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Editorial Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where daboidies is? Daboids are on da wing! But dat’sabsoid! I always hoidda wing was on daboid! By the time you read this, Spring will be, if not officially sprung, at least just around the corner. This is the time of year when, not only does the natural world begin to burst into life after its winter slumbers, but our beloved Editor, Trea, casts off the shackles of her calling and heads north to assume the mantle of Super-Gran in far-off Boston Mass. Which, of course, means that you have to put up with me for a month! Ah, well! Every silver lining has a cloud! Recent weeks have seen us sadly robbed of two of these people, one a relatively recent settler here, after a long struggle with illness that he bore with typical stoicism and humour, and the other a person who has been an activist, agitator and friend to a wide range of groups in our village over many years, who died shockingly suddenly and unexpectedly.

Farewell, friends There are many reasons why we like to live in Darlington: the glorious natural environment full of beautiful and inspiring plants, and teeming with fascinating and amazing birds and animals; the ability to lose ourselves in a semi-rural retreat only a short ride from the fleshpots (and, for many, the necessary work places!) down on the flats; the comforting knowledge that, even if the worst fears about climate change are realized, we shall still be able to enjoy our present life-style, even though we may become a beach-side suburb.

Dick Sayers and Christina Lyall were very different people, but they both embodied everything that makes this place so special – energy, enthusiasm, humour, great talents and a desire to use these talents for the benefit of their fellows. More tributes appear elsewhere in this Review. Please read them and give thanks for the lives of these two special people. I feel sure that you would want to join me in expressing to their bereaved families and close friends our community’s sympathy at their loss and the hope that they may draw some comfort from the fact that Dick and Christina were widely loved and respected and will not be forgotten by us.

For most, though, I suspect the biggest factor is the wonderful community feeling in Darlington, and the extraordinary richness of its cultural life. And that is attributable to the people who live here, so many of whom make such an enormous contribution to our community and make Darlington the unique place it is.


Darlington Review - September 2017 of those who want to hang on to this particular little freedom for us, I have no doubt that they will do their best.

Shire takes the lead (or should that be leash!?) Few issues in recent years have generated as much heat as the proposal by the Shire of Mundaring to designate the Bridle Path (aka Railway Reserve Heritage Trail) as an area where people may only walk their dogs if said dogs are on the lead. As readers of the Review will be well aware, this is an issue that has been simmering ominously for some months, and came to a head at the August Council meeting, where the Council was to consider its officers’ recommendation as aforesaid. Prior to the meeting, Council had invited submissions from ratepayers and apparently received 83, of which only 15 (18%) supported the proposal. The Shire’s statistics show that there have been six reported dog attacks on the 70 km Bridle Path in the past three years, which represents just over 1% of the total reported dog attacks in the Shire. There was some anecdotal evidence that many of these attacks were not made by unrestrained dogs being walked by their owners on the Bridle Path, but by unrestrained dogs coming onto the path from properties it passes through. The Council meeting was attended by a large number of ratepayers, every one, I understand, strongly opposed to the recommendation, many of whom eloquently addressed Council on the subject. As one long-time Darlington resident and regular Bridle Path user (though not a dog-owner) put it “The heritage trail is a symbol of this Shire, of the freedoms we enjoy. We came here so our pets weren’t penned in too-small yards; so our kids could climb trees, scale rocks, take risks. I urge Council not to introduce the sort of regulation that, of necessity, belongs in dense suburbs. Please don’t dilute the freedoms that differentiate the Mundaring lifestyle — its brand — from that of the burbs. Don’t dilute the pleasures and the health benefits that this amazing Mundaring asset offers to us all.” Despite this and the evident lack of significant community support for the new edict, Council voted to accept the recommendation that the Bridle Path not be considered an area where dogs may run free under their owners’ supervision. Only Councillors Cook, Clark and Jeans opposed it. However, this particular decision apparently needs an absolute majority of Councillors (i.e. 7 out of 12) and 3 of them (Councillors Lavell, Martin and Cuccaro) were absent. It was therefore sent back to the officers to be resubmitted in September. So, there is still some hope, although it will depend on persuading all the absent Councillors to NOT support the proposal and/or persuading one or more of those who voted for it in August to change their minds. Given the strong feelings

As a dispassionate observer without any axe to grind (I don’t own a dog, do not walk the trail very often and, when I do, never in canine company) I have to say that it seems to me that the opponents of this restriction have got it right: this has all the hall-marks of a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that doesn’t really exist. People’s (and their dogs’) freedoms are to be curtailed (pun intended) for no compelling reason and in spite of the probability that the majority of the local residents, especially those who use the trail a lot, do not support the new rule. From all accounts, bike-riders on the Bridle Path are a much greater threat to life and limb! But wait! Perhaps they are next! Will we find ourselves a few years from now in a situation where the only permitted users of the trail will be adult pedestrians between the ages of 25 and 65 (eliminating the feckless youth and doddery elderly) who have purchased a permit from the Shire, signed a ‘waiver of liability’ form, and deposited a substantial bond at the Shire Offices?

Not that D. Gregson!

One of the many remarkable things about Darlington is the number of celebrated artists who have made it their home – think of Juniper, Grey-Smith, Boissevain, Haynes and, not least, the late and much-loved David Gregson. Well, the Gregson name lives on in the current art scene, carried by David’s daughter Dimity, whose exhibition opens at the Mezzanine Gallery on Friday 15 September at 6.00 p.m. The exhibition will then be open for viewing on 16th and 17th between 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Dimity returned home to Darlington early in 2016 after a number of years over in Melbourne. She hasn’t always been an artist – for a long time she worked in the film industry in the editing department – but came back to Perth to do a visual arts degree at ECU in the 1990s before flying East once more. Her interest during her studies was more in textiles than in painting, mainly because the teachers and the content were more inspiring (the singer, not the song!), and many of her paintings have references to textile works. When I asked her to describe her paintings she said “Decorative!” She loves using colour and patterns, something she learned from her Dad who was the greatest influence on her development as a painter. She definitely has her own style, though, something of which I have no doubt her distinguished father would be very proud. Don’t take my word for it, though! Come along to the Mezzanine Gallery in mid-September and see for yourself! 4

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Move over Guy Fawkes This is more than just a bonfire! It’s an afternoon of fun and entertainment, food and drink, music and athletic challenges, culminating in the biggest blaze most of us will ever have seen. I’m talking of course, about the Darlington Community Bonfire. I know it’s not scheduled until 28th October, but it is an event not to be missed so I thought you should get all the good oil early so that you are sure to put it in your diaries. Proceedings begin at mid-day with bands playing on the verandah of the (hopefully by then completed) new pavilion. The focus is most definitely on youth, with the bands comprising young people from local schools and the neighbourhood. While the rockers are keeping us hopping, there will be demonstrations and competitions (junior and senior) in both skateboarding and scootering at the nearby skatepark, with local lad and nationally-ranked scootering whiz Jasper Anton and another local, professional skateboarder Will Kitely, showing you how it’s done. At the same time, kids & their parents from a number of local junior sports clubs will be constructing ‘wood art’ on an area not far away, where the winning artwork will win a cash prize for their club, generously donated by Bendigo Bank. Once the judging is over, all the artworks will be sent up in smoke to that great gallery in the sky! This activity is certain to generate an appetite and a thirst which will not be hard to satisfy – the Fire Brigade will be doing their usual sausage sizzle and there will be other food vans in attendance for the afternoon. The climax, of course, will be the bonfire itself, scheduled for light-up at 6.00 under the watchful supervision of the fireys. One of the problems in the past, and the reason the bonfire didn’t happen last year, was lack of volunteers to gather the firewood from around central Darlington to make up the fire. This has been solved by enlisting the support of the students of Helena College. 30 young people, organized by teacher Diane Parker, will enthusiastically discharge their community service commitments by collecting and bringing in the vast quantities of dead wood in the vicinity, which will have been sawn into portable lengths by Shire officers. As you may imagine, putting all this together has been a mammoth task, and although many people have been involved and have done great work, there can be no doubt that the inspiration, the guiding light, and the engine room has been Councillor Trish Cook. Her tireless dedication has ensured that the last Saturday in October should see a thoroughly delightful community event that all can come together and enjoy (although if you live near the oval and are planning a ‘nanna-nap’ that afternoon, ear-plugs would probably be a good idea!)

Too many Cooks or not enough?

very satisfying. Her election to Council came just before the Parkerville bushfires, and she found herself plunged into roles coordinating relief efforts which she greatly enjoyed. As you might expect, she has had successes and failures, but at the end her involvement with the affairs of our community have given her a better sense of what she stands for and thinks is really important.

Which brings us to a bit of sad news. As previously reported, Trish Cook’s four year term on Council is up this October and, unless she can be persuaded otherwise (please try!), she is not proposing to stand again. Her original decision to nominate for Council was driven by a wish to get involved in community affairs and to help make things happen, and I’m sure we would all agree that she has done that in spades. Trish says she has found it an educational and challenging experience, sometimes frustrating but often

She certainly believes that Council, like any body of that sort, needs regular injections of fresh ideas and enthusiasm to add to the accumulated wisdom of its long-serving members and, if she is no longer able to provide this herself, would strongly encourage others of you out there who would like to make 5

Darlington Review - September 2017 States have already moved in this direction, and Coles and Woolies, the two largest generators of plastic bags in this State, have announced that they will support the move, so there would not have been any significant commercial opposition. Our State Government seems to take the view that it is for local authorities to decide, and several, notably North Fremantle and Fremantle, have begun the lengthy process. We will presumably eventually follow suit, but we could have been leaders!

a difference to think seriously about nominating. If you are contemplating it, you may like to get along to an information session the Shire is running at 6.30 on Wednesday 30th August at the Shire offices. Attendees will learn about nominating procedures and the obligations, responsibilities, and duties of Councillors. You do need to register for this event by ringing Anna on 9290 6602 or email And, of course, you can always talk to Trish or one of the other Councillors who can give you their personal perspectives.

Speaking of Awards ... September is when artistically talented young people such as last year’s winner, musician Annika Moses (left), need to put together their applications for the Robert Juniper Award for the Arts (see Maureen de la Harpe’s notes on page 9) which close at the end of the month. One of the Shire’s wiser recent decisions (in my admittedly biased view!) was their approval of the maintenance of the grant for this year to the Trust which administers the award. Discussions will be held early in 2018 to try and agree on a long-term funding arrangement.

Shire Things As you would imagine, our Council has been engaged in far more than upsetting certain sections of the local dog-owning community. Among items on their recent agenda were: •

Next year’s budget, which went through without the dramatic events of last year. The average rate increase over 2016 is about 3.45%. While this does compare rather unfavourably with our neighbouring municipalities of Swan and Kalamunda whose ratepayers are going to have to find an extra 2.5% and 2% respectively, it does need to be pointed out that Mundaring has been funding some unusually large capital works, including the several million dollars on the Boya Hub, which I think most people would agree was money well spent, and more than $20 million on the new indoor sports facility at Mundaring. Council’s longterm plan would see annual rate increases winding back over the next seven years to become around 2%. The proposal to move towards a plastic bag ban in the Shire (another of Trish Cook’s causes). This would not have resulted in any short-term action, given the need to get the approval of a State Government standing committee for the necessary local regulations, but the decision to wait for a lead from the State Government before doing anything is seen by many as a bit disappointing, especially as other

The Darlington Hall up-grade is in the budget and should be done over the summer.

The Optus Tower proposal has gone though a mediation process in which Optus and the community objectors discussed their differing points of view. The State Administrative Tribunal now has to make a ruling which, by the time you read this, may well have been announced.

Darlington Arts Festival Just two months to go to one of the cultural highlights of the year, and Peter Nicholls and his dedicated team have been working tirelessly to make it happen, bigger and better than ever (see their notes on page 40). One great piece of news was that an anonymous donor has been found to fund the major art prize which last year was won by local artist Alastair Taylor and now resides, also locally, on the wall of Cliff and Sharon Burns. Mention of Cliff, incidentally, reminds me that his Darlington Bushwalk Series is in full swing, with a number of walks around Darlington planned for September and the three-day Cape-to-Cape walk at the end of the month. Contact Cliff on 9299 6696 or by email at

On the verge of …. It never ceases to amaze (and irritate) me to discover what many people consider appropriate to chuck out of their cars onto the roadside. In my regular perambulations around North-western Darlington in the company of Roxy (yes, I am a dog-walker: just not on the Bridle Path) I am constantly finding drink cartons, bottles, fast food containers and the like clearly jettisoned from passing vehicles. The location of these finds suggests that the guilty are not random hoons who have no interest in keeping ourneighbourhood tidy, but local residents who just can’t be bothered to dispose of their trash sensibly. Some of you may have seen the following post from local resident Kathleen Wynhorst on the Darlington Hub Facebook site recently: To the people who use the bus stop at the end of Hubert Street- can you please stop littering? If you use the bus stop regularly could you please clean it up? Rubbish everywhere! It’s a mess down there. I kept it tidy 19962000 and would take rubbish home on school days. It’s not hard. I’ll re-check the bus stop in 3 weeks. And it’s not just give but also take. We had a massive (and perfectly healthy) eucalypt at the back of our property fall down recently, and as soon as my fellow FODS, Alf Leaver, heard about


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What’s up, Doc?

it he asked if I could drop off some of the medium-sized branches near the Station Reserve so they could be used to replace rotten logs lining the paths there. No problem! I dumped a trailer-load of branches, some that would need cutting, all very green, on the verge near Darlington Road. When we came on the next FODS-day, a week or so later, to collect the wood, cut to length where necessary, and distribute around the Station Reserve paths, all but four lengths had gone! I suppose somebody is expecting to be short of firewood by 2019 (which is about when that timber will be useful as such).

Well, the answer is “lots!” And to make it really easy for you not to miss anything, I’ll give them to you in dot points and more or less chronological order. • The official opening of the McDonald steps leading up from the Station Reserve to Darlington Road just opposite where Shirley and the late Ian McDonald lived for so many years and down which Ian used to walk to perform his duties as a long-serving and muchrespected member of FODS – 2.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 August. Shirley and her daughters will be there!

While we’re talking on the margin, a reminder that the Shire’s bulk verge collections are scheduled to start about now, commencing 28th August in Bellevue and gradually moving East over the next two months. Greenmount and Darlington are scheduled for the week beginning September 11th.

Pavilion of splendour!

Opera Box comes to Darlington! A concert performance of Massenet’s Manon at the Darlington Hall on Sunday 3rd September (NOT 30th as stated in last month’s Review) at 7.30 pm. Tickets at

The Habits of Horses, a series of exhibitions, workshops, and fun events organized by the Mundaring Arts Centre at its galleries in Mundaring, the Mundaring Sculpture Park, the Mundaring District Museum, the Boya Hub and the Midland Junction Arts Centre is under starter’s orders as I write this and about to start its joyful gallop. Most events run until 10th September, some even a bit longer than that. Whether you are keen on contemporary painting or photography, the making of terracotta horses and their place in Hindu mythology, the place of the horse in human history, or you just love horses, there is something for you. Go to page 40 or the MAC web site at for full details.

The Marloo Theatre have their One-Act Season in early September followed by the Hills Festival of Theatre – see their notes on page 17 for details.

A free talk, especially for those of us of mature years, at the Boya Hub by Prof Warren Grubb on ‘Living better longer’. Thursday 7 September 2-4 pm.

Guest speaker from the Food Bank, at the Book café at the Hub 9-11 am on Tuesday 12 September.

Lots of interesting stuff at the KSP Writers’ Centre. See their notes on page 40 for details.

ABOVE: Ken Wyatt, Geoff Barker and Paul McDonald

We have all been very impressed with the great work done on the new Pavilion which has really taken shape over recent weeks. Completion is still scheduled, weather permitting, for 28th October, ensuring it will be available for the Darlington Arts Festival and, indeed, for the Community Bonfire entertainments! One of the important events was a visit by our Federal MHR and Minister Ken Wyatt, mainly to present a cheque from the Solar Communities Support program that will fund the installation of solar panels on the roof of the pavilion which will not only generate the power needed by the building but should also enable us to sell electricity back to the grid. Representatives of the Shire and of DaSRA were present and both the Minister and DaSRA Chair Geoff Barker addressed the gathering.

All in all, if you are bored this September, it will be entirely your own fault! As I usually remark at this stage of my September articles, this is a wonderful time of year: our terrific recent rains have the streams gurgling and splashing, and the wild-flowers and bush blossoms are starting to bloom in profusion. As Roxy and I make our way along the Greenmount Hill firebreak, our progress watched by the kangaroos with ear-swivelling vigilance and raucously commented on by the black cockatoos up in their lunch-bar at the top of the marri trees, we can reflect on the fact that this is a pretty special place we live in. Well, I can reflect, at least. I’m not sure that Roxy is much given to philosophical contemplation: she just loves the walk!

It is heartening to see our local MPs taking such a close interest in our community, with both Ken Wyatt and State MHR Matthew Hughes very much involved. It was therefore good to welcome another of our parliamentary representatives to membership of the Review in the form of East Metropolitan Region MLC Donna Faragher (left). We should have no difficulty in continuing to get our community concerns to the ears of both sides of politics!

Chris Durrant Guest Editor


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My Place: Tim van der Kuil — where I used to watch footy matches with my dad — knowing that my family were out there in the audience. There’s a lot of history in moments like that. It’s a rush that highlights your whole journey and that bucket list of iconic venues every musician dreams of playing: the Grammys in LA, the Oscars, Madison Square Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall. And, later this year, there will be Wembley Stadium. “It’s also humbling to remember how long it’s taken — I left Perth in 1991 — and how much support I’ve had along on the way. Looking back, it’s a little like an amazing jigsaw, and each piece you put in place moves you a little bit further along.” For musicians who dream of making it big, Tim van der Kuil’s journey reads like a textbook on how to chart your own course and play to your strengths. Looking way back, he recalls choosing classical guitar because his best mate at primary school selected the instrument after a musical aptitude test — “and I didn’t want to miss out!” Later, an acoustic instrument was sharing space with his classical guitar and the school-leaver was convincing his dubious parents that, instead of enrolling in uni, he should take a gap year to focus on his band, his music. “A year seems such a long time at 17, and I was convinced that I could make inroads in the music scene in that time! By the end of the year the compromise with my folks was to do the jazz course at the WA Academy of Performing Art — and that was such a great move because the Academy had a great reputation and extensive networks, so there was no shortage of local jazz/rock/pop bands keen to employ students as session musicians. “By 1991, I knew I had to move to Sydney,” recalls Tim, “because at that time there weren’t a lot of locals breaking into the national or international music scene. That’s changed because Perth is now acknowledged as a breeding ground for original music — the world’s got smaller and everything is so interconnected.”

How does a young musician go from playing local gigs in the Hills to returning to Perth to play the Domain Stadium as superstar Adele’s guitarist and musical director? Darlington’s Tim van der Kuil tells Trea Wiltshire it was a mix of “pure stubborn determination”, charting his own course through a highly competitive industry, and winning a Mundaring Scholarship Trust It’s been an incredible musical journey from Darlington to a home base in Dublin for Tim van der Kuil, yet the hype that goes with being one of the music industry’s most in-demand guitarists hasn’t gone to the head of the musician. In fact, he appears as grounded as the Grammyaward winning songstress Adele who saw the Australian performing with Daniel Merriweather in London, liked what she saw, and asked her management to track him down. “Playing in Australia has been a big one for me,” says Tim as, earlier this year, he watched his children play in the Darlington house where he grew up, and in the back garden den where his first band came together. “For me the high point of the tour was definitely playing at Subi oval

He spent five years in Sydney, forming his own band, writing his own songs. Then, in 1996, instinct told him the time was right to make the next big move, to London. “I went in blind but full of pure stubborn determination,” he recalls. It took three years to navigate London’s buzzing, highly competitive pop scene: to build a band, sort out management, agents and record deals. Then things started falling into place. “The band signed a record deal, our songs were played on the radio, and pretty soon we’re all getting calls from producers we’d recorded with, asking us to play as session musicians for other artists. In the end that became my path because I found that, working with so many great artists I was growing musically and expanding my networks,” says the guitarist who has worked with the likes of Sia, Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, Delta Goodrem and many more. “There’s a big difference between musicians who puts themselves out there and say: ‘I can play anything you want’ to one who says: ‘This is what I believe I should be playing, and this is the creative input I can bring’. “By then I knew what I could do musically, and essential to that was my need to have an affinity with the musicians I was joining. That was probably the most important thing in helping me transition to where I am now. “Down the track, it was a case of one thing leading to another, of my career gathering its own momentum. I was meeting new people, forging new networks and that’s what you need to keep working and to keep growing musically. Anyone who does well out of music knows you can’t wait for opportunities; you create your own, and sometimes they don’t yield results straight away. That’s not how it works. But


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Deadline looms for Robert Juniper Award for the Arts you’ve got to keep that momentum going. “I came to the notice of Adele when I was Daniel Merriweather’s guitarist and musical director. When she came to perform a duet with him at one of his headline concerts, I introduced myself, we shared a cup of tea and a chat, and, after the concert, said ‘see you later’. And perhaps a year later, when she was looking for a guitarist, she asked her management to track me down. We’d had a good initial interaction, we got on well because we’re both very down-to-earth. “I’ve been lucky in that most of the top musicians I’ve worked with have been very grounded. In reality, when there are no cameras and media around, it’s just about people working together to make good music. All the other stuff, the hype that people see in the media, counts for nothing. The motivation, the common thread, is the music and, when you’re making it, everyone is equal.” During his catch-up with Perth-based family and old mates, Tim van der Kuil also had a chance to pay tribute to what he describes as an early “kick start” to his fledgling career: winning the Robert Juniper Award for

If you’re a young artist keen to develop your skills in any branch of the arts, you’ll have to hurry to have a chance to win the 2017 Robert Juniper Award for the Arts. Applications for the prestigious $9000 award must be received by the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust by September 30. There’s a second award on offer as well: the $1000 Bob and Trish Juniper Art Prize for visual artists. You can download application forms from the Trust website:, or contact Secretary Chris Durrant on 9299 6093. Forms and explanatory booklets are also available at the Boya and Mundaring Libraries, the Mundaring Shire Offices and local schools. The age limit is 35, and you should have a strong connection with the Shire of Mundaring, through residence, work or education. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced in January next year. The arts award is funded by a generous contribution from the Shire and fund-raising activities of the Trust.

Everyone needs a kick start when they’re starting out and that scholarship helped me to buy really essential equipment ... the Arts that is named to honour his home town’s most famous artist. The scholarship, worth $9,000 today, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and over the years it has supported fledgling musicians, dancers and visual artists from Mundaring. It’s the only one of its kind in the Shire and is funded by Mundaring Shire and a small Friends group. Ironically, as Tim was touring Australia with Adele, local government officers were recommending to councillors that the scholarship no longer be funded. The Trust that administers the fund was initiated by Darlington residents who were in the public gallery when council debated the issue. They pointed out that the scholarship has helped spur the careers of a string of high-profile performers, and it won’t survive without Shire funding. Fortunately, councillors — who also heard from current winner, Annika Moses, another talented WAAPA musician —have given the award a one-year lifeline, and time to find additional sources of funding. Tim van der Kuil has never forgotten the impact of that early win. “It’s hard forging a career in music or in the arts in general, let alone from the Perth Hills. Everyone needs a kick-start when they’re starting out and that scholarship helped me to buy really essential equipment so I could graduate from local gigs to city gigs…”

2015 scholarship winner Jack Flanagan is a busy man right now, as his contemporary furniture and lighting designs are gaining exposure not just in Australia, but in Europe and the US as well. In June, Jack’s work was on view at Melbourne’s DENFAIR, a furniture, lighting and accessories fair showcasing contemporary design from Australia and overseas. He was one of a quartet of designers whose work was displayed under the banner of Nau, a new brand from leading Melbourne design house Cult. The Nau brand was also launched in New York where it received considerable interest and wide coverage. Consequently, Jack is busy in his Mundaring studio, working on various projects, including designs for premises in the Perth city centre. As well, he is working with curators at the Art Gallery of WA on one of the gallery’s future exhibitions. His designs are demanding and bringing them to fruition takes time. An admirer of the skilled artisans of old whose products were treasured for generations, he prefers using traditional techniques like wood turning and sand casting, while appreciating the advantages of innovative materials and technology. ABOVE: Beraking table TOBY PEET (photographer) JF Kubrick stool THOMAS ROWE (photographer) Jack Flanagan DAN FLANAGAN (photographer)

And the rest is history, but this home-grown guitarist isn’t alone in hoping that the Robert Juniper Award for the Arts is not.


Remembering Dick Sayers 9.5.1939 - 15.7.2017

Dick was born in 1939 in London and spent his early life there, where his father had an electrical repair business. The family lived above their shop in Highgate High Street. As a young man Dick did a trade certificate in model making before going to do his National Service in what was then Malaya. Upon joining the army he was apparently asked if he could cook and replied that he thought he could; and so he became the cook for the army unit. He enjoyed his time in the army but always regretted not making the effort to learn Bahasa Malay, especially when he started travelling in Indonesia and struggled to learn the language Following his discharge from the army, Dick found himself unable to settle back in the UK and came to Australia where he had an uncle in Perth. The route by which he travelled to Australia took three months and involved travel by bus on the Indiaman. The route took him through Europe and then into India and the Middle East, through Persia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, eventually reaching Singapore where he caught a ship to Perth, landing in Perth in December 1965. His first job was at the old Adelphi Hotel (The Parmelia Hilton) as a chef where he worked across various service areas. In late 1967, Dick met Marg through an old primary school friend from back in Highgate, and after only a month of vaguely getting to know each other they were married in January 1968. In 1971 Emma was born and in 1973 Lawrence was born. After many years in hospitality a change of work took him into the Real Estate profession and he worked in and around the Hills area. During this period, Dick’s interest in gardens developed and he did a diploma in horticulture. This interest and indeed his skill and flair for all things gardening continued throughout his life.

On the home front, Dick’s gardening skill reached its highlight in the garden that Dick and Marg developed together – a beautiful garden at Balwarra in Hovea. Dick was the driving force of this lovely place that featured in the Open Garden Scheme for three years on the run. Getting ready for the Open Garden Scheme was a big undertaking as the garden was over 2.5 acres and was built on a considerable slope. The garden featured in many newspapers and magazines due the talent of Dick and Marg but also because of its important history – originally the home of Charles Frost, President of the National Rose Society of Western Australia and Editor of The West Australian. In 2007, after 31 years of living there, Dick and Marg sold Balwarra and moved to Darlington, to a run-down weedy plot. It didn’t take long for the garden to be whipped into shape and over the years carefully designed and nurtured to its present beauty. Dick was actively involved in the Friends of Darlington Station Reserve and befriended many Darlington folk through FODS, as well as on his daily walks and visits to the oval with Marg and their dogs and his enduring interest in people’s gardens. Dick will be greatly missed by all who knew him, as he was a genuine, friendly, generous and caring man who inspired and helped many. He will be especially missed by his wife Marg, his children Lawrence and Emma, his daughter-in-law Bonnie, his son-in-law Graham and his four lovely grandchildren: Lottie, Phoebe, Zara and Harley.


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Remembering Christina Lyall 27.2.1946 - 6.8.2017 Over the course of her career, Christina taught at a number of schools and was instrumental in the renovation and establishment of Treetops Montessori School. In 1995, Christina returned to tertiary study, graduating with a Bachelor of Education. After leaving full-time employmentshe continued to work as a relief teacher and left her mark on West Coast Steiner School, Moorditj Noongar Community College, and Mount Helena Primary School until her late 60s. Christina Frances Giles was born in Perth on 27 February, 1946, to parents Robert Owen Giles and Boronia Mary Giles(nee Sanderson). She was the fifth and youngest child, sister to Robin, Caroline (dec), Jack (dec) and David. The family home, at 1 Riverslea Avenue, Maylands, was a busy one and the housekeeper, Mrs Getty, was an important part of the family. Like her sisters, Christina attended Perth College where she made lifelong friendships with Susan Young (nee Seaward) and Susan Korecki (nee Griffiths).

Ever an activist, she joined the committee of the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association in the early 80s and ran for the South Ward of Mundaring Shire Council. The Darlington Arts Festival will be an altogether different event without her. She joined and became a leader in the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the Health Consumers’ Council. She was an active member of the Wildflower Society of WA Eastern Hills branch and an Elder in the Religious Society of Friends in Australia (the Quakers). In 2007, Christina was a founding member, with Isobel, of Disco Cantito Association, an incorporated association created to pursue the development of performance and the arts.

In 1962, Christina spent a year living in State College, Pennsylvania, with her elder sister Robin and her husband Bruce Kendall and their two young children, Alison and Jenny. Alison very fondly remembers Christina teaching her to read during this time. This was a gift that Christina shared right up until she suddenly passed away; a combination of her love for language and a profound understanding of how children learn to express and receive written communication.

Christina believed in the power of cooperation and collective action and found a political home in the Australian Labor Party. A strong advocate for Labor in the community, she was a sceptic within the party, inherently suspicious of authority and enthusiastic to challenge those she disagreed with. In the new millennium, Christina took to adventure and travelled to Montenegro to work as an English teacher and, although this did not work out for her well it reignited a love of travel. She later travelled to East Timor, an experience she found very stimulating and reflected on deeply. In 2008, Christina met Malcolm Firth and her life completely changed. Christina recognised a soul mate in Malcolm and invited him to live with her. They spent the next nine years together and she flourished in the security and love of their companionship, a relationship that she had wanted for many years, but not known was possible for her. Together, they travelled to New Zealand and visited many of the places she loved. She visited her sister, Robin, in Arizona in 2016 and was overjoyed when Rewi and Michelle were married later that same year.

Christina married Roderick James Lyall in 1965 and the couple moved to New Zealand not long after. She trained as a teacher and graduated in 1967, and had very fond memories of her first teaching position at Hokuwhite School. It was in New Zealand that her political activism started when she joined with other young mothers to form a local women’s rights group. A decade ago – notably before she met Malcolm – she wrote of her fondest memory, that of sitting with other mothers on the front verandah of their NZ house talking about changing the world for women. It is also, we think, when she first adopted the pseudonym ‘Penny’ which she regularly and frequently used on such forums as the talkback lines on 720 mornings. In 1972 she gave birth to Rewi, and in 1975 to Isobel. These were difficult years, including relocating from New Zealand to Scotland in pursuit of Roderick’s career. They would get more difficult. After living in Glasgow for about a year and a half, Christina and Roderick separated and she returned to Perth with her two young children. She studied at UWA and lived briefly with her parents, and then in Claremont, before commencing work teaching with the Education Department.

Christina was a vibrant, bubbly person who loved her community and wanted to contribute anything she could. She always offered whatever advice she could, out of a sincere desire to help others. She loved her two children dearly and after she and Malcolm joined forces this love extended to his children and grandchildren. She was willing to use all her capacity for any issue she felt was worth fighting for, and often won. Her legacy is in the hearts of her dear friends, in the minds of all her students, and in the social fabric of her community, as well as in the souls of her children and of the love of her life, Malcolm. She made the world a better place and, while we will miss her sorely, we may draw comfort from the purpose with which she lived her life and the way in which she changed her own corner of the world.

Christina’s mother, Bonnie, passed away in 1978 and in 1979 Christina, her father and children moved to Darlington. Their house was a ramshackle old stone cottage with an enclosed verandah, an outhouse, a barely functional kitchen and hideous carpet, but it was hers. She renovated the house over several years building a new kitchen and new bedrooms for her children.


Letters to the Review Philip Daniels of Dalry Road writes: My wife and I moved with our two sons to live in this beautiful part of the world 14 years ago: trees, bush, hills, open spaces, walks, freedom – including walking our two dogs along the bridle path. I travel to work in the city each day and therefore I value these things greatly knowing, as I head back up Greenmount Hill at the end of the day, that I am coming into a different space, a community, a place called home. One of the greater pleasures of living in this location (Darlington) is the freedom it offers for people to enjoy the outdoors with their pets while acting in a responsible manner. Being a frequent (almost daily) user of the heritage trail, I can vouch for the fact that most dog owners act responsibly. Having worked as a Project Manager for State Government for many years in a variety of sectors, I can see the need to consider this matter well and assess the risks to the individual and to the Shire. It is in the nature of Government to be cautious, and this is why our Shire officers have recommended dogs be kept on leash on the heritage trail. With due respect to the officers, I believe however that the officers are being over cautious as the risks are in fact minimal. I say this because the fact is that we have had six attacks on the trail over a three year period. I acknowledge that any attack can be traumatic. From Shire data we are told that there have been a total of 453 dog attacks over the past three financial years. Now when you consider that six out of 453 attacks occurred on the trail, that’s 1.3% of the total number of attacks within the Shire over 70 kms of track in a three year period. 1.3% of all attacks is not a statistically significant number. So, to think we have a significant problem on the trail is an overreaction. It would be a shame to overreact and cause the vast majority of people who do the right thing to be penalized for the few that don’t. The Officers’ report presented to the Shire refers to other unreported attacks. This is hearsay and I would caution against the Shire making decisions which are not based on evidence. Speaking of evidence, I note that only 15 of the submissions received by the Shire on this matter were from ratepayers who want dogs to be kept on leash. The remaining 68 submissions were from ratepayers who either clearly don’t want dogs to be kept on leash or have not expressed an opinion on the matter. That means we have about 18% of submitters in favour of dogs being restrained and 82% who don’t want dogs restrained or have not expressed an opinion; On the matter of risk, I believe there is greater chance of litigation as a result of a pedestrian being hit by a cyclist travelling at 30 to 40 kph downhill. Having ridden my bike on the trial often I don’t know how a cyclist can have effective control of a bike while travelling at those speeds on gravel. I would hazard to say that the vast majority of cyclists who use the trail are not even locals, ie ratepayers. The Shire does not collect any data on cyclists on the trail. Having said this I understand from an email I received from Councillor Perks that he is a bike rider, and he does not share my views about dogs being off the leash. Also Cr Bertola emailed me to state that he strongly agreed with Cr Perks’ position. At the August meeting of Council I informed Cr Perks and Cr Bertola, who was Chairperson of the meeting in Cr Lavell’s absence, that I wished to make it clear that both these Councillors needed to represent the views of the people who voted them in, ie the ratepayers’ wishes, not their own views and positions. If they were not able to do this they should refrain from voting on the matter. From all I could see at that meeting, these two councillors took no heed of this advice. The Dog Act 1976, parts 6, 7 and 8 provide comprehensively for the control of dogs, enforcement of the Act and for civil remedies.

Rangers can pick up dogs that wander on the track without their owners and have the power to fine owners for dogs that attack other people or their dogs. Our Shire Officers have sufficient powers under this Act. What they lack is the resources to effectively administer the Act. We all understand that additional resources means increased costs, which most ratepayers are unwilling to pay. Placing an additional compliance requirement on Shire staff to police owners with unrestrained dogs is unrealistic. Requiring dogs to be on leash on the trail will cause angst among dog owners. I have been told many times over that owners will continue to walk their dogs along the trail, unrestrained but under effective control, regardless of the threat of fines, and in fact owners will refuse to pay the fines. Think of the resources that will be required to pursue these matters through court with our ratepayers! Therefore I, and the many residents/ratepayers who enjoy the freedom and take responsibility for our dogs in this beautiful part of the hills we call home, strongly recommend Council acknowledge at their meeting in September, that the heritage trail needs to be a Dog Exercise Area where our dogs can be off leash while being suitably restrained.

Bruce Pearce of Pine Terrace writes: Judging from all the activity by contractors and the installation of lots of little green boxes around Darlington, the NBN is going to become available in the not-too-distant future. My suggestion is that we consider carefully when we take up the NBN. We hear of many problems from those already connected to the NBN which mainly relate to initial connection troubles and internet speeds that are much slower than the current ADSL which most of us use. These slow speeds are evident when the internet has a high usage, mainly in the evenings when we play games or stream programmes from Netflix or other like services, and it seems they result from our service providers like iinet or Telstra who have not contracted to buy sufficient capacity from the NBN. A stalemate has arisen because the NBN is costing far more than expected and the Federal Government wants to get a reasonable return on its investment. This means the NBN wants to charge more for its capacity than the service providers are prepared to pay because their customers, you and I, are not prepared to pay a lot more than we currently pay for the good old ADSL service. When the NBN is offered to us in Darlington we can delay taking it up for 18 months and retain our current ADSL service and our old landline telephone in the hope that the speed and reliability problems will be resolved. After then we have no option. We must then connect to the NBN and importantly, our reliable old landlines will be disconnected. This means that in the event of a power failure our new NBN modems will fail unless we have a standby battery system. Alternatively, the NBN itself may fail. In either case we will have no telephone available except for our mobile phones, and as many of us know, mobile phone coverage in Darlington is generally poor or non-existent. Thus, I suggest caution. One encouraging aspect of our dilemma is that I spoke recently with a representative of iinet who use Optus for their mobile phone service. I was told that Optus regard Darlington as a black hole in their coverage and they intend to provide improved coverage for us as part of a major expansion of their mobile network. We must hope that all the recent opposition to their proposal for a new base station which would serve Helena Valley will not discourage them.


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Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association ways of improving the safety of children - it was agreed that DRRA will canvass ideas from the community and advise Shane on the preferred options.

The saga of the proposed Optus tower continues. Residents met with the SAT mediator, Shire and Optus on site then at the Shire offices, ensuring that their concerns about the proposal were well understood by all parties. However it could be months before we know the outcome as the case now goes to the SAT tribunal.

DRRA’s submission to the Shire last December on capital works has had mixed results. The footpath from the highway end of Darlington Rd to Oxley Rd didn’t make it to the current four year plan. However an upgrade to the Station Reserve car park to improve drainage has been added to the grading works list and will be done in due course. Anyone parking there is well aware that a lot of it is unusable unless you are wearing wellies.

Trish Cook had been contacted by local resident Ian Jefferson who witnessed yet Another near another near miss involving a small child crossing Owen Rd between The Pines miss on Owen and the playground. Arlene Collings, who must have served hundreds of Road children with lollies and icecreams at The Pines, said it had been a problem for 30 years. Certainly the installation of speed bumps helped slow traffic but the main problem is very poor sight lines because of vehicles parking outside The Pines.

Christina Lyall’s passing has sadly left a hole in the Darlington community. She was a vigorous advocate for a wide range of issues and staunch upholder of the values Darlington holds dear - she will be greatly missed. Next meeting: Tuesday 5th September

Trish arranged an on site meeting with Shane Purdy (Shire Director Infrastructure Services), DRRA reps and Ian to discuss

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Darlington Sports and Recreation Association (WA) Inc. Corporate Business Donations & Supporters

Being under the ASF umbrella offers potential tax deduction options (conditions apply) so if you are a company or business you can nominate the Darlington Sports Pavilion Development Fund as your preference to where funds are allocated. More details on our website but corporate or business are advised to contact Cambell Giles on 0418 936 544. If you don’t need tax deductibility then buya-brick via the usual methods - visit the website - Buy-A-Brick.  ine Tent at the Darlington Arts Festival (bar staff and help on the W night is needed). call Mick Reilly on 0418 629 311 or Emma Reid on 0439 942 794 Darlington Number Plates - are still available. Ordering and selecting your number is easy on our website.

DASRA Chairman Geoff Barker and Architect Paul McDonald receiving an $11,704.87 Solar Communities Grant cheque from Hon. Ken Wyatt MP, for installation of a bank of solar cells on the north facing roof.

Building Update

Australian Sports Foundation endorses Darlington Sports Pavilion Project

Things are going very well despite weather interruptions. A Busy Bee is scheduled for the second weekend of September to remove paving and concrete slab so we’ll need all hands on deck.

To date we have raised a significant proportion of the funds for Stage One of the Sports Pavilion but fundraising is a daunting task (we are still $60,000 short of the total) and have started the process of raising funds for Stage Two which includes the upgrade of existing club rooms and canteen facilities. Some of the grants previously accessed for Stage One will not be available for Stage Two so DASRA needed to look at other options. With this in mind we applied to the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) and are pleased to announce the Darlington Sports Pavilion Development Fund has been endorsed by them. So, what does this mean?

In-kind Support Suppliers - We are currently working with several suppliers on a range of products to reduce costs and need the services of a turf supplier so if you know of anyone who can help please contact Paul McDonald on 0412 610 194. A laneway is required to separate the buildings at this stage because stage one is a community facility and stage two is a sport facility and subject to different funding sources. Design - Stage Two : Some consideration is being given to reconfiguring the canteen to larger and more flexible access/use.

The ASF has unique Deductible Gift Recipient status and offer resources to promote not only the Pavilion project but future DCRMC & DASRA projects. Through ASF, the Darlington Sports Pavilion Project will have its own page on their website, complete with photographs and other information to attract donors, and accept donations using online donation facilities, which makes it even easier for donors to pledge their support. So everyone benefits.

Use of The Pavilion - Currently clarifying how user groups and clubs can work with the building. The office will not be used by anyone other than DCRMC/DASRA/DAF but the canteen will always be open and available for public use. The Pavilion and Community Rooms will be available for bookings but not late night parties/ events, these types of bookings will continue to be directed to the Darlington and Lesser Halls where a booking process is already in place. Mundaring Shire will handle the booking process for the Pavilion.

Want to know more about your ability to make a tax deductible donation through the ASF? Check out our website for full details and links: Don’t worry if you have already donated. We will be in touch with supporters who have already purchased bricks, to explain how this can still work for you.

Funding for Stage 2 (upgrade of the old club rooms)

DaSRA is in the process of submitting a Community Sport and Recreation submission for stage Two in the 2018/2019 financial year. Unfortunately the Shire of Mundaring has not included the change-rooms in their forward planning documents, however DASRA will be applying for their support, based on their current ownership and management, to enable a formal application to be submitted for a community build project with the Department of Sport and Recreation in September 2017.

Calling all Darlington Sports Clubs

The new Pavilion is for you! WE NEED YOUR HANDS-ON HELP AND SUPPORT of fundraising events below to ensure completion of Stage One by end of October. Club members who are unable to help financially are urged to help in other ways. New faces are always needed. See busy bee details under building update.


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Visit the website https// for the latest news and developments. Any other queries, contact the President, Geoff Barker on 0418 953 176.


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This is a great opportunity to enjoy a group of plays in one or more sessions over the weekend of 15 – 17 September. The bar will be open prior and during the show, and tea and coffee will be available in the intervals. On Sunday, there will be a sausage sizzle and soft drink available for $5 per person before the adjudicator, Joe Isaia, presents the awards.

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For more information please contact Rachel Vonk, our Hills Festival of Theatre co-ordinator at Our final production for 2017 will be The Jungle Book directed by Shelly Miller. This interesting family show with a huge cast, dancing and music, is sure to delight everyone. It is based on a collection of short stories, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Bookings can be made with or Gwyne, 9255 1783. Be early as it will sell out quickly.

Following the One-Act Season the DTP will present the Hills Festival of Theatre. This very successful festival celebrates the diversity of short plays brought to the Marloo stage by various theatre groups from the Perth area.

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The Darlington Club

Events for September include September 1 MORROCAN DINNER 6.30PM $15 PP BYO DRINKS BOOKINGS: RING OR EMAIL JAN 0402 152 815 or September 8 Sundowner Spetember 15 Film Night with pizza/fish and chips  (ordered at own cost) September 22 Closed for Long Weekend September 29 Dessert, Coffee and Liquor night October 6 Sundowner

The club has recently had some very successful events beginning with our membership drive in July which attracted over 20 new families. In August we celelbrated cold nights with soups, burgers and hot roasts. We express our deep condolences to the family and friends of Christina Lyall who passed away suddenly on 6 August . She was a frequent supporter of the club and will be greatly missed. From 20 October the club will be closed for preparations for the Darlington Arts Festival and we will reopen in November after the festival.

Darlington Family Playgroup

Ah September! The coming of spring and the promise of some warmer days after what has proved to be a wetter, chillier, old style winter! The weather however, does nothing to deter us here at DFPG. Come rain or shine we’re having fun exploring the grounds, making playdough models and running around with friends while mums, dads and carers catch up over a fresh coffee and a slice of homemade goodness for morning tea!

garden which is thriving right now with broccoli, cauliflower and strawberries. There’s something so wholesome about tending to the patch, picking the produce and serving it up a minute later for all to devour! If you’re local with a little one who isn’t yet at school, why not come along and have a quick tour of the playgroup and check us out. Guests can enjoy two complimentary sessions. It’s great to get out and I’m sure I speak for us all when I say the adults benefit as much as the children from our weekly playgroup sessions. They run every week day morning 9:30-11.30am and some afternoons.

July welcomed some new families into playgroup with the opening of our Babies Group, a weekly Tuesday morning session for little bubs (0-12 mths), mums and carers to get together without the older children. It was a great success, so if you feel you’d enjoy getting out of the house and meeting some likeminded friends with your baby, do come along and check it out.

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Community Connect Look what’s on at the Hub of the Hills Active Aging Network The Active Ageing Network is a group of volunteers at The Hub of the Hills in Mundaring who help plan events and activities for seniors in the local community, such as the Hub Coffee Morning, Book Café and the Christmas lunch. The Network is currently looking for new volunteer members and invites you to join them. Please call the Hub on 9290 6683 if you are interested.

Speaker’s Circle This month the Speakers Circle features Professor Warren Grubb speaking on Living Better Longer Come and listen and then enjoy refreshments. Date:Thursday 7 September Time: 2pm-4pm Price: Free RSVP: Phone 9290 6683 or email This is an Active Ageing Project proudly sponsored by Shire of Mundaring and hosted by Mundaring Community Men’s Shed.

Need to know more……. All welcome. Please pop in to find out more Customer Service officer available Tuesday: 8.30am-11.30am Wednesday: 10.00am-1.00pm Thursday: 10.00am-2.00pm Or ring 92906683 or email

Book Café Guest speaker from Food Bank Come along to the Book Café and find yourself a great read (huge selection of pre-loved books) Date: Tuesday 12 September Time: 9am-11am Price: $2 morning tea and a donation for pre-loved books. Coffee Morning Come and enjoy catching up or meeting new friends at the Hub of the Hills. Every Tuesday from 9.30 – 11am Free tea, coffee and homemade goodies only $2.00.

Donna Faragher JP MLC National Tree Day at Glen Forrest Primary School I recently donated a native sheoak and some gardening equipment to Glen Forrest Primary School as part of the school’s annual School Tree Day activities. It was great to visit this school which has a strong focus on caring for the environment through their emphasis on sustainable living and caring for the environment. The students showed me some great gardening tips while I helped them plant the sheoak. Each year across Australia, around 200,000 school students participate in a special National Tree Day event designed especially to teach students about the importance of our natural environment. National Tree Day began in 1996 and since then more than 3.8 million people have planted 23 million trees and plants across Australia. National Tree Day aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to care for the environment for generations to come. I encourage all schools in Darlington and Kalamunda to consider hosting a School Tree Day event next year. If you would like more information about School Tree Day or National Tree Day, please visit



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Shire of Mundaring Library Service

Local School Excursions Shire of Mundaring Libraries have hosted several school and day care excursions recently. Helena College’s kindergarten class visited Boya Library to personally collect their Better Beginnings packs, listen to a story, and be taken on a tour of the library. They were most impressed with the operation of the after-hours chute having had the opportunity to see it working from the inside in its specially built room which is normally locked and not visible to the public. Better Beginnings is an early intervention, state-wide, family literacy programme developed by the State Library of Western Australia. Morgan Yasbincek, Young Persons’ Services Librarian, visits every school in the Shire to deliver the Better Beginnings packs. There are different packs for different age groups. Through Better Beginnings, every baby in Western Australia receives a free Better Beginnings reading pack with a specially designed board book, Baby Ways. There is a special ‘Sing With Me’ pack for two-year olds which can be obtained from the libraries, so if you haven’t already, make sure you ask for one the next time you visit.

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Upcoming Talks @ Libraries Dr Joanne Samerwill be talking at Mundaring Library on Wednesday 13 September about the use of essential oils, where they come from, how to use them and the range of benefits they can bring. Dr Samer is a qualified medicalpractitioner who has worked in the northern suburbs for over 30 years. Living with Multiple Sclerosis and having been diagnosed with cancer many yearsago, Dr Samer has focused on finding more natural solutions to managing one’s health. Bookings will be available on Eventbrite from 1 September.

Habits of Horses Library Competition Make sure you enter the Habits of Horses library competition when you next visit the libraries. All you need to do is write the name of your favourite horse character on the entry forms provided, include your name and contact number, and place it in the entry jar. There is one prize pack worth over $100 to be won at each library. Competition closes on Monday 28 August, and winners will be announced on Thursday 31 August. [Insert prize pack pic]

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Marcella Polainis an award-winning writer and poet and academic. As part of the Habits of Horses Project events, Marcella will be reading from her latest manuscript, Driving into the Sun, a story about a child’s inner life, her grief, her survival and her love. The talk is on 22 September at Mundaring Library. Bookings will be available on Eventbrite from 1 September.

Even children who are normally wary around large animals fell in love with Teddy the miniature pony at the libraries’ story times on 14 and 18 August. Mundaring and Boya libraries held special horse-themed story times as part of the Habits of Horses Project, and the children had no idea about their special visitor.

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Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade • Remember, 000 is the ONLY number to ring for all fire & smoke sightings. The ComCen will page our members who are on duty. • For general Brigade enquiries please ring 9299 7217. Station hours: Saturday 9am-10:30am. Facebook Page: Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade • Next Brigade meeting: Tuesday, 12 September 2017, at the Darlington Fire Station.

A sometimes overlooked element of rural and large lot living is the property owner’s responsibility for power infrastructure on private property. Poorly maintained and fallen power poles, and sagging and damaged wires on private land have been the cause of fires in the past, and they are a cause that is entirely preventable. Western Power can advise you if you are responsible for any power poles and power lines on your property, and if you have any power infrastructure on your property please have it regularly inspected by authorised contractors. They can also provide information on the safe maintenance of these assets. But remember, never do your own electrical work, it is dangerous and illegal. Always use a licensed electrician.

The first Restricted Burning period of the coming fire season is only weeks away, so now is the time to plan, prepare for, and start clearing your firebreaks. Correctly created and well maintained firebreaks assist with access to, and the control of bush fires, and may help contain the spread of bush fires that occur. Failing to comply with firebreak regulations may result in a fine of up to $5000, and could possibly lead to the loss of property and life. Requirements for clearing firebreaks are contained in the Shire of Mundaring’s Fire & Burning Information Booklet, the Firebreak And Fuel Load Notice 2017/2018 (both included with your rates notice) or on the Shire’s website. The Shire of Mundaring also supplies this information through a free service provided by their Fire Hazard Inspection Officers, contactable on 9290 6696. The Darlington Brigade may also be able to help if you have concerns about high fuel loads on your property leading up to the coming fire season. As a property owner, you can request the Brigade to undertake a Hazard Reduction Burn on your property by calling the Station on 9299 7217. An authorised officer will visit your property to discuss your issues, and provide a quote (HRBs are subject to weather and environmental considerations). These burns also provide valuable opportunities for training, skills refreshing and development of Brigade members.

Please don’t leave your personal protection and property preparation until it’s too late. Before the summer weather arrives, talk with your family, friends, neighbours and tenants, and start planning thinks like: • Preparing your emergency/evacuation kits (don’t forget your pets/animals) • Preparing an emergency/evacuation plan for your home (practice it with your children) • Backing up, copying and/or storing your important documents (not just the family photos!) • Creating a “building protection zone” around your home (DFES recommends a 20m clearance zone)

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The choir, known then as Swan Community Choir, was officially launched in May at Oliver’s Old Time Music Hall in Meadow Street, and publicly launched three months later with a free concert for family and friends. Since that distant date, the choir has performed in a wide range of venues and events, including citizenship ceremonies, Carols by Candlelight, Spring in the Valley, Anzac Day services and eisteddfods.

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Almost 20% of families at Treetops put their hands up to host; a great example of our strong sense of community. The exchange, in July, saw students engaging in classes at Treetops and joining together for an excursion to Caversham Wildlife Park.

The Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children’s Japanese Language Network funded Treetops’ Japanese teacher, Sharon, and four students to visit Japan and participate in language programs and cultural activities with 13 other world schools. Treetops was the only native English speaking school and the only school selected to host a reciprocal visit.

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Mundaring Christian College

At Home in the 21st Century Mundaring Christian College will open its doors next month to lead an informative three-session symposium on 21st Century Skills and Competencies and future-proofingstudents.

The 21st Century Skills and Competencies symposium kicks off in September, and is a free event open to the community. The first session, on September 6, is concerned with educating parents, students, and the wider community, of the skills required for success in the 21st Century. This session will particularly focus on young people entering the workforce and what jobs may look like going forward.

The College’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr Thelma Perso, highlights the quickly changing nature of the world we live in. “It is becoming increasingly unpredictable, dynamic, technologically driven, and connected,” she said. “Schools need to re-think the nature of learning spaces, the delivery methods they use, and the ways in which learning is assessed.”

The second session on September 13 will discuss what we can be doing now to prepare students for these changing conditions. This will be an informative session on how students are accessing technology and how we, as educators, can enable students to develop core competencies such as critical thinking and reasoning, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

The knowledge and skills students need today and for their futures include: • Higher-order skills including the ability to analyse and think critically about the knowledge that can be found instantly on the web • Inter-personal skills such as teamwork and leadership skills in solving problems, and • Intra-personal skills such as perseverance, persistence, and an ‘I can do it’ attitude.

The third session on September 20 will be a think tank on how we can improve by partnering with the wider community, and with parents,to ensure that students leave Year 12 with key 21st century skills. The College has invited a range of special guests to discuss changes in education and teaching over the past 30 years and what teaching looks like in the age of digital communication.

Whilst much of this is currently addressed in the Australian Curriculum (2009), schools are now seeing the need to explicitly and intentionally teach these skills rather than to ‘fit them in if we get time’ or assume they are being addressed through our teaching strategies.

We welcome you to attend these free sessions. Please register at or contact the College on 9295 2688.

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The Memorandum of Understanding for the bursary for the engineering component of the STEM programme being run at Governor Stirling Senior High School, still needs to be finalized. The bursary is for two female students from years 7 -10 to participate in the programme which covers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (STEM)

President Berenice and Past President, Robyn recently travelled to Europe to attend the International Board meeting and official changeover of International Presidents in Rotterdam. Earlier in July, Robyn also attended the S I Europe conference in Florence, Italy. At this meeting she learned about that Federation’s great work in encouraging young women in their STEM projects and was treated to wonderful women speakers - many Soroptimists, who are leaders in their fields of Science, Engineering and decision-making. These meetings help members experience the true international spectrum of the organisation. Berenice and Robyn were also treated to wonderful hospitality from Dutch Soroptimists and connected with members they had met at previous conferences.

The WA Region Stella Giles Award for Achievement will be a High Tea Celebration on 16 September 16 at Tomkins on Swan, Alfred Cove, 1.45pm for 2 pm start until 4.00pm Cost $40 plus BF. This is a biennial award recognising a West Australian woman who has made a significant contribution to her chosen field. The Award of up to $10.000 will support the winner to undertake a project that will benefit women and girls and will be presented by the Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC. Guest speaker for the event is the Honourable Simone McGurk MLA BA. We have submitted a nomination for this award and are trusting that she may be successful. Good luck, Joanna .

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Friends of Darlington Reserve

A Helping Hand from Helena College

Weekday FODS is going really well preparing and putting in new seedlings and tidying up dead material. As always we need more volunteers to join our small but hopefully growing band of volunteers. Our members get together at Darlington Station between 8 and 10 each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month which this month are Thursday 7th and Thursday 21st September Contact Stacey on 0400 247 526 or

As always FODS relies totally on our band of volunteers to keep up the good work. However, from time to time the opportunity arises to make some changes and complete special projects and we need extra labour to get the job done. The McDonald Steps, which for many years have been a feature of the Darlington Station Reserve, needed to be more accessible so a “Walkway Crescent” has been created to make it easier for people to use the steps to go onto Darlington Road. Helping us to do this was a band of 11 student volunteers from Helena College with the result that we now have this new feature to further enhance our enjoyment of the Reserve. A small ceremony was carried out on 30 August to officially open the new Crescent with Appreciation Certificates being presented to the Helena College students.

Adopt-A-Spot FODS

We are looking forward to rolling out our Adopt-A-Spot FODS programme. Perhaps a location nearer to your home appears to need some attention - this may even be along your own kerbside. If this suits you better than coming to the Darlington Station surrounds then that is good too. Use the Adopt-A-Spot idea and do your clean-ups nearer to home. Again we can assist you there. If you are interested then please contact me.

Weekend FODS

As always we shall continue to do our Weekend FODS on every second Sunday. Our FODS dates this month are Sunday 10th and Sunday 24th September Contact Gill on 9299 7297 or

As always gloves, tools and bags etc. etc. are all supplied free so no need to bring anything along. Welcome aboard!

Weekday FODS

Phil Vile FODS Co-ordinator

If Sundays are not possible but you still wish to help out then maybe the Thursdays could work for you? Once again we encourage an informal Drop In- Drop Out format which means that you can choose your start and finish times as well as the duration to suit yourself.

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Mundaring Bahá’í Community Bahá’ís of Mundaring are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on Saturday 21 October. We will be part of The Light of Unity Festival, which is not just one event but a series of activities all around the world, which reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and which empower participants to contribute in action for peace. In Mundaring we will be bringing you an amazing free live art performance by Phil Doncon (www. incorporating music and storytelling suitable for the whole family. Phil has performed his highly entertaining and unique ‘live’ painting performances with WASO and at AFL events. So save the date, 21 October, 2pm. As part of the celebrations we have also joined with St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church in Darlington to co-host multifaith gatherings focusing on peace and unity. Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher who announced in 1863 that He was the bearer of a new revelation from God. His teachings have spread rapidly around the world as one of the fastest growing religions, forming the basis of a process of social transformation and community building which is unique in its global scope and the diversity of participants.

The Light of Unity Festival is a celebration of the transformative impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of families and communities around Australia and the world. This vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the prejudice and materialism that are corroding our modern society. We welcome all to join us in a spirit of unity at any of our upcoming events: 22 October 2017  Bicentennial Birthday Celebration including live art performance, 2pm, Mahogany Creek 11 November 2017  ‘Bridges to Peace’,multifaith gathering co-hosted with St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Darlington, 3pm, afternoon tea provided, all welcome. Thursday Mornings  Coffee and Soulful Conversation, 9:3011:30am, Mahogany Creek Saturday Evenings Monthly inter-faith devotional gatherings to share food, friendship, music and uplifting readings. Darlington, Mahogany Creek, Glen Forrest For more details please contact Susheel: 9295 2839 or Sue: 9252 1010 or email: Further information on the Bahá’ífaith can be found at

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Ken Wyatt

Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health - Federal Member for Hasluck In late July, I held an education forum for Hasluck government school principals with special guest Simon Birmingham, the Education Minister. All principals had the opportunity to ask questions and put ideas forward to both the Education Minister and myself. It is very important to me that the people of Hasluck have their say and that we work together towards a better future for our young people. Instead of storing old paint cans in the shed or garage, or dumping it with the waste ending up in waterways or landfill, our households now have a convenient method to responsibly dispose of these paint products through Paintback!

We had a special visitor to Hasluck, here to visit the Swan View Senior High School. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accompanied me and the Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham to the school during his time in Perth and spent time in three different class rooms talking with the students and answering questions. This visit was a great opportunity to have the student media team from Swan View Senior High School participate in filming and taking photos alongside the national media personnel. The students enjoyed being able to take part and officially document the visit of the first Prime Minister to come to their high school. While he was at Swan View Senior High School the Prime Minister announced a $46.7 million-dollar injection into funding for Indigenous students. This announcement means that the total annual funding for all students in WA will jump by $652m over the next four years and $1.7 billion over the next decade.

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Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides

On the 18thof July we did camp planning. Each patrol had to plan a theme for our camp on the 18th of August. We came up with some amazing ideas like Birds,Candy and Farm animals. On the 25th of July we had the patrol plan the night, we had really good ideas, like games to play and things to make. On the 1st of August we had a camp fire. At the camp fire we toasted marshmallows, sang songs and told stories.On the 8th of August we made things we would be using at camp, including secret friend pouches, placemats and bed tags, and we did a relay game to learn how to properly set a table. Soon we will be having an astronomy expert coming to visit to teach us about stargazing, and we are also planning a disco party. Some of us will be giving service at the Royal Show, helping out on the Yellow Brick Road or cattle stewarding. By Emily Schofield and Rachel Brooker 37

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Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc

During the 1930s and 1940s there were regular excursion trains to the hills. The local school children would earn money by selling items such as yabbies, wildflowers and perch to the visitors.

special stainless steel containers for its collection. They used the small green tips to make a brew which they gave to their patients. However, due to too many non-locals coming into the area to pick and sell their goods, the practice came to an end in the 1960s and only locals were allowed to pick for their own consumption.

From late July to mid-September, local children would also pick asparagus. It had spread from the wine cellars at “Greystones” along the Portagabra Creek and they would pick it in time for the Sunday train.

While it takes a few seasons for the plants to yield a productive crop, they are long-lived and can be expected to produce for up to 25 years. In herbal medicine asparagus is considered to have a cleansing effect on both the liver and kidneys.

Two doctors began to order it regularly after coming to the area on an excursion and becoming excited about the tenderness and deep green colour of the vegetable. They even provided

Darlington Retirement Accommodation Assoc. (Inc) “The Glen” The refurbishment of Unit 5 is proceeding at a great pace and is almost complete except for a few minor issues. By the end of August all members of the association will be advised when the unit is ready for viewing and expressions of interest. If, after all members of the association have been advised, no suitable applicants are forthcoming, details may be advertised in the local newspapers. It costs only $10 per annum to be a member of the Darlington Retirement Accommodation Association (Inc) and new members are always welcome. The benefits to the members of the Darlington Retirement Accommodation Association (Inc.) are that they are eligible vote at the AGM and they are notified first of any forthcoming unit vacancies.

she is to be commended for doing an excellent Job. The Wooroloo prison work party will again be attending to the gardens in early September and it has now been arranged that they take on the monthly lawn mowing task around The Glen gardens

Unit 5 consists of a large lounge, three bedrooms, one bathroom, laundry, two toilets and a pleasant outlook and gardens. It has been refurbished to a high standard with new carpets, new, modern kitchen and many other features. Jackie from Earnshaw’s Real Estate project managed the refurbishment and

Colin Merritt

The Darlington Retirement Accommodation Association (Inc) will hold the AGM on Wednesday 27 September at 7:30 pm in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Darlington. All members and interested parties are welcome. Any Darlington resident interested in joining this committee please forward an expression of interest to Secretary Carolyn Earnshaw at:

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Darlington Arts Festival Call for street performers and buskers The good news is that the Performing Arts and Stalls Coordinators report that applications are rolling in. In fact all the time slots for performances on the stage are now taken but Graham is still keen to hear from anyone interested in street performance/busking. So if you are a musician, juggler, mime artist or have any other performance talent which doesn’t need a stage, he’d would be delighted to hear from you - go to the’Contact Us’ page on the website . Entries for the Open Art Exhibition and DAF Reserve Art Prize are always a bit slower coming in but the closing date is not far off so make sure you get your entry to us in time. All the forms and information you need are on the ‘Art Exhibitions’ pages at www. By the time you read this, the next fundraiser, the DAF Disco Party on 2nd September may have been and gone but if not there may be time to get your tickets. The lip sync team is organised and the evening will be great fun. Speaking of fund raising the DAF executive met with senior Shire staff recently to discuss and review the continuation of the new DAF funding agreement first established in 2016 for a further two years into 2018/2019. The original agreement which expires at the end of 2017 provided for a $10,000 cash contribution and

a waiving of Shire hire fees associated with the oval and halls for all DAF related events. The certainty of this funding and in kind assistance was considered to be a great step forward for both DAF financial planning and for improved relations between Shire and community. When the dust finally settles post council elections and the vote is presented at council we hope that our Councillors recognise the importance of our much revered festival to the wider community and preserve the funding agreement status quo for the next two years. On a much more sombre note, we all are saddened by the news of Christina Lyall’s passing. Over many years she raised thousands for DAF, always getting interesting raffle donations then enthusiasically selling tickets. Her distinctive costume of colourful overalls and an extravagant hat were a feature of the weekend - we will miss her. As always, anyone interested in supporting the festival is welcome to contact Chris Pemberton on 92520154.

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Upcoming Events

for a great evening of readings and socialising. Complimentary glass of Lion Mill red wine on entry, while stocks last.

Hugo the KSP Story Horse 10 August to 11 September 2017 Free to view As part of the Mundaring Arts Centre’s Habits of Horses project, KSP has constructed a story and poetry display featuring horse-themed works – fiction and non-fiction – from members of the local community. Affectionately dubbed ‘Hugo’, this Story Horse is available to view at the KSP Writers’ Centre during office hours. Please email or phone before visiting to ensure the Centre is open.

KSP Press Club 28 September 2017, 9.30am-3.30pm Tickets: from $55, advance bookings essential This full day adventure will have young writers – KSP cadets – aged between 10-17 years unleashing their creative minds and writing up a storm. Includes games and exercises, personalised Press Pass on lanyard plus lunch and snacks. All work created will be published on the Press Club blog. KSP Big Quiz 17 November 2017, from 6.30pm $100 per table, advance bookings essential Mark your diary! KSP’s annual big quiz fundraiser will be back in November for a great night of fun, trivia, prizes and games. Bookings now open. If you are a local business and would like some publicity, please contact us on to discuss donations or sponsorship options.

September Sunday Session Sunday 24 September 2017, 4.00-5.30pm Tickets: $5 KSP/WAWU members, $10 others – book online or pay at the door KSP Sunday Sessions give you the chance to mingle with and learn from authors who’ve achieved great things in the industry - and want to share their knowledge with you. This month, meet Tineke Van der Eecken, a Belgian-born Fremantle-based criminologist, visual artist and writer. She is the author of Café d’Afrique: a Personal Discovery and was shortlisted for the 2016 T.A.G. Hungerford Award. BYO drinks and nibbles and settle in

Advance bookings are essential for all events. For more details or to book, please phone 08 9294 1872 or visit the KSP website on . 40

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Mundaring Arts Centre

Aiyanar festival India Photo by Clare Arni

ON THE MAP Mundaring Arts Centre 15 Sep – 15 Oct 2017

VAHANA: VEHICLE OF THE GODS Midland Junction Arts Centre 30 Aug – 23 Sept 2017

September also heralds the launch of a new print exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre, curated by Laura A Taylor. Held in conjunction with the national launch of Print Council of Australia’s 2017 Print Commission folio, and in collaboration with Printmakers Association of WA, 26°S 121°E | On the Map is a survey exhibition of contemporary Western Australian printmaking, on display from 15 September to 15 October.

Mundaring Arts Centre presents two analogous and compelling exhibitions this month as part of theHabits of Horses community arts project. Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods and Horse Drawnwill both be on displayat the Midland Junction Arts Centre from 30 August to 23 September. Internationally renowned photographer Clare Arni presents Vahana: Vehicle of the Gods, a solo exhibition of photographs that document the making of terracotta horses as votive offerings in India. For several years the Bangalore-based photographer has been recording the lead-up to the annual Aiyanar festival, which celebrates the guardian deity Aiyanar, protector of rural villages. Her newest works detail the festival and the significance of local potters, who inherit the role of a priests and make large-scale terracotta horses as offerings in the sacred groves on the outskirts of the villages. KasirajanSubbaiah, one of the remaining Indian potters known for the creation of the terracotta horses, is working in residence at the Midland Junction Arts Centre throughout the exhibition period toconstruct a 3m highceramic horse, which will be unveiled during a Cultural Celebration Day on Sunday 10 September.The unveiling will see the Centre come alive with traditional Indian dance performances, cooking demonstrations, Indian food and free family-friendly art activities, from 2-4pm.

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TheHorse Drawn exhibition celebrates the equine form through traditional drawing skills and contemporary digital drawing methods; with WA artists Steven Aiton, Daevid Anderson, Daniela Dlugocz, Ross Potter, Angela Stewart and Linda van der Merwe, plus an exhibition of artworks created in community workshops. Free activities are available for groups of 5-15 throughout the course of the exhibitions,include charcoal sketching, ink illustration, small ceramic sculpture creation and guided tours. Sessions run every Thursday from 31 August to 21 September, and bookings are essential. 41



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Darlington History Group

Wednesday 9 August brought torrential rain and stinging hail. Driving winds. Lightning and thunder! A perfect day for an outing? Not!!! But, despite all that, nine hardy souls from the DHG braved the daunting weather to visit the Railway Heritage Museum in Bassendean. This event was the culmination of a talk given to the group by Geoff Higham in November last year. Geoff has long been a stalwart of this museum along with many other volunteers who work so hard to maintain and refurbish the locomotives and carriages from yesteryear. He also finds the time to act as Editor for the publications which emanate from the museum. A point of interest was the loco, Katie, or C1 which plied her way up and down the steep grades on the Darlington to Guildford run. She is a Robert Stephenson engine manufactured in Newcastle-on-Tyne in the U.K. She was the loco involved in a crash at the Cape Horn bend in the tracks at Boya in 1885 after which she was rebuilt but with a larger fuel bunker and greater braking ability. At various times she was also used to haul granite from the quarry at Boya to the port of Fremantle to reinforce the North and South Moles. The Millars Timber Company also used her to haul the cargoes of “Swan River Mahogany”, the prized jarrah used for so many purposes in the colony and in the U.K. Roll on spring and our car safari to York on Wednesday 13 September when Arlene Collings, Kenneth Irwin and Mike Tooby will regale us with the history of a number of old buildings in the town and the area known as Blandstown. For ease of travelling to and from York and around the town itself it

has been decided to hire a 12-seater coach for the day. The cost for this hire will be $12 per person, with participants responsible for their own morning tea and lunch costs. Our first stop in York will be at the Old Mill Café for tea/coffee and from there to the Blandstown area, the Gold Rush era and lastly the Mongers Town area before heading home by 4pm. We will met at the Station Reserve in Darlington by 8:45 sharp to be on the road no later than 9am. Payment for the coach travel will be collected there. We will need to know by Wednesday 6 September if you require a seat on the coach. Please contact Val Shiell on 9299 6868, email OR myself on 9297 6451, email And, lastly ... Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Darlington History Group will take place on WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER 2017 commencing at 7:30PM in the LESSER HALL DARLINGTON. A membership fee of $2 will be payable on the night. And, as a reward for your patience, these proceedings will be followed by wines to quaff and lots of lovely savoury eats to consume. Please join us for some post-business camaraderie! Cheers for now. Judi Bracks Publicity Officer


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Matthew Hughes MLA JP Member for Kalamunda in the identification of the location of the remains of the victim; or the identification of the last known location of the victim’s remains. The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methylamphetamine Offences) Bill 2017will amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 and the District Court of Western Australia Act 1969 to provide that a drug dealer, who is caught with 28 or more grams of methamphetamine, be subject to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The increase in the penalty available to the courts is aimed at those who profit from the misery of methylamphetamine addiction. Perhaps of most direct interest to readers, and which I did not have the chance to speak on, will be the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Bill 2017. The Bill will amend the Local Government Act 1995 to provide for the auditing of local governments by the Auditor General and for related purposes. Historically, the auditing of local governments, has not been undertaken by the Auditor General unlike other government agencies. There will be a staged transition arrangement from when the Auditor General takes over auditing following commencement of the Bill. As the existing audit contracts of local governments expire, the responsibility for auditing local governments will transition to the Auditor General. By financial year 2020/2021, all local governments will be audited by the Auditor General, regardless of whether or not their contracts have expired. The Bill provides for a new category of audits known as “performance audits” which will examine the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of any aspect of a local government’s operations. The Bill also places an obligation on local governments to publish their annual reports on their official websites.

The 40th Parliament sat for the first time on 11 May, following the State election held on 11 March, and as you might imagine the last few months have been busy for this newly elected MLA. I have been honoured to have been appointed to the Joint House Standing Committee on the Crime and Corruption Commission and as Chair of the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council. The new Government has already commenced its legislative program with a number of Bills having been introduced and passed through the Legislative Assembly and others under consideration in the Legislative Council. In addition to giving my inaugural speech, I have been pleased to speak on the, the Supply Bill 2017, the Sentence Administration Amendment Bill 2017 and the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methylamphetamine Offences) Bill 2017and prepared to speak on the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Bill 2017.

The work of a parliamentarian extends well beyond engaging in the processes of law making, of course. I have made the provision of appropriately located aged care facilities in the Electorate and in the Eastern Metropolitan Region more generally my priority and I am already making progress in this area. My engagement with community groups and assisting individual constituents with a range of issues is very central to my work and I am enjoying this aspect of my role immensely. If you think I might be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to make contact with my electorate staff on 92934747 between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

The Supply Bill 2017 authorises the Government to apply out of the Consolidated Account the amount of $12.187 billion for the services and purposes of the year ending 30 June 2018. This principally allows for the functions of government agencies to continue. The Sentence Administration Bill 2017 will enact the principle of ‘no body no parole’ where a person has been convicted of murder. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Sentence Administration Act 2003 in order to provide that in every case where the Prisoners Review Board considers whether a relevant prisoner should be granted an early release order, then the Board must not make a release order or release recommendation unless satisfied that the prisoner has cooperated with WA Police

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Darlington Review - September 2017

Darlington Scouts

The major event for August was the start of what will hopefully become a long term project to improve the natural values of the Glen Park Reserve. This Reserve, with its diversity of vegetation types and Nyaania Creek flowing through it, is on the doorstep of our Scout Hall and represents a great opportunity to educate our youth about the environment, and get involved in practical ways to improve it. On the weekend of 4th-6thAugust,30 our Cubs, Scouts and Venturers (ages ranging from 8 to 16 years of age)came together for an excellent environmental themed camp at our Scout hall. With great assistance from Cathy Levett from EMRC, a comprehensive program covering weeds, wildlife, water and waste was delivered on the Saturday morning. Great thanks to Peter Day and Dr Jane Latchford for giving up their time to present to the kids in their specialties of weed eradication and water ecology respectively. The afternoon focussed on practical applications with the removal of a large grove of the weed species, Flinders Ranges Wattle, and the planting of around 200 seedlings of local species in degraded areas to the west and north of the hall. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of our youth members. In the evening the Scouts participated in a night hike, while the Cubs watched a movie. On the Sunday morningwe were fortunate to have St John Ambulance paramedics Chris and

Hamish bring an ambulance to the hall and provide basic first aid training to our Cubs & Scouts. This training was then put to use in some mock emergencies where the youth had to treat patients in the bush and recover them back to the ambulance. Our Joey Scouts have also been rather busy this term, learning about senses and gaining an understanding of what it might be like to have a disability. Buttering a rice cake with distorted â&#x20AC;&#x153;bubble wrapâ&#x20AC;? glasses was very interesting to watch! This term our Joey numbers have increased to 9 and we will be investing a number of new members over the next few weeks. We look forward to the continuation of our Glen Park environmental project and having our youth be involved in practical projects around the local area. Special thanks to our Cub Leader Michael Everitt for bringing together so many local experts. If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available to make a difference in the community by being a leader in Scouting, please contact our Group leader Glen Stenton (


Darlington Review - September 2017

Darlington United Church

Cnr Darlington Rd and Allestree Rd, Darlington When I have some spare time, I enjoy gardening. It’s much more enjoyable than housework in my opinion. Planting new seedlings or striking cuttings and then seeing them grow and produce beautiful flowers or fresh vegetables is very rewarding. At this time of the year spring flowering annuals are coming into bloom, my lettuce and spinach are producing nicely and the potatoes, garlic and peas (except for the ones the dog sat on) are looking promising.

really respond at all. They might hear about Christ, but think it isn’t for them and don’t accept it. Others are like the rocky ground. They begin a new life with Christ, but don’t continue to follow him. They don’t put “roots” down – maybe they don’t spend time reading the Bible, praying or going to church and don’t allow Christ to work in their lives. They may think that all should go well if they become a Christian and when the first trial comes along they fall away. Some people who are like the weeds – they also begin to follow Christ, but allow other things to crowd him out – the Bible lists several – worries, riches and pleasures - which stop them becoming a mature Christian. Finally some are like the good soil.They respond, retain the message and persevere to produce a good crop.

To grow anything successfully, a few things need to happen. Firstly the soil needs to be prepared.The soil in the area where I live is sandy and it needs enriching to have any chance of a crop being successful. I used compost and dried sheep manure to improve the soil. Other soils may need other things such as trace elements or potash.

The message of the Parable of the Sower, as it is known is still applicable today. People still respond to Jesus in the same ways. I have known people in all these categories – many who ignore the message of Christianity, some who follow Christ for a while, then give up; others who allow money or worries to become more important than Christ and others who faithfully follow him all their lives. Which category do you fit into?

Once the plants are growing, pests need to be controlled as they will eat the new shoots stopping its growth. Weeds also need to be taken out as they will choke the plants and deprive them of nutrients. Of course rain needs to fall at the right time to make the plants grow. Sadly many of our famers this year did not get enough rain at the right time and will have no or few crops to harvest.

New Pastor

We are pleased that Rob Merrells been appointed as our new pastor. Rob is returning to pastoral ministry after several years teaching. He has been preaching once a month at the church and we are looking forward to his ministry. He will commence mid-October. More details in the next issue.

In the New Testament is a story about a farmer who had mixed results from sowing his seed. Jesus told the parable of a farmer who went out to sow his seed. Some of the seed fell on the path and was walked on; then birds came along and ate them. Some fell on rocky ground and although these seeds sprouted, they couldn’t survive because there was not enough moisture in the rocks, they didn’t have strong rootsand they withered. A third lot of seeds fell amongst thorns which grew up with the seeds and choked them. Finally, some fell on good soil. Jesus says these produced an excellent crop – a hundred times more than was sown.

Garage sale

Thank you for all who attended the garage sale in July. We appreciated your support. We raised $1200 for local school chaplains and the Seeds of Hope work in Uganda – a great effort. Denise Rhodes

Jesus also explained what the parable means. The seeds are the Word of God and the path, the rocks, the thorns and the good soil represents the ways people respond when they hear the message of the Bible– that we can all be forgiven and have a new life with Christ. Some people are like the path – they don’t

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Darlington Review - September 2017

Darlington Social Cricket Club Recently, a long time DSCC member contacted another member, Corky the Shearers Cook, on methods of cooking lamb brains. Corky mentioned the French cooking method of Sous Vide, where the brains would be vacuum packed and placed in water heated to a constant temperature. The DSCC member promptly purchased the brains required to feed his family and the relevant accessories to make the sauce and veggies to accompany the meal. Happy with his purchases, he set off for his home in West Toodyay. It was a beautiful afternoon, the sun was out and it was going to be a warm, balmy Thursday night. A nice night to sit and watch television with a glass of wine. While driving along Toodyay road, a kangaroo hopped across the road causing the DSCC member to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. Shaken but not stirred, he eventually arrived home and carried all his groceries inside. On Friday afternoon, the DSCC member who finishes work at 2.00pm drove home in a leisurely manner. It was a very hot day for May -32 degrees - and the car was very warm as it had been locked up since 7.30am. As the member drove home, he occasionally got waft of a pungent odour. He dismissed this annoyance as he was very excited at the prospect of cooking this gourmet dinner for his family. He got home and prepared the veggies and the sauce that would enhance the gastronomic delight his family was going to enjoy. Everything was done, the water was heating, he now just needed to get the lamb brains out of the fridge and allow them to warm to room temperature. His excitement grew as he wandered over to the fridge. This excitement changed as he checked every compartment including the freezer, but couldn’t find the lamb brains he had purchased the day before. It was only then that the penny dropped and the fear started to take over. He realised that the odour that he had encountered on the drive home that afternoon was indeed the lamb brains which had been vacuumed sealed by the butcher and had been cooking in his car. It will only take about three weeks to get rid of the odour. On the 19th of March, DSCC took on the Gaynor’s XI, a band of exfootball and soccer players. Gaynor’s XI had been coming up for a number of years, but this year they had Michael Aldred, Stuy’s brother playing for them. Michael is straight out of the Merv Hughes mould, including the moustache, swagger and competitiveness when bowling. In fact it was a delight to watch him torment the DSCC openers, Doc Bates and Shaun Meredith with great swing bowling. To be honest to the Doc, he did crack a beautiful cover drive for 4 runs over first slip. Bates and Meredith scored 18 and 36 respectively, while Rickard and Williams smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground in making 10 and 12 respectively. Sundries with 29 and Scrimma with 62 helped DSCC build a strong innings of 9/232 off their allotted 40 overs. Once again the reject outgoing skipper Zardins failed to trouble the scorers. In reply, Gaynor’s XI made light work of the DSCC total and ended up with a total of 4/236 of 34 overs. The Jorgensen’s made 56 and 53, while Evan Samuel made 36. Michael Aldred who bowls a lot better than he bats, made a quick fire 13 of the DSCC pie throwers. It must be said that Doc Bates toiled manfully when bowling, but was unlucky and ended up with 0/16 of 2 overs. The worst of the bowlers for DSCC were Zardinds with 1/40 of 4 overs. The most important match for DSCC players during the season is the Test Match. For years this was Aussies Vs the ROW’s. The ROW’s being players being born overseas or in some cases, players of

ethnic backgrounds. This year, the format was changed somewhat. It was to be the West Aussies Vs The ROW’s (including players born in other states). Before the game there was a lot of the usual banter and emails going around the club - most coming from Scrimma and his portly mate Matthew Mary Ellis. The ROW’s batted first with Doc Bates opening the batting with Meredith. Meredith retired hurt after making 11. Doc Bates smashed the bowling (the author hasn’t lost his marbles) to all parts of the oval and made a brilliant 67 as did Mary Ellis. Duncan Bell made a brilliant 44 while Chris Rickard chimed in with a spectacular 34 at the end. David Kozak and James Miller figured prominently with one run each. In the end, the ROWs finished with 7/250 of their 40 overs. The best bowlers for the West Aussies were Al Mal with 1/11, and Ward and Farrant with 1/14 each. It was great to see Craig Gordon bowling with venom. The players were treated to a wonderful lunch which was supplied by the ROW’s wives and followers. A light refreshment of champagne and orange juice was served as well. After the lunch interval, the West Aussies started their run chase but were soon in the proverbial when Mark Lucas foolishly played a very bad shot and was out for 7. Steve Beazley steadied the ship while others fell around him. When Beazley lost his wicket, Farrant strode to the pitch with a steely determination. Along with Duncan Ward, they regained control of the match and the tide turned to favour the West Aussies. Everything was going really well and the West Aussies looked to have the match in the bag. The ROW skipper turned to his tried and tested rabbit hunter, Stuart Aldred. Fatigue and a complete lack of fitness took hold and first Glenn Farrant succumbed to the guile of Aldred, but not before scoring a brilliant 112. Ward soon followed and finished with a polished 46. The game was in the balance and Aldred had broken the resistance of the West Aussies in taking four crucial wickets. It came down to the last over which was to be bowled by Matt Ellis. Swings and misses, snicks and stolen singles. It came down to the last ball, two runs were required. Matt Ellis steamed in, Al Mal closed his eyes and swung the bat. The ball raced to short cover as the two batsmen raced to opposite ends of the pitch. The fumbled return came into the bowler’s end, Matt Ellis caught the ball, took a swipe at the stumps to effect the run out, but missed and the batsman made it home. It was a tied test with the West Aussies scoring 9/250. It was a great way to end a wonderful season. One of the highlights took place when there was a pitch invader. The players thought it was an old time streaker, but it was a very fit Wendy Kozak who had sprung to her feet to chase after her daughter’s balloon which had somehow escaped her daughter’s grasp. To the cheers of the crowd in the pavilion and players, Wendy was able to restore calm back to her very happy daughter in the end. Before we end, a big happy 50th birthday to Mark Lucas. Also congratulations to Robin and Geoff Lovelock who have been gifted with a beautiful grand daughter, Ciara who was born on the 16th of May. The author hopes you have enjoyed the articles this year and looks forward to thrilling his readers with more wonderful stories. Till next month The Ferret.


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Darlington Review September 2017  
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