Ascential Float

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

Last days of the Harvey Norman Furniture Birthday Sale

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

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

And the Sunset 7 Piece Dining Suite for just $999

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Bluff Point Pharmacy celebrate their rebranding to TerryWhite Chemmart

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Specsavers loves their new season eyewear range - ELLERY

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

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

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


 

Staff Appreciation Day at Strathalbyn Christian College

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

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

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

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

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

Relief teacher – Michelle Lake and Hannah Easton

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

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

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


 

Foreshore upgrade replaces struggling trees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Marriage of Figaro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Prepare for Thunderstorms - Alert

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


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

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

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

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

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

WHAT TO DO:

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

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

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


WEATHER DETAILS:

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


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

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

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

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

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

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

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

Updates will be provided when the situation changes.

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Bushfire Cadets to represent Geraldton at Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be your own boss with a Muffin Break Franchise

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

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

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

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

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


 

The Boss is Away Sale @All Decor

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

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

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

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


 

Dozens to Sleep in Their Cars for the Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Walk without Home has a number of aims:

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

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

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

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

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

Enrolment reminder for Local Government election

With Local Government elections less than three months away, residents and ratepayers are reminded to ensure they are enrolled to vote and have their say in the future of the City of Greater Geraldton Council.

By simply going onto the WA Electoral Commission website, people are able to check their enrolment to ensure they have the chance to say who runs their community.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was important for the local community to vote in the election to ensure they felt confident that the Councillors in their ward would represent their needs.

“Our community is very passionate and vocal when it comes to topical issues and the best way to ensure their voice is heard at Council is through their ward Councillors,” he said.

“Council makes big decisions for our community from providing significant services through to community infrastructure and our Councillors are the voice of the people.

“A strong Council forms the foundation of an effective and efficient Local Government and I urge residents and ratepayers to assess the candidates and vote in this year’s election.”

Just one in three eligible Geraldton residents voted in the 2015 election and this year participation is strongly encouraged among under-represented sections of the community including women, Aboriginal people, young people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

People who are ineligible to enrol to vote, such as non citizens, but are ratepayers are also entitled to vote in local government elections, as are ratepayers who are enrolled to vote in other parts of the country.

Local government elections take place on Saturday 21 October 21 2017. 

Enrolment forms are available at post offices, the Western Australian and Australian electoral commissions and local government offices.

To check your enrolment head to www.waec.wa.gov.au before 5pm on 1 September 2017.

Harvey Norman Furniture is celebrating being in WA for 20 Years!

Each Harvey Norman department is operated by an independent franchisee that is a part of the local community. Alison Jenkin is the current Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding Franchisee and has been in Geraldton for 3 years and loves it here. Alison has been with the Harvey’s family for nearly 11 years and is excited to be celebrating Harvey Norman’s 20 years in Western Australia.

Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding Geraldton have been serving our community and the Midwest for nearly 20 years! They have not only provided the opportunity for customers to purchase good quality furniture and bedding but have also provided employment, contributed to and supported other local businesses, local charities and sporting clubs. 

They have the benefits of being part of a large company that has an enormous buying power, huge range of products and competitive prices, which is passed on to their customers every day. Harvey Norman Furniture are invested in Geraldton and they aren’t going away, which gives customers the peace of mind that if anything should go wrong with their purchase down the track they will still be here to help them.

To say a sincere thank you to all of their customers, they are having a huge birthday sale! And as an extra bonus, all the advertised products will have Perth prices! Sale starts tomorrow3rd August until Saturday 19th August.

Just some of the sale tags ready to be put up.

Alison and her friendly, experienced staff are more than happy to help you with any of your furniture and bedding needs. Come and celebrate with them at 38 Chapman Rd.


 

Hire shack and ice-cream kiosk won’t go ahead

A hire shack and ice-cream kiosk on the Foreshore will no longer go ahead due to the project not being progressed within the necessary timeframes.

After passing through Council in November 2016, the proponents have not moved forward with project, which could open up new opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on Geraldton’s world-class Foreshore.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said Council were always looking at ways to activate the premier location.

“Both the hire shack and ice-cream kiosk were passed through council as we felt they would add to the vibrancy of the location,” he said.

“It’s disappointing to not see these projects progress however it may give someone else a business idea to put forward.

“We want our Foreshore to continue to be the crowning jewel in our CBD and we will consider future projects which will enhance the location’s vibrancy when and if we receive applications.”

Smales Jewellers 80th Anniversary Sale

Smales Jewellers 80th Anniversary Sale Starts Thursday 10th August. Established in Kalgoorlie in 1937 by Ron Smales Senior, the store sold and repaired quality timepieces. Today, true to tradition, the business is still owned and operated by the Smales family and has expanded to include showrooms in Perth (Subiaco), Bunbury, Geraldton, and Karratha .

This Once in a Lifetime Sale is being held at the Geraldton store in celebration of its history. But be quick as prices start from $10, these precious jewels will not last! Sale Thursday 10th August - Saturday 12th August - 3 DAYS ONLY.