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It’s a bug’s life

Our local “Bug Man”, Lachlan Chilman has dedicated the last nine years to breeding beneficial bugs in his commercial insectarium in the Northern Valleys. These microscopic bugs are making a big difference to the strawberry and capsicum horticultural industry in Australia. When he started out only about 5% of the industry was using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for pest control to fight Thrips and Two Spotted Mites without chemicals. Including our local strawberry grower and past cover story Anthony Yewars, Berry Sweet. Today about 80% of the strawberry industry use predatory bugs. Lachlan’s business, Manchil IPM Services, has about 65% of the Australian market. In a world where there are literally billions of insects it would be easy to become distracted chasing the next big bug. However Lachlan remains focussed. He is only breeding predators for Thrips & Two Spotted Mites and services the Strawberry industry and Capsicum industry within Australia. The small but mighty Persimilis is the predatory bug used to control Two Spotted Mites. Greenhouses full of lush climbing beans create the perfect environment to firstly cultivate the pest. The predators are then introduced, feeding and breeding as they go. When ready, they are ‘harvested’, chilled (to stop them eating each other), bottled along with vermiculite for easy distribution, and sent via Australia Post. It is also reassuring to know, that this form of biological control also has no risk, according to Lachlan, “The predators are cannibalistic, so once they have eaten the pest they then eat themselves. It is not like a cane toad, there is no risk that this biological agent would get out of control.” Across the globe there is increasing evidence of the negative effects of chemicals on bees and now potentially native birds. The importance of biological control maybe the key to sustainable agriculture.

Picture: Entomologist and entrepreneur Lachlan Chilman.


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According to Lachlan, “Bio control for horticulture is still very young in Australia – overseas in Europe 90% of the crops use Bio control. Chemicals are still very dominant in Australia.”



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For farmers and gardeners in the region it is a time to busily prepare for seeding or for Olive and Macadamia’s groves preparing for harvest. 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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Mr Buswell said mixing truck and residential traffic was a difficult issue to manage on the Great Northern Highway.”

Justices of the Peace

Patience wearing thin. A typical Saturday morning in Bindoon, patience is wearing thin for some as the prospect of by-pass seems beyond our lifetime. Twice the meeting scheduled between the new CEO of Shire of Chittering, Gary Tuffin & Mr Buswell has been postponed. According to a release in Feb by Mr Buswell “We’re spending $10 million in the planning work for the first initial stages of the highway, which effectively is the road linkage of Reid Highway through to Muchea.

We need squeaky wheels to make the government take notice. If Northern Valleys residents witness a flaw in the Great Northern Hwy they are encouraged to contact Main Roads WA. They have a 24 hour service, 138 138, Fax: (08) 9323 4400 or email photos of what you see to them at au. This includes complaints of oversized loads banking traffic up in a manner that is unreasonable. Escort vehicles do have an obligation to create opportunity to let the backlog get past their load.

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The Abbot and monks of New Norcia invite you to join them: HOLY THURSDAY – 5 APRIL Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7:30pm

Sunday 15 April.

GOOD FRIDAY – 6 APRIL Celebration of the Lord’s Passion - 4.00pm

The 2012 Great Cocky Count is happening for an hour at sunset on BirdLife Australia is appealing for members of the public to take part or report cockatoo night roosts. Contact Tamara Kabat to take part greatcockycount@

HOLY SATURDAY – 7 APRIL Holy Saturday Lecture, Seminar Room, 10.30am - 11.30am

Muchea Youth Festival 2012 The Muchea Youth Festival will be held on Saturday 21st April from 4-8pm at John Glenn Park in Muchea. The festival is aimed at young people aged 12-25 years and will include a range of activities and entertainment including live music, DJ workshops, skate competitions, coaching and demos, human fooseball, arts and crafts, sports activities, health and careers information, market stalls and much more.

With free entry to the festival, organisers encourage young people and their families to come and enjoy a social evening at John Glenn Park, whether to participate in the several competitions and workshops, or simply to hang out with friends. Healthy hamburgers and soft drinks will be available for sale thanks to Chittering Scouts, and water donated by the Water Corporation will be given out free of charge.

The 100% smoke, drug and alcohol free event is presented by the Shire of Chittering, in partnership with the Muchea Youth Festival Working Group, Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme, Wheatbelt Primary Health Service, and the Department of Communities as part of National Youth Week. It is anticipated that the 2012 Muchea Youth Festival will provide a safe and social event for local young people within an inclusive and healthy environment. The Muchea Youth Festival aims to promote awareness of alcohol and other drugs by providing information and staging an event whereby young people can have a good time without alcohol and other drugs.

With thanks to the efforts of the Muchea Youth Festival Working Group, the event is set to be bigger and better than the 2011 festival with several new additions to the activities and entertainment list. The Shire of Chittering hopes to maintain the annual youth event in Muchea and to improve on the event each year to cater for the needs and interests of local young people. The Shire of Chittering strongly encourages input and feedback from young people and their families in relation to the Muchea Youth Festival, and welcomes new members to the working group to help create a positive and successful annual youth festival in Muchea.



The Bindoon Community Progress Association will coordinate the Chittering Anzac Day Service at the Bindoon Cenotaph on Wednesday 25 April.

6am March, Gingin Craft Rooms Constable Street Gingin


The service will commence at 11 am with a short March from the Chinkabee Complex entrance to the Cenotaph. RAAF Base Pearce personnel will lead the March piped in by Mr. Ian Campbell. RAAF personnel will form a Catafalque Party for the duration of the service. The BCPA will be assisted on the day by the Chittering Scouts, Bindoon CWA, and the Catholic Agricultural College. A very warm welcome is extended to everyone. Ladies are asked to bring a plate to share at the morning tea that follows. All enquiries to Lance Stagbouer on 95762001

“Renovations are almost complete, come check out the new expanded range of fresh Fruit & Vegetables In Store now” Also check out our ever expanding range of freshly sliced, vacuum packed continental goods and antipasto’s in the deli

Easter at New Norcia

For both Bullsbrook and Bindoon the frustrations grow, but if that $10m is just for planning, I can’t imagine how much it will cost to build.


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ANZAC DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE For those who gave their lives in defence of their country and all those who served.

7am Memorial Service, Gingin Sound Shell, Granville Park Gingin 8am Gunfire Breakfast, Granville Hall Gingin Master of Ceremony - Mr Terry McCallum Guests of Honour - Major Lindsay Conway, Gingin Resident, Mr Michael Aspinall, Shire of Gingin President. Renee Cabassi, Official Buglar - Music, Gingin Jammers & Sing Australia Bindoon. Contact - Gingin Pensioners Social Group Inc, Events Co-ordinator Angela Cabassi on 0408 572 566

Ian Campbell on bagpipes at last year’s ceremony in Bindoon

ATM now available at Gingin Community Bank® Branch.

EASTER SUNDAY – 8 APRIL The Easter Vigil – 4.30am Mass of the Day – 9.00am Location: Abbey Church, New Norcia Enquiries to (08) 9654 8015 or

Catholic Holy Thursday (5th April) -St Anne’s, Bindoon 7.30 pm – Mass of Lord’s Supper Good Friday (6th April)- Cath. Agric College, Bindoon 11.00 am – Stations of the Cross 2.30 pm Solemn Ceremony of the Lord’s Passion. Confessions from 10.00 am - 1 pm. Easter Vigil Mass (7th April) -St Catherine’s, Gingin 6.30 pm Easter Sunday (8th April)- St Anne’s, Bindoon 7.30 am Bullsbrook Shrine-Church 9.30 am


Retirees W.A. have their Annual Rally at Stirk Park in Kalamunda which should be a lovely day out with entertainment and lots of stalls to look around, everyone is welcome to come along and join in the day, look forward to seeing you there. Gingin Jammers at the Gingin Soundshell

Monday 16th April BINDOON RETIREES FASHION SHOW Come along to our Fashion Show and have a fun day out! With morning tea and fashion entertainment- from 9.30am - 12 noon at Chinkabee Sporting Complex - cost $5. tickets from our Members or can be purchased at the door on the day.

Friday April 20th

Parish of Gingin–Chittering

Weekend pilates retreat with MindBodyHeart synergy will take place at Chittering VAlley Retreat. Contact Nat on 0421818805

Maundy Thursday Good Friday Easter Sunday 5.00pm at Gingin: Institution of the Last Supper and foot washing 10.00am at Bindoon: Stations of the Cross 8.00am at Bindoon: Eucharist

Sat 21st April

Annual Pastures and Soils Workshop at Landcare

Historical Society Swap Meet. Entry $2.00 per person; Sellers $5.00. Gates open 7.30am for sellers and 9.00am for buyers. Contact 9575 1361 for any information

This pasture management workshop on 28th April 9am-2pm will help you to learn how to turn your dust bowl into a food bowl.

Wed 25th April

Covering: • Best management practices to reduce fertiliser use • Soils and soil carbon • Which winter annual species to plant • Rotation grazing • Preparing the paddock • Weed control • and a Walk-about in the trial paddock.

Saturday 28th of April

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided with a gold coin donation. Please RSVP to 9571 0400 or We welcome your local events & stories. Please call Jackie Shervington Phone: 0419 045 783

Muchea Youth Festival from 4-8pm at John Glenn

Sunday the 22nd April

Gingin Jammers at Clune Park

Bindoon Dirt drags Anzac day

Landcare’s Annual Pastures & Soils Workshop Autumn Alpaca Fiesta at Whiteman Park

Sunday 29th April Stringybark Restaurant and Winery. Live music - 3 Perth Bands: Mayerswell...Back 2 Front and Salvation. From 3pm on -phone for bookings 9571 8069

Wednesday 2nd May Gingin CRC is holding a photographic workshop.

5th May Landcare Expo

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International Women’s Day Lunch 2012

Bendigo Complex Officially Opened

World’s Greatest Shave Monday 19th March as the college celebrated St Joseph’s Day, 16 year old student Kelly Fagan was preparing to shave her hair for the World’s Greatest Shave at lunch time. Jenny Treloar, Louise Kirton & Samantha Hill

A very nervous Kelly sat in the alfresco area with class mates for support holding her hands. As Kelly’s mum Lee started to shave her hair, tears flowed with fellow students and staff cheering on. Kelly will be donating her locks for making wigs for cancer patients.

Easter Fun Day!

Kelly has reached above her goal of $300 and was asked why she had decided to shave.

Pictured: Rob Kestle, Grant Woodhams and Michael Aspinal

“I decided to shave my head last year after my equine teacher’s mum passed away because of leukaemia, I wanted to do something for her because she was an amazing woman.”

On Saturday 31st March, The Hon Grant Woodhams MLA, officially opened the Bendigo Complex, with a giant gold key. After a few presentations everyone enjoyed a big afternoon tea followed by a chance to work off those scones with a social game of tennis.

Kelly wishes to thank everyone who helped and donated to her.

Prior to formalities tennis, football, hockey and netball coaches were providing welcome sporting tips to young locals. The Bendigo Complex is an asset to the region and a credit to all those who made it possible.

Bindoon Playgroup hosted their annual Easter Fun Day on March 23rd. Local under 5’s made easter crafts, had their faces painted and practiced their egg hunting skills in an Easter Egg hunt. Good fun was had by all including Hannah from Chittering (pictured above) and Jesse and James (pictured below)

Barni Norton , Maggie Edmonds, Mirtula Hilderbrand, & Maureen Dobra, the four speakers of the day.

To celebrate the Year of the Farmer, four local women were invited to share their farming stories for our 2012 International Women’s Day Lunch. The speakers included past RIRDC Rural Women winners Maureen Dobra & Maggie Edmonds.

All children living in the Northern Valleys area are invited to join the playgroup - please contact Kylie Jones on dpkejones@bigpond. com if you are interested, or just come along to the Chinkabee complex on Fridays mornings at 9:30am.

The day was a joyful and inspiring treat for over 50 local women who enjoyed a sumptuous lunch prepared by the Bindoon Bakehouse and New Norcia Champagne. The event was sponsored by the Northern Valleys News and the Bindoon Bakehaus.

Graham Taylor, Greg Cocking, Simon Martin, Lockie Martin, Cory Taylor, Tara Martin, Mark Stampalia.

Kylie Jones, Jackie Shervington & Denise Maras

Wannamal paving the way.

Jody Williams, Vivienne du Plessis, Lori Wallace-Wiland

The Wannamal Tennis Club grounds recently underwent a much needed upgrade.

A craft display will showcase the ways that we can use alpaca fibre. On the Sunday there is the ‘Best of Colours, a Fashion Show and some demonstrations. All of this to the sounds of South American music playing. A great time to be had by all.

Brand new bowls for the Bindoon Retirees

This area is utilised by many people in the community and now can continue to do so for many years to come. The Tennis Club would like to thank The Shire of Chittering for their continued support and Mark Stampalia for expertise in this area.

Autumn Fair & Car Boot Sale

THE BINDOON RETIREES have a lovely new set of yellow indoor bowls which are proving much better for our bowling days on Monday afternoons at the Chinkabee Complex, much easier to see and play with, many thanks to anonymous friends who are helping with the cost.

What a wonderful morning we had at the annual Autumn Fair & Car Boot Sale organised by Gingin Uniting Church in their grounds in Weld Street. Thank you to everyone who supported the Fair and people and groups in the community who had their own stalls.

The Retirees also had a lovely day out at the Pictures at the Midland Town Hall seeing “Driving Miss Daisy”, very enjoyable and a good laugh. We also had a chance to go shopping in Midland Gate so a lovely day out was had by us all, thanks to our lovely driver Tom Fern, and the use of the Community Bus.

There was something for everyone – treasures, goodies, craft, plants for sale, activities for children, baby animals and delicious morning teas and a BBQ. We also had some fantastic music from Barni, Angela and Naida and also children from GDHS who were raising money for their Year 7 camp. We all had a great time!

Kelly Fagan, Ashley Glass & Carmel Ross

Wendy Farquhar & Nina Foulkes-Taylor

Florence Brown, Cathy Brown & Patricia Stocks

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On 28th & 29th April we open the 2012 season with a friendly competition to bench mark our animals. We have exhibitors from a number of breeders in the Northern Valleys regions, as well as from all over the south west attending.

A community grant from the Shire of Chittering made this possible, and the club removed the dead lawn and exsisting fencing and replaced it with limestone fencing and paving.


The Whiteman Autumn Alpaca Fiesta


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A message from the Shire President In previous editions of this column, I have mentioned that any Local Government project must deal with two types of problem. Firstly, there is getting started in the face of the “invisible work” that has to be done before any concrete steps can be taken. This consists of the planning, compliance and funding stages and can require vast amounts of time and effort with no obvious results. Once all the necessary boxes have been ticked, plans completed and funding is secured, the project begins – and the next challenge appears; maintaining momentum. It is a sad fact that all levels of government operate in an arena where the bureaucracy reigns supreme. Local Government is particularly prone to this affliction because the other two layers, State and Federal, hold the purse-strings. Progress is hampered by the need to report every step one takes and it is inevitable that the funding allocated will be insufficient. This is because every cent must be accounted for before the funding can be secured and the job started. This, in turn, means there is no opportunity to make allowance for anything going wrong. When something does go awry, the whole process grinds to a halt and cannot get moving again until a great deal of paper is shuffled and funds are found to proceed. Meanwhile the project languishes on the “back burner”. Finishing becomes a challenge. Council has decided that 2012/13 will be a year of completion. Things that have been started will be finished. This has meant priority will be given to three main areas: provision of a new combined facility to replace our obsolete medical and health centres; the upgrading of Binda Place to the level needed for a modern commercial precinct; the completion of all outstanding works on all public facilities. This last item includes the halls at Wannamal, Bindoon, Muchea and Lower Chittering as well as the Brockman Centre, Bindoon Visitor Centre and Chinkabee Sports Complex. The aim is to have all these major works completed within the next financial year. Council appreciates that this is an ambitious program, but it has become obvious that we are not in a position to take on any newer, bigger projects until we’ve dealt with all the “unfinished business” that still has a claim on our time, effort and, of course, money. I suppose you call it a tidying up of loose ends, but I prefer to think of it as a clearing of the decks to enable us to take on the challenges that any rapidly growing community like ours will inevitably have to face in the next few years. Thanks for your time.

Alex Douglas

A prepared community is the best defence against disasters Being prepared is clearly the best defence against disasters. Many of us are still learning the lessons of the past and rely on others to respond in time of need. However, there is a growing number of people and community organisations that are working together to be better prepared for the times disaster threatens our homes, loved ones and neighbours. Please help us! Take a few moments to complete a questionnaire that will provide us with vital information. This form can be obtained from the administration centre, Bindoon Library, Bindoon Post Office, Gingin Police Station and some local businesses. Schools are helping by sending the form home with their students. You can access the form from 31 March 2012. Your participation will help us save lives and protect our homes and livelihood. BE RESILIENT NOT RELIANT – you can help and make a difference.

2012/13 Budget requests Residents and ratepayers within the Shire of Chittering are hereby invited to notify the Shire of any items (ie road repairs, etc) to be considered in the Shire of Chittering’s 2012/13 Annual Budget. If you have any questions about an item that you think should be included in the budget please contact the Executive Manager Corporate Services on 9576 4600 or via chatter@ for clarification. Deadline for new items to be considered is 4pm Friday, 13 April 2012 and can be either emailed via chatter@chittering., posted to PO Box 70, Bindoon 6502; or faxed to 9576 1250.

Water wanted 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 next Ordinary council meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday, 18 April 2012. The meeting will be held in the Shire’s Council Chambers, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon. The agenda will be available on Friday, 13 April 2012 from the Shire’s website and administration centre.

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. Remember– fire breaks must be maintained until 31 May each year.

Nominate a Volunteer Thank a Volunteer is happening again in May, if you know of a hard working volunteer you would like to nominate this year please send their details to or ph 9576 4600

Shire administration office closure Please note that the Shire of Chittering’s administration office will be closed for the following public holidays: • Friday, 6 April - Good Friday • Monday, 9 April - Easter Monday • Wednesday, 25 April - ANZAC Day

The Muchea Livestock Centre Consultative Group Vacancy One of the Shire’s Planning Conditions requires the Muchea Livestock Centre to have a Consultative Group to address all complaints (not only odour relating to the Centre). Membership of the groups consists of WAMA staff, Shire of Chittering Councillors and staff, a representative from Landcare and two local residents living in the proximity of the Centre. WAMIA has advised that a vacancy exists on the committee and that WAMIA is seeking expressions of interest from residents, living near the Centre, in being one of the two local Resident Members of the Consultative Group. Expressions of interest should be sent to WAMIA by 4.00pm on Friday 27 April 2012 and addressed to Mr Dave Saunders, Support Services Manager, The Western Australian Meat Industry Authority, PO Box 1434, Midland WA 6936.

Biting Flies By Anne Sibbel

On March 12 more than 170 local residents and people from Lancelin to the Swan Valley attended a meeting at the Woodridge Community Centre to discuss the impacts of biting flies on their lifestyles and their livestock. The meeting was organised by the Woodridge Community Association and the Stable Fly Action Group (SFAG). Bob Wilson, a cattle farmer from Lancelin and President of SFAG, chaired the meeting. The Minister for Agriculture, Terry Redman, the Member for Moore, Grant Woodhams, Jim Chown MLC and the Shadow Minister for Agriculture Paul

Papalia were also in attendance, as were officials from the Shire of Gingin and the City of Swan, DAFWA and Vegetables WA. Dr David Cook, a forensic entomologist from UWA and consultant to the current Biting Fly Project provided a brief overview of the lifecycle of stable (biting) flies and their preferred breeding material. Dr Cook described how the flies feed on blood from mammals and lay their eggs in many sources of rotting organic matter such as vegetable crop waste, as well as old animal manures especially when mixed with straw, hay, spilled grain or other sources of vegetable matter such as reject vegetables fed out to livestock. However 85-90% of biting flies come from rotting crop residues left after harvest. The bites from these flies are extremely painful and only a small number of flies (eg 20 per animal/5 per leg) are needed to cause great distress to both animals and humans. Following Dr Cook a number of

selected local residents, including a Gingin veterinary surgeon, provided graphic descriptions of the impacts of stable (biting) flies on themselves, their families, their lifestyles and their livestock. Minister Redman then addressed the meeting assuring residents that he understood and accepted responsibility for the issue, and would investigate the changes needed. However when pressed, he was unable to detail these changes or to give a timeline as to when any changes would be implemented. Paul Papalia, the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, assured the meeting that he would support in parliament any legislative changes introduced by the government to address the biting fly problem. It was disappointing for the meeting that the Minister was unable to provide details of any planned solution to this devastating and persistent problem. It is hoped this will change in the near future.

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The Secret Life of Wildlife By Chittering Landcare Centre

A team of nearly twenty gathered near Lennard Brook last month to try and capture some of our fabulous fauna on camera. “Camera Trapping” is not nearly as menacing as it sounds. In fact it allows wildlife enthusiasts to get up close and personal without the intrusion of being there in person. Motion sensor cameras, which were originally developed in the USA for deer hunting, are being used more and more to learn about the wildlife in an area, as they are non-intrusive and becoming more and more affordable.

Attendees set up cameras on Gary Harley’s property in Gingin, and left them there overnight. Cameras are normally left out for a minimum of a week, but in just one night we still captured pictures of possums and a native mouse. Just think of the possibilities if they were left out longer. Hopefully our attendees can capture some interesting images of wildlife on their own properties, making the secret life of wildlife, not so secret.

WWF teamed up with the Chittering Landcare Centre to hold the ‘Camera Workshop” on the 14th and 15th of March. Landholders from Chittering and Toodyay learnt about the aims of sensor cameras, different camera models, and techniques to maximise the chances of good results.

Please contact Dave Saunders from WAMIA on 08 9274 7533 or 0413 872 164 for further information.

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Gingin Men in Sheds

Where Has It Gone? Jim Selkirk

Have you noticed that the iconic water wheel at Granville Park in the centre of Gingin is no longer in the site it has occupied for the last 34 years? Since originally built by Frank Butler, the wheel has been a centre of interest to tourists and been identified by local residents as a symbol of the town. In 1979 the local District High School used

Council to the Community APRIL 2012 UPDATING GROUP DETAILS We are currently in the process of updating our database of all community, tourist, sporting, environmental and volunteer groups within the Shire. It is essential that we have the current contact of all groups to ensure that information is sent out to the relevant person. Please contact Cher on 9575 2211 or email for more information.

SHIRE OF GINGIN ADMINISTRATION OFFICE CLOSURE Please note that the Shire of Gingin Administration Offices in Gingin and Lancelin will be closed for the following upcoming Public Holidays. Friday, 6 April – Good Friday Monday, 9 April – Easter Monday Thursday, 25 April – ANZAC Day

DIGITAL TV SWITCHOVER Under the Australian Government’s Digital Switchover program, analog TV signals are being switched off around Australia, region by region, between 2010 and 2013. After December 2013 all areas of Australia will receive digital signals only. To continue to watch TV after this time you will need to have a digital TV or set-top box. The Australian Government’s Digital Ready Call Centre is contactable on 1800 201 013 or visit their website for up to date information, including myswitch which is an interactive web-based tool that provides you with all the information you need about the transmission of digital TV in your area and your eligibility for Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) Services. An Information sheet is available at the Shire Administration Offices.


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CROSSOVERS Did you know that half the cost of a standard three metre wide vehicle crossing, placed from road pavement to the front boundary alignment of a private property will be met by the Shire of Gingin up to a maximum of $250 on a dollar for dollar basis. Please note that conditions apply. Contact the Engineering Department on 9575 2211 for more details.

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SENIORS SAFETY AND SECURITY REBATE Seniors Card holders can now apply for up to $400 in household safety and security rebates. rebates Under Seniors Safety and Security Rebate program, Western Australian seniors can apply for fo a one-off rebate of up to $200 for eligible household security devices as well rebate of up to as another one-off one $200 worth of electrical and fire safety items.

the water wheel as the centre of the school’s crest. Over the past few years, the water wheel has suffered damage due to age and exposure, and no longer turned and pumped water to the fountain in the nearby lake. A few weeks ago, the recently formed Gingin Men in Sheds approached the Shire of Gingin with a plan to rebuild the wheel. After representatives from the group met with David Burt, CEO of the shire, the commitment to proceed with the project was agreed upon. The Shire of Gingin has contributed to the project with assistance in removing and relocating the wheel to a suitable working area at Frogmore. At this stage, new timber, bolts and machinery have all been purchased. The Men in Sheds group are soon to commence the re-building of the wheel, and have been in contact with Frank Butler who has been a great source of information. As well as the co-operation of the Shire, assistance has come from Tiwest with sandblasting and painting, Max and Brendon Fewster with unloading of machinery, Kim Gray with transport of the timber, and Paul Butler with advice and help. For anyone in the community who wishes to be involved with the Gingin Men in Sheds, they meet at the Golf Club on Tuesday mornings from 9.00 to 12.00, or contact Bruce on 9575 1353 or Jim on 0409 720620.

Gingin Fox/Feral Cat Shoot for Red Card Red Fox

Gingin Vermin Action Group has conducted shoots over 2 full weekends, 23rd/24th February and 24th/25th March resulting in the demise of 98 foxes & 18 feral cats. We are a small group of dedicated hunters committed to making a difference at least in our own shire. Since the original RCRF shoot 2 years ago we have removed upwards of 600 foxes and feral cats in the Gingin shire, but it’s an exhausting and expensive exercise to maintain.

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We have been lobbying government for the introduction of a bounty state wide with limited results but the process is ongoing.


Our experience has been that we can cause the population to collapse over a controlled area with dedicated strategic shooting and then look at baiting the few remaining animals. Should we stop tomorrow within 2 years all this control area would fill again with foxes from surrounding areas.

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Thankyou Stockbrands for being an amazing contributor to our environment and our farmers (the other vanishing species)

Claim forms are available from Australia Post outlets or by telephoning the Seniors Card Centre on 1800 671 233. 233

Further Council information information is available on or at: Shire of Gingin, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin WA 6503 Telephone: 9575 52 2211 Facsimile: 9575 2121 Email: mail@gingin.wa.go

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By Gary Harley

The rebates are part of a generous package which offers WA Seniors up to $1,400 worth of concessions co and rebates per year, including free public transport; discounts on water rates and local government rates; and cost of living rebates to name just a few.

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor will be conducting the seminar at the Shire of Gingin Administration Office mid mid-May, please contact Cher if you would to attend – places are limited!

Much more than a shed!

Above right; It’s officially opened by councillor Mackie - with the Captain & Vice Captain Left; The women who they build it for

The members of the Upper Chittering Brigade Fire Branch (U.C.B.F.B) are celebrating the much awaited new extension to their fire station. The extension will offer members a meeting place, training room, evacuation station and just as important a place for social meeting functions. When it was decided to get this extension built, a building committee was formed. Since most of them were over sixty years old they were dubbed the G.B.C or Geriactric Building Company. With the financial assistance of Lottery West, TiWest, Western Power and the brigade’s fundraising committee they have created a wonderful new, fully insulated room which will be a huge benefit to the branch. Like many country projects the list of supporters is long, tradespeople from across the valley offered their support;

Ron Treasure’s Back hoe, to Gary Knight’s Bob-cat, Tuss Concrete, Jason’s Chitterings Pest Control, Anthony Maras, Andrew Brooks, Christopher Ian and David Wilson. As well; Peter Messer, secretary who spent endless hours making sense of the miles of paperwork and Karen Parker who offered assistance in the grant submission.

Not to be forgotten are the wives who were behind the men from the beginning; cajoling, bossing, suggesting, encouraging and feeding all. They are already planning their next project to keep the men busy. The brigade has come along way since the days of the old Bedford truck and a short wheel base Land Rover light tanker with holes in the floor, a hand me down from the City of Swan.

The bounty option could create a population collapse state-wide, benefitting our farmers & native fauna.

$5 per fox or feral cat is donated by Stockbrands to support ‘The Royal Flying Doctor’.

Realistically, when you consider the value of the lamb and tourism industry in WA alone, a bounty of $30 for 50,000 foxes and feral cats is merely a drop in the ocean. It would also give our hunting fraternity a chance to prove themselves as a valuable resource for conservation. Often we see negative publicity around shooters & guns. Realistically if 1000 top shooters had a financial incentive we could create the biggest environmental change that Western Australia has seen. Throughout WA there are many volunteer groups striving to control introduced species i.e. Wild dogs, cane toads, foxes, feral cats & donkeys etc. In the majority of cases financial assistance is limited. WHY IS THIS??? Last year Murdoch University students conducted scientific analysis on the foxes recovered from the 2011 shoot. This year it is the turn of the feral cats. The specimens have been sent to the uni with their habitat details, to be analysed, and we look forward to the results in the near future. On a positive note, I would like to thank all the landholders that are supporting us in our endeavour & allowing us access to their properties. Also, a huge thank-you to our amazing shooting teams for giving up their precious time & for funding the ammunition, fuel and various overheads required to make the shoot a reality.

The result of all this hard work is evident. We are witnessing an increase in the survival of ground nesting birds with plovers nesting and raising chicks in our controlled areas. This is testimony to the hard work conducted by a small group of committed people and makes it all worthwhile. Pictured above; Foxes shot over a 3 hour period recently next to a reserve in the Gingin Shire. Pictured right; Though not rare, the Nightjar is a ground nesting bird and was the first one that I have ever seen in my 30 years of shooting.


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A dust-bowl of fruit By Linda Napier

It’s Olive season again! It seems to come around more quickly every year. At Jumanga Olives, a family business located in Carabooda, we are about to embrace our ninth harvest. As well as pressing our own olives we also press olives for smaller growers and groups who have pooled their olives together.

But at last the struggle is over. I totter round, limp, straggly, exhausted - and that goes for the garden too.

A tickle on my neck rouses me from rapture. Mandarin pokes me again. Nestled among tough leaves, lie masses of ripening, dimpled balls, firm with the promise of overflowing fruit-bowls. Mandarin was always a prolific bearer of offspring. Pity it’s right next to Olive with only a single progeny to show for its efforts. Perhaps it can pass on a few tips. Suddenly, plants all over the garden are vying for my attention. ‘Look at us, we survived!’ bob a flush of rosebuds. Lavender, that old stalwart, merely stands to attention, holding aloft freshly tinged purple spikes. Rosemary, a seasoned campaigner, bears its blue flowers modestly – ‘Been through it all before.’

VARIETIES OF OLIVE TREES For table or for olive oil or both? By Maggie Edmonds

When someone says I would like an olive tree, which do you recommend, they have to address this question. There are hundreds of different varieties of olive trees, and they are all usually better for either eating olives or olive oil. Except, for example, Manzanillo and Kalamatas. These clever olives can be used for both purposes with great success. Olive buyers get very upset when they wanted a table olive tree and the nursery has sold them a tree that is useful for oil olives. If you crush a variety recommended for table olives, normally, you are liable to get

very little oil out of the olive. This is important when considering the cost of crushing olives, as you are charged on the kilograms of fresh fruit you take into the processor, not on the litres of oil you get out of your crop. Some people are busting to make their own table olives. You can make table olives out of any olive, but you may be disappointed if you can’t achieve the outcome you want – either crispy with a deep olivey taste, like a green Verdale, or seductive and almost nutty like a Kalamata. Ask questions when you buy olive trees to ensure you get what you want. Maybe you just want one of these age-old trees that are so comforting to have and conjure up thoughts of thousands of years of valuable production for man, from lampante oil for lighting to tasty olives and olive oil which are good for you.

Northern Valley farmers have been urged to plan fertiliser and lime applications to pastures carefully this year to ensure they maximise return on investment.

Joe from Tass 1 trees says Olives trees can grow well all over the Northern Valleys region - as long as they have enough water. They need plenty of water to establish and can only reach maximum bearing capacity in our climate if they are reticulated.


My garden and I are battle-weary. All hot summer long I kept one bucketful of water ahead of the drought. One spray of pyrethrin against aphids and other garden villains. Frantically rotated the tumble mulcher a dozen times daily to speed up decomposition. A vain hope – melon rinds, teabags and banana skins lay strewn over flower-beds like the aftermath of a dog attack on my rubbish bin. The roses were particularly standoffish.

Plop! A palm-fruit lands at my feet. This missile can mean only one thing. I heave great palm fronds apart. There, hanging like a dinosaur’s bunch of grapes are giant clusters of apricot-coloured fruits. Into the jam pan they go! Now my bucket brims, not with water, but fruit. I’m sure the garden will be the first to agree that it’s time for me to take a breather and eat the fruits of my hard work.

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Olive stands resigned, a paper replica of itself. But wait, what’s that black thing half-hidden between yellowy leaves? Is it … yes, it’s my first olive! Ever. I laugh, clap my hands, caress it. Pickled in Premium Grade oil, it will take pride of place atop a salad next summer.


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Where producers are looking to improve soil pH levels as well as boost DM production, they have been cautioned over spreading lime without continuing with traditional phosphorus (P) and sulphur applications.

“Set up your drippers in a wide circle around the tree, so you are watering under the leaf line - not at the base of the trunk. This will encourage the roots to spread out wider.”

Impress your friends. That’s right, bring us your olives for pressing and serve your own olive oil at your next dinner party.

CSBP trials are showing that liming alone doesn’t make pasture any less responsive to P – and plant tests of herbage showed little or no effect of lime on plant P concentrations. A trial at Bindoon demonstrating responses to Super Phos and lime in a sub clover-based pasture over the last two years showed strong responses

Due to public interest, this year for the first time we are offering “A day in the Olive Grove”. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the grove whilst picking your own olives, having them pressed and then taking home your Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). A rewarding days work, bring your friends, picnics welcome.

When to Harvest This year’s early coloring of the olives may not mean early harvesting for oil.

Our tasting facility is always very popular too. Come and see us soon and sample our award winning olive oil.

Confirm the ripening state by opening the fruit…….pale flesh means the olives can stay for longer on the tree to collect more oil. (Keep checking.)

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“NUlogic plant testing also showed no effect of the lime on plant P concentrations and the pasture was P and sulphur deficient in the areas where Super Phos was not applied,’’

“The liming lifted DM production to a higher level in the second year, but Super Phos was still required to maximise pasture production.’’ Callen urged growers to undertake NUlogic soil testing to identify the nutrient status of soils on their properties and to help make accurate fertiliser and ameliorant decisions in relation to soil management and pasture production.

If the flesh gets purpler to reddish the olives are ready for harvesting. Shriveled olives, black or green are water stressed and will plump up with the next rain or given more water….. important for table olives to make them more attractive and palatable. Our website will be ready soon and be loaded with useful information. - JUMANGA OLIVES

Cooler weather has finally arrived. It’s time to get out into the vegie patch and get your hands dirty! Start by clearing the old summer plants out and rejuvenate the soil. Give your soil some love by adding manures, blood and bone, rock dust and zeolite. Once you’re ready to go you can refill with a wide variety of autumn seedlings. These include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, salad greens, Asian vege, kale and spinach. It’s also a good time to direct sow seeds such as peas, broad beans, carrots, onion and leeks. Don’t forget to leave space for successive plantings which will allow continual harvest. Mulch with pea straw or lupin mulch to help retain moisture and to improve the soil as it breaks down. There are heaps of interesting heirloom varieties of vegetables that are well worth a try. Some of these are Cauliflower ‘Violet Sicilian’, Kale ‘Nero di Toscana’, Broccoli ‘Romanesco’ and Spinach ‘Giant Nobel’. They’re a little bit different and they’re delicious! So, go on, get out into the vegie patch and enjoy this beautiful season. Happy gardening!

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CSBP Victoria Plains Area Manager Callen Syred said the trial highlighted to growers the cost of reducing phosphorus and sulphur inputs, in the form of lost pasture production, in the year of liming.

He said the Super Phos applications and limed area showed good responses last season.

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Footy season is here!

Love it or hate it, the footy season has arrived and there is plenty to get excited about within the region.

Football clubs, like all community organizations, are an integral part of the local community. We need to nourish them, keep them healthy and be proactive to ensure they don’t wither and die. The on field and off field success of a football club relies heavily on other key members of the community and not just the football club itself. Our region has a few major clubs: - in the north the Gingin Eagles, which draws players from the coast Woodridge, Yanchep, across to Bindoon. They play in the Mortlock region. In the south, playing in the Hills Football Association are; the Lower Chittering Football Club, Broncos, a club dedicated to juniors and The Bullsbrook Senior Football Club reformed


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in 1993 after a 20 year hiatus. The story goes that Gary Kitson and Mat Cockram were sitting in Mat’s driveway in the wee hours of the morning downing a couple of blizzardly cold frosty ones when a brainwave hit. “ Lets start a Footy Club .” After a couple of hours of pushing zeds the boys arose and got right to work. Flyers and posters were made asking anyone interested in Football to meet at The Chequers Hotel, aka The Red Roof an iconic part and landmark of the town, the response was overwhelming and with the local publicans Lincoln Hands and Kim Scott pitching in a $1000 kick start the CLUB was born.

What? – Footy training for 35 – 65 yr olds

What ? – Footy training for 35 – 65 yr olds

When? – Thursday nights 6pm – 7pm

When ? – Thursday nights 6pm – 7pm

Where? – Gingin Footy Oval

Where ? – Gingin Footy Oval

Objective ? – To enjoy a bit of exercise with footballs, to your

Objective? – To enjoy a bit of exercise level ofwith capability and catch up a laugh footballs, toforyour level of Starting ? - 12 April 2012 capability and catch up for a laugh

According to Christian Kelly a town can be judged by the success of its football team. “Especially in the country a football team in the town can bring with it much needed activity. There are some towns that raise money to pay for a football team in the town just to bring people together and generate business.”

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Contact - Doey 0427 754059 Bear

This club has increased in numbers over the years and this year the club will have 300 club members (boys and girls) from Auskick to Year 12. This is only the second time that we’ve had a year 12 team. The last time there was a year 12 team was about 30 years ago, and we are all very excited about this.

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The jumpers tell a tale!!

We stumbled on this recent discovery – it seems that in 1968 Bindoon Football club played it’s last game in the green and gold as the club closed.

Did you know the Chittering Junior Football club, started back in the 1940s and was called the Muchea Football Club?. It soon changed its name to Chittering Junior Football Club and was dedicated to juniors not men as the club photo shows.


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Have you ever wondered why Gingin Eagles play in Green & Gold which is Bindoon colours, as worn by Bindoon Primary School, not the red & white Gingin school wears?

Chittering Junior Football Club (Broncos)

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In 1969 some of the Bindoon players joined Gingin Football club and as their footy jumpers were relatively new, they were only too happy for their jumpers to be used by the club. At the time Gingin played in the Hills district, Gingin would often wear the green & gold option when playing against a rival red & white team. In 1973 Gingin joined Mortlock and there was a team (in recession) which wore red & white and so Gingin opted to wear the green & gold. Whilst they never came out of recession years later Whyalcatchem (red & white) joined the team and so to this day Gingin plays in green & gold with the Gingin eagle.

Footy. More than a game! For some people football has always been a part of their life and means the world, and for others a nuisance that clogs the radio and TV. For USA, Cleveland born Jason Wilhelm, footy has changed his life . Jason is one of 4 Americans selected this season to come and play football in Australia. The program is an initiative of AFL to help foster the sport in the US. Already 38 states in America now play AFL. The United States Australian Football League’s (USAFL) first ever game was played in 1996 between Louisville and Cincinnati at Louisville Kentucky. The league was founded the following year in 1997 at the first USAFL Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997. Clubs are often started by ex pat Australians ; they provide a glimpse of the Australian culture but also offer fitness and a welcome team sport. In the states once you finish football if you don’t make minors or major league, there is no football. For Jason, footy started out as a way to absorb some free time after arriving in Chicago with no social network… Jason never realized by showing up to a random Tuesday training session, not only would he come out loving the game of Footy; but that he would end up in Gingin two years later. When Jason heard there was an opportunity to come to Australia as part of the USAFL exchange program and learn football he jumped at it. The program is managed by Tony Fairhead who is an old friend of Gingin Eagles’ coach, Christian Kelly. Not only will Jason return home an ambassador, two Gingin Eagles players

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the Bartell brothers have been selected to spend time in the states to share techniques and the aussie rules sporting culture. Under the program, the host club must coach and teach the recipient game technique and they must find him accommodation and organise a job. Christian shares, this has been pretty easy, “ When Jason arrived in town he was like a celebrity. He keeps busy in the town with all sorts of paid job offers and someone offered him a car to use”. Trained in hospitality, keep an eye out for Jason when you are next dining in Gingin. It is through the eyes of Jason you get a sense of how much footy is a part of the Australian way of life as he shares: “40 guys play in Chicago, a town of 8 million people. There are 800 people in Gingin and everyone in this town knows about footy – they know eaxtly what you mean when you say let’s kick a footy. I don’t think there would be 800 people in Chicago who would know”. “In the states we play because we are passionate – we have to pay for everything – there is no club support. We put in so much effort to be able to play footy. We have never even played on a field that is dedicated to footy – usually it is 4 baseball fields which come together – every time we play we have to put our own posts up and cones down. “ Jason will be here for 8 months, and is giving his absolute all to ensure he is selected to play a few games as Ruckman for the Gingin Eagles this season before returning home in October to play for his home team.

Thanks for our new jumpers! Bindoon Primary school students were proud to receive their new football jumpers for the coming winter programme. After many years of wearing woollen jumpers in non school colours the team are looking forward to the new season. This was all made possible by the kind sponsorship of the Bendigo Bank (Bindoon Branch) and RSM Bird Cameron Accountants along with the support of the Bindoon P&C. The jumpers, designed by the Year 6/7 students, were gratefully received by the Bindoon school captains, Dylan Bailey and Ebony White.

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Eating Local


A LOCAVORE is a person who: • Eats fresh-picked produce;

• Eats in the natural season for that fruit or vegetable (when the produce will be at its plant-ripened best); • Eats from the local region to reduce wastage in transport costs and diminished freshness.

with Maggie Edmonds Browsing her way through paddocks full of local food news, producers, sustainability issues and anything else that NVN readers should know ! Roll up, Roll Up for the next series of Lower Chittering Farmers’ Markets ! The second series of tasty and fresh enticements at The Lower Chittering Farmers’ Markets at Christos Valley Estate is set to begin on Sunday, 17th June. Four Farmers’ Markets will be held on Sundays once a month from 9am to 1pm: 17th June, 15th July, 19th August & 16th September.

OLIVE HARVEST SEASON COMES AROUND AGAIN Where did that year go? I hope olive growers have sold much of their olive oil from the 2011 Harvest and eager table olive munchers have demolished stocks of olives. The reason that I hope much of the 2011 oil has been sold is that olive oil does not improve after the olives are crushed. You can blend oils if the taste outcome of the crush does not fit with the palate of your customers, and that can improve the flavour. But the actual freshness can never be re-captured after the crush. Anyone who has smelt and tasted olive oil just as it is bring crushed knows that. It does not improve with age, unlike some wines.

Producers attending the first Market include The Brock Family with their organic produce, West Coast Honey, Harry Testoni, Esslemont and Regans Ridge with their olives and olive oils. Last year, visitors to the Markets called for them to continue longer in the year as the experience was so enjoyable. However, Despina and Louis Christos, who own the picturesque vineyard where the Markets are held, feel 4 Markets are the correct number to ensure that enthusiastic Market buyers are left feeling they want to come back for more next year !

removing as much of the oxygen from the container as possible. So, life is tricky for olive oil producers. Alternate year bearing kicks in too, which means that olive trees produce big harvests ones year and not so much the next. The big olive oil producers have to make sure they don’t run out of stock or have too much old stock deteriorating (along with the financial returns on old oil). Table olives, however, can be kept for longer. But keep an olive for too long and it is likely to turn soft on you. And there is a limit to how much mushy tapenade you can eat !

Olive oil should be sold l8 months to 2 years after it was crushed, provided it has been stored correctly.

Olive harvest is an anxious time – will I get the crop off in time, will the olives deliver the flavours I require, and will I be able to sell the olives and olive oil for a fair return on capital? The last question is what stymies large olive producers at present – there are very poor monetary returns for them. Small producers fare a lot better – but its still a hard slog.

The essential point, to ensure that the qualities of extra virgin olive oil are kept through the storing and selling period, is to store the oil in a cool dark environment

Good luck with the harvest olive farmers and may The Olive Fairy deliver better monetary returns for you in the forthcoming year.

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Having been privileged to be an olive oil judge in WA for some years, I can tell you it is not an easy business. However, for us punters out there, the most important aspects of olive oil are: Is it fresh? Does it taste nice? Will it enhance what I am cooking or using it for? Rancid, smelly old oils, such as many of the imported olive oils, are cheap for a reason. They are not fresh extra virgin olive oils and in fact have been tampered with often to give a cheap oil, but not – as they claim in the label – an extra virgin olive oil. If you want to taste an olive oil – Try Before You Buy as you can do in Maggie’s Place in the Swan Valley – it is best to use a tiny cup or a spoon.

Which olive oils with which foods? Now there’s a question. Basically, whichever you enjoy. As a guideline, olive oils come in 3 broad taste categories: mild, medium and robust. Mild olive oils have gentle flavours. These appeal to many who are not mad olive oil fans but who know that olive oil is good for you and also how wonderful it is to cook with or enjoy as a dip or dressing. Medium flavours are just that – a bit more pronounced flavour. Robust oils have strong bitterness and pepper/pungency. The important thing to remember is that whichever style of oil you have in front of you, the 3 main positive aspects to extra virgin olive oil – fruity, bitter and pepper/pungent – must be in balance. An oil that just tastes so pungent that it blows away your taste buds is rather boring, not to mention overpowering. Whereas a mild oil that tastes bland doesn’t do anything for you either. You should always be able to taste some levels of different flavours through the olive oils. In simple terms, use a mild oil for cooking cakes and cooking in general, unless you want the flavour of the oil to come through the food as a component part of what you are cooking. Olive oils for salad dressings can be mild or pungent – to your taste. Olive oils for dipping should have enough interesting characteristics so that the flavours add a pleasant extra to that crusty bread. So, its over to you. It is fun to think about what flavour outcome you desire and then match that with an olive oil you have found.

Something new to try at Maggies Place; Baked Olives

Smell the oil first – if it smells old, it will be old – i.e. rancid (bad) and will ruin everything you use it for. If it smells fresh, go with that one. Then sip the olive oil and roll it around the tongue. You should suck in a little air at this time making a bit of a rude noise which releases the volatile components in the oil. This will embarrass your partner no end and send everyone else into fits of laughter. Think about the 3 major plus factors for olive oil: it must taste fruity, it must have a little bitterness (sort of olive flavour) and also some pepper (which as long as all 3 of these are in harmony, doesn’t need to be hugely pronounced). Finally – do you like the olive oil? If not, don’t buy it!

Maggie’s awesome Olive Tapenade Recipe If you don’t like garlic – run now! •150g olives, pitted • 60g capers • 2 large garlic cloves, local and fresh, crushed • 8 anchovies • Olive oil to blend • Parsley Throw all into a bowl or mixer and combine to be chunky or smoother, depending on your preference. Eat on little toasts or crusty bread.

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1. H  andpick the olives and gently put them into a bucket. Chucking olives into a bucket from a dizzy height does not eventuate in perfect table olives !

2. M  ake a salt solution (l00 gms of salt per 1 litre of clean water.) and cover the olives in liquid. 3. To get the olives completely submerged, you may need to weigh them down. 4. P  our solution away each day and refresh. Do this for about 12 days for green olives and l0 days for black. When the bitterness has nearly gone, the olives are ready for a final salting . FINAL SALTING: Drain the solution and place olives in jars. Keep all implements and your hands as clean and sterile as you can. Bring a fresh salt solution to the boil, and cool. Pour salt water over the olives until completely submerged. Top up jars with up to 1 centimetre of olive oil to stop air getting to the fruit and seal the lids. That’s it ! Store in a cool cupboard for up to 12 months.

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Easter & Chocolate – Feast or Famine?

These are kalamata olives that have been cured and then baked in a slow oven with an aged Balsamic glaze with figs added to it. When infused, the glaze and olives are put into jars. Definitely a love them or hate them flavour – intriguing !


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Their advice is that chocolate should be considered a ‘treat’. While the potential health benefits of flavonoid antioxidants contained in chocolate are often cited as an incentive to Easter eating, any benefits are cancelled by the accompanying high number of kilojoules. Every 100gm of chocolate contains around 30gm of fat – mostly saturated.

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Easter is a time when some people decide to give up chocolate in observation of Lent – a type of selfimposed chocolate famine. However, for the vast majority, Easter tends to be a veritable feast on all sorts of chocolaty treats. The temptation can be crushing and – according to Diabetes WA Educators and Dietitians – giving in to that temptation, in moderation, will not cause long lasting negative health effects. The rule of thumb for people with diabetes, and equally for those without, is moderation.

Don’t be tempted also by the ‘sugarfree’ label on some offerings. Sugar-free chocolate contains the same, if not more, fat than standard chocolate and can also have a laxative effect. Diabetes WA staff recommend neither a chocolate feast nor famine at Easter but to ‘treat’ yourself to a small amount of ‘real’ chocolate, making sure that it is a part of an overall healthy diet.

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rate for many common cancers has increased by 30% in the past two decades. This means for some cancers, the survival rate if found early is over 90% at 5 years after diagnosis.

There are many mistaken beliefs about cancer. Don’t let them be the reasons for not going to the doctor. The earlier cancer is found the greater the chance of successful treatment.

Myth: My symptoms are just normal signs of getting older

Myth: Cancer is a death sentence FACT: New treatments have increased survival rates, but finding cancer early is vital. The survival

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When ready to eat your olives, pour off the strong brine and fill the jar with clean water. Leave in the fridge for 24 hours. At this stage, you can add different flavours if you like, such as garlic, oregano, lemon pieces, chilli and a whole range of other different spices–your choice!





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FACT: Although getting older does cause changes, you should tell your doctor about any unusual or long lasting changes you notice Myth: I’m worried what the doctor will find FACT: If it is something serious, the earlier you find out, the sooner you can start treatment Myth: I’ll just wait and see if my symptoms clear up on their own FACT: A symptom that persists for more than four weeks is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right These are just a few myths and facts about finding cancer early. You can find out more at www.

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

Diabetes We probably all know a little about diabetes, but rest assured it’s very much more than too much “sugar in the blood”. Diabetes is a condition where the body can’t use glucose properly – usually because of a lack of insulin or so-called insulin resistance when the body fails to respond to its own insulin. Insulin is the chemical messenger or hormone that controls the uptake of glucose by muscles, liver and fat tissues. Diabetes is classified into two main types – Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in childhood or young adulthood and is thought to occur when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas gland. Because the body stops making insulin, people with this form of diabetes need daily insulin injections. In Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 85% of all people with diabetes, insulin is still produced but for some reason it doesn’t work effectively. While it most often affects adults over the age of 45, more and more younger people, even children, are getting Type 2 diabetes. If you have a close relative with diabetes, you are at greater risk yourself; and lifestyle factors such as an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are known to make Type 2 diabetes more likely. Uncontrolled diabetes poses a serious threat to our health and well being. Complications can include blindness, kidney failure and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. If you have type 2 diabetes and are taking diabetes medication that are known to cause low blood sugar or ‘hypos’ (hypoglycaemia), such as insulin or a sulfonylurea, you should regularly monitor your own blood glucose levels.

Self-monitoring your blood glucose can help you to manage your blood glucose levels and to keep a record of all blood glucose readings over time, which you show to a health professional. This can help to identify any problems with your diet or the day-to-day management of your diabetes.

$40 Cash Back Offer During April, with the purchase of a new glucose meter from Bindoon or Bullsbrook you can redeem a $40 cash back offer. This makes it worthwhile and very affordable to consider upgrading your machine or even purchasing one for the first time. With health insurance companies often subsidising the cost of glucose monitors as well it can even work out cost neutral.

Register with the National Diabetes Services Scheme The National Diabetes Sevices Scheme (NDSS) can provide diabetes-related blood glucose monitoring equipment at subsidised prices, and provides information and support on a range of topics. Registration is free. Talk to the friendly staff at Bindoon or Bullsbrook Pharmacy to see if you qualify. The full range of NDSS supplies is available from both Bindoon & Bullsbrook. These facts were supplied from the Self Care program by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Many other fact sheets are available free of charge from Bindoon or Bullsbrook Pharmacy. Ask your local Pharmacist.

The finger prick test The ‘finger prick’ test is a test that you can do to check your own blood glucose levels. It doesn’t involve a laboratory test — you can do the test quickly and easily at home and involves taking a pin-prick droplet of blood from a finger. A glucose meter is a small electronic device that reads the amount of glucose in your blood on the test strip. The test can be done first thing in the morning before a meal (a ‘fasting’ test), or at other times of the day, for example 2 hours after a meal. If the test is performed first thing in the morning before eating food, the target blood glucose reading should be between 6–8 mmol/L, and 2 hours after a meal, it should be 6–10 mmol/L.

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Ross River Recovery Local resident Doug Linbourne recently contracted Ross River Virus and like most he says he couldn’t even walk at first. The prospect of months off his feet was too much for Doug. With great determination he decided he was going to get on top of this virus. His daughter suggested a Chinese medicine man. Only a few weeks into his treatment and Doug is all smiles as his energy is returning. The treatment is a mix of herbs and leaves which he brews a tea from. It is Great to hear Doug is returning to good health.



education across the region IMMACULATE HEART COLLEGE

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.

His Grace blessed all those present in the Chapel, the buildings as well as the College grounds. During this time, the students followed behind Archbishop Hickey, led by the Principal and accompanied by their teachers, witnessing the blessing of their classrooms and the Administration Block. Archbishop Hickey emphasised the importance of having faith; faith as demonstrated by the Founders of the College who have managed to build a school “in the middle of nowhere”. He then cut the Blessing Cake prepared by Mrs Kenny (grandmother of two students at the College). Before doing so, he invited all of the children to join him and help him conduct the official duty together. Clearly, His Grace took great joy in having the students of IHC around him. The feelings of joy were reciprocated by the children. Everyone then enjoyed Afternoon Tea along with collegial and friendly chatter.

School redevelopment unfolds On Monday 19 March a team of people gathered for a formal walk through and hand over of the first stage of Bullsbrook school redevelopment. These wonderful new facilities include; a 662 square metres Sports Hall, Music Room with separate practice room and storage areas for musical instruments and new canteen and cafeteria. The students have embraced this new building with a real sense of pride and excitement. It is the wish of the school leadership team and community that the facilities be shared with the broader community when the project reaches completion. In the meantime there will be significant demolition of older buildings happening over the next few weeks as the next stages of the whole project unfold.

“Yankee doodle went to town, riding on a pony. Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni.”

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Bindoon Primary raises funds to support Radio Lollipop

Swimming Carnival

On a busy day at Bindoon Primary school the children were involved in a fundraising project to support Radio Lollipop at PMH promoted by the student council.

Held on Wednesday March 7th at the Gingin Aquatic Centre our Term 1 main sporting event, the College Swimming Carnival was a huge success, with some local feedback received from a parent saying, “one of the best, high-spirited carnivals ever”. The team comradery was ever present, bays were filled to the brim with eager swimmers and our core value of ‘doing your best’ was in full focus.

The day culminated in the whole school from Pre-Primary to Year 7 flying kites together.


Staff were amazing both in and out of the pool (although staff came second to the students in races), parents were pool-side cheering on and some fantastic in their roles as officials. Northern Valleys News APRIL 2012

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They were also actively involved in many multi-cultural awareness activities in the classroom to promote Harmony Day, a day that encourages community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live.

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We’ve all heard this peculiar little American ditty – and wondered! You may never have wondered why Yankee Doodle went to town, whether on a pony or by any other means. You probably never wondered why he stuck a feather in his hat. It’s a common enough use for a feather. But most of us have wondered, at some time, why he would have christened his feather “macaroni”. Well, it’s all to do with being trendy. It seems that in the colonial era in North America, certain trendy young dandies aped Italian fashions in dress, food and speech. They were nicknamed “macaronies” by the rest of society. Thus anything considered the height of fashion was referred to as being “macaroni”. It was simply slang. Slang often reflects, through everyday speech, what is happening in the world in which the speaker moves. Doctors and lawyers; sailors and farmers; academics and assorted forms of scientist; the sporting fraternity and the underworld: All have brought their specialized jargons to our language and enriched it. We have stolen words and phrases from foreign languages to add to the range of the

Benedictine Monastery, New Norcia (9654 8018 Parish Priest: Abbot John Herbert OSB, Parish Secretary: Carmel Ross) Weekend Mass times: Sunday 9am Catholic Church (F Paul Fox 9571 1839) Sat Vigil: St Catherine’s Gingin 6pm (Constable Street) Sunday: St Anne’s Bindoon 7.30am (6549 Great Northern Hwy) Bullsbrook Shrine-Church 9.30am (9am Rosary) Bullsbrook Chapel, 39 Brearley Street, 5pm 2nd,3rd,4th,5th Sun Youth Mass - St Anne’s 1st Sunday of month 3.30pm

biggest vocabulary on earth. They come and go. Changes like decimalization bring about the demise of such words as quid, bob, tanner and zack. While innovations like the internet bring huge new dictionaries into everyday use. But, sadly, there are some changes which don’t seem to help our understanding or improve our communication at all. For instance, there was a time when the phrase “like-minded” described people who thought similar thoughts. People who came to similar conclusions on one or more subjects were frequently referred to thus. Alas, it has fallen into disuse over recent times, but let us not lose it completely. Let us recycle it! I believe that the need has arisen for a word or phrase to describe people with an unnatural compulsion to say the word “like” more than once in the same sentence. You know the sort of thing I’m talking about. – “I was like wow, but she was like duh, so he was like whatever!” I believe that we should refer to them as “the like-minded” – at least until psychiatrists either come up with a name for this weird affliction, or determine that there’s nothing actually wrong with them, apart from being too lazy to think of a coherent way to express themselves. Works for me, anyway! Thanks for your time.

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As the College’s Directors, Board members, staff, students and parent body, as well as many local parishioners and community members gathered to welcome His Grace, an atmosphere of anticipation pervaded. Attired smartly in their summer school uniform, the students waited patiently to welcome Archbishop Hickey with a line formation at the entry gate to the College’s paved courtyard. There, they greeted him with a welcoming song and prayer. Clearly impressed, His Grace applauded the children and praised them.

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The Gift of Time by Julien Krieg We often consider “philanthropy” as the province of the rich and famous and we almost always connect it to generous financial donations to a worthy cause; which is commendable, but is that what philanthropy really is or means? Macquarie Dictionary states philanthropy as “a love of mankind, as manifest in deeds of practical benefit”. So a rich benefactor usually fits this criteria, but what about you and me, what do we have to give? I would like to suggest we can all be philanthropists with our time. We all have an equal amount given to us each day and we can all choose how we use it. Ask yourself how generous you are with your time? I know we all have time commitments, which are important to holding our lives together, but have we become a bit like “Scrooge” with our attitudes; holding it all for work and neglecting some of the important things that could do with a more philanthropic attitude. The interesting thing is that when we start to give generously there seems to be more to go round. It also seems that when we are generous to others it comes back in often unexpected ways. So then where should we start and who should we practice our philanthropic generous attitude out on? My suggestion would be start anywhere, but family members should be your first consideration. Small random acts of considered kindness, from parents to children, and children to parents can draw us closer in many ways. Often we say “I’ll do it later” which often misses the moment. Simple things such as small acts of kindness to complete strangers, helping out with kids sport or just listening to someone’s story take little time but make a big difference. The last person to consider, who is often forgotten, is you. When was the last time you did something just for you? We can be so busy our needs get forgotten and all work and no play makes us dull in many ways. The final thing I would say about philanthropy is that it must be an unconditional gift. If we only do things for others to somehow gain a benefit for ourselves it isn’t really a gift. Practice giving some of your time without thought of personal gain and I believe we can change a lot that is toxic in our modern world.

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

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Chittering Chamber of Commerce meeting Daryl Du Plessis

The Ringed Planet Returns By Donna Vanzetti, Stargazer

Saturn finally returns to our nights skies, rising in the east as the Sun sets in the west. From around 8.00pm it is higher in the sky and therefore easier to find. Saturn is quite magical through a telescope with its bright butterscotch colour and the rings appearing as thin crescents on either side of the planet. When looking through a telescope try and look for the Cassini division. This is seen as a dark gap between the rings and is caused by a Moon positioned there which sweeps out the debris, creating a break in the ring system. The rings are made up of millions of particles of ice and rock, all orbiting in a very thin plane around the planet. Saturn’s rings stretch out to a distance of approximately 250,000kms. Despite their great extent, they are only about 10 metres thick. Saturn will be easy to find on the 7th April when it will be just below the full Moon. Spica, the main star in the constellation Virgo, will join the pair to form a nice triangle. Lying higher in the northern evening sky, Mars is also visible throughout the month. Nicknamed the red planet, it shines as a pale orange colour rather than red. This colour comes from the soil being rich in iron oxide. Mars is the most explored planet in the solar system and all these missions have revealed a world strangely familiar. Like Earth, Mars has polar ice caps and clouds in its atmosphere, seasonal weather patterns, volcanoes, canyons and other recognizable features. However, conditions on Mars vary wildly from our own. Mars has an average temperature of -65° and a very thin atmosphere with no oxygen. Fine dust particles suspended in the atmosphere absorb blue light, so the sky on Mars is a pink/yellow colour. It is a very sterile place. Nasa currently has a spacecraft on its way to Mars called Curiosity and is scheduled to land on the Red Planet in August 2012. Hopefully then, more of Mars secrets will be revealed. To see Saturn and Mars through a telescope or to find out more about Nasa’s missions to Mars, visit the Gingin Observatory. You can book online at www. or just ring 9575 7740.

The Chittering Chamber of Commerce met on Wednesday 28th March at Windmill farm in Bindoon. The guest speaker was Lauren Howson - Telstra General Manager for the central WA region. This is a large region which extends from Chittering to the SA border and from Esperance to Warburton. Lauren’s commitment is to improving customer service and to this end her team are goaled and measured on customer service. 12 months ago when Lauren took on the role as general manager for the region, it had the worst rating in the country, only 3.14 out of 5. Things have improved since then and the latest results are now at 4.21 in the last quarter. This may well be due to the teams focus on reviewing and acting on customer complaints, but probably also due to the company wide changes which have been driven by a recognition of unhappy customers and a focus on improvements based on customer feedback. Of more significant importance is the fact that the central WA region has 2 customer service managers that will handle escalation of issues in the region. Customer feedback is reviewed on a regular basis but if you are not satisfied with the call centre response then ask for the issue to be escalated to your local customer service manager. In a large organisation such as Telstra having a single point of contact can make resolution of a problem a lot easier. Some of the good news that is relevant to the local region is that there are capacity upgrades planned for the mobile network in the Maryville downs area. These should come into effect by late April. During the meeting complaints were raised regarding the insufficient mobile coverage around Bindoon. This has lead to a number of people moving to other service providers due to the improved coverage offered. It appears there a few options that may become available to residents and businesses locally. One possibility is for Telstra to increase the coverage by colocating their mobile equipment on another carrier’s tower.

Another option that is currently being trialled is the use of personal mobile boosters. These devices would operate in a similar fashion to wifi modems and increase mobile coverage around your house or business. The devices will need to be installed by a Telstra technician to ensure optimal functionality. Objections were raised that customers would have to pay Telstra for an improvement to the service that should be provided as a matter of course. Wireless is not an easy technology to guarantee (particularly in hilly areas) so this does provide options for people with limited access. Telstra will be bundling the device into their plans once these are released. No times were given for the release date. On the topic of 4G wireless rollout, we were advised that this will take place progressively in regional areas, but no timeframes were given. Customers will be notified once the technology has been implemented. Currently Perth CBD, Esperance and Kalgoorlie have 4G access. It was clarified that 4G is an improvement to speeds on the data network and will not change the coverage of the voice network. Finally, the issue of ADSL2+ was raised and we were advised that Telstra is using Top Hats to increase the availability of ADSL2+ ports to subscribers. Top Hats are boxes that reside along the street and can expand capacity for ADSL broadband ports if the exchange is over subscribed. The other benefit is that this can increase the reach of ADSL to a community that may be beyond the 5.5km radius of the exchange. It appears that Bindoon now has ADSL2+ capability, which means faster downloads and uploads for those able to access the service. To check availability in your area follow the links below.

Since April 2011, locals have visited Bindoon Community Bank® Branch to renew their driver’s licence, pay vehicle registrations and apply for a learner’s permit. Branch Manager, Bindoon Community Bank® Branch, Ray Povey, said providing this service to Bindoon locals shows the Community Bank® branch’s commitment to its community in giving access to essential services. “We’re pleased to continue to provide driver and licensing services to Bindoon locals, which is an extension of the personalised banking services that our Community Bank® branch offers, ’’ Mr Povey said.

RMCP Proposed Coverage Map Telstra has received funding from the WA Governments Royalties for Regions Program to rollout new mobile towers under the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP). The Regional Mobile Communications Project is being administered by the Department of Commerce in consultation with the Department of Regional Development and Lands. These will be rolled out to 113 sites to address black spot coverage. Phase 1 of the project will focus on highway coverage. According to the map there is not much planned for our region. Chittering Chamber of Commerce and its members now have a dialogue with Telstra and will work towards improved coverage in the region. Note : Daryl is not sponsored by or affiliated with Telstra. Source: scienceinnovation/Content/Programs/Regional_ Mobile_Communications_Project/index.html

Bindoon Community Bank® Branch celebrates 12 months of motor vehicle licensing duties Bindoon residents will continue to have local access to driver and vehicle services, thanks to Bindoon Community Bank® Branch.



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‘’Bindoon Community Bank® Branch is home to Bindoon’s only driver and vehicle services centre, giving our community a central location to take care of their driver and vehicle licensing needs.’’ All profits from this venture go back into the community, with two Defibrillators already been donated to the community at Bindoon Medical Centre and Bindoon Bakery. ‘’And Bindoon Community Bank® Branch customers have the added benefit of doing their banking at the same time,’’ he said. The Driver and Vehicle Services counter is open from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 5.00pm on Friday, excluding public holidays.


Lauren Howson with Kate Meink of Chittering Valley Retreat.

Advertise LOCALLY If you are looking to grow your business in the Northern Valleys areaw - advertise here and reach local customers Our rates are competitive - ring for bulk discount prices. Full Page - $1260 Half Page - $599 1/4 Page - $299 1/8 Page - $149 Trade Ads $120 for 6 months or $200 for 12 months Ph Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783

Northern Valleys News APRIL 2012

Planning a beach holiday?

DIY-ERS TRADE IN EASTER EGGS FOR HOME PROJECTS Easter is days away and Gingin Trading says the extended weekend provides DIY-ers with the perfect opportunity to tick some of those home and garden projects off the ‘to-do’ list. With spending on household renovations set to reach $31 billion this year*, home additions and alterations continue to be a popular investment amongst home owners as a large percentage of Australian choose to improve rather than move. Leonard Choules from Gingin Trading says, “Each year we see our customers come into the store seeking materials and advice for projects they have in mind to tackle over the Easter long weekend. Gingin Trading has compiled a list of top five home and garden projects for the Easter break and some handy hints on how to complete the job successfully: 1. Painting When painting a room, the key to a professional finish is good preparation – which means, no rush jobs. Any noticeable holes or cracks should be filled with quality filler mix and allowed to dry before walls are cleaned thoroughly and sanded smooth ready for painting. 2. Refreshing outdoor timber Use a mild detergent and water or specialist timber cleaning product to clean outdoor furniture and remember to rinse clean. Then apply a product which is designed to stand the damaging effects of weather. 3. Tiling Apply tiles and leave at least 12 hours for the adhesive to dry completely. Clean off excess adhesive from tiles and any uneven surface between gaps that could show through the finished job. Mix the grout thoroughly in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. 4. Renovating furniture Small dents in wooden surfaces can be removed by covering them with a wet cloth and some thicknesses of newspaper before ironing over the dent until the wood swells back. Stickers can be removed from wood by simply applying vinegar. Give the vinegar time to soak in, and then scrape off. 5. Installing garden lights Install the transformer at a minimum height of 30cm above ground level and away from the proximity of sprinkler heads. Lay out low voltage cable into position, plug in the transformer and switch “on”. Connect lights and push into ground at the chosen location. Gingin Trading has a team of experts on hand to provide all the advice and handy tips you need to complete your project successfully!

- book ahead!

According to Cabassi Realty Guilderton Manager Terri Mowle, “Every week clients are ringing us for properties to rent out, we just don’t have the stock.” “You need to plan ahead with booking your holiday accommodation, the much popular Guilderton is regularly booked out. Being so close to the city Guilderton is growing in popularity.” To help make life easy Cabassi has just launched a new website

Free Getaway! To celebrate the launch of their new websites, Cabassi Realty are giving away a FREE 2-night getaway in one of our holiday homes in Guilderton. This fantastic beach house accommodates up to 10 people, has beautiful views and is walking distance to the Moore River and the beach. All you need to do is register your details on one of our websites to win!

Build your dream home here...

Don’t Miss Out! Owner says sell. Premium lifestyle blocks at low prices. Lot 26 $199,000 for 4.94 acres Lot 21 $209,000 for 5.72 acres Lot 22 SOLD Cammeray Close, (200 Gray Rd) Bindoon • Power, telephone, scheme water • Prime location, only 2kms to Bindoon townsite • Fenced with Gates and crossovers in place • Simply organise plans and build your dream home

Contact Jackie Shervington

0419 045 783

SOLD Lot 22

Lot 26 Gra yR


Lot 21

For anyone thinking of getting away for a few days, the new holiday homes website has a growing number of beach houses to rent, as well as a guide to local attractions, events and restaurants. There is also a holiday homes blog and a guest book, making the website interactive. In addition to launching the holiday website Cabassi Realty has also relaunched its website,, to include a new Community Noticeboard, with up to date information about what’s happening in your community, and also a Local Services Directory. You can even add your own comments or questions on our blog or our Facebook page. Cabassi Realty Sales Manager, Craig Hyne said “We wanted our websites to be a reflection of our strong community focus over the past 15 years, while using the latest internet technology to showcase our clients’ properties.”

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$699,000 This unique 10 acre property is nestled in the hills overlooking the beautiful Chittering Valley, and walking distance to Spoonbill Lake. 3 x 1 hardiplank cottage freshly painted, a/c house. Abundant water from 4 bores, 3 equipped and commercial water licence. Plus mature fruit trees, ride on mower, trailer, dome sprayer and much more. Bonus 1000 nut trees. Harvest the rewards from the mature fully reticulated ORGANIC Macadamia trees. The hard work is done; reticulation, tanks, sheds and established markets. If you enjoy the outdoors, opportunities like these don’t come up often.

Contact Jackie Shervington

0419 045 783


Local Traders Accomodation

For Peace and Re-Charge/ Additional Bed Space for some of your Visiting Friends 1324 Chittering Road, Adjacent to Avon Valley National Park


• Project Management • PC Troubleshooting • Broadband Setup • Wireless • VoIP Daryl du Plessis Ph: 0417 300 701 Email:


Driving Lessons


Tax Agent on

Wrightways Driving Academy

Bullsbrook - Chittering - Gingin Bindoon and all surrounding areas. Certificate IV in transport & Logistics

0400 440 277

or PO Box 46 Bindoon 6502

Instructor Debbie Wright Contact 0422 418 764


Anspach Ag co n t r ac t i n g

• Transport • Agricultural services • Earthmoving • Plant Hire Phone: 9655 7074 Rob: 0427 770 365 Angela: 0419 043 960 Email:

Cabinet Maker KEN’S CONTRACTING WA Trade Qualified Cabinet Maker

New Custom Built or Renovations uKitchens uLaundry uFree


Small truckloads deliveries only

Ph 0408 936371 All areas

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

Valley Garden Care &Design

Cert III Organic Horticulture.


Ring Stan 0429 154 600

Horse Training

Bartlett P




Pre-training & General Education

M: 0428 899 839 P/F: 9576 1197



Terry Walsh

H a i r

S t u d i o

9575 2759

Suite 8, 14 Brockman St, Gingin

Mobile: 0419 940 638

Building & Renovation


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

Ph 9576 1119

Advertise LOCALLY

only $120 for 6 issues! $200 for the year To place your advertisment, email


Free quotes • Prompt Service

Ph/fax: 9576 1067 Mob: 0428 929 906

II Should Should BePlumber! Your Be Your Visit our showroom Plumber! For all your bathroom renovations by appointment only • All Plumbing and Gas • New andand Renovations All Housing Plumbing Gas • ATU Septic Systems New Housing and Renovations • Solar Hot Water ATU Septic Systems Chris and Hot Michelle Ellyard Solar Water 0414 922 456 or 0418 933 198

Pest Control

BINDOON tel: 9576 0170


Chris 0414 922 456 154 Davern Street, Muchea Ph/Fax 9571 0590 PL5372 GF4550

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

Ph 0419 964 909 or 9576 1978

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


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



transport services • Tilt Tray & Small Freight Specialists • OLD CARS REMOVED

ive ffect E fe Sa tions Solu ement nag & Ma

PHD Lic: 1566

• Termites • Pre-Purchase Reports • Timber Pest Inspections • Pre Treatments • Rodent Control • All Household Pests • Total Weed Management

0400 979 000 Shooters

Barni Norton

Remedial Therapist& Personal Trainer

John Glover

Ph Terry: 0408 908 041

Jason & Lynette Prendergast chitteringpestandweed@

Salon & Training Centre

“For that creative touch”

Travis & Kelly Professional Shooters

For all your roo & fox control

Mob: 0427 774 158 Fax: 9575 2167

Schedule Secretary required for the Bindoon & District Agricultural Society for approximately four months work. The job would be to produce the show schedule and attract advertisers for the annual show. There is an honorarium with this for this position The person would have to work with a small committee. All enquires to Maureen Barker Secretary 9576 1334 or email olives12@

special announcements


We require a handyman to join our team at Manchil IPM Services in Muchea.

ADRA Bindoon Op Shop

Must have experience with irrigation, fertigation, greenhouses, weed spraying and general repairs. Two days a week at $ 21 to $ 25 per hour, depending on experience.

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

Please contact Lachlan on 0403 727 252 for further information

Bindoon Districts Historical Society Bindoon Sporting & Rec Assn

Bindoon P and C Assn

ANSPACH AG Bindoon Play Group has the

Bindoon RSL following vacancy Bindoon Retirees

MC/HC TRUCK DRIVER: Bindoon Rifle Club ANSPACH AG full time, must have experience and be has the following vacancy able to reverse; and operate front Bindoonend Sing loader. Australia

Country & metro work, weekdays only. MC/HC TRUCK DRIVER: Bindoon Theatre Group

All positions are based atBindoon Wannamal Volunteer Bush Fire

Brigade Full time, must have experience (35km northand of Bindoon/Gingin) be able to reverse; Neighbourhood Please send application/resumeBullsbrook to ANSPACH AG: Centre and operate front end loader. Bullsbrook Football Club (Seniors) Fax 9655 7012 or email Chequers Golf Club

Applications close April 15, 2012 Country & metro work, Chittering Visitors Centre.... weekdays only.

All positions are based at Wannamal (35km north of Bindoon/Gingin) Please send application/resume to ANSPACH AG: Fax 9655 7012 or email Applications close April 15, 2012

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

Bullsbrook Water Carriers

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

Kevin Bailey 9571 2726 (All Hours)

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

Phone: 95714600 or 0417958804

Chittering Scout Group Lower Chittering Valley Progress & Sporting Assn Chittering Junior Football Club Chittering Junior Cricket Club Chittering Rural Watch Chittering Wildlife Carers Inc


Country Women’s Association

John & Gail Milner Mobile 0427 875 447 Tel 9655 0020


Gingin/Chittering Lions

Salon & Training Centre Farewell & Thankyou to Lisa

Interested participents contact Jenny Brooks email au Maureen Barker email

9576 1090

Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 8pm at Chinkabee 9655 9046

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

9576 1989 9576 1760 9576 1046 9576 0451 9576 0262 9576 0772 9296 0103 9576 1409 9576 1154 0407 088 245 9571 1008 0432 872 931 9571 1277 9576 1100 0403 852 333

Dave Barnes

9571 8686

Ian Hall

0419 042 455

Ian Claxon

0409 087 917 9576 4600 0427 699 700 9576 1010 9571 8669

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

9576 0451

9575 2245

Gingin P&C Assoc

Good luck Lisa from Patricia, Becky & Teena xxx

There is a good selection of books suggested ,lots of discussion ,laughter and normally a good evening.

9576 2001

Gingin Pensioners Social Club

tel: 9576 0170

If any body interested in joining the Bindoon Book Club we meet once a month the 2nd Thurday of the month.

9576 0593 9575 1063 9576 1444 bindoonshow@ 0457103 033

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

For all of her help & support BINDOON over the last two years.

Bindoon Book Club.

Open each morning Sunday-Friday (Closed Saturday) Market last Sunday each month Jenny Brown Carolyn Chadwick Sandra Clarke Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Society Office, northern end of oval. 7.30pm 3rd Tues of month in Ag Society Rm Rin Rutherford (Pres) Lance Stagbouer (Secretary) Meets 1st Wed of each month 2pm in The Museum Don Gibson

Gail Smith

For further information and a Position Description please contact the Human Resource Services Manager on

Bindoon Show Schedule Secretary


Handyman/ Maintenance Staff Required

Licence no 5370

Skye Perry P• 9576 0540 M• 040 351 7992

EC 005957

Mini Excavations


Alison 0428 883 284



The Benedictine Community of New Norcia is an equal opportunity employer and supports flexible work arrangements.

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

Mark Leuba


Bowen Therapist Injury, Pain & Stress Relief Ph: 9576 0170 for an appointment

Jensen plumbing


For those ‘little’ things. Bindoon & surrounding areas

New Norcia is a small, historic town located 130 km north of Perth. It is owned and operated by a Catholic religious community of Benedictine Monks. Part time position is available for three days a week. Good customer service, a high level of literacy and good written communication skills are required. A high level of computer literacy is essential, including but not limited to; Microsoft Outlook, Word Excel desktop publishing and the Internet.

• Weeding • Mulching • Fertilising • Design • Pruning • Vegetable bed Establishment


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

Office Administration Assistant

The Garden Goddess

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


Trigger Point Therapy Ayurvedic Shirodhara Abhyanga Warm Stone Massage Relaxation

0427 073 192 9576 1255

ABN 377 315 230 55

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

m a s s a g eTraditional Thai [ Reflexology

stan’s mowing

Air Conditioning

Ph: 9576 0170 for an appointment



Michael & Robyn’s


Chris Durey 0447 710 056

Waxing/Tinting Manicure/Pedicure Facials/Peels Special Occasion Make-up MISMO Skin Care Range Available


( 0403 809 958

• Tractor Repair specialists • Massey Ferguson trained • On farm or workshop service • Spare parts supplied • Over 40 years experience

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For local assistance with all your tax needs, contact Chris Oversby

It’s your community

Lower Chittering Cricket

Congratulations to the Wannamal tennis team (above) who won the A Grade Moore Zone Tennis Grand Final against Wongan Hills!

Congratulations to Gordon Houston and Nahrel Dallywater (Left) on the arrival of their baby daughter.

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

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

0408 674 643 9571 4168 9576 1497 0437 908 079

Jenny Hall Ruth Loudon Keith Cunningham Julie Taylor

9571 4362 9655 7024 9655 7070 9655 7013

Do we have your club details ? Are they correct? If not please let us know email or call 0419 045 783


Junior Sport

It’s your community...

Be active funding secured

The Shire of Moora, in partnership with the Shire of Chittering and the Shire of Victoria Plains, has been successful in securing Healthway funding to the value of $35000.00 per year for a period of two years, for the continuation of the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme within the three participating Shires.

supported by Smarter than Smoking Junior Sport

Shuhari Karate


forthcoming funding period including dance activities, seniors health programs, Bindoon kindy gym, regional health and fitness, and implementation of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Kidsport initiative.

A number of new initiatives and focus areas have been factored into the

For more information regarding the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme, please contact Anna Jamieson on 96510000 or email

Hockey players needed!

surrounding areas to come and have some fun and see if you enjoy the sport. Players currently on the team travel from Gingin, Bindoon, Muchea, Woodridge, Redfield Park, Chittering, Bullsbrook and Ledge Point.

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:

Footy season begins Chittering Broncos: Auskick & Juniors contact Alan Nairn, 0467 282 422.

Auskick Gingin Football for boys and girls 5 to 8 year olds. Starts: Friday, 27 April 2012 through to Friday 6 July 2012 Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Where: Gingin Recreation Centre – Football Oval Cost: $60 per child register and pay on start day.

Minkey - Hockey (Gingin)

Junior Zone Tennis Singles Debra Whitely (Tournament Coordinator)

Tyson (Goomalling) 6-5 (TB 7-5)

Sunday 18th March saw Gingin Tennis Club host the Moore District Zone Junior Singles Championship in which 26 of the district’s most talented junior tennis players aged 9-16 years took part. Places in the junior team to represent Moore District in the Zone Junior Country Challenge in April were up for grabs and it was competitive and entertaining tennis at its best. Competitors travelled from as far away as Kalannie, Ballidu, Wubin and Goomalling.

Boys 10 & Under: Klay Brennan (Yerecoin) def. Zac Sanderson (Kalannie) 6-2

The results were as follows: Girls 12 & Under: Hayley Taylor (Wannamal) def. Aimee

Key dates: Friday 20th April Opening Game (Chittering Broncos) at 6.Pm at Muchea Oval, Come down and watch a great game. For further information please call Alan Nairn 0467 282 422 or Ian Hall 0419 042 455.

Wednesday 18th April 2012 from 10.00 am – 2.30pm Swan District Football Club Holiday Clinic Email Alan

Friday 27th April Gingin Auskick (Ages; 5,6,7 & 8): Registrations at Gingin football oval

Trophies for the most successful junior players of tournaments in our district over the 2011/2012 tennis season. The overall winner of this was Hayley Taylor, runner-up Corey Taylor, both of Wannamal, and third was Kobe Haywood of Goomalling.

Boys 12 & Under: Kobe Haywood (Goomalling) def. Leighton Howard (Yerecoin) 6-5 (TB 7-4) Boys 14 & Under: Corey Taylor (Wannamal) def. Wade Southcott (Wubin) 6-2 Boys 16 & Under: Chris McAlpine (Wubin ) def. Cameron McAlpine (Wubin) 6-2 Summit Fertilizers sponsored and awarded Sunsmart

KIDSPORT Did you know there is a new the KidSport Initiative that financially assists eligible children to play sport by funding up to $200 to cover fees and uniforms costs. KidSport will make it possible for Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances. KidSport will allow eligible youth aged 5–18 years to apply for financial assistance towards club fees. You can contact your shire to find out more or visit the shire websites.

Call for volunteers to help our junior football! Football (Chittering Junior Football Club is always looking for teenagers to umpire junior level games, as we are finding it very difficult to get these young blokes but they are important for the future of our game.

Boys 14 and Under Winner Corey Taylor (Wannamal) and Runner Up Wade Southcott (Wubin)

Fun Net and Netta (Gingin) Netball for 5 to 9 year olds. Starts: Tuesday, 1 May 2012 Time: 3.30 pm to 4:30 pm Where: Gingin Recreation Centre Netball Courts Cost: $35 for Tuesday netball only and $45 for Tuesday and Saturday netball plus $25 for the pack which is an optional extra. We will hold a skills and training session followed by a game every Tuesday. An additional game is available to anyone interested on Saturday mornings in conjunction with the netball fixtures (this is optional). Enquiries to: Narelle Fewster 9575 1551 or Simone Gresele 9575 2234

Golf (Gingin)

Gingin are looking for expressions of interest from a couple of keen parents who would be able to commit each week to a coaching role. Enquires to: Brendon Fewster 0417 920 003 or Narelle Fewster 9575 1551

Training for minkey (6 to 10 year olds) is at 3.15pm on Wednesdays and 4pm for Juniors (10 to 14 years old for boys, 10 to 16 years old for girls). You can register your interest by calling Alison McVee on 0417 093 084.

Girls 12 and Under Winner Hayley Taylor (Wannamal) and Runner Up Aimee Tyson( Goomalling)

We will be starting a Junior Golf Program in May for Children and Golf WA are planing to visit schools to promote golf in the area in May too. Contact Kerry Fewster

Winning Fours Team

Gingin Lawn Bowls Girls have done it again!

Winning back to back in the 2011-2012 Women’s Country Week Fours.

Moore District Bowling League Pictured Above:

The very successful team of Kathy Gobbart, Noeleen Keeffe, and mother and daughter combination Kerry Fewster and Julie Watson backed each other up and the team gave a superb display of bowls. In the finals Gingin had a very convincing win defeating Meadow Springs 26 – 7.

MDBL Champion of Champion Single’s Winner - Kathy Gobbart (Gingin). MDBL Novice Singles Winner Anne Merryweather (Lancelin)

What are the chances in a team of 15 girls that 7 of them are pregnant. The club welcomes females of any age who are interested in playing a fun and energetic game-no experience needed-to please contact coach John Puglia on 0428 928 877. The club would like to welcome anyone from

Left to right- Jessica Puglia-due September, Bronte Treloar-due August, Alicia Gomersall-due July, Melissa Gregorydue June, Jacinta Sibley-due May, Simone Hyne-due March, Marijke Thomas-with baby Jasper born January 26 2012.

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Josh takes the lead!

On 1st April the 2nd Be Active Chittering Triathalon was held at Bindoon Catholic Agricultural college. Unfortunately it turned out to be a Biathalon as the pool wasn’t ready. The participants were probably very grateful as it was rather a chilly April morning.

The Baileys brothers took both junior line honours with Michael Bailey winning the under 12 fun course, and Dylan Bailey the under 16’s. Joshua Bouwman was the winner of the Slater-Gartrell Open Short Course, with a time of 51:33

fun fitness

As Rodeo Queen of WA, Shiane will promote the sport and in particular encourage young women get involved in Rodeo. After winning the Queen Quest, the twenty one year old’s first official appearance was at Wagin

Woolorama in February. Rating winning the Queen Quest as her greatest achievement in rodeo to date, Shiane explains the process. “I had to write and present a speech, ride set pattern work and prepare a portfolio for the judging panel made up of representatives from NRCWA and ABCRA.” At the end of the year all State Rodeo Queens will compete for the National title of Australian Rodeo Queen. The major prize includes a whirlwind 21-day overseas trip, which includes all airfares, accommodation and transport to

Good people to know for farm insurance.


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

The new face of Rodeo! Shiane Letto from Gingin is looking forward to a busy year after being crowned WA’s Rodeo Queen for 2012. In her role as an ambassador for Rodeo, the former Bindoon Catholic Agricultural student will open all of WA’s major rodeo’s this year, making a grand entry with the Australian flag.

Aquarobics @ Gingin Pool

Meets every Friday at 9am at the Bindoon Hall. Contact 042 719 8278

Bindoon Tennis Club

the Calgary Stampede in Canada, Dallas Fort Worth, Denver, Cheyenne Frontier Days and LA in the US. Winner of the 2010 WA Queen Quest title, Stacey Lambert from Bullsbrook, went on the win the National Title, which she describes as “a life-changing experience” She spent a year professionally representing her title at various rodeos, parades, public events, television interviews, radio interviews, school events, and charity events.

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

We wish Shiane the best of luck!

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

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