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Chinese visitors investigate water supply systems

Shire of Dardanup Environmental Health Officer Corinne Shaw, second right, with the Chinese delegation and Tony Jenour of Evedon Park Bush Retreat.

Representatives from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were recently hosted by the Shire of Dardanup’s Environmental Health Services Team as they investigated systems for collecting and treating drinking water in regional areas.

The visit was organised by WA Department of Health Epidemiologist Dr Alex Xiao and during their stop within the Shire of Dardanup, the delegates were taken to the Evedon Park Bush Retreat and Green Door Winery in the Ferguson Valley to see good examples of drinking water supply systems.

The Evedon Park system includes a large drinking water storage reservoir, batch chlorination system and supplies water to its resort facilities. Green Door Wines was of interest because of the collection and storage of roofwater in multiple tanks, with treatment by a filter and Validated UV system before use in the winery and café.

Other stops on the group’s South West tour included the Binningup Desalination Plant and Aqwest in Bunbury.

Ashley and Kathryn Keeffe of Green Door Wines explain their roofwater collection system to members of the Chinese Delegation.

Saturday, October 21 & 22


Featuring 7 gardens

10.00am to 4.00pm both days

$5 entry

For details visit:

Tuesday, October 31


Dardanup War Memorial
Little Street, Dardanup

Commemorative Service and wreath laying
Speakers from the Australia Light Horse Association

Morning tea served in Dardanup Hall following service along with display of video and images.

For more information contact organiser Carol Dyson on 0433 106 947.

Dardanup’s heart of gold Gwen named award finalist

Gwen Wells, left, was recognised last year for 25 or more years of voluntary service to the Red Cross.

Dardanup great grandparent Gwen Wells has once again been recognised for her tireless commitment to the community by being named as one of 6 state finalists in the WA Seniors Awards.

One metropolitan and one regional winner will be selected from the group and announced at an event on Saturday by Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray.

Earlier this year, Gwen was awarded the Australia Day WA Community Senior Citizen of the Year Award for 2016.

The award recognised her past, present and continuing commitment to her community and the people in it.

In December, Gwen was recognised for 25 plus years of volunteering for the Red Cross.

Gwen is Treasurer of the Dardanup Senior Citizens Association and through her role, organises regular social outings for seniors in Dardanup.

She organises the annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon, is a member of the South West Rose Group and supports her local Lions Club and Catholic Church.

Gwen was born and raised in Dardanup and with her husband has raised 10 children while running their family dairy farm together.

Wells Park in Dardanup was named in honour of Gwen and her family’s contribution to the local community.

Mr Murray said: “There is a wonderfully diverse group of finalists in this year’s WA Seniors Awards.”

“What stands out with this year’s finalists is their commitment to bettering the lives of their fellow seniors as well as the community in general.”


Turf treatments underway at shire sports ovals

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Sports ovals in the Shire of Dardanup are about to receive some intensive spring-time treatment to promote growth, coverage and general turf quality.

A specialist contractor – with a client list including some of Perth’s most prestigious golf clubs and private schools – has been engaged by the Shire of Dardanup to undertake the works.

That means we’ve got high hopes for impressive results!

Look out for little tractors running across our ovals over coming weeks, completing a treatment process known as hollow tine coring.

Small plugs are removed from the ovals which simultaneously reduces compacting and thatch while allowing water and fertilisers to penetrate to the root zone more efficiently.

Removed plugs will then be collected and spread across areas requiring improved turf coverage.

Visitors to ovals are asked to keep clear of machinery.

The first oval to receive treatment will be Dardanup Oval on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 – weather pending.