Vol. 58 No. 4 May 2018
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DCRAG Chair Trish Cook, Will Kitely and Shire Councillor Doug Jeans observing Darlington democracy at work On a balmy autumn afternoon in April, a cross-section of the community gathered at the Darlington Community Pavilion to choose one of two options: an extension to the skate park or an upgrade for the dirt jumps. On hand to observe the process were Mundaring Shire Councillor Doug Jeans and local resident and Labor MP Matthew Hughes, who had secured the grant that will benefit young residents.
On our skates… Darlington has a good track record of consulting the community when decisions need to be made — remember the enthusiastic locals who filled the hall when decisions around playground shade were needed? Sure, on that occasion there were compromises, but it was an excellent exercise in Darlington democracy at work.
It was good to see a unanimous vote from participants. Skateboarders and BMX riders (across a range of ages), scooter riders and rollerbladers — all of whom use the skate park — voted for its extension, and the icing on the cake was a resident of the adjacent retirement accommodation, The Glen, who added her green sticker to the board, saying she loved seeing young riders having fun.
Right now, we have another example unfolding as the community makes its feelings known on how to spend the State Government’s $25,000 grant for improving local youth facilities. As with all recreation matters, the committee that liaises with Mundaring Shire, the Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG) — now headed by former councillor Trish Cook — has been the centre of action. When the Shire expressed a wish to spend the grant money on upgrading the little-used (for many reasons) dirt jumps, local skateboarders revved up, formed a Facebook group, and called for an extension to the popular skate park.
Co-ordinating the event was Trish Cook, and local skateboarder/ tertiary design student Will Kitely who lives opposite the facility and, at 23, couldn’t be happier than when he is gliding back and forth on the existing quarter pipe at the end of the day, and executing occasional aerial manoeuvres.
Rallied by Trish Cook, a sub-committee was formed involving young and not-so-young residents, local opinion was canvassed through a Facebook poll, and a public meeting was organised to reach a resolution.
Trish was delighted at the turnout and apart from its emphatic result, she got to introduce several ‘movers and shakers’ to one another, thus strengthening the network of folk interested in developing this recreational area.
Darlington Review - May 2018 opportunity to capture ideas for a master plan that DCRAG is developing for the entire area — a plan that will benefit from input from locals with relevant skills. As Trish observes, the potential of this stretch of State Government land (vested in the Shire) is huge and has been thrown into focus by the completion of the first stage of the Darlington Community Pavilion. On the one side, she points out, you have the green oval, fringed by deciduous and native trees, the playground and BBQ; on the other a barren stretch. Next year the Shire will be looking at recreational needs throughout Mundaring, with consultants seeking community input — so being proactive in bringing together ideas now will be to our advantage.
The great thing about all this has been youth input. Clearly word got around about the possibility of extending what is a multi-use facility with a congestion problem. When young skateboarders voiced their opinions at meetings — probably for the first time — what became clear was they consider this their place: to hang out, chill out, and ride their boards.
Judging from suggestions penned by the public, people are excited by the possibilities: clever landscaping and shade trees, a pump track and skills area, bike tracks that take advantage of the existing contours and some BBQs — with the pavilion uniting the two areas. Why does all this have implications way beyond skateboard or bike riders?
They don’t want the area over-engineered in future, they just want an additional half pipe for beginners (“it’s less scary to learn on, because getting your balance is everything,” explains Torres Skene). The addition will also ease congestion for more experienced riders.
It’s probably the first time (since the skate park was built) that we’ve seen young people engaged in decision-making that will reshape the heart of the village. Along the way they’ll be learning about how consultation with local government happens, how important it is to share ideas, compromise and be inclusive.
“A steel and concrete half-pipe will fit the budget, will last a long time, and be multi-use,” says Will who has become spokesperson for young riders. He organised the skateboard contest at last year’s Community Bonfire, has worked in the industry and occasionally gives free lessons to beginners.
And, of course, these young residents could be our future Shire Councillors and active members of the ratepayers/recreation groups that have played such an important role in preserving ‘our place’ and developing it in ways we approve of.
Another advantage of the half pipe, he says, is that it can be extended (with additional funding), by adding a bowl, capping one end, and possibly connecting back to the quarter pipe.
When Will Kitely rides his board, little kids at the oval for footy training often ask him to teach them how to ride. “Look at me,” he laughs, “I’m 23 and I’m still getting enjoyment from this skate park and I hope that, at some time in the future, my kids could do the same.”
At the meeting, comprehensive information was available, including three possible locations for the half pipe that have been given the nod by the Shire’s Infrastructure Manager Shane Purdy. There was also an
ABOVE: MP Matthew Hughes, former DRRA President Poul Dahl and DCRAG chair Trish Cook 4
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Get ready for Stage 2
young people with special talents in any sphere of the arts. A recent winner is talented Helena College graduate, vocalist Annika Moses, who has thrown her support behind the award by becoming a trustee. “It’s the only one of its kind,” she emphasises, “and it funds young creatives for a project or to develop their practice.”
The backdrop for the above gathering was the impressive Foundation Supporters Brick Wall that is a standout feature of the completed Stage 1 of the Darlington Community Pavilion. So, if you’d like your name added to the wall, visit the website: www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au/
Darlington artist Sarah Thornton-Smith is also a new trustee and looks forward to promoting the work of the Mundaring Scholarship Trust (that administers the award) to ensure its longevity. If all this is impressing you, there is also a Friends group that would welcome your support for this worthy endeavour.
Stage 2 is now under way and is expected to cost around $460,000 and while there are some dollars left over from the first stage, there are heaps of fund-raisers coming up (see the website, and see if you can help). One local organisation already pledging to get behind Stage 2 is the United Church that is organising a Giant Garage Sale in June. You can drop material off at the church on Tuesday mornings (8 – 11am) happy in the knowledge that half of the sale proceeds will be to the pavilion.
Back to Dave Hole, whom you may have seen on a Darlington stage for the first time in that knock-out concert following the opening of the pavilion recently. Dave was one of the award 2017 judges and, when chatting to him about The Faim’s bright future, we wanted to hear about his own first ‘lucky break’. You can read all about it in My Place in this issue.
All you need is luck — and a truckload of talent! “They’re really talented, they’ve got good songs and everything going for them. Looking back, you identify strongly with young bands because they’re going through exactly what you went through — you feel the novelty, enthusiasm, the excitement of it all. You also know it can be a daunting path and there’s a lot of luck involved. It sounds glib but you need that lucky break.” Darlington’s celebrated acoustic guitarist Dave Hole is talking about the Hills band The Faim and Helena Valley guitarist Michael Bono, the young guitarist who just got a lucky break, winning the $9,000 Robert Juniper Award for the Arts. Another break came when Grammy-nominated producer John Feldman heard a music video the band had recorded at Michael’s home and invited them to record in Los Angeles in May last year. Winning the Robert Juniper Award will further boost the band that came together when the musos were studying at La Salle. They heard about the Award through their music teacher — so let’s hope Hills music teachers will be spruiking the 2018 award, (applications close in September). You can apply on line and all the information is available at: www.mundaringarts.org
ABOVE: New scholarship trustees: vocalist Annika Moses, the 2016 winner, and Darlington artist Sarah Thornton-Smith
Funded largely by the Shire of Mundaring, the award is for
ABOVE: Dave Hole with The Faim, winners of the 2017 Robert Juniper Award for the Arts: Michael Bono Stephen Beerkens, Josh Raven and Sean Tighe 5
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Watery mystery solved If you have long been pondering the appearance last year of a fenced area of what looked like a dramatic land subsidence at the Glen Forrest end of the heritage trail — where lots of trees have been felled — wonder no more. The intriguing answer lies in the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society notes. What would we do without our local historians!
Back where he belongs He was suspended by the Perth diocese on the grounds of posing an “unacceptable risk of harm” but Darlington’s Anglican parish stood firm in support of their popular activist rector — and recently Father Chris Bedding was given a rousing ‘welcome home’ when he returned St Cuthbert’s Church. Soon after assuming office in the Perth diocese earlier this year, Anglican Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy — the world’s first female archbishop — appointed a highly regarded former Supreme Court judge to mediate in the disturbing dispute that saw the local rector of St Cuthbert’s Church suspended last year. Having grown up in Darlington, the former Justice Neville Owen would have known the small stone church that is a landmark in our village and that was rocked by the suspension of its popular priest whose comedy routines, irreverent social media comments and passionate activism appeared to have affronted some in the church’s hierarchy. Mediation took the form of a meeting between Justice Neville Owen, Father Chris and his lawyer, the lawyer representing the Professional Standards Committee and a Diocesan representative. Parishioners believe the original accusations of what the media dubbed “blasphemy” didn’t feature in the mediation or resolution, and the matter was amicable resolved within a matter of hours. Father Chris, normally outspoken, is reluctant to discuss the process but is clearly at ease with an outcome that brings the matter to an end and puts the stress of the past six months behind him. As part of the resolution, he signed an undertaking to abide by the church’s recently amended social media policy and was required to go on retreat for 30 days at an abbey in rural Victoria.
Observers suggest that for the Perth diocese, the lessons learnt are all about transparency and accountability, because from the outset there was a local perception that a political dynamic was at play, that the administrative process were dubious, and that the wide international media generated by the issue amounted to a public relations disaster. After the stress, time spent on retreat clearly became a period of rest, refreshment and reflection for Chris Bedding. Some had written him off saying he wouldn’t survive this battle with the church’s hierarchy; others pondered why he would want to return — or whether they wanted to continue their association with an organisation that treated its own in such a way. However, it’s clear that for Chris Bedding walking away was never an option: to do so would be to abandon action on reforms he and the parish feel must happen, particularly in the area of professional standards units set up in all diocese to address the child abuse issues, but that are sometimes hijacked for other purposes. Will the rector withdraw from his comedy routines or opt for a lower profile? That seems highly unlikely. ABC Drive programme has invited him to deliver a monthly commentary on religious issues (with a comedic slant), Holy Heretics, and his Pirate Church show at the Comedy Lounge is up and running again. While limiting commentary on the resolution, Father Bedding does pay tribute to the Perth diocese that, he says, has long had a reputation across Australia for forward thinking and openmindedness. He also commends the new Archbishop — they met both before and after his retreat — for spending several hours listening to St Cuthbert’s parishioners on the issue. What does he take away from the saga? “It has given me even more empathy for the hurdles faced by marginalised people I work with and a new appreciation of the important place in the church that my parishioners and I hold — a position that always made walking away impossible,” says Father Bedding. “Parishioners see this resolution as a victory for grass roots activism. Their strong protests — their refusal to acquiesce in what was happening — created a situation where there had to be a resolution. “We now appreciate the power we can have collectively, and that our activism in marriage equality and refugees has given us skills we didn’t know we had. A lot of the good work we do in the church is done quietly, and that will continue, but we now know we can influence policy to advance the causes we support.”
Above left: Father Chris presents parishioners James Saunders and Jan Carroll with a ‘thank you’ gift — an icon by Marice Sariola. Above right: At the end of the Eucharist, Father Chris thanked one of his great supporters, his pro bono lawyer, David Jones, and presented him with one of Darlington's great treasures - a passionfruit sponge made by Trish Maughan!
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Cardio workouts and ‘ghost riders’ You may recall in the last issue the call from Allan McAuliff, President of the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA), for ideas on how to ease tensions between cyclists and walkers on the heritage trail. That article brought a local resident to the April DRRA meeting, keen to move discussion to the wider issue of cyclists on Hills roads (see also DRRA notes). Having contacted Cycle West and Cycling WA, the twin bodies that oversee recreational cycling, this resident came away with the guidelines governing cycling on roads that, in his opinion, some cyclists totally ignore. “What causes frustration are weekend cyclists who come to the Hills for their cardio workout, don’t follow the guidelines and mouth off at you if you flash lights or sound the horn,” he complained. “And because there is no registration or means of identification, it seems things are stacked in favour of these ‘ghost riders’.
They’re back! Autumn signals that it’s time to welcome back the musicians of the Darlington Chamber Music series who will be performing at the Boya Community Centre (May 27 at 3pm) until the upgrade of Darlington Hall is completed. So, change of venue, but the same high-quality musicianship and delicious afternoon teas.
“We know governments are promoting active lifestyles, so it’s obvious the number of cyclists on Hills roads is only going to increase — along with frustration for other road users. Cyclists now have helmet cameras to capture cars not doing the right thing, surely some means of identification on helmets or shirts should be mandatory — because only then will behaviour change.”
Says Darlington Concert founder, cellist Jon Tooby: “We kick off the 2018 season with a fabulous program of Beethoven, Dvorak and Mozart. It will feature a cracker line up of awesome string players from the WA Symphony Orchestra including first timer Ben Caddy, who only last year won a position in the WASO viola section. He is such an exciting player and frequently plays with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. We hope to see you there!”
While committee member Mike Jones pointed out that the issue was wider than DRRA and Darlington, the president suggested that any ideas on strategies would be welcome at the next meeting (Tuesday, May 1 at 7.30 in the sports pavilion). It goes without saying that the majority of cyclists do the right thing, are considerate of other road users, as is reflected by a Letter is this issue.
Cycling through a different lens A totally positive aspect of cycling on the heritage trail is very much in evidence during school holidays — the number of kids getting away from screens and riding on the fantastic trail on our doorstep: teens nonchalantly riding, hands free, just to show it can be done; and the little chaps on bikes, fairly bristling with pride as they ride to the oval to play sport with mates. How many of us can still remember our first bike ride — to the shops or school — on our own? It’s a rite of passage: nervous excitement at the start, and a buoyant sense of being empowered on the return trip. Another reason why we need to put in place good cycling protocols is that the trail and roads are used by young riders.
Above: Semra Lee-Smith, Zak Rowntree, Sally Boud and Jon Tooby
Great War remembered
Local mountain bike rider Nathan Thomson recalls that when he was going to school the majority of kids rode or walked. Today research confirms that two-thirds of kids used to do just that, but now two-thirds are driven to school.
Darlington History Group’s talk on the Great War (based on research by Shirley and Chris Durrant) attracted a couple of special visitors (see their notes).
“Riding to school is a great way to start the day, it’s good exercise and it helps children to focus at school,” says the father of Blaise and Hannah (pictured above). “Personally I find that my work day is much improved by exercising in the morning so that is why we get the kids to ride to school"
Local resident Robert Brock brought along a photo of his relative, Arthur Bacon, killed in action in France aged 21. Lance Corporal Arthur Bacon (photographed above) had been wounded at Gallipoli in 1915, when the Sunday Times printed a letter to his parents telling them that when trying to capture Hill 971 with members of the 16th Battalion he “stopped a bullet” but was 7
Darlington Review - May 2018 doing splendidly in the hospital. “We receive fine attention,” he wrote. “It is all Australian, the nurses all come from Australia, while the doctor for our ward is Dr. Trethowan, from Perth.”
“Uncle Arthur’s death was devastating to the family,” says Robert, a heritage specialist who live in Darlington. “He was one of only two children and the only son. It is said his mother’s hair turned white almost overnight when he died. It must have been difficult as he had been on Gallipoli and gone through almost the entire war only to be killed in the 16th Battalion’s last major engagement of the war in September 1918. “My grandmother, Ella Brock (nee Grundy) still lives in Midland and her brother Bob, who was the milkman for a portion of Darlington, is still alive. He used to deliver milk to the Goodwin family, and I now own the house they lived in — that was built by Vernon Hale upon his return from World War 1).” Our thanks to Robert for the use of the photo of Arthur Bacon.
How to succeed… Congratulations to local Year 12 student Adri Stuurstraat, one of three Perth College students selected for the 2018 West Australian State Pathway VIII Squad that comprises the best high school rowers selected by their coaches and Rowing WA. The WA rowers put in an impressive performance when competing in Sydney last month and the girls are now part of a selection pool for the WA Institute of Sport. Adri had never done rowing when she joined the school team. “I gave up swimming because I thought that it was too early in the morning and cold, which is quite funny because rowing is even earlier in the morning and we do it during winter!” says the final year student who admits it’s hard juggling study, sport and a part-time job. “However, rowing teaches you to be organised because you don’t have much spare time so you have to use it wisely,” she says. “Overall the experience of competing in Penrith was really good because it exposed us to a new level of racing above that of school or club racing. Over the girls’ season, WAIS will keep an eye on us and after our Head of the River, the final of the regattas, WAIS will be in touch and let us know what we will be doing next.”
Darlington Review news Our AGM last month was a tad longer than usual — 20 minutes could be a record — and we were delighted so many member organisations joined us. Did we spin it out a bit to convince a surprise visitor, Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes (definitely a first for our AGM) that we are actually quite business-like? Whatever the reason, it was a good meeting with Michael Jones our independent chair and audited reports presented by Business Manager Josephine Jones. Our accounts have been audited by Peter Edwards, who has volunteered his time for decades, and we’re grateful. Advertising Manager Kirsty Carslaw paid tribute to our loyal advertisers and to the timely way members present their notes. If you’d like to see a copy of the Minutes or the Accounts, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kirsty, who is also Production Manager – pulling the magazine together using Adobe InDesign — would love to hear from a local with the relevant skills who would like to be an occasional Guest Production Manager when she travels. We’re excited that the Editor’s chair next will be in the hands of three new volunteers for the June issue. Jenny Lynn will be Guest Editor, and Stacey August and Kendall Earnshaw will be contributors, with photographer Lynne Dullard providing the pics. Thanks to all four for contributing their time and talent to our magazine. Jenny also has an article in this issue on page 13.
With the arrival of autumn, the Friends of Darlington Station are back in action on the reserve, tidying and planting, and this sociable group of volunteers, like the Let’s Talk Rubbish folk, would love to welcome you. See their notes and if you can’t join the group, do adopt a spot to either restore the vegetation or tidy up the roadside. It’s great to see the new tree planting (above) by Mundaring Shire that has happened in the last few weeks at the entry to the pavilion: a line of deciduous trees that will join other oval trees in colouring the landscape over the next few weeks. Trea Wiltshire
Good luck to this high school student successfully juggling her challenges and learning that valuable life lesson of time management.
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My Place: Guitarist Dave Hole
Dave Hole plays with Blue Manna’s local musos at the pavilion opening — his first time on a Darlington stage (Photos: Lynne Dullard) His distinctive slide guitar style has seen him described as Australia’s best acoustic blues guitarist and we glimpsed the heat generated by his rousing live shows when Dave Hole appeared on a Darlington stage with other local musos at the launch of the Darlington Community Pavilion. Dave Hole tells a nice story about his very first public performance, aged 11, when he acted as MC for a Darlington Primary School concert at Darlington Hall. Given the job of introducing each act, he wrote a script that, in the flurry of the performance, no one thought to approve.
Over the next few years, he discovered the great bluesmen and tried to assimilate their styles, emulating those “crying and singing sounds that define the blues…” “How I found the time to do this is now a mystery to me because I also completed a physics degree, played a lot of gigs with the band and was hanging out generally!”
“So, on the night I was able to deliver a series of humorous barbs directed at fellow students and teachers alike.” His remarks in relation to teachers gave him considerable ‘street cred’ in the playground — “and my first taste of the power of being behind a mic!”
He also got married, handing over the job of chief breadwinner to Janet at a time when music had become all consuming. They moved to London, Dave saw his hero BB King at the Victoria Theatre, and The Times review made him realise that in the UK the blues were treated with respect, as a legitimate culture – “it was an affirmation that it was OK to keep pursuing my dream and developing my own style.”
His family migrated when he was four, moving into a house in Padbury Road, and when walking to Darlington Primary, “the songs I’d heard on the radio were running through my head. In my six-year-old mind they were my friends as I walked through the bush…”
Returning to Perth, his band played pubs and clubs, gaining invaluable experience and honing his craft. And when the band couldn’t find a singer, he stepped in.
Within a year he was hooked on Buddy Holly, Elvis and Marty Robbins and at 11, he became the proud owner of a gleaming Sunburst Spanish guitar. “Think of the excitement of your first shiny new bike and double it,” he recalls.
In 1982 Dave and Janet bought their Darlington home, but it took another eight years for his “best career move” — recording his first album in response to requests from fans.
However, he struggled with the instrument that ended up under his bed until the family moved to the city, he went to high school, was loaned an electric guitar and teamed up with other students to form a band.
“At the time a local studio was offering a good deal so I booked in my band for a three-day session, which was all I could afford,” he recalls. “We cut 16 tracks on day one, overdubbed a few vocals and started mixing on day two and finished the mixes on day three. The engineer was so impressed he encouraged me to put it on one of the very first CDs produced in Perth.
Introduced to a Muddy Waters song – “the raw power of Muddy in full flight hit us like the proverbial ton of bricks, weird and haunting at the same time. This was a man baring his very soul and expressing the most intense emotions on a primal level. We were instant converts and it set me on a musical journey that continues to this day.”
“On a whim I sent a copy to Guitar Player, the absolute bible to guitar players around the globe. I thought they might give me a paragraph somewhere at the back …”
Darlington Review - May 2018 “Essentially, that means it’s more exactly what I want it to be – and, yes, I admit to being a perfectionist. Goin’ Back Down’ will also be on vinyl, because things have come full circle. Some people just love that ritual of taking the vinyl out of its nice cover, putting the needle in the groove and having to sit and focus on the music. It’s a totally different experience.” What makes a great performance? “It’s an amalgam of many things, including the audience,” says the seasoned performer. “Most audiences don’t realise how important they are, how much a part of it they are — but when they respond, the artist responds. In the US when the majority of the audience is black, people will shout out something in response to a lyric. They really get that they’re part of it. “I can’t tell why, but on certain nights I get the feeling — and others say the same thing — that you reach a point where the guitar is playing itself and you don’t have to do anything, you’re part of the spirit of the music. Doesn’t happen very often, except with the greatest players — Jimmy Hendrix was probably in that zone all the time.” Three weeks later, at three am, the editor called. He was about to give the album the best review he’d written in years. “After listening to some of my typical blazing glide guitar, he told me he ran down the corridor summoning everyone to his office. His review started with the words: ‘Magnificent, staggering, almost beyond belief…’ even though the CD wasn’t available to readers! “However, they ran my postal address at the end, and I was inundated with letters with money orders, and it spread to other countries. All of a sudden, our lounge became a CD packaging/ mail centre, with my wife, sister-in-law and other family members working flat out!” The magazine sent the CD to record labels in America – and eventually Dave became the first non-American to sign with the prestigious Alligator Records in Chicago.
Dave concedes that decades of experimenting, performing and honing his talent were essential in giving him the confidence that saw him through those breakthrough international performances. He also pays tribute to his Janet for being an essential player in his success story. “Janet was the bread-winner for the first half of our married life, then I took over,” he recalls. “In the early days when I was working around Perth and touring the Eastern States, and later in London for a couple of years, she had the faith and never questioned. A lot of my contemporaries gave it all away because their wives wouldn’t tolerate it, so I feel very fortunate to have had that support.” Dave will perform between 8 – 11pm on May 26 at the Charles Hotel, North Perth, for the launch of his Black Cat label CD Goin’ Back Down. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, and the CD from outlets and the website: www.davehole.com
His first US tour was a huge success and reviews were glowing, with the Chicago Tribune writing: “The man and his guitar were all-encompassing … His lightning delivery and soaring slide were works of art that left his audience open-mouthed with amazement”. More tours followed, including to Europe and Russia — “All my dreams were coming true — and quickly!” he recalls. And when he played at London’s Royal Albert Hall, not only was Janet in the audience, but also long-lost rellies from the UK making it one of the most memorable performances of his life. Dave concedes he’s far better known in the US than Australia where, he says, “blues were never going to be as popular because we’re a pop country”. “It’s interesting that Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic and even Russia are now more like America. It’s a cultural thing, and a strange paradox. They revere the blues in the same way they revere jazz. In fact, both are almost on a par with classical music as part of world culture – whereas in Australia the blues has a more earthy reputation.” Dave has just completed an album that he’s put together himself. “I played most of the instruments and mixed it — skills I taught myself. Having sat alongside engineers for years I knew what I was doing and so much is now computerised.
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What fun! - So many hours of entertainment with the joyful whine and heady fragrance of a leafblower in full flight!!
Regarding the growing conflict between cyclists/walkers/motorists mentioned in the April issue of the Darlington Review, I can’t comment too much on the situation on the heritage trail but as a keen cyclist for many years I can comment on the roads. To my mind, the issue is that amongst the cycling community you have a large proportion of normally fairly wealthy (good bikes aren’t cheap) middle aged men trying to relive their sporting glory days — so there’s a lot of testosterone flowing particularly in big group rides. You combine this with the fact that while Perth has no biking culture as yet it does have a generally aggressive driving culture and that makes for a very dangerous mix.
The rich fragrance of combusted petrol and the clouds of atmospheric dust soon brought on the swoons, so we headed inside & closed the windows and doors to soften the heady sense that we were living on the median strip of St Georges Terrace. There was plenty to share inside though, and the enticing serenade outshone our little old radio, so we turned that off and settled back to enjoy our free entertainment. Postponing the Easter egg hunt until after midday, we then enjoyed a break with tradition - which this year included sun-hats and liberal splashings of sunscreen (unheard of before now, as our (outdated) tradition has been an early morning hunt while the birds sing.)
Having just spent four weeks in Melbourne I encountered a totally different attitude towards cyclists from motorists. There are literally thousands of cyclists and generally courteous drivers and I’m guessing there is much less of a problem there. Then you have Holland (which I frequently visit) where any accident is deemed the fault of the driver not the cyclist!
And the next Sunday (it could be a form of worship I guess) our dear neighbour became even more creative with his toy! We found him clearing our common firebreak with the blower! What a man!!! So inventive! Even the sand and pebbles were dancing gaily in all directions!
In Perth the current situation is exacerbated by the fact that a lot of roads don’t have cycling lanes although with the amount of new road construction going on this is improving dramatically — witness the Great Eastern Highway from Burswood to the bypass where there is a superb cycling lane.
But I do wonder why he wears earmuffs when treating us to such melodious activity? He must know (though we’ve never told him) how much we enjoy washing and re-washing our cars (and our clothes). His new toy gives them such a decent coating of dust, and we now get an even greater sense of satisfaction as thick layers of black dust wash away (though frankly we should be doing other less enticing chores).
I recently started doing group rides and I must say everyone in the group sticks to the basic rule: on two lane roads we ride two abreast taking up some of the inside lane, and on single lane roads we always ride single file. I feel safer riding two abreast on a double lane than single file on a single lane.
Myself, I cannot boast such neighbourly sharing, and use the humble broom and a sprinkling of water when clearing dust and leaves - (and a rake on the firebreak) - but am I missing something? - it seems to take only a few minutes to clear our large back and front patios and put the sweepings in the compost. And is it selfish to keep the sweepings too ourselves? Is the younger generation more inclined to share than us oldies? And has the petrol ‘blower’ industry become vital to our economy while we were looking the other way? (we do have trouble keeping up with this ever-changing world) I did think that living in the hills might deprive us of such sophisticated forms of sharing, but wonders never cease. Are we the only household in Darlington to be blessed with such thoughtful neighbours?
We have a massive issue in Perth because of all of the above. Personally, I think 10% of riders are complete dickheads and 10% of drivers are the same, and media headlines are made when the two clash. I would agree with those who suggest some form of identification for cyclists could flush out repeat offenders but due to the streamlined nature of road bikes I’m not sure how this could be achieved. On mountain bikes it could be easier. What is certain is that there are only going to be more and more bikes on roads. The amount of apartment living close to cities means riding is the best way to get in to the city. And my work colleagues in Melbourne often don’t even own cars, but ride everywhere. What we need to focus on in Perth is good road design, education for both cyclists and
Val Shiell, Chair of the Darlington History Group Inc. writes: I am writing to gather interest from individuals and community organizations to explore the possibility of developing a community fund that could provide long-term support to the many organisations that are part of the fabric of our lives in Darlington.
motorists, and some enforcement possibly by better identification.
Clean air lover writes: Season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’, or our lovely Hills constantly shrouded in smoke through autumn? We woke this morning with the smell of smoke throughout my house and no view of the Hills due to the blanketing smoke — and controlled burns haven’t even started. Isn’t it time that regulations around back yard burning were strictly tightened due to the number of people that allow their evening fires to slowly burn themselves out which is bad for both the air and the soil. Instead of taking the easy option of burning, why not take your garden refuse to the tip or pay for a bag that gets whisks away each month and supports a local business? While we strongly support our brigade for its very necessary cool season burns, it seems to me that the back yard burn is a hangover from the bad old days when we were less
I have worked in the not for profit sector for some years and know how difficult it is to sustain the impetus to apply for the funds that contributes enormous value to the lives of everyone who is involved in these organizations as volunteers, participants and community members. Grants and funding options are now much harder to obtain, often leaving small organizations without the capacity to achieve their goals. I have recently heard about the Fremantle Foundation, which has built expertise in community philanthropy. It can help communities set up their own independent Foundation with local people who are cognisant of the needs of a community such as Darlington. A Community Foundation can help groups and organisations to raise funds, manage donations and auspice grants.
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There is a great range of community groups in Darlington - a sign of the wonderful community spirit in the area. However, we are all in need of funds at one stage or another. A Community Foundation could enable groups to have:-
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So I wanted to write and express gratitude for the high quality work your team does each month to make it happen. Your work has such impact, and I’m sure you will never know the many positive ripples that are generated by the way you keep us all informed and entertained. And I’m such a fan of the editorial voice. It is so warm, friendly and trustworthy. Thanks so much once again. Your appreciative reader!
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“Give Where you Live” by Jenny Lynn Facebook (love it or hate it) can be useful sometimes!
the verge. Gratitude posts are encouraged “and help oil the wheels of gifting” says Brennan-Jones. Knowing where your item ends up makes it much easier to part with items that you know you no longer want or need but might feel the need to hang on to.
The Buy Nothing Darlington/ Glen Forrest, WA group is one reason I choose to stick around on Facebook. Sophie BrennanJones and Rebecca Waters, who did not know each other at the time, discussed the concept on the Darlington Hub Facebook page and started the group early this year. Since then, multiple items have changed hands among neighbours including clothes, books, furniture, DVDs and various bric-a brac. Goods that would normally go to our already overflowing landfill are instead finding new homes, and reusables are less likely to create unsightly messes around op shop bins. Unwanted items find their way to someone local who can make better use of them and importantly, no money changes hands. For example, Sophie’s two-year old son Will was recently the lucky recipient of an “Australian Earthmoving” magazine. It’s not only goods that are shared, loaned or given away but also gifts of self, talent or time. One Darlington resident requested and received a ride home from the local winery after a few drinks. Another offered kayaking lessons. There’s also a kombucha scoby making the rounds of our town, meaning more locals are skilled up in the art of making this increasingly popular fermented drink. Members can also make requests for items they need rather than going straight to the shop.
If you are feeling the urge to declutter your home space then consider joining in. How to: •
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Groups are kept small on purpose to enhance the person to person connection and have the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions of driving around to do pickups. Basically if you live here, you can join in! You are allowed to join one group only, the group where you live, so you can literally "give where you live." Buy Nothing principles We believe our hyper-local groups strengthen the social fabric of their communities, and ensure the health and vitality of each member. We come from a place of abundance ~ not scarcity. We believe in abundance, we give, we ask, we share, we lend and we express gratitude.
In the spirit of the Freecycle network, The Buy Nothing Project is made up of a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies. A gift economy (according to Wikipedia) “is a mode of exchange where valuables are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards”. In community terms, it means that you have an opportunity to pay it forward to your neighbours and friends to be. Official groups are set up on Facebook and operate under the same mission and guiding principles. Buy Nothing’s first group began in the US in 2013, and there are now hundreds of groups worldwide.
We are a gift economy, not a charity. We see no difference between want and need, waste and treasure. We measure wealth by the personal connections made and trust between people. We value people and their stories and narratives above the ‘stuff.’ We are inclusive and civil at our core. We value honesty and integrity in all our interactions.
“Our mission in this group is to build a gift economy in which the true wealth is the robust network of connections between real people in real life,” says Brennan- Jones who moved to Darlington 18 months ago “It’s a nice way to get to know the neighbours”. Residents are encouraged to meet and greet when gifting items, rather than leaving stuff on
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Donna Faragher JP MLC Member for East Metropolitan Region Shadow Minister for Education; Training; Women’s Interests Talking Tourism in the Perth Hills The day, which included visits to Plume Estate Vineyard Café, Myattsfield Vineyards, the Perth Observatory and the Kalamunda History Village, arose from meetings that I recently held with the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce and City of Kalamunda where we discussed the value of tourism to the City and surrounding districts. With such a diverse range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy and its close proximity to the city and Perth Airport, the Perth Hills is already an ideal tourism destination for local, interstate and overseas visitors. It was therefore an important opportunity to hear directly from both City and Chamber representatives as well as the Perth Hills Vignerons Association about the value of tourism to the Perth Hills region as well as the challenges that can come with growing the sector. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the various stakeholders to promote and support our fantastic region and I thank the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce for their assistance in the organisation of this successful visit.
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Darlington Family Playgroup The new term brings a new theme for us to explore here at Playgroup. With the change of season, we thought it would be fitting to look at all things relating to WEATHER. So we have lots of fun ideas to get our crafty hands into some great activities. As the weather gets cooler and wetter, some of our play will move inside. We are so lucky to have a massive indoor play space jam packed full of toys, puzzles and mini kitchen. Baby Dolls and Dress ups are by far the most popular toys to play with. Recently our dress up collection had a revamp with some great new masks/hats and other items. It’s a common sight to see random fairies, dinosaurs and superheroes running in the backyard in the magical world the kids create. The weather change is also a perfect time for gardening. Over the next few weeks, the kids will be working hard to get our veggie patch up and running again in time for a winter harvest. We always welcome new members to join in on the fun. So if you have a little wannabe superhero or fairy that would like to come and meet some new friends, contact us for current session availability, and claim your two free trial sessions. Each session has a mix of ages ranging from 0-5. Our sessions run weekday mornings 9:30-11.30am and Thursday afternoons 3.30 – 5.30pm. Ph: Sophie 0449 911477| email darlingtonfamilyplaygroup@ hotmail.com Facebook darlingtonfamilyplaygroup.
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We very much appreciate the assistance given by Trevor and Leueen Lewis -Jones who represent the residents on the DRAA management committee, and keeps us informed of any maintenance issues for the Glen and also host the committee meetings in their unit.
On a lovely warm autumn day in April surrounded by visiting magpies, parrots and kookaburras the residents of Darlington Glen got together with the management committee and DRAA members for their annual garden party in the grounds of the Glen. Everybody brought a plate of homemade goodies which were enjoyed by all who attended. DRAA President Lindsay acted as wine and drinks waiter and ensured everyone enjoyed a drink of their choice.
After all the discussions, applications, data gathering, regulatory compliance and final approvals for the solar panel project, things are at last happening. The installation of solar panels on all the units should be completed by the time this goes to print and we look forward to the residents receiving the benefits that this initiative will provide. Thanks must be recorded to Mike Tooby for shepherding the project to completion and local business owner Chris Barker for giving us advice and completing this worthwhile project.
This annual event ensures the residents, management committee and DRAA members come together in a social atmosphere and enjoy each other’s company and discuss issues best discussed in a social environment. At the end of the party our oldest resident Ida Smith (soon to be 99 years young) delivered a thank you speech to the DRAA management committee, which was much appreciated and warmly applauded. Ida will be 100 next year and is a lovely lady and a shining example of the benefits of community living in our haven of tranquility. We all look forward to celebrating with Ida at next year’s milestone birthday party next year.
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Darlington Arts Festival There’s a lot happening already with exciting new projects in the pipeline and more to come. Festival Poster competition Calling all creative young people between 18 and 25 to let their creative juices flow for our up and coming Poster competition! More information will follow on the Darlington Arts Festival FB page in the coming week and on the website: www.darlingtonartsfestival.com/poster/ Sculpture on the Scarp Planning is underway to create an outdoor exhibition of sculpture at the Darlington Station Reserve ( opposite post office) during
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Winter is coming and so is the 2018 netball season which is just days from getting underway at the Mundaring courts. The first game of the season is on Saturday, May 5 and it is expected the new Mundaring Arena will be completed so games will be held indoors and outdoors. This year the Darlington Netball Club is fielding eight teams with players from the age of seven to 18 ready to the hit the courts. And a warm welcome to a few boys who are playing for one of our Year 4 teams. We hope to welcome many more in the future. Also new this year, the Club is offering all players, parents and coaches the opportunity to purchase a Darlington Netball Club winter jacket. They are very smart looking and are $40. To order please contact our uniform coordinator Sue Wheeler on 0427 428 914 or email darlingtonnetball @outlook.com The Club would like to thank our sponsor Eastern Hills Outdoors because without their support our Club wouldn’t run as smoothly as it does. Grill’d in Midland have very generously donated vouchers to our Club which we will be using as part of a new initiative this year. Coaches and managers will each week hand out a Best on Court and Encouragement Award to deserving players along with a voucher for a free burger at Grill’d. We hope it will inspire and reward all the players who put their best foot forward each and every week at training and at the games. Remember we have a Facebook page which is the perfect place to ask questions and share information about fixtures, events and meetings. Bring on the new season!
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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. Facebook Page: Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Next Brigade meeting: AGM, Tuesday, May 8th 2018, at the Darlington Fire Station.
After another successful season of firefighting, the Helitacs (water bombing helicopters), including the large orange Erickson Aircrane, have now finished their contracts and moved on to other countries. The small fixed wing water bombing planes, or SEATs (Single Engine Air Tractor) have also ceased operation for the winter. It will be a few months before these aircraft are seen and heard buzzing over the Perth landscape again, and in the meantime the Darlington Brigade’s Collar Tank operations will continue their training and maintenance schedules. Please be reminded that the Shire of Mundaring is currently in the middle of the Restricted Burning Period. Despite the recent cooler weather, and periods of rain, our late summer and continued soil dryness means that fires can still burn easily in the bush, and at the time of writing permits in the Shire of Mundaring were only being written for piles of garden refuse. If you would like to conduct a hazard reduction burn on your property please contact the Shire or your local brigade to see if permits are being issued. Permits to burn must be obtained for all running fires (day and night), and all burning before 6pm, and permits are available from the Darlington Fire Station on Saturday mornings between 9am – 10.30am. Otherwise, some small burns are permitted after 6pm without a permit. Small piles of garden refuse no bigger than 1 cubic metre may be burnt after 6pm under strict conditions including; only 1 pile alight at a time, keep a 5m clearance area around any fire, have a means of extinguishing the fire within reach, never leave a fire unattended, and consider the impact of smoke on your neighbours. Please refer to the Shire’s website and/or ‘Fire & Burning Information Booklet’ for full conditions. Once again the Brigade has also started to undertake its seasonal Hazard Reduction Burns programme. HRBs are a great opportunity for our trainee and probationary fire fighters to enhance their theoretical and classroom training with practical, hands on experience with fire suppression in a ‘real fire’ environment. It also provides experienced firefighters with skills refreshers and leadership development. If you are a property owner, and would like the Brigade to assist with a hazard reduction burn on your property you can call the Station on 9299 7217 or visit us on Saturday mornings to register your details. An authorised officer will arrange a visit to examine your property, discuss your requirements and provide a quote based on things such as size, fuel load, topography, access, time to burn etc. (note: the timing of HRBs are subject to weather and environmental considerations). If you have been thinking about joining your local volunteer bush fire brigade, the winter months are an ideal time to join, as you can undertake all the pre requisite training to be ready for the next fire season. If you’d like more details or just have some questions to ask, feel free to contact the brigade; or better still, come and see us at the Darlington Fire Station on a Saturday morning from 9 – 10.30 am. “Firefighters; driving into the smoke, while everyone else is racing to get out of it” ~ Author Unknown Cheers Ricky Harvey
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Darlington Bushfire Ready protecting their families and properties against bushfires.
Street contacts and any interested residents are invited to attend our post fire season discussion on Monday, 14th May at 7.30pm in the Fire Station. Given the number of fires again around Darlington and as we go into our winter burning season it is now time to prepare our homes removing as much as we can, through small lot burn offs, so fuel load low and winter growth restrained. The Shire have an excellent Winter Burning Program and for information on it contact the Shire’s Ranger Service.
Bushfire Ready aims to build the community resilience by providing an opportunity for neighbours to network, share ideas and information and develop and implement strategies a to reduce their bushfire risk.
In a dangerous bushfire, a fire truck may not be available to protect every home. This means residents and homeowners need to be responsible for their own safety.
…………and in Darlington, classified as a ‘Very High Risk’ area, we need to be prepared to assist our Fire Services personnel, so this is a very significant means of doing so.
People ask what is Bushfire Ready….. well it is……… •
Bushfire Ready is a community driven program established by DFES in collaboration with local government to increase the resilience of the community to bushfire risk.
Hope to see you at our May 14 meeting Colin James, Coordinator
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Councillor’s Column - Cr Darrell Jones writes: Most people are aware of some of the more high-profile assets such as the $7.4 million Boya Community Centre which opened to the public just over a year ago. The centre houses the Katharine Susannah Prichard Library as well as 300sqm community space available for hire.
The provision and maintenance of assets and associated services is at the heart of the Shire of Mundaring’s long-term commitment to its residents. We are faced with a different set of challenges to that of other local government organisations due to the fact we are a relatively small population dispersed over a large area.
The new $10.1 million Mundaring Arena, due to open this year, is another high-profile community project managed by the Shire. The indoor recreation centre will offer a range of different sporting groups the opportunity to play all year round.
As an example, there are 22 different town sites and locations in the Shire which means we need to accommodate the requirements of each community despite the fact we experience minimal population growth each year.
Lake Leschenaultia is another popular asset managed by the Shire of Mundaring. This includes the management of the kiosk, camping facilities and canoe hire. It is remarkable in that it is one of the few freshwater lakes in the metropolitan area.
While it’s not always an easy task to balance increased community expectations with a reduction of state and federal funding and grants previously available, I believe the Shire adopts an innovative and progressive approach to asset management.
While these are some examples of the more visible assets the Shire is responsible for, there are many others which are equally important to effectively run a community. In addition to the 556km of roads the Shire manages, there’s also the regular maintenance of bridges, car parks, bus shelters, drainage and footpaths. Waste management is also a responsibility held by the Shire. Other significant assets include the Bilgoman and Mt Helena aquatic centres as well as local parks and reserves.
As a key component of the Shire’s long-term asset sustainability, it invested $15.3 million dollars in 2016/17 towards asset renewal, upgrades and new assets. Collectively, these assets underpin community access to services and facilities, which enhance the wellbeing of its ratepayers.
As Council will soon commence its annual review of the Long Term Financial Plan, it is timely to be mindful of the wide range of existing assets in our Shire. Collectively they offer our community a diverse lifestyle while preserving the unique character of the area.
The Shire’s Asset Management Plan incorporates service delivery requirements, financial sustainability and the community’s vision for the future, as outlined in the Strategic Community Plan 2016-2026.
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Darlington Community Pavilion Update Local Clubs & Groups Using the Pavilion
Of course the fundraising sub-committee is also very busy applying for grants and planning fundraising activities for 2018.
The following sporting and local organisations are now using the new Darlington Community Pavilion for their regular meetings and events : •
Darlington Sports & Recreation Association (WA) Inc.
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Darlington Junior Cricket Club
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Darlington History Group
Call To Arms - Brick Paving The next project is to complete the brick paving in front of the old pavilion. With 125 square metres brick paving to be done plus concrete edging and compacting, if you can help please contact Stuart Aldred on 0418 928 690. Buy-A-Brick (Foundation Members Wall ) - Of the 500 bricks available, 406 bricks have been sold to date ($40,600 raised). There are still bricks available and not everyone wants to use their space on the wall so it still remains a major source of funding for stage 2. Name plaques for bricks already purchased will be installed shortly. If you want to buy a brick, contact Cambell Giles on 0418 936 544 or see details on the website at www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au website - Buy-A-Brick. Quiz Night - Why not get in early and book a table at the quiz night being planned for July/August (date to be advised in the next Review.) Donations gratefully received and volunteers are needed. Contact Lindsay Earnshaw on 0405 146 251.
Does your community or sport group need a meeting space? The Pavilion is a public building for the benefit of the community. All bookings are done through the Shire of Mundaring.
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Stage 2 Update - Back to the Drawing Board After the excitement and activity on-site during construction of stage 1 in 2017, it’s back to the drawing board in preparation for stage 2 but we need to keep the momentum going so there is a lot happening behind the scenes. Architect Paul McDonald is putting together construction and building drawings for the store room in readiness for the building licence application and final approvals for solar panel installation.
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Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association The April meeting discussed further the issue of cyclists - this time not only those using the trail but expanded to include those on the roads. Cyclists on the Darlington’s narrow winding roads who ride two or more abreast, hold up traffic and are abusive when asked to comply with road rules are causing increasing frustration. The police can’t help unless riders can be identified. One resident has had extensive communications with cyclists organisations to get the message through but has not had a lot of joy. This is a hills-wide problem and DRRA will be raising the issue at the next meeting of the Shire’s Ratepayers and Residents Networking Forum to get input on their experiences and any workable solutions.
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Mundaring Christian College A busy start to 2018 at Mundaring Christian College – Term 1 in Review Term 1 has been a whirlwind of events at Mundaring Christian College! Stage 2 Opening of the Parkerville Campus
WACSSA Primary Interschool Swimming Carnival
250 eager students arrived at school and explored the brandnew building on our Parkerville Campus on the first day of the term. Stage 2A is the new building which opened this year and is the first of three-part final Stage 2 construction.
On Wednesday 28 March, our Primary Swimming team represented our school outstandingly, winning the 2018 WACSSA Interschool Swimming Carnival. Our Team out performed all other schools, placing first overall (winning with an almost 200 point lead!) with over 1000 points! Students also brought home a swag of individual medals 3rd Place Year 4 Champion Boy, 1st Place Year 4 Champion Boy, 1st Place Year 5 Champion Boy, 1st Place Year 6 Champion Boy
A WOW Start to the Year At the Primary School campus in Mundaring, we kicked off the year with a WOW Day. WOW Days have been designed to reduce the anxiety surrounding the first day back at school and break the ice and form new friendships with fellow students and staff. The WOW Day themes vary from class to class, and the students dress up according to their allocated themes. The term one themes included ‘What I want to be when I grow up’ and ‘Jungle Animals’.
Sustainable Sews ‘n Sews With the Plastic Bag Ban coming into effect in July, we have developed a new extra-curricular group who are learning how to sew reusable shopping bags made from recycled fabric. This activity is not only open to students but to parents and grandparents too.
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Our College has been selected as one of five schools in Western Australia to be a part of an exciting new program called ‘Building s State of Creativity’ which has been developed by FORM. International Educators Paul Collard and Paul Gorman will be in Australia for one month working with artists who will then be appointed as an ‘artist in residence’ at the school and work with staff and students of Years 1 and 2, and 4 and 5. The program will be tailored specifically to the characteristics of the school and is designed to develop student creativity, which in turn will bolster their performance across all learning areas.
On Tuesday 12 March, our Secondary students took part in a Community Cook-Up. Using vegetables from our Horticulture gardens, students cooked up a delicious tomato pasta sauce and learnt how to make pasta. The food was delivered to Dream Builders Community Care program (based in Midland) and provides warm meals for those in our community who need extra care. Save the date for our important upcoming events 17 August 2018 – Communication Day and Launch of Digital Newspaper coinciding with Science Week
Pre-Primary Grandparents Day On 2 March, the Pre-Primary class welcomed their grandparents into the classroom for the day as special guests. A wonderful morning was shared together creating treasured memories.
25-29 June 2018 – Australian Business Week 7 September 2018 – Mundaring Christian College 30th Birthday Celebrations and Open Day at our Mundaring Campus.
ACC Inter-School Secondary Swimming Carnival
12 & 13 September 2018 – FAMMM Fest (Food, Art, Media, Materials and Music Festival) and Mundaring Christian College 30th Birthday Celebrations at our Parkerville Campus.
On Monday 12 March, our Secondary Students participated in the ACC Interschool Swimming Carnival, H Division. Mundaring Christian College achieved 3rd place overall which is an excellent achievement considering we were promoted up a division this year and only 64 points behind the winners. Notable achievements are to the Girls who were awarded 1st place overall and 2nd place overall to the Secondary Girls.
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Darlington History Group A warm welcome was extended to the visitors at our last General Meeting with its ANZAC theme addressed by Shirley and Chris Durrant. Their interest had been piqued by a Roll of Honour at Guildford Grammar School with its listing of members of the school’s alumni who had taken up the challenge of the World War 1 hostilities and enlisted for training and service with the Australian Armed Forces at that time in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa. Over the years Shirley and Chris Have researched, questioned countless people and visited sites all over the theatre of the war. They discovered the stories and the resting places of so many young men, many of whom did not return. They visited scores of memorials erected to honour the courage and determination of the Allied forces, so many of whom were in the prime of young Australian manhood. Their quest also had a personal link as Chris’s father served at Gallipoli.
Having gradually acquired a wealth of information and a mountains of documentation, Shirley set to work to create albums filled with photographs, newspaper articles and memorabilia, all beautifully arranged and documented. In the weeks immediately preceding our meeting they had both worked diligently to prepare their talk, with a wonderful audiovisual presentation from Chris interspersed with Shirley’s reminiscences. They generated so much interest that it was a good half hour or so before members of the audience strolled over to the Kitchen servery for a cuppa, an Anzac biscuit or a slice of Val’s delicious fruit cake. There were two special visitors with links to that era. Laurens West had been our Guest Speaker last year on the topic of the Tenth Light Horse and was to be seen in deep discussion with the Durrants and with another young man, Rob Brock, whose great-great uncle, Arthur Bacon, was killed in France. Message from Reg As the DHG will once again be a part of DAF this year, Reg and his great mate, Ernie, will be collecting books and bric-a-brac in good condition. Just call him on the number listed below and he will come to you for pick-up of your goods. To house all of these goods we require free use of a weatherproof storage area (shed, garage or spare room) close to the oval. If you are able to assist, please contact Reg on 9299 6746. REMINDERS Next month’s meeting will see Lorraine Clarke of Swan Genealogy visiting us to talk about ‘reprobates, rogues and recidivists – the last shipload of convicts sent to Australia’s shores. Transportation ceased 150 years ago and Lorraine has a broad knowledge of these times to share with us. This meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May at 7:30pm in the Pavilion on the oval, entry from Pine Terrace
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Shire of Mundaring Library Service Mental Health Stall in May HelpingMinds.org (previously ARAMFI) has been working in the field of mental health for 40 years. HelpingMinds will hold a stall at Boya Library on May 28 from 9am to 1pm where you will find information about mental wellbeing with their friendly staff in attendance who will be happy to chat to you about the resources available. Improving Wellbeing Talk in June Shire of Mundaring Libraries in conjunction with HelpingMinds will be presenting a talk at Boya Library on Improving Wellbeing on 7 June from 10.30am to 11.30am. The session will cover: •
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when they couldn’t play the right notes. Maura thought learning a song should focus less on playing the notes correctly and more on experiencing and enjoying the music. This was the inspiration for The Trouble in Tune Town, Maura’s first picture book, and its heartfelt message: “If you’re having fun, then you’re playing all right”. Pugs at Story Time There squeals of delight when two delightful pugs visited a pugthemed story time at Boya! We read two of Aaron Blabey’s Pig the Pug books (very funny) and made a Pug paper bag puppet, but pugs ,Fonzi and Hector stole the show. European Wasp Display European wasps have been found in Boya and surrounding areas. Any sightings of European wasps or their nests should be reported to the Pest and Disease Information Service at 08 9368 3080 or email@example.com. Not sure what a European wasp looks like? Come and see our display of preserved wasps, a trap, and information leaflets at Boya Library. Kanyana Wildlife @ Libraries
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Folker Krueger at Boya Library Long-term Darlington resident Folker Krueger writes in the introduction to his book of stories about his work and travels that: “Life itself is like a Lottery except you never had a choice to buy or not to buy your ticket. You have no say in where and how you are born, you cannot pick your parents or their background and you have no say in how you are treated or educated in the early years of your life… This story is a reﬂection on what my ticket presented me …I have mentioned some names just to keep you alert in case your own name pops up …I would have liked to write more about certain people but since they are still alive and bigger than me I prefer to be quiet and enjoy my retirement…” Join us at Boya Library on 10 May at 5.45pm to hear Folker talk about the inspiration behind his book, and how he came to publish it. The book is a proud local production with illustrations by local artist, Alastair Taylor, and design by Mich Lee. The talk is free but bookings are essential at https://kruegerboya.eventbrite.com.au You can read more about the book at http://www.thelotteryoflife.com.au Special Story Times – Maura Pierlot Children and accompanying adult were treated to two special story times in April at Boya Library. Maura Pierlot and The Trouble with Tune Town Maura Pierlot gave an evocative reading of her picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town, at a special musicthemed story time at Boya Library. Maura was in WA as Fellowship Writer-in-Residence at KSP Writers’ Centre. Many parents encourage their children to learn a musical instrument. Maura Pierlot’s own children started music lessons at an early age, but never really enjoyed practising their instruments, often becoming frustrated
Over 60 children were introduced to some Kanyana Wildlife residents on 18 April. We got to see and learn about a woylie, an echidna, a Stimson’s python, a Western blue-tongue lizard, a shingle-back lizard, Precious the Tawny Frogmouth, and who can forget Henry the Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo who had plenty to say throughout the session! Audrey and Veronica did a wonderful job accompanied by Henry’s pronouncements and exclamations. Kanyana Wildlife is having an Open Day on May 6 – go to the website at https://www.kanyanawildlife. org.au/ if you’d like to know more. Seed Library Appeal for Seeds! In the last edition of Darlington Review we let readers know about the commencement of the Seed Library. It’s been fantastic to see the first gifted seeds being handed in at the libraries, and thanks to some wonderful volunteers from local growers groups, seed collecting, saving and sorting is moving into gear. But lots more donations are needed! Even the smallest donations of seeds from locally grown vegies, herbs, or flowers will help make our emerging seed bank collection a success. Paper donation bags are available at the libraries, or you can pop your seeds in an envelope with some brief details of the plant name, variety, year and suburb of collection, and then just drop them off at the libraries. If you have any queries email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Darlington Chamber Music Darlington Chamber Music The 2018 season of Winter Chamber Music starts at 3pm, 27 May with the Darlington Ensemble playing Beethoven, Dvorak and Mozart in the Boya Community Centre For a musical experience to sweep you away you can’t do better than spend an afternoon with the Darlington Ensemble in the Boya Community Centre, 119-135 Scott Street, Boya. It’s a pleasure to be using this very new venue for the first two concerts in the series while the Darlington Hall is undergoing upgrades and renovations. On Sunday 27 May, Ben Caddy (viola 2) joins Semra Lee-Smith (violin 1), Zak Rowntree (violin 2), Sally Boud (viola 1), and Jon Tooby (cello) in the newly established string quartet. They will present a varied programme that spans the playfulness of Beethoven’s Duet for Violin and Cello; the light rhythms of Dvorak’s Terzetto for two violins and viola; and the melancholy and drama of Mozart’s String Quintet No 4 in G major. It’s a programme that’s sure to take you on a musical adventure. After the concert you are invited to a slightly decadent (and quite famous) afternoon tea where you can talk to the artists, meet old friends and make new ones. Tickets are available from 2 Cafe, the Darlington Post Office and online at www.trybooking.com (search for Darlington Chamber Music Concert 1). You can also take your chances and purchase tickets at the door. • Single Ticket: Adult $40 / Concession: $35 • Season Ticket: Adult $175 / Concession $150
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Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc Bridle Trail Well Those of you living and walking in the Darlington/Glen Forrest area may have noticed the large hole in the ground surrounded by chain-link fencing adjacent to the bridle trail near the old Smiths Mill location at the end of Harold Street in Glen Forrest. It is located on Lot 388 below the current Tillbrook Street subdivisions. It is an old well several metres deep and was discovered in an overgrown and boggy area in August 2017 by the Shire of Mundaring’s Bush Care Team working with the Friends of Nyaania Creek. Initially it was thought that it may have been part of the railway infrastructure to service locomotives travelling on the line. However, it is not on the original railway reserve land and is a fair distance from the station, so this seems unlikely. Research is ongoing but it seems that prior to 1961-1962 the original un-subdivided lot on Tillbrook Street was owned by a family called Hill who planted a small market garden. The well may have been dug around that time to supplement the water supply for their crops and vines. One long-term resident who grew up in Glen Forrest in the 1950s remembers “liberating” water-melon from the market garden there and subsequently being very ill due to over-indulgence!
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Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) Back in the saddle again. tra la
Don’t forget, new volunteers are welcome at any time. Our May working Sundays are 6th and 20th from 8am to 10am. The Thursday group will meet on 3rd, 17th and 31st at 8.30am to 10.30am. Don’t hesitate to contact one of the people listed below if you have any questions.
But seriously, It was lovely to be back working on the reserve in April with such a keen group of volunteers, new and old. There was certainly no shortage of work after a long summer of falling branches and palm fronds and a need for some judicious pruning. It is nice to see that many plants are self seeding now and the photos below show a couple of standout successes. Just as in our own gardens, the reserve plants like to grow most vigorously over paths and driveways. The resulting ‘heap’ of dead vegetation and prunings was a satisfying sight and was left for collection by the Shire of Mundaring. Morning tea was shared after the work and we were all happy to be able to enjoy the wonderful muffins produced by CateringFods, Liz. Thank you, Liz:)
Say hello if you see us working- we like to meet new people who are also enjoying the reserve. Contacts: Gill on 9299 7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org Phil on 0424 703 200 or email@example.com Stacey on 9299 8986 or Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org ( for the Thursday group)
May is the month for putting in new plants for many of us and we are no different on the reserve. We have placed our order with the Shire under the Tcup program and look forward to the hole digging, plant selection and placement, and watering in. We are lucky in Mundaring to be able to apply for our new plants in this way and to have the Helena College students join in the planting. We have also had help from Callum and Luke from La Salle College as part of their community service commitment. We are again heartened as we move around through the planted areas on the reserve to see so little litter, which doubtless reflects the pride the community takes in Darlington. I think that is something to celebrate.
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Cnr Darlington Rd and Allestree Rd, Darlington every night at the sink we did tables and spelling and Bible questions. My aim as a parent was not just to prepare them for higher Maths, but to make them happy at school. The other focus was on fitness. I held to the theorem that a boy who could run hard, kick a footy well, swim well and throw and catch well would be happy at school. So as a Dad I ran them hard, and it has been passed down to their children. Two years ago, at the riverside Park Run my then 10 year old grandson looked up at me and said: You know what my aim is Grandpa? I said: no, what? He replied: To beat you. Well he easily does that now, running the 5 km in 22 mins. I never said to his father, my son, keep your boys fit – but they are. It was not a rule – but in many ways it was stronger than a rule. So, rules are there to protect happiness. Jesus taught in Mark 12:30 that the most fundamental rule was to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. In the last 60 years safety in the community has so deteriorated that many people feel unsafe. This foundation of all rules has been ignored. So lesser rules have become suggestions and punishments sometimes do little to correct behaviour.
RULES What is our general attitude to rules? Our life is full of rules that people choose to keep or ignore or break. If politicians have affairs, no law is actually broken but there can be an almighty kafuffle in parliament. Obviously, some people thought that an unwritten rule was broken. Then there are signs along the river at Viveash that dogs must be on a leash. This is obviously just a suggestion by the shire, there is no enforcement, so several dog owners do not bother. What about speeding? Is there anyone out there who never breaks the speed limit? Most of the time even the really nice law-abiding people are not ashamed unless they are caught.
So, what makes a rule strong? It is the authority behind the rule. Politicians who disappoint the members of their party may have to resign from leadership. The mainly law-abiding speeding motorist accepts their fine – though I am told many do not pay it and continue to drive illegally. My kids knew their tables – there was never a way to avoid it. God has a law. He says in Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus says in John 14:6 No one comes to the Father except through Me. Peter preaches in Acts 4:12 .. for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Some rules are just an expectation that must be met. We have never had a dish washer – I am the dish washer. We had six children in our home in Helena Valley and doing the dishes was an expectation. As a Maths teacher it became obvious very early in my career that students could not understand Algebra if they did not know their tables. So, if a student knows that 8x7 = 56 he or she can solve the equation 8x = 56 to get x = 7. And then they advance to 8x + 1 = 57 to get x = 7. So,
When the rule is made by the ultimate authority – it would be really foolish to ignore it.
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Darlington Review -May 2018
Darlington Theatre Players Inc. EVER had a mother-in-law from hell? Or been part of a dysfunctional family? Marloo Theatre’s latest offering is The Anniversary, a black comedy where a mother binds her three sons to her with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses. Written by Bill MacIlwraith and directed by Rob Warner, the show sees revolt in the air as they come to celebrate their parents’ wedding anniversary (despite dad being dead for years). One son gathers the courage to tell his mother he’s taking his wife and family to Canada while another breaks the news of his impending marriage – but is it enough to stop their mother ruling the roost? A long-time audience favourite, The Anniversary was adapted into a 1968 film with Bette Davis in the central mother role. “The suggestion for the play came from my wife Jacqui, who plays the mother in this production,” Warner said. “I really enjoyed reading it and realised the show would be suitable for the Marloo Theatre stage. “It’s set the in the 1960s, which is an era I like, while the toxic relationship between the mum and her sons makes it an interesting and challenging play to direct.” Joining Marloo Theatre in 1993, initially just to keep an eye on his kids, Warner has been involved ever since and has spent the past 12 years as president. He mainly works as a stage manager and has branched out with other companies including the Old Mill, KADS, Regal, Rechabites and Stirling Theatres and the Graduate Dramatic Society. Warner made his directing debut with The Foreigner at Marloo Theatre in 2016, picking up the Yvonne Lynch Breakthrough Award, David Crewes Award for best set and nominations for best director and best play, at the annual Finley Awards.
The Anniversary plays at 8pm April 27, 28, May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 with 2pm matinees April 29, May 6 and 13. Tickets are $22, $20 concession, $18 members – book on 6270 1465 or at www.trybooking.com/TZMQ.
More recently, he directed a sell-out season of Wife After Death for Serial Productions. “Although The Anniversary is a dark comedy, the challenge is to make it believable and the relationships real, rather than playing it for laughs,” Warner said.
Marloo Theatre is at 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount (off Innamincka Road).
Photos Top: Director Rob Warner, right, with the cast of The Anniversary: Paul Reed, Shelly Miller and Ellie Bawden, at back, and Benedict Chau, Jacqui Warner and Luke Miller, at front. Middle: Jacqui Warner, right, is the overbearing mother in The Anniversary with Benedict Chau as her youngest son Tom. Bottom: Mother-in-law from hell (Jacqui Warner, right) accuses her son’s fiancée Shirley (Ellie Bawden) of having body odour.
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Mundaring Bahá’í Community Last month we celebrated Naw-Ruz, the Baha’i New Year. Because Naw-Ruz also marks the end of the 19-day Baha’i Fast, it is always a particularly joyful celebration as it brings us together to eat, celebrate and truly welcome the exciting, unlimited possibilities of a new year. This year we enjoyed several activities that symbolised this spiritual springtime. With a variety of succulent cuttings and recycled crockery we created mini gardens to treasure or give as gifts; old t-shirts were given a new lease of life as we crafted them into handy shopping bags and used wrapping paper and cards were fashioned into packets that were filled with seeds. With hope, renewed energy and sense of purpose we look forward to a year contributing to the building of unity and being of service to our community.
O friends! It behoveth you to refresh and revive your souls through the gracious favours which in this Divine, this soulstirring Springtime are being showered upon you. – Baha’u’llah We warmly invite you to join us at our upcoming events: Monday Evenings
Weekly study circle, Darlington
Thursday Mornings Coffee and Soulful Conversation, 9:30-11:30am, Mahogany Creek Saturday Evenings Monthly inter-faith gatherings to share food, friendship, music and uplifting readings. Darlington, M a h o g a n y Creek, Glen Forrest For more details please contact Susheel: 9295 2839 or Sue: 9252 1010 or email: email@example.com. Further information on what Bahá’ís believe can be found at www. bahai.org.au.
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISMENTS DARLINGTON HOUSE BnB great for a getaway or when family are visiting. We also offer custom designed gift vouchers with dinner and spa treatments. Please call Belinda on 0439391048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org PLANS DRAWN FOR HOME ADDITIONS AND NEW BUILDS ~ Design Draftsman ~ William Hall ~ Trade Background ~ 35 years experience ~ Highly Qualified in Building & Construction ~ Detailed plans for owner builders and custom registered builders ~ BAL construction detailing as required ~ Engineering & Energy Assessment incorporated into the final plans ~ p 6394 2392 ~ m 0415 032 766 ~ PO Box 28 Darlington WA 6070 ~ email william. email@example.com WANTED by the Darlington History Group:- Free use of a weather proof storage area (Shed, garage or spare room) close to the oval to securely store collected books and bric-a-brac for our annual DAF stall. Please contact Reg Kelly on 9299-6746 if you are able to assist.
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Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre A-MAY-zing Events at the KSP Writers’ Centre KSP Open Day, Sunday 6 May, 11.00am3.00pm, free KSP’s annual open day offers guided tours, sausage sizzle, Harry Potter sorting stall and treasure hunt for young and old alike, KSP café, pop-up bookstore, heritage cuttings, tombola, prose and poetry performances and plenty of information about KSP’s services and upcoming events. Retro 80s Literary Dinner, Tuesday 15 May 2018, 6.00pm9.30pm Get your biggest perm and bluest eyeshadow on and join us for a special 80s themed literary dinner. Enjoy the best of the 80s while sipping white wine spritzers on the verandah, followed by three traditionally retro courses and readings from KSP Established Writerin-Residence Kaaron Warren, whose most recent novel, The Grief Hole, won a Canberra Critic’s Circle Award for Fiction, a Ditmar Award, the Australian Shadows Award and the Aurealis Award. BYO drinks. Dietary requirements catered for with notice. Tickets from $35.
Workshop: So You Want to … Find the Story, Saturday 19 May, 1.004.00pm Every object tells a story. Some we know, such as the family heirlooms, or the items we’ve bought or received ourselves. Others we can imagine. In this workshop with award-winning author Kaaron Warren, we’ll look at a series of objects found and photographed in our streets, or collected from home or op shop, with the intention of developing character, plot and history for a short story or longer work. Participants are welcome to bring objects to share, but there will be plenty provided. Every attendee will also receive a home-made encyclopaedia notebook. Tickets from $35. KSP Sundowner Session featuring Heather Ellis, Friday 25 May, 6.308.00pm This month, meet Heather Ellis, author of Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, a memoir about a life-changing adventure into the soul of Africa where she finds Ubuntu — a traditional Bantu word that means ‘I am because we are’. Ubuntu has received rave reviews in Australia and is listed as a ‘Bestseller’ in travel on Amazon. This special author talk includes an engaging slide presentation and plenty of time for Q&A. BYO drinks and nibbles. For more details please visit the KSP website www.kspwriterscentre.com or phone the office 08 9294 1872.
The Darlington Club
Breakfast in the Park. When: Sunday 29th April, 9am. Where: Barbecue in front of hall. *Please bring a chair, everything else provided. If you are interested in being on the committee or assisting with opening and closing the Club on Friday nights or other activities, do not hesitate to advise me in advance. Coming events: To be advised.
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1st Darlington Scout Group
Once again our group has been well represented at our local Anzac Day Services, remembering nearly 100 years since the end of the 2nd World War. Anzac Day is just one of a number community events that our Scouts (encompassing Joeys, Cubs, Scouts & Venturers) get to participate in their Scouting journey. It was wonderful to be invited to a local primary school’s Anzac services and to see Cubs from 4 different Hills Scouting groups in attendance. (Darlington with the red trim on the black scarf)
On a disappointing note our group has had further items stolen from our hall. You may recall we had the 4 x tyres stolen off our Scout trailer, parked at the hall earlier in the year. This time we had a significant amount of camping equipment stolen from our Scout shed at the rear of our hall on Glen Road. 2 x 2 burner bbq’s; 2 x Bendigo bank Mundaring branded gazebos 3mx3m; 6mx3m gazebo frame, 3 x Coleman easy up tents and 4 side wall tents. If you have any information that may be of assistance, please contact local Police.
While many of our members have been enjoying a relaxing school holidays, a group of our older Scouts participated in a 90km mountain bike ride on the Munda Biddi trail near Dwellingup. Another 8 of our Scouts set up a standing camp, just outside Dwellingup and used this as their base for mountain bike riding, hiking and camp fire cooking. A few weeks before this 3 of our Venturer Scouts attended a weekend at Rottnest island with 40 others where they completed 6 hours towards their environmental service as well as having plenty of time for quokka selfies and enjoying the mild autumn weather.
Exciting News – Our Venturer Scouts are growing! Venturers is for 14-17 year old youth (male and female) looking to make new friends, participate in exciting activities and being of service to their community. We also have spaces available in our Joey & Cub sections for children aged 6-10. Scouting is an educational program designed to provide a personal progression through a number of challenge areas from 6 years of age into adult hood. We also have positions available for adults to train to become assistant Scout Leaders. “The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.”
A number of our Cub Scouts have earnt the highest award possible for Cubs during the last term. Congratulations to Joshua Everitt and to Oscar Buss on the achievement of this award. We are looking forward to having you join our Scout section this term. Our older Cubs will be camping at the Hills discovery Centre for a leadership camp in the next few weeks. This term our cubs will also be joining all of the other Cubs for an adventure camp – bring on the wet and cold weather!
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HOW DO WE PLAY AT TREETOPS? Much media attention has been given recently to what is perceived to be the increasing structure of the curriculum and lack of time for children to be children and to play. However, understanding what play is will confirm that in many schools, and certainly in Treetops, play is alive and well! Not only does play offer opportunities for learning in a way that is satisfying and is stored in memory better but it also helps to develop students’ creativity, emotional well-being and social abilities.
with your children’s play and, for example, count aloud how many times you can throw a ball between you before it falls (and then talk about the effect of gravity as it drops!), then you are engaging in guided play.
3 types of play at Treetops:INTENTIONAL PLAY Where teachers plan the ‘play’ and plan the outcomes. This might have a deliberate theme, for example our recent whole primary Colonial Experience incursion. Students had the opportunity to dress up and join in a performance about convict settlement in Australia to gain some insight and empathy into the way convicts were treated and the conditions they suffered. The Year 11 and 12 ‘camp’ to Canberra and Melbourne is another example of intentional teaching, including a visit to Parliament, mixed with recreational activities and venues chosen by the students.
GUIDED PLAY Where teachers set up the environment for students to learn and play, but the students have choice in the activities and sometimes in the way they engage with them. This promotes an enhanced discovery approach to learning. Our Montessori Prepared Environments are full of intensive learning opportunities that to the students feel like play. Not only can students be self-directed, once the teacher has taught the use of the materials and the associated concepts, but much of the equipment is also self-correcting. As a parent, if you engage
CHILD DIRECTED PLAY Where students lead the play. It is often highly creative, imaginary play. It can involve students making up scenarios, characters, creating their own rules or just using play equipment, sometimes in different ways to its original intent. At Treetops some favourite student directed play includes what are basically ‘chasey’ and tag games but with some creative rules and scenarios. These games often involve students from Year 1 to Year 12 playing together, chasing around the whole school grounds. Our interlocking gym mats often become cubbies or 3-D representations in the undercover area at lunchtime.
There is increasing evidence that play primes critical brain mechanisms that help children to anticipate and to be adaptive. In today’s busy, often highly structured environments, it is so important to create balance and recognise the important role of play in learning. Jayne Simpson Deputy Principal/Director of Enrichment Programs
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Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health - Federal Member for Hasluck The Guildford Association, Kalamunda Historical Society, SwanGuildford Historical Society, State Heritage Office, National Archives, Australian War Memorial and West Australian Army Museum contributed to the new Hasluck ANZAC map and guide. While our major memorials such as Blackboy Hill are listed, I am sure local communities will be fascinated by the stories around lesserknown locations including the Blue Goose aircraft crash site and the shed where a giant Bofors gun was stored. The rich ANZAC tradition and vital role of local communities during more than a century of military history is revealed in my military map and guide released in time for ANZAC Day 2018.
The map is a work in progress so if you have any comments or contributions please contact my office via email on ken.wyatt.mp@ aph.gov.au.
We must acknowledge with pride our region’s important role, beginning with the training of the 10th Light Horse Regiment in Guildford and the preparations for Gallipoli. While there are many other WA sites associated with Gallipoli, our links are particularly strong.
Copies are free and can be obtained by contacting my office on 9359 0322 or email@example.com.
Covering the Hasluck electorate, from Gidgegannup to Gosnells, the map pinpoints almost 120 sites of significance, from the Great War onwards. The breadth of Hasluck’s ANZAC tradition is truly remarkable. Working together with local governments, Returned and Services Leagues, historical societies and community groups, it has been an honour to produce such a unique and comprehensive guide for the first time. From the location of a former secret radio base to memorials to some of Australia’s most revered soldiers, this will be an invaluable resource for years to come. It includes address details and each site’s significance, plus a colour code to indicate its era of activity. This map compliments the work done by Barbara Dundas for the Guildford ANZACS poppy project which identified more than 100 residences where Great War soldiers were billeted, with each of these houses now marked with a poppy.
ABOVE: Paul Bridges, curator at the Swan Guildford Historical Society Inc and Ken Wyatt, MP
Kalamunda Bridge Club It has been a busy few weeks. Our first red point event for the year was played over 3 Fridays and won by Steve Thyer and Joanne Payne. The annual Kalamunda congress was played on the weekend of the 17 th and 18th March. It was another very successful event where we invite players from other WA bridge clubs to come and play competition bridge and at the same time enjoy some Hills hospitality. The winners in the pairs competition on the Saturday were Gerry Daly and his partner Viv wood .Best Kalamunda team was won by Sheila Price and Gordon Brown. Sunday’s team competition was won by Nigel Dutton, Marie France Van Merven,Gerry Daly and Viv wood. Best Kalamunda team was Steve Thyer, Joanne Payne, Peter Clarke and Guy Gaudet. To raise awareness of our club, we had a fun morning last month where we took a table and chairs and set up outside the Kalamunda coffee club in Kalamunda Central. We played bridge there for several hours, chatting to various people about this most interesting game and about our club in Gooseberry Hill. In March we were fortunate to have one of the top Bridge players in the state come to our club and give a lecture on Planning your play. This is a fundamental part of playing a good game of bridge and was greatly enjoyed by many club members.
Kalamunda team winners Left to right…….Steve Thyer, Guy Gaudet, Peter Clarke and Joanne Payne. The club will be running Beginners lessons commencing the 13th July Fridays at 9.30 to 11.30am. The 8 week course costs $100 and will be given by Fiske Warren.
Darlington Review - May 2018
Soroptimist International of Helena Meanwhile back at grass roots, S I Helena was treated to a visit from Jacqueline de Trafford from Poole U K, who gave a talk on her club’s activities in addressing trafficking and domestic violence. Soroptimists are getting excited about the SI South West Pacific Conference of Clubs being held in Melbourne in early May. This is an amazing experience when members all Federation countries meet to exchange information of the work being done in their Regions. During the Conference there will be reports from the United Nations 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in New York, and the Economic and Social Commission Asia, Pacific (ESCAP) which was held in Bangkok. These reports will broaden our awareness of the organisation and its work and deliver learning opportunity about how our federation can influence regional governments. There were 13 delegates from Thailand, Fiji, Malaysia and Australia. Bangkok’s emphasis was on Sustainable Development Goals and the Voluntary National Reviews to which a number of our member Nations will be contributing. Advocacy at all levels is vital and we need clubs to continue to speak up on behalf of those who are unable to do so. With the International Mother Earth Day 22nd April is celebrated to remind us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. With the effects poisoning and injuring marine life, disrupting human hormones, littering beaches and landscapes, clogging our waste streams and landfill. The exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. Education is the foundation for progress to achieve a balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration. The Conference will see a change in office bearers. Among them, Anusha Santhirasthipam, S I Malaysia is the incoming President and our own Robyn Cain has been appointed Secretary. At the recent Annual General Meeting of SIWA, we were honoured that the outgoing President Theresa Lyford visited us.
We are still recovering from our very successful Bunnings Sausage Sizzle at which we made enough money to cover our scholarships/ bursaries to girls at Clayton View Primary School, Swan View Senior High School, Kalamunda Youth Swing Band and Governor Stirling Senior High School. Many thanks to our supporters: the loan of eskies from the Girl Guides and our chief cook, Max in particular. We girls did a great job too! After a fun day cutting onions, we followed on with a celebration for our 34th birthday at a dinner. We will be acknowledging International Midwives day on the 5th May, once again for the midwives at St John of God Public Hospital, Midland, The afternoon tea and talk by Robin Lim IBU still has tickets available for anyone interested in attending on May 13th~~Yes I know it is Mother’s Day, but we will be treated to a talk by Robin Lim who has been doing amazing work with the Bumi Sehat birthing clinic in Ubud, Indonesia. Tickets are $20, which will be donated directly to Robin Lim. Remember Mechanics Hall, Guildford 2 – 4pm. Our next major fundraiser will be a Quiz Night on Friday 15th June at the Lesmurdie Club 6.30pm. Please see advertisement on back cover of the Darlington Review, we hope to see some new faces. The club welcomes new members and hope that any ladies who wish to make a difference to the lives of women and girls please contact Robyn Cain 08 92988593 or 0417 179 761. Or check on our website: www.siswp.org/Helena-Inc or follow us on Facebook at Soroptimist International of Helena. Rosalie Gordon
Mundaring Weir Gallery Autumn!!! How wonderful!!! Now is the time for an outing to the Hills and the weir precinct. For a unique gift or just a little something for yourself or your home visit, the Gallery for a handcrafted item, produced by local artists and crafters. This time our photo features a selection of items for some of our four legged friends, as well as an overview of part of the Gallery. We also have a small Antique and Collectables area which has many varied pieces. Come in now to select from these or many other items on display. If you are an Artist or Crafter and wish to join the Gallery contact the Gallery on the email below or visit the Gallery and speak to one of our volunteers. Please note; to join the Gallery you must be able to roster, as we are all volunteers, and must all share in the running of the Gallery.
Open 11.30am to 5pm. Fri, Sat, Sun and Public holidays. The Gallery is air conditioned for your comfort. Wheelchair accessible. Find us on the corner of Hall Rd and Weir Rd in the Mundaring Weir precinct…….. opposite the Pub. A r ra n g e m e nt s can be made to open other days for social groups and bus tours. Bookings to the Secretary At mwgallery@ yahoo.com.au
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Helena College Helena College
International Baccalaureate School International Baccalaureate School Our Year 10 students put their passions on show in the annual exhibition of personal projects at the Glen Forrest Campus. The projects showcase the knowledge, skills and attributes developed by the students during the Middle Years programme (Years 6-10).
to use critical thinking and research skills, creativity and reflection; and to value participating in community service.
Our Personal Project Coordinator Rebecca Murray says the IB could also stand for Inspiring Brilliance because that’s what she sees every time students undertake the personal project journey.
Seventy eight students spent nine months working on projects covering a wide range of interests. • • • • • • • • •
Designing and building a portable study crate Building an addition to the family home Researching and writing about family history Creating artworks based on Alice in Wonderland Learning to surf Running an expo for teenage girls Developing a line of natural skin care products Breeding edible insects Creating a furniture selling business
‘It’s about inquiry. About planting a seed and the students running with it. About finding a passion and exploring it. It’s about the soft skills that are nurtured and honed through the nine month process. One successful WA businessman told me that the socalled soft skills help generate profit in his company, the second biggest computer programming business in WA.
While each student is justifiably proud of their final products, the value of the personal project is in the nine month process from conception to creation. The students work through four stages: Investigating, Planning, Taking Action and Reflecting. They document their journey in their Process Journal, which goes on to form part of their 3500 word report. This report helps determine the final mark for the personal project.
“I can teach them the computer skills they need to do the work but I can’t teach them the research skills, social, communication or team work skills. They either have them or they don’t. If they don’t, then I don’t employ them.” These soft skills are the ones our Year 10 students develop as they complete the personal project. The students don’t realise it yet but the process they have just undertaken, supported by their supervisor, will be replicated many times over in their working lives and in their personal lives.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB is a framework for teaching and learning. The Western Australian curriculum determines what students learn and the IB framework determines how they are taught. The IB develops independent learners with strong personal values and a global outlook.
I congratulate our most recent successful graduates of the valuable experience that is the personal project.’ Rebecca Murray, Personal Project Coordinator
At the Darlington Campus (Kindy to Year 5), the Primary Years Programme guides student learning through investigations into big ideas such as ‘How the world works’. The Middle Years Programme at the Glen Forrest Campus (Years 6-10) continues the focus on student-centred inquiry. The two programmes prepare our students to be active members of a global society;
We would love for you to get to know us better. Visit our website or call us to find out more about our College. Sherene Strahan Community Relations Manager
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Matthew Hughes MLA JP - Member for Kalamunda You may be aware that on 12 December, 2017 the Western Australian Government signed a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth that replaced the agreement that was signed in January 2017 by the previous State Government for a WA administered National Disability Insurance Scheme (WANDIS). I was very appreciative of the visit by Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for the Environment; Disabilities to the Electorate on Wednesday, 18 April. Many of our constituents access the WA Disabilities Insurance Scheme (WANDIS) and I was pleased to host an opportunity for a number of advocacy and support groups including “Valued Lives” and “Hills Peer to Peer” to meet with the Minister to discuss the phased transition arrangements as the State moves from WANDIS to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The transition, which commence this month, will be completed by December 2018. From 1 July, 2018 the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assume responsibility for the delivery of NDIS in Western Australia. NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across WA by 2020. On the Darlington front, I would like to extend my thanks to Trish Cook for her work in engaging with the community, especially our youth on the best directed use of the grant of funds from the Local Projects Local Jobs programme. I was pleased to be able to drop in on the Town Meeting on Sunday 15 April to witness the last stages of the consultation process. It was heartening to see our very young and not so young residents participating. There was evident strong support to use the $25 000 from the State Government for a half pipe for the skate park and supports the online poll on Darlington Hub Page. Engagement in outdoor recreation pursuits is strongly on the rise, not least in the Electorate of Kalamunda. The Perth hills is the busiest area for trail participation in the State. There are complex issues around access to water catchments, competing
land use values and emerging tourism opportunities, but Perth hills is a priority for mountain bikers across the state, and has the potential to have national significance. To guide development in this area, the State, local governments and industry bodies have developed a range of guiding strategies and plans, including for example, WA Strategic Trails Blueprint 2017-2021, WA Horse Trails Strategy 2015, WA Mountain Bike Strategy 2015-2020, Perth Hills Trail Master Plan 2013, and Perth and Peels Mountain Bike Master Plan 2017. The WA Bushwalking and Trail Running Strategy is currently under development. I am pleased to be an ex-officio member of the Trails Reference Group. Current projects in the Perth hills include the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park, which was the original mountain bike trail network in WA and which is now being redeveloped to meet current standards. Westcycle is seeking more funding to develop the design needed for construction. The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail is a multi-use trail that joins the townsites of Mundaring to Kalamunda, as well as linking in several national parks and key trail heads and from my point of view is well worth exploring in so far as it physically links the two principal towns of the electorate of Kalamunda – it ties our communities together so to speak. Several sections of this trail have been improved recently, and further planning is underway. Lotterywest is currently considering an application to extend the rail trail from Kalamunda to Pickering Brook. The Department of Water Policy 13, promulgated in September 2012, and which deals with recreation within drinking water source areas on Crown Land significantly restricts or generally prohibits the development of trails through water catchment areas much to the bane of mountain bikers. The Policy is subject to review this year. I am pleased to advise that the mountain bike groups will be afforded the opportunity to contribute to the review. A reminder that apart from my main office, which is located in at 1/16 Mead Street, Kalamunda, my pop-up office at the Bendigo Bank Community building adjacent to the Bendigo Bank in Mundaring is staffed each Friday other than public holidays from 9 am to 1pm.
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St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church cnr Road and Hillsden Rd, Darlington StDarlington Cuthbert’s Anglican Church
cnr Darlington Rd and Hillsden Rd, Darlington
Vale Bernard Catchpole 18 May 1923 – 9 April 2018
On Monday 16 April family, friends and parishioners farewelled Professor Bernard Catchpole, a legend in the medical fraternity and deeply respected by those who knew him well. Bernard, his wife Philippa and two young sons emigrated to Perth in 1966 when Bernard took up the position of Professor of Surgery at UWA and RPH. Under his watchful and usually stern eye he would test his students, interns, residents and registrars to improve their knowledge of anatomy, hone their bedside manner and encourage them to work with the nurses for the benefit of patients. For any of his former students scarred by his attention to detail, be assured that he mellowed with age! In retirement he continued, well into his eighties, to teach anatomy to undergraduates in a voluntary capacity.
Easter at St Cuthbert’s Easter rituals take us on a long and emotional journey from Ash Wednesday through 40 days of Lent to the excitement of Palm Sunday, the foreboding of Maundy Thursday, the horror of Good Friday and the jubilation of Easter Day. It’s a time for letting go of some things and taking up others; a time for facing our failures, turning away from them and embracing new beginnings. On Easter Day we light the new fire for the new liturgical year (pictured above) and celebrate.
Even in the last week of his life he was dispassionately discussing his ailments with his Silver Chain medical team and offering them regular advice. The Silver Chain carers were truly excellent. While they may have not known the Greek origins of as many medical terms as Bernard might have wished for, the ‘young ones’, as he called them, charmed him and gained his professional respect – no easy task.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Trinity Sunday Evensong 7pm Sunday 27 May
On Sunday 27 May at 7.00pm the St Cuthbert’s choir will sing Evensong / Evening Prayer. If you enjoy the organ and liturgical music, you could join us in this traditional form of worship. Not so traditional (except at St Cuthbert’s) is the supper in the cloisters afterwards. We think you could also enjoy that.
Bernard was happiest working with his hands – whether with the surgeon’s scalpel and sutures, or building huts at the family bush block in the South West or mending toys for the Mundaring Toy Library. He was always the practical man, happy to confront a problem, work out the solution on the back of an envelope and then tinker away in one of his sheds to build some device of repurposed wood or metal.
Taizé Service On the first Sunday of every month at St Cuthbert’s, the darkened building is lit by dozens of candles. We sing simple chants, enjoy silence and hear a short reading from the scriptures. The next Taizé-style service happens on Sunday 6 May at 6.30pm
The moral compass for Bernard’s life was a simple and clear faith in God. For more than the last twenty years he had gained friendship and strength in worship with the congregation of Saint Cuthbert’s Anglican Church of Darlington. Bernard Newman Catchpole – a good man and a good life.
Darlington Review - May 2018
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Safer, quality aged care for Seniors Senior residents in Hasluck and their families will benefit from significant aged care quality reforms announced by the Turnbull Government. A new and independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission ensuring everyone receiving aged care is being looked after properly. Performance rating system providing residents of Hasluck with access to a comparison tool giving you clear, concise information when choosing aged care facilities. The new Commission will start in 2019. To find out more go to kenwyatt.com.au or call my office on 9359 0322.
KEN WYATT MP
Federal Member for Hasluck
Shop 10-12 Hawaiian’s Forrestfield, 80 Hale Road, Forrestfield WA 6058 9359 0322 Ken.Wyatt.MP@aph.gov.au kenwyatt.com.au
“Our senior Australians built the nation that we enjoy today. They have rightly earned the respect of the community and must be cared for with the dignity they deserve.” Ken Wyatt MP
kenwyattmp Authorised by Ken Wyatt MP, Liberal Party of Australia, Shop 10-12 Hawaiian’s Forrestfield, 80 Hale Road Forrestfield WA 6058.
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