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Volume Fifty Nine, March 2021
Acting CEO: Graham Foster | PO Box 99, Dumbleyung WA 6350 | Phone: 08 9863 4012     
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IN THIS ISSUE:  Funding Updates, High Speed Internet for Dumbleyung Shire, Swimming Pool Opening Hours, Staff Movements and more...
Decisions from the Ordinary Meeting of Council held in Dumbleyung 18 March 2021.
  • Gavin Treasure was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Dumbleyung for a period of 5 (five) years commencing on the 14 June 2021 and concluding on the 13 June 2026
  • Council awarded supply, delivery and spraying of Bitumen for Councils 2020/21 road works program to Bitutek as per the quote received.
  • The review of the budget for the financial year ended 30 June 2021 was adopted.
  • The new Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates was adopted.
  • The following significant projects were chosen to be researched in priority order for potential inclusion in the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Phase 2 application bundle totalling $303,229: Dumbleyung Swimming Pool Upgrade, Shire Building Upgrade.
  • The following small projects were chosen to be researched in priority order for potential inclusion in the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Phase 2 application bundle totalling $303,229: Dam Cleaning of Kukerin Main Oval Dam, Dumbleyung Information Shelter & Bus Stop Upgrade, Sculpture by Night.

Council Appoints Chief Executive Officer
At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Thursday 18 March 2021, Council appointed Mr Gavin Treasure as the new Chief Executive Officer to the Shire of Dumbleyung. We look forward to Gavin commencing on Monday 14 June 2021
Gavin Treasure was the Chief Executive Officer for the Mid West Development Commission having commenced his tenure in 2012 and finishing in 2020.
Prior to this appointment, Gavin was employed as Chief Executive Officer for the Shire of Morawa and prior to that Gavin held a senior executive CFO position with the Geraldton Port Authority. 
Gavin holds two post graduate qualifications - a Master of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration. Gavin is also a Certified Practising Accountant.
Gavin would also like to highlight that even though he holds strong business management, accounting and commerce qualifications, his real passion is to innovate and ‘think outside the square’. It is with this mind-set that has resulted in Gavin taking leadership roles in key projects such as:-
  • At the Geraldton Port Authority, delivering a successful Business Case in support of $103M Geraldton Port Enhancement Project
  • At the Shire of Morawa, successfully negotiating mining agreements valued at $7M, plus becoming the first local government authority in Australia to partner with a miner to export iron ore fines resulting in $5M profits to the Shire
  • Morawa Super Town Project (chosen as one of only nine towns in regional WA), including significant $5M State funding to finance town centre revitalisation, alternate heavy road freight route and civic square redevelopment
  • Through MWDC, establishing a new Tourism industry in the Mid West, including delivery of significant multi-million $ new regional tourism Attractions:-
    • $20M Kalbarri Skywalks
    • $10M Abrolhos Islands National Park (unlocking tourism potential)
    • $5M Pink Lake & Lucky Bay Infrastructure Development
    • $1M Mid West Coastal Nodes
    • $1M Murchison Geo Tourism (Stage 1)
    • $5M St Francis Xavier Cathedral Upgrade and Interp Centre
    • $1M Geraldton Visitors Centre (old Railway Station Building Restoration)
  • Through MWDC, successfully undertook two significant proof of concept trials to establish a new Aquaculture industry in the Mid West, which resulted in the State committing an Aquaculture Development Zone at the Abrolhos and the second largest Aquaculture operator in Australia, Huon being attracted to the region.
  • Through MWDC, successfully established local lobster program (pilot initially) that resulted in a permanent ‘back of boat’ quota for professional cray fishermen to catch and sell iconic local crayfish produce domestically creating significant opportunities for regional businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors
  • Through MWDC, successfully advocated, drafted and led effort to establish a new State Government Buy Local Policy that provides for significant preferencing in State agency procurement for regional businesses 
Through Morawa’s achievements, the Shire of Morawa was awarded Best Practise in Local Government across Western Australia at the 2010 Regional Achievement & Community Awards. The Shire of Morawa also took out the Best Regional Collaborations Category at the 2011 National Awards for Local Government.
In 2011 Gavin was personally bestowed with the Leadership and Innovation Category Award at the Western Australian 2011 Regional Achievement & Community Awards.
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SURPRISE! - Extended Season at the Dumbleyung Swimming Pool for April 2021
Due to popular demand and with the use of the pool heater the Dumbleyung Swimming Pool will be open after Easter. The pool will close  from Thursday 1st April to Monday 5th April. It will reopen on the 6th April with limited hours depending on weather conditions. Heather Bartram will keep you updated on opening days and times so check the Dumbleyung Swimming Pool Facebook page before travelling to the pool. The new hours will be in the Quackchat
Dumbleyung Town Hall Acoustic Panels
Acoustic Panels were installed this month in the Dumbleyung Town Hall as part of the Town Halls Upgrade Project funded through the Drought Communities Programme. The purpose of the panels is to reduce the reverberation within the hall area. To keep the panels working and looking their best, we kindly ask that nothing is attached or stuck onto the panel surface.
Mortar Repairs Completed at the Dumbleyung Community Resource Centre
Mortar repairs were undertaken at the CRC this month which involved removing the decaying mortar and replacing with new.  The Community Resource Centre Upgrade Project is is funded through the Drought Communities Program.
High Speed Internet Update
Thank you to those who attended the Community Forum last night for the High Speed Internet Project briefing. Some preliminary information has been approved for public release and this is pictured.
There were some great questions asked and we encourage those who couldn't attend and have questions to please contact the shire on 9863 4012.
We look forward to sharing further documented information on the project as soon as we are permitted by The Digital Farm Grants Program, an initiative of the Western Australian Government and supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Did you miss our original announcement on 1 February 2021? Below is a little bit about how the project evolved starting in 2018.
[1 FEB 2021] 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:…/6-point-3-million-d…
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
Welcome to Krissy Papprill who has taken on the role of  Emergency Management, Creditors and Administration Officer. We wish you all the best in your new role. Please come into the office and introduce yourself
Bain Estate Future Fund - Last Chance
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.

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, 17 June 2021, 19 August 2021, 21 October 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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