Darlington Review • Vol.62 • No.7 • August 2022

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Vol. 62 | No. 7 | August 2022

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MEMBERS OF THE DARLINGTON REVIEW Anglican Church (Church Office 6292 0074) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 7240 Baha’i Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susheel Croft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0402 023 704 Bushfire Ready Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colin James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 969 223 Darlington Arts Festival Inc. (DAF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Pemberton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9252 0154 Darlington Bushwalk Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cliff Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 6696 Darlington Chamber Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Malcolm Firth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0400 204 845 Darlington Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murray Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0417 174 441 Darlington Community Garden (DCG) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susie Itzstein – warmfuzzyhill@bigpond.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0414 771 741 Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colin James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 969 223 Darlington Dipsticks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bindi Datson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9252 1050 Darlington Family Playgroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacey Phipps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0417 955 835 Darlington Junior Cricket Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Pivac - chris@slatergartrellsports.com.au . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0404 082 623 Darlington Junior Football Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brodie Della - darlingonjfcpresident@gmail.com Darlington History Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Val Shiell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 6868 Darlington Pavilion Project (DaSRA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geoff Barker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . geoff@pmdwa.com Darlington Primary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 6888 Darlington Primary School P & C Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rowena MacKinnon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pnc@gmail.com Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association (DRRA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Beadle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . drra@darlingtonvillage.org Darlington Retirement Accommodation Assn Inc. (DRAA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolyn Earnshaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0427 271 765 Darlington Running Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pippa Windsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0488 069 764 Darlington Social Cricket Club Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0437 242 299 Darlington Tennis Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Hoschke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 6456 Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre – 9255 1212 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Vonk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 929 692 Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ricky Harvey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0409 685 445 1st Darlington Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Tolj – 0448 298 695 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Glen Stenton – 0403 809 226) Forrest Darlings CWA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Herren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0452 644 248 Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jane Arnold – arnoldmj55@gmail.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0477 987 048 Friends of Glen Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenys Letchford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0467 586 050 Friends of Waylen’s Landing (FOWL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shannon Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9252 1879 Garrick Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . publicity@garricktheatre.asn.au Guides Western Australia (Forrest Hills District) ‘Dibblers’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Wills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0418 917 045 Guildford Grammar School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gillian MacDonald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9377 9222 Hovea Ashram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manita Beskow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0419 043 768 Helena College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carrie Parsons – cparsons@helena.wa.edu.au . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9298 9100 The Hub of the Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9290 6683 KSP Writers’ Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shannon Coyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9294 1872 Kalamunda Bridge Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenny Tedeschi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jennifer_tedeschi1@hotmail.com Mundaring Arts Centre Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenny Haynes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9295 3991 Mundaring Arts Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Durrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 6093 Mundaring Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan Holmes – President, Mundaring Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA Mundaring Christian College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda McCleary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9295 2688 Mundaring Creative Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terrie Plaistowe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9295 1688 Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trish Beaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9295 0540 Parkerville Steiner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Garvin - michelle.garvin@silvertree.wa.edu.au . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9295 4787 Shire of Mundaring Library Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kerryn Martin, Branch Librarian, Greenmount Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9290 6758 Silver Tree Steiner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hayley Spracklen/Michelle Garvin - michelle.garvin@silvertree.wa.edu.au . . . . . . . . . . . . 9295 4787 Soroptimist International of Helena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fay Kappler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9274 4543 Swan Rotary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Braude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0408 274 556 The Darlington Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sue Lavell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0439 273 213 Treetops Montessori School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9299 6725 Welcome To Darlington (WTD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susie Itzstein – warmfuzzyhill@bigpond.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0414 771 741 Members of Parliament: Member for East Metro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Faragher JP MLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9379 0840 Member for Kalamunda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Hughes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9293 4747 Federal Member for Hasluck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hon. 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EDITORIAL Those of you familiar with my contributions to this august (and, of course, it is August!) publication will know that I usually start off with a photo of one of the beautiful plants, birds or animals that dwell in our natural surroundings. This month I am sharing this dramatic picture of Amanda Smith, belly-dancer. I have to admit that I had always regarded belly-dancing as a spectator sport i.e. something you might watch others doing but not contemplate doing yourself. I was guided by a video that I remember seeing in the days of my youth of the great English clarinettist Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band playing ‘In a Persian market’ while two veiled houris danced before them. Turns out I was wrong: you too can be a bellydancer and there is an opportunity coming up for you to give it a go! If you fancy shaking off the winter chill, sipping champers and learning to shimmy, then come along to the Bellydance workshop DAF fundraiser with Amanda Smith. Amanda is a Darlington local, who you’ll see most days down at the oval with her lazy greyhound, Lutz (tautology? Aren’t all greyhounds lazy?). She volunteers at the festival each year and supports her partner, Len, with lots of cups of tea while he carries out his DAF Committee Treasurer role. Amanda has been bellydancing for many years, and used her shimmying skills to great effect when she won the DAF Dance Lip Sync Competition a few years back as Redfoo doing, “I’m Sexy and I Know it”, recently performing the winning item again at Ron Stuurstraat’s 60th. Amanda is very keen to give Darlington locals and their friends a taste of the exotic world of Bellydance - she says, “It’s great exercise and lots of fun!”, and all for a good cause! See the ad elsewhere in this Review to find out more and book. Incidentally, you can still find a video of Acker and his men playing ‘In a Persian market’ on Youtube; not exactly the one I remember, but it’ll give you the idea!

You’ve got a friend It is hardly surprising that one of the characteristics of our community is the proliferation of Friends groups, set up to look after and/or improve some area around Darlington. We have FODS (Friends of Darlington Station Reserve), FOGP (Friends of Glen Park Reserve), FOWL (Friends of Waylen’s Landing), FONT (Friends of Native Triangle) and, most recently, FOBWE (Friends of the Bilgoman Well – don’t you love a good acronym? Thanks to Stacey August for suggesting that one). As was reported previously in the Review, this last group was established to restore and rejuvenate the historic well and convict ruins situated in what used to be quite thick bush below the Bilgoman Aquatic Centre. The well was

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dug in the middle of the 19th Century by colonial surveyor Philip Chauncy (probably not by himself: no doubt he would have had burly lackeys to do the actual work) and huts were built nearby shortly afterwards to accommodate convicts working on the road to the East. Originally brought back to life after nearly a century of neglect as a project to celebrate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988, the well and its surroundings had once again succumbed to the effects of neglect. The paths were overgrown, the solid wooden benches near the well showed signs of decay, and the informative plaque above the site of the convict ruins has gone, no doubt hanging in some witless hoon’s garage. Strangely, and for reasons that Long-time Darlington resident Ron Mitchell by the well  Continued page 4 he helped to recover in the 1980s. 3


Helena College students getting the seedlings in. are not clear, much of the thick bush that used to shroud the well very much a Helena College operation, with the seedlings having has died away. In 1988 someone standing near the well could been sown in pots last November by students at the school, and only hear, but not see, the traffic on Great Eastern Highway and the actual planting done on a beautiful winter morning last Darlington Road and trying to locate the well itself proved very month by a group of enthusiastic Year 9s. I happened, quite challenging: it was only rediscovered when one of the searchers fortuitously, to meet the mother of one of the students at a social fell in! Now many of the trees have died, much of the understorey event a couple of days later, and she told me how much her son has faded away, and the site is no longer securely screened from had enjoyed himself and felt good about what he and his friends the bustle and noise of modern life. had done. If his reaction is typical, then the morning will have had a beneficial effect well beyond just restoring this particular FOBWE (see page 3) came into being at the end of last year to try patch of native bush. and turn the clock back again and it’s pleasing to report that we have made a good start. Two mornings of dedicated barrowing This, of course, is just the first chapter of what will probably be a and raking have seen the paths cleared and re-gravelled, the two to three year story. All being well, by the time this year’s treewooden barriers around the well have been repaired by the planters are starting to worry about their ATAR score and whether Shire, and the hideous and obtrusive safety grille that the Shire or, they can pass their driving test, visitors to the well will be able to more likely, their public liability insurers, felt necessary has been walk there easily and, having read the interesting facts on the replaced with a far less obvious protective device. Perhaps most new notice overlooking the convict ruins, will be relaxing on the pleasing of all is that the first stage of the revegetation of the fine benches near the well as they listen to the birds chattering in area has commenced with the planting of about 150 seedlings of the bushes around them while the traffic on the highway will be bushes and trees native to the area. This part of the project was a distant rumble, unseen and barely heard. We’ll get there!

What’s in a name? The picture (right) is the one that local artist Bridie Dempster used in her application to be included in the Pulse 2022 exhibition. Pulse, now in its 30th year of existence, this year selected 49 artworks by 2021 Year 12 Visual Arts Graduates from 32 high schools across the State and this painting by Bridie was one of those that made the cut. It shows an observer (the artist herself) looking up at a series of road signs and place names in her neighbourhood with, near them and less readily visible, the Noongar Whadjuk names that might have been their equivalent. As the Art Gallery of WA, where this exhibition has been held for the past three months says: “The selected works provide a window into young people’s private, social and artistic concerns. It is an inspiring, rewarding and insightful look at the world through the minds of our most talented young artists.” Unfortunately, if you were thinking of having a look at the exhibition, you have missed out: it closed on 24th July. However, I feel sure that this will not be the last art4

lovers will hear of Bridie. Having moved here from the country in time to do her final primary school years at Darlington, she went on to Perth Modern School where she further developed her artistic talents leading to the honour of ‘Pulse’ selection. Now in her first year of a degree course in Politics, Philosophy & Economics at UWA, Bridie is unsure what the future holds for her in art or anything else. She has had plenty of family encouragement – mum is a recreational potter and she has two aunts who are artists – and has dabbled in several media other than oil painting, including lino printing, pottery, and crochet (a favourite at the moment; relaxing, she says, but quite obsessive!). What else? Travel? Study overseas? A career she hasn’t even though of yet? When you’re eighteen years old and full of joy and eagerness, the sky’s the limit! Whatever happens, I’m sure we will see Bridie making her artistic mark in this community she loves. You might remember the little stand she had at the last Arts Festival drawing henna designs on hands and feet. As I usually say – watch this space!

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Anyone for dinner at the Cathay? As Paul Kelly’s song tells us, ‘From little things big things grow’. Maureen de la Harpe’s seeing by chance in the ‘West Australian’ the photograph of children at the Lunghwa Internment camp featured on the front of her book set in motion a chain of events that has led to visits to the Isle of Man, Shanghai (twice so far) and the researching and writing of a fascinating memoir – ‘Dinner at the Cathay’ - about her family history set against the backdrop of that cosmopolitan city once celebrated as ‘the Paris of the East’. Maureen’s own life journey began in Shanghai where her parents were living at the time of her birth and where her youngest sister Trea (Wiltshire) was also born; their middle sister Dee (Musson) was born during a brief sojourn in Ireland. If you’re looking for the sisters in the photo, by the way, Maureen is the only child in sunglasses and Trea and Dee are at the front on the right. The lives of all those living in Shanghai’s International Settlement were turned upside down by the Japanese occupation of the city early in the Second World War. Maureen and her family were herded into the Lunghwa Internment Camp, made famous in the 1980s by JG Ballard’s book ‘Empire of the Sun’ and the wonderful film of the same name. Released from the camp after the Japanese defeat in 1945, the family went north to Ireland once more before deciding that the European climate was not for them and setting off again, this time for the British colony of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Here Maureen and her sisters had an idyllic childhood, and she raised her own children there before moving again in the early 1980s to Australia, more specifically Darlington, where Trea had already been living for quite a while. Maureen retains a deep affection for, and identification with, Africa where she still has a son working for an ecotourism safari company in Botswana, and her first two books, novels ‘Msasa Morning’ and ‘Elephant Road’, were inspired by her years in Zimbabwe. Both books are unfortunately out of print but you can still get them on the net if you try hard enough (and I can personally recommend that you do!). Long interested, as so many of us are, in family research, the discovery of this photo from her childhood and a meeting in Perth with a number of other ex-Lunghwa folk that she didn’t even know lived here, focused this interest on Shanghai and, for the first time in her life, Maureen wanted to go back there. This

Shanghai Bund 1890s. Caption ‘Shanghai Bund & waterfront c1890, two decades after Maureen’s great-grandmother arrived there.

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has led to two visits to the city of her birth and the discovery that she is a fourth-generation ‘Shanghailander’ whose family history spanned much of the period of foreign settlement in the city from the middle of the 19th century. And the result of that has been this fascinating book which traces the development of the city and her family history there. As well as unearthing many intriguing details, Maureen and her daughter Lara, whose research, support and technical assistance have been simply invaluable, have included a wealth of photographs illustrating the family, the city and significant events of that era. One of the surprising things she found out when returning to Shanghai was how many of the buildings and even institutions that she remembers or were part of her parents’ lives all those years ago, are still there, albeit sometimes in different guises. She certainly plans further visits and only regrets now that, as a small child, the only words of the local dialect that she learned were swearwords (a deficiency she is trying to remedy with the help of Mandarin classes at the Trinity School for Seniors). Whither now for Maureen’s creative spirit? She has a couple of African books well advanced in the pipeline, one about remarkable women who made a mark in colonial Africa, such as Jane Goodall and Joy Adamson, and the other on the joyful recollections of an epic holiday journey her family made from Zimbabwe to the Transkei coast back in the 70s. Meanwhile, if you want to enjoy Maureen’s entertaining and engrossing account of her family history in Shanghai, get your copy of ‘Dinner at the Cathay’ from Maureen herself at mdelah@ozemail. com.au or visit the website www.mapetu.com . 5


Time to re-Member The recent Federal election brought in all manner of changes, not least in our own electorate where well-respected and long-serving MP Ken Wyatt unsuccessfully defended his seat against the ALP’s Tania Lawrence. I had the pleasure of a chat with our new Federal representative over a coffee recently (well, a hot chocolate in my case: I just love the marshmallows!). Tania is very much a local girl, having spent much of her youth in the Hills apart from several years in York where her folks had gone to try and live ‘The Good Life’ (those of you who remember that wonderful BBC series with Richard Briers and Felicity Kendall will know what I mean). Apart from anything else, it has given her a keen appreciation of the value of community spirit normally found in country towns such as York and certainly present in parts of her electorate including most notably Guildford and Darlington. After school in York and Northam and degrees in Economics and Asian Studies at Murdoch and UWA, Tania embarked on what has been a diverse and challenging working career, starting with a number of years in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and more recently helping Woodside in the area of security, risk assessment, and mergers. Combined with overseas experience - a wonderful trip around India with her dad when she was a teenager, and assignments with UNHCR in Bangladesh and Rotary Club in Japan this has given Tania a good understanding of how governments and the commercial sector work, the problems that both have to deal with, and the scale of the challenges that humanity faces on a global scale. She has always had a keen interest in politics, fostered by her parents, though she took pains to be utterly impartial when working in the public service where she served Premiers from both sides of the political fence. This first translated into action when she stood, at very short notice, as the ALP candidate in a bye-election for the State seat of Darling Range, the original selected candidate having had to pull out. She was not successful then, but obviously impressed the party machine sufficiently that they were confident in nominating her to challenge for Hasluck and the rest, as they say, is history. When I asked her what her advice would be to her 10-year-old

Tania with husband Nenad Djurdjevic and bodyguard ‘Benji’ . self she said it would be “get involved in politics younger.” One of the things that worries her somewhat about much of Australia is the general lack of engagement in politics. People seem to have lost the belief that they can do anything useful to change the things that they are unhappy about. As she said, this is one of the great things about a place like Darlington. People do have strong opinions which they are not afraid to voice and also to bring to the attention of authorities, political and other, so that action can be taken. She believes that this positive and dynamic attitude is going to be a characteristic of the Federal Government of which she is part, and we must all hope that she is right. She does not underestimate the challenges that she faces as a Federal MP: business plans for the development of the events venue on the property that she and her husband have lived on in Mundaring for some years have had to be put on hold and, of course, she will be spending a lot of time away from home, though she points out that she is no worse off than the many thousands of FIFO workers for whom living at home is also only part-time. She expressed admiration for the work of her predecessor, Ken Wyatt, in caring for the needs of his electorate, and assured me that she would be following in his footsteps in that regard. I understand that she will be joining the Review as a member, so we shall all get to know her much better over the coming months. I am sure we would all wish Tania the best of luck. After all, it is in our best interests that she does well!

Take Council again Extraordinary elections in local government are very unusual, but the recent resignation of East Ward Councillor Simon Cuthbert gave rise to one. There was quite a large number of candidates and the successful one, and hence the new Councillor, was Claire Hurst. The picture above shows Cr Hurst flanked by the Shire President, James Martin, and Deputy President Paige McNeil, with Shire CEO Jonathan Throssell. We wish her well in this important role. It’s good to see that relatively young people are willing to put their hands up for this sort of responsibility though, of course, youth is not everything. The lady in the picture on the left of this photo has given no indication that she is about to resign, despite definitely being over retirement age!

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Off on the Bibbulmun.

At Torres del Paine, Chile.

When Cliff Burns was at uni in Melbourne, he developed quite a taste for hiking. However, on his return to WA, he gave it away altogether until just 13 years ago. Since then, he and wife Sharron have taken to it with such enthusiasm that they have done at least one long-distance trek every year and have visited no less than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

information sign or plaque telling you what you are looking at. The Trail will begin and end outside the Hall. Cliff will be at the DRRA meeting at the Hall on Thursday 4th August so, if you’re interested in learning more or would like to make comments or suggestions, make sure you’re there.

The three Ws

The pics above are just two of many they have accumulated in their wanderings that have seen them visit some of the most beautiful and unusual places on the planet, from Mount Everest to Dwellingup, from Peru to Mali. COVID obviously has clipped their wings (well, I suppose more accurately, tied their boot-laces together) but this has not, of course, prevented them promoting and guiding their famous Darlington Bush & Variety Walk Series (see details elsewhere in the Review). This leads me to explain the otherwise possibly mystifying heading to this piece. The Three Ws are, of course, Working, Walking and Writing which describes Cliff’s life quite well (and Sharron’s if you disregard the third W). Cliff is the man who has almost single-handedly provided us with records of the history and the nature of Darlington. He has written no fewer than seven books, histories of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, the Social Cricket Club (of which he remains the archivist and historian), the Darlington Pines (now The Hive), and the original Darlington Vineyard, and essential reference books on our local flora, Darlington Walk Trails, and (with Arlene Collings) Historic Structures and Buildings of Darlington. One the many organisations Cliff has been involved with has been, not surprisingly, the Darlington History Group and he has been at the forefront in one of its biggest projects, the Darlington Walk Heritage Trail. From a vague idea talked about perhaps eight years ago, the last four years have seen hard work, widespread consultation, fund-raising and design to the point where, once final approvals have been given and negotiations for the raising of the last lot of funds have been successful, work might be able to start and it could be a reality by this time next year. As you can see from the map (pictured right) there will be 22 stations at historic buildings or sites along the 2.5 km of the Trail, at each of which there will be a tastefully-designed

The DHG hopes that a side-benefit of this project may be that it will encourage the Shire to move towards some uniformity in its signage: unlike most comparable local authorities, Mundaring at the moment has no set standard at all. Cliff told me that, walking along the Railway Reserve from Darlington to Chidlows he counted no less than seven different types of Shire sign!

The proposed Darlington Walk Heritage Trail. All-in-all, an epic task, at the end of which Cliff and Sharron will be able to go back to their usual occupations of running bush walks, working with several Friends groups, tending their beautiful garden, maintaining the wild-life sanctuary they have kept for some years in their back yard and, they would hope, walking once more in some of the world’s loveliest places. They will certainly have earned a rest (!?).

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Give peace a chance We shall be celebrating the UN International Day of Peace on the afternoon of Sunday 18th September and, once again, the organiser of our celebration, the indefatigable Sally Herzfeld, is putting together a ‘Kids Care’ booklet containing articles, pictures, poems from children on the theme of peace. A picture of last year’s booklet is shown left. Have you heard kids (4 to 12yr old) arguing or fighting lately? How was this difference of opinion solved? Could they write or draw or make a comic or a poem or song or illustrate it in some way that could be sent as an article for volume 3 of our local KIDS CARE booklet? It would need to be sent to Sally Herzfeld before August 25th, earlier if possible. The book will be published in time for the Peace Day celebration in Darlington Hall on 18th September. Any person or group who would like to do an item on that afternoon would be most welcome. Please send articles or let Sally know about performances by emailing… alisonherzfeld@gmail.com

Art in the open air.

Arbour day

If there’s one thing I think we do really well in Darlington, it’s having fun, and Darlington Community Garden certainly put on a fun morning for the kids recently. Literally dozens of small folk, including a bus-load from HOSCA in Glen Road, gathered around and under the great Arbour in the Community Garden to paint rocks, arrange tiles, make fragrant lotions from plants, cook (and, of course, eat!) damper to musical accompaniment and, perhaps best of all, muck around in what Flanders and Swann so memorably described as ‘Mud! Glorious

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mud!’ Numerous artists and general volunteers did a wonderful job in giving a lot of youngsters a great time. And, weather-wise the timing was perfect - 24 hours later, mud would have been just about all that could have been provided! I know it’s not really relevant, but that morning by the Arbour brought together DCRAG Chairperson Trish Cook with a couple of lads who will be helping her at the grand Bonfire in October and will also be running a stall selling their own designed T-shirts.

Mud!

Felix, Nile and Trish. Darlington Review – August 2022


Random snippets DCRAG

Darlington wine-bar and restaurant proposal

Our DCRAG is unique – the last of the Shire committees that used to be labelled “Halls and Parks” that every settlement once had. We held onto ours and its membership ranges across users of the hall, oval, and other recreation facilities – sporting and cultural groups and the brigade. DCRAG is a Shire committee, with quarterly meetings attended by a Shire officer, so it affords us a direct link with the Shire. If you want to remind yourself of all the projects in the pipeline, they are listed in DCRAG notes in the June Review (www.darlingtonreview.com.au) and can be viewed on the Darlington Village website under Community Groups (www.darlingtonvillage.org).

We have just been advised by the Shire that the applicants have withdrawn their proposal. No doubt mixed feelings in the community about this.

Mundaring Aquatic Centre An exciting proposal to set up an aquatic centre as part of a planned community hub in the middle of Mundaring has been mooted. Contact Wade Isard at wadeisard@gmail.com and watch this space. For details read the DRRA notes. LED street lighting

E-rates This is not what you say when you see that bulky envelope with the Shire logo on it in your post-box later this month (“Eee! Rates!) but a sensible idea from Council to reduce the amount of paper. You can elect to receive your rates notice electronically and can also receive your tip pass in electronic form so you can store it on your phone. To be able to do this, though, you will need to go to https://erateswa.com/mundaring/ by 5th August. A bridge not too far There was a good example of Shire/resident co-operation when Glen Road residents met with Shane Purdy, Shire Director of Infrastructure, to discuss problems they saw arising from the works at the new Glen Road Bridge in terms of pedestrian access.

The Shire will be receiving a Federal grant that could be used to replace the current street lighting with more economical and energy-efficient LEDs. We will have a chance to ensure that this does not lead to a proliferation of overbright lights (see discussion in the June Review). There is more on this in DRRA notes.

WHAT’S ON August 4th

August 13th and 27th

DRRA Community meeting in the Hall – including a briefing from Darlington History Group on some of their plans for the Trail, Waylen’s Landing, and other monuments to historic Darlington.

Glen Road Bridge.

Saturday markets at Two Birds.

Can anyone tell me …

August 15th

“Tales of Murder and Mayhem” at the Parkerville Tavern. See ad elsewhere in this edition.

August 25th

Deadline for submissions for the KSP 2023 Fellowship Programme. See info in their ad elsewhere in the Review.

Why we have so many bandicoots (qwendas) in Darlington these days? When we first came to live here several decades ago, I cannot remember seeing any: now they are everywhere! This is not a complaint: I love them! Just wondered why the change.

August 28th

Darlington Chamber Music Concert 4 – listen to some amazing young talent bring you Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Fauré. Not to be missed!

September 30th

Deadline for applications for the Robert Juniper Award for the Arts. If you are young, have a strong association with the Shire of Mundaring, talented in some form of the arts including music, dance, acting etc, and need some financial help to develop your talent, check out the RJAA at www.robertjuniperawardforthearts.org

Why the authorities (not sure if it’s the Shire or Transperth) found it necessary to take up about 20 metres of perfectly decent brown asphalt footpath on the east side of Lionel Road near the junction with Girvan Place and replace it with an equivalent section of ugly grey concrete? They have also put in what looks like the basis of a concrete bus stop platform on the west side, but it is not clear why this would have necessitated a matching eyesore to the east. Why does the price of petrol in Perth fluctuate on a fairly regular weekly basis, often varying by 30 cents a litre or more? As far as I know, ours is the only state in the country where this happens. Well, that’s it from me. Collette Murray will be taking over next month. Here’s to a satisfactorily wet but not too chilly Winter, and, before you know it, we’ll be transitioning into a glorious Spring! Chris Durrant | Acting Editor

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Councillor’s Column South Ward | Cr James Martin August marks the beginning of the Noongar season Djilba. It is represented by the colour pink symbolising growth of plants and wildflowers. I’m pleased to announce the launch of Mundaring Online. The new online portal will bring together services residents can access with a ‘click of a button’. An important addition to the portal will be the ability to download a copy of the Community recycling Centre pass, colloquially known as the ‘tip pass’. This is the final piece of the jigsaw for the Shire in rolling out the e-rates service. Although the e-rates service (email delivery of rates notices) has been in place for some time, residents were still required to collect their CRC from the Shire offices. With this barrier removed, I encourage all residents to visit mundaring.wa.gov. au http://mundaring.wa.gov.au/ and register for e-rates. There are clear environmental and financial benefits for as many of us signing up to this service. For those residents unable to sign up, rates and CRC passes will still be sent via post. At the July meeting of council, council resolved to register its support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The decision comes following a call from the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Linda Burney MP, for a registry of civil society support for the Uluru Statement, and reflects the message of NAIDOC Week 2022 which encouraged Australians to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Applications for the Shire’s Youth and Volunteer Recognition Event grants are now open until 16 June 2023. The Volunteer

Recognition Event Grant awards $300 to volunteer-based organisations for activities and celebrations that benefit their members and to recognise the contribution volunteers make to the group. The Youth Grant assists young people aged 8 to 18 years who have been selected to represent their club or institution at events or activities including sport and recreation, technology, arts, community service, culture and environment. For further information and to view the guidelines, visit the Shire’s website or contact the Community Capacity Building Officer on 9290 6678 or email ccbo@mundaring.wa.gov.au mail to: ccbo@ mundaring.wa.gov.au I recently attended a meeting of the Shire’s Inclusion Disability Access and Inclusion Group (IDAAG). This group provides advice to the Shire on matters concerning some of our most vulnerable people within our community. If you believe you can assist the community as a member of IDAAG, I encourage you to apply to join the group by contacting the Shire - CCE@mundaring.wa.gov.au Finally, I’m happy to announce the successful candidate of the East Ward by-election is Cr Claire Hurst. Claire was sworn in on the night she was elected to ensure she was able to commence work straight away on her councillor duties and she is already proving to be a wonderful addition to the council team. Her election brings female representation to over 50% of council, a first for the Shire of Mundaring. Stay safe. (And warm!) | James

Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) The July meeting had a packed agenda and a good turnout with lots of discussion about current and future projects in the village and Shire. Pippa Windsor (Treasurer) also kindly supplied an assortment of cheese and biscuits which went down very well (thanks Pippa). Wade Isard, Head Coach from the Mt. Helena Swim Club presented information about an exciting proposal for a new aquatic centre in Mundaring which would be part of the new Community Hub (opposite the Sculpture Park). The centre will have a wide range of facilities catering to diverse interests and needs including rehabilitation and physiotherapy services, hydro and lap pools, recreation, fitness and competitive sports plus an all-year learn-to-swim facility.

The facility will offer further opportunities for residents to keep fit and healthy – in addition to hiking and biking around the hills. Wade is currently sharing the proposal with other community groups and will present to the Shire after further consultation. If you have any concerns or would like to provide feedback via DRRA please contact us at drra@darlingtonvillage.org. DRRA is looking to invite presentations for our future meetings – allowing us to keep abreast of proposals and initiatives in our community.

It will be open-air with overhead covering using environmentally sustainable materials. There will also be commercial lease opportunities, residential and entertainment including a cafeteria, creche, gym and function rooms.

Future meetings will include Anthony Spagnolo providing information about Street Level, an association of local groups helping Australian communities create and maintain their natural character while incorporating beautiful architecture and quality building and Darlington History Group presenting on their current and future initiatives.

The costing is likely to be around $60 million taking between eight and ten years from initial proposal to final completion.

DRRA’s next meeting will be Thursday 4th of August, Darlington Hall (Lesser). Hope to see you at the next meeting.

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My Place: Young Australian of the Year finalist Tom Oliver Autism ranges across a wide spectrum – from mild to severely debilitating – and medical science is still unravelling the genetic and environmental triggers that cause the brains of some children to develop differently. Law student Tom Oliver, who grew up in Darlington and was diagnosed as a teenager, recently delivered an impressive TED Talk on autism’s impacts, particularly for those involved in the criminal justice system. He talks to Trea Wiltshire about his efforts to raise awareness of the condition. Tom Oliver was diagnosed with autism at 15 and the well-known local uni student told his TED Talk audience that he had struggled to understand why, in his teens, he had felt intrinsically different from his peers – “Why I always craved such a structured routine, why I became so obsessed and hyper-focussed on certain things and why I struggled to decode social cues that seemed obvious to friends.” Tom says that being diagnosed came as a huge relief. “It made me much more comfortable in myself. It was an acknowledgement of the way that I am. When I began studying Law, my interest in autism prompted me to do more research, particularly on the ways that the Law impacts people with this complex condition. Whereas autistic people make up between one or two percent of the population, they represent five percent of the prison population – an overly high rate of incarceration. Much of that is due to a lack of awareness of the characteristics of the condition – the obsessions, the communication challenges, the unpredictable behaviour – all of which can easily be misinterpreted by an arresting police officer and by others involved in the justice system.”

diagnosis process and the condition itself will help when representing clients involved in criminal law matters.” Tom happily admits that one of his obsessions has been tennis – his parents Lee and Lu Oliver run the hugely successful Lolivers Tennis Coaching in Darlington – and he has represented Australian in the junior Australian Open Championships. He currently plays division one pennants at Midland Tennis Club.

Tom, who is on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum and is studying a double degree in Law/Biomedical Sciences at Notre Dame University, admits to being “terrified” at the prospect of addressing a TED Talk audience of 12,000. Never having spoken in public before, he was, however, driven by his conviction that he needed to highlight the fact that the justice system is failing autism sufferers. Now three quarters of the way through his Law studies, he had made it his aim to establish a law practice focussed on representing those battling autism and other disabilities. His work in this area had seen him recognised as a 2022 Young Australian of the Year finalist, and a Law student who has already been a keynote speaker at the Law Society of WA and several major corporations, and is on the board of People with disabilities WA. While studying, Tom is also working as a consultant with Savannah Legal and focussing on attracting autistic clients facing court – “And we’ve been able to secure non-custodial sentences for clients and have been able to help them secure appropriate therapy,” he says. “Sadly, I seem to be one of few people working in this area, and it is heartbreaking to receive on average 20 emails a week asking for help from people around the world who have seen the TED talk and are themselves caught up in the justice system. When I graduate I am planning to set up my own legal firm specialising in clients with a disability or autism, so that I can fight for these people.” Why combine Law with Biomedical Science? “While they are two very different disciplines, there is an overlap and I am hoping that having a knowledge of the 12

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Letters to the Editor Helena van der Reit writes: Re: Widening of the Darlington Oval does not (necessarily) widen your horizons. Recently I reflected through personal experience that widening the oval might not necessarily widen your networks or horizons. Why would I say something like that you ask? Well …. Our children grew up in Darlington attended the local schools, participated in Have a Go Cricket now under the auspices of Woolworths Cricket Blast and were very active in Auskick (Junior Footy) whose coach at one time was Campbell Giles. At about the age of 12 our daughter appeared to lose interest in playing Aussie Rules and when I drilled down, I discovered that she found it intimidating playing against the boys. Thankfully, girls footy was beginning and our daughter went on to be a pioneer member of the WAFLW. Training for girls was (and is) at Swan Districts Football Club in Bassendean. Savanna played for the under 17 State School football team which defeated the mighty Victorians with sponsorship support from Darlington Junior Football Club. She has returned to her under 12s club by invitation as a role model. Today as a young woman in her mid 20s she has many friends who currently play in the AFLW for the Eagles and the Dockers. She is a personal friend of Chelsea Randal the captain of the Adelaide (The Crows) Football Club. This came about because we had to move to a bigger club, with more competition and yes it was hard, but I believe worth it. Our son lost interest in playing Aussie Rules at about the same time, unfortunately for him his parents insisted he had to play a winter code. He chose hockey. Again, this meant leaving the convenience of using our little oval and traveling to Parkerville oval. Marinus went on to find work after leaving school through the expanded

network of his hockey contacts. In fact, his boss at work played hockey with him as a young adult. This income streaming sustained him through his university studies and enabled him to get a Cert 3 in horticulture and gardening. Today he continues to do part-time work for his hockey mates whilst he continues his post graduate studies. He would not have found work so easily had he not had this hockey network who were willing to assist him. Other people in the community have contributed further valid arguments as to why it is best left as a small but quirky oval, much loved and much cherished. My input is to let you know that our narrow oval in fact widened the opportunities for our children who had to move away to harness them. It is tempting to want our children to remain in a safety network near home but as a mother of adult children I experienced our children thriving by moving away. They recognised that Darlington Oval was their nursery but by age 12 were ready to move on and now look back with many happy memories. As a postgraduate qualified educator, I can direct you to academic articles based on empirical research that demonstrate that children who enjoy more structured freedom from age 12 achieve confident independence as they approach their latter teen years (https://raisingchildren.net.au/pre-teens/ communicating-relationships/family-relationships/shiftingresponsibility-teen-years ). I believe widening our oval will not provide this pre-teen transition. Please keep this in mind about this desire to enlarge our oval and cement a change which I strongly feel will not improve outcomes for our children and our Darlington Community.

Local resident (name and address provided) writes: How does a ‘concept idea’ for the Darlington Central Village Area become a project complete with community approval? The answer was clarified for me at the 7 July 2022 DRRA (Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association) meeting. It appears that anything related to the Central Village Area is handled through DCRAG (Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group); a body comprising delegates of various sporting clubs and volunteer groups. DCRAG is in effect the decision making body with ‘authorisation’ to present projects for consideration by the Shire. It became apparent that once DCRAG approve a ‘project’ the decision is considered final and presented to the Shire as a project having full community support. It would seem that the casual users, and non-affiliated residents sit outside this decision making process. How is the wider Community made aware of and consulted about any proposed ‘concept’ prior to the proposal becoming a project presented to

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the Shire as having full community support? DRRA (Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association) in the past has been the ‘watch dog’ for all issues related to Darlington. DRRA is now a delegate member of DCRAG and as such has a greatly diminished influence and role to play in the issues relating to the Central Village Area. As a community member (and there are many of us) not affiliated to a sporting or community group I assumed DRRA was the key body overseeing project proposals effecting Darlington and its’ community facilities. Apparently not so! This is a real concern as currently there are several major projects being auspiced and ‘evaluated’ by DCRAG. One such project being the widening and re-alignment of the oval. DCRAG primarily comprises of sporting clubs and some volunteer groups… Do you share my concern? DRRA meetings first Thursday of the month 7.30pm. 13


Letters to the Editor Casual user (name and address provided) writes: One of the letters on oval widening in the July Review needs a response. First, the question posed by the writer of why local teens (and those from elsewhere playing in Darlington teams) should have to use “substandard change rooms and facilities at Boya”. Mundaring Shire funds for upgrading Boya change rooms have already been allocated and no doubt the Shire appreciates that, having created a fine regulation size oval (with lighting) for teen and adult sport, the next step will be providing accessible facilities to match those at the adjacent Boya Community Centre. Both the centre and oval serve a growing population in a Shire designated growth area. I suspect if DaSRA channeled its energy into achieving this next step for teen players at Boya, improvements would take far less time than it took to get Darlington’s pavilion upgraded. Meanwhile Boya is minutes away by car, and a safe cycle/jog on the heritage trail and footpaths. The letter asks why casual users of our oval should not move to Leschen Park, “a dog gazetted park with a small playground”? Shire notices at playgrounds prohibit off-leash dogs and at Leschen it would be an impossible to keep dogs out of the playground and surrounding properties because of its size and being bounded on three sides by roads and houses. Even suggesting this as an alternative to the traditional sharing of the oval in the late afternoon perhaps reflects an attitude that in no way aligns with that of the Darlington Locality Plan (endorsed by the community) in relation to the Central Village Recreation Park: “The nature and extent of public open space development

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needs to maintain the village character… the area should remain as unstructured as possible to encourage social and informal use. Its physical limitations are not suited to the accommodation of regional competitive sport which should be concentrated in major sporting facilities and not Darlington’s smaller oval.” A disappointing aspect of the oval widening proposal is that local families contributed to upgrading the pavilion because we were told it was the worst in the Shire. Many responded because of happy memories of their own primary school kids training in Darlington before moving on to bigger ovals. One wonder how many would have contributed had they known that the new facility would, down the track, be used to push the sociallydivisive issue of oval widening with its potential impact on casual users and dog walkers? Funding for the Darlington Community Pavilion from State and Federal Governments and the Shire was secured on the basis that it was not just a sports pavilion, it could be used for pilates, workshops, meetings, and by the arts festival and other groups. In other words, it would serve the entire community, just as the oval that fronts it currently does. Final question: why use pseudonyms rather than their names? In a word: Facebook, that, perhaps inevitably, hosted a few unfortunate posts on this subject, very quickly establishing that opting for anonymity would be wise.

Concerned resident (name and address provided) writes: Concerns about developments on the South Boundary (Pine Terrace) along the Darlington Village Oval. The recent DRRA meeting (7.7.22) announcement of the approval of the Access path which is part of Heritage Walking Trail (which prior to that meeting was a concept design) all of a sudden is an approved project. We were told that the parking area on the south boundary of the oval is being reduced by a few metres to accommodate the Access Path /Heritage Trail. The distance between the bitumen edge and the bollards is currently 9m. Mention was made of the path being a few metres wide from the bollards. With the width of new stone bollards, plus the width of the new heritage trail, approximately 4.5m is available for vehicles parking. With this planned new parking position, visibility will be drastically reduced when backing out, and loading and unloading family cars. Dogs, kids, prams, and older folks negotiating getting in and out of cars will become dangerous as visibility of road traffic will be greatly reduced. Of greatest concern is impending hazardous pedestrian traffic congestion as developments reduce parking to accommodate the various planned works as mentioned in the previous paragraph, such as the intended access path, the extended BBQ area (by several metres) food vans. There seems to be no regulations on increased traffic, or activities being squeezed into this environmentally delicate space. Darlington Historical Society will be presenting at the next DRRA meeting on 4.8.22. Darlington Review – August 2022


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Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade REMEMBER 000 is the ONLY number to ring for all fire & smoke sightings.

The ComCen will page our members who are on duty. For general Brigade enquiries please ring 9299 7217. Station hours: Saturday 9am-10:30am. Web: darlingtonfire.org.au • Facebook: Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade • Instagram: dvbfb_

Next meeting: Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at the Darlington Fire Station.

Every winter people die in house fires, and over 1,000 fires start in homes like yours. Matches, lighters, candles, heaters, and charging devices are often the cause of fires in homes, and these fires can cause costly damage and contribute to death and injury. Most of these fires are accidental and preventable, and you can improve your safety by taking few simple steps.

system. Moderate: Plan and prepare, High: Be ready to act, Extreme: Take action now to protect your life and property, and Catastrophic: For your survival, leave bushfire risk areas. Each rating will have a clear set of messages, including the actions the community can take to reduce their risk. For more information visit www.afac.com.au/initiative/afdrs

• Batteries and devices should never be left charging overnight • Candles should NEVER be left unattended, or burning overnight • Candles and heaters should be kept clear of any combustible materials such as paper/cardboard, curtains and clothing • Keep lighters and matches away from children, preferably up high and locked away

The weather may have moved into winter after another long and dry fire season, but we must not get complacent about playing our part in bushfire mitigation. Tragic bushfire events over recent years serve as a reminder that everyone must play a part in mitigating the risks of living in a bush fire prone environment. Reviews of many major fires over the past decade have reinforced that land owners and residents must share responsibility to prepare, by reducing the potential risk of bushfire around their properties and planning for bushfire emergencies. Additionally, all landholders are required to prepare for, prevent and manage bushfires on their land. So, please make time to carry out what can be done around your home and property BEFORE the coming fire season, to minimise the bushfire risk for you, your neighbours and the Darlington community. Contact the Station, your local Bushfire Ready Group coordinator or the Shire of Mundaring’s Fire Hazard Inspection Officers for more information.

Accidental fires can occur in any home and be devastating for everyone involved, but the good news is; you can play a part in preventing it from happening. For more information about preventing accidental home fires visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/site/fire-in-the-home/overview.html

**New Fire Danger Ratings launching September 1st** The new system will be used Australia-wide; so whether you’re at home or travelling, you will see the same system being used (see pic). This is being done to help make Fire Danger Ratings easier to understand, and provide you with clearer advice about how to stay safe. The new system will have four levels (instead of six) and there will be actions for each level, so you know what to do to protect your life, family and property. You will start seeing the new Fire Danger Ratings from 1 September 2022, and the new system aims to provide more accurate and timely information about fire danger. So why the change? The science underpinning the current Fire Danger Ratings is more than 60 years old. As science has improved, so has our ability to predict fire behaviour and threat more accurately, so instead of the current system using just forest and grass to determine the fire danger, the new system will use eight different types of vegetation. There are four levels of fire danger in the new

Our data guru has crunched the numbers and analysed the turn-out records for the Darlington Brigade for the last financial year, including the 2021/2022 fire season. Here are some key figures: • Total Incidents = 47 • Total Member Turnouts = 294 • Total Firefighter Hours = 1753 hrs And this doesn’t include the meetings, training, and maintenance requirements of the Brigade’s members. Remember, we are a volunteer brigade; so that is over 219 working days of community emergency service provided with no labour cost to State and Local government. If you have concerns about the fuel load on your property leading up to the next fire season, the Darlington Brigade may be able to help. Property owners that would like the Brigade to consider doing a Hazard Reduction Burn on their property can call us on 9299 7217, or visit the Station between 9am and 10.30am any Saturday morning. An officer will arrange a visit to examine your property, discuss your issues and provide a quote. (Note: conducting HRBs is subject to weather and environmental considerations) These burns also provide an opportunity for training, development, re-qualification, and upskilling of Brigade members. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon Ricky Harvey

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Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG) Delegates are reminded that our next meeting is on Monday, 22nd August at 7.00pm in the community pavilion. Each delegate will provide details on their organizations’ activities and plans. An update on the proposed oval widening from the DaSRA will also be tabled for delegates’ information on the night. These photos taken of our recreation area on a quiet, rainy day in July, provide a snapshot of how beautiful the area is. Junior footballers, cricketers, tennis players, volunteer fire fighters, skaters, cyclists, gardeners, families and dog walkers all utilize this unique space. Over the last 10 years, DCRAG has seen many changes to the recreation area. • The shaded swing at the playground, • the extended pavilion and paved rear grassy area • the Darlington Hall verandah extension and accessibility upgrade,

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• new asphalt paths, • bushcare by the Friends Groups of the Native Triangle (FONT) behind the pavilion, near the Owen road crossing (FODS) and west at the historic Waylen’s landing (FOWL). • the tennis club have added a hit up pavement and look to be getting into composting! • the skatepark extension, • the pump track, • the Arbour, community garden and wagon. Future improvements in the pipeline include the History Groups’ Heritage Walk Trail with Six Seasons Garden trail-head; new large tree plantings and extended tree root zone protection by relocating the bollards back toward Pine Terrace, as well as an extended new BBQ shelter. If you want to have a say in the Recreation Area changes or contribute to the conversation please lean in. Trish Cook | Chair

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Darlington Junior Football Club July saw us celebrating all the wonderful women in coaching as part of Women’s Coaching Month. Women’s Coaching Month is an opportunity to celebrate and promote Women in Coaching through a series of assets, programs and initiatives both at a national and state level. July was dedicated to shining a light on our inspiring women coaches across all levels of our game and at Darlington, The DJFC formally recognise the work of our female coaches Richelle Romasz and Claire Bannister. Richelle has taken so many strides forward in her own development as a coach and continues to pass those lessons and learnings on to not only her team, but the coaches she coordinates in 2022. Claire took on the role in 2021 when we had very little interest to coach PrePrimary Auskickers (I know, go figure!!) We never doubted the success Claire would have but seeing her Year 1 group have so much fun in the well organised sessions that she runs, is an amazing outcome. Both of these coaches are confident, knowledgeable, positive and goal-oriented, which has made them stand out amongst their peers, with some fantastic feedback from various club

presidents, the Swans District and the WA Football Commission. Join us in thanking Richelle and Claire , but also in hoping that more female coaches grace our club like these two have.

Want to get involved? Lastly it that time of the Year when all the Club Committee Positions become vacant. Want to get involved and put your hand up for next season. Don’t be shy were really could do with some extra hands. Maybe you’re our next Scribe Want a chat about what you can do … why not send an email to darlingtonjfcpresident@gmail.com

Year 3 showing us some efficiency at training this year. No one is losing their bag this year.

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Darlington Sports and Recreation Association (WA) Inc.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! GET ONTO IT! www.darlingtonjcc.wa.cricket.au This year registrations will be completed and paid online via our website and the Play Cricket platform. However, if you would like to chat with someone or a new to cricket your welcome to come on down to the Darlington Pavilion on Saturday 20th August between 9amand and we will have someone there to answer question We will be looking to fill the following teams in season 2022/2023 but as always it all about number so the sooner to register the easier it gets to fill teams JUNIOR BLASTERS Ages 5-7 For kids new to cricket, to learn the skills to play cricket through fun game-based activities. MASTER BLASTERS Ages 7-10

Parents - interested in coaching or being a Blaster leader?

For boys and girls ready to progress from Junior Blasters and ready to play short games of cricket in a fun and social setting.

Even if you haven’t done this before, don’t be afraid to give this a go, there’s a whole ‘how to’ program to help you and it can be very rewarding when you get involved, you just might learn a thing or to yourself

JUNIOR CLUB CRICKET Ages 9-17

Want to know more or like to offer your assistance to the club?

Play organised games of cricket at your local clubs and make new friends! Fun, active and plenty of opportunities to develop your skills.

Please call or email Chris Pivac at chris@slatergartrellsports.com.au Mobile: 0404 082 623

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Darlington History Group Are you confused? Talking with Darlington people in the past year, it has been quite interesting to hear people say “what does your group really do? I have been reading the updates on DHG’s various projects, but what does your group really do and how do you get to the stage that you can implement a project?” … or words to that effect. If you read this column you will know that the group is quite new – only 12 years old in fact – but very busy! Formed by a small band of enthusiasts in 2010 to gather historical information and share this with the Darlington Community and beyond. the group had to look at the best methods to share this information and began to write. Publications: Darlington’s history has evolved as people moved “up the Hill”, built houses, developed orchards, businesses, guest houses and supported a community of artists. DHG wanted to record this unfolding of history and our first projects involved the publication of books. DHG has members with a wide range of skills, some of whom are authors and researchers. Whilst we don’t have an exhibition space to view historic items, we do have a brilliant Archivist, Lyn Myles, who has built a digital collection which comprises original research, using resources such as Trove, interviewing individuals, families, and others, collecting and scanning photos, newspapers and old maps. This material is gradually placed on our website and valuable to DHG’s writers. Vice Chair Cliff Burns, inaugural member Arlene Collings, and archivist Lyn have been instrumental in compiling and writing our publications, with Cliff writing 5 books and more to come. We commissioned author and journalist Trea Wiltshire and graphic designer Mich Lee to put together the story of the Darlington Arts Festival and the artists of Darlington, and this resulted 4 years later in our stunning publication Arts on The Edge. Funds for our publications are garnered by lobbying local MPS, the Shire of Mundaring, generous donations from local individuals, and fund-raising. Website: DHG implemented a website to store and save our research and make it available to the public. IT expert and DHG Secretary Rob Borsje undertook this time consuming task. Rob also setup an account with Microsoft so that we could archive all material on their cloud server for free, so that Darlington’s history is stored for perpetuity. Rob Borsje is also the author of the comprehensive tome “The History of Parkerville and Stoneville”. Large Projects: We take on projects that we consider will benefit the heritage and history of Darlington. Every project we consider we must ask “what value will this have to our community?”. Projects are not undertaken lightly as an immense amount of research, commitment, policy development and funding are necessary to implement a project. Endless hours of grant research and compiling applications is undertaken, the rounds of lobbying local and State Government representatives is sometimes onerous, and finding the right people to execute the project involves negotiating contracts. Many of our projects started as a statement and an idea at a meeting, and it has taken several years to see it to fruition, or as is the case with our huge Darlington Heritage Walk Trails Project, is still ongoing (visit Current Projects on our website for full info on this project). As Chair I try to keep an overview of all that is happening within the Group which means working to support each Project. For example, large and complex projects need community consultations, negotiations with funders, Local and State Government Departments, Aboriginal Elders, and suppliers.

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The capacity to work together is essential and rewarding for all and we seem to be achieving this as we build relationships with other like-minded organisations such as Mundaring and Hills Historical Society, Midland and Districts Historical Society, and advocacy around Heritage Matters with the Shire of Mundaring, local politicians and councillors, and Aboriginal Elders who are assisting us with the 6 Seasons Garden Project. Guest Speaker Programme: With so many interesting characters living in our village, it has always been a delight to have them share their history or their knowledge with us through our Guest Speaker Programme. Not all our speakers are locals, with many coming up from the ‘flats’ to share time with us. Some Guest Speakers have been historians or architects or lawyers who have expertise in Heritage Matters, some are collectors of tales, others collectors of artefacts. Each speaker has immersed us for an hour in another time and place, and we are grateful to the time our speakers have freely given us.

LtoR: Some DHG Committee members at DHG PreLoved Art Auction fund-raiser in 2021; Vice Chair Cliff Burns. We have a passion for our local history and we are excited to continue the search when new information comes to light, and to continue to share and advocate for the preservation of Darlington’s cultural and historical heritage. DHG Chair Val Shiell “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” Marcus Garvey. Hiding in plain site! Honour Board WW2 onwards: The Honour Board has now been hung next to the WW1 Honour Board in the entry foyer to the Main Darlington Hall. At the moment the board has been covered awaiting our launch of the board on Saturday the 10th September 2022. We would appreciate it if hall users do not remove the cover and spoil the unveiling. This unveiling event will be by invitation only due to the COVID protocol regarding attendance limit for the number of people who can occupy the hall for an event. Bric-a-brac for Darlington Arts Festival Stall: Bric a Brac is desperately needed for our fundraising event at DAF in November. If you have donations, please contact Lyn Myles email myleslc@ bigpond.com or ph 9298 8604. Share the heritage | Become a member for just $5: You can help us reach milestones (ie complete projects!) by becoming a member for just $5. Your contribution will help with costs associated with our research and projects. Please visit our website for more details on how to join us. dhg.org.au | admin@dhg.org.au | Val Shiell 9299 6868 21


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Matthew Hughes MLA JP | Member for Kalamunda Much misinformation abounds regarding the adequacy of the resourcing of Western Australian hospitals and Health and Mental Health generally. It may be of interest for readers to know that total WA State Government expenses are forecast to be $36.8 billion in the 2022-23 financial year, with Health and Mental Health, Education and Training, and Community Safety accounting for 61% of all general government expenditure. Expenditure on Health and Mental Health at $11.495 billion, which is 31% of State Government expenditure, is the single largest area of expenditure. WA expenditure on Health and Mental Health is close to a third of the total WA expenditure budget. In my book, this does not constitute under resourcing and investment in Health and Mental Health, far from it. In this year’s State Budget, the McGowan Labor Government has provided the biggest ever investment in the WA public health system, with a further record $2.5 billion investment in health and mental health towards significant targeted investments including measures to address emergency department pressures. Under the McGowan Government, WA Health’s annual budget has grown from $8.8 billion in 2016-17 to $11.6 billion in 202122, a 30.9 per cent increase. The increase funding provided in the May 2022 budget brought total new investment to $5.7 billion since the September 2021 budget. The 2022-23 State Budget features $1.6 billion for WA’s COVID-19 response, bringing investment to date to more than $11.2 billion since the start of the pandemic, including $1.7 billion towards business support. The McGowan Government remains the only State Government to have provided free Rapid Antigen Tests to households to help prevent further transmission and to minimise the disruption to our economy and our daily lives. The almost $1.6 billion in additional support provided in the 2022-23 State Budget for COVID-19 response comprises a suite of measures and initiatives: $635 million to secure RATs and run the WA Free RAT Program; $537 million in health services including for COVID-19 testing and monitoring, medical equipment, and the vaccination roll out; $61 million towards Western Australia Police Force State Emergency Management Response initiatives, including border controls, cleaning, PPE and the operation of the 13 COVID hotline; and $42.5 million towards school COVID-19 measures – implementing schools ventilation strategy, enhanced school cleaning, administrative and contact tracing support, masks and distribution of RATs. As part of a national agreement, some elements of the public health measures will receive a 50 per cent contribution from the Commonwealth Government.

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The McGowan Government’s investment in health and mental health prepares us for the future with additional $223.4 million investment in health infrastructure, increasing investment in health infrastructure to $1.6 billion over the next four years. This is on top of the $1.8 billion set aside from the stronger than expected surplus for 2020-21 to construct the new Women and Babies Hospital. Since the 2021-22 State Budget brought down in September 2021, 342 new beds have been added to the WA hospital system, with the majority of the remaining beds to be open by the end of this year to deliver a total 530 additional beds. A key component of the McGowan Government’s health focus in the 2022-23 State Budget is a new $252 million major reform package. Comprising 17 initiatives, it will improve access to emergency care and help address the systemic causes of ambulance ramping by enhancing system-wide coordination in the short and long term. The comprehensive Emergency Department Reform Package focuses on reducing demand pressures and enhancing systemwide coordination, consistent with the recommendations of the Sustainable Health Review. Addressing the root cause of the challenges facing our emergency departments will take time which is why our reform program includes immediate response measures and a dedicated Ministerial Taskforce to identify longer term, lasting improvements for patient care. In the past two years up to March 2022, the WA Health workforce increased by 15.6 per cent, including an additional 1,456 nursing and 512 medical full-time equivalents (principally doctors). The McGowan Government is continuing to invest heavily in initiatives to build our heath care workforce, which has already grown by 1,101 FTE since the WA Health Belong recruitment campaign was launched in October 2021. The health workforce will be further bolstered with initiatives in the 2022-23 State Budget including: $8.1 million for the International Medical Graduates registration project; $7 million to deliver Aboriginal midwifery services, delivering on an election commitment; $3.5 million to establish the final year of neurology training in WA to help retain neurologists locally; and $3.7 million pilot program to establish and commence the Aboriginal Health Practitioners profession in WA. I hope you find this information useful. A reminder that if you wish to make an appointment to meet with me on matters of concern to you, please phone my Electoral Office on 9293 4747 in office hours to arrange a time at either the main Electoral Office in Kalamunda Central or at my Friday satellite office in Mundaring located in the same building as the Patch of Country Cafe. 23


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Variety is the Spice to Walks

Walkers have been treated to a wide variety of walks, some bushlands, some parklands and some special reserves. Bookings continue to be very heavy with limits placed on some walks. Walks completed during the past 4 weeks include:  STAR SWAMP 19th June – 33 participants. This smallish bushland reserve is a wonderful “oasis” surrounded by urban housing. It has several trails and is worth walking any time of the year.  KALAMUNDA NATIONAL PARK AND PIESSE BROOK th 26 June – 41 participants. This walk was in some the most wonderful bushlands in the hills. The ancient 2.5 billion year old rocky outcrops are quite spectacular. The beautiful valleys house part of the Bibbulmun Track and are a tribute to the hard work carried out by local “Friends Groups”.  WHISTLEPIPE GULLY AND CRUMPET CREEK 3rd July – 28 participants. Despite a chilly 3 degrees start, walkers enjoyed another fabulous walk in sunshine, through our excellent gullies and bushlands. Whistlepipe Gully is excellent for any walker at any time of the year. The waterfalls were small but very attractive. Some history as well.  HERDSMAN LAKE 10th July – 30 participants. At about 8 kms, a walk around the lake is easy and a real treat. Plenty of birdlife including several sets of Black Swans with their tiny fluffy Cygnets. Sunshine most of the way the parklands are worth a walk any time.

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Some thoughts about Walking….  Walking fast or slow…..it doesn’t matter.  Did you know that Beethoven, Goethe, Dickens, Darwin and even Steve Jobs all took/take long walks? According to them it was/is of great benefit, so who am I to argue with their opinions.

 Older people do it, middle aged people do it, (not sure about teenagers with their electronic

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Soroptimist International of Helena Our club has now decided to change our meeting night back to a Wednesday, which was our regular night some years ago. We will still be meeting on the first and third week of the month at 6.30pm during winter months, and still at Dome Café in Forrestfield where we have use of the little meeting room. We are trialling a “Come and learn to play Mahjong” afternoon on the first Saturday of the month from 1.30pm – 3.30pm at the home of one of our members. This will be a small fundraiser and numbers are restricted to 3 tables (12 people) so bookings are preferred so that we can accommodate you. We will be serving a light afternoon tea, all for $5.00. Please ring 0422 981 657 or leave a message on 9293 4108 if you would like to join us on 6th August. No experience or equipment required. Our support of Yayasan Bumi Sehat Birthing Clinic in Ubud in Bali continues. The Bumi Sehat Foundation trains midwives and runs family planning clinics among other important services to communities in Bali, Aceh Papua and the Philippines. We have donated to the project: “Help Women who Help Women through Midwife Training” in conjunction with ‘GlobalGiving’, who, specifically on 20th July 2022, will match our donation. We

are committed to giving women the best available assistance when having their babies, wherever they may be in the world. We have signed a petition to try to prevent the importation to NSW of bee pollen from overseas, which may carry the Varroa Mite. This would devastate the bee population and honey industry in this country. Although Western Australia has strict rules about movement of bees and honey from other States, there is no doubt that if this virus takes hold it will eventually get to the west. Following on this, and with the intention of educating more young people about the importance of our native bees, we are looking to provide Bee Houses to primary schools in our area in the near future. If you would like to know more about what we do both here in WA and internationally, and think you might be able to help us, please don’t hesitate to contact us on email sihelena@siswp.org or by phone at any of the following numbers: 0422 981 657 | 9274 4743 | 0417 179 761

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Swan Rotary Club of Midland Swan Valley Summary of Community Projects undertaken in 2021-2022 Wooroloo Bushfire Relief: The Rotary WA Bushfire Relief program was underway at the commencement of the Rotary year, with establishment of Tool Libraries in Containers, one at Gidgegannup and one at Wooroloo. The principle of the libraries was for clients to borrow tools at no cost, and for whatever period they were required. This program ran through until Christmas with a total of 640 volunteer hours incurred of which 300 hours were by the Swan Rotary team. Small Mob Shearing Day, Gidgegannup: The Shearing Day was held on 4 September with Steve Toghill and a colleague shearing some 40 sheep and 9 Alpacas. Wanslea Christmas Event: The Wanslea Christmas Event was held at Bold Park Aquatic Centre on Sunday 28 November. A successful event was held, with a great team of Swan Rotarians, feeding the many folks attending with Sausage Sizzles, Hamburgers, Salads, and Fruit. Bullsbrook Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon: The annual Bullsbrook Seniors Luncheon was again run by Swan Rotary and the City of Swan with about 60 seniors attending, along with community representatives.

Swan Valley Community Centre Christmas Twilight Festival: Swan Rotary assisted the Swan Valley Community Centre with their annual Christmas Carol event in Baskerville. Movie Night – Iluma: A free community Movie Night was arranged by Swan Rotary in January, in conjunction with Mirvac, and the City of Swan. A highly successful community project, with about 100 people and children in attendance. CWA Rugs: Gidgegannup CWA sought financial support for a project to knit colourful rugs for donation to patients in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, ICU Department, who are at their life’s end. The intent is to have a personal homely blanket instead of plain sterile hospital sheets. Microscopes for Schools: A successful Community Grant enabled 30 microscopes to be presented to Aveley Primary School and North Aveley Primary School. If you like more information about Swan Rotary or any of our activities, please give Betty Pitcher a call on 0408 912 101

Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc. SNAPPED 2022: Shire of Mundaring’s Historic Photo Competition The Mundaring & Hills Historical Society and Shire of Mundaring Libraries are teaming up again for SNAPPED 2022! Following last year’s successful competition, we are on the lookout for your previously unpublished photographs of people, places, and events in the Shire of Mundaring taken prior to the year 2000. All photographs submitted will be eligible for the ‘Open Award,’ judged by representatives from the MHHS and the Shire of Mundaring, as well as the ‘People’s Choice Award’ to be judged by a public poll on the Shire of Mundaring Libraries’ Facebook page. This year we have also introduced a ‘Caption the Photo’ Competition so that members of the public who do not have old photographs to submit can participate in ‘Snapped 2022’. The winner of each category receives $100.

For more details on the various competition categories please ensure you read the full Terms and Conditions prior to submitting your entry. To find out more about ‘SNAPPED’, visit the Shire of Mundaring website: www.mundaring.wa.gov.au. The online submission form, including Terms and Conditions, will be available from 1 August 2022. Also check the MHHS’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MundaringAndHillsHistoricalSocietyInc/ for details. Please direct any questions to the MHHS on 9295 0540.

The competition runs from Monday, 1 August and closes on Monday, 22 August 2022, with all photographs to be submitted in a digital format via the Shire of Mundaring Libraries’ website. The ‘People’s Choice Poll’ opens on the Libraries’ Facebook page on Monday, 29 August and closes on Monday 5 September 2022. For the ‘Caption the Photo’ Competition, we are looking for original entries of 30 words or less, with relevance to the content of the photograph, which is shown here. Taken in 1949, this image captured by D. N. Baulgh, shows the derailment of a locomotive at Wooroloo. We look forward to reading some entertaining captions!

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In addition to their outreach program, the Foundation also delivers the newborn hearing screening program which is part of the National Neonatal Hearing Screening Framework. The program aims to screen all babies to identify a Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment. Given around 2 babies per 1000 are born with a moderate or profound impairment, the importance of early detection cannot be underestimated. Thank you Paul and the entire Earbus team for the invaluable work the Foundation does to improve children’s ear health everyday.

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Garrick Theatre Another month has come and gone and its time to once more catch up with what is happening at Garrick Theatre. As I write, we are in our last week of the comic thriller Dracula, Starring Shirley Holmes, and Jennie Watson. What a roller coaster ride this production has had. Nearly everyone in the cast has had to deal with COVID and/or the flu. We finally had the entire cast on stage for Preview. Despite all the setbacks, Dracula has had a fantastic run and audiences have really enjoyed themselves. What can we look forward to in Season Three? The long awaited When Dad Married Fury! Another production which has faced

a series of challenges, When Dad Married Fury, written by the incomparable David Williamson and directed by the amazing Lynne Devenish, When Dad Married Fury is set around the time of the Global Financial Crisis circa 2007 - 2011. Indeed, many of us are still suffering the effects. Action takes place shortly after this disastrous event when the very wealthy and unscathed businessman, Alan Urquhart returns to Australia from the USA to celebrate his 70th birthday with his family, his two sons and their wives, and to introduce his new 33-year-old American ex-beauty queen wife. Questions of inheritance loom large, and what ensues will give you lots of laughs, lots of insight, lots to feel angry about and lots with which to empathise. Often inappropriate and darkly funny. When Dad Married Fury was originally scheduled for Season One, however, due to cast illness, was postponed to Season Three. The cast have worked hard to overcome so many setbacks, (COVID reared its ugly head to impact on preparations), changes to availability of a couple of cast members, requiring new cast to join the production, but the spirits of cast and crew remain high and their commitment to bringing the highest quality performance has never wavered. We are very grateful for their dedication, and they deserve a most successful run. Be sure to book early so you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fantastic and hugely enjoyable theatrical experience. Bookings for Garrick Theatre are now through TAZ Tix, www.TAZtix.com.au or phone TAZ Tix 9255 3336. To round out 2022, our very own Kerry Goode is bringing Bernie’s Olde Tyme Music Hall to Garrick. Conceived and directed by Kerry, this will be a night of singing, laughter, and good oldfashioned entertainment. Don’t miss this one! Location: 16 Meadow Street, Guildford WA 6055 Theatre Phone: 08 9377 3358 (only monitored during performances)

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Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Submissions for the 2023 KSP Writers’ Centre Fellowship Program are closing soon. Deadline to submit: 25 August 2022. The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to host this annual fellowship program for adult authors, providing placements for dedicated aspiring, emerging and established writers looking to develop a writing project. All genres accepted. Successful applicants are gifted with the time and space to work in an inspirational environment with special access to Katharine’s Cottage, where celebrated novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard wrote most of her works. While in residence at KSP, fellows also have access to an active community of peers through our many writing groups, all of which are complimentary as part of the fellowship, as well as the opportunity to network, drink and dine with your co-fellows. KSP Writers’ Centre Annual Spooky Stories Sundowner When: Saturday 27 August 2022, 5.00-6.30pm AWST at the KSP Writers’ Centre. This free event celebrates the launch of KSP’s 2022 spooky story anthology by Wild Weeds Press, featuring all the winning and

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shortlisted entries from the KSP 2022 Spooky Story Competition sponsored by Tabetha Rogers Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions. Judge Carolyn Wren will announce the winners, which will be followed by readings from a select number of authors. Register for your free ticket today! Submit to our Annual Short Fiction Competition Deadline: 2.00pm AWST, 8 September 2022 YOUTH (up to 17 years): Free, limit of one entry per person. ADULT (18 plus): $10 per entry, no limit on entries. The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to present this annual short fiction competition for Australian writers, which is FREE for youth to enter thanks to sponsorship from the Shire of Mundaring. Judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative. All fiction styles and themes are acceptable. Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in December. For more information on our residencies, competitions or other activities please visit the KSP website www.kspwriterscentre. com or phone the office on 08 9294 1872. KSP Writers’ Centre is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring.

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Friends Of Glen Park Reserve (FOGP) Valuing Bushland For most of us, we are so very fortunate to live within walking distance to bushland. The value of these unique spaces should not be underestimated, or taken for granted. Whether we enter these areas for solace or exercise, one thing is for sure, being in bushland can have a profound impact on our overall physical and mental wellbeing. In an article written by Pierre Horwitz from Curtin University, ‘How Urban bushland improves our health and why planners need to listen’ 05.04.2018, he refers to the benefits of having access to urban bushland, and its positive impacts. ‘For an individual, access to green spaces contributes in multiple ways: it reduces stress, it helps us recover from illness or injury, and our thinking abilities improve when we are more contemplative and mindful of our green surroundings.’ From my own experience, as soon as I walk into the Super Block off Ryecroft Road, I feel any stress melt away as I engage with my surroundings. Immersing myself in the beauty of the bush, I may forget I am there for exercise. Seasons differ, with species choosing to flower earlier or later, than previous years. Structures of flowers and leaves fascinate, and the mood differs depending on the time of day, the season, or if it has been, or is about to rain. I emerge, feeling more relaxed, and glad I have taken the effort to exercise in bushland. Take a walk in Glen Park Reserve: another gem in our midst. Contacts: Leonie Campbell: 040 217 293 | Glenys Letchford: 9299 8347.

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Darlington Community Garden (DCG) Kids’ Club Nature Play Day Darlington Community Garden is about much more than growing veggies and vines and fruit and nut trees. Most importantly it is about people, about friendship and belonging; about community and connection… What a blessing to have a mix of many of the finest people you could meet with all sorts of interests, skills and backgrounds, knowledge and resources, creativity and caring, and Yes, opinions and wants and needs too…. And what stands out strongest are they are people with big hearts with lots to give and oodles of enthusiasm and energy and big visions of what is possible in the development of our garden. DCG is also for kids, both little and not so little. JULY 13 was the day of our successful and FuN inaugural event – Kids’ Club Nature Play Day. Such a perfect clear bluest-sky, sunshiny beautiful winter’s day… with the backdrop of our stunning Arbour and lush overflowing

veggie garden beds… and even more magical as it was grey and drizzly rainy the day after. Around 50 - 60 kids of all ages came! And great to be joined by the HOSCA kids too. Accolades & acknowledgements to our talented and terrific DCG Team expertly led by the lovely Kate Herren for creating “such a kid-friendly fun event… where my three little grandies had a ball participating in all the activities!” says one. “What a fantastic day, brilliant idea,” says another. Happy and excited faces (and for some, very muddy bodies!) clearly showed the success of the event and even before the day was over another Kids’ Club Nature Play Day was scheduled for the October school holidays. Kids were offered a range of nature-based crafts and activities including mosaic tiles, rock painting, flag art, seedling planting, mud play and making and cooking damper on the camp fire to name a few.

Photos: (left to right) Kate, Megan and Alison | Back-drop of our beautiful Arbour and lush garden beds | Thanks Christel and Charles of Wild Gaia Plants for the planting activity… the health and strength of your seedlings is amazing as seen by the vigour in our veggie beds | Flag Art & Rock Painting with Megan.

Photos (left to right): Mosaic tile making with Sally | Yummy damper making and cooking over the camp-fire with Shane, Winny and Charles | Mmmmm very yum, says Isla beaming happiness.

Mud. Glorious. Mud Play in Lake Darlington with Alison, of course! Mud and kids pics gave us the biggest smiles and much JoY “I was offered a mud pie from a young girl with total earnest, who quietly told me I couldn’t really eat it as it was just pretend. I put my ‘pretend’ $3 in her Tupperware cashbox and thanked her for her carefully made pie…” shares Dave. Did I mention what a beautiful day, beautiful people, beautiful event! Creating Community while growing food – See you in the garden | Susie

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• NEW MEMBERS Online Membership Form - https://www. darlingtoncommunitygarden.org.au/join-us-1 • GARDEN BUSY BEES: Saturdays 9am • Join our DCG FACEBOOK page • MOSAIC PROJECT with SALLY HERZFELD 0478 620 145 • Bendigo Community Bank RAFFLE TICKETS. We’ll sell you the $20,000 winning CASH PRIZE while making $$$ for future events and our next projects. • CASH FOR CONTAINERS BINS at back of the Liquor Store OR DCG number at Collection Centres is C 1033 0258. • Check DCG TROLLEY for things Garden/Produce related under the pines near playground. Bring your surplus. Take others’ excess.

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The Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides saw out the term with a talent night. There were guides with an array of talents including Ballet and Tap dancing, poets, Guitarists, Martial Artists, Squash players, just to name a few. The parents came along to watch and everyone had loads of fun. The leaders were particularly impressed on just how wonderfully talented their girl guides are!

We have a jam packed schedule for term 3 including a 2 day camp at Our Barn in York later in the term. The girls are very excited!

The girl guides have also been learning about healthy eating,

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1st Darlington Scouts Joey Scouts ages 5-8 Cub Scouts ages 8-11 Scouts ages 11-14 Venturer Scouts ages 14-18 Rover Scouts ages 18-25 Adult Volunteers ages 18+

Camps and adventure activities are just about our favourite things at Scouts, across all ages. Our recent camp at Manjedal Activity Centre had something for everyone, from our 6 year old Joeys through to our 17 year old Venturers. Even some rain didn’t dampen the fun! Over 2 days there were tunnels, high wall climbing, the crate stacking challenge, obstacle courses and archery. And delicious camp grub for all.

In the Community The Venturers were out and about this month, once again assisting with set up at the Mundaring Rotary Markets – a chilly pre-dawn start to lend a hand. We also held a fundraising wood raffle, with a very happy local from Sawyers Valley winning a lovely trailer load of aged wood.

Venturers setting up at the markets.

Coming Up This term there will be many more activities, including Nighthawk overnight orienteering for Scouts, Enduro 4 day camp for Cubs, Mission Impossible rogaining and skills based competition for Scouts and Venturers, so adventure for all ages and levels.

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Baha’i Community of Mundaring

Last month we joined with other faith traditions for our Bridges to Peace collaboration to celebrate our common points of unity. Our theme was ‘Women & Peace’ with short talks from Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i perspectives. Speaking on behalf of the Baha’is of Mundaring, Elaina (19) shared the fundamental principle of the equality of women and men underpinning the Baha’i faith and how, as this becomes a global reality, peace will be within humanity’s reach. The Baha’i writings make clear that the establishment of universal peace relies on, and can only be realised, when women obtain equality of rights and is, indeed, impossible without universal suffrage. In fact, when this happens, “war will entirely cease among mankind”. So, what is this vital role that women play? Elaina explained how, according to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá …the world in the past has been ruled by force, and man has dominated over woman by reason of his more forceful and aggressive qualities both Mundaring Baha’i Community

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of body and mind. But the balance is already shifting; force is losing its dominance, and mental alertness, intuition, and the spiritual qualities of love and service, in which woman is strong, are gaining ascendancy. Hence the new age will be an age less masculine and more permeated with the feminine ideals, or, to speak more exactly, will be an age in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilization will be more evenly balanced. Knowing this, we can feel empowered that we don’t have to accept a force-driven society. We can, and will, unfurl a new standard, a divinely-inspired and peaceful world, with women at the forefront of change. If you’d like to explore this theme further, we hold regular devotional gatherings at homes in Darlington, Glen Forrest, Mahogany Creek and Mundaring. These are welcoming spaces to pray, reflect and have spiritual conversations with friends from diverse backgrounds. All are welcome. More details on our Facebook page and website.

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Darlington Christian Fellowship CLIMBING THE MOUNTAINS

Many years ago, when I was much younger and much fitter, I climbed Bluff Knoll with my family. It was not easy, even then and required effort and perseverance. Another mountain I climbed was when I lived in Africa. It wasn’t as tall as Bluff Knoll, but it still needed determination to make it to the top.

In our lives we all face “mountains” at various times which can seem unclimbable and which require more strength and energy than we have. These mountains might be illnesses, injuries, broken relationships, unemployment, financial insecurity, bullying, or being unfairly treated.

Through these experiences, I have grown in my faith, learnt to persevere and come out stronger. When we do get to the top of a mountain, the view is worth the effort and energy expended. Looking back, I can see that the “mountains” I faced have been worth it because it has brought me closer to God. I’m sure I will face more mountains in the future and trust that with God’s help, I will be able to climb them.

I would love you to have God in your life and experience his help and enabling when you face your mountains. Denise Rhodes

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

A FAREWELL TO ROB

In the absence of a question this month here is something to ponder. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul.

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On the 31st August we will be hosting an open Winter Worship praise and worship night at DCF starting at 7pm. If you would like to come and praise God together with us please feel free, we would love to see you there. There will be hot drinks available afterwards if you want to stay for a cuppa and a chat.

A few weeks ago a group of parents, grandparents and kindy kids from youth with a mission (YWAM) came out to spend the day with pastor Callan. They spent time singing songs and dancing, praising God and praying for Darlington. They also walked down the heritage trail had lunch and coffee at the park. They did some artwork as a gift for DCF (see photo) which is now brightening up our church foyer. Callan really enjoyed the time with them, they were a beautiful group of kids, and we are enjoying their beautiful artwork!

“But the time is coming - indeed it’s here now - when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way.” John 4:23 NLT

Lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from?

By the time you read this, we would have held a lunch on July 24th to farewell Pastor Rob and his wife Sue, who are leaving after more than four and a half years at the church. We wish God’s blessing in any future ministry in which they may be involved.

I have found when I have faced some of these mountains, it was God who helped me. He didn’t always remove them, but he gave me the grace, wisdom and strength to “climb” them. He gave me guidance as to the way forward, strength to persevere and encouragement when things were tough. He also gave me others who walked alongside me to encourage me, pray with me and counsel me.

I love it that Jesus showed us so clearly it doesn’t matter where you are from or where you have been, it’s about coming sincerely, back to the Father. I think that’s what He is saying in this verse.

Psalm 121: 1-4

In what circumstance would loving God feel truly impossible? What if I was Eve and I saw my son’s life taken at the hand of my other son? What would my love look like then? What if I was Noah witnessing the destruction of all life outside of the ark at the hand and command of God? What would my love look like then? What if I was Joseph pleading with my brothers to spare my life? What if I was Job and lost what he lost? What if I was Lot and my wife was taken? What if I was Jonah in the belly of the darkest place? What if.... what if..... what if.....? What if He shows us that amongst the worst of adversities He is worthy of our love? Lord may you show us how to love you well.

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Shire of Mundaring Library Service Dying to Know Day 2022 – Get Dead Set

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Dying to Know Day (D2K Day) on 8 August is an annual campaign that aims to empower Australians at all stages of life to live and die well. D2K Day gets conversations started around death, dying and end-of-life planning. The D2K Day 2022 theme asks Australians to ‘get dead set’ by taking simple steps to plan for end-of-life. In this event, a funeral celebrant, end-of-life planner, funeral arranger, death doula and a lawyer will talk about endof-life planning. Bookings for this free event are essential at https://080822b.eventbrite.com.au.

Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions are back for Term 3. All Baby Rhyme Time sessions are on at 9.30am and all Story Time sessions are on at 10.30am. Sessions are held at Boya Library on Wednesdays and Fridays, and at Mundaring Library on Tuesdays and Fridays. No bookings are necessary.

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Shire of Mundaring’s Historic Photo Competition Dust off those photo albums for images taken pre-2000 of people, places and events in the Shire of Mundaring for your chance to win $100. Be sure to read the Mundaring & Hills Historical Society article in this edition of the Darlington Review for information about the competition.

JP Visiting Service at the Libraries A JP visiting service is available on Tuesdays during school term at Boya Library from 5.30pm to 6.45pm. No bookings are required. If your document requires two witnesses, you will need to bring someone else with you. Check with the library on 9290 6755 to confirm the JP’s availability on the day. There is a weekly service operating at Mundaring Library on Thursdays between 1pm and 2.30pm. You can contact Boya Library on 9290 6755 for details of a local JP who may be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays by appointment at the Boya Library. A JP also visits Mundaring Library on Thursdays between 1pm and 2.30pm (no bookings necessary). You can check for details of local JP’s at https://www.wa.gov.au/ service/justice/civil-law/find-justice-of-the-peace-your-area.

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Forrest Darlings CWA The highlight of July for CWA members across WA is the annual state conference held this year in Gingin. The three day conference allows those from country branches to meet up with Metro members and share good times and friendship. There are a wide range of conference motions to be voted on from membership fees to concerns for WA wildlife protection, and the provision of improved road and rail infrastructure services to our South West. All branches carry a banner to parade into the conference and we are very lucky to have a beautiful new banner designed by our talented member, Lorita Schmitz. Our branch was represented at conference by Heather Meiklem, who shared her account of the event at our July meeting. This meeting also adopted a ‘Christmas in July’ theme with festive crafts and refreshments. Monthly Meetings Meetings take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Helena College (Darlington Campus on Ryecroft Rd). They might involve learning a new skill, sharing our crafts or hearing from a special guest speaker. New members and visitors can always be assured of a warm welcome. Membership is now half price until the end of the calendar year - just $35. For further information please look up Forrest Darlings CWA on Facebook or call Kate Herren (President) on 0452 644 248.

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Silver Tree Steiner School

Open Day If you have ever wondered what it means to be Steiner educated, Silver Tree Steiner School will be opening its doors to the community on the 11th of September 2022. Open Day is the perfect opportunity to peek inside the classrooms, wander the natural bush playgrounds, or meet one of our passionate teachers and find out more about this wholechild education. Of course, there will be plenty of activities to engage your child: from learning circus skills, to running through a bush obstacle course. The little ones will delight in creating their own flower garlands, fossicking for treasures in the sandpit, and learning to finger knit. Delight in the live performers, grab yourself a cuppa and a famous Steiner slice of sweetness or take your time browsing the market stalls, which will be offering hand-crafted items for sale. We look forward to welcoming you to Silver Tree on Sunday 11th of September from 10am – 3pm, 695 Roland Road, Parkerville.

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Parkerville Steiner School With the rapid growth of Steiner education across Australia, the long-standing Perth Waldorf School in Bibra Lake realised Perth was in need of an additional high school campus to cater for the growing number of families choosing a Steiner education. Surrounded by 25 acres of bushland in Parkerville, on the site of the established Silver Tree Steiner School, Parkerville Steiner College opened its doors earlier this year with a founding group of Class 7’s. The opening of the new High School means that the Perth Hills now provides a K-12 Steiner education that is academic and artistic, and engages the child in a rich, purposeful curriculum. The school enables each child to blossom into young adulthood with a balanced capacity for both feeling and thinking, so that they are prepared, with selfconfidence and inner resources to accept responsibility and take their places as creative, self-directed members of society. Steiner teachers inspire within their students a sense of wonder, awe and reverence for life, whilst developing a healthy positive connection to the world. By freely using the creative arts in the service of teaching academics, an internal motivation to learn is developed in the students, as they develop an outlook on life that is always ready to face challenges. This real-world perspective is demonstrated in Class 7 when the children study the Age of Exploration in the 16th and 17th centuries, whilst concurrently also learning to sail. These skills are showcased on their sailing camp in Albany where they experience physical and attitudinal challenges. If you would like to learn more about Steiner’s holistic approach to education or our Parkerville High School Campus, please visit our website https://www.pws. wa.edu.au/our-school/high-school-parkerville/. School tours can be booked by contacting 08 9295 4787 or at parkerville@pws.wa.edu.au.

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Treetops A Montessori and International Baccalaureate School Overnight Stay at Gingin Gravity Discovery Centre Our Upper Primary students recently experienced all that the Gingin Gravity Discovery Centre has to offer, by staying there overnight and exploring the night sky.

The bus ride from Darlington to Gingin takes over an hour but it was worth it with the level of excitement from students once the ‘Welcome to Gingin’ sign came into view, as well as the Discovery Centre’s infamous ‘leaning tower of Gingin’ which the Karri class would later climb to the top of. Students and staff were guided around the Centre by Mitch the Astronomer, who explained how the displays work, introduced them to the telescopes that they would be using that evening,

and gave students the opportunity to go inside the pretend space shuttle which simulated g-force – this is what astronauts use for preparing to go into space. Later in the afternoon, Karri class headed off to the tower they had spotted through the bus windows, in order to test the laws of gravity by dropping water balloons from the 45m height. The water balloons were different sizes and some students predicted that the bigger balloon would fall faster than the smaller. However, students discovered this was not the case when Mitch dropped both balloons at the same time and they

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landed together, consistent with Galileo’s theory that time of descent is independent of mass, meaning that objects will fall at the same acceleration. Following exploration of the exhibits and a presentation on light pollution and our Solar System, it was finally dark enough for students to head outside and use the telescopes. They were lucky to have a lovely clear night so that they could see lots of celestial bodies, including the Jewel Box cluster and the Proxima

Centauri star. They also got to see a close-up of the moon which was amazingly bright! After a day of wonderment, they were all eager to climb into their sleeping bags and go to sleep - but there was still more to see the next morning! Students and staff were out of bed early to witness Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn aligning across the pre-dawn sky, which Mitch showed them with his laser. After packing up their gear, the Karri class stopped by the gift shop to buy a souvenir coin for their classroom, then boarded the bus to head back to school. What an adventure!

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