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Taste of Chittering


Bindoon • Bullsbrook • Calingiri • Chittering • Gingin • Muchea • Mooliabeenie • New

The green, green grass of home

Julia Radley (nee Greville) and Penny Greville with a mixed herd of their Black Angus and Angus/Wagyu Tamieka Preston

There’s no doubt that the Greville family know their beef. Cattle farmers Maxine and Chris Greville have passed on their passion for naturally raised, grass fed, grass finished beef to their five children, who’ve taken their family heritage to the next level by marketing their own beef label, Gingin Beef. Frustrated at being a price taker, and concerned about the future of the cattle industry, the family registered the trademark for Gingin beef back in 2000, with the aim of cutting out the middle man, and selling their


meat direct to the consumer. “We were growing a product that was totally grass fed, and going the extra mile to create a clean and healthy product but the quality difference wasn’t recognised” says Maxine. “We needed to diversify to stay in the game” The business is a family affair, with Maxine, Chris and daughter Penny running the substantial mob of Angus, Murray Grey and first cross Wagyu cattle, and daughter Julia leading the marketing. Together Julia and Penny oversee the processing, which includes 21 days of dry ageing $600,000


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As part of the Dewar clan, Maxine’s roots run deep in the Gingin area, where her family were some of the original settlers back in 1850. As a young child, she remembers helping her father clear the land where her cattle roam today. “We’re fortunate to have lands on the brook which enables us to grass feed right through”

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says Maxine. The lush mineral rich soils of the wetlands means the cattle can reach their final carcass weight without grain feeding all year round. They also believe that their beef earns it’s unique flavour from the soil and grass it grazes on, similar to regional variety seen in wine. Penny explains the unique health benefits of grass fed animals, “With grain, cattle don’t need to chew, they just swallow, with grass they chew their cud which creates the proper bacteria in the stomach. This enables the vitamins and minerals to be absorbed naturally into the body, and

therefore in the meat.” Studies have shown that meat from grass fed animals has twice the amount of Beta-Carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A) and 2.5 times the amount of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant which can help mop up free radicals. It has more omega-3 fatty acids (which reduce inflammation, and help prevent heart disease and arthritis) and increased levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an important polyunsaturated fatty acid which is involved in reducing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and the accumulation of our own body fat. Continued on Page 10


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Welcome to our August issue of Northern Valleys News. Gosh what a difference 93mm can make - both physically and emotionally - the rain in July has not only kept the grass growing it has lifted the spirits of many. With Spring around the corner, there is so much to look forward to. Congratulations to all who have helped make this community paper through their editorial and advertising contributions. It is a wonderful reflection on the region that the stories and topics continue to flow as we celebrate people and their pursuits. 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. The name Northern Valleys was created to provide a name which all communities would be happy to support and hopefully unite us through our common interests. Northern Valleys News 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 deliver a “true” 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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also film a series to be aired on channel 7. A winner will be chosen from the 6 girls and will be the face of Chiko for the next 12 months, receive $10,000 cash and travel around Australia with the team.

The Chiko Chick competition takes 6 girls from around Australia to head to an all expenses paid trip to Fiji to shoot the Chiko calendar and

Danielle, who lives in Lower Chittering has already left for Fiji, and we wish her the best of luck in the final stage competition!

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Congratulations to Former Head Girl (2010) of Bindoon Catholic Ag College, Danielle Collis, who was recently chosen from thousands of applicants as the WA representative for the Australian icon brand Chiko.



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It’s your community... Dont forget to put the taste of Chittering date in your diary. For the full program and map, go to the center spread, pages 14 &15.

Saturday 10th August Bull Riding, Mogumber Tavern Spring Series, Round 1. 6pm till midnight Live Music from “Hideaway” Adults $25 Children $10 Enquiries 96519044

Sarah of Enderslea Farm

Saturday, 17th August

In celebration of its 160th anniversary, a theatrical oral history production will be held at the historic Enderslea farm. The performance explores the lives of early settler Sarah Morley and her son-in-law convict Daniel Baughan as they share their stories of love, devotion and quiet domesticity. Don’t miss this unique insight into life in the Chittering Valley in the 1850’s.

Monday 19 August

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 2pm. At Enderslea Farm, 681 Blue Plains Rd, Chittering Valley

2 -4pm Meet Christian Porter Liberal Candidate for the federal Seat of Pearce at Gingin CU@Park

A ‘farm fare’ afternoon tea is included, and follows the performance.

Saturday 24th August

Tickets $30. Book online at or phone Diane Pope on 9386 5575

Leyland P76 Owners Club of WA are organizing an informal display of cars, Time: 10AM to 12PM, Pioneer Park, Gingin

MorganLeah Farm, Lower Chittering see ad pg 10. From 9.30am to 3.00pm

Sunday 18th August The Bush Fire Ready Expo will be held at the Bindoon Fire Station on from 10am to 2pm.

2013 Wildflower Festival WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Gingin Community Event Liberal Candidate for Pearce, Christian Porter, invites you to a free afternoon tea for the entire Gingin community – and beyond – on Monday 19 August. Please come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with Christian, and his wife Jennifer, at CU@Park Café Weld Street, Gingin 2pm - 4pm This is your chance to meet Christian and have your say on issues that matter to you. This is his chance to tell you how he plans to represent you and be your voice in Federal Parliament.

Chittering’s 20th Anniversary Wildflower Festival 2013 will be held on 12th to 15th September - Bindoon Hall. The added attractions of Sabrina Hahn, well known ABC Radio garden guru and Clare Stace, a beautifully costumed stilt walker will broaden the interest for both local residents and visitors over the weekend. Don’t forget the Wildflower Photographic Competition with a professional judge and prize money for the

Bindoon Old Car Day Sunday 15th September

If you would like to attend this special event, please RSVP to by Friday 16 August, or just come along on the day!

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Birds & Wildflowers  Bird Walk - Join the Chittering Bird Group on a walk around Blackboy Ridge Reserve from 7.30. Come and see how many birds you can identify. Please bring binoculars.  Wildflower walk - Botanist, Dr Stephen Connell, will be present as a guide to the wildflowers present in the reserve. Also learn about wildflowers that are mistaken for weeds

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two sections, Junior, $50.00 and Senior $200.00. Also the Wildflower Art Exhibition at Ferguson House will offer local artists an opportunity to display and sell their work. Plus the talented artists from the Art and Craft group have decided to hold their Airing of the Quilts exhibition during the Festival alongside the Museum being opened and the usual interest in visiting Bindoon to visit the Op Shop.

Polo-x Tournament at Muchea See more back page.

Wednesday 28th August Chamber of Commerce AGM Muchea Sale yards see ad pg 20

Saturday 31 August 2013 Minute to win it! Chittering Youth Group Event 10am – 1pm Muchea Hall. More on page 9 Gingin golf club Golden anniversary

Wednesday 4th September CWA Home Craft & Garden Exhibition 10am at Chinkabee Centre for Morning Tea, Entertainment and lunch. $15 p/p. Town Hall open to public 1- 3pm Bookings essential, call Carolyn on 9571 0263 or Cathy on 9571 4176.

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Gingin golf club is celebrating their Golden anniversary at the Golf club on Saturday 31st August Meet & greet from 5.30pm Complimentary drink & nibbles. Dinner at 7.00 pm Bookings essential

Taste of Chittering- see liftout pages 14-15 Birds and Wildflowers- Chittering landcare

Thursday September 12th -15th Wildflower Festival- more info this page

Sunday 15th September Bindoon Old Car Day. 9am to 5pm

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Heath Black in Gingin

Retired Australian Football League (AFL) footballer Heath Black was in Gingin as part of the One Life Suicide Prevention Program hosted by the Gingin Football Club & Koorunga CWA Heath took the opportunity to join the local footy boys at the Gingin Eagles training session. A great opportunity for the locals to engage with Heath in a casual environment. Later Heath joined a packed room to share a very honest account of his life and how he faced his own demons of alcoholism, rage, marriage breakdown, employment loss and mental illness. Now getting his life back on track, Black has been using his experience to help others. In Australia alone approximately 2,100 people take their own lives each year. This means that 1 - 2% of all deaths registered in Australia are caused by suicide. Suicide

attempts are more common in women, in fact almost double that of men, though, men are almost four times more successful than women. Despite popular belief, there is no one particular type of person that suicides. People from all walks of life, religion, age, socio economic background, gender and race have and do take their own lives. Free dinners were provided by Heath with the CWA Koorunga ladies the CWA Koorunga ladies who as always put on a fabulous spread, providing a warm dinner for all who attended. According to Annette Howard of CWA Koorunga, “ We are going to follow up from this night “what can the community do now”.

CWA 2013 Young Volunteer Award Jessica Elliot

Heath will be speaking in Bindoon on Tuesday, 27 August 10am – 12noon. See page 9 for more details. To read more about facts and myths of suicide, see page 17

A volunteer ambulance officer at 20 years of age is certainly an exceptional realization. Jessica Elliott is an inspiring example of the positive influence of a young community minded person.

Heath with some young Broco players

Piano in the Hall A crowd of around 60 people attended the piano recital by Roman Rudnytsk, internationally active American concert pianist of Ukrainian background at the Bindoon Hall.

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Among the crowd was Daryl du Plessis, “We took the whole family and enjoyed listening to someone of that calibre playing in Bindoon”. Congratulations to Colleen Osborne who organised the event. The evening offered locals a rare opportunity to be entertained by someone so accomplished. The programme featured well known pieces including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as well as lesser known pieces which were played with enthusiasm and great skill. According to local musician Lynne Hoffman, “Between each set of music Roman told us a little about the composer and the world in which he lived which made the music more meaningful and enjoyable.”


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Although Jessica is currently completing her final year of nursing, she is able to find time to contribute and make a difference in one of our regional towns. As a volunteer ambulance officer, Jessica has to attend weekend training and skills nights. An ambulance call out is usually around 3 hours plus public duties which includes attending many weekend events. Jessica’s ambulance statistics demonstrate her ready availability for many such events in Gingin and surrounding districts. Working in a team environment, dealing with challenging situations, communication skills, demonstrating compassion along with competent driving skills are other qualities Jessica displays. Her eagerness to see more young people involved in St John’s was made evident when she offered to be part of the local promotion “Why you need ambulance officers” Jessica also works casually in aged care facilities highlighting her natural ability to work and communicate with older people. Jessica’s positive and enthusiastic attitude of doing anything for anyone has seen her assist the Gingin Lions and Gingin Expo Committee on a regular basis. The offer of someone young to assist with vital office work on these pressure days is greatly welcomed. To become a paramedic is Jessica’s goal; there is no doubt her work ethic, determination and commitment to the local community will see her realise this ambition.

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Magnetic rocks the Scottalian Saturday 19th July was a big night at Scottalian with young and old come to listen and dance to the funky tunes of local band Magnetic. Inside, the dance floor was high energy

with plenty of bling and joy as “band groupies”, locals and a few international back-packers took the opportunity to enjoy the special feeling that is generated by a live band.

Outside there was a young crew battling it out over the pool table, celebrating the end of a week. With most of them

commuting long distances to Perth for their trades and apprenticeships work, they were relishing the chance to catch up with their mates close to home.

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It’s your news... emissions and low energy usage are of significant interest. Mr Colin Pumphrey, Manager Fleet & Waste Services, City of Swan, said, “Our interest started from our drive to reduce our fuel bill, which is well over a million of dollars annually. The trial showed a substantial operating cost advantage” said Mr Pumphrey. “Our staff make a lot of short, local trips, which is ideal for electric vehicles whose range is about 100kms comfortably.”

Colin Pumphrey plugs in the City of Swan’s electric vehicle at the depot’s charging station

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The City of Swan plans to include up to 4 new electric vehicles into their fleet in the next financial year, after the completion of the Western Australian Electric Vehicle Trial which was conducted by CO2 Smart in conjunction with the University of WA. As one of 11 fleet participants in the two year trial, City of Swan incorporated a fully electric

vehicle into their car pool, which was used by staff members for work related journeys. City of Swan Mayor, Charlie Zannino, said participating in the trial provided insight into infrastructure and logistical requirements while also highlighting benefits of electric vehicles. The City has an ongoing commitment to support environmental sustainability for the community, and the use of electric vehicles, which have zero

A level 2 (Fast AC) charging unit was built at the City of Swan depot, as one of 9 around the city to re-charge vehicles involved in the trial. One of the issues noticed by staff was the need to plan journeys based on the range of the vehicle and the availability of charging stations, and the necessity to plug in the car upon return. The vehicle used in the trial was a prototype, a Ford focus converted to electric technology by EV Works, a local Electric Vehicle innovator. The original engine in the car was removed and replaced with a customised electric one, which uses a bank of lithium iron batteries to store energy. Since the trial started, more production line electric cars have become available, and the City is now looking towards most likely using the Nissan

Leaf to replace the current vehicle when it reaches the end of the standard 3 year turnover period. Using electric vehicles is just one of the ways the City of Swan is trying to reduce fuel consumption and energy emissions generally. Solar powered water pumps have replaced fuel driven pumps in a number of locations, and battery powered surveillance systems which use the same technology as the electric vehicles have replaced diesel run systems. The surveillance trailers are placed in public areas, and provide lighting and video surveillance to help dissipate anti social behavior. These areas are often not handy to mains power, and previously noisy and high fuel use generators were required. The new trailers, built by EV Works, can be used for up to two weeks at time, before being returned to the depot for charging. Mr Pumphrey said that the City would continue to look at new ways to become more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. “If local governments don’t support this new technology, who will?” he commented.

Council to the Community AUGUST 2013 CLOSURE OF INFORMAL OVERFLOW CARAVAN PARK REAR OF THE LANCELIN PLAZA COMMERCIAL CENTRE The Shire of Gingin gives notice that the Informal Overflow Caravan Park situated on Atkinson Way, Lancelin at the rear of the Lancelin Plaza Commercial Centre is now closed. Signage prohibiting overflow camping in the area has been erected and will be enforced by Shire Rangers under the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act, 1995. Caravan users are required to park at existing Caravan Parks within Lancelin, as listed below: Lancelin North End Caravan Park 28 Bootoo Street / ph: 9655 1115 Lancelin South End Caravan Park Hopkins Street / ph: 9655 1056 If sites are unavailable at the existing Caravan Parks, temporary overflow caravan parking is available at the Lancelin Community and Sporting Complex. Overflow parking can be arranged by contacting Anita Jarvis on (08) 9655 1100, between 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

PROPOSED MOORE RIVER SOUTH FORESHORE MANAGEMENT PLAN The Moore River Foreshore Management Plan for Urban Development, namely Moore River South is open for Public Comment. The Foreshore Management Plan can be viewed on the Shire's website.



The 2013 Elections for the Shire of Gingin will be conducted as a Postal Election, with a Returning Officer appointed by the WA Electoral Commission. Contact details will be posted on the Shire of Gingin website when they become available. Anyone enrolled as a resident or as a non-resident owner or occupier (apart from the nominee of a body corporate) of rateable property within the Shire of Gingin is eligible to nominate as a candidate for the 2013 Shire of Gingin Local Government Elections. The period during which nominations can be accepted by the Returning Officer will open on Thursday, 5 September 2013 and close on Thursday, 12 September 2013 at 4:00pm. A Returning Officer has not yet been appointed for the Shire of Gingin - contact details will be posted on the Shire of Gingin website when they become available. Further information on standing for Council can be obtained from the Western Australian Electoral Commission and Department of Local Government and Communities websites. If you are thinking about nominating as a Candidate for the 2013 Shire of Gingin Local Government Elections, please contact Lee-Anne on 9575 2211 (extension 121) or email

The Shire of Gingin welcomed Margaret Drayton and Kevin Fitzgerald from the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council along with Community Representatives Marge Shaw, Charlie Shaw and Colin Hadland to accept a Partnership Statement between the Yued People and the Shire of Gingin. Mr Shaw gave the Shire a blessing in native tongue, and Ms Drayton and Mr Fitzgerald both spoke on the cultural significance of the positive steps that the Shire has taken and the importance of the Partnership Statement. Shire President, Michael Aspinall accepted the Partnership Statement on behalf of Council.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLE (WALGA) COMMITTEE Councillor James has been nominated by Council to sit on the Off-Road Vehicle Committee for the Western Australian Local Government Association. Councillor Aspinall has been nominated as the proxy.

NEW MAINTENANCE VEHICLES Two new Maintenance Trucks have been added to Council’s Works fleet to assist with both general and larger more specific road maintenance jobs.

GUILDERTON CARAVAN PARK Council's Guilderton Caravan Park Evaluation Committee considered several Tender submissions and made recommendations to Council for approval. The Tender was awarded to Mr Geoffry Liddelow for a term of three years, with two further options subject to Council approval. Mr Liddelow has been managing the Guilderton Caravan Park since 1 December 2012. Whilst Mr Liddelow has been in the Caretaker role he and his Staff have managed the Caravan Park through a very busy Holiday period and rebuilt the facility back to its former status. Council looks forward to a healthy and productive relationship with the Guilderton Caravan Park Management during the term of their tenure.

Further council information is available on or at: Shire of Gingin, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin WA 6503 Telephone: 08 9575 2211 Facsimile: 08 9575 2121 Email:


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Local Mums take on Oxfam endurance challenge

Throughout May, community members were asked to vote for their favourite project, to decide which should get the largest share of the funding. Bullsbrook and Bindoon Community Bank® Branch Manager Ray Povey thanked everyone involved for their enormous support of the “You Like” campaign. “The community really got behind the groups and showed their support every step of the way,” Mr Povey said.

Bullsbrook Kindy wins $5000

Bullsbrook Community Kindergarten has received $5000 to go towards new play equipment, thanks to Bendigo Bank’s “You Like” campaign. West Australian communities have shared in $220,000 in funding for local projects as part of the campaign. Bindoon Men’s Shed also received $1,500 towards a new work trailer for the group and Bullsbrook District High School received $500 to put towards new interactive whiteboards. The ‘You Like’ campaign selected three projects from every suburb or town in WA where

“This was particularly evident when John, chairman from the Men’s Shed, took to the local shops in Bindoon to get votes for his group. A morning tea was recently held to hand over the big cheques to the winning community groups. Mr Povey said each of the groups awarded were well deserving of the funds. “The Men’s Shed is a local group that helps the elderly or disabled be a part of the community, and gives assistance when needed. “And the kindergarten’s new playground will help the children with their motor and social skills and keep them active outside on safe and exciting new equipment.”

Four local Mums are well into training for the endurance challenge of a lifetime. Krystyna Winter (Lower Chittering), Michelle Compton, Sari West and Jocasta Sibbel (Bullsbrook) have entered the Oxfam 100km trailwalker challenge as the ‘Crazy Bulli Babes’. Together the team aims to tackle 100km of bush from Kalamunda to Chidlow within 48 hours. Oxfam Trailwalker began in 1981 as a military training exercise. It has since grown into one of the world’s leading team endurance challenges. In 2012 more than 22,000 people walked over 2.2 million kilometers raising over $18 million for

Oxfam’s work. ‘We are so excited to be participating in this fantastic event the first time it is being held in Perth’ said team leader Krystyna Winter. ‘We’re just ordinary mums. Our kids all went to the Bullsbrook playgroup together about six years ago and we started walking together to try and keep fit. Trailwalker looked like great fun and a huge challenge for us. By the time we start the event, which begins on 18 October, we will have walked hundreds of kilometers training on the beautiful trails around Bullsbrook, Chittering and across the Perth Hills’.

‘It’s not only a great opportunity to challenge ourselves, it is also a great way to get involved in fundraising for Oxfam,’ said team member Michelle Compton. In addition to seeking direct donations for their team they are also holding community fundraising events. On 8 September the team is holding a High Tea in the West Bullsbrook Hall. The group’s second event is a family photo weekend in Bullsbrook on the weekend of 17-18 August. To follow the Crazy Bulli Babes’ progress or sponsor the team go to https:// team/home/14741.


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chatter @ chittering make to residents who routinely use the tip for household refuse. We didn’t so we can learn from this too.

President’s Column Council and staff were surprised by a recent outburst of Facebook activity inspired by the recent confirmation of fees and charges relating to our landfill sites. This resulted in no less than forty-five written questions being tabled at the July Council meeting as well as several verbal questions asked on the night. Responses to all questions were provided at the meeting. The positive side of this was that, as far as I could determine, no-one left the meeting without their concerns being addressed. This is good, as residents attending meetings with concerns have a right to be heard and have their questions answered wherever possible. What was not so good was that both Council and staff soon realised that there was not a single question asked that could not have been dealt with quickly and easily with a single phone call or email enquiry. There had obviously been a breakdown in communications somewhere and I believe both the Shire and our residents contributed. In the case of the Shire, the fixing of fees and charges is not a new activity. It is a routine action taken by all local governments annually. We assumed that everyone was aware of this and what the existing fee structure was. We were wrong! We will learn from this. We could also have made plainer how little difference the changes would

On the part of the residents, the confusion seems to have arisen from the chosen forum – social media. It appeared that, for a while there, the uninformed were being misinformed by the ill-informed; and the officer to whom questions on these matters should, could and would have been directed, never received a single phone call or email! I suspect that using one of the many other methods of making enquiries may have been a better option. Direct enquiries to the Shire will inevitably get us a faster and more accurate response than we can expect to get from people that we chat with on the net. The Shire acknowledges the benefits of using social media, which is why we have our own Facebook account. We also work hard to keep our website up to date and easy to use. The Council and staff are ready, willing and able to supply information or guidance. It’s our job! However, before we can answer your questions, we need to be asked! Some time ago I wrote encouraging people to complain in a manner that was going to work. The most important task is to find out who it is best to complain to – and the best way to reach them. Do that first and your chance of success increases dramatically. You may well get desired results with speed and convenience without leaving home. However, I readily admit that, when people show enough interest in our actions to come out on a cold winter night to join the gallery and observe first-hand how we go about our business on their behalf, we’re always very pleased and grateful to see them.

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Race in your rates Pay your rates IN FULL before 27 August 2013 and go in the draw to win one of the following amazing prizes: First prize $1,000 cash (jointly sponsored by the Shire and Bendigo Bank) Prize draw • Accor Hotels Two night’s accommodation at Ibis Styles Perth to the value of $400 • WASO tickets Two double passes to Strauss & Ravel on either Friday, 18 or Saturday, 19 October 2013 • Chittering Pest & Weed General pest treatment to the value of $250 • Black Swan Theatre Company Tickets to Midsummer on Saturday, 9 November 2013 • The Principal Brewing Company Dinner for two to the value of $100

Major projects for 2013/14 include: • Construction of a MultiPurpose Health Centre - $2.4m (funded by borrowings and grants) • Commencement of Binda Place Upgrade - $466,115 (funded by the Country Local Government Fund 2013/14) • Upgrade to Bindoon Town Hall (subject to grant funding) • Road-works on Chittering and Chittering Valley Roads $373,916 (funded by Regional Road Group • Road-works on Archibald Street - $170,000 (funded by Roads to Recovery) • Black Spot Road-works on Chittering Road - $342,623 (funded by Main Roads WA Black Spot - $152,000) • Road-works on Parkside Gardens, Flat Rocks Road, Stephens Road and Teatree Road - $307,874 (Council funded) • Plant and Vehicle upgrades $684,000 (Council funded)

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• Door fitting ongoing • Bollards to be constructed in parking areaa Brockman Centre Arts and Crafts • Roof sheeting repairs ongoing Roadworks • Road construction is scheduled on Chittering Road and Chittering Valley Road at the end of September

Council and Committee Meeting Date Chittering Bush Fire Advisory Committee

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 // 7.30pm

Council Chambers 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon

Council meeting

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 // 7pm

Council Chambers 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon


Northern Valleys News august 2013

chatter @ chittering Education Scholarship Awards – Applications Now Open!!! In recognising the value of education to young people, the Shire of Chittering is offering two Education Scholarships of $1,000 each. To be eligible, students must be residents of the Shire of Chittering and be graduating either year 7 (or year 6 if attending a private high school) or year 10 at the end of the 2013 school year. Further information, including the selection criteria and application forms are available online http://www. scholarships-and-awards.aspx, from the Shire’s administration office or via email to

Grace Pritchard (Shire of Chittering Support Officer) presenting Alan Nairn with his certificate

Recognising our Volunteers – Alan Nairn The Swans District Football Development Council (SDFDC) looks to recognise its volunteers in a number of ways and the work that Chittering JFC Secretary, Alan Nairn does is a prime example of the important role that our volunteers play in our game. Alan’s work has been recognised by the SDFDC for the level of professionalism and his dedication to creating positive outcomes for Chittering JFC and the good of the game. Alan’s role in liaising with the Shire of Chittering and SDFDC to seek the development of disability access points at Muchea Arena is vital to

the sustainability of the Chittering JFC All Abilities Auskick Centre, and the development of our great game through greater accessibility for people of all abilities. The Chittering JFC All Abilities Auskick Centre was developed by Alan and Chittering JFC President, Ian Hall in consultation with the SDFDC to develop Auskick pathways for boys and girls of all abilities. The unique program was delivered between May and June 2013 with more than 15 boys and girls participating. Alan’s work transcends that of Chittering JFC Secretary with his position entailing that of Grants and Property Manager. Alan’s work ethic and ability to continually enhance the administrative practices of Chittering JFC, has contributed towards gaining gold level status in the Swisse AFL Quality Club Program. The gold level accreditation in the Quality Club Program saw Chittering JFC recognised as a community leader with an exceptional club administration. Alan has become a well-respected administrator across the Swans District for his contribution to the Chittering JFC and the SDFDC would like recognise him for his dedication to our great game.

Enquiries should be directed to Arlene Carter, Club and Community Development Officer. Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 8 November 2013 LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

October 2013 Local Government Elections Want to make a difference? If you are passionate about your community and want to become a leader that shapes the Shire’s future and strategic direction, consider becoming a candidate for the October 2013 Shire of Chittering Local Government Elections. For further information visit Candidate nominations open on 5th September 2013 and close 12th September 2013.

Road Side Verge Spraying The Shire’s contractor “Allington Agri” will be commencing road side verge spraying within the Shire on 22 July 2013. If you have any questions please contact the Shire’s Technical Services department.

Minute to Win It When: Saturday, 31 August 10am – 1pm Where: Muchea Hall, 48 Archibald Street The Chittering Youth Group invite you to come along and join in the fun. This is definitely a family morning packed with fun, take up the challenge, youth against adults or individually, see if you can complete the challenges within a minute. There will be spot

Upcoming events Bush Fire Ready Expo When: Sunday, 18 August 10am – 2pm Where: B  indoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Edmonds Place You are invited to come along and learn how you can be prepared for a bush fire. There will be information on: • Creating your own bush fire survival plan • Property / personal protection • Signing up for DFES alerts • Importance of getting to know your neighbours • Register your interest in being an active volunteer at any of our Fire Stations (Upper and Lower Chittering, Muchea, Bindoon and Wannamal) This is a great opportunity where you can meet local contractors, talk to the volunteers, watch demonstrations and show the kids the fire trucks. There will also be food and drinks available and a free Emergency Kit per family. For more information please contact Arlene Carter.

Heath Black When: T  uesday, 27 August 2013. 10am – 12noon Where: Bindoon Museum (Brockman Centre) Former Docker, Heath Black is coming to Bindoon to talk on his experiences with mental health and how he has managed to bounce back. The Bindoon Men’s Shed welcome all men (M15+) to join in and share in Heath’s life experience in managing depression. Morning tea will be provided – gold coin donation. For more information please contact Mr John Williams on 0439 937 829. prizes, sausage sizzle, Shrek Slide Bouncy Castle and drinks available. The Community Bus will be leaving from Bindoon, so if you want a free ride down there, you will need to book a seat. For further information please contact Arlene Carter.


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Keeping in Touch From The Team in the Pink Shirts

The Dry Ageing Process The dry ageing process changes beef by two means. Firstly, moisture is evaporated from the muscle, which creates a greater concentration of beef flavour and taste. Secondly, the beef’s natural enzymes break down the connective tissue in the muscle, which leads to more tender beef.

With the current trend towards natural eating it seems they’ve tapped into a niche market, and Julia says they have a strong following in the Western suburbs, not only because the meat is gluten and preservative free, but because of the benefits of grass feeding. “Naturopaths are recommending purely grass fed meat for children with ADHD, and cancer patients are being recommended the product because it’s high in cancerfighting antioxidants.” In keeping with their philosophy to run their cattle naturally, the Grevilles use natural alternatives like sulfur and apple cider vinegar to keep their cattle healthy. All cattle sold through their label are born and bred on their property so they

can keep a close eye of the genetics, and also maintain a stress free life for the animals. With the intent to produce a restaurant quality meat for customers to enjoy at home, Julia and Penny have experimented with the dry ageing process, settling on 21 days as the optimum period for the meat to mature and tenderise while keeping the cost manageable. Whilst dry ageing adds considerable time and expense to the processing of beef the meat has a wonderful texture and quality. For the Greville family, it it the final step in a carefully managed process that begins with soil and genetics and draws on natural farming methods to culminate in an end product with an authenticity they are proud to share with their customers.

During the process the meat is stored in a refrigerator unit, also known as a “hot box” at carefully controlled temeratures. The ideal temperature for long-term ageing is –0.5°C ± 1°C. It is expensive and difficult for butchers to achieve as it requires a lot of space, which is why dry aged beef is usually only available in top quality restaurants. Because moisure evaporates from the meat it also reduces the final mass per kilo, which adds to the expense. In contrast, wet ageing stores the meat in a vacuum pack, retaining the weight, but not intensifying the flavours, and is thus a less superior method.

Point of view: Preston Clarke

As we move forward through the year each month brings us more rain, July has been some what of a blessing to most areas As we would expect. Crops are certainly showing promise of far better yields than thought four weeks ago. Still the West Gingin lighter soils could do with plenty more. Stock pressure on pastures is still very evident as growth is slow while conditions remain cold and overcast, forcing growers to continue with supplementation to maintain condition and ensure the cows remain strong while milking for calves. This is a critical time for young stock a time when they are growing bone and trying to develop a robust frame and gut that will set them up for life to become productive cattle. Their guts need the right supplementation of vitamins and minerals to establish an environment that will maximise feed conversion for not only now while they grow but the rest of their lives. Feed Conversion Efficiency (FCE) is a key performance indicator to profitability. Elders Livestock Management System (ELMS) is a NUTRITIONAL package

developed by a team of Veterinarians in SA to ensure Australian livestock producers have access to the best available nutritional information for their stock so they can get the best returns from the valuable genetics selected annually for herd and flock improvement. ELMS is arguable the most efficient means of value adding your Genetic investment. Four weeks from now we will be considering ram purchases for our next mating period and you will be confronted with a lot of information on breeding values (EB’Vs) important to take note of the things that are important to you, like growth rates (related to FCE and lamb survival) and getting prime lambs off early, also fat content in your rams for finishing lambs and milking ability, to mention just a couple of examples. Should you wish for more information on ELMS and EBV;s just talk to your Elders agent and they can arrange for a group discussion or one on one. The markets remain firm and have improved over the past two sales, low numbers through Muchea having an influence. Hope we can in four weeks be discussing the wet August.

Elders Midland Jim Sangalli: Branch Manager 0417 706 996 Livestock 92735888

Don Morgan: Muchea/Stud Stock 0429 721 156 Preston Clarke: Sales Gingin South 0429 111 797 Nigel Hunt: Sales Bindoon North 0437 970 006

Farm Supplies 9273 7999 Brad Thompson: Manager 0429 116 033 Bryan Burrell: Sales Representative 0428 591 208 Mathew Hunt: Sales Representative


Jeff Bruce: Sales Specialist 0429 900 187

Rural Bank 9273 5861 John Dingle: District Banking Manager 0419 792 620 Vince Monterosso: District Banking Manger Lisa Mann: Sales Support Deposits

Insurance 9294 6666

Jon Nelson: 0417 913 121 Krystal Hayward: Sales Support Andrew Rowley: Sales Support

or visit WHERE TO IN THE FUTURE FOR ALPACA BREEDERS? Renowned alpaca breeding experts, Jim Watts & Murray Ventris, will be presenting this exciting workshop on Saturday, 17th August, from 9.30am to 3.00pm at MorganLeah Farm, Lower Chittering For further information, please contact Piers or Liz Benwell on 08 9571 8810 or 0427 133 087


Northern Valleys News august 2013

It’s your community...

Drilling boosts knowledge, supports allocation planning in Gingin David Rickson (chairman Gingin Water Group)

At the recent water issues bus tour organised by the Gingin Water Group a visit was made to site 3 in Beermullah where we were introduced to the project to allow a much greater understanding of the water resource in the confined aquifers on the Swan Coastal plain just north of Gingin. Department of Water hydrogeologists are busy investigating groundwater systems in the region north of Gingin. The $5 million investigation is funded through the State Groundwater Investigation Program (SGIP) and is part of the department’s wider groundwater investigation work. “The work expands our knowledge and understanding of groundwater systems in Western Australia and gives us information that helps to improve the quality of our allocation planning,” hydrogeologist Andy Tuffs said. “This is particularly important in the North Gingin area where water resources are under pressure from rising demand, land use change and the effects of a drying climate’. “The North Gingin work involves exploratory drilling at 12 sites along the Swan Coastal Plain in an area 100 to 150 kilometers north of Perth”. “Two groundwater monitoring bores will be installed at each site across an area extending from the coastal settlements of Seabird and Wedge Island along Indian Ocean Drive to the towns of Gingin and Cataby off the Brand Highway.”

Sites 1,4,7 and 10 are along Indian Ocean Drive near the turn offs to Seabird ,Ledge Point , near Bootoo road and east of Wedge Island. Sites 2,5,8 and 11 are along Cowalla and Mimegarra roads approximately in line with 1,4,7 and 10. Site 3 is in Jocks road Beermullah with 6,9 and 12 along Brand highway in line with the other sites. The North Gingin work has been ongoing since cable tool drilling started in May 2011. The investigation is expected to wrap up by the middle of next year.

critical groundwater model, PRAMS – the Perth Regional Aquifer Modelling System” explained Andy. This will support more accurate Allocation Planning decision making into the future. Other work planned in the area includes replacement of an existing 800 m deep groundwater assessment network monitoring bore near Guilderton and another along Lennards brook just south of Gingin. Gingin Water Group will keep a close eye on the development of these bores and of others promised for the Mirrabooka aquifer further east which supplies fresh water to various Brooks and Streams which are so important to the region.


Most important to the community is how the Department of Water applies this information to the region’s Ground water and Surface water Allocation Plans through the required annual review process. Gingin Water Group believes the Department is sincere in its approach, but their task across the entire state in a changing environment is vast. Long delays in the process already reflect this. For the Gingin region to achieve the best outcomes possible the strong advice is to maintain and support an active local organisation capable of connecting with the various Departments that control the water resource industry and the environment rely upon.

Mud rotary drilling started in January to install monitoring bores, the first two deep (550m) Yarragadee aquifer bores and a shallow Leederville aquifer bore (120m) have already been installed. Andy showed how samples were continually taken and logged as the bore was dug. Chemical and geologic data was recorded to provide the basis of understanding the nature of the aquifers and the quality and movement of water contained in them. The 24 bores in this program will not be used to supply water but will be fitted with devices which will continually log the water levels . “The work will result in an improved conceptual model of the Leederville and Yarragadee aquifers within the Gingin groundwater area between Seabird and Wedge Island. “In addition, the new confined aquifer monitoring bores will improve calibration and conceptualisation of the department’s most



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Wildflowers and Weeds August is one of the peak flowering months in this area. Many plants such as wattles, buttercups and Lechenaultia are well recognised but there are many other plants which are less well known and less noticeable. One of these is False Boronia (Phyllanthus calycinus). It is a shrub with cream flowers which resemble those of Boronia (hence its common name) and is often found in sandy soils. Another which is also often found in sandy soils is Wild Violet (Hybanthus calycinus). This is a straggly herb with purple flowers and is a member of the violet. Many orchids flower more profusely after a fire, so in those areas which were burnt in the local bushfires last summer this may be a good year to look for orchids. One of the orchids which have a reputation for rarely flowering unless burnt, and which commences flowering in August, is Red Beaks (Pyrorchis nigricans). It is a widespread orchid occurring on white or grey sand, loam and sandy clay. The large, flat, fleshy and almost heart

shape leaves may often be seen. The red and white flowers are produced in a spike. Some of the tree wattles seen flowering this month, although very attractive, are introduced from eastern Australia and pose a threat to our local wildflowers. The grey leaved Mt Morgan or Queensland Silver Wattle (Acacia podalyiifolia) is often seen along roadsides in Chittering and Gingin and is coming to the end of its flowering season now. Also with grey leaves (sometimes with a purple tinge) but with ferny rather than entire leaves is Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana). Both species should not be planted, particularly near bushland, and if already present it would be preferable if they be removed. A close watch should be kept for any


PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Enter photographs of your favourite or significant native wildflower into the Chittering Wildflower Festival Photographic Competition. The competition consists of two categories: Junior (up to 15 years of age) and Senior (16 years and above). A cash prize of $50 for the winner of the Junior Category and $200 for the Senior Category. Entries close by 5.00pm Friday 6th September, 2013. Entry forms at Bindoon Post Office

seedlings and these should be removed. Removing flowers before seeds are set if trees are not removed will assist in reducing the spread.

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Biological Farming – The value of soil pH

CO2 escapes from the soil, thereby lowering the acid and neutralising the soil.

Jannie Baard

The well known soil scientist Prof. William A. Albrecht dedicated his life on soil pH and soil balancing, prooving the importance of using the correct lime source for soil balancing. We don’t want to get rid of all the (H) ions from the soil. What we need is soil fertility in the form of Ca, Mg, K, Na and other bases as plant nutrition. A complete balance of the soil is important.

There are two ways for testing soil pH - the conventional way and the biological way. The conventional way is a very simple process by simply using an electrical device measuring the pH (normally free of charge). This only measures the amount of hydrogen (H) ions present in the soil and will thus give us only a pH reading. The biological approach will be to send soil samples to a lab for more in depth testing. For this we use the Albrecht approach and the Australian Perry Agricultural Laboratory based in South Australia. There is much more in soil pH than just the measuring of hydrogen. Five elements effect the pH of soil: Hydrogen (H), calcium(Ca), magnesium(Mg), potassium(K), sodium(Na) – the pH will be the sum total of these five minerals. To understand this concept even better it is important to understand that some minerals will effect the pH more than others. For example; potassium (K) will raise the pH 1,7 times more than calcium (Ca) on a 1 to 1 kg basis, magnesium (Mg) will raise the pH 1,4 times more than Calcium (Ca) on a 1 to 1 kg basis If we are going to apply only Lime Sand to correct the pH, we can easily over lime, apply too much calcium carbonate and thereby deceive the purpose. The H ion is an acid, non nutritional mineral, responsible for lower pH and Ca, Mg, K and Na are responsible for alkalinity (higher pH). Too much Ca can cause other minerals to get locked up in the soil with devastating effects on plant growth. Where does H come from?

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When a plant is absorbing Ca, Mg, K or any positively charged mineral, it gives a positively charged H ion back to the soil which lowers the soil pH. A soil with 40% H base saturation will be more acidic than a soil with 10% H (the first will have a lower pH than the second). The hydrogen ions are needed in the soil to release minerals from the inorganic, insoluble rock forms to be taken up by the clay-humus particles. Microbes then work on them to make the minerals available for the crops to be used as nutrition. When we apply Lime Sand to the soil to supplement calcium to our crops, we know this Lime Sand reacts with the acid-clay of the soil. The acid (H) goes from the clay-humus to the lime rock which, being calcium carbonate (CaCO3), breaks down to form carbonic acid (H2CO3) while the calcium is absorbed by the clay-humus. Ca attaches to the clay-humus to be available for the microbes and plants. The carbonic acid decomposes into water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2).


Importance of soil balancing:

According to the Albrecht approach we need a percentage base saturation as follows; Ca 60 – 70 %, Mg 10 – 20 %, K 2 – 5 %, Na 0.5 – 2 %, H 10 - 12 % and other bases 1 - 10 %. With this percentage base saturation the pH will be near 6,4 which is ideal for both fungi and bacteria. For sandy soils it will be better to see the Ca in the range of 60% and the Mg nearer to 20%. For clay soils the percentage base saturation will be different - Ca closer to 70% and Mg closer to 10%. With a conventional soil test we may find a soil with pH 8 and think we can’t apply any lime because the pH is already too high. The question to ask is, “Why is the pH 8”? With the biological approach and testing you will find the potassium, sodium or magnesium levels may be too high and there is not enough calcium in the soil. Some of the soils I was farming on had a pH 8.6 and we never applied any lime on those soils. After gaining a better knowledge and understanding about soil and soil pH, I realised I had extremely high potassium levels with a deficiency of both magnesium and calcium. In dry seasons those paddocks were the first to suffer and when too wet, the weeds would take over. Coach grass and Wild Radish were the dominant weeds and we found it very hard to control them. After mineralising those soils with a combination of dolomite, lime sand, soft rock phosphate and gypsum it turned out to be the best producing paddocks on the farm. Farmers normally associate fungi with trouble but both fungi and bacteria are playing a very important role in the break down of organic matter and for humus formation. Humus is the key to successful farming. Take the humus out of your soil and the trouble kicks in. Fungi dominates in low pH soils whereas bacteria dominates in alkaline soils but at pH 6,4 both fungi and bacteria are surviving and doing a good job. The bad fungi’s will dominate in the soil when the percentage base saturation of hydrogen dominates and Ca, Mg, K and Na are on the low end. If plant sap pH is below 5,5 chances are the crops will have trouble with fungi attacks. Spraying a fungicide is not going to fix the real problem therefore you will have to spray it every year. Normally soils lacking in Ca, Mg, S and Cu will have trouble with fungus attacks on the crops. A proper soil test and balancing of the soils according the Albrecht approach will fix these problems permanently, saving you lots of money. In principle, lime your farm with the aim to correct your soil mineral imbalance rather than just focusing on the soil pH only. Northern Valleys News august 2013


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Food Foraging & Locavore News

Lower Chittering Farmers Market

as the very popular Christos Farmers Markets and past Taste of Chittering festivities have captured the heart of many Perth suburbanites who welcome opportunities to get out of the city for the day.

with Maggie Edmonds

Stallholders at the Farmers markets, who will also be in attendance at this years Taste of Chittering, are hopeful that a big crowd will come to celebrate and enjoy produce.

The view from my side of the Paddock from Maggie Edmonds (Maggie owns Maggie’s Place, a farmstall in the Swan Valley. She buys from the Northern Valleys region and picks up supplies farm direct each week. Produce left over goes to the neighbour’s sheep.)

The Slow Food Movement

Slow Food is not about chewing your food slowly ! It is an international association that works to defend food biodiversity, disseminate taste education and bring producers and consumers together. They have over 100,000 members in 150 countries - not a bad effort ! So, Slow Food supports sustainable agriculture and knowledge of food and its origins. I wish we had energetic enough local people and/or people with a little time around the Northern Valleys to start a local chapter of Slow Food and highlight the local produce we enjoy. Of course this implied criticism is directed at me too. I think the association talks so much sense - sense that many people locally would love to espouse. This is what Slow Food advises us to consider when shopping for food: -give preference to local and seasonal products; -rediscover traditional, local products; -be suspicious of products with overlong lists of ingredients and incomprehensible names; -avoid products with additives, colouring agents and preservatives; -choose products that come with suitable information about cultivation and/or breeding and/or processing techniques; -avoid unnecessary packaging or give preference to packaging with biodegradable or recyclable materials to reduce waste; -buy only what we need in order to reduce waste.

In season

I like the way slow Food says “Your wallet is a powerful weapon: choosing a product means supporting an idea, the work

of many producers and a whole community.” Do remember that, and buy Northern Valleys produce whenever you can.

New to Chittering’s markets was son of WA’s Avon Valley Pistachio Australia, Dave Hemmings who is in the process of building a new home in Lower Chittering.

And again “When we shop for food, we should be curious, watchful and far-sighted, learning to combine pleasure and responsibility.”

Keen to make the most of his new home xx has played a key role in gathering together local stall holders for the farmer’s market and the upcoming Taste of Chittering. For me there is no bag big enough as far as these irresistable nuts are concerned.

Talking about WATER (or, so far, locally the lack of it this winter) 70% of all water used in the world is used in agriculture. It takes: 900 litres

to grow 1 kg of corn.

3,900 litres to produce 1 kg of chicken 15,500 litres to produce 1 kg of beef.

LOCAL LOCAVORES As I have mentioned before, at Maggie’s Place we define Locavores as people who: Eat in season; From the region; Eat fresh. Eating ripe, local produce ensures you are consuming produce at its best in terms of quality and taste. It is all too easy to want local strawberries in February – sometimes because your child has a tantrum and wants only strawberries, in February. Well, as the song goes, ‘You can’t always get what you want’. Its too hot locally to grow strawberries in February so they will have to come from somewhere else at greater cost in terms of transport and flavour. Skip the February strawberries and encourage the family to eat locally grown grapes, melons, peaches, nectarines and plums that month.

At the recent Lower Chittering Farmers Markets people came from near and far to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors at the Lower Chittering Hall. In attendance were the familiar

locals, who always seem to be make the effort to support local initiatives, but also a suprising number of Perth people. It seems the successive years of events in the valley such

Other produce on offer included Wines including; Bindoon Estate and Glenowen as well as local jams, ready made spices or DIY spices and more. I forgot to grab some cash on the way so my take homes were a lot less than I desired (note to self - take cash) but I did go home with some fresh beetroot and ordered a couple of Pistachio trees to pick up at “Taste” on the 7th September. See you there.

Michelle & Kelly Rossouw

Julia Greay, Lorraine Read, Shane & Leah Guernie

Neil Griffiths & Shelley Parker

Shirley & Bill Berryman, Mick Foulds

Lochie, Peta & Alyssa Bizzill

Hill & Libby Venn

Learn to think seasonally and your locally grown food will taste better and probably be cheaper.

Veg: lots of veg is coming from Carnarvon and regions north of us including capsicums, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Around the Northern Valleys, we are growing celery, cabbages, caulis, broccoli, lettuce, kale, beetroot, carrots, parsnips, turnips and silverbeet. Coriander is growing well and lots is

for sale. Celeriac is also around if you can find it ! Fruit: Strawberries, mandarins, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, apples, pears, rhubarb, passionfruit. Also fresh pistachios from Toodyay and walnuts and chestnuts from Manjimup.

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All things Chittering... in one place on one day... Saturday 7th September 2013 10am to 4pm Lower Chittering Hall & Village Green (23 Chittering Valley Road) Taste of Chittering will bring together over 70 local businesses and community organisations hosting market stalls and informational displays. Local wineries will be ready to tempt you in their own licensed nook. There will be links to other activities around the Shire including a Bird and Wildflower Walk at nearby Blackboy Ridge. For Arts, Crafts ‘n’ Heritage

visitors can head to the Brockman Centre in Bindoon. Refreshments will be on hand, you’ll be spoilt for choice with bratwurst, kebabs, wood fired pizza, paella, local home cooking, churro’s and icecream plus that weekend saviour… COFFEE! Live entertainment throughout the day will include the sensational Sambanistas, “Smooth Music” and soothing sounds from Reg Beale along with local buskers. The Maze and the South Midlands Pony Club will be on hand to keep the kids amused. The Shire would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Roadwise, the Chittering Valley Wine Trail Association and Orchard Glory Farm Resort for their sponsorship of the event, along with thanking local businesses for their support, including but not limited to The Maze. Nature Direct, Hall-All Contracting, Ace Electrical, Watson Impact Management and Bindoon Estate Wines.

Programme 10:00 Welcome - Hon Paul Brown MLC, introduced by Alex Douglas, Shire President 10:15 Graham Donaldson & Ian Campbell - Acoustic Banjo with Flute and Vocals 10:30 Smooth Music 10:45 Immaculate Heart School Choir- Vocals with Acoustic Guitar and Piano 11:00 Neve Harris & Students - Keyboard 11:15 Andrew Brown 11:45 Mad Tatters Morris in front of the stage… 12:00 A Touch of Music – Barni Lynne Bill Trish Harmonica, Piano and Guitars with Drums 12:30 The Sambanistas will wind their way from the Activity Area to the Stage 12:45 The Sambanistas in front of the stage… 13:00 Smooth Music 13:30 Mad Tatters Morris will perform in front of the stage… 13:45 Roxanne’s Dance 14:00 Sing Australia 14:30 A Touch of Music – Barni Lynne Bill Trish Harmonica, Piano and Guitars with Drums 15:15 Smooth Music 15:45

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Be Active Bindoon and Districts Historical Society (Cars) Chittering Scout Group Chittering Wildlife Carers

Fun Airbrush Tattoos On The Frog and Toad Phil’s Soft Serve Relay For Life Avon Valley Shire of Chittering South Midlands Pony Club The Maze

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Directions to get there...

From Perth...30 mins along Tourist Drive 359 East on Neaves Rd, Wanneroo Left at the T-junction onto Muchea South Rd, first right onto Rutland Rd Left at the T-junction onto Great Northern Hwy, right onto Wandena Rd Right onto Muchea East Rd, right onto

Avon Tourism Discover Golden Horizons Chittering Retreat Heartlands Hampers Immaculate Heart College Julimar Strip Rural Building Company Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride in (& to!) Chittering


Chittering Tourist Association Plantation Wildflowers Added Element Display


Arbonne Skincare Chittering Bindoon CWA Citrus Park Esslemont Estate Ferguson House Activity Centre Gingin Jams Good Oil Farm Greenacres Nursery and Landscaping Hand Made Jewellery Jackie’s Plants Muchea Gold Muchea Plant Farm Relax and Restore Wootra Farm Bed and Breakfast


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Art Cappuccino Express Charisma Jewellery Cheryl’s Cards Chevy Farm Colin’s Garden Creations Complete Ingredients Craft Delta Gems Enjo Fresh Fruit and Vegetables From The Pot Gidge Gourmet Fudge Lorraine Lea Linen LuLu MTO Western Nature Direct Products Outback Flavours Patchwork Crafts Pickering’s Plants Purely Mexican Regans Ridge Organic Olives Reiki ~ Home Grown for Health Spice West Susie’s Home Crafts Teasing Tastes WA Pistachio Nut Sales

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Chittering Rd (Lower Chittering) After 2.5km follow the signs for parking, walk 250m to venue.

20 mins from the South: Bullsbrook, Swan Valley North on Great Northern Hwy Right onto Chittering Rd (Bullsbrook)


Airing of the Quilts (Event) Bindoon Agricultural Show (Event) Bindoon Fine Arts (Event) Chittering Dried Fruit Growers Local Citrus Growers


Ace Electrical & Communications Pty Ltd BC Photographics Bendigo Bank Bindoon Bullsbrook Chittering Valley Wine Trail Association Julimar Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Hall-All Contracting Morgan Leah Organics Noel Russell Plumbing P & V Humphrey Fencing Northern Valleys Directory Northern Valleys News Shire of Chittering Watson Impact M’ment


Bindoon Arts and Crafts Catholic Agricultural College Chittering Landcare Group Golden Grove Orchards and Tea Rooms Hotel Scottalian Orchard Glory Farm Resort Peace Be Still Restaurant Bite Windmill Farm

After 16km follow the signs for parking, walk 250m to venue.

45 mins from the East: Toodyay, Avon Valley West on Julimar Rd

Left at the T-junction onto Chittering Rd (Upper Chittering) Left after 11.5km to remain on Chittering Rd


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Thank You! A wish come true

fun fitness

By Clare Priddle

Lauren and Holly have autism (as does their brother Brodie) as well as a condition called leukodystrophy. Because of this they require wheelchairs which are much too big to fit into our sedan.

Bindoon over 50’s Exercise Group Meets every Friday at 9am at the Bindoon Hall. Laz Rabin 0412 911 193

Lauren’s wheelchair had to come apart, which often caused issues on a wet rainy day. Holly’s would not fit in our boot as it was too large and we would often have to use one that was not supportive enough just to get her around.

Exercise class with Laz Fridays 10.30- 11:30 at the Bindoon Hall Laz Rabin 0412 911 193

Calingiri Community Gym Open 24/7, contact 9628 7004

LIMP LIMP football 6pm Gingin Thursday night

Group Exercise Class Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm at Chequers Golf Club, Bullsbrook Ph: Rachael 0428 720 005

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Make A Difference WA was made aware of our transport situation and took on our plight. On the 8th of July their patron Justin Langer presented us with the keys to a 2010 Toyota Hiace that had been renovated to suit the girls needs to perfection. The generosity does not stop there.

Thursdays 8:30am at Clune Park, Bindoon Ph Barni Norton 0419 964 909

In a few weeks Bindoon Men’s Shed will be renovating our carport so the Hiace can be safely housed, and we can transfer the girls into the van easier with a ramp at the front door.

Tex Lower Chittering Wed 9-10am with Judy Dennis (See ad below)

Zumba - Bullsbrook Tuesday 7.30pm, Lower Chittering Hall Contact: Roberto 0418 640 840

Zumba - Gingin “New” Fun Zumba Fitness class Mondays 5.30pm Granville Hall Gingin $10 per class. 041 919 2511

Should your class be here? Please email to Jackie@ or Phone: 0419 045 783

Men’s Shed (and Arlene Carter). But it also includes Thrifty for providing the van to Make A Difference at a discount; Justin Langer and the WACA for their time; The Independent Living Centre for helping get us a grant quickly to help with the costs; and TL Engineering for modifying the van so quickly to our needs. The generosity and care that each of these people/companies have shown, has made our lives much easier. We are not getting wet trying to put wheelchairs together and are now able to go out as a family because the girls have supportive wheelchairs that are appropriate for their needs and a van to fit them in. You may never know to the full extent just how much you have helped our family, but I certainly will never forget as I will remember each time I look out the window and see our van just how many people worked to make this possible.

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

Men’s Shed are donating their time, and Make A Difference have funded the supplies. So many wonderful people have worked to make this possible and I want to say thank you to each of them. This includes Make A Difference WA and Bindoon

Sports Taping and Injury Prevention Workshops The Shire of Moora, through the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme and in partnership with the Shires of Chittering and Victoria Plains, has secured funding through the Department of Sport and Recreation to deliver sports taping and injury prevention workshops in Moora, Calingiri, and Muchea.

Lower chittering COMMUNITY HALL WednESDAYS 9.00-10.00am



STARTS WedneSDAY 14th August 2013! For more information contact Anna Jamieson, Be Active Coordinator on 96510000, Email:

The three hour workshops have already been delivered in Moora and Calingiri with positive response, and will take place at the Muchea Recreation Centre on Tues 20th August from 5.15pm by Sports Medicine Australia. The workshops will focus on strategies for injury prevention, as well as teaching participants how to tape joints for support, stability, and performance. Workshops will commence with a one hour injury prevention interactive presentation, followed by two hours of sports taping relevant to ankles, thumbs, knees, and potentially shoulders as well as information on other common sporting injuries. Sports Taping and Injury Prevention workshops are targeting winter sporting clubs such as football, netball, and hockey, however summer sporting clubs, athletes, and general community members from within the Shire of Chittering and surrounding districts are welcome to attend. The workshop will cost just $10 per person, and places are limited to 30 participants, so please register in advance. It is anticipated that the delivery of these workshops across the Shires of Chittering, Moora, and Victoria Plains will aid sports clubs, recreational athletes, and community members to participate in and promote safer sporting practices, and therefore manage and prevent injuries.



Chittering Physiotherapy cd (Tuesday and Thursday)

Chittering Community Health Centre Great Northern Hwy, Bindoon

Phone: 0427 198 278 Judy Dennis

BSc PT, Grad Dip PT, Dip PT

Spinal Pain Rehabilitation Arthritic Pain Skeletal Problems Muscle Dysfunction Ante Natal Education Coordination Problems Respiratory Conditions Neurological Conditions Western Health Clients Sports Injury Rehabilitation Hand Injury Rehabilitation Paediactric Development Delay Plastic Surgery Rehabilitation Diabetes and Exercise Education Continence Advice and Assistance Over 55 Exercise Classes

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Rural stoicism is poor for survival

Rural Australians are often too stoical, macho or optimistic to seek medical help, leading to poorer cancer survival rates, finds the WA study recently published in the Family Practice Journal. Detailed interviews with cancer patients from regional WA found that stoicism meant severe and continuous symptoms were often self-managed. This included putting up with severe and long-term symptoms and rearranging lifestyle to accommodate these symptoms instead of seeking help. Lead researcher from University of Western Australia, Professor Jon Emery says they were amazed at the things country people would put up with compared to people in the city. “It’s a real worry” says Professor Emery. “The rural stoic male is celebrated as an Australian icon, but wanting to be perceived as tough or macho can have major consequences on their health.”

The same study is what led to the creation of the Find Cancer Early campaign currently being piloted in the Wheatbelt until November 2013.

“Find Cancer Early is here not only to tell people what symptoms to look out for, but also to help people get past some of those attitudes which stop them going to the doctor when something isn’t quite right” says Find Cancer Early Project Officer, Karen Hansen. If you are over 40 and have coughed up blood or had blood in your pee once off tell your doctor. You should also tell your doctor if you have had any of these symptoms for more than 4 weeks: blood in your poo; problems peeing; looser poo (diarrhoea); unexplained weight loss; an unusual pain, lump or swelling anywhere in your body; becoming more short of breath; or a persistent cough. Having these symptoms doesn’t mean you have cancer – often they turn out to be something less serious, but it’s important to tell your doctor. More information is available at:

National Health & Physical Education Day National Health & Physical Education (H&PE) Day will be held on Wednesday September 4th 2013. This follows on from the successful inaugural day in 2012. The aim of National H&PE Day is to promote the importance of health and physical education in the Australian Curriculum and highlight the importance of H&PE to the learning and development of children and young people.

Coping with Chronic Pain We all suffer pain from time to time. Pain is an important signal that our body has been damaged in some way; and so attention is required to treat or remedy that damage. Pain can be acute, meaning that it comes on suddenly and lasts for a limited time, or it can be chronic, that is persistent and long lasting. Acute pain may only last a few minutes, but maybe hours, days or weeks; and it could be caused, amongst many other things, by insect bites, burns or broken bones. At best this pain is unpleasant, however when it becomes not only severe, but also chronic, it can all but destroy our quality of life. Coping mechanisms for chronic pain often involve the use of pain relievers; and various pain relievers are available which work in quite different ways from those pain relievers we would normally expect to use for acute pain. Some non medication treatments might also be helpful.

Of course, opioid analgesics aren’t the only option – nor even the best choice on many occasions. Simple pain relievers like paracetamol or the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines can be very effective when taken in the right dose. And medicines such as antidepressants, anti-epileptics, antispasmodics and steroids – medicines not normally associated with pain relief by patients and their families – are often the drugs of choice.

The Chronic Pain Australia website ( states that one in three Australians live, directly or indirectly, with chronic pain. And almost two thirds of these people suffering with chronic pain say it interferes with their daily activities.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a so-called Analgesic Ladder to help explain how pain relievers are best given. Your pharmacist can guide you through the steps. Ask also for the series of “pain reliever” Fact Card available from Bindoon Pharmacy.

The leading cause of chronic pain is reported to be related to injury – possibly sports injuries or car, work or home accidents. But sometimes the cause can’t be easily identified.

Thermalife cream is a product providing fast, effective relief of many muscular and arthritic pain and often provides benefit alongside traditional treatments. It is non-greasy and mildly scented and is on special at Bindoon Pharmacy during August for just $19.99.

Modern medicines work in several ways. They can prevent disease, cure disease or palliate (ie, reduce the severity of) the symptoms. The need for pain relief as a part of palliative care would seem quite obvious, but for many reasons pain relief is neglected or not provided in an effective way.

The Adidas School Fun-Run is the premier event being held on National H&PE Day in 2013 as an inclusive and fun way to get students active, whilst also providing an opportunity to showcase school commitment to active and healthy living and raise extra funding for your school in a healthy way.


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attention has been focussed on the benefits of the so-called opioid type pain relievers such as morphine. Most doctors and pharmacists have a very good understanding of the benefits of the opioid pain relievers such as morphine. However, there are still misconceptions in the minds of many patients, their families and carers. Used appropriately they are both safe and effective. Recently we have seen the development of a number of variations on the old morphine mixtures – preparations which are easier to take, more palatable and less likely to cause uncomfortable side effects. There are long-acting and sustained release tablets and capsules, as well as patches and lozenges in doses which can be individually tailor-made.

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walk in robe and ensuite including spa • Guest wing includes two large bedrooms • Large atrium with underground splash pool • Outdoor alfresco area, with stainless steel kitchen • Large laundry and storeroom • Extensive undercover areas adjoining the main residence with workshop and potential to add rooms • Commercial size 120 ft size shed and tool shed • Abundant water; bore, tanks and more.

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Renovation Rescue

Feature Property 244 Forrest Hills Parade, Bindoon $580,000 - $595,000


Secluded Grandeur Located in Bindoon town site this very large 5 bedroom home is waiting for a new family to love it just as much as its current owners. Farmers themselves, they moved to Bindoon to be closer to Perth (only 1 hour away) but still be in the country. They have meticulously maintained the property which has been cleared saving a few trees but is surrounded by beautiful natural bush. The 4.5 acre block is set far from the road and is nice and secluded.

The house itself consists of master bedroom with WIR & brand new ensuite, 4 large bedrooms opening out to an activity room, large study, separate formal sunken lounge and formal dining, kitchen/dining/living room, sunken games room with bar which opens out to alfresco area. The house has excellent flow and features large wood heater, ducted evaporative air conditioning plus split system air conditioning in main living areas. The best feature of the house is

Natalee said the project was driven by the need to incorporate their new swim spa, and increase their living space. After several quotes for the project, they chose to use Baigent Taylor from ‘Just Deck It’. They were impressed by the pictures on his website, and thrilled with the built outcome.

its high cathedral ceilings and exposed beams throughout the main living area, giving it an open, grand airiness feeling. The oversized shed/workshop is situated close to the house and has concrete floor, power and air conditioning. There are 10 solar panels to keep electricity costs down, a back up generator for the house, excellent sized veggie patch, compost pens, garden sheds, mixed netted orchard and scheme water.

The addition of a stunning timber deck has given Natalee and Malcolm Farrell’s house in Bindoon a facelift, and added value to their home. The huge outdoor extension has expanded the living space of the house by approximately 70 square meters, and showcases beautiful views of the valley.


Newly priced at $580,000 - $595,000 this property is worth every penny.

“Baigent was able to accomodate our changing plans, and made some good design suggestions” she said. “The timberwork is lovely and there was a high attention to detail which makes the finished deck very special.” With enjoying outdoor living spaces so important in our lifestyle the addition of a stylish deck it a valuable asset which can often be easily added to an existing home.

Agent: Liz Connell 0428 836 856

Just Deck It can be contacted on 0404 712 242

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Did you know there is a dedicated facebook page for classifieds in the Northern Valleys? It now has over 300 members and growing daily. It’s a great place to buy and sell locally.

Kangaroo Gully Rd, WANNAMAL $899,000 171 HA (422 ACRES) Attractive productive block 2 kms from Bindoon-Moora Rd close to Wannamal Club & townsite. Power, cottage & shed provide for weekend comfort or caretaker accommodation.

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Fully established farmlet. Grapes, cropping, sheep you name it, you can do it on this 50 acres. 70s brick and tile 3 bedroom home with B/G pool & outstanding views. Exceptional water supply from dam and bores with irrigated vineyard.

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Taking the head ache out of property subdivision Limestone Park recognises subdivision is not something that most property owners are willing to undertake themselves, especially when there are no guarantees of success, after committing to pay for consultants, surveyors, planners etc. Limestone Park can provide this new service all without charge unless and until the subdivision approval is obtained.

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Members only websites By Daryl du Plessis -

I recently setup a members only website for the Bindoon Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. The aim of the website is to provide a central place for communication between members, as well as track members details from an administrative point of view.

The Bindoon Museum is now on the Internet!

From modest beginnings, the Bindoon and Districts Historical Society has built a treasure trove of local history into a number of diverse collections which are on display in the Museum at the Brockman Centre.

So what does bigtent provide? First of all it provides a members only website where you can share photos, files, news and comments via forums. You can also have a classifieds section and a review section. To get members to join your group you need to send out an invitation. This is customisable and there are many options you can use to suit the group’s needs. You can choose the type of membership, such as fee paying or free, and you can choose whether a member needs to renew after a period of time, such as a year. Once you have invited your potential members, they will then fill in a registration form. You can customise the information they need to fill in as well as how they should share that information with other members and administrators. In addition to the user fields, the admins can also create administrative fields that provide more information about the members, such as a membership number. Bigtent are verystrict on how your privacy is handled and do not share member information with other parties. This is one benefit over sites such as Facebook. Having filled in the registration form, the administrator will need to approve the account and any fees that may be required. Fees can be paid through the bigtent site (with a percentage taken by Bigtent) or tracked offline manually (for e.g. for cash or cheque payments).

Event management is also easy to do on Bigtent. You can stipulate the usual fields such as time and place, but you can also manage RSVPs, delegate roles for people to signup to when they RSVP (such as catering, providing food or whatever you need). One of the issues with a group site like this is that members may not want to login to get to the information. Bigtent allows you to get all forum messages and also a daily digest of all the site activities emailed to you. This is customisable and if you prefer weekly emails, you can change these options within the email settings. Overall I found Bigtent to do most things I wanted.

With no underground fibre construction date even on the planning table for most of the Northern Valleys area, many of us are still using the reasonably effective but limited mobile USB wireless systems.

Whilst they are OK for emails and even surfing the web, downloading a movie, But now, some of Chittering’s rich or uploading large files such as images history is on view for the world to see is virtually impossible. The good news from the comfort of the home. Type in is that individuals and businesses who into your can prove that they are unable to get favourite Web Browser to catch a glimpse ADSL speed internet are eligible for an of the impressive range of artefacts that NBN satellite to be installed at their this Museum now holds. premises at a zero upfront cost, as part of Australian Broadband Guarantee.

I researched some options for the website and found to provide the most features at the best price (free). The site is supported by advertising and has recently been taken over by Other membership sites such as and charge a fee, but are reasonable in what they offer.

NBN ‘Interim’ Satellite Service for rural customers

This does not seem to be widely publicised, as I suspect the NBN would rather we waited for the ‘planned realisation’ of the ‘Long Term Satellite Service’ in 2015. However, the process is as follows;

Chittering tourism Update by Colleen Osborne

Each month we will have the work of a feature artist on display at the Visitor Centre and currently there is a range of work from local artist Shelley Higham and Barbara Swadling Shelley has chosen to display one of her portraits as an example of her portraiture ability, a seascape of acrylic and mixed mediums and an Ink on paper range of three drawings. Barbara’s work is a visual delight of shape and colour including two works of oil on canvas. Her other three pieces are a reflection of Barbara’s time spent teaching art in the Middle East. We also have a range of Shelley’s unique and colourful jewelry, including fresh water pearls, opal, and coral combined with sterling silver. It is certainly worth taking a look at these fine pieces of work from Shelley and Barbara, whilst the Centre does not have the best of facilities to exhibit such art we are supportive and excited to be involved with the artists of the district. Another exciting happening is the adoption of our new branding, with the blessing of the Shire of Chittering we now use their brand, by replacing the Shire of with the caption Tourism Chittering. It is colourful and modern with the major marketing benefit being the recognition of our beautiful district. Check out the new look website,, with the gorgeous colours of our new logo, fresh and colourful photographs and up to date information for intending visitors to the area.

1) Ring two different service providers and get them to verify that they are unable to provide ADSL at your home/office - and for what reason. (usually inadequate infrastructure) 2) Ring the NBN network, on 1800 687 626 with the above information and they will issue you a formal document stating your eligibility. 3) Ring one of the service providers offering the NBN satellite service see - get-an-nbn-connection/certifiedservice-providers/satelliteservice-providers.html and provide the above document. You can then open an account, and if all goes according to plan - a satellite will be installed at your premises. Iinet is currently offering 20GB plan for 49.95 per month, under a 24month contract.

Connecting our Business Community

Started in 2010, the Chamber brings Chittering business owners together through regular communications and

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Private health insurance rebate & Medicare levy surcharge Individuals and families on incomes above the Medicare levy surcharge thresholds, who do not have an appropriate level of private patient hospital cover, may be required to pay Medicare levy surcharge for any period during the year that they did not have this cover. Medicare levy surcharge is in addition to the 1.5% Medicare levy. Private health insurance rebate is an amount that the government contributes towards the cost of your private health insurance premiums. From 1 July 2012, your eligibility to a private health insurance rebate will depend on your income for surcharge purposes. You can either receive this rebate up-front through a reduction in the cost of your premiums from your insurer or in the form of a rebate when you lodge your tax return. The private health insurance rebate and Medicare levy surcharge have been subject to income testing against new income for surcharge thresholds since 1 July 2012. There is no change to increases for additional dependent children after the first or exemptions that may apply to your circumstances. Income for surcharge purposes is not the same as your taxable income. For example your income for surcharge purposes would also include: •

Reportable fringe benefits, as reported on your payment summary

Net investment losses, both net rental property losses & financial investment losses

Reportable super contributions, including reportable employer super contributions and deductible personal super contributions

For Tax Time 2013, if you have private health insurance: •

each adult covered on a policy will receive an annual tax statement from their insurer to complete the tax return

you will be entitled to a share of any rebate, based on share of the total policy payments.

at informative networking events. The Chamber also provides support and development opportunities such as the E-workout and member facilitated activities. New Members Welcome!

CCC AGM Phone: 0419 043 960


Address: P O Box 292, Bindoon WA 6502

What to do now; •

if you have private health insurance and receiving your rebate directly from your insurer, ensure they are calculating your rebate entitlement correctly now to avoid any tax debt later.

to avoid any Medicare levy surcharge for 2014 tax time, ensure you have the necessary private hospital cover now.

contact your local Accountant if you are unsure if you are affected.

Wednesday 28th August Facebook: Chittering Chamber of Commerce Muchea Stockyard

$50 members / $60 non-members. Includes guest speaker & dinner RSVP by Wed 21st August:

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


The content of this article is information only and is not offered as advice. Readers are encouraged to consult a Registered Tax Agent to obtain advice tailored to their particular circumstances.

Northern Valleys News august 2013


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Tuss Concrete wins a Golden Trowel by Jackie Shervington

Local business Tuss Concrete has been awarded the most prestigious and sought after award in the concrete flooring industry, a Golden Trowel. Owners, Phil & brother Russell Jack, flew to Las Vegas to collect their winning Golden Trowel for their outstanding Wet Screed/Hand Screed project at their new Gingin Yard. They now have their sights on more Golden Trowels this coming year competing with the best internationally. We caught up with Phil to hear the story of Tuss Concrete and to encourage him to come along and be the guest speaker for the Chamber of Commerce AGM on 28th August. The brothers started the business in Bindoon, about 10 years ago at their parents property but due to some local concerns the business was relocated to Gingin’s industrial area in 2011. Phil and Russ had assisted their father concreting from a young age, the idea that one day they would buy a small local concrete mould business and turn it into one of WA’s biggest concrete business and winning a Golden Trowel was not unreasonable. But it certainly wasn’t a guarantee. In his late teens, Phil went off to pursue a career in personal training, a path that developed many other life skills. As Phil recalled the experiences it was clear even

from a young age he had a business mind for efficiency and maximizing output. He could probably take up any business and make a success of it. Phil quickly

discovered there was a ceiling as to what he could make and so went looking for a business to own. He tinkered with network marketing and in the process he discovered the importance of how to run a business.

apprenticeship program for concreting he personally takes on the task of training. Our crew and ability to do a good job is only as good as weakest link so we are still very involved in production at a physical level.

Phil recalls a mentor from herbal life, who introduced me to Robert Kyowsaki books, “Rich Dad Poor Dad”. ”The books made so much sense - business success was not just your skill base and school smarts but your desire, drive and focus on job at hand.

Tuss Concrete employs about 90 people with offices in Wangara, Gingin and Tom Price with projects across the state from Tom Price to Port Hedland to projects at the international airport, ECU Joondalup, and many more projects across Perth. You can understand why they call him “flat out Phil”.

“When we started Tuss Concrete, from day one I was looking at the business to see if it would make money, using the knowledge I had read in so many books. I used to make new charts every month, teaching myself how to use excel. Knowing what was and wasn’t profitable. Now we have staff to do it, but my brother and I still regularly analyse the numbers”. Phil and Russell are still very ‘hands on’ in the business. Phil shares that as there is no trade qualification or


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Phil believes their pursuit of perfectionism is why so many builders are selecting Tuss to do complete their projects. “We are always pushing for perfection, and fine craftsmanship”. A worthy goal when one considers the humble slab, as Phil shares, “Is at the corner-stone of a high rise building.” When creating their own warehouse at Gingin, perfection was critical. They needed the flattest possible floor to create precast concrete. A few micro-millimeters could make all the difference. This pursuit of excellence and drive is noticeable throughout the Tuss Concrete business philosophy. It is inspiring stuff. At the Chittering Chamber AGM, Phil has offered to speak about what he believes is key to a successful business, and share his views on positive thinking and taking calculated risks. He also offers some sound business economics to any business around removing fear barriers and reinvesting in the business. I would recommend all business owners in the region to make time to attend this rare opportunity to hear Phil speak. On a final note, I should add, I can’t promise he’ll be there - being the perfectionist he is, if there is an important flat floor job on that night, he has warned me he might be chasing another golden trowel.



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PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas Committees. Don’t you love ‘em! It’s virtually impossible to conduct any form of business in the Western world without getting involved with a committee in some form or other. In fact, the more or less democratic bits of the western world, are really just big committees. We are all born committee members! If we manage to keep breathing for eighteen years, we can register to vote and automatically join the committee supposed to be running the show - The People; as in “We, the People.....” This entitles us to elect spokespersons who join another big committee called the government and who then really run the show. It also allows us to join various other committees to run the bits of the show that the government can’t find time to manage, doesn’t understand, or simply can’t be bothered with - and that adds up to lots of stuff - and so we end up with lots and lots of committees – all helping decide how stuff should be done. Of course, not all committees are actually called committees! We use other names for the same creature. Panel, commission, jury, caucus, thinktank, council, working group, or, in extreme cases, soviet, conclave, junta or gang! They are groups of people gathered for some particular purpose, as opposed to individuals acting alone. They are the living proof that we live in a democratic society. And they are also a classic example of the confusion and contradictions that stem from being democratic. You see, in theory, democracy is all about protecting the rights

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and freedoms of the individual. Surely that’s a good thing. But wait! Democracy is also about ruling by the will of the majority; and that seems like a good thing too! Obviously conflict is inevitable if we try to do it all. And in a democracy the normal response to conflict is to form a committee. First we will need a steering committee to fix the terms of reference for the proposed committee; then we can elect a committee, preferably with powers to form sub-committees to undertake specific tasks. The subcommittees will feed their results into the committee, which will weigh matters, debate the issues, ponder and pontificate, and eventually arrive at a conclusion. Based on this conclusion a course of action will be plotted. Round about now the majority of the committee members will stick up their hands and be counted, - and then go home for their tea. The People will have spoken - and a few intrepid individuals will be left to make it all happen. Thus has it ever been. The People decide but people do. Pioneers and explorers; heroes and champions; shakers and movers; wheelers and dealers; these are the people that get stuff done and they are marked by their uniqueness. We are constantly reminded that individuals are less important than the community as a whole, but deep down, few of us really believe it. We prefer to see ourselves as rugged individualists. And why not? It is our personal deeds that we pride ourselves upon, rather than our role as just one of a crowd. So it should be. After all, who amongst you has ever heard of anybody erecting a statue of a committee? Thanks for your time.

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Sat Vigil: St Catherine’s Gingin 6pm (Constable Street) Sunday: St Anne’s Bindoon 7.30am (6549 Great Northern Hwy) Bullsbrook Shrine-Church 9.30am (9am Rosary) Immaculate Heart College, 34 Santa Gertrudis Drive, Lower Chittering Sunday 5pm Mass.











Benedictine Monastery, New Norcia 9654 8018 Parish Priest: Abbot John Herbert OSB


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Bible Study 9.30am to 10.30am, Divine Service 11am to 12 noon every Saturday, Bindoon


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Christian Fellowship (9576 1326) CWA Hall, Turner Road, Bullsbrook Worship Service every Sunday 10am The Uniting Church (Marian Crew, 9575 1357) Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday 10am Gateway Church (0437 411 227 or 9571 8238) Pickett Park Hall, Sundays 10am Christian Fellowship nondenominational worship. (Jac 0412873447)

Gingin Christian Fellowship, Cnr. Brockman & Robinson Streets, Gingin. Meeting: Every Sunday - 10 am Sunday School available All welcome Ph: Barry & Alison - 9575 3089 or Judy - 9577 2938

We welcome your local community events. Please email to Jackie@

or Phone: 0419 045 783

Talk to a mate!! Warriors Wellbeing

• Tel: (08) 96 902 277 • Email: • Web:

The message we give in everything we do is ... before it all gets too much... Talk to a Mate or talk it over. It is important for us to talk about issues in our life or tell our story so we can realise we are not alone and that it is safe to do so. As blokes we quite often isolate ourselves and we go into our cave and don’t talk to anyone about our stuff. Now that’s all right, as long as we remember to come out of the cave. One of the problems is we don’t identify who our true mates are in the good times, this then leads to isolation and loneliness which are often precursors for other wellbeing issues. Who are our Mates? We say as blokes we have three broad categories of mates to talk to about our stuff or tell our story to. These usually come under the categories of a mentor, a partner and a peer. These mates are quite often different than the associates or the mates that we play sport with and/or socialise with. Personally I think I am lucky because my wife is my best mate and I still have a mentor category in my old man

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Tony Webb, former Chittering Times Editor Walk on the wise side Proverbs 13 v 20 “He who walks with the wise, grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm” I always nursed an ambition to be a published author, I was sixty five when at last I achieved the dream. In my chosen field there were many companions who were also “would be” writers. They were always critical and negative to the efforts of others, including myself. When my first book


who is my other mate. Think about the blokes you know that have no one to talk to! What is the benefit of talking to a Mate? It’s about sharing your story, and the value there is in realizing that there are other men experiencing the same things, (no matter what the issue) I have never met a bloke yet that hasn’t wanted to tell his story. Sometimes we just need the right environment! The Men’s Shed movement in Australia and particularly here in WA provides a very important conduit for men to both meet and talk. Their vision is “a safe place for all men.” Part of this is providing a suitable environment for men to meet and chat. Ask three times if concerned! If you have a gut feel that someone you know is not travelling well ask them how they are going, more than once! We can all be that mate to someone at some time, most often it is as simple as listening. Talk to a mate!! It will help. Cheers Owen and The Team at RMHI

was published there was all round condemnation from this group. I was discouraged until I had a call from one of the top sports writers in Australia. He wanted to buy a copy of my book. (I would have given him one) This wise man came back with a glowing appraisal of my work and words of encouragement. From then on as I walked with the wiser men I gained in wisdom and confidence. Another famous man told me that when he was on the way up and attended dinners and function he always positioned himself near the most learned people. The men I had been in awe of gave me hope, those at the bottom of the rung did not. To walk with wise men is real to me. Northern Valleys News august 2013


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

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Raising Expectations Early years learning provides the foundation of all learning at school. Bindoon Primary School is working hard to ensure all children are set up for success in learning from a very young age in several ways. First, a pre-kindergarten program is now held one day a week, after running half a day week in semester one. The children who attend are more prepared for kindergarten in that they understand school routines, have better socialisation skills and have established friendships by the time they start kindergarten. If anyone is interested in their pre-kindergarten child attending please contact the school on 9576 1097 or . Second, the school contracts Therapy Focus to undertake full speech pathology screening for all kindergarten children every year. Speaking and listening are foundational to all learning and the school believes this is an important investment in children’s learning. The speech pathologist provides a full report on each child and works with teachers to make sure the learning program incorporates each child’s learning needs. Parents have access to their child’s report. Third, from the beginning of term 3, children in all kindergarten to year 3 classes are doing ‘warm ups’ at the beginning of literacy and numeracy lessons each day. The ‘warm ups’, which take up to 30 minutes, involve children learning the ‘basics’ such as times tables, grammar, phonics, counting and spelling. The children can be chanting, dancing, singing raps or even playing air guitar! This approach is similar to the way many older community members would’ve been taught, and already the school is amazed at how much children are learning. Bindoon Primary School has adopted ‘warm ups’ as it is a proven method to raise student achievement levels in literacy and numeracy in some of the nation’s most successful schools. Students enjoy this fast paced, fun way to learn.

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NAIDOC Celebrations at CACB

Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon students from years 7 to 12 celebrated NAIDOC Week with a variety of activities leading up to a trip to New Norcia. Students participated in some general knowledge quizzes about Indigenous culture and famous Indigenous people Students enjoyed painting, music, tool making by a camp fire and making humpies from sticks. Several groups also went through the Prendiville room where they were able to wear a kangaroo skin coat and were able to develop an understanding of life for Indigenous people before settlement. A barbecue lunch was provided for students, staff and parents with the whole group participating in a walking tour of New Norcia to conclude the day.

Teachers are confident they will see massive improvements to children’s learning

Amy Coombe visit’s cacb Catholic Agricultural College year 7 to 11 girls were privileged to have a visit from Amy Coombe Amy recently presented at the Northam Youth Forum and has also appeared on Today Tonight in the last month. Amy’s presentation included a number of topics including self-esteem, confidence, self-harming and selfempowerment. Her presentation was passionate and the girls were extremely engaged and encouraged by Amy’s story. Amy herself is a survivor of teenage anorexia, depression and the onset of self-harming. She is passionate about making a difference and assisting to build a future generation of men and women who are confident in their own skin. Amy will continue to support our students through email and Facebook which she mentioned on the day. The students were very grateful for Amy’s presentation and a number of them have already contacted her about her story.



Local Traders


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or PO Box 46 Bindoon 6502

Instructor Debbie Wright Contact 0422 418 764

We do: Sports Clubs, Pubs, Halls Shire offices, shops, houses & more Call Adam & Kelly Shields Office: 08 9575 1000 Ph or Txt: 04 5757 8807 or 04 2910 4760 E:

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All General Plumbing & Gas. Maintenance, Repairs & Septic systems Free quotes • Prompt Service

Ph/Fax: 9576 1067 Mob: 0428 929 906

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

• All Plumbing and Gas • New Housing and Renovations • ATU Septic Systems • Solar Hot Water Chris and Michelle Ellyard 0414 922 456 or 0418 933 198

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maintenance and repairs to•all private powerlines Waxing/Tinting electrical services. •and Manicure/Pedicure

offer design, • Supply and installation of newBurke privateElectrical overhead Services powerlines. • Facials/Peel • New underground installation maintenance and repairs to all • Special Occasion Make-up power supplies. • Repairs, maintenance, upgrades to existing powerlines and poles. • MISMO Skin Care• Range available and electrical services. Straightening and stabilising ofprivate existingpowerlines poles. and crossarm inspection.• Supply and installation of new private Ph: 9576 0170 for• anPole appointment. – underground conversions. overhead powerlines. Open Wednesdays• &Overhead Thursdays. • Tree trimming over or near powerlines. • New underground power supplies. • Meterboard replacement and upgrades. • New power supplies to houses, pumps,and lighting poles,of existing poles. • Ssheds, traightening stabilising workshops. • Pole and crossarm inspection. • Lighting poles and lights for: Horse/equestrian arenas, sporting facilities, tennis courts,conversions. truck • Overhead – underground unload areas, carparks. • Tree trimming over or near powerlines. • Pump installation and repairs. • Trenching. • Meterboard replacement Contact: 0417 and 923upgrades. 775 city – rural – regional remote 3169 • Lighting – poles and lights for:ECHorse/equestrian arenas, sporting facilities, tennis courts,etc

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• Pump installation and repairs. • Trenching.

Contact: 0417 923 775


Rural Fencing Phill & Vicki Humphry 460 Hart Drive, Chittering 6084

Ph 9576 1050 Mob 0427 761 050


Teena Leuba Bowen Therapist

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Teena Burke Leuba Electrical Services offer design, installation Beautician

Injury, Pain & Stress Relief

Ph: 9576 0170 for an appointment. Open Wednesdays & Thursdays

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Free Quoting 24hr service Blocked drains New houses Maintenance

Noel Russell Ph: 043 996 6449 or 9576 1687

Barni Norton

Remedial Therapist& Personal Trainer

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

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Skip Bins

BINDOON painter Professional House & Commercial Painting Interior & exterior Contact for free Quote

Mr Skip Bins 2 & 4 m bins available Also specialising in Scrap Metal Cleanup Cars Trucks Tractor

Phone for Obligation Free Quote 0418 685771

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For those ‘little’ things. Bindoon & surrounding areas

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

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Your Local Carpet & Tile cleaning Registered Tax Agent Specializing in

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For that personal touch hire a classic hearse for your funeral

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Funeral cars

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CANDIDATE INFORMATION FORUMS GINGIN Wednesday, 21 August 2013 Shire Administration Centre 7 Brockman Street, Gingin Commencing 6:00 pm

Phone: 9576 0033

Open: Mon to Fri ~ 8.30 to 6pm Saturdays ~ 9am to 4pm & Sundays ~ 10am to 2pm On the Corner of Great Northern Hwy & Spice Road

“For that creative touch”

John Glover

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



transport services

• Tilt Tray & Small Freight Specialists • OLD CARS REMOVED

John & Gail Milner Mobile 0427 875 447 Tel 9655 0020

Coo-ee 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.

Mobile 0400 210 274 Bus Ph 9571 2551



Ph Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783



Public Notices

Local Traders

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

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reach customers in your area The Northern Valleys News is over two years old now, and has an established local following. With a distribution of 3500, The Northern Valleys News has an estimated readership of over 7000 people, and covers the areas of Bindoon, Bullsbrook, Calingiri, Chittering, Gingin, Muchea, Mooliabeenie, New Norcia, Regans Ford and Wannamal.

(Note *new rates commencing August 1st) Full Page $995 Half Page $510 1/4 page $260 1/8 page $130 Trade Ads $120 for 6 months or $200 for 12 months Ph Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783

LANCELIN Wednesday, 28 August 2013 Shire Agency Office Vins Way, Lancelin Commencing 6:00 pm

Bindoon Arts and Crafts Bindoon Basketball Bindoon Bowling Club Bindoon and District Ag Society Bindoon Community Progress Association Bindoon Districts Historical Society Bindoon Men’s Shed Inc.

Bindoon Sporting and Rec Assn

Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 8pm at Chinkabee. Gail Smith

Bindoon P and C Assn

Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bindoon Primary School Staff room, Gordon Houston Meets every Friday at Chinkabee 9.30am-12pm Belinda Martin Ros Maindock George Ferguson Lois Jones (President) Joy Askew (Secretary) Colin Clarkson (Captain) Dave Mann (Secretary) Meets Mon nights in the Town Hall from 7-9pm Yvonne Press Alex Douglas Meets 1st Wed every second month at 7pm in the Fire Station Catherine Choules Shaley Rory Bennett John Thompson (President) 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

Bindoon Play Group Bindoon Range Pony Club Bindoon RSL Bindoon Retirees Bindoon Rifle Club

If you are thinking about nominating as a Candidate for the 2013 Shire of Gingin Local Government Elections, then come along to one of the planned Candidate Information Forums Both Forums will include presentations by the Shire’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Edwards and representatives of the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Attendees will gain an insight into the Shire of Gingin and the electoral process and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. You will also have the opportunity to speak to current Councillors (Councillor Alan Alderson at the Gingin Forum and Councillors Jan Court and Bob James at the Lancelin Forum) and find out what to expect as an elected member of the Shire of Gingin.

Please contact Lee-Anne Burt Governance Officer, at the Shire of Gingin on (08) 9575 2211 (ext. 121) or email emcspa@gingin. to register your interest.

Bindoon Sing Australia Bindoon Theatre Group Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Bullsbrook Neighbourhood Centre Bullsbrook Football Club (Seniors) Bullsbrook Senior Citizens Chequers Golf Club Chittering Visitors Centre.... Chittering Scout Group Lower Chittering Valley Progress and Sporting Assn Chittering Junior Football Club Chittering Junior Cricket Club Chittering Wildlife Carers Inc Country Women’s Association Chamber of Commerce Gingin Arts and Crafts Group Gingin/Chittering Lions

Results of Raffle drawn 7/713 1st Prize: Handcrafted Jarrah Coffee Table won by: Ticket no 32 Kelsie Davis 2nd Prize : Handcrafted Jarrah Photo Frame

for sale 2 small alpacas (sw), 12 months old. Have bonded so must go as a pair. Wethered and IAR registered. They are very gentle. Wonderful pets & grass munchers. Please phone 0427 133 087.

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Dave Barnes Ian Hall

9571 8686 0419 042 455

Ian Claxon Ann Graham (injured wildlife) Louise Bewick ( Sec) Meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the CWA rooms at 10.00am

0409 087 917 9576 1010 9571 8669

Carolyn Cover (President) Jackie Shervington Pres Angela Anspach Secretary Irene Dewar email: 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

9571 0263 0419045783 0419 043 960 0427 752 348

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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

Gingin Football Club Gingin Pensioners Social Club

9575 2245

Gingin P & C Assoc Lower Chittering Cricket


Open each morning Sunday-Friday (Closed Saturday) Market last Sunday each month Jenny Brown Carolyn Chadwick Sandra Clarke Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Society Office, northern end of oval. 7.30pm 3rd Tues of month in Ag Society Rm. Rin Rutherford (Pres) Lance Stagbouer (Secretary) Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 2pm in The Museum- Don Gibson First and third Tuesday at the Museum 10.00am to 1.00pm Rex Thorpe John Williams

Lower Chittering Hall and Tennis Court (Bookings) Muchea Senior Cricket Club Muchea Netball Muchea Judo Club Inc Muchea Vol Bushfire Brigade

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

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Shane Angel Fran Bryant Meets every Tues at Muchea Hall Ann Peter Hall, Secretary

Pearce Community Toy Library

Open Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am

South Midlands Polocrosse Club

Jenny Hall

South Midlands Pony Club

Kay Kavanagh

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Do we have your club here? Are the contact details correctly listed? If not please let us know so we can update this list asap! email or call 0419 045 783

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WAFL 15s Country Championships

Youth Leadership Program

Perth was once again the place to be for the WAFL Junior Country Football Championships held from July 11th – 14th with an abundance of talent on display from the Midlands Football region.

At the recent Broncos sponsors night amongst the awards and recognition was the selection of three junior members into the Swans District leadership program. The Swans District Football Development Council (SDFDC) has identified the need to attract a broader demographic to the game of Australian Football. The SDFDC in partnership with 1Life, Progress Developments, West Australian Football Commission and WA Police intend to develop a program geared towards preparing future leaders. The program is designed to provide boys and girls, aged 13 to 17 with access to the junior community club pathway in the Swans District through the delivery of a series of professional development sessions aimed at providing them with the necessary life skills to succeed as leaders in their respective communities. The program will feature a unique blend of theoretical and practical sessions based on the

Joel Taylor, Nic Groom and Mitchel Brown.

elements of team building, mental health, youth crime and consequences, nutritional awareness, mentoring and leadership. The Program provides participants with the leadership skills and knowledge to be the difference. The program will give the selected group a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with leaders, from both within and outside the football world, to develop a wide range of leadership skills. Program graduates will walk away with the knowledge and skills in leadership to have an impact on their peers and their community.

Myths and Facts about sucide

Heath Black When: Tuesday, 27 August 2013. 10am – 12noon Where: Bindoon Museum (Brockman Centre)

Former Docker, Heath Black is coming to Bindoon to talk on his experiences with mental health and how he has managed to bounce back. The Bindoon Men’s Shed welcome all men (M15+) to join in and share in Heath’s life experience in managing depression. For more information please contact Mr John Williams on 0439 937 829. You can purchase Heath’s book “Black” by visiting

Rural Link: 1800 552 002 LifeLine: 131 114

MYTH: You have to be mentally ill or depressed to even think about suicide FACT: Most people have thought of suicide from time to time. People who think about suicide are in pain and unwell but may not have a mental illness MYTH: Suicides happen; Without any warning, Are spontaneous acts, People keep their suicide plans to themselves FACT: Studies show that about eight out of ten people give warning if they are intending to suicide. People do not often keep their suicide plans to themselves. When they do tell others, often the warning signs are not recognised MYTH: Only experts can prevent suicide FACT: Many people could die if someone is not on the spot to give emergency emotional first aid and support at a time of a suicide crisis. BUT professional help is important. Emotional first aid is the attention you give a person when they are having an emotional crisis – like having a safe talk and staying until professional help is available. Suicide prevention is everybody’s business MYTH: Once a person has made a serious attempt, that person probably won’t do it again FACT: People who have seriously tried to kill themselves are much more likely to die by suicide than everyone else MYTH: After someone I know has gone through a “low” time or a suicide crisis, I don’t have to worry anymore if they seem to get well quickly FACT: A sudden positive change in mood could mean two different things; The person has made a decision to continue living, Or the person

Suicide rates in rural and remote regions of Australia have risen over the past three decades, especially among men. seems to be at peace because they have decided in their own mind that suicide will stop the emotional pain. There is a risk that someone who may have been feeling deeply depressed is feeling less depressed and may now feel they have the energy to act on their suicidal thoughts. This is why ongoing support and linking to professional services can help MYTH: People who are suicidal want to die FACT: People who are suicidal feel confused and need relief from strong emotional pain, Many people with suicidal thoughts feel that part of them wants to live and part of them wants to die, What they do not want, is to live with the pain or isolation they are feeling right now MYTH: If someone asks me to keep their suicidal thoughts or plans a secret, I must keep that promise FACT: It’s not safe to keep this kind of secret, Explain to the person that you are taking what they say very seriously and you cannot keep this secret, You need to tell others in order to get help for the person, but you do not tell anyone who does not need to know, to protect the person’s privacy MYTH: People who talk about suicide are not serious about doing it FACT: · It is very important that everyone who says they feel suicidal be taken seriously · Many people who have suicide have told someone or acted as if life is not worth living · People who talk about suicide should be encouraged to talk further and seek professional help

The Perth FC Robert Wiley Country Academy with the support of the Midlands Regional Football Development Council and Perth Football Club compiled a squad of boy’s aged 14 and 15 years from within the Midlands region from as far away north as Dongara and south at York with the final team to represent the Perth football club country squad. The players endured a tough weekend of football playing against East Fremantle, South Fremantle and Claremont country squads in good conditions. The PFC Country Development Squad was extremely competitive over the three games and in the first game against Claremont the boys found themselves in a real battle early on and continued to battle away and put great ball pressure skills on the opposition. The second quarter was a real highlight with the team banging on 7 goals to take a good lead into half time. The boys continued their solid first half to eventually go on to win by 71 points. The next game was played against East Fremantle on Saturday July 13th and with the players feeling more comfortable with each other’s game style the boys put on a fantastic exhibition of quality team football and with their continued persistence kept themselves in the game at halftime to be down by 4 goals. After an inspiring halftime speech from coach Milton Milloy the boys came out firing to kick 4 goals to East Fremantle’s 2 points to be right back in the game at three quarter time. The final quarter was an outstanding display

of quality team football with the mighty Demons piling on another 4 goals to East Fremantle’s 3 points to eventually run out winners by 21 points. The final game was played at Brownes stadium, Lathlain park home of the Demons and the boys came out firing and had numerous shots on goal to kick 4 goals for the quarter. Team football was the order of the second quarter with the boys piling on another 5 goals to nothing to have a 62 point lead. After half time the boys had 24 shots at goal to only kick 8 goals 16 behinds to eventually run out winners by 89 points. The squad also gained accolades for their dedication, sportsmanship and behaviour on and off the field and should be congratulated on their efforts and achievements. I have no doubt that all players gained a great deal from the carnival and the Midlands Regional Football Development Council looks forward to following all the players football progress. Many thanks to the dedication of coach Milton Milloy and assistants in Jeremy Fisher, Ash Sanderson, Greg Hughes, Graham Taylor and Damien Leeson. To Marryanne Stan-Bishop and Chris Lloyd you both did a wonderful job and added a touch of professionalism to the squad program. Thanks to our runners in ex-players of the squad in Blair Southcott and Jackson Giles. Also thanks goes to Rod and Simon Tunbridge and the Perth FC for their continued support of this carnival. Results Perth 18.7 115 def Claremont 7.2 44 Perth best players: Kale Worth (Gingin), Roy McGuiness (Dongara), Corey Taylor (Gingin), Sam Perkusich (Dongara) Perth 13.8 86 def East Fremantle 9.11 65 Perth best players: Shannon Broad (Dongara), Jerard Taylor (Northam), Zac Fisher (York), Roy McGuiness (Dongara) Perth 13.24 102 def South Fremantle 2.1 13 Perth best players: Wade Southcott (Dalwallinu), Sam Perkusich (Dongara), Lachlan Dunkerton (Northam), Kale Worth (Gingin)

Winning all 3 games against Claremont, East Fremantle and South Fremantle. L to R Wade Southcott (Wubin) Kale Worth (Gingin) Corey Taylor (Wannamal), Olly Sanderson (Kalannie)


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TEX in Lower Chittering. The Shire of Chittering and the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme is taking health and fitness to Lower Chittering this winter, under the banner of TEX in Your Backyard. The TEX in Your Backyard initiative aims to increase access to resistance training and cardio exercise classes for people in small rural communities. Resistance exercises and weights training are imperative to maintain bone and muscle density, and are of particular importance to people over the age of 35 years due to the rapid decrease in bone and muscle density that comes with age. Participation in regular resistance and cardio exercise will help prevent the onset of illnesses such as osteoporosis, type two diabetes, heart conditions,

depression, some cancers, as well as decreasing risk of injury as a result of falls later in life and promoting long term independent living. TEX in Lower Chittering will commence on Wednesday 14th March at the Lower Chittering Hall from 9-10am each week for a period of ten weeks, and will cost a mere gold coin donation per person. Classes will be delivered in a circuit format by local Physiotherapist, Judy Dennis, and are suitable for people of varying ages and fitness levels provided they are over the age of 16 years. Make 2013 your year for better health, start working towards your health and fitness goals today, and reap the benefits of a happier, healthier you with TEX in Lower Chittering! Details see ad pg 16.

Be active holiday fun

The BeActive inflatable Human Fooseball offered a perfect escape on a wet and windy school holdiday. Tim from BeActive provided a perfect balance of fun and discipline as kids patiently took their turn to play a lively game of Fooseball. Girls and boys playing together of mixed ages in harmony. Any parents wish come true. I’m told by my children that it is way better than a bouncy castle and better than normal soccer because there are no ball hogs, each player must stay at their pole position.

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Horse Talk W.A. Gearing up for the Pony Club Australia National Championships

The 2013 Pony Club Australia National Championships will be held in Western Australia at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon from the 25th of September through to the 30th of September. The competition will see some of Australia’s best young riders converge to represent their states in Prince Philip Mounted Games, Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. This year sees a new format for the PPMG (Prince Philip Mounted Games) section of the Championships. It will see competitors ride their own horses for the very first time, instead of riding pooled horses supplied by the host state. At team selections earlier this year,

Chittering resident Rhys Browne (pictured above) and his horse Kenny were selected in the senior PPMG team. The selection comes on the back of a stellar twelve months for the pair and it will be Rhys’ fourth time representing WA at nationals for PPMG. He admits that he has had his sights set on the national Championships all year and that his selection on the team is a reward for all of the countless hours of hard work that he has put in.

Brook hunt news

The Brook Hunt has recently been invited to hunt properties from the Calingiri and Piawanning districts as well as enjoying a few meets at Watheroo. Many foxes have been seen ensuring some exciting chases for an enthusiastic field of riders and car followers. It is wonderful that we have tolerant farmers who (up to the last weekend) have endured such dry conditions to allow us access to their properties. For six weeks we have had the pleasure and wisdom of Pat Lynch, Huntsman from Ireland, who stayed at the kennels. Pat and his son Frank thoroughly enjoyed the Australian hunt scene and I am sure they will take home some indelible memories. Our season closing meet will be held at John & Helen Court’s picturesque property at Wooroloo on September 15th. For enquiries contact the Master 0410651162.

Tuesday 20th August 5.00—8.15pm Injury Prevention: 5.15pm Sports Taping: 6.15pm Sports Taping: This hands-on workshop will educate participants in the specific taping techniques to prevent injuries and help athletes return to play. Participants will develop an understanding of some common injuries and some of the general anatomy involved. Joint choices include: Ankle, Shoulder, Knee Injury Prevention: Participants will develop an awareness of the various skills and techniques to help in the prevention, assessment and immediate management of injuries. Workshops can be designed specific to your clubs sport. Topics Include: Strategies for the prevention of injuries, Warm Up’s, Stretching and Cool Down’s, Hydration and Physical Activity, Injury Assessment, Immediate Injury Management.


Half Halt is located in B u llsb ro o k on a lovely quiet 5-ac re p ro p ert y. We cater for individu al n eed s offering full board ag ist m en t an d short-term holiday ag ist m en t . If your going on holiday an d n eed your horse looked aft er as if it were our own, please co n sid er Half Halt.

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South Midlands Polocrosse Club Annual Tournament South Midlands Polocrosse club is hosting its annual tournament in Muchea on 24 and 25 August. Horses, players and spectators will travel from as far as Geraldton and Kojonup to compete in teams from A grade through to E grade. Games will begin 8am both mornings, with finals beginning around lunch time on Sunday. Spectators are welcomed to come and watch the action throughout the weekend! For those of you that haven’t heard of this fast paced game, Polocrosse is a team sport played on horseback, it combines the speed of polo, strategy & tactics of netball, the toughness of rugby and AFL, and the ball handling ability of lacrosse. Polocrosse is one of only 3 truly Australian sports, with it originating in 1939. Polocrosse is one of very few sports where families can play in the same team, age is no barrier.

South Midlands Polocrosse Club Annual Tournament 24th & 25th August 2013 Cnr Brand Hwy & Chittering St Muchea Catering & Beverages available all weekend Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a trailer and goods to the value of $3000! Proceeds will help raise funds to reticulate our grounds.

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Jack Cooper on Guess at the South Midlands Carnival 2012. Photographer Ashlee Martin

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