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Message from our CEO

I was fortunate to attend an event in Kaniva recently to listen to Dr Gill Hicks speak to a packed Kaniva Hall audience. 

Gill Hicks was a victim in the London tube bombings and was extremely lucky to survive. Her injuries were so severe that she was classified as “estimated female” according to her tag in the hospital. Gill lost both legs below the knee and suffered massive internal trauma. 

Despite the horrendous injuries, Gill has got on with life and provided inspiration to many for her work in trying to reform people who have been lured into the extremist world. The love of life, family and the tolerance displayed in her presentation was truly motivating and I am sure that everyone in attendance took some inspiration from the evening. 

I would like to congratulate the Kaniva community for the way that they supported the evening and the welcome that they provided to Gill, it was an evening that the Shire should be quite proud of and we look forward to the next opportunity to host a similar evening. 

The Kaniva Leeor Football Netball Club hosted the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football Netball grand final on 17 September. The club did a fantastic job in catering for the day. The facilities were in great condition and the games were all exciting to watch. The day certainly proved that events like grand finals belong in the West Wimmera Shire, well done to the club on what was a very successful day. 

Keeping to a sporting theme, congratulations go out to all of the teams from within the shire that competed in grand finals. Harrow Balmoral were very well represented in both football and netball, Edenhope Apsley managed to get a couple of teams through and Border Districts were represented by their netballers. Hockey was also well represented with the Brolgas doing Edenhope proud with very strong finals representation. Getting into grand finals and winning them is the reward for the work undertaken by the many volunteers, coaches, trainers and parents that work to keep our communities strong. 

Finally, I would like to say that whilst it’s great that we have had plenty of rain and our wetlands are looking a lot healthier, there have been people affected in our region by flooding. The Shire staff are still assessing damage levels of the recent flood and we are certainly thankful that people remained safe during the event and everyone obeyed the warnings. It is great to see so much water around though, as it has been too long between fills. 

All the best

David Leahy
Road flood damage Powers Creek Road

Flood Damage to Roads

After several months of above average rainfall in comparison to recent years, followed up by the recent deluges, there have been several serious flooding incidents and many occurrences of water over roads, which has damaged our road network.

Due to the large amount of incidents, the West Wimmera Shire Council Works Department will be working very hard over coming months.

Our priority is to ensure roads are safe and accessible. There will be some delays in returning damaged roads to their previous condition as the volume of work far exceeds our budget capacity.  Council is currently liaising with the state and federal governments to access emergency funding, however this will take some time.

While we currently have council employees assessing damage, we do ask the general public to assist us in identifying damage and hazards across the shire.  If you come across unsigned road damage or water inundation, please contact the council office on 03 5585 9900 with the road name and location.  If you are able to take photos of the damage/hazard, the images can be emailed to along with the location details.

Please be patient; our first priority is to make the roads safe and accessible followed up by repairing them when we have the funding to do so.
Flood water over Mosquito Bridge, Langkoop

Flood Cleanup 

With flood water receding it's now time to evaluate the damage and begin the clean up.

There a number of things to consider when cleaning up after a flood:

 •    Wastewater systems including septic tanks and absorption areas may have been weakened by a flood, so do not drive or walk over them. Contact council's Environmental Health Officer on 03 5585 9900 if you suspect any damage.

•    Damaged gas or electricity supplies need to be declared safe by a qualified electrician or plumber.

•    Be aware that wild animals including rodents, snakes or spiders may be trapped in your home, shed or garden. 

•   If your area has been affected by flooding, your private water supply may be contaminated with floodwater, debris and chemicals.

•    Water sourced from roof-collected rainwater and stored in above ground tanks or deep bores that are properly cased with an above ground well-head should continue to be safe for use, provided the structure has not been damaged.

For more information take a look at the After a Flood fact sheets available from the Health Vic website.
And it rained......
Click the image above to watch a slideshow of West Wimmera after the September rains.
Children at Goroke Pop up Playgroup

Pop up Playgroup Fun at Goroke

On Monday 12 September, the Goroke Kindergarten was alive with the sounds of laughter and fun when Goroke children attended the Pop Up Playgroup. 

An exciting morning was had by all as they climbed, jumped, bounced and played in the sandpit.  After morning tea, they were treated to a story by our fabulous Goroke Kindergarten teacher, Katrina.

Playgroups provide parents and carers with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas. They allow babies, toddlers and preschoolers to socialise as they play and learn together. All playgroups are different but the emphasis is on fun and friendship.

If anyone is interested in playgroup for term 4, please contact Tracey Bone | Early Years Coordinator | 5392 7700 |

Several playgroups are operated by community groups within West Wimmera. Further details are available on the Playgroup webpage.
Edenhope Kindergarten children in their swaggie at Edenhope College

School Transition Program begins at Edenhope Kindergarten

The Edenhope Kindergarten students began the school transition program during the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week celebrations at Edenhope College.

To mark this years theme of "Australia! Story Country",  the Kindergarten and College children made ‘swaggie’ hats together while Mrs Hausler taught them some interesting facts about the Australian ‘swaggie’.  

The celebrations continued with the children being read the story ‘Possum Magic’ by Australian author Mem Fox, before heading into the kitchen to make ‘magic food’ to make Hush invisible again.

To complete the action packed day, Mr Pearson entertained the children with some Australian songs and Mrs Rainsford taught them the ‘Heel and Toe’ dance.

The children also visited the students at St Malachy’s College.

Kindergarten Teacher / Director
Commencing 2017

Permanent Position at Goroke Preschool
24.5 hours per week
Salary in accordance with EEEA (2016) award and experience

West Wimmera Shire Council is inviting applications from suitably qualified kindergarten teachers to join the team at Goroke Preschool.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood); a current Working With Children Check and police check; current first aid, CPR, asthma & anaphylaxis qualifications; and have teaching experience within the early childhood field and be registered with VIT.

For a copy of the key selection criteria please contact Tracey Bone on 03 5392 7700.

Applications must address the key selection criteria and are to be received at the council office by 5.00 pm Friday 14 October 2016.

Applications should be addressed to:

Tracey Bone 
Early Years Coordinator
West Wimmera Shire Council
PO Box 15 
Kaniva VIC 3419

or emailed to

Edenhope Police Community Forum

When: Thursday 22 September 2016
Where: Elsie Bennett Centre, Lake Street, Edenhope
Time: 7.00 pm

All members of the public are invited to attend.

The Forum is an opportunity to meet with local and specialist police and gain an insight into:
  • How police operate within the Edenhope Police Cluster
  • The future direction of policing in the Wimmera
  • Current crime trends
  • Crime prevention strategies, including how to deal with phone and mail scams
  • Farm and firearm safety
  • Road policing in the Wimmera

A representative from West Wimmera Shire Council will also be presenting and available for questions.

Discussion topics are suitable for all age groups.

Questions, comments and feedback are encouraged in order for us to improve our Police Service Delivery for West Wimmera.

Tea/coffee and a light supper will be provided. Please notify Sergeant Dale McIvor at Edenhope Police on 5585 1003 or email of your attendance for catering purposes.

This is the last of several Police Community Forums held across West Wimmera.

FReeZA Events

A key component of the West Wimmera Shire Council Youth Program is participating in the FReeZA program. 

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12 and 25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible music and cultural events. 

By participating in a local FReeZA committee, the youth are provided with the opportunity organise and run youth events in their community.  Being a member of a local FReeZA committee, local youth gain valuable experience in making decisions, planning and staging of events as well as broadening their networks within the community by connecting with local businesses, schools and other organisations. Being a part of a FReeZA committee assists to build their self confidence, create and develop professional relationships, and provide opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.

West Wimmera Shire Council holds several FReeZA events throughout the shire during the year. Upcoming events are advertised on the Upcoming Youth Events page on the council website and the West Wimmera Shire Facebook page.

Cassianne Carman
Name: Cassianne Carman
Position: Trainee Financial Officer 
Start date: 20 September 2016
Location: Edenhope
Hobbies/favourite things: Music, playing the trumpet and she is also a keen photographer.
Adam Manson
Name: Adam Manson
Position: Municipal Building Surveyor
Start date:  13 September 2016
Location: Edenhope & Kaniva
Hobbies/favourite things: Family, sport, the outdoors and anything Collingwood.
West Wimmera Shire | 17-19 October 2016
Monday 17 October
Serviceton Recreation Reserve | 8.30 am - 11.30 am
Kaniva LINK Neighbourhood House | 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Tuesday 18 October
Kaniva LINK Neighbourhood House | 8.30 am - 11.30 am
Goroke Library | 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Wednesday 19 October 
Harrow Hall | 8.30 am - 11.30 am 

Wimmera Wilderness Awareness

West Wimmera Administration Officer, Rae Stone has completed the 2016 Wimmera Development Association (WDA) Regional Leadership Skills course. 

The Regional Leadership program is designed to deliver personal and professional growth, foster and develop the participants leadership style and provide the opportunity for aspiring leaders to develop their leadership skills in the workplace and in their communities. 

One of the important components of the program is for participants to execute a group project in the community.  Rae, who has been involved with wildlife rescue volunteering for many years, with other like minded participants formed the Wimmera Wildlife Awareness Group to implement a Wildlife Awareness Campaign, aimed to reduce the number of animal road deaths and animal related accidents on Wimmera roads.  

The Groups first initiative is to conduct a Spring Offensive, providing Wimmera residents with information on how to safely avoid incidents with wildlife on our roads.

Stay alert for wildlife when driving on our roads
With the recent deluge of rain and increasingly warmer weather, the natural environment has changed dramatically and come to life. Our communities have also come out of hibernation with functions, events and family gatherings, encouraging us to hit the roads and enjoy the great outdoors.

Wimmera Wildlife Awareness are currently running a campaign to remind commuters that extra care is required to avoid accidents involving wildlife. The campaign aims to educate the community on how to possibly avoid road incidents with wildlife and how to deal with situations that may arise with animals on our roads.

Look out for the poster at retail hubs or pick up a flyer, which is designed to be kept in the car for helpful tips and information when needed.

For further information, a copy of the poster and flyer is available on the council website. To become involved with Wimmera Wildlife Awareness, please contact Rae Stone on 0423 367 744.

Enrolments are now open for West Wimmera Shire Council's Kindergartens for 2017.

All of cur kindergartens, located in Goroke, Edenhope and Kaniva, offer a 15 hour Kindergarten Program as well as a 6 hour Pre-Kinder Program.

To be eligible to attend the Kindergarten Program, children must turn four by 30 April 2017. In order to attend Pre-Kinder, children must turn three by 30 April 2017.

Enrolment forms can be obtained by contacting the Early Years Coordinator or downloaded from the
Kindergarten web page.

If you have any questions or concerns about when the right time is for your child to start kinder, the Early Years Coordinator will be happy to talk through your options.

Tracey Bone | Early Years Coordinator | 5392 7716 |

Please submit enrolments by Sunday 30 October 2016, to enable planning for 2017.
Grant Highlight 
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The provision of quality shade is a key strategy to reducing exposure to ultraviolet (UV).

The Community Shade Grants Program is open to community based organisations including sports clubs, local councils, not for profit organisations and other community groups to apply, and will fund new built shade, purchase of portable shade, planting of natural shade and repair of existing shade. There are three bands available:
  • Band 1: up to $5,000
  • Band 2: $5,000-$20,000
  • Band 3: $20,000-$50,000

Further information and application guidelines available on the health vic website Community Shade Grants Program page.
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
22 September 2016

Edenhope Police Community Forum
Elsie Bennett Centre more....
1 October 2016

Lahaurm Bulk Handling 128th Goroke Show
Goroke Showgrounds more....
6 October 2016

James Blundell - Seniors Concert
Kaniva Hall more....
7-9 October 2016

Apsley Alive
Apsley more....
8 October 2016

132nd Annual Kaniva Show
Kaniva Recreation Reserve more....
14 October 2016

Ball for All
Kaniva Hall more....
15 October 2016

Pathways to Harrow -The Final Year
Harrow Hall more....
22-23 October 2016

Windmill Stitchers Exhibition
Kaniva Hall more....
23 October 2016

Harrow Horsemanship Challenge
Johnny Mullagh Recreation Reserve, Harrow more....
24 October 2016

The Mik Maks Rock Kaniva
Kaniva Hall 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. 
Caretaker Certified Publication. David Leahy, CEO West Wimmera Shire Council
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