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Magnificent Mangos

By Tamieka Preston

Locally grown mangos are just weeks away from their peak, and the magnificent mango trees at Tony and Jenny Maddern’s Avalon orchard in Gingin are laden with slender green fruit. By mid February the fruit will reach maturity, with bulging cheeks and a gently rounded hook at the tip. Then, the Madderns and their crew of 12 helpers – mostly backpackers – will be hard at work maximising production during the three-week picking window. For Jenny, nothing compares to the taste of these southern grown Kensington Pride’s. “It takes 120 days for the fruit to mature here, and only 90 days up North, so the mangos have longer to develop their flavour – and the taste is to die for!”

The mango season in Western Australia starts in September with produce from Kunnurra, Broome and Carnarvon available throughout summer. ‘KP’ mangos grown in Gingin are the last of the season, and hit the shops as the tailend of the Carnarvon crop comes out of cold storage. In contrast to those grown up North, Gingin mangos are actually green when ripe. Trays of fruit are then ‘ripened’ using ethylene gas before sale in the supermarkets, which turns the skin colour to the consumer-expected gold, but shortens shelf life and can promote disease. From Tony’s perspective both as a grower, and also as chair of the Southern Mango Growers Association, he would prefer to see them presented as ‘Green southern mangos’ to help educate

consumers, and sell the fruit un-gassed. The couple bought Avalon orchard in 2007, after years of living in the Northern Territory, where Tony worked for the Government as a Horticultural Researcher. The property was already well established, with the majority of the 4500 mango trees well over 15 years old. They added to the diversity of the orchard by planting passion fruit and citrus. The abundant water enables the light sandy soils to be very productive, but with fruit prices ever diminishing, they still rely on their jobs off-farm as income. This year’s season has been kind, and whilst the six day stint of over 40ºC lowered the expected tonnage from 90 to 70, Tony is still concerned he will have more fruit than he can sell.

With prices at Canning Vale markets anticipated to be as low as $15-25 a tray, the $21 production cost leaves little margin for profit, and the Madderns are again faced with the dilemma of just what percentage of their crop they will pick this season, after leaving 45 ton of fruit to rot on the ground last year. In a bid to reduce the wastage and increase their bottom line, Tony and Jenny will offer trays of delicious treeripened mangos for sale at the Avalon orchard farm gate from mid month. Lucky passers-by on the Mooliabeenie Rd (opposite Riseborough) will be able to pick up a box of fruit for around $20 with up to 20 mangos in each tray it’s a locavore bargain. Make the most of the opportunity, while it lasts! COUNTRY PROPERTY EXPERTS COUNTRY PROPERTY EXPERTS We are pleased to announce the merger of two local independent real estate agencies

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Letters to the editor

Justices of the Peace Bindoon Lee Martin

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Walter Zemunik

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Chittering Bruce Rowley

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Lower Chittering Eric Schmidt

Happy Year of the Horse and welcome to our February issue of Northern Valleys News.


A big month for many as it signals the end of holidays, return from the coast to start a new school year or back to work on the farm.

Northern Valleys News is a community newspaper available FREE at local newstands. Circulation: 4000

Congratulations to all the citizen award winners on Australia Day - great to have so many wonderful people across our region.

Produced by: Jackie Shervington & Tamieka Preston Editor & Advertising: Jackie Shervington Phone: 0419 045 783 Email:

Thanks 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.

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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. We all share a similar passion for the semi-rural lifestyle and love the place we call home. To our new readers we hope you like this semi rural local paper that is a blend of lifestyle and rural interests. It is a feel good paper which is designed to uncover our community’s great secrets and treasures. Thank you to all our advertisers and to our editorial contributors. Tamieka and I do our best to deliver a “true” community paper and your assistance and financial support makes it all worthwhile.

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A pointless act took place at the Lower Chittering Hall on Friday 17 January. Thankfully, an anonymous caller reported a possible break-in to police advising that they had spotted a white ute at the Hall at 3am. The Police arrived at the Lower Chittering Hall to find it had been turned upside down and inside out, like a storm had swept through it. When I opened the door to the Hall the evidence of the delinquency lay in front of me. The windows and cupboards had been smashed with the contents removed and scattered all over the place. There was tomato sauce sprayed all over the place and graffiti on the walls. What frustrated me the most was how they had smashed the cupboards to smithereens. The destruction was pointless as they did not achieve anything financially from this. Their absurd and unnecessary destruction left the Hall in a disgusting state. There are so many people who have put a lot of time and effort into our community Hall so it was both frustrating and upsetting to see it in such a state. With the Australia Day Breakfast just around the corner it put more pressure on everybody to get things fixed to be ready in time. Cleaners had to be organised to clean the

Power Poles - who should maintain them? If you are a customer of the Water Corporation - they maintain their system up to your water meter. Western Power should do the same thing - maintain all wires and poles up to your power meter.

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Then the system could be kept in a reliable condition by experts and there would be less chance of a fire caused by faulty electrical equipment, because the average person does not know and can’t be expected to know, much about such things, it requires an expert with the know-how.

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hall of all the graffiti, tomato sauce and mess, plus the windows were replaced and cupboards repaired. Once in order the user groups got all their belongings back into boxes and packed away. The locals were very upset and disgusted about what had happened to their community building. Some expressed their opinions and got fired up on social media. They wanted the offenders to clean up the mess they had made, for them to be named and shamed, to be punished for what they had done. Thanks to the Gingin Police, the three offenders, Bullsbrook boys aged between 16 and 18, have been caught and charged, so hopefully justice will prevail. There has been a community Australia Day Breakfast at the Lower Chittering Hall for many years now. Thanks to the efforts of local community members and the Shire of Chittering this year’s Australia Day Breakfast was still able to go ahead. It turned out to be a fabulous morning with a very successful turn out. I hope that this event continues and that this is the last of any community locations to be vandalised. Kelly Rossouw, Lower Chittering resident

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The Bindoon Bakehaus is planning to put up new signage at the entry to the Bindoon Townsite. It will feature an eye-catching image to attract the attention of those passing by, and a cheeky slogan “Did you check out the buns at the Bakehaus” (see page 5) A clever play on words that will hopefully encourage tourists to come back again. If you have any comments please forward to bestpies@

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Chittering Inter Town Challenge Chittering residents have the opportunity to prove that their “town” is the best as part of the Chittering Inter Town Challenge, which will be held on Sunday 23 February 2014 at Edmonds Reserve in Bindoon, 10m – 2pm. The Chittering Youth Krew, sponsored by the Shire of Chittering and Lotterywest, are presenting this event which is open to all businesses, farmers, residents, youth 10 years and over. Entrants can compete as part of a team of four, or individually, to complete an obstacle course and claim cash prizes.

Bullsbrook to celebrate International Womens Day 60’s style This year is the 24th annual lunch for Bullsbrook women celebrating International Women’s day. Last year even the men got into the act working in the kitchen to make the day special for the many women some of whom have attended for 24 years (photo attached).

Saturday 15th Febuary Free Outdoor Movie Night – 5pm till late, Lower Chittering Oval Call Alison 9576 4600

Find out more on page 4! Or contact Council’s Club and Community Development Officer, Arlene Carter on 08 9576 4600 The luncheon will be held on Friday 7th March 2014 at the Bullsbrook Pavilion from 10:30 am. Last year it was a Roaring 20s dress theme and Maureen Rose, Marion Palmer and Kathy Crofts got into the swing (below). For further information and details: Information and bookings: Kathy Crofts 9571 1593

International Women’s Day is held to acknowledge efforts of women making a difference in their families’ and friends’ life whether doing the everyday tasks or the exceptional. 2014 will see ladies from Bullsbrook Chittering and surrounding areas celebrate with an old fashioned 60’s Rock and Roll theme.

Gingin District CRC Inc. and Gingin Community Bendigo Bank

are proud to invite community members to a lunch at C U @ Park to celebrate

International Women’s Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE

As well as a delicious lunch overlooking Gingin Park invited Author and international speaker Rabia Siddique will share some of her life experiences and her passion for social justice. Rabia is a Perth born lawyer and former soldier who was held hostage in September 2005 whist trying to negotiate the release of two kidnapped British SAS operatives. Rabia is an excellent speaker and a lovely lady to meet in person so make the most of this local opportunity.

Date: 8th March 2014 Time: 12 noon Price: $35.00

(CRC members recieve a 10% discount) Bookings and prepayment by 1st March is essen�al as there are a maximum number of seats. Please drop into the CRC Office at 1A Lily King Place Gingin (next to the Medical Centre) or phone 9575 1253 to make payment arrangments.

Kens Bull rides at Mogumber Tavern

Sunday 16th February Gingin Volunteers Day, Granville Park - see Gingin ad pg 6

International Womens Day Lunch, Bindoon welcomes Jennifer Porter Ladies of the Northern Valleys are invited to attend the annual NVNews International Womens Day Lunch on Thursday, March the 6th at the Bindoon Bakehaus.

The United Nations Women Australia’s theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is “Equality for women is progress for all”. It can be a simple exercise to spot inequality for women in many third world countries but the presence of inequality for women in our first world is more complex. It is a subject that sparks much emotion and often involves words like “balance” and “prioritise”. This pursuit of equality between men and women is something many of us hold dear and involves regular check-ins to ensure we have the balance right. To speak on the subject we are pleased to welcome Jennifer Porter, a talented lady in her own right but also the wife of Christian Porter who has an ambitious politic career ahead, to share her thoughts on this topic.

Saturday 22nd February Fencing workshop, see pg 12 Broncos Registration Day Chittering Football Club, 12-3pm See ad pg 27

Sunday 23rd February Inter Town Challenge - see more this page Chittering Farmers Market - 9am to 2pm, Edmonds Reserve. Call Dave 0417 984 194

Thursday 6th March Bull Sale Gingin NVNews Int Women’s Lunch

Friday 7th March Gingin CRC International Women’s lunch Bullsbrook International Women’s lunch

Sunday, 23 March Be Active Moora Triathalon

Enjoy a light lunch and a glass of Sparkling wine while we listen to Jennifer speak. Cost; $35 per head Time; 12 noon - 2.30pm Venue; Bindoon Bakehaus Bookings are essential, and seats are limited. Ph Jackie Shervington on 0419 045 783

The inaugural Bindoon Open Mic night is on from 7pm to 9pm on Friday 14th February at the Rotunda in Clune Park, Bindoon. This is an opportunity for people to perform music with other musicians or play their own music in an allocated time slot. This is open to all ages and talents. Bring your own instruments to play. PA, amplifiers, drums and keyboard will be provided. For more information check the facebook page or contact Barni Norton on 9576 1978.

The first night of the Autumn Series of Bull rides kicks off at Mogumber Tavern on Saturday 15th Febuary, at 6pm. Dont Miss it. Ph 9651 9044 for more info



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Saving lives and getting messy!

The gift of time

Chittering and Gingin parents recently attended two workshops full of information and fun held at Bindoon Playgroup.

Those who attended the official opening of Gingin’s Community Resource Centre (CRC) may recall a light hearted suggestion offered to Shane Love MLA to compensate for his late arrival with the gift of a clock.

The Infant Resuscitation Workshop was presented by St John Ambulance, and taught the basics of resuscitation, treating bites and stings, helping someone who is choking as well as treating cuts and abrasions. Thanks must go to Chloe and Renae Trembath who did a great job providing entertainment for the kids. Getting messy was on the agenda at the second workshop, presented by Senior Dietician, Nicole Rumsey. Parents learnt about basic nutrition, fussy eaters and staying healthy. Then they got their hands dirty helping their children build mini vegetable patches. Thanks to Bindoon Hardware and Rural Supplies and Amanda Oversby for their donations of seedlings, hay and compost. This year, Bindoon Playgroup, together with the Shire of Chittering are holding a program of workshops and seminars called the PROUD PARENTING PROGRAM (PPP), aimed at helping parents to contribute positively to their children’s education, social & physical development and psychological health and wellbeing. For more about the upcoming workshops, see the ad below right, or Call Alison Reliti on 9576 4600.

At the Neergabby Gingin Australia Day celebration Shane made good of that promise and won the hearts as he presented CRC Chairperson, Linda Balcombe, and Manager Carrie Edwards with a stunning metal cut-out clock created by local artist Crystal Pascoe.

Wannamal Bush Races Despite the smaller than anticipated crowd, the bush races at Wannamal to celebrate Australia Day, were a great success. Fascinators, sparkly hats, Australia Day ties, champagne and top hats were all part of the days dress. Set against a backdrop of gum trees, rustic tin and fencing, and a painted bush race scene, the enthusiastic gathering prepared their horses. With stickers, textas, colour coordination, artistic creativity and lots of laughter, the horses took on individual personalities. On a slow and hard track, the Wannamal Bush races began, the distance travelled determined by a throw of the dice. While the fillies dominated the race, some interference was observed on the corners. Top Knot Pigeon was the runaway winner with a nose, and a throw of the dice separating Dusty Perentie and Black Brumby. In the humid conditions, throwing the dice took its toll on the Chief Steward, who needed to call a halt to the race for several minutes for a breather.

luncheon of cold meat and salads, savoury damper, pavlova, fresh fruit and lamingtons. Nominees and Australia Day Award winners in both the Chittering and Gingin Shires were acknowledged. Koorunga CWA members were thrilled to be recognised for their community effort during 2013. The Wannamal Community Centre acknowledges the generous financial support received from the Chittering Shire which enabled the community to host such an event.

The jovial group of locals enjoyed a

CASH TO BE WON AT CHITTERING INTER-TOWN COMPETITION What is the challenge: Crawl under an army net for a short distance, do one somersault on the bungee trampoline (harnessed), a quick bucking bull ride (set on learners), through the inflatable obstacle, down the giant water slide, into the jelly pit, quick hose off by the Bindoon Fire Brigade then home. Team event 1st prize - $600 cash and a trophy for your town 2nd prize - $300 cash *Need to have minimum of one member on the team between the ages of 10 – 17 years old. If you want to borrow a teenager for the event just put that on the entry form and we will arrange it. Individual event 10 – 17 years event 1st prize - $200 cash plus a trophy 2nd prize – 100 cash 18 years + 1st prize - $300 plus a trophy nd 2 prize - $150 cash You do not have to be a fitness freak to do this challenge, so come on

and give it a go, guaranteed fun. It is preferred that you submit your entry form prior to 14 February 2014, however you can register on the day (need to get there early). Forms are available from the Shire offices, Bindoon Post Office, Bindoon Bakehaus or on the website (click on COMMUNITY then YOUTH), ring Arlene and she will email you one. What else will be there on the day Chittering Farmers Market Paddling pool for pre-schoolers Ice cream van, food and drinks Free Bouncy castle Free Airbrush tattoos Tables and chairs in the shade Between 2pm – 3pm free use of the water slide, bucking bull ride and bungee rock climbing. For more information, contact Council’s Club and Community Development Officer, Arlene Carter on 08 9576 4600 or cdo@

Proud Parenting Program “the first five years matter and last a lifetime”

2014 WORKSHOPS Parents should be proud of themselves! So the Shire of Chittering and Bindoon Playgroup, with assistance from the Bindoon Primary School, Wheatbelt Mental Health, Bindoon Sport and Recreation Association, Department of Local Government and Communities as well as WA Country Health Services want to show them why. Bindoon Playgroup together with the Shire of Chittering are holding a PROUD PARENTING PROGRAM of seminars. These seminars are designed to be a support for parents and caregivers by providing information and ideas in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Monday 24 February 2014 - Let’s Get Physical (RSVP - 14 February)

The importance of activity to the physical, social and cognitive development of children. “Animal Fun” presentation from Sue McClaren, Curtin University. Ways to stay active when you have small children by including them in your exercise. THEY ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG! Presented by Judi Dennis, Chittering Physiotherapy

Monday 31 March 2014 - Creating Good Sleeping Patterns (NGALA) (RSVP - 17 March) Information on sleep requirements, importance of consistent messages, focus on tired signs, sleep associations, sleep cycles and implementing change, developing good sleep patterns. Presented by NGALA

Time: 9.30am—11.30am Bindoon Playgroup - Chinkabee Complex 6166 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon

RSVP (as per above) to Alison Reliti, ECD Support Officer Phone

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Out & About - Australia Day celebrations in the Northern Valleys

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Will and Sasha Lee at Bindoon

Australia Day BBQ at the Gingin Iluka aquatic centre

Jane Righton cuts the Australia Day cake at Bindoon

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Ph 9575 2759 Enjoying the fantastic slippery slide set up by the local fire brigade volunteers at Clune Park, Bindoon

Dennis Badcock and Anne-Maree Haggee

The Fewsters and Brodie-Halls enjoying the Australia Day breakfast at Gingin

Anne Stroud, Gail West at Gingin

Jez and Lisa Moore at Gingin Margo Salmon at Lower Chittering

Chantelle and Michelle at Lower Chittering

Margaret Massom, Betty Collard and Ebony Collard



It’s your news... Firefighter Gary Harley and local businessman Craig Hyne

Burnt vines and scrub onto the household/ propane gas supply yard.

Gingin fires - too close for comfort. Adrian Harley

Gingin locals were on high alert with the recent town fire, which came very close to local businesses. Danger was averted by firefighters who were able to bring the flames under control metres away

Burnt pallets at the cement storage shed in the rear car park of the Gingin Thrifty Link Hardware Store

from stored propane gas containers and other flammables at the back entrance to the local Thrifty Link Hardware. The outcome could have been very different and changed the town we know and love.

deep swamp land between Constable Street and Ingleby Court at around 9pm on January 20 and they worked to bring it under control into the early hours of the morning.

Firefighters were called out to the treacherous blaze which started in the

The size and intensity of the fire resulted in the evacuation of residents on both

Firefighting chopper water bombing the fire behind the Gingin Main Street.

streets, before the flames were brought under control around 11pm. The specialist F.E.S.A helicopter units were working together until mid day to locate and douse “hotspots,” which can easily flare up in the tinderbox conditions.

Council to the Community FEBRUARY 2014 THANK OUR VOLUNTEERS DAY


The Shire of Gingin has received grant funding from the Department for Local Governments to hold our Thank Our Volunteers Day.

Just a reminder to our community that legislation recently changed requiring all cats six months of age and older to be:

The event is scheduled to be held at Granville Park in Gingin on Sunday, 16 February 2014, between 11am and 2pm. To register your interest in attending, please RSVP to Cher by Thursday 13 February 2014 at


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NEERGABBY HOSTS AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS This year's Australia Day celebration at Neergabby was a great success, with both the breakfast and Citizenship Awards well attended. The Shire of Gingin officially welcomed its newest citizens, and honoured several residents for their outstanding contributions to the region. Pat Elliot and Norm Wallace were awarded Freemen of the Shire, while Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship awards were presented to Ron Pollard, Jessica Elliot (Under 25) and the Gingin-Chittering Lions Club (Community Group). The Volunteer Fire Service Medal was presented to George Grant (pictured above) to honour 50 years of volunteer service.

COUNCIL MEETING DATE The Gingin Public Library is pleased to offer Rhyme Time and Story Time for 0-5 year olds at 9:00am each Wednesday at the Gingin Public Library. Bring your children along and join in the fun.

The date for the next Council Meeting is Tuesday 18 February 2014. Council Forum will commence at 2pm and the Council Meeting at 3pm.

• Registered with your relevant local government. Your cat is also required to wear a collar and registration tag so they are easily identified and returned to you should they become lost. For more information visit the Department of Local Government and Communities' Responsible Cat Ownership web page at: Legislation/ResponsibleCatOwnership.aspx

VIRTUAL ROTTNEST SWIM This year's Virtual Rottnest Swim will be held on Saturday, 22 February 2014 at the Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centre. Get a team together to swim the 19.7km to "Rotto" without the hassle of sharks and seaweed. For further information contact Fran Haenni at the Aquatic Centre on 9575 1344.

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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It’s your community... Gingin police report Max Walker Sergeant-Gingin Police.

As you are no doubt aware we had a serious fire in the middle of Gingin town. A full emergency response from local Police and volunteer fire fighters was required to bring the fire under control, but not before the entirety of Ingleby Court and parts of Constable Street were evacuated by Police. It is only down to the extraordinary efforts of our Firefighters and members of our community that we managed to save the town. Sadly the town lost the Jim Gordon VC Memorial trial which was completely destroyed by the fire. As a result of information received from our community and enquires your police made two arrests, which resulted in one male being charged and he is currently on bail awaiting court in February. There was also a burglary recently at the Lower Chittering Cricket Club & Sporting Association.

with a 50-Year service badge by the Chief Fire Control Officer of the Shire of Gingin Paul Postma, a golden fire helmet presented by the Captain of the Gingin West Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade Dave Stroud, and a Western Australian Flag presented by Shane Love MLA.

Severe damage running into tens of thousands of dollars was caused to the premises. Once inside the thieves stole what can only be described as everything. Again as a result of enquires your local police executed search warrants at an address in Bullsbrook. As a result of that 2 males were arrested and charged with Aggrevated Burglary, Stealing and Criminal Damage. They are also currently on bail awaiting court in February. Officers also recovered about 95% of the property that was initially stolen.

These are good results for your police and for our communities as a whole. It serves as a reminder that should you have any information that you think will assist police, then pease contact us so that we can assess and act where required. It is the continued efforts of all parts of our community that enable us to get the results we have, we all have to live together in our towns and ensure that we are all safe.

It was a privilege to meet and chat with George, as often is the case fire fighters are modest, gentle and a positive influence within their communities. Many who attended the event were quick to congratulate him and stories of past fires and how George helped others came to the fore.

George Grant is celebrated with the W.A. 50-Year Volunteer Service Badge. Jackie Shervington

George has been a member of the Gingin West Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade since its formation in 1962 when he was sixteen years old and had been attending fires with his father from the age of fourteen. During his service George has held the positions of Vice-Captain, Captain, Fire Control Officer and as a Deputy Chief Fire Control Officer, the position he still holds at the present time. George was honoured at the Neergabby Australia Day celebrations where he was presented

George has not only been an active fire fighter but also worked behind the scenes to upgrade the Gingin Shire fire units. He recalls making a stand when he advised the Shire of Gingin that in certain situations it would be unsafe to send the volunteers to fight fires with the old vehicles and equipment. The Shire acknowledged the urgency to replace the fire units with modern safe vehicles and a programme was commenced to upgrade the shire’s fire appliances. This programme proved to be very successful.


fire fighter, his leadership and overwhelming concern for the volunteers safety are obvious by the respect others showed to him on the celebration day. The following is a paragraph from a letter the shire received from Bob Wilson Lancelin, thanking the volunteers after a fire on his property.

“we welcomed the arrival of George Grant, to assist in controlling the operation from then on. The manner that George manages the personell at a fire is a credit to himself. He is thorough, and decisive where it is needed, but his main priority is always the safety of his team. His ability to work with the local FCO’s without friction is further testimony to his lack of ego. The Gingin District is very fortunate to have a person of his ability, that is prepared to voluntarily give so much of his time.”

George continues to be an active

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It's February already and last month saw the Australia Day Awards presented to special members of our community who deserve individual recognition for their tireless service to others throughout 2013. Volunteers give as much or as little as they can for the benefit of the community and this should be acknowledged whenever possible. So here is a big .... Thank you! Australia Day celebrations occurred across the Shire to applaud the efforts of valuable individual members of our community and to acknowledge community events that showcase our district. Thanks must be given to those who organised the successful celebrations this year which were enjoyed by all who participated and helped to congratulate the nominees and to share in the success of the award winners. Congratulations go to all of those who were nominated for their efforts and to those who submitted the nominations. Being nominated by members of the community is tremendously important as it shows that there is enormous appreciation for those who give of themselves selflessly. Please keep the nominations coming in so that we can continue to acknowledge those extraordinary people amongst us. Thank you to all. Special congratulations of course, must be given to the award winners! These awards were well deserved and given as a sign of our utmost respect and appreciation. We thank you sincerely. Sadly, our neighbours in the Shire of Mundaring have experienced catastrophic bush fires. Without hesitation our volunteer fire fighters in the Chittering Fire Service once again provided assistance. People living in Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena

have expressed their thanks publicly for the career and volunteer fire fighters and other agencies. We too thank all of our volunteer bush fire fighters and support staff. Weather conditions at this time of year are always a challenge to our community with the threat of bush fires and the possibility of total fire bans being declared if necessary. Chittering has already experienced bush fires in this fire season so please continue to remain vigilant. If you see fire or smoke call 000 immediately! Whilst the fires in Mundaring were as a result of a faulty power line, bush fires in our neighbouring Shire of Swan were possibily due to suspicious behaviour. We all need to be observant in order to avoid a catastrophe in our district. If you see anything suspicious please call Crime Stoppers. STOP ARSON! Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000 I urge everyone to prepare their properties and to develop a bushfire survival plan. More information can be obtained from the Shire's website and the DFES website ( Consider what will happen if you cannot get home and you have children at school, elderly relatives, pets or other animals at home. Do you know your neighbours? Can they help? Contact the local bush fire control officers, Bush Fire Ready Coordinators in your area or the Shire's Community Emergency Services Manager to assist in the development of an emergency community system. We are here to help. Be prepared! Be ready! Stay safe! Thank you all again!

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Slow Down!

According to the Office of Road Safety, on average around 60 people are killed on Western Australian roads each year because of speed-related crashes, with a further 375 people suffering serious, life-changing injuries. Slowing down is the single most effective and immediate way to reduce these statistics. If we all slowed down, our chances of crashing, being killed or seriously injured on the road, would dramatically decrease. There are three types of speeding: 1. Low-level speeding is where drivers travel 5km/h above posted limits 2. Excessive speeding is deliberate with drivers travelling well above posted speed limits 3. Inappropriate speeding is driving too fast for the prevailing conditions, such as weather, light, traffic and road conditions. TTT

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The Scheme is designed to provide benefit to Shire of Chittering residents through recreational, sport, social, arts and cultural means. Up to $5,000 is available for not-forprofit organisations and groups that operate within the Shire of Chittering. Events or projects must be started and completed within the 2014/15 financial year. The Guidelines and Application Form are now available on the Shire's website, the Administration Centre or call (08) 9576 4600. It is recommended that you contact the Shire's Administration Centre to discuss your event or project before completing your application. Applications must be received at the Shire's Administration Centre by 4pm on Friday, 21 March 2014. For further information or to discuss your application contact Alison, Economic and Community Development Support Officer.

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What's On Saturday, 15 February

Outdoor Movie Night and Chinese Lantern Festival 5pm til late Lower Chittering Oval Chittering Valley Road, Lower Chittering

Free Movie "Kung Fu Panda". Traditional cultural information, lanterns and other Chinese merchandise. Free family activites. A sausage sizzle will be available on the night or BYO picnic. Don't forget to bring a blanket, beach chair or bean bag. For more information contact Alison on 9576 4600 Proudly brought to you by Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Shen Yun Performing Arts, Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Shire of Chittering

Wednesday, 19 February

Ordinary Council Meeting 7.30pm Council Chambers Administration Centre, Bindoon

The agenda will be available from Friday, 14 February. For more information contact Danica on 9576 4600

Sunday, 23 February

Chittering Intertown Challenge 10am - 2pm Edmonds Reserve, Bindoon

Great news, Lotterywest are supporting this event. Chittering residents have the opportunity to prove that their “town� can win at the challenge. What is the challenge: Crawl under an army net for a short distance, do one somersault on the bungee trampoline (harnessed), a quick bucking bull ride (set on learners), through the inflatable obstacle, down the giant water slide, into the jelly pit, quick hose off by the Bindoon Fire Brigade then home. Registration forms are available from the Shire offices, Bindoon Post Office, Bindoon Bakehaus or on the website (click on COMMUNITY then YOUTH). We would like the forms back by 13 February 2014 however you can register on the day by getting there earlier. For more information contact Arlene on 9576 4600

Monday, 24 February

Let's Get Physical 9.30am - 11.30am Bindoon Playgroup, Chinkabee Complex 6166 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon

The importance of activity to the physical, social and cognitive development of children. "Animal Fun" presentation from Sue McClaren (Curtin University). Ways to stay active when you have small children by including them in your exercise. THEY ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG!!!! Presented by Judi Dennis (Chittering Physiotherapy) RSVP - Alison on 9576 4600 by 14 February Proudly brought to you by WA Country Health Service, BSRA, Bindoon Primary School, Department of Local Government and Communities, Bindoon Playgroup and Shire of Chittering

Monday, 31 March

Creating Good Sleeping Patterns (NGALA) 9.30am - 11.30am Bindoon Playgroup, Chinkabee Complex 6166 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon

Information on sleep requirements, importance of consistent messages, focus on tired signs, sleep associations, sleep cycles and implementing change, developing good sleep patters. Presented by NGALA. RSVP - Alison on 9576 4600 by 17 March Proudly brought to you by WA Country Health Service, BSRA, Bindoon Primary School, Department of Local Government and Communities, Bindoon Playgroup and Shire of Chittering

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Proposed Telecommunications Infrastructure, Lot 3 (RN 496) North Road, Wannamal

Council has received a Development Application for Telecommunications Infrastructure at the above property. The proposal includes the following: • a 70m high guyed mast • radio transmission equipment • a prefabricated equipment shelter • a main switchboard The proposed Telecommunications Infrastructure has the purpose of improving and expanding emergency services communication across regional, rural and remote communities for the Western Australia Police. Plans and documentation supporting the Development Application are available for inspection at the Shire of Chittering, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon during office hours. Pursuant to Town Planning Scheme No 6 the proposed Telecommunications Infrastructure will be advertised for a period of 21 days commencing 22 January 2014. Submissions are to be received by no later than 4pm on Thursday, 13 February 2014. All enquiries should be directed to Mark Johnston, Planning Officer.

Proposed Local Government (Council Meetings) Local Law 2014 Local Government Act 1995

Council at its meeting held on 18 December 2013 resolved to make the Shire of Chittering Local Government (Council Meetings) Local Law 2014. The purpose of the local law is to provide for the orderly conduct of the proceedings and business of the Council. The effect of this local law is that all Council meetings, committee meetings and other meetings as described in the Act, shall be governed by this local law unless otherwise provided in the Act, regulations or other written law. A copy of the local law may be inspected or obtained during office hours at the Shire of Chittering, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon; Bindoon Library or at Submissions are to be received by no later than 4pm on Friday, 28 February 2014, and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Chittering, PO Box 70, Bindoon WA 6502; or via email to All enquiries should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer.

Major Works Update

Chittering Road Shoulder widening and resealing of 1km section

Chittering Valley Road Shoulder widening and resealing of 1km section (near Keating Bridge intersection)

Intersection of Lake and Chittering Roads Road realignment - Black Spot funded

Bridges •

Julimar Road - maintenance

Footpaths •

Pioneer Drive, Bindoon

McKenzie Crescent, Muchea

Projects Update

Bindoon Tale Trail

After consideration of public input the final plan will be presented to Council at their February meeting. The Official Opening for this "Your Community Heritage" funded trail will be on 22 June 2014 (in conjunction with our "Wear Ya Wellies" family event), so the community should spot a little work going on around the townsite during March, April and May.

Bindoon Town Hall Restoration

The Shire is awaiting the final scope of works from the architect so that they can advertise for contractors to tender. We are hoping to see works commence in March.

Carty Reserve Walk Trail

Three Chilies Trail Design (local resident Paul Neve) has this Lotterywest Department of Sport and Recreation funded trails project well in hand with groundwork underway.

Multi-purpose Medical Facility

The Shire are awaiting the final design drawings from the engaged architects.

Slow Down Enjoy the Ride

We are 7 months into our 11 monthy expanded awareness campaign. This month's theme is "SAFE SPEEDS". In addition to the promotional and monetary support given to major local events last year (Taste of Chittering, Chittering Wildflower Festival and Bindoon Agricultural Show) we are currently working on Slow Down themed event signage for ongoing use by local groups.

Proposed Bridle/Pedestrian Trail in Maryville Downs

Council at its meeting held on 18 December 2013 resolved to support the public consultation process for the proposal to use the Pedestrian Access Ways, commonly known as "Strategic Firebreaks", in Maryville Downs Estate for Bridle and Pedestrian Trails. A section of the Pedestrian Access Way is proposed for use as Bridle and Pedestrian Trails, as shown in the plan available at the Shire's office. The proposal will be advertised for a period of 42 days, commencing 22 January 2014. After consultation the proposal will be presented to Council for final determination. Submissions are to be received by no later than Thursday, 6 March 2014. All enquiries should be directed to Brendan Jeans, Senior Planning Officer.

Scheme Amendment No 49 Commercial Vehicle Parking

It is hereby notified for public information in accordance with Section 75 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 that the Shire of Chittering has resolved to initiate the above mentioned Scheme Amendment for the purpose of modifying existing definitions and inserting new provisions relating to "Commercial Vehicle Parking" in Town Planning Scheme No 6. Documentation setting out and explaining the Scheme Amendment are now available from the Shire of Chittering, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon; and will be available for inspection during office hours up to and including Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Submissions are to be received by no later than 4pm on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. All enquiries should be directed to Brendan Jeans, Senior Planning Officer.


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Australia Day Awards 2014

The Shire of Chittering held their annual Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 23 January 2014 at the Orchard Glory Farm Resort with 80 people in attendance. This ceremony recognises those members of the Chittering community who voluntarily invest so much of their time into the community and is a wonderful opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

The Education Scholarship Award is a monetary grant that the Shire awards to two local students for their academic achievement and the contribution that they have made to their school and the community. Cr Sandra Clarke presented the two winners with their award: • Holly King – Years 6/7. Holly was a primary student at Bindoon Primary School and in 2014 will be attending Swan Christian College. Holly’s application highlighted her sporting activities, involvement with the Bindoon Primary School’s student council and for her assistance with the local dancing classes with instructor Roxanne in teaching the local students jazz, hip-hop and tap. Holly will be using her grant to fund music lessons at Swan Christian College. • Kirralee Price – Year 10. Kirralee was a student at Gingin District High School and in 2014 will also be attending Swan Christian College to further her education. Kirralee’s application focused on her community spirit where she is active with St John Ambulance, catering for various functions and giving back to the community. Kirralee will be using her grant to fund her school uniform, books and assist with her school fees. The School Citizenship Awards are presented to students who attend our local schools and they are nominated by their school. Cr Clarke presented the students with their award: • Immaculate Heart College – Ethan Dobra was a Year 4 student last year and he was selected for this award by Principal Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis. Ethan was nominated for his friendliness, polite and friendly attitude, and is an extremely well-mannered student. Ethan is a very patient with other students and is fully aware of those around him, and is always willing to help or lend a hand. • Bindoon Primary School – Mikayla Ralls was a Year 6 student last year and she was selected for this award by Principal Dr Jenny Kuhn. Mikayla was nominated for her compassion and empathy for others by being kind, thoughtful and non-judgemental. Mikayla is authentic in the way that she interacts with others, shows initiative and is reliable. The recipient from the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon was Jacob Cray who was unable to attend the event.

Cr Hawes welcoming attendees to the event

The Community Service Awards are awarded to thank recipients for their service to their community. Cr Doreen Mackie presented the award to the following recipients: • Amanda and Alistair Oversby for commitment, organisation, planning and ideas for the Bindoon Rodeo. • Anthony Russell, Courtney Russell, Maggie Stuurstraat and Cameron Choules for being inaugural members of the Chittering Youth Krew. • Maureen Barker for her dedication and commitment with her roles on the Bindoon & Districts Agricultural Society. • Noel and Monique Russell for their participation and organisation of the Bindoon Show. • Paul Harrison for the many hours every week that he spends tidying and sweeping gardens and verges voluntarily in and around the Bindoon townsite.

The DFES National Service Medal is awarded to volunteer bush fire brigade members for attaining 15 years of service. During 2013 four local brigade members were nominated and received these medals: • Douglas Lilburne – Upper Chittering Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Doug has served 33 years with the volunteer firefighter service, he also received his 1st Service Clasp (awarded every 10 years thereafter). •

Gary Knight – Upper Chittering Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Gary has served 17 years with the volunteer firefighter service.

Grahame Vincent – Upper Chittering Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Grahame has served 21 years with the volunteer firefighter service.

John Williams – Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade John has served 22 years with the volunteer firefighter service.

The Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards focusses on community contribution and participation rather than personal achievement. The Awards are judged on active citizenship through: • a significant contribution to the Chittering community; • demonstrated leadership on a community issue resulting in the enhancement of community life; • a significant initiative which has brought about positive change and added value to community life; and • inspiring qualities as a role model for the community.

The Shire President Cr Robert Hawes presented the Chittering Farmers Market with the Award which was collected by Bob Blizard.

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Attendees at the awards event

Cr Mackie accepted awards on behalf of Kim Haeusler and Craig Lupton who were unable to attend the event.

The following community events were nominated for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for an Outstanding Contribution by a Community Group / Event: • Bindoon & Districts Agricultural Show 2013 – and Rodeo • Chittering Farmers Market • Chittering Wildflower Festival


Shane Love MP presenting Wayne Beard with the Citizen's Award

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The following community members were nominated for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for an Outstanding Contribution by a Local Citizen: • Anne Irvin for membership of the Chittering Wildlife Carers, where she has been an active member for many years. • Fred Hoogland for highlighted his dedication and service to the Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, where he has taken on the role of Captain. Fred is also on the steering committee of the Bindoon Men’s Shed, and he is also an active member of the Chittering Wildlife Carers. • Maureen Barker for her devotion to her former role as Treasurer of the Bindoon & Districts Agricultural Society (Inc) for the four years, and who now fulfils the role of Secretary. • Paul Harrison for volunteering his time to cleaning the streets of Bindoon and Gingin, and also tending to the towns gardens. • Wayne Beard for his involvement with the Bindoon Historical Society, Bindoon Men’s Shed and the Gingin/Chittering Lions Club. Shane Love MLA presented Wayne Beard with the Award. There were no nominations received for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person under 25yrs. Is there someone or something who doesn’t appear in the nominations that you think should? Remember, events and local community members can be nominated for Active Citizenship Awards all year round – there’s no need to wait until the Shire call’s for nominations in September. Forms and more details are available at au/awards/premiers-australia-day-awards/.



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From the Auctioneer:

Midland Cattle Breeders Association 26th annual Gingin Bullsale

Jim Sangalli

Muchea Cattle 28/1/2014 There was a reduced yarding following the long weekend public holiday. There continued to be reasonably tight supplies of trade and heavy weight steers and heifers, with fewer supplies of cows available, while vealer and store grades remained reasonable. The majority of cattle were sourced from local areas, with pastoral drafts remaining in relatively tight supply. There continued to be very strong local trade and retailer demand for trade weight yearlings and heavy weight vealer steers and heifers, while restocker and feeder demand for store and lightweight classes remained buoyant. There was selective live export demand once again reported.

The Midland Cattle Breeders Association’s (MCBA) annual bull sale is coming up on Thursday 6th March, and will once again take place at the Gingin selling complex, commencing at 1pm. The sale will offer 80 bulls and 11 breeders representing Angus, Limousin, Murray Gray, and for the first time, Blonde D’Aquitaine and Speckled Park breeds.

With an average gross turnover from the last 3 years of over $250,000, the MCBA sale is one of the best multi breed sales in the state, a success organisers attribute in part to the fantastic venue and facilities, and thank the Gingin Shire for their suppport. Both Landmark and Elders will be selling agents on the day, and all cattle offered are Zoetis STAR approved to guarantee against reproductive diseases.

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Muchea Sheep 28/1/14

Black Tara, (Kupsch’s, Allanooka) 6 bulls

Agents yarded 12237 Sheep and Lambs at Muchea on Tuesday January 28.

 apari (Sudlow’s, Northampton, K 25 bulls

Heavy cross bred lambs realised $110$127.50 and returned estimated costings of 490c/kg. Trade cross bred lambs sold from $95-$100, while store cross bred lambs realised $55-$65 according to frame and weight.

 ookalabi (Topham’s, Coomberdale) C 10 bulls Waringah (Collards, Gingin) 4 bulls Limousin: Tara (Kupsch’s, Allanooka) 6 bulls  oroyne (Stickland’s, Wongan Hills) W 4 bulls Murray Gray:   Mt Hill (Heitman’s, Walkaway 4 bulls Raymond Park, (Palmers, Gidgegannup) 7 bulls  ungatta (Sticklands, Wongan Hills M 10 bulls Blonde D’Aquitaine :      My Side ( Morris’s, Wannamal) 2 bulls Speckle Park: Tunganah (Thomas’s , Gingin, 2 bulls  

Heavy weight steers and heifers continued to meet strong processor demand, while the smaller cow yarding was of a mixed quality and varied in weight. Processor demand increased in cow classes, with most classes returning higher prices. Heavy weight bull sales were maintained, with live exporters and export feeders maintaining their interest in medium and lightweight classes.

Heavy ewes in the 23kg dressed weight range realised $60-$65 bare shorn and returned estimated costings of 230c/kg. Trade ewes sold from $55-$60 while good boning ewes realised $42-$50 according to weight and frame. Heavy shipping wethers sold to one live exporter from $60-$65 bare shorn while store drafts realised $50-$65. Ewe hoggets purple tag suitable to kill sold from $40-$60 while store lines sold to graziers from $25-$35 per head. Rams for live export up to green tag realised $25-$40 while killing rams sold from $5-$15.

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

Fertiliser 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

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Gardens wanted

Would you like to show off your garden and fundraise for your favourite cause? Colleen Osborn from the Visitor Centre is seeking gardens to open to the public during the Wildflower Festival in September 2014. The festival is open for 4 days with other activities being organised to complement the weekend, and one of the new initiatives planned is for willing gardeners to open their garden for a day, or two – whatever might suit their weekend. An entry fee to the garden would be at the owners discretion, or the opportunity to sell plants, tea or coffee and any funds raised donated at the owners discretion. It might be a garden close to the town of Bindoon or Muchea or in a rural area, the beauty of gardens is their individuality and varying locations. Advertising for the open garden would be incorporated into the overall advertising programme of the Festival. Colleen would love to hear from you if you have an interest in the concept, - a no obligation chat is the first step to considering the idea. As a keen gardener herself Colleen loves to spend time outdoors in the garden and hopes one day to open her garden to like minded green thumbs. Please contact Colleen at the Visitor Centre in Bindoon, or telephone the Centre on 9576 1100

Nature Notes Chittering Landcare

If the marris in your area are like those near me you are probably wondering where all those flowers are. Although there are a few flowers most are still in bud. Maybe this month. Flowering in February (and indeed for much or the year) is Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana). It is a weeping often untidy looking shrub or small tree with yellow-orange pea flowers. Its common name is due to the distinctive strong smell given off by the wood when it is burnt. It is a coloniser species which germinates prolifically after fire or other disturbance and then grows rapidly but is not long-lived. If you are familiar with it you may have noticed it often has broken or bent but still green branches. It is susceptible to borers which eat out the inside of the stem or branch. The weakened branch can then be easily bent by strong winds or even its own weight but the live tissue can allow it to remain alive and continue to grow.

shaped flowers with pink spots.

of these endangered birds.

If birds are more your interest keep an eye out for Black Cockatoos roosting in your area. BirdLife WA would like to receive reports of roosting sites of both Red-Tailed and Carnaby’s Cockatoos to assist in the research needed to prevent the continued decline in the populations

If you can assist in the Great Cocky Count to be held in April, and which this year will include Red-tail as well as Carnaby’s Cockatoos, please register. For more information or to register go to the Great Cocky Count website http://www. Don’t let those sneaky summer weeds such as Cottonbush and Stinkwort escape to cause greater havoc next summer. Remove the plants before they flower and set seed or if it is too late for that remove and destroy as many of the seeds as possible before they spread.

Also to be seen flowering in February (if the local kangaroos haven’t eaten it down to ground level) is Yellow Autumn Lily (Tricoryne elatior). It is a wiry grassy looking low shrub with yellow starry flowers. If you look closely you may also spot the Matted Triggerplant (Stylidium repens) in flower. It is very low growing and as its name suggests mat like plant with small white butterfly


Northern Valleys News February 2014

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Beginning classes in: • Spinning, Felting and Dyeing: gives you an overview and understanding of fibre and equipment mechanics of Spinning, Felting and Dyeing.

Booking Classes Now: Minimum of 4 per class Cost: $120.00 for 4 Beginner classes

• Knitting, Crochet and Off- Loom Saturdays 9.30 to 11.30 Weaving: gives you the basic understanding and mechanics of stitches and construction.

Intermediate and Advanced Classes - Advances beginners or enriches those experienced. - Classes run on the numbers interested and are all stand alone. - Can be 3 hour or 5 hours workshops Please contact me for program. Dave Lucas and Phil Martin admire the Holdens.

Christine Pietraszek Ph 9576 1202

Pristine vintage Holden’s on display Cr Don Gibson

Bindoon Historical Society has recently added a new display of early model Holden sedans , which have been generously

loaned by Mr Philip Martin of Bindoon, to complement our existing collection of vintage and classic vehicles.

These early model Holden’s have

been very carefully restored to new condition, as fine examples of the first mass produced Australian cars built for Australian conditions.

The Bindoon Heritage Museum

is situated at the Brockman Centre (cnr Great Nth Hwy & Tea Tree Rd)

Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-3pm More info Ph 9576 1325, 9576 1331, 9576 1361 or 9575 1090



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Welcoming new Australian citizens

Celebrating 65 Years of Citizenship on Australia Day Gingin Shire President, Cr Michael Aspinall.

The Shire of Gingin’s newest citizens took centre stage in Neergabby when it joined towns and regions around the nation to celebrate Australia Day and mark 65 years of Australian citizenship. New citizens in the Shire of Chittering are welcomed by Hon Shane Love MP. Each received a copy of the CWA Cookery Book and Household Hints and a native plant

Australia Day 2014 will kick off year-long festivities to mark the 65th anniversary with a record breaking 17,863 people expected to become Australian citizens around the nation.

Eight people from three different countries will officially become Australian citizens during the Shire of Gingin’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony to be held at on Sunday 26th January 2014 at the Neergabby Grounds. Shire President Michael Aspinall said the occasion was not only a chance to celebrate what unites Australians on Australia Day but also to acknowledge the importance of citizenship in Australia. “Australia Day is always a special day for Australians, and with this year’s events also marking the 65th year of Australian citizenship there has never been a better time to celebrate the spirit and diversity of our country,” he said.

Cr Michael Aspinall welcomes new citizens in the Shire of Gingin.

community groups recognised

Koorunga and Chittering/Bindoon CWA

“For those becoming an Australian citizen it is a particularly significant occasion, marking the final stage of their migrant journey as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people, and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship,” Councillor Aspinall added. “The Gingin community is proud and excited to welcome every one of its newest citizens and wishes them well as they officially join the Australian family. I encourage the entire community to join in the Shire’s Australia Day events and celebrate all that is great about our nation.” The status of Australian citizenship was created by the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 which came into force on 26 January 1949.

The Bindoon Community Progress Association thanked the following groups for their service to the community, at the Bindoon Australia Day Breakfast, held at Clune Park.

Gingin/Chittering Lions club

Members representing the local fire brigades

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It’s your community

Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards - Citizens

Amy Robinson, left, was a joint recipient of the under 25 City of Swan Active Citizenship Award and Anne James was a joint recipient of the over 25 section. Amy is an active member of the Bullsbrook College student leadership team and her passion for her community is evident. She recently helped organise senior and junior Bluelight discos for Bullsbrook young people, working collaboratively with BRRA, PCYC and the City of Swan staff.

Wayne Beard was presented with the award for Citizen of the year in the Shire of Chittering by Shane Love MLA. Wayne was nominated for the award by Rob and Joan Bathgate, who recognised the importance of his involvement with The Bindoon Historical Society, Bindoon Men’s Shed as well as the Gingin/Chittering Lions Club.

Nominees for the Shire of Gingin community awards representatives, which was won by Gingin/Chittering Lions club.

During the year Amy attended a camp in the north of WA as a charity worker with ‘Fair Game’ helping isolated indigenous children (remote communities) by providing them with sporting equipment and skills development. She is an excellent ambassador and role model for local young people.

Gingin Honorars Freeman

Anne Janes

With two children at the Bullsbrook District High School (BDHS), Anne was President of the Bullsbrook District High School P&C.

Cr Robert Hawes presents Chittering Farmers Market with the Commumity event of the year award which was collected by Bob Blizard.

Wayne was responsible for the design of the Bindoon Historical Society’s new extension, and has made himself available to receive deliveries, work on the roster and help out at Busy Bee’s. Also Branch President of the Bindoon Men’s shed, Wayne was a prime mover within the organisation and start-up of the local branch.

Amy also organises and volunteers her time for the Bullsbrook Youth out Loud Project. Outside of school hours Amy is an active member of the Bullsbrook Scout Group, and also tutors younger students in Maths and English.

Since moving to Bullsbrook in 1992, Anne Janes has been the driving force behind many groups, committees and initiatives.

Premier’s Australia Day active citizenship awards - community Group

Congratulations to Ron Pollard and Jessica Elliot for being the recipients of the 2014 Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards in the Shire of Gingin

The Shire of Gingin has awarded the title of Honorary Freeman to two long-time community members at the Council meeting held on 19 November 2013. Norm Wallace and Pat Elliot were both nominated for their outstanding commitment and distinguished service to the Shire of Gingin and received the formal award during the Shire’s Australia Day Celebrations. Pictured below L-R Norm Wallace, Bruce Roe, Gavin Drew and Pat Elliot

Anne is the current secretary for the North Swan Land Conservation District Committee (Bullsbrook Landcare Group). Through her work role at the school Anne has helped facilitate local ‘tree planting events’ where students of the school have become involved in positive activities in the local community. Anne was one of the founding members of the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association and is the current Vice President of BRRA. Through her volunteer committee work she has instigated a number of projects that make Bullsbrook a better place to live and work.

Gingin’s Nominees of the 2014 Active Citizenship Awards were Tom Cabassi, Trevor Phillips and Ron Pollard.



The view from my side of the paddock

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.

with Maggie Edmonds

YUK ! Methyl bromide (or Bromomethane) is an ozone depleting substance. In an enclosed area, it is a poisonous gas (for humans) and deadly to a range of insect pests and diseases. It is colourless and odourless. Most countries phased out its use years ago, but not Australia. Methyl bromide is used to fumigate many imports and exports, such as flowers to some countries. It is also used to fumigate soils. Methyl bromide is a quarantine treatment for interstate commodities, such as perishable fruits. So, when you eat, for instance, a plum which comes from outside WA, it will have been fumigated with this dangerous compound. It is claimed that Methyl bromide is not dangerous when used by trained people in the correct doses. Dangerous to whom? To the person operating the fumigation tent or to the person eating the fruit? Great. The lady at Quarantine WA said she “thought” Methyl bromide wasn’t residual but she didn’t really know anything about it. What’s the lesson here? Only eat perishable fruits from WA. And support your local growers in the process. Simple. Kipfler

Spuds Glorious Spuds

Potatoes originated in the Andes and are the world’s 4th largest food crop after maize, wheat and rice. At last, WA is able to enjoy a bigger range of spud varieties, which have good flavour, including Kipfler, Cashmere Gold, Kestrel, Ruby Lou and Royal Blue. The tasteless Nadine is still a favourite for baked spuds. I drive south of Perth to collect my Beta Spuds direct from the central packing shed. They are the only potato packers to have a hydro cooler, which reduces the temperature of the pulp to below 8 degrees C and gives fresh, longer lasting potatoes. Beta Spuds produce 25,000 tonnes of spuds annually – all from WA ! Potatoes get a bad name as fattening because many prefer chips or boiled spuds coated in lovely butter, salad dressing or olive oil. By themselves, they are almost fat free. I don’t peel my potatoes, just wash and cook – the skin is so good for you. Kestrel

There are many different potato recipes, but for Summer you can’t go past Potato Salad. Here’s a recipe for this, with a twist.

500g potatoes, boiled until just soft and cubed (Kipfler are great for this) 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juiced 1 onion, finely chopped Quarter teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon mint 1 tablespoon parsley 8 black olives 2 tomatoes, sliced Toss the warm potatoes in the olive oil. Add the lemon juice, chopped onion, pepper and mint. When cool, garnish with parsley, olives and tomatoes. Another different recipe for the humble spud is Mashed Potato with Thyme Oil. 1 kg mashing potatoes, such as Cashmere Gold or Royal Blue, cubed Half cup extra virgin olive oil infused with thyme * 2 tablespoons milk 25g freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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Fruit: If you are not enjoying WA fruit this month, you are truly missing something great. Grapes, water melons, honeydews, rockies and all the lovely stonefruit from “The Hills” and around Donnybrook are there for you to enjoy. Plums, nectarines, peaches are at their best. Don’t buy perishable fruit from outside WA if the YUK article concerns you! Veg: Well, that heat a few weeks back didn’t help many seedlings and even quite advanced vegies such as cabbages. I mean, we don’t want our veg cooked in the paddock – we’d rather it got to our kitchen and then we cook it. Tomatoes – cherry, grape, normal, truss, and cucumbers of lots of different types (Continental, Lebanese, Italian, normal old-fashioned ones), celery, lettuces, cabbage, carrots are available by the truckload now. Caulis and broccoli are coming from down south. Beetroot, kale, silverbeet, spinach, spring onions – all stuff you can use in a salad – are plentiful. Have you tried Gem Squash yet? They may be difficult to find, but are grown in Gingin. I have converted many of my Maggie’s Place customers to Gem Squash as they are so tasty and versatile – better than normal squash by far !

Boil the potatoes in a large pan of slightly salted water until just tender. Drain. Mash the spuds, gradually adding the oil and milk to form a soft, light mash. *To make infused Thyme Olive Oil, just put the amount of olive oil you need in a bottle, and throw in fresh thyme, perhaps tearing the leaves first to release the flavour. Leave for 24 hours and then use, freshly made each time.

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Summer is great for lots of luscious fruit like apricots, nectarines, plums, peaches, mangos, grapes and passionfruit just to name a few. Eating your own fruit from your back yard is like having your own money tree just outside your door. No poisons have to be sprayed on them and the fruit can be picked when it ripens making them taste like flavoured sunshine. No comparison to the shop bought ones. If you observe your fruit growing you will be able to tell when the fruit is ripe by the colour. Plums for example turn darker as they ripen and by touching the fruit and giving a very slight pull they will fall off into your hand very easily if they are ripe. If you have to tug or twist leave them on longer. Fruit trees are not that hard to grow they have a few basic requirements. At the end of winter give them some rich compost, and when they start to flower a watering can of water with a 1/8 cup of molasses added, watered in around the base helps with flowering and fruit production. Make sure you mulch thickly all around the drip line, pea straw or cane mulch works well and keep the water up to it over the summer period. If you espaliered your fruit trees they are easier to net and this is a must if you want to have any fruit to eat. The birds love our fruit too and will get greedy and forget to leave you any. Birds will eat the fruit for the water content, so having a bird bath around will help if only a little. Also having an alternate food supply for them can slow the birds down from attacking your fruit trees. Things like sour fruits or trees/bushes with cones or seed pods on for the birds to eat as they would source these out before going for your fruit. Use a white bird netting then the birds can see it and not get trapped as they can do with the black netting. Birds are a great natural source of bug management so when there is no fruit on them take the nets off. Make sure you pick up all fallen fruit and dispose of them properly (to chooks or bury them) or better still pick the fruit before it falls on the ground and the ants attack them or they bake in the sun. If the fruit has fruit fly in them put them in an air tight bag and leave them in the sun for 5 days to cook and then dispose of

the bag into the bin. To try and control the fruit fly you need to use a number of methods if you want to maintain organic status. Pick up fallen fruit encouraging your neighbours to do the same, allow birds and chooks access to the fruit trees when there is no fruit on them, and come spring place around baits to trap fruit fly. Find plastic cool drink bottled and drill tiny holes around the top section (about 10) and then pour in a mix of yeast and sugar in warm water, (there are other mixes you can use, it is all about attracting the fruit fly so you can trap it in the bottle). I have found the yeast works best for me. Put the lid on and hang the bottles around the area, no need to hang it on the fruit tree. May need about 4 placed around per tree, depends on the size and how bad the fruit fly is. The baits need to be changed at least every 2 weeks if not more during peak time. The idea is to attract the fruit fly so it enters via the small hole but then it can not get out and is trapped in the bottle and dies. Most fruit trees are pruned in mid to late autumn. Then give it a watering can full of diluted seaweed extract to bed it down for the winter. By researching your fruit tree and its individual requirements and then observing yours you will be well on the way to a wonderful supply of luscious fruit. Money Tree I have a money tree outside in my back yard Not many can see why the value is there, it is all too hard Oh but I knew right from the start Planted and pampered it, took it into my heart So now my tree has grown so strong Beautiful blossoms with bees around humming their song Now the magic of it all, sweet and luscious the flavour When I take that bite, fruits of my labour

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The Shire of Chittering is currently seeking expressions of interest from residents interested in donating blood. Council is researching the concept and viability of having the Australian Red Cross Blood Service bring a Mobile Blood Donation service to Chittering.

This service is in high demand and is only available if a substantial and regular number of people donate every three months. A yearly schedule is created by the Australian Red Cross. To assist with getting our community onto this list, the Shire of Chittering is hoping to provide a profile to the Red Cross showing the number of people from each area interested in donating blood on a regular basis (every three months). Why give blood? “Blood is vital to life and for many people blood donors are their’ lifeline. Currently only 1 in 30

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people give blood, but 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. Modern processing techniques mean that a single blood donation, when separated into its components, can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially life-saving immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus).” Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Don’t wait, donate now. Australian Blood Cross urgently needs blood to help save or enhance the lives of thousands of people every day. Having regular donors in Chittering can only help with the request for a mobile service. If you are interested in donating blood and would like more information, please contact Alison Reliti, ECD Support Officer on 9576 4600 or ecdosupport@

Chittering is pleased to announce the installation of its first Designated Smoking Area. The Shire of Chittering endorsed a ‘Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Policy’ in mid-2013 following a number of complaints and enquiries from the community. One aim of the policy was to assist in the prevention of smoking in outside areas where the public tend to gather; by providing designated facilities for smokers we hope to achieve this.  The first of the proposed twenty-two designated areas is located at the rear of the Council Administration building.  The remaining twenty-one areas, which will consist of a “Designated Smoking Area” sign along with a butt bin, will be installed at various Council facilities (including Halls, Ovals, Parks and Fire Stations) over the coming weeks.  The project’s material costs [$5,000] have been met thanks to a “Tobacco Control Grant” from the Department of Health through the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA. The use of the Designated Smoking Area will encourage the separation of smokers and nonsmokers in order to decrease the well-publicised harmful effects of side-stream smoke.  An added bonus is that the purpose-designed, weatherproof butt bins will decrease cigarette butt litter in the environment. We encourage local community members and visitors to our Shire who smoke to use these new facilities.

Gingin Pharmacy Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5:30pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm.

Phone 9575 2331

Time to Nit Pick!

It’s about this time school-age children will be meeting old friends and making some new friends too. Almost certainly in the mix of new acquaintances – the uninvited ones - will be head lice. Statistics indicate that more than 20% of primary school students are likely to have head lice. However, the fact is anyone with a head can catch head lice – regardless of age, sex, background or how clean your hair is. Head lice spread anywhere that people work, play and live together. Indeed, it takes only one infested head to infest a whole classroom full of heads; then our children so unselfishly pass the infestation on to the rest of the family. Interestingly, they can’t jump or fly but they sure can crawl and climb; and they live their entire life (about a month or so) on the head of their host. Their favourite hiding places are behind the ears and at the back of the neck. Female lice lay their eggs (known as nits) close to the scalp, where they remain firmly stuck to the base of the hair shaft until they hatch a week or so later. Head lice feed exclusively on human blood; but unlike body lice and mosquitoes, two other groups of little blood suckers, it appears that head lice do not carry disease. They can, however, cause severe itching and this can lead to scratching and skin infections.

One such product is Ego Moov Head Lice Solution. Moov uses a powerful blend of essential oils and is pleasant smelling and easy to use. It is also one of the only natural head lice products that is clinically proven to kill both head lice and their eggs. There are also special fine tooth combs (some battery operated) to help facilitate the removal of the sticky nits. Remember whatever head lice treatment you choose, a fine toothcomb is essential to get the nits out and a good hair conditioner will get rid of the knots out. Regular inspection, and detection, and persistence and perseverance with an effective product used appropriately are the keys to success with head lice treatments. Of course, it helps if you can convince all the parents of your children’s classmates to put in place similar procedures. Come into Bindoon or Gingin Pharmacy for a Head Lice fact card or to purchase our Back-to-School Ego Moov Head Lice Solution 200ml at the special price of $13.99.

The good news is that if you or your children have head lice, there are simple, safe and effective strategies to send them on their way. Various shampoos, lotions, cream rinses and conditioners are available. Many chemical treatments are based on the pyrethrin insecticides; some contain malathion; and there are several remedies available based on essential oils such as anise, lavender, rosemary and the Australian favourite melaleuca (tea tree) oil. When used as indicated these natural treatments have been shown in some studies to be more effective even than the chemical treatments.

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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.

Complete Ingredients provides packs with easy to follow recipes, along with all the necessary spices, roasted, ground and measured exactly. Delicious spicy meals without any hard work. All you have to do is pick up the main meat and minimal other fresh ingredients.

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

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71 Crest Hill Road, Bindoon $790,000 Contact Craig Hyne on 0448 825 833.

Local merger 25 Acres with 360 degree views

This immaculately presented property in Bindoon has all the elements you need for the rural lifestyle you deserve. Located only 2 km out of Bindoon, the hill-top position offers spectacular views in every direction. The near-new steel-framed home has 3 queen-size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wellappointed kitchen and reverse-cycle air conditioning. The warm, neutral colour scheme gives this home a great feel from the moment you walk in. Wrap-around verandahs with timber decking make the most of the spectacular 360 degree views.

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.

The fertile, pastured red loam country is ideal for a variety of livestock or hay cropping. 25 acres is enough to be a hobby farm without making it a full-time commitment. Water is a key feature with two springfed wells providing quality water to the house and paddocks. A windmill feeds to a large concrete tank, plus there is a poly rainwater tank at the house. The fully enclosed shed includes a toilet, shower and independent hot water system. If you desire a great rural lifestyle at an affordable price, this property is sure to impress. View by appointment only.

For more information call Mike Agnew, Limestone Park, 0418 908 538.

Two leading country real estate businesses based in Gingin and Bindoon have merged to form Country Values Real Estate. Cabassi Realty has been operating in the Gingin, Chittering and Dandaragan shires for 17 years, while Liz Connell Realty has been the leading agency in the Bindoon area for the past 4 years. Principal of Country Values, Craig Hyne said “Both of these businesses have a dominant local profile in our respective communities, with around 140 properties currently listed for sale. By bringing the two together, our expanded network and combined resources will allow us to provide a better service to our buyers, sellers, owners and tenants.” “The rebranding to Country Values reflects our common passion for supporting our local community, working as a team and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients.” The company has recently made a significant investment in technology including a new website, an industryleading Client Relationship Management System and cloud-based data management. “We have also refined our marketing strategy by appointing a professional branding agency and online marketing consultant and expanding our profile in key internet and print media. All of this means greater profile for our clients’ properties.” Country Values provides property sales, property management, project management and holiday rental services, and can be contacted on 9575 2566 or

THIS IS ART! Stunning and unique property in Lower Chittering • Unique - the 2 x 3 homestead would cost over $1million dollars to build today. • Premium - this home has been built to high standards from the roof to the amazing Livitalia Italian Kitchen.

• Lush - 47 acres , tree lined winter creek and your very own ‘lake” and island. No water problems on this property! • Entertain in style - A huge verandah/ pool & bar entertaining area to soak up

the chittering valley views. Built in bar & BBQ overlooking the sparkling below ground pool. • Seven-stable complex, an old machinery shed & more.

• Bonus 3 bed cottage which would make a perfect cottage for elderly parents, young families, on site manager or rent at $300pw and enjoy returns from this magnificient property.

For Sale by Expressions of Interest. Contact Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783 26 Coghlan Rd, Subiaco (08) 9380 6191


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893 Bindoon-Moora Road

20 Brockman Street

Gorgeous River Block • 47 Acres with the Brockman River flowing through it • 15 minutes north of Bindoon, 20 to Gingin • Fenced river flats, perfect for grazing • Lovely quiet and scenic location

Fastidiously maintained 3x1 fibro home built by current owners in 1965. Split a/c, timber deck, bore reticulated gardens. 1,011m2 block with lovely outlook over the golf course and walking distance to the ocean & estuary. Wonderful family holiday home.

Serviced residential lots with beautiful outlook. • 1000m2 from $120,000 • 2000m2 from $165,000 • 2770m2 from $189,000

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DOON: 9576 0626 Excellent Horticultural Land

71 Crest Hill Road

330 Forrest Hills Parade


38 acres excellent horticultural land. 25 acres of vineyard under irrigation, 80,000kl water license, bore, pump and fertilisation shed. Good soil in an elevated, frost free location.

25 acre rural lifestyle property featuring a nearnew 3x2 home with spectacular views in every direction. Ideal for horses, livestock or hay. Two spring-fed wells, windmill and large shed.

• Large cedar & iron family home on 5.9 acres • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus study •L  arge new kitchen, new flooring, ducted aircon, solar HWS •L  arge powered shed, aviaries, smaller sheds and scheme water.

Fully serviced lots, variety of sizes and locations. • 1,000m2 from $120,000 • 2,000m2 from $140,000 • 4,000m2 from $145,000 to $190,000 • 1 ha brook frontage from $250,000

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Tom Cabassi 0429 095 864

GINGIN: 9575 2566

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60 Hart Drive




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151 Kay Road

29 McHavloe Drive

64 Robinson Street

Beautiful split-level 3x2 home in Lake Chittering Heights with magnificent valley views. Features incl. oak flooring, solar power, ducted vac, French doors, bullnose verandahs, gourmet country kitchen. 5 acres pastured land with creek at rear.

• Beautiful stone and timber cottage • 74 acres with pastured valley & timbered ridge. • Large spring-fed dam and bore • Ideal farm-stay, weekender or retirement.

• Magnificent brand new home • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus study • Home theatre, activity room and alfresco • Double garage with storeroom and huge shed • Large country pantry and wine cellar

• Fantastic location and investment opportunity • Near-new Queenslander style homestead • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus studio • 2.38ac with Brook Frontage • 5KW solar power, 10mx15m shed

Craig Hyne 0448 825 833

Craig Hyne 0448 825 833 or Liz Connell 0428 836 856

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312 Tamarisk Drive

84 Teatree Road

23 Turner Drive

Beautifully renovated colonial style homestead on 30 acres. 5 bedrm, 3 bathrm + study. Bitumen drive, 15x9 pwd workshop, 25x12 mach shed, dbl gge. River frontage, rainwater tanks, retic gardens plus commercial water licence.

Perfect starter home, investment or retirement. Two-storey 3x2 cedar home on 5 acres with mix of coastal shrubs and pasture, overlooking farmland at rear. Fruit trees, bore, separate double garage. Currently rented to excellent long term tenants.

For the horse enthusiast. •V  ery large 2 x 1 home on 11.3 acres. • New kitchen, both bedrooms are double •6  Paddocks, 6 WIWO stable block, tack & feed sheds, arena, round yard, workshop & water

• Spectacular ocean views • Massive 1,100m2 block • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens • Coolroom, sauna, huge living room

Liz Connell 0428 836 856

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BINDOON: 9576 0626


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LOWER CHITTERING, Meyer Close Beautifully presented 2 ha lots just off Morley Rd. Starting at $260k

BINDOON Cammeray Close Lot 23 $559,000 (15 acres)

Enjoy the countryside and valley views from this small rural property. Two prime home sites. PLUS Connected to scheme water and power.

GINGIN, 15 Edwards Street Modern Country Style (2.29 acres) A beautiful 4x 2 home on a huge block. Plenty of extras such as an attractive wrought iron conventional wood fire, security fly screens on all

doors and evaporative air conditioning throughout the living and bedroom areas. Large open plan kitchen dining area. Zoned r10 - sub division potential or just split into 2 lots. For sale by expressions of interest.

417 Ellendale Rd. 5 acres $295,000 gentle hillside block

BINDOON/MOOLIABEENEE 1 Barn Rd ( 97 acres).

GINGIN, Cullulla 825 Acres

Magnificent rammed earth home. 200+ acres cleared light country. The home is grand by any measure; 1200sqm under roof • Extensive outdoor entertaining areas • Commercial size 120 ft size shed and tool shed • Abundant water; solar bore, tanks, satellite and more. For sale by expressions of interest.

Rich soils and abundance of water ( 111,000 kl water licence). 9 paddocks, 40 acres of 1st quality hay. Extensive infrastructure with cattle yards, feed bins and more. 60x40ft shed. New 4 x 2 well appointed weatherboard home. For sale by expressions of interest.

BINDOON, Cammeray Farm

60 acres (25 ha) of rich Bindoon soil A large handsome home perched high in the hills with spectacular views. 5 stylishly presented bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an enormous living space, separate games and play areas and an elegant study. Stables , cattle yards, solar powered bore complete this excellent property. For sale by expressions of interest.

Commercial /Development Opportunities

BINDOON. 168 Great Northern



corner position • Large lot 4743m2 with Sub-division potenial • High traffic location • Existing commercial single storey shop/retail store. For Sale by Expression of Interest

BINDOON. Lot 103, Gray Rd Picturesque country, gently undulating, 189 Ha (467 acres) Development Plan approved for a 32 lot sub-division ranging from 2ha to 20ha. For Sale by Expression of Interest

CHITTERING/MUCHEA 4553 Great Northern Highway • Prime sub-divisible 158 ha (391 acres) • Commercial water license of 504 650 KL. • 4 x 2 bedroom house • Extensive farm equipment & machinery, large 870 sqm Commercial shed For Sale : All offers considered

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Putting Swan Valley Bypass on the map VISITING the Swan Valley in January, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss reaffirmed Australian Government funding of $615 million to the Swan Valley Bypass project. “The 37 kilometre Swan Valley Bypass project reflects the Australian Government’s national priorities of boosting productivity and creating strong connections that have both economic and social benefits,” Mr Truss said. “This bypass will improve Western Australian freight efficiency by introducing an alternative north/south freight route, relieving pressure on the

Funding received for the Bindoon Men’s Shed On the 19th July 2012 a public meeting was held in the Bindoon Hall to seek interest in starting a Men’s Shed programme in Bindoon. With a most positive response from the 26 blokes who attended, it was decided to make further investigations into procedures and funding to provide a

Great Northern Highway through the iconic Swan Valley.” Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell said building the bypass would involve constructing a new highway from the intersection of the Reid and Tonkin Highways to Muchea. “The bypass will include new interchanges to the existing road network as well as upgrades to connecting roads, which will mean a better flow of traffic regardless of whether you are on or off the new bypass,” Mr Buswell said. Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said traffic volumes continued to

grow through the Swan Valley. “Our election commitment, which we are delivering on, is a win for the businesses, tourists and residents of Western Australian,” Mr Porter said. Mr Truss said the works would complement planned upgrades to the Tonkin Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway. “Together these highway upgrades represent more than $1 billion worth of investment by the Australian Government and huge improvements to efficiency, road safety and capacity in the region,” he said. The Swan Valley Bypass is one of the priority road projects for Western Australia and was a key election commitment of the Australian Government.

building for the Bindoon Men’s Shed.

successful results.

A steering committee of 8 was formed and from small beginnings, the larger goals for the Bindoon Men’s Shed began to emerge.

An application for funding was presented to Lotteries West and in mid December 2013 a letter of approval was received for funds of $104,362. 00

By the time the first AGM was held in 2013, the membership for the Men’s Shed increased to 38.

The Bindoon Men’s Shed Committee and general membership, acknowledge with much appreciation the assistance, support and encouragement of Lotteries West for a successful outcome to our application.

Fund raising actives were high on the list of priorities and with dedicated volunteers from the membership coming together many fund raising activities, large and small were carried out with

Image Resources North Perth Basin Project Image Resources NL (“Image”) is moving towards the development of a mineral sands operation on its mining leases at Boonanarring. The project is located to the east of the Brand Highway, running from roughly 15km to 25km north of Gingin. The operation will involve conventional open cut dry mining of mineral sands and processing of the ore through a wet concentration plant to produce a heavy mineral concentrate (“HMC”). This would be similar to the Iluka Gingin operation, which is currently being rehabilitated. Image is also looking at adding a small re-locatable Dry Mill to the project scope. This would enable the company to further treat the HMC to produce final quality products on site at Boonanarring. Image is in discussions with potential customers for these products, which will

be used in a number of applications, including production of pigments for paints and plastics. The zircon product will be mainly used in the manufacture of ceramic tiles. Technical and economic studies completed in the second half of 2013 confirmed the feasibility and strong economics of the project, due primarily to the high grades and in particular, the high zircon content of the ore. Other activities in progress include those related to the various environmental and other approvals and raising the finance for the project. Subject to obtaining all the necessary approvals and securing project finance, construction work at the project is planned to commence in the second half of 2014, with a mine life of between 5 and 8 years.

During the operations stage, the project will create in the order of 160 jobs, will generate both work for local businesses and contribute royalties to WA. Similar to the other mineral sands operations in the region, Image intends to recruit many of its employees from the local area wherever possible. The availability of many local residents with recent experience in mineral sands mining and processing is a definite advantage for the project. So is the fact that all the major infrastructure, in terms of haulage roads, power lines and gas pipelines, is already in place. Managing Director of Image, Peter Davies, was General Manager at Tiwest’s Chandala operations between 1995 and 2000 and has lived in the local area since 2006. Peter is looking forward to the chance to build and run another

A couple of months ago I wrote about using the Microsoft RD client to remotely access your computer. While this is free and readily available, it can be difficult to setup if you want to access a PC across the internet. There are other alternatives that can be used that are easier to setup for this purpose. One that I have used is called Logmein and the related meeting app, join. me. I would usually recommend their free product, but they have decided to phase this out and are forcing everyone to use their subscription product, Logmein pro. While the pro product does have some useful features it is not necessary for the average home user. This is where Team Viewer comes in. It is a free product, for personal use, and there is also a free mobile app for use with tablets and smartphones. With over 200 million users, this product is well tested and used. Installation is straight forward; download the app from the website and run through the wizard. Once it is installed you will have a partner number and pass code. This unique combination is used to access your PC. I would recommend signing up for a free team viewer login as this can keep track of your remote PCs and link this to your mobile apps, instead of having to remember your partner ID. Team Viewer is not only limited to remote access. It can be used for online meetings, sharing audio and video as well as file sharing. Not bad for a free product. successful mineral sands operation which is not only profitable for the company, but which also provides a challenging and enjoyable working environment. Peter is keen to ensure that Image keeps the community informed and involved in the development of the project. As part of this commitment, Image held a third community information session on Wednesday 22nd January at their local office at 3 Constable Street, Gingin (next to the Bendigo Bank). Peter and his staff would like to encourage anyone who missed the open day or is interested to drop in anytime during office hours (look for the ‘Image Office Open’ sign) to have a look at display materials and discuss the project. Information available includes the results of environmental studies completed to date and the current plans for the operation itself, together with the expected benefits to the local community.



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



Bindoon 2nd and 4th Sundays of month at 9.30




Gingin 1st Sunday of month 8 am 3rd Sunday of month 9.30 am


The Uniting Church (Marian Crew, 9575 1357)




Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday 10am


The Seventhday Adventists (9576 0085)




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



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PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas

I was recently involved in a conversation in which a participant stressed, mightily, the importance of “getting an education”. That sounded reasonable enough, but then I realised that the speaker was a professional “educator”, and therefore had a fairly specific view of what constituted “an education”. Apparently, what the phrase “getting an education” really means is “getting a degree”! The purpose of this process is to obtain a suitable document to impress potential employers. In my opinion this is an acceptable short term goal for the young. Sadly, in the halls of academia, someone who serves an apprenticeship, as long, or longer than many university courses to qualify as a tradesman, is considered uneducated! I thought that perhaps the Oxford Dictionary might throw some light on what an education actually consists of. It suggested the word covered much wider fields of knowledge than mere academic pursuits. While “systematic instruction; or a course of the latter (classical, commercial, art etc.)” was mentioned, so were “bringing up (of the young); development of character or mental powers;” and even “training (of animals)” – and presumably soldiers and athletes. So getting an education may require a bit more than obtaining a degree. I am reminded of many famous and successful men who have been quoted saying that their education had little or nothing to do with what

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they were taught in school; or that their education started when they left the classroom. Of course, how far any of them might have got without the basic “Three R’s” is a matter of conjecture, although I doubt whether Gengis Khan or Shaka Zulu spent much time at their books, and they were pretty high achievers in their chosen fields. I suspect that they simply learned to use whatever they had at hand to best effect and to persist in their endeavours. Pretty basic learning, but powerful in the right hands (or should that be right minds?). But wait! Do we have a glimmer of light here? We’ve all encountered taxi drivers or bartenders with degrees, some of whom are quite sad about their lot, while others go about their business cheerfully and give every appearance of flourishing. Surely there are clues here about what education really means. The diplomas don’t seem to be relevant to the differences between these people. It’s their attitude that matters. We can learn lessons from just about anything that happens to us or around us if we have the right attitude. It’s the only kind of education that really matters. The old expression “the university of life” has some validity. It is our alma mater for our whole life; and it’s easy to pick the best students. The people who regard life as an education in itself. They learn to do the best they can – always! They are the optimists - the truly educated!

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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Tony Webb, former editor Chittering Times

The lost art of conversation Colossians 4 v 6 Let your conversations always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so you may know how to answer one another. A Queensland media professor lamented that he feared his students in journalism had lost the art of striking up a conversation. There was a reliance on communication by ipod, iphone, email, twitter etc, which in their eyes was the way to make conversation. He argued that this was purely an exchange of messages that did not replace the tried and proved method of picking up the phone to arrange an interview, then moving on to a one to one chat. The problem is how can you follow the guidance of the Bible quotation within a text message? The Lord created us for fellowship and communication. This is disappearing at a fast rate of knots from our culture. On the bus, train or aircraft most people are wired up, a simple Good day, how’s the weather, mate, etc is no longer an option that will get a response. Only by heart to heart chats do we learn about each other with a deep understanding. A few examples. I know a young lady who has a degree in journalism but she dislikes talking to the general public! Recently we had a young relative stay with us. From dawn to dusk she was texting her friends. In a two week period we had less than a few minutes real yakking time. Even going out for lunch or dinner you will find couples texting, with nary a spoken word. between them. As you may have guessed I love a yarn!


The English language has about 1,022.000 words. I say ‘about’ because we gain as many as 8,000 words a year, so it’s hard to be sure of the exact number at any given time. There are about 250,000 in French; about 100,000 in Spanish; and there were some 200,000 in Latin. Between 1900 and 1950, English vocabulary expanded by 10%; since 1950 it has grown by 70%, including a great deal of jargon and slang. And they said the Greeks had a word for everything! Actually, if anyone has a word for everything it’s surely the Germans. They use what linguists call compound nouns. Take the word: Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitatenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft. ( Just try running that through ‘spellcheck’!) Rendered into English it becomes ´The Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services’ The English phrase consists of sixteen separate words which can be used anywhere you choose, as often as you choose. I think you’ll agree that the German word lacks this versatility! So Germans can boast as many as nine million words (and super words) in their tongue; but I can’t help feeling it lacks the flexibility that we English-speakers can employ - and enjoy!

Retirees News The Bindoon Retirees would like to wish all our Members and Friends a Very Happy New Year 2014, we look forward to many happy times together! We start back on Monday 3rd February at the Chinkabee with our usual monthly meeting at 1.30pm and hope to see you there. We will have our calendar of events for the year ready to go. The first Monday of the month will be our usual meeting and every other Monday afternoon at 1.30pm we will meet in the Chinkabee for our indoor bowls.


Our winners of the bowls from last year was Lola Duck who was our Singles Champion for 2013, well done Lola. Our pairs champions were Sheila Haeusler and Nita Johnson, well done. Our Triples champions were, Corrie Hindle, Nita Hart and Jeanie Kerr, well done. Our Fours champions were Gwen Mercer, Sheila Haeusler, Geraldine McFarlane and Jeanie Oliver, well done. We have lots of things arranged for the year and look forward to more people joining with us.

Northern Valleys News February 2014

Commemorating an inspiring life The establishment of the Aboriginal mission at New Norcia had a profound effect on the lives of the local Aboriginal people, the Yued people of the Noongar nation. This coincided with much upheaval for the Noongar people who bore the brunt of the early British colony in WA. We consider that Bishop Salvado was a friend of the Yued people. Bishop Salvado gained the trust of the Yued people who helped him and his fellow missionaries survive in the bush and to establish the mission at New Norcia. Bishop Salvado had a deep interest and respect for Aboriginal people in which he recorded the local Noongar language, culture and customs. Those records have provided important historical information about Noongar people, including being used to support the Noongar native title claim. In the spirit of reconciliation, we look forward to participating in events commemorating Bishop Salvado’s life and his legacy. New Norcia Aboriginal Corporation The Benedictine monks of New Norcia are planning to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of their founder, Dom Rosendo Salvado, throughout 2014. Salvado was a major figure in Western Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century. He was a leader in missionary work among the Aboriginal peoples, founding New Norcia in 1847 and building it into what his contemporaries believed was one of the most progressive and successful missions in Australia. Over his 54 years at New Norcia this Spanish immigrant monk became an

Getting back into work after your holiday Wheatbelt Men’s Health. PO Box 768, Northam WA 6401, Phone: 08 9690 2277 Email:

Quiet often after a holiday or a break it is difficult to get back into work and work habits. This affects us both physically and mentally, it is pretty normal! Physically - we may be a bit out of condition due to the extra eating, drinking and relaxing rather than exercising. This may restrict our capacity to do some of our physical jobs so make sure you ease yourself into physical tasks if that is what your job entails. Plan out a daily routine which allows enough time for work, rest, exercise and play. Mentally – we are creatures of habit so we must make sure we are alert to the fact that we are back in the workplace and become vigilant of the risks of the job. This will take a little time, don’t rush it and prepare yourself. There is some thought provoking outcomes from recent research into truck crashes by the Truck Crash Research Centre based in South Australia. One of the research outcomes is that the majority of truck accidents (more than 90%) happened on the outward bound journey

abbot, bishop, educator, large landholder and public figure as well as a missionary and advocate for Aboriginal peoples. On Saturday 1st of March, the Bicentenary year and the special exhibition, which has been generously sponsored by Lotterywest, Artfinc and Lighting Options Australia, will be officially launched. The monks at New Norcia have drawn heavily on the most recent research from their archives in order to offer new perspectives and fully share the Salvado story. It is hoped that the bicentenary activities will also provide for the conservation of significant artefacts relating to Salvado, for the provision of new methodologies for the reinterpretation of the existing Salvado era display at the New Norcia Museum and for an improved understanding of, and access to, the Salvado era photographic collection in the New Norcia Archives. The first public event of the year Ecumenical Vespers - is to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth on Tuesday 4th March at 6.30pm. In addition to the monastic practice of chanting Thanksgiving Psalms, the Ecumenical Vespers will also feature storytelling from Salvado’s Memoirs and the music of eminent Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe. All Welcome! For more information on the Bicentenary events, please email Lucy Nicholson, BCNN Communications Officer at or call (08) 96 548018. of the truck trip! We need to ask ourselves why is this? There are many reasons for this, but primarily it is a combination of being physically tired coming off the holiday break and/or mentally our headspace is not focused on the job at hand. That is we are preoccupied with either the great holiday we have just had, the rostered break, relationship issues, family issues that may have been going on in our life. Prioritising these issues and dealing with them is an important part of our life. It does take a little time to adjust back to the workplace routine. Occupational Health & Safety provides the legislative framework that gives the employees and employers safety guidelines to adhere to. It is part of our culture and attitude however (especially prevalent in males) to risk taking, winning and getting the job done. These are the factors that we have to address, be aware of, and talk about so that as blokes we understand why we sometimes cut corners and how that may affect safety in the workplace. Our health and safety is ultimately our individual responsibility. Prepare yourself by being well rested and be alert when you’re getting back into it. Enjoy your work in 2014 and get the work life balance right. Cheers Owen Catto and the Team at RMHI

Remembering the past...


Bindoon Townsite Heritage Walk project The Shire of Chittering are creating a community history stories walk trail through the Bindoon townsite which has been proudly supported by the Australian Government funded Your Community Heritage Program. The 2km walk through the townsite

will have trailhead and road-crossing signage, along with interpretive placards telling the history of 12 sites around the town. The history of Enderslea farm, as below, will form part of the trail story.

Where was the Social Hub before the Hall? Enderslea Farm is located on the corner of Blue Plain and Chittering Roads. It was considered the area’s social centre before a Hall was built in 1903, originally the Chittering Agricultural Hall was located at the Brockman Centre before being relocated to the Bindoon townsite in 1938/39.

Dances and lantern shows were held in Enderslea’s large stone barn which was built by ticket of leave men. Funds raised at these events helped with the building of the Holy Trinity Church which is located on Great Northern Highway, just south of the Bindoon townsite. In April 1885 Archdeacon James Brown of the Swan Parish Church gave his whole-hearted support to the Chittering community for a church to be built. The standing committee of Synod purchased Swan Location Lot 954 and work by local volunteers using rough-hewn local stone and timber commenced in 1885. The Church was consecrated in October 1887. In the late 1920’s Enderslea Farm was bought by (or for) Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ Rankin-Finlayson’s upon her marriage to south-west orchardist Wilfred Ogden. As it was usual for female teachers not to be able to teach once married she had to retire from her position of headmistress at the Presbyterian Ladies College (she was there from February 1922 to late 1927). Elsie passed away at Enderslea in the early 1950’s aged 56. The barn was restored in 2013 (the original shingle roof was burnt in the late 19th century) to celebrate Enderslea’s 160th Anniversary and is occasionally used for performances and open days. Sincere thanks go to all contributors; Alison Reliti, Boyd Martin, Carolyn Gomersall, Danica Kay, Dawn Kay, Diane

Pope, Ernie Parkinson, Gwenda Rogers, Helen Manning, Keith Read, Lee Martin, Maria Glover, Marilyn Morrice, Olga Utting, Pat Parkinson, Sue Metcalf, Sue Sim, Tom Haydon, Vivienne du Plessis, Wayne Utting and Shire staff. Information was also gained from; “Chittering: Exploration to Shire” – Bruce Buchanan, “Peppertrees and Pioneers Moora District Schools 18931993”, “The Life & Times of” – Tommy Haydon, “The Way It Was” – Bindoon Primary School, “Our History Album” – Bindoon Agricultural Society, the Shire of Chittering Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places (2008) and “The Countryman” along with the Northern Valleys News and its predecessor the Chittering Times. This “sharing community heritage stories project” was proudly facilitated by the Shire of Chittering with “Your Community Heritage” funding from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

The Shire are still seeking more information and stories on the following...Can you help? • Chinkabee: Where does this name originate from? When was the Sports Complex built? Any stories? • St John Ambulance: More history – approx. 100 words. • Bindoon General Store: What year/s was the post office run here? • Bindoon RSL and ADRA: More RSL and Op Shop info. • Communication in Bindoon: any more post or telephone exchange stories?


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The Bindoon & District Historical Association has determined to set aside an area within the museum to dedicated to those who served their Country in times of war. Anybody in the district that has knowledge of people that served in the services from the Boar war,1st and 2nd world wars, and were involved in Iraqi and Afganistan are most welcome to come forward and give our museum any information. We already have many names of those that served, and need to include any we may have missed on the Roll of Honour. Any material including medals and memorabilla that readers wish to display are most welcome and will be treated with the utmost respect. Contacts Olive Campbell 9576 0753 Dave Barker 9576 1334..


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The Chittering Bindoon Country Women’s Association of WA would like to extend good wishes to our community for the New Year and hope that 2014 is a good one for you all. Our branch will be holding our first meeting for the year at the CWA rooms, in the Bindoon Town Hall, starting at 10am on Wednesday 19th February 2014. We welcome new members and mothers’ with children to our meetings and you are most welcome to come a little earlier to meet the members and join us for a cuppa before the meeting starts. Following the ordinary meeting we will be holding our AGM which will commence at approximately 11.30 am. Our Branch is looking forward to a new year of fun, friendship and contributing to our community. For more information, please phone the President, Carolyn Cover on 9571 0263 or the Secretary, Eleanor Junk on 9571 8814.

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Open each morning Sunday-Friday (Closed Sat) Market last Sunday each month Dawn & Bob Blizard Jenny Brown Teena Leuba 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

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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 Thursday evenings at 6:30pm, Chinkabee courts. Ph Vivienne du Plessis 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

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9575 2339

Gingin Pensioners Social Club

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

9575 2245

Muchea Vol Bushfire Brigade Pearce Community Toy Library

Open Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am

South Midlands Polocrosse Club

Jenny Hall

South Midlands Pony Club

Kay Kavanagh Ruth Loudon Keith Cunningham

Wannamal Community Centre Wannamal Indoor Bowls

9575 2249 9571 8194 0439 401 869 0416 253 603

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

Bindoon over 50’s Exercise Group

Meets every Friday at 9am at the Bindoon Hall. Laz Rabin 0412 911 193

Bindoon Tai chi 9575 2316

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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

Aidan Johnstone, Matthew Cox, Victor Paul, Oliver Martin, Christian Porter, Logan Hellmrich, Nina Whyte, Owen McCallum

“Unfortunately it is often a struggle for families meeting the expense of attending championships. These grants are a way for the Australian Government to contribute some assistance in meeting the financial cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment for participation at these important events. “These children have shown great dedication to their sports and, having met with them today, I am certain they all have great futures ahead of them.” The Sporting Champions are:

fun fitness

Fridays 10.30- 11:30 at the Bindoon Hal l Laz Rabin 0412 911 193

9576 0085

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

“It has never been more important to encourage young kids into sport and help them pursue their talents,” Mr Porter said.

0427 752 348

Bob Blizard

Gingin P & C Assoc

The athletes received the grants under the Local Sporting Champions program to help them pursue their sporting achievements.

Bindoon exercise class with Laz

Gingin Bowling club

Lower Chittering Cricket

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter has today awarded grants of $500 to eight young sporting champions in Pearce.

9571 0263 0419045783 0419 043 960

Gingin Freemasons Lodge

Gingin Football Club

Recognising our local sporting champions

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

Bullsbrook ‘Be Active Together’ Fitness classes Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays, Pickett Park Hall, at 9am, and cost $6.50 per class. This also includes tea and coffee afterwards as the group is extremely social and friendly. The fitness classes are one hour of exercise to music classes which incorporate about four levels of intensity and have appealed to ages from 40 to 87 years old! Feel free to come and join us anytime and be prepared to laugh a lot. Fitness instructor Janet Alexander 0405039833

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

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

Calingiri Community Gym Open 24/7, contact 9628 7004

Gingin- Aquarobics Tuesdays 5.30pm Gingin Pool (weather permitting)

Gingin Cricket Gingin Cricket Club invites all players that are interesting in playing this season. For any enquiries please contact Jake Edwards on 0459674726 or John Dale on 0400702163

Gingin SOCIAL TENNIS THURSDAY NIGHTS 6pm at Gingin Regional Hardcourts Come along & have a hit in a friendly, relaxed & casual atmosphere President: Brendon Fewster 9575 1551 or 0417 920 003 Secretary: Simone Gresele 9575 2234 or 0429 196 826 Captain: David Roe 0427 754 059

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

Lower Chittering Tex Wed 9-10am with Judy Dennis

Should your class be here? Email to or Phone: 0419 045 783


· Matthew Cox – Jane Brook – Men’s National Gymnastics Championship · Nina Whyte – Two Rocks – U/15’s Girls Australian Lacrosse Championship ·  Victor Paul – Stratton – 2013 School Sport Touch Championship · Owen McCallum – Boya – U/15’s Boys Australian Lacrosse Championship · Pearse McKee – Ellenbrook – National Soccer Schoolboys Competition · Oliver Martin – Nowergup – Australian Orienteering Championships · Aidan Johnstone – Lower Chittering – Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships · Logan Hellmrich – Stoneville – U/15’s Boys Australian Lacrosse Championships The Facts: The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance to young people aged 12-18 when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships. Applications are assessed three times a year.

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education in the Northern Valleys

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.

Catholic Agricultural college, Bindoon

Shire of chittering scholarship awards

Bindoon primary school

Shire of Chittering Supports Social and Emotional Learning at Bindoon Primary School

Congratulations to the the winners of the Educational scholarships and School Citizenship awards presented by the Shire of CHittering at the Australia Day awards evening. More on page 10.

The Shire of Chittering provided a grant of about $4,500 to the Bindoon Primary School P&C so the whole school could buy the resources to implement a program called PATHS. PATHS stands for Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies and focuses on social and emotional learning of children. It also enhances mental health of children. The domains of PATHS are Self Control, Emotional Understanding, Building Self Esteem, Relationships and Problem - Solving Skills. All Bindoon Primary School staff participated in two days of professional learning about PATHS prior to students returning to school this year. The professional learning was most capably presented by School Psychologists Deb Cockrane and Alicia Wills; and by Deputy Principal Linda Toms. Children are taught that all feelings are okay and that feelings can be comfortable or uncomfortable. However, they are taught that not all behaviours are okay, and are taught to evaluate behaviours. Children learn techniques to calm down by stopping to think about a problem; identifying their feelings; trying out a solution and evaluating their solution. The focus is on self control. Children learn to become less impulsive and use language to regulate behaviour and communicate effectively. It is also intended that children learn to better recognize and managing emotions; develop caring and concern for others; make responsible decisions; establish and maintain positive relationships; and handle challenging situations effectively. Parent workshops will be conducted during term 1 which means parents will be able to try the strategies at home.

Winner of the Shire of Chittering Education Scholarship award in the 6/7 category, Holly King.

Winner of the Shire of Chittering Education Scholarship award in the year 10 category, Kirralee Price.

This is an exciting time for Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon as they are moving to a new model of operation which allows them to focus on their core business of education while offering a wide range of vocational education options with a high level of practical learning for upper school students from Year 10 to Year 12. Once again in 2013 the College achieved a 100% graduation rate for Year 12 students. During 2013 the College went through a significant re-structure which saw the adoption of a business plan for the next five years and consolidation of the range of subjects available to all the students, including our specialist opportunities which allow students in senior years to engage with Agriculture, Equine and Trades.

Ethan Dobra, winner of the School citizenship award (Immaculate Heart College) with proud Grandmother, Maureen

Mikayla Ralls, winner of the Bindoon Primary School Citizenship award.

Bindoon Primary School appreciates the valuable contribution from the Shire of Chittering.

A portion of the College Farm will be leased over the next 3 – 5 years. This will allow for the development of partnerships with other farmers which will provide our agriculture students with learning opportunities offsite in different environments. The crucial work of the College is the education of students. The curriculum for Year 7 – 9 is a rich blend of core curriculum, agricultural science and elective subjects which provide the skills for upper school. Staff will work together with students to provide a thriving educational environment which allows them to achieve their potential and become future leaders.




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REGISTRATION DAY 2014 New Workshops AND • Card making in Feb. FREE SAUSAGE CHITTERINGSIZZLE JUNIOR NEW AND OLD PLAYERS FOOTBALL CLUB WELCOME • Easter Craft in March. AUSKICK ONLY – Can also BIRTH CERTIFICATE Register on-line REQUIRED • Introduction to spinning AUSKICK – YEAR 12 Leanne Summer and Deb Whitely SATURDAY Fees paid on the day, get SUNDAY in March MERCHANDISE CAN ALSO the chance to win a nd 23rd 22 FEBRUARY 2014 BE PURCHASED AT THEFEBRUARY GREAT PRIZE Register2014 at the shop- 29 Binda LITTLE BIG ARTIST- workshop for 2-6year olds. Parent enjoy BRONCO’S STORE (For each age group) some creative time and a lovely Devonshire tea. First Wednesday of -3.00pm 10.00am – Place, 1.00pm Bindoon every month. This workshop supplies you all12.00pm the materials plus Stacey For more info please call EFTPOS available on the Saturday 22nd February 12.00am -3.00Pm & 10.00am – 1.00am, Sunday 23rd February 2014 At Muchea hall

will step you through your childs creation process. See website for bookings and more information. SHARE if you know of anyone interested. Next workshop 5th Feb.

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Living the dream

Jessica Norton, runner-up Ladies Breakaway Champion, competing in Tamworth. Thanks to for the photo.

Jessica Norton wouldn’t go to high school until a school that would let her take her horse could be found. She started at Bindoon Catholic Agricultural College in 1999, as a year 9 boarder.   In the next few years she discovered many things to influence her future, including the sport of rodeo. With guidance from Robbie Neuman of Muchea she began throwing a rope, practicing on a roping dummy and then began

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to compete in the junior breakaway competition. She was the All Round Junior Cowgirl in 2002 Senior competition is tough, and to pursue her sport and have more rodeo opportunities Jessica headed east with her horse in 2007 and joined the ABCRA circuit on the east coast.  Since then, she has lived in Gunnedah NSW, running her own business. She

drives to whatever rodeos she can; in 2013 that was 45 Rodeos. Jessica has been in the top 15 selection at the National ABCRA Finals a few times now, but this year was delighted to enter as the number 2 position with a small margin between her and the number 1 position. Her horse Jack won the title of Horse of the Year in Breakaway Roping, and after four nights of rodeo competition at the finals in Tamworth, Jessica stayed

in the second position and received her well-deserved title of Runner Up Ladies Breakaway Champion. Her mother, Barni Norton was in the crowd at Tamworth, cheering her on. As were a few other  West Aussies including local west coast rodeo competing finalists Wade McCarthy of Gingin, and Laurence Oversby of Bindoon.  

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Northern Valleys News February 2014


Northern Valleys News Feb issue 2014


Northern Valleys News Feb issue 2014