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“All we asked for was a ramp and a dunny!” In a single week this month, Darlington Hall hosted a wedding, a 40th birthday party and a gathering to mark the passing of a Hills resident. During each — given the benign June weather and the lovely late afternoon light — guests spilled onto the verandah, watching children playing and dogs dashing across the oval.

Fortunately, when the matter was considered at the June Council meeting, councillors ignored the officers’ recommendation, with a five/ five split being decided by President David Lavell’s vote. DRRA member (and former President) Phil Vile and Committee Member Allan McAuliff both spoke on behalf of the community.

Little wonder our heritage-listed village hall, restored by the community over a decade, is such a well-loved venue. And little wonder that, when the Shire recently opted to explore a cheaper alternative to the disability upgrade plan agreed with locals last year, there was consternation among those involved in reaching a compromise. The upgrade is part of a Shire-wide plan to make its halls accessible to wheelchairs.

After the meeting, Allan, who works in the construction industry (civil, commercial and industrial) and has chaired the last two DRRA meetings, said: “Credit goes to Cr Trish Cook who spoke to this effect and put some great points forward to defend our stance. The next step for Council is to re-tender based upon the ‘original’ scope of works. The plan to cut an access through the foyer is now excluded from further consideration thank goodness.

The alternative proposed by Shire officers would have abandoned extending the front verandah to allow wheelchair access from the Lesser to the Main Hall. Shire officers were now recommending spending $5,000 to gauge the feasibility of access through the foyer alcove where people currently collect their concert tickets or sign in for a meeting. The foyer also accommodates the war memorial and the beautiful leadlight window designed by the late artist David Gregson. This option was considered early in negotiations between the Shire officers and locals but had been quickly discarded.

LEFT: DRRA Committee Member Allan McAuliff

“After long negotiations and the delay to boost the budget when tenders came in higher than anticipated, to now suggest this option is frankly ludicrous,” said former President Poul Dahl at the June meeting of the Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA). “There are other ways to save dollars by doing only what is mandatory for the upgrade. And let’s not forget, at the outset, all we asked for was a ramp and a dunny!”

“The council voted against the motion on the basis that the idea of modifying a beautiful aspect of the fabric of the heritage building to save a few dollars was just ludicrous. “It was never going to be a simple task to keep the changes to a few minor items because disabled access upgrades involve consideration of the Australian Standards, the Building Code, local council planning /strategic guidelines and Heritage Listing. A lot of factors come into play which inevitably ends in something called ‘scope creep’. It is quite common from my experience in the commercial construction industry and of course things get complicated.

Local architect Geoff Barker echoed this criticism. “Engaging a consultant to advise on an alternative door through the foyer is an utter waste of money when the Shire is trying to reduce costs and save money! Come and talk to the community about what might satisfy the requirements. There are qualified people in the community who can assist and are committed to making the best decision for all concerned.” (It’s worth noting that the local group who worked with the Shire involved two architects, a landscape architect and others with extensive knowledge of the hall and how it is used.)

“However, DRRA being involved in the process is the most important thing for the community. We can only hope that more alternatives come out of the re-tender process which may help to reduce costs further. With any luck, the current competitive construction climate will help generate enough interest to produce reduced estimates as a result.


Darlington Review - July 2017 “I believe the council’s intent going forward is to keep DRRA involved and Phil made it very clear that the community heavily relies on the functioning of the Hall and would not be happy if an ill-conceived access solution went ahead. I believe DRRA’s efforts hit home with the councillors and we had a good result.” Credit certainly goes to South Ward Councillor Trish Cook who, prior to the council meeting, organised an on-site meeting with officers and councillors. All five councillors who attended voted against the alternative plan. The upgrade has been budgeted at $500,000 and, if the tender process is successful, work should begin in January 2018. The upgrade entails widening several doorways, the verandah extension and resurfacing, work on the kitchen and stairs to the mezzanine gallery, replacing and relocating existing steps to the main verandah, a lift to the stage, and

building a unisex accessible toilet on the verandah, with an entrance from the western side of the building where a ramp will lead from disabled parking bays. The upgrade will undoubtedly meet the Shire’s mandatory obligations, will provide a welcome extension to the verandah for all events and will allow the hall toilets to be closed at night. However, the full extent of work has some locals shaking their heads given that, minutes down the road, there is the brand new Boya Community Centre with ramps, spacious function rooms, kitchen, toilets etc — all designed and constructed with wheelchair access in mind. Credit must go to DRRA for once again marshalling local expertise to liaise with the Shire. We’re lucky to have committed locals able and willing to negoiate on our behalf.

Jigs, rigs and reels … Left: Robert Zielinski on the traditional fiddle There’s a real musical treat coming up for music lovers with the July 16 Darlington Concert’s presentation of the Robert Zielinski Trio at Darlington Hall. There will be jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches, highland tunes and haunting airs in this performance of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and the Shetland Islands. An array of instruments from the traditional fiddle, bouzouki, wooden flute, whistles and vocals will bring alive the music of the iconic Doherty family from Donegal. Tickets from Bendigo Bank in Mundaring, 2 Café, Darlington Post Office or

Meeting the plastic challenge Ordinary folk are invariably well ahead of law-makers on environmental issues. While politicians bicker and back away, Australians have embraced renewable energy at a rate that makes us the world’s highest per household users of rooftop solar — on the heritage trail, we spied one new home with 22 panels! Now it seems the grass roots level of government — urged on by the community — will lead the way in WA by tackling the mountains of plastic bags that needlessly end up in landfill or the ocean.

In Australia, our daily coffee hits send an estimated three billion coffee cups to landfill each year— and their plastic linings can’t be recycled. Fortunately, the ABC’s much publicized War on Waste has made us all reassess just how much we’re contributing to plastics in landfill and micro-plastics in the ocean. The Responsible Cafes movement, where take-away patrons benefit from a discount by bringing their own cups is gathering strength, and it’s good to report that our cafes — The Pines and Café — and Glen Forrest Gourmet have been one step ahead in offering discounts.

Fashionable recycling

The government has given councils the green light to produce their own Local Laws banning single use plastic bags, and while it’s a good first step, the consensus is that a state-wide ban (as enacted in other states) would be even better. The always proactive City of Fremantle and East Fremantle councils have already framed their own Local Laws that are currently being considered by the government’s Joint Standing Committee. South Ward Councillor Trish Cook — also gaining a reputation for being proactive — took up the baton with a motion for a Shire-wide ban at the June Council meeting. While it didn’t succeed, voices from the public gallery made it clear there’s a groundswell of support from individuals and organisations, including Mundaring in Transition and the burgeoning Boomerang Bag movement. Trish was also delighted to receive a bundle of posters from kids at Glen Forrest Primary who clearly thought the proposed ban was a great idea. Mundaring councillors did, however, vote unanimously to urge the State Government, the Local Government Organisation and the East Metropolitan Regional Council to get behind a State-wide ban. Meanwhile Shire officers will engage with business and the community and report the results. Single use plastic bags are just one element of the world’s current addiction to plastics in everything from take-away coffee cup linings to cladding for high rise buildings.

The ABC’s War on Waste series also focused on the impact of fashion fads and fabrics, so it’s good to know that the high-end of fashion recycling is flourishing in Darlington at Colour Me Kate. The mezzanine store at 2 Montrose extends the life (and pleasure) of classy fashion, and it’s a win-win formula for the shop and the owners of garments sold on consignment. “All the recycled clothes and accessories in my shop will be uploaded onto my website ( so people can peruse


PHOTO: Bonnie Evans of Evalyn Photography

Darlington Review - July 2017 and purchase from the comfort of their armchairs, or drop in to see, feel and try on what they’ve viewed online,” says Kate.

local couple are now the very happy owners of last year’s winner — Alastair Taylor’s superb landscape — and prints have been sold.

“We live in such a disposable culture, so it’s a joy to be working in fashion but with a clear social conscience!”

This prize and others will be presented at the Friday night opening event in the entertainment tent to which the community and artists are invited. “This new location will give us the space to accommodate everyone, exhibit some of the three-dimensional art, and offer entertainment,” explains Peter.

We dropped in on a fashion shoot involving two local photographers whose images will create Kate’s online showcase. Bonnie Evans and Lynne Dullard have teamed up to launch Evalyn Photography and are offering all kinds of photography from newborns, weddings, portraits, maternity to lifestyle and products. “It’s early days but we’re up for any adventure,” says Bonnie.

“As the wine tent — being run by DaSRA to raise funds for the pavilion — will be open from 5pm, people will be able to view the art in the hall, then stroll back to the wine tent to socialize.

Bushfires in winter?

“We’ve seen big changes in relation to the art exhibition since the festival began in the 1950s, when almost all participating artists were local. Last year out of 165 submissions for the art prize and open exhibition, just 22 came from local artists.”

Winter is upon us, but, as Ricky Harvey points in his Darlington Brigade notes, our local volunteers were fighting a bushfire at Greenmount Quarry very recently: “The fire was caused by a campfire left unattended and it burnt approximately 200 square metres. Yes, even in mid-June, in winter, days from the winter solstice, fires were still burning well in the bush.”

Artists can begin registering in July for both the Darlington Arts Festival Reserve Prize and the Open Art, and coordinator Cathy Day is pleased that 3-dimensional art will have a higher profile this year (see next story). For all you need to know, visit:

The brigade notes are always worth reading — and in this issue Ricky writes that if you’re concerned about fuel loads on your property, the brigade may be able to conduct a hazard reduction burn. Give them a ring on 9299 7217 or visit on a Saturday between 9 and 10.30am.

Locals who have volunteered to make sure the 2017 Festival is the best ever include Colette Murray who is creating the festival’s new website, Len Nielsen (treasurer), Joe Houldsworth (donations and sponsorship), Graham Jeffery (performing arts), Cathy Day (open art) assisted by Alison Lindsay, Claire Armstrong (stalls), and Simon Dempster (grounds) assisted by Jay Armstrong and Andrew Greenham.

Dine out at 2 Café? With innovation and enterprise clearly in the air as Kate launches her online presence, Amy in 2 Cafe is about to launch once-a-month dinners — offering different cuisines — at her café. You can find details in her advert in this issue.

Still desperately needed are an event coordinator for opening night and assistance in the fund-raising. If you can help, you’ll be welcomed with open arms by the committee, so check out the DAF notes for contact details.

More jazz at Juniper Studio

Higher profile for 3D art Left and below: artist Cathy Day and her artwork

Sassafras, the gypsy jazz band won a heap of local fans at Juniper Studio recently. A full house relished performances from consummate musicians, with Jessie Gordon singing, encouraging audience participation and pulling it all together with engaging humour. After a week of terror and tumultuous politics, it was a tonic and the group hinted at a return visit.

“When I read in the Review that the Festival couldn’t find anyone to take on coordinating the Open Art, I volunteered — because I’d hate to see it not happen,” says local ceramic artist Cathy Day. The immediate result was a collective sigh of relief from the DAF committee and the community — a testament to the fact that Cathy has previously curated the exhibition, been both president and vice president, and helped set up the exhibition almost every year. She is

Meanwhile Trish Juniper is hosting another evening of cabaret jazz from a top-flight local performer on Sunday July 9. Over two decades, Libby Hammer has become a perennial of Perth’s jazz scene, bringing her style of jazz singing to local audiences with renditions of well-known jazz standards that range from the comic to the virtuosic. Doors open 5pm for a 5.30 start. Tickets from

also a well-respected artist and long-time member of the Guildford Potters that has had a large presence at the Festival for decades.

Festival planning gears up Phew! For a while the fate of the 2017 Darlington Arts Festival seemed in doubt, with not enough volunteers for vital jobs. President Peter Nicholls made it clear that without coordinators for the Open Arts Exhibition and Sponsorships and Donations, the festival could not happen.

The local artist recalls that when the Festival began, those artists central to its birth and early success invariably produced both paintings, ceramics and sculptures, so 3D art had a much higher profile, whereas in recent years it has become something of a poor relation to painting, drawing and photography.

Four months out from the November 4/5 event, things look brighter – but there are still some important portfolio gaps, and the hunt is on for a generous benefactor to sponsor the $10,000 Darlington Arts Festival Reserve Prize, the prestigious award (introduced last year) that aims to lift the profile of art in our annual Festival. The person who answers this call will get naming rights for this acquisitive prize that allows the Festival to sell the winning artwork and use it for marketing and merchandising, thus boosting its budget. A


Darlington Review - July 2017 “In 1985, there were paintings in the Main Hall and craft in the Lesser, and because it didn’t cost much to put in an exhibit, the festival was an excellent outlet for local craft makers. And ‘craft’ encompassed everything from ceramics and jewellery to crocheted shawls. “That time has passed because today if you are paying commission on a piece that probably won’t sell for much more, it doesn’t make financial sense. Hardly anyone from Guildford Potters puts in works anymore, so when I joined this year I urged the committee to give 3D art a higher profile. “In recent years the amount of 3D art has dwindled because artists have been restricted to submitting just one item. This year we’re going to allow up to three pieces — if they will fit comfortably on one 60cm x 60cm plinth — for one entry fee. I’m hoping for a good selection of smaller, more affordable items which will lead to more sales. “I’d love to see lots of pottery, jewellery, carved or turned wood, slumped glass etc. So, if you’re an artist producing this sort of thing, please enter. Of course, we will also welcome some larger freestanding pieces. Entering more than one piece will restrict you to one category only.” Registrations open this month, so start creating!

New horizons, new home for Eva and Peter They were a couple who seemed to be involved in everything that makes this place hum — ratepayers, the festival, the bonfire, and more. In fact, whenever willing hands were called for psychologist Eva Marjanovic and former navy submarine commander Peter Horobin were there. After settling in Darlington in 2006, they quickly made their mark and Darlington got an instant infusion of energy and new ideas. “Eva made the mistake of going to a Darlington Ratepayers AGM, put her hand up at the wrong time and found herself on the committee — and that was just the beginning…” recalls Peter on the eve of his departure for Tasmania where Eva is already setting up their new home. “We were instantly interested in Darlington and thought it totally unique — and it still is. And if we all remember that uniqueness it has a fantastic future, but if we forget it and let volunteers get burnt-out …” Peter’s voice trails off. He knows what he is talking about as a former President of both DRRA and DAF. Even before becoming DRRA President Peter had initiated the Darlington Toward 2060 workshops that engaged with residents to bring together ideas about how we would like to see our village grow into the future: what we wanted to preserve without setting the place in amber, and what to aspire to achieve as a community. “I always liked the idea of having a long-term view, a vision, because you can get some useful principles out of such an exercise and it gives you more control,” recalls Peter. As their story unfolded, Peter became President of DRRA and the Festival, Eva become one of our South Ward councillors, and a very active and feisty one at that.

We’ll sorely miss their energy and enthusiasm — and Tassie will no doubt embrace these ‘good ideas’ people. At its last meeting, DRRA extended the community’s ‘thank you’ for their contribution.

“Need a little Christmas, right this very minute…?”

If you are counting on the above infusion of Christmas in July courtesy from Swan Harmony at their Darlington Hall concert on July 23, you’d better be quick. As we went to press, tickets were selling so fast it seems unlikely that there will be door sales. See the Community Notice for details.

Show us the money… and he did! We’ve all become a tad cynical about election promises, so when both Liberal and Labor pollies pledged dollars towards the Darlington Pavilion Project in the run-up to the election, there were a few quoting Jerry McGuire: “Show me the money!” And that is just what Labor’s Matthew Hughes has done, with the new government injecting a muchneeded $100,000 into the project. The new Kalamunda MLA attended the last ratepayers meeting which gave DaSRA’s Geoff Barker the chance to thank the government on behalf of the community. Matthew, who lives in Darlington, has become a Review member and will be providing notes in the magazine to keep us all informed. We also feature Matthew in My Place, in this issue.

Sound + visuals at MAC Hills singer, sound artist and WAAPA student Annika Moses, the 2016 winner of the Robert Juniper Award for the Arts, has collaborated with visual artists Sharron Lyons on a multi-media installation that’s a big attraction at Mundaring Arts Centre, Five point one and a piece of four by two (see MAC notes). “My interest in this project stemmed from a desire to remove experimental sound art from its usual concert performance context,


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Leash or no leash?

and increase the level of community engagement,” says the former Helena College student. “While my compositional practice started with folk, it has broadened since studying at WAAPA. The audio works you will hear in this exhibition will be the first real showing of my experimental compositions. They use excerpts of interviews, and vocal snippets, as well as field recordings, electronic sounds, and traditional instrumentation. The works will be presented over headphones each audience member will receive on arrival.” Sharron’s visual art practice is very site specific, and her sculptural work for this exhibition is sure to extend the audience’s concept of the gallery space; those who are familiar with the MAC gallery might get a surprise! “I work casually as an art installation technician (installing exhibitions in gallery spaces), and it’s often my job to hide speakers and to work on ‘cabling’ (hiding all of the cables and wiring). For Five point one and a piece of four by two I’m thinking that I will try and turn what I usually do in my day-job on its head and really examine the sculptural potential of the materials and forms commonly used to ‘sculpt’ sound within a gallery space,” she says.

With Shire officers and councillors currently considering feedback on their proposal to turn the heritage trail into an on-leash area for dogs, consternation is growing as owners gather on the oval each evening. Letters to the Review certainly make the case for keeping this 60km trail as an area where dogs can run free — but responsible owners must maintain control, and do the right thing when bike riders and horses approach. The consensus in Letters seems to be that bike riders pose a greater risk, so it will be interesting to learn how many cyclists provided feedback to the Shire, and to what extent the behavior of SOME cyclists featured in emails from dog owners, horse-riders, mothers with prams and walkers. Essentially, this debate is about the few dog owners and the small number of bike riders who don’t do the right thing. So, should the solution be a hard-to-enforce law or a high-profile campaign to change behavior? One local who emailed his support for a leash-free trail to Mundaring had responses from two councillors who disagreed. One complained that as, a bike rider, he was particularly frustrated by dogs on the Darlington to Glen Forrest section. This exchange had the dog owners on the oval pondering whether the councillor should be removing himself from the forthcoming debate due to a conflict of interest? The hope is that whatever decision is made, it doesn’t widen the rifts that already exist between users of a heritage trail that’s considered a huge asset to all who live close to it. “The bridle path is for everyone, and to borrow from Tim Winton, it shouldn’t be about them and us, it should be about us and us,” declared one owner. And that’s a nice note to end on. Make a point of reading Letters because there are some particularly thought-provoking ones this month, including one about a proposed subdivision that could set a dangerous precedent. A final note: a reader called to say she’d found a heavy silver chain bracelet on Owen Road. If you’ve lost something precious, phone Ronnie on 9299 8135. Trea Wiltshire Editor

Local artist has weekend show Local artist Drufus Gates has been working towards an exhibition that opens June 30 and runs over Saturday and Sunday (10am – 7pm) ranging across studies of flowers, portraits and landscapes. The artist is a six-times Moran Portrait Prize finalist, having painted notable identities from high court judges to University ViceChancellors. His latest body of work Spring will come and The Celestial Manifesto can be viewed at his studio at 3 Owen Road.


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My Place: Matthew Hughes MLA 21 years of service later this year. However, when I agreed to contest the election late last year — because Labor’s Kalamunda candidate had to withdraw — there was a sense of loss that I wouldn’t be completing that service. “Anyone going into public service is leaving something behind that is important to them. But you go into politics because it’s a great opportunity to contribute. I’m in my 60s and am financially secure, and my only aspiration is to be a strong local MP. I think we under-estimate the role of parliamentarians as, first and foremost, a representative of a community. I want to make sure I am a fierce advocate for the people of Kalamunda.”

Until recently Matthew Hughes’ place was at the helm of one of Australia’s largest Anglican schools, but the State election changed all that. He’s now the first Labor parliamentarian in the seat of Kalamunda — but, as he eases himself into his new life, the Darlington resident insists he’s no career politician. While he may be a novice in State Parliament, Matthew Hughes has lots of runs on the board in a field many consider of vital political importance — education — and his career to date has seen him acknowledged as an educator in the independent schools arena. The new Member for Kalamunda also has a long involvement with labour movements and politics that goes back to university days in the United Kingdom, and the 1970s saw him rallying against apartheid and the Vietnam war. On completing his studies, the newly-minted teacher joined his family that had settled in Australia and one of his first teaching posts was at the Foothills School in Guildford, an alternative school that attracted students from Darlington. Given the 24-hour news cycle, the relentless confrontation of Federal and State politics and inevitable intrusions into privacy, you need to be made of stern stuff to put up your hand up for politics these days. However, the local father of six and grandfather of eight (in a blended family with wife Christine) seems unfazed, perhaps because he’s taken on not a few major challenges in his teaching life. “Sure, there was a degree of trepidation because I’m quite a private person despite being a school principal,” he says, “I think of it in these terms: I took over as principal of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School not long after its foundation. I worked with teachers to develop the school’s current reputation and its strong sense of community engagement — which I consider so important in any school, but particularly in a multicultural campus where one-third of students come from non-English-speaking backgrounds. “There’s a big emotional investment in a position like that and had I not won the election I would have returned to complete my

Matthew identifies appropriately-located aged care facilities (“there are sad stories of partners separated when one goes into care outside the district”) and the ageing infrastructure of primary schools in Lesmurdie and Kalamunda as priorities. How does Australia tackle the falling numeracy and literacy rates that constantly make headlines? The local, who has been the recipient of national teaching awards, believes there is an over-emphasis on comparisons with OECD and Asian countries. “There’s a huge difference between the nature of our society and, say, the experiences of students in Shanghai, Singapore or Helsinki,” he says. “You’re not comparing like with like. While we need to be concerned about levels of literacy and numeracy, education is a holistic engagement and what always strikes me is the great capacity for Australian students to be creatively engaged and to be engaged in terms of team work,” he says. “My school’s good results in testing has, I believe, much to do with the fact that the school goes from kindergarten to Year 12 so we have the ability to bring in interventions whenever they’re necessary. And that’s so important, particularly at those times of transition from say primary to middle school. “We also had a significant emphasis on the arts and languages, with specialist teachers in art, dance, drama, physical education and music. All students were required to do music until Year 9 and we know this has huge academic benefits. Learning a musical instrument is like learning another language, there are huge benefits in terms of brain theory.” Sounds as if the educational philosophy of the new Member for Kalamunda would be music to the ears of many! Let’s hope good use is made of his expertise and experience as this new chapter of his life unfolds. We wish him well and look forward to reading his notes in future issues. Above: Matthew Hughes, his wife Christine and family.


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Letters to the Review Christina Lyall writes There’s no better way of getting everyone’s attention than to kick the dog. Any dog, preferably someone else’s dog. Or just complain about a dog. Chronic attention seekers with a chip on their shoulders know that it’s a fail safe way of getting instant, full attention from all observers. The Mundaring Shire Council’s intended decision to close the Bridle Path as an off lead dog recreation area comes as heavily as a kick to the dogs and their owners who regularly use that path. There are no reliable figures to support any view that can possibly support that planned decision; who uses the path, how many bicycles, how many dogs etc. But one thing is undeniable, the Bridle path is used by many residents of the surrounding neighbourhoods. People of ages from about 5 to 85 walk their dogs as an essential part of the dog’s health and their own. I believe that more people use the path for that reason than any other and what I can say is that use of that path is far too often marred by rude and frankly dangerous cyclists who come from out of the area. They are the first to complain, harass and often insult, abuse and threaten dog walkers while riding at excessive and dangerous speeds. The Mundaring Shire needs to decide to meet the needs of the ratepayers who pay their salaries not the out of towners who seem to regard use of the Bridle path as their exclusive prerogative. It would be helpful if the Shire posted notices reminding cyclists of their legal responsibilities as users of the path. Licenses for cyclists would be a good start, even the dogs have to be licensed! Also on the dog issue, Natalie D’Silva writes: I am writing regarding to question of restricting dogs to a lead when walking them on the Rail Hertiage Trail. As a rates paying resident anf avid dog walker, I appalled to hear that this is even coming into question after complaints are being made by mountain bike users. I walk my dogs on the track daily and during the week, it’s a pleasure. The other dog walkers and dogs are friendly and social and quite often we stop and have a chat. Onthe weekends, however, it’s a completely different story. With moutain bike users flying down the track like it’s their own personal training grounds. I’ve had bike riders yell out if my dogs and I aren’t out of their way fast enough. I find this behaviour disgusting. The bike riders have NO regard for other usersof the trail inlcuding, the elderly, young children and horse riders. I ride horses too and would not ride the trail on the weekends for this reason. The other annoying issue is, the majorityif bike riders are NOT local rate payers, making any finincial contribution to the maintenance of the track. My rates do. So why locals should have to amend their ways and have our well behaved dogs on a lead to accomodate these people astounds me. Perharps bike riders should stick to a speed limit and be fined if failing to do so. The rail track is for COMMUNAL use. Therefore, everyone should be considered, especially locals.

And Philip Daniels of Dalry Road writes: To Councillors and Staff in regard to the request for feedback from ratepayers within the Shire of Mundaring on proposed changes to dog exercise areas and locations where dogs will be prohibited, I wish to express my family’s view that dogs should be allowed off the leash, whilst under effective control, on the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail. While any dog attack is not a welcome proposition, the statistical likelihood of this occurring (six attacks over a three year period) is relatively low considering the significant number of people who walk their dogs along these trails.

Further, if dogs are to be kept on a leash while on the heritage trail, I believe we will find a significant increase in the number of people bringing their dogs to Darlington oval. This has the potential to cause friction with the various sporting groups that use this facility such as for football and cricket. 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 in keeping their pets under effective control and in cleaning up after them. It would be burdensome to have to restrain our dogs unnecessarily. I know that my views are shared by the many dog owners who frequent the heritage trail and Darlington oval. I look forward to a sensible decision by Council on this matter.

Mike Tooby of Owen Road writes: Pam and I have lived in Darlington for 45 years, and have been among the many residents who have fought hard to maintain the unique character of this village. Our most intransigent foes have not been greedy developers or environmental vandals, but officers of the Shire of Mundaring who develop policies to protect their own behinds, and behind which they hide to obviate creative thought.. In recent times they have discovered the word consultation, which we all thought was a step in the right direction, but we soon realised that the Shire’s interpretation of the term was to do exactly what it wanted and to ask our opinions. Having thus obtained our views they then totally ignore them. They are ready to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars to projects we don’t need (like massive drainage works to Pine terrace where there has been no problems in the 45 years of our acquaintance of a road we have traveled daily) and yet when we ask for a separate outside public toilet at the hall so we can have the hall toilets dedicated to hall users, we are ignored in favour of a half baked solution which will occupy valuable covered space.. They claim our solution, which we had professionally designed and costed, would be too expensive Our quantity surveyor costed it at $42 K. The Shire costed it at $100-150K to cover their overheads! I decided I was getting too old to keep banging my head against the wall, but last week a Shire contractor removed a pine tree on Pine Terrace. A curious resident asked the supervisor what was behind this action and was told it was because of the European House Borer. Anyone who has been involved in Darlington over the last few years will know that a dedicated group of Darlington Residents stopped this federally funded $65M programme of destruction in its tracks. I only hope the Shire Officers did not use the EHB excuse, because if they did, it would demonstrate beyond doubt their cynical disregard for community initiatives. In all three mature and perfectly healthy pine trees were removed, ostensibly to improve access to the Fire Station and pavilion site. Two could conceivably have been justified but the third never could, and one of our precious Pine Terrace pines has gone. I believe we have excellent Ward Councillors,but why must we put up with arrogant and self-serving officers?

Kathy Cameron of Lawson Way writes: In 2006, two properties adjacent to each other on Darlington Road were approved for subdivision into four lots a little over the 2000sqm R5 rating. Unfortunately, time lapsed and the owners were forced to rethink the application, as the Shire no longer accepted battle axe subdvisions in Darlington. After consultation with Shire planners, the owners resubmitted an application for four blocks plus an emergency access road linking Lawson Way to Darlington Road. Advertising and community

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Darlington Review - July 2017 consultation followed and because neighbours believed the road was an emergency access only they did not have an issue with it. This application also lapsed and the owners again were forced to rethink the site. In the application sent to the WAPC, the owners were forced to now have five lots, four of which were a little over 1500sqm — grossly under the 2000sqm R5 rating. The fifth lot was needed so the owner could afford to pay for the road which has now become a structured road with street lighting and all, with the Shire becoming custodians of it. This new subdivision application was not advertised nor was there community consultation because according to the WAPC there was no significant change to plans— it was always going to be a structured road. However, this is not what neighbours were led to believe, which is why they had not expressed concerns. Now come to 2017. Neighbours have got wind of the new approved subdivision through neighbourhood chatter. There was a meeting with residents on Lawson Way and Darlington Road directly affected. All agreed we needed the original 2006 plan brought back. The owner (currently overseas) was notified and is more than happy to have the original plan revived, as he isn’t keen on creating bad neighbourhood relationships or of bearing the cost of the road.

A representative for the community addressed a council meeting and the Shire manager for planning Angus Money had an onsite meeting with us. The meeting did not go very well as Mr Money was not prepared to listen to the neighbours’ concerns. He simply reiterated the Shire’s stance, saying the road would benefit the community. We have many concerns regarding this subdivision including the precedent set by allowing lots well below the R5 rating, making the Hills living more like suburbia; the loss of many trees to create the road and BAL assessments; and the fact that Lawson Way, a cul-de-sac, will become a through road. Mr Money says it was always earmarked for this. How can this be — it’s always been private property at the end? The Shire and WAPC claim the road is for the betterment of the community, that people from Lawson Way will be able to access Darlington Road in the event of an emergency, but there is already an emergency exit in Lawson Way. Have they not done their homework on this? Many emails have gone back and forth between concerned ratepayers, the Shire and councillors. Cr James Martin has been the only person to have shown any interest in listening to our concerns. If the Shire’s representatives and Councillors aren’t willing to act in the best interest of the very community they represent, why do they exist?

‘Pole to Pillar’ price change (information supplied by Paul Shearer) ) Western Power will be changing the way they charge for ‘Pole to Pillar’ applications from 7 July 2017. ‘Pole to Pillar’ is the term typically used to describe the conversion of a residential power connection from overhead to underground. Since 1994 Western Power has provided this service at a subsidised rate, which is currently $681. Western Power will be ceasing its subsidy of this service and will commence charging consumers for the full cost of this service. For applications received after 5pm on Friday, 7 July 2017, the price will be: • $3,400 - if you are on the same side of the road as the overhead • $4,900 - if you are on the opposite side of the road to the overhead

Residential customers will now be able to keep an overhead supply where it is: • an existing overhead supply, • a standard supply, and • all safety requirements are met. All new electricity connections must be undergrounded (with some rural exceptions) so when a block is subdivided and a new connection is introduced, these new connections and all associated connections must be undergrounded. For further queries contact Western Power’s Customer Service Centre on 13 10 87.

Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association A good turnout for the June meeting welcomed Matthew Hughes MLA. He assured the meeting he will work for Darlington and no doubt we will take him up on that. Cr Trish Cook’s notice of motion to ban plastic shopping bags was welcomed and strongly supported. Matthew pointed out that the State Government is considering legislation on this but LGAs can introduce their own regulations in the interim. The Darlington Hall upgrade was the most contentious issue. It was felt that for the Shire to spend $5k on further consultant fees for a proposal which includes a doorway through the lobby area and which Darlington was most unlikely to accept was a waste of funds. It was agreed the idea fails to consider the extensive consultation last year, the heritage issue, the fact that the lobby is required (for selling tickets/programmes at Darlington Concerts, art sales during DAF etc.) and the high level risk of damage to the stained glass window. The DRRA sub committee led by Poul Dahl swung into action and a flurry of letters and emails to councillors soon followed. By a narrow margin Councillors voted against the proposal. This means that the plans and other details agreed between the Shire and DRRA will again be tendered with a view to commencing work early next year. It was with some sadness that the meeting formally thanked and farewelled Peter Horobin as he and Eva move to Tasmania. We are very grateful for all they have contributed the Darlington community and they leave with all our good wishes.

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Councillor Trish Cook writes Proposed PLASTIC BAGS BAN in the Shire of Mundaring by Cr Patricia Cook July 2017 It is time that the Shire of Mundaring plays its part in reducing the amount of plastic that finds it way into our lakes, rivers and landfill. In 2016, banning the use of single use plastic bags, SUPB, was one of the ‘Big Ideas’ identified in the Shire of Mundaring Community Strategic Plan (p 9). At the June Council meeting I moved a Motion asking Council to “Direct the CEO to draft a Local Law ...” to ban the use and of SUPB. While most of the Councillors were supportive of the general idea, my motion failed 5 / 6, and an alternative motion to “Direct the CEO to report….on the idea” including resources, implications, enforcement etc. was passed 11/0. It is clear that the Mundaring Shire Council wants to reduce the use of SUPB but it appears that it was awaiting the lead from the State government. As it stands, the new Labor government of WA, is not willing to make the banning of SUPB use a priority for their government at this time, but they have indicated that they will not stand in the way of local councils implementing local laws regarding their use. In the absence of State or Federal Governments acting on this issue, it is now up to councils to bring businesses into line with community concerns and environmental protection. Councils have a key role to play in advancing environmental sustainability through various mechanisms, incentives, education, organisational changes and of course regulation.

The people of Mundaring Shire want their leaders to lead. They want us to protect our environment and they want laws that regulate the use of SUPB. Regulation is the only means of achieving true culture shift. Think seatbelts in cars, baby seats, pool fencing. Even though these were the right thing to do, it was not enough for the public to take action, it needed to be enshrined in legislation. The CEO will report back to Council at the August meeting and I would urge all concerned members of the community to speak up at that meeting, contact your councillors and/or write to the Shire about this issue at Facts about SUPB •

Plastic Shopping bags were introduced by Mobil petroleum company, in the USA in 1976, to replace brown paper grocery bags.

CSIRO (2014) states that WA has the highest level of plastic pollution in Australia.

Plastic bags generally have a useable life span of 12 mins and end up LANDFILL or as LITTER.

If the Council is serious about protecting our environment, then we must impose restrictions upon the use of SBP within our boundaries. It is also clear, that large companies such as Woolworths and Coles have taken no responsibility for the use of SPB and that their reliance on customers to self regulate has absolved them from any responsibility of the detrimental effect that SUPB have on the environment.

Sadly, only about 5% of plastics from bags actually get recycled, most end up in landfill for the next 100 years.

SA, NT, TAS & ACT have already banned SUPB and have done so without adverse affects to businesses. Locally, Bunnings has not provided plastic bags for some years now, and Aldi uses thicker reusable plastic bags. Here in the Mundaring Shire, both community and business groups such as the Mundaring in Transition group and the Waste-Less Pantry in Mundaring, have provided viable and sustainable alternatives to the SUPB.

Patricia Cook 040 9479 551 Please note these are my own views. The official person for the Shire of Mundaring is President Mr David Lavell.

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Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group Delegates are reminded that this next meeting of the Advisory group will be held on Monday, July 31st at 7.30pm in the Fire station. Items will include reports from various clubs and community. Report on current status of the Community pavilion project now underway will also be provided. Residents will have noted that Shire workmen have started removing some of the ‘weedy’ trees from next to the skate park and behind it. This is in preparation for the community bonfire on Saturday October 28th, so all the wood can actually dry out enough to burn. Colin James Secretary DCRAG …0419969223


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Membership Renewal Special Evening The club is treating you to a surprise on membership renewal night. When: June 30th Time: 6:30pm Where: Darlington Lesser Hall

If you are a current member for 2017/2018 intending to renew your membership, or planning to join us as a new member, current membership fees are $15 per person or $30 for a family. With your membership, enjoy a night of live music, spit roast beef, gravy and coleslaw rolls, tea/coffee and some complimentary drinks.

WHAT’S ON IN JULY July 7th Quiz night - Cathryn Cann is our quizmaster on the night. Tables of 6, $5 per person. For table bookings, payment and more information please contact Susan Lavell on 9299 7420. July 14th - Marloo Theatre play "Out of Order" all tickets sold that Club had reserved. However The Club will be open on the night for those that still wish to drop in for a Sundowner or chat. July 21st - Sundowner. July 28th - Hamburger Night. Homemade burger by Uma with salad $10 each.


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Darlington Community Pavilion Update PLENTY HAPPENING ON THE DARLINGTON COMMUNITY PAVILION. DaSRA is happy to acknowledge our two local members[State and federal] regarding the confirmation of two grants towards the new Pavilion: 1. Many thanks to Matthew Hughes MLA Member for Kalamunda for his assistance in securing the $100,000 grant from the Labour Government’s ‘Local Projects Local Jobs’ scheme, and in such a timely manner. 2. Also thanks to Ken Wyatt AM MP, Member for Hasluck in approving a ‘Solar Communities’ Grant from Federal Government to the value of $11,300.00 to install a Solar System on the roof of the new Pavilion Appreciation to the Shire of Mundaring OCuncil DaSRA now has a Lease for the new building with the Council’s approval of a 12 year lease and the formal Signing of the lease with the Shire of Mundaring. This will now enable DaSRA to access the Lotterywest Grant of $275,000. In-Kind Support This community project could not survive without the involvement of local and in-kind support of people like: David Lavell (Engineer), Paul McDonald (Architect), John Angell Earthmoving (contact 0408 946 029) who undertook the initial earthworks. Also M & A Builders (contact Matt and Angie Daqui – 0418 932 037) who have been working closely with DaSRA to achieve cost savings. There are many more who we will acknowledge their in-kind contributions in future articles.

Site Update Builders contract has been signed; Pad for stage one is complete; Old Veranda removed, Concrete footings for new veranda in place, and the concrete slab expected during the week of June 19. Disruptions to toilets, changerooms and canteen are no longer an issue as septic work has been completed and is operational. At our meeting on 8th June, Architect Paul McDonald showed samples of tiles, bricks and colours in keeping with the Darlington Precinct Plan and Mundaring Shire’s maintenance requirements. Expected completion date : It is expected stage one works will be completed by October 30th unless weather and unexpected building delays occur. Future Plans : It is planned to have Urban Art on one external wall as a feature. DaSRA is interested in hearing from local groups for ideas. Budget and Fund Raising Even with the grants mentioned above we are currently short approximately $83,000.00 so PLEASE SUPPORT this long awaited community project by: Buying a brick – limited number available so be quick, names will be featured on a virtual wall. Upcoming Events - Support forthcoming fundraising events including: the Quiz Night 26th August 2017, the Major Raffle and the Wine Tent at the Darlington Arts Festival 4-5 November 2017.




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Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) WEEKEND FODS! As always we shall continue to do our Weekend FODS on every 2nd Sunday but our last Sunday was very special. Ex FODS members Ken and Vanda who left Darlington 3 years or so back to live “Down the Hill” paid us a visit and caught up on what we’ve been doing since they left. Then to our surprise and delight Ken- who is an avid artist presented the FODS group with a piece of art which he did for us. It depicts the train going through Darlington (now in days gone by) and it is shown in a ghostly fashion. This wonderful piece of art shall be put on display as soon as we can find a suitable location for it. Many thanks Ken and Vanda! Our FODS dates this July are: Sunday 2nd, 16th and 30th July. Contact Gill on 9299 7297 or 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-finish time as well as the duration time to suit yourself.

WEEKDAY FODS! Weekday FODS is going really well preparing and putting in new seedlings and tidying up dead growth. As always we need some 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 in July are: Thursday 6th and Thursday 20th July. Contact Stacey on 0400 247 526 or stacey.august64@ “ADOPT-A-SPOT” FODS! In the coming months we shall be 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 down 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. We are planning the setting up of “Adopt-A-Spot” on the Bridle Trail opposite the end of View Terrace. If you are interested then please contact me. As always gloves, tools and bags etc. etc. are all supplied free so no need to bring anything along. Welcome aboard! Phil Vile, FODS Co-ordinator

Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides At Girl Guides we all love our pets. So we showed how much we love them with a ‘Pet and Vet’ night. On that night we made dog treats (that were edible for humans). We could also choose between making the cutest dog tug toys and some adorable cat feather toys. There was also a vet that came in from Paws and Claws, and he brought his dog who was

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Every Girl Guide should be prepared for camping. Some parents were happy to help, so they brought in sewing machines and we sewed some Dilly Bags (with the help of the adults). We also learnt to sew Blanket Stitch, and we made bags for our Situpons. At Girl Guides sometimes the Girls get to organise stuff too! I made a Wide Game on the history of Girl Guides, it had lots of fun activities, and we learnt how Girl Guides came to be a ‘thing’. We don’t always go with the same people. There are lots of fun activities going on during the holidays, for younger and older girls, Girl Guides all across Perth can come to join in. By Lucie Stirk-Wasley

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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, July 11th 2017, at the Darlington Fire Station.

On Saturday June 17th, the Darlington Brigade was called out to a fire in Greenmount Quarry, within the Greenmount National Park. The fire was caused by a campfire left unattended and burnt approximately 200 square metres. Yes... even in mid-June... in winter... days from the winter solstice, fires were still burning well in the bush. And year around our volunteers continue to put themselves at risk to protect our community. PLEASE take all possible precautions when lighting fires, even in winter, and importantly make sure fires are not left unattended and are fully extinguished. (Photos: Pat Lane)

After a late start to winter the cooler nights are upon us, and the cold mornings are again chilling our bones. Many of us are relying on our wood fires or gas & electric heaters for comfort and warmth. Each year during the winter months, the Fire Services are all too often called out to chimney fires. So now is the time to have your chimneys and flues cleaned by a professional, as it will both improve your heater’s or stove’s efficiency, and also reduce the risk of a fire. Unfortunately these heat sources are also often the cause of house fires. As a reminder, wood fires should NEVER be left unattended and flammable materials should be kept well away from open flames and other heat sources. Please be mindful of the location of your heaters and what surrounds them. Ensure that such things as drying clothes, curtains & blinds, and furniture are kept at least one metre away from heaters and stoves, and that all heaters are turned off when you leave your house. As a result of the extended fine weather, and lack of substantial rainfall, the Department of Parks & Wildlife (DPaW), local governments and property owners have been able to make significant inroads with various fuel and hazard reduction burns. The prescribed burning programmes, and one off property burns, serve to provide a chequerboard type landscape of varying fuel loads and vegetation densities, which can potentially help Fire Services manage and control wild fires during the bush fire season. The Darlington Brigade has recently been able to undertake several hazard reduction burns around the district. These burns are a great opportunity for our trainee and probationary fire fighters to enhance their theory and classroom training with practical, hands on experience with fire suppression, and the equipment and methods we use. If you have concerns about the fuel load on your property leading up to next fire season, the Darlington Brigade may be able to help. Property owners that would like the Brigade to undertake a hazard reduction burn (HRB) on their property can call the Station on 9299 7217, or visit us on a Saturday morning between 9 and 10.30am. An authorised officer will arrange a visit to examine your property, discuss your issues, and provide a quote based on size, fuel load, topography, access, time to burn etc. (note: HRBs are subject to weather and environmental considerations).

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There’s been Chemistry galore in our Primary school class, Marri, this term. They experimented in the kitchen and in the great outdoors with predictions, recording, discussing, and reflecting. As they pondered Chemical Sciences, the class also helped mulch the new playground area. High School students completed prac exams and celebrated by going on excursions. They finished the term by participating in heARTlines with the Mundaring Art Centre with a class on comic book and children’s book illustration. In HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences) Year 9 and 10 students have developed their own small business and Year 7 students have been looking at ancient Roman society. Year 8 HASS focused on medieval societies, with students using Minecraft to compare and contracts medieval Europe and medieval Japan. In English, Year 7 – 10 students have focused on Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, delving into the world of puns, word play, and extended silliness by creating their own covers.

Primary school class Karri attended their annual camp to Woodman Point. They were extremely lucky with weather nearly 30 degrees every day supporting the ocean life and fierce archery competition. The High School Science students are studying Chemistry this term. Year 7 and 8 are learning key lab equipment and safety skills as well as working on their measuring skills. Year 9 and 10 are focusing on chemical bonding, experimenting with conservation of mass of baking soda and vinegar reactions and hairpin metal working techniques. As we write this, we’re looking forward to an extended mid year break and wish our Darlington neighbours a restful school holidays.

COMMUNITY NOTICE “We Need A Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute…” Let’s face it, with all the thoroughly unpleasant happenings in the world today, the lyrics for this song, on the program for Swan Harmony Singers’ July 23 Darlington concert, do suddenly seem all too relevant. We really do need cheering up and that’s exactly what Christmas in July intends to deliver – a joyful tribute to the festive season, a program that will have the audience singing along. Sharing the stage with the choir are The Martini Lounge Trio of Paul Peacock, Avalon Jack and the choir’s musical director Richard Braham. Paul and Avalon will be singing seasonal numbers like Winter Wonderland, Baby it’s cold outside, and Let it snow, as well as timeless favourites. Paul is a seasoned London performer, having appeared in West End productions including Les Misérables, while Avalon, who is currently recording her own original songs, performs regularly at corporate events and sang solo at the United Nations 70th Anniversary Concert. Details: Sunday 23 July, 3.30pm, Darlington Hall. Tickets: $25 (including afternoon tea); advance bookings: Mundaring Community Bank 9295 6411, or Anna Wright 9299 7249.




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Rashida Murphy’s talk entitled Conquistadors and Odious Aunties was enjoyed by a receptive audience at the Boya Library. Dr Murphy was Emerging Writer-in-Residence at KSP Writers’ Centre during May/June. Her first book, The Historian’s Daughter, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize for an unpublished manuscript, and published in September 2016 by UWA Press. The book was written as part of a thesis, and is based on family memories and research. The novel’s story is located in three countries, and the author states that, ”this allows me to explore the concept of ‘home’ in a rapidly changing world when ‘home’ is no longer a place of refuge and safety”. The Historian’s Daughter is a complex story and a beautifully written story, one that examines cultural identity, women, family and so much more. There were humorous elements in the reading, but underneath it there was evident a razorsharp insight into the novel’s themes of abandonment, identity and loss delivered in beautifully poetic prose.

Upcoming Author Talk with Lee Battersby Lee Battersby will be speaking at Mundaring Library in July. Lee Battersby is KSP Writers’ Centre Established-Writer-in-Residence, and is the author of three novels and a short story collection. He has won a number of awards for his work. Bookings will open in early July.

Changes to Interlibrary Loans State and Public Libraries WA will be making some changes to the interlibrary loan service commencing 1 July 2017 for a sixmonth trial period. During this time: • Fiction items will be available for interlibrary lending from 12 months after purchase. This applies to fiction in all formats for both metropolitan and country libraries. • Customers from metropolitan libraries will have access to a total of 12 interlibrary loans per member per year, and customers from country libraries will have access to a total of 24 per year. • If an external loan (from outside the WA public library system) are requested, a fee based on recovering costs will be charged. The trial will be evaluated at the end of the six-month period. Library patrons are welcome to provide feedback in writing to library staff which will then be forwarded to the State Library of WA.

‘Capturing the Essence of Native Flora with Photography’ by Beth Baker Stunning images of native flora taken from sunrise to sunset was the subject of photographer (and one-time local resident), Beth Baker’s, talk in June at Boya Community Centre. Beth accompanied each image with information surrounding both the technical and creative process. Beth’s journey into photography began in her own backyard and blossomed into award-winning work and the publishing of her book, Wild about Natives, as well as cards and bookmarks. If anyone knows the name of the plant in the vase in the picture, we’d love to hear from you!

Book Sale There will be a pre-loved book sale on Saturday 1 July from 9am to 12noon at the Boya Community Centre. There will be loads of bargains to be had, so be quick!

Habits of Horses Shire of Mundaring Libraries is partnering with Mundaring Arts Centre and other community groups in the upcoming Habits of Horses Project, a community event which explores and celebrates our relationship with horses, organised through Mundaring Arts Centre through August and September. The libraries will have displays, a talk, and a competition. There are many other wonderful things being organised, so for more information check the Mundaring Arts Centre website



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Mundaring Weir Gallery With our late start to winter now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a drive to the Mundaring Weir Gallery where you will find uniquely handmade arts and crafts and an interesting

Open 11.30am to 5pm. Fri, Sat, Sun and Pub.hols. the Gallery is air conditioned for your comfort. Wheelchair accessible. Find us on the corner of Hall Rd and Weir Rd in the Mundaring Weir precinct…….. opposite the Pub. Arrangements can be made to open other days for social groups and bus tours. Bookings to the Secretary At

corner of antiques and collectables. Our normal range is continually changing… Pottery, candles, honey, oils, handbags, woodworked platters and bowls, wooden toys and jigsaws, books and cards, jewellery paintings, mirrors and so much more. Winter woollies are available in a variety of styles and colours--gloves, beanies, scarves, capes, jumpers--- all handmade and better quality than in the chain stores. We have gift lines for all, from babies to grandparents, male or female, or different ideas for home or garden. Pictured is a black and white drawing for your wall. If you are an Artist or Crafter and wish to join the Gallery contact the Gallery on the email below or visit the Gallery and speak to one of our volunteers. Please note; to join the Gallery you must be able to roster, as we are all volunteers, and must all share in the running of the Gallery.

Community Connect : Hub of the Hills Look what’s on at the Hub of the Hills Speaker’s Circle This month the speakers Circle features officer from Mundaring police, speaking on hoons in the local area, home invasions and drugs. Come and listen and then enjoy refreshments. Date: Thursday 6 July Time: 2pm-4pm Price: Free RSVP: Phone 9290 6683 or email cso4@ This is an Active Ageing Project proudly sponsored by Shire of Mundaring and hosted by Mundaring Community Men’s Shed

Children’s Book Café Guest speaker from Perth Children’s Hospital FREE storytelling and fun activities with Mundaring Library staff FREE X-box, badge making and Mandala colouring in with Seen and Heard Come along to the Book café and find yourself a great read (huge selection of pre-loved books) We will still have adult books available too. Date: Tuesday 11 July Time: 9am-11am Price: $2 morning tea and 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 and coffee homemade goodies only $2.00 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 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

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Mundaring Bahá’í Community cultural aspects of each society from an uplifting perspective. The JYEP utilises service to enable these young people to realize their capacities to the fullest and use them for the benefit of themselves and others. "The wrong in the world continues to exist just because people talk only of their ideals, and do not strive to put them into practice. If actions took the place of words, the world's misery would very soon be changed into comfort. My hope for you ... is that you will work without ceasing til justice reigns in every land. " Abdu'l-Baha We warmly invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events: Thursday Mornings Coffee and Soulful Conversation, Mahogany Creek Saturday Evenings Monthly inter-faith devotional gatherings to share food, friendship, music and uplifting readings. Darlington, Mahogany Creek, Glen Forrest Sunday Afternoons Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (12-15 years) and Bahá'í Children's Class (6-11 years). Monday Evenings Weekly study circle, Darlington 21-22 October 2017 Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, Perthwide events For more details please contact Susheel: 9295 2839 or Sue: 9252 1010 or email: Further information on what Bahá'ís believe can be found at

Last month the Junior Youth (young people aged 12 to 15) spent a weekend baking and selling cakes as part of an ongoing service project. The money raised was used to help families in developing nations through a microfinancing lender, Kiva. The youth were inspired by this organisation as it empowers people through loans to assist them to become selfsufficient rather than relying on charitable donations. There was a lot of enthusiasm as these decision-makers of the future realised they could directly contribute to help, for instance, a young woman launch her business in Zimbabwe and a mother support her family in a refugee camp from the sale of goats. The Junior Youth Empowerment Program is a comprehensive educational program designed to equip young people of all backgrounds with a profound understanding of their own potential and empowers them to engage in acts of service to the community. In between childhood and the first stages of maturity, junior youth have unique developmental needs. They begin their preparation for the future, and start to think about the meaning of life, asking themselves the big questions about identity, purpose and destiny that each person tries to answer in early adolescence. Together the group studies materials from a curriculum which has been developed to introduce critical moral concepts and simultaneously enhance their power of expression. While each of the books in the curriculum explores universal spiritual principles, they have been developed around the world and provide members with an opportunity to explore

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Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Upcoming Events at KSP Writers’ Centre July Press Club for young writers, Thursday 13 July 2017, 9.30am-3.30pm Tickets from 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. Christmas in July Literary Dinner, Tuesday 18 July 2017, 6.009.30pm Tickets: $35 KSP/WAWU members, $40 others – advance bookings online essential Visit KSP this winter for a festive three-course Christmas in July feast. The event includes readings from Lee Battersby, current KSP Writer-in-Residence and author of Magrit, plus questions and book signings. Lee’s work has received a number of awards including the Aurealis, Australian Shadows and Australian SF ‘Ditmar’ gongs. He was the 6th Australian, and 1st Western Australian, winner in the international ‘Writers of the Future’ competition in 2001.

World Building 101, Saturday 22 July 2017, 1.00-4.00pm Tickets: $35 KSP/WAWU members, $50 others – advance bookings essential This workshop with award-winning fantasy author Lee Battersby will introduce participants to methods of world-building. Participants will discuss the introduction of fantasy elements into realistic settings, and vice versa, with writing exercises to reinforce discussion and provide an opportunity to practice concepts while building material in a second world setting. July Sunday Session & Open Mic, Sunday 30 July 2017, 4.00-5.30 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 New Age author Kevin Pampling and brush off your own favourite short story or poem to perform in the Open Mic section. BYO drinks and nibbles and take a seat in the Balcony Bar for a great evening of readings and socialising. Complimentary glass of Lion Mill red wine on entry, while stocks last. Advance bookings are essential for all events. For more details or to book, please phone 08 9294 1872 or visit the KSP website on .

Soroptimist International of Helena The annual Quiz Night went off very successfully. Mr Quizzical always provides an interesting programme. Another great event at the Lesmurdie Club with lots of good fun, prizes and a fantastic crowd. Leilani Leyland was our latest guest speaker, speaking about the family apiary business, Bees Neez and its production and marketing. It was interesting how the commercial production of honey has evolved since the days when I, as a daughter of an apiarist, was involved in migratory beekeeping and the times and places for “robbing” the hives for the various types of honey. On June 14th we were entertained by the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band at their 28th Anniversary Concert, where we were delighted to present our annual scholarship to Keisha Derry. This is a very enjoyable occasion when we can enjoy the music of the three bands from the younger band members to the more experienced but who are all really professional. We are in the process of setting up a plan to assist with a scholarship to Governor Stirling Senior High School’s STEM programme. We hope to encourage girls from Grade 7 to Year 10 who may find an interest in following a career in engineering. Nominations for the Stella Giles award closes 30th June. The Stella Giles Award for Achievement is offered biennially to a

woman who has made a significant contribution in her chosen field and who may have undertaken a specific project or wishes to expand her skills to improve her work for women and girls. This award is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Western Australia and $10.000 will be presented at a luncheon at The Good Earth hotel in Perth in September. We are looking forward to the next major fundraiser being the Fashion Parade at Lesmurdie Club on Sunday, August 27th. Tickets are $45 includes a delicious lunch, and a chance to win some lovely raffles prizes. There is a bar facilities available. This features fashions by Kimbo’s, Grt Northern Highway Midland. Funds will be shared between on going commitments such as Royal Flying Doctor. We would really like to see some local ladies join us. This month will be relatively quiet, as various members will be unavailable due to trips overseas, recouperating from an operation or on leave of absence for various reasons. We wish them well, and hope they keep safe. The club welcomes new members and hope that any ladies who wish to make a difference to the lives of women and girls please contact Robyn Cain 08 92988593 or 0417 179 761. Or check on our website: or follow us on Facebook at Soroptimist International of Helena. Rosalie Gordon


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1st Darlington Scout Group It is with great satisfaction that I share some of the many activities that our Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers have participated in during the first 3 weekends of June alone. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our leaders and parent helpers our young people have been able to challenge themselves in variety of ways. On the WA Day long weekend (2-5 June) 12 scouts, 3 venturers, 2 leaders and 3 parent helpers piled onto a bus and headed to Dwellingup for 3 nights of adventure. On day 1 after a Scout prepared cooked breakfast we headed into Dwellingup for the grand opening of a new forest heritage walk trail. Our Scouts got to meet the new WA Premier Mark McGowan before participating in a day of activities including bush crafts, damper and billy tea and a bush tour and talk by local Aboriginal guide. On day 2 the Scouts participated in 2 different hikes to suit their ages and ability. Our red level scouts hiked 13kms and our green and blue level scouts hiked 18kms without direct adult supervision. Needless to say some great adventures were had and some stories that can’t be shared! The camp-oven roast dinner and campfire sing along finished the day nicely. On day 3 after the thick fog began to lift we participated in the Trees Adventure aerial high ropes course before heading back to Darlington. On the following weekend (10th & 11th June), 15 of our older Cubs camped up at the Hills Discovery Centre (near Mundaring Weir) and joined 20 other Cubs from our local district to

participate in a leadership course. In line with our scouting mission of being a youth led, adult supported organisation – Cubs have the opportunity to take on leadership roles of sixer or second. It was great to see the Cubs working together as they participated in a range of team building games and activates. They were also taught specific skills like leading the Cub Grand Howl and raising, lowering and folding the Australian flag. To top of the month of camping we held our annual group camp at Manjedal Activity Centre, near Byford (16th to 18th June). Despite all the other recent camps we still managed to have 35 youth and 10 adults participate in the weekend. After our Cubs, Scouts & Venturer endured a rather cold Friday night in their tents, our Joey Scouts arrived on Saturday morning to participate in a day of adventurous activities. All the leaders were impressed with the interaction between the different age groups and the care taken for all members to be included. The activities for the day included the flying fox (Approx 250 metres long), underground tunnel system, orienteering and 10m high climbing wall. The day was topped up with a feast from our favourite cook – Cub Leader Boomer (Mike Tolj). The sensational weather 3 weekends in a row should also be publicly acknowledged – all sunshine no rain!! On a sad note two of our Scout leaders will be hanging up their scarves at the end of this term. Thank you to our long-time leader Brian Schneider (Yapangoo) for your commitment to our young people over more than 7 years. Thank you also to Russell McChessney (Squirrel) for more than 3 years’ service to our group and previously with the Midland Group. Needless to say, we really need a few parents and community members to step forward to be trained to fill this void. You will be fully trained and supported by the other leaders in the group while having fun, learning new skills and making new friends. Please contact our Group Leader, (Glen Stenton)




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Darlington Review - July 2017

Darlington Family Playgroup It was a bright and sunny winter’s day as we arrived at playgroup this week, the veggie patch thriving with this mild weather we’re enjoying and our little ones lovingly attending to the watering of the said patch plus a bit of tasting of – course!! There’s big news this month though, and we’re most excited to announce… the launch of our new weekly ‘Baby Group’ starting in Term 3 here at DFPG. Tuesday 18th July at 10:30am – a date to pop into your diaries if you have a bub or take care of a bub aged between 0-12 months, we’d love to see you! A perfect opportunity to nip down, spend some time out of the house in a fabulous, friendly, relaxed setting, getting to know new mums/carers and their babies in the community. (See back cover page) Here at DFPG, we all enjoy catching up on the weeks’ adventures, whichever day of

the week that might be, whilst our little ones do the same with their pals and get stuck into play. A nice coffee or tea is always on hand plus whatever delightful morning tea one of us has brought along. An idyllic environment in which to spend time together, our bush setting is perfect for explorative play. Our boys have recently enjoyed helping set up the wooden apparatus outside, walking along the various ‘fireman’s planks’. Another slightly older group made bread and took it in the wigwam to enjoy a picnic. If you have a spare couple of hours and a young child/ children at home who are not yet at full time school, then playgroup could be just for you! Come along and have a look around. Playgroup runs sessions each weekday morning 9:30-11:30am and some afternoons too. If you contact us, we can let you know about availability on relevant days.

Guests can enjoy two complimentary sessions before deciding to become a member. For more information please either call 0400 556 191, email darlingtonfamilyplaygroup@hotmail. com or message us on facebook: darlingtonfamilyplaygroup, W.A.

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Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health - Federal Member for Hasluck June was a special month in Hasluck and brought with it lots of exciting events. On June 16 I had the incredible honour of being a part of the Inaugural Ken Wyatt Cup hosted by Yule Brook College and the Wirrpanda Foundation. The event is not only providing a pathway for young women to succeed as athletes, it is also, through employment presentations, encouraging them to achieve anything they set their mind to. There were 7 local schools participating in the women’s cup playing AFL and we hope to grow bigger and better each year. I am extremely proud to champion this event and to be a part of encouraging and empowering young women to pursue their career goals. On June 9 I hosted the Hasluck Community’s Biggest Morning Tea as part of the Cancer Council WA’s Biggest Morning Tea initiative. Thank you to those who attended, it was wonderful for our community to come together and raise funds and awareness for such an important cause. I look forward to welcoming you back next year for the second Hasluck Community’s Biggest Morning Tea.


If you know of an initiative or event that I could assist with or support please call my office on 9359 0322 or email on In other news the Coalition Government is inviting community groups, organisations and individuals to start their own tree planting projects by applying for grants under Grant Round Three of the 20 Million Trees Program. The 20 Million Trees Program will see 20 million trees planted across Australia by 2020! Applications close on 15 August 2017. If you would like more information on the 20 Million Trees Program please contact my office in Forrestfield on 9359 0322 or go to au/20-million-trees. I am currently running mobile offices around Hasluck to ensure that those in my electorate are able to communicate important issues. If you would like more information once again please feel free to contact my office on phone or email.

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Silver Tree Steiner School Academics at a Steiner School A growing number of parents who are worried about the pressures of earlier academics and school testing regimes opt to give their children a Steiner Education. And they are in good company. Former Steiner pupils include the Emmy Award winning actress Jennifer Aniston; a former Norwegian Prime Minister; a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine and Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the Porsche 911. The education they received differs from mainstream practice in almost every respect. Steiner pupils keep the same teacher and classmates up to the end of Class 6. There are no textbooks and the subjects are taught through a narrative from the teacher, who engages all pupils in learning. Teaching is achieved in a multi-sensory way through drama, music, drawing and movement. Pupils master their timetables in the playground by passing balls over their heads and learn their letters through stories and games. Kenneth Chenault, former CEO of American Express, said of his Waldorf Education: “It taught me how to think for myself, to be responsible for my decisions. It made me a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others. And it helped establish meaningful beliefs. In all the Main Block lessons -- in history, science, philosophy -- we really probed the importance of values and beliefs. In dealing with a lot of complex issues and a lot of stress, if that isn’t balanced by a core of meaningful beliefs, you really will just be consumed and fail.” Come and see how our children learn by joining us on our next tour. Call us on 92954787 or e-mail

Darlington Netball Club SPONSORSHIPS Our dresses have been ordered but are taking a little longer than expected; we have been assured that we should have them for the first week of term 3, so that is exciting. Hi All, We are nearly halfway through the season already with all our teams playing well and having fun. During the July Holidays Eastern Hills Netball Association hold a very popular netball camp, it is usually fun and the children learn a lot, if you have not received the flyer via email , contact us and we will let you know all the details.

We are so happy and thankful to be able to achieve dresses for all our teams this season. Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact Amanda on We also have a Facebook page which is a perfect place to clarify and share relevant information about fixtures, events and meetings.

We have booked our end of season wind up for Saturday Sept 9th and all our members should receive their invitation soon. Remember our committee positions are vacated at the end of each season and so we will be looking for some enthusiastic parents to volunteer their time to help manage the club next year. If you or anyone you know is interested you can email us for more information of what is involved. President, Vice President, Treasurer , Secretary, Uniform coordinator, Equipment manager, Fundraising officer, general committee members.


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Darlington Review - July 2017

Darlington History Group June is generally regarded as being one of our wintry months, but on Sunday 18th June it was a most beautiful autumnal day, a bit chilly to start with, but mellowing to a balmy afternoon of golden sunshine which lured out many people to the oval, the courts, the playground and, of course, the Darlington Hall for the Group’s Annual High Tea and Reunion. This year’s theme was the celebration of Darlington’s residences, one hundred or more years old, scattered throughout the village and its surrounds. One of the aims of this event was to introduce people who had previously lived in one of the homes to the present owners to share the history and experiences of their abodes. Our Archivist, Lyn Myles, had spent many hours researching not just the buildings, but also the families which had dwelt in them over the years. She was active before the event and on the day matching up those who had a common interest in a property. In addition to her research and compilation of the list of houses, she spent considerable time on foot carrying out a letterbox drop of informative flyers to advertise the event to those most likely to be interested in it. And her tireless endeavours were rewarded by the wonderful turnout of people who gathered to share memories and renew friendships in a lovely convivial atmosphere. And so to you, Lyn, congratulations and sincere thanks for all your efforts on behalf of the DHG. Although Lyn had planned some of the meetings, there were also a number of surprising coincidences. One of these involved Carolyn Fischer who had brought with her a friend, Yvonne Smedley,(AKA Popsie) who had also lived in the hills in her younger days. She and Carolyn were conversing with a group which included Sheena Wheeler. Popsie and Sheena recognised each other from having attended Perth College as students and were able to converse about their memories of those days.

Another coincidence involved Lyn Waterman (nee Mc Mullen) who had lived in the building on the corner of Darlington Road and Coulston Road known variously as “Tarlow” or later “The Chalet”. Lyn with her husband and family had returned to Darlington by the Seventies to reside in a beautiful old house close to Great Eastern Highway. As their boys grew older they decided to move closer to the suburban area. They were seen soaking up the sun on the verandah of the Hall in a group which included Carol and Jim Astbury, the current owners of this residence. Another guest was Sue Dauth representing the Gare clan, since neither her brother, Bob, nor her sister, Sally Herzfeld, were able to attend. At one point in time the Gare family resided at the iconic “Holmesdale” house. We were delighted to welcome back to Darlington Judy and Doug Love. Judy, in particular, could be regarded as one of the forerunners to the DHG. Over the years that the Loves resided in Darlington, Judy was an active member and leader of the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society, focussing her interests intensively on the history of our village. She has donated reams of information to the Group for which we are deeply grateful. It seems just a short time ago that we had Lyn and Richard Woldendorp in our midst with their good friends, Marjan and Iain Martin. In May we explored Richard’s links with Darlington over the years and he and Lyn certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves as they posed with Sue Dauth and local Member for Kalamunda, Matthew Hughes. Matthew lives in Darlington and took a keen interest in the displays so expertly curated by Lyn Myles, and in talking to many of the guests. So many tales to tell of this wonderful afternoon event, but so little room left. Now the thinking caps will need to go on to decide just what we can follow up with in 2018. But, for the present, PLEASE NOTE that there will be no General Meeting in July. Planning is underway for a daytime event in August, so please refer to the August issue of the Review for details. Cheers for now Judi Bracks Publicity Officer

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Darlington Arts Festival The $10,000 art prize has a temporary name of The Darlington Arts Festival Reserve Prize - temporary that is until a generous sponsor comes along with the $10,000 prize money and gets naming rights in return. While Colette beavers away at the new website, work has progressed on updating the current site - information and payment forms for sponsors/donors, information, terms and conditions and application forms for Open Art, the DAF Reserve Prize, Stalls and Performing Arts are all available now on www. - so if you are a visual artist, performing artist or stall holder, applications are now open. The DAF comittee is delighted to welcome Alison Lindsay to the team - she will be working with Cathy Day on the Open Art exhibition. And talking of committee members apologies to Len Nielsen for misspelling his surname last month. While it is great that more people are coming on board, we still are seeking new committee members to assist with the following:

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Coordinator of the festival opening night; and Assistants to the Sponsorship/Donations Coordinator for fundraising invloving phone follow ups, emailing etc. As always, anyone interested in supporting the festival is welcome to contact Chris Pemberton on 92520154.


The DAF Dance is on again this year - Saturday 2nd September and will be a disco night, going through the years. Show off your artistic talents and have fun with your friends in a Lip Sync battle! Nothing serious, just a lot of fun…. so start practising with your friends, family or sports mate…..great prizes and trophies to be won. Entry fee will only be $40 pp via trybooking - details will be in next Review and on the Darlington Arts Festival Facebook. Any queries or announcement of acts please don’t hesitate to contact Gabrielle Morris on 0433 777 735

Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc Edward Gowers, Albert Brown, and Darlington

With Mundaring District Museum’s Exhibition, ‘A Place to Stay’, closing on the 1st of August, it is worthwhile noting the association two well-known stainedglass artists had with one of Darlington’s Guest Houses. Englishmen, Edward (Ted) Gowers and Albert Brown, operated a stained-glass studio in Greenmount from 1958 - 2011. The men, who knew each other before WW2, discovered that they both had a passion for stained-glass windows. They met up after the war and toured the countryside together. While sitting in a church Albert remarked that he “would love to make stained-glass windows” but he couldn’t draw. Ted responded that he could and both enrolled in the Central School of Arts and Crafts to learn stained-glass work. The men emigrated to Western Australia in 1954. As their work-load expanded their suburban home in Cottesloe

became too small for their requirements. In 1958, they purchased a large block in Greenmount that had a small house and several sheds. Prior to moving they stayed at Mrs Edmondson’s Darlington Guest House, “Rosendale”. They moved to their new studio, “Carraboya”, in December 1958 and were promptly greeted with a bushfire. Thankfully a wind change saved the property from destruction. The men became prominent stained-glass artists in WA, designing windows for churches, schools and private commissions. They were also eagerly sought after for repairs to existing windows. Gowers and Brown were responsible for all of the stained-glass windows in St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington. Their first commission was in the 1960s for two small windows in the apse. During the 1970s they also designed and installed all of the figurative stainedglass windows in the nave. In 1971, they were commissioned to design a window in memory of Dorothy Edmondson, the owner of “Rosendale”. The window depicts St Cuthbert as a monk and the badge below belongs to the Diocese of Durham, where St Cuthbert was buried. Albert died in 1996 and Ted continued on for a while, assisted by a former apprentice. Ted died in 2012.


Darlington Review - July 2017

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Cnr Darlington Rd and Allestree Rd, Darlington won’t happen, but that we need not fear them because God is with us. The beginning of this Psalm shows us person who can have this trust. Interestingly it is someone who fears – not bad news, but the Lord God. However, fear in this context is reverence for someone; it is not being afraid of them. The person in the Psalm can trust God, because of God’s trustworthy character. When I have been through hard times and faced bad news, I knew that God was with me and although I didn’t understand why something was happening, I know God understood and I could trust him. God doesn’t change and just as the person in the Psalm could trust God so can we. The key is allowing God into our lives and putting our trust in Him, acknowledging that we need Him. When bad news strikes, I encourage you to turn to him and put your trust in Him. Denise Rhodes Regular Sunday services: 9.30am. Contact: Ray Hockley (President) – 0403 790 380 Email: Website:

Bad news is part of our lives. We face it in headlines about terrorist attacks, wars or disasters in different parts of the world. It touches our lives personally too – when facing a serious illness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of personal property or a breakdown in a relationship. What is your response when you hear bad news? Do you get angry, or become afraid or try and not think about it? All these are normal reactions when confronted with news that we don’t like. Fear is often a strong response. Terrorist attacks can make us afraid of going to certain countries or of attending high profile events. Personal tragedies can make us fearful of the future, of experiencing pain or entering into new relationships. I was reading Psalm 112 the other day and noticed that the Psalmist writes of a completely different reaction to bad news. In verses seven and he says, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His, heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes”. The person the Psalmist is referring to is someone whose trust in God is such that he doesn’t fear bad news when it comes. He or she completely trusts God and knows that with God’s help they can get through the bad times. He doesn’t say that bad things

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Mundaring Arts Centre FIVE POINT ONE AND A PIECE OF FOUR BY TWO | ANNIKA MOSES AND SHANNON LYONS “What are the physical traces of sound? What are the sonic 7 July – 6 Aug 2017 Sound is made tangible in an exhibition at the Mundaring Arts Centre with composer Annika Moses and artist Shannon Lyons. This exhibition marks the first collaboration between the two creatives who both hail from the Perth Hills. In Five Point One and a Piece of Four by Two, Lyons will examine the physicality of sound and Moses will present an audio track that questions viewers participation in the experience of the work and other sounds in the gallery. The exhibition will be held in Gallery 1 from 7 July to 6 August 2017.

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traces of sculpture?” Responding to this question, Lyons’ walllike structure intersects the gallery space. The work will make use of normally hidden sound materials such as extension cords, electrical conduit and soundproofing foam. Visitors to the gallery will don earphones through which a soundscape will play; a sonic version of an exhibition catalogue composed by Moses with sounds recorded in the gallery space itself. The artists strive to cultivate approachability in their practice through audience participation and engagement. “We provide the art, but until that art is engaged with, our intended process has not been completed. The audience member is a crucial part of this exhibition and one of the key collaborators,” explain Moses and Lyons. As visitors move through the gallery they form their own unique experience of the constructed space and its physical and sonic elements. WAAPA student Moses was born and raised in Gidgegannup. Her reworking of The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast at Perth’s Fringe World Festival 2017 was shortlisted for the Fringe World Music Award. The young composer has also written soundtracks for award-winning short films Deighties and Quartermaine. Born in Kalamunda, Lyons obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from Curtin University in 2015, having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours First Class) in 2008. Lyons has been a visiting scholar at L’École Nationale Supérior d’Art de Dijon in France and at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy. She has undertaken residencies in Perth, Sydney and Mexico City and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Please note the centre will be closed for the installation of this exhibition from 19 June to 6 July. For more information please visit

Darlington Tennis Club The Darlington Tennis Club held their 2017 Championships over the long weekend in June – we had 47 entries in 6 divisions and it was a fantastic weekend of tennis, culminating as usual with the ladies and mens singles finals. Congratulations to Alicia Kluck – our new ladies champion after tough matches against Rosie Atkinson, and last year’s winner, Gaby Daby. The mens ended up as an epic match between the up and coming Tom Oliver (our current junior champ), and our reigning champion Zane Moran. The match lasted over three hours, with every point drawing applause. Zane won in the end, but I’m sure Tom will be back challenging again next year after a gutsy effort and taking the first set off Zane.

It was fantastic to have more entries in the B division this year – the championships is supposed to be a bit of fun as well as a serious competition at the top level, and the range of winners reflects the healthy depth of tennis at the club: • Mens doubles: Sean Adelt & John Paxman • Ladies doubles: Paula Wood & Alex Hoschke • Mixed doubles A: Leanne Davy & Gaby Davy • Mixed doubles B: Susan Morris & Neil Elliot • Ladies singles: Alicia Kluck, 2nd Gaby Davy • Mens singles: Zane Moran, 2nd Tom Oliver The club would like to thank Slater Gartrell for their sponsorship of the prizes, and Glen Whisson for his usual calmness and efficiency in organizing the draw and making the weekend run smoothly. For lots of pics of the day see our facebook site


Darlington Review - July 2017

St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church StDarlington Cuthbert’s Anglican cnr Rd and Hillsden Rd,Church Darlington

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Mainly Music Mainly Music will resume for third term on at 9.30am on TUESDAY 25 JULY. All pre-schoolers and their carers are invited to come along for a morning of singing, dancing, playing and chatting over morning tea.

Circle Dancing MONDAY 3 JULY - 28 AUGUST (8 weeks) 7pm - 9pm. $10 per night. Come join the classes at St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre on Monday evenings. Circle dancing is a gentle healing way to bring body, mind and spirit together. It can relieve daily stress, release creative energy and help you feel centred and connected. The steps are simple and the music is a wondrous mix from around the world. For further details contact Sarah Daniels 0421 930 451

If December seems just too long to wait for Christmas, you may want to join us for a family-friendly, Christmas in July, long table dinner in St Cuthbert’s Church at 6pm on Friday 28 July. There will be activities for families, a raffle of festive hampers, traditional Christmas fare, carol singing a-plenty and considerable good cheer.

Worship in the Style of Taizé The next Taizé-style service happens on Sunday 2 July at 6.30pm

Our 93 year old building will host the evening with great charm and grace. In the flattering dimness of candlelight the cracked and flaking walls will not be so apparent but they are nonetheless in disrepair and need attention. To that end, the evening will be a fundraiser to help ensure that the St Cuthbert’s building remains fit to serve the community of Darlington for many Christmases to come.

On the first Sunday of every month at St Cuthbert’s, the darkened building is lit by dozens of candles. We sing simple chants, enjoy silence and hear a short reading from the scriptures.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children. BYO drinks and a small present for Santa’s sack if you are bringing children. Bookings can be made by emailing


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Darlington Family PLAYGROUP

NEW p u o r G s e i b a B coming soon

We are excited to announce our new group just for babies 0-12 months opening soon. Darlington Family Playgroup is a great place to meet other local mothers/carers. A weekly get together to bring bub along while you chat, share experiences, enjoy a coffee, and build great friendships as your babies grow and play. Our Open Day is Tuesday 18th of July, so contact us for more info and to register your interest.

Contact us for details:

E: Ph: Janelle 0400 556 191 or send us a message via facebook

OPEN DAY Tuesday 18th July 10.30am

Darlington Review July 2017  

The Darlington Review is produced monthly by and for the community of Darlington, Western Australia

Darlington Review July 2017  

The Darlington Review is produced monthly by and for the community of Darlington, Western Australia