Woolworths rolls out Quiet Hour in Geraldton

Chris Chippendale, Life Without Barriers Executive Lead, Disability Engagement with Woolworths team members

Chris Chippendale, Life Without Barriers Executive Lead, Disability Engagement with Woolworths team members

Thursday 22 August 2019: Following a successful trial period in Western Australia, Woolworths Geraldton will now offer the low-sensory Quiet Hour to customers.

The program is designed to reduce anxiety and sensory stress for customers with specific needs, including autism, by providing a quieter and less stimulating environment in store. 

Autism Spectrum Australia estimates more than 300,000 (or 1 in 70) Australians are on the autism spectrum*.

Woolworths Geraldton will lower lights, turn down music and radio, and turn off oven buzzers for an hour every Tuesday between 10:30am and 11:30am.

Woolworths Geraldton will join more than 260 stores nationally, including 20 in Western Australia.

Woolworths  Group Manager James Ferguson said: “We’ve heard from our customers there is a need in the community for a low sensory shopping experience in the area. 

“Off the back of successful trials, we’re delighted to expand Quiet Hour to Woolworths Geraldton for the benefit of even more customers. 

“Our team takes great pride in ensuring the store is quieter and less stressful for customers who want to shop during Quiet Hour and we look forward to welcoming them in store.”

The low sensory initiative was developed in consultation with disability service providers at Life Without Barriers. 

Life Without Barriers Chief Executive Claire Robbs said: “Quiet Hour is a fantastic accessibility initiative by Woolworths that recognises that people have different accessibility needs. 

“It gives people a way to do their shopping and increase their independence in an environment that is not stressful and overwhelming to them.” 

During Quiet Hour, customers will also notice the following changes:

  • Reducing volume on store phones and registers on the trading floor;

  • Roll cages will be removed from the shop floor; and

  • No PA announcements (excluding in case of emergencies).

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


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.

Back Beach boxthorn removal works

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise boxthorn removal works in the foreshore reserve adjacent to the South Pipe beach access, Mahomets Flats is scheduled to commence on Monday 29 July 2019 for a period of approximately five days.

Works include the mechanical removal of African boxthorn plants.

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.

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.

Home is not just a building

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On any given night, there are 116,427 Australian’s recorded as experiencing homelessness. 42% are under the age of 25.

“Probably one of the biggest things is trust and faith. A lot of that disappears when you see people walking by and any one of those can help you out but a lot of people just choose to ignore you. Having a feeling of no home, there also comes a feeling of no hope as well” – Alex, Fusion past resident.

Behind those statistics and faces are stories. “Most people don’t realise that there’s always a story. People don’t realise that they just need that little bit of help to get up and back on their feet. Two years ago I wasn’t really thinking about the next day or the future. [After] Being with Fusion… now I actually want to live life and be as good as I can be.” – Alex, past resident.

My life has not been easy. My troubles started when I was around 11. Things got so bad between mum and I by 15 I wasn’t at home. I spent about four months going from place to place  I moved to Perth. Life on the streets in Perth was a time I don’t even want to recall. To say my life was broken is an understatement, but I decided to come home to Geraldton. Off the bus I saw a poster for Stay, and after a phone call I knew my life was going to change. The youth workers at STAY got me settled into a new way of life in about four months. I started counselling. I quit dope. I enrolled in a course at TAFE and I started to feel better about myself. As I was studying STAY supported me to get Austudy, and then into independent living. Four years on I’m doing ok. My life isn’t perfect but it’s better than it was. I have a place to call home and I’m doing my best”  – Sam, past STAY resident.

Alex and Sam's stories of homelessness end with connection, support and shared hope. Will you help build more than a building?

Friday 9 August Fusion Australia partnering with STAY (Short Term Accommodation for Youth) is hosting Sleep In Your Car at Maitland Park.

Held during Homelessness Week, the local event is in its 4th Year and is part of a nation wide campaign creating community spaces to begin to consider what it means to experience homelessness.

Drop in for dinner or stay the whole night. Where you will learning about the experience of homelessness, listen to a children's story reading, participate in a scavenger hunt, food and coffee.

Register to Sleep In your car or sleep rough to raise the crucial funding to prevent and support local young people experiencing homelessness. The Geraldton event aims to raise $15,000 .

Kayla, 17 years old, slept out two years ago and had her eyes opened. “Last night … I was wrapped up, but yet I was cold everywhere… I couldn’t feel my toes. I couldn’t sleep… [I was] uncomfortable on the ground and… I realised an awful thing. There are people out there tonight and other nights, colder nights, that are sleeping out… They’re doing it because it’s their life and they have no where else to go… I couldn’t do that every night, and I don’t think anyone else should have to either.”

You have the power to help transform the lives of vulnerable young people in our community.

Register for the Geraldton event at www.sleepinyourcar.com.au

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

FOGO trial will be considered in 2019/20 Budget

Kerbside collection of Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) waste is one step closer to being implemented with Council agreeing to list a trial program for consideration in the 2019/20 Budget deliberations.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said collecting FOGO waste would be a win-win for everyone.

“We know our community wants us to take action on reducing waste,” he said.

“With recycling and waste modelling suggesting that up to 48% of the rubbish in our bins is made up of FOGO waste this would be the sensible place to start.

“If we can prevent almost half of our bin contents going to landfill we would prolong the use of our existing pit, and Cell 5 currently under construction, which would reduce long-term waste disposal costs.

“Collecting and turning this waste into quality compost that can be sold not only helps recover some of the costs involved in providing a second bin, it is something we can do ourselves, giving us complete control over the entire process which means external forces will have little to no impact on the viability of our program.”

Recent changes in the global recycling sector brought about by China’s crackdown on foreign waste has caused a national recycling crisis.

“Cities across Australia that have introduced recycling schemes are struggling to cope with their waste since China began restricting the import of plastics, textiles and mixed paper early last year due to high contamination rates,” Mayor Van Styn said.

“Some Councils in Melbourne and regional Victoria are now dumping their recyclables into landfill as there is no longer a market for them and stockpiling combustible materials can be dangerous and bad for the environment.

“This crisis requires a national strategy that resolves our waste problem here in Australia as shipping it off to other countries is clearly not the solution.”

The FOGO waste collection trial will be the first step the City could take towards meeting Western Australia State Strategy waste recovery target set to increase Municipal Solid Waste material recovery by 50% in major regional centres by 2020.

The small-scale FOGO trial would involve providing 500 randomly selected houses across City suburbs with a second bin for FOGO waste over a 12-month period.

The trial will also provide the City with an opportunity to gather realistic data regarding waste portions in our bins, residential participation uptake, local FOGO processing and to identify a local market for the end product.

FOGO is considered any food waste including fruit and vegetable scraps, processed food and leftovers from meals such as meat, fish, chicken, bread, egg, egg shells, dairy products, rice, pasta, coffee grounds and tea bags. Garden waste can include grass clippings, flowers, weeds, herbs, small branches and leaves. Paper towel, compostable plates, compostable bags and pizza boxes.