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.


ANZAC Day Services to commemorate the fallen

Thousands are expected to gather for ANZAC Day services in Geraldton. 

Thousands are expected to gather for ANZAC Day services in Geraldton. 

Thousands of community members will gather to pay their respects to those who fought for our country at ANZAC Day Services in Geraldton.

The City of Greater Geraldton in conjunction with the Geraldton RSL Sub-Branch, will hold ANZAC Day Services at Birdwood House on Thursday 25 April.

ANZAC Day commemorations will kick off with the Dawn Service at 6.00am, followed by the Main Service at 11.00am.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the services were always extremely moving and encouraged the community to pay their respects.

“ANZAC Day is a time of national significance, when we pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” he said.

“It’s great to see our community come together every year to remember those men and women who served and lost their lives in the war.”

A wreath laying ceremony will be part of the ANZAC Day proceedings, as well as a march from Foreshore Drive, along Forrest Street to Birdwood House on Chapman Road.

Community members are encouraged to gather along Foreshore Drive to Forrest Street and acknowledge the marchers.

Road closures along Chapman Road, Foreshore Drive, Durlacher Street and Forrest Street will be in place during the Dawn Service and Main Service. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to obey all warning signs. 

An ANZAC Day Service will also be held in Mullewa at the War Memorial on Maitland Road at 10.00am.

It will be followed by a morning tea in the Lesser Hall. 

Iluka bring resourceful sand sculptor to WoW

Sand sculpting legend Tim Darby will return to Geraldton for the Wind on Water Festival this weekend.

Sand sculpting legend Tim Darby will return to Geraldton for the Wind on Water Festival this weekend.

Sand sculpting legend Tim Darby will return to Geraldton this weekend for the Wind on Water Festival (WoW Fest) and is set to recreate one of the region’s icons out of a mound of sand. 

Festival goers will also be able learn tips and tricks from Mr Darby at a number of workshops thanks to the sponsorship of Iluka Resources.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the community was captivated with last year’s creation.

“Tim did an amazing job of producing the Point Moore Lighthouse and the HMAS Sydney II Memorial at last year’s WoW Fest and we can’t wait to see what he creates this weekend,” he said.

“Those attending this weekend’s festivities will also be able to participate in a number of free workshops as well as a masterclass.

“This is just one of the many family-friendly activities happening at WoW Fest.”

The sand sculpture and workshops will be taking place near Dome Café on the Geraldton Foreshore on the Saturday from 10am – 12pm in the morning and 1pm – 3pm in the afternoon.

Those wanting to take their skills to the next level can take part in the masterclass on Sunday from 10am – 12pm.

The City of Greater Geraldton would like to thank Iluka Resources for their support of this exciting element.

WoW Fest will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April on the Geraldton Foreshore. The RedFM WoW Fest Concert will conclude the event on Sunday 21 April with headline acts The Temper Trap and Tkay Maidza.

To view the full WoW Fest program, visit www.wowfest.com.au 


Chinese photographers showcase Coral Coast in exhibition

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You haven’t seen the Coral Coast captured like this before! 

In a brand new photography exhibition, Through the Dragon’s Eyes showcases the region through the lens of Chinese photographers from the Zhongyi Photography Club.

The first exhibition of its kind in Western Australia will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from 12 April 2019 to promote and showcase Australia’s Coral Coast.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the region was an emerging destination for photography themed tourism.

“We are attracting more and more photographers who are discovering Western Australia as the perfect place for amazing photography due to the unique landscape and pristine natural environment,” he said.

“Not only do we have some of the most stunning landscapes in the world here on the Coral Coast, but we also boast clear skies which is perfect for capturing the stars and night sky.” 

The exhibition is comprised of 40 photographs taken by 22 different Chinese photographers.

The exhibiting photographers visited Geraldton in September 2018 and January 2019 as part of the Photography Club’s international tutorial program.

With a main focus on landscapes and nightscapes, the photos capture locations including Geraldton, Lancelin, Cervantes, Northampton and Kalbarri. 

“People from the region tend to see these landscapes every single day and become desensitized to the unique beauty,” Mayor Van Styn added.

“So it’s great to have international guests, some seeing our region for the very first time, capturing the amazing Coral Coast.”

The exhibition is a joint initiative between the City of Greater Geraldton, Easy Going Travel Services, Museum of Geraldton and Zhongyi Photography Club.

It will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from Friday 12 April until Sunday 12 May.

Ongoing contamination moves bin location

The community is being urged to use the blue plastic recycling bins properly.

The community is being urged to use the blue plastic recycling bins properly.

Ongoing contamination of a blue plastics recycle bin in Drummonds has resulted in the bin moving locations 

The bin was located in the carpark at the Drummond Cove Hall but has now been moved to Bayside Park in Drummond Cove.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was disappointing that the community were not respecting the bins.

“It’s such a shame that we are having to empty a lot of these bins straight into landfill when we are trying to promote recycling and sustainability,” he said.

“It’s even more disappointing that after urging the community to use the bins correctly, they are still being contaminated.”

The blue recycle bin located at Waggrakine Primary School is also being continually contaminated and will be moved if contamination persists.

A total of 15 bins are located around Geraldton and are for the purpose of recycling type 1 and 2 plastics only.

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 the bottles 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

  • Opposite Glenfield IGA Sunset Beach – Chapman Road

  • Drummond Cove – Bayside Park

  • Geraldton Primary School – Augustus St

  • Geraldton Surf Lifesaving Club – 260 Willcock Drive

  • Leaning Tree Community School – 15 Bayly St

  • Mt Tarcoola Primary School – Acacia St

  • Paringa Park – Paringa St, Mount Tarcoola

  • PCYC – 105 Pass St, Wonthella

  • QEII Seniors and Community Centre Carpark – 88 Durlacher Street

  • Strathalbyn Christian College – 15 Cedar Cres

  • Tip Shop - 61 Landfill Lane, Narngulu

  • Waggrakine Primary School – Hall Rd

  • Wandina Primary School – 29 Ajax Dr

For more information about recycling in Geraldton, head to https://bit.ly/2JdBupS

Prescribed burn in Utakarra

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking a prescribed burn in Utakarra on bushland east of Abraham Street between the Geraldton Cemetery and Solomon Circle.

It will take place on Wednesday 3 April 2019 commencing at approximately 9.30am.

This burn will only proceed with favourable weather conditions. If the weather is not favourable, the burn will be postponed until further notice.

The Waggrakine, Cape Burney and Moonyoonooka Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades as well as the DFES Midwest/Gascoyne Mitigation Team 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 being 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.

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.