Triton Building’s Home Open Sunday 22nd October

This Sunday 22nd October, Triton Building will have a beautiful home open from 2pm to 4pm.

This is a great opportunity to have a look at the high quality of work that Triton Building builds to. 

This house won the 2016 Master Builders – Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for – 

  • Contract Homes $300,000-$350,000
  • Best Appointed Bathroom
  • Excellence in Paiting

If you would like to have a look at this award winning home pop in to 6 Defiance Corner, Wandina this Sunday.

This house is also currently up for sale, so if you love it, it could be yours! Triton Building are currently building the only 2 storey display home at the Glenfield Beach Estate, and if you want to keep up to date with the progress make sure you like their Facebook page.

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City balances Budget

After years of hard work to identify efficiency gains whilst maintaining a high level of service to the community, the City of Greater Geraldton’s budget has reached surplus. 

At last night’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, the City’s operating result was reported to be sitting at $3.2 million in surplus with an underlying surplus of over $145,000 after allowing for prepaid grants.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was a big win for Council who had been working hard for years to find efficiency gains to pave the way for a bright financial future for the City.

“Two years ago we had an operating deficit over $9 million and financial sustainability was projected to be at least 10 years off,” he said.

“It’s been a rewarding journey and it’s great to see that the City is back on track and has ended years of operating losses.”

Mayor Van Styn said while the financial position of the City was a huge win for the organisation, it was not a time for Council to be frivolous with spending.

“We are still budgeting for a deficit of $1.2 million this year and we need to continue to work hard to achieve sustainable surpluses,” he said.

“We still have a backlog of asset renewals so we need to continue to be smart with our long-term financial planning to ensure we can still offer key services to our community whilst keeping up with infrastructure renewals.”

The City has also dramatically lifted its FHI score from being in the bottom 20% to possibly the top 20% of Councils within Western Australia on the Department of Local Government’s Financial Health Indicator (FHI) calculator.

The FHI Calculator is the current benchmark measurement of a Council’s overall financial health.

“The FHI calculator enables us to measure our overall financial health and this information assists in our long term financial planning,” Mayor Van Styn said.

“The City’s operating financial position has improved significantly as a result of the flow on effect of cost saving initiatives that Council has undertaken over the last few years including changes to organisational structure, staffing levels and our range and level of services.

“Council’s score progressed from 53 in 2015-16 to 87 in 2016-17 and is projected to increase even more in the next financial year.”

Mayor Van Styn also commented on the City’s positive audit result.

“There were no specific comments and/or recommendations arising from the audit which is extremely rare and indicates the fine work, commitment and knowledge from the City’s Finance team,” he added.

Unable to find an apprenticeship, Darcy employed himself

Sick of the lack of opportunities in Geraldton, this young man, Darcy Randall, has decided to create his own by starting his own company and employing an electrical apprentice master. 

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Darcy says “I love living in Gero, but unfortunately, work is so unstable. If you want a decent job here, you have to know someone. Even with an Electronic Engineering degree, I was rejected by just about every electrical contractor in town. I have always wanted an electrician’s ticket as I believe it will bring job security. I therefore decided that I would take a risk and employ an electrician to be my apprentice master. Ask me in a few months time and I will tell you if it is viable. In the meantime consider us for all electrical work. Part of Steve’s former experience as an Energy Safety Inspector means that electrical work is completed to the highest trade level and complies with relevant standards.” 

Darcy has started Indigo Electronics (EC13155) and are happy to quote you on all electrical work, just give them a call on 0423 343 350 or 0423 603 187, or you can email them at indigo_electronics@iinet.net.au

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Nominations are now open for the Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Do you know a role model in our community? The Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Awards recognises locals who go above and beyond and you can now nominate an individual or group for an award!

The Awards celebrate outstanding service in the community and locals are urged to acknowledge those who have made a positive contribution.

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You can nominate across four categories including: 

  • Community Citizen of the Year
  • Community Citizen of the Year (Youth)
  • Community Citizen of the Year (Senior)
  • Active Citizenship (Group or Event) 

Nominations close on Tuesday 31st October and winners will be announced on Australia Day 2018

Recognise your role model here: https://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/play/whats-on/australia-day-2018.aspx

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Black Friday Sale on at Harvey Norman Furniture

Friday the 13th can be unlucky for some, but you will be feeling lucky when you score an awesome deal at Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding. 

For one day only this Black Friday get into Harvey Norman Furniture for prices slashed across the store, with deals so good they’re scary.

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Buy now and pay later with FIVE years interest, with a minimum purchase of $1500.

Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding is located at 38 Chapman Rd, Geraldton.


 

Local Community, Respect & Equality Champion set to highlight family violence and women with disability

Local woman, Chris Kerr has joined the Community, Respect & Equality (CRE) champion project to highlight the impact of family violence on women with disability and provide awareness around prevention. Ms. Kerr, a leader in the women’s, education and disability field in the Midwest, is passionate about supporting people with disability. Her community message is “family violence doesn't discriminate - know how, and know where to get help".

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"I became a champion as it felt like the right thing to do,” said Ms. Kerr. 

“I do not condone family violence and being able to be a champion is a way of highlighting the issue of family violence against women with disability which occurs at a higher rate than other women. It is important to me that women with disabilities are provided with education and information that will support them to be empowered to keep themselves and their family’s safe, as well as know where to seek help and support if they are experiencing family violence.”

According to Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) State of Knowledge paper (2015), women with disability are more likely to experience and have an increased risk of violence than women with no disability. Women with disabilities experience the same forms of violence as other women, however the dynamics associated with their experience are complex and they are exposed to more forms of violence across a variety of settings. It is also believed that there is considerable under reporting to police and agencies by women with disability. 

The Doors to Safety Project, run by Women’s Community Health Network (WCHN) will be in Geraldton next week offering workshops that focus on education for women with disability, the disability sector and professionals working in the family violence sector with women and disability. 

“It is also important that the service providers who work with women with disability understand and address the dynamics of violence that affects women with disability,” Ms. Kerr said.

“These workshops provide opportunity for everyone in the disability sector to upskill and look toward preventing violence from happening in the first place. It will enable women with disability to come forward and be appropriately supported if they report family violence,” said Ms. Kerr.

The workshops have been developed by women with disability and will be presented by Zel Iscel, who has expertise in education and training and disability advocacy and is blind. The workshops will be held at Desert Blue Studio, 25 Chapman Road, Geraldton, contact Zel for further information on 0413 813 885 or email ziscel@wchnwa.org.au

The CRE Champions project is a primary prevention initiative managed by local family service organisation Desert Blue Connect. CRE Champions are local leaders who promote messages about family violence in Geraldton by being visible, approachable and attending awareness events and activities. For further information contact Sarah at Desert Blue Connect on 9964 2742 or email saraho@desertblueconnect.org.au

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If you feel unsafe or would like confidential advice please call:

  • WA Police for immediate help 000
  • 1800 respect on 1800 737 732
  • Desert Blue Connect – Geraldton 9964 2472

 

Coastal Planning Workshops and Survey

Coastal erosion and rising sea levels are affecting our community. The City of Greater Geraldton needs your input to develop a coastal adaptation plan to address these risks by:

  • Identifying what makes our coastline special
  • Examining options to manage coastal hazard risks
  • Providing feedback on options to address the risks
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How to get involved – 
Take the online community survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GeroCAP
Or hard copies of the survey are available at the Civic Centre and the Geraldton Regional Library.

Register and take part in the community workshops on Saturday 14th October 2017 at the QEII Seniors and Community Centre Upper Hall.
Workshop 1 is from 9am to 12noon and is for the coastal area between Cape Burney to Town Beach.
Workshop 2 is from 1pm to 4pm and is for the coastal area from the Marina to Drummond Cove.
Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to register to attend one or both community workshops contact Janell Kopplhuber on 9956 6945 or 0429 687 037 or janellk@cgg.wa.gov.au

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Go glare free this summer with Specsavers

Specsavers have an amazing offer that will get you ready for summer!

Don’t be blinded by the sun, get into Specsavers Geraldton to get FREE polarising on your second pair of glasses.

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Get into Specsavers Geraldton before 8th Novemberand buy two pairs of glasses from the $199 range and you can get FREE polarising in your second pair.

Don’t ignore the glaring obvious, get into Specsavers and be glare-free this summer!

Specsavers Geraldton are located at Stirling Central, or you can call them on 9964 7555.


 

Free Concert - Watoto Children’s Choir - Signs and Wonders

Watoto Children’s Choir will be coming to Geraldton this October for a free concert – Signs and Wonders.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, whose members are orphans and other vulnerable children, present worship music from Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to expect an encounter with God. 

Signs and Wonder celebrates the joy of salvation.

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Through song, dance and stories the children proclaim the good news of the salvation that is available for all. They share testimonies of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities. 

Audiences are given the opportunity to respond by partnering to rescue vulnerable women and children in Africa, raise them up as leaders, so they can rebuild their nation. 

Watoto Children’s Choirs have toured since 1994 as ambassadors of millions of African children in need of hope. Their audiences come from all walks of life including the Queen of England, President George Bush, the UK, Australian, Canadian and Scottish parliaments, and the greater public; warming many hearts wherever they go.

Watoto Children’s Choir will be in Geraldton on Wednesday 11th October from 6:30pm (to about 7:45pm) at Sun City Christian Centre, 14 Assen St, Karloo.

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Ladies Day at the Geraldton Turf Club

Sunday 15th October 2017 is Ladies Day at the Geraldton Turf Club!

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Enter the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Geraldton heat. The winner will receive fabulous prizes from Leon Baker Jeweller PLUS a trip to Perth to compete in the final at Perth Racing. The winner of the final will win a trip for two to London to visit Royal Ascot with $10,000 in spending money!

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You must be registered in order to enter the Regional Heat. Registrations will be taken on the day at the Fashions on the Field registrations desk. Registration and heat times will be available closer to the date.

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There is FREE entry to the course or buy tickets for the Garden Party Marquee. Tickets are just $65 each for reserved seating, canapes, a glass of sparkling on arrival, race book and entertainment, with spot prizes throughout the day including best fascinator.

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To purchase tickets contact Sandy on 0418 942 282 or message the Geraldton Turf Club Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GeraldtonTurfClubInc/


 

Free vaccinations to stop Parvo

Mayor Shane Van Styn and the Mayor Pooch, Bella.

Mayor Shane Van Styn and the Mayor Pooch, Bella.

An influx of Parvovirus has brought organisations in the Midwest together to hold a free vaccination day to protect our canine friends.

The deadly virus has claimed the lives of over 120 dogs this year and the City of Greater Geraldton is urging dog owners to take action and vaccinate.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said Parvovirus has no cure and the only prevention is through vaccination.

“Parvovirus is a highly infectious disease that kills dogs, but it can be easily prevented by vaccinations,” he said.

“As a dog lover myself, I’m delighted that we can join forces with Central Regional TAFE, Geraldton Dog Rescue and the veterinary services to raise awareness and vaccinate dogs for free.

“Unfortunately we are unable to provide this service to the whole community, however, those who receive Centrelink benefits or have a Senior Citizen Card are encouraged to attend and have their dogs immunised.

“We want to help educate the community through this free event.”

The virus is highly contagious and attacks dogs’ gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems. The main source of Parvovirus is through the faeces of infected dogs, making it even more important to bag and bin your dog’s faeces when in public places. 

The free vaccination day will take place on Wednesday 4 October at N-Block, Central Regional TAFE from 9am to 4pm.

In addition to the free barbecue and information session, the City’s Rangers will be there microchipping dogs at no cost.

“A big thank you to our Rangers for providing such a vital service,” added Mayor Van Styn. 

To secure your dog’s free vaccination, please email skye.strutton@crtafe.wa.edu.au or call 0427 566 112. 

Price calls for Mid West Space Agency

The Federal Government has committed to establishing a national space agency to ensure Australia has a long-term plan to grow its domestic space industry.

Member for Durack Melissa Price has called for some or all of the new agency and capability to be placed in Geraldton, in the Mid West, where a number of large space projects currently exist.

“We have already demonstrated we have the capacity to support that industry here in the Mid West” Ms Price said.

“We already have the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project here in the radio quiet zone of the Murchison, a next generation mega telescope that will help us to uncover the mysteries of the universe.

“We also have the Harold Holt Naval Communications Station at Exmouth, the Universal Space Network ground station at Dongara, the European Space Agency Deep Space Earth Station at New Norcia, the Swedish Space Corporation Ground Station, 30kms north of Mingenew and the Australian Defence Space Communication Station at Kojarena, 30kms east of Geraldton.

“You would be hard pressed to find any region in Australia with as high a concentration of satellite ground stations, with as much expertise in the field, as is found in the Mid West.

“Any space agency the Government is looking at creating, in my opinion, should seriously consider using the industry expertise that is already available in this region.

“As a member of the Select Committee on Decentralization and Regional Development, we are looking at a number of possibilities of relocating Government Department to where they are most suited, and a space agency based in Geraldton makes a lot of sense” Ms Price said.

Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the establishment of a space agency is one of the key issues being examined by the Expert Reference Group appointed to review Australia’s space industry capability.

“The global space industry is growing rapidly and it’s crucial that Australia is part of this growth,” Minister Cash said.

“A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry.”

“The agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement.”

Former CSIRO Chief Dr Megan Clark is chairing the Reference Group, and its review is well advanced.

The Reference Group has sought views from across the country from industry, government and society, which will be used to inform our plan to expand this important and exciting sector.

The Reference Group has received almost 200 written submissions in response to its issues paper, and more than 400 people have been consulted through roundtables in each state and territory.

Meetings have also been held with key stakeholders, including the state and territory governments.

Feedback from the extensive consultation process has overwhelmingly shown the need for the establishment of a national space agency.

The Reference Group will now develop a charter for the space agency for inclusion in the wider strategy being brought forward by the end of March 2018.

RIP Simone Anne Purcell

Deepest sympathies to my cousins Leslie, Kirstyanne, Chelsea, Sophie, Taryn & Zoe for the sad loss of a very special woman, wife and mother.

She touched many people within the Geraldton Community and Shark Bay.

Lots of love & hugs
Faye & Murray, Peter, Jennifer & Croyden, Bronwyn & Luke, Pippah, Harlo, Odacoda, Hunter, Noah, Elijah and Biddy. Our thoughts are with you.

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