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Youth Week Burekup

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Burekup is set to be the BEST place for young people to be this school holidays with ten awesome activities being rolled out over four days – Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19 – to celebrate Youth Week.

Workshops in hip hop dancing, muay thai boxing plus an urban art project and a disco will ensure a broad scope of interests are catered for.

Youth Week Burekup is a joint project of:

  • CWA River Valley Belles
  • Burekup District & Country Club
  • Shire of Dardanup

Funding has been provided through grants from the Department of Communities.

CWA River Valley Belles are overseeing the Hip Hop Workshop – facilitated by Top Jazz.

Burekup District & Country Club is overseeing the Skate Park Revamp with the help of ‘Bro Can’.

Shire of Dardanup is working with Odines Martial Arts for the Sport is your gang (muay thai) workshops.

No need to book. Except for the disco. Just turn up to the session you’re interested in.

Moora plight highlights need for rural education support

Ensuring strong access to quality educational outcomes in rural areas was critical to the continued future success of regional communities and the industries based there, according to Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett in response to the plight of Moora residents fighting to save their high school boarding house from closure.

Moora Residential College provides children living in remote areas with a boarding facility to access the Central Midlands Senior High School based in Moora.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced the school would be closed because the cost of addressing its defective and non-compliance issues were too significant.

Cr Bennett said he would support Shire of Moora CEO Alan Leeson’s campaign to fight the closure.

“Those of us in regional WA understand the crucial role that good education opportunities play in retaining people in the regions,” Cr Bennett said.

“Retaining these facilities is essential to the long term viability of both the mining and agricultural industries which are so critical to the economy of this State,” Mr Bennett said.

Planning underway for Eaton Oval upgrades

A working group has been formed by the Shire of Dardanup to progress upgrades to the Eaton Oval on Pratt Road and its associated facilities.

The working group has been charged with the responsibility of developing a project scope and designs for presentation to the Eaton Sports Committee and then Council for final endorsement.

The Eaton Oval reserve includes three tennis courts, two basketball courts, changerooms and the Eaton Community Hall – currently leased to the Bunbury Repertory Club.

There is a shared use agreement between the Eaton Junior Football Club and Eaton Cricket Club for use of the oval with the softball club also occasionally using it for training.

The new Eaton Oval working group includes:

  • Shire President Mick Bennett
  • Cr Carmel Boyce
  • Two members Eaton Basketball Association
  • Two members Eaton Cricket Club
  • Two members Eaton Junior Football Club

Council also resolved that a representative and proxy from Eaton Ladies Tennis and Social Club should also be added to the Eaton Sports Committee to ensure they could have input.

In a report to Council on March 28, Project Development Engineer James Reilly said the tennis and basketball courts were in need of upgrading and funds had been allocated in the 2017/18 budget for resurfacing works.

He also said $445,706 was earmarked in the 2018/19 Budget for upgrades to the 270sq m changerooms and a public submission had been received for the addition of a function room to the facility.

Mr Reilly said these items would form part of the discussion for the working group.

Stay tuned for further updates as this project progresses…

Teens return from life-changing ocean adventure

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Dardanup Shire Councillors were recently regaled by tales of life on the high seas from the six young recipients of 2018 Shire of Dardanup Youth Explorer Voyage scholarships.

Thanks to the scholarships, the group were able to participate in a 6-day voyage during January between Bunbury and Fremantle operated by the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation and aboard the STS Leeuwin II, a full working ship.

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 two Dardanup Shire Councillors and Culture & Community Services Officer Melanie Serra.

Of her experience, Ruby Gregg from Burekup told Councillors: “Having been on the Leeuwin I’ve learnt to push myself and improved my listening and leadership skills.”

“These skills will really help me over the next two years as I complete high school.”

Samuel Fox Slater from Dardanup said: “I learnt so much about myself and I would definitely recommend this opportunity to others”.

Congratulations to all the winners and voyage participants. 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:

Each year the Shire offers a number of scholarships to a selection of its residents, aged 14 to 25, for a Youth Explorer Voyage organised by the Leeuwin Foundation.

The Shire of Dardanup would like to thank scholarship sponsors:

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

Council adopts vision for future

Following an extensive process of development and consultation, Council has adopted its Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 – the pinnacle of Council’s corporate planning documents.

The Plan 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.

The plan also outlines how Council will work towards its vision and objectives over the next 10 years and focuses on how the community wants to grow into the future.

It reflects the updated standards outlined in the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and Guidelines.

Copies of the plan are available to view via THIS PAGE of our website, or in hard copy form at the Administration Centre, Eaton, Eaton Community Library and Dardanup Office.

A shorter Executive Summary document is also available for review at the same website and office locations.

Community members provided input on the plan during a six-week consultation process last year tagged Get Your Think On.

During the consultation, information booths were set up at various locations throughout the Shire where community members could speak with staff and receive assistance with filling out an online survey.

Two workshops were then held with Shire Councillors and Council management, and these outcomes combined with community input saw development of the plan which was released for a three-week period of public comment during February, with no resulting responses.

The plan identifies five key Strategic Objectives which represent the areas of significant community interest and values of the community.

These Objectives are:

  • Leadership
  • Environment
  • Community
  • Prosperity
  • Amenity

Fifty-three strategies have been developed to achieve each of the desired outcomes for these Strategic Objectives and they in turn form the basis of the Corporate Business Plan Actions for the next four years.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the plan could not have been produced without the input of the local community.

“Your responses gave us a valuable insight into the vision and aspirations for the future,” Mr Bennett said.

“A challenge for all Local Governments is to ascertain and prioritise the aspirations of residents given the available resources of Council.

“Not all aspirations can be achieved but Council will evaluate the cost involved in providing new services and facilities and continue to plan for the growth and development of the community.”


The Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 has been developed to meet the vision, values and aspirations of the Shire of Dardanup community,

The draft Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 was presented to Council on the 14 February 2018 where Council resolved [Resolution 41-18] the following :

THAT Council receive and endorse the draft Shire of Dardanup Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028, and advertise the Plan for public comment.

Following a twenty one day public comment period which closed on the 5 March 2018, no comments were received from members of the public.