Prescribed burns in Cape Burney

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking several prescribed burns on the eastern side of the Greenough River Walk Trail in Cape Burney on Saturday 3 August 2019.

The burn will commence at approximately 9am and the Greenough River Walk Trail will NOT be closed to the community during this time.

The Cape Burney, Waggrakine and Moonyoonooka Volunteer Bushfire Brigades 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 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.

If weather conditions are not favourable this burn will be postponed until a future date.

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.

WA ScamNet: Buyer beware fake websites

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Recently there have been fake sportswear websites, including one called sksvipstocks dot com posing as shoe brand Skechers.

Alarm bells should ring if sites ask you to pay by direct bank transfer or wire transfer. WA ScamNet's Buyer beware fake websites has some tips on what to look out for before buying online.

A super bargain promoted via an online pop-up or social media advertisement is just like an enticing shop window display with ‘sale’ signs. It can be hard to pass up the chance of big discounts or low prices but digital impulse buying may mean you get nothing in return for your money.

You can report scams or ask for further advice by contacting WA ScamNet on 1300 304 054 or by email.


New home for vital volunteers

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM, Tom Wilson Deputy Unit Manager, Member for the Agricultural Region Darren West MLC, Minister for Emergency Services Hon Francis Logan MLA, Member for the Agricultural Region Laurie Graham MLC and Councillor Bob Hall at the opening event.

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM, Tom Wilson Deputy Unit Manager, Member for the Agricultural Region Darren West MLC, Minister for Emergency Services Hon Francis Logan MLA, Member for the Agricultural Region Laurie Graham MLC and Councillor Bob Hall at the opening event.

State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers have a new home in Geraldton after the brand new state-of-the-art SES building was officially opened.

The new modern facility featuring an administrative building, shed, garage and training tower was officially opened by Minister for Emergency Services Hon Francis Logan MLA on Saturday.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the building was very much needed for the local group. 

“We have more than 35 Geraldton-Greenough SES volunteers who all work tirelessly for our community,” he said.

“The group has been forced to relocate more than six times so it’s only fitting they have suitable and permanent headquarters. 

“Our SES volunteers provide such a crucial service not only to Geraldton, but also to the state and we thank them for their continuous efforts.”

SES volunteers provide services to the community which include responding to natural disasters such as major flooding, fires and severe storms events.

Their service also extends to mass casualty events, emergency repairs to buildings, restoration of essential services and transportation of cargo and passengers. 

Emergency Services Minister Hon Francis Logan MLA said the SES play an essential role in the WA community.

"This new $1.8 million state-of-the-art SES facility will improve response times, act as a back-up incident control centre when necessary and encourage closer collaboration between emergency services,” he said.

"This modern headquarters is centrally located, purpose-built and equipped with the very latest in communication technology." 

The central location of the building near major road arteries will enable quick response times in during emergencies and they will also be able to provide an additional layer of assistance in the event of an aircraft incident at the airport.

Construction of the $1.8 million facility, was 100% funded by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, and construction was undertaken by local contractor Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets.

The City of Greater Geraldton provided the land to DFES for the project and also managed the design and construction.

Cape Burney subdivision tender awarded

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The subdivision of the current leasehold properties in Cape Burney is one-step closer with the tender to construct road, drainage, sewer, water, power and lighting works awarded at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

The $1.2 million project to subdivide the 23 lots located on Gaskin Drive was awarded to BMD Urban Pty Ltd a national company with extensive experience in lot subdivision and development.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said once the works are completed residents will finally have closure on the legacy project, which dates back to 2005 before the amalgamation of Greenough Shire with Geraldton City.

“For more than 14 years leaseholders have been waiting for the leased land on which their homes stand to be subdivided into freehold residential titles,” he said.

“Following Council’s resolution in February 2018 to subdivide a portion of Lot 200, leaseholders have entered contract agreements with the City and made prepayments to purchase their individual lots.

“This is a very satisfying outcome for the community which has enabled all former leaseholders to continue to live in their homes with the added security of finally owning their properties.”

All costs associated with the design, construction and development phases of the subdivision will be funded by the sale of the lots.

Signage installation on Foreshore

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be installing new pedestrian wayfinding signage at five sites along the foreshore with works commencing on Monday 29 July for a period of approximately four days.

Works will take place from 7.00am to 4.30pm daily 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.


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 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.

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.


Brand Highway median works

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking landscape upgrade works between Fortyn Court and Durlacher Street on the Brand Highway median island commencing Monday 10 June 2019 for a period of approximately two weeks.

Works include the replacement of existing turf and synthetic grass with paving and are an extension of recent upgrades previously completed on the median to John Willcock Link.

The anticipated hours of work will be between 8am to 5pm daily. 

The inside traffic lane in both directions will be closed during works with speed limits reduced to 40km/hr. Motorists can expect delays and are asked to drive with care to maintain the safety of all road users and workers.

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.

Fines issued for illegal asbestos dumping

Asbestos sheets illegally dumped at Meru Waste Facility.

Asbestos sheets illegally dumped at Meru Waste Facility.

Hefty infringements have been issued to a Geraldton resident and a local business for the illegal dumping of asbestos at the Meru Waste Facility.

Caught burying the asbestos waste under metal in the metals recycling area, a local resident was fined $1000 and a local business was fined $4000 for illegally dumping asbestos in the builder’s waste area whilst a second resident was issued a warning for not declaring and properly disposing of the dangerous material.

City of Greater Geraldton Chief Executive Officer Ross McKim said illegally dumping asbestos can have both severe and costly consequences.

“The illegal dumping of asbestos is concerning because it is hazardous waste and needs to be handled correctly or it can pose a health risk to those handling it,” he said.

“Residents are only required to pay $15 per sheet to dispose of up to 10m2 of asbestos and businesses $150/tonne for correct disposal at Meru landfill.

“Attempting to avoid these fees by hiding asbestos in other piles of rubbish or worse in recyclable material areas is unacceptable.

“This illegal dumping could endanger the health of other users and Meru staff whose job it is to process and recover waste. It also contaminates the recyclable materials other residents and businesses have carefully separated.

“The removal of the illegally dumped asbestos and then remediation of the site also comes at a cost which often isn’t totally recovered by the fines imposed,” he added.

Asbestos removal up to 10m2 does not require a licence to remove.  Asbestos amounting to more than 10m2 requires a licenced removalist to comply with the regulations. Legislation requires asbestos materials to be double wrapped with a minimum of 0.2mm of plastic and marked as asbestos.

Although undisturbed asbestos cement materials in good condition do not pose a health risk because the fibres are bound together, materials that have been damaged or are crumbling or is disturbed by breaking, cutting or drilling releases fibres into the air and can pose an extreme health risk when breathed into lungs.

Whitehill Road coastal reserve facelift begins

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn (left) and Drummond Cove Progress Association President Gavin Hirschhausen at fence around the Whitehill Road Coastal reserve which will be replaced with bollards and rails.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn (left) and Drummond Cove Progress Association President Gavin Hirschhausen at fence around the Whitehill Road Coastal reserve which will be replaced with bollards and rails.

The Whitehill Road coastal reserve north of the John Batten Community Hall in Drummond Cove will undergo a facelift in the coming weeks as fences around the site are replaced with bollards and rails.

Following the coastal erosion of Whitehill Road in 2016, fences were erected around the reserve to ensure community safety whilst a medium term adaptation measure to mitigate on-going erosion could be identified and implemented.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said now that coastal works were completed the City is able to respond to requests from the community to improve the reserve.

“Late last year two, 40m long Geotextile Sand Container (GSC) groynes, which were consistent with community values identified via the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP) process, were constructed to help retain sand at the foreshore and reduce reliance on temporary sand nourishment,” he said.

“Although it is still very early days in the project, we are already seeing some initial success regarding the effectiveness of the groynes.

“This means we can now focus on requests from the community to make improvements to the coastal reserve to ensure the best outcomes for local residents are achieved.”

Drummond Cove Progress Association President Gavin Hirschhausen said the community was keen to see the project progress.

“The GSCs groynes are a good interim outcome and once we’ve observed a full swing of the year’s seasons, the next steps in the project will be more telling,” he said.

“In the meantime, enhancing the area is really important as it will enable the community to access the coastal reserve for recreational purposes.

“We will continue to work with the City to make further improvements to the Foreshore space which will increase community use of the area.”

In November 2018, and in accordance with Western Australia's Planning Policy No. 2.6 – State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP2.6), Council adopted the Geraldton CHRMAP Report.  The process of adapting to coastal erosion and inundation is currently in Stage 3, which involves the development of a local coastal planning policy.

Locals encouraged to recycle newspapers at Jack’s Shed

Aquarena User Group members Hovea Winston, Alan Lawrie, Ross McArthur, Lee Westlake and Carol Haynes.

Aquarena User Group members Hovea Winston, Alan Lawrie, Ross McArthur, Lee Westlake and Carol Haynes.

A dedicated group of local volunteers are encouraging the community to recycle newspapers at Jack’s Shed.

Jack’s shed, located in the Aquarena carpark, is run by around 10 volunteers from the Aquarena User Group which consists of various organisations that use the pool.

The group is encouraging locals to utilise the facility to recycle their newspapers, and also to think about joining the group as a volunteer.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn commended the group on their contribution to the community.

“Not only is this amazing volunteer group helping the environment by recycling newspapers for our community, but the money they make from the recycling goes straight back into the community,” he said.

“Approximately $20,000 is raised every year and is used to improve the Aquarena.

“I’d encourage the community to consider dropping their newspapers off for recycling and think about joining to help the group.”

Funds from the newspapers being recycled have gone to a number of additions at the Aquarena including lane ropes, starting blocks, drink fountains, new inflatable equipment and also contributions to the build of the crèche.

The group recycles approximately two tonnes of newspaper a week which is transported to Perth every two to three months to be recycled. 

The newspapers are recycled into things such as soil stabilisation, insulation and sound proofing materials.

User Group volunteers collect newspapers from various drop off points, sort the newspapers removing any glossy inserts, stack the newspapers into piles and then bundle them to be placed onto a pallet for collection.

Potential volunteers looking to join can put in as little as 1-2 hours a week. There is no skill or heaving lifting involved. 

Community members are encouraged to drop their newspapers off at the Shed, taking out any glossy inserts, removing any plastic and unfold them to have them in a flat stack.

Opening hours for Jack’s Shed coincide with the same opening hours from the Aquarena – 5:30am-7pm during the week and 9am-4pm on weekends in Winter. During Summer, the Shed is open 5:30am-8pm during the week and 9am-6pm on weekends.

For more information and to join the User Group, contact the Aquarena on 9956 6906 or email aquarena@cgg.wa.gov.au

Local volunteers pledge to make Geraldton beautiful

Local volunteers Bob Taylor, Les Hollomby, Margaret Dawson and Lisa Bickley.

Local volunteers Bob Taylor, Les Hollomby, Margaret Dawson and Lisa Bickley.

Local volunteers are dedicating their time to make Geraldton beautiful through the City of Greater Geraldton’s litter collection program.

Five local volunteers are rolling up their sleeves once a month to target litter problem areas in the community.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was blown away by the dedication of the volunteer group.

“This group have chosen to give up their time to make Geraldton an amazing and clean place to live,” he said.

“There aren’t many people who give up their own time on a weekend to pick up rubbish.

“I’d like to personally thank the group for what they’re doing and encourage locals to join the volunteer collection program.”

The volunteers meet on a Saturday at the start of every month and spend around three hours picking up rubbish in different areas.

The group began in April, cleaning up Separation Point and this month they cleaned up the stretch on Chapman Road near Rum Jungle.

Passionate local volunteer Lisa Bickley is leading the group and says she is inspired by her fellow volunteers and hopes the community will get on board.

“I personally have a desire to clean up the environment and I hope one day it is normal behaviour for the community to keep Geraldton clean as well,” she said.

“The land gives us everything and it’s about respect and giving back now to minimise later.

“It’s not a huge commitment and the feeling you get after cleaning up an area and then driving past it is just something you can’t replace.”

Lisa is joined by other volunteers including Bob Taylor who has been dedicated to picking up rubbish for 27 years.

The City provides volunteers with rubbish bags, gloves and pick up tools. The program is open to all people over the age of 10.

To sign up, head to the City’s website and fill out a volunteer form at https://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/live/my-community/volunteering.aspx

For more information on the program, contact the City on 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au

Queens Park pond removal

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise the Queens Park Garden’s pond next to the Queens Park Theatre has reached the end of its useful life and will be removed on Saturday 4 May.

Removal works are scheduled to take place from 7am to 12pm and reinstatement of the area with a new garden bed will take place during the following week.

Members of the public are asked to avoid the area if possible and to obey all warning signs and instructions from city authorised personnel.

For more information contact the City on 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au

Biodiversity burn at Greenough

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking a biodiversity burn at Byrne Park in Greenough on Thursday 2 May 2019 commencing at approximately 9:00 am.

The biodiversity burn is part of a research project being undertaken by the City to use cool fire to assist regeneration of natural bush areas and involves lighting small burn piles to stimulate germination of native seed, in particular banksia. 

The Cape Burney, Waggrakine and Moonyoonooka Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades will be on site to control the burn rate and extinguish the fires 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.

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.

Whitehill Road toilet block renovations

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise of the temporary closure of the toilet block located at the John Batten Community Hall carpark on Whitehill Road in Drummond Cove to undertake renovations.

Works are scheduled to begin on Thursday 2 May 2019 and take approximately 10 days to complete. Temporary toilet facilities will be provided 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.