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Message from our CEO

Since the last edition of the West Wimmera Wire, a new Council has been elected and I wish to congratulate the successful candidates who are now all Councillors. I would also like to acknowledge all candidates for the election as the spread of candidates provided a very diverse set of views and created a significant choice for the voters. 

The new Council consists of;
Cr Bruce Meyer - elected as Mayor on 10 November
Cr Trevor Domaschenz
Cr Richard Hicks
Cr Tom Houlihan
Cr Jodie Pretlove

All of the Councillors have been appointed to various special committees and regional committees and a number of these have met since the recent appointments. 

The Councillors are currently in the middle of a very extensive induction program which is designed to provide them with the necessary tools to enable them to fulfil their role with all of the necessary information at their disposal. The induction is the most detailed process that a Council has undertaken at West Wimmera and has been welcomed by the Councillors as it provides a permanent reference document to assist them while in office. 

Works are well progressed towards repairing infrastructure damaged in recent floods. Claims have been lodged with the state for funds, contractors advertised for to undertake the works and assessments continuing to ensure that all damage to Shire assets is recorded and verified by the assessment agency (Vicroads). 

Unfortunately the Shire is prevented from using its own staff and resources to undertake the physical works and this has meant that establishing a panel of contractors is the number one priority. This coupled with the inability to access some of the sites with equipment due to conditions, has meant that a considerable amount of the work will need to coincide with the harvest season. 

Whilst this is an unfortunate set of circumstances, we ask that drivers are patient with the works as the end result will be a vast improvement on the current situation. Patience with the timing of the individual repairs would also be appreciated as there is a very large repair program to be completed across the Shire and the projects will be undertaken in a programmed and prioritised fashion. 

Whilst speaking about road safety, it is edging closer to the time of year where there is a lot more traffic on our roads as people move around more and seasonal truck movements increase. Add to this the increase in wildlife movements on and around our road networks and the risks associated with driving increase dramatically. We ask that everyone ensures that they exercise extra care on the roads and that we don’t have any major incidents over the holiday period.  

All the best

David Leahy
Flooded Langkoop Bridge

Flood Recovery Program

West Wimmera Shire Council has been declared by the Minister as flood affected and approved for eligible Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement NDRRA for State and Federal funding for restoration of essential public assets.

In coming months especially following the Christmas New year period there will be increased road reconstruction works activity on the local and state road networks within our region. During this period we will post regular updates on the West Wimmera website and facebook to inform you of current and impending road works throughout the Shire. 

Please remember to drive carefully and to the condition of the road.  This is especially important through worksites with speed restrictions to ensure your safety and the safety of our road crews.

A tender for plant, materials and services has been advertised to resource the reconstruction project.  West Wimmera Shire Council strongly encourages local operators and suppliers to submit to this tender.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact our Flood Project Manager Les Edmistone| 0402 166 325 |

Tender  | Contract CM0442
Tender For Prequalified Panel of Suppliers of;
1.Wet Hire Road Construction Heavy Plant and Contractors,
2.Quarry Material Supply and Delivery,
3.Traffic Control Services'
For Delivery of NDRRA Road Reconstruction Projects within the West Wimmera Shire Council boundaries. 
Tender documents may be downloaded via Councils e-tendering portal at and submissions close 2.00 pm Wednesday 7 December 2016. 
Swimming Pool Fence

Swimming Pool Barrier Maintenance

With the weather warming up and the family looking to cool off in a pool now is the time to ensure the safety of the pool.

As the owner and/or occupier of a home you are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that any swimming pool or spa safety fence or barrier is regularly maintained and operating effectively. Below are some useful tips for maintaining safety barriers.
•    Promptly repair any faults in gates, doors (where permitted at time of construction)  and windows such as self-closers, latches, flyscreens, catches, and bolts by repairing as required to keep in good working condition.
•    Make sure there are no chairs, boxes, pool pumps, tree branches, pot plants, or other items close to the barrier that could be used to climb the safety barrier in order to gain access to the pool or spa area.
•    Make sure any fences (especially timber paling fences) are in good condition, with no gaps larger than 100mm and non-climbable.
•    Ensure all gates or doors (where permitted at time of construction) that provide access to the swimming pool or spa area are closed at all times, except when entering or leaving the area.
•    Where applicable, make sure the neighbours' properties adjoining your swimming pool or spa area have no potential hazards or climbable objects.

It is recommended that every three years you have your pool, spa and safety barrier inspected by a registered building surveyor or registered building inspector, to ensure that it complies with the Regulations and does not pose a safety risk to your friends or family.

More information in relation to swimming pools and safety barriers can be obtained from the Victorian Building Authority website on the Swimming pool, spas and their safety barriers webpage

Bus Stopping at New Kaniva Bus Stop

New Bus Stop at Kaniva Kindergarten

West Wimmera Shire Council's ongoing commitment to child safety has been further strengthened with the designation of a new bus stop at the Kaniva Kindergarten.

The new bus stop on Baker Street, Kaniva will ensure greater visibility from the Kindergarten and increased safety for our very young bus travellers.   

The clearly marked bus parking zone is in effect from 8.00 am – 9.30 am and 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm Monday to Friday. 

Please help keep our children safe by parking in one of the many other parking areas during these times.

The Bus Program for kindergarten children is a unique partnership with families for rural residents.  This service relieves extra travel pressure on rural families and provides children with skills ready for school through being connected with their community.  Over 20 Kindergarten families utilise the school bus services and special thanks must go to the schools within West Wimmera Shire Council for assisting with this valuable program.
Tarra Dodds, WWHS Speech Pathologist with Archer and Edenhope Kindergarten Teacher, Gillian

Ensuring Positive Outcomes for Edenhope Kindergarten Families

Initiatives through the ‘Let’s Read’ program as well as a strong collaboration between West Wimmera Shire Council and West Wimmera Health Service has enabled Edenhope Kindergarten families to access speech therapy locally.

Tarrah Dodds, WWHS Speech Pathologist (pictured above with Archer and Edenhope Kindergarten Teacher, Gillian) said that by providing the service in Edenhope, families saved a 2 hour round trip to Horsham making the service more accessible to all.

Early intervention before children are enrolled at school ensure that they are as ready as possible to start learning to read and interacting in the classroom when they start school.

The service will continue fortnightly in 2017, should there be sufficient demand.  Kinder screenings at Edenhope will be held earlier in the year to identify children experiencing language, speech, fluency or communication delays or disorders.  
Fire Danger Period

Fire Danger Period

The 2016-17 Fire Danger Period will be declared in West Wimmera Shire in the coming weeks.

The Fire Danger Period is a period of time when the Country Fire Authority (CFA) restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.

The Fire Danger Period for each municipality is declared at different times dependent on the amount of rain, the grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

West Wimmera Shire is divided into three regions with regards to Fire Restrictions. The Fire Danger Period for the Northern Region, north of Elliots track & McDonald Highway comes into effect at 1.00 am on Monday 28 November 2016.

Check the local papers, the CFA website, the council website or the West Wimmera Facebook page for notification on when the Fire Danger Period is to begin in other regions.

Further information about the Fire Danger Period is available on the CFA website.
Buoys being installed in Lake Wallce

Boating Buoys have been placed in Lake Wallace

The buoys have been installed in Lake Wallace designating the 5 knot speed restriction area in preparation for the summer season. 

For the first time in many years Lake Wallace has sufficient water to allow the return of boats as well as swimmers.  Now the weather is warming up and the holidays soon upon us, the many lakes and waterways across the region provide a tempting place to spend a summers day and cool off but we remind people to stay safe.

The Life Saving Victoria Victorian Drowning Report 2015/16, released this week, found an increased rate of drownings across the state. Enjoy the water but remember to check the depth and for hidden debris before entering. 

Get the boat out of the shed and spend the day on the water, have a picnic with the family or a relaxing swim to cool off. 

Enjoy the summer but remember to be respectful of other users and act responsibly.
Memory Lane Cafe - Playing Bingo

Memory Lane Cafe - A Day to Remember

Back by popular demand, West Wimmera Shire HACC department hosted the Memory Lane Cafe in Edenhope on Friday October 14 2016.

Memory Lane is a program for people with memory loss and their Carers.  It is jointly run with the Centre for Participation (Formerly Volunteering Western Vic) in Horsham and Alzheimer’s Aust Vic. 
The aim for the cafes is to;

• Promote social inclusion, prevent isolation and foster peer support
• Facilitate communication and sharing of experiences between families and carers
• Improve understanding of dementia and related issues
• Provide a forum for informal advice and consultation with counselling and support staff
• Promote and facilitate access to the broader service system within the community

It’s a safe place for people with dementia and there carers to come for some support and an outing, or for people with concerns regarding their own memories.

Although weather conditions prevented the scheduled picnic in Henley Park, the Elsie Bennett Day Centre stepped in as welcoming hosts for the day’s activities.  The Edenhope College Foundation / 1 class delighted the 17 attendees with a demonstration of the Heel and Toe Polka, followed by reading their favourite books to the group.  A generous and delicious morning tea left little room for lunch, and finished off the morning perfectly.

The next Memory Lane Café will be held mid-March 2017 – save the date and join us for an enjoyable outing with good company and entertaining activities.  

If you have any queries or would like to be placed on the mailing list for future events, please contact the HACC Department | 03 5585 9923.
Memory Lane Cafe -  Listening to school student read his favourite book.

West Wimmera Shire Holiday Season Office Closure

West Wimmera Shire offices will be closed from 3.00 pm Friday 23 December 2016 reopening at 8.30 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

In the event of an emergency contact the shire offices on 03 5585 990 | 03 5392 7700 and follow the prompts to the relevant department. 
Grant Highlight

The Department of Social Services (DSS), Volunteer Grants program grants is for small amounts of money for community groups to use to help their volunteers.

The funding of between $1,000 and $5,000 each aims to assist volunteers do their important work through the purchase of much needed equipment, such as computers, or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks.

Further information, guidelines and application form available on the DSS Volunteer Grants 2016 webpage.
Community and business directories 

Ensure that your business or community group is:
• informed of upcoming grants
• advised of changes to permits and requirements
• advised of training opportunities
• kept informed of council programs
• promoted to visitors, existing and new residents.

We will be launching our online community and business directories in the coming months so please update your details now.

tact the shire office in Edenhope | 5585 9900 or Kaniva | 5392 7700
Service Club | Event Signs 

New service signs are about to be erected in the main entrances to the townships of Edenhope, Goroke and Kaniva. These signs, which will be placed at either end of the main entrances into the townships, will recognise the huge contribution service groups make to our communities.

This signage gives community groups the opportunity to order signs to promote upcoming events. These individual signs will be made of corflute measuring 800mm wide by 394mm high. Black text on a white background is to briefly state the name of your event.

Beneath the sign a magnetic plate will display the month and date of your event, allowing event signs to be reused as the dates can be changed as needed.

The cost for each set of signs (2 signs per event) is $66.00 (GST inclusive). If your group would like to order signage please return the Community Group Signage Order Form along with payment by Wednesday 26th November 2016 for events from 2017 onwards.

Contact Amanda Munnn | 03 5392 7700 |
23 Nov - 1 Dec 2016

St Malachy's Primary School Art Exhibition
Red Tail Gallery more....
15 December 2016

Minimay Christmas Tree
Minimay Recreation Reserve more....

To view the complete West Wimmera Shire Event Calendar visit the upcoming events webpage.
To promote your event on the council events calendar and Facebook page submit your event details on our website or contact Amanda Munn | 5392 7700.

Events submitted to the West Wimmera Shire Events Calendar are also promoted through Wimmera Mallee Tourism on their Facebook page, neighbouring Visitor Information Centres as well as various other publications and outlets. 

Dont miss this great opportunity to promote your event for FREE.
Cr Bruce Meyer
Cr Bruce Meyer | Mayor
0437 261 282
Cr Trevor Domaschenz
Cr Trevor Domaschenz
0437 220 351
Cr Richard Hicks
Cr Richard Hicks
0437 219 818
Cr Tom Houlihan
Cr Tom Houlihan
0437 219 881
Cr Jodie Pretlove
Cr Jodie Pretlove
0437 238 902
In 2017 West Wimmera Shire Council meetings will be  held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, with the exception of January. Visit the Meeting Dates Webpage.
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