Shire Presidents Report

July 2017

Local Government Elections October 2017

Local Government elections will be held on Saturday 21st October 2017. Nominations open for 1 week, commencing 44 days before polling day and close 4pm 37 days before polling day. For anyone who has an interest in nominating as a candidate the Shire of Beverley will be holding an information session on Thursday 13th July 2017 (details elsewhere in Blarney). Alternatively you can make an appointment to speak to the CEO and Shire President.

As an Elected Member you represent and contribute to your community at the Local Government level. Training is provided and the role can be interesting, varied and rewarding (perhaps at times a little frustrating too!) Please give your consideration to attending the information session to gain an understanding of your Local Government.

Mural Art by James Giddy

The mural art project has been a great success and many local residents and visitors would have by now admired James Giddy’s creations on 5 buildings along Vincent st (have you found the pink butterfly?) James was a delight to have in Beverley, commenting that he was glad to have been involved with such a welcoming community and would be back.

Staffing Changes

Darryl Storer has been the Shire’s Maintenance officer since 2013 however has decided to retire. Danny Gibson was the successful applicant to fill Darryl’s position. Lee Storer is also finishing after providing cleaning services to the Shire since 2014. We wish Darryl and Lee the very best in retirement and many happy travels! Marika de Beer was the successful applicant for Lee’s position.

Shire of Beverley Community Grants Open in July 2017

The next round of Beverley Community Grants open on Monday 3rd July and close on Friday 28th July. Contact the Shire office for further information.

Roadworks within the Shire

Gravel sheeting has been completed on Deep Pool Road and is currently occurring on Ski Road into the lakes area and on Yenyening Lake Road east of the Qualandary cross roads. Federal 2017- 2018 Black Spot road funding has been announced to upgrade and improve the safety of a 1.66km section of the Top Beverley-York Road near Walgy Road.

Mobile Black Spot Communication Upgrade for Bally Bally

Bally Bally has been included in the most recent Federal Government’s Mobile Communications Black Spot program. The Shire has received correspondence indicating that the planning process has commenced.

Beverley WA – Be very you

Following development of the Beverley Tourism Business Plan and Tourism Framework 2016-2020 the Tourism Officer is progressing roll out of a new branding and logo for Beverley tourism stakeholders, including business and community. Creative ADM were engaged to develop the unique identifier for Beverley and the Tourism Steering Committee provided oversight on this process.

The CRC are hosting a Business Sundowner Branding Workshop on 20th July 2017 at which development of the Framework and marketing and branding process will be explained and the Tourism Officer will provide an update on how the new brand can be used (details elsewhere in Blarney).

The Tourism Steering Committee’s role is now complete and the interest and commitment to this project has been valued. The group was established in March 2015 and commenced with Cr Dee Ridgway, Cr Tom Buckland, Kathryn McLean - CDO, Sam Fricker - CRC, Jo Johnson, Scott McLean, Jacinta Murray, Kate Sofouis, Heng Ee and Arie Valkhoff as its members; Heng and Arie resigned during last year for various reasons.

A Tourism Advisory Group has now been established with terms of reference to assist the Tourism Officer with the task of Tourism Framework implementation. 

The tourism project supports a “shared community vision to pursue tourism planning as a means of economic development and social benefit as referenced in the Shire of Beverley Strategic Community Plan 2013-2017”. Beverley Tourism Business Plan 2016

Beverley Water Supply Improvements June 2017 – May 2018

Over the next 12 months work will be undertaken by the Water Corporation to improve water supply to its Beverley customers. Updates are to be provided and customers notified prior to any work that may impact them. More information is available by phoning Elecia on 94203265 or emailing Elecia.Wheat@watercorporation.com.au

2017 speeding by….

With the winter solstice on Wednesday 21st June and end of financial year on Friday 30th June we are reminded just how quickly the year goes. Hopefully the second half provides worthwhile and much needed rainfall for everyone (and is frost free).

 Cr Dee Ridgway

   CR DEE RIDGWAY
     Shire President