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Love of pigs!

Brenden, Fletcher , Emmett & Annette Howard


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To the Howard family of Wannamal, pigs are more than livestock, they are a way of life. Three generations live on the farm, working 365 days of the year, running a “grow out unit”, which is essentially a feed lot for pigs. They are one of many locals who are contract growers to Westpork, one of Australia’s largest pork producers, based at Gingin. Under the contract, Westpork supply the piglets, the feed and the Howards provide the management and infrastructure. Wannamal is one of the biggest pig areas in the state. Selected because of access to water, proximity to market and feed mills, a good sea breeze and affordable land. Brenden, the oldest son of Annette & Errol Howard, now runs the “grow-out unit” with eager assistance from his toddler son, Emmett, who spends most weekends with his dad learning the ropes from a young age. Brenden says he always wanted to farm. Lucky for dad Errol, who built the business from scratch. Brenden shares, “Dad tries to avoid the piggery like the plague, he prefers sheep and cattle and during harvest he’ll be on a truck”. Errol & Annette, are understandably proud of what they have created, having invested years of hard labor. Errol was bought up in Corrigin on a sheep, wheat and cattle property. The Wannamal sandy country wouldn’t support such farming so Errol started a 15 sow piggery. Annette recalls, “It was very small, everything was second hand, as cheap as we could do.” Annette shares, “We did it all ourselves, I’d get up at 5am, help load the pigs, I’d come home and get the kids ready for school, load them on the school bus, Errol would take the pigs to Perth and I’d be in the piggery for the day.” Today life as a “grow out unit” is about precision turnaround and adhering to strict bio security guidelines. What you’ll also find at the Howard’s is a healthy dose of family love and an obvious respect and care of the pigs. It is quite amazing to watch young Emmett walk among the piglets, seemingly oblivious to the flies and the aroma.” 750 piglets arrive every fortnight at the premises at 4 weeks and go out at 22 weeks old. They are 8 kilos on arrival and leave at 110. The workload is constant, as Brenden describes it as, “same thing, different day”. Continued page 13




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This issue we explode to 32 pages and celebrate what Christmas means in the Northern Valleys from fresh stone fruit to Christmas Hams, freshly collected yabbies from the dam and local wines.

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I am writing to you in response to the article Horses in Action which appeared in the last edition of the Northern Valley News.

Dear Editor I am writing to you in response to the article, Bindoon Primary School ‘Crunch!’ Which appeared in the last edition of the Northern Valley News.

As I was a competitor on my own horse I wish to send my thanks to the other competitors and the organisers of the competitions. I would first like to thank the Chittering Riding Club [CRC] and congratulate them on all their efforts in the set up .The day had such a great atmosphere!! I would also like to thank the Bindoon Districts Pony Club for setting up and running the Handy Pony events and the Showjumping .I think it was just great to see so many different horses there this year! The Bindoon Show- Horse in Action Events does give both the horse and the riders a big opportunity to meet new people and show off how good their horse is! Yours Sincerely, Ebony White

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To see all the art work the children do and then to be able to take it home to display on your wall, the children should be proud. Giving the children a chance to help and take on jobs is a great way to show the Bindoon primary shows children how to help and gives them more responsibilities. From a childs point of view I think it was awesome and I loved people seeing my art work. Your sincerely , Sophie Fernie Bindoon primary student

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I think the idea of a art exhibition every year is a great thing for children and the community.

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I am writing to you in response to the article “Great Northern Highway a Priority” which was in the last edition of the Northern Valley News. I would like to express my opinion about the proposed by-pass around Bindoon for the trucks. I think it is a great idea that they might build a road around Bindoon for the trucks because it is unsafe to have them going through town. There are quite a few kids trying to cross the road near blind corners. If the kids are in the middle of the road and a truck comes around a blind corner the child could get run over. Some of the trucks speed and that makes it even worse for the children. If there is a by-pass around Bindoon it will become a childfriendly town. Yours Sincerely Chloe Trembath Bindoon Primary School Student Dear Editor I am writing to you in response to the article Great Northern Highway a Priority which appeared in the last edition of the Northern Valley News. I know it is a great idea to re-route the trucks because the trucks are frequently speeding and putting Bindoon’s citizen’s lives at risk. For example people are trying to cross the road is extremely difficult when oversized trucks force all kinds of transportation to come to a sudden stop. Yours sincerely Joshua Noor Dear Editor, This is my response to the article “It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas” which appears in the last edition of the Northern Valley News. I have experienced the Christmas in the Park first hand. I am very excited that there is a new band, bouncy castle, balloon twister and soap bubbles. Like many years before Santa Claus is coming to town on his Auzzie Ute. It is great that the kids get to see Santa first hand like I did before

Dear Editor, I am writing to you in response to the article “Own a Piece of History” which appeared in the last edition of the Northern Valley News. I think the building should be bought by the government and they should restore the building, reuse the motel/hotel or leave it like it is and make it like a small museum. If you sell this motel/hotel anyone could buy it and anything could happen to it and its value and history could get destroyed.

One of the great things about Christmas is the opportunity to catch up with others in the community and join in the festive enthusiasm. This year will be no exception. Wherever you are there is an event near you from Bullsbrook Carols to a Mogumber Aussie cricket match. Carols by Candlelight is being held at Bullsbrook District High School on Sunday 9th December. This is the 3rd year that the Carols by Candlelight has been held at the school and it has been a nice relaxed community event. There is usually a surprise visitor for the children too! A Christmas Tree gathering at Lower Chittering Hall on the Sunday 16th December 4pm. The combined Churches of Gingin are celebrating “Gingin’s Community Christmas in the Park” at the Sound Shell in Granville Park, Gingin on 16th December. Children’s activities will begin at 4pm with crafts,

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games, face painting. At 4.30pm Santa and his helper will arrive with much “Ho-Ho-Hoing” and lollies for the children. There will also be a photo opportunity for those who want to sit on Santa’s knee. Following on at 5.00pm Roxanne’s Dance Workshop will give a performance. At 5.30pm a free sausage sizzle will be available, during this picnic tea hour there will be performances featuring the Gingin DHS Concert Band. Free tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the event. Live music by Challenge Brass Band from Wanneroo will begin at 6.30pm and will accompany community singing of Christmas Carols and Christmas Songs. Also a Nativity Play will be performed by local children. This event and is being proudly sponsored by the Gingin branch of the Bendigo Bank and supported by local community groups. In Bindoon, Christmas in Clune

8th December 10am Fete Saturday, Immaculate Heart College, Cnr Santa Gertrudus and Muchea East Road, Lower Chittering Tafe Students Art Exhibition, Bindoon Hall

Park will be bigger and better than ever before. New activities and a band will be providing entertainment for the whole family. The kids activities will be starting at 4pm with Bouncing Castle, Craft activities, Balloon Twister, Soap Bubbles. Santa will be arriving to hand out presents at 5pm and a sausage sizzle will be starting shortly thereafter. The kids will be entertained with a set of kids songs and then the Christmas Band will be performing from 6pm. Carols will be lead by Sing Australia from 6:45pm with activities winding up by 8pm. As long as you are young at heart, you get an opportunity to sit on Santa’s knee when he visits Wannamal. The

Wannamal Christmas Tree is being held on Saturday 22nd December with Father Christmas arriving at 5.30pm. In what is regarded as one of the most social nights of the year in Wannamal, dinner is provided and then lots of laughter as adults swap Christmas presents in very novel circumstances. With tinsel and santa hats and a bit of imagination, many Wannamal folk get right into the Christmas spirit and decorate their front gate/mailbox for the annual competition. So if you are driving through Wannamal, stop and take a closer look as many original, themed, comical and unexpected sights enhance property entrances.

Yours sincerely, Jethro Heaney

Sunday, 9th December Bullsbrook Xmas , Bullsbrook High School Bindoon Christmas in the Park Lower Chittering Christmas Celebration Bindoon Markets see advert pg 5 Tafe Students Art Exhibition, Bindoon Hall

Sunday, 16th December. Gingin’s Christmas in the Park Sound Shell,

Saturday 22nd December Wannamal Christmas Tree. Santa arriving 5.30pm

Sunday 23rd December 3pm Mogumber Outback Club’s Christmas Cricket. Mogumber Oval & Hall. BBQ , Soft Drinks & Sausage Sizzle provided for club members BYO salads & alcohol. Justin Edwards - 0427351009 , Pauline Carr - 0416131837

Monday 24th Christmas Eve See Church services on page 20

Dear Editor, I am writing to you in response to the article, Foster Care Packs, that featured in the last edition of the Northern Valley News.

Tuesday 25th Christmas Day

I think that it’s wonderful that there are people out there doing these things to give a helping hand to the children and families. I would like to thank the Koorunga CWA Branch and the Gingin Pensioner Group for volunteering their time to reach out and help make a difference. It is amazing that these people help provide for children and families in foster when they need help in the first few days. I hope they keep getting donations, I give them all my support and I wish them all the best for the work they do, making the Emergency Packs.

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Yours Sincerely, Jenna Templer Dear Editor I’m writing to you to say I’m very sad to hear the Lions train has been killed, which I read about at the Bindoon show, and in the northern valley news. When I was little, I really enjoyed riding the train. Even now I enjoy riding the train and donating to the Gingin Chittering lion’s Club. I think every little kid will miss it and some of the parents too.

This event does wonders to the Christmas spirit and happy feelings inside everyone who sees Santa

The Lion’s train beings joy to every one (but when the little kids read ‘the lion train has been killed’ I think they thought a lion had been killed) so I hope the Lions train will came back soon.

Yours sincerely, Gabbie Martin

Yours Sincerely Anna Martin


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AFTER 3 years in the planning, the Bindoon Anglican church’s Holy Trinity parish room has been officially dedicated in memory of the late Revd Duncan Pierce by the Venerable Arch Deacon Peter Bourne. The building was an idea expressed by Revd Pierce some years ago and was subsequently picked up and ran with by the former Church Warden Arnold Press and the current warden John Broad.

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After he retired the Revd Pierce visited the parish of Gingin/ Chittering twice a month for 10 years, between the years of 1998 -2008.

The Shire of Chittering hosted a trial Community Market Day on Sunday 11th November 2012 on the Oval of the Chinkabee Complex in Bindoon. In true country community style the market was bustling with hand-made, home-grown and home-cooked wares.

His pastoral care work was very much appreciated by parishioners and the 2 communities.

Don’t miss the next market on the 9th December, a perfect opportunity to pick up some locally made Christmas gifts.

Revd Pierce passed away in June this year and it was his wish to have his ashes interred in the grounds of Holy Trinity. A service, held the same day as the dedication, was attended by his many friends and former parishioners, and conducted by the Revd Richard Minol of the

Robyn,Tyler Ethan & Kane Glover, with Al & Angus Davis (front) Phillip Gardiner MLC, Tom Hayden, Margorie Bandy, Cr Don Gibson, Cr Barni Norton, Florence Brown, Cathy Brown and John Ford

Ferguson House officially opened.

Mr Broad said the parish room was a much needed facility as the small church needed somewhere to hold Sunday school and to have a cuppa after church when the weather turned inclement.

A large crowd came to celebrate the official opening of the newly named Ferguson House, the Chittering Community Activities Centre. Formal acknowledgement was made to all those who made it possible, including special mention of the efforts of Cr Don Gibson, whose idea it was to purchase the land and Cr Barni Norton who helped gear the locals prior to completion to convert the “building” into a welcome and friendly place with

“The room will also be used for church meetings and a place to securely store items of church interest.” “We have affectionately called the room, Duncan’s Den, which his wife, Kath suggested,” he said.

Arnold Press and church warden John Broad at the dedication of the new parish room.

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personality. Andrea Hall, Commission with Lotteries West came to officially reveal the new wall plaque. Andrea, a chartered accountant with a major accounting firm, shared how much she loved coming out into the country communities, and recognised the importance of such community centres. She was proud of the efforts of Lotterywest in helping fund this new facility. The opening was like many other official openings with a plaque and many dignitaries and politicians but I think

Michelle Trovato and daughter

Well done to all those who made it possible and the staff at the centre. Ferguson House, is a wonderful place for our elderly frail community to have and a great opportunity for volunteers to go and spend some time and chat or play a game. There is a shelf bursting with games of all descriptions. Helen Manning

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It’s your news... Melbourne Cup festivities in Upper Chittering

Upper Chittering Fire centre was clearly the place to be for this year’s Melbourne Cup race. The men and ladies having a wonderful time and enjoying the opportunity to don a hat or bring out that special cup frock.

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BRRA unveils Bullsbrook Historical Places plaque. Anne Sibbel On Saturday 24 November Bullsbrook residents and ratepayers Association Inc (BRRA) was very pleased to welcome more than 70 current and former Bullsbrook residents to share the unveiling of the Bullsbrook Historical Places plaque. People came from as far away as Donnybrook to see former resident Mrs Ethel Warren and current resident Mr Eric Taylor unveil the plaque. The plaque was jointly funded by the BRRA and the City of Swan and is located in Wally Jones Park on the corner of Chittering Rd and the Great Northern Highway in Bullsbrook. Mr Humphrey Park told the audience the story of how the plaque is fulfilling the wishes of the former Bullsbrook History Association. When this group disbanded they left their remaining funds in trust

with the Bullsbrook Chamber of Commerce who passed the money on to BRRA to complete the plaque. This is the first in a series of plaques identifying places of historical significance in Bullsbrook. Mr Eric Taylor shared with the audience his personal memories of the places depicted on the plaque. The deputy Mayor, Cr Mick Wainwright spoke briefly on behalf of the City of Swam Local member Hon Frank Alban MLA and his wife Shauna were also in attendance as were other City of Swan staff. Following the unveiling people enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with old friends over a cuppa. Another plaque in the series will be put in place at Burley Park, Bullsbrook which tells the story of Johnston Burley who donated the land for the Park.

Bindoon Retirees We hope we shall see lots more people come along to our various outings and meetings and join the Bindoon Retirees next year.

The gallery is such a wonderful place to showcase these local artists and I don’t think you could find a better venue to do your Christmas shopping. There is something for everybody, diversity in colours from rich bright colours to warm tones. You’ll also be surprised by the varied examples of technique from bold acrylics to dreamy pastels.

We would also like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Northern Valleys News for putting our bits of news in the Newspaper all through the year keeping you informed of what we are up to during the year. We do hope that you all enjoyed the FASHION SHOW at the end of October, where KERRY “D” brought along a lovely display of clothes for us to try and buy, it was a great morning and we hope that Fran, Jeanie and Marilyn the people who won the Raffles were happy with what they received, it was great prizes of a basket of goodies, and a nice crochet blanket and also a large teddy and a bottle of wine, well done to the winners.

Having known these ladies for a couple of years now, I am

We had a great day at the Woodlupine Forrestfield Seniors Fayre on the 13th November, where we met up with the President of Retirees WA, Nita Sadler and lots of friends, who worked very hard to make this a wonderful day. There was the Antiques Roadshow, lots of entertainment, over 50 stalls with all sorts for sale and great raffles there was plenty to eat and drink and everyone was kept busy with lots going on all day.

The mixed media piece above, Cape Leveque III (plaster, Wire Acrylic and Matt Board) by Shelley Higham shows an enticing complexity of material and colour.

The exhibition will display works from all students including paintings, drawings, sculptures and textiles. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening night, on Friday 7th Dec at 7pm. No booking required, just turn up for wine & cheese and admire the works and talk to the students. The opening speech from the head of Northam TAFE, will be about 7.30pm.

Shelley shares, “I have been working with the history of Broome theme for a couple of years, the wire represents both the historical pearl diving enslavement and bondage of the Aboriginal and ironically the tables have turned as the area is now sacred land and has invisible barbed wire.

Julie shares, “They are all pretty excited about the exhibition, some of these students were prize winners at the Bindoon Show and have never exhibited before.”

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Our next trip out is to Joondalup for 10-pin bowling on the 30th November, and we look forward to seeing some more friends join us.

Then we have our Meeting and wind-up party on the 10th December at Chinkabee and hopefully we will be joined by our friends from Bullsbrook Seniors for a fun filled afternoon.


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The Barnett Liberal-led Governm ent has overseen an historic leve l of investment in our regions and we are determin ed to see that continue. The current and future Liberal-led State Governments are committed to safeguarding and administering the Royalties for Regions Program as a significant regional policy for Western Australi a. The Liberal Party priorities for Roy alties for Regions if re-elected are: • Greater focus on improving regional health services across all of Western Australia including funding to attra ct and retain local GP services; • Greater investment in substan tial long term economic infrastru cture, to set up and secure our regions for the future; • Significant investment in buil ding new country roads and upg rading existing roads, including improve d mobile communications along them; • More support for regional fam ilies; • Increased support for country seniors, including an increase to the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card; and • Specific support to establis h and strengthen other non-min ing industries in the regions like tourism and agricult ure. In the lead up to the election nex t year specific details will be rele ased on our plans for regional Western Australia. No other Party has more Parliam entarians representing regional Wes tern Australia than the Liberal Party. We have a great team of candidates across the regions and I invite you to talk to them about you r priorities for regional Western Aus tralia. Be in no doubt – Royalties for Reg ions is here to stay.



CY O’Connor TAFE students are holding an exhibition at the Bindoon Hall over the weekend of the 8th & 9th December.

very impressed by the noticeable development of their work.

We would like to say a big thank you to our models for being brave enough to don the clothes and walk the floor for us, you did a wonderful job.

We also have our Christmas lunch which will be at Moore River, on the 6th December, bus leaving 11am from Chinkabee.


As part of their Cert 4 in Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts course, Shelley Higham, Eleanor Butland and Barbara Swaddling, along with Julie Stitt (lecturer) are having an exhibition at Riseborough Winery, Mooliabeenie.



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Record investment in local district high schools

Students of 7 Moore schools will enjoy new and upgraded facilities thanks to a record $40 million State Government capital works investment in the State’s District High Schools. The Nationals candidate for Moore, Shane Love has welcomed the funding which will benefit Gingin District High School in the NOrthern Valleys area.

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education was a main driver for the continued growth of regional communities. “One of the key questions parents ask themselves when considering moving to the regions is whether there is quality education options for their children?” “The answer to this question has to be, yes, if we are to attract and retain families in our regional communities.”

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For Gingin DHS the new and upgraded facilities include a new performing arts space, media studio, changing rooms and home economics upgrade costing an estimated $3 million, and due for completion in 2016.

Mr Love said the provision of quality

Council to the Community DECEMBER 2012 COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2013


At its Meeting of 20 November 2012, Council set the 2013 meeting schedule. The dates of the 2013 Meetings are as follows: 15 January 2013 19 February 2013 19 March 2013 16 April 2013 21 May 2013 18 June 2013 16 July 2013 20 August 2013 17 September 2013 15 October 2013 19 November 2013 17 December 2013 Council Forum will commence at 2pm and the Council Meeting at 3pm.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR OFFICE OPENING TIMES Please note that the Shire Offices will be operating as follows over the Christmas period: 24 December 2012 - OPEN 25 December 2012 - CLOSED 26 December 2012 - CLOSED 27 December 2012 - CLOSED 28 December 2012 - CLOSED 31 December 2012 - CLOSED 1 January 2013 - CLOSED 2 January 2013 - OPEN

Note: that the bolded dates listed above are Public Holidays.


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AUSTRALIA DAY 2013 CELEBRATIONS The Shire, in conjunction with the Neergabby Community Association and surrounding communities, will be holding our Annual Australia Day celebrations at the Neergabby Grounds on Saturday, 26 January 2013, commencing with a free breakfast at 7.30am. Nominees and the winners of the Premier’s Active Citizenship Awards will be announced on the day. Various members of the Community will be making their pledge to Australia and formalising their Australian Citizenship. Entertainment and activities for the kids will be available and there are also some local talent performances.

SENIORS / GRANDPARENTS DAY The Shire of Gingin would like to acknowledge funding provided by the Department for Communities in support of the Seniors/Grandparents Day that was held on Sunday 28 October 2012.

The Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centre has opened for the 2012/2013 swimming season. The Pool, normally closed on Thursdays, is open daily from 12pm to 7pm during the school holidays. If patronage is low and the weather is cold the pool will close at 6pm Season tickets can be purchased from Fran at the Pool. Season ticket and admission prices have not changed from last season’s prices. For further details please contact Fran at the Pool on 9575 1344.

You may have noticed the bright orange-yellow of the Christmas Trees (Nuytsia floribunda) already flowering along roadsides and in paddocks. Soon another orange-yellow flowered plant, the Morrison Featherflower (Verticordia nitens), will be flowering. Very good examples of this can be seen in Melaleuca Park Conservation Park on Neaves Rd and also at the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin. Among the banksias, the Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) with yellow-green flower heads is coming to the end of its flowering period and the Slender Banksia (B. attenuata) with its bright yellow flowers is flowering. The Summer Smokebush (Conospermum crassinervium) pictured above, with its showy umbrella-like heads of grey flowers is a member of the same family of plants. Also flowering over the summer period but with less spectacular flowers are Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), Powderbark Wandoo (E. accedens), Wandoo (E. wandoo) and Marri (Corymbia calophylla). The flowers of Bull Banksia, the seed cones of many banksias and the nuts of Marris are important food sources for the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo and also for the Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. You may have seen many honky nuts and small branches littering the ground at present as a result of Black Cockatoos of both species feeding in the area.

Poison alert THANKING OUR VOLUNTEERS DAY The Shire of Gingin has received grant funding from the Department for Communities to hold our Thank Our Volunteers Day. The event is scheduled to be held at Key Biscayne Park in Ledge Point on Saturday, 23 February 2013, between 11am and 2pm. To register your interest in attending, please RSVP by Friday, 8 February 2013 to Cher or Jerrah.

Further Council information is available on or at: Shire of Gingin, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin WA 6503 Telephone: 9575 2211 Facsimile: 9575 2121 Email:


Gingin Police are investigating a series of cruel poison attacks on dogs in the Gingin area. Medical reports indicated that the animals were poisoned utilising a common pharmaceutical product mixed into meat and then thrown or given to the dogs. According to a veterinarian, the animals would have suffered greatly over a period of up to 10 days from liver damage. So far reports indicate up to 5 dogs may have suffered a similar fate in the Gingin area. The public are asked to be vigilant in the area and be aware of anyone acting suspicious. These attacks have not been confined to stray dogs. Domestic and working dogs have also been targeted. There are concerns that young children may come into contact with poison baits thrown into yards or be attacked by sick and suffering dogs.

Live export rally Tamieka Preston

Northern Valleys residents showed their support for the live export trade at a march held in East Fremantle on Sunday 18th November. Groups from all over our region joined an estimated 2000 farmers and industry supporters to march along the riverbanks and under the bridge. The march was organised by farmer Michael Trant to co-incide with an antiexport rally led by animal activist Lyn White, which took place on top of the bridge. “It’s a fantastic turnout given the time of the year” said Gingin farmer, Martin Aldrige, “ Most people have jumped off headers to come down and it’s a really strong show of support for the industry” A huge diversity amongst the crowd showed just how many people and communities are relying on the live animal export sector as a primary source of income.

According to the MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) Australia exports red meat and livestock to more than 100 countries, and export represents over 60% of the industry’s production. So it’s clear that a live export ban would devastate farmers, the local communities they support, and the many related support industries. The widespread media coverage of the march has certainly reminded the public of what’s at stake. Candidate for Moore, Shane Love congratulated Michael Trant and the other organisers on the success of the rally,

“In gaining the support of so many farmers, rural workers and other supporters of our industry you have sent the message to the wider community and government that we must not see this

industry threatened. I think that all who attended would feel that they made a difference and understand the need to keep standing up for the live export industry or risk losing it.”

The recent backlash against farmers flared up after the recent tragedy in Pakistan where a boatload of 21,000 Australian sheep was rejected by the receivers resulting in a mass culling that horrified farmers and anti-exporters alike. Incidents like these must be stopped, but a total ban on live exports would serverely damage the industry. “ Without live trade we’re doomed” commented Bindoon cattle farmer Graham Donaldson. While anti -tradists believe a move to a

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Heather Giles, Martin Aldridge, Mia Davies and Sue Good.

About Shane Love Shane brings a wealth of experience in community service, small business and agriculture to The Nationals WA team as the Candidate for Moore. Shane has lived and worked in regional WA for most of his life. He completed high school in Albany and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Shane has been involved in local government for more than 11 years, including as Shire President of Dandaragan since 2004. He is currently a Director of the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, and has served a range of regional

and local organisations, including as a Board member of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, member of the Wheatbelt Regional Advisory Planning Committee, the West Midlands Natural Resource Group, Central Coastal Business Enterprise Centre Board and the Badgingarra School Council. Shane has four children and farms with his wife Kareen on their Badgingarra property ‘Cloons’ between Moora and Jurien Bay, where they also operate the Badgingarra West School Bus.

Royalties for Regions to boost Woodie to call it a day The current Member for Moore, Grant health services in Bindoon More than $790,000 in Royalties for Regions funding will allow the new Multi-Purpose Medical Centre in Bindoon to become a reality. This new centre will provide a great boost for the people in the Shire of Chittering and the surrounding areas, ensuring they can access high-quality health care closer to home. The $975,000 project also includes a contribution of $182,000 from the Shire of Chittering.

Any person found guilty of intentionally poisoning, abusing or injuring an animal faces a maximum fine of $50,000 and five years imprisonment under the Animal Welfare Act.


The WA police, RSPCA and local Shire rangers are investigating a number of leads.

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chilled meat trade would ameliorate the issue, the need for trade in live animals caters for markets that have a strong cultural preference for freshly slaughtered meat. The substantial trade for unfinished cattle to overseas feedlots must also be taken into consideration.

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Woodhams is calling it a day at the next State election on March 9 and has endorsed me as his replacement and The Nationals candidate. I would like to acknowledge the work that Grant has done for this electorate and I look forward to ensuring that regional WA has a strong voice in Parliament. Perth based political parties cannot be trusted nor expected to prioritise regional spending over their own Perth electorates.

Christmas Message On behalf of Grant Woodhams and myself I would like to wish you all an enjoyable festive season with your families. Please spare a thought this Christmas and New Year period for our tireless volunteer firefighters and St John Ambulance officers. Let’s make this festive season a quiet and relaxing one for them as well by driving safely and being vigilant in our preparedness for fire.

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chatter @ chittering A message from the Shire President

So another year nears its end, and a glance back at 2012 shows that we’ve managed to get a few runs on the board. The new park and play area at Sussex Bend, Lower Chittering is virtually complete - though there are still a few extras we will be adding soon. Ferguson House day centre is up and running and being ably managed by Silver Chain staff. The sealing of Hay Flat Road, Bindoon is finally done and dusted, after many years. The upgrades on Wannamal, Lower Chittering and Muchea halls are either completed or nearing completion. The extension of Chinkabee Complex, Bindoon to greatly increase the space available is underway, so Bindoon Playgroup will soon have a permanent home. The project to rationalise the public toilets in Bindoon is largely complete; the new public toilet with showers and caravan dump point is working well; the old toilets have been converted and incorporated into the visitor centre to expand and improve the postal services offered to the community; and the site of the old leach drain system has been converted to short term parking for caravans. The “invisible” work also continues. The funding for the new health and medical centre has been secured, and architects are beavering away to finish draft plans so the final designs can be agreed upon by all who

will be involved in occupying and operating the facility. The planning for a retirement village moves steadily forward. Staff are working on documents to initiate a subdivision to provide a site and, simultaneously preparing a draft business plan to be circulated to potential operators to seek expressions of interest and to make clear what form the facility will need to take to meet community expectations. The finance for the major upgrade of Bindoon Hall is being pursued through various state agencies. This year has seen a number of changes in our operations. The CEO, Gary Tuffin, has completed the first year of his contract, and we’re seriously considering keeping him! We were also joined by a new manager in engineering, Jim Garrett; a new Economic Development Officer, Karen Dore; a new Community Development Officer, Arlene Carter; and a new Building Supervisor, Rick Choules. All of them have hit the ground running and are already producing positive results and making their presence felt throughout the community. Three of our staff returned from maternity leave on a part time basis, and their experience is once more being put to good use. All in all, it’s been a busy year, and I don’t anticipate any of us at the Shire suffering much from boredom in 2013! So, on behalf of Council and Staff, I ask that you stay safe during the silly season, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Once more, I thank you for your time

Upcoming Council and Advisory Committee Meetings Annual Electors Meeting

- Thursday, 6 December – 7pm - Bindoon Town Hall

Chittering Bush Fire Advisory Committee Chittering Community Planning Advisory Committee Ordinary Council

- Tuesday, 11 December – 7.30pm - Thursday, 13 December – 1pm Wednesday, 19 December – 7pm

All Council and Advisory Committee meetings are held in Council Chambers, 6177 Great Northern

Stocking of horses

6177 Great Northern Highway, PO Box 70 Bindoon WA 6502 T: 08 9576 4600 F: 08 9576 1250

Office hours:


Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Christmas Office Closure The Shire’s administration centre, depot and library will be closed from 4.30pm on Fri, 21 December 2012 and will re-open at 8.30am on Wed, 2 January 2013. Residents are advised that the Bindoon and Muchea Landfill and Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Community Sculpture Trail Funding Scheme The “Community Sculpture Trail Funding Scheme” has had its first application – for the “Wheels of Time” sculpture which can be seen at the Brockman Centre. The Spinning Wheel is made of salvaged farm machinery and is representative of Chittering’s rural pioneers. The Brockman Centre – home to Chittering’s Museum, Arts and Crafts and Men’s Shed – salutes the women who spun yarn to clothe their families. Hopefully this will be the inspiration for you, or your community group, to create your own sculpture for visitors to the area to enjoy. If you would like to apply for reimbursement for the material costs associated with your sculpture forms are available through Karen Dore, Economic Development Officer.

Shire of Chittering Number Plates Did you know that you can purchase Shire of Chittering Special Series number plates? Check with the Department of Transport if the number you prefer is available. Payment of $55 is made to the Shire of Chittering (donated to the community), you can then take your receipt to a licensing centre to order your number plate with a further payment of $165. (Bendigo Bank in Bindoon is a licensing agency) ** For only a few more months the old shire logo will be available, after which the new logo will be on all future orders.


Wishing you a safe and happy festive season from Shire of Chittering Councillors and staff

Planning application deadlines over the Christmas period Applications for Planning Approval to be processed prior to Christmas must be received at the Shire by Friday, 7 December (provided no Council determination or advertising required). Any Application for Planning Approval requiring advertising or agency referral and a decision by Council cannot be processed before the end of the year. These applications will be presented to the February meeting of Council – Wednesday, 20 February 2013. Application for Building Permits to be processed prior to Christmas must be received at the Shire by Friday, 14 December. If you have any questions please contact Development Services on 9576 4600.

According to the Shire of Chittering Local Planning Policy 24 – Stocking Rates and Keeping of Animals the Shire may require an Application for Planning Approval to be lodged for the keeping of grazing animals on a property, including, sheep, horses, cows, goats and the like. The Shire of Chittering does not require an Application for Planning Approval to be lodged for the keeping of grazing animals up to 5 DSE (Dry Sheep Equivalent) per hectare. That is 5 dry sheep equivalent per hectare of cleared land. As a horse is equal to 10 dry sheep equivalent, the Shire of Chittering may exempt the keeping of a single horse on a cleared two hectare portion of a property. If you are proposing to keep more than the above stocking rate, it may be required that an Application for Planning Approval is lodged with the Shire of Chittering, accompanied by a suitable Property Management Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Shire of Chittering Local Planning Policy No 24 and the Shire’s Local Laws. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Shire of Chittering via email at chatter@ or call 9576 4600. A copy of the Shire’s policies is also available on our website at

Community Bus Council recently resolved to extend the use of the community bus to individuals and businesses within the community. The fees and charges for the use of the community bus are listed below:

Community Service Award

Community Groups

The Shire of Chittering’s Community Service Award is now open for nominations. There are two categories: * Individual/Couple Awards * Group Award (club/business/ organisation) These awards are to highlight and thank the recipients for their dedication and service to our community. Nominations close on Wednesday 19 December 2012; with the awards presented in conjunction with the Australia Day Awards on Thursday 24 January 2013. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Shire’s website, administration centre or request a copy by email at chatter@

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Rate per Km $ Bond

0.91 (inc GST)

$ 300.00 (GST free)

Individuals Rate per Km $ Bond

0.91 (inc GST)

$ 500.00 (GST free)

Bus to be returned with a full tank of fuel Business Organisations Rate per Km $ Bond

1.30 (inc GST)

$ 500.00 (GST free)

Bus to be returned with a full tank of fuel Please contact the Shire office if you would like to hire the Community Bus.

Community Spirit Shines in Chittering The Shire of Chittering hosted a trial Community Market Day on Sunday, 11 November on the Oval of the Chinkabee Complex in Bindoon. In true country community style the market was bustling with hand-made, home-grown and home-cooked wares. Over 35 stalls showcased arts and crafts, plants, fruit, vegetables, cakes and other goodies, with hundreds of local community members and visitors heading down for a look, many enjoying a fundraising “brekkie burger” or “sausage sizzle” (all funds raised going to the local emergency services). Roving entertainers kept everyone amused and the younger generation were invited to join in with some local fire brigade fun. The Shark on a Bus was amazing educational too – but sssh don’t tell anyone they were learning! There will be another community market held on Sunday, 9 December, just in time to finish off your Christmas shopping. For more information please contact Community Development Officer Arlene Carter, on 9576 4600 or via email

Strategic Community Plan 2012-2022 We would like to thank all the community members who assisted in the development of the Shire of Chittering Strategic Community Plan 2012 – 2022 which was adopted by Council at the 21 November 2012 Council meeting. The Plan has been developed using the outcomes of the two focus workshops held in April 2012 and feedback from the survey forms completed by Chittering residents and the Shire extends its sincere appreciation to Helen Castle from Learning Horizons for facilitating the process for us. The Strategic Community Plan 2012 – 2022 will be available for inspection at the Shire Office and website. For further information, please contact the Shire office on 9576 4600.

Seniors Day Bendigo Bank Seniors Week Festival – Intergenerational Fun Day Thanks to everyone who attended our Bendigo Bank Seniors Week Festival – Intergenerational Fun Day at the Bindoon Primary School on Friday 16 November. We had a great day with a beautiful lunch, cooked and served by the senior class, while being serenaded by the School Choir. We enjoyed very enthusiastic participation in a number of activities including an egg and spoon race, Frisbee, soccer and bocce in the afternoon. This event originated as an idea to celebrate the Seniors’ in Chittering and also as an opportunity for those who may be away from their grandparents/grandchildren to still have the chance to interact with “surrogate” members of another generation. This is the second time the Bindoon Primary School and the Shire of Chittering have held this event, and this year we decided to make this a permanent fixture on our calendar and have a perpetual trophy which will be kept at the Bindoon Primary School. Congratulations to this year’s winners who were Julimar. We would like to thank Lotterywest, the Department for Communities and COTA-WA for their assistance with funding as well as the following people and groups for their contribution:

Lotterywest Grants at work in our community… Web savvy… support for a new website and training is helping the Bindoon and District Historical Society go digital. The website will make it easier for volunteers to manage the collection, for researchers to look into information and for tourists to plan their Museum visit. Local knowledge… support for a new photocopier and printer at the Wannamal Community Centre will help keep the community up to date with the centre’s busy schedule of events, sports classes, workshops and information sessions.

 he Bindoon Primary School – •T staff and particularly the students for their enthusiastic welcoming of their visitors and their eager participation in the activities and luncheon. •T  he Bindoon Retirees, Bindoon Post Office, Wannamal Post Office and the CWA for their assistance with spreading the word about this event. •T  he Bindoon Bowling Club for their wonderful afternoon tea and assistance with the day. •T  he Primary School Canteen for an amazing lunch. • T  he Bindoon Primary School Choir for their magnificent performance during our lunch. We would also like to give a BIG thank you to Linda Toms, Deputy Principal, Bindoon Primary School for the enormous amount of effort she put in to planning activities, organising the students participation, and the outstanding job she did keeping the day on schedule! The event would not have been the wonderful success that it was without her assistance. If you are interested in attending in the future keep an eye out in October 2013 as this is when we will start advertising next year’s event! Alternatively you can contact Alison Reliti at the Shire office on 9576 4600 or and your name can be placed on a list to receive an invitation to the 2013 event.

Nibbles at Muchea Department of Sports & Recreation are holding a seminar specifically for all of our clubs. This will be held at Muchea Hall, 48 Archibald Street on Monday, 17 December 2012 at 6.00pm. The guest speaker is Wendy Lamotte who has 20 years international experience. She will be addressing : • your Clubs legal obligations • making your club efficient • your Club’s legal requirements regarding risk management. Light refreshments will be provided and you can register by contacting Arlene Carter at the Shires office or by emailing



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Canola harvest

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The month just passed has not seen much positive movement in the market that would fill graziers with confidence before the Christmas break, although we have seen in most recent sales an upward movement in the sale of cows and bulls but little else in the prime market.

When Wannamal farmer, Max Smith invited me to do a story on broadacre farming I welcomed the opportunity.

We are all hoping for a freeing up of the supply pipeline as the new year draws near, with expectations the Live export trade will gather some momentum and regularity to ease the situation while imparting some renewed confidence in the grazier sector.

As I climbed up the side of the road train to check out the seed, I was confronted by a mass of black seeds that looked like poppy seeds, sheepishly I had to ask what it was, and was surprised to discover they were in fact the canola seeds.

Weaner sales are in full swing with the usual outstanding drafts being offered in Boyanup.

Fortunately my host Max Smith, a third generation farmer in the area was happy to bring me up to speed. After spending time with Max and his two son’s, Clayton and Nick, I left a whole lot wiser and with a greater appreciation of the life of a broadacre farmer.

Elders will combine with Landmark to hold a weaner/ Breeder sale on Monday 14th January following the normal trade sale, so if you see this as a timely opportunity to offer your weaners and breeders please contact Preston Clarke, Nigel Hunt and Michael Longford of Elders.

It’s harvest time for many in the Northern Valleys and there is a great sense of urgency to minimise weather risk.

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The process of swathing the crops being a perfect example. Max shares, “With larger acreage, we can spread the risk by splitting harvest into a two step process”. Whilst you can direct harvest canola, it seems the many broadacre farmers prefer to swath first, (a process of cutting the canola plant and laying it on the ground in rows). By doing this they reduce the risk of seed shatter losses with bad weather such as wind and rain. Teamwork is also key to their operation, not just within the family. For the second year the Smiths have a joint farming arrangement with local Wannamal colleague, Justin Edwards. By sharing they can maximise their available hours, working around the clock, and more importantly they can pool their equipment and afford the best. Max says, “having new and bigger machinery, we can harvest about twice as much as we would with our older machines”.

Max and Nick Smith

Harvesting is a two person job, using a dedicated canola attachment, the swathed rows are picked up, thrashed and the seed is separated from the chaff and augured into the bin in the harvester. The driver of the Chaser (a mobile grain bin) must snuggle up close to the harvester to catch the seed, while both in motion.

Highway, the local Mogumber siding is offline, apparently not having the volumes to justify, and so the Smith’s like many farmers are driving their 50 tonne of grain in a road train to the Metro Grain Centre in Forrestfield, about three times a day.

“We typically share the jobs, which is great as it breaks up your day.” says Nick who was on the harvester for the day. Max was on the chaser, while Justin slept off the night shift and Clayton was delivering grain to CBH.

Nick share’s it can be pretty stressful, especially on a Saturday morning with all the oversized trucks. They will do this trip about 100 times and all going well will be done by Christmas. Unfortunately the recent weather is not helping that goal.

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operations had ground to a halt, waiting for the weather to clear and the crops to dry out so they can resume harvesting. On a positive note they have finished canola, with around 1100 tonnes harvest between them, and with prices about 17% up on last year, it is a good year for canola.

CANOLA NOTES Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization as a fuel. The name “canola” was derived from “Canadian oil, low acid”. Standing about 4 feet tall, canola can grow up to 6 foot high. A high yielding canola plant has thicker and longer pods, which directly effects the volume of the grain. Quantity of oil is about 42-48%, price will vary according to oil percentage. (around $600/ tonne this year) The stalks of the canola, left to break down on the ground, are high in pot ash so make excellent fertiliser and protect from soil erosion.


Keeping a piggery clean and hygienic is critical; once a day irrigation timers flush the pen drains into large Anaerobic ponds, which break down the pig manure. Before a new batch of piglets arrive, everything is pressure cleaned. After viewing the very cute new “Babe’s”, I was assured to see that the big pigs were in no way as cute as piglets. They were due to be weighed the next day on the new set of scales and automatic draft. They

are to be drafted three ways, the main line will go to D’Orsogno which processes the meat to deliver our Christmas ham, bacon and other processed foods. The middle line go to PPC fresh meat for Christmas pork roasts, chops etc. The lightest line goes to Woolworths, who are looking for smaller more marketable roasts. A local Gingin person is contracted to cart the pigs. The pigs are loaded at 5am, in the cool of the day, and embark on a 2 hour journey to the processor.

“According to Annette the challenge for the industry is finding good people to work at the piggery. We are very lucky having local girl, Tanya from Mogumber, who has worked with us for 11 years”. Perhaps the attraction for Tanya is morning tea. As a good CWA member would, Annette had been up early baking a cake, which we all thoroughly enjoyed in the small brick and tile shed, offering me a wonderful glimpse into the life and humour on a pig farm.


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Similarly with sheep from 11,676 first week down to just over 5,000 two weeks ago and with a sniff of live export and a slight shift up in the lamb market up to 8,900 last week, and with harvest in full swing back to just over 6,000 this week this is a very interesting market and to try and predict from week to week creates a lot of discussion. Rainfall has again intruded on harvest with some devastating results in some areas, but if you are in the summer grass regions of coastal Gingin and surrounds it may not all be bad, but it will destroy good dry feed so keep an eye on young stock as hay will be required to maintain condition. It will also create opportunities to buy out of condition stock to help control the forthcoming weed infestation to keep potential chemical costs to a minimum.

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Cattle yarding’s at Muchea began in November with 2600 head and ended this week with 1100 head, indicating two things 1] graziers are holding off with expectations of a lift in the new year and 2] the large numbers of Pastoral cattle have dried up for this season.

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We spoke to the local folk of the Northern Valleys to discover what was on the menu across the region. You might think given a high chance of warm weather that cold meat and salads would be the ‘go’. Whilst that may have some practical merit, for many, Christmas is about tradition. The question of what’s for dinner rolls off their tongue, “oh yes, we always have a traditional dinner with roast vegetables followed by pudding”.

On the flip side there are many contemporaries out there who have created their own variation of the traditional theme; turkey in a webber, roast and salads. For some the day is about seafood and an Australian BBQ. Our diverse cultural heritage also plays out in the day of celebration. There are those who elect to have the whole occasion on Christmas Eve, enjoying Christmas Day lounging about and watching the kids play. One thing that is common, is the enthusiasm and expectation. As we were planning the menu for our Northern Valleys Christmas we have taken inspiration from the many locals we spoke to and have created a blended spread. A platter of fresh yabbies is a fabulous country treat to start, if your dam (or your neighbour’s) provides. For the main course a WA D’Orsogna ham, glazed with local nectarines was the centre piece. John at the Bindoon butcher, who sourced the ham, also prepared the “pigs in blankets”, inspired by local English resident, Lyn Noblett, who says they are a hit with children.

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“This year lunch is at my daughters, we are having a BBQ. They did ask if we’d be ok with no traditional roast, and I said sure as long as I’m not cooking” Dawn Kay

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It shouldn’t be the price which sets the value of the gift you give. It is the spirit of giving that’s important about Christmas and the happiness you feel about handing over this token with due sincerity. You could even cook something to give as a gift – something you have created yourself. Foodie gifts are going to be popular this year, especially to give to those you don’t really know, but who you feel would appreciate something edible and delicious. Here are some easy fruity desserts for the Christmas holidays which capture the fantastic flavours of Summer fruit. Just can’t resist this when you have great peaches … but make sure you get them from a local shop who knows where they have been grown !

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White chocolate panacotta

Fresh strawberry and beetroot salad with rosemary-lemon vinaigrette

Makes 2 servings Salad: 2 small beets (will yield about 1 cup cooked and sliced) 2 teaspoons olive oil 6-8 cups mesclun 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1-2 tablespoons lightly toasted pistachios Vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or white balsamic) 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons water 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest scant 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Roasted peach salad Ingredients: 4 small peaches, peeled and diced Juice of 2 limes, about 1/4 cup juice 2 teaspoons honey 2 to 3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno pepper, or to taste 1 heaping tablespoon chopped cilantro 1 small clove garlic, finely minced 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion or sweet onion Preparation: Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until serving time. The flavors are best if the salsa is refrigerated for 4 hours or overnight. Serve with grilled or broiled fish, pork, or chicken.

Garlic, hass avos, yellow squash, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, spring onions, beans, lettuce, herbs galore.

275 g white chocolate, chopped 600 mls cream 1/3 cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp boiling water 2 tsp gelatin 250 g plain Greek yogurt Combine chocolate, cream, sugar and vanilla in a sauce pan over low heat. Cook and stir until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and heated through. Set aside for 5 minutes. Dissolve the gelatin in 2 tbsp boiling water, set aside and allow to cool slightly. Add gelatin to cream mixture, stir and set aside for 15 minutes. Whisk in the yogurt. Pour into lightly oiled custard glasses and refrigerate for 4 hours.

put the red flesh into a food processor and process to give a smooth blend. Bring the sugar and water to the boil in a small pan, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Pour this syrup into a bowl, allow to cool and then chill until needed. Pour chilled syrup, lime rind and juice into the blended watermelon and mix. Cover and freeze for 2 hours until the granita mixture around the sides of the container is mushy. Mash the ice with a fork and return to freezer. Freeze for another 2 hours, mashing the mixture every 30 minutes. When it is slushy, it is ready to serve. The BEST thing on a hot day!!

Maggie Edmonds

German/Bavarian Tradition here: Bratwurst and Potato Salad on Christmas Eve, which is the big day (evening) for giving presents in Germany. Hanna and Walter

“We don’t do Christmas, a home made sausage roll and a scotch egg while we watch a video. Christmas is a great day for us, because we don’t have to go anywhere, do anything, we take a day off, we get half a dozen videos,100% at home nobody else. We do all the visiting family on other days.” Alex Douglas Breakie on the bbq, pineapple rings, bacon, eggs, glazed ham for lunch and whatever else we feel like. Denise Maraas.

Traditional roast, roast vegies and pudding. Kylie Jones

Drinking New Norcia Blanc de Blanc and New Norcia table wines, a winged rib roast (from own organic beef), Turkey, ham, roast veggies, salads and plum pudding.” Nick & Carmel, Bindoon Estate Wines.

“Traditional roast dinner; ham, pork and sometimes turkey, cooked vegetables” John & Julie Koenders

“Hot roast pork, ham, prawns and salads”, Jim Griffiths

Serves 6. About a 2kg watermelon 150g caster sugar 150 ml water Finely grated rind and juice of 2 limes

“Oh most definitely a traditional Christmas dinner; Turkey, chipolatas wrapped in bacon, brussle sprouts, peas, carrots”. Lyn Noblett “ Roast Turkey cooked on the webber, and everyone does unusual salads. My favourite is my sister’s beetroot and strawberry salad. “ Debbie Whitely

Lime wedges to decorate. Discard the seeds from the watermelon if you are using a seeded one, and

Here’s hoping 2013 will be a rewarding year for us all in the Northern Valleys !

Traditional Christmas for us – Ham, turkey, roast veg, Christmas pud and brandy butter, good wine. Liz Benwell

“We do the rolled turkey, chicken, duck and then everyone has to bring a different salad that we wouldn’t normally do. I’m usually the sweet queen, my favourite is the tiered mascapone, berry trifle - it is amazing”. Roxanne, Gingin IGA

“Roast Turkey & Pork and roast vegetables, starter prawn cocktail or tomatoe soup for those who don’t like seafood, individual christmas puddings and finish with cheesecake” Patricia Stocks

Watermelon granita

Coming up: plums, sweetcorn, Swan Valley melons of all types around Christmas – also grapes from the Valley then. Figs – but there are never enough of them to go around !

Since we will have had a substantial lotto win before Christmas, we will have Krug, foie gras, and freshly cooked WA crayfish and fresh fruit salad made with Gingin white peaches, apricots and nectarines. If, by chance, we don’t win…we’ll stick with the Gingin summer fruits ! Maggie Edmonds

Mixed cold meat & salads, and then lots of sweets, we love sweets! Donna Cocking

Topping - fresh strawberries

Summer fruits are here – peaches, nectarines, apricots – and when they finish from Gingin, The Hills region will supply them. Good –o!

For us it’s all about our family and close friends. Eating loads of ham, turkey, roast veg and local wines for sure. with a choice of seasonal fruits from our own trees. Merry Christmas. Michelle Rossouw.

“We are spending the day on my brothers boat, we usually have a traditional roast so yes I’m excited but also a little apprehensive no traditional dinner.”

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Traditions of Christmas Judith de Vries

Do you realise that is is almost that time of the year again – commonly referred to as the “silly season” when we inwardly groan and think “Christmas! here again so soon?” And so it is! The weather begins to warm up and our thoughts turn to school break-ups and holidays, Christmas shopping and food preparation. The shops bring out all their displays and the Christmas lights are retrieved from the shed so they can be wired up in all their twinkling splendour to remind us of that starry night 2000 years ago when the Christ child was born. Christmas trees are eagerly sought by the young and many old to revive a tradition that has embraced countless Christmases in days gone by. The Christmas tree has its history in ancient times, before the birth of Christ, when people would hang boughs of evergreen over their doors and windows supposedly to keep away evil spirits. In the northern hemisphere ancients believed that the winter solstice (shortest day and longest night) was because the sun god had become ill and would no longer shine. By hanging the evergreen boughs it was considered a sign of hope for new life when the sun would get well and begin to shine again. Tradition has it that Martin Luther (16th century Protestant reformer) was walking home one night and was so awed by the brilliant stars shining through the evergreens that he went home and decorated his family tree with candles to symbolise the twinkling stars. Gift giving is attributed to a humble priest, St. Nicholas, who was born around AD280 in Myra, Asia Minor (now Turkey). He was a rich young man and when both of his parents died he inherited a large fortune which he used to help the poor and needy. One story is of a merchant who had fallen on difficult times because his ship was

plundered. This man had three daughters and, as was the custom of the day, he was unable to provide them with a dowry to enable them to get married and was considering selling them into servitude. Nicholas secretly, under the cover of darkness, put gold coins in the man’s window to enable him to release his daughters honourably in marriage. The money fell into a stocking, or boot, and thus we have the tradition of the Christmas stocking. Nicholas believed that “when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Matt 6:3). His good works and liberal giving have caused this saint to be remembered and revered throughout the world. The Dutch know him as Sint Nikolaas, or Sinter Klaas, from which our present day Santa Claus is widely known. The Americans know him as Kris Kringle.

Technology gift ideas for Christmas By Daryl du Plessis

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is around the corner and presents need to be purchased. Electronic gifts are one option that can be popular. So here are some suggestions that may be suitable. Microsoft have released their tablet device called Windows Surface for those who would prefer a consistent windows experience. There are 2 versions to choose from, windows RT which uses apps from the Windows Store or the Windows 8 pro version which is the system used on desktops and can run any windows application. Windows RT tablets retail from $559 for 32GB (16GB available) and Windows 8 pro tablet pricing has not yet been released. Apple have recently released the iPad mini. This 7.9 inch version of the larger iPad has all the punch of it’s bigger brother, just in a smaller size. The 16GB model cost $369 from the Apple store. This form factor is convenient for people who would like to have a larger screen than the iPhone. Media players are another gift option. These devices plug into the TV and provide the ability to play digital media such as photos, music or videos through the TV. Some media players can connect up to your home network and stream media through the Internet so you can watch

youtube videos and other Internet based channels on the TV. You will need to be aware of your data usage when you do this as downloads will count against your monthly broadband plan. There are a number of options available but in the cheaper price range western digital have their WD Live TV range. These can be purchased from computer and electronics stores such as Dick Smith and OfficeWorks. If you have enough time and order soon enough, purchasing your gifts online can be a convenient way of avoiding the crowds this time of year. Be aware though that shipping times may be longer than usual so factor this in when buying your goods. eBay is always a favourite, just make sure you buy from a reputable seller. I also like to use, originally just for books but they also sell toys, music and videos. Lastly, if you don’t have enough time or have run out of gift ideas, the Australia Post Visa Prepaid Gift Card may be the answer. These can be purchased in $50 or $100 amounts from larger post offices. There is a $5.95 activation fee when these are purchased and they can be used for online purchases just like a regular Visa credit card. Links

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December 25th is now the day on which we celebrate Christmas. In Roman times this date was the day of the birth of the sun-god Phyrgia, a culture in the ancient Balkans. By the time of Christ this winter festival was known as Saturnalia, so early in the 4th century the Roman Church decided to make this celebration known as the Feast of the Nativity, celebrating Christ’s birth. The true date of Christ’s birth has been a debatable issue among theologians since then, but the custom of the 25th December remains to this day.

Open each morning Sunday-Friday (Closed Saturday) Market last Sunday each month Jenny Brown Carolyn Chadwick Sandra Clarke Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Society Office, northern end of oval. 7.30pm 3rd Tues of month in Ag Society Rm Rin Rutherford (Pres) Lance Stagbouer (Secretary) Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 2pm in The Museum Don Gibson

Chittering Junior Cricket Club Chittering Wildlife Carers Inc Country Women’s Association Gingin/Chittering Lions

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Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bindoon Primary School Staff room, Vivienne Du Plessis Meets every Friday at Chinkabee 9.30am-12pm Belinda Martin Ros Maindock George Ferguson Lois Jones (President) Joy Askew (Secretary) Colin Clarkson (Captain) Dave Mann (Secretary) Meets Mon nights in the Town Hall from 7-9pm Yvonne Press Alex Douglas Meets 1st Wed every second month at 7pm in the Fire Station Catherine Choules Shaley Rory Bennett Open 7 days a week. Visitors welcome. Meets the 2nd Tues of every month at 7.30pm at the Brockman Centre Meets Thursdays at the Lower Chittering Hall. Scouter in Charge is Sue Budd Dave Barnes Ian Hall Ian Claxon Ann Graham (injured wildlife) Louise Bewick ( Sec) Meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at the CWA rooms at 10.00am

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Carolyn Cover (President) 2nd Mon of month at 6.30pm, Bowling club, Gingin. 4th Mon of month at 6.30pm at St John Ambulance Rooms, Bindoon. Pat Elliot

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Bob Blizard

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Gingin Tennis Club

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Dave Barnes (President) Sean McAlister (Sec/Treasurer)

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For Renae Stokes of Gingin, purchasing CU@ Park in November was a dream come true.

Renae has lived in gingin for about 8 years and has managed the restaurant for about 3 /12 years. When the opportunity to buy arrived, she jumped at it. “I have always wanted to own my own restaurant, always been on the bucket list” Renae has always been in hospitality and has worked and travelled around Australia.

Wood fried Pizza oven Thursday, Friday & Sat nights. The offer dine in or takeaway. Everything on the menu is takeaway. Food is cooked on the premises and wherever possible they are supporting local produce and will try and only employ local staff. Renae shares, “ I would love for it to become a local hub, a place where you just go to “catch up”, the tourists will come and go but locals are important.” Rewards card will also offer discount coffees etc to try and attract locals.

Not only is she providing the Gingin community and tourists with a wonderful restaurant she is also no doubt an inspiring role model for her three girls, they are happy mum is doing what she wished. Renae has plans to convert the east room into a gift shop selling local produce such as honey and jams. A new bar along the north railing will also help extend the seating options and offer the perfect place to sit and watch the kids and admire the view.

Fran Bryant Meets every Tues at Muchea Hall 6.15-8pm juniors/ 8-9pm seniors Ann Peter Hall, Secretary Open Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am

South Midlands Polocrosse Club

Jenny Hall

South Midlands Pony Club

Kay Kavanagh Ruth Loudon Keith Cunningham Julie Taylor

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Connecting our Business community New Members Welcome Secretary: Angela Anspach Ph: 9655 7074 / 0419 043 960 Email: Address: P O Box 292, Bindoon 6502

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Do we have your club here? Are the contact details correctly listed?

If not please let us know so we can update this list asap! email or call 0419 045 783 Northern Valleys News DECEMBER 2012

A dream come true.

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However, these things are only secondary to the true spirit of Christmas. The bible tells us that “God so loved this world that he GAVE his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Therefore, as St. Nicholas was a believer he also became a giver, and isn’t this the message that we should all now embrace? Let the old adage “It is more blessed to give than to receive” be our secret desire this year and let us consider the poor and needy in our society to be the ones we desire to bless the most.

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C U @ Park will have a music night on the Sunday before Christmas pizza’s all night long and drinks. Open 7 days a week - 8.30-4.30 Nights, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Book asap if you would like to hold a Xmas function. Check out what is happening at C U @ Park follow them on Facebook

Northern Valleys on facebook! Did you know there is a dedicated facebook page for classifieds in the Northern Valleys, which now has over 300 members and growing daily. It’s a great place to buy and sell locally. The Northern Valleys Noticeboard has over 430 members and is the place to post and read community notices such as fire alerts, community events and the like. See you on facebook!


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Anglican Church (Marion Bird 9576 2054, John Broad 9576 0311) December Services 2 December 9.30 St Lukes Gingin 9 December 9.30 Holy Trinity Bindoon 16 December 9.30 St Lukes Gingin 24 December 11 pm Holy Trinity Bindoon with Christmas supper at 10 pm 25 December 8.00 St Lukes Gingin 25 December 8.00 Holy Trinity Bindoon Bindoon 2nd & 4th Sunday 9.30am Gingin 1st & 3rd Sunday 9.30am ACROSS 1. Submits 5. F rench heroine, ... of Arc 7. Parent’s brother 8. Unwrap 9. Bellow 10. Decking board 11. Clutches 13. Coloured part of eye 14. Ransack 18. Lifts shoulders 21. You (poetic) 22. P owerful businessman 24. Shady 25. Heredity unit 26. Keep in check 27. Move sideways 28. Scarlet hues

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Benedictine Monastery, New Norcia (9654 8018 Parish Priest: Abbot John Herbert OSB, Parish Secretary: Carmel Ross) Weekend Mass times: Sunday 9am Catholic Church (F Paul Fox 9571 1839) Sat Vigil: St Catherine’s Gingin 6pm (Constable Street) Sunday: St Anne’s Bindoon 7.30am (6549 Great Northern Hwy) Bullsbrook Shrine-Church 9.30am (9am Rosary) Immaculate Heart College, 34 Santa Gertrudis Drive, Lower Chittering Sunday 5pm Mass.

PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas

Last month I took a swipe at pessimists. I would like to now put the case in favour of a good dose of pessimism - but I can’t. It’s not that I’m averse to giving the doomsayers a fair go, after all, it’s a free country. People have a right to be as miserable as they like, if they so choose. But, as the Bard might say, there’s the rub! Why would anyone choose to harp on about the downside of everything when there’s always an upside? I just can’t make a case for deliberately looking for something to be sad about when we have other options. Winston Churchill was an enthusiastic historian and was fond of telling people that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sounds pretty ominous, doesn’t it? But wait! The important point he was making was that we can choose. We can learn from past mistakes, or we repeat them. The choice is ours. The pessimistic view of any calamity is to assume that the damage is done and therefore all we can do about it is work out who to blame. The optimist believes that the only logical reason for a post mortem is to work out how to prevent similar events occurring in the future, or how to be better prepared to deal with

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them. Again I repeat - the choice is ours!

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So back to my previous question – why would anyone choose to see the negative side of just about anything? Why be a pessimist? Answer – it’s easy! It’s the line of least resistance. To assume the worst will inevitably happen is to assume that either there’s nothing we can do about it – or that if we could do something, we probably won’t! You can just sit back and wait to say “I knew that would happen”, but don’t strain yourself to avert the ‘inevitable’.

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On the other hand, being an optimist is pretty strenuous. You have to take whatever action is necessary to avoid failure. You have to say “I/we can handle this.” – and do so! You have to act to push ahead, save the day, solve the problem. You’ll be repeating one vital aspect of our history. We are a race of optimists. We do stuff. We are problem-solving gurus. If we hadn’t been optimistic about our prospects a million years ago, we’d still be dwelling in caves being devoured by sabre toothed tigers. But we’re not; which proves conclusively that optimists are right. Things are seldom beyond fixing and things do get better – constantly!

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The Uniting Church (Marian Crew, 9575 1357) Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday 10am Gateway Church (0437 411 227 or 9571 8238) Pickett Park Hall, Sundays 10am Christian Fellowship nondenominational worship. (Jac 0412873447)

Our Advent Club continues at Gingin Uniting Church, and any child between 3 – 12 years would be most welcome to join us for our final session on Tuesday 4th December from 3.30 to 5.00pm. There is no charge, and afternoon tea is provided. We will also be organising a Children’s Nativity tableau for our Service on Sunday 9 December at 10am, and also for Carols in the Park on Sunday 16 December, for any child who would like to participate. The Christmas Eve Service will be held at 7 pm, followed by supper. Everyone is most welcome. Enquiries – Marian Crew (9575 1357), Sharon Martin (9655 7057)


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Exercise for Cardiovascular Health A view from the shed We need to link exercise to our heart health first and then the other factors associated with exercise will fall into place, which may include weight loss, change in our metabolism, feeling energised and in control of who we are.

Whether it is harvest time or any other busy time of the year, we can use this as a starting point to include exercise as part of our weekly routine. It’s always busy and we are good at making excuses to not exercise.

The group of diseases linked under the cardio-vascular category are the leading causes of deaths in Australia today. When our lifestyle incorporates exercise and a wellbalanced diet we will reduce the risk of poor health outcomes.

We factor holidays into our diary. We should factor exercise into our daily lives.

Physical activity and participation in sport is associated with: • improving our psychological wellbeing; • fostering social networks which can provide support; • maintaining a healthy body weight; • reducing the risk of many chronic conditions and injuries. From a recent National Health Survey 42% of males (18 years and over) reported that they exercised enough to obtain benefits for their health. However the rate of physical activity reported changed with age. Activity generally decreased in males between ages 1824 and 45-54 years, but increased from 55 to 74 years and then declined substantially after that. Interesting! At all ages males were more likely than females to exercise sufficiently. Busy time of the year

What are the recommendations for physical activity? The National physical activity guidelines for adults sets out steps to better health for Australian adults. These are: 1. t hink of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience; 2. b  e active every day in as many ways as you can; 3. p  ut together at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. (examples of moderate intensity activity are brisk walking, swimming, doubles tennis and medium paced cycling); 4. i f you can, enjoy some regular vigorous activity for extra health and fitness (examples of vigorous physical activity are jogging, football and basketball). This can then mean we can perhaps indulge in a few extra treats – whatever they may be.

Beating about the Bush. Mark 10 51. What do you want me to do for you? Many years ago when I first became a Christian I was always in awe of other Christians who could pray with a flowing, poetical stream of fancy words. I despaired that I would ever get there. It took me a few more years to realise that when we pray we have to be specifc. We do not have to beat around the bush with God, we should pray from the heart and lay our prayers to Him simply. This line of thought reminds of a Christian friend who worked on a busy retail front desk. When he had a complaint, he would defuse the situation with those words in the scripture “What do you want me to do for you?” Tony Webb (previous Editor Chittering Times) Northern Valleys News DECEMBER 2012

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The Ambulance Services in Gingin, Bindoon and surrounding areas is provided by trained volunteers. So what happens when the volunteer numbers dwindle? The Chittering Gingin St John Ambulance Sub Centre needs new members, in both Gingin and Bindoon. The 20 officers of Bindoon and 19 officers at Gingin provide a 24 hour 7 day a week service. Officers volunteer because they want to give something back to the community and enjoy being part of a great team but being asked to attend up to three call outs a day, this is a huge contribution to the service, a typical turn around for an ambulance trip is three hours. Every one of our officers are a valuable asset to their communities. We need to keep our volunteer numbers at a level that will allow for increased callouts and share the load. The Chittering Gingin Sub Centre attended over 300 call outs last financial year, and the recent increase in the number of calls demonstrates the need for more officers. In October Bindoon attended 21 calls; Gingin has attended a

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similar number so far in November. With Christmas around the corner and much more traffic, there is every indication that the service these volunteer ambulance officers provide could increase. You do not need to be a superhero to be an ambulance officer. You need a caring nature and the willingness to be involved in the community. Support, training, mentoring and your uniform are all provided.

‘’I think volunteering is something we all learn as a child, we see our parents and families doing many things in our communities whether it be coaching a football or netball team, delivering meals to the elderly, canteen duties at school, fighting bush fires or attending ambulance calls. I find being a volunteer ambulance officer both personally rewarding and enjoy giving what time I can to the service.’’ Rick Choules volunteer ambulance officer and Chairperson Chittering Gingin Sub Centre. Having the skills to help family and friends in times of emergencies is very rewarding. Why not make your New Year’s resolution to become an ambulance officer. For more information contact Sally Gifford 95752504

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For appointments call Dr Keith Brown on 0418 409 475

Take Care of Pudding at Christmas

If heartburn is the main problem, you might get relief with liquid antacids like Gaviscon or Mylanta and a range of potent antacids in tablet form is also now available without prescription. Somac and Zantac are examples of such products. Queen Victoria’s poor diet is well documented by her doctor, but whether she ever drank to excess is not certain. However, sadly, many people now during the time of Victoria’s great, great grand-daughter seem unable to enjoy themselves without alcohol; and lots of it.

Victoria’s personal physician suggested her gastrointestinal problems were brought on by particularly large helpings of suet pudding, of which she was apparently very fond. (The suet pudding, made from beef fat, wouldn’t have been too good for her heart and blood vessels either.)

Not surprisingly, there are a number of products promoted as being able to prevent or cure hangovers; mostly there is no evidence that they work. More likely to be effective are the fluid and electrolyte replacement products. Because despite being liquid themselves, alcohol–containing drinks (wine, beer and so on) actually take water away from the parts of our body which need it most. Drinks containing caffeine such as coffee, tea or cola can do the same.

Queen Victoria, Sovereign of the United Kingdom and Empress of India, died on 22 January 1901 – over 100 years ago. The cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage – a stroke. During her 81 years, Queen Victoria had a wide range of medical complaints including rheumatism and indigestion.

Whilst suet pudding may not be on the menu at very many Christmas dinners today, other forms of pudding almost certainly will be. And during the December/January celebrations, eating and drinking to excess seems to be an all-too-common occurrence. Certainly heartburn and indigestion are frequent symptoms of the festive season. After a rich meal our stomachs have to work harder and pump out extra acid to help digest the food and alcohol. The pain or discomfort that follows this exercise in overindulgence can also occur with stress, cigarette smoking, pregnancy and some medicines. Apart from that uneasy, queasy feeling, often symptoms of indigestion include belching or burping as well as heartburn (known medically as reflux).

To help prevent morning-after headaches, alternate your alcoholic drinks with plenty of water. It can be helpful also to drink a long glass of sugar-sweetened cordial, an isotonic sports drink before bed - even better still, the specially formulated Hydralyte. It may not seem like the ideal beverage at the time, but it could prevent that really awful feeling the next day. For more advice and information tailor-made to your need to cope with the after effects of the festive season, or morning after problems at anytime, ask at Bindoon Pharmacy for one of the Self Care fact cards titled Heartburn and Indigestion.

Extended trading hours for Bindoon Pharmacy

are a reflection of the fact that we have been increasingly busy right on closing time and many people had mentioned Saturday afternoons as a time of particular need.

As of November the team at Bindoon Pharmacy have extended their trading hours. They will now be open from 9am until 5:30pm each weekday, from 9am until 5pm Saturdays and from 9am until 2pm Sundays. Pharmacist Craig Lupton said that “the new trading hours

In addition there are lots of people who still didn’t even realise that we are open Sundays at all”, he said. “It’s also a perfect opportunity to get your Christmas gifts without battling the crowds in the city and free giftwrapping is included.”



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Kids Page Northern Valleys News acknowledges TRONOX as an active supporter of schools in the region. The financial donations to local schools; Bullsbrook, Bindoon and Gingin play a key role in the schools being able to fund new projects and initiatives.

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in the Northern Valleys Bindoon Primary School

A Trip to the Museum On the 2nd of November 2012 the year 5/6 class of Bindoon Primary School went to the Bindoon Heritage Museum and saw lots of old artefacts, in order to learn more about the agricultural history of Bindoon. The volunteer staff were most helpful and informative. There were a lot of household implements and farming machinery on display.

GIRLS 12 & Under Doubles

Winners: Lauren Falconer (Wongan Hills) & Ellen Heavey (Ballidu) 6 (T/B 7-3) Runners up: Hayley Slater (Wannamal) & Ebony Pollard (Gingin) 5

The class had to answer questions in a booklet all about the olden days and farming machinery. The students had a little practise in their classroom beforehand with their teachers Mrs Robeson, Mrs Whitely and Mr Sweeting. It was called a print walk. Afterwards we learnt how to spin wool, knit & we got to take some string home. We also went to the church to look at some of the oldest graves. The youngest person who had died was a three week old baby. Then we went to Clune Park to have morning tea. It was Georgia’s birthday so we had cake. We thank Mrs Bailey and Mr Bin Omar who also came along and helped to drive us by car and bus. Overall we all had a great time at the museum. In this, the Year of the Farmer, we recommend everyone takes the time out to visit a piece of our local history.

Gingin Junior Open Doubles Thirty eight children aged between 6 and 14 recently participated in the Gingin Junior Open Doubles Sunday 18th. They represented 11 clubs in the Moore District zone, stretching from Kalannie to Badgingarra, Goomalling to Gingin, and clubs in between. Sportsmanship shown by competitors on the day

was a credit to all who took part. There was an increase in the number of entries this year in regards to girls playing as well as the 9 and Under age group which saw eight pairs enjoying a great day’s tennis. There were no winners for under 9 category as the focus is on participation. This certainly didn’t stop them from having fun though.

BOYS 11 & Under Doubles

Winners: Klay Brennan (Yerecoin) & Regan Clarke(Toodyay) 6 Runners up: Benjamin Whitely (Gingin) & Lockie Martin (Wannamal) 3

The Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centre The Pool will be opened Friday – Wednesday each week from 12pm to 7pm (please note that if patronage is low and the weather is cold the pool will close at 6pm).

Immaculate Heart College Through Mary to Jesus: “ The Way, the Truth and the Life” John 14:6

Immaculate Heart College in Maryville Downs, Lower Chittering, is seeking two suitably qualified Early Childhood teachers for the commencement of 2013. EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS This is a co-educational independent College that teaches the Catholic Faith. It opened in January 2012 and is enjoying a rapid growth rate, with classes from Kindergarten to Year 4 in 2013, and to Year 6 over the next few years.

Season tickets can be purchased from Fran at the Pool. Season ticket and admission prices have not changed from last season’s prices.

Thank you for the Play Mats

For further details please contact Fran at the Pool on 9575 1344.

Last pool season we had a seniors breakfast where the proceeds from it went towards buying a new play mat for the pool.

Fran (Verena) Haenni

We enjoyed a lovely morning tea

on Monday 26 November, that was attended by 11 members from the seniors social club. We also invited a few mums with children to enjoy their first play on the mat. Including the children 30 people attended the morning tea! Many thanks go on my behalf to the members of the pensioners social club for their generous donation. (the mat is worth $ 252!)

BOYS 14 & Under Doubles

Winners: Corey Taylor (Wannamal) & Todd Kenny (Badgingarra) 6 Runners up: Kobe Haywood (Goomalling) & Kaden Reynolds (Kalannie) 1

The successful applicants will be practising and committed Catholics with Early Childhood teaching qualifications. They will join a dynamic, enthusiastic and committed team of educators. For more information, please contact the Principal, Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis, on 08 9571 8135. Applications close Friday 14 December 2012. Applications may be emailed to: or or posted to: The Principal Immaculate Heart College PO Box 8, BULLSBROOK WA 6084


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Volunteers make all the difference! Pauline Carr, Mogumber

Lucky! That is the overwhelming feeling that David & Pauline of Mogumber felt as they reflect on the fire that swept through their farming property on Saturday Nov 17th. The community was already on alert during the first 38 degree day of the harvest season, however the fire still caught the locals by surprise. The ‘surprise factor’ was the cause, an alleged power line fault on the neighbours property. The Mogumber Tavern alerted the authorities and the MogumberGillingarra Bush Fire Brigade leapt into action, bringing relief to the town site of Mogumber. However a wind change & increase in intensity sent the fire east down Yarawindah rd.

We need you!

Three water bomber planes & a helicopter were sent by FESA to attack the fire from above. Volunteers from far & wide surround Pauline & David’s house ready to tackle what was coming. It is clear to say that without such a strong turnout of volunteers the result may have been very different for many in the area. The aerial attack was integral in controlling the fire in the rugged hill country before it could reach the house.

Local fire stations around the Northern Valleys need new members for all brigades throughout but particularly on the south of the region. According to Chittering Community Emergency Services Manager, Jamie O’Neil, “with lifestyles getting busier all the time it is getting harder and harder to recruit new members leaving the majority of the work to the minority and this causes problems with member burn out”.

With the help of fire brigades from surrounding areas, the locals managed to protect farming equipment, the post office & neighbouring properties from damage as well as preventing the fire from entering the adjacent native reserve. Pauline & David lost some of their wheat crop & the Nixon’s property to the west lost fencing & pasture. Special thanks to the 30 + private volunteer vehicles that attended as well as the Mogumber-Gillingarra, Wannamal, New Norcia, Koojan & Yerecoin Fire trucks. Thanks to FESA & the Victoria Plains Shire for the planes & helicopters. It is times like these that you realise why rural communities put such a strong emphasis on their local Fire Brigades.

Young Chittering fire brigade volunteers

As of 1 December 2012 the Shire is in Prohibited Burning Season. There is to be no lighting of fires until after the 31 March 2013. Fire breaks are now required throughout the Shire of Chittering and Shire Rangers are currently inspecting properties. Chittering Fire Service have been busy in recent weeks attending fires, with fires this early in the season it indicates that once again we may be faced with a potentially above average fire season. Your Volunteer Fire Fighters are currently busily preparing for the incoming Bush Fire Season and it is important that residents also take action and ensure their property is Bush Fire Ready if you have any questions on preparing your property please don’t hesitate to contact the Shire. Volunteers Needed!!! Chittering Fire Service is always looking for Volunteer Fire Fighters and Auxillary/Support Members, this is an essential community service and response to emergencies within the Shire is reliant on Volunteers.

Will you survive a fire this season?

Bush Fire Service Bush Fire Brigades are formed by Local (shire) Governments under the powers of the Bush Fires Act 1954. There are approximately 720 bush fire brigades, with membership of about 25000 persons. There are 142 local governments that have responsibility for maintaining these brigades. Brigades are supported by the DFES (Department of Fire and Emergency Services). The Department of Fire and Emergency Service plays an advisory and coordination role, setting standards in training, equipment and techniques. Chittering Fire Service has three active membership categories: • Firefighter

Communities must prepare for fire season now

bushfire preparation

The Shire of Chittering is in Prohibited Burning Season


The Nationals WA candidate for Agricultural Region and former career and volunteer firefighter Martin Aldridge has welcomed the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee report on WA’s Preparedness for the 2012-13 Bushfire Season.

Water bomber planes on Pauline & David’s property

“While Western Australia’s fire response agencies are making progress on the recommendations of the Keelty Report, the work needed to prepare our communities and our

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging all Western Australians to take action and start to prepare their homes and families for the upcoming bushfire season.

emergency services for major incidents, including fire, will take much longer. “People living in regional WA have no time for complacency this fire season and should act now to prepare their properties and their family for the impact of fire this summer,” Mr Aldridge said. The report made six recommendations, including reviewing technical issues associated

Firefighters are people who fight the fires and it is expected that they will attend most fires in their area. In addition, they may required to participate in controlled burns, attend training and assist in maintaining equipment. • Auxiliary Member Auxiliary members provide a varied support to Brigades • Incident Support Staff Incident Support crews provide support roles in communications and logistics. They operate from the station and a Incident Control Vehicle in various roles providing essential support to the fire fighting effort. Incident support staff are not required to fight fires.

with the new radio network, creation of a fuel load database, a strategy to deal with a drier South West region, and how to fairly assist victims of future natural disasters. The Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love has supported the recommendations, in particular compensating and supporting victims of natural disasters such as those devastated by fire in the 2009 Toodyay fire. “Despite the Government accepting that there was a link between the 2009 Toodyay fire and Western Power infrastructure, the level of compensation offered to Toodyay residents would appear to be substantially different to those affected by the Margaret River fire in

November of 2011. “The committee has recommended clearer communication from the Government about the assistance provided following a natural disaster and called for equitable arrangements across the State,” Mr Love said. Western Australia is protected by 33,000 firefighters, of which 32,000 are volunteers with the Bush Fire Service or the Fire and Rescue Service. “Firefighter safety must be a priority to ensure they have the equipment they need to do the job and to come home safely to their families at the end of the day.

Bushfires happen every year and it is everyone’s responsibility to prepare. Fire fighters throughout the state are preparing for the bushfire season and they rely on the community to help them by being proactive and maintaining their properties. There are a number of ways in which people can prepare their homes and families, including cleaning up around the house, creating a building protection zone around their property and sitting down with the family to make a bushfire survival plan. People who have a bushfire survival plan and have done the work to prepare themselves and their property have the best chance of surviving a fire. Bushfire survival plans should include all members of the family and should take into account what to do with pets and livestock.

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If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Shire on 9576 4600. Gingin Fire Brigade volunteers burning off the block of land where St Catherine’s Church is located in Gingin. Photo by Annette Houghton

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Having witnessed months of investment market uncertainty and concern on commodity prices, and uncertain overseas markets, it seems the majority of selfmanaged super fund (SMSF) trustees, self funded retirees and ordinary investors have sought safety within their fund’s asset allocation, however the decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBS) to cut interest rates again is forcing investors to reconsider their options. There are now signs that the investment story may be starting to change as investors seek out higher returns than cash and term deposit rates and with it their risk appetite is starting to increase. “Undoubtedly, the hoarding of cash has been 
prevalent due to the uncertainty, it’s no surprise that investors have wanted to take advantage of that security and peace of mind,” reports Simon McGrath, Senior Financial Planner at Elders Financial Planning. “For our clients, unless it’s warranted to be taking market risk, we’ve certainly had that heavy weighting to defensive assets.” “Yet what we’ve done in-house here is look to utilize the hybrid market and high dividend yielding share investments more,” Simon continued. “So as interest rates have been coming down, I think a lot of investors are now having this dilemma of having had their money in term deposits where they’ve had 6 per cent, 5.5 per cent, 5 per cent,” he said. “But those rates are getting closer and closer to 4.3 per cent, so the question before all investors how long before these rates head lower again. The RBA have indicated that the bias is for lower rates. We are seeing a gradual shift in the investment landscape, while investors are still nervous about equity market volatility; many realized that falling interest rates could be a game changer. “For many investors, cash and term deposits are still an obvious choice when it comes to that investment market safe haven,” he said.

“However, with reductions in interest rates, I think SMSF trustees and self funded retirees are beginning to look elsewhere for their income needs.” “For many, it’s time to start dipping a toe back into the market and so the yield to be gained from a diversified equities portfolio is proving to be that first step,” he said. “There comes a tipping point where a National Australia Bank term deposit is paying you 4.3 per cent for three to six months and you compare that to your grossed up dividend yield for NAB shares of probably 11.3 per cent,” he said. “So that’s over double, nearly triple the return and I think you get to that tipping point where people are now prepared to take on a bit of stock market risk to compensate them. “They might not be going all in, but they’re certainly prepared to put a bit more of their toe in the water.” In addition investors are looking at strategies to be more tax effective and reorganize their investments and structures in light of recent government changes to the Transition to Retirement and Superannuation Contribution caps rules. “All investors need to review their current asset allocation and individual investment selection to ensure their investment is earning the maximum amount. Investor’s also have to contend with taxation and inflation which is continually eroding the buying power of their money, so continual review, advice and fine tuning to investment portfolio is very important to maximise returns.” he said Simon McGrath. Authorised Representative of Elders Financial Planning Pty Ltd AFSL 224645 Ph 0413 566 699 General Advice Warning This publication contains general (including taxation) information only. It is not intended to constitute financial product advice. Any information provided or conclusions made, whether express or implied, do not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of an investor. It should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional advice. You should obtain and consider a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decision to acquire a product.

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There are approximately 150 acres of quality wildflowers primarily Australian wax flower with supporting areas of Australian Eucalyptus, Kangaroo Paws, Banksias and smaller areas of south african Leucadendron and Leucospermum. With over 150,000 plants, the majority under 5 years of age, with a number of new and exclusive varieties. The producer has made substantial investments in recent years with new plantings of popular plants and new innovative varieties. The farm has comprehensive irrigation systems with over 150 kilometres of drip line supplied through around 30 automatic watering solenoids. A total of six, 3 phase bores, supplying a water license Call Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783

Elders Financial Planning is now servicing the Northern Valleys Simon McGrath, Financial Planner

We can help you with plans to increase your savings, tax effective solutions, and plans to protect your family and loved ones. We offer comprehensive financial planning solutions to individuals, family groups, small business people, farmers, plantation and station owners. We provide services for: • Investment Advice • Life Insurance • Critical Illness & Trauma Insurance • Farm Succession Planning • Fixed Interest Investing • Superannuation • Income Protection Insurance • Investing in Self-Managed Super Funds • Pension Income Planning

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1324 Chittering Road, Adjacent to Avon Valley National Park


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Bullsbrook, Chittering, Muchea, Gingin & Bindoon. Daily parcel pickup & delivery service to and from anywhere, to the Metro area. Taxi Truck service also available.

Ph: 9571 4166 or Mob: 0409 990 446

TV Antennas

Chittering Junior Football Club

Don Read 1922- 2012

JILLEROO/ STOCKPERSON; Live in Avail: required for cattle stud 130 kms nth. Perth, Cattle/Sheep exp. necessary,

2013 AGM

horse riding skills req. 4 wheel m/bike, tractor/

NEW DATE Monday 10th December 7.00pm at Muchea Hall (Clubroom)

loader skills advantage. No dogs.

Call Ian Hall – 0419 042 455

refs req: 08 9654 8026 a.h.

Alan Nairn – 0467 282 422

Immaculate Heart College

Piano Lessons AMEB exams if required

Immaculate Heart College in Maryville Downs, Lower Chittering, is seeking two suitably qualified Early Childhood teachers for the commencement of 2013. See ad page 18

For sale

Stud Wiltshire Horn rams

2011 drop $300 includes GST Call John Williams on 9576 1038 or 0439 937 829 for obligation-free inspection.

9576 0690 Neva Harris “David Bantock & Pauline Carr would like to thank all the volunteer fire fighters & neighbours that attended the fire on their Mogumber property on Sat 17th November.”

For set of keys with Mazda ignition key

Lost at Bindoon Show, October 20th Ph 042 776 1371

2x 20,000 litre tanks steel fully reconditioned. $2750 each. In MUCHEA

Labrador x Golden Retriever pupppies. (right)

Water Services

Both parents are registered, they will be vac & wormed and ready to go before Christmas, $800. Call Michelle 0412129719

Bullsbrook Water Carriers

Drinking Water Only Professional, Prompt, Reliable Approved Carrier for Water Corp Health Dept Compliant

Kevin Bailey 9571 2726 (All Hours)

Phone: 95714600 or 0417958804

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Will sell in 200 litre lots Helen Scott 0400 433 068

Water Tank Supply & Installation Tank roofs & Liners Tank Refurbishments Storm water piping Irrigated Fire Prevention systems

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2000 litre of veg oil 75 cents per litre

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Carolyn Gomersall (Daughter)

Don Read was born at “Golden Valley” Mooliabeenee, on the 6th of December 1922 to parents George James Read and Annas Hartley Read (nee Atkinson). He was the youngest of 12 children, his siblings being Edie, Bill Jock, Charlie, Dan, Mait , Emma, Jacky, Rowly, Jim and Jim’s twin ‘Mavis’. His mother Annas (one of sixteen children), was born at “Bindoon” Mooliabeenee, in May of 1876 to James and Frances Atkinson (nee York), who were among the first settlers of the area. He attended Mooliabeenee School, but due to fluctuating numbers of students, the school was only open a few years, during his school-age years. Because of this most of his learning was done at home with his older sister Emma helping him. For the first 6¼ years of his life, he lived in the original family home, which was solely built by his father George. It was a simple hand-built, mud brick home with earth floors, no ceilings, glass windows or running water. In April of 1929, the family moved into their new home on the opposite side of the road, another hand-built mud brick home, built by his father and older brothers. This home was more modern, with ceilings, wooden floors, glass windows and running water! Here, at the address known today as 599 Bindoon-Moora Road, is where he lived with his family up until his marriage to Betty Read on the 6th of November, 1948. Over a period of about 18 months or so prior to their wedding, Don, together with Jim Ash and Perry Ferguson, built a home for him and his bride-to-be. It was on their honeymoon, that they moved into the home that they shared for all of their life together, up until Betty’s death on the 14th of December, 2011. You couldn’t get much more “Mooliabeenee” than Don! Apart from time away in the Army during World War Two and some time working on his brother and sister-in-law Jim and Betty Read’s farm in Lower Chittering and sister Emma and brother-inlaw Vince Fewster’s farm in Muchea, he spent all his years living and working in Mooliabeenee. He worked his first vineyard and harvested his first crop of currants when he was only 13 years of age! His farm was always a mixed farm and over the years he has had currants, oranges, mandarins, sheep and pigs. During the last 23 or so years of his life he had cattle in place of the pigs. Don and Betty had four daughters, Mary, Betty, Teresa & Carolyn. Sadly, Mary and Teresa both died as babies, but Betty and Carolyn both have very fond memories of their gentle, loving, rock-solid parents and growing up together, on the family farm in Mooliabeenee. Don suffered with skin cancer for many years and passed away on the 4th of November 2012 at Hollywood Private Hospital as a result of one of these malignant cancers. From all the condolence messages received, it is clear to the family that Don Read was well respected and loved by many. He was a true gentleman who was honest, very sincere and genuinely interested in other people’s story. His story-telling ability, quick-wit and sense of humour are legendary and he will be sadly missed by his two daughters Betty Houston and Carolyn Gomersall, their husbands Larry and Andy, his six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Don would have celebrated his 90th birthday on 6th December, we wish all his family and friends our condolences. Happy Birthday Don!


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“This activity is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.”

Advertising deadline for the trade section of thenext issue is Friday 28th December.

It’s your local garage sale online!


The Northern Valleys Directory is now taking entries for 2013 Contact Barni at; Ph. 9576 1978 / 0419 879 454


News Equestrian Stan Baker and Saira Hanlon

The last stampede Tamieka Preston

When the sun goes down on Stampede arena this New Years Eve, it will be for the last time. After 38 years the Bullsbrook rodeo grounds will be closed as the land becomes rehabilitated to form part of the ‘Biodiversity corridor’ and to extend the Bullsbrook training grounds for Defence personnel and cadets. The 80 acre property has hosted rodeos since the seventies, and is the home of the West Coast Rodeo Circuit. The facility is also used by other groups including the WA mounted Police, Junior Team Penners WA, WA4D Barrel Racing Association and training for junior rodeo riders. The original arena was built by Harold Adkins, and since then the maintenance of the facility, and construction of many yards and infrastructure has been the work of committed local volunteers. Stan Baker, past president and current committee member of the West Coast Rodeo Circuit has run the legendary New Years Rodeo for the past ten years. He lived on the property as caretaker until recently. Stan is sad to see the end of the era, but is positive. “We’re had a good stint here and seen a lot of young bull riders start off in this arena” he says. “The bonus of this joint has been having all the land to keep the cattle, it’s all very well having an arena, but if you haven’t got property to hold cattle it becomes difficult” Partner Saira said Stan had trained many young bull riders at Stampede arena over the years, “That’s our main concern with this place shutting down is where all the Juniors will go”. However the show must go on, and the couple are expecting a record turnout of around 2500 to see in the New Year at the biggest party of all. Top bull riders from all over the state will be coming, and they’re expected to put on a good show.

SPORT Rifle Club update Bindoon Range Rifle Club had their windup on Sunday 18th November and they would like to thank the following sponsors for donating prizes for the day.

· Bindoon Roadhouse · Bindoon Hardware and Stockfeeders · Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats · Loose Leaf Lettuce Company · Getaway Camping Henry Houghton Trophy 800-900 yds (HCP) · Colin Clarkson Snr Athol Ferguson Trophy 700 yds (O/R) · John McKay Hill Trophy (7) HCP · Kevin Venn Loose Leaf Lettuce Trophy (5) · Colin Clarkson Snr D & R Mann Trophy 500 yards · Liz Clarkson C & E Clarkson Trophy 900 yards · Brett Perkin J & S McKay Trophy 800 yards · Dave Mann Carson Family Trophy 800 yards · Nathan Perkins M & J McGrath Trophy 600 yards ·B  en Clarkson Bindoon Hardware Trophy 400 yards · John McKay Getaway Camping Trophy 300 yards · C.R Clarkson Gingin Roadhouse Trophy 500 yards · Kevin Venn Bindoon Roadhouse 900 yards · Ross Carson Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats Trophy “Shooter of the Day” · Nathan Perkins Phil Beales Trophy Most Improved Shooter for 2012 · Kevin Venn

Locals putting something back into the community

Zac is the Champ!


When the summer bowls came to an end at Chinkabee Complex last season, members once again ran the Friday night ‘Darts Nights’ over the winter months, in order to ensure the ongoing social life of the club. As usual, everyone came together every Friday night, in order to play darts, pool, Wii games, and other social activities. As in keeping with the past, part of the proceeds went towards a free social and wind-up evening for everyone, as well as a $400.00 donation to one of the local voluntary organisations, in recognition of their fine efforts in the community – which, in the past, has included the Chittering Wildlife Carers and the St John Ambulance Brigade. This year, members decided to present the $400 to the Bindoon Playgroup, in recognition of their valuable standing in our community. Organiser Sandra Clarke said that seeing as how work on the new Bindoon Playgroup building has now commenced, Ms Belinda Martin – President of the Bindoon Playgroup – should have no trouble in putting the money to good use. Sandra went on to say she is looking forward to welcoming even more new members and their families to the weekly Friday night ‘Darts Nights’ at Chinkabee Sporting Complex next season, whether or not they are experienced players, or just nervous beginners looking for an enjoyable night out. For further information, please contact Sandra Clarke on 9576 1444 or at

On Saturday night Zac Einersen was crowned “Australian featherweight Champion” in front of over a thousand cheering spectators , in what many described as the fight of the year

by Country Muay Thai in Bullsbrook under the guidance of one of Perth’s leading trainers Kru Brian Kingwell. Brian Stated Zac trains hard and is very dedicated and deserves his success, he has the ability to go all the way to the top and that we should all keep an eye on this exiting young fighter his best is yet to come.

Zac took on a highly credible opponent Ross Taylor from QLD who has competed many times in Thailand and Australia and holds a very credible record. Zac was able to finish the bout in round 4 with a brilliant display of Muay Thai using all 8 weapons, Zac has been trained

Congratulations Zac on becoming the Australian Champion!

Midland Toyota Creating your driving dream

To celebrate the last rodeo Stan and Saira have sent free tickets to rodeo committee members from all over the state “It’s the hard work of all these committees and volunteers that keeps the sport going.” Stan says. He wanted everyone to be there to enjoy the final show. It sure sounds like a party not to be missed with band J-Babies playing, food and entertainment for kids as well as all the usual Rodeo competitions including Steer Roping, Wrestling and Undecorating, Barrel racing and of course the bucking bulls and broncos. It’s a fantastic way to spend New Year’s and camping is free. Tickets are available at Moshtix (for more information, see page 3)

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Bronwyn Hill, last year’s Open Steer Undecorating Champion at the New Years Rodeo.

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NEW: Gary 0429 437 346

Photo Dave Watson, Bullsence Photography


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fun fitness Aquarobics @ Gingin Pool Tuesdays 5.30pm (weather permitting and please call before attending to confirm summer start date) Roxanne 041 919 2511 or Fran @ Pool 9575 1344

Bindoon over 50’s Exercise Group Meets every Friday at 9am at the Bindoon Hall. Contact 042 719 8278

Calingiri Community Gym Open 24/7, contact 96287004

Bindoon Tennis Club Play on Thursday nights from 7pm at Chinkabee sports centre. For enquiries contact Sue Rogers on 9576 0884.

Gingin Tennis Club Social Tennis. Thursdays 6.30pm Regional Hardcourt Facility, Gingin

Heartmoves Thursdays 8.00am to 9.00am Bullsbrook Bowling Club & Monday, 6.30pm Chequers Golf Club. Gentle physical program. Ph Rachael Steen Mobile: 0428 720 005

Tai chi

Back-slapping for Ben Evans I attended a local cricket match this month where Bindoon Bushrangers and Gingin Reds played.

On arrival I asked the obligatory “what’s the score” I was given a very informative so many runs and so many wickets and of course I still had no idea, other than Gingin is getting some good runs. That’s the thing about cricket, unlike most games it is not as simple as so many points in front. So having no idea who was winning, and not much about the game of cricket, I sat myself on the outskirt railings to watch a field full of Bushrangers. Very quickly I was caught up in the enthusiasm of the match.

Thurs 9am at Clune Park, Bindoon Ph Barni Norton 0419 964 909

Yoga in Bullsbrook

Tuesday evening 6.00 to 7.30pm & Saturday morning 8.00 to 9.30 am at the Community Sports Club, Pickett Park. Enquiries to Helen on 0423 122 433

Zumba - Bullsbrook Tuesday 7.30pm, Lower Chittering Hall Contact: Roberto 0418640840

there was much excitement as he clearly had some talent for fast bowling. It didn’t take long and he claimed a wicket, the jubilation and back slapping of his team members had me clicking away like a cricket enthusiast.

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According to Ben Evan’s dad, Eugene, “Ben was the “spearhead” for the day. The spearhead is essentially the opening bowler, whose job it is to get the early breakthroughs.

8th Annual Be Active Moora Triathlon – Sunday 17th March 2013

Ben had three of the four wickets, so dad was pretty proud of his efforts. Eighteen year old Ben, was filling in for the day, because they were short on numbers.

SOVP Community Bike Hike – Saturday 23rd March 2013 3rd Annual Be Active Chittering Triathlon – April 2013

The final score was Bindoon all out 182 defeated Gingin all out 108.

Young “Benny Evans” was bowling and

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