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--r e b m e m e R to y a W t a --- A Gre w Cup event held This year’s Bloody Slo 20 October was on the weekend of 18on of four police a fitting commemorati lives in a 2001 officers who lost their an, the worst plane crash near Newm history. accident in WA police

-----THIS EDITION----A Pink Ribbon ‘First’

Soccering on to Singapore

Outdoor Fitness Fun

Pathway to Practical Learning A Community Mainstay

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--- A Pink Ribbon ‘First’ ---

Getting into the spirit: A colourful and coordinated response. Photo by Sarah Stampfli.

There was tremendous community support for Newman’s inaugural fundraising event for breast cancer research. Watching television one evening, local resident Helen Finn was inspired to organise a Pink Ribbon function. She said, “I’d seen an ad about breast cancer and I felt like I had to do something. Not something small either!” Helen sold her vision to enough supportive Newman community members and it grew, with over 130 guests attending a cocktail party at the Newman Club in October, raising close to $7,000. Table decorations were homemade, while Newman Mainstreet donated the table cloths and black chair covers. Nicole Willis from Mainstreet must be singled out for truly championing the cause - going under the razor for a sponsored head shave - while individuals and local businesses provided a range of auction and raffle prizes. Despite the event being an uplifting affair, it wasn’t all laughter and smiles, with the audience moved while listening to guest speakers Dr Qalo Sukabula from Kinetic Health, breast cancer survivor Teresa Wilding and Michael Borg, a nurse who lost his wife to the disease. Helen has lived in Newman for five years. She said, “I was proud to bring this function to the local community and thank them for their great support. Even though I am busy teaching swimming and running my small business Parties By Imagination - I am keen to get involved in more local events.” To continue the fundraising effort see

NEWVIEW FACT Newman (now Fortescue) Golf Club has the distinction of being the first grass golf course in the Pilbara. It opened on 17 August 1986. [Source:]

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--- Outdoor Fitness Fun --Seven new outdoor exercise stations in and around the Capricorn Sporting Complex can be used by anyone, any time. In response to a growing community interest in fitness and improved personal health, BHP Billiton Iron Ore has partnered with the Shire of East Pilbara to fund the Fortescue Avenue Exercise Trail, providing a variety of outdoor equipment that is available for everyone. At the official opening on 9 November, Shire Recreation and Fitness Centre staff gave a demonstration of how the apparatus should be used. Shire of East Pilbara Chief Executive Officer, Allen Cooper, said, “Whether you want to maintain and improve your fitness, are looking for an alternative to exercising indoors or want to make that change to become healthier and more active, this project enables you to do so.”

Showing the ropes: fitness demonstrations from Recreation and Fitness Centre staff.

When it came to planning the exercise stations, there was great awareness that all materials had to be suitable for the unique Pilbara conditions. Mr Cooper added, “The Shire is committed to increasing access to recreation and leisure facilities within Newman and this project is particularly important as it provides the opportunity for everyone to combine exercise and recreation, encouraging a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle while enjoying our town’s beautiful landscape.”

The outdoor exercise equipment in use.

--- Soccering on to Singapore --The last school holidays were busy for Newman’s junior soccer players. October saw the under-11s and under-13s teams of Newman Junior Soccer Association (NJSA) compete in Perth for Country Week, pitting their skills against other regional associations including Albany, Esperance, Bunbury and Karratha. The under-13s secured third place, while the under-11s finished the preliminary rounds on top, making the grand final where they went down 0-2 to Esperance. Participants did their town proud, but particular mention should go to the under 11s players Nehemiah Reuben who won the Best and Fairest award, and Harrison Parsons, who took out the Golden Boot award. Gerry Parsons, NJSA Secretary, said, “Country Week soccer is a great stepping stone. Selected children are then invited to a country camp in the April holidays and can be chosen to play in the Singa Cup in Singapore.” In November, three Newman players, had an exciting trip to do just that. Harrison Parsons and Isaiah Reuben were in the under-12s regional team, and McKenzie Parsons was in the under-16s girl’s regional team.

The Grand Final: McKenzie Parsons throwing the ball into play.

The Australian teams found Singapore’s hot and sticky weather conditions difficult. Gerry added, “It was hard work just watching, let alone running around and playing.” The under-16s girls went down 1-2 to Melbourne Footskills in the final but McKenzie received the runner-up Most Valuable Player award. To find out more about junior soccer in Newman, please contact Gerry on 0429 011 170 or email

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--- Changing the Face of Education in the Pilbara ---

South Newman Primary School Pre-primary children near the new fencing that is keeping students safe at school. L to R: Mia Bisset, Ciara Finn, Rebecca Camm, Wil Jones, Beau Johnson, Anthony Bowie and Jaymie McNamara

Newman’s three schools are benefiting from BHP Billiton Iron Ore funding for some great improvements that are due for completion in time for the start of the 2014 school year. Fencing upgrades, landscaping, new and revitalised play equipment including shade sails, eye-catching entry statements and painting improvements are just some of the works currently being executed at Newman Senior High School, Newman Primary School and South Newman Primary School.

The schools’ leadership teams were able to identify the types of refurbishments that would best suit the needs of their respective schools and students. The multi-million dollar upgrade projects spans Newman and Port Hedland, changing the face of education. This initiative is part of BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s partnership with the WA Department of Education and local schools to help Pilbara students access educational opportunities equal to those available in metropolitan areas. You can find out more about BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s community partnerships in Newman by phoning 9175 3505.

--- Care in the Community --East Pilbara Independence Support (EPIS) fulfils a vital role, helping the frail and aged, people with disabilities and their carers. Initially founded in 1993 as Newman Home and Community Care (HACC), a name change 10 years later didn’t alter the organisation’s mission and values. EPIS services include leisure activities, domestic assistance, meals on wheels, nursing, social support and respite care. Expansion has seen HACC services reach Marble Bar, Nullagine, Jigalong and most recently, Tom Price. EPIS Newman CEO, Cath O’Connor, said, “We pick up clients in the morning, shower them, wash their clothes, provide meals and involve them in activities. A game of bingo, a barbecue or going bush for a picnic are opportunities for socialising, while shopping and paying bills have practical value. We provide a light breakfast, a hot lunch and drop our clients home with a meal. If the community can help, donations of men’s clothing and also larger ladies’ sizes are always welcome.” With funding for only one meal a day, staff are able to stretch their resources thanks to the generosity of the town’s Woolworths, and Foodbank.

Making a difference: The opening of the new HACC-funded house in July 2013.

A development of note is the establishment of Nyabalee House, in a brand new home in Les Tutt Drive, near the Newman HACC Centre, providing a 24-hour respite facility for carers. The building opened last month and is another positive amenity for Newman’s community. If you know anyone who could benefit from EPIS services, please phone Operations Manager, Sandie Clarke, on 9175 5179.


--- A Place where Friends can become ‘Family’ --Newman has many long-standing, community-minded residents. Michelle Baines is one. She has lived in the town for 17 years and worked as the Administrator in Track Maintenance at BHP Billiton Iron Ore for 16 of those years. Shortly after arriving in the Pilbara, Michelle joined the Newman Neighbourhood Centre, becoming a committee member in 2003 and is now Chairperson. “It is somewhere to have a coffee and make new friends, do craft, study or even have time out using our crèche. We also hold a variety of courses and social events,” she said. Being community-minded, Michelle became a Justice of the Peace (JP) in 2006. She said, “After a long application process and completing training, I was finally appointed a JP. One of the most interesting aspects is attending court in the absence of a magistrate.”

15 years of loyal service: Pat Bourke, General Manager Whaleback, congratulates Michelle at August’s awards celebration.

Michelle is also busy running two small businesses – Red Dog Stamping and Pilbara Perfect Weddings – after recently becoming Newman’s newest marriage celebrant! As Michelle’s involvement clearly shows, the willingness of long-term community members to continue to participate and volunteer make them invaluable in towns such as Newman.

--- Pathway to Practical Learning --The new Trade Training Centre at Newman Senior High School opens in early 2014, presenting the opportunity for students to gain recognised trade qualifications.

Note: If you find yourself in need of a JP, there is a list in the Newman Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Directory or contact Newman Police Station on 9175 4000.

The first batch of Year 11/12 students to use the centre will embark on the nationally-recognised, two-year Certificate II in Engineering will learn metal fabrication skills and techniques. The program also has a strong focus on occupational health and safety, literacy, numeracy and employability skills, placing students in a competitive position to secure a future apprenticeship or traineeship. Vocational Education and Training Coordinator, Kim Bowering said, “Demand outstripped supply of places. In a stringent process, students had to apply in writing, take an aptitude test, have their grades and school attendance scrutinised, and complete an interview with a panel including a BHP Billiton Iron Ore representative. Finally, successful applicants were required to sign a contract to reinforce their commitment.”

Down under: Students and staff in the simulated mine at The Cut in Perth.

Students will undertake workplace learning in the mining and allied industries, put their newly-gained skills and knowledge into practice, receive mentoring and feedback to ensure their skills are demonstrated at a national industry standard. As part of a Federal Government initiative, the Centre also received funding support from BHP Billiton Iron Ore. Furthering this important relationship, successful applicants and Year 10 students from the Mining Alliance Program had a trip to Perth in November, visiting the BHP Billiton headquarters and attending the Central Institute of Technology’s Cut Mine, a simulated mine that provides ‘hands-on’ experience. Kim added, “The trip gave students a great insight, showing them career possibilities. I am sure they benefited enormously.”

Technical skills: Students at the automotive workshop at Sevenoaks Trade Training Centre in Perth dismantled the head of an engine to replace a gasket.

This community newsletter is proudly supported by BHP Billiton Iron Ore. This newsletter is designed and written by Creating Communities Pty Ltd.

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Upcoming Events---

--- Summer Twilight Movies series --From Saturday 11 January 2014 Brought to you by BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Shire of East Pilbara, this free event is entering its fifth season. For 10 weeks from Saturday 11 January to 15 March, there will be familyfriendly films on the big screen at Boomerang Oval. Come at 6pm to enjoy a picnic or buy refreshments and remember to bring something comfortable to sit on. Films start at 6.45pm. The program will be available on the Community Calendar at

--- Australia Day --Sunday 26 January The Australia Day celebrations at Newman Aquatic Centre embrace the town’s Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards. Please take the time to nominate a worthy recipient and recognise their contribution to the Newman community. Nomination forms will soon be available on the Shire’s website and the submission period closes mid-January. See

Janelle, Luke and Jaymie McNamara at Newman Mainstreet indoor bi-monthly markets.

The Newman Mainstreet Project makes the town’s heart beat stronger. Mainstreet’s objectives are to involve the community in projects or events that promote cohesion, development and identity, and to encourage a community-based, coordinated approach to improve the economic, social and physical environment. This happens in a number of ways, including producing the monthly Newman News, running The Beach Indoor Play Centre and organising markets every two months. Relying largely on volunteers, Mainstreet’s Committee of approximately 10 people is chaired by Danielle Cochrane, who has been the mainstay since the group’s inception in 2001. She said, “We offer a party hire and event coordination service, which in a small way contributes to our sustainable future.” In the past year, Mainstreet has received significant funding from BHP Billiton Iron Ore. Danielle continued, “We were given $20,000 to run the International Women’s Day event in March and we also received $25,000 to upgrade the kitchen at The Beach, which should increase its use and allow for a more varied menu. There are several community groups who often want to cook for their functions or fundraising activities, and now they can have access to a commercial kitchen.” An earlier BHP Billiton Iron Ore community grant is funding renovations of The Beach Indoor Play Centre at Newman Community Hall. The modernised building will enable easier access by young families and less mobile users. Danielle’s contribution to Mainstreet has been immense. Although she plans to step back from her responsibilities and will be dearly missed, Mainstreet will continue to provide a beneficial central community hub.

--- BHP Billiton Iron Ore Community Grants --February funding round 2014 Applications close 5:00pm, 1 February BHP Billiton Iron Ore invites you to apply for funding through its valuable Community Grants Program. For more details on how to apply, or for any other information, please call Emma-Jane Hunt on 9175 3682.

--- Classic Communication: Promote Your Community Organisation --Monday 10 February Join Rebecca Lyon Augustus, Creating Communities’ Communications Manager for an entertaining and informative workshop. She will pass on tips that could help you raise the profile of your community group, focusing on how to develop fantastic information materials such as newsletters, with NewView - being the focal point of discussion. Date: Monday 10 February, 2014, Time: 9:15am to 11:15am, Venue: Newman House RSVP: Teresa Southwell from Creating Communities on 0418 296 915 or email NEWVIEW COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

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