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CEO: Matthew Gilfellon,  PO Box 99, Dumbleyung WA 6350
Phone: 08 9863 4012     
- Bain Estate Future Fund
- Local Community Transport Services
- Ever thought about nominating to become a Councillor, but you aren't sure if the role is for you?
- Community Fundraising Effort - Dumbleyung Playground
- 2017/18 Fees & Charges
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Volume Eighteen                                         July 2017
Decisions from the Ordinary Meeting of Council:
  • Council decided against writing to Main Roads to lower the speed limit on Bennet St, Dumbleyung. Main Roads control all regulatory signage which includes speed limits. They have strict criteria for speed zones which Bennett Street does not meet. Council has previously been refused when they asked Main Roads to lower the speed limit of Absolon Street.
  • Council nominated the CEO to be considered to sit on a Central Country Zone Working Group to review the Local Government Act.
  • Following discussions in May and June, Council noted the draft budget. Council indicated which changes needed to be made to the draft budget. A final budget will be presented for adoption in August.
  • An application from the Stubbs Park Board of Management for Council support of the progression of the ‘Stubbs Park Development Project’ and the allowance to apply for Bain Estate Funding in instalments to allow the best chance at receiving external funding was lost.
  • Council adopted the Financial Management Review for 2017. The Financial Management Review reviews the appropriateness and effectiveness of the financial management systems and procedures of the local government. It is similar to the audit but probes a lot more in depth. The 2017 FMR was a lot better than the 2013 FMR with a lot less key matters noted. This demonstrates the improvement in the processes and procedures within the shire’s administration over the past four years in the financial management and compliance sections.
  • Council has appointed Butler Settineri as its auditors for the next two financial years. Following this contract, the Auditor General will be in a position to take over the audits of local governments.
  • Council decided to write a letter to several politicians to point out the benefits of the Royalties for Regions program.

Apparently throughout the community there is plenty of discussion about what can and cannot be applied for. The Bain Estate Future Fund Guidelines were set up to encourage applications. You can apply unless you or your project are:

  • An applicant from outside of the shire;
  • An individual with a project that has a perceived personal gain;
  • Recurring projects after the initial funding round; or
  • Maintenance of shire buildings

Aside from these exclusions, all applications are eligible. As all the previous rounds have been fully subscribed, an application being eligible does not mean that it will be funded however you will never know if you don’t try.
If you are having doubts, would like some tips or are just wondering about applying, please get in touch with Emily Edwards or Mary-Ann Davidson at the shire as they can help you to interpret the guidelines. It will make applying a lot easier talking to the officers that have a lot of background with the Bain Estate Future Fund.
Applications for the Bain Estate Future Fund close on the 4th August.
2017/2018 Application Period 
Application Open Date: 01 July 2017 at 12.00am
Application Closing Date: 04 August 2017 at 12.00pm (noon)
Projects need to be completed by 30 June 2018 to be eligible for funding.
Application form and Guideline can be found on the Shire Website
Grant applications can vary in monetary value. The minimum shire contribution is $500. The level of matching funds required will be dependent on the ability of the applicant to pay. Applicants must contribute a minimum as per the following guide but not restricted to these amounts.
Total Project Cost Applicant contribution percentage guide
Less than $5000 50%
$5001 - $15000 40%
$15001 - $30000 30%
Greater than $30000 20%
Applicants who will also be applying through Department of Sport & Recreation will be rewarded with an additional 5% on top of the 33% of the total project cost.

In response to feedback on the community transport service concept, we have had a range of information come to light. We had some people make contact to say they would use the service, however the most interesting response and information was received from our local health services.
There are services already in place which are currently underutilised locally and therefore it is important that we make ourselves aware of, promote and use these services. If you are needing transport assistance to Perth or other major centres you are encouraged to contact your local health service for advice.
There are three main services available currently which our community members can utilise:

1) Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)
The Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) provides permanent country residents in a WA Country Health Service region with financial assistance when travelling more than 100kms to access the nearest eligible medical specialist service (including Telehealth).
Country patients needing to travel more than 70kms to access specialist medical treatment for cancer or dialysis, where the health service is unable to provide a transport service, are also eligible for some assistance.
PATS provides a subsidy to eligible patients, however it does not cover all costs associated with travel and accommodation.
To access PATS a referral must be made by the patient’s medical practitioner. The application for PATS assistance needs to be lodged prior to travel via fax, mail, email or in person at the patient’s nearest health service. READ MORE INFORMATION HERE:
2) HACC – Home and Community Care Program
The Western Australian Home and Community Care (HACC) Program is a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and WA State Governments which provides basic support services for eligible people of all ages with a disability and their carers to assist them to continue living independently at home.
HACC support is designed to assist people with the greatest need and aims to maximise people’s independence. This includes providing basic support for people:

  • Transport assistance to help you attend appointments and travel around the community
  • to participate in social activity in a group or one-on-one
  • with everyday household tasks
  • to enhance nutrition, function, strength, independence and safety
  • to support independence in personal care activities such as showering and dressing
  • to keep up with essential activities such as shopping, banking and maintaining social contacts

For information about the HACC Program and other community care services including eligibility screening, referrals for individual assessment, contact the Regional Assessment Service on 1300 785 415.
3) Narrogin CATS Bus (Community Assisted Transport Service)
This Service is for members of Narrogin and District community requiring transport to specialist medical appointments and services not available in Narrogin.
There is also a schedule of visiting specialists to the Narrogin Hospital and this list can be requested at the Dumbleyung Hospital. If you have further questions or would like to enquire about any of these services, you are welcome to contact the Dumbleyung Hospital on (08) 9863 5222.

Ever thought about nominating to become a Councillor, but you aren't sure if the role is for you? Then be sure to register for this free webinar to have all your questions answered.

- WEBINAR for Prospective Elected Members -

Topics will include:
• an overview of Local Government
• the Roles and Responsibilities of Council and Council Members
• behavioural expectations of Elected Members
• an overview of the skills required to be a successful Councillor, and
• impacts on Home Life
The target audience for this webinar is anyone who is thinking about nominating for Local Government election.

Like all of WALGA’s webinars you will have an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A Session at the end of the presentation.
Date: Thursday, 17 August 
Time: 5:00pm - 5:45pm (including presentation and Q&A session)

Be quick to register as places will fill fast. 
To register for this free webinar please Click Here

The PRINT VERSION draft of the WISHBONE sign is now complete.
This sign has already been distributed by our Shire History mailing list, however if you would like to view the sign prior to it being sent to the printer, please contact Nicole at the shire office on 9863 4012 or click this link to download before Wednesday 2nd August 2017:…/170713....%20Wishbone%20Sign%20PR…
For more information on the Shire of Dumbleyung Historical Locality Signs Project, please click here:

We can all help make the 'Dumbleyung Playground Upgrade' POSSIBLE  
Hanna Chiswell has started a GoFundMe campaign in the hope of upgrading the Dumbleyung Playground with some play equipment for toddlers. This first step is to community fundraise, as a contribution toward applying for additional funding. If you want to get behind this initiative, please spread the word and click the below link to read all about it and donate:
Thank you to all those who have donated so far! Donations can also be made at the shire office

Intersted in what the Dumbleyung Men's Shed do, or want to get involved?

The Dumbleyung Men's Shed meet every Monday at 9:30am and are a community group who encourage local men to visit and join in.

They will also be hosting a Community Have Your Say Workshop on the 17th August 2017. Everyone can complete the Men's Shed survey online at or by picking up a copy from the shire office.

Anyone affected by cancer in the Dumbleyung area is being reminded about a local cancer support service.
Barbara Brennan of Cancer Council WA is an experienced health professional who is the Cancer Support Co-ordinator for the Wheatbelt region. Although she is based in Northam, Barbara is available to contact and assist all clients across the Wheatbelt.
Cancer Council WA offers a range of support services to anyone who is affected by a cancer diagnosis, whether this is the person with cancer or their family or carer. These services include information about the cancer or the treatments available, emotional support and practical, legal and financial hardship support. Cancer Council WA can also provide accommodation for regional West Australians who need to travel to Perth for cancer treatment.
Barbara can be contacted on 9621 1810 (Tues-Thurs), and further information about Cancer Council WA services can also be obtained by calling 13 11 20.

The New Shire of Dumbleyung Website is LIVE!
Easier than ever before, you can read our minutes, newsletters, submit works requests, report a dog, access the community directory and so much more..... All online - while you are on the go! Visit to check it out.  Read more....

The shire aims to provide the community with up to date information on the happenings within the shire. The shire currently relies on its Newsletter, available as a hardcopy or e-newsletter, Facebook/Twitter, Quack Chat, website and community noticeboards. If you want to make sure you aren’t missing out on any information you can do the following:
SHIRE NEWSLETTER (Monthly): Sign up to our e-newsletter (Click here: ) or let the shire office know the address you would like a paper copy of this newsletter mailed to you.
SOCIAL MEDIA (Real time updates): Follow the shire on:
Twitter or Instagram
QUACK CHAT (Weekly): Contact the Community Resource Centre 9863 4829 to sign up for the Quack Chat.
EMERGENCY CONTACT: We have seen success of using SMS to inform everyone of harvest bans and heavy traffic road closures. If you are not on the Harvest ban list, please add your number to the list by calling the shire on 9863 4012 or email it to
WEBSITE: Check our website or noticeboard regularly.
Shire of Dumbleyung Driver and Vehicle Services Agency hours 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday
Please call 13 11 56 for all Driver and Vehicle Services enquiries (Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm) or visit
As a directive from the Department of Transport please note the shire is a face to face agency only and although our staff strive to assist they are not authorised, trained or qualified to take phone enquiries.


The shire has facilities and equipment available for hire. If you are thinking of booking facilities or equipment read more information here
A friendly note to let you know our staff meetings are at 2pm on Wednesdays. As much as we like our visitors and telephone calls, your help by minimising enquiries during this time will assist in keeping these meetings short and sweet.

GREAT NBN SKY MUSTER NEWS! The announcement doubles the maximum monthly wholesale data limits and increasing average peak download plans by up to 50 per cent on the Sky Muster™ satellite service. These new changes will see wholesale allowable peak plans on the Sky Muster™ service go to 150 GB (from 75GB) and total monthly plans go to 300GB (from 150GB). Read more....

The 2017/18 Fees and Charges haves been adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting of Council on 15th June 2017. These will be put into effect as at 1st July 2017. Copies of the 2017/18 Fees and Charges will be available on the Shire Website, at the Shire Office and both the Dumbleyung Library and Kukerin Library.
Matthew Gilfellon
Chief Executive Officer
APPLY NOW for up to $200 towards club fees for Kids! It's easy, just fill in the online form and upload your health care or pensioner concession card. If you require assistance or would rather apply in person, contact Nicole at the Shire of Dumbleyung on 9863 4012. Click here to APPLY:


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Media Release 24 July 2017 
Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA has congratulated his Federal Nationals colleagues for leading the Commonwealth Government’s $444,000 commitment to combat feral pigs and weeds in WA, under the Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds initiative.
DAFWA now part of DPIRD
Since 1 July 2017, the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, DAFWA, has become part of the new Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, DPIRD. The new department will continue to support MyWeedWatcher and looks forward to your input and weed reports.
Local land owners recently affected by erosion or storm damage to fencing may be applicable for funding relief. Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) applications for primary producers should be lodged online through the Department of Agriculture Food (DAFWA), using the Department's Online Grant Management System before 13 August 2017.
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PO Box 99
Dumbleyung, WA 6350
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