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Big cash prizes in recycled art competition

If you live in the shires of Dardanup, Capel, Harvey, Donnybrook-Balingup or Collie you can enter the Scrap Battle Art Competition in a group or as an individual.

There’s amazing CASH PRIZES up for grabs:

First Prize Primary School Age Group: $2000
First Prize Secondary School Age Group: $2000

First Prize Primary School Age Individual Entry: $300
First Prize Secondary School Age Individual Entry: $300

People’s Choice Award: $200
Highly Commended Prizes: $100 each

Get a jump on the competition with your entry by attending our workshop with a professional artist.

Just be sure to book your place via Shire of Dardanup Library Services website.

You can download a competition entry form here.

Scrap Battle! Art Competition is a joint project of the Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council’s Waste Education Program.

The competition culminates in an exhibition of works at the Stirling Street Art Centre in May.

Workshops are free but places are limited and must be booked via our Library website.

Burekup Workshop (please note, a professional artist will not be in attendance for this workshop):
Friday, January 19
9.30am to 1.30pm

Eaton Community Library Workshop:
Monday, January 22
9.30am to 1.30pm

Scrap Battle! Art Competition has received funding assistance from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions program.

Teens set to depart on sailing adventure

A group of six teenagers from Burekup, Dardanup and Eaton will embark on the adventure of a lifetime after being awarded a Leewuin Scholarship by the Shire of Dardanup.

The group will depart on a 6-day voyage from January 19 between Bunbury and Fremantle aboard the STS Leewuin II.

The voyages are operated by the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation on the sailing vessel STS Leeuwin II, which is a full working ship.

During the trip the participants will be involved in most aspects of ship operations, from sailing, steering, setting the sails, navigating and scrubbing the deck to climbing 35m masts.

The program is designed to help young people build skills such as self-confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership.

To receive the scholarship, applicants were required to undergo an interview with a selection panel of three Dardanup Shire Councillors and Culture & Community Services Officer Melanie Serra.

Congratulations to the winners. They were:

  • Ruby Gregg – Burekup
  • Kyarnee Rodda – Burekup
  • Cole Sawyer – Dardanup
  • Dylan Snibson – Dardanup
  • Samuel Fox-Slater – Dardanup
  • Whitlam Tyrrell – Eaton

The Shire of Dardanup would like to thank scholarship sponsors:

  • Cristal
  • Doral
  • Lions Club of Eaton
  • Lions Club of Dardanup

Glen Huon Oval drainage update

Installation of subsoil drainage at the Glen Huon Reserve Oval is now complete.

Council agreed in August to allocate $135,000 to the project – an interim measure for addressing waterlogging issues experienced at the oval during winter.

Attempts will be made to source Government funding for assistance with a full oval renovation in the future.

Under last month’s project, 25 100mm drains were installed below the surface at 6m spacings.

The system can be expanded in the future as part of further redevelopment works.

Shire of Dardanup Acting CEO Phil Anastasakis said he was hopeful the upgrade would provide a significant improvement to turf quality and playing conditions during the upcoming 2018 South West Football League season.

“Shire staff will continue to monitor the ground conditions over coming months and the performance of this interim measure in addressing the problem”, Mr Anastasakis said.

In his August report to Council, Director of Engineering and Development Services Luke Botica said full redevelopment of Glen Huon Oval could be up to five years away and as well as being dependent on funding availability, and would be subject to final plans for the Eaton Town Centre and Eaton Fair expansion.

New Year message from our Shire President

We thought 2017 was a big year for the Shire of Dardanup in terms of significant projects coming to fruition and exciting developments appearing in the pipeline.

But when I THINK Ahead to what’s in store for 2018, I can see the past 12 months was probably no match for what we have coming up now.

Early in the new year, we’ll see the much-anticipated opening of the $15m Treendale Bridge – a joint project between Main Roads WA, the Shire of Dardanup and the Shire of Harvey.

The 224m bridge will provide a direct link between Millbridge in Eaton and Treendale in Australind and will no doubt provide significant flow-on benefits for both communities.

Great progress is expected during 2018 on our most significant planning projects – WA’s newest city Wanju and the Waterloo Industrial Park.

District Structure Plans for both the urban and industrial expansion projects will be finalised in partnership with the WA Department of Planning.

Council will adopt its new 2018-2028 Strategic Community Plan which captures our vision, values, aspirations and objectives for the future of the Shire of Dardanup. It is the foundation for Council corporate planning and resource allocation.

Planning and development of new community facilities will be a big focus in 2018 with designs expected to progress on the new Eaton Library and co-located Shire Administration Centre.

Plans will also be adopted for future community facilities in Dardanup and Burekup.

Drainage improvements at Glen Huon Reserve will be completed along with works on the car park and fencing at Gnomesville.

On a broader front, we’re hoping to see a positive outcome on lobbying efforts for Federal Government funding to progress the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and begin implementing the first few outcomes of the Bunbury Geographe Regional Tourism Strategy.

These items require continuation of our ongoing collaborative approach with other government and industry departments and organisations to further enhance the already spectacular lifestyle we enjoy in this region.

We work hard to keep our community in the loop on all the news and developments associated with our progress towards all of these objectives so please drop into our website as often as possible or LIKE Shire of Dardanup on Facebook.

Shire of Dardanup features in SW calendar

This brilliant photo was captured in Waterloo by Burekup resident Pauline Willing and features on the December page of the 2018 This South West Life Calendar – an annual project of the South West Development Commission.

The Calendar is a compilation of all the best images submitted as part of a photo competition. Entries are now open to amateur and professional photographers for the 2019 edition.

Contact the South West Development Commission on 9792 2000 for copies of the free calendar.