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Water Corporation to temporarily lower water levels in Lake Kununurra
Posted 15 January 2021 Water Corporation to temporarily lower water levels in Lake Kununurra

Water Corporation wishes to advise that they will be lowering the level of Lake Kununurra between Friday 29 January to Friday 12 February 2021 (two weeks). The water levels are being reduced to complete essential works and reduce the impact on users as much as possible.

Mandatory Face Mask required at East Kimberley Regional Airport
Posted 13 January 2021 Mandatory Face Mask required at East Kimberley Regional Airport

As per the Emergency Management Act Section 72A, the East Kimberley Regional Airport Terminal wishes to advise that from 5 pm, 13 January 2021, it is mandatory to wear a mask upon entering the premises.

Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley's Council defers Melbourne โ€“ Kununurra
Posted 12 January 2021 Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley's Council defers Melbourne โ€“ Kununurra direct flight trial to 2022

At the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley's Ordinary Council Meeting held on 15 December 2020, Council endorsed the recommendation to defer the Melbourne - Kununurra's direct trial flight to 2022. Shire President, Cr David Menzel, said the decision to delay the trial further was not easy. However, due to many factors, including the uncertainty in the interstate borders and the Council's decision to support the State Government's Regional Aviation Recovery Plan, it was the right call to make. "Council have considered all aspects in regards to the benefits and risks of launching the Melbourne to Kununurra direct flight trial in 2021," said Cr Menzel,

Old Shire Building Demolition Commencement
Posted 06 January 2021 Old Shire Building Demolition Commencement

In preparation for the Splash Pad Project, demolition of the Kununurra Civic Centre (also known as the Old Shire Offices) is due to commence next week.

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Virgin Australia introduces Regional Fares Program
Posted 10 December 2020 Virgin Australia introduces Regional Fares Program

Virgin Australia has introduced a Regional Fares Program for residents in rural areas. The program will provide regional residents with access to year-round cheaper flights. Minimum return fares are available from $550 for Kununurra. A $750 maximum capped returned fare has also been introduced as part of this program. The fares are available to residents who are members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program and have their profile linked to regional address at an eligible location.

State Government provides funding for Clarrie Cassidy Oval in Wyndham.
Posted 04 December 2020 State Government provides funding for Clarrie Cassidy Oval in Wyndham.

The State Government announced a $1.75 million contribution to Kimberley Aboriginal communities for Sport and Recreation projects. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray made the announcement at the town of Fitzroy Crossing. The funding is provided under the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) administered by the Department of Local Government and Cultural Industries. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley will receive $591,783 to upgrade change rooms and lighting at Clarrie Cassidy Oval in Wyndham.

Contact Register reintroduced to keep WA Safe
Posted 26 November 2020 Contact Register reintroduced to keep WA Safe

The McGowan Government has recently reintroduced a mandatory contact register as an extra precaution to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 community outbreak. Businesses and premises will be required to provide a contact register of patrons. The State Government has also provided a free โ€˜SafeWAโ€™ app to ensure a more convenient sign-in for businesses and individuals. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley wishes to advise that the mandatory contact register will begin for all its facilities from Monday 30 November 2020, including:

Household Electricity Credit commences this month
Posted 02 November 2020 Household Electricity Credit commences this month

The State Governmentโ€™s $600 Household Electricity Credit will be applied by Synergy and Horizon Power this month. The Electricity Credit was announced last month as part of the Stateโ€™s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, providing $644 million of financial relief to 1.1 million WA households. Residents of caravan parks, retirement villages, buildings or communities by local mining companies will also be eligible for the credit.

Have your Say - Old Shire Building Demolition for Water Playground Park
Posted 20 October 2020 Have your Say - Old Shire Building Demolition for Water Playground Park

Following the State Governmentโ€™s announcement that funding will be provided to build a Water Playground in Kununurra, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley have explored possible locations and is intending to construct the Water Playground where the old Shire Administration Building is located.

2020-21 State Budget to benefit Regional WA
Posted 08 October 2020 2020-21 State Budget to benefit Regional WA

The State Government has recently announced the 2020-21 budget, with a strong focus on funding vital job-creating projects and services that would assist the Stateโ€™s recovery from the pandemic, particularly in regional WA. Regional families will benefit from the $644 million WA Household Electricity Credit, where each household will receive a $600 electricity credit by the end of the year.

Western Australia remains in Phase 4 of WA Roadmap to Recovery with a
Posted 06 October 2020 Western Australia remains in Phase 4 of WA Roadmap to Recovery with a tentative date set for Phase 5

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley wishes to remind members of the community that the State government has extended Phase 4 of WA's 'Roadmap to Recovery'. A tentative date to move into Phase 5 has been set to Saturday 24 October 2020. Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA's hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities. The State government will update and confirm in the coming weeks.

Rates Instalment due 23 October 2020
Posted 22 September 2020 Rates Instalment due 23 October 2020

For ratepayers who have selected the four-instalment option, the second instalment reminder notices have been issued and payment is due on 23 October 2020. If you elected to pay via instalments and haven't received your instalment reminder notice please contact the Rates Officer on 08 9168 4100 or email rates@swek.wa.gov.au

Water Corporation and Miriuwung and Gajerrong Corporation officially
Posted 15 September 2020 Water Corporation and Miriuwung and Gajerrong Corporation officially opens Diversion Dam Viewing Area

On Monday 14 September 2020, Water Corporation and (Miriuwung Gajerrong) MG Corporation officially unveiled the new Ord River Diversion Dam viewing area. The project took over six months to establish and was officially opened by the Water Corporation's General Manager, Barry Ford, and Executive Chair of MG Corporation, Lawford Benning. The viewing area shows a spectacular view of the dam with interpretive signages that explains the history of the Ord River project in English and the native Miriwoong language.

Congratulations to Draw A Prize Winners
Posted 03 September 2020 Congratulations to Draw A Prize Winners

Community Grants at the Shire
Posted 21 August 2020 Community Grants at the Shire

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is committed to providing support to not-for-profit organisations, community-based sporting, cultural, environmental, service groups and associations. As part of this commitment, the Shire is pleased to announce that several funding options are now open and additional funding streams will be available from 1 September 2020.

Wyndham Boat Ramp & RSL Community Consultation
Posted 20 August 2020 Wyndham Boat Ramp & RSL Community Consultation

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley held two Community Consultation sessions last week in regards to Wyndhamโ€™s Boat Ramp and Town Revitalisation. WGA Consulting presented the proposed Boat Ramp to members of the community. Residents were able to give feedback in regards to the design and concept of the boat ramp and parking.

Successful Community Consultation โ€“ Wyndham Foreshore & Town
Posted 18 August 2020 Successful Community Consultation โ€“ Wyndham Foreshore & Town Revitalisation.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley held two Community Consultation sessions last week in regards to Wyndhamโ€™s Boat Ramp and Town Revitalisation. WGA Consulting presented the proposed Boat Ramp to members of the community. Residents were able to give feedback in regards to the design and concept of the boat ramp and parking.

Applications for 2020/21 'Facilities Grant - Rate Assistance' round of
Posted 30 July 2020 Applications for 2020/21 'Facilities Grant - Rate Assistance' round of grants are now available

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is committed to providing support to not-for-profit organisations, community-based sporting, cultural, environmental, service groups and associations. As part of this commitment, the Shire is pleased to announce the provision of the Facilities Grant - Rates Assistance.

Rates Notice issued
Posted 24 July 2020 Rates Notice issued

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley wishes to advise that the annual rates notices were issued last Friday,17 July 2020. The first payment of rates is due on Friday, 21 August 2020.

Community Consultation - Wyndham Town Revitalisation and Foreshore
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Posted 23 July 2020 Community Consultation - Wyndham Town Revitalisation and Foreshore

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley will undertake a Community Consultation in regards to Wyndhamโ€™s Town Revitalisation and Foreshore - Boat Ramp & RSL, on 12 โ€“ 13 August 2020. The Shire would like to invite and encourage all community members, businesses, ratepayers and residents to attend the meetings held in Kununurra and Wyndham. Community feedback is valuable in moving these projects forward.

Roll out begins for $6.2M Kimberley Juvenile Justice Strategy.  ย 
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Posted 16 July 2020 Roll out begins for $6.2M Kimberley Juvenile Justice Strategy. ย 

Following the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, the State government has moved to the next stage of the Kimberley Juvenile Justice strategy (KJJS) with a $6.2 million injection. During the first year of funding, the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre were engaged to undertake a consultation process across the Kimberley to identify a range of culturally based, community-led solutions for at-risk youth. The new $6.2 million allocation for KJJS, aimed at reducing youth offending, will fund the continuation of safe-place grants, night patrols, Aboriginal Service WA support for young people in the justice system and an education industry skills program across different regions in Kimberley, including Wyndham and Kununurra.

A boost to regional small business economic recovery
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Posted 15 July 2020 A boost to regional small business economic recovery

The McGowan Government is investing in the revitalisation of regional Western Australia through the 'Vibrant Regional Businesses' program, which will provide support and services to small local businesses as they recover from COVID-19. The Vibrant Regional Businesses is a community-led investment program developed by Horizon Power in collaboration with eight regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) groups, including the East Kimberley CCI.

Photos wanted for Nature Play WA โ€“ Nature Passport Initiative.
Posted 06 July 2020 Photos wanted for Nature Play WA โ€“ Nature Passport Initiative.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of six Shires to participate in Nature Play WA โ€“ Nature Passport Initiative.

Off-leash designated dog areas in Kununurra
Posted 26 June 2020 Off-leash designated dog areas in Kununurra

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Rangers would like to remind the community of the off-leash designated dog areas in Kununurra. Under the local Shireโ€™s Local Laws 2003, Dog owners may take their dog off-leash at the Cemetery, Pump Shed, Lakeside Bush Path, and Swim Beach (areas highlighted in the map below). Within the designated off-leash areas, the dog owner must remain in control over their dog and carry a leash.

Water Corporation issues important warning not to fish or recreate near
Posted 22 June 2020 Water Corporation issues important warning not to fish or recreate near Ord River Diversion Dam

Water Corporation and the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is reminding the Kununurra community not to enter restricted areas at the Ord River Diversion Dam. Water Corporation North West Regional Manager, Sharon Broad, said signage and fencing was in place to prevent access to restricted areas, however, some people continued to ignore the many warnings.

80's Driveway Disco a Hit
Posted 22 June 2020 80's Driveway Disco a Hit

On Friday 19 June 2020, The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley held the 80's Disco Driveway to connect with the community and boost morale amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. A disco truck drove through the streets of Kununurra with 80's disco music. Members of the community brought their families out dressed in their 80's get-up and danced on the streets. The event was live-streamed on the Shire's Facebook page with over 2,500 viewers.

MARKYT Survey Launched to Assist Local Government in Understanding
Posted 18 June 2020 MARKYT Survey Launched to Assist Local Government in Understanding Community Needs

A MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard was launched on 11 June 2020 to assist local government in understanding the needs of the community, mapping community resilience and rate local governments' performance during and post the Coronavirus pandemic. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is encouraging members of the community to take the survey to ensure the Shire can deliver services and projects that are relevant to the community.

Discount on One-Year Pet Registration from Now Until 31 October 2020.
Posted 16 June 2020 Discount on One-Year Pet Registration from Now Until 31 October 2020.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is pleased to announce a discount on one-year registration for pets from now until 31 October 2020. The Shire is encouraging pet owners to take advantage of this 50% discount period. Under the Dog Act 1976 and Cat Act 2011, it is a legal requirement to register pets over the age of three months with their local Shire.

Council E-Meetings Now Open to Public Gallery
Posted 15 June 2020 Council E-Meetings Now Open to Public Gallery

As the Federal and State Government continues to lift Coronavirus restrictions around public gathering, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is pleased to advise that moving forward all public Meetings of Council will now allow for a maximum of 50 patrons to attend in person from the Gallery.

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