Vol. 56 No. 11 December 2016
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Darlington Review - December 2016
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Darlington Review - December 2016
Making it happen…
We’ve waved goodbye to the Darlington Arts Festival, Christmas is on the horizon, Nyaania is retreating and Summer is advancing in bursts as the last of the benign Spring weather lingers.
But back to the festival —a huge success by several measures and a credit to an outstanding committee of just 19 committed locals, some of whom have invested many years in this annual event. The layout met with wide approval, there was a good mix of stalls, the workshops were buzzing and the folks in the wine tent looked as happy as those counting the takings — which of course went to the community pavilion.
In this issue we have a wrap-up of the Festival, welcome a new ratepayers’ committee and prepare to set the scene for a super busy December. But before we get onto Festival talk, there’s a hugely important appeal in Darlington Sport and Recreation Association notes.
It was clear that the 2016 DAF Committee set the bar high for the fifty-third festival, the main aim being to elevate the standard and presentation of the art to attract the sort of buyers and collectors who — when the festival began in the 1960s — made sure it was on their calendars.
We’re just $100,000 short of meeting the fund-raising target for our community pavilion —$400,000 is in the bag – with $22,500 raised through the Buy a Brick for $100 campaign. So if you haven’t yet secured your brick, give Darlington a Christmas present that will particularly benefit junior sport. You can buy a brick (and see your name on the Foundation Supporters Honour Board in the completed pavilion), you can purchase a Darlington number plate or make a donation by visiting the website — see details in Coordinator Geoff Barker’s DaSRA notes on page 52. And Geoff would like to hear from any builder interested in being part of the project. Phone 0418953176
Back then the big attraction was the hub of emerging and established artists — Grey-Smiths, Juniper, Haynes and Gregson — who called Darlington home. One way to attract that calibre of art was the launch of the Robert Juniper Art Award with its attractive $10,000 prize. Another aim, during a difficult year for seeking funding, was to make sure sponsors felt truly appreciated.
And a big communal THANK YOU to all those who have already contributed to Darlington’s most ambitious fund-raising project to date. Imagine how proud we’re all going to feel when the real bricks start being laid next year — because we’re trail blazers in project managing and building our own community pavilion; it’s a first in Mundaring, and we’re driving it.
“It was a tough year,” confirms President Peter Nicholls. “Some previous supporters regretfully told us they just couldn’t find the dollars, so it was particularly important to show appreciation of those who did manage to support us.” That task of securing grants, sponsorship and donations was coordinated very ably
Darlington Review - November 2016 by Geoff and Margaret Barker, a couple involved in many community initiatives.
your community. I am always amazed by the incredible effort our volunteers put in each year. Thanks just aren’t adequate for the task they perform.
This year the Friday night opening was a smaller, more modest (less costly) event with the two major sponsors — MP John Day (representing major sponsor LotteryWest) and Mundaring Shire’s Deputy President Patrick Bertola — giving brief speeches along with the DAF President. This official ‘opening’ then became a community-wide event with prizes presented from the verandah ‘stage’ while winners, their families, friends and interested residents gathered on the grassed area. As the wine tent was open, those wanting to celebrate winning a prize or seeing their artwork hung in the Open Exhibition could then do so.
I believe the only thing that will take out this festival is not getting enough supporters to do the hard yards. Apart from our 19 very active committee members, we need around 70 volunteers to get us through the weekend.” So, a call to arms — and if you’re new to Darlington or a longterm resident who has not yet been involved, give some thought to the 2017 festival.
And the winner is…!
The consensus was that this worked well, but the event still needs some stage-managing. The new format essentially became necessary to meet Shire regulations regarding the numbers permitted in the hall. Shire regulations permit 135 people in the main hall; to invite all the artists submitting work plus partners, along with the DAF support team, could have meant a possible 380 converging on the main hall for the prize giving.
Left: Award Sponsor Trish Juniper and Winner Alastair Taylor (Photo: Ron Dullard)
For artists winning DAF awards, it’s a highlight that won’t be forgotten (and there’s a full list of award winners on DAF’s website). Much anticipation surrounded the presentation of the inaugural Robert Juniper Art Prize worth $10,000, to which both Trish Juniper and DAF contributed. And creating a coveted acquisitive award for an artwork that will be used both for promotional purposes and for fundraising (prints will be available for purchase) was clever thinking!
As Mundaring Shire has now committed to two years of funding to give the festival more financial certainty, observing such obligations for large events (when insurance factors come into play) becomes appropriate. For DAF, turning a blind eye to the numbers, as in previous years, is no longer an option. In addition, during recent events concern has been expressed on two fronts from DAF committee members and invited guests: the potential for artworks and display panels to be damaged in an overcrowded hall and the fact that it was impossible to hear the speeches given the hum of conversation from the rear of the main hall and verandah. As local residents are never short of ideas, the committee will no doubt receive feedback on this and other aspects of the festival. Some complained about the new format, others were understanding; some maintained the new format worked well, and others suggested the entire event could move to a marquee outside the hall and — as a Friday night opening for the wine tent could become standard — be alcohol free. Variations on this new format all become feasible.
It was great that this inaugural award for Hills artists should go to a Darlington artist. Alastair Taylor produced Above: Alastair Taylor’s Fleeting Permanent a painting of a stand of Darlington eucalypts that, said Trish Juniper, would have got the nod from Bob (in fact the prize has already been dubbed The Bob).
The Friday opening came in for some aggrieved commentary on Facebook (a predictable platform for letting off steam), so no doubt when the festival’s AGM is held in February those with alternative ideas will attend and get involved. One committee member noted that the festival had made many appeals for help from the community with little success. The turnout at the last AGM was pitiful. “We’d be delighted to have a strong component of people from the local arts fraternity as a valuable conduit to the artists. At the moment, however, with only one artist on the committee, we only seem to hear when there’s discontent over an issue.”
Mezzanine Art’s Mark Alderson encouraged Alastair to enter (he has exhibited through Mezzanine on several occasions) but at the time he had pneumonia, had quarantined himself in Busselton rather than “bringing it home”, and eventually returned to Darlington with 10 days to spare. “I remembered a favourite stand of ghost gums near the winery which had posed for me in the past, so the choice of subject suddenly became easy,” recalls Alastair. “My overarching focus was the play of light and shadow, so the white trunks casting shadows on each other are irresistible.
President Peter Nicholls later told the Review: “The festival needs to continue to attract the calibre of committee members we currently enjoy, but the reality is that people move on or move away, and recruiting new blood keeps the event vibrant. New recruits are mentored through their first festival rather than being ‘thrown in at the deep end’. So we appeal: come and join us and be an active part of our team. You’ll enjoy the experience, make some great friends while actively supporting
“I spent day one trying to draw nearly every leaf and day two painting over it all as it was obviously doomed! However, eventually I felt I was making progress by depicting the foliage in a gestural sort of way, suggesting light and shade and transparency without trying to draw every leaf.
Darlington Review - December 2016 “I was pleased with the result and thought it had a good chance of being hung — but to win the thing? I am still flabbergasted.” But others were not — the acrylic on board work entitled Fleeting Permanent was the painting that held the eye and satisfied viewers. It was also the unanimous choice of the high profile judges Professor Ted Snell and Marlene Stafford. They said the winning work — in a very strong field of contenders — made them “feel the wind and smell the forest scents”. An appropriate and a well-deserved accolade.
The lens of the third eye Darcy, Hudson and Charles
I thought I’d give it a go,” he told us. This young entrepreneur launched his West Wave Clothing Co, and does his tie-dying from a shed at the back of the family’s Greenmount home. “I have some music going as I work and I am in my zone!” he declares with obvious pride. At the festival his mates were there to model his shirts for the Review. They’re all going in different directions as they graduate: Hudson to Mundaring Christian, Charles Dugdale to Guildford Grammar and Darcy Bennett to Kalamunda High – but you suspect the ties forged at Darlington Primary, and by Hudson’s T-shirts, will keep these buddies in touch.
Hills photography claimed a high profile in this year’s Open Art Exhibition, taking out the Best in Show award while the Best Photography award went to Darlington’s Paul Bastian with his stunning image The Fisherman. Paul, who is Vice-President of the Mundaring Camera Club, captured the image of a solo fisherman on a slender bamboo raft using China’s traditional method of cormorant fishing that still survives. A ring is placed around the bird’s neck so it doesn’t swallow the fish it dives into the river to catch. The bird rewards the fisherman with its catch, and the fisherman rewards it with a replacement snack.
Calvin Bennett and Farraday Tween
Also impressive were a pair of performers in the entertainment tent, who kept people in their seats for about half an hour as they performed a repertoire of songs. Guitarist Calvin Bennett of Helena College (12) who studies music at the Hills School of Music and vocalist Farraday Tween (13) perform regularly at the Fremantle Markets. Given their ages, they’re incredibly professional and have also performed at Telethon and the Police Commissioner’s Party. Calvin’s mum whispers that they intend to be famous before they even get to the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and the way they’re going…. well they’re impressive!
With the unerring eye of a seasoned photographer, Paul knew instantly this would make an amazing photo so he was in position with his tripod at 4am — at a time when the hint of a new day turned Kweilin’s limestone karsts into looming azure silhouettes behind the tropical riverbank. Shutter speeds and much more helped to capture this timeless image of the smoking fisherman with his avian companion perched above — and lit only by a single lamp. Gorgeous!
WOWA a wow!
Probably the youngest trader at the Festival was Hudson Graf, a final year at Darlington Primary student. We found Hudson presiding over his stall selling T-shirts he designed and tiedyed — to make some cash so he can buy the technology he’ll need at high school next year.
The Festival is keen to encourage young participants, so it was it great to read in Seen and Heard notes that two young filmmakers, Kody Bacon and Luke Button won awards in the Quick Fix films that made their second appearance at the Festival. And as always, the WOWA parade was a Festival highlight.
“My friends at the skate park thought my T-shirts were cool so 5
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Former President Jody Nunn returns each year, donning a DAF T-shirt and getting involved. It’s a promise she made her daughters when the family moved to the city. For the last few festivals, Phoebe and her friend Ella Hayman have carried off awards, and this year Zoe teamed up with Bella Campbell to join the WOWA parade that saw its youngest ever participants parading. We particularly enjoyed the Helena College Steam Punk paraders with all that gadgetry.
New team for DRRA
While Americans were out casting their votes for president, those attending the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) AGM were concluding that not having someone to immediately take on the top role was no big deal. The turn-out at the AGM was better than anticipated, with several first-timers attracted by the good work our ‘watchdog’ organisation has done this year on behalf of our community. While new faces were voted onto the Committee — Pippa Windsor and Alan McAuliffe were welcomed with open arms — those at the helm of the executive are yet to be decided. Seasoned committee member David Shimell (who again took on the Treasurer’s role) wisely pointed out this has happened before: “We can work it out”. And with a workable mix of experience and new ideas, a couple of obvious contenders will percolate to the top in a committee that does a good job of sharing the load among participants.
Be quick — get a grant!
So a strong new committee will take us into a year that promises exciting initiatives — a revamped hall, a brand new community pavilion taking shape on the oval, and a fine new library and community hub on our doorstep in Boya.
The Review was lucky enough to be one of 15 recipients of a $500 Quick Grant provided by the Shire of Mundaring for community groups run by volunteers. Our grant allowed us to purchase a printer for use in producing our magazine and
Retiring President Phil Vile, who has juggled several community roles during his term as President, outlined some of the outcomes DRRA has negotiated during 2016, including the best way to incorporate mandatory disability access changes to Darlington Hall, the realignment of the Hillsden/Darlington junction, the upgrade of Montrose (saving that beautiful Cape York Lilac), and the new tennis court carpark — along with what must be Perth’s most beautiful bus stop (more about that later).
we’re grateful to the Shire. The Darlington Family Playgroup also benefited from the same round of Quick Grants that went to groups ranging from the Silver Tree Steiner School P & F to Hills basketball, cricket and football clubs. Tracey Peacock, Grants and Volunteers Advisor, says that in the last financial year the Shire distributed $12,500 to successful groups. The first round of Quick Grants for this financial year closed on November 11 and these funds have yet to be allocated/approved.
Phil received rousing applause for his leadership and the enthusiasm he brought to tasks. Initially a reluctant president pressed to accept the role, he took the baton and ran non-stop while also maintaining involvement with his other projects (the fire siren, Let’s Talk Rubbish and Friends of Darlington Station groups).
“The Shire is proud to support the local community by giving back with grants,” says Tracey. “And we know they can make a great deal of difference to local organisations”.
Also retiring was Deputy President Gabby Houldsworth who has been a mainstay on DRRA for many years, first as superefficient secretary and, last year, as deputy. When Gabby retired as Secretary last year, Chris Pemberton stepped into a role she had previously held — taking pity on Phil who at one stage was acting as both president and secretary. Volunteers like Phil, Gabby and Chris represent social capital writ large. The new committee presents a good cross section of ages and professions: Chris Pemberton is former Canberra public servant who retired to Darlington and has been on/is on DRRA, DAF and Darlington Club committees ever since; Michael Jones is a recently retired local GP, a former AMA ABOVE: Grants Advisor Tracey Peacock and Shire President David Lavell promoting the Mundaring Shire’s Quick Grants.
Darlington Review - December 2016 LEFT: Retiring DRRA President Phil Vile (wearing his Let’s Talk Rubbish hat) accepting a cheque from Shire President David Lavell and former President Helen Dullard (now doing good things for the Smith Family in Midland)
Work on Pine Terrace upgrade begins January will also see maintenance work on Pine Terrace. As usual DRRA was on the case, forming a sub-committee (DRRA’s Poul Dahl and Phil Vile, and resident Josephine Jones). The group walked with a Shire officer along the section being upgraded (fire station to View Terrace) and, after viewing the plans, requested the Shire to reduce kerbing, not fill in culverts and reduce the width of both intersections. Says Poul Dahl: “We work well with the Shire and want to maintain a good relationship that ensures local input into plans. Our aim is to maintain the ‘country feel’ of the road for residents, so we would also be against any move to formalise parking along Pine Terrace.” Another DRRA aim is to ensure that — given the further developments in Helena Valley and Bushmead — our roads don’t become ‘rat runs’ for those wanting to avoid stretches of the Great Eastern Highway to reach the bypass. Those living on Ryecroft and Victor know that this already happens.
Stop the bus — take a look…!
It’s without doubt Perth’s best bus stop — and it came in for much praise during the DRRA AGM and at a recent meeting of the Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (the social/sporting groups that liaise with the Shire on oval and hall facilities).
ABOVE: Committee members Grant Butler, Pippa Windsor, Michael Jones and DRRA Secretary Chris Pemberton
State president and now works as a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; Grant Butler is the State Sales Manager for Parmalat / Harvey Fresh and has been a resident of Darlington for over six years, with family connection to the area dating back to the 1950’s; Alan McAuliffe, his wife Belinda Gosden and daughter Willow moved to Darlington four years ago, he works with a construction management building company and Pippa Windsor is a well-known physio who is also an invaluable DAF Committee member.
Both meetings noted the predictable sniping on Facebook — about cost, why wasn’t it built by a local etc. Of course it was built by local stone mason Ant Muia who was approached by DRRA as soon as the Shire indicated the old rusted shelter needed replacing and appropriate disability access. Artist and stonemason Ant says some of those large stones have been in his backyard waiting for a project like this, and they simply would not be available today. He’s done us proud and we love the contrast of the intricate stonework and the granite slabs. Also impressive are the stone banks and earthcoloured bitumen access that are a credit to the Shire’s attention to detail.
Changes to Darlington Hall start January At the AGM, former president Poul Dahl, coordinator of the Darlington Precinct Plan, brought us up-to-date on impending changes to Darlington Hall in regard to disability access. You may recall he headed a DRRA sub-committee, including architects and landscape architects, that liaised with the Shire on how best to incorporate the mandatory changes required while maintaining the look of our historic hall. And from what he told the AGM the group achieved a good outcome, with some wins, some losses, but essentially they were pragmatic compromises we can live with.
The starting point for the project was the Shire’s decision to replace the old rusted shelter. Then DRRA got involved and suggested a stone shelter. The Association’s aim is to continue, where possible, the signature stonework that characterises the heart of Darlington. Local stone was once used in the hall, homes, garden walls and St Cuthbert’s, and, more recently, to surround the playground. It is hoped that, in future, sections of stone wall will create additional seating around the oval — that’s on the wish list for the future!
The end result is that the free standing toilet that the committee requested on the west of the building was rejected by the Shire in favour of a single accessible unisex toilet located on the verandah. However, its entrance will be located on the west — so as not to impact on the extended verandah area which is going to be great for events.
Sure, the bus shelter cost more than the metal variety, but it will last much longer, and the extra dollars spent are more than offset by the thousands that DRRA’s suggested amendments to Shire plans inevitably save. These savings relate to requests not to kerb everything in sight or cover storm water drains, and not to fell trees that could be saved with a little realignment. In this case, as Colin James points out in DCRAG notes, the design of the stone shelter saved the felling of three trees.
The verandah with its stone-faced ramp will wave goodbye to the donated York stone flooring as this does not meet disability requirements. Whereas the Shire suggested stencilled concrete, the group opted for ‘urban stone’ as more in keeping with the historic hall.
“Perhaps those complaining need to consider that the aesthetics in the precinct area — stonework instead of
Darlington Review - December 2016 And, if all this talk of the good things our fireys do makes you think of joining them, you’ll be welcome. Says Ricky: “We’re always looking for more members, regardless of how much time they can commit, or whether they don’t want to fight fires but can help behind the scenes. Anyone interested in joining us can visit us at the station on a Saturday morning.”
Negligence of a high order
Still talking fire, a Letter to the Editor and photos in this issue again addresses the accumulation of felled trees and tinder dry material – the sort of stuff the Shire urges us to rid our properties of — at the Glen Forrest end of the heritage trail. The Review has reported on this for two years running.
metalwork, the granite and plantings at the Darlington/ Hillsden intersection — add to the atmosphere of Darlington and, indirectly, to the value of properties,” suggests Poul Dahl. But it was the look rather than property values that prompted those at the AGM to give their verdict. “It’s beautiful!” was the consensus — and many on Facebook agreed.
Brigade in the picture
Regular walkers are aghast that it appears that none of the debris has been removed since a Friends group, with the Shire’s blessing, began clearing the area of Eastern States wattles and dead material. Last year, when we asked the Shire if they had any plans to remove the material, the response was: “The Shire carries out as much works as resources allow. The Shire is concerned about the land that abuts the trail and encourages residents to help reduce the risk. Further works are currently planned for the area.” That was a year ago, and apart from logs being piled on the edge of the trail — like kindling as the Letter writer observes —nothing has been done. Surely, the Shire must partner with the group to remove felled material on a section of the trail that gives access to fire trucks and has houses on either side.
Brigade Chair Mark Della, the Review’s Business Manager Josephine Jones, Production/Advertising Manager Kirsty Carslaw and Brigade Captain Eric Baldock
If you’re reading this in December, the total fire ban period will have already begun so it’s important to read the Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and the Bushfire Ready Group notes. In essence the message from both is: be proactive with property preparedness, have a documented emergency plan for the family, make sure you’ve a freshly stocked emergency kit — and consider creating or joining a Bushfire Ready group in your area. The brigade is delighted that it raised half the cost of purchasing a thermal imaging camera from its Festival stall, and even more so when the Darlington Review found funds to make the purchase possible now.
Notices placed by the Friends group indicate areas of debris are intended as fauna habitat and a more recent notice (illustrated with what looks like an English hunting dog) warns that native animals could “die of fright” if chased by dogs. One irritated walker observed: “And what about the native fauna when a fire goes through?”
The fire siren lives
Have a read of Phil Vile’s Community Notice on the fire siren that residents in Dalry, Stone Crescent and Hillsden have initiated. It will be operational from December 2016 to April 2017. As its main driver, Phil explains that it is a localized siren; an added tool for those who will operate it. It is intended ONLY to prompt residents to check all the usual sources of emergency information.
Publicity Officer Ricky Harvey explains that the hand-held, battery-powered device uses infrared technology to provide a heat profile of the landscape, displaying the temperature of the objects in its field of view and pinpointing the surface temperature of a surface within a defined detection zone.
The residents in the area agree with the Yarloop fire report recommendation that the government should consider the use of sirens. They believe that in a high fire danger area such as ours with sometimes poor internet/mobile reception, an additional tool makes sense.
“It enables us to identify ‘hot spots’ after extinguishing a fire,” he explains. “After a bush fire or hazard reduction burn has been extinguished, we do a walk through, looking for glowing embers and wisps of smoke. The camera detects ‘hot spots’ not obvious to the naked eye, so we can achieve a thorough ‘mop up’.”
Darlington Review - December 2016
More music at 2 Montrose
Sarah’s path into journalism was Below: Darlington’s Sarah Brookes indirect. She started studying (Photo: Bohdan Warchomij) science at uni — “being a vegetarian, tree-hugging greenie with dreams of becoming an environmental scientist who would help halt the destruction of our planet”.
If you missed out on seeing Rupert John at his gig last month at 2 Montrose, never fear. It was so good that Rupert and friends will do an encore, same time, same place. From all accounts it was a great night of laidback music, spiced with six different tapas platters from Amy at 2 Café. And not only did they make good music, the musicians donated the proceeds to the fire brigade (see brigade notes). The encore is planned for Friday December 9 at 7.30pm.
However, working in a science lab was not her thing, so she enrolled in Curtain University’s media course and secured a job at a media monitoring firm. “The idea of being paid to read newspapers and listen to talkback radio all day was appealing,” she recalls. It turned me into a media junkie and I fell in love with the late great ABC breakfast announcer Eoin Cameron.” She been with the Echo for five years and says “being a hack is the best job on Earth”.
Karl Bailey is really pleased to see his space used for Mezzanine Art shows and musical soirees, so there’s another musical treat on January 27 at 7.30pm when local singer Tania Martin and friends will perform.
“The pay is rubbish, the industry is going through massive changes with fewer journalists being asked to do more with less. But it’s also a wonderful job. Every day is different. You’re always learning. Your brain gets a workout. You get paid to meet interesting and inspirational people. And all that stress, well I like to call it an adrenalin rush.”
Tania is calling her show Back to Base, — “because not only does it mark my return home, but also my return to original songs I’ve written that have been waiting to be brought to life,” says Tania. “The idea is to play them for the first time to give traction to the material; to feel the edges; let them unfold. The January performance will see the first light shed on pieces that otherwise have been workshopped behind closed doors with musos or in the recording process at Crank Studios with consummate sound engineer/producer Lee Buddle.
As always there is a lot on, including two lovely choir concerts (see Community Notices and notice the change of date for Swan Harmony Singers), Scrooge at Marloo, and of course Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve. Have a read of Pauline’s Community Notice about attractions and time, and as always, PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH AWAY!
“My originals consist of material with strong human elements, stories of emotion, of people’s lives. And I’ll also be doing a mix of fun musical theatre, jazz fusion, some Bob Dylan, Eva Cassidy and a few old jazz classics and some twisted covers.
With goodies and gifts galore at the Post Office, Darlington Day Spa, The Pines, Darlington Liquor and Grocery Store, Nest, Mosh and Colour Me Kate (just opened above 2 Café) there is no excuse not to shop local. And if you venture further Above: Illustration of Community in DAF Junior Art Exhibition afield, there are super artistic gifts at Mundaring Art Centre and a fantastic range of soaps, candles, scarves — not to forget fashionable dog coats at Mundaring Weir Gallery (see their notes). And young residents need to know that Santa’s Mailbox is ready and waiting at the Post Office.
“And it’s absolutely perfect that the first public performance of my originals should be ‘back to base’ in my home in the hills.” Tania has had an extensive career as actor, singer, and voiceover artist for theatre, television, film and radio. Recently she performed her one woman show Cabaret Sauvignon at soldout performances in the Hong Kong Fringe Club. Married to Michael Betts (son of artist Mac Betts), she says her husband lured her to the Hills when they first met — and she immediately fell in love with Darlington. While she knew of the village’s reputation as the home of artists, she says, “I didn’t know there were so many extraordinary musicians living up here until my return. It’s quite wonderful – just like Christmas! So this is now truly a place I call home,” she says.
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Congratulations to local journalist Sarah Brookes (guest editor for the September Review) who walked away with the Best Three Stories in a Suburban Newspaper Award at the WA Media awards recently. Sarah wears more than a few hats, working at ECHO newspapers and doing publicity work for groups such as the Garrick Theatre.
The Review team wish all our readers and advertisers a safe and happy Christmas and many adventures in the New Year. Trea Wiltshire, Editor
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Letters, Community Notices and Events ALARMING NEWS TO ALL RESIDENTS OF DARLINGTON From the Residents of Dalry Road, Stone
Crescent and Hillsden Road.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Alarm Siren received its final test on SUNDAY 27th November between 11:30 am and 12:00. It is only of strength to alert just the 3 streets listed above. Please let your Bushfire-Ready Street Co-ordinator know as to whether or not you have heard it and what you think. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. IMPORTANT : This is only a localized siren without the range to cover all of Darlington. It has been funded by and established by residents with the 3 streets listed above. The siren is just an additional tool to alert residents and when sounded residents must go and check for the possibility of fire danger by following the DFES or ABC 720 warning announcements. The sounding of the siren is not in itself an alert to do anything other than checking for announcements. You must still decide for yourself if you need to enact your Bushfire-Ready Plan.The siren shall be on stand-by for operation as and from 1st December 2016 until April 2017. At all times refer to the relevant information and leaflets produced by DFES and the information provided by the Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. Please refer to your street register which gives the contact details of your neighbours and your Bushfire-Ready Street Co-ordinators.
Hills Symphony Orchestra Hills Symphony Orchestra’s final concert for the year will be held on Sunday December 18th at 2.30 pm at the Midland Town Hall. This will be a fun, family-friendly Christmas concert, featuring our own interpretation of the 12 Days of Christmas, as well as Christmas songs and a visit from Santa! Tickets $10 adult, $5 children. Bookings 9295 6411, or 9293 4313 ah.
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CAROLS start at 7.30 and those who chat during singing WILL go onto Elf’s NAUGHTY LIST ! We will conclude around 9-9.30 pm See you all there. Please contact me 0402236917 if you have suggestions or can assist on the night
Swan Harmony Singers New Date For Concert Due to circumstances beyond their control, and with apologies for any inconvenience, Swan Harmony Singers have been obliged to change the date of their concert. NEW Date: Sunday 11 December Time: 3pm Venue: Salvation Army Church, 371 Morrison Road (opp. Swan View Primary School), Swan View. Tickets (incl. afternoon tea): Adults $20, Concessions $15, groups 10 or more $150. Children under 10 free. Enquiries: Anna Wright 9299 7249; advance bookings: Mundaring Community Bank 9295 6411. The choir looks forward to welcoming new members at the start of 2017. If you’re interested, call Anna (see above).
Hills Choir Christmas Concert The Hills Choir’s 30th Anniversary year concludes with a Christmas Concert on Sunday 11th December. The programme contains music of Handel, Christmas chorales by Bach, Rameau’s Alleluia, Blow the Trumpet, Christmas carols and other works and features guest soloists on piano, bassoon, voice and percussion along with choir members. After the concert we finish off the afternoon with a free afternoon tea! The Concert is on Sunday, 11th December, commencing 2:30pm at the Eastern Hills Senior High School music auditorium. Tickets are $20 adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available from Choir Members, Ian on 9295 6103 or call the Mundaring Community Bank Branch® Bendigo Bank on 9295 6411 Tuesday to Friday.
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Reg Kelly from the Darlington History Group writes:
Once again it is time to polish up your vocals, gather together and celebrate Christmas! The gift of birth and life.
The Darlington History Group’s stall at DAF was successful again this year. We wish to thank the Darlington Review for allocating the generous space we occupied in the Community Tent. We also wish to thank all Darlington residents who donated books and bric-a-brac. We found good homes for hundreds of preloved books and treasured odds and ends of all descriptions. Our DAF stall provides the Group with sufficient funds to operate for the next twelve months, thank you all.
There will be face painters for the kids and those who are game, Father Christmas will come about 6.30-7.30
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Peaceful Pathways To Conflict Resolution
As summer approaches and we are rightly being advised and encouraged by various authorities to pay attention to, and minimize the fuel loads on our properties, I wish to bring to public attention the massive and accumulating fuel loads along the first kilometre of the heritage trail between Glen Forrest and Darlington. This matter has previously been raised in The Review, but no action taken by the Mundaring shire, whose responsibility this area is. I have walked there weekly for the past thirty years or so, and it is puzzling in the extreme to observe the steady accumulation over the past three or four years of large amounts of timber debris, and a stunning lack of useful action to clear away the “Giant’s Kindling”, some of it now seasoned for those three or four years. There are residences along both sides of the trail in close proximity to this possibly tempting pile.
Are you interested in personal development in conflict resolution or would you perhaps like to train to be a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project Workshops? AVP workshops describe conflict-management skills that can enable individuals to build successful interpersonal interactions, gain insights into themselves, and find new and positive approaches to their lives.
There are three levels of workshop: Basic, Advanced and Training for Facilitators. In the community, each workshop lasts from 9 am – 5.30pm for the two days., The workshops are interactive, experiential and fun. They include group exercises, discussions, activities and games. The BASIC workshop covers the themes of Affirmation, Communication, Cooperation, Community Building and Conflict Resolution. A Glen Forrest Friends’ Group has stacked much of this material along the edge of the trail (with the agreement of the Shire) to protect native creatures from the ravages of dogs on the trail. (See picture of notice left) I have never observed such events in all my many kilometres of walking there. If you have not seen this beginnings of a bonfire, take a walk from the Glen Forrest end and for almost all of the first kilometre you will be appalled at the Shire’s apparent disregard for their own stated policies on preparing for bushfire. If you are then please raise your voice in protest.
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Shire President Reports on 1st year in office Well, the Reform Process is now behind us, we can benefit from the lessons learnt, as we work towards a bright future. The past 12 months has seen a renewed optimism in the Shire and it has been very busy and eventful. There have been some challenges along the way but overall, I’m pleased to say we have achieved many goals on behalf of the Shires community. Over the past year, Council has successfully led the Shire and paved the way forward on several new exciting adventures and initiatives, all of which I am proud to be part of.
It’s wonderful to see so many projects, which have been in the pipeline for several years, come to fruition. It must be very rewarding for everyone involved - particularly Shire employees who have played a key role in the planning process – to not only see the final quality product but also to feel a sense of accomplishment in the way we listen to our residents and deliver state-of-the-art community facilities. A prime example of this is Boya Community Centre which is both innovative and impressive. Even better, construction is well ahead of schedule and we’re looking forward to its official opening early next year. The Boya Community Centre will house the Katharine Susannah Prichard Library being relocated from its present home in Greenmount. It will provide our residents with a superb, new library and community space which will ultimately cater for the growing population in the foothills. Continued on Page 14
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Darlington Review - December 2016 Constructing the new Mundaring Recreation Centre is another great significant to have taken place recently. With the breaking of the ground ceremony in early November, construction is well and truly underway. This highly-anticipated centre will provide modern indoor facilities for our existing sporting clubs as well as creating opportunities for new sports clubs. Other major achievements during the past 12 months are the Elsie Austin Oval Pavilion in Mount Helena, the playground at Mundaring Community Sculpture Park, and an upgrade of Morgan John Morgan Reserve in Glen Forrest. It was a memorable day to have the Premier come up specially to open the upgraded Sculpture Park. We are very fortunate here in Shire of Mundaring that we are able to deliver great facilities to our community, not only for our residents to enjoy, but also to share with visitors from the wider Perth area and further afield. This comes at considerable cost to our community as we appear to be in a grants shadow in the hills, being inside the metropolitan area and not qualifying for Royalties for Regions funding, and not being on the flats where the major populace of Perth reside. It has been mentioned to me that our Shire is the custodian of a large extent of State Forest and this forest can be viewed as the lungs of Perth. Possibly we can do a trade- off for looking after the lungs of Perth for rateable land elsewhere in the metro area. As many of you might know, the Mundaring Town Centre draft masterplan is currently being advertised for public comment. Once finalised, it will provide a long-term blueprint for the town centre. I believe the combination of our unique environment and revitalised facilities will go a long way towards strengthening Mundaring’s place as a top WA tourist destination in the future. This position is further strengthened knowing that Main Roads have commenced the upgrade to GEH from Bilgoman Road to the Mundaring townsite. Looking forward I personally am hopeful that the highway through the townsite can be lowered to unite the north and south of the town. This link could provide a shoppers mall over the highway. In the long term the Perth Adelaide Highway (Orange Route) now recognised on the State Transport Plan, will take a great deal of pressure off the highway.
Everything I’ve spoken about tonight reflects our commitment to the objectives in the Shire’s current Strategic Community Plan. It set out to achieve ‘a sense of space, a sense of place’ and we are well on the way to achieving that goal. Our Annual Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2016 has recently been audited by Moore Stephens who generally gave the Shire a financial clean bill of health. It was pleasing to learn the Shire was praised regarding a number of factors such as our strong financial position and performance, as well as the professional way in which the financial statements were presented. The auditor commented that the statements were provided in an accurate and timely manner and overall, everything was extremely well prepared. Looking to the future, and with downward pressure on rate increases and an ever expectant community we will have tough decisions to make in the New Year in preparation for the next financial year. Our rates base is increasing however with increased populations in Helena Valley as well as the lifting of the North Stoneville urban deferred status. An announcement on the proposed Parkerville townsite is anticipated shortly. On that note, I would like to express how much I have enjoyed my first year as Shire President. I would like to thank all my fellow councillors and Shire employees, in particular Chief Executive Jonathan Throssell and his Executive Leadership Team, for their ongoing support. I commend our CEO on again being elected President of the Local Government Professionals Australia WA or LGMA as it was previously. Also I take this opportunity to publicly congratulate our Planning Officers on receiving two State awards recently for planning achievements that will make our community a safer place from the threat of bushfires. On another note we are very fortunate to have high employee satisfaction within the Shire staff, with one of the lowest turnover of staff in Local Government WA. Thank you to everyone for helping to make our community a wonderful place to live. In conclusion, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy festive season and I look forward to working alongside you in 2017. Cr David Lavell,
This draft master plan will enable a thriving and dynamic town centre, which will make a significant contribution to the local economy.
Darlington Chamber Music We have another superb winter programme planned for 2017. Concert dates for your diary are: 14th May
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Mundaring Weir Gallery We would love to see you on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays (except Christmas Day)
O o o o h , Christmas time is a p p r o a c h i n g… … . Fast……. Time to get organised. Time to pick up a few presents or just something for yourself or your home. Unique, handcrafted items are always available, prices are very competitive, you are sure to find something suitable.
11.30am to 5pm. The Gallery now has a ramp for easy access. New members are very welcome, just pop in and chat to one of our volunteers, and pickup a form.
This month we feature a wooden truck and a knitted toy, lovely gifts for the little ones on your list. These are made by two of our local long standing members, locally and are always in demand. Browse through the air-conditioned Gallery at your leisure. Corn dollies make unusual gifts, a large selection of original artworks, soaps and candles, wood work, handbags and hats, scarves, cards, several sizes of dog coats and so much more.
Gargantuan thanks to all Mezzaninistas who have supported art with such goodwill and enormous generosity in 2016. We know these works will continue to delight and inspire for as long as you hold them. We’d also like to thank our exhibiting artists this year for their deep commitment to their work and kind collaboration with us - Guundie Kuchling and Deborah Ralph-Kafarela. Lastly, deserved congratulations to Alastair Taylor for winning the inaugural Robert Juniper Award - the Bob! We have a few of Alastair's works on display and for sale at Darlington Dental until the New Year. Warmest best wishes to you all for the holiday season from the Mezzanine Gallery team.... – Mark, Sandra, Lynne and Bruce
The Darlington Club Friday 16th December……. Drop in and enjoy the company of other local residents as we celebrate Christmas. Games for the children on the lawn, you must be under 18 to qualify. BYO your own snacks and refreshments if you wish, some drinks & Christmas fare provided. Doors open at 6.30pm DONT FORGET ITS TIME TO RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP!! Further information telephone Secretary Jan McMillan. 0402 152 815/9299-8156 16
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John Day, Member for Kalamunda Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts The 53rd Darlington Arts Festival
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It is always a pleasure to attend the Darlington Arts Festival and this year was no exception, with thousands coming to enjoy the exhibitions, stalls and workshops showcasing the thriving arts community we have in the hills.
Earlier this month I launched the 2016 Fight the Bite campaign, part of the Government’s four-year, $4 million investment to strengthen mosquito management across the State, following Department of Health research revealing people are commonly bitten around their home but are generally unaware of disease risks.
In particular it was wonderful to meet Hans Arkeveld at the festival and see his retrospective, celebrating a lifetime of creativity.
Viruses such as Ross River and Barmah Forest can be physically debilitating, including severe fatigue, joint swelling and pain, with symptoms persisting for many weeks or even months. There is only one way to protect yourself and your family – avoid being bitten.
My congratulations to the organisers and the people of Darlington for another wonderful event.
The three Fight the Bite messages are: Cover up by wearing long, loose-fitting clothing; use a personal insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin; and clean up around the home to remove stagnant water that mosquitoes can breed in.
Fight the Bite It’s a case of Aussies versus mozzies this summer, with recent rains, forecast rapidly rising temperatures and higher than usual tidal activity creating a ‘perfect storm’ of
I encourage community members to listen to and apply the Fight the Bite messages to better protect themselves, their families and the community from mosquitoes and mosquitoborne diseases. Make sure your family and guests are not the ones being eaten at your next BBQ.
Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides The last term has flown by at Girl Guides! The Darlington Girl Guides celebrated Halloween by collecting food from the community to be donated to Foodbank. A big thank you to all the wonderful people in Darlington who so generously donated to this cause. The girls have also done lots of Christmas craft, discovered more about ‘The Year of the Pulse’, practiced their debating skills and spent some time learning more about Girl Guiding Traditions. All the girls celebrated the end of year at the traditional Pool Party held at Bilgoman. We have held our annual Presentation night with the Lend-a-hand Shield being awarded to Ella Thomas. Congratulations to Ella! This award has been donated and supported by Jan Allen and her family in memory of her daughter Karon Bethuane. The award is given to the Dibbler Girl Guide who has done her best throughout the year and always tried to live by her Promise. Caitlin Barkman has been presented with the Kinka Community Service Award, in memory of Wendy Pittendrigh. This award is presented to the Nyaania Girl Guide who has shown outstanding commitment to community service throughout the year, well done Caitlin! Many girls also received badges that they have been working towards this year. Some girls said their Promise for the first time and a “moving on” ceremony was held for the Dibbler Guides who are moving onto another Unit. We also farewelled some girls who
have decided to leave Guiding for the time being. I would also like to express my gratitude and say a huge thank you to all the amazing women who work together to provide girls with the opportunity to participate in Girl Guides. Thank you to, Tessa Pittendrigh, Sasha Wasley and Selene VanDerSteen. Sadly, Tessa has decided to not return in a leadership role next year, we all wish you well Tessa and will miss you. A big thank you to all the parents who help and support our Guide Units throughout the year in so many ways. We couldn’t do it without you!!! Special thanks go to: •
Treasurer - April Randell
Hall Committee – Siv Subramaniam, Derek Prince & Jason Lockwood
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Sewing – Vanessa Busby & Kasia Thompson
We are still looking for leaders so if you’d like to know more, please ring Tracey on 9299 6636. Batteries – Girl Guides are collecting batteries from cars, boats, planes, etc. as a fundraising project. These can be dropped to the Kathleen Skipsey Hall or directly to Girl Guides in Burswood. Look for Dibbler Girl Guides at Carols by Candlelight selling candles and songbooks. If you would like to know more about Girl Guides, call Tracey on 9299 6636. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017 for another great year with all that Guiding has to offer.
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Darlington Dipsticks WA Inc. Car Club
The Automobile as an Art Form. The Darlington Dipsticks WA Inc. Car Club was pleased to take part in the Darlington Arts Festival this year, and we wish to thank the DAF Committee for allocating space required to spread out our vehicles to display the automobile as an art form. This was our club’s first display, we are very pleased that it was so warmly received and appreciated at the festival. We showed a total of twelve vehicles built between 1908 and 1969, which was an era of automotive history that best exemplifies the adage “form over function”. It was very gratifying that our cars put smiles on so many faces, young and old, female and male. A common observation from oldies being, “I remember when this model was on the road… why don’t they still design cars like this”, while younger observers would express something along the lines of “gees Mister, I never knew a car could look so cool”. The answer lies in the reality that automobile design is influenced, if not dictated, by an ongoing cycle of fashion fads and engineering prerequisites. In the early days of motoring it was “function over form”, then around the mid 20th century, an era of “form over function” took hold. More recently there has been a swing back to “function over form”. So ironically - and somewhat sadly - the cycle seems to have travelled a full circle. This relegation of form to second place may be put down to two major factors. Firstly, the adoption of the Wind Tunnel by design engineers to increase efficiency (ie. lower fuel consumption). Secondly, is an industrywide decision (read fear) that it has become too much a financial risk to design and build a car that may flop because the style stands it out, too far apart from the crowd. If you enjoyed the Darlington Dipsticks display at DAF, and you also lament the passing of form over function, you may find interest in the following brief summary of the history of car design from the eras of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Streamline Moderne… From their earliest days in the late nineteenth century, automobiles were assemblages of parts; functional machines whose form was secondary to their purpose. Design meant solely the cloaking of the mechanical components. Epitomizing the reign of function over form, millions of inexpensive, no-frills Ford Model “T”s democratized American personal transportation during that car's 19-year tenure, making it so that any housewife could drive to the store, and any farmer with hand tools and horse sense could keep it running. Styling, as we know it in the cars of today, was evolving in the late 1920s. Renowned automotive stylist Amos E. Northup wrote in a 1928 issue of Autobody car magazine, "I sincerely believe that by closer co-operation between motor-car designer and chassis engineer, our future cars will each have more of an individual appearance than at present, when at a certain distance, it is difficult to distinguish their identity." It wasn't until the prosperous mid- to late 1920s that, like the electrified home, the radio set, the wired-in telephone and the moving picture, cars had become so ubiquitous and user-friendly that they were accepted as a normal part of everyday life, approachable by people of almost every socio-
economic status. For those who could afford a bit more than the basics, cars had become more than mere transportation - they were freedom, they were a highly visible means of expression, they represented the power of personal choice. And the automobile's aforementioned new roles corresponded with exciting new themes sweeping art and design. The Art Deco movement, as it would come to be known in the late 1960s, originated in France as a reaction to the florid excesses of Art Nouveau. Art Deco was primarily seen in high-end luxury crafts where rich, saturated colors and detailed, decorative, sharp geometric patterns - including zigzags, chevrons, sun rays and stylized foliage dominated. There was an emphasis on vertical shapes, and the color and texture variations of contrasting materials - including machined metal, enamel, ivory, glass and exotic woods, were typically used as elements of design. Functional jewelry, furniture and lighting and textiles could exhibit Art Deco ornamentation within a home, while the building itself could do the same, with a simple form, flat roof, stepped-in upper stories and geometric details. The most famous American example of a building decorated with Art Deco design motifs and, not coincidentally, one with an automotive theme as well, is New York City's striking Chrysler Building, dating from 1930. The influences of this vivacious movement in 1930s America would gradually be tempered with, and then replaced by, those of the related Streamline (to the art world, Art) Moderne. Using the pared-down austerity of the Great Depression to its advantage and celebrating the machinemade, this American grown design theme tapped into the general sense of progress that arrived with newly practical and accessible transportation forms like the metal fuselage-bodied airplane, the sleek Zeppelin, the highperformance automobile and the luxurious ocean liner. Being conscious of trends in art, color, fashion, typography and much more, allowed car engineers and designers to infuse cars of the late 1920s, the 1930s and the 1940s with an evolution of styling cues that deeply reflected the spirit of their eras. Cars had already transcended pure function and become the ultimate personal accessories, desirable for their design as much as for their speed, luxury and practicality. From their exterior body design and bright trim, radiator grilles and hood ornaments to their dashboards, instrumentation, interior panels and even seats, cars of every price range and body style soon spoke volumes about their owners' taste and their parent company's engineering bravado. And when automobile production resumed after World War II, the world was a different place, with a new sense of the awesome (as well as awful) power of machines; automotive design would soon take a different path, leaving the cars and cues of the inter and immediate post war period unique and forever celebrated. As we progress through this first quarter of the 21st century, it seems to me that it’s a case of Back to the Future, remembering Amos E Northup wrote of cars back in 1928… “when at a certain distance, it is difficult to distinguish their identity." Malcolm McNabb, Dipstick Pen Pusher (reference: Hemmings Classic Car)
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Mundaring Christian College Who Pastoral Cares? Matthew 18:12 “If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one? “(NLT) You won’t find a school in Australia that doesn’t have a Pastoral Care Policy. Interestingly, it is a fundamentally Christian metaphor around the image of sheep and shepherds. Jesus described himself as the Good and the Great Shepherd, the service of people who cared for others as under-shepherds, and the community being cared for and watched as sheep. From Jesus’ images of sheep and shepherds we come to a greater understanding of the roles and perspectives driving Pastoral Care at Mundaring Christian College. The story of leaving the ninety-nine to find the one reveals the need to identify and respond to individual needs with the aim of bringing those individuals back into effective operation in the community. The role of pastoral carers is defined as reflecting the heart of the Great Shepherd in leading, nurturing and protecting the flock. This is what Jesus saw when He looked at communities:
People need pastoral care, especially in the critical years of their education and development from childhood towards adult. It has been a particular emphasis of our College to provide a vision and ideals that faithfully direct young men and women to embrace godly goals. We work diligently to provide a safe and nurturing community that encourages students to respect themselves and others. We understand that the ability to respond to an individual’s educational, social and emotional need should never be lost amongst the press of the ninety-nine. The need for good pastoral care in our contemporary society has never been more challenging and the prospects for that development in our College, never more exciting. Every child in our care is complex, has a variety of needs and is operating as a person in a specific context. As we are more than just an institution that affects the mind, but the heart and character as well, Pastoral Care is a wholeschool priority that is coordinated from the first to the final year. Mr Rod McNeill Principal
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DECEMBER AT MAC 50 covetable works of art created by 50 prominent West Australian artists in 50 identical wooden boxes and bought – sight unseen and artist unknown – by 50 astute art lovers who let destiny – and MAC - lead them on a blind date with art. And so began MAC’s Christmas exhibition for 2016. Times are tough for artists and Art Galleries around the country and finding creative ways to generate funds as well as support artists and encourage arts philanthropy can be tricky – especially if you are a not-for-profit community Arts Centre in the Perth hills. So this year, MAC reached out to artists and arts lovers to put their faith in the Centre and create the Tied Up With String event, raising funds for MAC, promoting WA artists and getting into the festive season in a truly uplifting way. Inviting 50 reputable WA artists to create a clandestine artwork within a wooden box created especially for the event, we were thrilled with the gusto in which these artists embraced the challenge. Then, we asked arts lovers everywhere to put their faith in MAC and blindly buy a box, letting fate, luck or the alignment of the stars pair them up with something truly wonderful. It was a sell out with renowned WA artists, Private Collectors, Arts Curators, media identities and local Government Councillors taking the lead. At the ‘Opening of the Boxes’ event in November, buyers, artists and friends squeezed into Gallery 1 around tables shrouded in white with 50 sealed boxes tied up with string laid out like museum exhibits ready to be opened. Under the guidance of MC Stephen Castledine, a number was pulled randomly from a bowl and placed next to a box. The
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Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association As always your DRRA committee is working on a number of issues that affect Darlington and the next Darlington Ratepayers and Residents General Meeting will be held in the Lesser Hall on:
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The DRRA Annual General Meeting was held on 8th November 2016. David Shimell and Chris Pemberton were re-elected as Treasurer and Secretary respectively, Michael Jones and Grant Butler continue as general committee members and we are delighted to welcome Pippa Windsor and Allan McAuliffe as new general committee members. The committee is very grateful to Phil Vile and Gabby Houldsworth for their hard work as President and Vice President but with their departure the positions were not filled and the committee will consider how we continue to meet DRRA’s obligation to represent the interests of the ratepayers and residents of Darlington.
If you wish to raise any items for DRRA’s attention but can’t make the meeting then please send details on to DRRA at the address shown below. Apart from the usual items on the Agenda there will be an update on current projects most notable among these being final details of the upgrade to Darlington Hall and details of the planned upgrade to Pine Terrace. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON THE NIGHT. In the meantime the Shire is inviting comments on a draft long-term growth strategy for Helena Valley. The draft strategy is available at Shire libraries and Administration Centre or online at www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/AboutCouncil/
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Next Brigade meetings: Tuesday, December 13th 2016 and Tuesday, January 10th 2017, at the Darlington Fire Station. With this information we can do a more thorough “mopup”, therefore making the area safer before we leave. With the profits from the bratwurst tent at the Arts Festival, cash donations, the proceeds from local musician Rupert John’s recent performance at 2 Café, and a very generous donation from The Darlington Review, we are very close to achieving our goal of $5000.
December 1st marked the official start of the 2016/2017 Prohibited Burning Period in the Shire of Mundaring. All burning activity is now PROHIBITED until at least March 31st 2017, INCLUDING burning small piles of garden refuse. A dry Winter coupled with a prolonged Spring and late rainfall means substantially more vegetation growth for this time of year, which, when it withers and dies in the coming summer heat, will provide higher fuel loads than in recent years. Please continue to be proactive in maintaining your property and minimising the potential for bush fire to impact your and your neighbours’ homes. Fire breaks must now be in place and you should have established your ‘asset protection zone’ of 20 metres. Have your ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ plan in place, relevant to your specific property and family needs, and practice it with your children. You should also prepare your Survival Kit and check for used and/or out of date items. Please be vigilant and report any sightings of smoke or fire immediately by calling 000. We also encourage you to note down any suspicious activity in your area, before or after a fire, and report it to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. Whilst the proceeds from recent fundraising efforts have gone to supplying some members with ‘kit bags’ (see photo), for use on “out-of-area” incidents; our current fundraising drive has a far more technological target. We are aiming to purchase a thermal imaging camera (TIC) that uses infrared technology to detect surface temperature changes in the landscape. Using a TIC after a fire or hazard reduction burn enables us to see hot spots in the ground, or on trees and logs, that can’t be detected by the naked eye whilst walking around a fire ground.
Once again we would like to thank the Darlington community for your support of the Brigade at this year’s Darlington Arts Festival. As always the bratwurst tent is one of the highlights of our annual social calendar; as well as an opportunity to share bush fire mitigation information with locals and visitors alike. We, as volunteers, are buoyed by the continuing physical, moral and financial support that the Darlington community gives us year after year. Don’t forget, our doors are always open on a Saturday morning from 9am-10.30am and you are welcome to drop in and visit. Thank you also to the local businesses that are very generous in supporting your community’s brigade. We wish everyone in the Darlington community a Merry Christmas, a happy New Year, and a prosperous 2017. “For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind” ~ Eleanor Everet Cheers Ricky Harvey
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If you live in the Perth hills and have ever been interested in writing, then here’s some great news for you! Thanks to the longterm support of the Shire of Mundaring and a dedicated team of volunteers, the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre – situated on Old York Road in Greenmount – is the most active writing centre in Perth.
If you’re a budding poet, then the Poets@ KSP group held on Monday afternoons is the perfect place for you to wax lyrical. Want to write your life story or record your family history? Try the Non-Fiction Group or the Past Tense Social History Group, both held monthly on Saturday mornings. Perhaps you write (or want to write) short stories, scripts or children’s fiction? Gain tips to polish them up and submit to competitions and journals. Your writing tribe can be found at the Tuesday Writers’ Circle, Writefree Women’s Fiction Group or Thursday Night Group. Fans of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, you will find your place on Sunday mornings at a bi-monthly group. Those who love writing romance can flutter their eyelashes and debate the sometimes tragic and blissful nature of love at the weekly Friday morning Women’s Fiction Writers group. If you’re working on a novel, then join the Marathon Writers on Friday afternoons to get some serious writing done each week.
‘At a time when we are becoming disconnected from each other as a society, the KSP Writers' Centre is a rare place where community is flourishing.’ Nathan Hobby, historian and winner of the 2003 T.A.G. Hungerford Award. The Centre offers nine regular writing groups plus an annual program of workshops, retreats, author talks, writing competitions, manuscript assessments, social events and youth activities. Also, as part of a new collaboration with other Perth writing organisations, members of KSP can purchase a discounted subscription to Westerly magazine, access discounted tickets to workshops held at Peter Cowan Writers Centre, WA Poets Inc, Fellowship of Australian Writers WA and
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Yes we have already seen this on the news broadcasts, thankfully down in south of the State, but it could also be a similar circumstance in the hills region and including Darlington………….
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This term we held our Group Camp that was held around Cubilee in Bunbury. On the Friday night, the Darlington Scout Group travelled to Busselton in the Scouts WA Bus that we had hired for the occasion and stayed in the Busselton Scout Campsite. Special thanks to our Cub Scout Leader Boomer (Mike Tolj) who drove us all there and back. On the Saturday morning we travelled to Bunbury and participated in Cubilee which was a huge celebration of 100yrs of Cubs in WA. Some of the highlights were Dunk Tank, Rope Bridge, Go Karting, Cub Cars, Rad Rock, Rock Climbing, Bouncy trampolines, Sponge water fights, Face painting, Woggle making, badge making, RBIT (Really Big Inflatable Thingy) Inflatable Obstacle Course, soccer, cardboard cannons, pancakes, popcorn, Apple slinkies, packed lunches and 100yrs celebration cake. We had 4 linking (or soon to be linked) Joeys, 25 Cubs, 3 scouts and 1 venturer plus 10 leaders/adult helpers who camped out in Busselton for 2 nights at the most beautiful campsite on the beachfront. On the Sunday morning before returning to Perth, lots of beach front play was enjoyed, digging holes and making sand castles with sand angels. We have spent a lot of time this term collecting Milk Bottles and crafting Recycled Rafts ready for the District raft races to be held with Glen Forrest Scout Group who are hosting us at Lake Leschenaultia just before this article goes to print. This is a much-anticipated event and so much fun is had with other groups from our Bilgomen district. Some of our Scouts and a Leader are headed to International Jamboree in Thailand in December. ”Everything Is Possible Jamboree Thailand” This Jamboree is being held over 8 days from the 14th to 21st December at National Scouts of Thailand
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Seen and Heard Quick Flicks- Darlington Arts Festival CREW members were kept busy over the weekend of the Darlington Arts festival where Seen and Heard showcased the incredible movies submitted by your very own local youth. Despite the warm weather, family, friends and general public gathered, watched and voted for their favourite film. During the October School holidays, Seen and Heard conducted Quick Flicks Filmmaking and Editing workshops for young people to enjoy. These workshops allowed participants within the area to show and refine their talents when creating and editing their films. Quick Flicks Filmmaking and Editing workshops also gave the opportunity for the community to enjoy and admire the skills of our local young people while engaging them in an event they appreciate. This year was no exception, with FilmBites jumping on board to facilitate two film related workshops.
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The winner of this year’s X-Factor Quick Flicks Prize of the value of $250 was awarded to a young local, Kody Bacon. His Film "Water Bottle Trickshots" was voted favourite by the public who attended Darlington Arts Festival. This year’s Quick Flicks DAFFI was voted by Darlington Arts Festival Officials and awarded to Luke Button for his film "How to make an Art Film". Seen and Heard wish to acknowledge both young people for their incredible talents and achievements for this year’s Quick Flicks.
CREW members during the festival (from right to left): Anabelle Kirouac -Youth Development Officer, Gabby Williams, Declan McAuliffe, Rheannan Graham- Youth Development Officer
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End of year showcases This semester, students from our junior campus have enjoyed showcasing the talents and skills they have developed throughout their options classes this year.
The littlest new students enjoyed their visit to the Kindy class, going on a scavenger hunt and making a treasure chest to take home. Our biggest orientation was at the Glen Forrest Campus, where the incoming Year 6s spent the day getting to know the campus, new teachers and making new friends. These students begin their IB Middle Years Programme in Year 6 2017 and the outgoing 6s were full of enthusiasm for that journey as they ended 2016. Learner Profile Ba la n c e d na l an d em ic, pe rso
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Parents and friends have been invited to see performances in music, drama and dance, along with exhibitions of pottery and visual arts. Pre-primary students were especially excited about their first time performing in front of an audience; in Pre-primary, our students have the opportunity to undertake classical ballet and guitar options classes, and can gain access to the wider range of classes from Year 1.
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We have wrapped up our commitments for 2016. On the local scene, we have prepared the bursary for a girl from Clayton View Primary who is making the transition into Swan View Senior High School. We made the presentation of $1400.00 to the RFDS when we visit Jandakot which was followed up with $351.00 collected at the Kalamunda Zig Zag festival. The staff at RFDS showed us around the facility and we witnessed two planes arrive from Kalgoorlie and Narrogin with their patients who were then transported by ambulance to hospital. We were invited to inspect one of the planes before it was refuelled and prepared to return to Kalgoorlie. This was particularly moving to me considering that my son had been brought to Perth from Kalgoorlie last year. We are in the process of purchasing 10 Care Bears for children who may need the services of Careflight. This project will be completed before the end of the year. We have supported the White Ribbon Day on 25th November with providing the ribbons and marching through the streets of Midland. Koolkuna will be presented with $1500 to assist with their new leaflets as well as a cheque to supply any Christmas needs. We have
Internationally, we have assisted the Thailand Bamboo School Building project. This is a project that La Salle College students (and in particular, Lauren Gordon) will be volunteering to work in early December. This project is to assist boys who travel across the border of Thailand and Myanmar and who lack identification. They will be working to provide a better facility in order to help them realize their dream of getting an education. . Earlier in the year, we sponsored a child in Peduli Bali School We continue to support the SISWP Federation project, to supply buildings in Fiji for women who have been victims of Domestic Violence, and the President’s appeal in Nepal. To conclude the year we will be celebrating with a Christmas Party at the King and I, when we will honour Val Ludemann with Life Membership. Val joined in May 1986 and has been the backbone of the club for many years. She has performed her duties with enthusiasm, grace and humour. Her innovative ideas and craftsmanship is truly inspirational. Together with the assistance of her husband, Ted, has been an invaluable member. Congratulations and bless you, Val (and Ted). Ladies - if you would like to join us on our journey to improve the lives women and girls please contact us through this article or by email email@example.com Rosalie Gordon
Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc The Hills - A Place to Stay As our minds turn to summer holidays, Mundaring District Museum’s new exhibition looks at the Mundaring Hills as a place to stay. Wayside inns on the York Road came first, providing travellers with lodging, food and stabling for horses. Then in the 1880s and 1890s, hotels and boarding houses rose alongside the Eastern Railway, catering particularly for men working on the Weir and Pipeline. By the 1920s, the fresh air and healthy lifestyle of the Hills attracted families to spend their holidays here. Darlington became a favourite spot and a growing number of guest houses and boarding houses were advertised in newspapers and holiday brochures. One of these was ‘Rosendale’, a weatherboard cottage at 11 Owen Road, Darlington, which was purchased by Mrs Dorothy Edmondson in 1936. Following her husband Robert’s death in a shooting accident in 1934, Mrs Edmondson was left to support herself and five daughters. Offering the delights of fresh food, tennis and golf, ‘Rosendale’ epitomised the clean, healthy environment of the Hills. The Reverend L. S. Quinlin, longest serving rector of Darlington’s St Cuthbert’s Church (1939-1963/4), boarded at ‘Rosendale’ for many years. Mrs Edmondson ran the guest house until her death in 1969. Darlington local Lyn Myles is collecting information about many of these places and we thank her for her help. A Place to Stay: Accommodation in the Hills runs from 15 December 2016 to 20 April 2017. We wish our readers a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season. The Mundaring & Hills Historical Society offices will be closed from 22 December to 22 January. During this period, enquiries can be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook and they will be dealt with after the break.
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Darlington History Group WHAT A SCORCHER! Such an appropriate description of the first day of the Arts Festival this year. And yet a significant number of people were prepared to brave the heat and enjoy all that the DAF had to offer. In contrast, Sunday was a glorious day with people streaming in from all directions. In the Community Tent members of the Group were flat out helping people to choose pre-loved books and bric-a-brac and taking their proffered cash according to the estimated value of the items selected (“make an offer” is our maxim). We cleared over $2000 for the weekend and this profit will serve us well as we research, write about and talk about the history of our village and its neighbours.
settlement such as in the Wheatbelt after rail transport had been expanded to Kalgoorlie. It was interesting to note the rapid increase of the railway web after the gold rushes in the late 19th century. Following this talk the Group is looking to organise a trek along the trail from Darlington to Bellevue in 2017. Watch out for this event and other similar ones as add-ons to our rich and varied guest speaker program. Please take note of the books advertised below as gifts for someone special for Christmas. In closing we would like to thank all those who visited us and also assisted us throughout the year, notably Trea Wiltshire and her stand-in editors, Kirsty Carslaw (special thanks from me for your patience and advice) and the Darlington Review as a whole for their generous support of our endeavours. We wish them and all of you readers a wonderful Christmas season and a bright and Happy New Year.
Ten days later we were back in our old haunt in the Lesser Hall for the last General Meeting of 2016. Our Guest Speaker for the night was Geoff Higham (pictured above right), an active member and avid researcher of Rail Heritage Australia and the West Australian Rail Museum at Bassendean – a site well worth visiting for the number and variety of historical artefacts it exhibits. Geoff’s talk was entitled “The Rise and Fall of Railways Around Darlington” which essentially dealt with the Eastern Railways over the years to their abandonment in the fifties and sixties. But this segment was preceded by a discourse on the development of the railway system throughout our state due to necessity but also to open wide areas of land for
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Ken Wyatt Assistant Minister for Health - Federal Member for Hasluck I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all readers and their families a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. I’d also like to encourage you to reach out and show some kindness to members of our community who may be lonely. Most of us are fortunate enough to spend Christmas with our loved ones, but there are some in our community will be alone this festive season. Sadly, many of those will be elderly people in aged care. As the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, I visit many aged care facilities not only in Hasluck, but across the nation, and the stories I hear about loneliness are very similar. About 40 percent of aged care residents never have any visitors. It’s a confronting and sad fact. We don’t seem to give our ageing Australians the same level of attention they gave us as doting parents and grand-parents. Many of us use the excuse that we are time poor; we seem to give the elderly conditional love based on our availability. So, I encourage you this festive season to make sure you visit elderly relatives, hold their hands and spend some quality time listening and talking to them. The importance of family was highlighted in the theme of this year’s Hasluck Primary School’s Christmas Card Competition – My Family Christmas Tradition. We received hundreds of entries and I was very impressed with the quality and creativity
of the art work. I spent an afternoon with my electorate team, Kalamunda Shire CEO Rhonda Hardy, Community News reporter Montana Ardon and Express Newspaper reporter Juanita Shephard looking at the entries and awarding prizes. Thank-you to every student who took the time to show me what they do on the Christmas holidays, and their very special family traditions. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up, I look forward to meeting you all soon. Once again, best wishes for Christmas and I hope you all have a happy and safe new year. Above photos of Christmas competition judging day – Ken Wyatt, Electorate Staff and Kalamunda Shire CEO Rhonda Hardy (with the green lanyard around her neck)
The Garrick Theatre Time is running out to book seats for the adulterous suburban farce, Touch and Go at the Garrick Theatre in Guildford. It is the theatre’s final production for the year and ends on December 10. Bookings 9378 firstname.lastname@example.org Hills high school teacher Joseph Isaia is playing a middleaged philanderer in the production and one of the biggest
challenges for him in his role as Brian, is that his real-life wife Kylie Isaia, also a teacher, is cast as Hilary. “While I am trying to convince the audience that I am a twotiming sneaky husband I am also trying to convince my real-life wife, who appears as my character’s wife, I am not really like this at all,” he said. The first production for 2017 is Cinderella: A Fairytale directed by Rob Whitehead starting March 23 and running until April 8. Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 11 from 2pm to 4pm at the Garrick Theatre. This is an ensemble piece with a small cast, and while there are nods to the traditional pantomime within the script, it is not a panto. The director is looking for actors committed to an extended rehearsal starting mid-January. The ability to sing and dance is a bonus but not essential. The director is also looking for two multi-talented musicians to provide live incidental music and who can write a number of songs for the play. Contact Rob on 0429 876 524.
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Darlington Arts Festival Congratulations to all who helped make the 53rd festival such a success - artists, performers, stall holders, workshop tutors, the committee and the army of volunteers who ensure the whole complex shebang runs smoothly.
Earnshaw's Real Estate, Eastwell Wines, PM+D Architects and Darlington Tennis Club. This is not an exhaustive list - so many other businesses, organisations and individuals support art awards, the raffle and the array of costs associated with the festival - to all of you, our sincere thanks. Every sponsor and donor is acknowledged on the DAF website www. darlingtonartsfestival.org so keep in touch with those who supported us in 2016. If you would like to give feedback on the 2016 festival and/or be involved as a sponsor in 2017, please contact Geoff Barker.
Although the extreme heat kept the crowds away on Saturday afternoon, they flocked in thousands on Sunday - hordes following strollinging players The Pirate and Vince Austin's Dalek Prime. The exhibitions attracted such numbers that there was often a queue to get in - so much to see and enjoy - from the joyful exuberance of Junior Art to Hans Arkeveld's profound messages.
Check the website for more photos of the artworks and oval activities and a full list of the art awards, their sponsors and the prize winners.
There's been plenty of coverage for Alastair Taylor's winning work Fleeting Permanent and the success of the Robert Juniper Landscape Art Prize but there was another inaugural award this time in Junior Art for collaborative work, won by a group of 7 - 8 year olds at Moorditj Noongar Community College for Aboriginal Seasons. (Pictured right) As always we are very grateful for the generosity of sponsors and donors: Lotterywest, the Shire of Mundaring, Darlington Review and Mundaring Bendigo Bank; Trish Juniper, Hans Arkeveld, Darlington Dental, Cambridge LED Lighting,
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Shire of Mundaring Library Service Baby Rhyme time and Story Time sessions continue until the end of the school term and will recommence at the beginning of term one, 2017. During the holidays there will be special School Holiday activities at Mundaring Library so everyone is reminded to watch our Facebook page for updates and booking details.
This year continues to be one of major positive transition for both our libraries. The new library in Boya will be opening early in the New Year and this will coincide with the introduction of a new Library Management System and RFID technology. Our library staff is very enthusiastic about the new system and will be undergoing training over the coming weeks so they can continue to offer a high level of customer service. The new system and training will be synchronised across both libraries as seamlessly as possible but there may initially be slight variation. For example, the self-service check out will initially only be available at Boya.
February 2017 will see the launch of our author talks for 2017 with Alison Sampson speaking about her book on meth addiction. Our list of authors includes; Glennys Marsdon, Norman Jorgensen, Bev Baker, Faye Bohling and Dr Samer. We will also continue to feature KSP Writer’s centre writers in residence and our much-loved Simon Cherriman will be giving a talk as well. All of these events will be promoted through our social media and our library service, so follow us on Facebook for upcoming events.
Both libraries will be closed from noon on Christmas Eve and reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Normal service will then continue at Mundaring Library. Due to the relocation of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Library to Boya, there will be further closures at Greenmount Library, as removalists will be packing and shifting stock into the new premises. At this time all of the IT systems will also be put in place. It is anticipated this will take about 3 weeks. The community will be advised as soon as dates are confirmed.
Greenmount Library celebrated its 50th Anniversary in October with a giant book sale, cakes, and competition. Thank you to everyone who submitted your thoughts, memories, and opinions of ‘What libraries mean to you’. We had wonderful entries from all ages making us all aware of the special service public libraries offer and how much they are loved by their communities.
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to mark Seniors Week, with a Friday assembly and morning tea acknowledging the special contributions that Grandparents make to the school and to school families. Enrolments for 2017 are close to 400 and we are looking forward to another exciting year.. Our current school year will wind up with a Christmas celebration for the school community on the school oval, on Friday 9 Dec.
Happy Christmas wishes to everyone from Darlington Primary School!
On the academic front, the school’s team of Year 6 scientists, who won the HEC Science Quest took part in a Challenge Day at Scitech, demonstrating outstanding problem solving and team work. And on the arts and culture front, beautiful artwork was selected for inclusion in the HEC Arts Festival at Helena Valley Primary School and the school band had a great time performing at the Darlington Arts Festival. The students have undertaken evacuation drills this term in readiness for the Fire Season as part of their ongoing learning about the importance of Fire Safety. Incursions from the local brigade for the children and an Information Session for parents, about ‘Preparedness” presented by the Red Cross, DFES and the Darlington Fire Brigade recently took place. The school community supported a Busy Bee to further develop the Nature Trail project in the school grounds, creating an outdoor classroom for a wide variety of purposes and maintained the native planting carried out in winter. Students from the middle and senior schools will soon be capturing wildlife activity in the Nature Trail with the assistance of a night camera on loan from the Shire of Mundaring. In another first, DPS is pleased
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talented music teacher Rebecca Noonan. Action packed scenes with clashing swords and stomping giants performed impressively by the class; hauntingly majestic Valkyries swooped dead warriors up to Valhalla – the play was a mammoth affair.
A core component of the Australian Steiner Curriculum is the drama performance. Every year, each year group has the task of participating in a drama main lesson and bringing lesson content to life. 2016 at Silver Tree proved to be a feast for the eyes, ears and heart as all our primary classes participated in this process performing in our festively adorned, marquee.
Finally, the Class 2 children embarked on a journey exploring the stories of the Saints from many countries; in particular 'Saint Odilia' which they dramatised in the final performance of the year. The students were able to be inspired by people that seem to reach beyond the limits of the lower human nature and strive to live great lives.
We started the year with Class 5/6 enacting the story of ‘Helen Of Troy’. The class had earlier in the year studied Ancient Greek culture through history, dance and cooking and in a culmination of all their learning were able to present an emotive piece of work.
Through the process of bringing a story to life, it was evident that each student had developed a sense of confidence in their abilities and an understanding of socio-cultural sensitivity, while building on their memory, agile thinking skills and expressiveness of voice and body.
The Class 3 children revealed in the opportunity to explore the old testament times with their adaption of the tale of 'Samson and Delilah’. After journeying through this world of human corruptions at the beginning of the year, each child showed a deeper understanding of the moral dilemmas that can test each of us, and the power of trusting in yourself no matter who tries to question you or dissuade you from your path.
Needless to say, our community were so impressed with each and every student who performed. Congratulations to all who were involved, what a fabulous year of inspired learning.
To conclude Term 3, the class 4 children performed an epic saga of three unforgettable tales based on the Norse Myths entitled ‘Godly Grace’. The tales involved trickery, magic, cunning, war and comedy. Mesmerising music was played, sang and danced written by our
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Darlington Sports and Recreation Association (WA) Inc. JUMP ON BOARD AS WE ARE NEARLY READY TO GO 1. You will remember that we had an original Budget of $660,000 to raise which was reduced to $510,000 with the Septic Tank and some Earthworks separated (to be done by the Shire), well we are now close to $410,000 and so near to achieving that goal. BUT we still need $100,000.
A Foundation Supporters Honour Board will be inside the Pavilion (the exact form of recognition is still being negotiated but it will be prominent). There will also be a Thank-You function and a ticket in a Special Foundation Supporter Prize. More details on the website www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au.
2. If you want to make a donation or if you haven’t secured your BRICK as a“Foundation Member”then please jump on board by going to the Website www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au/ THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS COME ON BOARD SO FAR YOUR SUPPORT HAS ENABLED THE COMMITTEE TO GET THIS FAR. THE COMMITTEE ADVISES THAT IT IS HOPED THERE WILL BE A “THANK YOU” EVENT FOR ALL FOUNDATON MEMBERS IN FEBRUARY 2017. This will also be an opportunity for people to join up and/ or make a donation. The date is being planned around the weekend of 11-12 February 2017. Further advice planned in the new year.
There are other ways to support the Pavilion and its fund raising:
3. The project team continues to have regular meetings with the Shire regarding the technical and building aspects of the project. The old Septic system is still an issue and we cannot start the new building until a new Septic system is installed. The Shire are working on the design and approval of this. DaSRA is interested in putting in a quote for this work - so any Plumber who might be available to assist us is requested to contact Geoff Barker. 4. The new system is to be installed behind the Changerooms and some trees will need to be removed [a number of small saplings and a larger Pine tree]. The removal of these trees is essential otherwise the project cannot go ahead. 5. The commencement of the Septic System will be recognized as a formal commencement of the Pavilion! We intend to make the turning of the first sod a special day! MAYBE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2016 Because there has been a significant time between the original Expressions of Interest for a qualified BUILDER a new process will start in early December. Builders can register their interest by contacting email@example.com. DAF 2016 WINE TENT Our second BIG function has now passed and we can report that the Wine Tent at the Darlington Arts Festival was a great SUCCESS. The Tent was rocking on Saturday night and many people had to wait for entry due to licence restrictions [300 at any one time in the area] so they enjoyed the entertainment on the oval while waiting for an opportunity to join the throng. The DAF Wine Tent event would not have been the success it was without the sensational support of over 30 volunteers and the organising committee. A big THANK YOU to all. The commitment and energy is greatly appreciated. The Buy-a-Brick campaign has been gathering momentum and we have 225 bricks reserved and paid for BUT we need at least 500 to be able to pay for the project. As mentioned above:
1. Buy one of the special Darlington Number Plates through DaSRA. Go to the Website www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au if you are interested in a unique local number-plate. Some quirky numbers are still available. 2. Cash and Monetary donations can be made directly to DaSRA through the Website. 3. Also we are still seeking In-Kind donations of materials, trades, equipment, products and hardware but they need to be formally offered by email so that they can be registered as “Pledges” to support our negotiations with Council. FINANCIAL UPDATE The current financial situation is summarised as follows: PROJECT BUDGET – $660,000 - Now revised to approx. $510,000 [excluding septic system] FUNDING SECURED •
Lotterywest Grant: $275,000
Cash and Income: $102,500 (includes income from Quiz Night and Wine Tent)
Buy-a-Brick $22,500 (225 bricks purchased so far)
TOTAL so far
Anticipated Funding •
[None forecast at this stage]
Pledge from Sponsor (Subject to confirmation)
We therefore still need to raise $100,000 Please Help!!!! So join us through the BUY-A-BRICK campaign or make a donation. PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE WEBSITE: http://www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au/ The Committee’s next meeting will be in January 2017. GOT IDEAS??? Or want to contribute then your participation is welcomed please contact Geoff Barker 0418 953 176 or firstname.lastname@example.org . 52
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Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group Meeting of delegates was held on November 7th , and a number of matters relating to specific groups items were noted. Oval user groups were very pleased to note that dog owners were being responsible for their dogs droppings with none currently noted when teams are playing. This is very much appreciated and with all of the available bags and bins around please continue this action. Unfortunately on the ‘negative’ side is that when the oval bins are full, people still put their rubbish in on top and it all spills out attracting birds etc. Again our request is, if bin is full please take your rubbish home…..it is much lighter anyway as
contents consumed. And the graffiti vandals were out even before the new stone bus stop had been finished. This is most disappointing to note, on an excellent addition to all of the other stone work surrounding the playground and parking area. This design also saved three trees from having to be removed, so is well worth the Shires investment. Community Groups were informed that Capital budget grant forms are out for them to apply to the Shire for items requested for 2017/2018 budget. At our February meeting this Advisory Group will confirm those items they wish to also put forward. Colin James Secretary
Darlington United Church Cnr Darlington Rd and Allestree Rd, Darlington I heard on the radio the other day that there are only five weeks until Christmas. As I have to work up until just before Christmas and move house early December, my heart sank at all that has to be done before now and then. How will I fit in Christmas shopping and writing and sending cards I wondered. I don’t like shopping at the best of times and Christmas shopping with the crowds and time pressure make it stressful. The most difficult part is knowing what to get friends and family. I like to choose gifts that I know the people will like and appreciate, but often it is hard to think of what to get. As the number of shopping days before Christmas decreases and I still have no idea what to get, my stress level increases.
have to face the punishment of separation from God. By his death and resurrection, Jesus overcame sin and its power. If we recognise our sin (living our lives without including God), then we can ask him to forgive us. John 3:16 puts it this way: For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. The good news about this is that this gift is free for us. There was a cost, but Jesus paid it by his death. When we are offered a gift we can choose to accept or reject it. If we offer a gift to someone and it is rejected we would feel hurt, especially of we love the person and thought they would like the gift. It’s like that with God. He loves us and offers us the gift of Jesus and the opportunity for a new life with him. He grieves when that gift is rejected; when people go their own way and don’t accept they need Jesus in their lives.
Of course Christmas isn’t really about gift giving. Or is it? In fact Christmas is all about one gift – the gift of Jesus who came from heaven to earth and was born as a baby in Bethlehem. His birth changed the world and is the reason we have Christmas as a celebration on December 25th. Why was Jesus a gift to the world? His birth was unusual, unique even – I don’t know of anyone else whose birth had been prophesied centuries before (see Isaiah 7: 14 and Micah 5:2 ), who was born in a stable, visited firstly by shepherds and later by men from the east who brought special gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
As we go about our Christmas shopping this year let’s think not only about which gifts we are going to buy, but also about the wonderful gift of Jesus who came at the first Christmas. The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth-the very thing the whole story has been about. C.S. Lewis Denise Rhodes
Jesus wasn’t just any baby, he was the Son of God and he came to live on earth to restore our relationship to God. In the Old Testament the law required that sacrifices be made to atone (make amends) for sin. However, a sacrifice had to be made every time the law was broken. Furthermore the sacrifices had to be without blemish – animals or birds in perfect condition. Jesus lived a perfect life, without sin and by his death and resurrection became the perfect sacrifice for us. He took our sin on himself and opened the way for us to be reconciled with God. No longer are animal sacrifices needed. No longer do we
Our Christmas Day service will begin at 9.30am. You are very welcome to attend. Regular Sunday services: 9.30am. Contact: Ray Hockley (President) – 0403 790 380 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.darlingtonunitedchurch.com.au
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Darlington Tennis Club Darlington Tennis Club Court Weekly Bookings Time
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Mon morning social tennis from 8.30am.
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Thurs morning social tennis from 8.30am.
Mon, Tues, Wed nights 7‐9.30pm mixed social comp
Paula Wood (Mon)
0430 022 047
(These comps do not usually run in school hols)
Tim Nicholas (Tues)
0434 322 139
Players assigned to a team for duration of comp.
0427 250 566
Cardio Tennis Mon 6‐7pm Fri 9.15am
0417 177 679
Pennants training session Thursday 5‐7.30pm
0417 177 679
Pennants training session Friday 6‐7.15pm
Social Tennis ‐ Friday 7.15‐9pm
Lee Oliver/Zane Moran 0417 177 679 (Zane)
Coaching (adults): Thurs 7‐9pm
Coaching (kids):Sat 7.00‐11am; Tues 4‐6pm; Fri 4‐6pm Lee Oliver
see website for team contacts
Sunday night social 8‐9pm
0417 809 026
Wheelchair tennis Monday 6‐7pm
At other times courts may be hired through Pines shop across the road ($20 key deposit; $5 an hour for non‐members, $7 for lights)
After hours court bookings: Brendon 9252 1392/0427 250 566. General enquiries Alex Hoschke 0439 976 672 email@example.com
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St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church
cnr Darlington Rd and Hillsden Rd, Darlington cnr Darlington Rd and Hillsden Rd, Darlington
December at St Cuthbert’s A Service in the style of TAIZE Sunday 4 December at 7pm A candlelit church, lots of silence, a reading and meditative chants. No church experience necessary! There will be no service in January; we will resume in February.
A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols featuring choir and organ Sunday 11 December at 7pm Supper in the cloisters will follow Children’s Service with Christingle & Nativity, Saturday 24 Dec 5 - 6pm Bringing children to the Nativity on Christmas Eve will help their understanding of the meaning of Christmas. Children will make Christingles, a traditional way of remembering that Jesus is the Light of the World. This is followed by a retelling of the Christmas story in the church, and Christmas carols.
Midnight Mass Sung Holy Communion with Christmas Carols Saturday 24 December at 11.30pm
Christmas Day Eucharist Sung Holy Communion with Christmas Carols Sunday 25 December at 9am During January all Church programmes (except for Sunday services) will be in recess, resuming in February when school returns.
Services 9am every Sunday; 7pm on the first Sunday of the month EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.hillsanglicans.com.au
Darlington Review - December 2016
Darlington Social Cricket Club Inc “Slips, Stumpings Appeals & Silly Points”
Some of you may remember a 1937 film called “The Prince and the Pauper”. It was an adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel, by the same name and starred Errol Flynn and Claude Raines. well this story is called the “Princess and the Peasant.” It’s a tale of two people re enacting the Walk of St James (Not of the Steve variety) from St Jean Pied-De-Port on the eastern side of the Pyrenees to Santiago in north western Spain. The official distance is 779 Km’s, but according to the Princesse’s iPhone, the total distance covered was 1000Km’s in just over 6 weeks. The two DSCC members were celebrating reaching (until recent times), the age of retirement. After each day, the Princess would soak away the many miles of walking, in a hot scented bath complete with fresh rose petals. Then grace the dining rooms of the hotels they had pre booked on their trek, dressed in beautiful garments she had purchased along the way. The Peasant on the other hand, each night scrubbed the days toil away in the local bath houses (horse troughs) and dosed himself up with Neurone and icy cold Spanish beer to ward off the screaming pain of his arthritic knees. The Peasant informed the Ferret in his broad Croatian accent, that with the aid of the Neurone, heat rub, beer and a good set of knee braces, he was able to carry not only his back pack and the princesses back pack, but all the shoes and clothes she bought at the various shops along the trek. The visits to various shops along the way, will probably explain the extra 221 Km’s. An interesting foot note to this story, Carol Glew found out that the Princess and Peasant were going to be spending a day in Athens, while on a cruise. Carol had in fact been holidaying in Greece the previous year and had left her camera in a taxi. The Greek taxi driver being a very honest person, dropped the camera off to the hotel the next day, but unfortunately, Carol had left the building the previous night. The Princess was only too happy to collect the camera for Carol and she instructed the Peasant to leave a 50 Euro reward in a sealed envelop for the taxi driver. Speaking to the Peasant, he was doubtful that Spirou the taxi driver ever saw the 50 Euro’s, but it’s the thought that counts. On the 23rd of October, DSCC took on the parents of the Darlington Junior Football club. DSCC batted first and scored a very respectable 6/274. The main contributors for DSCC were Beazley with 55 and that ever reliable batsman Sundries with 55 as well. Cliff Burns and Doc Bates chimed in with 37 and 34 respectively. The DJFC fathers made light work of this total by making 8/275 in 26 overs. Burns and Bates were the best of the DSCC pie throwers. The game against the Slater Gartrell team always ends in a pizzling for DSCC, but this year it was to be one of those rare moments. DSCC batted first and made 311 of their allotted overs. The main run scorers for DSCC were last years reject skipper Bazil Robert’s with 52
and Mark & Matt Lucas with 41 each. In reply, SG’s could only muster a poor total of 126, with Matt Lucas taking 3/4. It was skipper Rob Zardin’s first win for the season and he was a very happy chap. You would have to feel sorry for next years skipper, as SG’s are sure to be a little more competitive. On the 5th and 6th of November, the annual DAF festival was held down at the oval. This year things were a lot different for members of DSCC. There wasn’t any sleep overs at the hall listening to the strains of fornicating pigeons and the buzz of rampaging mosquitoes. Nor was there the slaving over barbecues and chip cookers. This year, DSCC members joined forces with members of the junior footy and cricket clubs in manning the bar and working in the wine tent. The proceeds of which would go to the new community pavilion (only one L in pavilion Cam). There was a fine selection of New Zealand Villa Maria wines and boutique beers from a Margaret River brewery. The wine tent was run brilliantly by a well oiled committee comprising of Mick O’Reilly, Emma Reid, Craig Harris Cambell Giles and Jane (I can get anything) Rudas. The weekend in the wine tent started off on the Friday evening to the beautiful strains of the sounds of the Darlington bird life and the obligatory mosquitoes. Later the punters who came down for a pleasant evening were entertained by the brilliant, Jonny P. One of my spies, Knackered Knees Harding tells me he and his wife Kerry were joined by their new neighbours, Clare and Kelvin along with their children Marlee and Layla. Marlee was soon off and running with all the other kids, while Layla enjoyed being cuddled by her mother. All the adults enjoyed a very nice night sampling the wine and beers as they caught up with old and new friends. On Saturday the 5th of November, the weather turned out to be very nasty with the mercury hitting a very high 37 degrees. The DAF crowd seemed down a bit, but they came to life when the evening arrived and it soon became clear that it was going to be a very busy and fun filled evening. The band, “Blue Manna” took to the stage and it wasn’t long before the capacity crowd were up and dancing. Even Stephen Jones was seen to be wobbling in time with the music, as he went around clearing the tables of rubbish. Stephen even gave people hints on how to dance. For the Ferret, it was a chance to autograph previous issues of the DSCC reviews for his adoring fans. It was also a chance to chat to Greg and Karen Letica about their recent trip to Spain. Greg, who had over spent on his day trip in Athens, was still able to enjoy the fine wines and Karen looked divine in one of her new outfits. One poor DSCC member had a bit of a hairy time when he visited one of the portable toilets. After he finished washing his hands, he found he was unable to open the door. Try as he may,
the door would not budge. He rang his friend Cam, who by this time had his wobble boots on. When he eventually answered his phone, all Cam could hear was banging and cursing. Cam eventually hung up and went back to enjoying his beverage. Again his mobile rang and as he squinted through one bleary eye, he could see it was the same number. He answered the phone and again all he could her was cursing and banging. He closed the phone and went back to his drinking. After a period of time, the poor DSCC member was able to extract his freedom from the toilet block. Mitch, just think of the thirst you would have built up trying to get out. The Sunday afternoon crowd were a lot more subdued, as they came to terms with thumping headaches from the previous night’s frivolity’s. Thank you once again to the wine tent committee and all the people who volunteered to make it a great weekend. As this will be the last issue of this fine article for this year, I would like to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are travelling over the holidays or what ever you are doing, please stay safe and enjoy the break. Till next time and we are all trying to shed the excess baggage from our Christmas festivities. The Ferret.
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Marloo Theatre Marloo Road Greenmount
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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
John DAY MLA State Member for Kalamunda
Please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you or your family.
John.Day@mp.wa.gov.au Authorised by John Day, 16 Mead Street, Kalamunda WA 6076.
December 2016 Mon
1 Speakers Circle @ The Hub 2-4
4 Taize Service at St Cuthbert's 7
9 Music @ 2 Montrose 7.30
11 St Cuthbert's Nine Lessons and Carols service 7pm Swan Harmony Singers s& Hills Choir
13 DVBB Meeting (Also Tuesday Jan. 10th) @ Fire Station
16 Darlington Club Christmas gathering from 6.30 Lesser Hall
18 Hills Symphony Orchestra @ Midland Town Hall 2.30
24 St Cuthbert's Children's Nativity Service 5-6 pm
25 CHRISTMAS DAY sung communion @ St Cuthbert's 9am
Midnight Mass 11.30pm
United Church 9.30 Christmas Service
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!