THE GIDGEGANNUP PROGRESS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
HELD MONDAY 16TH FEBRUARY, 2009 AT 7.30pm
AT THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY HALL, OLD TOODYAY ROAD, GIDGEGANNUP.
PRESENT: Sally Block (Chairman) Michelle Zimmel (Secretary)
Mark Turner, Len Baxter, Vicki Hamersley, Warwick Wild, John Mangini, Peter Jensen, Jean
Jensen, Mary Davis, Bill Karoll, Alan Lockwood
APOLOGIES: Colin Burton
The Minutes of the Meeting held 19th January, 2009 were tabled and accepted as read. Moved
Vicki Hamersley/John Mangini. All in favour.
2. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
PORT BOUVARD COMMUNITY CONSULTATION GROUP
Acceptances have been extended to 28th February, 2009.
There are extensive landline problems in Gidgegannup at present, approx 200 households without a
service. Lloyd Morley is investigating the matter.
There has been no contact from them since their company meeting 3.2.2009.
There has been no response from authorities about white lines on local roads.
Toodyay Road white lines infill patching has been completed following the recent road works, yet
Stoneville Road centre line was not done at the same time as previously indicated. GPA to contact
the authorities about this issue.
SIGNAGE ON WATERCOURSES
GPA have now sent a list of suggested sites for signage to City of Swan.
PROPOSED RESERVE on corner RESERVE and BERRY ROADS
There has been no response from Grant MacKinnon.
TOODYAY ROAD REPAIRS
MRD had been contacted about the substandard repairs and their rapid deterioration and loss of
stone surface and subsequent slick traction. There has been no acknowledgement.
3. TREASURER’s REPORT
Balance carried forward $ 2058.64
ADD subscriptions 40.00
DEDUCT bank fees 6.00
Balance as at 10.2.2009 $ 2092.64
The Treasurer’s Report was tabled for acceptance. Moved Len Baxter/Michelle Zimmel. All in
Various re fire risk management
Various re Telstra service
EMRC meeting notes
Draft Perth Hills Bill
Hanson re dust on Toodyay Road
CoS Public Open Space workshop
BMX track opening
BPA re Peet development
Red Hill Quarry environmental report
Various re fire risk management
Various re Telstra service
CoS re watercourse signage
Hanson re dust on Toodyay Road
CoS re white lines on Stoneville Road
BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE CORRESPONDENCE
FIRE RISK MANAGEMENT/TELSTRA SERVICE
The Federal Government is proposing an electronic early warning system. This would require that
areas have a reliable landline service and/or mobile phone coverage, which Gidgegannup does not.
The last meeting was held 11.2.2009. Next meeting is 8.4.2009.
The Justice Dept has just completed another rubbish collection, 0.5T on verge rubbish collected and
36 tyres dumped. Collections will continue to be twice monthly.
There is an ongoing odour problem related to their fresh garbage activities. They asked residents to
ring through problems asap so that they can investigate. They have commenced odour source
The power generation plant has had noise dampener fittings installed and it is now much quieter.
The cull notice has been granted from DEC to reduce kangaroo populations within the newly fenced
area. They will commence culling in February and March.
Their dam is now accessible for fire vehicles to draft water. They will do some more road works to
They have appointed new consultants to manage contamination issues associated with old landfill.
Nothing further heard from developers about the WWTP except that they would liaise with CoS .
They have drained 3 ponds after an outbreak of Avian Botulism. Tests confirmed it was not bird flu.
They are still accepting paper, cardboard and plastic drink bottles, but not other types of plastic.
There is now a bin for discarded mattresses.
The Ant infestation is by the native Greenslade Meat Ant. They will not spray but likely disturb the
ground to encourage them to move on.
The road between the 2 cells has now been excavated and is rapidly being filled. The cell near the
Transfer station has been sealed over with top soil and plant rehabilitation will commence this
They are relining 3 ponds, cost $ 400,000 and installing leak detection systems. To be completed by
DRAFT PERTH HILLS BILL
There is little support for this Bill from Local or State Government. The Eastern States fires will
also force a significant rethink about development in high fire danger areas and forest fuel
HANSON DUST ON TOODYAY ROAD
GPA will contact MRD re ongoing problem. Hanson admitted they were less vigilant during the
festive holiday break, but since then they have swept the road every week by their contractors
CleanSweep. One of the conditions requested by GPA for any expansion of the quarry isthat a
wheel wash and crossover diversion drain be installed prior to this. Hanson advised that they are
still designing a wheel wash system but are doubtful that the funds will be available. Local residents
feel annoyed and aggrieved by stone damage to car paintwork and smashed windscreens. It was
mentioned that Cataby Mineral Sands has an excellent wheel wash.
CoS PUBLIC OPEN SPACE POLICY
CoS are developing a plan for the next 20 years. The GPA attended the February meeting at which
there were about 20 attendees. It was strongly felt that land around watercourses should be protected
and not used as part of the PoS allotment. Subdivisions need well planned and accessible playground
and recreational facilities. It was interesting to note the divide between the expectations and
provisioning of rural and urban areas. The Policy is being drafted now and will be released mid-
2009 for public comment.
BMX TRACK PUBLIC OPENING
The Opening is being held 23.2.2009 from 3.30pm – 6.30pm and will include a sausage sizzle,
mobile climbing wall, PCYC bus, free drinks, music, Xbox, internet and free competition.
PEET DEVELOPMENT IN BRIGADOON
The Brigadoon Progress Association have said that they are not satisfied that Peet & Co have
addressed environmental issues. In the light of the bushfire tragedies and the fact their site is steep
heavily timbered country, development will likely be lengthily delayed if it happens at all.
RED HILL QUARRY ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT
This report is available on line, CD or hard copy. The GPA to peruse and report at the next meeting.
THE ORANGE ROUTE
The Community simply wants a definitive answer – YES or NO., as to whether the government has
any intention of proceeding with this road. The Community wants Red Hill fixed. Great Eastern
Highway has been upgraded at great cost. The Communities affected by this issue need answers
now so that they can plan appropriately.
The correspondence was tabled for acceptance. Moved Mary Davis/Bill Karroll. All in favour.
5. GENERAL BUSINESS
NORTH GIDGEGANNUP RURAL WATCH REPORT
January and February 2009 have been very busy. 14 report in January alone, including a suicide in
a public area, an attempted suicide on private property by a member of the public, intrusions,
trespass, potential poaching, illegal pig shooters on private property and interference with private
property, suspicious vehicles. The community is urged to write down vehicle registration numbers,
contact their neighbours and the police about suspicious behaviour and strange vehicles parked
outside front gates and boundaries. Watch out for emerging patterns of behaviour and vehicles seen
repeatedly. Often dark coloured vehicles are used as they are less visible at night. Be careful when
confronting strangers, take registration numbers, Gidgegannup still does not have complete mobile
coverage if you need to call for help.
Following the ongoing trespass and break in at a local property, the owners are trialing various styles
of security cameras. Prices range from $ 200 - $ 2000, and quality of picture varies, and some
require mobile phone reception to transmit from their location. Some cameras took seconds to
FIRE RISK MANAGEMENT
The Place Plan 2004 identified several unresolved issues pertaining to fire risk management in
subdivisions in and around Gidgegannup, some of them high priority. Residents in Tilden Park are
concerned at the lack of identified and identifiable alternate exit roads/tracks should fire isolate them
from the one entry/exit, especially as the rear exit track is not viewed as safe in the event of a fire.
CoS and FESA were supposed to identify and construct alternate access. Some residents were aware
of a track on private property (could not be publicly advertised or right of access not legally
enforceable with change of ownership, it was a community goodwill gesture) and strategic
firebreaks, but it was clear that absence of a Tilden Park fire management plan and general lack of
local knowledge, was putting residents at risk. Expectations of access through private property could
also create demand for subdivision approval.
In other subdivisions, the strategic firebreak system had broken down when residents put their own
private locks on the access gates, there was no definitive arrangement to keep the break maintained
and clear of vegetation and the SFB was not signposted.
The forthcoming Swan Hills Place Plan revision would provide a good opportunity to highlight these
issues and implement updated strategies.
GPA will write to CoS to enquire about the Place Plan documents 2004 as to whether the high
priority issues have been implemented.
Communities needed to get together and discuss Stay/Defend or Go Early exit strategies, assess their
own area’s fire risks, defensibility of homes, the availability of defense infrastructure and equipment
and work together to reduce hazard and fuel levels. The Victorian situation was the worst
combination of weather, fuel levels, terrain and indefensible housing.
It was proposed that a joint public safety meeting be organized to coincide with the May GPA
meeting on 18.5.2009, so that, whilst the Victorian tragedy was fresh in people’s minds, attendees
could be provided information from Brigades and BRAG to help them plan and prepare their
properties before the next fire season. This would be combined with a report from the local Rural
Watch, as to how residents could improve their safety and security. The GPA to advertise this on the
Clean Up Gidgegannup Day - 1.3.09 10.00am 1.3.2009
Kulcha Concert - 5.00pm 1.3.2009
Lake Josephine Picnic by the Lake - 22.3.2009 1pm-7pm (bookings essential)
GPA Community Safety Evening - Monday 18.5.09 7.30pm
BRAG Community Fire Safety Awareness – 7.00pm 25.3.2009
Community Football Tipping Competition - Register now for the 2009 football season
6. NEXT GENERAL MEETING
There being no further business, the meeting concluded at 8.30pm.
The next General Meeting of the Gidgegannup Progress Association will be held on Monday
16.3.2009 at the Agricultural Hall, Old Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup, commencing 7.30pm.
Please note that the venue for the APRIL 2009 General Meeting will not be at the Agricultural Hall,
due to a prior booking. The Venue will be advised shortly.