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The flowers that bloom in the Spring, tra la! From Chris Durrant, Guest Editor Well, Spring is now officially sprung. The streams are still running, though perhaps not with quite the same force, a broader spectrum of wildflower beauty has joined the yellow splendour of the wattles, the calls of the Lesser Banded Whipper-snipper and the Greater Chainsaw can be heard buzzing urgently on the breeze (with occasionally the earthy grunts of their other associated creature, the Green-spotted Mulcher). The minds of many of us are turning to the question of when to start clearing our fire-breaks (answer, I suspect, NOW!) and the local magpies are no doubt practising their dive-bombing for the imminent swooping season. The other issue which Spring inevitably brings us to contemplate is – weeds! decline the noun ‘puella’ (a girl) would be upbraided “Wubbish, boy! Wubbish!” He was therefore known to all of us kind sensitive schoolboys as ‘Weed’ or ‘Willie Weed’. But I digress. The term is usually applied to plants, of course, and a broad definition perhaps would be ‘a plant growing where you don’t want it to grow’. The problem with that definition is that it implies a good deal of subjectivity. What one person may regard as a weed, another may delight in and wish to see flourishing. Now this is really only significant when it comes to considering the vegetation in the bush or in public areas: what you grow in your own garden must be entirely your business, provided it does not impact adversely on the neighbourhood. When considering what to grow in public areas, there is again a diversity of opinion. The hardliners would say that nothing that is not endemic to Western Australia should be growing here. This would rule out not only a large number of species from overseas, but a whole lot, especially wattles, from other parts of Australia. A more moderate view might be that a plant can be allowed provided that it does not have an obviously adverse effect on the endemic species or on some other aspect of the local environment – the lives of birds, animals and insects, bushfire risk, etc. It is sometimes difficult to put aside one’s own preferences and prejudices in consideration of the general good. Freesias, originally a native of Africa, like so many of our successful botanical imports, are a pervasive and invasive pest in bushland, but they do look pretty and their scent is heavenly (though see the Friends of Glen Park notes elsewhere in this issue!). Tagasaste, or Tree Lucerne, is a shrub that spreads widely and swiftly and can take over bush areas if it is allowed to, but for bee-keepers like me it is a boon that provides our busy little honey-makers with great supplies of nectar during those winter months when pickings may otherwise be a bit slim.
Weeds What is a weed? Well, in certain circumstances it might be a school-master. When I was at school I was taught Geography and Latin by a decorated World War II veteran, Major Ian Reid MC. He was a good man and a pretty decent teacher. However, he had one characteristic particularly unfortunate for one with his surname - difficulty in pronouncing his ‘Rs’. Any hapless youth who failed to identify the capital of Chile or to correctly
Darlington Review - October2020 There are quite a few species of vegetation, however, that just about everyone agrees we don’t want – they are definitely ‘planta non grata’. In Darlington these would include the dreaded Watsonia and the pervasive Bridal Creeper.
Elysha von Knoll : printed with her family’s permission’
Have a heart On Australia Day 2019 Elysha von Knoll was doing laps at Mundaring Sports Oval when she collapsed. Her heart had stopped beating. Her mother commenced CPR until an ambulance arrived 12 minutes later (about average for the outer Metropolitan area). Elysha spent several days in an induced coma but life support was turned off on 31st January. She was just 14 years old. Those of us who have lived in Darlington for a while will remember the days of the late 70s and early 80s when the ‘Wattie-Wapping’ campaign succeeded in largely eliminating that particular South African immigrant from our village, although it still thrives in communities around us and therefore inevitably creeps back into Darlington from time to time. The initiator and driving force behind that campaign was the indefatigable Peter Day, who still devotes many hours of his time to weed control in the community he has lived in and served for so many years. Successful weed control usually requires a number of methods to be applied persistently over a long period of time but, as the wattie-wapping showed, it can succeed. What it certainly needs is community involvement – if everyone does a little, daunting obstacles can be overcome. If you would like to be involved – perhaps there is an infested part of the bush near you, perhaps you’ve got a large block which unwelcome vegetable immigrants have gleefully colonised – contact Peter who will be only too happy to give you some expert advice and point you in the right direction. He can be found at 92996649 or at email@example.com . Happy weed weduction! By the way – another little environmental post-script. You may recall my slightly cynical speculation in last month’s Review that Main Roads’ deforestation of one section of the Great Eastern Highway median strip might be a prelude to a more general clearing. Well if, like me, you are a regular traveller along that stretch of the Highway, you will have noticed that the MR lads (and lasses) spent a lot of time in early September digging in numerous little plants, presumably mainly bushes, not only in the section they had denuded, but in several other slightly bare areas as well. So perhaps I was being unduly harsh!
We have heard that heart disease is Australia’s main killer, but usually we associate it with older people. It is certainly true that heart attacks, which are generally the result of faults and blockages in the cardio-vascular system, are much more common among the elderly. After all, it usually takes quite a few years of poor diet and insufficient exercise to build up the deposits that can block your arteries and weaken your valves. But what killed Elysha was not a heart attack but a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In effect, the electricity supply to the heart was turned off and it just stopped working. The causes of SCA are often hard to determine. Sometimes it can be hereditary, although this does not seem likely in Elysha’s case. And it is more common than you might think, even in the young – an average of four people under the age of 30 in Australia die of undiagnosed heart disease every week. Heart attacks, initially a circulatory problem, can themselves lead to cardiac arrest. Around 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. The really sad thing, though, is that it is, to a large degree, preventable. Modern technology has come up with a marvellous machine called a defibrillator. This is basically a portable version of the electric paddles that we have all seen in medical dramas on the box, where dead hearts are shocked into life. Without that sort of intervention, your chances of surviving a SCA are somewhere between 5% and 10%. Early application of a defibrillator to restart your heart can improve that to as much as 70%. The key word is ‘early’: for every minute that passes from the onset of SCA to the restarting of your heart, it is reckoned your chances of survival decrease by 10%. Defibrillators have now become widely available. The St John’s Ambulance Register lists nearly 5000 in WA, the majority in the Perth Metropolitan Area where most people live. But here’s the rub: only 25% of those defibrillators are outside and available to anyone, day or night. The rest are inside buildings and only available if you can access the building.
Darlington Review - October 2020 it out of its cabinet). There is lots of other really useful stuff on the App. •
Given that most SCAs occur at home, know where your nearest defib is. Time is of the essence. If there isn’t one near you, see if you can persuade somebody in your area – club, school, business – to put one in.
Think of contributing to the fund to make more defibs more accessible. You can contribute at https://rememberelysha.gofundraise.com.au/ with all donations going directly to St John WA to relocate existing defibrillators outside.
You can find out lots more on the web site set up for Elysha at http://rememberelysha.org/ Let’s hope you never need to use a defibrillator but, if you do, don’t worry that you don’t know how. Obviously, it helps to have first aid training but it is by no means essential. There is nothing hard about using a defib. It talks you through the steps and, once applied, operates without assistance. It’s also impossible to hurt someone with a defib. If a heart is beating, it won’t apply a shock.
ABOVE: Luke Jones (St John WA ), Greg Miller (Head of Junior School) & Kurt von Knoll Where Elysha was at the Mundaring Recreation Ground, there were two defibrillators little more than a stone’s throw away. But they were in the Mundaring Arena building. It was a public holiday so, naturally, the building was locked. They might as well have been in Melbourne.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a bit like a bush-fire. You hope it won’t happen to you and it probably won’t. But it pays to be prepared in case it does. A life might well be saved.
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I had the pleasure recently of a chat with Elysha’s dad, Kurt, who told me about what the family has done and are doing to try and ensure that as few people as possible have to endure the grief and loss they have suffered. This has ranged from persuading public authorities to install defibrillators and installing them outside, to raising funds to enable St John’s to provide cabinets to organisations that currently have internallylocated machines so that they can transfer these outside where they are more useful. Clearly it is more economic to spend $450 making an internally-stored defibrillator available to all, than spending over $2000 on a new one. The Shire of Mundaring has responded very positively, and now has externally-located defibrillators at the Shire offices, both libraries and several other facilities, including Mundaring Oval Pavilion. Here in Darlington we have three machines, all external, – one at the Pavilion, one at the Bilgoman pool, and the latest at the Helena College Junior School where Elysha spent her early school years. This last one was donated by the von Knoll family. There used to be one at the tennis court clubhouse but, if you can believe this, it was stolen one night some months ago!
Had you gone along to the official opening and prizepresentation of the Explore and Expose photography competition at the Boya Community Centre early in the month I think you would have been struck by two remarkable facts: we live in a very beautiful place, and there are some extraordinarily talented people sharing it with us. The competition, in its 4th year, is a joint effort by the Shire, the Mundaring Camera Club, and the Mundaring Arts Centre and was open to amateur photographers living in the Shire of Mundaring or City of Swan or members of MCC or MAC. They received over 160 entries of which the 41 finalists were on display in the Boya Foyer (that has a jolly ring to it!).
Perhaps most of all they would like to persuade you, the community, to do several things:
Cr Kate Driver opened the proceedings on behalf of the Shire and MCC President (and one-time Shire President and himself a considerable photographer) Ron Dullard announced the winners. As he said, they had had to limit the finalists to the number that could be hung in the available space, but there were plenty more that were arguably just as good. We were lucky enough to be able to see these on the afternoon through a slideshow running on a screen in the exhibition. Three of the winners are shown below.
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Get the St John’s First Responder App on your smart-phone. This will enable you to locate your nearest available defib, and assist you in accessing it (you will need a code to get
“Silhouette Sisters” by Hayley Laing, “Mundaring Weir wall” by Ben Jackson, and “Pontoon in the mist” by Odile Pouliquen-Young,
Darlington Review - October2020 raising, media, general liaison with participants, and many other tasks. If you’d like to be involved in any way or feel you might have information to contribute, contact Geoff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Community involvement, after all, is what the film will be about!
“What am I?” by Miranda Laity There was a junior section this year which also produced some wonderful images. The winner was Eastern Hills SHS Year 12 student Miranda Laity who had never taken a photograph before this year! She is planning to become a vet, but we must hope she doesn’t abandon the camera altogether! The good news for you is that the pictures will be hanging in the hall outside the library until 10th December so, when you go to take out or return your books or tapes at Boya, take a minute or two to walk around them. You will be amazed and delighted! Pavilions! Movies! What next?”
It’s almost a cliché to say that Darlington has a strong community spirit – we say it all the time! But, of course, a cliché is simply something that is said so often that it becomes commonplace: it doesn’t mean it isn’t true; on the contrary, the fact that it is said a lot suggests that it is true. One well-known long-time Darlington resident has come up with a great idea to produce a little documentary about community spirit as found in our village. I’m sure you will all recognise Geoff Barker (you can’t go to community gatherings dressed in a suit that looks like a brick wall without achieving a certain notoriety!) but you might not know that, apart from his many other talents, he has film-making expertise. His idea is to string together interviews with some of Darlington’s longer-serving and interesting residents (no shortage of them!) with old and new video clips to make what should be a most entertaining and fascinating insight into life in this particular part of the Hills. He put his proposal to a recent DRRA community meeting where you will not be surprised to learn it was enthusiastically received. Where to from here? Geoff has a detailed project outline which will begin with identifying people who would like to be involved in the project. Obviously if you have specific filmmaking expertise – sound, camera, production etc – he would love to hear from you, but there will also be roles for fund-
Anyone need a hand? My parents, like many in their stratum of society at the time, were avid bridge-players. I remember them having friends round in the evening to play and they often used to go out themselves for the same purpose. In his last years, one of my father’s favourite pastimes was going along to play bridge at the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi. When my wife Shirley and I first got serious, I was enjoined to bring her round to the parental cottage so she could learn to play. No doubt the feeling was that a young lady who could bid and make 3 No Trumps would be likely to be acceptable as the consort of their eldest son. (Ah! Those days of No Trumps! How sweet they seem to us now! But enough of politics!) Shirley and I have not played ourselves for some years, but it has always seemed to me a most engaging and stimulating game, and I was interested to see that we have no less than two Hills bridge clubs among the members of the Review. It seemed a good idea to have a chat with somebody and get the good oil on them. The longer-serving of the Review’s two bridge members (should that be ‘spans’?) and the larger in terms of players is the Kalamunda Bridge Club, which gets together on Monday mornings and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons at their own club-house in Gooseberry Hill. They have in the past run sessions on Thursday evenings and would do so again if there was sufficient demand. I had a chat with Jenny Tedeschi, a former long-time Darlington resident who now lives just down the hill in Guildford. She started playing at the Club some 20 years ago and is now on the committee and in charge of recruitment and training. She told me that pre-COVID they used to regularly have as many as 16 tables each time, though that has reduced in recent months to about 11 tables. The picture at the head of this piece is taken at a recent Kalamunda session. Glen Forrest Bridge Club is smaller – typically between four and seven tables on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the Glen
Darlington Review - October 2020 current Brigade Chairman Eric Baldock, Val Shiell from the History Group, and, of course, the book’s instigator and its compiler, respectively David Hughes and Cliff Burns. Immediate Past Brigade Captain and current PR person Ricky Harvey cracked the whip! The highlight for many of us was a short video made available by Sally Herzfeld, originally shot on 8mm film and narrated by her father, Cyril Gare, showing the Darlington Fire Brigade fighting a bush fire somewhere near Leithdale Road around 1950. Firefighting has certainly changed in the last 70 years!
Forrest Sports Club – though Administrator Suzy Taznadi says that they have run evening sessions in the past when demand was enough. Obviously most of those playing in both clubs, given the timing of the sessions, are retired folk. Both clubs play duplicate bridge – you play pre-dealt hands so that the aim is to try and do better with a given set of cards than everyone else. Some players are very competitive: others take it a bit more lightly! Both Jenny and Suzy agreed that the social aspect of the game is very important. It’s not like chess games played one-on-one in concentrated silence! What do you need to be a good bridge player? Well, obviously a retentive memory for the cards that have gone before is helpful, as is the capacity to develop a good understanding with your partner. Although some of the bidding conventions have changed a bit over time, the fundamentals of the game are the same. If you’re looking for something to keep the brain active in a pleasant social setting, one of these bridge clubs could be just the thing. And don’t worry if you haven’t played for years or have never played at all. You won’t get chucked in the deep end! Both clubs run sessions for ‘beginners and improvers’ at times apart from the usual game days.
The book, a highly entertaining collection of facts, stories, photographs and cartoons gathered by Cliff from the period 1942 to 2020, is something no Darlington home should be without. Many of us bought a copy on the day of the launch and you can check out the Brigade and the History Group notes to see where you can get yours.
So, why not give it a try? The body may be slowing up a bit, but there is no reason why the mind cannot still be nimble and active. Jenny of Kalamunda or Suzy of Glen Forrest (contact details inside the front cover) would love to hear from you.
A burning book The Darlington History Group is set to become our major local publisher, with the production of two books under their aegis in less than two months! Apart from Trea Wiltshire’s much-anticipated story of the Darlington Arts Festival and the last half-century of the arts scene in this neck of the woods, “Arts on the Edge” (of which much more elsewhere in this edition), they have co-operated in the production of the history of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, launched with great ceremony recently.
ABOVE: David Hughes – helping keep you safe for nearly half a century! (photo by Littlehill Photography) The Brigade took the opportunity of having such a big public gathering to present a long-service medal to David Hughes. He has been a very active member of the Brigade for no less than 45 years, a feat achieved by only three other people in the history of the Shire. Good on ya, David!
(thanks to Trea Wiltshire)
When you walk out of a meeting of members of the Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG), the Trish Cook-led group that has masterminded the inspirational changes happening adjacent to the oval, your head is spinning in the best possible way. So many good things are happening, but briefly: the Community Garden will soon be taking shape now the design has been selected; the Pump Track contract is being firmed up; ideas for some skatepark art are in the pipeline, along with a clever plan to make recycling enticing for users (with a little help from a local artist and some tech nerds); the Native Triangle plantings are doing well and the stone-lined ‘winter creek’ draining water from the oval is proving effective; the native plants in front of the oval are about to make a spring appearance (and while the Shire looks like reneging on its promise of new turf for the playground area, Trish is persuasive and persistent, so you never know…).
Author Cliff Burns, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm & special contributor David Hughes (photo by Littlehill Photography) A large number of invited guests and ‘Fireys’ past and present gathered at the Boya Community Centre one sunny afternoon. There was a great display of photos and other memorabilia from the Brigade’s past, speeches (mostly considerately brief!) from the assembled dignitaries, including our local MP, Matthew Hughes, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, Jonathan Throssell (CEO) and Jason Russell (Deputy President) from the Shire,
Darlington Review - October2020 Take a breath because there is more. On the other side of the oval, the tennis club is talking to the Shire about funding a concrete slab in front of the rear of the hit-up wall in the hope of encouraging all-comers to try their hand at the game or to improve their strokes. It’s likely to prove a boon to beginners, as well as being used by kids in general for hopscotch and other games. Jen Woods from Darlington Primary is sounding out the school councillors for suggestions on additional games that could be played there and South Ward Councillor James Martin suggested the addition of a basketball ring on the northern end. No shortage of ideas, and we suspect skateboarders will be there as well because let’s face it they’re everywhere! Also, there are the twin events of the annual Community Bonfire and Halloween coming up on October 31 and we can’t wait to see who will win the first prize that the Darlington Review has donated for the inaugural tug-ofwar between clubs. Way back, when Sally Herzfeld organised games at the arts festival, there were some memorable tug-of-wars so it’s nice to see this making a come-back. For details read DCRAG notes.
steps which would eventually provide a more flexible framework to meet the needs of future generations (with the potential to view the entire Perth Hills as a separate sub region). This would be an ongoing process over the next few years, but if 2020 has shown us anything, it is that living space is starting to be appreciated and communities are trying to be more cohesive and self-sufficient. With some of our recent Council decisions, and a mass of community involvement in all corners, the Perth hills is being seen more than ever as a place for sustainable living, and one that protects its natural environment. It’s important that we as Hills residents follow the progress on these local matters and try to encourage ideas like this as much as possible. They will require public support at every progressive stage.
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We’ve previously mentioned the Shire’s ‘Recover Together’ COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. A recent beneficiary was the Darlington Family Playgroup which used a $500 grant to meet increased cleaning costs resulting from the pandemic and the purchase of two new scooters.
If attendance at Council meetings is a pleasure that COVID restrictions have cruelly denied you, never fear! Council is now live-streaming its meetings, so you can see what’s happening without leaving the comfort of your living room. Next meeting is scheduled for 13th October so go to the Shire web site and find out how you too can be there!
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The Mundaring Poetry Competition run by the Shire libraries and the KSP Centre. Free entry and a first prize of $300. The theme is “Food for Thought”. Budding Henry Lawsons should enquire at one of the libraries or follow this link for information and entry forms. https://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/YourCommunity/ ShireLibraries/Pages/Poetr yCompetition.aspx Entries close 9th October.
For actual or would-be artists of all ages there is a wide range of courses and talks available at the Mundaring Arts Centre during October on such things as Gelli Print Fundamentals, Foam Print Portraits, Pasta Press Prints (got to find out what those are about!) presented at the Mundaring Arts Centre by artists Leanne Bray and Jane Button. More info and booking details from MAC and, while you’re there you can look at the displays of their recent exhibitions – “Discernible Sequence” and “Stories from Home”.
The Bushfire Readiness Groups’ pre-season meeting will be at the fire station on Monday 26th October at 7.30. If you are a member of a BRG or would like to become involved – come along!
Darlington Chamber Music’s final concert for this season will be on Sunday 4th October starting at 1.00 p.m. (note earlier than usual time). Tickets are available on Trybooking and at the Post Office, Little Nook and Liquor Store. Once again, COVID has restricted the audience, so it is advisable to book in advance: you cannot count on being able to get tickets at the door.
Bilgoman Pool re-opening 17th October – yay!!
The future of the Perth Hills?
(thanks to DRRA V-P Steve Beadle) The latest update regarding the SP34 North Stoneville proposal was that Planning Minister Rita Saffioti could “call in” Satterly’s attempt to appeal the WAPC’s refusal, but the deadline for this was 9th September and so now the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) will preside over the appeal process. There is still, incidentally, a request to re-zone a portion of that particular land from urban/rural to rural only. In an even bigger picture for Perth Hills generally, a motion was put forward at the September Council meeting, regarding reviews of the local and state planning frameworks. The purpose would be to align the frameworks more adequately with current community values, infrastructure concerns, biodiversity and bushfire safety. The topic is to be continued at the October Council meeting, and if it progresses, could be the first of several
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The fire season is coming up, and brings not only prescribed burns and bush fires (we hope not!) but that most enjoyable of conflagrations, the Darlington Community Bonfire on Saturday 31st October. See the DCRAG notes and put it in the diary!
Well, that’s it for this month! Perhaps we shall be freer when we meet again! Or perhaps not. It’s the intriguing uncertainty that gives life its spice, don’t you think? In any case, go well, and take care!
I was going to tell you how to book for Soir Noir, the fundraising Posh Picnic on the Friday of the Arts Festival, but it sold out within 5 minutes of bookings opening! Tania & Gabrielle of DAF apologise profusely to you if you missed out!
Community Notices & Letters to the Review Leonie Campbell writes: Friends of Glen Park Reserve have been focussing on a different weed each month this winter, with a view to highlighting the damage these weeds are having on our bushland. For October we have chosen Freesias, a declared urban bushland weed. It is most concerning to witness the extent of their spread through the bushland around Darlington. The majority of us have chosen to live in Darlington because of our proximity to mostly pristine bushland where we can walk, relax and enjoy the natural environment, and especially the wildflowers in winter and spring. Recently when driving up Darlington Road to Great Eastern Highway, I was shocked by the extent, and rate at which Freesias have infiltrated Greenmount National Park. We are so fortunate to have a National Park on our doorstep, however, this Park and other surrounding areas are rapidly being taken over by weeds.
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So, it would be wonderful if other enthusiastic residents in Darlington would consider starting up a Friends Group for Greenmount National Park, and start eradicating the Freesias and other weeds before they spread further into this precious piece of bushland. Residents and visitors would be able to focus on native flora instead of weeds when they drive up Darlington Road. Friends of Glen Park and the Railway Reserve receive support from the Shire of Mundaring. It is possible to establish a Friends Group with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). You can access this link to the DBCA website for information on volunteering https:// www.dbca.wa.gov.au/parks-and-wildlife-service/volunteeringwith-parks-and-wildlife. Feel Free to contact either Glenys on 92998347 or Leonie on 0400 217 293 for information about Friends Groups in the Mundaring Shire.
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Photo by Bernie Sawatzky from Parky Picture who captured the Peace Circle for the UN International Day for Peace celebrated in Darlington on Sunday 20th of September. A limited edition quality colour booklet called Darlington Kids Care has been produced and can be viewed on by visiting issuu.com and searching for Darlington Kids Care. A second print run is being proposed, so if you would like a copy please called Sally Herzfeld on 9299 6788 to reserve. Cost $10
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Darlington Review - October 2020
Soroptimist International of Helena We very much appreciated hearing from two new young councillors at our recent Dinner meeting. Rashelle Predovnik (City of Swan) and Amy Collins (Shire of Mundaring) gave us insight into their personal journey to local government. They are passionate about Community consultation and engagement and we are all encouraged to take a more active part in the decision making at this level when we are asked for our opinion. It is, after all, your community.
Having had our fundraising efforts curtailed by Covid19 restrictions, we were delighted to be offered the chance to hold a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Warehouse Midland on Sunday 27th September. At time of writing we are busily organizing the details of this, to ensure we comply with new rules in place due to current new health measures post the Covid19 outbreak.
Two of our Friendship Link clubs, one in India and one in England are holding Zoom Birthday celebrations. Unfortunately their timing has meant that we are unable to attend due to Time Zone differences.
Meanwhile we continue to support Swan City Youth Services with donations of toiletries for “street packs”, articles of clothing, towels and blankets to assist with youth currently living rough in the Midland area. At the top of the “Wish list” is a small vehicle with anchor points for child restraints. The centre needs to make outreach visits to young parents and to bring them with their babies into the centre for check-ups and guidance on parenting skills. Anyone with knowledge of a suitable vehicle (doesn’t need to be new or large) or a dealership willing to supply one, would be greatly appreciated.
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Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association (DRRA) Combined BBQ/AGM/public meeting - Tuesday 17th November IMPORTANT NOTICE The Annual General Meeting will be held at the lesser hall on TUESDAY 17th NOVEMBER AT 7:30PM
All committee positions fall vacant each year and new committee members are always welcome. The public meeting brings all the comments together and With the AGM coming up and quite a few things to discuss, allows the community to make final suggestions. The final we have decided to get a lot of stuff done in one hit. document is submitted to the Shire for approval as the So there’ll be a BBQ in front of the hall to start with, reference document which informs residents, property commencing at 6.30 followed by the AGM then a public owners, local businesses, developers, architects, urban meeting to get your comments on the locality plan and designers, landscape architects and other professionals options for a safe crossing between the playground and planning developments that will impact Darlington. Perella’s. These topics have been on the books for quite a while and it will be great to take them on to the next stage. It is a really important document for the whole community as it establishes the standards for developments now and in Owen Rd crossing - 3 design options based on community the future. feedback have been developed. DRRA now needs final community input to decide on the preferred option before Both the Owen Rd crossing designs and draft locality plan taking it to the Shire for project approval/action. are on the Darlington website Locality plan - the purpose of the plan is to preserve and enhance the existing character and amenity of Darlington and has a range of objectives all designed to achieve the purpose.
www.darlingtonvillage.org/community-groups/darlingtonratepayers. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON THE NIGHT
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Darlington Review - October 2020
Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) Spring is such a Joyful Season
at. Even a walk around the tracks and trails of Darlington for a couple of hours will allow you to see Verticordia in flower on the granite, for example. Even try watching with the kids for the flowering of the Blue Lady Orchids on the Reserve; there are hundreds of them and they may be in flower or even be over by the time you read this. If you don’t have them, it is worth getting hold of Cliff Burns’ books on the Darlington walks and another on our local flora.
Walking through the Darlington Station Reserve is such a joy in Spring. Despite the ongoing, long standing issue of the diabolical state of the carpark, we are still seeing many visitors from ‘Down the Hill’ coming to walk, wander through the village ,enjoy the wildflowers on the Heritage Trail and in the Station Reserve and have a coffee at one or other of our excellent cafés. It reminds me that we are very lucky to live where we live and to remember to take time to enjoy it.
Also of possible interest is the WWF Quenda Count. If you would like to be a counter for a week sometime between now and 7th December please contact them at email@example.com
Weeds- Again! As Friends of Darlington Station, we tend to get a bit obsessed by the annual ‘Battle of the Weeds’ in Spring but this year we seem to be winning! Can that even be possible? If, like me, you are flagging in the fight on your home front, take heart and know that if you tackle the weeds in as many ways as you can and persevere, you will make progress over time. But, big but, eternal vigilance and determination are needed. I see that there is even a Weed Society of WA!
We will continue to meet on Sunday mornings fortnightly from 8am to 10am in October; dates will be 11th and 25th. If you would like to know more about our group please contact: Jane on 0477 987 048 or firstname.lastname@example.org Stacey on 9299 8986 or Stacey.email@example.com
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If you have a chance during the school holidays , do take a road trip out and look at the beautiful Western Australian Wildflowers. You do not have to go far up the coast or inland to find different plants to look
I hope to see you one day somewhere on the Reserve. Diane
Photos to inspire you from a recent jaunt to Jurien: Left to Right: I am told that we can now call these ‘Wallaby Paws’- my favourites , Spider Orchids are always much appreciated. Have you ever seen Leschenaultia as blue as this? Verticordia in the Bush near Badgingarra.
Bahá’í Communityof Mundaring It’s been three years since the Baha’is of Mundaring were inspired by the 200th Birthday of Baha’u’llah, to strengthen bonds of friendship with other faith traditions in our community. Baha’u’llah’s message is that of the unity of mankind, the essential oneness of all humanity, and the common foundation of all religions. In this spirit of unity and friendship we initiated ‘Bridges to Peace’, a quarterly multifaith gathering to pray and meditate together and discuss topics such as unity, love, navigating tests and hope. We are very grateful to Father Chris Bedding of St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church who welcomed the joint hosting of this event at St Cuthbert’s and to Rabbi Sheryl Nosan of Jewish Spirituality Australia for being such an enthusiastic and supportive collaborator of this project and all the representatives from a wide range of faiths, including Islam, Hindu, Zoroastrian, First Nations
with a special garden party at Mahogany Creek. This stunning garden will be overflowing with roses and is a perfect backdrop for our celebration of the life of Baha’u’llah, who has brought a divine message of peace for this particular era of humanity’s history. Afternoon tea from 2pm. For more details check out our Facebook page.
People and Buddhist. We warmly invite you to our next gathering on Sunday 11 October on the theme ‘Is Peace Possible?’ starting at 4pm for prayer, dialogue and fellowship with people of many faiths. On Sunday 18 October we invite you to join us to celebrate the birth of Baha’u’llah
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Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group (DCRAG) • •
Program 2020 Darlington Community Youth Bonfire 2020 Saturday 31st October 3-9pm at the Lower Recreation area & Oval 3-6 pm Skatepark activities demo + comp sponsored by Helena College 4-8pm Inflatable obstacle course sponsored by Scouts WA 6pm Clubs Tug Of War competition sponsored by Darlington Review Community Garden information stall Facepainting available $5. 3-6pm Young musicians - bands from 3-6 7 pm BONFIRE LIGHT UP Thanks DVBB & Mundaring SES 7-9pm Quieter solo musicians Halloween Theme this year! Save the Date
Formal quarterly MEETING 31st August groups update, crossovers and conflicts identified. TENNIS CLUB – proposal to Shire of Mundaring to lay down concrete slab in front of hit up wall was given delegates approval. Exploring ways to make the area multifunctional, like four square or hopscotch on the surface. SEATING PLAN is being compiled for the Shire. Please let Trish know where and what kind of park seating you would like. BONFIRE program to reduce bushfire fuel in the village is Saturday 31st October 2020. Wood collection by Helena College Year 9 students will occur on the Friday 30th October 2020. Thank you to DVBB, Darlington Review, Helena College, Shire of Mundaring and Scouts WA. Halloween Theme! COMMUNITY GARDEN - Work continues on detailed design. Wagon has been sourced for purchase to be used as a local recycling hub. Grant application submitted. Next MEETING 30th November 2020 @7pm. Considering alternating day/evening meetings for 2021.
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Matthew Hughes MLA JP - Member for Kalamunda On Monday, 3 August the McGowan Labor Government announced a record investment in WA school upgrades as part of the planned economic growth stimulus to recover from the impact caused by COVID-19. The $492.2million package will upgrade and modernise 63 public schools across the State as part of WA Recovery Plan and in the process help boost the construction industry, and create hundreds of local jobs.
from an initial allocation of 4 beds for this purpose a decade or so ago. Kalamunda Hospital is now a district specialist hospital and in addition to providing inpatient palliative care, it continues to provide low risk endoscopic surgery services. The funding will be used to enhance the palliative care section of the hospital to care for patients when they are unable to get the care they require at home and support the provision of an integrated, contemporary model of care. Included in the planned works will be the reconfiguration of the patient rooms to create single rooms with ensuites and improved access to outdoor spaces, and the upgrading of facilities and amenities for families and carers. Funding will also be provided for additional therapeutic spaces such as improved gardens and landscaping outdoors and incorporation of an indoor art/therapy room. The enhanced palliative care service at Kalamunda Hospital will also incorporate proactive outreach models of care and improved service linkages, supports and capacity within East Metropolitan Health Service, in addition to a day hospice and outpatient services including Telehealth.
Works will include major additions to burgeoning secondary schools, new sports halls, classrooms, specialist facilities and refurbishments. I am thrilled that schools in our Electorate will receive a total of $33.5 million. Kalamunda Senior High School has been allocated $18.3 million for a much needed rebuild of education support facilities, new library and new classrooms and Lesmurdie Primary School $15.2 million to complete a long identified school rebuild on its existing site. I have strongly advocated for the funding of these projects since my election in 2017 and identified that I would pursue funding for them in my inaugural speech to State Parliament in May of that year.
Kalamunda Hospital is well placed to become a centre of excellence in the practice and delivery of both in-patient and out-patient palliative care. I had earlier presented a petition to Parliament that local people were very keen to sign suggesting a centre of excellence expansion of the fine existing provision at Kalamunda Hospital. This wise investment will deliver evidence-based highquality palliative care practices to inform and educate palliative care practitioners and carers. And last, but not least, the State Government has allocated $10million to match the Commonwealth Government’s funding commitment to plan and develop the business case for Eastlink WA - the Orange Route. Eastlink WA will provide for the long-awaited alternate road freight route to the current Great Eastern Highway route that passes through Mundaring and down Greenmount Hill. This is a project that has been mooted for decades. It will require substantial funding by the Commonwealth, but we are now one significant step closer to its realisation.
The McGowan Labor Government is committed to delivering highquality education facilities across Western Australia, for the benefit of all Western Australian students. This is not the end of the good news. On 13 August the Minister for Health announced a $9.5 million investment to enhance palliative care services at Kalamunda Hospital. Underlying this announcement is the McGowan Government’s commitment to the importance of quality palliative care and end of life choices. Our 39 bed Perth Hills hospital, now incorporates 25 palliative care beds
Darlington Bushfire Ready Group REMEMBER, YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE IN THE BUSH TO BE AT RISK FROM BUSHFIRES. EMBERS CAN TRAVEL FAR, BRINGING THE FIRE FROM THE BUSH TO YOUR HOME.!
Street contacts and interested residents are advised that our preseason meeting is to be held on Monday, 26th October at 7.30pm in the Fire station.
Why embers are so dangerous Embers are pieces of burning bark, leaves or twigs carried away from fires by wind. Embers can travel for kilometres, starting spot fires well ahead of the fire-front, often without warning. Embers can land on and around your home in places like your rooftop air-conditioner, your garden, under eaves, in gutters and on wooden decks. If embers are not extinguished, your house could catch fire. Get prepared.
Bushfires happen every summer. They can start suddenly and without warning. It’s important to understand your risks and plan what you’ll do to keep safe when a bushfire threatens your life or home
Your best chance of surviving a bushfire is to create a plan of what you’d do if one was to come your way. Will you BE SAFE AND LEAVE EARLY or BE PREPARED TO STAY AND DEFEND? To create your bushfire survival plan and find out more about how to prepare your household and property, visit dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat
Forrest and bushland Fires in these areas can be very intense and extremely difficult for emergency services to reach and extinguish. If you live in an area surrounded by or near forest or bushland, your risk is very high
Hopefully see you at our meeting on Monday 26th. Prepare now for the fire season ahead.
If you live in any of these environments, bushfire is a real threat to you and those you live with. You will need to prepare your home, property and household in case of a bushfire.
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Darlington Review - October 2020
Darlington Bushwalking Series Contact Details
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ONLY 2 WALKS REMAIN THIS SEASON
The 2020 Programme is almost over for this season. Last chance to enjoy a Group Walk in our magnificent bushlands (see below).
VARIETY IN WALKS COMPLETED
Since the last report we have walk in the Wooroloo Regional Park, the Lions Lookout Bushlands (Lesmurdie) and The Wungong Gorge (south of Armadale). The striking feature has been the magnificent wildflowers.
STIRLING RANGE ADVENTURE WEEKEND, A GREAT SUCCESS What an amazing weekend.
Friday: ......Arrive, Tucker-time, Introduction, and Mountains and Walks Briefing. Saturday:..24 intrepid walkers scaled Bluff Knoll where it was only 3 degrees, very windy and sometimes enveloped in mist at the summit. Everyone made it to the top (photograph). It was truly exhilarating. A relaxing restaurant evening finished off an adventurous day. Sunday: ....Options day. Some elected to climb other mountains and some strolled along some wonderful flat terrain in wildflower country. Thousands of orchids were on display. At dinner time we enjoyed a Wind-up, BBQ and an unbelievable social evening with side-splitting laughter and fun. Monday ....We all convoyed further south to the Porongurup National Park where we climbed Castle Rock and most climbed the “Granite Skywalk” which proved to be an amazing adrenaline rush. It is a magnificent structure engineered onto the side of the Castle Rock.
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It includes almost every trail or track in the Darlington surrounds. Since the first edition, 12 years ago, some old tracks have disappeared and many created. All the maps/trails/tracks have been revised using GPS technology. For copies contact Cliff and Sharron. It’s not the speed that matters. See you on the track…. Cliff Burns (Organizer and Guide) 9299 6696
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1st Darlington Scout Group
It’s been fantastic to be out and about, adventuring and making friends in all the sections this month.
An investment ceremony is an important part of when a scout makes their commitment to joining, and make their commitment to the Australian Scouting Promise. This month Darlington invested a new Joey, new Cubs and a new Scout. (pictured)
Joeys (aged 5-8), have been learning about new cultures and countries every week in their meetings. This month they’ve ‘visited’ the Czech Republic and France, making pizza from Italy, and masks from Africa. Always having lots of fun on their journeys, Joeys meeting Monday evenings.
If any of these activities sounds like fun, and you’d like to have a trial night, we’ve now got a website with some information: https://www.darlingtonscouts.com/.
Cubs (aged 8-11) had an adventure with an overnight camp. Cubs rode all the way from Sawyers Valley back to the hall in Darlington, stopping several times including the BMX track in Glen Forrest. Although blessed with great weather, apparently the creek was quite cold according to the 3 or 4 cubs who fell in! Cubs are finishing the term with a night playing laser tag.
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Scouts (aged 11-14) had a tour of the Midland Railway Workshops, thanks to Matt from the Midland Historical Society for sharing his knowledge. They also participated in a short competitive night hike between our district scout units, navigating between bases with skills tests for points. This was great training for Nighthawk, a Scouts WA run event for scouts from around the state to compete in a night hike in October. Venturers (aged 15-17) learned about the important role of volunteer firefighters in the community with an evening at Glen Forrest Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, and also participated in a bike maintenance night, in conjunction with members organising a bike hike around Perth, as part of an achievement level. Scouts and Venturers will be roller skating to finish off the term.
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A Montessori and International Baccalaureate School Peace at Treetops
“The Peace Table has a golden dove on it. The golden dove symbolises peace and when there is an argument we hold it and take turns talking about our points of view and then we reach a compromise. The table is located outside of our classroom on the balcony overlooking the playground. We use this table to resolve conflict amongst our peers. My best friend and I occasionally bicker and have used the peace table to solve our conflict and it allows us to get back to our games faster. I find the peace table works to solve our problems with everyone involved feeling good about the outcome.” “Every Monday morning, we sit down and do something we call Community Circle. Part of why we call it Community Circle is so we can learn about every one as a class. How this works is two people get chosen to go in the middle of the Circle one person at a time so that we can ask questions about them. Everyone enjoys Community Circle because it’s a fun way to learn about each other as a class and if there is a notice about something upcoming or a problem that we would need people to resolve it’s also a perfect time to do that.”
Maria Montessori lived and worked during the time that the dropping of the first nuclear bomb forced the inhabitants of our world to collectively face, at the same time, their own mortality in becoming aware that we now have the technology that can be used to destroy ourselves within minutes. She stated that: “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
And how do we measure if these processes work? This week I observed a Secondary student who has had difficulties managing his internal peace processes. He had noticed a conflict arising between some Primary students over a mudplay space and who ‘owned’ the dam that they had built. He listened, helped a Year 1 student to understand what was happening, and then took him to find an alternative space to build another ‘wall’. No adult intervention was required.
By the time you read this we will just have taken part in Sally Herzfeld’s United Nations International Peace Day, during which Treetops will have sung ‘Light a Candle for Peace’. This song was created in 2007 when it was sung throughout the world, including by us in Darlington, on International Peace Day that year. We have sung it every year since at our own Peace Ceremony at Treetops. The teaching of peaceful processes at schools with a Montessori ethos happens in so many ways. The goal is always to promote inner-peace in the student which enables them to then demonstrate calm, respectful, problem solving behaviour to their peers and society. When conflict does occur it is seen as an opportunity to help students to learn resolution. Two features of our conflict resolution, the Peace Table and the Community Circle, are described by some of our students, in their words, below.
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Darlington Review - October2020
Darlington Community Pavilion Project After 15 years and a lot of effort from a determined and dedicated group of individuals, the new Darlington Community Pavilion project was officially opened on 19th September 2020.
DaSRA Current and Past Committee Members at the Official Opening Back Row: L to R - David Earnshaw, Tim Hunter, Paul McDonald, Rebecca DeRooy, Colette Murray, Gabby Houldsworth, David Grant Front Row: L to R - Cambell Giles, Lindsay Earnshaw, Colin James, Geoff Barker & Stuart Aldred With apologies from Darren Walsh, Cam Beange and Alison Atkinson
MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS DaSRA and local community cash and in-kind contributions $370,000 Lotterywest $335,000 Shire of Mundaring cash and in-kind contributions $300,000 Federal Government $165,000 State Government $130,000 Two community member loans $120,000 Bendigo Bank $50,000 PROJECT TOTAL $1,470,000.00
For further details contact DaSRA Chairperson Geoff Barker 0418 953 176 or Secretary Cambell Giles on 0418 936 544 or visit the website at www.darlingtonpavilion.com.au.
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SUPPORTERS AND DONORS OF THE DARLINGTON COMMUNITY PAVILION PROJECT MAJOR FUNDING GRANTS
MAJOR BUILDING SUPPORTERS
MAJOR FUNDING DONORS
Darlington Club Darlington History Group Darlington Residents & Rate Payers Helena College
OTHER FUNDING DONORS Veeco Laundry Systems Shepherd Hut Wines Darlington United Cricket Club Darlington Dipsticks
Darlington Arts Festival Advanced Architectural Products Darlington Primary P & C Darlington United Church
MAJOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SUPPLY & ASSISTANCE - NO COST Sarah Morgan - Planning Paul Mc Donald - Design Services James Earnshaw - Graphic Design Cambell Giles - Marketing Planning Lindsay Earnshaw - Marketing, Printing Ben Keane - Hydraulic Design Geoff Barker - Architect/Project Manager Christopher Barker - Energy Assessment David Lavell - Design Engineering David Earnshaw - Legal Richard Delany - Surveying Jamie Tolley - Window Decals Stuart Aldred - Building Alistair Taylor - Artist Paul McEvoy - Quantity Surveyor Stuart Aldred- Committee Alison Atkinson – Past Committee Les Ayton - Pre DaSRA Geoff Barker – Committee Cam Beange – Past Committee Rebecca deRooy – Pre DaSRA David Earnshaw – Past Committee Lindsay Earnshaw – Committee
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Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc The recently conserved Darlington Honour Roll will soon be re-installed in the Darlington Hall, courtesy of a grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. As these photographs show, the refurbished board looks magnificent and provides a fitting memorial to those who served, and in some instances died, in WW1, WW2, and later conflicts. Interestingly, the conservation of the Roll raised questions about whether memorials should be altered to remove inaccurate information. When researching the names on the Honour Roll the Darlington History Group’s archivist, Lyn Myles, determined the board contained three errors. Two of these were incorrect names. R. Mayhew should have been listed as R. (Reuben) Mehew, while P. Wilson was H.P. Wilson (Horace Patrick). The third error was the incorrect identification of N. Wheatcroft as dying on active service during WW1. Fortunately, Norman Wheatcroft returned to Australia in 1920, married Beatrice Geen whom he’d met in England, and died in NSW in 1972 at the age of 76!
the board was believed to be correct. Altering the names would conceal that the Roll is a historical artefact, complete with the flaws that underpin all historical interpretations such as factual errors, changes in terminology etc. Why not also change ‘Great War’ to WW1?
The Honour Roll’s conservation provided an opportunity to correct these errors – but was this the appropriate thing to do? The MHHS asked the Australian War Memorial and received a rather ambivalent response. Discussion with others in the heritage industry, however, suggested that altering the board could damage the brass plaque – yikes! What is more, correcting the board would alter the original historical story. At the time of its construction the information on
Consequently, the MHHS determined it was important to keep the Roll ‘as is’ and instead create an additional plaque that noted any errors. In this way, the changing history of the Roll will be transparent to everyone in the community. We hope to work with the Darlington History Group on a new plaque to sit alongside the Honour Roll.
Donna Faragher JP MLC Member for East Metropolitan Region Shadow Minister for Education & Training; Women’s Interests Perth Hills Wine Show 2020 It was fantastic to celebrate our picturesque Perth Hills Wine Region and its boutique wineries at the annual Labelmakers Perth Hills Wine Show earlier this month. The Perth Hills Wine Region spans from Bindoon to Serpentine and includes many award-winning, family owned and operated wineries and vineyards. The region also boasts unique tourism experiences along the various wine routes for all to enjoy. Over the years I have been pleased to support this annual show which showcases the region’s best wines. This year there were 74 entries from 13 exhibitors, with eight gold medals, 14 silver medals and 28 bronze medals awarded. I was delighted to present the Most Successful Exhibitor Award to Carmel’s Tonon Vineyard & Winery. Thank you to the Perth Hills Vignerons’ Association for all that you do to promote this beautiful region, its boutique wineries and local producers. Congratulations to all the winners!
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Friends of Glen Park WARNING! This article contains information that some readers in our community may find challenging. Yes folks, we are having a conversation about Freesias, Freesia alba x leichtlinii hybrid. Freesias are a ‘plant out of place’: a serious weed in urban bushland from Gingin to Israelite Bay. This month, Friends of Glen Park are highlighting Freesias as our ‘weed of the month’. Freesias escaped long ago from gardens in Darlington and beyond. They can be found in all of our surrounding bushland where they have ‘naturalised’ due to them being hardy and drought tolerant. They are in Reserves, Super Blocks, National Parks and the Water Catchment Area surrounding Darlington. When left to reproduce, Freesias can impact on native vegetation, especially our native orchids.
Freesias bulbs have long lives underground, and a short flowering season. They reproduce underground, forming bulbils. Early in their growing cycle Freesia bulbs can be dug out. New bulbs formed from seeds from the previous season have shallow roots, are easily plucked out. They produce seeds post flowering in knobby green pods (see images below). Freesias spread through transport of garden refuse, and seeds may be spread by birds, water and/or mud. By the time this article goes to press, the Freesias will be at the end of their flowering season, however, it is not too late to minimise their spread. Remove any flowers, or seed pods and pop them in your green top rubbish bin. Let’s stop seeds falling to the ground and forming bulbs the following next winter.
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A journalist from The Australian Financial Review recently asked me what schools have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. My answer has been included in his article on schools nationwide, published on 14 September 2020. His question provided an opportunity for valuable reflection.
Inquiry learning can be conducted on campus or, as we saw during the lockdown, off-campus. Inquiry learning also takes place through our wide ranging experiences outside the classroom. From excursions and incursions to camp and outdoor education programmes, it is through these opportunities that our students develop self-awareness, confidence and critical thinking skills that are needed more and more in this unpredictable world.
Obviously here in Western Australia, we are fortunate that much of daily life has returned to pre-pandemic normal. But we can’t be complacent as the virus will continue to be a risk for the foreseeable future. The lessons learned will shape what happens if we have to return to a lockdown situation. But they are also contributing to our continued growth as a school, where we are developing the citizens and leaders of the future.
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The start of the Spring talks for DHG saw an excellent turnout of members and visitors to hear Chris Durrant’s talk “A Lonely Grave in Africa”. The talk focussed on Chris’s father Oliver and his two brothers, Humphrey and Christopher. All initially joined the Navy, served in various theatres of action in WW1. Their exploits inspired Chris to write his debut novel in 2018, “Under the Same Moon”. The journey into finding out about these brothers could not have been achieved without both old and new means of communication; the old, in the form of 150 letters written by his Uncle Christopher Durrant to a young sister of a naval friend, and the wonders of global digital communication when the girl’s family reached out to find a Durrant family member to show them these letters. Chris Durrant discovered more about his Uncle Christopher (whom he was named after) through these letters. They gave insight into the person, he was, what happened to him after he left England for East Africa, and most importantly, how he died. Chris’s book about his family members weaves the history of the times, with his relatives playing the leading roles. Of the three Durrant brothers who went off to war, only Chris’s father, Oliver survived. Humphrey died at the battle of Jutland when his ship the Queen Mary sank, and Christopher died in East Africa where he was first buried at Macumbi, then finally relocated by the War Commission to Lumbo near the Island of Mosambique. You can purchase Chris Durrant’s book online at chrisdurrant.com or in Darlington from Little Nook Café and Perella”s Café.
Author Cliff Burns has completed a book about the history of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (DVBFB), which was launched on a delightful Spring day at the Boya Community Centre. A labour of love for historian Cliff, the book launch was attended by many dignitaries from the Shire, Fire and Emergency Services, members of the DVBFB, and the Darlington History group. The highlight was the presentation of a 45 year service medal to David Hughes, one of only 3 for the Mundaring Shire. David was instrumental in the book being written. You can purchase this book directly from Cliff Burns 9299 6696.
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Darlington Review - October 2020 MIDLAND JUNCTION ARTS CENTRE Over thirty artists from across the globe spread socially distanced creativity and love in Good Vibes Print Exchange, on display until 7 November. Brought to you by local studios Fresh Lemon Print and Bright Press, the exhibition features letterpress, intaglio, relief, lithography and digital prints.
MUNDARING ARTS CENTRE Hills artist are in focus in Mundaring Arts Centre’s new exhibitions Discernible Sequence by Leanne Bray and Stories From Home, which features the work of Jane Button, Marie Haass, Louise Wilde Cook and Darlington resident Amelia Sonnekus.
A jam packed workshop program at Midland Junction Arts Centre in Term 4 presents opportunities to try your hand at jewellery, ceramics, painting, felting, weaving, dance and more. Plus there’s activities for the kids with school holiday workshops and a brand new after school art club!
Sonnekus and her family exchanged the picturesque wheat belt in South Africa for Western Australia in 2009 first living in the golden outback and then settling in leafy Darlington. Stories From Home sees Amelia and each of the other artists examine their experiences as first generation immigrants to Western Australia from Europe and South Africa and what home means to them.
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Darlington Theatre Players have now had their deferred AGM, originally listed for April but had to be delayed due to Covid 19. The committee all agreed to continue in their positions until an AGM could be held. At the deferred AGM, those attending thanked all committees for seeing us through this time and wished where possible the same executive members continue until the next AGM in April 2021. The Executive were re elected. The only change being Amanda Minutillo who stepped down as Production Manager to be replaced by Shelly Miller. The Departmental Managers also agreed to continue for the next 12 months. Bookings for Wife After Death are well under way and filling fast. Because of restrictions there will be only 40 patrons allowed to attend each performance. Bookings are made through trybooking. com. It is important to advise how many there are in your group attending and if you are family and can be seated together. The booking manager will then allocate seats with appropriate distancing. We are planning for a fun filled 2021 with comedy being the theme to lift us out of the doldrums of a pandemic year. We only hope that the virus does not give us any more grief. The first play for 2021, opening late February is “Robin Hood a Pantomime”. This promises a great start for the year of laughs.
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For general Brigade enquiries please ring 9299 7217. Station hours: Saturday 9am-10:30am. Website: darlingtonfire.org.au . Facebook Page: Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Next Brigade meeting: Tuesday, October 13th 2020, at the Darlington Fire Station.
From Thursday October 1st a Restricted Burning Period is in effect, and a ‘Permit to Set Fire to the Bush’ is now required throughout the Shire of Mundaring, until the end of November (subject to seasonal conditions), for all ‘running fire’ burns, and the burning of garden refuse piles during the day. Please note that ALL burning is prohibited on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic, or when a ‘Total Fire Ban’ or ‘Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban’ is in place. Permits can be obtained from the Fire Station on a Saturday morning, or online via the Shire’s website. Small amounts of garden refuse ONLY may be burnt after 6pm without a permit, under strict conditions including; •
Only one pile is alight at any time, each pile not more than 1 metre square
There is a 5 metre clearance around each pile
The fire is lit AFTER 6pm, and fully extinguished by midnight
At least one person is in attendance at the fire, AT ALL TIMES
The second milestone was the presentation of a significant long service medal. After several decades of selfless commitment, we had the absolute honour of presenting long-serving Brigade member Mr David Hughes with his Bush Fire Service of WA Long Service Medal, recognising more than 45 years voluntary service to the community of Western Australia. The Fire & Emergency Services Commissioner, Mr Darren Klemm AFSM was able to present the medal to David, in front of his wife, children, grandchildren, and past and present members of the Brigade. To put this award in to context, The Shire of Mundaring currently operates 9 volunteer Bush Fire Brigades; and David’s medal acknowledging more than 45 years voluntary service to the community, is one of only 3 such medals awarded in the Shire of Mundaring. The Brigade rightfully acknowledges David’s contribution over this long time, and we trust that it will continue for some time to come. (Photos courtesy of Erin Jordan/Littlehill Photography) The Brigade has started its planned hazard reduction burns for this season. These burns are an important part of bush fire management and provide a ‘real life’ training opportunity for our new volunteers. If you see us conducting a burn, please be mindful of our volunteer personnel and slow down around fire appliances, look out for our fire fighters and be very careful if driving through smoke. As a property owner, you can request the Brigade to undertake a burn on your property. We will visit your property to discuss your issues, and provide a quote.
A means of extinguishing the fire is available at all times (garden hose, backpack spray, fire trailer etc) Please refer to the Shire of Mundaring for detailed information about restrictions, conditions and prohibitions. Last month the Brigade celebrated two milestone events. Firstly, at a function attended by dignitaries, special guests and Brigade members past and present, we launched our history book celebrating over 75 years of serving the community. “History of Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade 1942-2020” is an 84page, full-colour book full of photos, documents, cartoons, incidents and stories archiving the history of our volunteers and the Brigade so far. Authored by Darlington local Cliff Burns, with major contributions from former Brigade Captain, David Hughes, the book was published with the assistance of the Darlington History Group and the support of the Shire of Mundaring. The book was launched by Fire & Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM, with commendations from Matthew Hughes MLA, Member for Kalamunda and Shire of Mundaring CEO, Jonathan Throssell. We are delighted with the finished product, and are so proud to be able to present the Brigade’s history for current and future generations to enjoy. Our book can be purchased directly from the Darlington Brigade for $25.
Bushfire Action Month is happening during October to help people prepare for bushfires, and to raise awareness of the upcoming bushfire season. Now is the time to have your “5 minute fire chat” and discuss things like; •
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Preparing a bushfire survival kit, including a radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, woollen blankets, non-perishable food & water, mobile phone & charger and some cash. If you have pets pack them a kit too!
Preparing your property, including creating a 20 metre asset protection zone.
Knowing and understanding bushfire Advice, Watch and Act, and Emergency Warning alerts issued by fire services. “Fire is the best of servants; but what a master!” ~ Thomas Carlyle Cheers, Ricky Harvey
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Darlington Review - October 2020
Glen Forrest Bridge Club “There are only two acceptable reasons for not leading partner’s suit: having no cards in the suit; a death wish” Alfred Sheinwold Learning about bidding and how to establish a strong partnership through good leads are just some of the important skills learnt in our Bridge lessons. Since its inception over 40 years ago, Glen Forrest Bridge Club has consistently offered classes to help share this great game with our community. Irene Cole teaches our friendly and fun Beginners and Improvers classes at the Bridge Club in Glen Forrest on Wednesday mornings. When asked what she likes best about the classes, Irene said “the companionship, camaraderie and kindness shown by everyone”. Observing Irene teaching, it is obvious that Irene has created this environment through her patience and kindness. Learning bridge can be challenging and occasionally seem intimidating, but because of Irene, students thrive, feel welcomed, learn quickly and improve. This month we welcome new members to classes Ronny, John, Jamie and Gayle. Bridge players will have a good idea of what to bid on this strong hand.
If you want to find out what the bid could be, come along to our fun classes. Call Bev on 0437 817 359 for more information. Beginners/Improvers: Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Regular Sessions: Monday 1.00pm to 5.00pm, Wednesday 12.30pm to 4.30pm Cost: Members: $5.00 per session. Non-Members: $7.00 per session. Location: Glen Forrest Sports Club, McGlew Rd Glen Forrest Contact: Bev Hayles (Secretary) 0437 817 359
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Spring Season at the KSP Writers’ Centre Holiday Hub: Write a StoryMake a Zine, Friday 3 October 2020, 9.30-11.30am
Online Writing Course: So You Want to Take the Next Step, Four consecutive Saturday mornings from 10 October 2020, 9.00-11.00am
Writing a good story is about learning how to choose the best words to describe your character, setting and plot. Join published author Elizabeth Lewis to learn how to pick and polish words and then create a mini story to craft into your own little *Zine. *A Zine is a small paper booklet filled with your own writing, drawings, collages and creativity. Bring along your imagination for this two-hour holiday workshop. KSP will supply the Zine-making craft supplies. Suitable for ages 8-12 years. Tickets from just $20; prior registration is essential. Limited places.
You’ve got some words down on the page, now what? Where does your story want to go? What’s working, and what isn’t? This workshop is for anyone who has some words down (a paragraph or a whole manuscript) and wants to figure out what to do next. This course will be facilitated by award-winning author Chloe Higgins. Full course costs start from $190; prior registration is essential. Limited places. KSP Poetry Competitions, entry deadline 5.00pm AWST Friday 9 October In 2020, KSP is offering two poetry competitions, one national and one local in partnership with the Boya and Mundaring libraries. Entry costs for adults start at $10; youth can enter for free thanks to sponsorship from the Shire of Mundaring. Cash prizes and certificates on offer.
Workshop: So You Want to Cope with Copyright, Saturday 3 October 2020, 1.00-4.00pm To become a published author, you need to know more than just how to write well. Understanding copyright is an essential component in the business of writing, particularly if you are interested in self-publishing. This workshop will be run by Lisa and Rebekah from Wild Weeds Press. Tickets from just $20; prior registration is essential. Limited places.
For more details on any of these activities please visit the KSP website www.kspwriterscentre.com or email us on office@ kspwriterscentre.com
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Darlington Christian Fellowship Cnr Darlington Rd and Allestree Rd, Darlington
There is something deep and majestic about the conviction people have in regards to this book. Many people, past and present, have felt this book is worthy enough for them to pay with their own lives just to get it into the hands of others. Like all good books, when I am reading it my emotions can be stirred. I can experience joy, sadness, grief and relief as I see the heart of God being unveiled before me. My love for Him can increase with the turning of each page. But it’s not like all other good books, there is more to it than just an emotional connection. As I read it in the stillness of the morning it is as if someone has prepared the exact and timely words I need to lead me for that particular day. I am no longer surprised at my own expectancy to find the answers to the petitions I present to God. Each one answered and explained within the pages of His book. Time after time, to many a varied degree, I read answers and explanations that most wouldn’t even have known that I seek. Not by frantically hunting through its pages designing an answer for myself, but rather by a detailed and satisfactory presentation that is unfolded for me. One of my daughters recently asked me which book of the Bible was my favourite. My response was “Whichever one I am currently reading seems to become my favourite!” The Bible is comprised of sixty-six books. Forty different authors wrote them over a time span of 1,600 years. Each author had diverse backgrounds such as: kings, a cupbearer, a tentmaker, a physician, a tax collector and a prostitute’s husband among others. It’s construction, while complex, maintains continuity across all of its books. Over 100 million copies are distributed worldwide each year in many languages and it currently stands as the bestselling book of all time. It has had a following of multitudes for millennia and is responsible for underpinning legal, governmental and social constructs and structures throughout the world. There are varied reasons for people reading it. An atheist said he went to Theological College to study the Bible to help him become a better atheist. I used to read it sparingly and solely out of Christian duty. My Dad started reading it with the intent of proving God wrong.... he continues to read it today because he found God to be right.
Once, when facing a complex emotional situation, I cried in prayer “Lord there is no way you can lead me through this situation by your Word. I know it well enough to be sure there is no way it can step me through this situation.” I opened the pages while blinking away tears and the first words I saw were: “Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counsellor perished?” From that moment on, over the ensuing months, I was led through the situation by the pages of this book. There isn’t a situation that could arise in my life now, that I am not confident God will comfort and counsel me through it. The Bible is more than just physical pages. It is a spiritual book that is living and active and it intervenes in my life. Its consistency of intervention is so regular that an explanation of coincidence cannot possibly explain the majesty of its ways. The Bible is not just an INTERESTING read, it is an INTIMATE read. God desires relationship with us. He reveals His heart to those who love Him and then lovingly transforms those hearts into His likeness. Treasure His book and you will experience that the Bible is alive and well today. Sandra Parish Darlington Christian Fellowship
Its historical accuracy is reliable, its survival defies all the odds and the stories are gripping. This ancient book is surrounded by supporters and opponents. Many use it for the purpose it was intended and others misuse it for their own gain. Without doubt, used rightly or wrongly, this book has an incredible ability to remain in print and circulation.
Sundays: 9:30am Corner Darlington & Allestree Roads. Pastor: Rob Merrells Email: email@example.com Phone: 6153 0364 www.darlingtonchristianfellowship.com.au
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Darlington Chamber Music
The first concert of the 2020 Winter Series was hugely successful and
very heartwarming. A full, socially-distanced house enthusiastically received the premiere of Simon Kruit’s ‘Disconnect’ and Simon’s delight with the performance and the audience response to his work was very special. The next, and final, concert for 2020 will be on Sunday 4 October at 1PM. Most of our musicians are members of WASO and contracted to play for that orchestra. To catch up on some performances missed due to the COVID pandemic, WASO has scheduled some additional concerts, one of which is on the evening of 4 October. In order that our players can meet their WASO contractual commitments and still carry on with the Darlington Concert, it has been necessary to change the start time at the Darlington Hall from 3.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m on 4 October. All other aspects of the concert remain unchanged. Semra Lee-Smith, Zak Rowntree, Sally Boud, Ben Caddy, Rod McGrath and Jon Tooby will play Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky and afternoon tea will be served. See you there.
Darlington Dipsticks Dipsticks visit to Ford Farm On a wet and blustery day on September 20th nine Dipsticks ventured out on a run to the Ford Farm in Bailup, on Toodyay Road which is a car museum dedicated to Fords (mainly from the USA) with a few other delicacies thrown in. This museum is open by appointment only. Because of the weather only four Dipstick classic cars were on the run with members shared among them. If you like American muscle this museum is for you! The museum also features fittings from Jimmy Dean’s Diner which was in Midland Bindy Datson
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Mustard Seed - Teaching Technology Get Online Week Get Online Week is a week-long annual celebration that sees thousands of events take place each year giving everyone the chance to find the support they need to improve their digital skills. Last year, over 1,000 events were held across Australia helping people get more out of life online. Mustard Seed will again this year host an event in support of this important week. This year’s Get Online Week campaign will take place from 19 - 25 October 2020. If recent events have taught us anything, it’s how vital digital skills are to our wellbeing and safety. Yet 2.5 million people in Australia are not online. The Covid-19 pandemic restrictions preclude us from holding a public function. In the past months 40 Mustard Seed members have been meeting weekly via video. We will hold two such conferences on Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October from 10am to 11am on each of these days. The video meetings will include a general knowledge quiz and some fun activities. More importantly will be the opportunity to become part of free lesson presentations. They are illustrated, simple in design and available for learners at all skill levels. This is a opportunity that only comes around once a year. If you would like to take part, we can arrange for you do so on a 1 to 1 basis. Just phone Brian on 0491 044 805.
Ken Wyatt - Federal Member for Hasluck Congratulations to the Darlington Sports and Recreation Association (DaSRA) on the official opening of the Darlington Community Pavilion project. The opening of the new pavilion is a great outcome for the Darlington and surrounding community and will benefit several local sporting clubs and community groups. DaSRA is a passionate group of locals and I am proud that the Morrison Government was able to support their expansive and exciting vision for their community. I would like to pay special mention to Chairperson Geoff Barker and the DaSRA committee on their tremendous efforts in every stage of this project. This is how we build even better communities – with committed and visionary local people, especially families, building on previous funding for the restoration of the pavilion.
The heart-warming story of the pavilions developments through the years shared by Secretary Cambell Giles epitomises the strength of the local community spirit. The first changerooms being a small shed donated by a local businessman has now grown to iconic achievement for the local community. The community support for this project continues to reinforce the strong sense of belonging and pride of the Darlington community. Their innovative and continual fundraising has allowed them to deliver a project that will benefit the community now, and for many generations to come. It was an honour to join with the DaSRA and Darlington residents to officially open their new pavilion and I look forward to seeing the many benefits this project brings to the local community.”
Darlington Review - October 2020
The Darlington Club The games and soup nights were well attended, see photos below! Still a good time to join or renew membership at only $20/person or $40/family. Pay Bendigo Bank account BSB: 633 000 Account No: 124527748. Best wishes Sue, Club President.
Coming events: The Club opens at 6.30pm most Fridays at Darlington Lesser Hall. BYO drinks and nibbles.
25th Sept. Closed for Queens Birthday long weekend. 2nd Oct. Sundowner. 9th Oct. Birthday Celebrations for Andy Pearcey & Betty Fox, bring a plate to share. 16th Oct. Fish n Chip Night. 23rd Oct. Sundowner.
30th Oct. Removal of furniture from the hall for DAF. Help is required and appreciated. Dinner and drinks provided afterwards. 31st Oct. Halloween and Community Bonfire, again the Club will provide hotdogs, hamburgers with coleslaw, fresh lemonade. Profits to go toward community barbecue upgrade. Help is required and appreciated.
Contact Sue on 0439 273 213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Darlington Family Playgroup Spring has sprung at playgroup and the playgroup garden has blossomed with lots of gorgeous native flowers. Our blueberry bushes are covered with eagerly awaited berries and the kids are about to get their watering cans out and gardening gloves on planting some new spring veggie seedlings. With the weather warming up our families have been enjoying spending more time outside in the sunshine at playgroup. The kitchen inside the cubby house has been busy sending out sand pies with frequent expeditions to the veggie beds to see what the kids can pick for morning tea. Monday morning’s group have been busy delving into the craft cupboard and creating some beautiful cherry blossom pictures to celebrate spring. The new blackboard easels and chalks have also been put to good use by the kids. We’ve been lucky to be able to add to our toy collection with grants from both Lotterywest and Playgroup WA lately, so the kids now have a whole new farmers market set to enjoy, and a brand new workbench fully stocked with play tools. We forsee lots of fun sorting colourful fruit and veggies into baskets and getting busy fixing and making things with hammers and hard hats on. Lots of new families join playgroup at the start of the new year, so if you’d like to come along for a free trial play session and cup of tea or coffee with the current session members to check it out beforehand, contact us through Facebook or at email@example.com.
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