President's Report

June 2018

Roadworks and Tree Lopping

Contractors Densford Civil were engaged for the reconstruction and widening of the first 2km of Waterhatch Road and this work is well underway. Work on the Top Beverley Road continues with sections identified for successful Black Spot due to be commenced by the Shire Works Crew at the intersection of Walgy Road. Local contractors will commence 6.5km of gravel sheeting on sections of Dongadilling, Maitland, Kokendin and Dale Bin North roads identified for maintenance works. Rural tree lopping is also due to commence. With roadworks, including maintenance grading following some rain, the ongoing WANDRRA flooding and storm damage repair and agricultural seeding programmes, there is a lot of activity around the district, please drive with care.

 

Aeronautical Interpretation and Amana Memorial Relocation

Interpretative signage has been installed at the Hunt Road Aeronautical Display and relocation of the Amana Memorial to this site has been completed. As a reminder, 26th June is the anniversary of the Douglas DC-4 Amana 1950 aircrash in which 28 people lost their lives and the sole surviving passenger, who was seriously injured, died 6 days later. At the time it was Australia’s worst civil aviation tragedy.

 

Cornerstone

Work on the Cornerstone continues. Whilst there have been a few “glitches” along the way it is anticipated to be in use by the community before the years end with the “official” opening to be scheduled in early 2019. Externally the majority of the work has been completed with signage, landscaping and some finishing touches still to occur. Tiling, floorcovering, painting, and some cabinetry internally are either complete or underway and things are looking good! The Shire are engaging with several companies to assist with the library and museum/visitor centre fit out.

 

Silver Centenary

As previously reported a large scale model of the Silver Centenary is being built by Dieter Prussner who has provided regular updates for Council. Dieter resides in eastern Australia and is due to arrive in September to install the model in a display cabinet in the Cornerstone museum/visitor centre. There is also talk that the real Silver Centenary will be making a visit to Beverley in the near future. Watch this space!

 

Welcome to Shire of Beverley Signage

Council is considering replacement of Welcome to the Shire of Beverley Signage to align with the Beverley WA branding developed under the Beverley Tourism Framework 2016 – 2020. Some concepts are currently being prepared with assistance from the Tourism Advisory Group.

 

Strategic Community Plan 2017 – 2027

The Strategic Community Plan 2017 – 2027 was endorsed by Council at its May meeting. Thankyou to community members who contributed to the review of this important planning document.

 

Disability Access & Inclusion Plan – 5 Year Review

A review of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2013 – 2018 is due to be undertaken.  Feedback from the community will be sought during this process via electronic and hardcopy survey and a Community Workshop. Please keep an eye out for details

 

County Peak Trail Activation

Council has engaged Urbis to progress design and development of the Beverley Pioneers Trail at County Peak (Quajabin Peak) which is Project 5 in the Shire of Beverley 2014 Trails Masterplan. This will initially involve a review of Shire plans relative to the trails project to support planning grants seeking external funding assistance for Concept, Management, Rehabilitation and Interpretative Signage. Council looks forward to interest and support from the community as this exciting project is gradually developed.

 

Agricultural Museum at Avondale

The large Agricultural Museum at Avondale is a significant collection of machinery, implements and items with the story of WA’s growth from agriculture just waiting to be told. This collection is overseen by the Shire and is not affected by the advertised winding up of the Avondale Farm Project Association (AFPA). Your interest, support and participation are strongly encouraged. Please keep an eye for future opportunities to do so.

 

CRC Funding

Are you a member of your Community Resource Centre? Your membership shows support of this important facility which unfortunately has been another target of the State Government’s funding cut backs affecting rural communities. Wheatbelt Business Network is leading the advocacy to seek a way forward, although there will most likely be an impact to services and offerings as you have become accustomed.

 

Wheatbelt Fast Facts

The Wheatbelt Development Commission has provided a summary of Economic, Population and Community statistics that summarise key messages about investing, working, visiting and living in the Wheatbelt. This can be viewed in the Reports and Publications section of  the Development Commission’s website.  www.wheatbelt.wa.gov.au

 

Avon Squares

Hearing lively music coming from the town hall on the afternoon of Saturday 12th May it was a delight to discover the energetic and colourful Avon Valley Square Dance Club holding their 38th Birthday dance in Beverley as their usual venue was occupied by York’s ANZAC Centenary Exhibition.

 

President

CR DEE RIDGWAY
Shire President