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Vol. 57 No. 5 June 2017

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Dog owners take a stand

There are times when it’s necessary to take a stand — and for local dog owners the threat of losing the 60km heritage trail as a place where dogs can run free seems to be just such a moment. For many residents — even those who don’t own dogs — seeing dogs, walkers, horse-riders and kids on bikes making good use of what is officially called the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail (RRHT) is one of those richly embedded pleasures of living in the Hills.

leash) areas, along with places where dogs are prohibited (such as Lake Leschenaultia), are listed on the Shire website: Local Councillor Trish Cook made her feelings known at the May council meeting when attempting to get an amendment to include the heritage trail on the off-leash list. Surprisingly she could not find a seconder, so councillors voted 11:1 to adopt the recommendations from Shire officers. “Statistically there are on average two dog attacks (usually unleashed dogs not under effective control) on the heritage trail per year — out of 150 attacks per year within the Shire,” Councillor Cook points out. “My observation is that most dog owners are considerate and leash their dogs when they see horses or bicycles or other people. “I believe the current designation of ‘under effective control’ is sensible, and still puts the onus on dog owners to act responsibly. As an off-leash supporter wrote to me: ‘You can put all the rules in place that you like, but you can't make people courteous which in my view is all that is required’. “I detest laws made for two to four per cent of the population that, in reality, will not be adhered to. It just sets good people up for breaking the law, and causes ongoing tension and possibly conflict within the community. Please note that these are my views not that of Council.” What is significant is that in most of the reported attacks, the dogs couldn’t be identified because their owners weren’t with them. When locals discussed the issue at an oval meeting, the

Sure there are occasional mishaps involving dogs, but, given its length, the heritage trail sees very few and it’s worth bearing in mind that each and every trail activity carries an element of risk — from falling off your bike or horse or, for runners, tripping on exposed rocks. And of course there’s the ever-present danger of leaping out of harm’s way as a phalanx of lads in lycra turn the track into a speedway. The Shire reports that since 2014 there have been six reported dog attacks on the trail all involving unleashed dogs: two on leashed dogs; two on pedestrians and two on cyclists. In the current financial year there’s been one incident involving cyclists on the Darlington to Glen Forrest trail, probably one of the most used sections. In fact, the total number of dog attacks in the Shire is declining, with 181 in 2014/15; 154 the following year and 118 for this financial year. Due to changes in the State Government’s Dog Act of 2015, all councils have been asked to create designated Dog Exercise Areas, meaning that elsewhere, when out walking, the dog must be leashed. All the recommended exercise (off-


Darlington Review - June 2017 consensus was that owners not dogs were generally the problem — owners that bring difficult-to-control dogs to off-leash areas (be it the oval or the heritage trail) where they’re disruptive, and owners that allow their dogs to roam. So if you live next to a dog that walks itself have a quiet word to its owner and if that fails, share your concern with a Shire ranger. Another area of agreement was that while some cyclists clearly appreciate that the trail is used by horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists of all ages — including mums with prams and toddlers on bikes — speeding downhill cyclists frequently cause alarm to all. There was also consensus that everyone benefits from dogs being properly socialized in off-leash exercise areas under the watchful eye of their owners — and the good news is that our oval, along with Leschen Park and Gladys Park are among the recommended off-leash areas (as is the Glen Forrest Oval and a couple of smaller reserves there). Councillor Cook appreciates that locals will have a range of

differing views on the council’s recommendations: “Whether you’re for or against, or have other local knowledge about the pros/cons of the designated areas, please make your views known to the Shire by email. For those who’ve already written to me, please forward your email to the Shire.” Shire President and South Ward Councillor David Lavell also addresses this matter in his Councillors Column, pointing out that breaking the rules could bring fines of up to $200. He also points out that under the current proposal, dogs will not be permitted within the boundary of play equipment areas and on sporting ovals during play and maintenance work. So gather your thoughts on this and if you’d like to give feedback, you have until June 19 at 4pm to email: noting "dog exercise/prohibited areas" in the subject line. Alternatively, hard copy letters can be directed to Shire of Mundaring, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, WA 6073. For further information, please contact the Shire's Community Safety Team by calling 9290 6629.

A win for tower opponents

Mundaring’s council chamber was filled to capacity for the May meeting, with a hot topic being mobile phone and NBN monopoles. Opponents of the proposed Optus tower in Darlington shared space with Stoneville and Parkerville residents opposing NBN towers. After the presentation of a second petition and impassioned speeches from opponents of the Victor Road tower, councillors made their day by voting 10 to 2 to reject the proposed monopole (next to the Western Power substation). More than 80 per cent of public submissions had opposed the proposed location and Shire analysis indicated opposition was based on several grounds including fears of devaluation of property (52 per cent), health concerns (40 per cent) along with concern about loss of visual amenity. Much hung on the issue of whether the installation could be considered visually obtrusive. After the meeting, the Shire reported that the installation was rejected because it would be “entirely visible for most of Victor Road, a significant thoroughfare” and because it was deemed to be a ‘large scale commercial installation’ which is not permitted in a Rural Residential zoned area. The Shire reports: “The applicant can lodge a request for review at the State Administrative Tribunal, but the Shire is not aware of any such review being lodged at this stage. If a SAT application is lodged, the Council must defend its decision.” For tower opponents, the battle is not over. In the officer’s report to Council it noted that in Optus v City of Stirling the SAT conclusion

was: “While it is true that the tower will be higher than any other point in the immediate vicinity … such height is an integral part of the successful functioning of the infrastructure”. And in the NBN Co v City of Albany: “The Tribunal is satisfied that only the upper part of the monopole and its attachments will be visible. The fact that part of the proposed development will be visible does not in itself mean that the proposed development will have a negative impact on the visual amenity of the locality.” Some 35 per cent of submissions cited the option of exploring alternative sites to better address the problem of inadequate mobile coverage in Darlington. One likely way forward is that, should SAT become involved, it recommends mediation — and a chance for those alternative sites to be considered. For locals frustrated by inadequate coverage and the inability to work from home, a solution can’t come soon enough. At the last Darlington Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) meeting, tower opponents were highly critical of the fact that 30 per cent of signatures on a petition presented to the Shire were deemed ‘invalid’ because they did not appear on the 2015 electoral roll. The Shire says electoral rolls are updated and dispatched to councils before each local government election (there’s one later this year) and a Shire request to the WA Electoral Commission for an updated roll was declined. CEO Jonathan Throssell added that in fairness to petitioners, the Shire intended to consider as valid all of the 186 Darlington signatures on the 386-signature petition.


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MAC spreads its wings

Musical notes Chamber music, Persian-infused jazz, swing and gypsy jazz — it’s all happening in Darlington. Darlington Concerts launched their 2017 season with a splendid Mother’s Day concert with memorable performances and the added attraction of floral-themed David Gregson paintings on the wall, a spectacular autumn-themed floral arrangement and a delicious afternoon tea. And the musicians are tuning up for their next offering on June 11 (see their notes). That afternoon of chamber music followed a Friday evening Kohesia Quartet performance at 2 Montrose that introduced the audience to an array of instruments few would have heard before — the soulful cane flute (ney), the oud and the Persian frame drum (daf ). Thank you Karl Bailey! Coming up, on Saturday June 10, in the atmospheric setting of Juniper Studio, Trish Juniper will host the gypsy jazz group Sassafras. Fronted by vocalist Jessie Gordon, the group includes Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon (guitars), Adrian Galante (clarinet) and Pete Jeavons (doublebass), all widely experienced musicians with a strong connection to the Perth Hills. Featuring music from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand and Birelli Lagrene, Sassafras repertoire ranges from tapping swing and gypsy jazz to re-worked jazz standards with an engaging mix of acoustic music. And of course it is delivered with the virtuosity and passion of the gypsy jazz tradition.

Above: the Studio space at MJAC and celebrating the launch of Sarah Thornton Smith’s installation at MAC are Jenny Haynes, Mary Louise Carbone, Darrell Jones, Mikaela Castledine, Sarah, Shire President David Lavell, Councilor Lynn Fisher and Jude van der Merwe

Also calling for feedback — and good ideas — is Mundaring Arts Centre (MAC) which has just taken over management of the Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC). Congratulations to MAC’s highly professional staff — taking on this new commitment at the invitation of the City of Swan is a testament to its impressive reputation. If you’ve never visited MJAC you may have appreciated its location in the heart of Midland, its mellow brickwork and the surrounding leafy precinct. Once home to the Opera Studio and a range of cultural events, the Centre has been dormant for several years — just waiting for MAC to breathe new life into it! Walking through the Centre recently, its huge potential for art classes, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, performances and artist-in-residence studio spaces was obvious. But so was the fact that — like Midland’s other classic heritage buildings — it deserves attention to fully realise that potential. That means the City of Swan needs to properly fund the Centre’s potential renaissance. Right now MAC’s aim is to “nurture creativity wherever it is found and foster creative spaces” and it is currently running community workshops (the last two on May 31 and June 1). You can register at the MAC website ( and complete an online survey as to what you’d like to see happening at the Centre. For further information, contact Jude van der Merwe on 0408 954 363. Right now the popular heARTlines runs until June 21 (see MAC notes), so while you’re there give some thought to the future of a potential cultural hub within easy reach of local residents looking for art classes or exhibition spaces. Meanwhile, MAC in Mundaring — and Sarah Thornton Smith — are receiving heaps of compliments about the local artist’s installation entitled Timber STriation that recently appeared on the façade of MAC in Mundaring. Check MAC notes for what’s on.

Top: Darlington Chamber Concerts Semra Lee-Smith, Graeme Gilling and Jon Tooby Below: Sassafras (L-R): Pete Jeavons, Adrian Galante, Jessie Gordon, Aaron Deacon, Lachlan Gear (Photo: Corey James)


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Sassafras has sold out numerous gigs at the Ellington Jazz Club and other venues and garnered rave reviews for its Evening in Paris show at the 2016 and 2017 Perth Fringeworld Festivals. You’ll find booking details in an advert in this issue.

College song-writer – the best! Musing on the “meaning of life” is a rite of passage for any teen, but when Helena College student Calvin Bennett (13) produced a song of that name it won him the WAM nomination for Song of the Year in the Under 14 category. You may remember hearing Calvin and his musical partner Farraday Tween delivering a very polished performance at the last Darlington Arts Festival. The duo regularly appear on Perth stages and at events like the Police Commissioner’s Bright Blue charity dinner in July (this year at Sandalford Estate). Calvin has been playing guitar since he was six and studies with Andrew Neave at the Hills School of Music in Midland. But he also plays with the Helena College Jazz Band which, he says, introduces him to a variety of musical styles that feed into Farraday’s Cage. (The name, suggested by his dad, and is “the fusion of my partner's first name and the cage created by Michael Faraday, which contains and deflects electromagnetic fields”.) More than a year ago, the local began singing with Joondalup vocalist Farraday Tween and knew immediately they had “something special”. “Refining anything takes time, and getting to where we are at now was no different,” he says. “We’d like to continue playing around Perth, at festivals and on stages such as Telethon and the Darlington Arts Festival. And, in future, I’d like to expand my knowledge of music and my skill set in guitar, keyboard and writing music, and get more exposure with Farraday’s Cage.” His musical influences range from Brian May of Queen to Tommy Emmanuel, while Farraday’s style is inspired by the British songstress Adele. How did he come to write his nominated song, Meaning of Life which explores the feeling of getting older and reflecting on life. “I was writing lyrics around a phrase of music I’d written and the

Calvin and Farraday at Defeat the Beat (Photo:Daniela De Giosa)

song gradually matured as I played it in a multitude of ways over about four months…” Clearly, quality doesn’t come easy or instantly, it needs to be patiently shaped and styled. Congratulations to Calvin and Farraday. We look forward to seeing them at the next Festival.

Work on the pavilion underway

With mounds of earth mushrooming next to the skatepark and excavators at work, we’re witnessing the culmination of 15 years planning says Colin James in his notes for the Community Recreation Advisory Group (which oversees all recreational areas). Speaking at the Group’s last meeting, DaSRA’s Geoff Barker announced that M and A Builders of Bunbury have been selected to do the work on the pavilion, along with the Shire’s septic tank earthworks. Geoff reported that the work will require the removal of three pine trees that would interfere with leach drains. Two plane trees may have to be moved – however, if that proves necessary, this will take place when the trees are dormant so they can be transplanted. As the tender came in higher than the estimate, fund-raising remains a priority. “We’re hoping that ongoing fund-raising over the next six months will help — so it’s very important that the community support the planned events,” says Geoff. (There’s more information in the DaSRA notes). A second turning of the sod ceremony is planned for August and DaSRA will give updates on the impact of building to all sporting groups. Meanwhile the next fund-raiser will be a quiz night on August 26 and Kendall Earnshaw (0417 981 353) is on the hunt for great items for the charity and silent auction. (See Notes for details)

Backyard fire protocols

Backyard bonfires glowing in the twilight have been a familiar sight through May — but less welcome has been the smoke haze from fires allowed to smoulder through the night, adding to the unavoidable smoke from the very necessary hazard reduction burns by the Shire. CEO Jonathan Throssell urges us to make sure fires are totally saturated — no steam/smoke — before you leave them. So far 6

Darlington Review - June 2017 more than 40 fires from residents have ‘escaped’ requiring the attention of volunteer brigades causing more than $48,000 of property damage. “Failure to properly saturate the burning area has meant that many fires have continued to burn peat and roots underground, eventually becoming uncontained,” explains the CEO.

Above: MLA Matthew Hughes with the Shire’s Deputy Chief Bushfire Control Manager Nigel Morgan (Photo: Ricky Harvey) There’s a check list of safety measures on the shire’s website along with information from the fire safety team on 9290 6696 and more info in the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade notes.

Jasper’s mum Alushia says her son has always been keen on BMX and scootering and is currently being mentored by High Wycombe’s Tyler Jennings (who is also happy to be involved). The local says High Wycombe has a great skatepark with many more features than Darlington, so it’s a good place to practice for competitions. His aim right now is to learn to master the backflips like Tyler. “I’m impressed with scooter riders,” says Alushia. “It’s all about respect and how you don’t drop in in front of one another. There’s a code, it’s very athletic and it’s about looking after one another. It would be great to see a bigger skatepark here because it’s a really good sport.” (And one that will take Perth’s Ben Thomas to the International Scooter Association’s world finals in Barcelona.) If you’d like to demonstrate your skateboarding/scootering skills at the Community Bonfire, or be involved in any other way, contact Trish Cook (email:

Save the date!

Darlington’s Community Bonfire on October 28 looks like being the biggest ever — powered by lots of youthful energy! Councillor Trish Cook refused to let this great community engagement occasion die through lack of willing hands to gather the fuel so she appealed to Helena College and students were happy to participate. Also on board are the Darlington Brigade (lighting the bonfire), the Shire (chain sawing fallen logs) and the indispensable Colin James of the Community Recreation Advisory Group. Helena College involvement is being coordinated by teacher Di Parker who is proving to be vital in the planning. Di would like to introduce an element of competition for students and local sporting groups who want to be involved and ideas include teams producing figures or sculptures that can be burnt on the fires. Adding to the youth orientation will be performances by College bands, food stalls, and hopefully demonstrations of skateboarding and scootering. Putting his hand up to be involved in the scootering is Jasper Anton (8) of Darlington Primary who we spied going through his tricks and turns at the skatepark recently.

New venture for photographer

When Leith Phillips became passionate about photography eight years ago, at times he thought he’d mastered the craft and had natural talent — at others, he despaired he’d ever get to where he wanted to be. However, now he’s in a good place and full of plans. After completing TAFE studies and that eight-year apprenticeship full


Darlington Review - June 2017 of hard-won lessons, he’s ready to share his considerable skills with others. Best known locally for the amazing landscape images he occasionally posts on Facebook, the local resident is about to launch small-group teaching sessions from his garden studio in Darlington. “I really get a kick out of teaching people,” says the seasoned journalist who has worked on most of the State’s major newspapers and is a part-time senior communication officers in a government department. “When we decided to semi-retire in Albany eight years ago I knew it was time to pursue photography. I’ve been lucky to have great advice from some excellent photographers and mentors I’ve run into along the way. We’re a strange bunch — a bit like fishermen looking for a favourable spot. Some will share their knowledge, others not! “I’ve now assembled such excellent equipment and when we bought the Darlington property there was this ideal self-contained studio in the garden, so the plan is to take groups to photograph a landscape, then return to the studio to demonstrate the processing — and share all the tricks I’ve learnt along the way.” In fact Leith and his wife Michelle lived in Darlington twenty years ago at a time when both were working on The West Australian. Michelle was a popular columnist and ABC radio commentator and eventually the family moved closer to town, then to Albany where Leith had once edited the regional paper. “We discovered it’s not such a good idea to go back to places and found we were endlessly commuting after the arrival of grandkids. So we’re more than happy to be back in Darlington.” Leith’s classes will also cover processing, post processing and selecting the best software programs. There’s much technology associated with photography these days but he’s a strong believer in not jeopardizing the integrity of an image – not saturating it with colour so it looks surreal or manipulating it to the point that it is compromised. So if you share the passion for photography that sent Leith on his journey — and have never heard of a reverse graduated neutral density filter — search for his advert in this issue! We wish Leith and his new venture well.

of years. After over-and-above service to the community in this task for many years, Ron will remain on the committee as advisor to Len and the committee generally because, as President Peter Nicholls puts it, “he knows how it all works and we’re grateful for his continuing presence”. The other good news is that the Festival’s Major Art Prize — won last year by local Alastair Taylor will become a permanent Festival feature. The prize is worth $10,000 and last year’s successful pilot has won the unanimous support of the committee. Right now the hunt is on for a sponsor for this prestigious visual arts award, with the possibility of naming rights. Alastair’s winning painting has been purchased by a local couple and artists are still debating whether this prize should be acquisitive as it was last year (the artist wins the $10,000 and the Festival gets to boost its budget by selling the work) or the artist gets to keeps both painting and prize money. We’ve heard articulate arguments from artists on both sides. The President is still appealing for new DAF committee members to help co-ordinate the Major Art Prize, the opening night and to assist the Sponsorship/Donations Coordinator. Read Chris Pemberton’s notes for more on this and also see the Letters to the Review.

Festival on the hunt for major prize sponsor

P.S. The Darlington Club is hosting a special membership drive and membership renewal evening on June 30, with live music, spit roast and drinks on the house — so a great time to get to know this local social club that does a lot of good things in the community. See their notes for details.

Planning is well under way in the Darlington Arts Festival camp, with relief all round when a very welcome local Len Nilesen put his hand up for the Treasurer’s position. And THE most relieved committee member was the genial Ron Stuurstraat who has been trying to gift this job to another clever numbers person for a couple

What’s coming up?

There’s lots coming up to entertain and inform us: Swan Harmony’s Christmas in July will be a musical treat with the choir joined by some highly professional performers (see Community Notices); the Darlington History Group’s very popular High Tea is on June 18; don’t forget to book your tables for the Community Pavilion quiz night; and if you haven’t seen MAC’s current quilting exhibition that runs to June 18, give yourself a treat. It’s stunning. And while you’re there, enjoy Alastair Taylor’s amazing One Hundred and Three of Me installation. You’ll have fun picking out the locals you know among the portraits. With the ABC running its War on Waste campaign, have a read of a Letter in this issue that could introduce you to an easy way to contribute — and enjoy the arrival of winter with all its seasonal pleasures.

Trea Wiltshire Editor

Above: Elizabeth Humphrehy’s Food and Fibre at MAC 8

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Letters to the Review Letter from Peter Nicholls President of DAF

new containers that you can purchase to begin the cycle of storing dry goods in glass at home. One may bring in a jar with the last bit of flour or oats still inside and weigh it, label jar with the weight recorded, fill the jar and then the staff will reweigh at the counter and do the maths for you. I felt so satisfied when I got home and only had brown paper bags as a waste item – and I have kept them to use again. I have gotten myself a strong box ready to take my jars in. I can even take in a 2 L oil container and refill it. Apparently their website has the extensive product list from which you can make your shopping list. Aside from my satisfaction about packaging, the experience was comforting and communal. There was the aroma of coffee beans being ground by customers, a constant stream of folks looking for interesting items and a gentle sense of wholesomeness in the place. The staff were genuinely interested in making my day. And they did.

The DAF Committee has again embarked upon the challenging task of organising this year’s (2017) iconic Darlington Arts Festival. Our Annual Festival, traditionally held the first weekend in November, attracts around 10,000 people every year and is one of the longest running Free Arts Festivals in Western Australia. It has a proud tradition of nurturing artists, honouring our senior artists as well as encouraging the youth of our community. The success of this festival relies on many volunteers and participants but most of all, on YOU, our wonderful and generous Sponsors, Donors and Supporters. We look to you, the people who have helped make this Festival possible for many years, to again help continue this special hills tradition. There are opportunities for being a Sponsor or Donor that attract a variety of benefits in promotion and public recognition: Please refer to the attached Sponsorship Form for details. We look forward to your support of the Festival as a Sponsor or Donor or in any capacity, (big, small, in cash or kind) and hope you enjoy being a contributor to this wonderful community arts event. If you have any queries or wish to talk with someone about how to support DAF as a Sponsor or Donor, Please contact Sponsorship Co-ordinator: Joe Houldsworth 0408920891

Beverley Hayles writes:

I write in response to the letter and comments made in in the May Review concerning the proposed site for the Optus tower in Darlington. I found these comments most disturbing and upsetting. Firstly, the residents opposing the tower at 320 Victor Road are most definitely in favour of improved mobile coverage for the people of Darlington. There are alternative sites in secluded and elevated positions which would not impact on surrounding homes and which would give Darlington residents improved coverage. Secondly, to dismiss the visual impact as minimal is indeed strange if the homes most affected have not been visited by those making such claims. I can assure you that the visual impact from five windows and a balcony in my home is maximum and extreme. I, my neighbours, and many surrounding residents, look straight out at the proposed tower site which would be highly obtrusive and an eyesore in the valley. Thirdly, I would like to thank the 750 approx people who signed the petitions, for their empathy and understanding of our concerns in relation to the devaluation of our properties, the destruction of our views and ever increasing evidence of the adverse health impacts of these towers. I commend these people for their support and community spirit.

Stacey August writes:

I recently found Mundaring’s Wasteless Pantry. I had walked in and then out a few times months before I finally shared with the staff my fear about taking a step into a new way of shopping. They asked for my list of dry goods and whilst I went shopping elsewhere in Mundaring they obligingly packaged each product up in named paper bags. I returned later and paid. I was truly astounded. It was a very pleasant and painless introduction to reducing plastic packaging in our household. I also only bought what I needed for my planned recipes instead of buying the volume that the producer anticipates. I think that should put an end to those tiny plastic bags of “remaindered” cashews or raisins hiding in the bottom of the fridge. Wasteless Pantry are committed to making a difference to the way we purchase our dry goods ( and some oils, honey, peanut butter). There are “boomerang bags” which you can borrow and return and there are jars that folks have brought in for anyone to use. The shop also sells

Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group However, this does still require the dog to be under supervision and effective control whilst off the leash.

Meeting held on May 8th with club delegates and community representatives present. The Junior Football Club have noted their biggest registration of players since 2009 and with an increase on last year of 20%. Sponsors Solar Gain have presented new playing jumpers to all juniors and this has been extremely well received. The oval on Saturday morning is full, with 111 Auskick boys and girls enjoying their involvement in this sport. The Tennis Club have also noted increased numbers playing pennants and this also shows this sport going well. They are looking at upgrading their court lighting to LEDs but unfortunately will need to fund this themselves as there is no support from the Shire Council. The Helena Valley courts are nearly ready, but members are still using the Darlington ones. The controlling and ‘clean up’ of dog droppings still occurs on a regular basis, and again it would be appreciated if all dog owners take their responsibilities as requested. It was also noted that the Shire of Mundaring are looking to have only certain locations declared as Dog Exercise locations, and the oval will be one of them.

Community Bonfire………. Yes!!! it is all go for Saturday, 28th

October. We have had tremendous support from Helena Senior college students as part of their community assistance program. They will be collecting wood on the Friday, then the local community are invited to come down on the Saturday afternoon to build the bonfire, which the Fire Brigade will set alight at 6.30pm. It is also planned to stage other events prior to the light up to encourage more people to come down. These will be noted when fully resolved. Wow after 15years of discussions, deliberations, can do can’t do, finally the Community pavilion is underway. We must sincerely acknowledge the work of Geoff Barker, who has been relentless in his dealings with the Shire, plans, builders, fundraising activities etc……..but as he also notes in the Review ….”we still need your help to financially secure it”. This will be of great advantage to all sporting groups, community users etc……please get behind it and help. Colin James, Secretary, DCRAG


Darlington Review - June 2017

Vale: Thelma Rhodes On 11 May 2017, Thelma Rhodes, a long standing resident of Darlington passed on peacefully aged 91. Thelma first moved to Darlington in the mid-1950s when she moved to Perth to find work. She lived with her Aunty Myrtle Owen whose son John was running Owen’s General Store (now the Darlington Liquor Store) and lived in a house next to the store. Thelma began attending Darlington United Church and met her husband Cecil at a combined St Cuthbert’s and Darlington United social evening. After marrying she moved to Cecil’s property in Helena Valley, but continued to be actively involved at Darlington United. She became well known in the Darlington

community when she filled in for Post Masters in the Darlington and Glen Forrest post offices for many years. At one point she seemed to know everyone in Darlington! In 1998, now a widow, she was one of the first residents to move into the newly built Darlington Glen. Thelma was very happy there. She delighted in the birds, bandicoots and bobtails that came to visit and she loved her garden. She got to know the other Glen residents and enjoyed having them over for morning and afternoon teas. Thelma’s scones were legendary and for several years she was one of the ladies who made the scones that were sold at the Arts Festival to raise money for the restoration of the Darlington Hall. It was with great sadness that she had to leave Darlington when her health deteriorated, but her heart remained there. Even coming back to the dentist in Darlington last year was a happy occasion because she could come back to her favourite place. We remember a dear lady who had a great sense of community and who put love into action. Denise Rhodes

Councillor David Lavell writes

The majority of our community is passionate about animals whether it’s their pets or livestock. You only had to see the widespread media interest in the recent dog baiting incident in Stoneville. The warning posted on the Shire’s Facebook site reached 65,000 people, a testament to the number of animal lovers in the local area and further afield. Dog exercise areas are also a topic that evokes conversation within the community. In some locations, people are able to exercise their dogs’ off-leash and in other areas, they must be restrained. Shire of Mundaring has recently introduced new rules for dogs in public places. In a recent proposal endorsed by Council, it was agreed to seek community feedback on specified dog exercise areas and also where dogs will be prohibited. The proposal was initially developed with the intention of providing people with further clarification around where they could and couldn’t exercise their dogs. It will also mean people who are not necessarily dog lovers are able to visit a public place in a dog-free environment. There are many proposed dog exercise areas throughout the Shire of Mundaring. Similarly there also areas in which it is proposed dogs will be prohibited. These include Shire owned and managed playgrounds such as Sculpture Park and sporting ovals during play. (A comprehensive list of the proposed locations is available on the Shire’s website. There are also

advertisements in the local papers). Under the current proposal, any public place that is not specified as either a Dog Exercise Area or a Prohibited Area would come under the general requirements of the Dog Act 1976 which means dogs must be on a leash. An example of this locally is the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail (RRHT). I encourage residents to take the opportunity to provide feedback on the specified locations so they can be explored and considered by Council. It is important to note that ultimately we are trying to maintain the safety of our community and their animals. Comments about Shire of Mundaring’s proposed Dog Exercise Areas and prohibited areas can be provided via email to noting “dog exercise/prohibited areas” in the subject line. Alternatively, hard copy letters can be directed to Shire of Mundaring, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, WA 6073. The public notice comment period closes at 4pm on Monday, 19 June 2017. If you have specific queries about the proposal, please direct them to the Shire’s Community Safety Team on 9290 6629.

Community Notices and Events WINTER CHEER PROMISED BY SWAN HARMONY SINGERS Swan Harmony Singers and the Martini Lounge Trio will take the stage in Darlington Hall on Sunday 23 July, their Christmas in July program will be designed to bring festive cheer to the coldest, wettest winter afternoon. As well as rousing numbers like We Need a Little Christmas and Glad Tidings of Joy, the choir’s program will include popular carols to encourage audience participation. Concert tickets: $25 (including afternoon tea); advance bookings: Mundaring Community Bank 9295 6411, or Anna Wright 9299 7249.





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The Darlington Club

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.

Objectives of the club 1. Provide the means and facilities for Darlington residents to meet and socialise. 2. Encourage friendship through social and community activities. 3. Although we are not a fundraising club we have donated over $30,000 to local community groups, schools & voluntary fire brigades over the past decade. 4. To continue to provide and maintain a fully furnished hall for community use. 5. DVD and book exchange for all groups using the hall Activities for month of June • June 2nd Closed due to Public Holiday • June 9th Sundowner • June 16th Soup Evening • June 23rd Sundowner • June 30th Membership renewal evening with food, drink and live entertainment. We had our AGM on 28th April and all executive positions were filled. President - Susan Lavell Vice President - Barry Astwood Secretary - Jan McMillan Treasurer - Uma Pearcey Committee members - Margaret Barker, Andrew Pearcey and Josie Fondacaro The Darlington club meets at the Darlington Lesser Hall, for further information please contact Sue Lavell on 9299 7420


Darlington Review - June 2017

Darlington Community Pavilion Update

Last month we were pleased to announce DaSRA had been given the go-ahead to proceed to construction. You may have noticed concrete infrastructure at the Pavilion site and by the time you read this report, earthworks should be well under way for septic tank and leach drain installation. Some concerns have been expressed regarding impact on oval use so now that construction is about to start, DaSRA will keep you informed as it happens via this monthly report, the website and Facebook. We ask for your patience and understanding during construction, rest assured we understand the need to minimize the disruption to oval users. EXPECTED DEVELOPMENTS MAY TO JUNE 2017: Best estimates based on projections about weather and availability of trades and Subcontractors are as follows : • There will be no work done on the existing building until the end of the project, except for disruption to power, water and sewerage waste disposal. See below for more information. • May 22 - Tree lopping behind the existing change rooms. • May 24 - Earthworks and installation of new septic tanks and leach drains behind existing change rooms. Safety fence to be erected to enable continued use of Public toilets, Canteen and Change rooms. • June 10 to 14 - Earthworks (new building) including removal of old septic tanks and leach drains. • June 13 to 24 -Power, water and sewerage disposal facilities in the change rooms out of action to allow for the removal of old infrastructure and connection of existing change room facilities to new Septic Tank and leach drains. Temporary water supply to be available. • June 13 to 24 -Trench for new power cable (and possibly Water Supply) from front of Fire Station to Pavilion site, passing along the edge of the Fire Station close to the Oval (3m distance from trench to nearest part of playing field) and following pine log fence behind the goals to new building site. A temporary safety fence (extending to the pine log fencing) will be erected around the whole Pavilion site which will limit parking in the area between the fire station and existing change rooms.

A path to the Public Toilets and Canteen will remain accessible once the existing toilets and canteen are connected to the new septic system. Please Note : During construction, there may be times when the builder is required to be assertive in ensuring duty of care for on-site workers and to protect the building site, particularly where issues of safety are concerned. HOW YOU CAN HELP : Despite having enough funds for the first stage of the project (see site plan above), with a loan of $100,000 to be repaid, we need to continue fundraising so please support any of the following fund raising options: 1. Cash and Monetary donations through any of the sporting organisations or directly to DaSRA. 2. Buy-a-Brick - if you haven’t purchased yours yet please refer to the DaSRA Website: . There will be a Foundation Supporters Brick Wall inside the Pavilion, also a Thank-You function and ticket in a Special Foundation Supporters Prize. Business wanting to make a tax deductible donation can talk to Cambell Giles on 0418 936 544. 3. In-Kind Support - donations of materials, trades, equipment, products and hardware need to be formally offered and registered as “Pledges” to support our submission to Mundaring Shire Council. 4. Please support our Major Fund Raising events in 2017: a. Major Prize Raffle b. Big Quiz Night - 26th August 6.30pm Mt Helena Recreation Centre. A table of 8 is $160. See website for tickets or call Kendall on 0417 981 353. We are seeking volunteers and raffle prizes. c. Darlington Arts Festival Wine Tent - 1st weekend in November 5. Darlington Number Plates - Secure an iconic Darlington number plate - see website for details. 6. Volunteers - your contributions, ideas, involvement and participation are most welcome and feedback is appreciated. Please contact the President, Geoff Barker on 0418 953 176 or Email

CONTRIBUTIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE WEBSITE DARLINGTON SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION (WA) Inc. Young boys above playing on concrete tanks gave the start of the Pavilion project the thumbs up.


Darlington Review - June 2017

Darlington Junior Football Club An open letter to our major sponsors

To Wayne and Amanda at Solargain and Peter at Hills Tree Solutions On behalf of the Committee and everyone at the Darlington Junior Football Club (DJFC), I would like to personally thank you for your very generous sponsorship of the club for the 2017 season. Your contributions have made a substantial difference both on and off the field. Partners like you play a critical role in the growth of not only the football club in general, but the kids that are out on the track each week. With your support, it sets the tone for the entire season and for those far into the future. None of this can be done without the generous donations and continued backing from both Solargain and Hills Tree Solutions. You have empowered the football club to become stronger than it has been in many years and it has shown with the first few weeks of football completed that the community has bought into a new brand of football. One in which we are excited to continue throughout the year with you. As you will already be aware, we have chosen your business and insignia to promote each week and display the individual logos on our brand new jumpers for 2017, kindly donated by Solargain. I look forward to long term partnerships with you both and thank you again for your generosity and continued support for the Darlington Junior Football Club. Sincerely, Brodie Della and the entire membership base of the DJFC

Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides The Darlington Dibbler Girl Guides have been busy with fun Term 2 activities, including an ANZAC Sleep Out, History of Girl Guides Wide Game, and Mother’s Day gifts and learning a new program called Guide

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Darlington Dipsticks It has been a year since the Darlington Dipsticks became an Incorporated Club. You may recall our ‘Form over Function’ display of classic cars at the last Darlington Arts Festival. We had a great time

and the cars received a lot of attention. When we are out-and-about touring around the hills we’re often asked about our Club. Conversely, we often see locals out-and-about in some interesting, original, and obviously much-loved vehicles. We are not always able to stop and chat to the drivers of these cars, especially if we’re attempting to keep our position in the line of a tour event. So I’d like to take this opportunity to express the club’s desire for you to join us if you have a special relationship with your car. And hey, even if at times it’s a love-hate relationship... you certainly wouldn’t feel alone in our club. Or maybe you’re a driver with the thought tucked away in a back recess of your mind that one-day you’d like to own the type of car that you CAN develop a special relationship with. Likewise, you would not feel alone in our club. More than just one or two of us Dipsticks still reflect on the fact that once upon a time we used to own a Volvo. And we survived... ah yes, damn safe car those Volvos. But back to the concept of a dream car. In the hope of coming across that special car they dream about, some of our members regularly scan Gumtree, or wander down the shop to buy a copy of the Quokka (it’s okay, we’re Dipsticks remember). As a club member you’d be able to join in our regular discussions on what is available on the market, or what to look out for, including idiosyncrasy of particular models. And what’s a bargain and what’s not. For example, recently a Ford Zephyr Mark II, a very stylish and sedate ‘fin car’ of the 1960’s, sold at a local auction for around $8k. Even more recently a 1954 Austin A30 (one of the all-time motor cuties) sold for around $4k. I’ve included a photo of these models for your information and possible interest. You be the judge as to whether or not they inspire. So you don’t have to own a classic car to be in our club. And membership is open not only to Darlington-ites, but to Hills residents generally, as recommended. We meet once a month to discuss our next car run or display, and generally chat about auto related topics. We’re not big on formalities; meetings are conducted with a casual air. Far from being boring, our meetings are more like a social catch-up with one another other. We are working towards having a club premises where members can bring along their cars to tinker with, or to help members who are unsure how to best maintain theirs. We also encourage the participation of younger members who want to learn about the workings of the modern motor car, as well as those from a by-gone era. If you’re interested in becoming a member, or maybe you just want to meet us and talk about your car, we are having an open ‘Breakfast with a Dipstick’ sausage sizzle at the Darlington Oval, near the Hall, this coming Sunday the 4th of June. The venue will be the corner of Pine Terrace and Owen Road from 10am onwards. During this complimentary Breakfast we will give details of a proposed car run to the Mundaring Weir Hotel via Gooseberry Hill, which we have planned for Sunday 18th June. You are most welcome to bring your car to the Breakfast and/or the car run - to join in, and see if you would like to become a member. To find out more about our group, please contact Club Secretary Bindy Datson on 9252 1050, or or check out our new Facebook page: Darlington Dipsticks of WA Inc. Malcolm McNabb, Dipstick Pen Pusher.


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Darlington Ratepayers & Residents Association The proposed telecommunications tower on Victor Rd was again a major discussion issue. David Silk who together with Neil Matthews has led the move to oppose its installation at that site, clarified that this was about finding better ways and alternative sites to help improve communication in Darlington. In the event on 9th May, Council refused planning approval on the grounds that it was a large scale installation which therefore contravened land use requirements for property zoned rural residential and it would be entirely visible from most of Victor Rd which is a significant thoroughfare. The issue of the dog water bowl at the playground fountain appears to have been resolved and the bowl is once more in situ. Cr Trish Cook reported the mobile vendor policy has been passed by Council and DRRA’s concerns about the potential

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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, June 13th 2017, at the Darlington Fire Station.

The Brigade held its AGM on Tuesday May 9th, and the following key Office Bearers were elected; Captain – Eric Baldock, 1st Lieutenant – Daniel Eves, Chairman – Nigel Morgan, Secretary – Jana Mackowiak, Treasurer – Heather Curley, Team Lieutenants – Neil Inwood, Simon Sharp, Ricky Harvey, Gerry Starr and Colin James, Training Officer – Gerry Starr, Vehicle Officer – Travis Duncan. You may notice a few new faces in our leadership team, along with some returning after a break, to join many familiar faces (see photo). With around a half a dozen new members joining the Brigade over the past several months there are now over 60 community members volunteering with us. DFES, Mundaring Firefighters School and the Brigade undertake theory and practical training, and team activities all through the winter months and we encourage men and women, 18yrs and over, to join us in this valuable contribution to the community. The Restricted Burning period within the Shire of Mundaring ended on Wednesday May 31st; and with cooler, damper weather conditions marking the onset of winter, many of you may be considering undertaking fuel reduction burns on your property. Due to the long dry summer please take great care when burning garden refuse, and follow the guidelines set out in the Shire’s ‘Fire & Burning Information’ booklet (available on line). These include; only burn small piles (1m x 1m) of garden refuse, keep a 5m clearance zone around any fire, always have a reliable means of extinguishing a fire nearby, never leave a fire unattended and consider the impact of fire and smoke on your neighbours. Over the previous few weeks the Darlington brigade has undertaken several hazard reduction burns in the area, with more still planned, which provide an important part of the training required for new members. As part of the training process, probationary firefighters are required to participate in

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Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS) 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. Thursday 1st and Thursday 15th June. Contact Stacey on 0400 247 526 or


As always we shall continue to do our Weekend FODS on every 2nd Sunday. This means those dates are: Sunday 4th and Sunday 18th June. 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.


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A Montessori and International Baccalaureate School Term 1 was a productive one for Treetops with incredible learning experiences for all students. The Children’s House students welcomed several visitors for incursions to the school last term. Constable Care, the Hospital Familiarization program, along with everyone’s favourite – the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade! Incursions are a valued part of our curriculum as they introduce new lessons in community, relationships, and exploration for the children. Music also played a large part of the Term 1 Children’s House program. Children’s House uses music and songs to develop and teach speech patterns, numeracy and literacy skills, and promote good hygiene! A focus on beat and rhythm included African songs, tapping sticks, percussion instruments, and the djeme drum. In our lower Primary Wattle class, the students welcomed new classmates who transitioned up from Children’s House. Treetops runs a flexible process in Term 4 of the preceding year where all children moving from one class to another spend time each week in their new classes. This means students begin the year confident and secure in their surroundings. The Year 2 students in Wattle also can take this opportunity to stretch their leadership muscles and set a kind and responsible example to new classmates. Alongside Wattle’s Work Cycle of Maths and Literacy, the class implemented some new mindfulness and meditation techniques. They’ve also been dancing! If you’ve been on a tour in the morning you may have seen the Wattle Zumba moves! Wattle have looked at the history Darlington Village this term, along with nomads, plants, and animals of the Sahara Desert – a good mix! They also created eccentric art work inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (he is famed for creating portraits of faces composed of fruit, flowers and vegetables amongst other things). All Primary students ended the term with swimming lessons, which was a fantastic way to bring the term to the close and allowed the Marri and Karri – upper Primary students – to showcase their organization and leadership skills. High School students rounded out a term of dedicated learning by organizing their own camp (including accommodation booking, activities organizing, and sticking to a budget!) They enjoyed being tourists in Fremantle and stayed at the Freo Prison YHA. Even during the Perth Escape Hunt and tunnel tours activities, no one was lost! Our Sugar Gums Playgroup waitlist became so lengthy we began a sixth session – Monday afternoons. You can find out all the information about Playgroup on the school website – We wish our neighbours a peaceful and safe Term 2 and look forward to seeing the land become green and fresh over the coming months.



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Darlington Review - June 2017

Helena College College Helena

International Baccalaureate Baccalaureate School School Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other John F. Kennedy It is widely accepted that schools have an important role in encouraging and developing student leadership capabilities. Obviously there is a direct benefit to the individual who takes on a leadership role, but there are also benefits for their peers and for the school culture as a whole. All students feel empowered and valued when they are included in the decision-making process at school. Calling upon young people to assume roles of responsibility within daily school life demonstrates that age is no barrier to making a difference through active citizenship. Leadership at the Glen Forrest Campus (6-12) Student leaders represent all levels of the senior campus Student Council (Years 6-12) Peer Support Leaders (Years 10-11) House Captains (Year 11) Drama Captains (Year 12) Head Students (Year 12) Music Captains (Year 12)

At Helena College, we offer opportunities for all students to develop their leadership potential through a variety of programmes across year levels. Leadership at the Darlington Campus (K-5) There are now two leadership programmes at our junior campus. Traditionally we have the House Captain positions, with Year 5 students voting in six of their peers each semester (two for each House). This year we have added a Ministerial programme of leadership, springing from the Year 5 Unit of Inquiry into Australian systems of government. After visiting Parliament House and the Electoral Commission, students ran for a variety of Ministerial roles, taking responsibility for portfolios such as Sport, Transport, the Environment and Trade. The nominees had to produce written material supporting their candidacy, as well as present a speech in front of their House on election day. On election day, students from Years 1-5 voted in the special school ‘polling’ place, complete with officials, ballot papers and ballot boxes. It was a lesson in democracy and leadership for all ages.

The leadership opportunities begin in Year 6, when students nominate for roles on either the Student Council or as part of the Student Leaders team. The Student Council is made up of elected representatives from each homeroom, and meets regularly to address issues that are relevant to the student community. As well, they plan fundraising and social events. Involvement in Student Council gives members experience in public speaking, and the chance to make an active contribution to College life. Year 6 students have the chance to vote in their own team of leaders, who are called upon to contribute ideas and action for enhancing school life for all Year 6s. The team starts with six student positions in Term One and increases to include twenty four students by the end of the year. Already this year, the Year 6 Leadership Team has been instrumental in getting a range of sports equipment for their area as well as a new noticeboard, and helping to set up lunchtime sports. They have met with the College grounds team to plan new paths around the bush area and they have created new signs to remind everyone to take care of the plants in the grounds. Through Term Two, the twelve elected Student Leaders will create iMovies about the new garden beds, as well as planting seedlings donated by the Shire of Mundaring. These Student Leaders are also developing the Year 6 Showcase Assembly to be held early in Term Three. The event will be a celebration of how far the students have come across the first semester. Sherene Strahan, Community Relations

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Darlington Review - June 2017

Mundaring Christian College

The Leading Edge in School Design There is excitement galore as construction has commenced on Stage 2A of Mundaring Christian College’s Secondary campus in Parkerville. Although it may look like bricks and mortar to some, what is being created is a meticulously planned example of excellence in educational learning spaces. From the orientation and aspect of the buildings to the colours and natural materials used and the precise flexibility of each of the learning space configurations, every single detail has been designed with our students and environment at heart. Unrefuted experts in designing educational facilities, Broderick Architects, draw a parallel between our students as seeds, teachers as the gardeners and the school as a garden where growth takes place. They ensured that the school has a warm feeling that is calm, natural and inviting.

The College’s current Secondary building was designed and built for makers and artisans, allowing for the full curriculum to be catered for from day 1 of opening in 2016. Amongst other things, Stage 1 was created for cooking, science, designing and art. The building is unique in that the workshops and specialist areas are not tucked away in a shed but have been given the same value as traditional classrooms. The Art studio, woodcraft and blacksmithing workshops, an ICT design lab and a large exhibition space are grouped together to facilitate collaboration. If you look at the details of the construction, you will notice exposed timber and steel and a range of purposefully selected textures and materials which make the building itself part of the learning, not just the shell for the learning environment. Stage 2A comprises around one third of the final Stage 2 construction, which will house general learning areas, library and ITC zones and a large central space for assemblies. Instead of individual classrooms, these learning communities will be more like a university or modern offices with large spaces for gathering, seminar rooms, meeting rooms, booths and alcoves. All the walls will be available for teaching. This will allow for all permutations of learning settings and social groupings. There will be open air courtyards and gathering spaces, and space for further aqua- and permaculture gardens, in line with the College’s connection to the land. Broderick Architects feel blessed to be able to work with such a pristine environment and a school team who don’t revert to standard and are committed to the best pedagogical outcomes. Please join with us in praying for safe and speedy construction of Stage 2A, and anticipating with excitement the incomparable learning environment it will offer our students from 2018. We would love to show you around our campuses. Find out why Mundaring Christian College is more than a school by phoning 9295 2688 for a personal school tour.

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Darlington Review - June 2017

Darlington Primary School

Greetings from the DPS Crew

We’re back and we’re ringing the (school) bell. Term 2 finds Darlington Primary School’s students and staff back fresh faced and keen for a challenge. We ended Term 1 on a solemn and sombre note with our ANZAC Ceremony acknowledging the contributions, past and present, of our armed service men and women and reflecting on all the animals that have been invaluable to Australia’s military history. So many families attended and it was heart-warming to see the community paying their respects. The ceremony culminated with our special guests, Mr and Mrs Lazenby, releasing pigeons after sharing information about the important role these clever birds played in the military service. A few weeks into term and the lazy days of school holidays are but a distant memory. There was little time to ease back into the swing of things with preparation for all things NAPLAN on top of our normal day-to-day curriculum. It is always a hustle and bustle around here but you could never accuse us of being all work and no play. Just ask the junior primary students (and teachers), who rang in the new term with a banging glow-in-the dark night. There were games, science activities, dancing and, you guessed it, glow sticks. Who said school can’t be fun? There was no time to recover from all the frivolity because next

on the agenda was the mother of all celebrations…Mother’s Day. With paint and glitter at the ready, we prepared to craft. Mothers around Darlington arose on the second Sunday in May with all our younglings’ love and devotion presented in cardboard, felt and PVA Glue. Nothing says love like homemade, handcrafted delights. While all this was going on, Week 3 saw students in Years Three and Five participating in NAPLAN. They worked like busy bees safe in the knowledge that education at DPS prepares them for all that and a bag of (organically produced and ethically sourced, dairy, gluten and additive free) chips. Speaking of busy bees, we had one at the end of May. The focus was on planting seedlings & completing work in various zones, all of which contribute to our ongoing Grounds Project. It’s not just the junior primary who have all the fun. On the sporting front, our Years Fours to Sixes competed in the Lightning Carnival and made the school proud with their performance and, more importantly, their sportsmanship. And the fun won’t stop, because later in the term, our Year Sixes are off to camp. Well that’s it from us, so in keeping with the theme, until next time: Word to your mother.

Community Connect : Hub of the Hills Look what’s on at the Hub of the Hills Speaker’s Circle Coffee Morning This month the speakers Circle features RISE speaking on recent Come and enjoy catching up or meeting new friends at the Hub changes to their new Home Care package. of the Hills Come and listen and then enjoy refreshments. Every Tuesday from 9.30 – 11am Date: Thursday 1 June Free tea and coffee homemade goodies only $2.00 Time: 2pm-4pm On the second Tuesday of each month we will be hosting a Price: Free Memory café for people who are living with dementia and their RSVP: Phone 9290 6683 or email friends, family members and carers to share a coffee, cake, a This is an Active Ageing Project proudly sponsored by Shire of laugh and a chat Mundaring and hosted by Mundaring Community Men’s Shed Active Aging Network Book Café The Active Ageing Network is a group of volunteers at The Hub Guest speaker of the Hills in Mundaring who help plan events and activities for Come along to the Book café and find yourself a great read seniors in the local community, such as the Hub Coffee Morning, (huge selection of pre-loved books) Book café and Christmas Lunch. The Network is currently lookDate: ing for new volunteer members and invites you to join them. Please call the Hub on 9290 6683 if you are interested Time: 9am-11am Price: $2 morning tea and Donation for pre-loved books Need to know more……. All welcome. Please pop in to find out more Customer Service officer available Tuesday: 8.30am-11.30am, Wednesday: 10am 1pm, Thursday: 10am-2pm Or ring on 92906683 or email


Darlington Review - June 2017

Darlington Bushwalking Series Contact Details Phone: 9299 6696 Email: The Bushwalking season has started. By the time this edition of the Darlington Review is delivered the first walk will have been “done and dusted”. With a large number of participants booked, no doubt it was good to see many of the old faces and quite a few first time participants. The next bushwalk (a brand new one) is on Sunday morning 11 June, then there will be a break until August (see programme below). There are some vacancies. Bookings are essential – email Cliff. He will promptly reply with full details and information. Cape to Cape Track Weekend Adventure – 3 vacancies The bookings have “flooded” in. There are 2 vacancies available for August and one vacancy for September. The Adventure includes three days of supported hiking, staying at excellent cottages each night. Participants carry only light weight daypacks. Contact Cliff for information. Without doubt the Cape to Cape Track is one of the best walks/treks anywhere in the world. If you would like to come with us in August please contact Cliff quickly. First in – first served. Avon Valley National Park Recently we over-nighted in the Avon Valley National Park (accessed off Toodyay Rd) in a camper trailer. It is a magnificent area for those who are keen on bushwalking, flora, fauna and camping. We recommend a visit for a day or overnight. The best time to visit may be in Spring when the wildflowers are showing-off their beauty. A small fee will allow you to stay at the campsites which have shelters and toilets.

A Funny Thing Happened…… A bushwalker gets lost and ends up spending a few days wandering around in the harsh Australian bush looking for food. Finally, he catches a Numbat, hits it with a big rock, and begins eating it raw. A park ranger stumbles onto the scene, finds the hiker eating the Numbat, and arrests him for killing an endangered species. In court the hiker explains that he was on the edge of starvation and had no choice. “Considering the circumstances, I find you not guilty,” says the judge. “But I have to ask - what did the Numbat taste like?” The bushwalker replied, “Well, your honour, it tasted like a cross between a Bandicoot and a Quokka.” “Walk Trails and Circuits” Book – NEW 2nd Edition We are pleased to announce the Second Edition of this very popular booklet is now available. It includes almost every trail or track in the Darlington surrounds. Since the first edition, 9 years ago, some old tracks have disappeared and many new ones created. All the maps/trails/tracks have been revised using GPS technology. Copies can be obtained from Cliff and Sharron. Bushwalk Newsletter Ask to be placed on the “Darlington Bushwalk News” email list, and you will receive all the new information “hot off the press”. See you on the track. Cliff Burns (Organizer and Guide) 9299 6696

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Darlington Review - June 2017

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Rashida Murphy Brings Conquistadors to Perth Conquistadors, otherwise known as 16th century Spanish conquerors, are brought to life in Rashida Murphy’s debut novel The Historian’s Daughter from UWA Publishing, which spans India and Perth. ‘For a long time I thought it meant come-kiss-the-doors. I thought it meant I was supposed to kiss the doors of the library every time I entered it. I was used to kissing hands and books, especially holy books. Kissing doors didn’t strike me as an odd thing to do,’ says Hannah, the main character in The Historian’s Daughter. Rashida is an author from Perth currently undertaking a residency at the KSP Writers’ Centre in Greenmount to progress her second novel. The residency also offers a variety of public events in which to meet Rashida – and her conquistadors. Free library talks will be held at Bassendean on 23 May and Boya on 29 May. Tickets for a panel and author talk at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival on 2-4 June are available to purchase online. An intimate literary dinner at the KSP Writers’ Centre on Tuesday 6 June features an Indian feast and readings from Rashida, plus questions and book signings. Tickets are just $40 each for a three-course set menu. Rashida will also run an interactive afternoon workshop at KSP on Saturday 10 June: ‘The Others: How to write what you don’t know’. Rashida’s work has been published in various international literary journals and anthologies. In 2016 she was the joint winner of the Magdalena Prize for feminist research for her thesis – including the novel The Historian’s Daughter – which was also shortlisted in the Scottish Dundee International Book Prize in 2015. Advance bookings essential for all events. For more details or to book, please visit the KSP website on

Soroptimist International of Helena The year is already into its sixth month. As they say “time flies when you are having fun”. We served a lovely afternoon tea to some of the Midwives at St John of God Midland Private Public Hospital, in recognition of International Midwives Day on May 5th. Each midwife was given a yellow rose which was greatly appreciated. Joanna Collins, Parkerville Child and Youth Services Director of Out of Home Care, came to speak to us about her journey and extraordinary zest for life and learning. She outlined the activities and services available for children and youth who have experienced trauma through family crises and who, as a result of their programmes have the opportunity to become well-grounded citizens. We hope to assist in some small way with the children and youth. We visited Yallambee Aged Care to entertain the residents with singing and games. Members of the Ukulele group from Kalamunda Community Learning Centre provided music and song sheets to lead the singing. Many thanks to the musicians for helping to make it an enjoyable day. Support continues for the Days for Girls Programme. Some members attended the “DigniTea” afternoon tea in support of the

“Share the Dignity” programme which provides feminine hygiene products to women and girls. Plans for the month of June include a trip to Geraldton for the SIWA Region meeting on the long weekend. SI Geraldton is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the club charter. Their members will welcome their Soroptimist sisters for the celebrations. Apart from the Business meeting, there are plans for a programme of fellowship, a celebratory dinner and visits to local points of interest. The Region meeting presents an opportunity for all clubs to exchange reports of their interesting activities, meet old friends and make new ones. We are looking forward to our club annual Quiz Night on June 23rd at Lesmurdie Club. Cost $15.00. Tables of six. Bar facilities available, but bring your own nibbles. We would appreciate your support and anyone interested to participate should contact Gwynne on 0417995926 or 92934320 for bookings. The last major fundraiser for the year will be the Fashion Parade by Kimbo’s Fashions, Midland, on August 27th. We would be very happy to see some local ladies join us on the day for a lovely lunch and parade of spring season fashions. Watch this space! The club welcomes new members and any woman who wishes to make a difference to the lives of other women and girls please contact Robyn Cain 92988593 or 0417 179 761. Check our website:, follow us on Facebook at Soroptimist International of Helena or email: Rosalie Gordon


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Darlington Review - June 2017

1st Darlington Scout Group

As we speed past the half way point of the term, our Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers are busily preparing for several camps and outside activities in the cooler and possibly damper weather. Our Scouts have a camp planned for Dwellingup, over 3 nights with a variety of hikes and activities planned for the varying skills of this 11-14-year old age group. They will complete this weekend of adventure participating on the Tress adventure aerial high ropes and obstacle course. Will any of our Scouts or leaders exceed the black level course and go on to complete black level extreme? We also have a group camp planned in mid-June at the Manjedal Activity Centre near Byford. The camp has been themed around Vikings and the How to Train your Dragon, animated movies and television series. Youth members will fine tune their “viking” skills participating in navigation (MAC Points), Flying (300m flying fox), Climbing (15-metre-high climbing wall) and tunnelling. This will be a good test for our recently purchased tents and camping gear. At the start of the term it was pleasing to see great participation with our busy bee to organise our storerooms and equipment and carry out a general tidy up around the grounds. Many thanks to the leaders, parents, Cub and Scouts who participated on the day. Recently our group won a $100 BCF gift voucher from Scouts WA for our winning photograph from the 100 years in Cub scouting photography competition. Pictured in their red activity t-shirts running towards the camera at Cubilee this

photo (included) captures the essence of scouting – having fun and making new friends. Congratulations also to Jakob Tolj for achieving the highest possible Cub award - The Grey Wolf. We wish Jakob well as he moves up to Scouts. Well done also to Jack Murfin for successfully organising his Grey Wolf walk on a rather wet Sunday recently. We look forward to presenting Jack with his Grey Wolf award in the coming weeks. Our membership has continued to increase over this term with 3 Joeys, 8 Cubs and 2 Scouts joining our group. We still have some capacity in our Joey Scout section (for 6-7 year olds), however our Cub pack (Ages 8-11) has exceeded capacity with a waiting list being put into place. Due to leader numbers we have gone back to a single cub pack this term on a Monday night. I would like to take this opportunity to express our Scout Group’s appreciation to Jamie Dadd (Cub Leader - Baloo) who has retired recently following more than 4 years’ service to our group. We are still looking for additional adults to take on an assistant leader roles in our Joey Scout, Scouts and Venturer sections. Have fun participating in the largest worldwide youth movement, meet new friends, learn new skills, get outdoors. To enquire becoming an adult volunteer please contact our Group Leader – Glen Stenton .


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Mundaring Bahá’í Community It’s been a busy month of celebration, commemoration and remembrance for Bahá’ís in Mundaring, and all around the world. Over a twelve day period we celebrated the festival of Ridvan (pronounced Rez-van) which commemorates the declaration by Bahá’u’lláh of his mission to unify the world. “We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations.... That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this?” Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’u’lláh made his declaration in 1863 in the beautiful rose gardens of Ridvan in Persia. Bahá’ís today often use roses in their remembrance and in Mundaring we held joyful celebrations in rose-filled homes and feasted on rosewater cupcakes. This month also marks the ninth year of the wrongful imprisonment of seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran, imprisoned for nothing more than being Bahá’í. In an effort to end this injustice and to bring attention to the plight of the Bahá’ís in Iran and those who suffer human rights violations there has been a global awareness campaign, particularly on social media.

#ReleaseBahai7Now, #NotAnotherYear We warmly invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events: Thursday Mornings Coffee and Soulful Conversation, Mahogany Creek Saturday Evenings Monthly 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, Perth-wide 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


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Silver Tree Steiner School Play is Vital at Silver Tree

The theme of the kindergarten years is the world is good. Children of this age (from the year they turn 4 to the year they turn 6) are acquiring and learning to manage a will of their own. Natural play materials and a homely environment offer a play-based curriculum that nurtures the development of children’s senses and imagination, and allows them to learn by imitation and discovery. Children develop their skills and capacities at a natural pace, resulting in a deeper understanding than they could gain through formal instruction. Kindergarten sessions are filled with music, verse, singing, art work, cooking, gardening and creative play. The routine and order provide harmony and security, while free play helps the children to experience fantasy and life deeply. Solid foundations for language skills are laid in the daily storytelling, songs, rhymes, puppet shows and personal interaction with each child. Numeracy skills are embedded in their play as the children stack, measure, sort, collect, gather and count, and sing number rhymes. Problem solving and communication skills are fostered through interaction with the teacher and peers. Although many of this age will naturally acquire some reading and maths skills, these are not instructed formally until the school years. This allows the children’s imagination and enjoyment of learning continue to flourish and lays the foundation for the years to come. You are invited to join us to see for yourself what makes Steiner educated children stand out as independent, enthusiastic learners and highly creative thinkers. Join us on our next tour on Friday 9th June at 9:30am by calling 9295 4787 or e-mailing

Wild Flower Society of Western Australia Eastern Hills Branch

“You go from strength to strength, don’t you?” One buyer exclaimed when paying for his 30 or so plants at our recent annual plant sale. Many local people attended, for some it’s an annual “can’t miss” occasion. If you missed out, or want to grow more come along to the Propagation Group where you will get a great deal of help and encouragement to grow your own. Seeds, pots and plant mix are all available for a small sum. If you have a favourite plant bring along a cutting. Yes, wild flowers can be grown from cutting! We have a range of interesting activities for the next few months; Propagation Group meets in June, 12th and 26th at the hall in McGlew road, Glen Forrest, noon till 3 p.m. “Gardens and Wildflowers in Southern France” is the title of our next general meeting. Delivered by Penny Hussey this will take place on May 26th (although it may yet have happened) at 7 p.m. at the hall in McGlew Road. Fascinating for the garden lover!

Botanical ramble June 17th Strettle Road, Mahogany Creek, 10 a.m. until noon approximately. Keep your eyes peeled for car parked in the road to identify the specific location! The Beauty of the Fringed Lily will feature in the June 23rd general meeting in a talk by Terry McFarlane. One form of the species is thysanotus and will soon be blooming in the bush, a pretty purple flower with, yes indeed, fringes on the margin of the petals. Excursion to Coorow our annual excursion will take place on the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend, September 23rd to 25th. If you have never been on one before think about joining us for this, it is usually good fun, and a good way to learn about new flowers and new friends! Christina Lyall for further information. 9299 6693.

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Darlington History Group Oh what a night it was, it really was, when three gentlemen of Darlington sat empanelled before an expectant audience to respond to the question, “Why Darlington?”, as a place in which to settle and put down the sort of roots that saw them trek to other living places, but drawn back repeatedly to the charm of our village. The interlocutor for the evening was Iain Martin who adeptly posed a series of questions to our two panelists, Rob Hyner and Richard Woldendorp, designed to elicit just why and how these two well-known and talented residents came to be part of the Darlington locale. Rob was born in Holland and lived there during the Occupation in a house shared with German soldiers, but with a Jewish woman living secretly in the attic. Eventually they were forced to leave and, in a quirk of fate, as they were walking the road, an army jeep stopped and picked them up. In that jeep was Reg Caulfield of Darlington. He and Rob’s mother fell in love and eventually made their way to Perth where a European company was setting up a branch. Rob’s mother was a very accomplished singer and a teacher of music which inspired his own talent and love of music. Rob went to live in Subiaco where he was employed by the Western Tyre Service, but he continued his musicianship, performing in the old Capitol Theatre and becoming a wellknown and popular performer. Although he was classically trained, he loved jazz, becoming a teacher of this genre. He made his way to Melbourne and became established as a jazz pianist of note and a protege of Percy Grainger. In 1969 he went back to Holland for thirteen years, but eventually made his way back to Darlington. He continued to teach music and to play in bands around Perth. He became very well-known locally for his stints with THE Rob Hyner Trio at the Darlington Estate Winery. He continues his teaching today, with Iain being one of his students aspiring to conquer the intricacies of jazz piano playing. Rob also holds periodic soirees and his work over the years is still available on CD. Richard, too, was born in Holland at Utrecht. After his mother remarried he lived mainly at boarding school during the German Occupation. Later he served for four years in the army followed by three years in Indonesia after which he came to Perth and became an habitue of the Dutch Club. He met Rob’s brother, Carl, who in 1951 was living in Darlington. Rob went to live with the Caulfield family there and worked with Rob’s family to renovate their house. He bought a motorbike to get around between his one-time workplace in Moora during

the week, returning to Darlington each weekend. He became involved with a house painting venture which proved to be very profitable. Later he flew in MMA DC3 planes to Derby. This type of plan was low-flying enabling passengers a fine aerial view of the ground below. This i8s when he started his experimentation with aerial photography. He didn’t want to set up a studio to pursue this work, instead working with the Australian Tourism Commission and producing some twenty-six albums of photos. He used to fly around Australia in planes flown by young learner pilots which considerably reduced the cost of getting around this vast country of ours. Today Richard lives with his wife, Lyn, in Glen Forrest and is now focussing his photographic talents. No doubt, his studies in this area will be as spectacular as his landscapes. We salute these two artistes in their differing fields of expertise and are appreciative of the talent and humour of Iain in elucidating from them their original and on-going desire to be part of Darlington’s allure. And now, looking ahead to June when we will not be holding our usual evening meeting, but, instead, are involved in planning for our annual High Tea, this year celebrating Darlington residences which are 100 years or more old. A list of these places was published in last month’s Review and Lyn Myles is keen to hear from their current or previous owners as to whether they wish to accept our invitation to join us at the DARLINGTON HALL on SUNDAY 18TH JUNE from 1:30 TO 4:30 . For catering purposes can you please contact Lyn [ 92988604 or] or myself [ 92976451 or] to indicate your wish to attend. Planning for July’s meeting is in hand at the moment and final details for this event will be published in the Review for July. REMINDERS : Annual High Tea Sunday 18th June Darlington Hall 1:30 to 4:30 No evening meetings for the months of June, July and August. Daytime events instead. Check your Review at the beginning of each month. Cheers for now Judi Bracks Publicity Officer

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Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health - Federal Member for Hasluck The 2017/18 Federal Budget will deliver fairness, opportunity and security for all Australians and means great things for Hasluck. The Turnbull Government is making the right choices to ensure our nation’s remarkable economic growth story continues, so we can secure better days ahead for the hard-working people of Hasluck. Schools in every sector in the community of Hasluck will be receiving significant increases in funding due to our needsbased funding model. This announcement is great news for the Hasluck community’s 65 primary and secondary schools and their 23,564 students. From 2017 to 2027 in Hasluck, average funding per student in the Government Education System is estimated to rise from $2,158 per student to $4,202 and from $7,608 to $11,610 per student in the Independent Education System. Funding will also continue to grow in the Catholic Education System, with the on average per student growth rising from its current $9,856 per student to $14,461 per student in 2027. Older Australians in Hasluck will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s assurance of $5.5 billion of continued funding going to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme which enables people to stay in their own homes. As the Minister responsible for Aged Care, I have seen first-hand the enormous benefits of this program, and how it helps older Australians remain independent and in their own home for longer. Australians want to remain in their homes as they age, it feels familiar, it’s where we feel safe and it’s the one place we can call our own. That is why I was so pleased to be able to advocate for and secure funding certainty for this program over the next two years

In this Budget we are extending the incredibly popular Instant Asset Write-Off for local small businesses. There are 13,980 small businesses in Hasluck that can take advantage of Ken chatting to clients at a repite centre about what the Budget this measure. means for them The Government is delivering small and medium business tax cuts, benefiting 3.2 million small and medium businesses that employ 6.5 million Australians. This will help the 14,522 Hasluck businesses with turnovers up to $50 million if they are incorporated, and up to $5 million if they are unincorporated, invest and employ more Australians. Our Government has delivered childcare reform that makes it more accessible and affordable for families and we are moving to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as well as guarantee the future of Medicare. This budget secures the future of Medicare and quarantines it from politics, once and for all. The Turnbull Government is acting to bring down the cost of living. We have intervened in the gas market to ensure that Australian gas is made available to Australians first, putting downward pressure on prices. We have abolished 457 visas to make sure Australians get the first priority for Australian jobs and we are building the roads, bridges, dams and airports that will set the nation up for future success. These are only a few of the measures underlining our plan to put Australians first. If you would like more information on the 2017 Budget and what it means for Hasluck please contact my Electorate Office in Forrestfield on 9359 0322 or email me at

Darlington Concerts Hello Music Lovers.

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After a very successful first concert featuring the Darlington String Quartet we present our second concert featuring The Darlington Piano Trio.

I talked a little in my last newsletter about the String Quartet combination and how it can be extraordinarily difficult to get good results. The reason is fairly simple, it is getting 4 people to find one voice, for in 90% of cases the repertoire demands a unified sound , not only musically but technically, ie intonation , sound and articulation and a myriad of other challenges. It is no surprise that many quartets spend many years finding their own unique voice. The Piano Trio is an entirely different beast, here we have 3 musicians ( piano, violin and cello) basically able to express themselves as individuals while the others are just supporting them and adoring them. It is therefore much easier to get together and a much more personal journey. The difference is a quartet is like being in a marriage dedicated to finding a common thread and love, powerful when it works but rare. The Trio on the other hand is all a bit more debauched and quite selfish but also a lot of fun !

In this concert we present two substantial works by Brahms, if not our favourite chamber music composer then very probably a very close second. Semra Lee Smith and Graeme Gilling will be presenting his Sonata in A Major one of the most reflective and beautiful works for this combination. This will be followed by a piece for solo cello with piano accompaniment by Respighi called Adagio and Variations. This work is special in that it really showcases the cello in all it’s lush glory. The cello is often referred to as the instrument that get’s closest to mimicking the human voice and we really get to hear it in this work.

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Darlington Arts Festival The Darlington Arts Festival Committee is delighted to announce the permanent inclusion of the $10,000 Art Prize in the visual arts presentation section of the festival. The successful pilot in 2016 has resulted in the committee passing a unanimous resolution to continue the major art prize. We are very pleased also to welcome Len Nilesen as the new Treasurer. Ron Stuurstraat will remain on the committee as advisor to Len and the committee generally. Ron has such a wealth of knowledge about the festival and how it works we are grateful for his continuing presence. While it is great that the Treasurer position is resolved, we still are seeking new committee members to assist with the following:

coordinator of the Major Art Prize exhibition involving receipt of registrations, processing receipts and managing the art display; • coordinator of the festival opening night; and • assistants to the Sponsorship/Donations Coordinator for fundraising invloving phone follow ups, emailing etc. Following last year’s very successful pre festival fund raiser, “Walk Up An Appetite”, the event will be repeated in June but sold out just about immediately it was advertised - which is good news for DAF but not so good if you had planned to participate. Information for sponsorships and donations plus registration details for art exhibitions, stalls and performing arts will be on the website soon - check As always, anyone interested in supporting the festival is welcome to contact Chris Pemberton on 92520154.

Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc ‘Wundowie to Weir’ Vintage Film footage by Frank Mullumby Movie-making today is a breeze. Point your smartphone, click the video button and, lo and behold, you have captured life’s great, and not so great, moments. Seventy years ago, however, home movies were rare with both camera and film expensive. Frank Mullumby, a forester who lived at the Mundaring Weir Forestry Settlement, was a man who pursued activities that were out of the ordinary. In 1940 he bought a moving film camera – one of the few Hills’ residents who possessed such an item – and started recording local events as well as footage of his family. On occasion, Frank would show these home-made films at the Mundaring Weir Hall to other residents of the forestry settlement; an enjoyable night for those unused to seeing themselves on film. Frank’s films were transferred into a digital format a few years ago, but it is only now that Jude Carr, Local History Librarian for the City of Swan, with the help of some digitally savvy volunteers, was able to edit the footage to create a more ordered format. With recently added commentary from Barry Rhodes, who lived in the Weir Settlement and knew Frank Mullumby, these films offer a wonderful insight into many aspects of life in the Hills in the 1940s and 1950s. City of Swan Local History, the Shire of Mundaring, and the Mundaring & Hills Historical Society are collaborating on 17 June to show Frank’s films to a new audience. Starting at 1.30pm at ‘The Hub of the Hills’, 8 Craig Street Mundaring, all former residents of the Mundaring Weir Settlement, their descendants, and those interested in Hills’ History are invited to attend this free event. Afternoon tea will be served afterwards. For more information email or phone 9295 0540.


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Tax time is just around the corner and for some of us it is not a time that we are really looking forward to. I used to resent paying tax until I started traveling the world and experienced potholed roads, rundown hospitals, and beggars everywhere on the streets. I came to appreciate our Australian government and the way our taxes help us to live to the standard that we do. In the book of Mathew in the bible we read that Jesus was approach by some Pharisees and the Herodians and asked the question “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”. Both groups despised Jesus and were trying to catch him out. If Jesus said yes to paying taxes the Pharasees would have argued that he was opposed God, the “true” king. If he said no to paying taxes the Herodians would have had Jesus arrested and handed over on charges of rebellion. Jesus could see that they were trying to trap him so he asked someone to hand him a denarius, which was a common coin of the day. He said to his accusers “Whose image is on this coin?” “Caesar” they replied. “Well”, Jesus said “Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and give unto God that which is God’s.” This left both groups perplexed and they had no come back. This is an interesting story which encourages us to be faithful in paying our taxes, however, when we look deeper, there is an even more profound meaning. It comes from Jesus exhortation to “Give unto God what is God’s”. So “What is God’s?” If we look at the denarius bearing the image of Caesar, we need to ask, “What? or Who? bears the image of God”. The answer is on the first page of the bible. In Genesis chapter 1: 26-27 it states, “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God

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Darlington Review - June 2017

Mundaring Arts Centre

heARTlines Bringing literacy and artistic enrichment to people of all ages and abilities in Perth since 2005, the Act-Belong-Commit heARTlines Children’s Literature and Illustration Festival has expanded in 2017, taking up residency at the Midland Junction Arts Centre from 20 May to 21 June. Hosted by the Mundaring Arts Centre, heARTlines celebrates the artistic process of book creation, inviting local authors and illustrators to facilitate workshops, presentations and demonstrations for school children and the general public. Alongside hands on workshops, an exhibition of artworks from featured texts will be showcased at the Midland Junction Arts Centre. Exploring the transformation from idea to final product, the heARTlines exhibition includes artwork from local and nationally renowned artists including Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Matt Ottley, Terry Denton, Frané Lessac, Aśka, Gabriel Evans, Chris Nixon, Kylie Howarth, Briony Stewart, Moira Court, Brian Simmonds and more. Original artworks are displayed alongside planning sketches and initial drafts, delivering a rare insight into the artist’s process. Awareness of artistic development, methods and processes is particularly thought-provoking for students who visit the exhibition and take part in workshops. As presenter Mark Greenwood affirms “The outcomes resonate long after the author’s presentations have concluded. The inspiration that echoes in the minds of the young audiences cannot be underestimated”. With over two thousand visitors in 2015, it is anticipated that the substantial reach of this year’s festival will engage the public and further enhance the accessibility of literature and the arts in the community. Presenter Norman Jorgensen explains “thousands of children have had their lives brightened and their eyes opened to a whole new experience of meeting talented local creators”. The festival offers opportunities for creative engagement for the whole community. Library readings, adult art workshops and presentations are just some of the dynamic and entertaining

activities planned as part of the public program offered through heARTlines. Sharing artistic skills and engaging the community in these activities highlights literature and the arts as valuable and meaningful facets of our cultural landscape. The heARTlines festival culminates in an Open Day on Saturday 17June. The Open Day welcomes the public and invites people of all ages and abilities to participate in workshops comprising of creative writing, cartooning and illustration. The Mundaring Arts Centre staff will provide free guided exhibition tours and walk-in activities throughout the day with heARTlines curator and author Cristy Burne and illustrator Aśka. The heARTlines Exhibition will be available to the public to view from 20 May to 21June, opening from Tuesday to Saturday 11am-3pm free of charge. The school program runs from 24 May - 21 June and the Festivals Open Day is free to enter Saturday 17 June from 10am-3pm.


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Darlington Tennis Club Darlington Tennis Club Court Weekly Bookings June 2017 Time








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Mon morning social tennis from 8.30am. 

Faye Jackson

0487 277 288

Thurs morning social tennis from 8.30am.

Trevor Folley

9252 1697

Mon, Tues, Wed nights 7‐9.30pm mixed social comp

Paula Wood  (Mon)

0430 022 047

(These comps do not usually run in school hols)

Tim Nicholas (Tues)

0434 322 139

Players assigned to a team for duration of comp.

Brendon (Wed)

0427 250 566

Cardio Tennis Mon 6‐7pm

Lee Oliver

9252 0209

Pennants training session Thursday 5‐7.30pm

Zane Moran

0417 177 679

Pennants training session Friday 6‐7.15pm

Lee Oliver

9252 0209

Social Tennis ‐ Friday 7.15‐9pm

Lee Oliver/Zane Moran 0417 177 679 (Zane)

Coaching (adults): Thurs 7‐9pm 

Lee Oliver

9252 0209

Coaching (kids): Tues 4‐6pm; Fri 4‐6pm

Lee Oliver

9253 0209


see website for team contacts

Sunday night social 8‐9pm

Richard Powell

0417 809 026

Wheelchair tennis Monday 6‐7pm

Lee Oliver

9254 0209

At other times courts may be hired through Pines shop across the road ($20 key deposit; $5 an hour for non‐members, $7 for lights)

After hours court bookings: Brendon 9252 1392/0427 250 566.    General enquiries Alex Hoschke 0439 976 672

Discover Darlington’s bush tracks We’re approaching the time of the year when bushwalking becomes popular – which is timely because Cliff and Sharron Burns have just revised a second edition of their popular booklet of trails and tracks through Darlington. “Since the first edition nine years ago, some tracks have disappeared and many new ones have been created,” says Cliff. All maps/trails/tracks have been revised using GPS technology. Copies can be obtained by phoning 9299 6696.


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St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church

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As the day ends, we sing, pray and hear from the scriptures in this traditional form of evening worship. The choir is rehearsing in readiness, and we will once again be joined by organist John Beaverstock. There will be supper in the cloisters afterwards and all are most welcome to join us.

Restoration Appeal For over 90 years, St Cuthbert’s has stood at the heart of Darlington. It is a place of peace and reflection, celebration and education, service and generosity. Thanks to funding from Lotterywest we have been able to create a Conservation Management Plan. Based on this plan, we have repaired the stained glass windows and fixed the drainage issues. We still need to repair the cracking interior walls, replace the electrical wiring, and install a discreet air conditioning system. We need your help to conserve this building for future generations. The National Trust has established a taxdeductible restoration appeal. The total cost of the project is approximately $120,000 and we hope to raise $40,00 from donations to the National Trust Appeal. If you would like to make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to help conserve St Cuthbert’s, you can donate online by visiting www.

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 on Friday 28 July.

For further enquiries please contact Fr Chris Bedding on 92997274.

There will be activities for families, a traditional Christmas roast dinner, carol singing a-plenty and considerable good cheer.

Worship in the Style of Taizé The next Taizé-style service happens on Sunday 4 June 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 will be on sale in early June.


Darlington Review - June 2017

Shire of Mundaring Library Service Author Talks Norman Jorgensen entertained and enlightened in his talk at Boya Community Centre on 24 April. Jorgensen is a writer of children’s books, and normally presents to children, but his talk on the eve of Anzac Day about the inspiration behind, and art in his book ‘In Flanders Fields’, resonated with the audience. The book is based on true events, and tells the story of a young soldier who crosses no man’s land to rescue a robin caught in barbed wire. Each page is hauntingly illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever (who lived in Greenmount for a time). The artist used his then 19 year-old son as a model, and over the months Harrison-Lever took to complete the artwork, the hero’s character had taken on the persona of his son, and he had to sometimes check his son’s room to reassure himself his son was still there. Norman was first inspired by a single scene in the first version of Erich Remarque’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ which had such a stark and atmospheric quality that it haunted him ever since. On the eve of Anzac Day, it was sobering to look at the images that inspired the artwork, and remember the thousands who lost their lives. On a lighter note, Jorgensen also discussed his many other books, including ‘The Last Viking’ and the ‘Smuggler’s Curse’ series.

Rachael Johns launched her tenth book, ‘Talk of the Town’, on Thursday 4 May at Boya Community Centre. Johns is one of Australia’s most popular romance writers with a devoted following of readers who came out in force to hear her talk about her new book and her writing. There were many laughs and giggles during Johns’ in-conversation interview with Jeannie Watts from Sam Still Reading. We were gate-crashed by a kelpie-cross who managed to navigate the double sliding-doors to make his way to joyously scampering about the hall, much to enjoyment of the 100-strong audience and the consternation of the library staff member present. You can follow Rachael Johns on Facebook or her blog www.

Upcoming Talks

Shire of Mundaring Libraries will be hosting KSP Emerging Writer-inResidence, Dr. Rashida Murphy, at Boya Library on 29 May from 5.45pm to 6.45pm in a talk entitled ‘Conquistadors and Odious Aunties’, of which there is an abundance of in her novel, ‘The Historian’s Daughter’. Dr. Murphy will discuss her book, and answer questions about writing and publishing. Bookings are essential at Eventbrite at rmurphy.eventbrite. or call the library on 9290 6755. Beth Baker, Australian wildflower photographer, will be speaking at Boya Community Centre on Wednesday 14 June. Bookings will be available on 2 June at Eventbrite, or call the library on 9290 6755.

Darlington Family Playgroup As we approach the chillier weeks of Autumn, our little ones are busy preparing the veggie patch here at Darlington Family Playgroup with some strawberries, peas, broccoli and the like. They love to water the little plants and watch them get bigger each week! We love to have some fresh home grown produce for on the morning tea platters to share! Coming very soon in Term 3 to DFPG (end of July) is a new session specifically for new babies and their mums/carers. A playgroup session where carers can share their experiences of sleepless nights, feeds and all the wonderful things that being a new parent are all about over a nice cup of tea. More details to follow. Please keep an eye out for the flier in and around Darlington for more information on the opening of the first weekly session. In the meantime it's play and adventures as usual for all our children. An easy, relaxed and happy place to spend time, our families love to get together to enjoy some interactive play in the community here at playgroup. Why not come along and take a look around if you have a child who is not yet of school age. It’s a great opportunity to meet likeminded carers and little ones. 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 call 9299 6396 or email We’re on facebook too: darlingtonfamilyplaygroup, W.A.


Darlington Review - June 2017

June 2017 Mon



Thu 1 Weekday FODS Speakers Circle @ The Hub

Fri 2 Darlington Club Closed for Long Weekend

Sat 3

Sun 4 Breakfast with a dipstick! Sausage Sizzle— Darlington Oval from 10 am Weekend FODS Taize Service @ St Cuthbert’s 6.30


6 KSPWC Writers Dinner



9 Darlington Club Sundowner

10 KSPWC Writers Workshop

11 Darlington Bush Walk—see notes

Silvertree Steiner School Tour 9.30

Juniper Studio Concert—See ad

Darlington Chamber Concert Series 3pm @ Hall Trinity Sunday Evensong @ St Cuthbert’s 7pm

12 Wildflower Propagation Group Meeting


13 DVBB Meeting @ Fire Station

14 Seed Cleaning Group Meeting

15 Weekday FODS

16 Darlington Club Soup Night

Bath Baker Wildflower Photographer @ Boya Library



heARTlines Open Day 10-3 Botanical Ramble—Strettle Road 22

23 Wildflower Society Talk Darlington Club Sundowner Soroptimist’s Annual Quiz Night @ Lesmurdie Club

26 Wildflower Propagation Group Meeting


28 Seed Cleaning Group Meeting

17 Wundowie to Weir Movie @ The Hub 1.30





18 Weekend FODS Darlington History Group Special High Tea event from 1.30 Darlington Hall


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Darlington Social Cricket Club Inc “Slips, Stumpings Appeals & Silly Points”

Every now and then all the great writers hit that brick wall and have a mental block. Tonight, the Ferret has hit that very wall. My loyal readers, this is not due to any fault of his own. No it’s due to the fact that no one has confessed to carrying out any acts of stupidity lately. So it’s up to this brilliant author to conjure up a worth while tale. The club horticulturist recently offered to help out another club member who was going to be hosting a barbecue, with some of his over grown hedges and shrubs. The date was set and the Hort turned up on time at the home of Doc Bates to help him get his garden into shape. Now a lot of you would have seen the Doc driving around in his red Honda CRV, towing his always empty trailer, around Darlington and surrounding districts. Unfortunately after not too long, the Doc received a phone call from his work, he was required for an emergency. The Hort said, “don’t worry you go, I’m a professional I know what I’m doing.” The ever trusting Doc, left his mate and raced down to his work to sort out the emergency. The Hort simply popped in his head phones and went to work. Before long, he had clipped and hacked, a straggly looking group of bushes stretching about 30 metres, down to a nice neat hedge. Albeit three feet high, down from it’s original height of seven feet. He also took on the array of Bougainvillea’s, all 15 of them and chopped them down to size. Next on his agenda were the unruly Agapanthus. He felt the Doc really didn’t understand the intricacies of gardening, so he cut back and replanted the Aggies in some sort of order for him. The Doc’s parting words to the Hort before he left were, “leave any cuttings, I’ll take them to the dump in my trailer.” And that he did over the next four weeks. On the 8th of January, DSCC took on the WA Suburban Turf Umpires. As this was the first game after the Christmas break, there were more than a few DSCC members still getting over the Christmas cheer and festivities. Suffice to say they weren’t too mobile cricketers in the field. The umpires batted first and were able to achieve a total of 8/191. The chief wicket taker for DSCC was Kozack with 2/20. The rest of the wickets were shared by the DSCC pie throwers. In reply, DSCC easily ran down the score in making 4/192. Wobbly knee Earnshaw, hit 33 while Crowe and Rickard each scored 31. The next game was played on the 15th of January, against the Subi

Floreat Old Boys. SFOB normally bring up a team brimming with very fast, good bowlers. This year it would seem the emphasis was more on the Old. DSCC were able to post a very respectable total of 6/267. The main contributors for DSCC were Farrant, Ellis and Lucas (of the Mark variety), with 59, 51 and 50 respectively. The author was told by a reliable source that SFOB did indeed have a fairly quick opening bowler and a couple of the DSCC batsmen had to change their underwear after being dismissed. In reply, SFOB’s were all out for 175. The main destroyers for DSCC were Mark Lucas with 2/8 (yes I too, find it hard to believe), and Ben Harvey with 2/26. On the 22nd of January, DSCC hosted 100 & 1 O’Reilly’s. The O’Reilly mob batted first and reached 9/235 of their allotted 40 overs. The main run scorers for the O’Reilly’s were Bill with 52 and Lachlan with 45. While the best of the DSCC pie throwers were Farrant with 3/18 and the Goofy Footed Beazley with 2/17. The game went down to the wire with DSCC falling short by one run in the last over. The main run scorers for DSCC were Farrant with 67, Scrimshaw with 61 and Cliff Burns with 46. The main destroyer for the O’Reilly mob was Lachlan with the excellent bowling figures of 5/18 of 4 overs. Once again, it was great to see the matriarch of the O’Reilly mob, Micks mum Mrs O’Reilly and his uncle John, down at the game cheering on the younger generations. By all accounts it was a fantastic barbecue after the game at Mick and Cathryn’s house. My spies tell me that Matt Ellis was the last one to leave the barbecue after being kicked out by Cathryn as she had enough of Mick and Matt singing Danny Boy off key. DSCC took on their long time rivals, Nedlands Rugby Club on the 5th of February. DSCC batted first and were all out for 256. Glenn Farrant once again starred with the bat making 68 while Lucas and Ward made 49 and 42 respectively. In reply, Nedlands were all out for 124. Earnshaw 2/6 and Ward 2/13 were the main destroyers for DSCC. Remember, if you are in urgent need of a garden make over, please feel free to contact the club and we’ll pass on Graham the Horts contact details to you. Till next month The Ferret.


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Darlington Review June 2017  

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Darlington Review June 2017  

Produced for and by the the community of Darlington Village, Western Australia