suit from many other local governments, organisations looking to commercially film in Geraldton can now visit the City’s website and fill out a Commercial Filming Form in order to receive a permit to film in Geraldton.

A point of difference for Greater Geraldton – filming permits are free!

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was important commercial filming was easy and accessible in the region. 

“We want to encourage all sorts of filming and promotion here in Geraldton with everything from documentaries, TV shows, feature films and everything in between,” he said. 

“Every month we get requests for filming here in our beautiful region, with everything from tourism promotion, fishing shows and much more.

“While some local governments charge for commercial filming permits, we feel having no cost and keeping the process as easy as possible will foster Geraldton being on the big screen more and more!” 

Geraldton has featured in many on-screen features, most recently a visit from Network Ten’s iFish crew, which showcased the Midwest’s best fishing spots including Greenough River, local beaches and the Abrolhos.

The Abrolhos episode will air this Sunday 23 June on Network Ten at 5pm.  

Geraldton was also featured in Our State on a Plate where The Broady, Illegal Tender Rum Co and Sun City Produce shone. 

“Not only does commercial filming have great flow on effects for tourism, but it also gives local businesses a chance to showcase themselves,” Mayor Van Styn added. 

“We live in such a unique part of the world and we want to show that to the world.”

For more information on commercial filming in Geraldton or to obtain a permit, head to https://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/work/doing-business-in-greater-geraldton/film-friendly-geraldton.aspx


City seals deal with Radio Mama

Radio Mama’s Pete Fiorenza, City CEO Ross McKim and Mayor Shane Van Styn with Radio Mama Manager Barry Anderson.

Radio Mama’s Pete Fiorenza, City CEO Ross McKim and Mayor Shane Van Styn with Radio Mama Manager Barry Anderson.

Locals can continue to tune in and listen to various sporting broadcasts after the City of Greater Geraldton recently entered into an Everlasting Partnership with local radio station Radio Mama.

As part of the deal, Radio Mama will receive $5,000 a year for three years from the City, to support the broadcast of the Great Northern Football League and Geraldton Buccaneers home games.

The sponsorship also supports SHL Radio which is a weekly segment focusing on local sport, health and lifestyle.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was important local sport and news was available to the community.

“We think it’s imperative to keep local broadcasting alive in our community,” he said.

“Especially being such a sporting mad City, it’s great that people from all over the world can tune in and listen to the local footy matches and SBL games.

“The City is proud to support Radio Mama and encourages the community to tune into the local shows.”

GNFL is broadcasted every match weekend as well as Country Week games and all Geraldton Buccaneers home games are also live broadcasted. 

Radio Mama welcomes Pete Fiorenza for SHL every Sunday morning with a range of different guest speakers every week. 

Radio Mama Manager Barry Anderson said the funding was vital to keep the broadcasts going.

“We love what we can do for the Geraldton community and we get so much great feedback from listeners about our live broadcasts,” he said. 

“People from as far as America tune in to listen to the Buccs matches as the families of import players want to listen to the games live.

“We’d like to thank the City for this ongoing support for us to continue to offer live broadcasting.”

Listeners can tune into Radio Mama on 100.5FM or stream the station via Radio Mama’s website or the SHL Radio app which is available for free download.

SHL is every Sunday from 10am and you can also get updates on SHL’s Facebook page. 

For more information about the City’s Everlasting Partnership program, head to www.cgg.wa.gov.au


Seacrest Way rock removal

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise works to remove the rocks on the beach at Seacrest Way in Drummond Cove will take place between Wednesday 19 June and Thursday 20 June 2019.

These works are the final rehabilitation works on the former leasehold foreshore area in Drummond Cove.

The anticipated hours of work will be between 7am and 6pm. Access to the beach at Seacrest Way will be restricted for the duration of the works.

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.

Building demolition on Lester Avenue

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be demolishing the aged building situated at 203 Lester Avenue between Fitzgerald Street and Cathedral Avenue to develop additional off-street parking in the CBD.

Works are scheduled to commence on Wednesday 12 June 2019 for a period of approximately three days.  The anticipated hours of work will be between 7.00am and 6.00pm and traffic management will be in place during the works.

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.

ARTS Day is being held at Geraldton Grammar School

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The inaugural ARTS Day is being held at Geraldton Grammar School on Friday 28 June 2019.  

There will be various music pieces and a drama performance being staged on the day along with photography, stand-up comedy, art exhibitions, cake decorating and local artists creating beautiful painting before your eyes.

An array of hot and cold, sweet and savoury food will be on sale throughout the day as well as hot and cold drinks.

The ARTS Day event is open to all spectators from within our school and the wider community, so circle the calendar and come along to support our students and get immersed in the thriving ARTS culture of Geraldton Grammar School.


#selfiestirlings for Woolies gift cards!

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Stirlings Central is giving away 14 Woolies gift cards this month!

You just have to snap a selfie at one of your favourite Stirlings Central stores, upload your photo at the link (https://woobox.com/qyw86p) and tag it with #selfiestirlings to go into the draw to win!

Commitment to Disability Access and Inclusion reaffirmed

Beach matting installed at Town Beach at the end of the mobility ramp improved ocean access for everyone during the summer months.

Beach matting installed at Town Beach at the end of the mobility ramp improved ocean access for everyone during the summer months.

Council has reaffirmed its ongoing support of people with disability by unanimously endorsing the recently reviewed Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP).

The five-year plan outlines the ways in which the City of Greater Geraldton will ensure people with disabilities have equal access to its facilities and services.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said local governments play an important role supporting people with disability to have greater participation in the community.

“The City is committed to continually improving access to our information and providing quality services, facilities, programs and events for people with disability,” he said.

“Over the past five years the City has improved existing infrastructure and built new facilities which make public open spaces, our foreshores and our City more inclusive and welcoming.

“We have also worked behind the scenes incorporating readability features and Read speaker text to voice software on all our websites, built electric wheelchair and gopher recharging stations in City venues,  installed an audio loop in the QEII Lower Hall and provided sign language training for customer service staff.”

Over the next five years, the 2019 to 2023 DAIP will ensure the City continues to meet the needs and aspirations of people with disability.

“Revisions to the DAIP were informed by the results of an extensive Community Survey,” said Mayor Van Styn.

“The survey enabled people with disability, their carers, and their family and friends to tell us what we are doing right and where improvements still need to be made.

“Projects within our proposed Capital Works Plan and the renewals program in the 2019/20 Budget reflect the community’s feedback and will enable us to continue to improve access and inclusion across the City region.”

For more information on the DAIP visit www.cgg.wa.gov.au


Free parking set to further activate CBD

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Two-hour free parking at Carparks 1-4 and free weekend parking at all CBD carparks will make it easier and cheaper for people to visit the City Centre from July 2019.

Following the successful 12-month trial of free, two-hour parking at Carpark 2 located behind the Geraldton Regional Library and Carpark 3 behind McDonalds, two-hour free parking will continue at these carparks whilst the ticket machines at Carpark 1 at the Post Office and Carpark 4 on the Foreshore across from Dome will be removed and revert to a maximum of two hours free parking to align with Foreshore Drive on-street parking.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the decision to allocate more free parking in key CBD locations is part of the bigger plan to activate the City centre.

“This Council is fully committed to making our CBD a vibrant place people want to visit,” he said.

“The Art Gallery is proving very popular with record numbers of people attending exhibitions and workshops and once the Rocks Laneway Project is completed we will have an ‘Instragramable’ streetscape locals and tourists alike will want to visit.

“Providing free two-hour parking at both ends of the Rocks Laneway and having free parking at all CBD carparks on weekends will make it much easier and cheaper for people to go shopping, meet friends for coffee or lunch or take part in activities and events taking place in and along the Rocks Laneway once its completed in September.”

Changes have also been made to on street parking in the City centre.

One-hour free parking will be provided in areas of the highest short-stay demand whilst two-hour will be provided for shoppers and visitors to the City centre who require longer periods of time to conduct their business.

The new parking regulations go into effect on Monday 1 July 2019. For more information on the changes to on-street and carpark parking visit www.cgg.wa.gov.au

Bob Davis leaves City after 10 years as Director

Director Bob Davis is leaving the City of Greater Geraldton after nearly 10 years of service.

Director Bob Davis is leaving the City of Greater Geraldton after nearly 10 years of service.

Bob Davis will leave the City of Greater Geraldton this week after nearly 10 years as Director of Corporate and Commercial Services and a long list of successful projects under his belt.

Bob will be remembered for his passion for aviation and the Geraldton Airport, but also his dedication for the City’s Budget and getting it back in the black, and supporting the City’s system migration to the cloud.

While these are just a few of the legacies Bob will leave behind, he said he will miss City staff the most.

“The colleagues and work teams that I have mixed with every working day is what I will miss most,” Bob said.

“In a long career, the staff of this City rank with the very best, most capable, hard-working and nicest groups of people I have even been fortunate enough to work with.”

Bob joined the City from a government role in Canberra and has lived and worked in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Hobart prior.

As a born and bred West Aussie, he saw the job in Geraldton as a great opportunity to, “come home”.

City of Greater Geraldton Chief Executive Officer Ross McKim thanked and congratulated Bob for his contribution to the organisation and to the community.

“Mr Davis has been an integral part of a lot of huge projects that have had massive positive outcomes for the community,” he said.

“From things such as working hard to get the City’s asset renewal backlog under control, delivering high quality finance plans year after year, budget and reports, and we can’t forget Bob’s unwavering dedication to the Airport and being pivotal in securing funding for the upgrade. 

“As well as Bob’s astute and witty personality, and an attention for detail like no other, on behalf of the City and the staff I would like to thank Bob and wish him all the very best on his next adventure!”

While he will be leaving his role at the City, Bob said retirement isn’t on his mind.

“I’m not going anywhere for now and there are some possible project opportunities that appeal to me,” he said.

“My wife Han Jie and I hope to do some traveling and we might actually find time to get our boat wet.”

 

Bob Davis’ last day with the City is this Friday 31 May.