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APRIL 2013

HARTZ Alive - Local artists with HARTZ program coordinator Di Boyd: L-R Fran Maher, Di Boyd, Sonia Stewart, Jenny Molloy, Delany Delaney, Sarah Halatutavaha and Veronica Clarke.

HARTZ adds colour to the Hea rT of Hedland The Hedland Arts Council (HARTZ) has kicked off the year in colourful style with a number of tremendous community arts projects. In the lead-up to Australia Day, a mosaic workshop for children was held at the JD Youth Zone. The event was a great success, highlighting the creative talents of Hedland’s young people. Australia Day itself was also a vibrant affair with over 200 people enjoying a fun tie-dye workshop led by HARTZ volunteers. The HARTZ tent at the Portbound Youth Festival was a hive of activity. Making banners using paint on calico, the budding artists were able to see their creations hanging in colourful displays that

resembled bunting, and they were able to take their work home at the end of the festival.

the Courthouse Gallery; and by promoting innovative and creative programs across the region.

There’s much more in store! Busy HARTZ members are developing a program for the rest of the year that includes colour-mixing and still life painting, lino printing, working with charcoal, and more mosaic workshops.

The group continues to grow and encourages people of all ages to pursue their artistic instincts and talents by being involved in the various community art projects on offer in Hedland.

HARTZ has been encouraging community development though the arts since 1994 and is supported by Country Arts WA and BHP Billiton Iron Ore. The group strongly encourages the development of local artists through workshops; the Hedland Art Awards; forums for fostering creativity; development of

Di Boyd HARTZ program coordinator said, “Everyone is really happy to be involved in community arts projects. Whatever the event, we don’t have a problem getting kids to come into our tent – that’s for sure.” For further information on what is happening at HARTZ, please contact Di Boyd on 0408 688 124 or email



The Mingle Mob is back

Hedland’s highly respected Mingle Mob is back supporting Hedland’s young people, thanks to the generosity of local sponsors.

The Mingle Mob uses a bus and street patrol to provide mentoring, support and supervision to improve the health and wellbeing of local youth. The YIC (Youth Involvement Council) initiative ran from 2005 until February 2012, when the funding temporarily ran out. Thanks to the support of the IBN Aboriginal Corporation, the Town of Port Hedland and Hedland Home Hardware, the all-important night patrols are back on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Wedge Street now streets ahead Wedge Street has changed a lot in 100 years. Wedge Street has had many guises over the years, from its beginnings a fairly desolate place, where settlers trudged, ankle-deep in sand, to its recent transformation to an attractive main street with beautiful shade canopies, quality paving, street furnishings, lighting, trees and greenery. In 1866 Charles Wedge, the surveyor sent out to search for a suitable town where Port Hedland now stands, was less than impressed with Port Hedland’s thick mangroves and deep tidal creeks. Wedge Street of today. Recent streetscape upgrades make for a pleasant pedestrian environment.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore has also provided long-term funding support to YIC over the years, contributing the initial seed money for the Mingle Mob and as well as significant investments in a range of education programs. The company also recently signed a $900,000 partnership with YIC to ensure it continues its vital work engaging and developing Hedland’s youth. The Mingle Mob bus transports young people to safe locations, including to and from events, with the YIC staff supervising and supporting young people at risk. YIC Manager, Vicki-Tree Stephens, is full of praise for YIC’s “passionate, committed and resilient workers” who seek to improve the lives of Hedland’s young people. “We know we’re doing a good thing for the community by supporting Hedland’s most precious asset – our young people,” she said.

On the road again: Mingle Mob staff ready to serve the youth of Hedland. Back row L-R: Tyron Baumgarten, Tabarena Waddaman, Kristal-Kareen Wyllie, Mickaylah Cooper and Sarah Betts. Front Row: John-Tivinia Maea and Shanay.

Photo by Barry Winterbourne, courtesy of FORM.

Wedge Street of yesteryear. Building on the left is where the current post office is located.

Image courtesy of the Town of

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Plans for the town’s development were not acted upon until 1891. Wedge’s sons, John and Frederick, who were jackeroos on the De Grey Station, did much to establish Port Hedland, which was gazetted as a town on 22 October 1896. One of Hedland’s early explorers, Tom Traine, built the Port Hedland Hotel in 1899, while another milestone was reached in 1901 when the Union Bank began trading where the Harbour Café now stands. Wedge Street was home to many buildings including the new Mechanics’ Institute, now the site of the Visitor Centre’s car park. P H McKenzie, built a warehouse and store with a 30-metre frontage that provided permanent lodgings for single men. This later became the courthouse and stood at the site of today’s Commonwealth Bank. Wedge Street’s width allowed for camel and donkey teams to turn around. It‘s truly a great street with an amazing history.

Australia Day Honours for community heroes! Some of Hedland’s most active volunteers were recognised on Australia Day.

Ilse works full-time at the Port Hedland Port Authority on a rotating roster that allows her to volunteer for community groups ranging from the Port Hedland RSL, Seafarers Centre, the Anglican Church and the Yacht Club.

Presenting the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards, Mayor Kelly Howlett praised the efforts of all nominees and acknowledged the contribution of hard-working volunteers to the development of Hedland’s community.

Ilse’s not afraid to put her hand up for the treasurer’s job, a role that’s traditionally avoided in community organisations.

“To be nominated by your peers is a great honour, as the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award celebrates the priceless efforts of our volunteers and the effect they have in shaping our community,” she said.

The Port Hedland Yacht Club is just one group she’s treasurer of when she’s not out on the water teaching learners the art of sailing. Her love of all things aquatic also extends to her volunteer work with the Navy Cadet Unit.

A judging panel comprising representatives from the Town of Port Hedland staff and Council, and the Port Hedland Soroptimists used the following criteria to identify the winners: • Having made a significant contribution to Port Hedland’s vibrant community • Introducing a positive initiative that benefits the wider community • Inspiring and demonstrating leadership qualities as a good role model to others in the community Torekana Bule-Turner received the award for the under-25 years category and has also been recognised at a state level for his volunteer work with hip-hop group ‘The Hood’ and for his work with disengaged youth. The Community Group Award went to S.A.F.E Hedland for their active community work and for being extremely successful in their re-homing pets program. The worthy winner of the over-25 years category was Ilse Gosper, who’s called Hedland home for more than 15 years.

Honoured: Ilse Gosper’s years of volunteer community service were recognised with Australia Day honours.

“If you can help, you should – it’s not much of a community without volunteers,” she concluded.

Youth Zoning In! The recently redeveloped JD Hardie Centre Youth Zone is due for further enhancements with the commissioning of new lighting, parking facilities and landscaping, thanks to funding from the Department of Sport and Recreation and BHP Billiton Iron Ore. At a recent design workshop and through feedback received from a survey, Hedland residents had their say on how the external ameniti es at the Youth Zone should look. Their contribution will help guide the development, making the Youth Zone an even better place for young people to hang out. For further information on what is on offer at the JD Hardie Centre Youth Zone, please contact 9158 9380 or email

Vibrant Youth Zone – soon to be an even better place for young people.



Life skills and coffee A new program building life skills and friendships has recently started at the Hedland Aboriginal Church of Christ and it’s already generating a lot of interest. The program was developed by the church’s Pastor, Luke Bell, with help from Remi Daniels, Nigel Priseman and Luke’s wife, Pastor Natarsha Bell. Luke is pleased with the early response, and a questionnaire about the program has already produced some encouraging feedback.

Making an impact: The Hedland Aboriginal Church of Christ’s new program is building life skills and friendships: L-R is Tarsh and Luke Bell the Pastors of the Hedland ACC.

The program’s coffee shop atmosphere offers participants a relaxed setting for young people to learn life skills and find mutual support. The new program runs on Friday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.00pm at the Hedland Aboriginal Church of Christ, 99 Kennedy Street, South Hedland. Please contact Luke on 0416 866 638 or Natarsha on 0448 885 365 for further information.

You’re Welcome! Newcomers are guaranteed a warm welcome to their new home at the annual Welcome to Hedland Festival on 17 May at the South Hedland Town Centre. The Festival introduces new arrivals to their community, sporting groups and local businesses, while reminding existing residents of just what’s available in their town.

The Welcome to Hedland Festival has been true to its name for over 10 years. Photo: Town of Port Hedland.

Music to the ears of Hedland’s youth Hedland’s young people got some valuable insights into the recording industry when George Nikoloudis, a veteran of twenty years in the West Australian music business, visited town to lead a series of music workshops in early March. Thanks to sponsorship from the Town of Port Hedland, George was able to introduce the music-makers to Hedland’s new recording equipment at the JD Hardie Centre Youth Zone, and then show them the nuts and bolts of how to create and record music.

This year’s event once again promises to be lively and colourful, with everything from roller derby activities to hip hop groups and everything in between. Acclaimed Rockhampton duo, Busby Marou, are the headline act with their folk-inspired pop in an entertainment-packed evening. And best of all, it’s free! For further details, please contact the Town of Port Hedland on 9158 9300. You can also keep up to date with other Port Hedland events at:

Hedland’s new recording equipment has proved a real hit with Hedland’s musically talented young people.



Veteran volunteer always in the eye of the storm It seems to be a common story, but Betty Mathew came to Hedland for five years and has stayed for 45! For 30 of those years she’s been a crucial volunteer in a range of community services, most recently as the Volunteer Operations Room Manager with Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in Hedland. It’s a task that’s been made more effective thanks to a community grant from BHP Billiton Iron Ore that’s enabled the local service to purchase new equipment. Betty trains volunteers to run the operations room and collates and disseminates information during cyclones, fires and other emergencies. But she’s not content to leave it at that. She’s also a volunteer fire fighter with 25 years’ experience under her belt. Her passion for emergency services work started in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone

What’s up? Melanie Starr keeping up to date with all the happenings of Hedland.

Joan in December 1975, which caused massive damage to Port Hedland. “I liked the camaraderie of the volunteers and liked the idea of helping other people, and I still love it,” Betty said. She’s seen a lot happen in Hedland in 30 years, but one emergency that has really stayed with her was the rescue of a sick baby in a remote community in the face of oncoming Tropical Cyclone Annette in 1994. It was vital to get the baby evacuated before the Red Alert was declared, but in the confusion, the family went missing and a search crew went out at the height of the cyclone. Happily, they were found and the baby was saved. She may have retired from her paid job as Coordinator at the Port Hedland Regional Hospital, but the indefatigable Betty, who turned 60, shows no sign of slowing down.

A community star: Betty Mathew has made an invaluable contribution to Hedland’s emergency services.

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Melanie Starr hasn’t looked back sinc e moving to Hedland last June to manage the Wanangkura Stadium. The former Perth health and fitness profe ssional has been enjoying creating fitness programs and opportunities for Hedland’s residents, young and old, such as the Ultimate Challenge, a six-week program for adult s of all ages. “Some people definitely need the support to exercise and it’s a good way to motivate them,” Melanie said. Sport and recreation is definitely in Mela nie’s blood. After work, she loves “hanging out with the girls” and is a keen netball player, which she says is “huge” in Hedla nd, and well organised. Melanie also enjoys relaxing with a copy of Hedlines and catching up on what’s happening in Hedland. It’s easy to access not just the current editio n, but past editions of Hedlines as well at au. You can also sign up to receive the e-newsletter delivered straig ht to your inbox.

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Hollywood beckons for Hedland student It’s a long way from Hedland to Hollywood, but former Hedland High School student Ashliegh Hodges recently took a giant step forward when she was chosen to attend the prestigious WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Ashliegh is one of only eight students from across Australia accepted into the Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events course. It’s still early days, but already she loves it. “It’s going well and it’s better than I expected,” she said. “It’s an amazing place. I’ve really wanted to come here since Year 9”.

Upcoming Events BHP Billiton Iron Ore Community Grants Program August Funding Round 2013 BHP Billiton Iron Ore invites you to apply for funding through its valuable Community Grants Program. Applications must be submitted using the standard form before 1pm on 1 August. For further info contact Lisa Lock on 9173 4514 or email

Markets and Melodies Saturday 11 May, 4.00pm – 7.00pm South Hedland Town Centre It’s on again! South Hedland will kick up its heels when Markets and Melodies brings market stalls selling crafts, food and other goodies to the centre of South Hedland, creating a real buzz. For further info contact the Town of Port Hedland on 9158 9300.

She fell in love with theatre in her first school production, a passion that was nurtured through Hedland Senior High School’s Specialist Arts program. Later, her skills were honed at the Pilbara Institute, where she completed a Certificate 4 in Visual Art.

Friday 31 May, starting at 8.00pm Matt Dann Cultural Centre

She set her sights on WAAPA in Year 12 when, as one of three Hedland girls, she journeyed to Edith Cowan University’s study camp.

Goodbye Jamie Boyd is a powerful adaptation of Australian writer Elizabeth Fensham’s novel about teenage mental illness.

Ashliegh’s course choice has practicality in mind.

For further info contact Matt Dann Cultural Centre 9158 9368.

“Acting is difficult to get into, but I love the creativity or costume and set design” she said. WAAPA is one of Australia’s pre-eminent performing arts academies, with Hugh Jackman, William McInnes and Lisa McCune being some of WAAPA’s well-known graduates. “It’s incredible to think they walked the same halls,” Ashliegh added.

Goodbye Jamie Boyd Dance Show

360 AllStars Thursday 6 June, starting at 7.00pm Matt Dann Cultural Centre 360 AllStars brings world-class athletes, dancers and musicians to life in a phenomenal performance of contemporary circus. For further info contact Matt Dann Cultural Centre 9158 9368.

North West Netball Championships Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June Faye Gladstone Netball Courts Get behind your team and enjoy a feast of exciting netball action when Port Hedland hosts the North West Netball Championships. See for details.

Ashliegh Hodges hard at work in the WAAPA costume and set design studio.

Art at the Courthouse Gallery Opening Night: Friday 28 June, 6.00pm – 8.00pm Now and Then is a collection of artworks on reclaimed materials from Hayley Welsh. Pieces of Shark Bay is a collection of objects and artworks from Shark Bay Indigenous elder Jimmy Poland and WA jeweller Helena Bogucki. For further info contact