Welcome to the Shire of Broome
Free pre-cyclone rubbish collection underway
The Shire of Broome will again offer a free pre-cyclone rubbish collection in residential areas to begin on 27 October 2014. Shire of Broome Director Engineering Services, Michael Dale, says the collection is designed to remove from households any items that could become dangerous in the event of a cyclone, and that a strict set of guidelines applies.
"Waste should be put on verges between October 18 and 26, with collection starting on October 27," Mr Dale says. "Collection will take place in Old Broome from October 27-29, in Sunset Rise on October 30, in Roebuck Estate on October 31, in Cable Beach from November 3-5, and in Broome North on November 6.
"Items that will be collected include white goods, furniture, household electrical items and scrap metal. Items that will not be collected include green waste, car parts including tyres and batteries, asbestos, oil and chemicals.
"Any waste which does not qualify for collection and is left on verges after the collection period may be considered illegal dumping and infringements and fines can be issued." For full details of what is and is not acceptable for collection contact the Shire on 9191 3456 or visit the Shire website at www.broome.wa.gov.au.
Work underway on boat ramp upgrade
The Shire of Broome has begun work on upgrading the boat launching ramp at Town Beach, with the ramp closed to the public between 31 October and 21 November. The work to be carried out will improve the surface of the ramp, reduce the effect of sand movement and minimise the drop-off at the end of the ramp.
To allow the work to be carried out, a section of the car park at Town Beach is closed from Tuesday 28 October to Friday 28 November, and the boat ramp is closed from Friday 31 October until Friday 21 November.
Plan sets out priorities for sport and recreation
The Broome community is invited to comment on the draft Shire of Broome Sport, Recreation and Leisure Plan that will guide the development of sport and recreation facilities in Broome until 2031. The draft plan is now available for public comment and an information session will be held on Wednesday 5 November for stakeholders and interested community members.
The information session will run between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday 5 November at the Shire of Broome Function Room, with RSVPs required to email@example.com or (08) 9191 3456. The draft Shire of Broome Sport, Recreation and Leisure Plan is available at the link below and can be viewed at the Shire offices and BRAC. Public submissions will be accepted until 4pm on 21 November 2014.
Community input sought on public art
The Shire of Broome is seeking the community's input into a new Public Art Master Plan that aims to invigorate the Broome town site through public art. The draft Public Art Master Plan has been developed following consultation with stakeholders in the community and the Shire's Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee, comprised of community members, Councillors and Shire staff.
An information session will be held on Wednesday 29 October from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Broome Public Library for those interested in finding out more and providing feedback, with RSVPs required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 9191 3477. The draft master plan is available to view at the Shire Administration office or at the link below. Submissions will be received until 4pm on 31 October 2014.
Funding help for community groups
Community groups and events that would benefit from extra funding are now invited to apply for the Shire of Broome Community Sponsorship Program. In 2013/14 more than $106,000 was distributed to 37 different community groups and events, and the latest funding round is now open with applications received until 30 January 2015.
Anyone considering applying is encouraged to contact Shire of Broome Community Development Officer, Amy Andison, on (08) 9191 3456 to discuss their project, and more information is available online at the links below.
An information session will also be held on Wednesday 5 November between 5pm and 6pm at the Shire of Broome to provide advice and assistance on making a submission, and all those considering applying are encouraged to attend. RSVPs are required to Ms Andison on (08) 9191 3456 or email@example.com.
Calling all artists – Broome Civic Centre needs a logo!
Local artists are being asked to submit ideas for a new Broome Civic Centre logo, with $500 in prize money for successful designers. The Shire's Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee, that includes Councillors, staff and community representatives, decided to put the logo design out for public submissions.
Shire of Broome Manager Community Development, Suzie Haslehurst, says the logo requires three separate graphics to fill the coloured squares on the design. "We're looking for original, creative and contemporary designs that reflect the history and culture of the Broome Civic Centre, as well as its current function and purpose," Ms Haslehurst says.
Judging will be done by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee and submissions are open until 4pm on Friday 31 October. For full details and a design brief go to the link below:
Temporary beach closures protect turtles
The Shire of Broome will again limit the impact of vehicles on turtles nesting at Cable Beach, with night-time closures starting on 8 October. The Cable Beach North access ramp will be closed to vehicles between 8pm and 6am each day during the turtle nesting season from 8 October 2014 to 28 February 2015.
Cable Beach will also be closed to vehicles two hours either side of high tides of 9m or more. Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell says the gate installed at the Cable Beach Amphitheatre access ramp will be locked during the temporary closures.
Run and swim your way to fitness and fun
The Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre's popular Live Lighter Dash & Splash biathlon series is back to challenge Broome residents and help them stay in shape over the wet season. Now entering its fourth season, the series will run from October 2014 to March 2015, with an event each month except January.
BRAC Centre Manager, Casey Zepnick, says each event involves run and swim legs over short and long courses, with categories for men, women, juniors and teams. "The new 2014/15 Live Lighter Dash & Splash series kicks off with the first event on Friday 17 October at 5pm," Mr Zepnick says.
"The long course, which is open to individuals and teams, is a 5km run followed by a 500m swim in the BRAC pool. The short course is a 2.5km run followed by a 250m swim, and is ideal for beginners, juniors, families and anyone just looking to challenge themselves."