Call to postpone Broome heritage assessment
The Shire of Broome is calling on the WA Department of Aboriginal Affairs to postpone the hearing of a controversial application to register the Broome town site as an Aboriginal heritage site until there has been proper consultation with all of those affected. The DAA has now confirmed it has extended the deadline for public submissions by five days to 30 November 2016, but Broome Shire President Ron Johnston said this was still grossly inadequate.
Peter chalking up the milestones
A very special Shire of Broome staff member has celebrated two milestones. Peter Moore has a vision impairment and recently chalked up 15 years of working as a volunteer in the Shire’s Records Services Department.
Bushland back open after asbestos clean-up
Bushland to the south of Demco Estate in Broome has been reopened following work to remove material that contained asbestos and the development of a plan for managing the area. The discovery of the material on land managed by the State Government, Shire of Broome and Yawuru was reported in late August 2016 and the area was then closed to the public before samples sent to Perth for testing confirmed the material did contain asbestos.
Stewart St upgrade work underway
Work is underway on a major upgrade of busy Stewart St alongside the Broome Courthouse. Work on the stretch of Stewart St between Hamersley St and Weld St will include upgrading street lighting, adding formalised parking bays, improving drainage, and constructing footpaths on both sides of the road as well as creating a new footpath link along Weld St to Frederick St.
New role to boost business in Chinatown
Chinatown traders and businesses are set to reap benefits from the appointment of a Chinatown Investment and Development Coordinator as part of the Chinatown Revitalisation Project. The new Investment and Development Coordinator’s key responsibilities include developing a two-year commercial activation strategy to create and market events, activities and promotions that increase activity in Chinatown in conjunction with local business.