President's Report

Vincent Street Streetscape Project – Public Consultation

Thank you to everyone who attended the public consultation for the Vincent Street Streetscape Project. All comments and suggestions were addressed by the Landscape Architects for Council to consider. Council formally agreed to move forward with the project at the 22 September 2020 Ordinary Council meeting.

To keep up to date with the project and plans, please visit the Streetscape Project page on our website:

https://www.beverley.wa.gov.au/council/news-information/vincent-street-streetscape-project.aspx

Moort Wabiny Park

The park looks fantastic and is due for a soft opening on Saturday 17 October. The official opening is yet to be scheduled as there is a delay in connecting power to site due to a dispute between Western Power and Arc Infrastructure; hopefully this will be resolved sooner rather than later. The Shire would like to thank Elders Beverley for their recent assistance in using their property to access the park when constructing fencing and lighting towers. Please keep an eye on Facebook and website for further official opening details.

Onsite Accommodation

Council have formally progressed the Onsite Accommodation at the Caravan Park with work to be overseen and carried out by JRozema Builders. The project is due to commence in October and be completed by June 2021. The project will see the construction of six units with ensuite facilities (one unit with universal access) on Council Road. The accommodation is to compliment existing businesses and provide economic benefit with increased visitation to our town.

Town Hall Floor Refurbishment

The Town Hall will be closed from November 2020 until February 2021 while it receives new timber flooring and an upgrade to the AV System. Thank you to the affected clubs and community groups which have moved locations or finished their season early to enable the works to proceed.

Roads

October should see reconstruction and widening of Westdale Road (4km east of the Dale River). Tree lopping has been completed on the section of Westdale Road from Maitland Road to the Dale River. Smith and Hill Roads are currently being worked on. There is a section of Smith Road that has been widened on the crest.

Community Cropping Leases

The previous cropping leases 2018 – 2021 expire on 31 March 2021. In order to allow farmers, community groups and individuals to plan their forward programmes the submissions to lease various blocks are now open and will close Friday 9 October 2020.  The submissions must be made on the appropriate forms which can be downloaded from the Shire website or obtained from the Shire office. The leases will be awarded at the Ordinary October Council meeting.

Beverley Heroic

Back again Saturday 17 October is the Beverley Heroic. Toby Hodgson and his crew do a fantastic job organising this event and promoting Beverley throughout their social media platforms. The Heroic brings many new visitors to Beverley and the region. There are events all throughout the weekend for all ages and levels. Check out https://www.theheroic.com.au/ for full details.

Station Arts

October is the start of the entertainment season at the Beverley Station Arts and first up is a show for all the Family called Wolfgangs Magical Musical Circus on 6 October. If you enjoyed or missed out on the Reclaimed Piano’s back in 2018 then get along to see this. The local Beverley Amateur Dramatics will then have a production Cocky’s Crossing 16, 17, 23 and 24 October. Good luck to all involved.

Citizenship

Congratulations to our newest Australian Citizen here in Beverley, Mrs Tieng Cole. Tieng was joined by her husband, friends and Shire of Beverley Councillors and Staff for a Citizenship Ceremony on 22 September 2020.

 

Cr Don Davis

Shire President

7 October 2020