Prohibited burning

This is a reminder from your local friendly bushfire brigade that we are still in a prohibited burning period. You must not light any fire until 14 March and between 15 March and 26 April you must have a permit.

With the burst of hot weather and no rain in sight, it it very likely that these dates will be extended. You can get the up to date information here.

There was a smell of smoke after some showers recently. Possibly just a pile of leaves but if it gets into the dry grass even this can cause a disaster. So please observe the rules and save our volunteers from dealing with yet another major fire.

Australia Day 2017

Another very successful Australia Day breakfast! Pat and Peter Brown raised the flag and Jenny Rose told us a bit about them.

“Pat and Peter are among the very early residents of Armstrong Hills, having moved into their home in 1989. There were four other homes either occupied or being constructed in the subdivision and there were no telephones. Even if they had invested in what were then very expensive (and clumsy) semi mobile phones, they would have been useless because there was no signal.

Pat and Peter’s block was impacted by the fire in January 2011. Very fortunately, their house was not burnt but they lost their fences and much of their garden. Even that traumatic experience could not dampen their enthusiasm for living in this beautiful locality.

They have been on the committee of the Association since about 2005 and most importantly have always been here to lend a hand. Whether it is cooking sausages, hanging pictures, working in the kitchen, delivering newsletters or whatever else has needed doing, they have always been first to offer help and have never complained or sought recognition.

These people embody all of the attributes that make us Australians and it is very appropriate that they raise our flag this morning.”

Total fire bans

Total fire bans have been declared for Australia Day, 26th January 2107, in the shires of Armadale. Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Chittering, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gingin, Gosnells. Harvey, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Swan, Toodyay and Waroona.

Green Army Graduation

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) Green Army team graduation, on the 30th November 2016, was held at Cantwell Park Pinjarra.
This Green Army team was “donated” by the PHCC to help with the Lake Clifton-Herron Landcare Group’s re-vegetation work around Lake Clifton. Without this help the 2016 work would not have been achieved.
The Landcare Group’s project —3R’s for Lake Clifton – Restore, Re-habilitate, Re-Vegetate— funded by the State National Resource Management programme, is ongoing and continues the work done over the past 5 years.

Blue bush

Some of the bush areas burnt last January are awash with blue – Rottnest Island Daisies. A sight to see. A good vantage point is along Coronation Road. Turn left at the end of the quarry about 3-4km south of Lake Clifton Road and go along for about a km.

Australia Day 2017


Following the great success of the breakfast in 2016, there will be NO CHARGE for breakfast on Australia Day in 2017.Everybody is welcome – you do not need to be a member of the association BUT the association cannot afford to continue providing this free indefinitely unless we have a lot more members. The Shire of Waroona will not fund us as they want us all to go to Waroona and the City of Mandurah will not fund us because the hall is not in their shire. So like most things in our area, we have to do it ourselves. PLEASE consider paying the modest $27.50 per family to support this and the other services we provide. A membership application is available here.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on food so PLEASE RSVP via a Facebook comment or our web site or contact Jenny on 0428343028 or email before Monday 23rd. The flag will be raised at 8:00 am followed by breakfast from 8:15 to 9:15.

Shire of Waroona – Community Sport & Recreation

Christmas Wishes…

The Recreation and Community Development team wish the Shire’s Sport, Recreation & Community groups a Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year.   We look forward to working with you again in 2017.

Club Development…

  • Save the Date – Local Funding & Grant Writing Workshop!!

Ø  Local Funding Forum – Monday 6 February, 2017 (Details to follow early in the New Year)

Ø  Writing Winning Grants Workshop – Monday 20 February, 2016 (Details to follow early in the New Year)

For more information on any of the above please Contact: Mitch Green 9531 7675

 Human Resources Club Toolkit..

  • The Department of Sport and Recreation has recently released a human resources tool kit for the sport and recreation industry. The tool kit consists of five parts and contains a range of information and templates that your club can utilise. The tool kit is available on the Department’s website.
  • Clean Clubs Program…

The Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s Clean Clubs program can assist your club to manage litter on game day, encourage positive rubbish disposal and promote recycling. Register for the Clean Clubs program and receive free resources to help your club better manage its game day rubbish and recycling. To register and for more information, visit the Keep Australian Beautiful website

 Funding / Award Opportunities…

 Department of Sport & Recreation…

  • Community Participation Funding Open All year round

$1,000 – $5,000 for Increasing Participation via Access | Inclusion | Diversity

Visit: DSR Community Participation Funding

  • Active Regional Communities Grants Open All year round

Up to $5,000 for Initiatives|Events  

Visit: DSR Active Regional Communities Grant

 Associations New Law

The Act became active on 1 July. The new law includes a number of changes that will affect all Incorporated Associations. The Shire hosted a workshop on 7 September 2016 regarding these changes. If you missed the workshop, the information below provides guidance about the new law.

The Act provides a framework of regulation for not-for-profit organisations such as sport and recreation clubs, societies and community groups in Western Australia leaving the internal management of associations largely to the members.  Associations are still able to incorporate as a separate legal body and thereby limit the liability of its members for lawful activities.

The Department of Commerce have provided a video presentation on the topic that covers the effect and overview of the changes, the prescribed model rules and the transitional requirements. To keep in touch with updates from the Department, please subscribe to the Associations Info newsletter.

For more information Contact: Sport and Recreation Team (08) 9531 7777.

Working with Children Check “Health Check”…

 Below please find a link to the Working with Children Health Check which is a good tool you can use to assist your clubs current compliance or areas of improvement to the WWC requirements:

For more information Contact: Sport and Recreation Team (08) 9531 7777.

KidSport – Online Applications

Over the past five years KidSport has enabled thousands of eligible Western Australian children aged 5 – 18 years to participate in community sport and recreation by offering them financial assistance towards club fees. Applications for KidSport subsidies are now available online.

For more information visit the DSR website. The Shire’s Sport and Recreation team are available to assist your club on (08) 9733 7800.

Visit by new Liberal candidate

Zac Kirkup, the Liberal Candidate for Dawesville for the next state election will be visiting Lake Clifton / Herron next week. The meeting will be held at the Community Hall at 7.00pm on Tuesday 22nd November. If you want to come along to see what his policies are and what he can do for us, you are welcome. It doesn’t matter if you live in Lake Clifton. Hopefully he will support us in the same way as Kim Hames.