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Cottier DRIVE Comes Alive!

Led by renowned environmental scientist Josh Byrne, one hundred students from Cassia, Baler and South Hedland Primary Schools and Cassia Education Support Centre were encouraged to show a passion for their environment and take pride in their community.

The most exciting part of the day was when the students were given the opportunity to plant over 300 shrubs alongside the Cottier Drive footpath near the newly re-developed JD Hardie Youth Centre. The students also prepared the soil for the planting of eight trees which were specially marked with commemorative plaques to recognise their contribution. Following the planting, Josh encouraged the students to bring their families, friends and

other community members to the site and show off their good work.

“As local community members you will all pass by Cottier Drive and you can be proud that you’ve helped the environment and made the street look so much better,” he said. “You can be very proud of your hard work today so make sure you tell your families and your friends that you did this. “Be sure to keep an eye on the plants and trees as you travel along Cottier Drive and make sure they are thriving and growing.” Josh also spoke with the students on the importance of water saving methods and the significance of incorporating sustainable living practices into their daily lives.

A throng of excited school students descended on Cottier Drive recently to take part in a range of activities celebrating the extensive revitalisation of the street by BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Town of Port Hedland.



Have a Tri! Health Workers Bridge Gaps

Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO), Sue Walker (left) and Sexual Health Nurse Cheryl Morton (right).

As a Port Hedland resident for 40 years and an enrolled nurse for 30 years, Sue Walker is using her considerable local knowledg e and health industry experience to help make healthcare more accessible to Aboriginal people. An Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO ) at Hedland Health Campus, Sue works in the emergency depa rtment and visits the wards to help break down cultural barriers often experienced by Aboriginal people when accessing mainstrea m healthcare. Sue said the ALO position consisted of equal parts raising cultural awareness in the health industry and promoting self-empowerme nt among her people. “Sometimes Aboriginal people com e into the hospital and think they are not welcome because of som ething that happened in the past ,” she said. “I am able to calm them down, and encourage them to stay and get treated.” Sexual Health Nurse Cheryl Morton is also based in South Hedland, and is bringing her passion for educ ation and holistic care to the Pilbara in a bid to help decrease the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and blood-borne viruses in the region. Cheryl said she finds her job rewa rding and was receiving positive feedback from her education initia tives. “I find that people are really open to, and interested in, sexual health education,” she said. “Perhaps because it is often seen as a taboo subject, bringing thes e issues out into the open and mak ing it ‘normal’ for people to talk about is actually a relief for them .” For more information on the Sex ual Health Clinics, or to make an appointment, ring 9158 922 2.

Both Sue and Cheryl’s roles are funded under the $38.2 million Pilbara Health Initiative: a partnership between the State Government’s ‘Royalties for Regions’ program and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s ‘Pilbara Industry’s Community Council (PICC)’ Health Initiative*, which aims to boost health services in the region. BHP Billiton Iron Ore is the principal industry sponsor of the Aboriginal Liaison Officer and sexual health nurse initiatives. * PICC Health Initiative members include: BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Chevron Australia, North West Shelf Joint Venture, Rio Tinto and Woodside Energy.

A dedicated group of local triathletes are preparing themselves for the 2011 Hedland Community and Kids Triathlons to be held in September, and are encouraging any interested community members to participate. Organised by volunteer-run group Hedland Tri Sports, the events appeal to a range of ages and fitness levels and revolve more around encouraging participation than competition. Committee member Jacque Rykers said she was looking forward to the group’s two annual events. “The Community Triathlon on Sunday September 25 will start at the Gratwick Aquatic Centre and consists of a 300 metre pool swim followed by a ten kilometre ride and three kilometre run – both around Cooke Point,” she said. “Entrants can nominate as a team or as individuals, and we are sure everyone will have a great time.” While the adults will hit the open road, the Kids Triathlon on Sunday September 11 will be held at the Gratwick Aquatic Centre and surrounding footpaths. Two laps of the pool will constitute the swimming section, and will be followed by a four kilometre ride and one kilometre run. If children do not have a bike, Hedland Tri Sports may be able to assist, given some advance notice. Jaque added that the support of local businesses and organisations has been instrumental in getting these events off the ground for another year. The group has received funding through the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Community Grants Program, which has assisted with insurance and other logistics. “Costs such as insurance represent a big hurdle for groups such as ours, but the help of sponsors like BHP Billiton Iron Ore has meant we can continue promoting sport and healthy lifestyles through our events,” Jacque added. For more information and contact details for the triathlons and Hedland Tri Sports, see the Upcoming Events section of this edition of Hedlines. To find out more about the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Community Grants Program please contact Lisa Lock (nee Baldock) on 9173 6680.

Triathletes from Hedland Tri Sports are preparing for two upcoming local events. They are pictured after competing at the recent Busselton IronMan event.

Naidoc Next Step Each year the Hedland community joins with the rest of the nation in celebrating the culture, history and achievements of our Indigenous people during NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC 2011 was held during July, with the national theme of individuals and communities taking responsibility for their own future by planning and taking action to control change and make it happen. Following the NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony on Monday July 4, the week included a range of exciting events which encouraged all members of the community to become involved in the celebration.

Bright MC works with the youth at the Yandeyarra Desert Feet Workshop.

On July 5, BHP Billiton Iron Ore hosted a morning tea for community members to learn more about its Indigenous Business Support Program. The event especially targeted local small businesses, and community members keen on exploring starting their own small business. Participants were provided with information about the program – and specifically

the start up, growth and expansion of Pilbara Indigenous businesses. As part of its Western Pilbara leg, the Desert Feet Tour provided educational music workshops and community concerts at Yandeyarra and Warralong including performances by a range of West Australian Indigenous artists and musicians. The final days of NAIDOC week included a hotly contested basketball carnival, and a free community concert at Marapikurrinya Park, featuring a performance by comedian Mary G - who thrilled the crowd whilst providing important messages around healthy lifestyles – and the debut performance of a small band from the remote communities of Kiwirrkurra and Punmu.

cup classicS

Local racing stalwart Arnold Carter witnessed his first Hedland Cup in 1962, and has seen all but one of the town’s iconic races in the years since. “The race has a wonderful history,” Arnold said. “It is always a big day for the town.” He has many tall and true tales surrounding the Cup and shared some of his favourite moments from the race’s colourful history with Hedlines. Number One with a Bang The first Hedland Cup was run 104 years ago, and finished with a bang – literally. The inaugural race was taken out by a horse known as Bang – fittingly bred by the stallion Gunpowder under an unknown mare. The same horse took out the Marble Bar Cup that year. The Hedland Cup in those days was part of a racing festival held over two days in Hedland, and the total stakes over that first festival totalled $70 - a miserly comparison to the $40,000 on offer at the 2011 race. A Wet Track The day before the Cup of 1972 saw a deluge of rain in Hedland, resulting in a sodden race track and the town’s hopes of a big day in tatters. But some quick thinking by racing President Jack Haynes saved the day as he strolled down to the Port Hedland Port Authority and arranged for a helicopter to be flown up and down the track to dry it off over a two hour period. The track was still damp but the Cup went ahead.

The Social Side Local businesses Elders and Dalgety’s were once the lifeblood of two famous social events held around Cup Day, commencing in the 1940s and carrying through to the 1970s. An enormous cocktail party would be held at the then Shire Office on the site now occupied by the Hedland Visitors Centre. The party would be followed by the Race Club Ball, and both these gala events were attended by up to 200 people in what was seen as one of the highlights of the Hedland social calendar calender – and even featured one year in the Australian Womens Weekly. A Changing Cup Arnold fondly remembers the days in which the only horses allowed to enter the Cup were district bred – meaning local mares were sired on the stations throughout the Pilbara. Racing horses were trained predominantly by pastoralists in the area, meaning the racing rounds provided a great focal point for the pastoral industry. The Cup was declared open to all horses in 1976, a time Arnold remembers as a point where local racing became a professional pursuit.

The Hedland Cup has had a colourful history over its 104 years.



Kids in the Kitchen

The inaugural Healthy Schools Children’s Festival drew a big crowd to Hedland Senior High School as students and community members from across the Pilbara cooked up a storm of healthy foods, fit for master chefs. Adalyn and Kyah Turner with Millie and Olivia Cartwright and their giant veggies.

Irene and Kevin Dempsey enjoyed the winter sun. Porscha and Josh Cox (below).

The event, coordinated by the WA Country Health Service ’s Pilbara Population Health team, celebrated the 2011 Healthy Schools Day and officially launched the WA Healthy Schools Progra m. Some of the real fun of the day came in the high school home economics kitchen where students rubbed shoulders with celebri ty chefs Daniela and Stefania from Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules. A cook-o ff was held between local schools with a focus on simple healthy meals. The remainder of the afternoon was an exciting and interac tive experience for everyone who attended. Teachers, studen ts and local health organisations took part with market and inform ation stalls. A range of information was on hand with stallholders displaying elements of their physical exercise and healthy eating programs. Sarah Amiradaki, Pilbara Population Health’s Healthy School s Coordinator said the WA Healthy Schools Project, an Australian Better Health Initiative, was funded by the Health Network Branch and aims to promote best practice healthy eating and physical activity initiatives in schools. “The Festival was about networking, informing school s of funding available to support them to be a healthier school and to encourage the wider community to get involved with the WA Health y Schools Program,” she said.

Celebrity chefs Daniela and Stefania from the program My Kitchen Rules hit the HSHS kitchen.

Spinifex Spree Thrills Hedland

Each year Hedland’s Spinifex Spree brings fun and excitement to the community with a broad range of entertainment options landing on McGregor Street Oval in a mass of lights, food, music and happy families. This year was no exception, with Australian band Spiderbait rocking the big stage amid a showcase of local and visiting performers. Sideshow alley was popular as always, and no one was left feeling peckish with all the food options on offer.

The team from St Cecilia’s Primary School took out the cooking challenge (below).



Artist Creates PORT Some enlightened experimentation while teaching art classes a year ago has led to creative Hedland artist David Hooper spawning his own characteristic style of works to be displayed at an upcoming exhibition. Approximately thirty of David’s images will go on display at the Courthouse Gallery from October 21, and will portray a new twist on the Hedland surrounds in the exhibition simply titled PORT. A departure from his usual abstracted landscapes of the Hedland area, David’s new work combines painting with texture and collage items including newsprint, photocopies and other paper material. He merges these media into a

Local artist David Hooper with some of his latest works to be displayed in upcoming exhibition PORT.

picture with acrylic paints, which he paints over the top to provide a unique effect. Excited about this new lease of life, David said there is always an element of surprise as to how the final work will turn out. “I really like the random element that results when the highly textured background mixes with the colours,” he said. “I usually start these works in black and white, and then I’m free to colour any way I like.” Apart from the new wave of artwork to be on display, what did David think will set this exhibition apart? “It’s a genuine local exhibition by a local artist,” he said. “I believe it is my best exhibition yet which has taken my painting to the next level.” David also paid tribute to the ongoing support and ‘guiding hand’ from FORM in developing his skills and work.

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Upcoming Events

This community newsletter is proudly produced and sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore. Photos sourced by and for BHP Billiton Iron Ore. This newsletter is designed by Creating Communities Australia Pty Ltd.


Port Hedland Yacht Club Markets

Port Hedland Yacht Club, Sutherland Street 3 September From 9am to noon on the first Saturday of each month , enjoy an array of stalls, tasty treats and great gift ideas. For more information, please email Dawn Logan at or phone her on 9158 9223.

Kids and Community Triathlons Hedland Tri Sports

Chris Gillingham is one of more than 300 Port Hedlandbased BHP Billiton employees who has had his community contributions matched through the Matched Giving program. Chris volunteered more than 220 hours for the Port Hedland Scout Group last financial year.

More community spirit than ever through Matched Giving

BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Growth Projects Consultation 26 - 28 September BHP Billiton Iron Ore is growing in the Pilbara to meet increased global demand for iron ore. The company is committed to enhancing benefits and minimising potential impacts in undertaking our growth program and to maintaining constructive relationships and ongoing engagement with the local and regional communities. BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Mitigation Strategy, developed with your input in 2009, is being updated and once again we need your feedback to inform our social, economic and environmental activities.

Last financial year, more local BHP Billiton Iron Ore employees than ever before had their charitable donations and community contributions matched dollar-for-dollar through BHP Billiton’s Matched Giving program. When BHP Billiton employees make donations, volunteer their time or raise funds for eligible charities or not-for-profit organisations, the Company matches their contributions dollar-for-dollar.

You can contribute by: • Attending one of two dialogue cafés (over lunch or dinner) • Attending one of three focus groups for – young people, mothers with young children and Indigenous people.

More than 300 Hedland employees had their contributions matched last financial year – contributions which included $275,000 in personal donations, almost 5,000 volunteer hours, and $186,761 worth of fundraising!

The exact dates and times are still being finalised and will be published in the North West Telegraph in early September. Alternatively for information or to register your interest please contact Lia Ursich at Creating Communities on 9284 0910 or

For more information about Matched Giving, email




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Hedland community member and lucky Hedlines reader Victoria Shorter with her prizes for subscribing to the newsletter online.

Kids Triathlon – Sunday 11 September Community Triathlon – Sunday 25 Sept ember Hedland Tri Sports encourages community members of all ages and fitness levels to get involved in these fun events. Entry fees are $20 for the kids’ event and $45 per team or $20 per individual for the Community Triathlon. For more information, contact Jacque Rykers on 9173 2723, 0419 959 347 or Jacque@trevelleenginee

10.30am – 11.00am (9158 9378) Tuesdays – Port Hedland Library (9158 9373) Thursdays – South Hedland Library action rhymes, songs and easy ing, Join us for a fun-filled session of read 2 and 5 – and their parents! een betw aged ren craft activities. For child

Hedland Ps and Qs Hedland Well Women’s Centre, Leake Street, South Hedland Tuesdays 9am – 2pm Are you interested in patchwork or needlework? Then join this group for a creative morning and get to know other crafters. A small donation is requested for this session. The group also meets at a different member’s house from 7pm on Thursday nights. For more information, contact Sharon Kean on 0429 135 956.