Ashburton Council support call to move away from intrastate fly in, fly out workforce

Source: Government of Western Australia

Shire of Ashburton Council pledged their support to the State Government’s campaign to stop intrastate FIFO arrangements at this week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Taking a similar stance to that of our neighbouring Pilbara local governments, the Shire of Ashburton is encouraging resource companies to move away from using interstate fly in, fly out (FIFO) workers and move towards employing WA-based workers.

Shire President Kerry White acknowledged that the high levels of intrastate workers was unsustainable, especially in the midst of COVID-19.

“We’ve always known regional WA is a great place to work, live and invest and encourage resource companies to not only consider relocating their workers from the eastern states, but also those within our own state to the North West.

“The negative impacts of FIFO are well known from mental health to fatigue, from a lack of sense of community to reduced liveability of the places workers fly into.

“Relocating workers and their families gives workers the opportunity to live with their families, become involved in their community and contributes to better mental health outcomes.

“An increased residential based workforce also supports the growth of our local economy and local businesses and jobs in our towns.

“Investment in regional communities has never been as critical as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 on our state and nation.

“We have seen a series of announcements that support the development of regional WA as part of economic stimulus measures to combat the effects of lock down and social restrictions”, said Councillor White.

 “The Shire of Ashburton is the powerhouse of the Western Australian economy if not the nation, contributing 38.1% of the Pilbara’s gross regional product.

“With that in mind we are also seeking support for the continued growth of our four towns, Tom Price, Onslow, Paraburdoo and Pannawonica, to make them desirable places for people to relocate to and that offer vibrant communities with quality infrastructure, economic and employment opportunities and social and connected populations”.


For media information contact:

Alison Lennon – Manager Media and Communications, Shire of Ashburton

M: 0409 314 140 | E: [email protected]

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Spring fever: Embark on a free guided talk or walk

Source: Government of Western Australia

Explore the abundant natural beauty in our backyard on a free guided walk or bush-care day hosted by the City of Wanneroo’s Conservation team this spring.

Learn about local flora and fauna from an experienced guide, and share in some morning tea afterwards with the rest of your tour. Be sure to dress for the occasion; wear sturdy enclosed shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

Guided walks

Marangaroo Conservation Reserve
Sunday 13 September // 9am-11am
Held in conjunction with the Friends of Marangaroo Conservation Reserve
Meet at the reserve on Decourcey Way, Marangaroo, at the main entrance near the limestone plinth sign.

Koondoola Bushland
Thursday 17 September // 9.30am-11.30am
Held in conjunction with Friends of Koondoola Bushland
Meet at the Koondoola Community Centre carpark, 90 Koondoola Avenue, Koondoola.

Discovery Park
Wednesday 23 September // 9.30am–11.30am
Meet at the reserve on Botanic Avenue, opposite Saxicola Road, Banksia Grove.
Wheelchair accessible.

Yanchep Foreshore
Friday 13 November // 9.30am–11.30am
In conjunction with Yanchep Coastcare and Perth NRM
Meet at Mary Lindsay Homestead, 100 Capricorn Esplanade, Yanchep.

Bushcare days

Voyager Park
Tuesday 15 September // 9.30am-11.30am
Held in conjunction with Friends of Voyager Park
Meet at the reserve on Scamills Way, Pearsall

Rufus Park
Sunday 4 October // 9am–11am
Held in conjunction with Friends of Rufus Park
Meet at the reserve on Zeus Avenue opposite Martindale Avenue, Madeley

Marangaroo Conservation Reserve
Wednesday 7 October // 9.30am–11.30am
Held in conjunction with friends of Marangaroo Conservation Reserve
Meet at the gate on Caroline Green, Marangaroo

Da Vinci Park
Friday 9 October // 9.30am–11.30am
Held in conjunction with Keep Tapping Tidy
Meet at the northern grassed area on Da Vinci Drive, opposite Archimedes Crescent, Tapping.

How to book

For more information and to book, contact the City or Wanneroo Conservation team on 9405 5000 or email conservationmaint@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

Get prepared for bushfires and other major emergencies: City launches ‘Prepare Together’ project

Source: Government of Western Australia

The City of Wanneroo has launched a new project to help residents prepare for bushfires and other major emergencies. The ‘Prepare Together’ project aims to save lives and reduce the impacts of bushfires, storms and other disasters.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said previous reviews into Perth bushfires have recommended increased community engagement in bushfire-prone areas and highlighted the need to raise awareness.

“Bushfires are a constant presence in Western Australia, as we saw last summer with the Yanchep/Two Rocks fire, which was one of the worst in the City’s history,” Mayor Roberts said. “The City was proud of how residents demonstrated resilience and care for one another as they evacuated and dealt with a very difficult situation.”

“Bushfires can have devastating consequences for communities. Effective education and engagement is critical to ensure residents know the steps they need to take to prepare their families and homes for a potential bushfire.”

A key theme for the project is the importance of planning for pet and animal welfare in an emergency. Residents should ensure they have a plan to keep their animals safe, whether taking pets with them when evacuating or preparing a safe area to relocate pets, horses and livestock.

Residents are encouraged to get involved in the Prepare Together project by completing the community survey on the City’s Your Say online engagement hub at wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yoursay.

WA local businesses needed for METRONET projects

Source: Government of Western Australia

When the call went out for local businesses to help build METRONET projects, Landsdale business Pulse Locating responded and were awarded Utility Locating work through NEWest Alliance. 

Pulse filled in their business details on the METRONET Construction Business Register, which was provided to NEWest Alliance at contract award as a list of potential local businesses to subcontract work out to.

From this list Pulse was identified to undertake underground service location works for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects.

Pulse General Manager Chris Lee said this contract has put the business in a position where they have a safety net of work for the near future, giving the business security for the coming years. The contract has also allowed the company to hire two new employees. 

He said the work provides direct benefits to staff, allowing for internal growth with more training along with the opportunity to be involved with two of Perth’s major infrastructure projects.

In recent years Pulse has completed work on a number of transport infrastructure projects, including Stage One and Two of NorthLink and the Claremont Station project. 

Looking forward, Pulse is hoping this experience will help build the business and present more opportunities to be involved with other METRONET projects. 

If you’re a local WA business interested in work on METRONET projects, register your services on our Construction Business Register.

Tom Price Pump Track community feedback

Source: Government of Western Australia

City of Wanneroo supports Lions Club of Girrawheen with new lease agreement and funding

Source: Government of Western Australia

The City of Wanneroo is continuing to provide support to the Lions Club of Girrawheen (LCG) through a renewed five-year lease agreement and funding for new facilities, empowering the group to make a positive difference in the local community.

Lions Clubs are a highly regarded part of the community in many cities across the country and the City recognises the valuable services they offer local communities through their energy, creativity and enthusiasm for bringing people together.

“The City is proud to be supporting an essential service like the LCG and values their contribution to our local communities,” said City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. “The LCG has occupied the current shed in Wade Court for many years and I am delighted they can continue meeting in the same vicinity but in a new location.”

“We have been in lengthy discussions with the LCG to ensure we provide them with a suitable space for their important community activities.”

The City has long supported the crucial work of the LCG, providing assistance through the use of City buildings such as Wade Court and the Girrawheen Senior Citizens Centre.

With the lease expiring in June 2020, the City consulted with the LCG to relocate them to a more suitable site nearby. The new site provides appropriate storage and accessibility, and allows the LCG to continue to provide services to the community across Girrawheen and Koondoola.

Lions Club of Girrawheen President Eric Snow said the new facilities would be ideally situated in the heart of the community, with the Girrawheen Library and Senior Citizens Centre nearby.

“The new shed will raise the Club’s profile with the local community in the area and hopefully help lift our membership.

“It will be a great location from which to organise our charitable activities, which include providing funding to five schools in the local area.

“We are very appreciative of the City for being accommodating in agreeing the lease for the new location.”

The lease term includes a 50 per cent rebated maintenance fee and the construction of a new shed and slab which will be funded from the Strategic Land Reserve.

The City is currently reviewing the future of Wade Court, which has development for sale potential.

METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme open for public comment

Source: Government of Western Australia

Residents and business owners in the areas of Bayswater, High Wycombe and Midland train stations are invited to comment on the draft METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme.

Administered by DevelopmentWA, the Scheme will help guide development around the precincts to maximise development opportunities around METRONET projects, ensuring station upgrades and future development of the surrounding areas are well integrated.

The Draft Scheme amendment is open for public comment until 15 September 2020 with the final scheme expected to be in place by late 2020, at which point the planning authority for the areas will transfer from local government to DevelopmentWA.

Residents, workers, business owners and land owners in these areas are invited to have their say on the future of their communities at http://www.developmentwa.com.au/planning.

For more information on the Bayswater Station Project, Forrestfield-Airport Link or Midland Station, see the project pages.

Watch out for swooping magpies

Source: Government of Western Australia

The City of Wanneroo is reminding people to take precautions when walking and cycling near nesting magpies.

Magpies breed between August and December and vigorously defend their offspring by flying low and fast to intimidate people who enter their territory. This can lead to serious injuries in some cases.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said residents should take extra care at this time of year while visiting the City’s parks and bushland areas.

“It is important to remember that magpies are protected by State and Commonwealth legislation and that while swooping can be frightening for people, the birds are only trying to protect their young,” said Mayor Roberts.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions advises people to:

  • Stay clear of magpie nesting areas. Birds normally defend an area of about 100 metres radius around their nests.
  • If entering a magpie’s territory, adopt a confident stance and watch the bird. If it swoops, move on quickly but don’t run.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses and carry an umbrella for protection.
  • If riding a bike, make sure to wear a helmet and dismount and walk through nesting areas.
  • Never deliberately provoke or harass magpies by throwing sticks or stones.

If you are concerned about aggressive magpies in your area, please contact the department’s wildlife helpline on 9474 9055 or the City of Wanneroo’s Conservation Team on 9405 5000.

Gnarla Biddi breathes new life into business models

Source: Government of Western Australia

“Keep it simple. Partner with people you can work with, don’t take on more than you can do,” is Neville Collard’s (pictured) advice to emerging Aboriginal businesses.

A traditional custodian, former police officer and co-founder of the Nyoongar Patrol started his business, Nyungar Birdiyia, in 2004, providing cultural advice and training in government, businesses and schools.  

Neville’s business partner, Paul Carter – Melbourne based academic, writer, historian, poet and artist – said there are no shortcuts for collaborative partnerships, they are developed through trust, mutual respect and a common vision.

The two met five years, working on the Yagan Square development with Neville as the project’s cultural advisor and Paul’s company, Material Thinking, developing the project’s cultural interpretation strategy with a focus on the stories that are at the heart of place.

Since then they have worked together on the Scarborough Beach redevelopment to integrate art and culture into the place design, and most recently working together on METRONET’s Noongar Cultural Context documents, which provide valuable local Noongar context and community input that guides METRONET design.

Initially in 2019 Material Thinking was contracted to develop three of these documents, subcontracting Neville Collard, Vivienne and Mort Hanson, and Lynette Winmar to undertake community consultation and research.

Then in early 2020, Paul Carter became a co-director of Nyungar Birdiyia and the company was awarded a contract to deliver an additional three Noongar Cultural Context Documents. Paul oversees administration whilst Neville co-directs, undertakes consultation and training and is the METRONET contract lead – effectively flipping the previous business model.

Paul, who is passionate about exploring social and environmental history through art, said METRONET’s Gnarla Biddi Strategy offers a valuable opportunity to improve the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

“We entered our partnership in an organic way, with shared goals and interests, each taking the time to understand the other,” Paul said.

“METRONET has shown extraordinary leadership in exploring alternative business models through its Gnarla Biddi Strategy.

“Providing Indigenous employment opportunities in this way is a powerful tool for rebuilding community trust and optimism.”

To help capture the stories that form a key part of the Noongar Cultural Context documents, Neville takes the time to visit elders and community members in their homes to record their stories of place. Through the yarning process, stories emerge more organically, and sometimes for the first time.

“What METRONET is doing is extremely important within the Noongar region,” Neville said.

“Visiting community in their homes has taken the difficulty out of connecting with many Noongar people. It’s breathed new life into the consultation process.

“I think the people who are participating are extremely pleased because one day they might hear their stories on the railways stations or in a museum somewhere.”

Neville’s final piece of advice to emerging Noongar businesses and collaborations?

“Be generous with the people you’re working with – it’s important that we work together.”

Registered Aboriginal businesses are encouraged to register on METRONET’s Construction Business Register.

Diesel facility joins the Railcar Program

Source: Government of Western Australia

An additional $40.1 million will be invested into the Railcar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility to build a new diesel railcar maintenance facility.

The diesel facility will be located at the Bellevue site, alongside where the new 246 C-Series railcars will soon be manufactured, tested and maintained for decades to come.

The centre will provide maintenance and cleaning facilities for the new Australind which is being built as part of METRONET’s Railcar Program. The existing Prospector and AvonLink railcars, as well as the high-tech new Infrastructure Diagnostic Vehicle and the Public Transport Authority’s locomotive U201, which provides track maintenance and rail shunting services across the network, will also be serviced in the new facility.

The METRONET Railcar Program is a Strategic Project under the WA Jobs Act 2017 with requirements for local job creation. Several contracts have already been awarded to local companies as part of the project. The contractor Alstom has also confirmed it will reach the 50 per cent local content target for the manufacturing of the new trains.

The first stage of the Bellevue facility will be completed later this year with the first C-Series trains expected to make their way onto the tracks in late 2022.