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Free pre-cyclone rubbish collection on the way
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.
"Residents are asked not to put any waste on verges before October 18. 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 to begin on boat ramp upgrade
The Shire of Broome is set to begin work on upgrading the boat launching ramp at Town Beach, with the ramp to be 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 will be closed from Tuesday 28 October to Friday 28 November, and the boat ramp will be closed from Friday 31 October until Friday 21 November. Broome Shire President, Graeme Campbell, said that following the withdrawal of State funding for a new Broome Boating Facility, the Shire was working with the funds available to upgrade existing facilities.
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.
Broome Shire President, Graeme Campbell, says the Community Sponsorship Program provides funds to help community-based organisations, in partnership with the Shire, to develop social, cultural, economic, recreational, environmental and reconciliation projects and initiatives.
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."
Shire continues support for kids in sport
The Shire of Broome is continuing its support of a program that has already provided financial assistance to help 255 kids take part in organised sporting activities. The KidSport program provides financial support to help children between 5 and 18 who could not otherwise afford to take part in organised sport, and the Shire has secured a new $29,000 grant from the WA Department of Sport and Recreation.
Shire of Broome Club Development Officer, Mike Doyle, said the inaugural KidSport agreement contributed $18,603 towards club membership fees for 255 kids, with plenty of positive outcomes. "The majority of registered children were participating in a structured club program for the first time, and in some instances youths who would not have been able to afford to play have gone on and represented their town or assisted as an official," Mr Doyle said.
For more information about KidSport or for an application form contact the Shire of Broome or go online to www.clubsonline.dsr.wa.gov.au/kidsport.