From shaves to funds and minibeasts

IPhone and IPad Hints and Tricks

Smile: Stick insect on branch at dusk in the Australian bush. Photo - Kristian Bell.

Smile: Stick insect on branch at dusk in the Australian bush. Photo - Kristian Bell.

If you want to get a bit more out of your IPhone or IPad then come along to this hour presentation at the West Arthur CRC.  It’s a recording of a webinar but it’ll be shown on the big screen TV and you get to work along with the presenter. 

This is a free event just bring along your iPhone or iPad.  It’s on at 9.30am Thursday, February 22. RSVP to the CRC on 9736 2000.

World’s Greatest Shave

Local girl Emily Lloyd is cutting 20-centimetres off her hair as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.  It will be sent to the Leukaemia Foundation to make wigs.

You can support Emily and her cousin Jack by attending the community fundraiser steak night on March 16 at the Darkan Sports Complex.

Leadership Team

Congratulations to the Darkan Primary School 2018 Leadership team consisting of: Rose Harrington – School Captain; Darcy King – Forest Faction Captain; Lochlan Allen – Forest Faction Vice-Captain; Zaine Cuthbert – Wheatbelt Faction Captain; Hannah Bassanelli – Wheatbelt Faction Vice-Captain.

Oppy Shop

The takings for January (with only one day open) came to $170.

This was forwarded to Heart Research WA.   February fundraising will be for Leukaemia Foundation WA.

The Oppy Shop is open during school terms on a Tuesday from 10am-4pm and is situated on the Coalfields Highway, next to the Roadhouse in Darkan.

Baby News 

Congratulations to John and Marju Rutherford on the arrival of son, Mart Ian Rutherford in January. All are well and very happy.

Works and Projects

Works are continuing on Carrymunna and Howie roads. Maintenance graders are working in the south west of the shire. The Shire took delivery of a new John Deere 670G grader last week.

Meanwhile interpretive signage has been installed on the Collie Darkan Rail Trail utilising funds from the Lotterywest funded Hillman extension.

The information panels were printed in Perth and the signs were designed and manufactured by Shire staff utilising original railway line from the trail.

Funding for Treatment of Bushfire Risks

The Shire of West Arthur was successful in receiving $45,500 from the first round of funding under the new $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund. 

Fifteen regional local governments, which have endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, will share $1.47 million of funding to treat a total of 374 bushfire risks across their communities.

Funding has been approved to: 

· widen and improve existing firebreaks in Darkan and to create a buffer zone behind properties that adjoin the Darkan Town Common area behind Nangip Crescent and Arthur Street;

· improve and construct new firebreaks around Duranillin;

· create firebreaks and other treatments around Bowelling; and

· carry out prescribed burns at Bowelling.

The Mitigation Activity Fund, supported by Royalties for Regions over three years, will help local governments carry out practical works to reduce the risks they face.

 Night Stalking Mini-Beasts

Join Margaret Jackobson (macro-invertebrate specialist) and SoWA Landcare for a night stalk to discover what lurks in the bush at Nangip Creek Reserve after the sun goes down. 

This is on Friday, March 2, from 7.30pm-9pm, meeting at the Gazebo at Robert l Perry Park for a guided walk. 

Bring along your own torch, and children must be accompanied by an adult.  Wear long pants and closed footwear. 

Bookings are essential by February 28 to 9765 1555 or

Shire Meeting

The next ordinary meeting of council will be held on Tuesday, February 27, in the Council Chambers, commencing at 6pm. Public question time is at the start of the meeting.