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October 2013

Karen Derschow and her current Year 3 class. (Photo by Aaron Bunch)


The commitment and expertise of Cassia Primary School teacher, Karen Derschow, was recognised at the WA Aboriginal Education Awards, held during NAIDOC Week. Karen was named as Western Australia’s Outstanding Aboriginal Teacher of the Year, receiving the prestigious Barry Hayward Award recognising her dedication to supporting the educational achievements of her students. The awards ceremony was held at Parliament House on 10 July, with Karen excitedly receiving her award in the presence of esteemed peers and her proud Mum, Mrs Pat Turich who also attended the ceremony. Education Minister Peter Collier said, “Mrs Derschow believes every child matters, every day - and this is evident in her teaching practice and the high standards in her Year 3 classroom.

She provides effective and appropriate feedback to students about their learning goals, and they know exactly what is expected of them.”

Karen’s many teaching strengths were recognised, particularly her approach to establishing inclusive routines to engage and support students, as well as her ability to maintain orderly and workable processes where children are always involved in stimulating learning activities. Besides her wonderful way with students, Karen also coaches and mentors colleagues, demonstrating teaching strategies that they trial, with her support, in their classrooms. Karen received $2,500 for winning the award which must be used for professional development. In her typically unselfish way, Karen commented, “I’m not a solo person, I’m a group person, so I didn’t want to be the only beneficiary – I am keen to share the benefits of this award with the rest of our team.”

Karen had a connection with Cassia Primary School even before she started teaching there in 2010, with her sons, Bayleigh and Taj having attended the school for some time prior to that. As an Aboriginal Playgroup Leader in 2008, she worked hard to foster a closer connection between Cassia Primary School and Aboriginal families. She also conducted twice-weekly reading classes after school for Year One Aboriginal students. Through her education support program, they demonstrated increased confidence and competency with their reading. Janine Kinninment, Principal of Cassia Primary School, said that everyone in the Cassia School community was thrilled that Karen’s teaching skills, dedication and caring approach have been recognised. “It is great to see that Karen’s hard work has been noticed. Her professional learning is always put into practice in the classroom and in her support of other staff.”


SUPPORT THE SLAM! Sponsorship is being sought to support the continuation of free basketball evenings, workshops, games, entertainment and healthy dinners, at JDYz (formerly JD Hardie Youth Zone) which are a big hit with local youngsters.


Local youngsters showing off their “slamming” skills.

The Slam is in its second year, with youth workers and volunteers from different organisations collaborating to deliver these entertaining drug and alcohol-free sessions, which are aimed at engaging 13 to 24 year olds. Children as young as 10 years old have also been attending, enjoying 3-on-3 basketball, skills training, foosball, table tennis and a chill-out zone. The positive environment allows stakeholders and agencies to connect with young people in a relaxed way. However in order to allow the program to continue further, more funding is being sought from community-minded organisations. There is much to enthuse Hedland’s youth at the Slam, with prizes being given for teamwork, the best move, the best team, as well as awards recognising youth volunteers. Fourteen year old Peter Stevens said, “It’s really fun, you get to play basketball and get a free feed. I’m looking forward to the next one.” The positive environment allows stakeholders and agencies to connect with young people in a relaxed way and in order to allow the program to continue further funding is being sought.


“Supervisors, volunteers, funding and equipment donations have come from the JDYz, YIC’s Mingle Mob Program, the Department of Sport and Recreation, Garnduwa, Fairgame, WA Country Health Service, WA Police and the Department of Corrective Services, Crawford Realty, the Finucane Island Club, and other individuals. We cannot thank them enough for all their support for the program,” said Town of Port Hedland CEO, Mal Osborne. In a wider community initiative, residents are dropping off old sports shoes, enabling barefoot youth to compete safely. Different sizes are always needed so please bring your old but wearable footwear to the JDYz on Cottier Drive, South Hedland. For more information, please contact Program Officers Jane or Crystal on 9158 9380. Hedland Police Officer Mike Gillbert pedals through the pain barrier during the Roth Ironman in Germany, earlier this year. (Photo by

In a remarkable feat, dedicated competitor and local legend Mike Gilbert has competed in over 200 triathlons in 23 years. Mike has been in the police force for 12 years and is a Police Officer in South Hedland. His enthusiasm for triathlons was whetted at the age of 25 when he saw a mate competing. Since then, he has run his way through 80 pairs of shoes, cycled eight bikes into the ground and had six wetsuits nibbled by sharks (well, maybe not the last bit!) as he followed his passion that has taken him around the world. In May 2013, Mike took three months off to chase some of his dreams. His goals were to compete in the very well-known Roth Ironman in Germany and cycle the famously difficult climbs in the Italian and Swiss Alps. “In those 10 weeks, I completed five big races. I also joined three training camps with other athletes from around the world. Primarily based in Switzerland and Italy, I also spent a week training and racing on the Big Island of Hawaii,” he said. “The most amazing experience and arguably the best race in the world was the Roth Ironman. Outside the Tour de France, no other race has 200,000 plus spectators screaming for you on the climbs. It was a huge, huge buzz,” Mike added. The year’s highlights continue with Mike qualifying for October’s World Triathlon Championships in Las Vegas. The course will be hot and hilly, just how he likes it!

Log on to &event=Sports/GKDE/2013/Challenge%20Roth&photo=CRDO6288&bib =1093 to see more amazing shots of Mike in action in Germany.

LIVING HISTORY A free, two-week travelling exhibition at South Hedland Library evoked memories for members of Hedland’s Returned Services League (RSL). Thanks to the assistance from Port Hedland Library Coordinator, Sharon Groch, 15 pull-up banners formed the basis of an exhibition entitled, From War to Remembrance - A living history of the RSL.

Preparing for Battle in the MasterChef kitchen! (Photo by Shine Australia)

Sharon said, “The interest from Port Hedland’s RSL members was one of the drivers in bringing this to the town. The 71st anniversary of the bombing of Port Hedland was commemorated on 28 July – the eve of the exhibition’s opening - and we were also able to show bomb fragments.” Visitors learned about the RSL’s involvement in supporting veterans and their dependants, and its role within the local community. Other featured material came from the State Library of Western Australia and there was access to an online interactive map detailing the formation and work of WA’s RSL sub-branches.

FROM HEDLAND MUM TO CELEBRITY CHEF Liliana Battle flew the culinary flag for WA and had the experience of a lifetime as part of Channel 10’s famous MasterChef television program.

Exhibition banners told the story of the RSL

From War to Remembrance a living history of the RSL

South Hedland Public Library 29 July – 18 August 2013

An exhibition exploring the role of the Returned & Services League in Western Australia.

Supplementing the display, South Hedland Library’s digital photo frame had part of the town’s wartime photographic collection showing on rotation, thanks to the efforts of Local History Officer, Jenny Molloy. The exhibition was presented by the RSL WA Branch in partnership with the State Library of Western Australia, and supported by Lotterywest and 720 ABC Radio Perth.

After applying online in October 2012, in response to friends saying she should be on the show, she was invited to take part in a one-hour phone interview that resulted in an invitation to audition in Melbourne last December. The challenge involved carting her kitchen equipment across the country (she carried her food mixer in her hand luggage) and preparing her trio of desserts in a hotel room! Having survived that test, Liliana cooked the following day in the commercial kitchen that is familiar to the program’s viewers. She was filmed and interviewed as she prepared ricotta tortellini served two ways, and received kudos from audition judges for creating the pasta from scratch, plus sauces, within 60 minutes. Her dish was described as “flawless” by Janelle Bloom, food writer and TV host of Ready Steady Cook. January brought another lengthy phone interview before Liliana’s kitchen became a studio when a production crew flew to Hedland, to film her replicating the pasta dish and also to shoot scenes in her local setting. As she was about to get underway with her cooking, there was a knock at the door. She asked husband, Jason, to see who was there, but the crew thought she should answer it. The show’s judges, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston were on the doorstep! “I got the shock of my life! It was surreal having them in my home, chatting to my husband and sons Jake, 15, and Jesse, 11. They gave me my MasterChef apron in front of my family, which was just lovely. I now consider Matt Preston to be a personal friend,” Liliana said. With filming complete, being mum again became a priority. However, having beaten 11,000 other hopefuls to appear on the program, many doors have opened. See Liliana’s website to keep track of her current and future projects.



PAINTING THE TOWN RED It’s that time of year again, when artists and art-lovers swarm to Hedland. The Courthouse Gallery has been a buzz of activity since August, with the Hedland Art Awards exhibition that runs until 19 December in full swing. The prestigious exhibition, which draws about 4,000 visitors to the gallery, is proudly sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore and a number of other local businesses. It celebrates the talent of local and regional artists from across the Pilbara, Kimberley, mid-West and Gascoyne, who work in a variety of materials except photography and digital media.

Admiring Melissa North’s painting Aquatic Pulse. (Photo courtesy of Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery)

A total of $60,000 was awarded as cash prizes in nine categories, with amounts ranging from $500 for the Encouragement and People’s Choice awards, to $20,000 for the undoubtedly sought-after Most Outstanding Work award, which this year went to Marianne Penberthy for the textile piece Ferrous Solution. Rules state that a maximum of two pieces of original artwork, which must have been created within the previous 12 months (i.e. since August 2012), could be submitted by an individual, and all exhibited works are to be for sale. A modest fee of $20 enabled entry to the awards. This year, selections were made from 146 entries, with judges Dr Ben Joel, Carly Lane and Nigel Hewitt having a very tough time deciding which entries should be short-listed. They noted that the calibre of submitted work continues to raise the bar each year. The awards exhibition may be viewed seven days a week, from 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and until 2.00pm on weekends. Please contact the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery on 9173 1064 for more details.

Artist Leonie Cannon with her painting titled Pilbara Tidal Rock Pool Reflections. (Photo courtesy of Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery)


Programs to engage Aboriginal youth are reconnecting them with their cultural roots.

Child and Adolescent Aboriginal Mental Health worker, Eldride Edwards, delivers the intervention and prevention programs such as Drumbeat to most of the schools in Port and South Hedland, plus Strelley and Warralong Aboriginal communities. He has been in his current role for the past two years, teaching students basic life skills, including first aid and how to stay safe around water. The longer-term objective is to take them bush, to learn about their backgrounds and how to live off the land. Eldride is a busy man. He also works on after-school programs, and his mentoring and intervention is starting to pay off. “It’s great to see the kids open up. They’re Eldride Edwards with some shy to begin with, I couldn’t get a ‘boo’ out of them at the beginning,” he said. traditional instruments to The State Wide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service is funded under engage young Indigenous people attending his programs. WACHS Pilbara which funds Eldride’s position. To obtain more information, please contact the Pilbara Mental Health and Drug Service on 9174 1240.




State of the art audio-visual equipment has recently been installed at the Matt Dann Cultural Centre, enabling high quality live event production and movie screenings. With the new equipment in place, ten movies were able to be shown in July (which is the most ever screened in a single month), and live performances can now be staged on the day before or after an event due to a shorter transfer period from film to live events. The August program was representative of the variety of shows that can now be delivere d, with a range of movies, comedy shows and children’s entertainment being offered. In addition there was a free performance by Tim Davies and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and the magnificent play - Jack Charles v The Crown which is based on a unique personal story and was a highly popular feature from this year’s Perth Festival. In further exciting news, Disney is now on board and offering first-rel ease films for screening, meaning Hedland will see Disney movies even sooner than ever before! The mission of the Matt Dann Cultural Centre is to harness the power of the performing arts and engage the audience, both inside and outside the theatre, through performance, education programs and free worksh ops. Please see to find out more and for how to join the mailing list to receive event updates.

L to R: Michael Smith and Brad Holder, masters of sound enhancement.

Where do you read Hedlines? Diane Rickard enjoying a splash of Hedlines News at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre.

A decade ago Diane Rickard was a resident in South Hedland and working as the Duty Manager for the then South Hedland Aquatic Centre (SHAC), before leaving town to take up other opportunities around the State. Ten years on and Diane is back to help set up the revitalised the SHAC and has decided that she has missed Hedland so much it is to be a permanent move! Now serving as the Centre Manager of the SHAC, Diane brings with her insights of aquatic life having managed numerous aquatic centres in Kalgoorlie, Leonora, Kambalda and Lake Grace in WA. Diane has been joined in Hedland by her partner, her adult children and grandchildren – all of whom have made Hedland home too! The SHAC was officially opened on 17 June 2013 and has since been a hit with the Hedland community, with its amazing new amenities. Diane acknowledges the whole team at the SHAC for doing an amazing job in presenting the centre to the community and added that “ten years ago it looked pretty much like a ‘SHAC’ and now, it is a beautiful aquatic centre that everyone can enjoy all day everyday”.

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Hedland’s Water Polo Association is one of the town’s oldest and most successful sporting groups, formed in the early 1970s. Going from strength to strength, the club’s development was enhanced recently when they received a BHP Billiton Iron Ore grant for much-needed equipment upgrades.

There are currently four women’s and four men’s teams, each with between eight to 15 players. The men’s Blackstars team is one of the originals that is still going strong. Association Secretary, Sarah Pell, has been playing for three years at the White Pointer Women’s Club and joined the Executive Committee in 2011. “The $5,000 grant will go towards a new electronic scoreboard, team balls, lane ropes and storage equipment. We’re very grateful to BHP Billiton Iron Ore for their support,” Sarah continued. Every March long weekend, two teams from the club compete in the WA Country Water Polo Championships. In Rockingham his year, they fought it out against competitors from Peel, Bunbury, Busselton and Geraldton, and two players, Nathan Groch and Daniel Weaver, had the kudos of being selected for the WA State Country Team. The Association is always looking for new players who can commit to weekly games and training. For further information, please email Sarah at The next round of BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s community grants closes on 1 November. For further information please contact Lisa Lock on 9173 4514 or email

Story Time Tuesdays at Port Hedland Library Thursdays at South Hedland Library Enjoy reading, rhymes, song and easy craft activities with your child. Both sessions run from 10.30am to 11.00am and are suitable for children aged between two and five. Please contact Port Hedland Library on 9158 9378 or South Hedland Library on 9158 9373 for more information.

Cash for Trash Saturday 12 October & Saturday 9 November Choose a venue from Port Hedland Turf Club/Centenary Park/Shay Gap Park/ Daylesford Park/South Hedland Landfill. This monthly event always requires volunteers to assist in the counting of bottles and ensure smooth operation. Please email to register your interest.

Local Government Elections Saturday 19 October Council Chambers, Civic Centre & South Hedland Library The Ordinary Local Government Elections will be held across WA and Town of Port Hedland residents and ratepayers are encouraged to ensure that they are eligible to vote. For information regarding the election please contact Ben on 0467 800 892.

JD Hardie Youth Zone (JDYz) Junior Chef Every Tuesday 3.30-5.00pm Develop your child’s interest in cooking yummy and healthy recipes with a different cuisine theme each week. Suitable for children aged 10 years and over, places are limited. $8 a session, with a 25% discount for siblings. For more information, please email or call 9158 9380

BHP Billiton Iron Ore Community Grants November 2013 Funding Round – applications close 5:00pm, Friday 1 November.

Action in the closing stages of the 2011 season. (Photo from North West Telegraph)

February 2014 Funding Round – applications close 5:00pm, 1 February 2014. BHP Billiton Iron Ore invites you to apply for funding through its valuable Community Grants Program. Applications must be submitted using the standard form. For further information please contact Lisa Lock on 9173 4514 or email

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