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Page 6 Frank & Auriel Patterson. The Zante is a high yielder but does have issues such as odium (powdery mildew) and is susceptible to split with summer rains. His best performer is the Carina variety; these vines are about 12 years old and according to Bruce are “a bomb proof variety which isn’t susceptible to mildew and consistent all the way through their cropping.” Bruce was one of the first commercial growers of Carina in WA and now they are very common. Harvesting begins in late summer, when the grapes are ripe and ready for picking. There are two main harvesting methods used: traditional hand picking followed by trellis drying; and mechanical harvesting. Bruce machine harvests his fruit so instead of $900/ dry tonne for picking costs he can harvest for about $300/tonne. The process involves cutting most fruit bearing canes, while leaving some canes for next years harvest. He manually collects the fruit from the uncut canes and dries them on the racks. The fruit on the cut canes will then dry on the trellis; the drying completed in about 3 weeks on the trellis and 4 -5 weeks on the racks.

A currant affair

Not so long ago the Great Northern Highway was paved with dried fruit drying racks. There were once hundreds of currant growers in the area until market fluctuation during the 1990s saw the price for dry currants plummet to $600 per tonne. Buyers for non-contract growers dried up and with the cost to manually harvest a tonne of dried fruit at $900, it is no surprise most pulled out their currant vines. Today there are only ten commercial currant growers in WA, and almost all of

them are in the Northern Valleys. As these growers across the region prepare for harvest it’s good to know they are now rewarded for their tenacity. This year the price for top grade currants is a minimum $2,180/tonne guaranteed. Longstanding local grower Bruce Wharton and his wife Jenny are optimistic. They have been at their Apricot Acres farm in Bindoon for 22 years, and it now seems that things are looking good for currant growers in our region.

Bruce moved into Horticulture after 29 years in the electronic engineering profession within the aviation industry. He has been Chair of the Australian Dried Fruits Association for the past eight years. According to David Dewar, a peer currant grower, Bruce has played a key role in ensuring the survival of the local current industry. Bruce has about 10 acres of currant vines at Apricot Acres. He is soon to harvest these sweet grapes and shared how this is undertaken. Having never tried a currant grape straight off the vine, I ate my way through the interview sampling the delicious sweet ripe offerings feeling privileged to enjoy the grape before it is dried. Bruce has two main currant varieties; the Zante vines which were planted in 1954 by

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The over the row machine harvest is completed in a day and then 4 days work to pick all the uncut bunches and 4 days work to cut off dead foliage. The currants are sifted on site, and then sent to the Sunbeam, Mildura factory, before being sent on their way to a supermarket near you. A quick google of Currants confirms what I suspected; currants supply a healthy amount of dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble), iron, potassium, and B vitamins. It seems these dried grapes are one of the top sources of the trace mineral boron. Studies have shown that boron provides protection against osteoporosis and reproduces many of the positive effects of estrogen therapy in postmenopausal women. So the tiny, wrinkled currants you’re used to seeing in scones and stuffing are actually very good for you! If you would like to buy direct they will be on sale around mid March at Apricot Acres Toy Rd, Bindoon. honeycomb farm estate

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in the Northern Valleys

In this issue we are pleased to bring you a special Australia Day lift-out; acknowledging new australians and the quiet achievers who do so much for our communities. I confess I haven’t been to Australia Day ceremonies before, this year I attended the Neergabby ceremony and I was sincerely touched by the welcoming of new Australians, I’d highly recommend you try it next year. To our new readers we hope you like this semi rural local paper that is a blend of lifestyle and rural interests. It is a feel good paper which is designed to uncover our community’s great secrets and treasures. Thank you to all our advertisers and to our editorial contributors. Tamieka and I do our best to bring the community a good community paper and your assistance and financial support makes it all worthwhile. Jackie Shervington Northern Valleys News - helping to grow our regional community.

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Congratulations to FESA and the Shire of Chittering for being proactive in the days and hours following the fire at Wannamal. Calling a fire ban and machinery movement ban early and decisively on those days when the conditions were obviously dangerous and there was a major fire already burning in the Shire was a must.

Residents expect tough decisions to be made in these tough conditions. When fuel loads are high and equipment is committed, early action is required. Well done to those who saw this fire brought under control so effectively. Mat Preston, Mooliabeenie

Chittering Bruce Rowley

Welcome to the February issue of Northern Valleys News. February has so far delivered a welcome change in the weather. Whilst I appreciate the rain can be a nuisance this time of year for farmers, especially those eager to harvest their grapes, it is comforting to know those smouldering fires across the region will be stopped in their tracks. I learnt recently that Jarrah tree roots will continue to burn and can reignite fires, fortunately with the heavy rains we can safely assume the roots are no longer burning and perhaps some of the trees can recover.

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Bite open for business

On Wednesday 8th Feb, the new restaurant in Bindoon, Bite, will be open for business. After five months of building, Piet Berkers (owner/builder), is pretty happy with the result. He thanks all for their support and encourages people to call and book on 9576 0837 to avoid disappointment. “It is hard to predict how many people will turn up in the first weeks, we don’t want to have to send people away”.

The Northern Valleys News International Womens Day Lunch Ladies of the Northern Valleys are invited to attend the annual International Womens Day Lunch on March the 8th at the Bindoon Bakehaus. Enjoy a light lunch and a glass of Sparkling wine while we listen to the stories of some inspiring women. The United Nations Women Australia’s theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Women’s Economic Empowerment and celebrates the vital role women play in enhancing economic prosperity in their families, communities and countries. The aim is also to acknowledge that many women are still struggling for economic security and equality all over the world.

A new chef has been appointed, a young lady from North West Ireland Carol Mangan. A chef for 11 years in Ireland, her last post was at a hotel. She always wanted to come to Australia, and she took the plunge when she saw the advertisement. After a month in Perth she is settling into the environment. Probably not the easiest transition from North Ireland to a Northern Valleys heat wave but Carol’s can do spirit shows through as she shares how she has dealt with the transition. “I’m coming around, at first the heat was unbearable, I couldn’t leave the house, but everyone else seemed to be coping with it, so I thought, if they can do it I can do it too” The restaurant team is excited and ready to welcome guests. See you at Bite and a word of advice; Carol’s passion is dessert, so leave some room to try out her dessert bombs. Please Note: BYO for now until the license is approved.

International women’s DAy The Northern Valleys News International Womens Day Lunch. Hosted by The Northern Valleys News and Bindoon Bakehaus

Coming Up Saturday, 17 March 2012 St Patrick’s Day The Gingin Chittering Lions Club Annual Auction and Car Boot sale, see ad this page. St Patrick’s Day Dark Night Stargazing, Gingin Observatory, 7:00 pm -09:30 pm

Saturday 24 March Gingin Uniting Church annual Autumn Fair & Car Boot Sale From 9 .00am to 1.00pm. See notice this page.

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Thursday 8 March

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Saturday 26 February

“Gingin Jammers” will be playing live music in the Gingin Sound Shell from 11am - 2pm

For further information contact Herb Elliot 0427 926933, Mike Miller 0427 702323 or Wayne Beard 9576 1325.

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“Learn how to read the signs” A community forum to help keep you, your friends and family safe from suicide. Bullsbrook sports Pavillion, 7:30- 8:30pm

Touring Exhibition of Mosaic Works, 10am -4pm

The Lions are seeking donated items of all categories, machinery, vehicles, implements and all house hold equipment for auction.

Shire of Chitttering, Council Chambers, 6177 Gt Northern Hwy, Bindoon

Monday, 20 February

Sunday 4 March


Valentine’s Starry Night, Gingin Observatory, Time: 8:00 pm -09:30 pm. Ph 9575 7740

Touring Exhibition of Mosaic Works, Opening afternoon tea from 12-5pm Gingin Arts & Crafts Center, 11 Constable Street. See ad page 4.

The Gingin Chittering Lions Club is holding their Annual Auction and including a Car Boot sale on Saturday 17th March, 2012. So take the opportunity to have a good post xmas clear out and help raise some money.

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So please gather a group of friends or come along by yourself and celebrate the achievements of women all around us! Cost; $30 per head Time; 12 noon - 2.30pm Venue; Bindoon Bakehaus Bookings are essential, and seats are limited. Ph Jackie Shervington on 0419 045 783 or email

Do you need to do a post xmas clear out?

Tuesday, 14 February

This is made up of 4 classes over 4 weeks to give you a firm overview of understanding your spinning wheel and the basic mechanics of spinning. Class Dates: 25th Feb; 3rd Mar; 10th Mar; 17th Mar Cost: $80.00, Time: 12.30 til 2.30 am Minimum of 5 and maximum of 8 per class

Intermediate Classes: (A basic knowledge of spinning required for these classes.) • Understanding the Twist. Date 25th Feb Cost: $30.00,

Time: 2.00pm til 4pm • Spinning Short Draw – Spinning Long Draw Date: 3rd Mar, Cost: $30.00, Time 2.00pm til 4pm • Plying Pt 1 Date: 10th Mar, Cost: $40.00, Time: 2.00pm til 4.30pm • Plying Pt 2 Date: 17th Mar, Cost: $45.00, Time: 2.00pm til 4.30pm

Advanced Classes Will run based on numbers and interest. • Fancy Yarns • Carding and Blending for that Special Yarn • Dyeing to Spin. • Lets Go Natural

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Saturday 31 March Earth Hour and Astrofest 2012. Gingin Observatory Ph 9575 7740

Sunday, 1 April 2nd Annual Be Active Chittering Triathlon, Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon

We welcome your local events & stories. Please call Jackie Shervington Phone: 0419 045 783

Autumn Fair & Car Boot Sale Gingin Uniting Church will be holding their annual Autumn Fair & Car Boot Sale on Saturday 24 March from 9 .00am to 1.00pm, in their grounds in Weld Street, Gingin. The fundraising is for the ongoing renovations to the Church, and to give more support to chaplaincy at Gingin District High School, and other community projects. Anyone is welcome to have their own stall for the cost of $10. For bookings and enquiries, please contact Kaye Read (Tel: 9576 2031) or Marian Crew (9575 1357). As well as Car Boot items there will be a variety of stalls such as cakes, craft, plants, books, raffles etc as well as morning teas, a sausage sizzle and activities for children. There will be entertainment from several musical groups and it should be a really fun morning for everyone.



It’s your community... Gingin Bindoon Retirees Jammers Bindoon Retirees will be meeting

again on the 6th February at 1.30pm at the Bindoon Hall, and look forward to seeing you all there. We meet on the first Monday of the month at the Bindoon Hall at 1.30pm and every other Monday at the Chinkabee Complex for a game of indoor bowls, we would love you to join us. We have had lots of wonderful trips out during 2011, and hopefully we will have many more I am sure during 2012 and we look forward to you joining us.

Tai Chi Morning Tea To celebrate the Chinese New Year and bring in the year of the dragon, the Tai Chi group of Bindoon added tea & food to their regular Thursday morning in Clune Park.

Gingin Jammers played at the Twighlight Family Night on Jan 21st. Dont forget to catch them play live on Sunday 4 March in the Gingin Sound Shell from 11am - 2pm.

Right: Di & Mike Millar

Above: Angela Cabassi (sax), Naida Foxon (sax), Lynne Hoffman (Piano), Wayne Fewster, and Barni Norton

Below: Jean, Joy & Roy

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Being an effective community committee requires understanding of the key elements of a successful committee such as: understanding the roles of each member, legal obligations and how to run meetings. This course will cover: • Understanding the purpose of your Committee—vision, mission and objectives • A look at some key legal obligations • Rules of the committee and the importance of a Constitution • Role of the executive officers—treasurer, secretary, chair, public officer • Tips on structuring and running effective meetings • Processes for effective decision-making and accountability • Importance of debate and conflict and tips on managing it.

Food Safety and Hygiene Food handling in a temporary setting by Stell Hoffman, Environmental Health Officer, City of Swan Please note the different closing dates for bookings at each venue. Bookings essential. Cancellations without notice will be refused future bookings.

Monday February 20

Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand Exhibition

‘Patterns in Nature’

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Gingin Arts and Craft Centre 11 Constable Street, GINGIN

Sat 3 March 12pm-5pm Sun 4 March 10am-4pm 2012

Alice Daveron Centre, Cnr Weddall and Titus Roads, Lockridge, Altone Doors open: 6pm Training: 6.30–9pm Bookings Close: Thursday 16th February Monday March 12 Pickett Park Sports Pavilion, Maroubra Ave, Bullsbrook (next to bowling club), Bullsbrook Doors open: 6pm Training: 6.30–9pm Bookings Close: Thursday 8th March Tuesday March 20

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Wednesday February 29 Ellenbrook Community Meeting Room 2, Ellenbrook Place Office, 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook Doors open: 6pm Training: 6.30–9pm Bookings Close: Monday 27th February Barbara Humphreys - Not-Much-Room

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Australia Day celebrations Shire of Chittering

Xing and Mia Haiyan - happy Bindoon residents originally from China.

Jessica and Catherine Choules dressed for the occasion

Jean Whitehead (UK) Alex Mackie and Doreen Mackie - official fun brigade

Jack Thompson celebrated his birthday on the day cooking breakfast as part of the Lions club team

Jenna Templar - The face of Australia

Geraldine Macfarlane

Wannamal Beach party

Lower Chittering

In what could only be described as a ‘ripper’ of a day the Wannamal Community Centre celebrated Australia Day as a beach party. Sand, water, beach umbrellas, a row boat, buckets and spades, beach towels and bikinis transformed the hall into a family beach scene. The happy crowd dressed in their favourite bathers, colourful beach outfits and Aussie gear played beach volleyball, beach cricket, built sandcastles, waded in the paddling pool, tested their skills with Australian phrases and state fauna and flora quizzes while singing along to the fabulous beach music provided by the Gingin Jammers.

Clem and Maureen Winton tackling the quizzes

Nonie Trainor sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem and also a short opera piece. A lovely luncheon was enjoyed, all washed down with a few beers, wines and a cuppa. As the afternoon sun set (really it was only the imminent thunder storm) the Fremantle Doctor fans were turned off, the beach crowd left and the organising committee celebrated a successful day The Wannamal bikini girl with feet dangling in the paddle pool. Ruth Loudon

Above: Angela Anspach enjoying the beach cricket Left: Kaye Bodey, Hazel Fermaner and Gloria Glover enjoying themselves

Margo, she came down to the breakfast and did singing and a quiz.

Maddy Dickerson, one of the scouts helping out.



It’s your news...

Wannamal Ablaze

The Chittering Shire President, Cr Alex Douglas has advised that “the cause of the large fire in the Wannamal region is believed to be suspicious and has burnt approximately 1650 hectares with the loss of livestock, fencing, one shed, two caravans and four items of machinery”. Cr Douglas further stated that “the generosity of the residents living in the Shire was very evident during this week commencing and, in particular we would like to thank most sincerely the businesses offering support during this time, particularly Jim Griffiths and his team at the Bindoon IGA, and residents who called into the Welfare Centre or telephoned offering assistance in so many forms from accommodation, horse floats to move livestock, agistment, helping to look after children, to making cups of tea.” Cr Douglas would also like to mention that we were very lucky this time and the welfare centre (evacuation centre) was not needed; but even in the initial setting up of the centre it became very obvious how important it is to have all the agencies who assist during emergencies such as this – but equally important a register of people who are willing to assist during periods of crisis and that the Shire will be starting a register for future events. Further to this Cr Douglas has requested that residents and businesses wishing to register should do so in writing either by emailing details and the way they can help to or mail to PO Box 70, Bindoon 6502. This list will be used by the Shire – if only a small number of people are involved – or by the Department Child Protection during a larger incident, and that hopefully we will never have to contact the people on the lists, but just in case having a start certainly helps when the Shire’s Welfare Plan is put into action.

Photo: Daryl du Plessis

The Shire President would like to acknowledge the enormous effort made fighting this fire by our own volunteer bush fire brigade members, the career and volunteer fire fighters from other local governments and the metropolitan area, FESA, DCP and the Salvation Army. He would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the staff of the Shire who came together to assist the community. (Continued next page) Photo: Max Shervington

Photo: Daryl du Plessis





When a fire has started but there is no immediate danger.


Be aware and keep up to date

There is no threat to lives and homes.

The fire is likely to be small and may be causing smoke near homes.

Stay alert and monitor your surroundings by watching for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area.

Issued at 11am and 4pm unless the situation changes

Firefighters will be able to control the fire.

Close all doors and windows.


When a fire is approaching and conditions are changing.


Put your preparations into action - do not wait and see

There is a possible threat to lives and homes.

Put your bushfire survival plan into action.

The fire will be out of control. There may be smoke and embers around your home and roads.

If you have decided to leave for a safer place, leave now and take your survival kit with you.

Issued every two hours unless the situation changes

Firefighters will be working with machines to put in containment lines to stop the fire spreading.

Leave well before roads are closed and full of smoke.


When there is immediate danger and the fire will impact your home.

Take immediate action to survive – you will be impacted by fire


If you have not left yet and the way is clear leave immediately for your safer place and take your survival kit with you.

There is a threat to lives and homes.

The fire will be out of control and moving very fast. This is the highest level of warning.

Firefighters will find it difficult to control the fire and it will take significant firefighting resources and a change in conditions to bring it under control.

If you have not prepared your home, it is too late to do it now. Your safest option is to leave for a safer place, if the way is clear.

Do not relocate at the last minute in a vehicle or on foot as this is deadly.

Issued every hour unless the situation changes

A siren sound called the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) may be used to get your attention on radio and television.


When the danger has passed and the fire is under control.


Take care to avoid any dangers and keep up to date

Firefighters will be working to put the last bits of the fire out and make the area safe.

Remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

When driving in the fire area you should take extreme caution and drive slowly.

Dangers like smoke, fallen trees and downed power lines may be on roads and emergency services will still be working in the area.

• Issued when the threat has passed

It may still not be safe to return home. Emergency services will advise when you can go home.




Turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

On catastrophic or extreme fire danger days your best chance for survival is to leave hours before a fire reaches you.

If you are not prepared for a bushfire the safest place is to be away from the fire.

If you plan to use your home as shelter, make final preparations now.

If you plan to use your home as shelter, start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

If you are unable to leave, you need to get ready to take shelter in your home and actively defend it.

You must seek shelter before the fire arrives as the very hot radiant heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.

Be careful of damaged infrastructure including walls, bridges, roads and footpaths.

Some services such as power and telephones may not be working. Service providers will be working to restore these as soon as they can.

PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE. Northern Valleys News February 2012


It’s your community... Counting their blessings

At this stage no person has been charged in relation to the fires and Arson squad are investigating the matter.

Imagine you are in Perth on Sunday and you hear there are fires at your home, your house is in the direct path and might be lost. This was the plight of many on Sunday but for David Dewar & Kirsty Reynolds, anxiety must have been high as they waited at the road closure begging to pass through to get home and help out. David knew his dad would be out there, and whilst he knew his dad would be fine having seen a fire or two in his lifetime, he was keen to get home. With an escort drive home, David was ready to get on the job of mopping up.

All we would ask is if any one has information they should call Crimestoppers 1800 333 000

Kirsty went to the evacuation centre with her young children, and she shares what a warm welcome she received at the Bindoon evacuation centre. “It was so wonderful how people came from nowhere; offering to carry my toddler from the car, nappies on hand, food and refreshments”. It was a perfect chance for Kirsty to compose and consider what had happened. Whilst she decided to head to mum’s in perth for the night, she shared how comforting the service was and thanks

Scott GILLIS | Sergeant 9789 | Officer in Charge Gingin Police Station “It became very obvious during this event the importance of having a larger resource of local bushfire volunteers than we currently have as our teams were quickly exhausted and without the assistance from outside the Shire the outcome could have been disastrous for our northern residents.” The Shire President would like to encourage all residents who have a few days spare each year to become a member of their local brigade and do the necessary training. They do not necessarily need to be available for the smaller fires, but during an event like this if volunteers are available for even one shift it provides our regular volunteers with a much needed break.

David’s grapes saved.

everyone for their support and to all the volunteers who were there to help. “One lady in Gingin had even offered us a place to stay for the night.” Meanwhile back at the farm, David was counting his blessings. As the photos show, the grapes in the background, due to be harvested over the next two weeks, were spared by water bombers stopping the fire in it’s tracks. Whilst sadly there were a few stock losses, David considers himself fortunate and glad no one was injured. The view from the house on the hill shows how close David and nearby neighbours came - with the fire being stopped just in time. Life seems back to normal, but of course there is much work to be done now with replacement fencing needed. David has received many calls of support, offering to help out with fencing and agistment over the coming months. David extends a thank you to all those who helped including the local fire volunteer crews and Fesa and those helitankers, “who are worth at least 10 trucks on the ground” .

Vines on corner of Bindoon Moora Rd & Waldeck East Rd were not so lucky

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only about 45% comes from rates. The rest is provided by the “taxpayers”, which, of course, includes every member of this community. Rates and taxes may come out of the same pockets. They’re not the same!

A message from the Shire President Well here we go again; for yet another year of fun and games in local government. That means another year of trying to get the right result, knowing that old Abe Lincoln was spot on when he denied the possibility of always pleasing everyone. It also means another year of juggling figures to get the best bang for our buck; well, your buck, that is. This, in turn, raises an interesting question. If the “buck” is yours – who are you? Who are the people who live in this community, in this Shire? We in local government officially refer to the “ratepayers and residents”. This brings together those who reside but don’t pay rates, those that pay rates but don’t reside and those who both reside and pay rates. This combination we refer to as “the community”. Simple enough, really! However, of the money needed to provide local government services in this community,

From the Club & Community Development desk

The Shire of Chittering in conjunction with the Shire of Moora, Be Active will be holding a youth event in Muchea in April 2012. We are currently looking for young people to assist with the organisation and delivery of the event. If you are interesting in being part of the team please contact me. This will become an annual event for the shire. Thank you to all the community members who contributed to a wide range of Australia Day events

Local Government Act 1995

Alex Douglas

Anyone wishing to contact me regarding community events or projects can reach me on 9576 4600 or Talk to you soon

Grace Pritchard

Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996 Notice pursuant to Schedule 6.3 of the Local Government Act 1995 of sale of land for non-payment of outstanding rates or service charges

Plan or   Diagram   Number    

Title refere nce    

Lot 1  Chittering  Road,   Chittering  


V1260 911   F294                

Chittering Road      

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We have a busy year this year with many community events to keep you entertained. As I said earlier we have the Youth Festival in April, plus the Chittering Triathlon taking place also in April. During the month of March there will be a Bike Week Event in Chittering and Victoria Plains. In May the Shire will be hosting “Picnic in the Park” and during October will be the “Bindoon Ag Dash”. More Details for each event will be advertised closer to the event date, and also keep an eye out on the Shire’s event calendar on the website.

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Lot 21  Chittering  Road     D27633       Chittering  

State or Federal politicians have a strange habit of referring to “your ratepayers” when they don’t like what we are saying on behalf of our community. If they do happen to agree, then we will all work together for “the electors”! From time to time, I like to remind them that our ratepayers and their electors are one and the same,

Incidentally, we tend to think of taxes in the form of income tax, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You pay tax every time you buy petrol, alcohol or tobacco; purchase a house, a car or even a stamp; and every time you buy anything which attracts GST. It’s virtually impossible to live for an hour without paying tax in some form and thus qualifying as a taxpayer! This is why Esmerelda Grismould-Plonkerton, part-time mother of nine and fulltime shoplifter and bicycle thief, from Sydney’s Western suburbs, has a legitimate claim on 55% of this Shire’s budget. But fear not! The Council and Staff of the Shire can and will protect you from her and others of her ilk. Just trust us!

that were run throughout the shire on 26 January. It was wonderful to see the Australian community spirit so evident in the towns. Congratulations to the community groups that received certificates. We have such wonderful volunteers devoted to their communities, something we can all be proud of.

The Shire of Chittering will be hosting a Club Development Workshop on Monday, 20 February 2012. The workshop will focus on Member Protection and Attracting Volunteers! Information will be distributed to community groups soon, so if you are interested please keep an eye out or contact me on 9576 4600 for further details.

Proposed sale of property – unpaid rates and charges

Rates paid to the Shire are spent by the Shire on the community within the Shire. Taxes are an entirely different matter. Everybody in Australia, and, apparently, quite a few outside, have some sort of claim on this particular bucket of money. As a source of income, it is not always reliable. Programs can change overnight at the whim of the State or Federal governments. Hundreds of boxes must be ticked and hoops must be jumped through to comply with rules administered by bureaucrats, whose main purpose in life seems to be the protection of “the taxpayer’s money” from depredations of the people who actually paid it – the taxpayers.

but I don’t think many of them grasp the concept! The ugly truth is that most of the funds needed to run this Shire come from other layers of government, and it has to be fought for. This is one of the most scintillating and enthralling jobs that the Shire has to do.

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Notice is hereby given that, under section 6.64 of the Local Government Act 1995, as rates and service charges have been owing for a period of at least 3 years the Shire of Chittering is to offer for sale by public auction at the Shire of Chittering Council Chambers at 11am Saturday 10th day of

March 2012 the land described below. Signed for and on behalf of the Shire of Chittering of this 31 day of January, 2012 GARY TUFFIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Oldacres Pty  Ltd  


$10,110.60 plus   Penalty  Interest  

Plus costs  incurred  in  or   incidental  to  the  sale     procedure  


Walter Allan  Morley     N/A  

$19,654.01 plus   Penalty  Interest  

Plus costs  incurred  in  or   incidental  to  the  sale   procedure    

Australia Day Winners announced The Shire of Chittering is pleased to announce the following winners of the Premier’s Australia Day Awards 2012: • Person over 25yrs - Graham Taylor • Person under 25yrs - Was shared by Anthony Russell & Noni trainor

Community Service Award Winners announced The Community Service Awards are presented to a couple from each locality within the Shire. This award is to highlight and thank the recipients for their dedication and service to their community.

• Community group/event - Upper Chittering Ladies Craft Group

The winners of the Shire’s Community Service Awards for 2012 were:

The Shire’s Australia Day Advisory Committee had a difficult decision on choosing winners in all categories as everyone was a deserving winner.

• Phil and Karen Beardsmore (Bindoon)

If you attended one of the community Australia Day events and would like to provide feedback to the Shire please send an email to We are looking for as much feedback as possible to ensure the success of these awards in the future.

• Doug and Kathleen Lilburne (Upper Chittering)

• Des and Sara Seery (Lower Chittering and Muchea)

• Jeff and Ruth Loudon (Wannamal)

2012/2013 COMMUNITY GRANT SCHEME Each year the Shire of Chittering’s council allocates funds to various ‘not-for-profit’ organisations which operate within the shire. Applications are now being called from organisation that will seek assistance during the forthcoming year. The Community Grant Scheme is designed to provide benefits to shire residents through recreational, sport, social or

cultural means. The Grant Scheme Guidelines and Application form can be downloaded from our website, from the administration centre in Bindoon, or by calling 9576 4600. Applications are to be received by 4pm Friday, 16 March 2012 to the Shire of Chittering, PO Box 70, Bindoon WA 6502.

Improvement Upgrade Works Bindoon County Club The Shire of Chittering is pleased to announce that for the months of January to March 2012 a number of improvement upgrade works will be conducted in the Bindoon Country Club area. The programmed projects will include upgrading the intersection of Ridgetop Ramble and Forrest Hills Parade, installation of pipe drainage from this intersection down Ridgetop Ramble around into Pioneer Drive ending at the bottom of the first hill. Works will also include upgrading and widening the existing footpath on Ridgetop Ramble between Gray Road and Pioneer Drive. The Shire of Chittering wishes to apologise in advance for any inconvenience during this time as some detours and delays may take place. Works will be conducted Monday to Friday commencing at 6:30am until 5:30pm. The Shire will endeavor to try and maintain all property access during this time and complete any required works as soon as practical. If you require any further information please contact John Thornley, Works Supervisor - Engineering on 0429 450 416 or by email

Water wanted

Use of trail bikes and other off-road vehicles in the Shire The use of trail bikes in residential or rural/ residential areas has become an increasing problem within the Shire in recent years. Many people believe that trail bikes can be ridden indiscriminately on their property or on other land such as public open space, road verges or government land. This is not the case as there are several laws that either restrict use or disallow use in certain areas. These laws have been established in order to control the nuisance effects of

trail bikes and other off-road vehicles such as excessive noise, dust, danger to people and damage to environmentally sensitive areas. The Shire has produced a booklet of the laws that you should be aware of in relation to the use of trail bikes and other off-road vehicles. For a copy please contact the Shire on 9576 4600 to have a copy posted out to you. A copy will also be available on the Shire’s website.

The Shire’s works crew is in dire need of water to continue maintaining the gravel roads in the northern regions of the Shire. If anyone is able to assist in providing water in this area, please contact the Shire’s Works Supervisor, Mr John Thornley on 0429 450 416. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated by your community.

Notice of Ordinary Council meeting The first Ordinary council meeting for 2012 will be on Wednesday, 15 February 2012. You are more than welcome to come along. The meeting will commence at 7pm in the Council Chambers, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon.

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban SMS Notification Service The Shire has now implemented the Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban SMS Notification service. If a fire ban is imposed all persons registered will receive a notification by SMS advising them of the details. If you haven’t yet registered please contact the Customer Service Officers on 9576 4600 or via email on The form is also available on the Shire’s website by visiting www.chittering.

Fire breaks Did you know that fire breaks are also needed to allow the fire fighters access to your property in case of a serious fire? By having a fire break in place not only can the fire fighters protect your property because of better access but they can also burn back using the fire break to help impede a fire. So, for minimal funds, you have added protection in case of fire. Reminder – Fire breaks must be maintained until 31 May each year.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention The Shire is currently posting a survey on Safety and Crime for the Shire of Chittering to all landowners in the shire. Residents are encouraged to complete this survey and return it to the Shire as the outcomes from the survey will greatly assist Council in planning for safety and crime prevention for our community into the future.

Official opening of John Glenn Park Rubber Soft Fall, Muchea The Shire of Chittering has great pleasure inviting you to attend the official opening of the John Glenn Park Rubber Soft Fall Project to be held on Friday, 17 February 2012 at 10.00am at the corner of Steer and McKenzie Streets, Muchea. This project has been an initiative of Council to further improve safety and beautification of the playground at John Glenn Park. It would be appreciated if you would please RSVP your attendance to the Executive Support Officer on 9576 4600 or chatter@chittering. by Friday, 10 February 2012.


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Harvest Update

2011 was a great year for broad acre farming in the region. Here is what some of our farmers had to share:

“It was the best yield , and quality was A1, no complaints there, but exporters still don’t want the hay, but that is not too bad because the sheep are looking the best they have ever looked at this time of the year.” Simon Martin, Wannamal “ This years harvest yields probably

Council to the Community – February 2012 2012 PREMIERS’S ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AWARD WINNER The Shire of Gingin is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Premier’s Active Citizenship Award… And the winner is…

Mr Norm Wallace of Gingin. Congratulations Norm on winning this prestigious award.

often as possible to help alleviate Stable Fly infestations.


Electronic Stable Fly Notification Forms are now available for ease of notification and completion on Council’s website, please go to

The operating times are Monday and Wednesday between 8:30am and 12noon.

Residents are encouraged to ensure that fly breeding does not occur on their properties and are urged to report any fly breeding or excessive fly numbers to Council’s Pest Control Officer on 9575 2211.

LEDGE TO LANCELIN OCEAN CLASSIC Congratulations to the Lancelin Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. for another successful Ledge to Lancelin Ocean Classic, which was held on 12-15 January 2012.

Because of the late season, many firebreaks have re-growth on them and therefore may need to be cleared again in order to comply with the Shire of Gingin's 2011/12 Firebreak Order.


RURAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH AUSTRALIA The new Agency “Rural and Regional Health Australia” (RRHA) will help people living in rural, regional and remote communities find information on health and aged care programs and services available in their local area. Free call 1800 899 538 or go to RRHA will also work closely with other agencies, and help develop policy on key regional, rural and remote health and ageing funding issues.

The Pool is open Friday to Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm. Please note that the Pool will be closing for the season on Sunday 1 April 2012. For further details please contact Fran at the Pool on 9575 1344.

STABLE FLY INFESTATIONS The Shire of Gingin has recently received several Stable Fly Notifications that have been lodged after the Stable Fly outbreak has reached severe. It is important to provide information daily or as

BUILDING ACT 2011 IMPLEMENTATION Implementation of the Building Act 2011 has been postponed for three months, now coming into effect on 2 April 2012. The draft Building Regulations 2011 are available to download at bc/Building_Act_2011.aspx.

Michael Browne, Calingiri “Our canola harvest was completed by our sharefarmer, Justin Edwards, early Nov 2011. We were pleased with our first harvest & thankful for good rains throughout the year. In fact the rainfall was probably too good for the amount of fertiliser we had budgeted and the large plants ran out of nutrition towards the end when there was potential for more growth. However we still achieved above our budget so it is all smiles after our first year. As our harvest was finished by early Nov we were not affected by the large rains that arrived in Dec, but it has filled up our dams & tanks. The Dec rain has hurt many farmers in the region & there is plenty of black hay on the ground. This has limited our agistment potential, as we are still in search for someone wanting agistment land for sheep or cattle.” Dave Bantock, Mogumber

The weather was perfect for the windsurfers to journey between the coastal towns, and was certainly a boost for local tourism.

FIRE BREAKS Residents and Ratepayers are reminded of the necessity to maintain their firebreaks clear of all flammable material right through to 31 May 2012. Firebreaks may not STOP the progression of a wildfire, but they do slow it down and provide a clear space for our volunteer fire fighters to work from.

the best in the last 10 years, only downside being the rain caused some downgrading in quality to the last of the wheat harvested. Give me a year like this every year and I’ll take it.”

GINGIN REGIONAL HARDCOURT FACILITY The Gingin Regional Hardcourt Facility has been a $2.8M project. The breakdown of expenditure is as follows: Grants Insurance claims Private contributions Public Open Space funds Council funded

$991,114 $74,734 $197,028 $435,454 $1,102,726

Dave Bantok, checking the canola seed ready for harvest

The Facility will be officially opened in the coming months.

2012 WA YOUTH AWARDS Western Australian residents are encouraged to nominate an outstanding young Western Australian, aged 12 to 25 years, for the annual WA Youth Awards. The Awards are proudly presented by the Department for Communities in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. The Awards are supported by Lotterywest. For more information or to nominate call 6551 8700 or go to

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


WEST COAST WELLBEING • Traditional Chinese Medicine •Acupuncture, • Flower Essences • Mind-Body Medicine Jacqui Surendorff 4a Brockman Street, Gingin

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special NorthernValleys News Welcoming New Australians to the Northern Valleys Northern Valleys welcomes new Australians. On Jan 26th 2012 across Australia, 13,700 people from 144 countries made the pledge to become Australians. At Neergabby, There were a few tears as we welcomed new Australians from across the globe; from UK, Phillipines, Russia.

Letitia & Stuart Johnson, United Kingdom

Helen Swain, United Kingdom (left)

Olga O’Donnell, USSR (above)

Every year the Shire of Gingin’s invites a recent Australian citizen to share their past and the experience of becoming Australian. Fran Haenni, who many of us know from the Gingin Pool, offered a touching and humorous account of how she came to Australia and what being Australian means to her. A great example of how precious new australians are to our community. Fran recalls a conversation with a young boy at the Gingin pool…. Excuse me girl! You talk funny? That’s because I was born in Switzerland. Oh, Sweden! No not Sweden, Switzerland. Oh, same thing, all up there somewhere!

The ceremony was followed by an emotionally charged video clip which had the crowd singing with pride. Photos: New citizens receive their certicicates of Citizenship from Gingin Shire President Mike Aspinall

Fran’s Story

“We came as tourists first, back in 1985 and travelled in a VW Campervan (it was Orange!) We started in Tasmania and ended up in Gingin. Along the way we picked grapes in Mildura and Mt. Barker and worked at Cheriton here in Gingin as farmhands. We really enjoyed our 6 months travelling and liked the country, the climate and the Aussies with their own English. I didn’t always like the nicknames they gave us or the sayings they had, and I used to get offended. I suppose I didn’t really know what it meant! Not anymore!!!

Melchor, Cheska & Marc Nacario, Philippines

At Calingiri the day started with a free community breakfast held in Progress Park Calingiri provided by Calingiri Progress and the Shire of VP. The Shire President welcomed all attending and read the message from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Then the ceremony was held for 5 recipients where everyone read their pledges and affirmations followed by the Australian National Anthem. L to R – Shire President Geoff Erickson, Lucy Nicholson, Shire CEO Harry Hawkins, Allan Ginez, Ayenne Ginez, Amber Ginez and Alexander Solomon.

We went back to Switzerland, applied for permanent residency, got married and came back to Australia in 1988 to immigrate. We came back to Gingin and worked for Tony Freebairn at Cheriton again. Peter was “the whatever needed fixing man” come farmhand and I helped in the stables as the pooper scooper and attended the gardens. It was the best start to our Australian life we could have ever had. We met really nice people who kindly adopted us as their “Swiss Children”. We quickly adapted to the Aussie life and our English improved. I know we are still learning and we still speak with that funny Swiss accent, but we no longer say “horse shit trailer” or “heaps of she eps”!

And one thing that I remember from those days and still amazes me today is, when I first saw these dry paddocks turn green after some good rains in May/June. We left Gingin after 12 months and moved to Midland. In 91 and 94, we had our two beautiful children, Jennifer and Jack. We soon had enough of the suburbs and when the opportunity arose we moved to Perenjori and later Three Springs. The move to the country was the best we ever made. It was great to bring up the children in those two country towns. Peter was the Maintenance man in both Shires and I started as a “Pooly” in Three Springs. And then came the big news that Gingin is building a pool! We always thought of coming back to Gingin, still a country town but not too far to the city. And here we are 7 years later and still here, the longest we lived somewhere since moving to Australia! It was nice to walk into the post office and Bevan is still here and even remembers us, and you go into Greenwells and the nuts and bolts are still in the same place! We feel very much at home here in Gingin. You have all made us welcome and it feels sometimes that we have been here a lot longer. I love my job at the pool where I meet so many people and have seen so many children grow up. Thank you to Peter who makes sure we always have a meal on the table! I love that Qantas ad where they sing “I call Australia Home”, and it is true this is our home even when I say I go home to Switzerland, we love to come home to Australia again! Well this was quite a task to put some words together. Even yesterday morning I much preferred to scrub the pool toilet floor than sit down and put this on paper! Thank you all very much and see you soon at the pool to keep cool!!”

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Australia Day Citizenship awards

Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award 2012 for a community group or event

Upper Chittering Ladies Craft Group Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award 2012 for a person under 25yrs

Anthony Russell & Nonie Trainor Shire of Chittering Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person of 25yrs or older

Anthony was nominated for his assistance with the Bindoon Show – helping to set up and clean up.

Graham was nominated for his service to the Wannamal community, Wannamal Community Centre and Wannamal Tennis Club. Graham has always made available his skills and machinery at busy bees, cleanups or construction tasks at the community centre. As a Management Committee member Graham has always been a voice of reason and logic with concern for all parties involved in any discussions/ debates. Graham has also served as President of the Wannamal Community Centre.

Phil Beardsmore - Phil was nominated for his dedication to the Bindoon community and fostering goodwill and fellowship. Phil has been involved in the local “Santa run” for the past fifteen years. This event encompasses the wider expanses of the Bindoon town site, Bindoon Country Club Estate and the Bindoon Heights areas.

A tireless worker for the Wannamal Tennis Club, Graham’s participation as a player and committee member has led to the prospering and success of the club both in the pennants competition and for the development of youth tennis in the area.

Karen Beardsmore - Karen [like her husband Phil] was nominated for her dedication to the Bindoon community and fostering goodwill and fellowship. Karen joins her husband in the local “Santa run” for the past fifteen years. This event encompasses the wider expanses of the Bindoon town site, Bindoon Country Club Estate and the Bindoon Heights areas.

Graham has served with the Wannamal Bush Fire Brigade for a number of years as well as being a Fire Control Officer for the last thirteen years

Both are fantastic role models for the younger community.

Nominees Courtney Russell Justin Martin Brent Martin

The Upper Chittering Ladies Craft Group host the “Big Morning Tea” at the Upper Chittering Fire Station, which raises funds for cancer research. The group was very active in fundraising for the victims of the Victorian and Toodyay fires. Their fundraising efforts have also seen the Upper Chittering Fire Station shed extended and contributed to the purchase of auxiliary equipment for the station. During fire incidents the group provides catering for the volunteers. The Upper Chittering Craft Ladies Group was nominated in this category in 2010. Brenda Denham, Faye Allanson, Sandra Knight, Meep Langendyke, Marie Donaldson, Sharon Blake, Sue Messer ,Kath Lilburne, Joy Saunders, Penny Brooks.

Nominated Clair Medhurst- Clair was nominated for her timeless pursuit in protecting Bindoon from the mining activities. Clair is also endeavouring to protect the beauty and environment of Bindoon.

Graham Taylor

Nonie is an acomplished singer and consistant volunteer in Wannamal.


Winners of the Shire of Chittering’s Community Service Awards for 2012. A special award to acknowledge the efforts of couples in the shire who make a contribution.

Phil and Karen Beardsmore for Bindoon Doug and Kathleen Lilburne for Upper Chittering (below left) Sara and Des Seery for Lower Chittering and Muchea Ruth and Jeff Loudon for Wannamal (belowright)

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It’s your community... Shire of Gingin

Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award . Congratulations to the Gingin Citizen winner and nominees. Councillor Michael Aspinall, Shire President shared, “The one theme that runs through all four nominations is; “a commitment to the community, not only their local community but to the wider community of the Shire of Gingin” The winner of the award was Norm Wallace. Norm has been a tireless community volunteer. He served on the Gingin Road Board/ Shire 1960- 1993, advocate for the Bendigo Community bank and the Gingin bowling Club. Nominees included: Julie Polette – Redfield Park Community association member, Redfield Park Bush Fire Brigade member, major contributor to the Lower Coastal Community associations, advocate for doctor

and school in lower coastal area, valued and tireless community member. Fran Haenni – Goes above and beyond her duties at the Gingin Iluka aquatic Centre, assists the elderly with swimming, promotes “Little Swimmers” programs and encourages new parents to become water aware with their babies. Valued community

member. Anita Jarvis – represented Lancelin as a dedicated Shire Councillor 1993-2009, member of the Lancelin Community and Sporting Club and the Lancelin residents and ratepayers association, organizes the annual September Gingin Market Day (formerly the Lily Festival), tireless community volunteer.

Vicki Colyer did the lovely flower arrangements.

The huge bouncy castle was a hit with the kids

Neergabby Australia Day Breakfast Congratulations to the Neergabby Community Assoc & surrounding Redfield, Sovereign Hill communities for putting on a fabulous breakfast.

Dominic, Maureen, Carmel, Tony, Dennis of Gingin

Herb & Pat Elliot


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Celebrating Chittering Volunteers

Emergency Service Award receipients - Volunteer Fire Fighters

Dennis Harvey and Greg Cocking

Emergency Service Award receipients - St John Ambulance team -Bullsbrook

Service Award receipients - Chittering Scouts

Emergency Service Award receipients - St John Ambulance team - Chittering Gingin sub-centres.

Service Award receipients - Chittering/Bindoon CWA

The Northern Valleys News team would like to congratulate all Australia Day award winners and nominees, as well as ALL the volunteers and helpers who enrich our community with their valuable gifts of time and enthusiasm. Service Award receipients - Bindoon Sing Australia

Service Award receipients - Chittering Lions Club


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It’s your community... Travelling Mosaic Exhibition coming to Gingin

Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal Community Update

On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of March the Gingin Arts and Craft Group is proud to be hosting a touring exhibition of mosaic works at the Gingin Arts and Craft Centre. Organised by The Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand (MAANZ), the theme for this year’s exhibition is “Patterns in Nature”. Artists were required to identify interesting patterns within the natural environment as a basis for creating their mosaic work. Rather than allow the usual free expression, the size of the works was also set to a 30 x 30 cm square, which is a difficult size for artists in any medium to work within. The travelling exhibition has already been shown all around the country, including the Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW, The Barossa Regional Gallery SA, and has just been shown in Albany. Also on display in WA only, are some beautifully intricate works created by a group of WA mosaicists who are part of a cooperative called 'Mosaics @ the Cow Shed'. The ' bottiglia' pictured above were


TRANSPORT OPTIONS Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures is reviewing the prospect of using rail to transport material from the Company’s proposed Bindoon mining project to a Port for export. created during a week long workshop under the direction of American mosaic artist Laurel Skye.

When the Proposal was referred to the EPA, road haulage was identified as the method of transport for delivering the bauxite and other materials to port. Over the past months, BAJV has been asked by stakeholders to consider the use of rail as an option for transporting materials to port. The use of rail would minimise the increase in mine-related traffic on the Great Northern Highway.

The workshop took place in Cortona, in Tuscany Italy, where the film "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed. Mosaicist Katharine Mason who attended the workshop said;

BAJV will commence a feasibility study of using rail to transport material to port. The study will also identify and resolve any potential traffic, dust and noise issues that may arise from the use of rail.

“It was hard not to feel inspired, as we glued fancy marketplace treasures to our bottles whilst overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscan olive groves.”

BAJV will continue to consult the community and other stakeholders on transport options as the transport review progresses. Outcomes of this work will inform the direction and timing of the Proposal.

So don't miss these exciting works on show here in the Northern Valleys at the Gingin Arts and Craft Centre. (see What’s On for more details)

For any enquiries regarding environmental studies, please contact the Environment Manager on: 08 9200 6300 or freecall 1800 088 042.

David Gostlow, Gordon Parks, Phil Lord, Lower Chittering resident Sue Mainwaring, Sue McDonnell and Karen Tropiano play three couples who suddenly find themselves single after 25 years in When We Are Married.

LOCAL WEATHER STATION DATA In December 2011, BAJV installed a weather and dust monitoring station in the Bindoon area. The station was installed to collect baseline dust and weather data for the dust study, one of the twelve studies relevant to the Proposal. The study also includes modelling potential dust production from mining activities and any possible impacts of dust on the surrounding area. Enviroworks Consulting and PAE Holmes are the consultants engaged to complete this study.

Lower Chittering resident stars in farcical British comedy

Lower Chittering resident Sue Mainwaring is about to find out in her latest play at Limelight Theatre this February, written by JB Priestley and directed by Gordon Park. When We Are Married is a timeless British comedy set in 1908 as three couples gather to celebrate their joint silver wedding anniversaries. But as the evening progresses, they discover the priest who conducted their ceremonies wasn’t authorised to perform marriages – and they suddenly get a taste of single life once again. Mainwaring plays Clara Soppitt, a domineering wife who has opinions on everything.

“She definitely rules her husband with an iron fist,” she said. “JB Priestley set this play in my home county of Yorkshire and my husband says I’m well-suited to such a bossy role!” Involved with Limelight Theatre for the past 16 years, Mainwaring is a theatre jack-of-all-trades having acted, directed, built sets and helped with costumes and properties, as well as serving a two-year stint as president. When We Are Married plays at Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo at 8pm. Dates: February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Tickets are $19 adults, $16 concession. Book on 9467 9545 or online at


IMAGINE suddenly discovering you’re not officially married after 25 years of supposed wedded bliss – what would you do?



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BCPA Trust Fund Outline In response to an expressed community need, the Bindoon Community Progress Association (BCPA) has successfully applied for a Charitable Collection License. The license allows the BCPA to collect money or goods for any approved benevolent, philanthropic or patriotic purpose. Without this licence it is illegal to collect money for such purposes. This includes relief for the sick, welfare issues, hospitals, infant health centres, schools, kindergartens, and other activities of a social or welfare character. The Charitable Collection License allows the BCPA to function as an ‘umbrella’ for other conforming community organisations wishing to avail themselves of this authorisation for charitable fund raising endeavours. To offer an incentive by way of a tax benefit to potential donors wishing to donate toward qualifying causes, the BCPA has also been successful with its application to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for a Deductible Gift Recipient Endorsement. This endorsement is the approval by the ATO for the BCPA to accept donations into an approved Public Trust Fund for an ATO qualified purpose, and to issue a receipt that will be acknowledged by the ATO as a deductable tax item. When donations are made directly to the Bindoon Branch of the Bendigo Bank, a receipt is

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issued to the donor by the bank officer. This receipt identifies the type of donation being made, and the qualified purpose for which the donation is intended. Donations received directly by the BCPA are receipted and the funds banked into the Public Trust Fund. In accordance with ATO regulations, trustees have been appointed to monitor the Trust Fund’s activities and to ensure the application of trust moneys is made to ATO qualified purposes. The selection of trustees was made in accordance with specific ATO criteria. The BCPA Trust Fund has engaged Mr. Phillip Lefroy, Mr. Garry Tuffin, Mr Lance Stagbouer, Mrs. Jane Righton, and Mr. Rin Rutherford as qualified trustees. In summary, with the Charitable Collection License and the Deductible Gift Recipient Endorsement to hand, the BCPA is now in a position to make applications to charitable foundations for financial assistance with Trust Fund approved needs. Even at this early stage the BCPA Trust Fund has been able to offer significant benefits to an urgent need in its community.

Chittering Chamber of Commerce Sundowner Members and non members welcome

Sea container filled with wildlife Morris Jacobs recently completed a magnificent mural on a sea container at the Chittering Landcare Centre. The mural on the north side of the container depicts a scene from the Chittering Valley while the east side reflects the commitment of the landcare centre to the protection of the endangered Carnabys black cockatoo. The mural has some exceptional detail with small animals such as frogs and fantails making an appearance. Morris’s ability to create a magnificent piece of artwork from an ugly wall has to be seen to be believed. Morris has done a number of murals for different local governments throughout Perth and has a moving mural on the truck for Muchea Tree Farm. Many people will be familiar with his work as a face painter and sketch artist at the annual Bindoon Wild Flower exhibition. When you next visit the landcare centre take time to wander around the mural to enjoy the beautiful vision.

Wednesday 28th March 2012 6pm Register your interest contact chitteringcc@gmail. com or phone 9655 7074.

For further information please contact Mr. Lance Stagbouer on 9576 2001.

TRADE PROFILE: Lakestar Upholstery

Opportunity to help Jasmine The BCPA can now offer individuals and businesses an opportunity to make a tax deductible donation to assist in funding Jasmine Moohen’s medical treatment. 12 year old Jasmine has been fighting Ewing’s Sarcoma for the past 2 years, and there are now signs of improvement in her condition. However the monthly cost of her medication remains at many thousands of dollars; way beyond the financial capacity of her family and friends. Already people have been extremely generous in making donations toward Jasmine’s medication costs knowing that every dollar they donate is being spent directly on her ongoing medical treatment. If you can assist, donations can be made to the BCPA Necessitous Circumstances Trust Fund at the Bindoon Branch of the Bendigo Bank. For fund and bank details please ring Lance Stagbouer on 9576 2001.

1. When did you start your business? 1992 in Perth (since 2007 in Bindoon) 2. Why this business? Walter is Master Upholsterer and Interior Decorator by Trade and had own business in Germany. He got involved in Motion Furniture as Head of Development at Jason Furniture in Perth. 3. What do you love most about the business? The variety of jobs like our custom-made Electric Lift/ Recliner Chairs, the design and manufacture of lounge suites and repairing and restoring antiques back to their former glory 4. What makes your business offering different to others? Our personalised advice, and our ability to tailormake chairs for each individual. We work together with health professionals to achieve maximum results and comfort, and we guarantee after sales service. 5. What do you love about SPECIAL! the Northern Assorted Valleys? gum trees 1m tall Don’t get me only $5! started..... The rolling hills especially in winter, when everything is green. Away from the rat • Assorted Plants • Firewood • Mulches • Potting Mixes • race in the city. Landscapers Mix • Lawn Mix • Manures • Brickies Sand A lovely and • White Sand • Gravel • Blue Metal welcoming Cnr of Davern & Horton Street, Muchea Ph: 0417 093 700 community.


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Our land

Tawny Frogmouth Saved

Bauxite mining threat still present

Ann Graham, Chittering Wildlife Carers Inc.

On 3 January Alison and David Barnard from Maryville Downs found a young Tawny Frogmouth on the ground near their house. When approached it did not attempt to move away. They put the young bird in a box and rang Chittering Wildlife Carers and asked me to take care of the bird.

We wish to thank the Chittering residents who nominated Clair and Residents for Responsible Mining for Australia Day Premier’s Active Citizenship Awards. Thanks also to all the people who came to the Award ceremony at Bindoon on Monday 23rd January to support the nominations. It was a great surprise and a humbling experience.

My first job was to re-hydrate the bird and in no time at all he was sitting in his cage on a branch and blinking his big round eyes at me. Since then the Frogmouth has progressed well eating half a mouse twice a day plus liver and heart mixed with insectivore. His tail feathers were very bedraggled and what remained of them gradually fell out. After four weeks he is now in an outside aviary big enough to allow him to flap his wings to strengthen his muscles. He can watch the world around him, be fed regularly, preferably after dark, and start to re-grow his tail. He will then be taken back to Maryville Downs and hopefully rejoin his family.

suffer from stress and are notoriously difficult to save. However, unless a bird is badly injured Chittering Wildlife Carers will do their best to help the bird to survive. Seeing how well this Tawny Frogmouth looks since coming into care it’s obviously well worth the effort.

It is important that when young birds get blown out of their nests they are rescued before being killed by pets or feral animals. Birds taken into care often

If you need advice or have an Australian wildlife animal in need of care please call Anne Irvin 9576 1135 or Ann Graham 9576 1010.

Hog Hoppers Delivered

BRL has handed over management of the assessment process to the Bauxite Alumina Joint Venture which is majority owned by Chinese Government controlled bodies. So we are now dealing with the Chinese Government and they have not “left the area” - yet! To add to the picture, the State Government recently signed a Memorandum with the Chinese Government agreeing to co-operate on discussions about investment in mining projects in WA and to keep those discussions confidential. This means our elected government can stop its own electors from finding out about discussions the Government has with China about mineral projects on private agricultural land.

The Chittering Landcare Centre is continuing to develop the program to begin the war on feral pigs in the Chittering Valley. Two hog hoppers have been purchased from Animal Control Technologies in Victoria. The technology for these devices was developed by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre- Australia’s largest integrated invasive animal research program in a partnership with the Australian Government and ACTA. Hog hoppers allow baits to be safely laid in areas of high population, where often, the use of high powered rifles cannot occur. Hog Hoppers work on a very simple premise – pigs are smart and can be trained very quickly. In the semi open position (pictured) pigs are introduced to the availability of great food. They quickly learn to push the bar up on the sliding panel to access a good feed. When the pigs have become accustomed to feeding from the hopper and pushing up the bar to access the food, the panels are lowered and poisoned feed is placed into the hopper. Only the pigs, no other animals can then access the poisoned feed. Voila – no more pigs….

McCusker Foundation and Landcare Australia for the access to these funds. Programs to rid Australia of feral animals can’t happen without dollars!

The Landcare Centre expresses their thanks to the

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Thinking of  planting  your  property  this  winter?   Men  of  the  Trees  Farmscape  Services   regional staff can help with planning, preparing and planting your property. Services include: • • • • • •

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Contact the Revegetation Centre Manager to be put in touch with your nearest field officer. Phone: 08 9274 4842 Email: or visit Office Hours: 8.00 – 4.00 Monday to Friday

R4RM is continuing to monitor the PER assessment process. Many mining experts and our local State MPs recognise that BAJV’s proposal would cause irreversible negative financial, environmental and social impacts on our community. We will keep concerned members of the community informed about what they can do to ensure that their voices are heard and the proposal is not approved. If the community doesn’t want it, it won’t happen. Yours faithfully

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At the Award ceremony several residents commented that they thought Bauxite Resources (BRL) had left the area and is no longer trying to mine bauxite around Bindoon Hill. This is not correct – it is important that residents understand that our community is in the middle of a Public Environmental Review assessment process started by BRL in August 2010, which continues to drag on at a snail’s pace. Although BRL has no mining title, it is asking the Environmental Protection Authority to assess a proposal to mine bauxite at Bindoon Hill. As expected, residents’ feedback, scoping information and transparency promised by BRL to the community has never been delivered.

Please email to Jackie @nvnews. or ph 0419 045 783

Clair Medhurst & Derek Gascoine Co-conveners, Residents for Responsible Mining PO Box 268, Bindoon WA 6502

If you are concerned about Bauxite Mining starting up in Chittering. Be informed by visiting and join our facebook page. email : Co-convenors: Clair Medhurst and Derek Gascoine, PO Box 268 Bindoon WA 6502



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education across the region

Back to school again: a road safety reminder

As students go back to school on 1st February, motorists are reminded to be extra cautious when travelling in school zones. Mrs Lisa McCarthy, Physical Education teacher at Gingin District High School, said that with some students going to school for the first time it is important drivers take care. “Children often get distracted and don’t pay as much attention around roads as they perhaps should. Unfortunately, the same sometimes applies to drivers also,” Mrs McCarthy said. Sergeant Scott Gillis of Gingin Police said “It is saddening to know that every year some 20 children under the age of 16 years are killed on WA roads. In addition, a further 280 are severely injured requiring hospitalisation.” “One area of concern is how easily drivers can be distracted when behind the wheel. Mobile phones, using a GPS unit, eating and the activity of passengers are common distractions while driving.” “Any of these can distract us from giving our full attention when driving. As a result, any lapse in our attention for just a moment could have heartbreaking consequences.” “Motorists should also be mindful of the road rules around school buses, using indicators, slowing down and giving way. Waiting a few seconds for a bus to pull out is not going to make much difference to your travel time, but may prevent you from causing a serious accident” “If we all make sure we drive cautiously and reduce our speed in school zones to 40km/h from 7.30am until 9am and 2.30pm until 4pm, we will help keep our children safe,” said Sergeant Gillis

Gingin DHS A total of 445 students at the school for the start of the year – an increase of 35 students from the start of last year A number of new teachers including; Cheynae King (year 1), Carey Brown (Year 2) , Emily Edmonds (Year 5 / 6 students) Ashlyn Siviour (Year 7) Jacqui Edwards has taught at the school before and is teaching in the High School and Amanda Gaunt, who has been a relief teacher is teaching in High School. It has been a great start to the year, with lots of enthusiastic teachers and students!

Northern Valleys News acknowledges Tiwest 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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Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon Meet the new staff commencing at Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon for 2012 Geoff Hendriks has commenced as the College’s CoPrincipal with Martin Tobin. Originally from Western Australia Geoff has been working in Melbourne for Edmund Rice Education Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Catholic Education as a Teacher, Principal and Senior Administrator. Lee Maxfield has come across from the Christian Brothers Province office in Salter Point where she was the accountant for WA and SA. Lee is a Certified Practicing Accountant with 15 years’ experience in accounting and finance and has been appointed to the new position of College Accountant.

Geoff & Lee

Emily O’Rourke will be starting in the new Library and Learning Centre as coordinator. Over the Christmas school holidays Emily married Tiernan our Ag Science teacher. Emily has come from the Public Library in Maylands and has a Graduate Diploma in Information Studies. Peter Gaspar has joined the college after teaching years 4 to 7 at Yerecoin Primary School for 2 years since graduating from University. Peter will be teaching our year 8 students their core subjects as well as some Physical Education classes. Peter has also joined the local Bindoon Cricket Club. Emily & Peter

IMMACULATE HEART COLLEGE Lower Chittering On Wednesday February 1, Immaculate Heart College in Lower Chittering opened its doors for the first time to welcome primary school students from the local area, including Gingin and Bindoon, as well as further afield. A new Independent College, it is a co-educational school offering Kindergarten to Year 3 in 2012. The College has been a long-term project for the Directors; Father Paul Fox, Mrs Doris Anastasiades, and Mr Jim Howe, and it is now at a fully operational stage. The frenetic pace of activity in the months of November and December of 2011, and January of this year, ensured that the College would be ready in all respects (buildings, curriculum, staffing, etc.) to open its doors. With approval from the Department of

Education Services (DES), Immaculate Heart College is now well on its way to developing into a unique educational provider. A community-oriented school, Immaculate Heart College provides an holistic education to all of its students, nurturing each child spiritually through the College’s Religious Education and Virtues Programme, and socially and academically through its rounded and full curriculum. Furthermore, a friendly and community-based atmosphere pervades everyday activity at the College, evident most notably at the College’s Inaugural Open Day on Saturday 21 January. As a low-fee school, the College attracted many visitors, all of whom were impressed with the educational standards and facilities on offer.

Bindoon Primary School Bindoon Primary has had 40 new enrolments for 2012 and are looking forward to a bumper year. Pictured to the right are some of the new students and two new teachers; Mrs Debbie Warrener and Mrs Cindy Bin Omar.


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It’s your community... Church Notices

Rainfall Data

Recorded at 150 Bindoon-Moora Road, Bindoon Year ending December 31, 2011

Anglican Church (Marion Bird 9576 2054, John Broad 9576 0311)

Bindoon 2nd & 4th Sunday 9.30am Gingin 1st & 3rd Sunday 9.30am The Seventhday Adventists (9576 0085) Bible Study 9.30am to 10.30am, Divine Service 11am to 12 noon every Saturday, Bindoon 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)

ACROSS 1. Football code 7. Fracture 8. About-face (1-4) 10. Beach sculpture 12. Sending electronic messages 14. Cremation vessels 16. Jerk 17. Impractical people 20. Uncultivated region 23. Sloop or ketch 24. Captivate 25. Cash-strapped

DOWN 1. Russian money unit 2. Clinging seed pods 3. Dancer, ... Astaire 4. Aircraft tracker 5. Power cells 6. Tiers 9. Building spikes 11. Knight’s gloves 13. And not 15. Small flower 16. Gaped 18. Group of six 19. Family vehicle 21. Shaving cut 22. Became submerged

PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas

At a meeting I attended recently, a particularly idiotic item of gossip was reported, much to the amusement of all present. When the laughter died down, one of those present suggested that I should write a few words about the benefits of checking facts before repeating some of the more “amazing” tales you hear. Well, to be honest, I don’t think I’ll bother. For a start, I suspect that, if I took a stand and berated people for gossiping, some clown would claim it as proof that I must have something to hide. This would be followed closely by the use of that old and much loved saying, “There’s no smoke without fire!” This is a great phrase, don’t you think? If said in appropriate sombre tones, backed up with a suitable knowing look - (Nudge, nudge; wink, wink!) - it imparts a totally undeserved aura of wisdom to the speaker, as well as ignoring the scientific evidence that demonstrates that real smoke without fire is a pretty common phenomenon. It’s a safe bet that the gossip is actually creating the smoke, which others are only too willing to believe must hide a fire. The most amazing facet

Solutions to last month’s crossword

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) Bullsbrook Chapel, 39 Brearley Street, 5pm 2nd,3rd,4th,5th Sun Youth Mass - St Anne’s 1st Sunday of month 3.30pm Christian Fellowship (9576 1326) CWA Hall, Turner Road, Bullsbrook Worship Service every Sunday 10am The Uniting Church (Marian Crew, 9575 1357) Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday 10am Bindoon Community Church (Wayne or Pat on 9576 1325) Non-denominational, everyone welcome at the adventist Church Bindoon Gateway Church (0437 411 227 or 9571 8238)

of gossip is that people can somehow give a wealth of detail without actually knowing any of the facts. In fact, there is a great deal of truth in the old newsman’s advice about never letting the facts get in the way of a good story! Personally, I’ve never really liked the word “gossip” very much. In many cases it’s misleading. There’s a suggestion of naughtiness; an element of whispered scandal; perhaps even a jocular touch. “I know something you don’t know!” is the message that a real gossip wishes to convey.

Pickett Park Hall, Sundays 10am Christian Fellowship nondenominational worship. (Jac 0412873447) Mean Bean Cafe GNH Bullsbrook Wed 7pm, Fri 2-3.30pm. Bookshop Wed 6.30pm: Fri 2-3.30pm.

Child Health Services & Immunisation Clinics Gingin Community Health Centre Suite 5, Brockman St, Friday 9.30-3.00pm. Child Health Nurse – Tricia Clifford Ph: 9575 2440 Immunisations on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month

A more accurate description of much that we hear on a daily basis is mud-slinging. Our gallant leaders in our many and assorted Parliaments are our finest role-models. Just watch the news. The thing about mud is that, even when it doesn’t stick, it leaves marks. It’s also very difficult to sling mud with clean hands, so it leaves the ‘slinger’ as dirty as the ‘slingee’!

Chittering Community Health Centre Great Northern Hwy Bindoon Child Health - Wednesday Immunisation - 1st Tues of month. Appointments: Chris Pietraszek 9576 0510

This leads me to conclude that one can be of great benefit to society by being an egotist. It is difficult to condemn others when you’re flat out talking about yourself. And, furthermore, you’re not likely to be saying anything at all derogatory about your chosen subject! Thanks for your time

Allied Health Services Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy for Gingin ,Bindoon and Lancelin Suite 3, Brockman St. Mon to Fri Appointments phone: 9575 1686 Dietitian Appointments phone: 9576 0510

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Time to Talk by Julien Krieg One of the downsides of modern technology and our busy lifestyle is that we don’t find time to talk. Our most fundamental form of communication; talking, listening and engaging with one another cannot be replaced with online communication. If we want to transmit information online communication works well but it misses so much of the non-verbal connections we make with each other. I guess for me, my holiday has been an opportunity to get back to the basic need; to just sit, listen and sometimes talk. During the year my family members keep in touch pretty regularly, however we don’t have time for those philosophical discussions we enjoy during a holiday. I say philosophical but they are not really deep, more about life, future directions, personal beliefs and parenting challenges and experiences. When we make an effort to spend time one on one in a non-threatening group, like our family, it is amazing how much information we absorb that helps in our understanding of the others involved. When we don’t hear other people’s views on life we can often misjudge their actions, which is usually based on our own preconceived ideas about life. This is especially true if you are judging a person from another generation (either older or younger). I am not big on new year resolutions but having spent a lot of time just listening to my family over the holidays I am going to try to carry the idea of listening more this year. Technology can leave us time poor for the important things that glue society together. I am going to commit to less technology and more personal interaction and see what changes. Part of this strategy will be to ring and visit friends rather than sending text or email messages. I also intend to listen more and talk less. Finally I am going to take time out to communicate in a relaxed laid back environment. Consider how busy your life has become, are you missing out? Modern technology is controlling us instead of us controlling it. Remember before it all gets too much … talk to a mate. Why not turn this into a regular habit.

Year of the Dragon puzzle start

Can you help the dragon find his way from start to finish?

Physiotherapists Judy Dennis, Chittering Community Health Centre Tues 9-1.00, Thurs 1-6pm Appointments phone: 0427 198 278


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employment Day Carer Position

Available for Mature Age Lady 9am – 5pm daily, your choice of up to 7 days. 40 yr/old lady needs low level care without being left alone in our home at Bindoon

Live- In Position Available Looking for Mature Age Lady/Carer, Would consider Single Mum one Small Child, Free live- in position (if compatible) in return for being here 5pm – 9am at Bindoon Farm location with 40/50 years old couple. Wife is an Easy care patient, overnight just needs someone in the house.

Ph: John Butler 0429 964 060

Customer Service Assistant Are you Customer focused? Do you have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and excellent phone manner? Bon Electrics Pump Shop requires the services of a Customer Service Assistant in their Retail outlet selling Pumps, Reticulation Pipe and fittings. Previous sales experience in the pumping industry and/or retail hardware/trade related area is essential. You will need an excellent telephone manner, have the ability to relate to a wide range of people, have good computer skills, good personal presentation and be self motivated to work within a team environment.

Registered Nurse - Part time Bindoon Medical Centre r equire a Practice Nurse to cover Maternity leave. 2 days per week starting March 2012 Must have current registrations. Please send application and CV to: Practice Manager PO Box 194 Bindoon WA 6502 Or Email bindoonmc@westnet. or call 95761222 for more information

public notices Intended application for Incorporation of the Mogumber Outback Club: Notice is hereby given that Pauline Carr of 1340 Barberton East Rd Koojan being duly authorised by the above named association intends to apply to the Commissioner for the Consumer Protection on or after 12th March 2012 for the incorporation of the Mogumber Outback Club. The association is formed for the following reasons 1) provide a community atmosphere amongst the town of Mogumber & surrounds, 2) organise social & sporting activities for the members of the club & 3) act as a voice for the town of Mogumber & liaise with the local Shire & other government bodies.

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ADRA Bindoon Op Shop Bindoon Arts and Crafts

Bindoon Basketball Bindoon Bowling Club Bindoon and District Ag Society Bindoon Community Progress Association

Bindoon Districts Historical Society Bindoon Sporting & Rec Assn

Bindoon Play Group Bindoon RSL Bindoon Retirees Bindoon Rifle Club Bindoon Sing Australia Bindoon Theatre Group Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Bullsbrook Neighbourhood Centre Bullsbrook Football Club (Seniors) Chequers Golf Club Chittering Visitors Centre.... Chittering Scout Group Lower Chittering Valley Progress & Sporting Assn Chittering Junior Football Club Chittering Junior Cricket Club Chittering Rural Watch

Country Women’s Association

Please use as Reference: Customer Service Assistance.

Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bindoon Primary School Library, Vivienne Du Plessis Meets every Friday at Chinkabee 9.30am-12pm Kylie Jones 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 each month at 7.30pm 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

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Ian Hall

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Ian Claxon

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2nd Tuesday of every 2nd month 6.30 to 7.15pm Ann Graham (injured wildlife) Louise Bewick ( Sec) Meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at the CWA rooms at 10.00am

9575 2316

Gingin Freemasons Lodge

Bob Blizard

9576 0085

Gingin Bowling club

Tom Cabassi

9575 2342

Gingin Tennis Club

Nicole Hendry

9575 3043

Rodney Hannagan

9575 2339

Lower Chittering Cricket Lower Chittering Hall and Tennis Court (Bookings) Muchea Senior Cricket Club Muchea Netball Muchea Judo Club Inc Muchea Vol Bushfire Brigade South Midlands Polocrosse Club Wannamal Community Centre Wannamal Indoor Bowls Wannamal Tennis Club


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9575 2245

Gingin P&C Assoc

Finally, after 7 years of courting , we are pleased to add a second son in law into our family.

9576 1090

Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 8pm at Chinkabee

Gingin Pensioners Social Club

Tom and Angela Cabassi are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Renee, to Owen, son of Kristy and Martha Ging of Busselton.

9576 2001

Lois Jones 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

Gingin Football Club

Applications close Wednesday 8th February 2012.

9576 0593 9575 1063 9576 1444 bindoonshow@ 0457103 033

Gingin/Chittering Lions

Please forward your resume to:

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 1st Wed of each month 2pm in The Museum Don Gibson

Gail Smith Bindoon P and C Assn

Chittering Wildlife Carers Inc

Excellent working conditions and pay for the right applicant.

Open each morning Sunday-Friday (Closed Saturday) Market last Sunday each month Meet Tue from 7- 9.30pm Wed & Sat 10am-1am Brockman Centre

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

9575 2249 9571 8194 0439 401 869 0416 253 603

Shane Angel Fran Bryant Meets every Tues at Muchea Hall 6.15-8pm juniors/ 8-9pm seniors Ann Peter Hall, Secretary Jenny Hall Ruth Loudon Keith Cunningham Julie Taylor

0408 674 643 9571 4168 9576 1497 0437 908 079 9571 4362 9655 7024 9655 7070 9655 7013

Do we have your club details? If not we’d like to include you in the next issue, email or call 0419 045 783 Northern Valleys News February 2012

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Ph/fax: 9576 1067 Mob: 0428 929 906

Pest Control


The Lakestar Easy Chair El. Lift and Recline Chairs Custom made in Bindoon, WA

Air Conditioning Ph 9576 1119




Supply • Design • Install • Service • Warranty


Contact: Peter Easey (Dipl.Mech.Eng.HVACR) p: 9576 0281 m: 0413 536 991 Email:

25 Year’s Experience • Complete Garden Services • Handyman/Odd Jobs • Reticulation • Full Insurance

Building & Renovation

Gingin – Bindoon

Call Gerald on 0400 301 900

stan’s mowing Lawn-mowing & Handyman jobs in the Bindoon-Chittering area.

BINDOON CABINETS • Cabinet Making • Renovations • Flooring • Cubby Houses • Maintenance • Servicing all areas Please call Justin 0427 042 884

Horse Training

Post “A” Signs Signage at a price you can afford tive Effec s fe a S tion Solu ement a n g & Ma

PHD Lic: 1566

• Termites • Pre-Purchase Reports • Timber Pest Inspections • Pre Treatments • Rodent Control • All Household Pests • Total Weed Management Jason & Lynette Prendergast chitteringpestandweed@

0400 979 000 Travis & Kelly

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Pre-training & General Education Skye Perry P• 9576 0540 M• 040 351 7992

Professional Shooters

For all your roo & fox control

Mob: 0427 774 158 Fax: 9575 2167


Ring Stan 0429 154 600

Trade Ads only $60 for 3 issues!

Call Gerry 04 2814 2814


Antennas metro • TV points • Set top boxes • Digital ready antennas • All work guaranteed • Police clearance WILL TRAVEL

Ph Terry: 0408 908 041



transport services • Tilt Tray & Small Freight Specialists • OLD CARS REMOVED John & Gail Milner Mobile 0427 875 447 Tel 9655 0020


Couriers & Transport

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


Water Services

Barni Norton

Bullsbrook Water Carriers

Remedial Therapist& Personal Trainer

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

Massage in Bindoon Rehabilitation & Renewed movement Relieve your pain today Functional Fascial Taping *Heath fund provider

Kevin Bailey 9571 2726 (All Hours)

Ph 0419 964 909 or 9576 1978

Bullsbrook Water Services

Raindrop Technique Vitality and Balance Inspired by Native Lakota Indian Healing 100% Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Vitaflex and Modern Massage

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

Young Living # 1098051 International Institute of Complementary Therapists Reg.

Phone: 95714600 or 0417958804

For bookings call Sabine - 95760667

John Glover

All stonework, all types of stone, any stone feature. Ph: 9575 2458 or 0427 801 513


Terry Walsh Mobile: 0419 940 638

“For that creative touch”

Licence no 5370

All General Plumbing & Gas. Maintenance, Repairs & Septic systems

• Weeding & Pruning • Planting & Mulching • Whipper Snipping • Regular Maintenance Servicing Bindoon-Bullsbrook Please call Esther Ward on 0419 870 365




IS YOUR business here?

The trade section of YOUR local paper is the best way to reach people in YOUR area. Our trade ads are excellent value @ $60 for 3 issues. To book please email or snail mail your logo, contact details and brief message

about what you do to; or PO Box 206, Bindoon, 6502

Classifieds are FREE! email to or txt to 041 9902 904


Junior Sport

supported by Smarter than Smoking REGISTRATION DAY & SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Junior Sport

Shuhari Karate

Shuhari Karate is based in Yanchep and have training venues in Two Rocks, Butler, Carramar, Woodridge & Gingin.


Please call, text or email me for further enquiries. Johnny (Shuhari Karate Instructor) P: 9561 5447 M: 0414 687 393 Email:

Sunday 26TH February 12.00 noon – 3.00pm MUCHEA HALL

The Chittering Junior Cricket under 12’s played Chitterings very first cricket game under lights at Muchea Arena last Friday 27th Jan. Due to the heat expected the next day, Ian Hall (coach) contacted the Chittering Shire and made a request to use the lights for a night game. The Shire thought it was fantastic idea. Thankyou to Grace Pritchard (Community Development officer at the Shire of

Chittering for making the event possible. The opposing team from Caversham accepted our gesture and the game was enjoyed by all. Local residents made there way down to the ground to catch some of the action. Ian said that he intended to plan a few more games before the end of the season.

Pictured: Bailey and Cody Hall, Nathan and Ryan Willesee, Connor Kirkland, Fred Roe, Callum Mattacks, Scott Williams, Brad Fryer, Joshua and Mathew Eaten

Milo in2cricket introduces boys and girls to the game of cricket through fun, action-packed programs and activities.

Register on the day or ring Wendy Claxon on 0419 964 345, Ian Claxon on 0409 087 917 or email

All new and old players welcome, birth certificate required. Fees paid on the day will go into the draw to win a prize for each age group. EFTPOS available on the day. Merchandise will also be available.


Juniors light up Muchea oval

Chittering Junior Cricket Club - in2cricket

Chittering Physiotherapy

Enquiries, Ring Alan Nairn 0467 282 422 or Ian Hall 0419 042 455

cd (Tuesday and Thursday)

Chittering Community Health Centre Great Northern Hwy, Bindoon

Phone: 0427 198 278



Judy Dennis

BSc PT, Grad Dip PT, Dip PT


Since 1998                                                                                                        

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Bindoon Pony Club starts up for 2012! Dont miss the next rally on March 4th Rally at Bindoon Ag College Ph Ros 0428 885 122


Northern Valleys News February 2012


It’s your community... Cricket results Continued However, the standout performers of the week were the B grade team under the captaincy of Clayton Smith. Having dropped down from A grade to B grade this year, the team was under pressure to perform. With strong teams in their pool the team would need to do well if they wanted to make a final.

Grand Final

NVN PHOTO Competition winner

Cody Hall, 9 yrs old, at “The Gap” in Albany. Thanks for your entry Cody - you have won two free movie tickets!

The grand final was played at Stan Twight Reserve in Rockingham against Eastern Districts. Winning the toss and batting first in what seemed a slightly damp pitch Eastern Districts looked to try and set a total. However, SMCA stuck early and soon had the Eastern boys in trouble at 6/51 in the 20th over. From there, the pitch started to flatten out and play

well. With batsman starting to get themselves set on the wicket, runs finally started to flow. Although SMCA picked up wickets at regular intervals, Eastern Districts managed to compile 211 with Garrick Yandle making a well deserved 142 with little support from other players. In reply Souths started well and were soon 55 in the 11th over before Rory Bennet (18) fell with the score on 57. Cameron Yates (36) and Jake Edwards (50) them took the score to 92 before Yates was out. With Edwards making a quickfire 50, he too then fell just after the break and then when Jamie Forbes was also out for 18 the score was starting to get tight at 4/136 in the 29th over. With plenty of remaining, cool heads and sensible batting

In this cooking class you will learn how to make fantastic dressings to dress up any old salad. I will also teach you a few sensational dips so you always have a healthy snack in the fridge. What we’ll prepare on the day; Mushroom Walnut Pate; Sunflower Sundried Tomato Dip; Pesto; Classic Vinaigrette; Mayonnaise; Thai, Caesar, Orange Miso, Tahini, Fresh Herb Dressings. The day will start at 11am and conclude at 3.00pm. There’s no need to bring anything but a keen interest and plenty of room in your belly. Organic and local ingredients are used wherever possible. Cost $150 ($20 discount for NVN readers!) Saturday 11th February 2012 Full payment is required to confirm bookings. 7 days notice of cancellation is required for a refund. Please pay promptly to secure your place. Payment should be made to Kate Meinck Ph: 95718630 221 Chittering Valley Rd Chittering 6084 With Kate Mienck Kate is a qualified chef with over 22 years experience.

was required. Although the wickets continued to tumble, team captain Clayton Smith steadied the team with his 42 not out and guided them home to a well fought win. Best for the SMCA with the bat Jake Edwards 50, Clayton Smith 42*, Cameron Yates 36 and with the ball Greg Dixon bowled a marathon 19 over and took 4/75, Jamie Forbes 2/48 off 14 overs and Brenton Kay 1/26 from 11 overs. A stunning result for the team who worked so hard all week. A highlight of the team was the all round performances from all players throughout the week. A big thanks also to Jason Bulpitt who managed the team for the week.

Recipe of the month

From Kate Mienck

Zucchini Hommus This raw version of hommus is so simple it easily becomes the only dip you ever make. It's great in summer as it is so light. You can also substitute basil or mint for a different flavour. 2 Zucchini, chopped 1/2 cup Tahini 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1/4 cup Lemon juice 1 tspn ground Cummin 1/2 cup Parsley 1/2 cup Sundried Tomatoes Pepper sea salt Put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth but still a bit chunky. Check salt, pepper and lemon juice is to your taste, adjust if necessary and serve with crudites (raw vegetables cut into batons)and crackers or pitta.

Join us for free cooking classes on 26th Feb, 14th April & 26th May in-store at Midland! 14 per class maximum. To book email



Sport... Back Row (L-R) Brenton Kay, Toby Moore, Jamie Forbes, Greg Dixon, Peter Gaspar, Luke George, Cameron Yates, Jason Bulpitt (Manager) Front Row (L-R) Mitchell Pringle, Keiran Sullivan (VC), Clayton Smith (C), Jake Edwards (VC), Rory Bennett Absent Robbie Gray, Sheldon Baker

fun fitness

Country Week Cricket Chiropractic for the Chittering Valley Dr Keith Brown provides Chiropractic care to all ages & tailors his approach to each person’s particular need. He applies both traditional Chiropractic adjustments and muscle/soft tissue techniques in order to give you the best of both worlds. Consultations are available at Bindoon Medical Centre on Tuesdays, and Bullsbrook Medical Centre on Tuesday AM/Thurs PM

For appointments call Dr Keith Brown on 0418 409 475

SOUTH MIDLANDS CRICKET ASSOCIATION A big week saw some great results for the three teams competing for SMCA at this years country week championships. With teams competing in B, C & E grades, all teams produced great results for such a small association. The E grade team under the captaincy of Tony White performed strongly throughout the week winning 4 of their 5 games. A result that saw them narrowly miss out on a chance to play in the grand final. There were good performances from most members of the team with major contributors being Tony White, Dave Glover, Sam Durey and Simon Willmott. The C grade team also competed well winning 3 of their 5 games and performing strongly. Solid performances during the week came from Steve Balcombe, Josh Dale, Tim Collins, Owen Langley and Brandon Ghirardi.

Aquarobics @ Gingin Pool


Tuesdays 5.30-6.30pm $10

Lowery Park Hall, Bullsbrook. Thursday evening – Beg to Intermediate and Beginners (subject to numbers). Times to be advised – please phone for information. Julie 95718054 or 0414 696430

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

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

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

Heartmoves Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.00am to 9.00am Bullsbrook Bowling Club Monday, 6.30pm Chequers Golf Club Gentle physical program. $55 for 10 lessons, $7 casual Ph Rachael Steen Mobile: 0428 720 005

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

Yoga in Bullsbrook Yoga in Bullsbrook Saturday morning 9.00 - 10.30 Tuesday evening 6.00 - 7.30 Bullsbrook Community Sports Club Ph: Helen Bennett 9571 1595 or 0423 122 433

Zumba - Bullsbrook Tuesday 7.30pm, Lower Chittering Hall Admission only $10.00 No experience necessary Contact: Roberto 0418640840

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Good people to know for farm insurance.

With over 90 years experience insuring farms, WFI knows what you’re looking for. Find out for yourself why WFI is one of Australia’s leading rural insurance companies by contacting your local WFI Area Manager, Mark Paris. Mark Paris - WFI Bassendean Mobile 0407 441 681

WFI is a trading name of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited ABN 24 000 036 279 AFSL 241461. Mark Paris (AR252742) is an authorised repsentative of WGIL


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