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Project Update: Glen Huon Playground

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A design for the new playground at Glen Huon Reserve has been unveiled by the Shire of Dardanup following Council’s acceptance of a $124,000 tender from Forpark Australia.

The new playground forms part of the current $5.6 million Glen Huon Reserve Redevelopment Project and it’s 11 new and individual pieces of equipment will replace the existing playground in an alternate position slightly north of the existing location.

In addition to the new play equipment, shade sails plus two gazebos and barbecues will be installed adjacent to the new and upgraded playground.

Fabrication of the equipment is now underway by Forpark and installation is expected to begin towards the end of June.

Project completion is set for September, just in time for sunny spring weather!

Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses…

Army in front line of battle with weeds

An army marched into the Shire of Dardanup this week to wage a war on weeds.

A group of seven Green Army participants and their supervisor assisted the Shire of Dardanup with the removal of woody weed, Sydney Golden Wattle, in Marri Reserve, Eaton.

They also undertook a day-long weed mapping exercise of the Leicester and Elbow/Eelup wetlands, to assist with targeted weed control in the future.

The Green Army’s efforts this week will assist the shire in preserving its biodiversity.

The Green Army is a Federal Government program open to school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers between the ages of 17 and 24 years.

Participants are paid for up to 30 hours work a week for a period of 20- 26 weeks and can complete accredited training modules.

M8 the call can W8 Easter campaign

RoadWise Committees across the South West and Peel Regions have banded together to remind drivers that the use of mobile phones while behind the wheel is a distraction from the task of driving.

Any distraction increases the risk of a crash.

This popular campaign has been extended until the end of April to cover the Easter and school holiday period.

There will be five texting bays, identified by electronic signs, along the Forrest and South West Highways from April 7 to 28, 2017.

  • Parking bay south of Buffalo Road (Southbound)
  • Dorsett Road rest areas (either Northbound or Southbound)
  • Parking bay north of Greenlands Road (Southbound)
  • Rest Area north of Placid Ark Roadhouse (Southbound)
  • Parking bay south of Melville Road, Brunswick Junction (Northbound)

People are encouraged to turn off their mobile phones before driving and wait to pull in to a texting bay to use their phones.

Dob in litterbugs to help reduce spot fires

Small fires caused by cigarette butts being tossed out of car windows are placing an unnecessary burden on Department of Fire and Emergency Services resources.

In the period between December 20, 2016 and March 12, 2017, the Eaton-Australind Volunteer Fire and Rescue Brigade attended 13 fires along Eaton Drive, mainly caused by cigarettes discarded into median strip mulch.

According to DFES, the volunteer fire fighters logged a total of 113 hours attending to the outbreaks.

Community members can help reduce the incidence of these types of nuisance fires by becoming a Litter Reporter.

The Litter Reporting scheme is run by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council and is applicable to any act of littering from a vehicle, trailer or boat.

Reporting involves registering as a Reporter and filling out a paper or online form via the Keep Australia Beautiful website.

Once registered, reports can be lodged online or via an app.

Reported offences may result in a minimum fine of $200 dollars being issued to the offender.

Improve cycling in the Bunbury Geographe region

If you have an interest in cycling and would like to contribute thoughts on the future development of cycling routes in the Bunbury Geographe region, visit a drop-in session with the Department of Transport at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

The session will be on Tuesday, April 18 between 5.00pm and 8.00pm.

Community members are being asked to have their say on cycling as part of a review of The Greater Bunbury Regional Bicycle Master Plan, developed in 2012.

The revised plan intends to set out a range of aspirational, long-term cycling routes for development over the next three decades.

The Department of Transport is hosting four drop-in sessions – including the Eaton event – to allow the community to voice any ideas they have for improving cycling in the Bunbury Geographe area.

Additional drop-in sessions are being held in Bunbury, Harvey and Capel.

The sessions are open to people of all ages and experience levels.

If you are unable to attend the above sessions but would still like to provide feedback, please email