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    Hi, this is going to be a long read and i would very much appreciate it, if you could read it to at least consider my opinion because i'm 100% sure everyone who ski's at 'Welly' will agree. Prepare :) Dear Collie Shire Wellington dam is one of the best dams to ski at. My family loves it and we have skiing in our blood. Skiing at 'Welly' is excellent because there aren't too many Boats like the other dams, it is an extraordinarily big dam, it is the closest to us, and when the wind is right, the water can be as flat as glass. Even when the weather is bad, there are little spots that aren't affected and is perfect to wakeboard or ski on. It is Excellent when the water isn't as low as it is now. The water has been Used for crops around the dam and even as irrigation but other years Has never been this bad. It has dropped more than 100-150 metres. Last week, our family went out there for a ski and the water was Exceptionally flat. We were out there for a hour and we hit a tree Stump, and then a huge rock. It bent the prop and there were some Really bad warps in it. I am writing a letter to you, Collie Shire, because this isn't safe. Once more people are hitting these stumps, nobody will come To the dam anymore. I get that you could be draining the dam Because the grounds salt water table has risen and the water Is getting salty, but that isn't going to do anything. It will take Years to drain the water and it will just get salty again. It Doesn't take much to give your boat a rinse after you have Finished skiing and will make you care about your boat that Little more. A few reasons why you should consider my Opinion to stop draining the dam and to pull out most of The logs/rocks are that it is a safety hazard, and someone could Be coming in on a ski/wakeboard and could hit one and get Injured, it is a boat hazard and people could have hundreds of Thousands of dollars’ worth of a boat and the rocks and trees Could wreck it and the dam has already been closed for a few Years. Firstly, safety is a big thing for you guys and if you Want this dam to remain safe, you need to slow or Even stop the draining process. If you don't want to Do that you have to lift and remove all of the rocks And trees from the dam. To prevent this from Happening again, You should to both. If you leave The dam low and don't remove the trees and rocks, People will have an injury as my brother in law Landed on an underwater rock while on a Wakeboard. The dam is only going to get lower and If the rain this year isn't as good as it was last year, The dam filling process will be delayed and if not, It won't be fully filled for next summer. This is why You need to stop letting water out and need to Remove the stumps while you can. Secondly, if boats hit it, the owner and skiers won't Be happy and if you bend the prop, the day, if not week Of skiing is done. They won't want to come back To the dam and will go support another dam. It Doesn't take long to get a dozer down and push all Of the stumps out. Getting a dozer down to push The stumps and rocks, either further in or out, will Work in the long and short run. I don't see why You won't except that you are lazy. It will benefit For everyone as this dam is for recreational use. Even though there are buoys to tell you not to ski There but how are you then going to get into shore? You can't. If you don’t get rid of the stumps or stop Wasting/draining the water, more and more boats Will be at risk. Finally, if you don’t do something now, before winter Starts, it will be too late, and you will have to shut The dam down due to being too dangerous etc. It doesn’t take much just to put a dozer or few down To rip the stumps out from what you can get too. Not only will it make winter skiing safer, it will Improve further years of skiing at 'Welly' dam. If you Shut the dam again you will lose money, more People, including me, will go to other dams and Overall will not like collie shire. You need to get rid of the stumps and rocks From Wellington Dam otherwise it will be a Safety hazard to us, a safety hazard for our Boats and jet-ski's and the dam might have to Get shutdown again. I know I think it's not Hard to send some bulldozers down, but it isn't. You guys have lots of power and I'm sure sending 1 or 2 dozers down won't be an issue. I've seen multiple trucks bring loads of rocks to stop People from going to the other side when you Can just drive around through the campsite. That takes a lot more effort to just drive a 200- 400hp machine over small stumps. It might take A bit more effort to pull the rocks and trees/ Stumps out of the water, but the water will keep dropping So, you can just wait a bit then pull them out. I am very appreciative that you have read this letter and Hope you can do something about this. Cheers, Repa

    Repa asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question with regards to Wellington Dam. There are a number of State  agencies involved with the control and regulation of this Dam.

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are responsible for the park surrounding the Dam and access to it, the Department of Transport regulates the powered vessels and Watercorp controls the water levels through the release of water for irrigation on the coastal plains. The Shire of Collie has no role in the management of Wellington Dam or control of ski boats. 

    Please see the relevant contact details below:

    • Department of Transport Centre, Bunbury  - 13 11 56
    • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Collie - (08) 9735 1988
    • Watercorp - 131385
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    Are rates to remain the same for the coming year particularly for pensioners?

    Bruteiful asked about 1 year ago

    Rates will increase this year, however Council has not yet determined what the rise will be. 

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    Are there any plans in the near future to replace the fence around the Recreation Ground? It is becoming an eyesore and I think the beautiful gated entrance and grounds deserve a more fitting surround.

    Eljay asked about 1 year ago

    Hello. Your question has been passed on to our Tech Services department. We will update with an answer when it is received.

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    If tourism is collie future maybe you should try aiming a little higher if possible my family am I would travel to another country for a decent water park not not a pool with slides but a feature park with 15 + slides big enough to rival the world's best we have the land water natural curves of the hills could have artificial ski slope even a them park know it's probley more than we can do but maybe we could get investment only real rival would be adventure world lived hear 20 years and been 3 times we could top them and more it would bring young and middle age is families which need fun activities and spend lots on holiday have a look at the world top 3 and ask your kids

    Barry asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. It has been passed on to the relevant department.

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    Good afternoon It is my understanding that the MundaBiddi track is to be re-located from the 3 way straight into Collie and out the other side with the 3 way to Donnybrook leg being removed as the official trail. If this is indeed correct, I would like to suggest to the Trails committee that it remain as a maintained trail for riders. I am happy to be involved as we are already are in keeping our section clear. I think it would be detrimental in loosing this fantastic trail as an option for trail users and short track users.

    Dale Hill-Power asked about 1 year ago

    The Munda Biddi goes through Crown Land which is the responsibility of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). It is the Shire’s understanding that the redundant section of the Munda Biddi will continue to be maintained by this department following the realignment of the Munda Biddi. For further information please contact DBCA 

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    What is the Council doing to try and shift to renewable energy sources, such as soalr and wind. Are there targets for future reductions of emissions? Thank you.

    andrew asked over 1 year ago

    The Shire of Collie has a progressive roll out of energy saving technology throughout Council buildings, including the installation of LED lights and timers. Water and energy efficiency are part of the considerations for purchasing, and this is an issue we will continue to look at in the future. 


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    I applaud the council in investigating the proposed eco friendly park at Minni. If the action taken really strives to uphold eco friendly environment for the river it could well be a "goer" for the town. Research is the key factor in this proposal. (Not sure what to do with following message given below my email)?

    Yvonne r Hammond asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. It will be passed on to the relevant department. 

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    were do i sign to say no to Minninup Pool development. Stop our local swimming whole from being destroyed by tourism, its been part of our community for generations i taught my son to swim there as did so many locals. The Beeliargu Wilman tribe, community since the dream times, have lived and camped and worshiped in this location, it must be respected not developed in to a fun park for tourists . We have so many other locations around Collie for camping leave our Minningup Pool, to us the locals.

    DONALD asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. It has been passed on to the relevant department. 

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    I don’t think opening up mininup pool areas for caravan and camping is a good idea when lake kepwari and other lakes around Collie can be utilised

    Dooka asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. It has been passed on to the relevant department. 

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    Can you not turn minni into a camp ground. Maybe clean up around Stockton lake and make it better. Or open up the old caravan park and have walk tracks along the river way. Thanks andrew

    Andrew Madsen asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Andrew, 

    Thank you for your feedback. It has been passed on to the relevant departmtent. 

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    How do you contact friends of the Collie River ?

    Homeandaway1989 asked over 2 years ago

    Hello,

    You can find Friends of the Collie River on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheCollieRiver/ 

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    still waiting for tree inspection to be done in july now august still nothing done

    john bajor asked almost 3 years ago

    Hello,

    As we have posted on your previous answers, for any action to be done you need to contact the Shire office on 9734 9000 and put in a works request. Please also note that a tree inspection does not necessarily mean the tree will be removed. 


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    Hi. I have just enjoyed a terrific weekend in Collie with my husband attending a Rotary conference. We went mountain biking as well and wish to let you know that there was a huge amount of asbestos near the end of the Dead Cats Trail that we did. It was very close to the end of the trail near Mornington Rd. Could you please get it moved away?

    Lesley McKay asked about 3 years ago

    Hello Lesley, we are glad you had a great time in Collie, and hope you will visit again.  Thanks for letting us know about the asbestos.  Our works department will take the appropriate action.

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    If the Shire Council decided to lop completely 3 large mature trees within feet from the front of our property albeit couple of feet on the verge that had been there for over fifty years would you consider it prudent informing the property owner of your intention and perhaps convey your intentions before going out just lop without notice.?

    sobejko asked about 3 years ago

    As part of the scheduled tree inspection and planned maintenance in the Collie and Allanson town sites, hazardous shire verge trees are being pruned or removed if necessary. Some of this work is undertaken by Shire staff and some of the more high risk work is contracted to professional tree pruners. Trees are shire assets and are assessed periodically, with additional pruning or removal scheduled if required.

    The age of a tree does not reflect its suitability for location, health, or safe canopy structure.


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    Trees.on.my.corner.verge.need.to.be.looked.at.when.wind.blows.they.are.dangerous.address.elouera.str.and.Denton.pl.corner

    johnbajor asked over 4 years ago

    Hello, we appreciate your concern, but an arborist has been checking these trees for the last three years and has found them to be structurally sound and healthy.  They will be checked again in July this year by an arborist.  Our Parks and Gardens supervisor assessed the trees yesterday, and reported that there is no no requirement for any removal or canopy management. 

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    Trees.on.my.corner.verge.which.is.elouera.str.and.Denton.pl.are.dangerous.when.wind.is.blowing.need.to.be.looked.at.

    johnbajor asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for that information. We had passed it along to the relevant department for action. 

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    Dangerous.trees.need.removing.from.corner.

    john.bajor. asked over 4 years ago

    Hi John, 

    Thanks for your question. We need a little more information to be able to help you - can you tell us which trees & corner you are referring to? 

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    Hi, I am still awaiting a reply as to why non swimming guardians are charged the same price as swimmers. In my case my child is 8 years old and therefore not required to be in arms length at all times. During the summer, going swimming 2 or 3 times per week is a costly exercise at $9.00 per time. Perhaps a non swimming guardian could be charged the same as you charge a spectator, which is pretty much all they are anyway.

    Ivan neilson asked over 4 years ago

    Hello Ivan,

    We did respond to your earlier query, see below:

    Thank you for your question Ivan.

    Council’s adopted schedule of fees and charges lists admission for carnival spectators, concession admission and vacation classes as $2.50.  On those occasions or circumstances admission would be $2.50.  At other times the admission for single entry is $4.50, so you should be charged an admission fee each time you enter the pool.

    With the watch around water classification of the pool, a guardian should be within arm’s reach of the child, so all guardians entering the pool with a child should be prepared to be a swimmer.

    Fees and charges for all council facilities are set by council during the budget process and cannot be altered during that financial year. I have included a link to the current fees and charges as there may be some better value options for you if you are a regular visitor to the pool:
    http://collie.wa.gov.au/services/corporate-services/swimming-pool/ 

    We have taken on board your suggestion of non swimming guardians to be charged a spectator fee and will pass it on to relevant staff for consideration.