|INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT & WORKS
Flood Recovery Program
The flood recovery program is tracking well with works taking place across the shire including Powers Creek Road and Cove Estate Road which are almost complete.
We will continue to implement works across the shire moving into 2017.
Current works in progress:
• Powers Creek Road
Temporary works have been completed in many locations across the shire and will continue to be done as the need arises as it was this week on Patyah Bringalbert Road.
• Cove Estate Road
• Benayeo – Neuarpurr Road
• Brooks Road
• Caldows Road – Temporary Works
• Apsley- Natimuk Road – Temporary Works
Next Works to begin:
• Fergusons Road
• Anthony Waits Road
• Apsley – Natimuk Road
We ask you to please drive carefully and to the condition of the road, especially through work sites. Observe the speed restrictions to ensure your safety and the safety of the road crews delivering the reconstruction works.
Regular updates will be posted on the West Wimmera Shire website and Facebook page to inform the community of current and impending road works throughout the shire.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact our project manager Les Edmistone on 0402 166 325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Strengthening Grants
Do you have a community project that you would like to complete?
The annual Community Strengthening Grants program is designed to promote and increase participation of local residents in community initiatives, to build and strengthen local networks and partnerships and to support community leadership, learning and skill development.
Grants are available for the following categories:
• Community Projects
• Community Events
• Facilities Upgrades & Equipment Purchases
Information sessions are being held to provide community organisations with details on the program. Applicants who attend these information sessions prior to the closing date will be highly regarded when assessing the applications.
Information sessions will be held as follows:
Kaniva | 7pm 2 February | RSVP 31 January
Edenhope | 7pm 6 February | RSVP 3 February
Apsley | 6.30pm 8 February | RSVP 6 February
Harrow | 6.30pm 9 February | RSVP 7 February
Goroke | 7pm 13 February | RSVP 10 February
RSVP to Heidi Gajic on 03 5585 9900 or email@example.com
NOTE: If no RSVP's received the information session will be cancelled
Further information, guidelines and applications are available from the Community Strengthening Grants Program webpage.
|ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Victorian Government and West Wimmera Shire Council working together to reduce mosquito numbers
West Wimmera Shire Council has joined sixteen other higher risk and flood-affected councils across rural Victoria that have received a special funding package to combat the spread of mosquitoes this summer.
West Wimmera Shire Council can now access funding to initiate mosquito control activities and help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
Recent heavy rainfall and floods across the Wimmera have led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes that can spread disease. High numbers of mosquitoes will continue over the summer months across rural Victoria.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE) – all serious, infectious and potentially life-threatening in the case of MVE.
We are taking action to reduce mosquito numbers by initiating management activities and community education programs.
Activities will focus on using control agents such as larvicides to stop mosquito larvae from growing.
The annual ‘Beat the Bite’ campaign started a month early this year due to the increased mosquito numbers. It urges all Victorians to take simple steps to protect themselves and their family from mosquito bites.
The campaign’s top tips to ‘Beat the Bite’ are:
• Cover up. Wear long, loose fitting clothing because mosquitoes can bite through tight fitting clothing.
• Use effective mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on all exposed skin.
• Control mosquito numbers. There’s a wide range of ‘knockdown sprays’ or vaporising devices for inside use, including caravans.
• Install fly wire screens on all windows and self-closing wire screens on doors.
• Make sure mosquitoes can't breed around your property by removing stagnant water at least every week. This includes in flower pots, tyres, buckets, tins, bird baths and pet bowls.
• Empty children’s wading pools when not being used and keep fishponds stocked with fish.
• Use screens when camping. Mosquito nets or screens will help keep mosquitoes out of tents and added protection can be provided by treating the nets with an appropriate insecticide.
• Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
If you have any concerns about your health, talk to your doctor or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024. For more information visit: Better Health Channel - www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/beat-the-bite.
For further information on the West Wimmera Shire Mosquito Management program contact Nicole Wearne | Environmental Health Officer | 03 5585 9900
Kindergarten begins for another year
Next week we will see the familiar scenes of anxious parents and exited children as the 2017 Kindergarten year begins on Wednesday 1 February.
The West Wimmera Shire Kindergarten programs begin next week:
Wednesday 1 February
Goroke Kindergarten | Pre-kinder & Kinder
Edenhope Kindergarten | Kinder
Thursday 2 February
Kaniva Kindergarten |Pre-kinder & Kinder
Edenhope Kindergarten | Pre-kinder
Kinder (4 yr) Session | 8.30am - 4pm
Pre-Kinder (3 yr) Session | 8.30am - 4pm
While we are all very excited kindergarten is happening soon, some children may feel a bit anxious about starting kindergarten. Here’s a few tips to help them in the upcoming weeks.
• Talk about what is going to happen at Kindergarten with your child leading up to the first day.
• Remind your child to ask for help at Kindergarten if they need it.
• Have easy to use clothing for toileting.
• Have easy to remove and easy to run and climb in shoes.
• Stay with your child at Kindergarten as long as you like.
• Pack your child’s bag together the day before to avoid the morning rush.
• Be enthusiastic but calm in the morning. This will give a positive relaxed feel about Kinder.
• Be prepared for fatigue after Kinder. Try not to schedule too many activities after Kinder.
• Ask open ended and inquiry questions.
Children do so many different activities and play with so many friends at Kinder they find it difficult to remember so many things when families ask about their day.
• Instead of asking questions that require a yes or no answer, such as, did you have fun? Ask questions such as, tell me one thing you really loved about your day? What was it that made it so fun?
Questions that require difficult to remember details such as what did you do at kinder? may get the ‘I don’t know’ or ‘nothing’ response.
• Instead ask more specific questions such as, what did you find the hardest thing to do at kinder today? What made it difficult for you? Or, tell me about what happens at group time?
• Rather than ask who did you play with? ask questions such as, Who did you sit with at lunch time?
Kindergartens are very busy places, especially before and after the session, but if don’t have time to wait, teachers are never too busy to arrange a time to talk. The teachers will be available from Tuesday 31st January, so drop in or give them a call if you have any concerns. The Kindergarten door is always open and teachers welcome any feedback.
If you are still to enrol or require further information regarding Kindergarten go to Kindergartens page or contact Tracey Bone | Early Years Coordinator | 0408 471 324
West Wimmera Shire have uniforms available for each individual Kindergarten.
The bright, cheerful uniforms are high quality and durable designed for especially for the needs of young children.
There is absolutely no requirement to wear uniform however if you wish to purchase any items the following are available from the Kindergarten from Tuesday 31st January.
Jumper | $25
Short Sleeve T-Shirt | $16
Long Sleeve T-Shirt | $18
Hat | $12
*Uniforms are be available in size 4 and 6
*Please produce your health care card to receive one free set of uniform.
Family Day Care and Child Care are programs run out of West Wimmera Shire Early Years Centres by Wimmera Uniting Care.
Wimmera Uniting Care are currently in the process of advertising for a Family Day Carer to run child care at Edenhope Child Care. We will communicate any outcomes or updates to families via West Wimmera Wire, the Council website and/or Facebook page.
Kaniva Early Learning Centre run Child Care on Tuesday and Wednesdays. If you have any questions regarding Child Care for 2017 in Edenhope or Kaniva, please contact Katrina Scimone, WUC Early Years Coordinator on 5362 4000 or visit www.wuc.org.au/early-years. You can also contact the Kaniva Early Learning Centre directly on 5392 2976 for further information about child care in Kaniva.
Goroke will be providing a facilitated playgroup beginning in Term 1 at the Goroke Kindergarten. All welcome and bring your friends. Days and times to be advised.
If anyone is interested in attending playgroup at Edenhope or if you need further information regarding playgroup in Goroke or Kaniva please contact Lisa Gillard, Playgroup Victoria Development Coordinator on 0456 869 390 or Tracey Bone, Early Years Coordinator on
0408 471 324.
West Wimmera Shire Council Flood Recovery Project Management team from left Sarah Ellis, Les Edmistone, Tom Krieger, David Smith.
Introducing the Flood Recovery Team
As you may be aware West Wimmera Shire Council has been approved for eligible state and federal funding for much needed restoration of essential public assets including road networks within the shire. Work started prior to Christmas and the team will be working with over 23 different contractor companies to delivery this large piece of work over the next 12 months.
The team leading this work are:
Les Edmistone | Shepherd Services | Project Manager
Background: 28 years Local Government experience
Tom Krieger | Krieger Consulting | Project Coordinator
Background: 23 years Local Government experience
Hobbies /interests: Fishing and Motor Sports
David Smith | Project Engineer
Background: 2 years with West Wimmera Shire Council
Sarah Ellis | Project Controller
Background: 10 years Project and Operational Experience in 2 Multi-National companies
Hobbies/interests: Netball and Tennis