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Crossing the threshold to explore the possibilities that a new year holds is always exhilarating and – for those charting a new course and leaving behind familiar places and routines – perhaps a bit daunting. Will our grand designs remain airborne like this ultra-light glider? Will we have the resolve to pursue challenging plans hatched with high hopes? Kirsty Carslaw (now preparing to move into her new home in Albany). We’ll introduce you to the team later in this issue, but meanwhile if you’re wondering about that glider riding the thermals, you’ll encounter it in an amazing French film about a mission impossible to save an endangered species of migratory geese. Spread Your Wings will screen in February at the Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema, one of our favourite places in summer. And it’s good to know that the little picture house in the forest is surviving Covid and other challenges (more about that later).

At this time of the year we make new resolutions and search for new mantras, and – in relation to both – you can’t go past anthropologist Margaret Mead’s conclusion: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world…” And, let’s face it, Darlington’s greatest asset is its many “concerned citizens” working to reshape our small world in multiple ways. And the Darlington Review will, of course, be chronicling these changes (as it has since the 1950s) and we’ll be doing so with a new team that coalesced after we waved a fond farewell to long-time Advertising and Production Manager

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Pumped up and ready to go! Talk of good citizens reshaping their world certainly describes the volunteers engaged in implementing Darlington’s expansive recreational Master Plan initiated by Trish Cook, Chair of the Darlington Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG), designed by landscape architect Gerry Healey and project managed by DaSRA and David Grant. It’s exciting witnessing the roll out of the individual projects involved – with help from Federal, State and Shire funding. We’ve been watching the old dirt jumps disappear and reappear in the snaking contours of the promised pump track – so riders will soon have a whole range of new options for developing their skills on the track adjacent to the skate park. Locals of all ages had much input into the design of both and right now they’re feeling lucky to live in Darlington. Providing these youth facilities was given top priority by DCRAG and it’s a pleasure to see them used by locals of all ages – we’ve just been watching a very practised bike-riding dad with a sturdy little junior in his wake, each challenging themselves at different levels of the skate park. It’s also worth noting that non-resident youth (needing a fair go) have been part of the dramatic earth-moving works involved. These young people have been acquiring the skills required to drive those big yellow machines and to get qualifications and jobs through training on offer from the Motivation Foundation. Run by local Timothy Hunter, the Motivation Civil and Mining Academy completes four community projects a year and has worked on several local projects. You can read more about the new pump track and the Lower Area Master Plan on page 11. While the big machines have been at work, those engaged in planning the Community Garden (that received a tick from locals a couple of years back) have been patiently awaiting the completion of the pump track and (next cab off the rank) the construction of the Grand Arbour. However, the gardeners have been busy fund-raising and purchasing an old goods train wagon to refurbish for use by both gardeners and the Sustainability Group volunteers tackling the huge challenge of reducing material that goes to landfill. The aim of the group is not to duplicate what the Shire is doing, but to give people the opportunities to recycle all those items – from bottle tops to bread tags – that currently go to landfill. An inspiration for the group has been the recycling hub at City Farm in Perth. We love the look of this old wagon that, like the grapevinecovered Arbour, will echo the early story of a small village that began with a large vineyard and a railway running through. We also love the possibility that the wagon may have trundled goods through Darlington during the 1950s (we’re sure the Darlington History Group will unearth its background) and that it will get a new lease of life – with a lot of help from its friends. The Community Garden’s first big purchase: the 1950s goods wagon and (next page)...


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...and the recycling hub at City Farm.

As you can see, the wagon needs attention. The aim is to strip its lead paint, sand its floors, and refurbish it so it becomes a recycling hub and volunteers can make a cuppa. “It will probably end up costing about $20,000,” says Community Garden Coordinator Sonja Parker, “so we’re crowd-funding, and will continue to fund-raise. We’ve already purchased the wagon (the Shire is babysitting for us) and we’d love to hear from locals with relevant skills such as sand-blasting and sanding floors, plumbing and fitting out the interior.” Local electrician (and Review advertiser) Aaron Hearne has already offered his services, Bendigo Bank has provided a $2,000 grant, and additional grants are being sought. “Considering the Community Garden doesn’t yet have a home, we’re doing a lot of work,” says Trish. “To help, we’d love locals to use our Cash for Containers code so that the Sustainability Group benefits. And by the time the Review lands in your mailbox, the group should have organised a couple of recycling bins to sit outside Darlington Liquor and Gourmet so people can recycle at least some of their material without going to the Shire’s Recycling Centre.” (Guest Editor Chris Durrant wrote about the centre in the November issue of the Review that, like all issues, can be read online at: darlingtonreview.com.au) As the possibility of actually building beds and planting comes a step closer for the community gardeners – the group has just heard that the Shire has provided a $2,495 grant for soil and plants – formalising an active committee will happen at the February 13 Community Garden meeting at the Lesser Hall (4 – 6pm). “We’re hoping for an active committee of eight to 10 volunteers willing to provide a few hours of work a week. We’re looking for people able to be involved with the detailed design of the garden, apply for grants, co-ordinate membership, organise events and, of course, those who want to plant and harvest. This is a hands-on project and it’s all hands on deck!” says Sonja. If this sparks your interest, make a diary note of both the February 13 meeting, the DCRAG AGM on February 22 – see details in DCRAG notes. 5

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Lollipop label artist wins award

Way back, the annual Robert Juniper Award enabled a young Darlington guitarist Tim Van Der Kuil to buy equipment for his first band at the beginning of his international career, and in its 33rd year, the $10,000 award will now open career doors for Cara (pictured above). To be 18, to have your own fashion label and to walk off with such a prestigious award – the first artist living with a disability to do so – is impressive, and it’s clear that Cara’s intricate screenprinted designs of Australia’s unique suite of animals mark her Lollipop of Love Designs label as one to be watched. It’s the only youth award of its kind designed to help young Mundaring residents advance their fledgling careers and, wearing a screen-printed kimono featuring her unique designs, Cara Baldwin was clearly delighted to walk away with the 2020 Robert Juniper Award for the Arts recently.

The Robert Juniper Award for the Arts is run by the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust and is funded by the Shire of Mundaring. If you want to know more about Cara and about applying for this annual award, visit the website: robertjuniperawardforthearts.org (pictured left).

Back Row: Julie Stuurstraat, Dave Taylor, Chris Durrant, Kirsty Carslaw, Jan Carroll Front row: Betty Pitcher, Trea Wiltshire, Gabby Houldsworth

The new Review team When searching for new volunteers for the Darlington Review team following the departure of our Production and Advertising Manager we followed that time-honoured advice: “Ask a busy person”. When Kirsty Carslaw announced she was off to Albany, the Review went on the search for a new Production Manager and a new Advertising Manager, because Kirsty combined the two jobs. We’re delighted that Julie Stuurstraat has taken on Advertising, with Gabby Houldsworth as her back-up.

Both worked on this February issue. You can read about Julie in our profile piece that follows, and Gabby hardly needs introduction having contributed to many local groups across three decades – the Darlington Arts Festival committee, the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association and, more recently, with DaSRA’s work on the Darlington Pavilion Project. With a professional background including TV news presentation/journalism and running her own business that saw her working with local MPs, Gabby brings valuable skills to her volunteering. 6

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Meet our new Advertising Manager

The Review also feels very lucky to have attracted experienced local graphic designer David Taylor to the Production Manager post (his profile is in MY PLACE following the editorial), with Jan Carroll stepping in when needed. You’ll know Jan’s work through her lovely Christmas covers for the Review and notes for St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church. “Graeme and I arrived in 1986 with four children and promptly added two more,” says Jan. “For 20 years I drove down the hill to work at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, first as Head of English and then School Communications Officer. For the last decade I’ve been semi-retired, only designing a couple of journals and doing the Review when Kirsty was off gallivanting. I’m enjoying a quieter Darlington life – well, as quiet as it gets with nine grandchildren!” We’re also happy to report the expansion of our editorial team: local author Chris Durrant has agreed to sit in the editor’s chair for two issues a year, and Colette Murray, who juggles highpowered IT with web management at DAF, will edit at least one issue a year, in addition to running the Darlington Village website (www.darlingtonvillage.org) on behalf of the Review. And, if you love reading the Review, love Darlington and love writing, we would LOVE to hear from you as we’re keen to further expand the team. So please get in touch if you’d like to edit an issue, either working solo or with a mate (contact details are on the inside front cover).

We know local Julie Stuurstraat as the owner of the Helena Estate Pharmacy (near IGA) who, when needed (think lockdown) actually delivers medicines to your doorstep. We also know her as the super-efficient Darlington Arts Festival committee member who coordinates all those good people who take on a myriad of jobs over festival weekends. Of course, Julie is also wife/mum, so we were delighted when she agreed to take on this key job – because without our ads and loyal advertisers there would be no magazine.

The Review’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday March 15 at 7pm at 6A Brook Road, Darlington. For further information, contact Business Manager Betty Pitcher (business@ darlingtonreview.com.au)

Born in Victoria, Julie spent most of her childhood on a large sheep/wheat farm near Ravensthorpe. Schooled in Esperance, she moved up to Perth to study pharmacy at Curtin Uni (where she met fellow pharmacy student Ron who went on to become one of DAF’s longest serving volunteers).

All positions on the Review (except the production portfolio and the printing) are filled by volunteers who share the commitment of earlier residents. Our team feels privileged to be part of this time-honoured institution and are amply rewarded by the feedback we receive from readers. We particularly appreciated the sentiment of the chap making a speech at the last festival, who gave us the following gold stars: “In all my travels, far and wide, I have never seen a community magazine that comes anywhere near the quality of content and production of the Darlington Review, the pride of our village.” Thank you, Iain Martin, long-time member of the Darlington Theatre Players and Marloo Theatre’s scribe. Check out his notes about the February/March season of the pantomime Robin Hood.

In her career, Julie has moved through different spheres of pharmacy – industrial/hospital/ clinical – during which time she decided to complete an MBA. At the time, the couple’s children, Adri and Stanley, were little and Julie had begun to appreciate that “it was the management side of running a pharmacy that interested me most, and that’s what I continue to enjoy”. In 2012, she established her own pharmacy in Helena Valley, “with a lot of help from Ron who is very good at both the clinical and managerial side and continues to run Cravens, the first pharmacy we bought in Perth.” When the couple bought a Darlington home on a scenic hillside descending to Nyaania Creek, the two-and–a–half -acre property spurred Julie to undertake more study: horticulture at TAFE. “I wanted to strike cuttings and grow my own veggies, so I set up a potting shed and got lots of material from TAFE. However, recently we found the size of the property overwhelming. So, we sold and (in the midst of the last festival, when both of us were super busy) we moved into our new home. There’s lots of work to be done, but it has a more manageable garden, so I will be propagating and planting again which will be fun.”

Iain Martin and the 2020 Festival

The Stuurstraats’ DAF involvement began years ago and they’re now considered indispensable – in fact on one occasion Ron was unceremoniously voted into office as Treasurer while the family were holidaying in New Zealand. Both Adri (studying nursing) and Stanley (in his final year at high school) are also familiar faces at the festival. Julie says that living with “a very busy, high-energy husband” she has found a good life/work balance that includes working at her pharmacy part-time, doing the family bookwork and having 7

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The challenges of 2021

A warm welcome to Julie from the Review ‘family’. We know our advertisers will keep her busy through 2021 and will enjoy getting to know her. You can reach Julie on 0412 225 613 or email at: advertising@darlingtonreview.com.au

The Darlington Review is not the only local organisation with a new team. At the November AGM of the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) while all the holders of key positions were unanimously voted back into office, they were joined by two new committee members.

Kookaburra riding the challenges

With so many new arrivals in town as homes change hands at record rates, DRRA President Grant Butler says he’d love to welcome new residents at DRRA’s monthly meetings (first Tuesday of the month) held in the Lesser Darlington Hall. The next meeting is on Tuesday February 2, at 7.30pm. DRRA has long been seen as the village’s ‘watchdog’, liaising with Mundaring Shire, providing community responses to proposed developments, zoning and road changes – and it is quick to express disappointment when community consultation is lacking (see DRRA notes and Letters).

Peter Foyster at the entrance to his outdoor cinema

Covid has played havoc with the entertainment industry, including cinemas, so it’s good to report that Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema is riding the challenges while following the regulations. And let’s face it, the ‘picture house’ in the forest offers pleasures that can’t be matched by streaming a movie in your lounge room. Kookaburra celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and regulars delight in joining the companionable groups of preshow picnickers who gather around the tables provided. And by the end of the show, people invariably leave wrapped in shawls or blankets because the proximity of the forest ensures there’s no need for airconditioning. Kookaburra’s owners Peter and Agnes Foyster admit last year was hard, so they were grateful when Mundaring Shire offered a grant enabling them to rebuild their website and establish a social media presence. Looking ahead, they anticipate strong audiences for February’s offerings that include the high-profile screen version of Jane Harper’s runaway success The Dry (starring Eric Bana) and the well-reviewed French movie Spread Your Wings. From all accounts, the latter is an excellent family movie (based on a true story) about a young boy removed from his addictive technology, who spends time in the remote wetlands of Southern France helping his ornithologist father save an endangered species of migratory geese. While Peter is realistic about the challenges ahead given that film companies are going straight to streaming, he is also optimistic that it’s simply impossible to duplicate the attractions of his little cinema in the forest. “It’s unique – that goes without saying,” says the picture show man.

“One of the reasons we love living in Darlington is the level of engagement within this community – of groups, organisations and individuals. That was established by residents in years gone by and it continues today,” says Grant (who has family ties with Darlington going back to the 1950s). “Whether it be communicating with the Shire, the Council or State Government, the people of Darlington have strong voices supported by keen minds, and DRRA is one of many groups that are proud to have been part of the reason we have the spaces, places and community we enjoy today.” Grant is General Manager of BrewHub Australia. Vice President Steve Beadle (who works in system testing and training) joined the association in 2019 and has been active is building links with ratepayer groups within the Shire. “I joined to preserve the character of Darlington village and our natural environment, and I want future amenities and facilities to be in line with sustainable living,” he says. DRRA Treasurer is well known volunteer and marathon runner Pip Windsor whose family moved to Darlington 14 years ago. Pip runs her own Physio business treating disordered breathing, a local running club (raising funds for local groups) and volunteers for the Darlington Arts Festival and the First Hike Project. With long experience as a public servant in Canberra, Chris Pemberton’s administrative/organisational skills have proved invaluable to DRRA during the 14 years she has served as DRRA Secretary. Her knowledge of issues makes her a key member of the association. Chris has lived here for 19 years and been involved in DRRA, DAF and the Darlington Club since its very early days. At the AGM, two additional members joined the committee. Sui Johannsen is a former mental health manager and psychologist currently in private practice. “I’m passionate about maintaining Darlington as a slow community and preserving our natural village feel – and the benefits of low stress and high community cooperation it creates.” The second new member is Michelle Jessup, an architectural technician/draftsman committed to sustainable lifestyles who runs her own business. She arrived in Darlington four years ago (“What a fabulous place/ community!”), volunteers for SAFE, and is already involved with the Lower Recreation Area Master Plan and the Darlington Sustainability Group.


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DRRA President Grant Butler, Vice-President Steve Beadle, Treasurer Pip Windsor and Secretary Chris Pemberton Pictured right: Sui Johannsen

Recent issues on the DRRA agenda include improving the safety of the Owen Road crossing outside Perrellas, updating Darlington’s Locality Plan, opposing a development proposal to alter the rural residential zoning of a Clayton Road property and Satterley’s proposal for an urban development in bushfireprone North Stoneville, etc. In relation to the last two, DRRA’s Vice President Steve Beadle says: “These matters remain active and the hills community are still very focused on the pending decisions.” (See also DRRA Notes in this issue.)

Looks like being a busy 2021! We wish all our readers good health, good fortune and a far more predictable Happy New Year. Below are prize winning entries to the recent Environmental Art Project at the Mundaring Arts Centre. All were produced by Darlington primary school students, and their message to the world is very clear. Trea Wiltshire – Editor v

From left to right: Lowan Rogers, Fletcher Parsons and Nathaniel Arney (Year 2 students at Darlington Primary) Temperance Beks (Year 5, Helena College)


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Dave Taylor, the Review’s new Production Manager Graphic designer Dave Taylor and his wife Natalie fell in love with Darlington as teens and Dave went on to learn his craft from one of the best: former Darlington resident, the late Rick Lambert. Legendary graphic designer Rick Lambert offered Dave Taylor his first job on completing his graphics training in the 1990s. He went on to became a mentor and friend to the young designer and when the Lambert design studio moved from South Perth to Darlington, Dave got to know the Hills village that he and his childhood sweetheart Natalie began visiting whenever the young pair felt in need of a close encounter with nature. Today Dave and Natalie live in Darlington. “I have a photo of us in our teens walking on the trail,” recalls Dave who has a home studio in which he produces the classy graphics that have won him a string of clients. “As a graphic designer you can work from almost anywhere, while still maintaining a close relationship with clients and printers.” Dave showed early talent in art at high school, did a course in commercial art in the late 80s and for a while worked with a major advertising agency in Perth. “I soon realised advertising was not for me,” he recalls. “I was definitely a fish out of water in that world – didn’t like the culture – so I began studying graphic design at Perth TAFE. “It was a very intensive course covering everything: drawing, photography, advertising and design. At 27, I was a mature age student and knew I’d found the area that suited my strengths. And it was there I first met Rick, one of the professional designers who taught on campus. “Rick and I hit it off immediately and he mentored me over the eight years I spent with his studio. He was a fantastic typographer – his appreciation of type and how it works with other elements on a page was widely respected in Perth. He taught me how important it was to be a good listener, and how to take criticism, all the while encouraging me. I feel very lucky to have had that.” Later, Dave joined graphic designer Nick Page (The Creative Page studio) for several years, widening his skill base while enjoying a range of work for clients ranging from the ABC (where he designed a large installation) to designing books and publications for major corporations. Main: Dave and Natalie, somewhere on the track in 1991... Inset: ...and again in 2020.

“The last two decades have been a time of major technological change in the industry and today everything is done on computers,” says the designer. “However, I’ve always appreciated the ‘old school training’ that saw me working my way up through the ranks and learning different processes at every stage – that sort of training alerts you to all the pitfalls that can happen. At the start of my career I’d pick up a pencil, to draw and conceptualise. Now you pick up a mouse! The fact that people are now passing themselves off as ‘graphic designers’ after short courses or online tuition has made it harder for professionallytrained designers to survive – we’ve had to become much smarter and more cost effective.” The fact that Dave has his own studio in Darlington means there will be minimal dislocation as we wave goodbye to Kirsty and welcome Dave to the Darlington Review team. The advantage for Review advertisers (who are encouraged to produce camera-ready artwork for display ads) will be that there will be an experienced design studio on the doorstep! Dave can be contacted on phone: 0490 486 245 or email: skyl4rk33@gmail.com. 10

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Community Notices & Letters to the Review Diane Smith writes: A big ‘Thank You’ to those lovely people from the Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade who turned out on a very hot Sunday afternoon just before Christmas to drive Santa around Darlington. The children along my road were delighted and so was I, of course. The truck looked magnificent and Santa and his helpers did not show any sign of melting. Surprisingly! I wasn’t quick enough to beat the children to the lollies thrown from the truck- next year! We are so lucky to live in a community where this can happen and we love it.

To all the Fire Brigade members, Thank you for all you do for the community. Diane Smith

Emma Lipscombe writes Response to Darlington Christian Fellowship – Rob Merrell’s article ‘some ideas for your next peaceful chat over coffee’ It is a human instinct to gravitate towards those who share our personal beliefs and to form like-minded communities. Perhaps it is also human instinct to choose messages from Bible which promote the self-righteous affirmation of these beliefs? The important message of loving thy neighbour supports the virtue of loving beyond one’s homogenous, segregated community; exercising respect, generosity and tolerance. Should you come together for a chat over coffee to discuss Rob Merrell’s questions, I hope that this important biblical message is at the centre of your peaceful discussion. How fortunate for us all, who don’t have to live life in the marginalised minority groups. Praise the Lord that those who do can feel safe and supported by good Christian folk.

DARLINGTON LOWER AREA MASTERPLAN PROJECT – (LAMP) PUMP TRACK COMPLETED MORE ACTION FOR DARLINGTON YOUNGER BRIGADE , MORE DOWN TIME FOR MUM AND DAD! The second stage of the Darlington Masterplan Project, a pump track for all ages and abilities in now finished and open for ACTION!!!! Located on the site of the well-worn but largely-discarded clay jumps park, leading designers and track builders, Common Ground, in association with local Landscape Architect Gerry Healy, have sculptured a 150-metre long pump track catering for beginners and intermediate riders on bicycles, scooters, skate-boarders and skaters. Appointed by Darlington Sports & Recreation Association (DaSRA), Common Ground have constructed a challenging blends of rollers and swerving, banking berms for the more advanced riders while also catering for beginners on trikes and three-wheelers on more gentle terrain. The pump track follows the completion of the half-pipe extension to the skate park which has been like a bee to honey for the young

people of Darlington and surrounds, since its opening in mid-2020. The Darlington Masterplan has been made possible with great assistance from the Shire of Mundaring and financial support from both the WA State Government, through local MLA Matthew Hughes and the Federal Government, thanks to Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians. The Skate Park extension and new Pump Track will be followed by the establishment of the Darlington Community Garden with a central Grand Arbor and the future development of a board walk through the wetlands west of the old pony club fields, now a hive of activity for the young people of this wonderful community in Perth hills.



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Figures spiked again in September/ October, not surprisingly with spring in the air, but did not quite reach the 805 packets borrowed during March/ April. The most borrowed seeds were tomatoes, followed by carrots, silverbeet, Asian greens, and beetroot.

Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions will be on again from Tuesday 2 February. All Baby Rhyme Time sessions start at 9.30am and Story Time at 10.30am. Mundaring sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mundaring Lesser Hall. Boya sessions are on Wednesdays and Fridays in Hall 1 at the Boya Community Centre. Rhyme Time is a fun time of songs, rhymes and stories perfect for 0 to 2 year-olds. Story Time is appropriate for 2 to 5 yearolds with longer stories, songs and rhymes and a take-home craft pack. No bookings are required. We’d love to see you there! The Seed Library Grew Wings in 2020!

The Seed Library included 195 different varieties of seeds in 2020, including 25 types of tomatoes such as Principe Borghese and Peach, 15 types of pumpkin, and 10 types of lettuce. Seeds are donated by community members, and cleaned, sorted and packaged by volunteers led by Lori Myles. Packets are then catalogued and processed for the library database by library staff. A great amount of team work for a wonderful, sustainable and enriching result! New season’s seeds will be available around autumn. You can search for available seeds in the library’s catalogue by refining your search to “Seed Library” in the Collections menu, and reserve them the same way you do for books. Stay in the Know Make sure you have subscribed the library email newsletter to stay informed about library events and programs. To subscribe go to: https://bit.ly/MUNlibnews Contact Tracing at Libraries In accordance with State Government requirements, all visitors to the library must register contact details by using the SafeWA app or by hard copy register.

3107 seed packets were “borrowed” by library members during 2020! We did some number crunching around seed library statistics, and were so surprised we redid them just to be sure. We saw a 175% increase in March compared to February, and the largest number of seeds were borrowed in March/April

JP Signing Service We are very pleased to advise that the JP Signing Service has recommenced at Boya Library on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 6.45pm.


Computer Workshops Coming Soon The libraries will be running small group interactive workshops beginning in February or March. Topics will include things like Internet Safety, Video Calling, Using the Libraries’ eResources, and more. One new topic will be offered each month workshops will run four weekly at both libraries. More information coming soon! Computer Help Friendly Digital Mentors are available at both libraries to help you with using your mobile device or computer. Bookings are necessary for this free service. Call Mundaring on 9290 6780 and Boya Library on 9290 6755 to book the one-toone sessions.

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Weekly Activities already returned: Craft Group, Thursdays, 10am-12pm Scrabble & Rummikub, Thursdays 1pm-3pm

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Letters to the Review (Name and address supplied) When his mobility was comprised during several weeks over Spring, a neighbour living close to Darlington Primary reported watching with astonishment (from a large picture window) as a lady routinely visited the orange tree at the bottom of his garden, even returning (with a friend and some bags) to complete her harvesting. Should this trespasser, emboldened by success, revisit to check out the tree this year, she will discover that a fence has been erected in her honour because the owners would very much like to conduct their own harvest!

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Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) Happy New Year to you all. 2020 was a difficult year for so many people but we were pleased to see more people than ever spending time on the Station Reserve: walkers, bike riders, families and dog walkers. Welcome to you all. We FODS do not meet as a group during the hot summer months but work on a roster basis, watering the young plants we put in last winter to get them through their first summer. So far we have only lost a few so fingers crossed because extreme heat does result in more losses. Extreme heat and high winds also mean more limbs are being dropped by the trees in the Reserve. So thank you to those of you in the community who have helped by clearing these away from the walkways before we get there. Thank you also to those of you who help keep the Reserve looking good by picking up the small amount of rubbish dropped by the few who can’t quite manage to find the bins. We occasionally find milk bottles, cardboard etc., up near the picnic table against Glen Road- a mystery! By the time you read this we will have had a one-off busy bee to rake and remove some of the summer leaves, sticks and branches from the walkways and have a general tidy up. Although it really isn’t the season to do much serious gardening, it’s a good time for planning and observing where in your garden gets really hot and dry and where the sun tracks at its highest. We are starting to plan next winter’s possible planting on the Reserve and you could also be out in your garden doing the same thing. In the meantime, enjoy the summer break and maybe see you one day on the Reserve. Diane


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Physical and Health Education worked with Science to design a sports drink. Using skills and knowledge from Science to firstly come up with the nutrients needed to keep a body in optimal condition during exercise, students then design and create a sports drink to achieve that goal. They went through PHE activities to measure the effectiveness of the different drinks.

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. Brian Tracy (public speaker and author)

English combined with Design, firstly studying the Gothic Horror Genre with a focus on Frankenstein before then going on to study the way the design of prosthetic limbs has advanced in recent years. Finally, students designed and built a working artificial hand.

Whilst it is undoubtedly the job of a school to teach skills and knowledge while students are at school, it can be argued that even more important is to instill a love of learning so that when students reach the end of their time at school, they enter the wider world still thirsting for more.

Science and Maths combined to analyse the spread and optimum management of a virus. Very topical in 2020, but in fact an IDU that we have run for a number of years but with extra relevance in this age of COVID-19.

At Helena, through the IB’s Middle Years Programme, we take every opportunity not only to teach the students but also foster a lover of learning that leads to the creation of a desire for lifelong learning. This is achieved in many ways and our focus, during the final week of the year, was to expose the students to a range of Interdisciplinary Units (IDUs).

All 10 IDUs were designed to stretch the students’ thinking and present them with challenges that are hard to replicate in a single subject environment. This ability to analyse and synthesise to create an achievable solution are in great demand in many fields of employment and will continue to be in demand when our current students are moving onto their chosen career pathways.

Each student in Years 7 through to 9 had the opportunity to select an IDU that fits well with their learning passions from a choice of ten. Each IDU brought together learning from at least two discrete learning areas, synthesizing skills and knowledge from each, allowing the student to come up with solutions to a high order problem.

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Letter to the Review Jeffery Cohen writes: Those of us around the world who hail from Darlington or have close ties to the village always delight in reading the Darlington Review online to keep up with the community. However, I was shocked to read (in the December issue) the notes of the Darlington Christian Fellowship. Published under the name of Rob Merrells, the article comprised ideas the pastor suggested people might “chat about over coffee with friends.” It’s painful to witness Darlington’s good name damaged by a purported Christian telling members of his community to disrespect their LGBTQ neighbours while using of biblical quotations to justify his political stances. Mr Merrells obviously prides himself on taking the word of the Bible literally, in particular punitive clauses that help him judge others. His disdain for the LGBTQ community is born from Leviticus 18:22; his lack of empathy for criminals is based on Exodus 22:3. This allows him to conveniently ignore parts of the ‘Good Book’ that don’t suit his negative narrative (Matthew 25, for instance, talks of feeding the hungry, compassion for the imprisoned, and clothing the needy; James 2:13 decries those, like the pastor, who are judgmental of others). Mr. Merrells’s use of Biblical quotes to promote his personal political agenda is problematic. Why single out LGBTQ people for scorn from Leviticus 18 and yet not call for the death of neighbours who may work seven days a week in violation of Exodus 35:2? Why not castigate Darlington folks whose vegetable gardens have two different types of crops in violation of Leviticus 19:19 (“Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.”). And is Mr. Merrell really happy with the practice of selling daughters into slavery simply because it is sanctioned by Exodus 21:7? I wonder if the members of the Darlington Christian Fellowship are proud to be associated with Mr. Merrells. Perhaps they have silently tolerated his outdated and shameful views. I hope they will now stop that. The problem for all of us is not that that the pastor selectively reads the text – I suspect nothing can be done about that – but that he expounds his dubious ideas and thoroughly unChristian judgements in our beloved Darlington Review. Jeffrey Cohen Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Darlington Review AGM

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Darlington Review Inc. is to be held 6A Brook Rd, Darlington at 7:00pm on the 15th March 2021. AGENDA

1. Welcome and Attendance 2. Apologies 3. Confirmation of the previous AGM minutes 4. Matters arising 5. Editor’s report 6. Advertising Manager’s report 7. Business Manager’s report 8. Appointment of Honorary Auditor 9. Election of Committee Members 10. Close

Nominations are invited for three committee positions – editor, business manager and advertising manager. Nominations must be in writing. The nominator must be a member of Darlington Review Inc. The nominee must give written consent to their nomination. Betty Pitcher Business Manager

Appointment of Proxy To be returned by 5.00pm 5th March 2021

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Happy New all and may 2021 be a healthier and safer year for everyone around the world. OR Year to ........................................................................................................... (Please Name) At our final meeting for 2020Print we were advised that we could We are hopeful that our new venue will encourage new no longer meet in the conference room at DOME café in members from this different location, plus there is plenty of of ........................................................................................................... Midland. After over four years at this venue, this was a bit of parking at this DOME. a shock. However, we are adaptable women, and we will now Our AGM will be held on 2nd February at a member’s home as meetings Proxy to in vote my Room behalfofatthethe Annual be holding our theon Board DOME caféGeneral Meeting of Darlington Review Inc. to be and our first meeting at DOME Forrestfield will be on 16th in Forrestfield. We sincerely appreciate DOME Midland for February. Please feel free to come along and find out about us held at 6A Brook Rd, Darlington at 7:00pm on the 15th March 2021, or any adjournment thereof: allowing us to use their facility without room hire fees. As a notany time between 6 and 8pm on that day. You will be warmly for- profit group, the club financial position is strengthened by welcomed. not having toSIGNED: pay room hire fees. All monies we raise go directly .................................................. Berenice Ritchie, SI Helena Programme Convenor to the organisation for which we advertise our fundraising.

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Like many NFP groups around the world, 2020 was not a good year for fundraising. We sincerely hope 2021 will be better – effective, dulyMidland’s completed Appointment forms must be received by the starting withToa be Sausage Sizzle at new Proxy Bunnings Darlington Review Inc., PO Box 196, Darlington, WA 6070, or by e-mail to Warehouse on Saturday 27th March. business@darlingtonreview.com.au no later than 5.00pm on 5th March 2021. Page 1(1)


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Darlington History Group DHG PRE LOVED ART AUCTION TO BE HELD AT JUNIPER GALLERIES, DALRY ROAD SATURDAY 27 FEB - 4PM The Darlington History Group has had to look at different ways to raise funds to offset the cost of publishing and printing our recent publication Arts on the Edge, and funds to ensure that the projects already begun can be realised. COVID restrictions in 2020 seriously curtailed the group’s funding sources, and opportunities for fundraising. The idea to hold a Pre-loved Art Auction to address the dilemma was conceived last year. Many from our community have already kindly donated preloved art, with one artwork of particular note being “Neap Tide” by acclaimed Australian artist Mac Betts, and another by Karl Mueller (the enigmatic owner of iconic Café Mueller). Works will be on display from 22 February from 10am to 3pm, and then from 4pm on 27 February. The artwork will be auctioned by Geoff Barker, starting promptly at 5pm. A catalogue of the artworks can be viewed from 10 February on DHG website dhg.org.au . DHG are still collecting preloved artworks. You may contact Val Shiell 9299 6868 to arrange for a DHG member to collect your donation. DHG extend their thanks and gratitude to gallery owner Trish Juniper for the generous use of Juniper Galleries. HAL MISSINGHAM, AUTHOR, ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER By Lou Kelpac Hal Missingham's son Peter has very generously donated a limited quantity of an exquisite publication about his renowned father, to sell at the Pre Loved Art Auction as part of the fundraising for this event. Hal Missingham was a significant artist in Darlington, and in Australia, and you can read Trea Wiltshire’s words about Hal in Arts on the Edge. Hal’s book retails for $120, but DHG have them available for a special price of $72. Some have sold already, leaving 9 copies for purchase. Contact Val Shiell 9299 6868 if you would like to buy one, or visit our online shop page on dhg.org.au. We are thrilled, and immensely grateful for Peter’s kind donation. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER DHG publish a quarterly newsletter, emailed to all members and subscribers. Subscribers also receive emails regarding Guest Speakers, latest news and developments within DHG, and other snippets of historic interest. Subscribe by emailing publicity@dhg.org.au and just put SUBSCRIBE in the subject field, and in the message put your full name. Subscribers do not need to be members, but for a tidge more than a cup of coffee, why not join us?!

Neap Tide (2000) by Mac Betts , generously donated by Michael Betts

DHG PLANNING MEETING, 3 FEBRUARY DHG commence the start of each year with a planning meeting where we discuss our objectives for the year, and evaluate the status of past projects. In 2021 we are hoping to achieve charity status, which will give us some advantages in grant applications. DHG will again be working with the Shire to advance Interpretative Signage Policy, and to bring in people as our guest speakers, such as archaeologist and author Bob Shepherd who has been very involved with assisting with the Heritage Listing for the Chidlow Army Camp. We will also discuss the storage of our equipment and digital archival material, among other things on the agenda. GUEST SPEAKER EVENINGS RECOMMENCE 10 MARCH 2021, 7.30PM AT DARLINGTON LESSER HALL Our first speaker evening for 2021 introduces long time Darlington Resident Sally Herzfeld, accompanied by brother Bob and sister Suzie. Sally has worn many hats in Darlington and all of them have enriched the community. She has been Mundaring Citizen of the Year, Principal of Helena School, and involved on many community committees for many decades. Sally and her family will talk about her early reflections of Darlington. Please register your interest in attending at publicity@dhg.org.au . Refreshments served after Sally’s presentation, and Gold coin donation is appreciated. More details will be given in the Darlington Review March issue. DHG PUBLICATIONS Please visit our online shop at dhg.org.au if you would like to purchase a book.

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Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre A WHOLE NEW YEAR OF SHOWS (we hope)

Robin Hood is a story that everyone knows. The famous outlaw who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. The band of merry men, the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and the beautiful Maid Marion. But no doubt you have never heard of the Normans or Bess Before (best before when you may ask).

Due to Covid 19 and restricted audiences it was unfortunate that so many people missed out on Wife After Death at the end of last year. We were unable to extend the season because of so many commitments of the cast. It was in fact the same cast that started rehearsals in January 2020 and resumed in September to perform in November.

The traditional story of Robin Hood will be turned on its head in February next year as the Darlington Theatre Players present a wildly rambunctious pantomime version of the classic tale.

Over three performances on the last weekend before Christmas, we had a club event with members and families invited to see the plays that our MYTH (Marloo Youth Theatre) group had been working on by Zoom during the Covid period. We were all amazed how one youth member had managed to write and then direct performances of her play. Others gave polished performances in other short plays produced for the occasion. Well done to all our youth and special thanks to the team driving the MYTH for their dedication and great work.

Sherwood forest will come alive through song, dance and plenty of highly interactive scenes featuring all the characters you know and love. Audience members will be encouraged to cheer for Robin and his Merry Men, laugh at the antics of the Normans and Bess and boo the evil sheriff and Guy of Gisborne. The cast of approximately 35 children and adults from a wide range of backgrounds will come together to present the pantomime on stage at the Marloo Theatre from the 26th February to the 20th March with evening and matinee performances.

ROBIN HOOD The Pantomime 26 FEB to 20th MARCH

Directed by Guy Jackson and with Musical Direction from Chris McRae and Rebecca McRae and Choreography by Ebony Uetake, you sure would be kicking yourself if you missed all the fun and colour of Robin Hood: The Pantomime.

www.trybooking.com/BHMGM We are all happy to be back on stage again for the first production for the year with a very enthusiastic group of people in ROBIN HOOD the pantomime. This runs from the 26th of February to the 20th of March. Again seats will be limited by Covid restrictions so please book early.

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Ken Wyatt AM MP – Federal Member for Hasluck Message from Ken

Welcome to 2021!

I hope that everyone had a relaxing break and enjoyed the time spent with all your friends and family. As we move into the new year I want to firstly congratulate Hasluck residents for their continuing optimism and support throughout 2020. Last year tested us all and as a community we came together, developing new initiatives and programs that saw us through the tough times. We must continue to remain vigilant as we work towards opening up our community and getting back to the new-normal. Please continue practicing good hand hygiene, wear a mask when required and maintain physical distancing as recommended by our health professionals. Together we will continue to work towards a better future for all Australians and if you would like more information or have a problem you would like assistance with, please contact my office. We provide support on a range of matters, including: • Immigration and citizenship enquiries; • Centrelink payments; • Organising messages for landmark birthdays and anniversaries; • The NBN and telecommunication service providers; and • Assistance liaising with government departments where you have encountered difficulties. Email: ken.wyatt.mp@aph.gov.au Phone: (08) 9359 0322 Wishing you a safe and enjoyable weekend. Yours sincerely, The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP Federal Member for Hasluck Minister for Indigenous Australians

Stronger Communities Grant Programme (Round 6) EOIs open Tuesday, 19 January 2021 EOIs close Friday, 19 February 2021 I invite all local community organisations and stakeholders to participate in Round 6 of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). The programme intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Projects funded under round 6 of the programme will need to be completed by 31 December 2021. More information about the programme can be found on my website at www.kenwyatt.com.au/scp2021


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Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association (DRRA) The Annual General Meeting on 17th November started with a BBQ then a good turnout for the formal part of the evening. The current executive members - Grant Butler, Steve Beadle, Pip Windsor and Chris Pemberton - were re-elected and we are very pleased to welcome two general committee members Sui Johansen and Michelle Jessup (who was responsible for the wonderful graphic designs depicting how the Owen Rd crossing could look). The meeting also discussed the ongoing concern about the behaviour and speeding of some cyclists on the railway reserve trail. It was agreed that a public meeting will be held on this issue and DRRA will invite the attendance of shire officers and representatives from other appropriate authorities. The meeting then turned into a public form to discuss the locality plan and options for a safe crossing on Owen Rd.

Owen Rd crossing – the designs were the result of an extensive public

consultation and the primary concern all along has been to create a safe passage for children between the playground and Perella’s. It was agreed that there were elements of all three designs which appealed and some really good suggestions were made which would meet other concerns. The DRRA committee will send these with an explanatory document to the shire to facilitate negotiations on how the crossing is progressed.

document will be submitted to the Shire for approval as the reference document which informs residents, property owners, local businesses, developers, architects, urban designers, landscape architects and other professionals planning developments that will impact Darlington.

Since the November meeting a number of issues have been raised: Proposed commercial kitchen cnr Glen/Brook Rds – a considerable number of submissions, all opposing it, were sent to the Shire and DRRA has let the Shire know of our concerns that the proposal was not considered of sufficient impact to warrant community consultation. Coulston Rd – from Sandover Rd to the quarry a sealed edge will widen the road to improve the longevity of the road pavement. Unfortunately in preparation for that work, along parts of the road, vegetation was slashed/destroyed for much wider verge than required. February meeting guest - Liam Staltari, Liberal candidate for Kalamunda will be at the February meeting to hear about the local priorities.

Next meeting: Tuesday 2nd February

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Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade REMEMBER 000 is the ONLY

number to ring for all fire & smoke sightings.

The ComCen will page our members who are on duty. For general Brigade enquiries please ring 9299 7217. Station hours: Saturday 9am-10:30am. Website: darlingtonfire.org.au. Facebook Page: Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Next Brigade meeting: Tuesday, February 9th 2021, at the Darlington Fire Station.

Firstly, a belated welcome to 2021, and “Happy New Year”. From the members of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, we’d like to wish all of our community members a safe, happy and prosperous year ahead.

carry 5 fire fighters and holds 2000 litres of water, the other is a 2nd Light Tanker for fast attack, carrying 2 fire fighters and holding 500 litres of water. They will both be stationed with us until the end of the fire season.

We would like to thank all of the families that came out and supported our Santa Run before Christmas. The Brigade loved driving Santa around Darlington to visit our wonderful community, and we hope that we can continue to bring Santa to visit your children in the years to come. It was a long hot afternoon, and not without a few first time glitches, so we really appreciate the positive vibe and wonderful feedback we received.

Last year the Brigade published our history book celebrating over 75 years of serving the community. “History of Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade 1942-2020” is an 84-page, fullcolour book full of photos, documents, cartoons, incidents and stories archiving the history of our volunteers and the Brigade so far. We are delighted with the finished product, and are so proud to be able to present the Brigade’s history for current and future generations to enjoy. Our book can be purchased directly from the Darlington Brigade for $25.

Although Darlington and the surrounding areas have had only a handful of small incidents so far this summer, our volunteers have been busy attending incidents in other areas. Since late December crews from Darlington Station have attended fires in Bullsbrook, Lower Chittering, Mt Helena, Wundowie, Red Gully, Beechina, Koongamia, Oakford and Cowalla. Remember, bushfires are unpredictable, and the single biggest killer is indecision. What will you do if there is a bushfire? Visit mybushfireplan.wa.gov.au and make a plan today. How fireproof is your bushfire plan?

If you haven’t found us on-line yet, or joined us on social media, the Darlington Brigade has a website (darlingtonfire. org.au), a Facebook page (Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade), and now a new Instagram account (Dvbfb_). These sites can provide you with information such as published Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans, fire weather warnings, community engagement messages and bushfire mitigation information. For even more tips, hints and general information on preparing yourselves and your property for the fire season, head to the DFES website (www.dfes.wa.gov.au). It’s a great information resource for such things as Bushfire Plan materials, Facts Sheets and How To guides, along with Total Fire Ban information, and bush fire preparation resources. Of course you can always come and see our friendly volunteers at the Darlington Fire Station on a Saturday morning for any information.

With several large fire events in the southern half of WA, including around Perth, over the last month, we would like to thank everyone who has supported our Hills fire fighters and expressed their thanks and their messages of good will. We would also like to acknowledge the support we have received so far this summer, through the provision of goods & services, cash donations, and a strong interest from new members joining the Brigade. Recent fires should also serve as a reminder there is no reason to ignore the risks of fire, and the fire hazards present in our community. We encourage you to be pro-active around your property and maintain your firebreaks, keep a 20 metre clearance zone around buildings, and report any sighting of smoke or fire immediately to 000. Keep informed about Fire Danger Ratings, fire bans, and alerts and warnings for your area. Also, take note of any suspicious activity in and around bushland and report it to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Even with the onset of the fire season our volunteer fire fighters have been continuing with their training to better protect our community. Activities such as Saturday morning scheds, monthly meetings, skills refresher training, appliance familiarisations, driver training and training courses help our fire fighters prepare, and our members have volunteered many hours behind the scenes in recent months to be ready to help the community this summer. DFES have again this year delivered us additional appliances as part of the High Fire Season allocations to protect the community, and you may have seen our extra trucks around the station and driving around the district. One truck is a 2.4R, can 29

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Matthew Hughes MLA JP Member for Kalamunda How To Contact Matthew Your Local Member Office: Shop 9, Kalamunda Central, Railway Road, Street Office: 1/16 Mead

Kalamunda, WA 6076, Mail to PO Box 779 Kalamunda WA 6926 Phone: (08) 9293 4747 Email: Matthew.Hughes@mp.wa.gov.au Facebook: @MatthewHughesMLA Authorised by Matthew Hughes 1/16 Mead Street Kalamunda WA 6076

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Matthew Hughes MLA JP – Member for Kalamunda The new position statement removes planning barriers, streamlines delivery across all local governments and introduces two new land use types – residential aged care facility and independent living complex. This new policy is a State first. It calls for aged care accommodation to be integrated within local communities, serviced by adequate transport networks and located close to health and community services to support options for ageing in place and meet the everyday needs of residents.

I placed tackling the lack of available high-needs aged care as a top priority prior as the Member for the Electorate of Kalamunda. The State Government does not play a direct role in the provision of residential aged care (except in remote locations) nor in the licencing of aged care providers. Residential aged care [RAC] and home care support rests with the Commonwealth Government. What the State Government can bring to this area of need is the ability to assist with the repurposing of State Government land for aged care purposes and assisting with ensuring local planning schemes facilitate the development of residential aged care. I have worked on activating these two ‘levers’ since my election to State Parliament in 2017.

The policy will be effective in streamlining the delivery of aged care needs in local planning across the State including flexible transition from independent living to residential aged care. I am pleased to say that in the last three years, more has been achieved in the identification and provision of land for aged care purposes in the Electorate of Kalamunda than in the previous twenty years. I am also to very pleased to have successfully advocated for an allocation of $9.5million to be made by the State Government to enhance the palliative care provision at Kalamunda Hospital as part of the 2020-21 Budget. Kalamunda Hospital will become a centre of excellence for palliative care for the Hills communities as an integral part the East Metropolitan Health Service.

Within 9 months of coming to office the McGowan Labor Government established an interagency Aged Care Availability Working Group. I am pleased to have called for the establishment of the Working Group and to have served as an ex officio member. The group made number of recommendations to the State Government. Key among them was the development of Western Australian Planning Commission position statement to steer residential aged care developments.

My clear pledge was to work to make the provision of suitably located aged care facilities in the Electorate of Kalamunda a top priority as part of a State-wide strategy. It is a commitment which I continue to prosecute vigorously as a backbencher member of the McGowan Labor Government.


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Forrest Darlings CWA Darlington’s Forrest Darlings branch of CWA has agreed to make library bags ahead of the new school year. These will be distributed via CLAN Midland to children in need. CLAN Midland is a not for profit community based family support service that provides services and support to families throughout the Midland, Altone, Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook areas. Their aim is to see children thriving in safe, nurturing families and communities which they achieve by connecting parents and schools with their local community, and delivering workshops and activities. See www.clanmidland.org for further information.

The Forrest Darlings CWA November meeting (25th November) was an opportunity to craft together, as group members and guests brought along a cross stitch project, or had a go at learning cross stitch with some simple designs. December’s meeting was held earlier in the month than usual on the 9th to beat the Christmas rush. Members came together to share a plate and exchange secret santa gifts. A collection of tins and pantry staples produced a large box of donated items which were gratefully received at the Anglican Church for distribution to local families in need. Lively discussion was had about plans for 2021, with members and guests sharing a wide range of ideas for speakers, fundraising and community engagement.

Please bring along suitable cotton fabric for library bags and a sewing machine if you have one.

The Country Womens Association branches across WA work in many areas to contribute to the local community through fundraising and donations of a diverse range of items. Some branch members make Police Blue Poppies which are small knitted or crocheted poppies worn by police men and women in memory of a fallen colleague. Handmade “fiddle” rugs and aprons are also in high demand for donation to dementia patients. At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, many CWA members were called into action to make laundry bags for hospital workers. These were greatly appreciated by hardworking hospital staff who are now required to remove their work clothes or scrubs before travelling home from work. The Forrest Darlings aim to build community engagement in 2021 – please get in touch if you need handmade items for a community project or would like to discuss a collaboration.

Wednesday 27 January 7pm Scout Hall, Glen Rd, Darlington New members and guests always welcome Diary date: Wednesday 24th February 7pm AGM Follow Forrest Darlings CWA on Facebook or contact Kate Herren (secretary) for further information on 0452644248

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There’s a buzz of activity in Darlington and neighbouring suburbs as we embark on a new year. Our Children’s Spiritual Education class is eager to start the next sequence of lessons and we are excited to begin a brand new Darlington cohort of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. In this group young people (aged 11-14) will be guided by youth mentors to develop their sense of moral purpose and to channel their inherent capacity for justice and altruism into meaningful contributions to their community. These classes, undertaken by Baha’i communites across WA, indeed globally, affirm that ‘Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future’. For adults there is also the opportunity to join a Study Circle. Through the study of an international curriculum from the Ruhi Insitute these collaborative groups help us better understand our spiritual reality and purpose in life. The first in the sequence of study is Book 1- Reflections on the Life of the Spirit. On Saturday 6 February, the Croft family in Mahogany Creek will host evening of inspiring readings on the topic ‘Hope’, music, food and friendship. All are welcome, just bring a plate. And at the end of the month Baha’is around their world invite the community to join them in celebrating ‘Ayyami-Ha’, the Days of Joy, a four day festival focused on charity, acts of service, and sharing love and friendship to all. We’d love you to join us for our family picnic at Lake Leshenaultia.


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Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG) Please note the Community Garden 4th Meeting on the 13th February 2021 at the Lesser Hall 4-6pm.

Delegates are reminded that our next meeting is our AGM and will be held on Monday, 22nd February at 7.00pm in the Community Pavilion and will include the election of the Chair and Secretary. Both incumbents have announced their intention to nominate for these positions, so it is safe to come along! As well as delegates from all the clubs and groups that use the Recreation Area, our Terms of Reference includes representatives from the local general community who represent the broader community and not any particular user group. We aim to have four such representatives, so please come along and nominate if you would like to be involved.

Thank you to the Tennis Club who have organised a defibrillator on the outside of their Clubhouse gate. This is availability to anyone in the community and can be lifesaving. Dial 000 and they will give you the code to be able to open it. That’s two in our village now, the other is on the Pavilion wall near the new toilets.

DCRAG only has 4 formal meetings per year, and in future our meetings will alternate night / daytime to allow wider representation and participation. DCRAG will now meet at the following dates and times: February 22nd 2021 7pm-9pm May 24th 2021


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Current DCRAG projects are: • Reviewing Shire Capital Items 2021 • Compiling a Seating Report & Plan for Shire looking at existing and future seating in the recreation area. • Liaising with the Shire and politicians regarding a DCRAG Whole Recreation Area Master Plan to plan for future use and improvement of the amenity and function of the area, while protecting the core values of environment and community. Community consultation will be the first part toward this plan development. • Large Tree Management and planning for future shade. Hoping to start planting this autumn! • Liaising with the DaSRA Lower Area Masterplan (LAMP) and the DaSRA Community Garden groups activities and implementations. Best wishes – Trish Cook Chair & Colin James Secretary The Darlington Community Garden are collecting for the Cash for Containers Program. Their special bin is located outside Darlington Liquor and Gourmet. If you would like to take your own pile of refundable containers to the Shire their Number is C10330258.

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Letter to the Review Poul Dahl writes Re Proposed Catering Home Business on the corner of Brook and Glen Roads Darlington I have absolutely no problem with an appropriate home business and the owner has every right to apply but I believe it should conform to local regulations in regard to setbacks and respect the potential impact on neighbours, the surrounding streetscape and historic buildings. We all appreciate that Darlington is what it is today because several generations of residents have worked hard to preserve its unique character, with picturesque streetscapes, central park, oval, bridle path, historic homesteads and beautiful surrounding bushland. We appreciate that Mundaring Shire officers have worked co-operatively over many years with the community to help us maintain this character be it Hall restorations, street upgrades, stone walls, Pavilion and skatepark, intersections etc. A string of Darlington Precinct Plans seeking to preserve Darlington’s historic centre have been produced over many years by committed residents. I was privileged to be among the most recent working group updating the last 1998 Precinct Plan. Now called Locality Plans, the draft Darlington Locality Plan is now with the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association. The regulations outlined in LPS 4 should also apply eg setbacks etc. I was therefore disappointed to learn that after all the years of working with Shire officers, only immediate neighbours (4) had been informed by the Shire of this proposal to establish a commercial home catering business on an undersized residential block with an R5 zoning on the corner of busy Glen Road and Brook Road opposite the historic tearooms and

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The Darlington Club

The Darlington Club Welcome back to a new year of Club activities. I hope you all had a very peaceful and restful break over the festive season. Firstly a big thankyou to Glen Whisson and fellow musicians who organised two musical events under the Club’s umbrella over the festive season. Sassafrass and the New Years Eve party. Unfortunately David and I could not attend but from accounts both were very successful. Thank you very much Glen and to all that assisted move furniture onto the stage after the New Year’s Party in preparation for Shire cleaners reseal of the hall floors, its looking really good. The furniture had to be relocated back into the Lesser Hall on the weekend 9th and 10th January. Thank you to all Club members that assisted, picture included below. We enjoyed Fish n Chips and fellowship on the Hall balcony afterwards. The Library continues to be very popular with a constant flow of books in and out, please enjoy. Best wishes for a fabulous year of Club fun. Sue Club President.

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Darlington Review – February 2021

Mundaring & Hills Historical Society Inc. Welcome to 2021! After a relaxing four week break over Christmas and New Year, staff and volunteers from the Mundaring & Hills Historical Society are looking forward to 2021 and collecting, researching, and interpreting more fascinating histories about the Shire of Mundaring.

The second anniversary occurs on the 23 June 2021 and marks 60 years since the Mundaring Road District changed its name to the Shire of Mundaring – a major municipal milestone. Similar changes occurred throughout WA due to the Local Government Act of 1960. More on this later in the year!

The MHHS’s plans for the coming year include a talk in March by Richard Offen on life in Perth at the outbreak of World War 2, a new museum exhibition in May on the history of shops and shopping, and the return of ‘Snapped’, our joint competition with Shire of Mundaring Libraries to uncover your photographic gems from the past.

If you know of other important anniversaries in the Shire, please let the MHHS know so we can add them to our list of key dates for 2021. Next Meeting: Richard Offen presentation on life in Perth pre-WW2. 3pm Saturday 20 March 2021. Venue: TBA.

2021 also heralds a couple of ‘diamond’ anniversaries. On 22 February 1961, Helena Valley was formally recognised as a locality. This relatively recent legal recognition is despite the fertile river lands along the banks of the Helena River being some of the earliest selected by European colonists. While various tenants leased what became known as Clayton Farm from the 1830s onwards, it was Richard and Mary Smith who from 1854 developed a thriving farm on the banks of the river. Richard and Mary also used clay from the site to build a brick cottage (c. 1850s) and then in 1861 a two-storey house. These buildings are still extant and represent the only remaining early Colonial buildings on the Helena River. Throughout the 20th century Clayton Farm was subdivided eventually leading to the creation of the suburb, Helena Valley.

Clayton Farm, Helena Valley, c. 1930s

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Darlington Social Cricket Club Vale - Rob Sheardown

The music on the piano together is really something to hear. Unfortunately their March performance was sold out in two weeks, as tickets to their performances are limited to ninety. At $30.00 a ticket including delicious food it is a great night’s entertainment.

The club lost another long-time member of the club recently. Rob was the kind of loyal and dependable bloke who you would want next to you “in the trenches.” He was a tall, strong, softlyspoken country lad from Wialki, Western Australia, a small wheat-belt town about 60 km north of Mukinbudin or 140 km north of Merredin.

But keep your eyes and ears peeled for more performances coming up during the year. Teresa & Don playing together in their youth

Rob joined DSCC in 1985 and played for 20 years. Rob and his wife Kaye went on club tours to Hong Kong in 1991, Singapore/ Malaysia in 1994, England in 1997 and Cairns, Qld in 2004. Batting:


A solid right hand batsman, with the capacity to occupy the crease for long periods accumulating runs. 179 innings 3,219 runs 20.37 average 18 sixes 227 fours 86 top score

A very handy bowler of off spin, who badly injured his spinning finger while helping to move a piano for the cricket club during an Arts Festival weekend, but still continued to bowl. 466 overs 136 wickets 22.76 average 5.16 economy rate 26.48 strike rate Most club wickets in a season, twice

O’Reilly XXII versus DSCC The O’Reilly clan ventured forth to play DSSC in two T20 style matches on the 17th January. This annual match is proving very popular with both with DSCC and the O’Reilly mob. The O’Reilly matriarch was again in attendance with various litters of future O’Reilly players running around. Craig Van der Laan, the DSCC captain, upon losing the first match, feigned a calf muscle and handed the reins over to Guy Thompson to lead DSSC into battle for the second match. Guy fared little better with DSCC being soundly beaten in the two matches.

Beside his DSCC playing feats Rob was Treasurer for four seasons, Social Secretary for two seasons and Club Captain (1991-92)

O’Reilly Matriarch amidst a cluster of ’Reillys’

The Sheardown family lived at their bush property at Glen Forrest where they hosted many excellent cricket club BBQs. Rob owned and operated a successful contracting business located in the Perth hills.

The after match BBQs at the Oval’s new pavilion with the long table are proving popular with all the kids, DSSC members, and opposition teams alike.

He was also a member of the Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade in the 1980s and assisted the Brigade in the days of establishing their first “bricks and mortar” fire brigade building, with fundraising efforts and the use of his truck.

Pianoforte Duo Club member Teresa Aldred teamed up with her friend of many years, Don to entertain guests as the guests entered into the Crown Casino ballroom for the Telethon Ball. Teresa and John have played together many, many times over the years.

Some of the revellers at the post match BBQ

Teresa and life time friend Don playing at the Telethon Ball


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Darlington Christian Fellowship Cnr Darlington Rd and Allestree Rd, Darlington

It struck me recently how often I hear people say “Oh well... that’s life...” or similar. Recently I found myself nodding in agreement to such a statement but this time I began feeling uncomfortable about settling for it as an explanation. It occurred to me that to resolve and accept situations by using ‘such is life’ explanations, we are accepting that this is how life is and nothing can be done about it. I realised that God would describe these situations as being part of the consequence of sin and death; a direct result of mankind being unable to live by God’s laws. From a biblical understanding the corrected quote could well be ‘Oh well, that’s just part of death isn’t it!”

is actually part of the death that God declared would come if Adam chose to disobey. If Adam, and all of us, had instead chosen obedience there would be no blood, sweat, toil or tears. No hunger, poverty or lack of shelter. No jealousies, dissensions, lies or hatred. No broken marriages, orphans or widows. No abuse, bullying, violence or murder. No addictions, robberies or corruption. No wars, borders or racisms. No ill health, disability or death. No sadness, despair or hurts. No destruction by droughts, fires or floods. All of creation now groans under the weight of death and suffering where once it flourished in the fullness of life. In the beginning Adam was unable to attain to one law. The breaking of this law caused an outflow of many additional laws. Each one of us finds ourselves having been unable to uphold God’s law. This brings us into a place of being judged accordingly. A judgement God desires no one ever need to experience and has made a way of escape from. Death, as we experience it in the physical, is a warning from God that spiritual and eternal death (also known as hell) is a place of that He desires none of us should ever enter into. When someone we love dies, we would move heaven and earth to have that person returned to us. God has moved heaven and earth to return to Himself all that had entered into death. He made a way of escape through grace and mercy while remaining a good and just Judge. Through one man, Adam, sin and death entered the world. Likewise through One man, Jesus Christ, a way of escape was made for all the earth should we choose to be restored to life in God. He has done Himself that which we cannot do for ourselves.

God warned Adam and Eve that disobedience to Him would take them from life into death. The first recorded emotion of Adam, after his disobedience to God, was fear. He felt afraid, so he hid. When Adam lived in the fullness of ‘life’ he had never experienced fear. In ‘life’ Eve had never been scapegoated by her husband, but in ‘death’ she was. In ‘life’ Adam had no need to labour and toil for his food and provisions but in ‘death’ he survived by the sweat of his brow. In ‘life’ Adam and Eve wouldn’t have endured the grief of having one of their sons murdered by the other, but in ‘death’ they did.

The way of escape from ‘death’ into ‘life’ is found laid out in the Word of God. From its first page to its last we see the greatest love story of all history. We see that from the beginning God made a way of escape and that heaven and earth have indeed been moved to restore to Himself that which He had lost.

Imagine the grief of Adam and Eve as they lived the rest of their lives remembering the way life used to be. How it could still have been, had they chosen God’s ways rather than their own. When death came upon Adam and Eve, God grieved His loss of them – enmity had entered in between Himself and His creation and He desired with every ounce of His being to have it all restored.

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DaSRA Darlington Sports & Recreation Association (WA) Inc THANK YOU FROM DaSRA COMMITTEE PAST & PRESENT DaSRA past and present thanks the Darlington Community for its support of the Pavilion Project over the last 6 years since we officially formed as an association. We are still raising funds to pay off the loan FOR THE PAVILION but are equally still committed to supporting community groups and activities around Darlington present There are some massive undertakings going on re the Skate Park, Pump Track, Community Garden, Grand Arbour, Landscaping. More information re these Projects can be found in other parts of the Review.

PAVILION GIG 2021 Also, by the time this edition is distributed DaSRA will have delivered its 4th Darlington Community Music Gig on 23 January 2021. Thank you to everyone who helped to bring this event to fruition and our Sponsors Glen Whisson

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Mundaring Arts Centre



Mundaring Arts Centre is open for 2021 with two new exhibitions Traces and Tend/er.

After School Art Club is back for Term 1 at Midland Junction Arts Centre with ceramic, printmaking and papermaking classes for kids aged 7-12. Choose a 3 week course in one medium, or sign up for all three.

Vicki Ames’ solo exhibition Traces uses textiles to explore the visual language of urban architectural facades, highlighting the ageing surface qualities of buildings and the histories they reveal.

Adults can join Darlington artist Ben Joel for a series of drawing classes, hills artists Greg Crowe and Robbie Kerr for ceramic workshops, and Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor to learn contemporary Bibbulmun weaving, plus much more.

Tend/er is an interactive exhibition by Snart Club’s Anastasia Beasley and Zoë Sydney that brings people together to encourage thought about ways of caring within communities.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see three new exhibitions from Saturday 13 Feb with group shows Out of the Sea and Take Only Memories on display alongside I’m a Married Man, a solo exhibition by Chloe Nolan.

Both exhibitions continue until 21 March with an exciting public program in which you can join Vicki Ames to discover the Japanese textiles art of Shibori. Expanding on ideas of care and re-use, Snart Club are also teaming up with local artists to facilitate a series of workshops to make rag rugs and adorn denim jackets with Indigenous fabrics.

Mundaring Arts Centre | 7190 Great Eastern Hwy (corner Nichol St) | 9295 3991 mundaringartscentre.com.au

Plus on Saturday 13 February make sure you visit the Mundaring Rotary Twilight Markets for the launch of the Food for Though project and experience a Kung-Fu tea ceremony, share delicious bush tucker and create your ceramic own food vessel as we start a community journey exploring how food shapes our culture, experiences and art.

Closed 25 December 2020 – 29 Jan 2021 Midland Junction Arts Centre | 276 Great Eastern Hwy (corner Cale St) | 9250 8062 midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au Closed 20 December 2020 – 12 Jan 2021 47

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