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Local Planning Policy Review  - LPP11 & 12
Posted 02 August 2022 Local Planning Policy Review - LPP11 & 12

Notice is hereby given that the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is currently reviewing Local Planning Policies and the following actions are proposed:

Murray Valley Encephalitis warning for Kimberley Region
Posted 02 August 2022 Murray Valley Encephalitis warning for Kimberley Region

Residents and travellers in the Kimberley region are being urged to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites after Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) was reported in an individual residing in the West Kimberley. Department of Health Acting Managing Scientist, Craig Brockway, said this was the first human case of MVE reported in Western Australia since 2018. The patient is now recovering. 

Delay to the Kununurra Splash Pad due vandalism
Posted 05 July 2022 Delay to the Kununurra Splash Pad due vandalism

Further delays to the opening of the Kununurra Splash Park are now expected due to the recent break-in and vandalism to the new ablution block and splash park flooring. Shire President David Menzel said it is extremely disappointing that there are people in our community that would willfully damage the new Water Playground.

Proposed disposition of land – Lots 401 & 402 on Deposited Plan 223234,
Posted 23 June 2022 Proposed disposition of land – Lots 401 & 402 on Deposited Plan 223234, Pearse Street, Wyndham.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley proposes to dispose of the above properties to Paul Cavanagh. Following an expression of interest process, a Council resolution was made to accept the offer received from Paul Cavagnah to purchase the land for a combined price of $24,000 (Minute Number: 22/03/2022 – 118611).

Notice of Proposed Road Closure – Portion of Moonmang Road, Kununurra
Posted 17 June 2022 Notice of Proposed Road Closure – Portion of Moonmang Road, Kununurra

Notice is given in accordance with section 58(3) of the Land Administration Act 1997 that the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is proposing to permanently close a portion of Moonamang Road, Kununurra.

Draft Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List
Posted 09 June 2022 Draft Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List

e Shire’s Municipal Heritage Inventory has been reviewed to prepare a draft Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List. The Local Heritage Survey informs the Heritage List and identifies and records places that are, or might become, of cultural heritage significance, whilst the Heritage List comprises the most significant heritage places in the Shire and provides protection to these places through the Local Planning Scheme.  

Approval of Amendment 1 (Omnibus) to Local Planning Scheme No. 9 (LPS 9)
Posted 18 May 2022 Approval of Amendment 1 (Omnibus) to Local Planning Scheme No. 9 (LPS 9)

It is hereby notified for public information, in accordance with Section 87(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2005, that the Minister for Planning approved Amendment 1 to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Local Planning Scheme No. 9 on the 27th day of April 2022.

New speed display set to encourage lower travel speeds in Wyndham
Posted 17 May 2022 New speed display set to encourage lower travel speeds in Wyndham

The Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley is continuing its commitment to creating a safe environment for all road users by installing courtesy speed display signs on the Great Northern Highway in the Wyndham townsite.

Affordable airfare has landed for regional WA
Posted 31 March 2022 Affordable airfare has landed for regional WA

From 01 July 2022, airfares for regional residents travelling to and from Perth will be capped by the McGowan Government. Local residents will now pay no more than $299 for a one-way flight when booked as a return flight. The State Government has committed $19.8 million to deliver on this election promise and has consulted extensively with regional communities and airlines to support regional aviation.

Heavy wet-season rainfall increases mosquito-borne virus activities in
Posted 25 March 2022 Heavy wet-season rainfall increases mosquito-borne virus activities in the region - warns WA Health Department

The Department of Health is warning residents and travellers in the Kimberley region to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, following heavy rainfall, flooding and the first evidence of Kunjin virus activity this season. Since the beginning of January, large parts of the Kimberley have received above-average wet-season rainfall that has resulted in flooding and an increase in mosquito-borne virus activity.

Disability Access and Inclusion Committee to meet to discuss actions for
Posted 16 March 2022 Disability Access and Inclusion Committee to meet to discuss actions for DAIP

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has recently updated its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) with the help of the Disability Access and Inclusion Committee (DAIC). DAIC’s next steps are to ensure the outcomes identified in the DAIP are progressed. To assist this, the Shire and DAIC will hold a meeting in the Kununurra Council Chambers on Monday 4 April at 4 pm. Community members are encouraged to attend.

Free* Oximeters available at the Shire Administration Offices
Posted 22 February 2022 Free* Oximeters available at the Shire Administration Offices

The Department of Health WA has supplied the Shire with Oximeters to distribute to community members who fit within the following categories:

Kimberley Shire Presidents met with State Government Ministers to talk
Posted 21 February 2022 Kimberley Shire Presidents met with State Government Ministers to talk about recent crime waves in the Kimberley

The Kimberley Regional Group has held a series of meetings with State Government Ministers and officials in relation to the current crime wave in the Kimberley and strategies to address family dysfunction, over-crowded housing, alcohol abuse and the low school attendance rates which are being experienced across the Kimberley.

Support Grant available for community groups and not-for-profit
Posted 18 February 2022 Support Grant available for community groups and not-for-profit organisations

In response to the state of emergency, the Shire is offering one-off grants designed to support not-for-profit organisations and community groups to continue to maintain community services.

New reinsurance pool to benefit north Australian residents and businesses
Posted 09 February 2022 New reinsurance pool to benefit north Australian residents and businesses

The Morrison Government has finalised the design of the reinsurance pool for cyclone and related flood damage, following consultation on the draft legislation. The reinsurance pool will be backed by a $10 billion annually reinstated Commonwealth guarantee and be administered by the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation from 1 July 2022.

High-speed business grade broadband is set to benefit businesses at the
Posted 03 February 2022 High-speed business grade broadband is set to benefit businesses at the Kununurra Airport

The Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, working with NBN Co, has invested almost $58,000 to create a new nbn Business Fibre Zone at the Kununurra Airport.

Proof of vaccination is required to enter Shire Facilities from 31
Posted 14 January 2022 Proof of vaccination is required to enter Shire Facilities from 31 January 2022

On 13 January 2022, the State Government announced that as part of the WA Safe Transition Plan to reopen WA’s borders, proof of vaccination will now be required to enter certain facilities from 31 January 2022. This will directly affect Shire facilities such as the Kununurra Leisure Centre and Peter Reid Memorial Hall. Any patrons aged 16 and over who enter the abovementioned facilities will be required to provide proof of vaccination, this includes members and anyone who wishes to hire Shire facilities.

Temporary Closures - Kununurra Boat Ramps and Ivanhoe Crossing
Posted 06 January 2022 Temporary Closures - Kununurra Boat Ramps and Ivanhoe Crossing

Due to Water Corporation's planned lowering of Lake Kununurra these facilities will be temporarily closed

Expression of Interest – Lease over Lot 509 Millington Drive, Kununurra
Posted 22 December 2021 Expression of Interest – Lease over Lot 509 Millington Drive, Kununurra (EOI 02 21/22)

Expressions of Interest are invited for the lease over Lot 509 on Deposited Plan 66529, portion of Foreshore Reserve 50468, Millington Drive, Kununurra for the purpose of either water-based community, recreation or tourism on Lake Kununurra.

Expression of Interest - to purchase Lots 401 and 402 on Deposited Plan
Posted 22 December 2021 Expression of Interest - to purchase Lots 401 and 402 on Deposited Plan 223234

Expressions of Interest are invited to purchase Lots 401 and 402 on Deposited Plan 223234, Pearse Street, Wyndham.

Council adopts 2021-2026 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
Posted 21 December 2021 Council adopts 2021-2026 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 14 December 2021, Council adopted the 2021-2026 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). Under the Disability Services Act 1993, it is a legislative requirement that the DAIP must be reviewed and actions updated at least every five years.

Kununurra Water Playground update
Posted 07 December 2021 Kununurra Water Playground update

The Shire would like to advise that due to COVID restrictions in Malaysia, there will be a delay in receiving the waterslides to complete the Kununurra Water Playground. The works are now expected to be complete by Easter 2022, in time for the Ord Valley Muster.

Rates Prize Draw A Winners
Posted 19 October 2021 Rates Prize Draw A Winners

On Wednesday 13 October 2021, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley drew the winners of the Rates Incentive program – Draw A. Draw A was open to all rate assessments paid in full, including all arrears and outstanding interest charges. The competition closed on Friday 8 October 2021.

Delay in CleanAway services
Posted 19 October 2021 Delay in CleanAway services

CleanAway wishes to advise that due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be a delay in waste delivery services in Kununurra and Wyndham until further notice.

Councillors sworn in at Special Council Meeting
Posted 17 October 2021 Councillors sworn in at Special Council Meeting

A special Council Meeting was held today to swear in the newly elected Councillors and elect a Shire President and Deputy Shire President. The Shire would like to congratulate Cr David Menzel, Cr Anthony Chafer and Cr Narelle Brook on their re-election and welcome newly elected Council members Cr Chelsea NcNeil and Cr Dylan Hearty.

Shire awarded $7.5m in BBRF grant to construct stage one of the East
Posted 08 October 2021 Shire awarded $7.5m in BBRF grant to construct stage one of the East Kimberley Regional Airport upgrade

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has been awarded $7.5 million in BBRF (Building Better Regions Funding) grant funding for the first stage of the East Kimberley Regional Airport (EKRA) infrastructure upgrade.

Proposed Disposition of Land (Lease) – Café at East Kimberley Regional
Posted 07 October 2021 Proposed Disposition of Land (Lease) – Café at East Kimberley Regional Airport, Peter Reid Drive, Kununurra

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley proposes to lease the café at the East Kimberley Regional Airport Terminal, being part Lot 200 on Deposited Plan 66654, to Timothy McClintock for a period of 5 years for the permitted purpose of café.

Federal Government supporting Northern businesses with a $100 million
Posted 04 October 2021 Federal Government supporting Northern businesses with a $100 million Northern Australia Development Program

The Federal Government is supporting small to medium-sized businesses in the North with a $100 million Northern Australia Development Program (NADP). Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the program would assist Australian businesses who have taken the leap of starting a business in the North.

Shire joins the ' Think Safe, Work Safe, Be Safe' campaign
Posted 01 October 2021 Shire joins the ' Think Safe, Work Safe, Be Safe' campaign

National Safe Work Month in October is a time to commit to a safe and healthy workplace. Vernon Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer at the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, supports Safe Work Australia’s ‘think safe. work safe. be safe’ campaign and is encouraging other businesses to join in.

Ord Cotton Gin to go ahead
Posted 15 September 2021 Ord Cotton Gin to go ahead

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board has approved up to $32m loan to construct stage 1 of a cotton gin in Kununurra. Kimberley Cotton Company (KCC) and Namoi Cotton have worked closely on the design and operational planning for Stage 1 of the cotton gin, which can process cotton grown on up to 15,000 hectares in the region.

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