July 2014

Created on: Wednesday, 30 July 2014 at 11:15:45 AM

Ranger News


Under the new Cat Act, all cats must now be registered, sterilised and microchipped. The Shire of Northam still has “Snip and Chip“ Discount Vouchers available for pensioners and low income earners, with two vouchers available per owner. These vouchers enable eligible persons to have their cats sterilised and micro chipped for a cost of $50.00 per cat.

Prior to the Cat Act, many people tolerated stray cats that meandered on their property. Some would put out food and water for these cats and unless they caused a nuisance to neighbours, measures were not taken to control cat numbers. Since the Cat Act was introduced there has been a huge increase in the incidence of stray cats being reported, which has led to more cats being picked up by Rangers and re-homed. As a result, cat rescue groups across the state are struggling to manage with the numbers.

To assist in easing the pressure on these rescue groups and to continue with the sound management and control of cats, the Shire is considering working with property owners who are affected by large numbers of stray cats in their area, by sterilizing stray cats to reduce the nuisance caused. Please contact Ranger Services on 9622 7267 to register your interest.

Warning - Keep Your Dogs Safe
On the 1 August 2014 the Shire will be hosting the Avon River Festival to celebrate the start of the Avon Decent. On the night there will be fireworks and dog owners are reminded to secure their pets from 08:30 pm to 09:00 pm. Many dogs are frightened by fireworks and may escape from otherwise secure properties.

Dog Registrations
All new first time dog registrations are now half price for registration up until 31 October 2014. Penalty for an unregistered dog - $200.

Get Ready for the Retune


As the final step in Australia’s successful move to digital-only TV, some TV channels will be changing frequencies. These moves will free up broadcasting spectrum so that it can be used for new services such as mobile broadband.

After the channels have changed, you will need to retune your digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to find the channels that have moved.

The retune will take place across Australia progressively until the end of 2014. Your retune date depends on your location and which tower you’re receiving your TV signal from.

Some people within the same town will have different retune dates. This is because some areas may be serviced by a number of TV towers. The best way to find the retune date in your area is by entering your address into the “Get retune info” box on the website at: digitalready.gov.au/retune.

Just like the successful switch to digital-only TV, the retune has been carefully planned to make sure the change is as easy as possible.

For further information on retuning, visit the retune website at digitalready.gov.au/retune or contact the call centre on 1800 20 10 13, 8am to 10pm (AEST), 7 days.

Bakers Hill Sporting Facility Upgrades Complete

The reticulation of the Bakers Hill Oval and the resurfacing of two courts at the Bakers Hill Tennis Club are now complete. The oval reticulation project was jointly funded by the Shire of Northam, the Department of Sport and Recreation and Royalties for Regions (Country Local Government Fund) and will utilise recycled water pumped from Wundowie.

The tennis courts have seen a remarkable transformation, thanks largely to the hard work of the Bakers Hill Tennis Club volunteers. Jointly funded by the Club, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Shire of Northam, two courts have been resurfaced with line marking for tennis and netball. The works also involved the installation of a retaining wall and drainage and new fencing, which was generously donated by the Bakers Hill Golf Club.

 Bakers Hill Tennis Court

The completed works means the community will now have access to quality playing surfaces for a range of sports, and the completion of the tennis courts are timely as the Club prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.


 Avon River Festival





Library News

The Shire of Northam library services are undergoing transformation over the coming months, with a range of new initiatives planned for both the Northam and Wundowie Libraries.

This will commence with the relaunch of the Better Beginnings program for 0-5 year olds. The program will see the introduction of a new health segment that will present mums and dads with information relevant to this age group that they might not generally have access too.

The first guest presenter is Geof Kaye, behavioural optometrist from Northam Optical. Also as part of our new intern program, Chantelle and Dailin Manning, students from the C Y O’Connor Early Childhood Unit are joining the team presenting Story and Rhyme Time along with Leah Adams from the Department of Parenting. So if your child enjoys stories, music and movement then Wednesdays at 10.00am in the Children’s Library at Northam is the place to be.

The Library will also focus on a particular area each month, with August being art. Opening with a series of workshops and ending with an exhibition of work from Students from the C Y O’Connor Art’s Program, now is definitely the time to come along and give it a go in a relaxed, supportive environment.

ART Month

August 4th Sally Beros Collage
August 11th Hayley Ayers-Findlay Fantasy Mache
August 21st Elsa Smith - Mandela’s
August 29th C Y O’Connor Art Exhibit

Further details are available from the wonderful library team on either 9621 1600 or pdolib@northam.wa.gov.au.
Story Time

Avon River Festival 2014

Come and join the fun from 4.30pm on Friday 1 August for this year’s action packed Avon River Festival. There will be children’s rides, bouncy castles, a teenage games zone, the largest firework display in the Avon Valley, market stalls galore, foods from around the globe, an amazing stage show line up and the annual float parade. Brought to you by the Shire of Northam and proudly sponsored by Lottery west, the Northam Boulevard, the Perdaman Group and Serco. The program details are as follows:

4.30pm – 4.45pm PCYC Dance number
4.45pm – 5.45pm Foreign Arcitechs Band
6.00pm – 6.30pm Parade
6.45PM – 7.00PM Lauren Carver (Singer)
7.00PM – 7.15PM Float Awards
7.15PM – 7.30PM Fire Show
7.30PM – 8.15PM Borrowed Time
8.15PM – 8.40PM Foreign Arcitechs Band
8.40PM – 9PM Fireworks


Pdf Version of the July 2014 Newsletter can be downloaded by Clicking Here.


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