Community Survey – Have your say

The Shire is inviting community members to contribute to a review of the Strategic Community Plan by completing a survey and/or attending Community Workshops.  This is a great opportunity for residents to have input into the future direction of the Shire.

Online Survey:

Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Community Survey 2017

Community Workshops:

  • Donnybrook: Monday 1 May 2017 from 5-7pm at the Donnybrook Country Club
  • Balingup: Tuesday 2 May from 11am – 1pm at the Mushroom Café, South Western Highway

The Strategic Community Plan provides a long term (10+ years) plan for the Shire, expressing the vision, aspirations and priorities of the community.  It is the Shire’s principal strategy document, influencing all other planning and decision making at the Shire.

The closing date for the survey is 4pm on Tuesday 2 May, 2017.  Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to register your interest in attending either of the Community Workshops.

2017/2018 Community Grants Scheme – NOW OPEN

Community groups and non-profit organisations operating within the Shire are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup 2017/2018 Community Grants Scheme.    Community Grants Guidelines – 2017

Your group/organisation may be eligible for funding under a series of categories which include:

  • COMMUNITY GRANTS
    Major – up to $2,000 & Minor – up to $500
  • EVENTS SPONSORSHIP
    Major – up to $2,000 & Minor – up to $500
  • DONATIONS
    Up to $200
  • WAIVER OF FEES
    Up to $500
  • KIDSPORT
    Up to $200
  • RECURRENT FUNDING

Application Forms are now available for download from the Shire’s website, for collection from the Shire Administration Office, or can be emailed to you on request.  Council may also consider financial requests for projects that fall outside of the Community Grants Scheme. These requests must be submitted in writing providing full details, including other funding sources and the benefit of the project to the community.

MAJOR GRANT APPLICATIONS CLOSE on Friday 28th April, 2017. 

Minor Grants are open year round.

For further information, contact Bronwyn Hodgson on 9780 4220 or email: bronwynh@donnybrook.wa.gov.au

 

 

A shout out to local volunteers

Hundreds of locals gathered at the picturesque Donnybrook Amphitheatre on the banks of the Preston River on Friday 10th March, 2017 for the Shire’s annual ‘Thank-a-Volunteer’ BBQ and free Family Concert.

Shire President Angelo Logiudice acknowledged the volunteers stating that, “this event has become one of the Shire’s key opportunities to say ‘thank you’ for the amazing contribution the many volunteers make to the vibrancy and well-being of our community.”

“We have approximately 130 registered clubs, groups and service organisations throughout the Shire. They all exist because of the commitment of enthusiastic and generous volunteers such as yourselves. And each group provides a unique and in valuable service to our community”, Cr Logiudice continued.

“Our sincere thanks must go to Lotterywest and the Donnybrook Branch of the Bendigo Community Bank for their financial support for this event. The Donnybrook Lions Club cooked up a storm and I thank them too for their efforts tonight with the BBQ”, said Cr Logiudice.

An ever popular bouncy castle entertained the kids at the start of the evening along with free face painting as the BBQ kicked off. The Donnybrook Lions Club joined forces with the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup to serve up a fabulous BBQ feast for all of the volunteers in attendance!

Local rising stars, Tinkers Alley and Anam Cara kicked off the entertainment and got the crowd in the mood with some laid back tunes.

With the crowd building to over 600, internationally recognised Marty Putz took to the stage as the main act with his show, Marty’s Party which was full of wacky gadgets and geeky jokes. Anti-gravity cloaks and a human baseball were all part of the mayhem that made this family show a visual sight which appealed to the kid in all of us.

Extension of Prohibited Burning Period

Please be advised that the prohibited burning period for the whole of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has been extended until midnight on 28 March 2017.  No burning permits will be issued until 29 March 2017.  Depending on seasonal conditions this date may be reviewed again at that time.

 

Biosecurity Alert: Tomato Potato Psyllid

The Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) is working with the WA horticulture industry to respond to the detection of tomato potato psyllid, an exotic plant pest.

Tomato potato psyllid attacks a range of plants including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, and tamarillo, along with sweet potato.

The psyllid has been confirmed in the Perth metropolitan area in commercial and residential properties, and retail outlets. A small number of detections have been made outside of the metropolitan area including Gingin, Yarloop and Busselton.

Symptoms of psyllid infestation to look for

If you grow a crop that is a host for TPP, look for insect life stages on the underside of leaves.

Signs of tomato potato psyllid include:

  • Insects jumping from the foliage when disturbed.
  • Severe wilting of plants caused by high numbers of psyllids feeding.
  • Yellowing of leaf margins and upward curling of the leaves.
  • White sugar-like granules (excreted by adults and nymphs), which coats the plant leaves and stems, and can lead to the development of sooty mould.
  • Ants may be symptomatic of the presence of the white sugar-like granules.
  • Stem death symptoms are similar to other potato and tomato disorders.
  • (Info: Department of Agriculture and Food WA, link: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/tpp).

The tomato potato pysllid kits are available from the Environmental Officer at the Shire Office, corner of Bentley and Collins Street, Donnybrook.

The traps should be set for 5-7 days before returning to the Shire office.

For more information contact DAFWA Bunbury on 9780 6100 or DBrace@donnybrook.wa.gov.au