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YIC staff member Kristal-Kareen with Sarah, showing off one of the fun YIC activities. Below: Johann and Frankie enjoying a healthy treat.

TEAMING UP FOR YOUTH The launch of a three-year partnership between the Youth Involvement Council (YIC) and BHP Billiton Iron Ore will provide further opportunities for positive youth engagement and development in Hedland. YIC has been operating in the Hedland area for over 20 years, delivering a number of programs, including a youth centre and outreach service, and crisis accommodation for young people. The organisation aims to create positive education and life pathways to empower young people so they become contributing members of a safe community. YIC services are available to young people between the ages of 10 and 17. The team works with many young people who could be considered to be at risk or who experience challenging life circumstances.

The new partnership enables YIC to enhance its leadership in youth intervention and to participate with the Town of Port Hedland and other youth organisations through a number of strategies including sports and arts activities, community visits and education programs. “We really appreciate BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s acknowledgment of the hard work done in the community by our team, in trying to address some of the social issues and barriers faced by Hedland’s youth. I look forward to seeing the programs continue to evolve with the necessary staff and resources to make a difference for our clients,” said YIC Manager, Vicki-Tree.

One of YIC’s focus areas is working with South Hedland Primary School, Hedland Senior High School and the Hedland Behaviour Centre. Vicki-Tree explains, “Working in collaboration we to try to ensure that more students make a successful transition into high school. As this has been identified as a problem area for many who are struggling with literacy and numeracy and school attendance. If a child misses one day a week over their school life, they are effectively missing two years and one term of schooling and there is a lot to be learnt in that time. We are continually searching for innovative ways to increase numeracy and literacy levels to help students be successful.” To find out more about YIC, contact Vicki-Tree on 9140 1272.



MARKETS GALORE AND MUCH MORE The Andrew McLaughlin Community Centre (AMCC) is gearing up for the cruise ship season that sees them coordinating the cruise markets - one of the many great community events the organisation is involved in. Spinifex Hill Artists, Esther Quintal and Irene Coffin working with Urban Art Project’s Mary Stewart.

The AMCC is Hedland’s not-for-profit community centre offering an affordable, air-conditioned venue for hire to individuals, groups and community service providers. It is available for children’s birthday parties, events, meetings, special interest groups (e.g. yoga, playgroup, Pilates), and also for overnight stays for sporting groups and school camps.


In September, the Centre received a BHP Billiton Iron Ore Community Grant in the form of party hire equipment including furniture and linen, barware, kitchen and catering necessities and audio technology items. These complement the venue and are also available to hire for private, corporate and community functions.

The project involves major works with features ranging from customdesigned shelters and free BBQs to activity spaces and a gated play area. The new shelters are innovative and artistic, with different themed cut-out designs in the roofs, and motion sensors to activate the energysaving, turtle-friendly LED lighting. The shelters also have a power point, making them versatile for family picnics and gatherings. The artworks and playscapes are highlights of the new expansion, which have been developed through a partnership between FORM and local Indigenous art collective the Spinifex Hill Artists, whom along with public art fabrication specialists Urban Art Projects, won a competitive tender process.

“We want visitors to leave Port Hedland with an understanding of what a wonderful and supportive community we have here,” said AMCC Chairperson, Natalie Warren.

The expansion and upgrade of Cemetery Beach Park with innovative and unique artwork and playscapes will see this popular local facility transform into an even more modern and integrated community space.

Each playscape is unique and tells a story of the artist who created it. Ann Sibosado’s ‘Gumnut Talkies’ allows children to speak to each other through gumnuts atop colourful winding posts. Esther Quintal’s ‘Find the Turtle’ playscape is all about discovery, with a reef-walking theme, and Irene Coffin’s ‘Spinning Wattlebuds’ allows children to interact with large, stylised wattle flowers. The Town of Port Hedland Mayor, Kelly Howlett, says the design of Cemetery Beach Park is a result of extensive consultation with staff, school students and the wider community. “The final design is a reflection of what the residents of Hedland asked for and the new park will be a ‘community’ park in its truest sense.” “This exciting project, in partnership with BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Royalties for Regions, is another step forward for Port Hedland towards achieving our Pilbara’s Port City vision.” The Turtle Interpretive Loop is also located near Cemetery Beach Park. It is made up of seven ‘nodes’ where visitors can learn about and observe turtles in their natural environment and each node will have an audio component, available to download for phones or MP3 players.

One of the first uses for the equipment will be at the markets that are held when cruise ships visit Port Hedland. The AMCC’s involvement in coordinating the cruise ship markets not only provides a great opportunity for local artisans, crafters and home-based businesses to sell their wares and community groups to fundraise, but also presents visitors with a vibrant and friendly welcome to the town.

Other events run by the AMCC during the year include the Family and Friends Fun Day and the Christmas Twilight Markets. The AMCC would love to see more community events being run from the Centre so if you’re looking for a fantastic venue to run a fitness class, hold an annual general meeting, family celebration or host a special event, please contact the AMCC on 0427 814 303. As a volunteered-based community organisation, the AMCC is always on the lookout for new supporters, volunteers and committee members. If you would like to become involved, please call Natalie Warren on 0408 931 538 or email Members of the hard working AMCC Committee - Jess, Nat and Becky, working with the community.


A group of Hedland teenagers proved to be enthusiastic workers when they participated in a river weeding project with community volunteers in September.

The four teenagers were involved in a ‘prevention and diversion’ program run by the Department of Corrective Services’ Pilbara Regional Youth Justice Services. The teenagers teamed up with Care for Hedland volunteers, to trial an innovative farming technique where river weeds are pruned and the branches are then packed into gullies to control erosion. The work was coordinated by Rangelands NRM and Care for Hedland to target the Parkinsonia weed along a four kilometre section of the De Grey riverbank near Yarrie Homestead. Parkinsonia is a Weed of National Significance and a national priority for weed control. Pilbara-based Prevention and Diversion Officer, James Mumford was part of the staff group that

accompanied the young people. “Our young team were thrilled to get out in the bush and lend a hand,” he said.

“They were given a chance to take a break from town life and be challenged with new experiences, and they thrived. They were energetic, focused and keen for the work. All the youth gained a great sense of achievement from the results they produced and appreciated the opportunity provided.” Care for Hedland Coordinator, Pip Short added, “The kids had a great time and we will definitely be happy to involve them in more activities in the future.” Pilbara Regional Youth Justice Services Manager, Ray Wiley commented that this was a fantastic example of community groups working together to provide positive opportunities for young people. “Having the chance to get away from their regular influences and making a real change to their local environment is very empowering. The lessons they take away cannot be understated.”


Pip Short, hard at work during the river weeding weekend.

With a fold-out map, great photos and town tips, this free guide provides a unique resource for women to make the most out of life in Hedland. The development of the Girl’s Guide to Hedland, produced by the Well Women’s Centre and BHP Billiton Iron Ore, was driven by a desire to welcome and support women in Hedland, particularly those who are new to town.

The best ‘secrets’ of our town are set to be revealed with the upcoming launch of the Girl’s Guide to Hedland.

“It is about recognising the way women think, and addressing their needs. For them, the little things are important, like being able to find out about where to get a haircut or massage, or how to join an art and crafts or yoga group,” said Well Women’s Centre Program Coordinator, Donna Lewis. The guide is packed with suggestions regarding local businesses, services and groups, such as great places to eat, where to shop, and clubs to join. There’s also a list of recommended Facebook pages for finding out information and connecting with the community. BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Community and Indigenous Affairs team member Lisa Lock said she meets a lot of women who are new to town and they often have similar queries about local services and community facilities. The guide will not only capture this kind of information, but also assist in promoting less-known local businesses, including some that operate from home. The Girl’s Guide to Hedland was officially launched at the beginning of this month and is a ‘must have’ for newcomers. Highlights of the Girls With the top ‘secrets’ of the town revealed, there’s something Guide to Hedland are inside for all Hedland women. Copies are available from the the West End Markets and local clothing designer Well Women’s Centre - make sure you get yours! Photo: Samantha Bell

Field of Pleats.




The Inclusion Festival and playing wheelchair basketball are just two of the initiatives organised by the Hedland Community Living Association (HCLA) that recognise the skills, needs and diversity of people with disabilities and the importance of integrating them into the community. The HCLA is a not-for-profit organisation that was established 15 years ago by a group of families keen to support and make changes in the community for those with disabilities.

The Open Day was a great opportunity to try out the wide range of sports on offer at Wanangkura Stadium.

ALL GO AT WANANGKURA STADIUM! Wanangkura Stadium has reopened with a great range of offerings for children and adults alike.

As part of the October school holiday program, youngsters tried a multitude of different sports including basketball, football, indoor soccer, netball and dodgeball, ending with a final day of competitions. “The instructors had a great time interacting with the kids and we hope that we have sparked some interest to try different activities and sports. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the program,” said Melanie Starr, Centre Manager of Wanangkura Stadium. In late October, the Stadium launched Gecko Kids Fitness, a program from Mondays to Thursdays in which children between the ages of five and 14 years have their own membership with specific gym equipment, sessions and coaches.

The Inclusion Festival is a key HCLA event that raises awareness of integrating people with disabilities into mainstream schools, workplaces and the wider community. One way of recognising this integration has been the creation of the ‘True Blue’ Award, which is presented to workplaces that excel in inclusive practices by employing and supporting disabled people. Further recognition - the ‘On Ya’ Award - is for a disabled person that demonstrates inclusiveness through actively participating in the workplace. Another event organised by HCLA is wheelchair basketball, held on Thursday nights at Pundulmurra TAFE for people over the age of 13, whatever their ability. Wheelchairs are provided for those who do not have one, so anyone can have a go. This provides an excellent opportunity for the non-disabled to glimpse at life in a wheelchair, and in doing so increases awareness of the everyday challenges faced by disabled people. In September, the HCLA held their bi-annual camp for people with disabilities and their families. The group stayed at 80 Mile Camp and it was a great opportunity for everyone to share their experiences and learn from each other. HCLA Chairperson, Joan Foley, said, “It’s about helping people find their way. The best information I ever learned was from those who are walking the walk. My children don’t see themselves as having disabilities; they lead full, ‘normal’ lives like everyone else.” The HCLA welcomes new members, volunteers and supporters, and will hold its AGM in late November. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Joan on 0437 156 917 or at For information about playing wheelchair basketball, please contact Anika Foley on 0487 423 911 or at

For the adults, it’s time to start nominating for sports competitions. There’s mixed volleyball, mixed netball, futsal and basketball. Badminton and squash courts are also available. Keep fit by participating in sports, attending the gym, group fitness classes or personal training. There is something for everyone! Wanangkura Stadium also offers a great functions package and can be booked for dining, theatre, conferences or concerts. There’s also the Jimblebar function room, which can be hired for meetings or training as well as cocktails, dining and theatre use, and also the Yarrie Boardroom and Yandi Meeting Room. A wide range of technology, catering and additional facilities are available to support any of these events. With so much going on, be sure to check out what’s happening at Wanangkura Stadium! Information may be found at or by phoning 9140 0400.

Lucas McCain and Karen Goldman, with kids Lilly McCain, Jessica Goldman and Ashley Dwyer, playing “swinging” games at the HCLA camping trip.



A CREATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS With new ‘eco-friendly’ award categories, the 2012 Christmas Lights and Decorations Competition offers townspeople an exciting challenge. Start thinking about what you could do with recycled materials! As the winner of the 2012 Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities title at the Pilbara regional awards, the Town of Port Hedland supports eco-friendly initiatives, so this year’s Christmas Lights and Decorations Competition introduces new award categories revolving around the theme of sustainability. The competition involves residents and businesses creating bright and colourful Christmas displays to celebrate the festive season. There are a range of categories, including awards for the best garden display, the most energy-efficient and the best business. The best street category provides an excellent opportunity to team up with your neighbours in working on your creations, while the ‘small place’ category is for those living in accommodation such as caravans or dongas. There are also two

People’s Choice awards - one for Port Hedland and the other for South Hedland. Last year’s overall competition winner were the residents of Etrema Loop, who also won the same title in 2008. Town of Port Hedland Mayor, Kelly Howlett said, “Hedland residents look forward to this competition every year. This year’s new eco-award categories, such as awards for decorations from recycled materials, is a reflection of Council’s focus on supporting initiatives that help to create a sustainable environment and conserve our precious natural resources. We are looking forward to seeing some very imaginative decorations and seeing our residents and businesses come together in a fantastic display of community pride.” For more information, please contact the Town’s Community Development Officer on 9158 9687. Judging will take place in early December. Happy creating!


Did you know you can access the current and past editions online at .au? You can also sign up to receive the e-newsle tter delivered straight to your Inbox. Pictured here are Cris Olegario, Nena Villac arlos and Mark Tidmarsh from the Aboriginal Community Charitable Organisation (ACCO) Food Centre. Since 2008, the Food Cent re has been providing free and low-priced food to those in need , made possible with the support of suppliers such as Woolwort hs, Goldline and the charity, Foodbank.

Contributing to the community: (ACCO) team Cris Olegario, Nena Villacarlos and Mark Tidmarsh.

The organisation’s initiatives include the ‘bread run’, through which bread and pastries donated by Wool worths are distributed to homeless, itinerant and needy people several times a week. Christmas is an important time to assis t ACCO Food Centre’s objective to ‘help narrow the food gap’ . To donate items, please email Cris at ceo.acco@hotm or drop in with them to the Food Centre at Pund ulmurra Campus.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS Christmas Outdoor Movie Night 5.00pm, Sunday 2 December Koombana Park, Captains Way, South Hedland An evening of family fun featuring the comedy movie Elf (G), about an oversized Elf (Will Ferrell) who was raised in the North Pole and is sent to the USA in search of his true identity. There will be Christmas carols, Santa’s workshop activities and games, and, of course, a visit from Santa himself, with the movie starting at 6:30pm.

Lawson Street Youth Centre Friday 7 December Youth Involvement Council (YIC) Christmas Party A great festive celebration for children and youth, with games, activities, face-painting, food and an outdoor movie. There will also be a special visit from Santa with presents! Families welcome. For more information phone 9140 1272 or email

West End Movies – Butterfly Circus

Wendy and Trevor Quick completed the challenging Outback Marathon to raise funds for charity


Wendy and Trevor Quick are not a couple who shy away from a challenge. So when the chance came along to put their bodies to a challenge and raise funds for a good cause by competing in the Outback Marathon at Uluru, they jumped at it! The 42.2 kilometre marathon raised funds for the Cathy Freeman Foundation, an organisation which aims to close the educational gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. In preparation for the event, Wendy and Trevor followed a gruelling training schedule, running every single day for seven months. “The training itself was quite intense, especially when we’d have to run after a 12 hour shift,” said Wendy. “Each day we ran various distances to prepare our bodies; five kilometres one day, 25 kilometres the next. The distance changed every day.” Also in the lead up to the event, Wendy and Trevor worked hard to raise money for the Cathy Freeman Foundation, seeking sponsorship from their friends, family and workmates. They raised a grand total of $3,530.20 – and as they are both BHP Billiton employees, their fundraising efforts will be matched dollar-for-dollar by BHP Billiton through the Matched Giving program, effectively doubling their efforts.

Saturday 12 January This event is a great opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful summer nights and enjoy a movie under the stars with friends and family. Tickets to the West End Movies are free, but places are limited. Cocktail food and light refreshments will be served from 6pm, with movie screening commencing at 7pm. Email the Port Hedland Courthouse Art Gallery, or call 9173 1064, to check ticket availability.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Community Grants Program Funding Round closes 1 February, 2013 BHP Billiton Iron Ore invites you to apply for funding through the Community Grants Program. Applications must be submitted using the standard form before 5pm on 1 February. For more details about how to apply for Community Grants, please phone 9173 6680 or email

Kids Puppet Show – Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones Saturday 2 February 5.00pm Matt Dann Cultural Centre Come play in the dark! Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a wordless, shadow puppet comedy for all ages from Montreal, Canada. Mr. Bunk presents a series of delicate, intricate comic sketches with his shadow puppets.