Darlington Review • Vol.63 No.4 • May 2023

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Darlington Review – May 2023 2 Anglican Church (Church Office 6292 0074) Jan Carroll 9299 7240 Baha’i Faith Susheel Croft 0402 023 704 Bushfire Ready Group Colin James 0419 969 223 Darlington Arts Festival Inc. (DAF) Chris Pemberton 9252 0154 Darlington Bushwalk Series Cliff Burns 9299 6696 Darlington Chamber Music Malcolm Firth 0400 204 845 Darlington Christian Fellowship Murray Guy 0417 174 441 Darlington Community Garden (DCG) Louise Stelfox 0437 310 578 Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG) Colin James 0419 969 223 Darlington Dipsticks Bindi Datson 9252 1050 Darlington Family Playgroup Stacey Phipps 0417 955 835 Darlington Junior Cricket Club Chris Pivac - chris@slatergartrellsports.com.au 0404 082 623 Darlington Junior Football Club Brodie Della - darlingonjfcpresident@gmail.com Darlington History Group Val Shiell 9299 6868 Darlington Primary School ............................................................................................................................... ...... 9257 4000 Darlington Primary School P & C Association Lucy Banner (President) President@dpspc.org.au Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) Anthony Spagnola - drra@darlingtonvillage.org 0406 805 111 Darlington Retirement Accommodation Assn Inc. (DRAA) Carolyn Earnshaw 0427 271 765 Darlington Running Group Pippa Windsor 0488 069 764 Darlington Social Cricket Club Inc. Stephen Jones 0437 242 299 Darlington Sports and Recreation Association Inc. (DaSRA) Geoff Barker - geoff@pmdwa.com 0418 953 176 Darlington Tennis Club Alex Hoschke 9299 6456 Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre – 9255 1212 Rachel Vonk 0419 929 692 Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Inc. Ricky Harvey 0409 685 445 1st Darlington Scouts Julia Tolj 0448 298 685 Forrest Darlings CWA Kate Herren 0452 644 248 Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) Jane Arnold – arnoldmj55@gmail.com 0477 987 048 Friends of Glen Park Glenys Letchford 0467 586 050 Glen Forrest Bridge Club (GFBC) Bev Hayles 0437 817 359 Guides Western Australia (Forrest Hills District) ‘Dibblers’ Karen Wills 0418 917 045 Helena College Mandy Cosser - mcosser@helena.wa.edu.au 9298 9100 The Hub of the Hills Rachel Bacon 9290 6683 KSP Writers’ Centre Shannon Coyle 9294 1872 Kalamunda Bridge Club Jenny Tedeschi jennifer_tedeschi1@hotmail.com Mundaring Arts Centre Inc. Jenny Haynes 9295 3991 Mundaring Arts Scholarships Chris Durrant 9299 6093 Mundaring Chamber of Commerce Morgan Holmes – President, Mundaring Chamber of Commerce TBA Mundaring Christian College Tanja Nell - tanja.nell@mundaringcc.wa.edu.au 9295 2688 Mundaring Creative Learning Terrie Plaistowe 9295 1688 Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc. Trish Beaman 9295 0540 Parkerville Steiner School Michelle Garvin - michelle.garvin@silvertree.wa.edu.au 9295 4787 Shire of Mundaring Library Service Kerryn Martin, Branch Librarian, Greenmount Public Library 9290 6758 Silver Tree Steiner School Hayley Spracklen/Michelle Garvin - michelle.garvin@silvertree.wa.edu.au 9295 4787 Soroptimist International of Helena Fay Kappler 9274 4543 Swan Rotary Manny Braude 0408 274 556 The Darlington Club Sue Lavell 0439 273 213 Treetops Montessori School Stuart Harris 9299 6725 Members of Parliament: Member for East Metro Donna Faragher JP MLC 9379 0840 Member for Kalamunda Matthew Hughes 9293 4747 Federal Member for Hasluck Tania Lawrence 6245 3340 Mundaring Shire South Ward Councillors: Cr James Martin CrMartin@mundaring.wa.gov.au 0437 287 377 Cr Trish Cook CrCook@mundaring.wa.gov.au 0409 479 551 Cr Luke Ellery CrEllery@mundaring.wa.gov.au 0420 421 883 Justice of the Peace: Warren Southwell 9252 0361

Spotlight on Local Businesses

I’d like to thank our incredibly supportive community for their kind words on my first Editorial in the April Darlington Review. Whilst writing about other peoples’ businesses, my husband Michael and I have been going through some unfortunate struggles with our own small business.

Recently we made the decision to say goodbye and let go of all our hard work over the past two years. Whilst it was the right thing to do for our family, it has felt like losing a small part of ourselves.

Beauty Abode Hair Extensions

An independent salon nestled in the relaxing backdrop of Darlington, Beauty Abode Hair Extensions is a comfortable, elegantly designed, and fully equipped hair extension salon.

Owner Mandy has enjoyed a successful career in the Government for the past 18 years but has always wanted to pursue her passion for creating stunning hair styles. She has a background in hairdressing in her younger days and has continued to pursue this long-time passion on family and friends’ hair, before opening her own salon two years ago. She is passionate about creating long healthy hair extensions using deluxe quality human hair and Microtexx hair care products. Mandy uses the latest attachment techniques and is fully certified in the eight hair extension methods offered at her salon, including sew-in weft, beaded weft, tapes, nanos, micros, and keratin bonds. She specialises in the nano weave, the first of its kind with the most discreet fittings which are suitable for finer haired clients as well as those who dislike the bulk of a normal weft. Mandy loves seeing her clients’ hair transformations, whilst making them feel confident and look fabulous in their new hair. Mandy hopes her business will continue to grow and allow her to spend more time at home with her young daughter.

Contact Mandy for your next appointment on 0411 775 696, email beautyabodehairextensions@hotmail.com or visit their website www.beautyabodehairextensions.com.au

Owner of Beauty Abode Hair Extensions

Mandy, and her daughter Holly)

Having a business is such a huge sacrifice and it can take so much of your time, energy, and resources to make it work, and even more if you are raising a family or have another occupation.

I commend all small business owners for following their dreams and trying to make a go of it. Here are just a few more of those incredible people in our community who offer us so much of themselves through their product or service.

Colour Me Kate

Kate is a Personal Colour and Image Stylist and has run the Frock Shop above the Little Nook Café here in Darlington for six years. Kate works with women of all shapes and sizes who are looking to transform their style and discover colours which make them feel more youthful, healthier, and confident.

Kate has been a professional Image Consultant for 11 years and is a longterm resident of Darlington. She has a sense of belonging here and has been warmly supported by residents. Kate loves seeing her client’s reaction when they find something they love or realise how good they can look in the right colours. I’m sure Kate’s passion and love for her business is immediately obvious to anyone who is styled by her. Kate is currently working on her own label of vintage-inspired frocks in natural fibres and colourful fabrics that tie into the four foundational colours of people’s skin tones: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Colour/styling bookings are open Monday to Wednesday, the Frock Shop is open Thursday to Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm. You can visit the website at www.colourmekate.com.au or check her out on Facebook @colourmekate.

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Kate Bird

Darlington Disco

The Darlington Disco is a weekly dance fitness class that serves up a joyful and sweaty hour of choreographed pop, reggaeton, hip hop, and Latin dance moves at the Darlington Hall.

Clare Meredith has a background as a gymnast, loves to dance, and has tried everything from salsa to black American funk, with hours of eyes closed dancing and silent disco in between. By day she is an environmental manager who works with Traditional Owners in the Pilbara. She runs classes alongside the lovely Hannah Smith, another Darlington local who is a WAAPA trained ballerina, contemporary dance teacher and lecturer, teacher, and horticulturist. Darlington Disco has been running at the Darlington Hall for over five years thanks to the incredible support from the local community. The class is designed to get your heart rate pumping, but the steps are simple and designed to suit people of all ages and abilities. Some people have a background in dance, others come for the fitness, yet everyone is united by their love of movement and inability to take themselves too seriously. Clare and Hannah love seeing the joyful buzz class brings everyone and continue to evolve their choreography and music each week to make it fresh and fun.

They are currently running classes every Wednesday 6:30pm at the Darlington Hall. For more information see their Facebook @TheDarlingtonDisco or email naturescuppa@gmail.com

Francis’ Gardening Services

For over 30 years, Francis has loved attending to his large, picturesque garden here in Darlington. After retiring from his four-decade long career in IT, he decided it was time to pursue his passion for gardening and discovering the great outdoors by working in amongst the various landscapes of the Perth Hills. Soon realising there was a need for his skills and expertise in the local area, Francis created his own gardening business, servicing clients from Mundaring across to Kalamunda and down towards Bassendean and the Middle Swan areas. Francis’ Gardening Services suits a range of clients who don’t have the time, skills, or ability to tend to their own garden the way they would like to. He delights in the everyday interactions with clients, building trusting relationships and getting to know them on a more personal level. Francis loves caring for gardens both big and small, seeing the variety of outlooks from each space and watching them change throughout the seasons. In his spare time, Francis loves cycling on the road, and during the winter season he switches to his mountain bike. For the past 12 years, he has been involved in two yearly fundraising bike riding events supporting ‘Life Cycle for CanTeen’, an organisation raising funds for CanTeen which supports teenagers whose life is impacted by cancer. In October this year he will be riding his mountain bike around Nannup.

If your garden needs regular maintenance or just a general spruce, contact Francis on 0403 236 439 or email francis.vivier@iinet.net.au

Gweldart is a unique business which designs and makes one-of-a-kind bespoke 3D metal artworks of iconic WA landscapes. Artist Owen Parry works with a range of clients from individuals to garden centres, he uses photos to rebuild memories and help people reconnect with their experience.

Owen has a background in engineering and has lived in Darlington for the past 23 years. The concept for his business derived from a holiday to Karijini where he relished the natural beauty of Western Australia and sought to bring a direct connection from the Pilbara to his artwork using steel materials and pastel decolourisation. Owen acknowledges the custodians of each landscape and uses Indigenous wording in some of the artwork. He has also donated several pieces to Newman, Tom Price, Karijini, and Kalbarri Visitor centres for display. Whilst the business is still in its early stages at just over one year old, he hopes to continue to promote our beautiful Western Australia and help people reconnect with the land. Owen is currently commissioning a piece for a British Royal Navy warship and has a rotating gallery at his workshop available for viewing by appointment.

For more information on commission pieces please email owmy@gweldart.com.au or visit www.gweldart.com.au

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Gweldart Hannah Smith and Clare Meredith.

Two Shady Ladies

Em and Lu are two Darlington locals and close friends of over 16 years, who share a love of bargain hunting, colour appreciation and a passion for textiles, as well as a shared sense of humour. They’re the happy owners of Two Shady Ladies, a business that makes custommade lampshades to celebrate each customer's personality, style, character, and home.

Em and Lu love their time spent together being creative, laughing, and sharing life, whilst getting to be imaginative with their designs. They enjoy seeing their client’s faces light up when they receive their new lampshades and get to share in the excitement of brightening, lighting, and delighting each room.

You can see a selection of their fabulous lampshades at www.twoshadyladies.com.au, visit their Instagram @two_shadyladies, Facebook @twoshadyladies, or email hello@twoshadyladies.com

Root Cause Mediation

Darlington Resident Penny Young is our new local Mediator. Her strong mediating skills combined with her calming neutral space, help to facilitate self-determination and mutual resolution when people are in conflict.

Penny has been a practising Nurse for 25 years and is soon to complete her Master of Nursing in Leading and Management, which is where she discovered her passion for conflict resolution. Having completed her National Mediation Accreditation Training from UWA, Penny sees mediation as a continuation of her extended background in helping people, but at a surprisingly more peaceful, quieter pace, and without the constant interruptions! Penny avoids offering advice or options, and instead ensures that people are able to come to their own realisations on the best way to resolve the conflict that is suitable to all parties. Next year she plans to complete a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, which will give her the necessary skills to work with younger children as well and afterwards she hopes to commence her Master of Philosophy at UWA.

To find out more contact Penny on 0438 135 722, or email penelopeyoung1@hotmail.com

Naughton Air Conditioning Services

Naughton Air Conditioning Services offers local services, repairs, installation, and replacement systems for refrigerated and evaporative air conditioners. After years of installing and servicing aircons for friends and family, owner Daniel Naughton decided to branch out into his own business. He has been operating since 2016 and has over 12 years' experience within the trade, ranging from 2kw basic split systems, all the way to 1200kw chillers servicing multi-story buildings.

Daniel and his wife have always loved the Hills area and finally made the move to Darlington at the end of 2022. Being new to the area, Daniel is focusing on establishing himself as one of the only and best local air conditioning technicians, striving for exceptional customer service, fair pricing, and honesty. Daniel acknowledges that whilst it can be exhausting to run your own business it gives him the opportunity to be flexible, provide a comfortable life for his family and do what he loves.

Contact Daniel through Facebook @NaughtonACServices, email daniel@naughtonacs.com.au or contact 0421 502 690 during business hours.

The Exquisite Beauty Room

Angeline has been operating her at-home business The Exquisite Beauty Room since moving to Darlington in 2011. Her beauty studio offers great quality treatments including waxing, henna, tinting, and customised facials using ASAP skincare products.

Whilst spending time rediscovering herself about 18 years ago, Angeline decided to switch career paths to study a Diploma in Beauty Therapy. She has previously owned and operated a beauty business in East Perth before opening her business in Darlington. Angeline loves raising her two boys here and is an avid volunteer in the community, working in a local school canteen, baseball club treasurer, parent representative, and is currently doing her placement as an Educational Assistant. Angeline loves chatting with her clients, her main priority is to get her clients the results they want, and it is always a good sign when they’re snoring during their facials.

You can visit her website on https://japhie.wixsite.com/ exquisitedarlington, email theexquisitebeautyroom@outlook. com, or contact her on 0403 316 616.

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Owner Daniel, his wife Cassandra, and their daughter Lilith.

Perth Hills Pilates

Nestled in the beautiful Darlington Village, Perth Hills Pilates opened in June 2022 and is our first boutique Reformer Pilates Studio. A dancer since the age of four, owner Michelle has studied Classical and Contemporary Dance and completed her Dance Teacher training. She then fell in love with Pilates and received formal qualifications in Clinical Pilates, as well as additional studies in prenatal and postnatal Pilates. In 2015, Michelle opened a small Pilates Studio in South Melbourne, before becoming a mother of two boys and relocating home to Darlington.

Perth Hills Pilates studio is a relaxing and tranquil space where people can come to work on their mind and body whilst being surrounded by nature. Their small class sizes are designed to provide an intimate and progressive experience to safely guide and challenge each client. They have recently launched a popular Plus 55 Reformer Pilates program and hope to add more classes to their timetable. They offer classes to suit everybody, whether you are seeking more fitness, suffering from aches and pains, are pregnant, recovering from injury, or have never tried Pilates before, come as you are, and they will help you feel your best!

You can experience your first Reformer Pilates Class for only $15. For more information or to book classes visit www.perthhillspilates.com.au or download the Perth Hills Pilates app for free.

Lee is a certified Peter Hess® Sound Massage practitioner, Sound Bath facilitator, and Yoga teacher. Having travelled the world extensively and worked as a Sub Sea and Well Testing Engineer for almost two decades, Lee decided it was time to pursue other passions. She has been running Labyrinth Yoga and Soundscapes at her home Studio in Darlington for around three years.

Lee is passionate about teaching mindful movement and meditation, as well as Nidra, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. She has spent over 400 hours training in sound at Margaret River Sound Relax. Weaving together her two passions of sound and yoga modalities was a natural progression as they are both so powerful and complimentary. Lee works with anyone looking for relaxion, stress relief, muscle tension release, or targeting movement in the body and joints. In addition to her small group sound sessions and hosting private events, Lee also provides private one-to-one sound massage for a full body immersive experience. She is currently running monthly Twilight Sound sessions on Sunday evenings at Darlington Hall. Lee will be offering more sessions at her studio and hopes to collaborate with more likeminded people in the Perth Hills.

To find out more about their upcoming Twilight Sound Sessions visit www.trybooking.com/CGKMC, check out their Instagram @labyrinthyoga_nsoundscapes, or contact them on 0488 072 319.

The Hive

Perfectly situated in the heart of Darlington village opposite the playground and oval, The Hive is the perfect spot for serving Darlington locals, various clubs, hikers, and people attending events like the recent marathon and yearly Darlington Arts Festival. Their Thursday and Friday Pizza night (BYO) has been a huge hit with the locals, and they also offer event catering and hosting functions at their venue. Owner Frankie Bell has been a Darlington local since 2011 and is an incredible mum to five beautiful boys. She is a Chartered Accountant and owns another small business called Additive Free Kids which focuses on finding clean, healthy, and sustainable food of the highest quality. Frankie bought The Hive in June of 2021 to combine her passion for food, her entrepreneurship background, community involvement, and the flexibility of working close to home. Frankie loves how fast paced, challenging, and rewarding her business has grown to be. She loves seeing the locals visit the café for their catch ups and special occasion. Frankie is proud to announce that The Hive has been awarded a Readers’ Choice Australian Good Food Guide winner.

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Labyrinth Yoga and Soundscapes
Photo courtesy of local business Evalyn Photography. You can visit their website www.thehivedarlington.com.au, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages @thehivedarlington, or visit them in Darlington village. Michelle Rann, owner of Perth Hills Pilates.

Two’s-Gether Cafe Food Trailer

Started by Darlington husband-and-wife duo Hayden and Nidt during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Two’sGether Cafe food trailer serves delicious Thai, Indian, and Western Street food to the Perth community.

The name Two’s-Gether came about when Nidt would accidently say to Hayden “let’s go for dinner tonight twosgether”, instead of the word together! Nidt has bought with her many recipes and menus from her ‘walk-in’ wok restaurant in Thailand and prides herself on her famous Pad Thai. Hayden has a background in mechanics which allows him to maintain the trailer and its systems, as well as undertake bookkeeping. Nidt and Hayden love working together, except when Chef Nidt makes a lot of mess with her pots and pans in the freshly clean sink. Two’sGether Cafe has previously served the Darlington community at Earnshaw’s Real Estate carpark, they love working alongside other local food trailers like Hillbellies and have received fantastic support from the Perth Hills communities through the Darlington Arts Festival, A Day in The Forrest and the very supportive Glen Forrest Sports Club on McGlew Road. They also

Having heard about a few dozen small businesses in our local area, what can you do to ensure that they continue to stay operational for us? Support them! Try their products, give their service a chance, tell your friends about them, give them a positive review, or follow them on social media.

attend various fetes, concerts, and night markets throughout Perth. This year they look forward to attending Forrestfield Friday Night Markets, Friday Night Bites in Piara Waters and Dinner at Dusk across Perth.

For more information email twosgethercafe@westnet.com. au, contact them on 0408 441 627 or check out their Facebook @TwosgetherCafe.

Owning a small business is difficult and most are making so many personal and professional sacrifices to remain open. Thank you to all those small business in Darlington who allow us to shop and support local, we notice you and we value your hard work!

Community Bulletin

The bunnies hopped back on to the Darlington Tennis Courts this Easter to bring smiles to our little Darlings and furry friends. For the past five years, wonderful local Sue has been saving the special Bunnies from her volunteer op shop role to spread the joy at Easter time. This year was her biggest and most successful one yet with over 120 bunnies pegged up and taken down within just a few hours!

Darlington lost a favourite son in April with the passing of revered photographer and former well-loved resident Richard Woldendorp. You will find a small Vale to him following the editorial and a more comprehensive one on page 28.

The Darlington Review has rotating editors and occasionally the advertising and business managers are away, therefore using the below addresses are the best way to ensure that you can reach whoever is doing the role at that time.

• editorial@darlingtonreview.com.au

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• business@darlingtonreview.com.au

Wheelchairs for Kids asked, and you delivered! Thank you to everyone who heard this Editors shoutout on our local Facebook pages. Together we collected over 100 new and pre-loved soft toys to send with their wheelchairs to those most in need. With over 3000 wheelchairs made and shipped by the outstanding volunteers each year they need ongoing support. For more information on what they do and how you can donate, please visit www.wheelchairsforkids.org

The Darlington Hall will be closed and unavailable for hire during their scheduled periodical cleaning periods between 3rd to 7th July 2023 and 8th to 12th January 2024. The Darlington Pavilion and Changerooms will be closed and unavailable for hire during their scheduled periodical cleaning periods between 25th and 29th September 2023. If you need to relocate your bookings for these venues during this time, please email bookings@ mundaring.wa.gov.au

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Volunteers at the Wheelchair for Kids organisation with the soft toys collected from the Darlington and Boya communities.

What's On!

Mundaring Arts Centres’ current exhibition ‘Altered States’ by seminal artist Stuart Elliott will close on Sunday 7th May. Genius Loci, Spirit of Place and Into the Gully are on display from 20 May to 16 July 2023.

Mainly Music is back beginning Tuesday 9th May, from 9:00am at St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Darlington. Half an hour of singing and dancing, followed by morning tea and free play. Contact 08 6292 0074 for more information.

Darlington Residents and Ratepayers Association has their next meeting on Thursday 11th May, 7:30pm at Darlington Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in community discussions.

Australian of the Year award winner and WA State Recipient

Meeting Points | Trea Wiltshire

Crunch time for Hills battle

It’s crunch time for the decades-long battle to stop developers attempting to urbanise the elevated green swathe of the Perth Hills.

May 8 is the deadline for public comment on Satterley’s proposed township for thousands in rural Stoneville. Save Perth Hills’ stalwarts Debra Bishop and Peter Brazier were at the April Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) meeting to remind us:”“We’ve proved over 30 years that people power works…! Now’s your chance … !”

And the pair had good news: making your submission just got super easy thanks to a couple of talented Darlington locals. After reading the Review’s rally article in March, Josh Thillagaratnam (pictured right) and his wife McGee Noble decided they had to help. Says Josh who works in communications: “We got to work over Easter, revising the wealth of content that the SPH team had written, and putting together a new website that gives visitors the key information needed to understand the issue, and guidance to make a submission online. The whole process from the moment you get on the website to completing submission takes under five minutes flat!” Says Debra Bishop: “The Universe sent them to us just when we needed them most in regard to our external reach.” Visit: https://www. saveperthhills.net

Local Hero 2022 Craig Hollywood is set to give a talk on Friday 19th May, 9:00am at Boya Community Centre.

Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group has their next meeting on Monday 22nd May, 7:00pm at Darlington Community Pavilion.

Earnshaws Real Estate Fundraising Quiz Night for Swan City Youth Service is on Saturday 27th May, 6:15 pm at Boya Community Centre. To book tickets please visit www.trybooking. com/events/landing/1041823.

And you can catch up on discussions at several meetings in Trea Wiltshire’s Meeting Points following the editorial.

So why is SPH asking us to SAY NO? There’s a long list of reasons on their website, but one we in Darlington will respond to is this: if the government says YES to Satterley it will set in train not just the three townships already on the drawing board, but the full-scale urbanisation of the Perth Hills: “once it’s gone, it’s gone”. So, do a mental cutand-paste of a slice of Perth’s ever-growing urban sprawl and paste it across the green elevation of the scarp, our capital city’s backdrop. Those grazing horses, that majestic stands of eucalypts, the dense greenery that evokes a big EXHALE as you leave the city’s creeping concrete … it could become history, because countless developers will be hatching plans to carve up our green spaces. You can reread back issues of the Review on the Darlington Village Website: https//www.darlingtonvillage.org

There were lots of other issues discussed at an extremely lively DRRA meeting including: the Post Office’s very reasonable request for designated parking bays (it’s been there since the 1920s and is visited by, on average, more than 200 people a day); whether the proposed double BBQ to replace the existing one is two big; how to avoid sealing the Station Reserve carpark – and more. There’s a full report in DRRA notes.

Sign of the times

Mundaring Shire’s most recent Community Perceptions Survey scored well overall on resident satisfaction, but only 35 per cent gave the Shire a tick on communication on local issues – as illustrated by the lack of consultation when LED Shire signs were erected in three Shire parks at the cost of $150,000. The idea of increased Shire signage on highways to promote local events emerged from an Annual Electors’ Meeting. Somehow that got lost in translation and, around Christmas, Glen Forrest’s leafy train park received an unwelcomed gift. When we heard that more LEDs would follow, DRRA lost little time in saying a polite ‘No thanks’. At the last Mundaring Council meeting, Glen Forrest ratepayers presented a petition with hundreds of signatures requesting the removal of the sign and pointing to a similar LED sign on the local fire station across the road. Signage is important – particularly in relation to raising bushfire awareness – but tucked away in parks is not the way to go.

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8 • Go to www.saveperthhills.net for submission examples & fact sheets • EVERYONE can write in… YOU! Friends, Neighbours, Your KIDS! • Get wri6ng - once it’s gone, it’s gone! SAY NO - AGAIN! th SUBMISSIONS DUE TO $ATTERLEY’S DESTRUCTIVE ‘NORTH $TONEVILLE’
Save Perth Hills

A bridge too far…

On another front, it’s good to report consultation IS happening and hopefully it will illustrate just how important it is for residents and councillors to be proactive early in the planning process. When word went out that the Shire was looking to upgrade two local bridges – the wooden Mofflin footbridge over Nyaania Creek and the Glebe Road bridge – locals contacted DRRA and councillors, and were urged to get neighbours together to gauge responses and provide feedback to the Shire.

The Shire was considering making the footbridge suitable for use by emergency vehicles which struck many as being totally unnecessary given emergency vehicles have access via the heritage trail on one side of the creek and Mofflin Avenue on the other. The local brigade has never requested access to the bridge.

Councillor Trish Cook attended the bridge meeting organised by locals and provided guidance and clarity: upgrading has been deferred but the Shire is investigating options this year. Local Kylie Brinfield tells us : “Infrastructure Manager Shane Purdy has welcomed early community input and we need to question the validity of changes to the footbridge. Too often they get too far down the budgeting, planning and even design path before the community is engaged and it’s such a waste of community funds when they miss the mark. The general feeling is to simply repair the bridge as the main support structure and bearers appear in good condition. We’ve had informal input from a local engineer as well as the local fire brigade and, so far, there’s nothing to suggest that a full upgrade and replacement or widening of the current structure is required.” Kylie would welcome input on the bridge's history and use, past and present so it can become part of the group’s submission to the Shire - kbrinfield@gmail.com

Oval widening proposal

For the latest information on this issue and an update on the way ahead, following several resignations from the Oval Widening Sub-Committee, consult the Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group notes.

Letters to The Review

Alison Atkinson writes ...

From reading the proposal from the sporting clubs as to why the oval should be widened, it appears that they are not predicting much change in the size of their sporting clubs or the number of teams. To widen the oval for the benefit of only a few teams is extremely expensive. Other ovals are only five mins away in Boya and Glen Forrest therefore it is a clear waste of tax payers money to be doing this.

The risk we as a community face if the oval is widened, is that in the future more teams each year of older children will be created and less and less time will be available on the oval for mixed community use. They may be saying there are only two

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more teams now, but there is no guarantee that they will not create many more teams in the future.

Darlington has a beautiful “small village” feeling and the oval and mixed use area in the heart of the community is currently for all to enjoy and mingle and meet and greet in. If large football gatherings and cricket gatherings with people from outside of the area are to be held often in the heart of our village with horns tooting etc, it will change the feel of our community. This is a very special small community feeling and should be preserved.

The more we all meet and greet and mingle on our mixed use community oval the better and the less lonely and isolated people will feel in our “village” of Darlington. I have benefited so much from being with friends on the oval each afternoon in my time of grief and loss. The thing that makes Darlington special is being able to go for a walk and knowing that you’ll bump into someone you know. I don’t want to go for a walk in my own town and be faced with many people from different sporting clubs from all over Perth and not see people that I know in my village any more. This would make Darlington a very different and less desirable place to live. Darlington is very unique in having this “small village” atmosphere and it needs to be preserved. Keep Darlington a small intimate friendly village.

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Kylie Brinfield (far right) with friends on the bridge near her home (in winter when the creek was running).

Letters to The Review

David Shimell writes ...

I cannot help but think of the campaign to stop the development of North Stoneville, where the community is galvanised to prevent this proposal and yet they are asked again because developers wish to go ahead again.

The slogans of the Save the Perth Hills group is Stop the Expansion (again) and Once it's gone it's gone. Perhaps these slogans would apply to our charming oval and to those of us who are desirous of maintaining its uniqueness. Many of us are now engaged on a double front in saving our environment and make no mistake it is exhausting and stressful yet it somehow feels that those agitating for change are not under the same kind of stress.

Let us think about the traffic volume:

Other people have spoken and written about the extra vehicles that will be in attendance, that could easily be as much as 100. This is just guesswork but it goes to the point that letters have been submitted about the concern of the increasing traffic volume. It is noticeable that, currently, there are many vehicles present at practice sessions and matches. People are already in their cars, so could equally well travel to the other ovals that are wide enough to accommodate the relevant playing groups.

Let us look at the expansion statistics:

Darlington Oval is 140m long and 80m wide therefore does not meet the adult requirement size which requires the field

Elizabeth Dumont writes ...

ONCE AGAIN we are being asked “Do we want more Sport on the Oval”? This is the third year in a row we have said “NO, THANK YOU!” The reasons are supremely simple.

SHARING: We already have a great deal of sport on this small “public open space” that serves many community needs and functions. We all enjoy primary school aged cricket and football coaching – kids and Dads have a wonderful time! Everyone loves sharing with senior social cricket on weekends – so picturesque, polite and historical.

DO NOT MOVE TEAMS FROM BOYA OVAL TO DARLINGTON! A ‘want’ is not a ‘need’ especially when it is achieved at Ratepayer expense and at the expense of those already sharing this “public open space” that serves many needs and functions. The most solid reason to move teams from Boya to Darlington given in the proposal to the Shire is that the changerooms are “poor and non compliant”. (Note: The Shire and other users dispute this assertion.)

But if this is, indeed, the case, the funding for widening our village green could be put to better use by upgrading the Boya facility. The teams who currently play on Boya Oval - just four minutes away- have many choices of venue – there are seven in Mundaring Shire alone. There is only one small village green currently used for primary school sports, senior cricket, and the community at large – at no extra cost. All good reasons to keep it as it is.

ENJOYING LIFE! “Public Open Space” is a highly treasured village asset meant to promote health, happiness and well being for an entire community of all ages and interests to walk, run, dance,

to be between 110m to 115m wide. However Boya Oval and Glen Forrest Oval do have the width and depth to meet this requirement. Darlington therefore has to be expanded by a minimum of 30m. And guess what? We also have to put in place buffer zones between 20m and 40m wide. Yes, a lot of flora will have to make way for these structural alterations. I have not yet counted how many trees and xanthorres will have to be removed but I hazard a guess at least 20.

That is particularly sad as the community many years ago resisted the wholesale slaughter of our pine trees and have allowed them to grow old and die gracefully before removing them and replacing them with deciduous Ash and Liquid Amber specimens.

Members of the community nurture these young trees in our hot summers by giving their time to water and feed them. In time our oval will have mature trees providing shade for our juniors to enjoy their play on and restore the cool and beauty the towering pines gave us 10 years ago.

In conclusion I do not believe this expansion of the oval has community wide support and I am not convinced the broader Darlington community is even aware it is occurring.

Surprisingly, many people do not read the Darlington Review, do not have access to the Darling Hub Facebook page and reading a 27 page report on the DaSRA website.

fly kites, walk dogs, building friendships, sunbathe, listen to a wandering ukulele, celebrate birthdays, picnic, read under trees.... It can be difficult to keep such treasures. Someone else always wants them.

PROMISES GIVEN! PROMISES KEPT? We can no longer walk our dogs off lead on the Heritage Trail. When new rules were handed down some time ago Darlington protested with spirit.

We were told by the Shire that Darlington Oval would be our “off lead” facility. With the changes requested by the sports clubs, teams will often be using the whole oval every day and some evenings. Inevitably dogs would be required on lead or off the oval entirely depending on what sport was being played and how much boundary was required.

GREATER NEED EXISTS ELSEWHERE IN THE SHIRE. The Shire is currently considering a wide number of capital work requests from community organisations right across the Shire.

Most of those submissions are fully supported by enthusiastic organisations and grateful communities. In Darlington it is completely unreasonable to think that RATEPAYERS should be asked to underwrite an extravagant ‘WANT’!

It is certainly not a ‘NEED’! It is unreasonable to ask a community to give up a well used public open space for sports teams who already enjoy purpose built facilities provided by the Ratepayers.

WRITE IN SUPPORT of keeping our Public Open Space as is. Send to Shane Purdy, Infrastructure Manager, shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au or mail to 7000 Great Eastern Highway, WA 6073

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Vale The man with the camera: Richard Woldendorp

Australia, Western Australia – and Darlington – lost a favourite son in the passing in April of photographer Richard Woldendorp, the man who ‘painted’ breathtaking abstract landscapes with his camera, letting Australians see their remotest regions as never before.

He hung out of the window of low-flying Cessnas to capture his stunning images and they have become his unmatched legacy to the nation. After growing up during the hard times of Hitler’s occupation of the Netherlands and serving in the Dutch army, Richard initially wanted to learn to paint and found a home in Darlington at a time when a string of notable artists turned our village into the place to be for young artists. Then he acquired a camera, and used it to become an artist.

He found the best of partners in beautiful Lyn who played a vital role in supporting his career and promoting his artistry. The couple had three daughters – Yolanta, Gemma and Eva – and home became a stunning house on the edge of Darlington overlooking bushland. Richard embedded himself in the community, a genial and generous figure, always with a camera.

He became a legend in his lifetime and a State Living Treasure, but at heart he was a man of family and community, who loved a good party, was a mentor to many and never lost his wonder at the beauty and complexity of the natural world. His final book, The Tree, was a powerful call for the preservation of Australia’s wild places. Richard passed away surrounded by his beloved family and you’ll find a comprehensive Vale to him in Mundaring Arts Centre notes.

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Darlington Sports and Recreation Association (DASRA)

Yes, DASRA are still fundraising. There are fridges to buy and gas cylinder cages to build, power extensions, insurance, and general housekeeping to maintain, the list goes on! And so, we’d like to remind everyone of the fabulous Alistair Taylor and his generous donation, which has been the gift that keeps giving and is still available to buy. If you haven’t had one, or need another then please get in touch.

Just to remind you a little about the man, Alistair Taylor has been decorated with many art awards over the years, including the Robert Juniper Landscape Prize. He studied illustration in Bath Academy of Art before going on to a career as an illustrator in the UK. While cutting his teeth as an illustrator, Alistair now illustrates less and paints more, some may have seen his paintings exhibited at the Juniper Galleries in Darlington. He has generously backed the community in many ways but most notably with his illustration of the village green which was created and donated to DASRA specifically to raise funds for the Pavilion build. Alistair was asked to create a unique ‘Darlington’ image but no one imagined how far that image would go, and how much we have all embraced its quirky depiction of local life. This image, launched at the 2018 Darlington Arts Festival, and has since become synonymous with our beloved village green and represents what we all love about where we live. The image is still available as a Limited-Edition Print and on the T Shirts, and was also reworked and hand painted onto a new section of the Community Pavilion.

To purchase the print or T-Shirt, you can email secretary@ darlingtonpavilion.com. au or call Cam on 0418 936 544.

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Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG)

Delegates are reminded that the next quarterly DCRAG meeting will be held at the Darlington Pavilion on May 22nd 2023. Observers are welcome but discussions will be limited to DCRAG delegates.

Oval Widening and Realignment Proposal

The 2021 proposal, to widen and realign the Darlington Oval is currently being pursued by the Junior Cricket, Social Cricket and Football Sports Clubs.

The Darlington Sports and Recreation Association (DaSRA), are assisting with communication and host the proposal on their website which can be found through the link below / Oval Updates March 2023 https://www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au/our-projects

DCRAG Oval Subcomittee

The objectives of the subcommittee were:

• Review the Sports Groups’ proposal for widening and realigning the Darlington Oval.

• Obtain detailed information about the use of the oval by the sports groups and casual users.

• Encourage and seek a wide engagement of the Darlington community in discussion of the proposal.

• Receive and gather and review the feedback concerning the Sports Groups proposal to widen and realign the oval.

• Use a range of different engagement strategies to maximise responses from the broad community.

• Present updates at DCRAG meetings aiming for a full report two weeks prior to November (2022) meeting.

The Subcommittee formed early 2022 was paused for almost a year while the Shire considered the technical capability of the proposal. The subcommittee recommenced in February 2023, but unfortunately will disband earlier than anticipated, with all members having now resigned from this ambitious and prolonged task.

A Subcommittee report will be submitted to DCRAG for the May meeting outlining their achievements and challenges thus far. I extend our sincere thanks to all the members who stepped up to this task and contributed in good faith for the betterment of our community.

Shire of Mundaring (SOM) - Recreation Facilities Informing Stategy (RFIS)

As advised by Kirk Kitchin, Shire Manager for Recreation at the February meeting, there is a plan for a whole of Shire RFIS to occur later this year (subject to continued funding in the 2023/23 budget).

The objective of the 2024 RFIS is to deliver an updated strategy and action plan, assess costs and priorities on the range of practical and realistic requested capital projects, and strike a balance between the community’s needs, expectations and sustainability requirements. The Shire will utilize independent consultants to review all our sporting and recreation requirements and facilities.

Given the unresolved divisiveness regarding this oval widening and realignment proposal, and the disbanding of the subcommittee, it seems appropriate for the independent Shire consultants to assess the proposal in line with the whole of Shire RFIS later this year.

DCRAG Comment on the Proposal

As per DCRAG remit, delegates will assess the subcommittee’s report and provide advice to the Shire regarding on the proposal in due course after the May meeting.

Additionally DCRAG will pass on all the subcommittee information already received on this proposal to the Shire, to be incorporated in the RFIS analysis.

Future Community Feedback

Future feedback on the proposal may be submitted directly to the shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au Attention: Infrastructure Services.

You are welcome to copy in local South Ward councillors found here: https://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/council/council-meetingsand-council-members/council-members-and-wards.aspx

Further Details on the Proposal

DaSRA will continue to liaise with the sports clubs and answer proposal specific questions.

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14 Darlington Review – February 2023 Matthew Hughes MLA JP Member for Kalamunda Electorate Kalamunda Office: Shop 9, Kalamunda Central Railway Road, Kalamunda WA 6076 Mundaring Office: Wednesday - Friday 9am to 12 By Appointment only 3/7160 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring (Next to Patch of Country Cafe)
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Matthew Hughes MLA JP | Member for Kalamunda

On Thursday 20 April, the McGowan Government released a revised planning policy framework in response to the 2019 Action Plan for Bushfire Framework Review. The action plan and review of the bushfire policy frameworks were undertaken in response to community concerns about bushfire reforms implemented in 2015.

The draft State Planning Policy 3.7: Bushfire and Planning for Bushfire Guidelines has been informed by extensive policy development, consultation and testing and is now open for public comment.

Significant changes have been made to the policy and supporting guidelines to incorporate a contemporary best-practice approach to planning in bushfire prone areas and address implementation issues experienced with the previous policy framework.

Comprehensive engagement with the development sector, local government and industry has helped identify key improvements to the State's bushfire planning framework which include: a stronger emphasis on considering bushfire requirements in early planning stages; new polic y provisions to apply to different categories on the draft Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas; introduction of an assessment of the broader landscape surrounding a development site, as a means of identifying locations with an unacceptable level of bushfire risk; an outcomes-based approach to facilitate improved flexibility and understanding by decision-makers; and clearer guidance and a more user-friendly format as the guidelines are now divided into sections based on the planning stage

A draft Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas has also been released to assist in discussions on the draft policy and guidelines. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be seeking feedback on the draft map in the second half of 2023, to inform a final map, with submissions to be made via bushfiremap@ dfes.wa.gov.au.

The Minister for Planning has made it clear that the McGowan Labor Government is committed to improving Western Australia's planning framework and to correct the inherited issues of the current framework for bushfire prone areas. The revised policy will improve the consideration of bushfire requirements early in the planning process, and also proposes a more measured response to development within existing built-up urban areas.

As mentioned, the policy improvements have been informed by extensive consultation. Importantly, however, feedback that the Government receives from the public comment period will inform the final policy and guidelines to ensure they deliver what the community needs.

The vast majority of Western Australia is bushfire prone land that requires management. As residents of the Hills are keenly aware we are seeing the frequency and severity of bushfires increasing due to climate change. Consequently, it is incredibly important that the tools we have at our disposal to map bushfire risk utilise the latest technology and research to ensure the highest accuracy possible.

The changes made to the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas better reflect bushfire risk across WA and will vastly improve decision making and that may be subject to further changes to form a final position.

I would urge readers to consider making a submission on the draft State Planning Policy 3.7: Bushfire and Planning for Bushfire Guidelines by visiting https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/. The opportunity to comment closes on Monday 17 July 2023.

As a reminder, I have opened a satellite office adjacent to the Patch of Country Café on Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring. The office is generally staffed between 9am and 12 noon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week. It is best, however, to make an appointment by phoning my Kalamunda office on 92934747 rather than just calling in at the Mundaring office on spec.

Darlington Retirement Accommodation Association (Inc)

Winter is Coming

The Darlington Glen management committee is busily preparing the units and gardens of the Glen for the upcoming winter months. The drainage grates have all been cleaned and a quote was obtained to fill in and repair several potholes in the driveways which has now been completed.

The sprinkler system will be turned on and off by local expert Leueen as soon as we start using it once a week and turned off totally in the winter months. Also some minor repairs to the system will be deferred until spring. As mentioned in the last report, it is great to see the Wooroloo team back on board and scheduled to return monthly to see to our gardening requirements. A special mention must be made of the Wooroloo team who made some urgently needed repairs to the Glen trailer which now has a new tray and a new coat of paint. So

special thanks to supervisor Jake McGuinness for supervising the renovation and repairs.

There is also more good news regarding the use of the now almost new Glen trailer which is used to collect all the gardening rubbish. A good Samaritan from our great Darlington community has offered to take the trailer and green waste contents to the tip whenever the need arises, usually after the monthly visit from the Wooroloo team.

On the safety side all the units’ smoke alarms have been tested and checked out okay. There are a few minor issues regarding the solar panels which will be fixed, together with a few other minor maintenance issues. So bring on the winter. We are all prepared!

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Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA)

The recent meeting of the Darlington Residents and Ratepayers Association (DRRA) discussed various concerns of local residents. Chair of DRRA, Anthony Spagnolo, reported on attending the Shire meeting on April 12th and spoke to two submissions from DRRA. The first submission was for a design competition for the proposed new Mundaring town cultural precinct, and the second was for the adoption of a placemaking strategy in the Shire, both motions were supported at the Shire Annual Electors meeting and are being considered by councillors.

The meeting also discussed the Save Perth Hills campaign against the proposed north Stoneville development by Satterley Property Group. The proposed development was discussed, and concerns were raised about its implications on traffic flow, bushfire danger, flora and fauna, wastewater management, property values, and noise and light pollution. Peter Brazier and Debbie Bishop from the Save Perth Hills campaign provided an update to the meeting and raised these concerns. They also discussed an Electors Meeting at the Council Offices in Mundaring, which was to be held on April 19th, where they will review the Shire response to ensure that all concerns are incorporated.

The meeting also discussed the parking issues at the Darlington Post Office. The business owner of the Post Office, Aaron (pictured below), raised concerns about the lack of parking for customers, particularly for the elderly and/or those with a disability who need to park close by. The Shire has contacted DRRA and is considering a ten-minute parking bay or to allow Aaron to put up a sign during business hours indicating Post Office only bays. Aaron indicated his preference was to be allowed to place an A-frame sign indicating dedicated parking bay during his business hours which are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

Additionally, the meeting discussed the Darlington Station Reserve, where the drinking station needs to be replaced. Gill Scott suggested that Friends of Darlington (FODS) will take the request to the Shire for an upgrade unless DRRA can do so. DRRA agreed to write to the Shire to request a replacement drinking station as well. The area was recently graded but now has several potholes which need to be filled, and Cr. Trish Cook has been working to ensure that the potholes are repaired.

The proposed BBQ upgrade at Darlington Oval was discussed, and the meeting resolved to pass on feedback requesting the proposed structure (sketch pictured above) be scaled back to accommodate two BBQs as opposed to the four.

The meeting also discussed the need for a more holistic approach to tree planting in the village. Raymond Leclezio raised concerns about the issue, and Liz Dumont recommended the formation of a specific community group tasked with oversight of tree planting. Ceri Kitely reported that current tree planting efforts may need more assistance with the oval tree planting strategy. DRRA will include the tree planting strategy as an agenda item in future community meetings.

The next DRRA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 11 May 2023 at the Darlington Hall at 7:30 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions on issues concerning the community

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000 is the ONLY number to ring for all fire and smoke sightings.

Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

The ComCen will page our members who are on duty.

For general Brigade enquiries please ring 9299 7217. Station hours: Saturday 9am-10:30am.

Web: darlingtonfire.org.au • Facebook: Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade • Instagram: dvbfb_

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at the Darlington Fire Station.

Despite the cooler weather and recent periods of rain, our late summer and continued soil dryness means that fires can still burn easily in the bush. The Shire of Mundaring is still in a Restricted Burning period, and permits to burn must be obtained for all running fires (day and night), all burning before 6pm, and multiple piles or piles larger than one square metre after 6pm. Permits can be applied for online, via the Shire’s website, or at the Darlington Fire Station on Saturday mornings between 9am-10am. If you are planning to conduct a burn on your property, please contact the Shire to confirm conditions and any restrictions or prohibitions, and register your burn with DFES on 9395 9209.

Otherwise, small piles of garden refuse no bigger than one square metre may be burnt after 6pm without a permit, but under strict conditions including; the Fire Danger Rating is not High, Extreme or Catastrophic, only one pile alight at any time between 6pm and midnight, keep a 3m clearance around any fire, have a means of extinguishing the fire within reach, a capable adult in attendance AT THE FIRE at all times, the fire is completely extinguished by midnight (NO heat, smoke, steam, white ash). If you are lighting a fire at your residence register the fire with DFES on 9395 9209, and consider the impact of smoke on your neighbours. Please refer to the Shire’s website for additional conditions.

Due to the delay of permits being issued, and recent High fire danger ratings, the Brigade has had to delay its seasonal Hazard Reduction Burns programme. This, coupled with future rains means we may not have the opportunity to conduct many of the burns we have planned, and we apologise in advance if we cannot complete our promised burns. When undertaken, HRBs

are a great opportunity for our trainee 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 consider assisting you with a hazard reduction burn on your property, you can call the Station on 9299 7217 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 area, fuel load, topography, access, time to burn etc. (please note: the timing of HRBs are also subject to weather and environmental considerations).

As we move away from the summer fire season, the Brigade turns its focus to training, and maintaining skills for new and experienced members alike. If you have ever thought about joining your local volunteer bush fire brigade, the cooler winter months are an ideal time to join, as you can undertake all the required training to be ready for next fire season. If you would like more details, or just have some questions to ask, feel free to contact the brigade to find out more (membership@darlingtonfire.org.au), or better still, come and see us at the Darlington Fire Station on a Saturday morning between 9-10.30 am.

“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives.” ~

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Cricket for a Good Cause

Junior cricketers from the Kalamunda Cricket Club (KCC) made a real difference last month through their Net 24 fundraiser.

Established in 2022 by eight KCC under-11’s, known as the “Green Machine”, the aim of Net 24 is to raise funds each year for a children’s charity. Last year the Starlight Children’s Foundation was the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts and this year the selected charity was Rebound WA which assists Western Australians living with physical disability to lead fuller, more active and connected lives by removing barriers to participation.

To support their cause, the under-11s were joined this year by the under-10s and under-14s in a non-stop 24 hour net session at Kalamunda’s Kostera Oval. Throughout the night there were shifts but the nets were never allowed to be empty with a batter and a bowler always in play.

The boys raised in excess of $20,000 which will support Rebound WA to purchase a custom-built trailer to expand the sport of frame running across WA. Frame running uses a supportive three-wheeled frame allowing people with disability who have mobility issues to experience the joy of running.

Net 24 is all about “kids helping kids” and these wonderful young West Australians are certainly role models to their peers and the wider community. I was delighted to support their fundraiser and look forward to helping out again next year.

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre

Writing Workshop So You Want to Write Pillow Talk

Saturday 27 May 2023, 1.00-4.00pm

Writing Workshop

So You Want to Learn Rainbow Storytelling

Saturday 20 May 2023, 1.00-2.30pm

Everybody has an interesting story to tell, so why not tell yours? Join trans writer and radio maker, Sam Elkin for an engaging workshop to discuss the fundamentals of rainbow life writing, gain tips to access your memories and bring the details of your experiences to life. Born in England and raised on Noongar land, Sam now lives on unceded Wurundjeri land. Sam's essays have been published in the Griffith Review and Kill Your Darlings and is co-editor of Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to experienced adult or young adult writers (16+) who are interested in life writing.

Tickets: $25 KSP members, $40 non-members.

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award is dead: long live the Bad Sex Award. Why is that sex scenes are so often excruciating to read? This workshop will explore how the verbal, rather than the venal, is the essence of eros in fiction, and can help authors escape the trap of unintentional hilarity. This workshop is run by Myles McGuire, a writer and editor from Brisbane, Australia. He has been published in Griffith Review, Voiceworks and Overland Online, and nominated for the Peter Carey Short Story Award. As a literary interviewer he has conducted in-conversations with Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times #1 Bestsellers. He works as a librarian and teaches writing at the Queensland University of Technology.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to experienced adult writers.

Tickets: $35 KSP members, $50 non-members.

For more information on our residencies, competitions or other activities please visit the KSP website www.kspwriterscentre.com or phone the office on 08 9294 1872. KSP Writers’ Centre is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring.

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Darlington Bushwalking Series

Contact Details

Phone: 9299 6696 Email: cliffburns@iprimus.com.au

Here We Go – Back on the Trail….

Dust off those walking boots/shoes. Walking season starts 4th June. No membership or meetings required, but bookings are essential. Join us for some fun-time Sunday mornings in our beautiful and peaceful bushlands and parklands. It is also a great way to enjoy some social time with other like-minded people. Last season some 109 different people participated in programme with an average of 31 participants on each walk. This will be our 16th Season.

Season 2023 Bookings now OPEN.

18 bushland and parkland walks. Programme summary below.

2023 Walking Programme Announced

The 2023 Programme is summarised below. Email Cliff cliffburns@iprimus.com.au to make a booking or to enquire about the Programme. You will receive a reply with full details of the 2023 Programme. You can book the whole season or individual walks.

“Bushwalk News”

Ask to be placed on the “Bushwalk News” email list, and you will receive all the new information “hot off the press”.

“Jolly Jurien Jaunt” Weekend Adventure

August 25-28 or September 22-25 – Based at Jurien Bay, 219km north of Perth, is where we find some of WA’s best kept secrets. Mt Lesueur wildflowers in peak season the fascinating Pinnacles geological phenomenons and the Ponar Walk are found here.

The Adventure Weekend includes excellent bushwalks and hilarious social activities. Full information and an opportunity to secure a spot on one of these weekends can be attained by emailing Cliff Burns at cliffburns@iprimus.com.au

The Challenge is on – Walking does us a power of good !!!!!

See you on the track.

Cliff Burns (Organizer and Guide) 9299 6696

Darlington Bush & Variety Walk Series

BOOKINGS NOW OPEN (# indicates a new walk)

Residents invited - 18 Sunday morning bush and variety walks

First in, first served. Book as many walks as you wish. Sunday mornings ($5 each) & “Jolly Jurien Jaunt” Weekend.

Sun. 4John Forrest Nat. Park & Glen Dam

Sun. 11 # Canning Regional Park & Riverton


Sun. 18Settlers Common Bushlands

Sun. 25Swan River – East of Perth

Sun. 2 # Carmel Bushlands Loop

Sun. 9LakeLeschenaultia Bushlands

Phone: Cliff Burns 9299 6696


Sun. 16 # Schipp Rd Bushlands, Piesse Brook

Sun. 23 # Swan River & Old Guildford

Sun. 30Bells Rapids and Mount Mambup

Sun. 6 # Berry Reserve and Noble Falls

Sun. 13John Forrest Nat. Park & Jane Brook



Sun. 20 # Mokine Nature Res. and Farm Walk


Sun. 3 # Banyowla Reg. Park, Water Channel

Sun. 10 # Alp Road Reserve Sawyers Valley

Sun. 17 # Sullivan Rock, Mt Vincent, Mt Cuthbert


Sun. 1 # South Darlington Bushlands

Sun. 8 # Wandoo Nature Res & Susannah Br. Oct.

Sun. 15 # Lesmurdie Falls & WIND-UP

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It’s not the thinking that matters. It’s the doing that gets results.
For programme, info. & bookings: Email: cliffburns@iprimus.com.au

Forrest Darlings CWA

Every year the Country Womens Association of WA selects a country of study. The country of study for 2023 is Malaysia. At each meeting we aim to learn a little more about our country of study through a short presentation or similar.

At our April meeting, member Heather baked a pandan cake for everyone to enjoy. This cake is often considered the national cake of Malaysia. Pandan cake, also known as pandan chiffon cake, is a light, fluffy, green-coloured sponge cake traditionally flavoured with the juices of Pandanus amaryllifolius leaves. Everyone agreed it was delicious!

Some of you may remember that we made a large crochet Christmas tree for display at the Darlington Arts Festival two years ago. The group has now decided to repurpose the knitted granny squares from the tree to make blankets which may be donated or offered for sale for fundraising.

Save the date: Visit our stall at Mundaring Garden and Farmers Market on Saturday 6 May from 9am. We will have a range of handmade crafts and tasty baked goods for sale. Please come and support us.

The Forrest Darlings branch of CWA meets monthly on the third Wednesday (7pm) at Darlington Pavilion. For further information about visiting or joining the branch please call Kate Herren (President) on 0452 644 248.

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Rotary Club of Midland Swan Valley (Swan Rotary)

Pride of Workmanship Awards provide an opportunity for employers to recognise employees who demonstrate outstanding qualities and commitment for their role in the workplace. Swan Rotary is calling for nominations from employers wishing to acknowledge dedicated employees at our Pride of Workmanship Awards event to be held in July 2023.

What is the purpose of a Pride of Workmanship Award?

• To promote Vocational Service.

• To encourage Pride of Workmanship in all vocations.

• To provide employers with an opportunity to recognise employees who display those qualities which are worthy of an award.

• To encourage favourable employer/employee relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement.

• To provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved in the community.

The origin of the programme

“Pride of Workmanship” was launched as a Rotary project in June 1975.

The aim was to encourage a much-needed pride in personal performance in the workplace and to help create a national attitude for the benefit of our country.

A plaque bearing the now familiar slogan - “Do it once, Do it well, Build a Better Australia”, for display in their workplace, will be presented to awardees.

What ’s on at the Hub of the Hills in May

Book Cafe & High Tea | Tuesday 9 May | 9am to 11am

Cancer Council Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

The program has been adopted by over 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Malaysia, Canada, and the United States.


1. The emphasis is on the theme: “Do it once; Do it well; Build a better Australia”

2. The Pride of Workmanship Award is designed to acknowledge an employee, irrespective of age or vocation, who, in the eyes of their employer, displays out- standing qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to their job.

3. The Award is intended to cover all aspects of work performance and ethics, inclusive of quality and quantity of output, safety, initiative, sense of responsibility, etc.

4. Pride of Workmanship is not a competition. It is a recognition of individual achievement and commitment. Local businesses are invited to submit nominations to secretary@swanrotary.org.au by 31 May 2023. Nominations forms and further guidelines are available from David Uhe (duhe@bigpond.net.au ) or 0419 904 010.

Swan Rotary - come and make a difference with us!

We meet at 7th Avenue Tavern, Midland, Mondays 6.30pm. Contact: Betty Pitcher: Mobile 0408 912 101.

High Tea, raffles and a huge selection of good quality pre-loved books for sale. All money raised will be donated to Cancer Council of WA. Come along and support this major fundraising event.

Gadgets & Gizmos | Tuesdays | 9.30am to 11.30am | Free Get help using electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

Weekly Coffee Morning | Tuesdays | 9.30am

Come and enjoy catching up with friends or meeting new friends. Free tea and coffee, home made morning tea for only $2. All welcome.

The Active Ageing Network is looking for volunteers for the weekly Coffee Morning roster. Please call Rachael on 9290 6683 if interested.

The Hub of the Hills, 8 Craig Street, Mundaring 9290 6683 cso4@mundaring.wa.gov.au | Officer present on: Tuesday 8.30am to 11.30am | Wednesday 9am to 12pm | Thursday 10am to 2pm

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Doris Across the Nullarbor by Darlington residents John Revill and Marie Fennell

We spent the first two weeks of our trip with Doris traveling from home across the Nullarbor Plain and through parts of South Australia and Victoria to Hawkesbury in NSW. Doris proved herself to be very economical on fuel consumption at an average 110km/hr. She was also able to tackle the shocking road conditions resulting from all the flooding in the Eastern States. The surfaces of both the major highways and minor

backroads are severely damaged and hazardous to all vehicles, due to numerous large potholes and the subsequent rippling of the bitumen that results in a very bumpy ride.

Everything went according to our well planned itinerary as we took time out to visit several interesting attractions in small towns and villages along the way that proved to be a relaxing rest stop for Doris and her driver plus the navigator. The final rest stop, before reaching our ultimate destination at Kurrajong Village, was at the Hawkesbury Lookout in Yellomundee Regional Park. Here we enjoyed panoramic views across the Hawkesbury River and the Eastern Plains to the Sydney skyline on the horizon ... Doris has safely completed over 4,000km since leaving home on 25th March without a problem.

On Thursday 6th April our first job was to thoroughly wash and polish Doris before descending the steep hill from our Airbnb in Kurrajong to the Clarendon Race Course and registering her as an entrant in the Australian Street Rod Federation 25th National Show over the Easter weekend.

Doris participated in the Observation Run on the Friday (the prize for the winner was a fully built 350 Chev engine!). Joining the cavalcade of Street Rods and Custom Cars she cruised through the streets of Richmond and Windsor and we explored the surrounding countryside looking for the answers to the clues on the run sheet. The next day, Saturday, was an early start to her trip to the showground as she needed to be displayed and ready for the arrival of ‘Joe Public’ at 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Mundaring and Hills Historical Society

Hovea Falls Bridge – John Forrest National Park

John Forrest National Park is WA’s first national park and is a popular location for the local community and tourists. However, it has been a long time since any significant improvements were made to the park’s facilities. Consultation between Department of Biodiversity Culture and Attractions (DBCA), key stakeholder groups and the Whadjuk Noongar traditional owners resulted in workshops, meetings and a public survey.

Amongst the issues raised in these meetings, was the removal of the bridge over Hovea Falls in 2019. The bridge was built in 1941 to provide access over the Hovea Falls and had significant historic value to the park. When it was first removed, we were told that it would be replaced. However, MHHS has been keeping a close eye on developments, and a meeting took place on site between DBCA, MHHS and HRRA where future plans for the area were discussed. There were no plans for a bridge.

The outcome of this meeting prompted MHHS to contact the Minister for the Environment, Reece Whitby MLA (Minister for Environment and Climate Action). We received a response which included a link to a project outline which is available to view on: https://www.dbca.wa.gov. au/parks-and-wildlife-service/john-forrestnational-park-improvement-project

Fortunately, this project outline does include a bridge over the Hovea Falls.

The following issues were flagged when we were researching the reasons for the replacement of the bridge.

SAFETY ISSUES - Visitors to the park are attempting to cross at the base of the falls where the water is rushing, and the rocks are jagged and slippery. We have seen some adults carrying children on their shoulders. This is an accident waiting to happen and could be avoided if a bridge was provided.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - Damage is evident upstream from the bridge site where visitors have tramped through the riparian vegetation at a shallow section of Jane Brook.

SOCIAL VALUES - A bridge has been at this crossing for eighty years and has featured in most promotions of JFNPk. Crossing this bridge had become an integral part of the John Forrest National Park experience.

General Meeting Saturday 17th June

2pm Boya Community Hall

Cnr Scott and Clayton Rds Boya

Followed by Guest Speaker – Rob Borsje

‘Birth of a Town’

Afternoon Tea for a gold coin donation

Ph: 9295 0540 | E: mhhs@mundaringhistory.org

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Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS)

The Race is On!

I am referring to the race between the weeds and our existing plants and volunteer self sewn natives; I have certainly noticed the weeds making a start in my garden. Also very noticeable is the flowering of the WEEDY WATTLE, Acacia Iteaphila (identify it now as no local species are in flower) and it has seeded further and further since last year; I see it colonising verges all over Darlington and choking out our local native plants. I encourage you all to pull all new seedlings up and remove the mature plants where you can. Local wildflower nurseries can help you with local alternatives. I was able to photograph a couple of local heroes today:

We FODS have started our working season on the reserve with much raking of leaves, collecting of debris and removal of a few dead plants. The reserve looks so much better for all the hard work. Next working Sunday is 30th April and all are welcome. Any queries, please contact Jane on 0477 987 048.

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(Left): Hakea Petiolaris - much loved by the Red-Tailed Forest Cockatoos, looks wonderful on the Station Reserve and up towards Glen Forrest on the Heritage Trail and (right) Eucalyptus Macrocarpa or Rose of the West. Also seen up near Glen Forrest on the trail; so beautiful.

Darlington Community Garden (DCG)

Did you know Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington is well-known for the talented fish throwers of piled high stacks of fresh-caught king salmon and halibut and their accompanying loud hollering ... it’s so unique and worldfamous YET for Shelton checking out and showing His Tile to whoever is visiting far outstrips this and all else...

You see over 40 years ago in the 1980’s the Market floor needed fixing, and thousands of people paid to put their name or message on a tile and Shelton and his son’s name are on one. And having a second home in Seattle has meant we have spent long periods of time there and Pike Place Market is a favourite for us... and one of the important things to do when we visit is to check out the Market Tiles. I love how he most excitedly does this.

For me the Darlington Garden Mosaic Tile project is a lot like this. It is creating a piece of Darlington history and art for all to enjoy for many, many years far into the future. A place to come and visit and remember just like Shelton does with his tile. Imagine the squeals of delight as your kids or grandkids or future generations come searching for and find your special tiles(s).

Have you and/or your kids made your tile yet?

There is still time on Saturdays from 9am led by SALLY HERZFELD. Come hail or shine. Be one of the 500!

Treetops Montessori and children from the Hills After-School Care Association.

And Sally has held weekly workshops on Saturday mornings at the Garden over summer 2022/23 for creating the rest of the mosaic slabs.

The mosaics will be laid in a decorative border around the main Arbour. Mosaic inlaid lettering spelling Darlington Community Garden in the central entrance to the Arbour will welcome and invite people in.

Supplies for the mosaics like old kitchen and bathroom tiles have been donated by the community from people's homes and sheds. Midland Brick donated 500 concrete pavers for the base for the mosaics and most recently we are very grateful for a Matching Grant for $2000 from the Shire of Mundaring. Yet we need lots more funds for laying the tiles and paving brick border. Quotes are well over $10,000 for labour and supplies.

The mosaic tile and brick border for the Arbour is part of the larger community garden plan which was created in consultation with the community by our Garden Design Leader, Kylie Brinfield. Darlington’s wonderful Sally, recognising that creating the mosaics would bring people together, foster ownership, connection and belonging in the community while offering the opportunity to learn new skills, put her hand up and has doggedly and brilliantly led the project.

The mosaic pavers have been created by at least 350 people of the Darlington and Shire community, including children working on them since April 2022 in three local primary schools - Helena College; Junior and Senior, Darlington Primary School,

We need Donations and/ or Discounts from Brickies and paving tradespeople to install the pavers and for bricks and materials. Submit your Offer/Quote now.

Also, the idea is community volunteers and garden members will help the paving contractor where safe to do so.

Back in October 2021 Review I talked about how “solid and deep foundations create a strong and lasting base on which to grow” and how it was an important theme for our Garden and the mosaic tile project is yet another example of this.

As well as beautifying the garden, providing a sense of ownership by all who contribute a paver the Arbour mosaics project is creating a piece of Darlington history.

And WooHoo! Fruit and nut tree planting has begun! More on this next month.

Hope to connect in the Garden, Cheers Susie

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(Left): Shire President, Cr James Martin with Shelton and Sally showing a tile that has been made which represents the Shire. (Right): Sally and community members creating tiles.

Journey Through A Landscape

Australian State and National galleries. He held over 45 solo shows and contributed to many more. He authored over 20 books, publishing many of these himself.

Richard, with his wife Lyn, lived in Darlington for many years, bringing up their three girls and forging strong relationships with his local contemporaries, including Bob Juniper, Brian McKay, David Gregson, Philippa and Collin O’Brien, John Beaton, Nigel Hewitt, Ben Joel, and fellow Dutchman, Hans Arkeveld. His relationship with Mundaring Arts Centre (MAC) started during this time, not only as an artist but also personally. His family have been intimately involved with MAC Inc.’s evolution through the generosity of their time, his skills as a photographer, their creative skills and reputation. Lyn was always involved with MAC Inc.’s WOWA (Worn Out Wearable Art) program which had the best photographs for many years - his ever-alert eye guiding a camera that was never far from his hands.

Community was important to Richard, serving as Patron of the Darlington Arts Festival on more than one occasion, as Patron of the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust since 2013, and as a Patron and Life Member of MAC Inc. for many years.

Born in the Netherlands, Richard Woldendorp showed an interest in painting and drawing from an early age, studying commercial art and design whilst developing his hand at landscape painting. After spending three years in Indonesia on a posting with the Dutch army, he decided to emigrate to the warmer climes of Australia, arriving in WA in January 1951. Starting work as a painting contractor he began to see a lot of WA.

In 1955, Richard planned a holiday back to Holland and bought a folding Voightländer 6x9 camera, beginning his long association with photography. He became fascinated with the camera as a creative tool and consequently joined several camera clubs to improve and broaden his range of skills. By 1961 he won his first two accolades in the Craven-A National Photographic competition and embarked on establishing himself as a professional photographer. Intrigued by the unusualness of the Australian landscape, he became a landscape photographer with a strong bias for aerial photography, which he felt captured the vastness of the outback best.

Richard’s aspirations included, equally, the personal development of his work and the maintenance of a successful photography business, ‘Photo Index’, WA’s first photo library. In 1991 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, in 1998 an Honorary Life Member and in 2002 he was admitted into the ACMP Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was honoured as a State Living Treasure for his outstanding contribution to the visual arts, his skill, talent and intensity as a photographer and his original and awe-inspiring vision of the Australian landscape. In 2005, LotteryWest named him “Inspirational West Australian”, and in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed the Order of Australia “For service to the arts as an Australian landscape photographer.”

Richard’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia, USA and Europe with his photography held in the collections of most

In 2018, MAC was privileged to present Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective, an exhibition of Richard’s early black and white photographs taken by him and printed by him. Although best known for his aerial landscape photography, the black and white images surveyed not only captured candid moments of historic relevance and the phenomena of the physical world, they cemented Richard’s place as one of this country’s great story tellers.

Richard’s passing will leave a huge hole in the fabric of the local community. To encompass the words of Gary Dufour, “… (Richard’s) images, like those of all great artists, give you the extra visual tools with which to make your everyday experiences in the world just that little bit richer.” Knowing Richard made all our lives just that little bit richer. Rest in peace our dear friend.

Vale Richard Woldendorp AM |1
1927 - 11
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Mundaring | Midland Junction Arts Centre

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

Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

If you haven’t seen Altered States by seminal artist Stuart Elliott you still have time –it closes on Sunday 7 May, a not to be missed exhibition.

From Saturday 20 May, Genius Loci, Spirit of Place artists Shelley Cowper, Haya Hagit Cohen and Elmari Steyn explore the intricate ties between place, space, feelings and emotions, where the heart and mind work together to construct a spiritual connection to place; communicating this through traditional printmaking techniques and mixed media works.

In Gallery 2, Barbara Gell captures feelings and impressions of being in the Perth Hills’ Whistlepipe Gully, and a sense of place through her paintings and drawings. Geometric structure forms the scaffolding on which a variety of marks reintroduce the tangle of natural forms. Gell’s work is centred around the push and pull of chaos and order.

Altered States is on display until 7 May 2023.

Genius Loci, Spirit of Place and Into the Gully are on display from 20 May to 16 July 2023

Coming up:

Public Program details available via our website mundaringartscentre.com.au

Image: Elmari Steyn, Story Tree I, 2022, multi-plate viscosity etching, 107 x 70 x 3 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Midland Junction Arts Centre | 276 Great Eastern Hwy (corner Cale St) 9250 8062 | midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au

Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm

The Galleries are currently closed for a lighting upgrade but never fear, workshops and artists in residence are still at work:

Artists in Residence:

Studio 1 to July 15 – Kristen Brownfield | Almost Nothing (visual)

Studio 2 to July 15 - Gok-Lim Finch | Dream Pool Press (storytelling and zine workshops)

Veranda to July 15 – Martien Van Zuilen | Material Confluence (fibre art)

Coming up:

Workshop and Public Program details available via our website midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au

Image: Martien van Zuilen, Interlude I-V, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable, image courtesy of Bewley Shaylor.

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Marloo Youth Theatre in the Spotlight

Marloo Theatre is well known in the Perth Community Theatre scene for their high quality plays and musicals with five seasons per year. With highly skilled on-stage performers and off-stage creative teams, every production at Marloo consists of a plethora of dedicated adults who give their time and energy to these shows.

The unique aspect to Marloo Theatre is the Marloo Youth Theatre program, commonly referred to as MYTh. This dynamic youth theatre program, run by members of the Marloo Theatre community not only provides youth in our community the opportunity to be involved in the theatre, but since its inception in 2018, is beginning to produce graduates of the program who are now moving into pivotal roles within the theatre. The program is a training ground for the performers and creatives of the future and it is right on our doorstep at Marloo Theatre.

The MYTh team produced their first full length youth production ‘Heroes’ in 2022 which was very well received and took out the title of Best Youth Production at the 2023 Finley Community Theatre Awards.

Sophie David, graduated from the MYTh program at age 18 in 2020 and has just completed her first full length production as a Director, taking the reins for Marloo’s February production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Sophie is the first MYTh graduate to direct a full length show. “The skills MYTh teaches the children

helps to adapt to situations and explore not just acting but other production aspects like directing, tech and dance” Sophie said. “The confidence to direct a full length play is all due to the overwhelming support MYTh gives and the dedication to make us the best possible performer we can be” she continued. “I am glad that I now have the opportunity to do that for other young, talented kids and help them to grow and develop in the theatre” she concluded.

Over the past several months, the MYTh members have been busy learning all different aspects of the theatre. They were placed into groups and tasked with writing, planning, directing and staging their own plays. This has been a fantastic way of teaching them to work together in order to bring multiple ideas to fruition in a cohesive way. They were lucky enough to have a special visit from award winning playwright Yvette Wall, who came in as a mentor for one session and gave them all some great tips and ideas on how to progress their plays from the page to the stage. The four plays are all completely different and it will be exciting to see them performed on the Marloo stage in the near future!

This term has also seen the start of MYTH Tech, a program designed to teach the students about the variety of backstage roles within the theatre. During this ongoing program they will learn hands on about lighting, sound, backstage-crew and stage management. They will also spend some time learning about set building and costuming and the many areas that work together to bring a production to completion.

Several of the MYTH Tech members were also lucky enough to head into the ‘Moulin Rouge' technical showcase for schools, where they were wowed by the magnitude and skill involved to put on a large performing show. This was a fabulous way of them seeing a vision of where these backstage skills can take them later in life.

Marloo Youth Theatre will present a showcase on the 20th May where audiences will be able to see the spectacular original plays performed for one night only, along with several toe tapping dance numbers. Keep your eye on the Marloo Theatre Facebook page for details.

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Darlington History Group

Guest Speaker Evening 12 April Summary

Val Shiell and Laurens West

“The Significance of the Light Horse Statue and the Stirling Square Memorial Gardens”

Guildford was settled in1829 and the town plan for Guildford included Stirling Square then known as the Church Square and Village Green, was developed. Stirling Square is believed to be one of the oldest Parks in Australia. Over the years many memorials have been put in the square that are related to the two world wars. Some being the Memorial Obelisk surrounded by beautiful gardens designed by Pietro Porcelli and unveiled by the Governor in November 1920. In 1929, the States Centenary celebrations, the City of Swan focussed on Stirling Square and plans emerged to erect commemorative gates. A schedule of works included $150 for Commemorative gates, bridges and trellis and shade and tool house for Stirling Square. Additionally, Charles Rhodes (ex-Mayor and Nurseryman and father to Cecil Rhodes) offered to donate 100 roses bushes. Prior to WWII there were 1,100 roses of over 400 varieties planted in Stirling Square. By 2006 most of the roses were gone.

To commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in 2014, Heritage Roses in Australia worked with the City of Swan to recreate the ANZAC Rose Beds which were sourced and propagated from old stock still available in the area and from interstate.

Ornamental Cast Iron Memory Gates 1932.

On the 12th March a new memorial was unveiled in Stirling Square to commemorate and honour the 10th Light Horse Regiment from WWI and WWII up to present day. A pamphlet written by Barbara Dundas in conjunction with Paul Bridges and Chris Horvath was given to the DHG with all the details about the commissioning of the statue and the careful attention to all the correct military details that went into producing this statue. Laurens West spoke to the group and explained these details as well as the details of the statue’s placement in the square and the launch day.

Darlington had one WWI soldier serve in the 10th Light Horse which was Reg Cockshott who was from one of the early families to settle at Darlington in the 1890’s.

Guest Speaker Lorraine Clarke

"The East Perth Cemetries - A Social History"

Wednesday 10 May 2023 @ 7.30pm sharp

Darlington Lesser Hall, Owen Road Gold coin donation appreciated

Lorraine Clarke (Swan Genealogy) will be giving a talk detailing her involvement in producing the free online data base of the burials in the East Perth Cemeteries. She will cover the research hurdles, and the insights gained of WA’s Colonial History through these individuals buried in the cemeteries. Darlington luminaries buried in the East Perth Cemetery include John Frederick Stone (Hillsden Estate) in 1909.

In 1932 the ornamental cast iron Memory Gates were erected as a memorial to the army units that had been raised and trained in Guildford during 1914-1918 and at the same time the annual Gunners Day memorial service, in close association with St Matthews Church, was also inaugurated. St Matthews Garrison Church is the only church in Australia with a continuing regimental link with WW1. The 8th Battery Field Artillery presented the church with their banner in 1919 and the church displays honour rolls from that time. In 2013 the Hobbs Memorial Gates were unveiled at the Centenary of the Artillery. They are dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs and the artillery men who served under him. He was the Commander of the First Australian Division Artillery in WW1. The gates were based on Hobbs own gateway to his house, incorporating timbers from the old roof structure.

Light refreshments will be served after the talk. You do not have to register for guest speaker evenings - you can just turn up, but registering assists us with catering numbers. Register your interest in attending this talk by emailing publicity@dhg.org.au OR phone Lyn Myles 9298 8604.

Lesser Hall Centenary 2023

The first meeting was held on the 15th April to discuss and plan for this day in August 2023. Only two other community groups had a member at the meeting so it was hard to make any decisions around a suitable time frame for the day, activities, displays, catering or funding via donations. It was decided to send some further information to the various groups who regularly use the hall to see if they could give some input of ideas even if they don’t have a person able to attend any of the meetings. The DHG would like to see the day being a community led event.

Join us for just $5 a year! Details dhg.org.au

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By the time you read this SI Helena will be making final event preparations for “Creating Conversations” around Domestic and Family Violence on May 20th at The Crooked Spire Café in Midland.

You are possibly thinking Saturday Morning is not a great time for conversations around this subject but when is a good time?

May is Domestic Violence Prevention Month and given recent horrific events in our state, we feel May is perfect to invest some time to really become aware of how much we are all impacted and how we can help drive change! See the flyer on the back page of this issue.

April 14-21 was Youth Week and at our dinner meeting on Wednesday we welcomed Ray Tanielu, General Manager of the Swan City Youth Service. The club has been involved with the service since our charter in 1984. This was a fantastic opportunity to see how far the service has come in the nearly 40 years of service to the Swan region. We were able to pass on some donations of male underwear, baby goods, toilet bags and toiletries for Ray to distribute.

We are still meeting at the DOME Café in Forrestfield 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

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iPad Pro Devices for Persons with a Disability for in-Library Use

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated worldwide on 3 December each year. This day aims to recognise the achievements and contributions of people with disability. To celebrate at a local level, the Shire of Mundaring budgets to purchase a piece of equipment that will enhance community experiences for people with a disability. The Shire’s Inclusion and Disability Access Advisory Group members determine this equipment and recently chose to purchase an iPad Pro for each library. We’re pleased to announce they are now available for in-library use.

The iPad Pros can be booked for use in the libraries in a similar

Hoopla Music Streaming Spotlight

Have you check out hoopla digital yet? It’s a free digital resource that allows library members to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, TV shows and music to enjoy on a computer or mobile device with no holds or waiting. Hoopla will often collate music or other collections and highlight them. One collection they’re highlighting this month is Jazz. Check out the music on hoopla at https://www.hoopladigital.com.au/browse/music.

May Events

The Silence of Water with Sharron Booth Boya Community Centre, Monday 1 May, 6pm-7.15pm

Join author Sharron Booth as she discusses her debut novel, The Silence of Water. A work of historical fiction, it is set in Western Australia and partly based on real events and people. In this work, Sharron explores themes of dislocation, exile and family secrets. Bookings are essential at https://010523b.eventbrite.com.au.

Scam Awareness: A Be Connected Workshop Mundaring Library, Tuesday 2 May, 1pm-2.15pm

In this small group session you will learn about:

• common scams, including the latest ATO and Medicare scams

• tips on how to spot them

• what to do and what not to do

• where to go for help.

Bookings are essential at https://020523m.eventbrite.com.au.

Fish of the Perth Coast and a Life in Marine Science with Dr Glen Whisson

Boya Community Centre, Monday 22 May, 10.30am11.45am

Shire of Mundaring Libraries is very pleased to present Dr Glen Whisson in this fascinating talk about his work in the wonderful world of aquatic science.

way to the public computers. These devices have a 12.9-inch screen and include accessibility settings for vision and hearing and even some physical and motor settings. We have loaded some useful and fun apps, including the libraries’ digital resources.

Some people find tablets easier to use than a personal computer, and these devices may be an option to try, particularly for people who are new to using digital devices. One-to-one Tech Help appointments at the libraries are available for people needing help with using mobile phones, tablets or computers.

Dr Whisson will discuss fish diversity around Perth, biodiversity monitoring, and the two wonderful books he co-authored with Alexandra Hoschke: The Rottnest Island Fish Book (2017) and The Perth Coast Fish Book (2021). You will also learn about the role of citizen science and get an insight into Dr Whisson's future publication and research plans. Bookings essential at https://220523b.eventbrite.com.au.

Declutter Your House and Your Mind with Sara Hall

Boya Community Centre, Monday 8 May, 10.30am11.30am

Does clutter affect the way you work and live? Clutter has a huge impact on our lives and the environment.

Join professional organiser Sara Hall in this fun and interactive workshop and learn the key steps in decluttering and organising your home to turn an overwhelming task into an easily manageable project. Bookings essential at https://080523b. eventbrite.com.au

Midland Head to Health Information Kiosk

Boya Library, Monday 22 May, 9am to 12pm

Life can leave anybody feeling distressed, anxious or overwhelmed. Midland Head to Health provides free, walk-in, community-based mental health support for adults without referrals or appointments required.  Boya Library is hosting an information kiosk from 9am to 12pm where you can chat in an informal setting to Midland Head to Health staff about what they offer and the resources available.

Games Club for Children

Term Two

Boya Library Wednesdays 3.30pm-4.45pm

Games Club is a table-top board games club for children aged 10 to 14 years. The program runs during the school term. Bookings are essential. Children are registered for the whole of the term. Contact Boya Library on 9290 6755 or email gills@mundaring.wa.gov.au for information and to book. (Children aged under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.)

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Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides

Empowering girls to become leaders of their own world

The Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides have been enjoying the cooking challenges for this month, with a very busy pancake night. They enjoyed testing their skills at following a recipe and who can get the correct consistency for the perfectly round pancake.

We also celebrated pancake traditions from around the world by trying plenty of different toppings. Our Guides celebrated Harmony week where we learnt about the different countries our ancestors were from and our inherited traditions. The girls are a

diverse bunch, we listed 13 countries! The guides finished off term one with an obstacle course, scavenger hunt and Easter craft.

We have vacancies for term two so come down and have a try!

We welcome new girls aged from 7-12 years. We meet at Kathleen Skipsey Hall – on Glen Road, Darlington on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm during the school term. If you have any queries regarding Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides please contact Karen on 0403233907 or enquire at Girl Guides WA.

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The home of new beginnings

1st Darlington Scouts

Joey Scouts

ages 5-8

Cub Scouts

ages 8-11 Scouts

ages 11-14

Venturer Scouts

ages 14-18

Rover Scouts

ages 18-25

Adult Volunteers

ages 18+

One Camp

A number of our group attended OneCamp over the school holidays, a huge event organised by Scouts WA, and two years in the planning. Attended at the peak by over 1800 youth and volunteers from all over the state, Darlington had attendees from Venturers, Scouts, Cubs and Joeys with each section there for a different number of days. Our group shared a base camp with groups from around the state and made firm friendships in that time, with teamwork cooking, cleaning, supporting each other a huge part of the experience.

Held at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre, there were expeditions daily, including canoeing, scuba, wakeboarding, snorkelling the Omeo wreck, ice skating, zip lining, the Zoo, laser tag, an Amazing Race around the city, mini golf, archery, rock concerts, onsite outdoor activities and so much more.

Venturers also had the opportunity to do expeditions pre-camp, including Broome (with the additional excitement of a cyclone), Dwellingup and sailing training ship Leeuwin.

Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteer leaders who give up their time to attend, prepare and support the youth, and make it all possible.

Anzac Day Vigil

After COVID enforced breaks over the past couple of years, Darlington Scouts attended the Blackboy Hill Greenmount Anzac Eve sunset service, then joined with other scout groups in the area to maintain shifts overnight to keep vigil at the memorial until the Dawn service.

A moving experience and a wonderful way for scouts to understand service and heritage.

Darlington Scouts are open to boys and girls, comprising four sections:

 Joey Scouts (age 5-8)  Cub Scouts (age 8-11)

 Scouts (age 11-14)  Venturer Scouts (Age 14-18)

For information contact membership@darlingtonscouts.com or www.darlingtonscouts.com or the Darlington Scout Group Facebook page

Darlington Venturers also have their own Instagram page, so if you are over 14, and interested if what they do, please look them up: @darlingtonventurers

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Baha'i Community of Mundaring

The month of May brings us Mother’s Day, often a treasured Sunday full of appreciation, flowers, new slippers and burnt toast breakfasts made with exuberant love. For some, however, this time can also bring feelings of grief and loss, not only through the loss of our mother but also when we suffer the loss of a child, or perhaps experience family estrangement or fertility issues. To acknowledge this, not only do we share our invitation to a celebration of motherhood but also offer this prayer revealed by ‘Abdu’l Baha that brings comfort to

those grieving the loss of a loved one. We hope these beautiful words can be a salve to a suffering soul.

O Lord, O Thou Whose mercy hath encompassed all, Whose forgiveness is transcendent, Whose bounty is sublime, Whose pardon and generosity are all-embracing, and the lights of Whose forgiveness are diffused throughout the world! O Lord of Glory! I entreat Thee, fervently and tearfully, to cast upon Thy handmaiden who hath ascended unto Thee the glances of the eye of Thy mercy. Robe her in the mantle of Thy grace, bright with the ornaments of the celestial Paradise, and, sheltering her beneath the tree of Thy oneness, illumine her face with the lights of Thy mercy and compassion. Bestow upon Thy heavenly handmaiden, O God, the holy fragrances born of the spirit of Thy forgiveness. Cause her to dwell in a blissful abode, heal her griefs with the balm of Thy reunion, and, in accordance with Thy will, grant her admission to Thy holy Paradise. Let the angels of Thy loving-kindness descend successively upon her, and shelter her beneath Thy blessed Tree. Thou art, verily, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous, the All-Bountiful.

Along with our co-hosts of ‘Bridges to Peace’, we are delighted to invite you to join with well-wishers from many faith backgrounds for an uplifting multi-faith gathering as we explore the theme of Honouring Mothers. We’d love to see you on Mother’s Day at 4pm to share prayers for all humanity in St Cuthbert’s Church followed by reflections, conversation and afternoon tea in the meeting hall. Everyone is welcome at this child-friendly gathering and we honour diversity.

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St Cuthbert's Anglican

St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church


cnr Darlington Rd and Hillsden Rd, Darlington

| cnr Darlington and Hillsden Roads, Darlington


Holy Week and Easter was a special time at St Cuthbert’s with our church family joining together for a week of worship, commemoration and celebration at the holiest time of the Christian year. We were led by our young people around the church grounds through the story of Christ’s Passion on Palm Sunday, we enjoyed contemplative worship early in the week moving to the great Easter Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter celebrations on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. I hope that everyone who shared worship with us experienced something of the transformative nature of Holy Week and the presence of the Risen Christ at Easter. Reverend Julie

Welcome to St Cuthbert’s , an inclusive community



GODLY PLAY: Every Sunday at 9am in the Parish Centre

MAINLY MUSIC: Resumes for term 2 on Tuesday 9 May at 9.30am in the Parish Centre

BRIDGES TO PEACE: A multi faith service, conversation and supper. Sunday 14 March 4pm - 6pm

IDAHOBIT: Church of the Ascension, Midland, 12.30pm on Wednesday 17 May

ST CUTHBERT’S YOUTH (SCY): Resumes 21 May at 3.30 pm

Rector: The Rev’d Julie Baker T: 0459 471 894

E: rector@hillsanglicans.com

Parish Office: 6292 0074

Email: info@hillsanglicans.com

Mail: PO Box 77 Darlington, WA 6070 Australia

Services: 9am Sunday

Find us on Facebook at Hills Anglicans

Website: www.hillsanglicans.com


On the first Sunday of each month at 6.30pm St Cuthbert’s is lit by candles and we enjoy a time of chant, silence, readings and meditation. Even though it’s at the end of the weekend and the last thing you want to do is go out again, you could find that it‘s worth the effort. In the dim candle lit church you might find a place for refelection and peace. It’s only 45 minutes out of your day ... give it a try. It’s a bit special.

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forward. I simply do not want to live a moment without Him. He is so present that imagining His absence isn’t something that I want to try and comprehend.

The good thing though, is that I know with certainty that nothing can separate me from God; nothing apart from myself, my choices or my desires. He hasn’t chained me to Himself. I am free to leave our relationship at any given moment. Apart from my own free will to leave, He is here to stay, ever present and active in every moment of my day.

I often think of King David's words in Psalm 51 when he called out to God ‘Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.’ David was described as a man after God's own heart, and knew He couldn't go forward without God.

It’s not that God would have left David, God delights to be with a heart that has even the smallest glimmer of desire to be with Him and David deeply loved God and loved God's ways. It is that David was aware of His own actions at that time. Actions that a holy and majestic God would have no part with, should have no part with, and David was aware that His actions had gone against the hopes and plans God had for his life.

David had chased after the desires of his own heart, instead of the desires of God’s heart. A series of awful decisions had been made and it had brought death and destruction. When he said these words I imagine David was possibly remembering the King who had come before him, King Saul, who had also followed the desires of his own heart. So much so that God had actually removed His Holy Spirit from Saul and God had cast Saul away from His presence.

Two Kings, the first and the second, both anointed by God, both making mess and destruction after following their own hearts desires and two



that has ever lived. Saul went on without God and ended up continuing in destructive ways until he couldn’t bare living a moment longer and died upon his own sword.

The two unfolding events of these men’s lives are gripping. Their interactions with each other are amazing, their relationships with God, their Kingdoms and their people, their wives and their children, their victories and their failures, are all emotionally stirring. Seriously, Hollywood could make a movie about them both called "The Two Kings" and it could easily become a blockbuster.

have entirely different outcomes to the ways of God. They teach us that there is a way that seems right to a man but its end leads to destruction and death. They also show us the hope and certainty that no matter the outcomes of the first, no matter the destructions, the lack of wisdom, the presence of evil and the seeming impossibility for recovery, that God can, and does, and wills to bring a second chance, a second choice and a secondary outcome. He redeems, He restores and He renews.

In His hands a second way is always made. A new way. An escape from the old. A way where God brings life from places that look dead. A way where His purposes remain and will be fulfilledno matter what tries to come against them. The first looks like certain destruction, but God is good at bringing beauty from ashes and has made a way for Life to reign, even before the foundations of the earth were laid. In short: God is victorious; always was and was always going to be.

God has many examples of firsts and the seconds all through scripture:

The first Adam and the second Adam, Jesus.

The first son, Cain and the second son, Abel.

The first son, Ishmael and the second son, Isaac.

The first son, Esau and the second son, Jacob.

The first King, Saul and the Second King, David.

The first covenant and the second covenant.

The first coming of Christ and the second coming of Christ.

The first heaven and earth and the new heaven and new earth.

The first death and the second death.

The first birth and being born again.

Sunday service 9.30am

Lunches Monthly

Prayer Meetings Wed 8.30am

Therefore, I won’t wake up tomorrow or live this day or the next without the presence of God. All my days to come will remain with Him being present in my every moment - I have lived in and experienced the first way of living and I am happy to remain in the second. I choose the second me, the new me, the changed me, the redeemed me and I will make the same choice every single day because the old has passed and I choose to remain in the new. I choose this because, I choose Him. He is mine and I am His and nothing will ever convince me, sway me or tempt me to choose the first ever again. The old has gone and the new is here to stay!

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Darlington Junior Football Club

We are very excited for our season to get underway! Many teams have begun training already in preparation for their home and away games.

On Easter Sunday some of our Year 2 Auskickers had the privilege of playing half time at Optus Stadium during the Eagles game.

What a fantastic experience for them, to be able to get changed in the official club rooms, run out onto the field and play on the oval where some of their heroes play every week.

We hope you enjoy some of the photos taken of their day taken by the very talented Katie Breznikar from KTB Photography.

The excitement and joy on their faces is palpable!

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Epic Test Match brings season to a close

In the blink of an eye the 2022/23 cricket season is done and dusted. The annual end of season Test Match between the West Australians (the Wassies) and the Rest of the World (the ROWs) again proved to be a fitting finale, with some great memories made on and off the field.

After winning the toss and batting first, the ROWs amassed a daunting total of 294, the undisputed highlight being a maiden century from Brad Reynolds. Brad was supported by decent contributions from the ROW top six, including a composed 50 from Duncan Bell. The ROWs were also assisted by some rather generous fielding from the Wassies, with some late-season fatigue clearly setting in.

After tucking into some afternoon tea, the Wassies began their reply in typically elegant fashion. Balancing control with aggression, the Sandgropers looked like taking the contest right down to the wire. Then ROW skipper Guy Thompson got the ball in hand! Guy bowled his leg spinners with typical craft and guile,

picking up a handful of wickets for very few runs and leaving the Wassies with too much to do at the end of the innings, sealing a 20-run victory.

Post-match celebrations were enjoyed by both teams, initially starting in the ROW dressing room before families gathered for the final barbeque of the season. Antics carried on long into the night, with members reflecting on what has been yet another fantastic season.

A massive thank you goes to our 2022/23 Club Captain Matt Parsons for his dedication to providing an awesome match day experience to our members, their families and our opposition.

As the dust settles, our Committee will be looking at ways to make next season even bigger and better. We are always keen to hear from our community and prospective new members. Anyone interested in finding out more can drop us an email at dsccdarlington@gmail.com

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Mundaring Christian College

World’s Greatest Shave Fundraiser: A Community's Effort to Combat Blood Cancer

Blood cancer is a significant health crisis in Australia, with no screening programs available and no means of prevention through lifestyle changes. Every day, 53 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer, and sadly, 16 will lose their lives. This devastating disease has impacted members of our community, and it is imperative that we work together to combat it.

Mundaring Christian College (MCC) has once again joined forces with the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave to raise crucial funds. The aim is to provide people facing blood cancer with the necessary support and information, while driving research projects to find better ways to diagnose and treat this disease. Last year we raised over $12,000 which was more than double our pledged amount of $5,000.

In May, the Secondary campus of MCC will hold its World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser event. The Year 12 student leaders have worked hard to promote awareness and organised a fundraising day that includes a sausage sizzle and the shaving or colouring of participants who have registered on the MCC World’s Greatest Shave team.

We are pleased to report that the students and staff's response has been overwhelming, with 15 participants already signed up to join the team. One exceptional example is Chloey P, a Year 7 student who has already exceeded her goal and raised an impressive $1071.

Mr Rod McNeill, the Principal of MCC, has set an ambitious goal of $3000 to be pledged. Should he meet this target, he has agreed to let the students choose a hairstyle to cut, which he will keep for one week.

The Primary Campus is also participating by holding a Crazy Hair Day in support of this fundraiser. Mr McNeill will continue

his participation by colouring his hair. It is heartening to see the entire school community coming together to support such a significant cause.

To see the team members or to donate, please scan the QR code. Your contribution can make a significant difference in the fight against blood cancer. By supporting this fundraiser, you can offer hope to those facing this disease and contribute to finding better ways to diagnose and treat blood cancer. Together, we can work towards stopping blood cancer from devastating more lives.

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(Left) Mr Rod McNeill (Principal) and (right) Year 12 Students (2022).
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Treetops | A Montessori and International Bacalaureate School

What’s happening at Treetops?

This term, Children’s House (Pre-Kindy to Pre-Primary) students have been learning about dinosaurs. They consolidated their learning with an incursion from Dino World. The in-class session introduced these prehistoric creatures, and focused on well-known dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, T-Rex, and Camarasaurus.

The students were able to see and touch a variety of fossils. Everyone wanted to try on the Triceratops horns!

The session ended with time to view James T. Rex. (an 11x6m inflatable dinosaur). It was a great opportunity to compare features such as foot size with those of the students as well as how many students wide and long James is.

The Marri (Year 3-4) class at Treetops were lucky enough to talk to two paramedics who visited the school with an ambulance vehicle. Students got the chance to sit inside the ambulance, take their blood pressure, measure their heart rates, and some even sat in the driver’s seat!

The students had lots of questions for the paramedics and were told so many interesting things about ambulances and the role of paramedics. It really benefits students to have a positive experience of an ambulance and to understand that paramedics are there to help us, as this may help them feel more at ease it they, or someone they know, ever needs help in the future.

Treetops students enjoyed the swimming lessons during the final two weeks of Term 1. Well done to all students for their participation during these cooler two weeks of the term. The ability to swim is vital for saving your life in untoward situations in and around water.

Term 1 has seen wonderful engagement in Music at Treetops, in all of the different ways possible. We have a record number of students taking part in private instrumental and group lessons this year, and toward the end of this term our students have been getting very excited about starting Dance and Drama in Term 2.

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Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. It can be overwhelming, with so many options and factors to consider. However, with careful research and thoughtful consideration, you can find a school that fits your child and your family.

Consider the school’s academic programs, curriculum, and teaching methods. Look for a school that has a strong academic reputation and offers a range of programs that align with your child’s interests and strengths.

Beyond academics, your child’s school should offer a variety of extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and clubs. These activities can help your child develop new skills, explore their interests, and make friends.

Consider the location of the school and how easy it is for you to get there. A school that is too far away can cause logistical challenges, such as transportation and scheduling conflicts.

The size of the school can also play a role in your decision. A smaller school may offer more individualized attention, while a larger school may offer more resources and opportunities. Every school has a unique culture that may or may not align with your values and beliefs. Research the school’s mission, values and policies to ensure they align with your family’s values.

Take the time to meet with the school’s leadership team and teaching staff to get a sense of their teaching styles, experience, and qualifications. This can help you determine if the school is a good fit for your child’s learning style and needs.

Look for a school that values parent involvement and provides opportunities for you to participate in your child’s education. By taking the time to research and visit schools, you can make an informed decision that sets your child up for success.

Helena College encourages parents to visit our campuses in Darlington and Glen Forrest to see if our school will meet your family’s needs. Tours are led by the College’s leadership team and shows the school in operation on a normal day. You will see classes in action and hear from students and staff about what makes Helena College a special place to learn and grow


Helena College a non-religious, co-educational, independent school for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. We aim to be a school where students are inspired to be the best they can be, and are encouraged to develop confidence, ability, and passion to achieve their goals; and to have the skills and commitment to leave a positive footprint on the world.


Helena College is inviting expressions for Junior School enrolments in Year 4 and 5 for 2023 and beyond. Applications for other entry points are welcomed.

For more information, or to book a tour, please our website. www.helena.wa.edu.au

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Darlington Primary School

Darlington Primary School Going Green, Going Solar

Darlington Primary has always strived to match community values in being sustainable and environment aware. In keeping with this goal, the school has now solar panels installed.

The 80 Trina Solar Vertex panels feeding into two Fronius Symo inverters, installed by Empower Solar, can produce up to 40kW. The system can provide up to 1.5kW to the grid, when not being consumed by the school. While more power is generated in summer and autumn due to the sun being higher in the sky and more day light hours, the system will still generate about 40% of its capacity in winter. As solar generation is not optimum

The Darlington Club

Fundraising continues for the community barbecue extension/upgrade. You may contribute via the bank details shown below. As most will be aware the upgrade has received support from DCRAG and the Shire for many years and is on the Shires budget for this year albeit partially funded.

Feedback to date has indicated support for the improvements with some clarifications concerning the number of BBQ Plates (current proposal shows four now reduced to two), the overall size (currently ~12M to be reduced to ~9M) the inclusion of tables and chairs shown inside the Shelter (these were intended

Coming Events:

during extreme heat conditions (peak production occurs when the temperature is 23-25 degrees) the next month is looking positive for power generation!

The system has a life expectancy of 20-25 years. Our system was switched on just two weeks ago. We are now generating power from Darlington’s sunshine!

The 40KW system has the potential to save the school up to $10,000 per year and of course will add to the national goal of reducing carbon emissions.

for show only not included in the actual build, so now removed from drawings). There has not been a final costing prepared to date but once final endorsement is received from the Community (DRRA and DaSRA) a formal quote will be secured followed by a final go ahead and approval of the Shire.

Fees to join are $20 per person or $40 for two or family. Payee The Darlington Club Inc. BSB 633 000, Account 124527748. Reference Surname and Subs/bbqdonation.

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Manager of Empower Solar, John Mcilhone, overseeing Andrew Newhouse, Principal Darlington Primary School switching the system on.
Contact Sue on 0439 273 213 | email oshadhi@iinet.net.au for details or Marg Barker on 0417 183 826 | email margaret@pmdwa.com
The Darlington Club
The Club opens at 6.30pm every second Friday at Darlington Lesser Hall. BYO drinks and nibbles.
April 28th
Mother's Day - Men to provide a dish
May 12th
of their choice
26th Fish and Chips
2nd Closed for long weekend