news - april 2016

Recreation Club · Swap Meet


The Autumn Swap meet will be held on the 17 April 2016.

Sellers ($10.00) from 7am and Buyers ($2.00) from 7.30am.

Great chance to grab a bargain and enjoy a hot sausage sizzle and cup of coffee. Nothing better on a cool morning than snag a hot bargain.

Recreation Club page..

Recreation Club · All of Clubs Promotion


24 April 2015 at Percy Cullen Oval from 5pm.

Everyone is welcome, and it's free. Learn about the different clubs in the area.

Free entertainment, food and drink provided, lots of things to do and see.

Recreation Club page..

CWA · Update April 2016


After the close of last publication, a call came through to enquire whether we would be interested in doing a small catering job for a clearance farm sale. i.e. machinery, tools etc.

After agreeing we could manage this, we planned the menu. We made slices and cakes for morning tea. On the morning of the sales, we met at our hall and made fresh salad and meat rolls (a very well oiled machine indeed.) When rolls were made, we all headed off to set up. Our sales went very well and the profits will be donated to charity at the end of the year.

With the likes of me who hadn't been to one of these sale days, I found it most interesting. We all had a very enjoyable and fun day and went home with dirty feet and dust in our hair.

On March 2nd it was our 63rd birthday. After our meeting, we held a meet and greet for past members who enjoyed a light luncheon and caught up with our present members who reminisced of old times.

Our calico dolls were hand delivered to the hospital and 12 Fiddle Rugs went to the Tuohy Aged Care in Midland. These rugs bring lots of comfort and therapy to the residents.

Every 3rd Wednesday of each month is our craft day and this day we made vintage styled aprons and no two aprons were the same. More lovely stock for our shop. Did you know we have an op shop as well? Open every Wednesday from 10-2pm.

An upcoming event is our Hoy Day which is on April 13th. $10 entry which includes light lunch and door prize. Hoy Day is like 'bingo' with cards. A fun day also with raffles throughout the day.

If you would be interested in coming or have any more queries, please don't hesitate to call Lorraine on 9574 6335 or 0439 906 696, or Terrianne on 0435 394 157.

CWA page..

Wildflower Society · Meetings


Is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion we are hosting a special free public presentation by professor Kingsley Dixon. Topic: What it means to live in a Biodiversity Hotspot. (Southwest Australia is one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots.)

At the Mundaring Civic Centre, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, Thursday 14 April 2016 at 7.00pm, followed by a light supper.

Prof Dixon led the Kings Park research team for 32 years till 2014 to create one of the most productive scientific groups in a botanic garden.   Today his research programs span restoration and conservation science to pollination ecology and orchid biology.   He has enjoyed many international honours and is keenly sought out as a speaker of international note.

Everyone welcome

Our regular meeting will be held on Friday 22 April 2016 at the Octagonal Hall, McGlew St, Glen Forrest. Doors open at 7.30 pm for an 8.00pm start. $2 entry.

This will be a "show-and-tell" night for members. Please bring along 10 slides to talk about on a flash drive.

Visitors most welcome

Wildflower Society page..

Recreation Club · Around the Club April 2016


The months are flying past and more and more things are happening around the Club.

We have finally signed off on the new logo for the Recreation Club, along with Membership cards and Business cards. The Facebook Page will shortly be joined by our Web page. The web page will include a calendar of events so you can keep up with all the comings and goings on’s around the Club.

The February and March film nights have been a raging success. It was great to see the numbers on rugs on the grass banks as well as the chairs in lines along the verandah. The food provided by the Rec Club was good but the Jnr Football Club stepped up and delivered a winning combination of casserole’s and curries which went down a treat. I find it amazing to see so many of the community attend as well as many people from around the area. I think the most travelled would be the couple from Two Rocks or Gosnells who attended. It is also great to see the kids running around on the oval and tennis courts not disturbing the movie but still enjoying the night out.

The Yoga and Aglow are still on and always welcome new attendee’s. Dog training has commenced on Sunday Mornings at 8.30am. Great to see the numbers attending and cleaning up at the end. To those walking dogs around the Rec Club please ensure you clean up after your pooch. There is a bin and bags for this provided over next to the cricket pitch.

The Basketball winds up shortly and it is amazing to see the numbers of teams from Gidgegannup in the finals this year. Last I looked, there were teams in every grade in the finals. Congratulations to the players and coaches. Will be good to hear how you finish.

The City of Swan has completed work in the old hall and the new kitchen and bar area look fantastic. Many thanks to the City for the quality of the work undertaken. There are many changes and projects on the go and these will be covered off in the next newsletter.

As mentioned earlier, the member cards will be issued shortly. This will be followed shortly by the first edition of our Members newsletter. Stay tuned.

With the change in the weather Football and Netball will be commencing shortly.

April will see the Seniors start with a scratch match on the first weekend, along with the Basketball windup. This will be followed on April 10 with Midland Bicycle Club holding its Annual King of the Hills event starting from the Rec Club and that afternoon the First game of the Season a replay of the last two years Grand Finals between Gidgegannup and Chidlow.

On April 17, the Autumn Swap meet will be held commencing at 7am for sellers and 7.30 for buyers. This always attracts a great turn out and there is nothing like a hot sausage sizzle and cup of coffee to get you in the mood to chase down that bargain you want. Entry for sellers $10 Buyers $2.

Keep 24th free. The Rec Club in conjunction with Progress Association, Experience Gidgie and the Agriculture Society will be presenting a Thank the Volunteer Firies Day. This year has been a particularly hard time with so many fires around the area. This will be a chance to say thank you to the members as well as have an enjoyable afternoon – evening out. Come along and thank a Fire Fighter. See ad in this edition.

Recreation Club page..

Agricultural Society · Update April 2016


Following the Annual General Meeting of the Gidgegannup Agricultural Society at the end of February the Society has a new President.

Outgoing President, Gloria Metcalf did not recontest the position and her husband Colin was unanimously elected to succeed her.

Colin and Gloria have been members of the Show Society for more than 25 years and there’s isn’t much that Colin hasn’t done for the Gidge Show. He’s been the Secretary, Chief Groundspace Steward, Show Recorder and has looked after the Show Schedule for many years. He takes over the Presidency as the Society prepares to celebrate its 70th Anniversary.

Planning for the 2016 Show is well underway and at the next Committee meeting in April the Show Schedule will be discussed to decide if any new sections are required and whether or not some should be deleted.

The City of Swan has been very busy upgrading the oval at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds which will be of great benefit not only to the Pony Club but also to the Show Society on Show Day which will be held this year on Saturday October 29th.

Further updates on activities for this year’s show will be given in future editions of the Gidgegram.

The Gidgegannup Show could not take place without its dedicated band of volunteers, BUT we are always looking for more help.

Last year several thousand people attended the show and if you were one of them who enjoyed themselves why not get involved? We would love to see some new faces, particularly some of the younger variety.

We are a very happy, good natured bunch and easy to work with, so if you’d like to come and help, ring our President, Colin Metcalf on 9574 6062 – we’d love to hear from you.

Pat Harding
Media Liaison/Entertainment Coordinator

Agricultural Society page..

Progress Association · Newsletter April 2016


Newsletter April 2016..

Progress Association page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter April 2016


Newsletter April 2016..

Experience Gidgegannup page..

Fire Brigades · Fire News & Advice April 2016


A very busy season so far, and not yet over, for all fire services in the lower half of WA, with anumber of very large fires, losses of lives and property, etc.

City of Swan, especially Gidgegannup, has been heavily targeted by arsonists, and in early January lightning started at least 16 fires in 1 day.

The recent rain has certainly dampened things down, but let's not get complacent. The residual soil dryness is still very high, we can still get hot spells, and just a few days of days of dry weather and moderate to strong winds can lead to very active fire behaviour.

Download the Fire Safety Newsletter April 2016 for more info.

West Gidge Fire Brigade page..

East Gidge Fire Brigade page..

Experience Gidgegannup · Small Farm Field Day Programme


The next "Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day" will be held at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds on Sunday 29 May 2016. A great day full of information and fun for everyone. Come along and enjoy the day in the fabulous setting of Gidgegannup just 15 minutes from Midland.

You can now download the Programme of Events..

Small Farm Field Day page..

Agricultural Society · Gidge Show 2016 Groundspace for Vendors


Documentation for groundspace is now available to view or download.

Documents are Ground and Site Maps (3), How to Book Ground Space, Notes & Conditions, Schedule of Rates, Application Form.

Questions may be directed to Steve by email or, alternatively, on 9574 6088.

Groundspace documents..

Midland Cycle Club · Notification of Cycling Race


The Midland Cycle Club is holding the annual Midland 100 road race which also includes the U19 state championships on 10th April 2016 between 7:00am to 12:00pm.

The club would like to advise all residents in the area that the event is on, and that we will work with you on the day to minimise any impacts to you.

Roads will not be closed however there will be road marshalls at key intersections to assist in managing traffic flows as the cycling races pass through.

The club appreciates the opportunity to run this important event in your local area and we encourage all cycling participants to support local businesses.

Map and more info..

City of Swan · Trails, Parks and Picnic Guide


There are 44 bushland and 73 foreshore reserves within the City of Swan's boundaries. Some of the metropolitan area's most significant communities of flora and fauna can be found in these reserves.

There are a number of activities freely available in our reserves where the unspoilt beauty of natural bushland areas and opportunities to appreciate the local flora and fauna can be enjoyed.

The City of Swan's "Trails, Parks and Picnics Guide" provides information on a number of these parks and reserves and of facilities located nearby. The guide can be downloaded from the City's website (see link below).

City of Swan - Reserve Activities page..

City of Swan · Domestic Waste Service


The new service of household bins will begin on 1 July 2016. If you require an urgent replacement household pass to dispose of your domestic waste before this service begins, they will be made available at the following locations.

Please bring some identification with you to prove your residential address.

Red Hill Waste Management Facility 1094 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup Rural Place Office Gidgegannup 4/2125 Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup City of Swan Administration Office 2 Midland Square, Midland

For further information please contact the City of Swan on 9267 9267 or visit our website (link below).

City of Swan website..

DFES · Emergency Services Fuel Card


Regional volunteer emergency services organisations will benefit from a $2,000 fuel card.

The Emergency Services Volunteers Fuel Card (ESVFC) will provide $2,000 per annum to a total of 807 regional brigades, groups and units across regional WA.

The card can be used at the discretion of the brigade as a reward for volunteers who often pay for their own travel expenses when attending emergency incidents or to access training courses out of town.

(Source: Shane Love MLA)

More info..

Road Safety Commission · Toodyay Road Upgrade


$3.8 million has been allocated immediately from the Road Trauma Trust for upgrade works on the Wheatbelt end of Toodyay Road.

The funding would enable environmental reviews and clearances to be sought and pre-construction activities for future road upgrades to be carried out.

The announcement follows the findings of the nine month Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review which investigated crashes on Toodyay Road, the Great Eastern Highway and the Great Southern Highway between Chidlow and York.

The full findings of the Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review are yet to be released but the Road Safety Minister, Liza Harvey had stated that the Wheatbelt end of Toodyay Road was in fact the worst performing of the three roads studied.

There have been 20 serious crashes on Toodyay Road between 2009 and 2013 in which five people were killed and 19 people were seriously injured.

(Source: Shane Love MLA)

Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review..

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