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Volume Fifty Eight, February 2021
Acting CEO: Graham Foster | PO Box 99, Dumbleyung WA 6350 | Phone: 08 9863 4012     
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IN THIS ISSUE:  Award Celebrations, March Swimming Pool Hours, Funding Updates, High Speed Internet for Dumbleyung Shire, Staff Movements and more...
Decisions from the Ordinary Meeting of Council held in Dumbleyung 18 February 2021.
  • The Minutes of the Finance & Audit Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 2 February 2021 were received.
  • The Minutes of the Electors General Meeting held on Tuesday 2 February 2021 were received.
  • A development application submitted by Cooperative Bulk Handling Limited (CBH) was approved for a number of proposed upgrades and additions to its existing grain handling and storage facilities on Lot 100 on Deposited Plan 47663, Dumbleyung
  • Council will receive a report on Significant Adverse Trends and continue to investigate strategies to improve the Operating Surplus Ratio.
  • In consideration of an offer to purchase 24 Love Street, Dumbleyung, Council resolved that the Chief Executive Officer is authorised to negotiate with Peter & Terri Jackson the minimum price including valuation costs as directed by Council with the condition that the build must commence within two years. Should negotiations be successful, local public notice of the intention to dispose of 24 Love Street, Dumbleyung, by private treaty to Peter & Terri Jackson, as required by section 3.58 of the Local Government Act 1995 be given; and should no submissions be received at the close of advertising period the Chief Executive Officer be authorised to proceed with the disposal of the property.
  • The number of Committee Members on the Dumbleyung Townscape, Tourist and Tidy Towns Committee were reduced to three (3) Councillors with one (1) Proxy and five (5) community representatives.
  • The number of Committee Members on the Kukerin Townscape, Tourist and Tidy Towns Committee were reduced to two (2) Councillors with one (1) Proxy and three (3) community representatives.
  • The Compliance Audit Return 2020 was adopted, noting that compliance was achieved in all areas with the exception of one question; and Council authorised the Chief Executive Officer to submit the return to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries by 31 March 2021.
Late Agenda Items accepted as urgent matters for discussion:
  • Up to $20,000 was approved from the project ready budget  2020/21, allocated to complete the Cost Benefit Analysis process for the Stubbs Park Development. In the event that successful external funding is sourced to complete the $2,000,000 Stubbs Park Development project, funds will be committed via the most appropriate method at the time of funding approval including: (2a) Allocate $100,000 from the 2021/22 shire project ready budget as a project cash contribution and source up to $250,000 cash contribution from the Bain Estate Future Fund over the 2021/22 & 2022/23 financial years for a total project cash contribution of $350,000. or (2b) Obtain bank lending of $350,000 for project cash contribution. Note: Council would like to go with Option (2b) – Obtain bank lending of $350,000 for project contribution should the Cost Benefit Analysis and external funding prove successful.
  • The minutes of the Chief Executive Officer Review & Recruitment Committee Meeting held on Thursday 18 February 2021 were received.
Graham Foster
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Australia Day Celebration and Awards 2021
Congratulations to Carmen Bairstow who was awarded Citizen of the Year and the Dumbleyung Land Conservation District Committee who were awarded Community Group of the Year at the 2021 Shire of Dumbleyung Australia Day Celebrations!
These prestigious awards are presented to a community member & group committed to improving the community, continuously assisting in strengthening our community and making it a vibrant and positive place to live. Read their full stories in the the Quack Chat here
Nearly 50 people attended the event at Nenke Park Pavilion in Kukerin, making for another great Australia Day Breakfast.
Photo (Left) - Carmen Bairstow and Shire President, Cr Julie Ramm
Photo (Right) - Rodney Frost and Shire President, Cr Julie Ramm
Robert & Daphne McIntyre Citizenship Award
Mikayla Kafi was awarded the Robert & Daphne McIntyre Citizenship Award for 2020 at the Council dinner on Thursday 17 December 2020.
The award applications opened in June and closed in July with the Robert & Daphne McIntyre Citizenship Award Selection Panel meeting in July after interviews were held with the applicants to make a decision on the successful applicant. The successful applicant received $3,000 in 2020 to go towards further education.
There was a very high standard which made it quite difficult for the selection panel to decide on a winner.
Congratulations Mikayla on receiving the Robert & Daphne McIntyre Citizenship Award for 2020. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.
Pictured left to right: Mrs Anne Verheggen, McIntyre Award Winner 2020 Mikayla Kafi and Shire President Cr Julie Ramm
Shire of Dumbleyung's Newest Australian Citizens
Congratulations to Kimberley Roberts and Abigail Marsh who both took the pledge on Tuesday 16 February 2021 in the Shire of Dumbleyung Council Chambers to become Australian Citizens.
Photo (Left) - Kimberley Roberts and Shire President, Cr Julie Ramm
Photo (Right) - Abigail Marsh and Shire President, Cr Julie Ramm
March 2021 Opening Hours at the Dumbleyung Swimming Pool
Open 7 days per week 12pm to 6pm including Tuesday 16th and 23rd March.
Please note that shorter opening hours will occur on the following dates:
  • Tuesday 2nd March. 12pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday 9th March 3.30pm - 6pm
  • Thursday 11th March swimming carnival til 3pm
  • Tuesday 30th March 3.30pm - 6pm
New Roof on the Shire Short Term Accommodation Units "Campbell Cottages"
Recently a storm lifted roof tiles off the Shire Short Term Accommodation Units "Campbell Cottages". An insurance claim was successful to replace the roof tiles which was used toward replacing the entire roof undertaken by RJ & CA Scardetta
Carpentry & Construction.
Pictured: Before and after photos.
Duggan Dam Cleaning
The cleaning of the Department of Water’s, Duggan Dam has been completed by Dumbleyung Earthmoving and is now ready to collect some much needed water for the district. Pictured: Before and after photos by Dumbleyung Earthmoving.
Stubbs Park Grand Stand Changerooms Upgrade
The Stubbs Park Grand Stand Changerooms Upgrade commenced 19 January 2021 scheduled to be completed by June 2021, pictured is the demolition stage of the upgrade. This is funded through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Absolon Street Shops Upgrades
External painting has been completed at the Shire owned Absolon Street Shops along with an interconnecting door. Further upgrades will include the Façade signage which will be completed before June 2021. This is funded through the Drought Communities Program.
Further funding updates include:

Community Facilities Solar Power Project – Solar systems were installed at Kukerin Town Hall, Nenke Park, Kukerin Caravan Park and the Dumbleyung Water Corp Dam through the Local Roads & Community Infrastructure Program.
Town Halls Upgrade –– Installation of air-conditioning has been completed in both Kukerin and Dumbleyung town halls along with acoustic panels on order in preparation for installation at the Dumbleyung Town Hall by June 2021. This is funded through the Drought Communities Program.
Kukerin Water Infrastructure Upgrades –– Stand pipe has been purchased and in use with the Kukerin Stock Dam cover on order ready for installation by June 2021. This is funded through the Drought Communities Program.
Community Resource Centre Building Improvements – A solar system has been installed at the Community Resource Centre with additional upgrades to the ‘lean to areas’ to follow. This is funded through the Drought Communities Program.
High Speed Internet for Dumbleyung, Kukerin and most parts in between!
We are getting High Speed Fixed Wireless Internet through the Shire of Dumbleyung which will be of huge economic benefit to the townsites and farms in-between! Do you remember how the Shire of Dumbleyung community undertook a Digital Census in 2018 to identify digital shortfalls? Since then we have been using this information to develop a project and apply for State and Commonwealth funding in conjunction with carriers, and are very proud today to announce we were successful in the State Government Digital Farm Grant Program and a significant part of the Central Wheatbelt and Great Southern’s $3.3 million dollar portion of Digital Farm Grant - Round 3 total $6.3 million towards the delivery of enterprise-grade broadband to 600 agribusinesses and residents across more than 43,600 square kilometres in the Great Southern, Central Wheatbelt and South Coast of Western Australia.
The Central Wheatbelt and Great Southern’s $3.3 million dollar portion will deliver enterprise-grade broadband to the shires of Esperance, Kukerin, Koorda, Mount Marshall, Wyalkatchem, Tammin, Quairading, Beverley, Yilgarn, Kulin, Kent, Lake Grace, Dumbleyung, Goomalling and Cunderdin.
The Dumbleyung Digital Connectivity Project application in the competitive round for the State Government Digital Farm Fund was in conjunction with network carrier Field Solutions Group (FSG). What became more unique through this application was that Lake Grace and Kent were scoped into the solution by FSG by leveraging the infrastructure that we had applied for here in Dumbleyung and Kukerin, this means in addition to the farms between Wagin and Kukerin having access to High Speed Internet, the project led by Dumbleyung will now expand through to Lake Grace and Kent Shires giving reach to the farms in between. NOTE: Coverage will be subject to hills and trees and full coverage maps are pending the acquisition of land for tower construction. Plan information is still being developed but the application information indicates that plans will be unlimited data and priced on a sliding scale depending on the speed required by the user.
See the Official Media Statements here:
So what’s next?
We will immediately commence working with FSG to acquire appropriate land and associated permits for tower construction. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole at the Shire Office on 9863 4012 or however, please be mindful there is limited information due to the infancy of the project.

Shire Staff Movements
It is a time of change amongst senior staff members at the Shire. Former CEO, Peter Crispin chose to resign when his illness meant that he had to take care of himself and he found that he could no longer give to Council and the Community as he would have wanted to. In recognition of his personal issues, Council allowed Peter to retire early and an Acting CEO, brought in while Council proceeded through the recruitment process. That process is at a stage where interviews will be conducted over the next weeks and, hopefully, a permanent CEO appointed shortly.
In addition, Diana Marsh has resigned from her position as Manager of Finance to take up a similar role with the Shire of Plantagenet. This had been a move long anticipated as Diana and her husband had purchased a property in that area with building of their house almost complete. We will be sad to see Diana leave and thank her for the contribution she has made to the financial well being of the Shire and the dedication she has continuously demonstrated to her role. In the meantime, her duties will be fulfilled by Kim Chua who has a breadth of experience in Local Government finance gained throughout Australia.
Manager of Works, David Gyford has also resigned and will move to Bunbury with his wife. David was in his role a relatively short time and has been renowned for working extremely long hours to ensure the roads you travel and grounds you enjoy are safe and in good repair. Again, our thanks go to David along with our best wishes for his future.
These moves are in no means to be interpreted as anything else but natural. Perhaps if anything is unusual it is that they have come together in a short space of time and, where possible temporary officers will be brought in to fill the gaps and allow the new CEO to fill the permanent positions with employees of his or her own choosing. The fact that senior staff have moved to other positions suggests that the Shire has been a good place to learn the trade and produce first rate employees. We wish them well.
Graham Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Job Vacancy - Manager of Works & Services
$125,000 - $155,000
The Shire of Dumbleyung, located in the heart of the Wheatbelt, is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person as its next Manager of Works & Services.The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating the Shire’s road maintenance, road construction and works programs.  The Manager of Works & Services is also responsible for managing the financial performance of the Works & Services section. Working with the Senior Management Team to deliver the Council’s Integrated Strategic Plan and Asset Management Plant for the Shire.
To be successful for this position you must possess:
  • Previous experience in a senior management position
  • Proven leadership skills and effective interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Sound working knowledge of road maintenance and construction methods
  • Practical experience in footpath, drainage and parks and gardens maintenance and construction
  • High level skills in planning and budgeting of projects
 Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, this is a contracted position with a term of up to five years. With a renumeration package in the range of $125,000 - $155,000 (includes base salary, private use of a motor vehicle, superannuation, housing, utilities allowance, professional membership allowance and a uniform allowance.  Housing options will be discussed with the successful applicant.
An information package can be obtained via the Shires website  Further information about the position is available by contacting the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Graham Foster, on (08) 9863 4012 or mobile 0429 634 012.
Applications detailing experience, qualifications and including statements addressing the selection criteria can be emailed to or mailed to Shire of Dumbleyung, PO Box 99, Dumbleyung WA 6350, marked Private and Confidential – Manager of Works & Services position. Applications are to be received by 4pm, Friday 19th March 2021.
Apply for $500 Club Support Program subsidy by 2 March 2021. Thank you to the clubs that have already applied for the second round of the Club Support Program. If you are not one of these - don't miss out on the $500 Club Support Program subsidy for your club! Submit your application by Tuesday 2 March 2021. The short application takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
Apply now for the one-off $500 Club Support Program, to provide assistance with: volunteer support and engagement,  the purchase of equipment to support vulnerable participants, and the club environment to remain COVID safe. Apply Now
1.             Sign-in to the Kidsport Portal
2.             Navigate to the Club Home page
3.             Use the down arrow to the right of your club name and select "Apply for Club Support"
4.             Complete the online application form
5.             Finalise and submit your application by 4pm Tuesday 2 March 2021
Bain Estate Future Fund
In May 2013 the Shire of Dumbleyung was the sole beneficiary to the Estate of Ian Bain. The will contained a wish that the money be used to assist sporting groups, emergency organisations and hospital services within the shire; however, the wish does not impose an obligation to restrict spending to these three areas.
The intention of Council is for the Bain Estate Distribution to be used for the benefit of the shire over a thirty-year period. The aim is to distribute the money to the community in similarly equal distributions over the thirty-year period, considering the time value of money, but if satisfactory projects are not presented then leftover funds will be used after the thirty-year period.
The amount available to be distributed each year will be determined through the annual budget process, considering past decisions and the current financial climate. Applicants are required to provide, where possible, a minimum of one local quote per each type or material or contract sought.

Applications to the fund will close in 2 April 2021 – 12.00pm (lunchtime).
**Projects need to be completed by 30 June 2022 to eligible for funding**

You MUST discuss your project with our Bain Estate Future Fund Staff Member before completing and submitting your application. Failure to do so will render your project ineligible. Please phone Mary-Ann Davidson on 9863 4012 or regarding your application.
Applications for Bain Estate Future Fund can be found on councils website then click link to application form.

Community Directory Submissions Open

Each year the Shire of Dumbleyung provide the service of a community directory which is available publicly for our community. Submissions and updates for the 2021 edition are open until 31 March 2021. If you wish to update or submit your contact details, please contact the shire  via email or call (08) 9863 4012 with the following information:
  • First Name Initials
  • Postal Address
  • Residential Address
  • Fax Number
  • Email Address
Please note – Business, Community and Sporting group contact information does differ to personal listings, please review any relevant sections of the 2020 edition here and contact us with the relevaant contact information. Thank you

Waterwise Showerhead Swaps

Water Corporation Waterwise Towns are offering water efficient showerheads while they have availability. You can swap up to two showerheads, by bringing them into the shire office while office stocks last. Water Corporation do require us to register each swap so we will also ask you to bring along your Water Corporation account number and provide your full name and address (If you don't have an account that's ok, just let us know). For more information, please contact us on (08) 9863 4012.
Fundraising Opportunity – Catering for Council Meetings
Community/ Sporting Groups or Individuals are invited to put their names forward for catering for one or more of the 2021 Council Meetings.  (If we have a large number of responses then it may mean that some groups/individuals may only be able to cater once and dates are awarded on first in best dressed.)  Caterers are asked to provide a main course and dessert for a minimum of 10 people and are paid $32 per head for February through to November.  The December Christmas Dinner can be up to $40 per head depending on the menu and expressions of interest are sought for this closer to the date.  If you are looking for a little extra income then this is a simple and easy opportunity for local groups to raise funds.
We require caterers for the following meetings; 15 April 2021, 20 May 2021, 17 June 2021, 15 July 2021, 19 August 2021, 16 September 2021, 21 October 2021, 18 November 2021.
To register your interest for the 2021 roster please contact Zoey Eyre on email or phone 9863 4012 with your preferred months as soon as possible.  Groups/Individuals will be contacted asap with confirmation of months.
Remember, please visit to report works and roads maintenance or call 9863 4012 and the office can submit a report for you. Your eyes in the community are a great help, thank you!
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