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Broome prepares to commemorate Anzac Centenary
Broome will mark 100 years since Australia's involvement in WWI with an expanded Anzac Day Dawn Service, an Anzac Day eve commemoration, a new memorial wall and upgrades to the existing war memorial.
Broome's traditional Dawn Service and parade at Bedford Park starts at 5.45am sharp on Saturday 25 April, and this year will be expanded to include a moving performance tribute to the Anzacs involving 40 St Mary's College students, as well as a representative of the WA Police Pipe Band and more.
In addition, an Anzac Day eve commemoration will be held at 5.30pm on Friday 24 April at Lions Pioneer Park at Town Beach, again featuring a performance by the WA Police Pipe Band representative.
The war memorial in Bedford Park will be upgraded and improved by the Shire with funding help from the Federal Government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. Work will include installing two new memorial walls flanking the cenotaph, rendering and painting brickwork on the new walls and the existing cenotaph, and replacing pavement with exposed aggregate concrete.
Precaution urged against stomach parasite
The community is urged to take precautions following notification from the WA Department of Health of an increase in cases of stomach illness caused by micro-organism Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidiosis is characterised by diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, slight fever or weight loss, and the WA Department of Health has now reported 14 cases in Broome since December 2014.
Shire of Broome Senior Environmental Health Officer, Chantal Spittle, says Cryptosporidiosis was most commonly spread by hands contaminated after toilet use or nappy changing, but that uncooked food, dust and soil, animals, clothing and bedding, sexual contact, and water in swimming pools could also be responsible.
"The best way to prevent infection is by making sure your hands are washed and dried after using the toilet or changing nappies, and before preparing food," Ms Spittle says. "It's also recommended that private pool owners who suspect an infected person has been swimming should carry out a super chlorination, and information is available from the Shire website here: Fact Sheet - Super Chlorination
All you ever wanted to know about mosquitoes - free community info session
The Shire of Broome encourages a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle - but there's one particular resident who's part of our environment and is annoying, has a taste for blood and just loves to spread viruses. You guessed it - the mosquito.
Shire of Broome Environmental Technical Officer, Murray Gray, who is completing a Masters Degree in Public Health and research into mosquito-borne disease at Curtin University, is conducting a free information session on mosquitoes at Broome Public Library on Saturday 28 March from 10-11am. Following the session Murray will be available to answer your concerns on all aspects of mosquito protection. More information here: Community Mosquito information Session
Strategic Community Plan 2015-2025 and Corporate Business Plan 2015-2019
Following a desktop review of the Shire of Broome's Strategic Community Plan 2013-2023, Council adopted the Strategic Community Plan 2015-2025 and the Corporate Business Plan 2015-2019 at a Special Meeting of Council on 19 February 2015.
Copies of both plans can be inspected at the Shire of Broome Administration Office, cnr Weld and Haas St, between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or can be viewed at the links below.
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Big season underway at Broome Civic Centre
The community will be treated to a range of exciting and diverse performances in 2015 as the Broome Civic Centre launches a bumper new season, along with a new booking website and logo.
The new website at www.broomeciviccentre.com.au will make it easy for the community to buy tickets to performances, and provides information on upcoming events and information about the venue for those looking to book events or private functions.
The 2015 performance season kicks off on Sunday 15 March with exciting new band B2M, who hail from the Tiwi Islands in the NT and are touring nationally following the launch of their new album, 'Home'. On Wednesday 18 March, Australia's premier Aboriginal comedian, Kevin Kropinyeri, takes to the Broome Civic Centre stage with his 'Welcome to My World' stand-up show.
Workshops launch new sporting season
The Shire of Broome will host a series of workshops to assist, inspire and educate Broome's sporting club volunteers during February and March.
The Broome Club Development Workshop Series will include four workshops, beginning with a Season Opener at the Mangrove Hotel on Monday 16 February.
A KidSport Junior Forum will follow on Monday 23 February, a Funding Workshop on 9 March, and the series ends on 30 March with a major planning workshop.
New Local Planning Scheme takes effect
The first local planning scheme to cover the whole of the Shire of Broome has come into effect following approval by the State Government and will now guide future development throughout the Shire.
Broome Shire President, Graeme Campbell, says the Shire of Broome Local Planning Scheme No. 6 started operation on 30 January 2015.
It replaces Town Planning Scheme No. 4 which previously covered the Broome township, and Interim Development Order No. 4 that covered the remainder of the Shire.