Manjimup Days for Girls
Minutes Of Meeting 16 March 2017
Meeting Opened: 9:10 am
Present: Debbie Vanderspil, Lynnette Nabholz, Sue Gregg, Mary Cook
Treasurer’s Report: Sue reported that the Petty Cash balance was $255.70.
General Business: Debbie reviewed how the group was organised and progress since formation and congratulated all.
Lynnette stated that the Quinninup ladies would not be attending the sewing/ social/ kit assembly part of the day’s proceedings today because of visitors and illness, and would prefer to do all the sewing and making of components in Quinninup. Sue and Mary agreed that that was the feeling of the Manjimup ladies. We are still aiming to have a quarterly meeting and social get-together.
The goals of the quarterly meetings are:
to do no sewing
to report progress
to discuss any problems
to plan for the future
to assemble kits.
Mary is to advise the members of the dates for the quarterly meetings, and Debbie so that she can book the room at the CRC for us.
There was a discussion about the money owing to Brenda for the second Go Cutter die. Brenda apologised for the confusion arising from her not including postage, exchange rates etc. All ladies were agreed that the best solution was to return one die to Brenda, and to share the use of the cutter and die in some way between the two groups. Lynnette reported that the Quinninup ladies had donated $60, and the remainder of their share of the raffle proceeds of $23.75 to cover our remaining debt to Brenda.
Debbie offered space in the store room at the CRC to store the cutter and die, with both groups able to access them either to use at the CRC or to borrow. As both dies and the cutter were brought to the meeting, this arrangement was agreed to, and was able to be put into practice immediately.
There was a discussion about the on-going need for fund-raising. Mary said that quite often items bought for the group (knickers, thread, face-washers) were donated by group members without asking for re-reimbursement, and that probably the Quinninup ladies did the same, but this was not something that could be done for flannelette, PUL and cotton fabric. Debbie suggested asking one of the Work for the Dole (Work for the Soul) participants at the CRC about helping with fund-raising, and mentioned a $100 raffle (Pick-a-square) which was agreed to. Lynnette said that the Quinninup ladies had a small raffle going at Quinninup. Brenda mentioned the DfG marquee that was available for use at markets etc.
Lynnette passed around the draft of an article she hoped to be able to put into the newspaper to raise awareness locally of the group and its aims. She will follow up on this with the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Next Meeting: will be open to all members of the Manjimup CRC Days for Girls. Dates will be advised by Mary
Meeting Closed: 10:40 am.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Minister Bill Johnston will take on the Mines and Petroleum portfolio, after it became apparent that Minister Peter Tinley would need to manage a potential or perceived conflict of interest in that portfolio.
At the first McGowan Labor Government Cabinet meeting, Cabinet was made aware that a family member of Mr Tinley worked in the oil and gas industry.
Minister Tinley will assume the Housing portfolio from Minister Johnston and retain the Veterans Issues and Youth portfolios.
The Ministerial changes will be formalised later this week.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"This is a responsible change to State Cabinet to ensure Ministers can do their job without any conflicts, potential or perceived.
"Once Cabinet was made aware of the potential conflict it soon became clear that managing the issue would be too complex, given the portfolio responsibilities and therefore the matter was dealt with at the earliest opportunity.
"Although the conflict could have been managed in an appropriate manner, I have made the decision to put the issue beyond any doubt.
"The change reflects WA Labor's commitment to running a transparent and accountable government."
Great progress for the Work For the Soul activity!
Below is an update
"Max Employment have referred 15 people to the Manjimup Events Group - Work For the Dole activity.
Out of these 15 referrals, 9 have found employment. The remaining 6 we have attending the activity, minus those with medical conditions and those with transport issues that live outside of the Manjimup catchment area.
The 9 who have found employment is an outstanding result and we are not even half way through the project and this has a lot to do with the Supervisor that you have employed to run the project. Sonja is exceptional at empowering these jobseekers; some entered this activity suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem, they are now confident self-assured adults who are ready to return into the workforce. Sonja has created a relaxed environment and has music and TED talks playing the in the background to inspire jobseekers. She has adapted the activity to what works well for her participants and I have received positive feedback from those who have attended.
Sonja is very accurate and prompt at recording attendance.
Whilst the numbers attending the activity remain low – the reason being that they are quickly transitioned back into the workforce makes for a very successful activity and I wanted to commend the Manjimup CRC on how this is being run.:
Friday, 3 March 2017
The artwork, entitled Murmur, is by Curtin graduate Anne Neil and is a marine grade aluminium piece which references the biological form of a shell structure.
"The Government is proud to recognise this milestone for Curtin University on behalf of all West Australians," Mr Barnett said.
"Curtin University has made a significant contribution to WA since it opened in 1967 as the WA Institute of Technology with 3,000 students.
"More than 215,000 students have graduated from the institution, which now has campuses across the State and in Singapore and Sarawak.
"This year, more than 4,000 staff will provide tertiary education services to about 60,000 students in the fields of architecture and construction, physical sciences, engineering and mining and teaching."
The Premier said it was fitting the sculpture was created by a prominent Curtin graduate whose work was on display at public sites across Perth. These included cast concrete walls to the bridge abutments and noise walls at the Great Eastern Highway-Roe Highway interchange, an aluminium installation at the Mandurah Entrance Road and another at a rest stop on the Forrest Highway.
Ms Neil's work, Murmur, reflects Curtin's innovative focus in science and also has an interesting visual reference to the original WA Institute of Technology logo, which is installed on the campus near the John Curtin Gallery.
Murmur will be on display at Sculpture by the Sea, which runs from March 3-20, 2017. More than 70 artists from 17 countries will exhibit at this year's exhibition, which is sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA.
More than 216,000 people attended Sculpture by the Sea 2016, showing the importance of events in attracting visitors and showcasing Western Australia's beaches, attractions and vibrant culture.
Through a collaboration MCRC and Max Employment have been running a Work For The Dole or Soul program as the project manager Sonja calls it.
The program kicked of late December and is running to June.
Out of 15 referred participants so far 9 have found employment and all have grown in self-confidence and self-esteem. Sonja is very proud of each and every one.
We are very proud of the program because it is empowering people in our community to find work.
They have worked on their resumes, cover letters, their personal values, strengths and will be assisting with local community events in the near future like the upcoming Warren District Agriculture Show.
Project Officer – Work for the dole