Former councillor says goodbye to local government life

Collie leads way

There has been some good work done in Collie over the years, to improve access to public buildings for our residents, acknowledged last year with a National win for excellence in design. The word is getting out that we are making it easier for people to get in and fit in, as shown by talkback radio on the ABC last week. A caller was complaining about the lack of wheelchair accessibility to the Premier’s office. A recent visitor to Collie for the opening of the Changing Places room commented that Collie is doing great things and leading the way. This is due in no small measure to the great work of Council’s Disability Access and Inclusion Committee, now renamed the Access and Inclusion Committee. Many of its members (including community volunteers) have been serving for more than 15 years, so well done, not forgetting former Councillor and chair John Borlini.

Halloween megadance

Collie PCYC is organising a Halloween megadance night for kids on Friday, October 27. Primary schoolchildren are catered for at 5.30pm, with a non-flash show, and high school students from 7pm. Canteen facilities will be available. The great things PCYC is doing was on show last Friday night at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom, when it was a State finalist in the Regional and Community Achievement Awards. Onya, Linda and your wonderful team of supporters. Michael Cain was another to receive recognition for his work.

Show entries

Don’t miss out on getting your entries in for the Exhibition Hall at the Collie Show. There is an earlier closing date this year, November 10. Without that magic piece of paper, it won’t matter how good your cooking, flowers, craft, vegetables, art of photography is, it won’t be accepted. Don’t let this happen to you. Further information is available from the Show Facebook page, or from the Show schedule available around town.

Book sale

Do you have books you would like to see ‘re- homed’ (okay, so I feel about books the way some people feel about pets)? The Anglican Op Shop is having a giant book sale on Saturday, November 4, and is accepting books from Wednesday to Friday this week and next week. All proceeds go to youth care in our town, so this is the chance to clear your shelves a little and help a good cause.

Trash ‘n’ treasure

Collie Lions are holding a Trash and Treasure on Saturday, November 25, at the Old Ewington School, from 8 am to 12 noon. They are seeking donations of items which can be dropped off at the old school on Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, November 18, between 8am and 10am. If you would like items collected, contact Greg on 0498 481 138.

Fiera

Italian cooking has many fans as shown by the great response on Friday nights to the Italian Club’s popular pasta (and other delights) nights.Home made Italian cuisine and Devonshire teas will be available at the Fiera at the Club on Saturday, November 4. There will also be market stalls and car boot sales. If you would like to book a stall or a space for a car boot sale, contact Greg on 0402 041 375.

Pink breakfast

A breakfast fundraiser for cancer will be held at the Colliefields this Saturday. There will be raffles and lots of prizes donated by local businesses for this good cause.

Open day

Our Community Garden is holding an open day on Saturday, November 4, from 1.30pm to 4pm. If you haven’t been there yet, or you have seen it but not recently, drop in to see what this friendly and energetic group is up to. Have a chat to the members about what they do, and see if this is an activity which you would enjoy.

Back to Worsley

The annual Back to Worsley day is on again on Sunday, November 12 - this is the correct date. Morning tea provided by the Friends of Worsley at 10.30am, church service and mass in St David’s at 11.30am. 

Seniors lunch

Each year, the Council honours its Senior Citizens with a free lunch at the Margaretta Wilson Centre. Because of a number of factors, the day of the week has changed this year to a Wednesday, November 22. Everything else stays the same as previous years, with a delicious lunch and entertainment, all free. Make your way to the Margaretta Wilson Centre at around 11.45am on Wednesday, November 22 for a lovely celebration.

Collie Show

Have you picked up your Collie Show booklet to pick out the categories you are going to enter? There is a wide variety of possibilities, ranging from ring events to the exhibition hall, where you can enter cooking, arts and crafts and garden items. Most of the children’s art and craft entries come through the schools, but there are cooking and other sections your child may like to enter. Mark the date on your calendars, Collie Show Day, November 18 at Wallsend Ground. 

Thanks

For the past 16 and a half years, it has been my privilege to be a Collie Shire Councillor, but this came to an end on Saturday, when I failed by 22 votes to be re-elected. To the 1,176 people who put a tick next to my name, I thank you for your confidence. I have been lucky to work with some dedicated and passionate people who really care about Collie and its future, and I thank them for their input on behalf of our community. I will continue to do what I can with what I have, where I am. To the new Councillors, congratulations, and all the best for your time on Council.

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