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Northern Lights Project Commences in the Northern Midlands

The Northern Midlands Council is the next municipality to begin installing LED street lights through the Northern Lights Project. Installation will involve changing over 920 of the current residential street lights to energy efficient luminaires.

The new lights will be up to 82% more efficient than the existing 80W mercury vapour lights, leading to significant cost and energy savings by Council. By making this change, Northern Midlands will save the equivalent of around 900 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. This is equal to removing twenty cars of the road every year for the next twenty years!

Despite an initial capital outlay, the reduced operation and maintenance costs of the lights mean that the project will be cash flow positive within 7 years. From that point onward Council will incur savings, adding up to around $1.75 million over the 20 year life of the lights.

For further information on this project, and to track the progress of Northern Midlands and other councils involved in the Northern Lights Project, please visit

'My Council Services' Mobile App

‘My Council Services’ is a mobile IT platform which enables members of our community to submit customer service requests via their smartphone device (an App).

Anyone can download the App to their smartphone, and then register their location. If they identify an issue, for example a fallen limb, they can then submit the information, together with photos via the App and this will be emailed directly to Council for action.

The features of this application include:
• Simple registration process;
• Option to remain anonymous;
• Ability to attach relevant photos/videos to the request;
• The exact location is recorded as app is configured with Google Maps;
• Free App to download on mobile device.

To download the App search ‘My Council Services’ in your App store.

Midland Highway Safety Upgrades


Community information session
When: Wednesday 17 May 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Perth Community Centre, 173 Fairtlough Street, Perth
The design plans will be on display along with information about access onto the Midland Highway and Illawarra Road, noise concerns raised by residents, and the general amenity of Perth residential areas. Departmental staff will be on hand to answer your questions and record your feedback. Northern Midlands Council staff will also attend to answer questions about how the project fits in with the Council’s Perth Structure Plan.
Download the flyer here

Or provide your input online.
When: 10 – 17 May 2017
The same plans and information will be available as at the information session. You will be able to add your comments via an interactive map.


The project will improve the safety of the section of road between Symmons Plains to Perth by the provision of:
• a 2 metre central median
• a Flexible Safety Barrier down the centre of the road
• four safe overtaking opportunities in a 2+1 and 2+2 lane arrangement replacing the single section of 2+2 lanes
• a wider highway with sealed shoulders
• curve improvements
• safe turning facilities at regular intervals
• access improvements.
These safety improvements deliver a minimum three star AusRAP* safety rating.
For more information and the design plans on-line please view
Brochure - Safety Upgrades


notJack Writers' Prize

notJack Writers' Prize

The notJack Writers' Prize recognises the significance of place for Australian writers. Accordingly, the theme of the prize is 'writing from place'. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for their audience. $5000 cash prize and visual artist collaboration prizes are available.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. Entry fees are $20 per entry. The Open and Baringhup Categories both close on November 15th 2016. The entry form, guidelines and other prize details are included on this website. Interested writers are welcome to contact the prize at

Affordable Insurance for Community Groups

Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) have been actively providing insurance to clubs and volunteer based community groups since 1987.
Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS), a specialist insurance provider and division of JLT, was established to manage the insurance needs of clubs and community groups within Australia.
JLT have been working closely with both Local and State Government to ensure that insurances offered by LCIS meet the requirements of both these spheres of Government.
It is crucial for clubs and community groups to have insurance to protect against risks associated with ongoing activities and/or one off single events.
LCIS business assists not for profit organisations that have the following characteristics:
- Provide services to the broader community
- Have a turnover/funding of up to $5 million per annum
- Do not distribute profits to members
- Consist mainly of volunteers
for further information or to obtain a quote, visit: or telephone 1300 853 800.
JLT Flyer - Insurance and Risk Management for Community Fairs, Festivals, Parades and other events


The National Equine Database (NED) has been developed by CFA volunteer Jenna Kelley, founder of the Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team.
The database works by linking equine owners with property owners who have the capacity to temporarily house animals during bushfires and other emergencies.
By networking through the database pet owners in bushfire prone areas can establish plans to move their animals to a nominated safe place on days of predicted peak fire danger.
Ms Kelley said the idea came from not having anywhere to evacuate her thoroughbred to on days of significant fire danger.
"The loss of animals and family pets from a fire is devastating and the impact on surviving animals can be felt for months afterwards," she said.
The database is a FREE national community service and can be accessed at

National Relay Service - A phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.

Every day thousands of Australians with hearing or speech impairments rely on the National Relay Service to make and recieve phone calls.

The central link in each phone call is a relay officer who relays the caller's words to you and/or your words to the caller.

How to get started:

Contact the National Relay Service Helpdesk - Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm (Sydney time) to find out more about relay calls.

Voice: 1800 555 660
TTY: 1800 555 630
Fax: 1800 555 690
SMS: 0416 001 350

Service Directory for Families in the Northern Midlands

Service Directory for Families in the Northern Midlands

This service directory was informally launched at the "Lets Talk About Family Fun Day" held at Campbell Town District High School on 20 June 2012. The directory is an initiative of the Northern Midlands Early Learning Group: comprised of representatives of services and agencies working with young children and their families across the Northern Midlands. The online directory will be updated as service changes occur, or new services are established.

Service Directory for Families in the Northern Midlands

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