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Out of the CEO’s office – May


Councillor Resignation – On behalf of Council we would like to express our appreciation of Spot Desmond for his commitment to Council and the Perenjori community over the past 8.5 years.  Spots contributions have always been pragmatic ensuring the best for the community, for today and the future. Spot’s resignation does provide an opening for a new Councillor, with nominations opening for 1 week only from the 17th May to the 24th May, 4.00 p.m sharp.  There is some very good information available for anyone interested on websites:

Nominations must be on a prescribed Form that is available from the council office or alternatively via the Western Australian Electoral Commission website –
Further information –
An $80 nomination deposit is required as well as a profile of the candidate consisting of no more than 150 words.
For more information on being an elected member –

ANZAC Day – Many thanks to all who participated in the Anzac Day event.  A special thanks to the Perenjori Primary School children who were definitely the stars of the day.  Their confidence levels were amazing in presenting their individual pieces and their presence in such a significant event was very moving.   Some big thanks also to the Morawa High School band keeping us in tune with their wonderful music.

Corporate Business Plan– this is in a final draft form and will now be released for public comment.  This will be available on the website as well as in hard copy from the Administration office.  Please feel free to feedback any comments to myself or Emily Sutherland,


 The following projects and activities continue to be progressed:

Budget 2018/19 – A preliminary discussion has been conducted with Council to prepare for the coming budget.  The budget will be based on the Community Strategic Plan, Corporate Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan.  If there are any special requests for the community please contact myself or you elected member representative.  Council will be aiming to adopt the budget in June/July 2018.

Pavilion Re-Development – This project is progressing well, on time and on budget.

Western Power – Western Power have been working in Perenjori replacing lights.  If any residents notice lights not working these can be reported directly to Western Power @

Blues for the Bush – Sunday in Perenjori – Planning has commenced with the operations team well underway.  As an extension to the event this year aims to offer low level activities for people to stay in Perenjori on the Sunday.  This will aim to offer a “homemade” mini market, music, art and crafts, circus acts, film night, free camping and heritage trail – passport activity for children.  The aim is to secure commitment and involvement from local business and community groups with the opportunity to showcase the hospitality of the town.  A meeting calling interest will be held in the coming weeks to enable views, ideas and concerns to be addressed.

Fixed Wireless Network – Council has provided support for a Node1 submission to the Digital Farms grant – This is to provide a Fixed Wireless network to the North Midlands specifically aimed at providing metro grade, affordable internet access to farming businesses. The grant would come through Commonwealth funding and is a continuation of our Shire’s and other North Midlands Shires efforts to provide a more affordable, reliable, fast and sustainable internet service.

Telecommunications – Council is aware there are still blackspot areas in the Shire.  There are two towers which are still to be installed and connected one on the Great Northern Highway – close to Mount Gibson and the other in the far north of the Shire on the Cunningham’s property.  It is identified there is a blackspot in the south west of the Shire which will be pursued with the Commonwealth and State governments.  Further to this it will be sought to have the existing “older” towers upgraded from 3 G to 4GX to assist with increasing speed and capacity across the town and surrounding areas.

PERENJORI PUBLIC BENEFIT TRUST – Round 12 is currently open and will close Friday 25th May 4 pm. Each year the sponsor is putting $100,000 towards community groups and their projects. Please contact the Grant officer Christina if you have any questions regarding the Mount Gibson fund. Find the application and guideline forms at the Shire office or here.