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Oils ain’t oils

Sumich Olives farm manager Stephen Beckwith

Olive oil is flowing as thousands of trees planted some 10 years ago are delivering a bumper harvest. Director of Sumich Olive Oil, Vincent Tana and farm manager Stephen Beckwith are encouraged by the recent turnaround in prices and confident of a good season. Sumich has 1100 hectares of olive trees across the north west of the Northern Valleys. The 500,000 trees will produce between 1-1.5 million litres of olive oil this year, employing 10 people full time and another 25 during harvest time. Like most farming, it is price which decides the fortunes of the industry.



According to Vincent, “At the moment it is a break even proposition at $3.50/litre bulk but it is significantly better than what it has been, it was as low as $2.50, 12 months ago”. 60-70% of the Sumich olive oil is sold through domestic markets. In WA they sell their own brand but sell as private label on the east coast. Vincent shares, “We never wanted to go into that retail branding space. From the beginning we were looking for a very lean business to ensure sustainability.” Vincent expects that in the long term most of his sales will be domestic but in the meantime he is enjoying the interest from China.


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“China has a voracious appetite for olive oil at the moment. We get 2-3 enquiries per week, how long term it is, is still unknown. China has an immense respect for food, and quality, where everything resolves around the meal. China is also a lot stricter in quality than Australia and has even blacklisted a number of oils, as they don’t meet criteria.” says Vincent. Vincent shares that the adulteration of extra virgin olive oil is the number one biggest issue facing olive growers

in Australia. Essentially some overseas producers are diluting their oils with lower grade vegetable oils, but selling under the false pretence that it is extra virgin (i.e. has only been pressed once). “If we sell a carrot into the Singapore market, I know I’m being compared with other carrots. But with olive oil, if I send Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Singapore I don’t know if I’m competing against a similar product.” Of all the olive oil that is sold in bottles, close to 75% is sold as extra virgin and yet of all the olive oil produced only about 30-35 % in the world is extra virgin. So it seems some oils aint oils.

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Editors note Welcome to our June issue of Northern Valleys News. The Northern Valleys are as pretty as a picture with green valleys, spotted orange as the citrus season arrives across the region. According to John’s rainfall we have achieved a progressive total of 177.7mm, well up on last year’s 93.8mm

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Thank you to all our advertisers and to our editorial contributors. Tamieka and I do our best to deliver a “true” community paper and your assistance and financial support makes it all worthwhile. Jackie Shervington Northern Valleys News helping to grow our regional community.


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To our new readers we hope you like this semi rural local paper that is a blend of lifestyle and rural interests. The name Northern Valleys was created to provide a name which all communities would be happy to support and hopefully unite us through our common interests. Northern Valleys News is a feel good paper which is designed to uncover our community’s great secrets and treasures.


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Donald McDonald

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A note from the editor A point of clarification....

‘Immaculate Heart College is an independent, co-educational school that teaches the Catholic Faith. Hence, it is a member of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA). To this end, it attracts both State and Federal funding at regular intervals throughout the year, every year. The College is a separate entity to the Church and Presbytery/Parish Offices; therefore, with its own distinct coffers.

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Extra funding is also received through AISWA for special projects, such as for Languages Education, along with Targeted Learning projects for Literacy and Numeracy. Furthermore, the College has attracted funding (Universal Access) for its Kindergarten program which meets all of the AISWA requirements. Another source of funding is the modest school fees paid by parents (IHC is a relatively low-fee school). Donations are a small part of the income of the school. However, as with all other schools, donations are welcome.’

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The Chittering Bindoon Branch of the Country Women’s Association would like to thank the community of Bindoon for your generous support of our Mothers Day Cake Stall on Saturday 11th May. Your support has enable us to support the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) to improve the lives of women and their families throughout the world. We would also like to congratulate the winners of our raffle, 1st prize Bev Donaldson and 2nd prize went to Alex Douglas.

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Dear Editor Recently I was with a couple of volunteers erecting a sign on Carty Reserve adjacent to the truck bay on Great Northern Highway. There was so muchh rubbish scattered around that I started picking it up to place in the roadside bins which are clearly marked “No disposal of household rubbish”. I was picking up light bulbs, light fittings and cooking oil bottles as well as assorted fast food containers so it was obvious that some dumping of household rubbish was occurring. The bins were relatively empty so I was able to drop the grids which prevent crows from entering the bins. That was effective for about five minutes until a little hatchback came from the north and the occupants proceeded to dump four bags of rubbish in the southern bin before waving gaily and turning around to go north again complaining because they couldn’t shut the grid back on the bin! I removed the last box of Swan beer cans which was preventing the grid from closing and placed them in the northern bin in order to prevent crow distribution. That was fine until about half an hour later a newish 4WD came from the north again, the occupant proceeded to remove the box of Swan cans, place them on the ground and then fill the bin with bags of household rubbish, then turned and headed back north!!! I then had to leave to get some more materials and by the time I returned crows had attacked the bags of household rubbish and bits of food scraps were scattered everywhere. I understand that it must be difficult to get to the tip – after all, it opens five days of the week!!!. There is a private rubbish service which visits Hart Drive once a week which is not expensive. Please be aware that dumping household rubbish in roadside bins, apart from being illegal, causes environmental problems. The rubbish is an eyesore, animals and birds can access food scraps which can be dangerous, and makes our beautiful area look scruffy and unloved. It only takes a little effort on your behalf to do the right thing. Sue Metcalf

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It’s your community... Ladies Day

The Golden Years Morning Tea

ALL YOUR FAVOURITE PARTY PLANS IN THE ONE LOCATION !!!! Lorraine Lea Linen, Norwex, Thermomix, Partylite, Nutrimetics, Arbonne, Tupperware, Intimo, Phoenix Trading, Chef’s Tool Box, Jewellery, Creata Direct Learning, Stampin Up, just to name a few.. Saturday 22nd June, 2pm to 5pm, Bindoon Town Hall, Great Northern Highway Bindoon. Entry $5 per person Includes hall entry, light afternoon tea, and entry into the major prize draw. Proudly brought to you by the Bindoon Primary School P & C.

Bendigo Bank is hosting a morning tea dedicated to over 50 year olds. At the morning tea guests will be able to explore and ask questions on a range of topics including: Travel ideas, Community Resource Centre, Sporting groups, Men’s Sheds, Legal advice, Funeral planning, Financial planning, Silver Chain Services, Community organisations and Local clubs. There’ll be plenty of experts on hand to answer any questions. Not only will guests be spoilt with a delicious mouth-watering morning tea, just by coming along, they will have the chance

to win some amazing door prizes and everyone walks away with a show bag. The contributions to the community through the Bendigo Bank are well known, and this event will be yet another free event for locals to add to the list. Wednesday 24 July, 10am at Granville Civic Centre, Weld Street, Gingin Don’t be shy, get along and discover something new and you won’t go home empty handed. To RSVP or if you would like more information or if you are in need of transport, please contact the bank on 9575 1560

Gingin Endurance ride Come support the Gingin endurance ride this year on Saturday 15th June at Jarrah Downs (11kms from Gingin). The competition consists of a 20km Social Ride, a 40km Training Ride and the 80km Endurance Ride (competitive level). It is the third year the ride has been held and organisers expect around 100 horse and rider teams to attend. For more infomation contact Frances Overheu on 0409 949 786

Gingin Football Club present for you A night of entertainment

Friday 14th June Image Resources Information Sessions Gingin, Constable Street, See pg 4

Saturday 15th June

Purple Bra Day is coming to Gingin. Dress in your favourite purple outfit, add a purple bra and head to Granville for a fun filled morning in aid of breast cancer. On Monday 17th June from 10.00am, Koorunga CWA Branch and the Gingin Red Cross Unit are joining forces to host a morning tea to remember. A $5.00 entry will guarantee you a yummy morning tea, a fashion parade, raffles, quizzes, a chance to listen to the GGDHS Band, a prize for the best purple bra outfit and the opportunity to show you care and are breast aware. Local business will be given the opportunity to order a purple morning tea. With one in eight women affected by the disease, Breast Cancer Care WA has been able to provide assistance to over 3,000 ladies in the last three years, thanks to the generous support of community donations. For more information contact Karyn 95753143

Stage Hypnotist Spellmaster

Stephen Spellmaster as seen on Hamish & Andy, The Footy Show, Kerrie-Anne & many more. Red Carpet entry, photographed and prize for best dressed couple Refreshment food provided, full licenced bar facility available Musical entertainment catering for all ages for a fun time of dancing. Date 22nd June 2013 -Venue is the Gingin Granville Hall Start time is 7pm - Tickets $70.00/head Table bookings are encouraged, tables of eight

Farmers Market. Don’t forget the next Farmers Markets on June 23rd at Edmonds place, Bindoon. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the new venue, and pick up some local produce, including mandarins and a selection of freshly picked vegies. With a new coffee vendor offering a quality morning cuppa, and tables and chairs to sit at, the market offers the perfect Sunday morning activity.

Purchase tickets from Cathy at Gingin fuel & tyres 08 9575 2339, Gull Roadhouse Gingin, Lynley Fewster, Gingin shire offices, Rob Kestel 042 9778 560, Lancelin community resource centre 08 9655 2033.

International concert pianist in Bindoon Don’t forget, tickets go on sale on June 1st for the piano recital by Roman Rudnyski, $20 a ticket, $17 concession and $10 under 18’s. This two hour concert being held at the Bindoon Town Hall is on Saturday July 13th, with tickets available at the Visitor Centre; seating for 100 people so be quick to get your tickets.

We welcome your local community events. Please email to Jackie@ nvnews. or Phone: 0419 045 783

Gingin Endurance Ride Jarrah Downs ( 11kms from Gingin)

Monday 17th June Purple Bra Day, Gingin. Breast cancer morning tea. 10am Koorunga CWA Branch and the Gingin Red Cross Unit

Tuesday 18 June 2013 Bindoon Primary School Community Forum 1pm - 3pm or 6pm - 8pm see ad p23

Saturday 22nd June 2013 9am-1.30pm Weed Workshop Landcare See ad pg 10 Ladies Day- PARTY PLANS IN THE ONE LOCATION. 2pm to 5pm, Bindoon Town Hall

Saturday 22nd June 2013 Stage Hypnotist. Gingin Granville Hall. Start time is 7pm. Tickets $70.00/head see ad page 3

Wine tasting from Bindoon Estate and Glenowen wineries offers a stronger tipple for those up to it, and the tunes of local musos create a lovely vibe. Just around the corner, the Bindoon op-shop is open at the same time, for those keen to hunt down a bargain.


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Saturday 23rd June 2013 Farmers Markets - Edmonds place, Bindoon

Saturday 29th June 2013 Breast Cancer Fundraiser Long table lunch Stringybark - 12 noon

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It’s your news... Heart week walk – Bindoon

Celebrating 20 Years Of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

The Shire of Chittering recently hosted a community walk in Bindoon as part of Heart Week.

Marilyn Morrice

The morning tea hosted by the Chittering Cancer Support Group was a great success, raising over $1000 for the Cancer Council. While members of the Support Group catered and served on the day we could not have done it without the generous support of the many local businesses. Special thanks go to the Bindoon Bakehaus, Bindoon Hardware, Bindoon IGA and the Bindoon General Store for your support. Many businesses also called in to get take-aways for their staff including the shire, school, IGA, pharmacy, post office and hairdressers. Twelve lucky people won prizes in our raffle. Unfortunately everyone at some stage has been touched by cancer and this event

was an opportunity for our community to help fund research and support services in the Cancer Council’s fight against cancer. Many in our group have used the Cancer Council’s services including accommodation, financial assistance, and counselling. The Chittering Cancer Support Group holds monthly meetings in Bindoon for anyone whose life is affected by cancer, including partners, carers and family members. For more information you can contact Marilyn on 95760090, or Vera on 95761083

Bindoon Estate wines served at Bite! The growing popularity of Bindoon Estate wines has led to them being added to the wines served at Restaurant Bite! Nick Humphry of Bindoon Estate is delighted with this development, “We focus on the local market, and having the wines available by the glass or bottle for diners at Bite! means more locals are able to enjoy them”. The wines, chardonnay, cabernet merlot and vintage port, have proved popular with patrons at Bite! who are looking for quality wine and are keen to try the local product. Pete and Anita of Bite! have been pleased with customer feedback on the wines and regard them as a welcome addition to their wine list.

Sewing for good The Bindoon Arts and Crafts group spent a day recently sewing covers for wheelchairs that a volunteer group in Wangara make for overseas children in underprivileged countries.

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The Be Active Heart Week Walk was delivered under the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme funded by Healthway and the Shire of Chittering, in partnership with Wheatbelt Primary Health Service and the Heart Foundation. A total of 29 community members joined organizers for an enjoyable 45 minute walk from Clune Park along the Stonehouse Trail and back where a healthy morning tea snack was provided. The walk catered for all ages and fitness levels with toddlers and seniors alike taking in the great outdoors as well as a couple of lucky canines leading their owners along the trail. The Heart Week event aimed to promote walking as a free and accessible form of physical activity for all community members. Going for a good walk a few times a week (or more) can have a very positive impact on both physical and mental health, and goes a long way to aiding prevention of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions, overweight/obesity, and depression especially when coupled with resistance exercises. By choosing alternative and more challenging walking routes such as hills or sandy trails this simple and accessible form of exercise can be used to improve fitness as well as to maintain good health.

Getting outdoors and going for a good old fashioned walk will have you feeling and looking better, do wonders for your health, and the dog will love you for it. In order to promote walking within the region, the Shire of Chittering has developed the Chittering Trail Network Master Plan which aims to guide and develop signed walking and cycling trails throughout the Shire, as well as drive, motorbike and horse riding trails. The trails will be supported through the Shire website and in the ChitChat trail notes. The Heart Week Walk will become a regular fixture within the Shire of Chittering, with the location changing from year to year to showcase the various trails within the Shire of Chittering. For more information on walk trails or being active in the Shire of Chittering please contact the Shire on 95764600 or visit walk-trails/default.aspx

Proposed Boonanarring Mineral Sands Project Community Information Sessions Friday 14th June from 12pm to 2pm Saturday 15th June from 9am to 12pm 3 Constable Street Gingin (near Bendigo Bank) Tea/coffee & light snacks provided

Please drop in when convenient to you during the above times to view display materials and discuss the proposed Boonanarring Mineral Sands Project, including the environmental approvals process, results of the environmental studies completed to date and the benefits to your local community. Please note there will also be a formal opportunity for you to provide a submission on the Public Environmental Review (PER) to the EPA once it is released for public review.

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Out & About

Gingin British car day Another successful Gingin British car day took place on Sunday 19th May. People came from all over the state to view the beautifully resored vehicles, but for the locals the real

attraction was in front of the soundshell, where the talented young dancers from Roxanne’s dance workshop put on a colourful performance.

Maxine & Jason Jemma, Kaitlyn and Rob Cran

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Many who attended the day were very surprised to learn that the ambulance is manned by volunteers Margaret & Ted Jones having a closer inspection of an and that no ambulance. Ted is proud of being transported five times in Government the local ambulances. funding is received for the purchase The Gingin Pensioners Social and maintenance of ambulances. Club recently enjoyed a visit to This is all met by the local sub the Gingin St John Ambulance centre, which in this case is the building. In an information Chittering Gingin Sub Centre. sharing morning those present enjoyed a slide show of the construction of the new building an informative tour or the ambulances and equipment used in them, a talk by Community Health Nurse Chris Pietraszek on keeping healthy and a fun quiz about Australia. The very clear message of the day was the ambulance is for use any time of the day for the whole

Sally Gifford explaining equipment in the ambulances

Gingin Community plan available online This Community Engagement Program included a range of strategies to engage a diverse range of people across the Shire. This process included face to face facilitated workshops, on line and hard copy survey instruments. The community engagement program that the Shire undertook was extremely successful, with 485 people having involvement and providing feedback on their vision for the Shire of Gingin. The community provided the Shire with extensive information on what we are doing well and areas they would like us to focus on in the future. From this process a draft Strategic Community Plan has been developed, and is now open for feedback and validation until Friday, 7 June 2013 You can obtain a copy of the draft Strategic Community Plan on Council’s website,

Council to the Community JUNE 2013 CAT LAWS



The Cat Act 2011 received Parliamentary approval on 9 November 2011. This Act is being implemented through a two phase approach;

The Shire of Gingin continues to receive Stable Fly Notifications. It is important to provide information daily or as often as possible to assist staff in determining the source of the Stable Fly infestations.

To complement the Shire of Gingin website, we have created a Community Facebook Page to encourage the Shire of Gingin community to share photos, memories, events, ideas, etc. Search for Shire of Gingin. We would love to hear your thoughts.

• Phase One by 1 November 2012; and • Phase Two by 1 November 2013. The two year lead-in period will provide the community, industry and local government the opportunity to make plans to comply with the requirements. The development of this legislation follows extensive public consultation in July 2010. Five hundred and ninety (590) submissions were received during the consultation period, with overwhelming support (84%) given for the induction of all three key elements proposed in the consultation paper: • Compulsory identification through micro-chipping; • Compulsory registration; and • Compulsory sterilisation.

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

An electronic Stable Fly Notification Form is available for ease of notification and completion on Council's website. You can complete a stable fly notification form for either Cattle and Animals or Human and Domestic infestations. If you require further information please refer to the Shire's website and follow the tabs to The Council and Policies; Environmental Health; Stable Flies. Residents are encouraged to ensure that fly breeding does not occur on their property and are urged to report any fly breeding or excessive fly numbers to Council's Health Department on 9575 2211.

BOOKING FACILITIES Applications for approval should be submitted at least 10 weeks prior to the proposed event. It is pertinent to note that Applications submitted less than 10 weeks may not be approved in time for the event. Applications should be made on the correct Event Application Form. To try our electronic form please refer to the Shire's website and follow the tabs to Residents; Community Facilities.

GINGIN BRITISH CAR DAY Congratulations to Robert Brodie-Hall and Helpers for another successful Gingin British Car Day, which was held on 19 May 2013. The weather was perfect for car enthusiasts, day-trippers and locals, and was certainly a boost for local tourism.

2013/14 DRAFT MUNICIPAL BUDGET Council is currently reviewing all 2013-14 Financial Assistance Submissions. Suitable submissions will be incorporated in the Draft 2013-14 Municipal Budget and will be reviewed at the Draft Budget Meeting in July 2013.

MOTOR DRIVERS LICENSING SERVICES We offer Hazard Perception Testing, Computer Theory Testing and Practical Driving Testing by appointment only. Please contact Licensing Staff on 9575 2211 to make an appointment and to ensure correct documentation is brought with you.

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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Wannamal WANDER – VETTERS REPORT by Paul Szijarto - President

W.A. Rogaining Association The Western Australian Rogaining Association conducted a rogaining event at Wannamal on the 4th May. What’s Rogaining? It’s long distance cross country navigation (similar to Orienteering but targets or controls are further apart , up to 2 Kms and the event is usually of 12 or 24 hours duration.) Rogaining can trace its roots back to 1947 when the first of many events with some of the features of rogaines

was organized by the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club. These events led to the birth of the sport of rogaining in April, 1976, in Melbourne, Australia. The sport was named, rules were adopted and the world’s first rogaining association was formed (the Victorian Rogaining Association). Growth of the association and the sport occurred rapidly over the next decade. To host this type of event quite a large land area with many geographical features is required and with the permission and support of many local farmers. The organisers or “setter” prepare the location using setting plates (corfluet signs) to mark where the controls should hang. In a rogaine, teams of 2-5 people choose which checkpoints to visit within a time limit with the intent of maximizing their score. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation for the natural environment are features of the sport. One puzzled farmer who wasn’t familiar with these Corflute contraptions found

Paul Szijarto, Doug, Brooke and and Bev Fleetwood

one on his property and promptly removed it to show it to his neighbour. He was understandably relieved to be told of its true purpose, as the setting plate was labelled ‘FU’, a message which could have been misconstrued! All the teams made it back under their own steam and before the end of the event, which is always a relief for the setting and vetting team who can then relax and get on with the important business of toasting a successful Rogaine with no fear of having to drive again that night. Rogaining wouldn’t be the great sport it is without the generosity of the people who allow us to use their land. So we were delighted that one of the land owners, Doug Fleetwood, and his daughter Brooke came in with an outstanding result as 1st Novice team, and 21st overall with over 2,000 points (a score that many experienced Rogainers can only dream of). While they may have had a teeny-weeny advantage on their own property, we don’t think this detracts from their superb achievement and we hope to see them competing at many events in the future. Thanks again to all the hash house, first-aid, admin and committee volunteers who ensured that things happened when they should, and to everyone else who lent a hand during the weekend. And special thanks to Yvonne Smith who entertained us so beautifully and made the results a real celebration for everyone.

Bindoon bypass now a priority

MEMBER for Moore, Shane Love MLA has urged Bindoon residents to give renewed consideration to the town’s bypass as the Federal Government committed more than $700 million to upgrade the Great Northern Highway and Swan Valley Bypass in the recent Federal Budget. He said upgrades to the highway, north and south of Bindoon would put mounting pressure on the town, making it effectively, a bottleneck. “The residents of Chittering now have the opportunity to consider the future of Bindoon and work towards achieving that,” Mr Love said. The $307.8 million Great Northern Highway upgrade - between Muchea and Wubin - is funded under the Regional Infrastructure Fund Project and will involve an 87km section of the highway, including realignment of the highway, intersection upgrades, road widening and construction of additional overtaking lanes. Upgrade of the Great Northern Highway will be in addition to the $418.3 million to be spent on the Swan Valley Bypass, also referred to as the Perth to Darwin National Highway. Mr Love said the proposed funding for the Great Northern Highway upgrade was great news for the district. “The highway is a lifeblood of the nation and the principal link between the east Pilbara and the metropolitan area,” he said. “We look forward to the federal and state governments working together to effect these upgrades. For more information:

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Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know that this is an election year in Federal political circles? Where have you been? Tell us so that we can all go! However, those who are not so fortunate may be aware of an important addition to the election – A REFERENDUM. This concerns the weighty sounding matter of Constitutional Recognition of Local Government. So, what’s it all about? Simply put, it’s this: the Australian Constitution, as it currently stands, does not recognise the existence of Local Government as a third tier of government, or as anything else for that matter. So what? At this stage, the political ramifications of a third tier of government are complex and will keep constitutional lawyers busy for years, but politics are not what the referendum is about. Surprise, surprise, it’s all about money, or at least the control of money. Back in the days of the dreaded GFC, the Feds’ stimulus packages, devised to maintain national growth, included some payments made directly to Local Governments to encourage them to do more to drive development at a grassroots level. Alas, a great wise man in the east, (or perhaps a bored academic) declared that the Constitution forbade such largesse and that the Feds should cease and desist immediately. Now this may not

have been a major problem if it was only to affect the “one off” types of grant that were typical of the whole stimulus process, but that is not the end of it. Established Commonwealth funding programs such as Roads to Recovery and the Local Community Infrastructure Program are now at risk. They can be challenged in the High Court. By whom? Well just about anyone with the cash to pay the court costs involved. It could, of course, be bored academics with an urge to exercise their democratic rights; or it could be a State Government that would prefer that all such funds be paid into their coffers to be disbursed to local authorities as they see fit. All that is required is that a simple clause be added to the appropriate section (Section 96) of the Constitution. It would read “The parliament may grant financial assistance to any state or any local government body formed by a law of a state on such terms as the Parliament sees fit”. It’s simple really and it recognises the existing power of the States to create whatever local governments they choose. No threat to the political power of the States at all; only to their power to interfere with Commonwealth payments to local communities. Last week, the Neilson poll showed that 65% of Australians supported this degree of recognition, with 69% of West Australians agreeing. It’s a start. But let’s not be complacent. There are conspiracy theorists amongst us who will claim that this is a plot by the Federal Government to usurp the power of local governments throughout the nation. Since local government is lacking in any meaningful power anyway, at least in this State, I find myself bemused! What’s to usurp? Thanks for your time.

Alex Douglas

Council Meeting Date Council meeting

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 // 7pm

All Council and Advisory Committee meetings are held in Council Chambers, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon unless otherwise stated. All meetings are open to the public, unless otherwise stated.

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

Office hours:


Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Major Works Updates Muchea Hall • New commercial vinyl to Lesser Hall Lower Chittering Hall • Major electrical upgrade works ongoing • Air-conditioning installation to main hall ongoing • Internal painting ongoing • Door fitting ongoing

Disability Access Inclusion Register The Shire is developing a register of people who wish to comment on access and inclusion issues within the Shire. If you would like to be consulted when the Shire is reviewing their Disability Access and Inclusion Plan or receive occasional surveys and information on disability access and inclusion please contact Karen Parker on 9576 4600 or email via

• Timber floor repairs, sanding and sealing

Policy Register

Wannamal Hall

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 15 May 2013 Council resolved to adopt the Register of Policies. The purpose of policy documents is to enable the effective and efficient management of Council resources and to assist staff and Council achieve an equitable decision making process.

• External sheeting repairs ongoing • Major electrical up grade works ongoing • Disability access to toilet area • Painting kitchen and toilet passageway • Commercial vinyl to kitchen and toilet passageway Old Roads Boards Building • Internal and External painting ongoing Brockman Centre Arts and Crafts • Disability access ramp to shop entry and improve access to kitchen entry ongoing • Roof sheeting repairs ongoing • Kitchen sliding door reconfiguration ongoing Sussex Bend Public Open Space • Turf and reticulation placement ongoing

Written policies also enable the community to be aware of the reasoning behind administrative and Council decisions, and to be familiar with the philosophy behind individual decisions. This Policy Register is now available online and in the Bindoon Library for your information.

Schedule of Fees & Charges 2013/14 At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 15 May 2013 Council resolved to adopt the Schedule of Fees & Charges for the coming financial year 2013/14. The newly adopted Fees & Charges will come into effect on 1 July 2013. To download a copy, please visit the Shire’s “Publications” area of the website on 1 July 2013.

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Northern Valleys News June 2013

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Free x 3 + Fun = Happy ONE! The Chittering Youth Crew held their very first event, Band in the Park on 26 April 2013 at Clune Park. 165 people enjoyed local band Magnetic, played volleyball and participated in a number of pre-organised games. The Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade was on hand to sizzle sausages plus a number of volunteers assisted with security. Everyone had a great time without incident with loads of positive feedback received since the event. TWO!! On 1 May 2013 BeActive Coordinator Anna Jamieson hosted an Inflatable Sports Morning at Lower Chittering Hall. Approximately 40 children, along with their parents and younger siblings literally ‘had a ball’. THREE!!! The annual Muchea Youth Festival was hosted by the Shire on 2 May 2013 in John Glenn Park. Thanks go to Ace Electrical, Hall-All Contracting, Be Active, Muchea General Store, Bindoon Bakehaus, South Midland Polocrosse Club, RoadWise, Healthway, Bindoon Post Office, Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats, Smarter than Smoking, Department for Communities, and the Chittering Valley Progress and Sporting Association for their support of the event. The rain held off for the whole event, so the 200 plus people enjoyed the live music, skate competitions, rock climbing wall, human foosball, airbrush tattoos and bouncy castle without the added adventure of being soaked through. Several Shire employees (let’s name names! Arlene Carter, Mel Hook, Cameron Choules and Ashley Billett) went above and beyond to ensure the success of the event. You can keep in touch with upcoming events by signing up for the Shire’s monthly email newsletter ( au/lifestyle/events-gallery.aspx) or simply “Find Us On Facebook” (Chittering.Shire).

Chinkabee Complex Playgroup Extension The Chinkabee Complex Extension commenced at the end of October 2012 and was completed in February 2013. The new area consists of: · A playgroup/activity area of 48m² · Kitchenette for food preparation · Disabled toilet with baby changing facilities · 120m2 extension to the existing patio · Undercover soft fall area · Perimeter fence · Outdoor lighting

Pictured left to right: Cr Robert Hawes, Fiona Newson, Kylie Jones, Cr Sandra Clarke, Belinda Martin, Shane Love, Cr Barni Norton,

Andy Gomersall and Cr Michelle Rossouw. Not pictured - CEO Gary Tuffin, Shire President Alex Douglas and Maree Barker (Bauxite Alumina JV).

The total cost of the project was $189,758 with funding provided from Council’s Royalties for Regions local allocation and the Bindoon Playgroup. At the opening Shire President (Cr Alex Douglas) formally welcomed all attendees, Belinda Martin spoke on behalf of the Bindoon Playgroup and Shane Love MLA performed the official opening.



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Image Resources Open House Community Information Sessions

Left; The Red Gully Gas and Condensate Processing Facility construction was finished in early May with commissioning imminent.

Managing Director Craig Marshall said estimates for potential additional reserves in prospects located within the Gingin Gas Field and Wannamal Areas were up to 205 billion cubic feet of gas and 9.2million barrels of condensate. To assist in locating the most likely prospects for discovery Empire has employed the use of a specialised technology never before used in Australia. These are cableless geophones known as Zland Sensor Nodal System which are being employed at the current Wannamal 3D Heliportable Seismic Survey. Mr Marshall said this Wannamal Survey would not only provide high quality seismic data over an 80 kilometre square area but it would detail a number of

Image is currently evaluating the possible development of a mineral sands operation located to the east of the Brand Highway, running from roughly 15km to 25km north of Gingin. The operation would be similar to the Iluka Gingin operation. Subject to all the necessary approvals, 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. 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 keen to ensure that Image keeps the community informed and involved in the development of the project. As part of this commitment, Image will be holding community information sessions on Friday 14th June (between 2pm and 8 pm) and Saturday 15th June (between 9am and 12 pm) at their local office, 3 Constable Street, Gingin (next to the Bendigo Bank). Peter and his staff would like to encourage anyone who is interested to drop in anytime during those session times to have a look at the display materials and discuss the project.

Empire oil up and running Empire Oil & Gas NL made the transition from explorer to producer this week as the Red Gully Gas and Condensate Processing facility near Gingin was commissioned. The $35 million facility is the first dedicated gas and condensate rich processing facility to be constructed in the Onshore Perth Basin to treat Jurassic aged gas. Mid last year the junior explorer began earthworks and later construction of the facility, which will sell gas and condensate from its two backto-back discovery wells Red Gully-1 and Gingin West-1 to Alcoa of Australia and


The truth about some issues… The Australian/Chinese Bauxite Alumina JV’s “revised concept” for the north Bindoon bauxite mining proposal is the same as the old concept, and raises some old issues: Jobs: “there will only be a handful of jobs” Quote from the General Manager of BAJV, February 2011 Community Consultation Workshops. Roads: our “dangerous roads” will get at least 40,000 more truck movements per year Stage 1 rehabilitation: re-seeded this month for the 5th time in 4 years, unable to sustain pasture, not cropped or grazed for 3 years – good for agriculture? Royalties: the 3 or 4 landowners to receive royalties do not live in our community

Who will be affected by mining?: dozens of residents will have land values slashed, living environments ruined and property rights restricted if bauxite is mined next door to them. The increased traffic will affect the whole community. Water – where is it coming from? Is mining inevitable? NO! in 3 and a half years BAJV has put up NO PLAN OR INFORMATION that can be assessed. Our Town Planning Scheme prohibits mining. Experts say “it’s unmineable”. Why so secretive BAJV?

the BP Refinery Kwinana, with which Empire has contracts. These wells are two of the largest gas discoveries to be made in Onshore Western Australia with Gingin West-1 flowing at a rate of 7.5 million cubic feet of gas per day of gas and 375 barrels of condensate per day whereas Red Gully-1 flowed at a rate of 12 million cubic feet of gas per day and 832 barrels of condensate. The facility is complex in design due to the gas from the wells being very high in condensate (light crude oil). Momentum Engineering, who designed the plant, had to incorporate specific equipment packages that were shipped from Houston, Texas to enable the gas to be separated from the condensate for sale. A main component was meeting specific requirements for the gas to be admitted into the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP) and to remove volatiles from the condensate to meet refining specifications for sale into the BP Refinery. Access into the DBNGP was gained by the use of the “hot tap process” constructed by the Dampier to Bunbury Pipeline Company (DBP). Empire has negotiated this access for 20 years enabling entry from the facility through a 102mm export pipeline buried 3.2km into the DBNGP located near the Brand Highway. This future expansion is likely to come from the adjacent Gingin Gas Field and Wannamal areas which are currently undergoing an 80 km square 3D Heliportable Seismic Survey.

Warning from Wagerup: “don’t let them buy up your community” - message to Chittering from the bauxite/alumina workers of Wagerup, fighting Alcoa’s expansion “for the sake of our children and grandchildren”.

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prospects for drilling while leaving a very minimal footprint on the environment. “We require the coverage in this reserve to give a good multi-fold seismic data over the Gingin Gas Field Area. The Heliseismic method using helicopters to drop in the equipment reduces the environmental impact on the land while also providing for this excellent multi-fold data. “The domestic market demand for additional gas sales is excellent and a diversity of supply from relying on NW Shelf gas is sought.” Mr Marshall added that the Red Gully Facility would make a substantial difference to the economics of future conventional and unconventional gas discoveries in the Perth Basin within its EP389 Permit. The EP389 permit and its neighbouring permit EP440 were announced to have a potential in place gas of 60 trillion cubic feet. Mr Marshall said the upside of this would mean potential unconventional gas production in the future. He added that conventional prospectivity however was still the focus at present and fraccing (hydraulic fracturing) was not being considered at this point in time. “We are in a desirable position in the Perth Basin having the opportunity to explore the unconventional prospectivity onshore as we drill the conventional structures,” he said.

Mr Marshall added that local construction materials and contractors which have been used throughout the construction of the Red Gully Facility would continue Filtration Pumps to be used in addition to local stores and facilities where appropriate as it continued to expand its exploration in the Gingin area.

Co-convenors: Clair Medhurst and Derek Gascoine, PO Box 268 Bindoon WA 6502


Northern Valleys News June 2013


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Gingin Groundwater Allocation Plan David Rickson Chairman GWG Ph. 0427612918

The Gingin Water Group has had its final meeting with the Department of Water before the imminent release of the region’s water allocation plan. The rapidly changing climate , land use and knowledge base in the Gingin region have all led to the report being at least two years overdue . The DoW has had many meetings with the GWG over this time in an effort to get the most up to date information upon which to formulate the plan. Yield is the amount of water that can be safely used from an aquifer and is determined by the DoW whose scientists must identify the various aquifers in the region which hold the water resource and estimate the amount of water that enters each every year. Not all of the total recharge is available for human use. The natural environment may require anywhere between 25%80% of the water in a shallow aquifer , while deep and confined water sources take much longer to recharge and are considered in a different context. Despite the ever present pressures of political expediency it is the opinion of the committee of the Gingin Water Group that the DoW is almost entirely driven by the science that underpins the calculation of the yield. The final meeting summarised the entire process that was followed that ultimately resulted in the report to be released by the Minister in the next

three weeks. Public comments will be invited over a three month period post release. Several public meetings will be held by DoW during this period. Dandaragan , Gingin and Neergabby venues were indicated . The Report will be posted on the DoW website under the Gingin region. This can be accessed directly from the GWG site www. The region west of Brand highway and south of Gingin Brook was identified some time ago as being particularly vulnerable to overuse and drying . As a consequence DoW addressed that area in the Gnangara Groundwater Plan released in 2009 in an effort to put early allocation measures in place to help protect the aquifers in that region. This same region will be reassessed in the Gingin Plan and further addressed in the ongoing attempts to understand and describe the deeper aquifers to the north west , via the 24 deep bores currently being dug across the area , as well as the increased monitoring of the system that recharges the Gingin and Lennard Brooks in the east.

Sweet As!

Cover story, October 2011, Anthony Yewars of Berry Sweet from Bullsbrook won a national Coles Brand Award for the produce it supplies to Coles. Berry Sweet won the Produce category in the Coles Brand Awards for their 100 per cent

along the Brook Community refocus on the unique all in recent years and are measured habitats of the Gingin Brook and predicted to Respondents to the Gingin Shire’s call to develop its 10year strategic plan make it clear that the natural environment is a key issue and that the Gingin Brook must be preserved and public awareness and responsibility be raised. The Gingin Water Group has heard the same public message and suggests that it is time to finish some of the earlier work already done on the Gingin Brook. Critical low flows have been occurring

get worse. With careful planning and consideration it should be possible to provide, via a system of fish passages, a continuous water connection for fish and other larval animals between the Moore River and the headwaters of the Gingin Brook, at least in winter. This will restock the headwaters, swamps and pools which serve as refuge habitats during the summer. More fencing from stock and rehabilitation of riparian zones would be encouraged and potentially

quality service level and their commitment to extend their growing season at a new farm. Berry Sweet, which produces 250,000 trays of strawberries each year, is also implementing a chemical-free pest program and trialling “picking and packing in the field” to minimise double handling.

supported through grants. Over time individual landholders and the community would benefit from an increased awareness of the natural value of the Brook system and of course the ecology of the system would improve despite the effects of a drying climate. This project could be a win win community endeavour. The entire Brook system holds particular significance to the traditional owners. Preliminary discussions with the Yued people received wholehearted and sincere support for the concept of restoring at least some measure of connection and improvement towards a more normal status.


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Wildflowers and Weeds

Biological farming – is it worth the change?

Chittering Landcare

Cooler weather and rain has brought a greening of the landscape – some of it welcome and some not so welcome. If you have bush on your property or nearby have you noticed plants which a few months ago were looking yellow and tired or even dead now greening up? Just as northern hemisphere deciduous plants lose their leaves and become dormant to cope with the harsh conditions of the winter, many Australian plants become dormant or even shed their leaves to cope with the harsh dry conditions of our summers. Look also for new shoots from plants which die back to underground tubers, bulbs or rhizomes such as the bloodroots (Haemodorum sp – a kangaroo paw relative) and the sundews (Drosera spp). These are the native equivalents of the introduced bulbs often planted in gardens. If you look closely you will also see seedlings of native annuals such as everlastings emerging. Flowering now are the Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii), Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes), several species of Native Buttercups (Hibbertia spp) and a number of members of the Heath family


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such as Astroloma spp, Beard-Heaths (Leucopogon spp) and Pearl Flowers (Conostephium spp). Less welcome are the weeds which are springing up everywhere. If you have seen Paterson’s Curse on your property look for signs of the biological control agents Flea Beetle (small black shiny beetle with long hind legs, holes in leaves) and Crown Weevil (blackening of crown of plant). If you don’t see any signs of the activity of these, contact the Chittering Landcare Centre and we may be able to assist you in getting them reintroduced to your property. If you have a big infestation of Cottonbush now is the time for some slashing and burning. Don’t forget you will need to follow up with herbicide treatment on regrowth and germinating seedlings later in the year. There is a Farmnote on Narrow-leaf Cottonbush and its control available from the Department of Agriculture and Food website or contact the Chittering Landcare Centre on 9571 0400 or chitteringlandcare@iinet.

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We are what we eat......Modern day health is dominated by cancers, arthritic conditions, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Research shows that there is likely a direct link between these conditions and nutritional deficiencies. Biological farming aims to address this by improving soil minerals. The biological farmer utilises a wide spectrum of minerals to revitalise his soils, with the aim to grow disease and pest free crops. Stock grazing on these healthy pastures will result in healthy stock and the same is true for humans consuming both these crops and stock. Through the years, mass production, longer shelf life expectations, population growth and increased demand put immense pressure on the agricultural sector. Conventional farming methods were adjusted accordingly, resulting in exhaustion of our soils but failing to address the issue of optimal nutritional value. NPK (nitrogen, phosphate and potassium) were marketed as the 3 essential supplements for so called healthy crops. Ironically they represent only 3 of the 78 minerals humans require to maintain optimal health. The reality is that we might be buying meat, fruit and vegetables with the best intentions - being totally unaware of their nutritional short comings.

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Biological farming aims to improve this by combining organic farming with conventional farming techniques. The biological farmer partly relies on the signs and symptoms provided by Mother Nature. Recognising the relation between different weeds and mineral disturbances is of critical importance.

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Broad leaf weeds (eg. Doublegee, Wild Mustard) can be indicative

of a potassium and/or Phosphate imbalance. Narrow leaf grasses (eg Silver grass, Wild oats, Rye grass) can be indicative of a Calcium and/ or Magnesium imbalance. Fungi and insects could be related to a low soil pH, compaction layers, excess artificial nitrogen or stress. A farmer can suspect a Copper deficiency if his stock starts chewing the bark of trees. These deficiencies can be resolved through proper soil mineral supplementation. These measures ensure optimal soil microbe growth, which in turn enriches the soil. This results in healthy and disease resistant crops. In contrast to conventional farming, biological farmers also aim to produce their own nitrogen where by they limit the need for expensive chemical nitrogen. Ultimately a biological approach will minimise insecticide and fungicide usage, ensure a healthier, tastier product and lower production costs. Modern day farmers are currently facing three challenges : 1. T  he challenge to maintain a financially profitable business while practicing conventional farming techniques in a highly commercialised industry 2. T  he fear of change in an industry classed as high risk for failure 3. T  he responsibility to provide the nation with produce of optimal nutritional value, there by ensuring a healthier society. The time has probably come to reflect on our practices and to reconsider our approach. The demand for healthier produce is on the increase and it is essential that the agricultural sector joins this movement. Even the smallest step can be a huge leap in the right direction.

Weed Workshop Before you go out and spray every green plant, come to our workshop to learn the difference between the weeds and wildflowers.

We welcome your local community events. Please email to Jackie@nvnews. or Phone: 0419 045 783

We will help you identify weeds and show you the best methods to control them. If you have weeds you are unsure of, please bring a sample or a photo. We will also demonstrate the biological control methods for Bridal Creeper and Paterson’s Curse. Part of the workshop will be to ask participants what weeds they think are a problem in their area. So have a look around and come and let us know.


Saturday 22nd June 2013 9am-1.30pm

@ the Landcare Centre, Old Gingin Rd, MUCHEA RSVP: 9571 0400

Northern Valleys News June 2013


Keeping in Touch From The Team in the Pink Shirts

Muchea Livestock Centre Open day The Muchea Livestock Centre held a Producers Open Day on May 6th which attracted strong crowds to hear presentations from three key speakers. Mr Talbot, who is a fourth generation Brunswick beef producer, and Rural Transporters Association (LRTA) committee member, spoke of the “Preparation Vital for Livestock Transport”. Delivering stock from point A to B safely, efficiently and meeting animal welfare obligations is the responsibility of both the livestock transporter and the producer, according to Wedderburn Transport principal Mark Talbot. Mr Talbot said there were new land transport laws coming to WA and encouraged all livestock producers to visit the LRTA website and keep up to date with the changes. Other speakers included Ms O’Brien, who was approached to speak at the WAMIA cattle producers

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open day at the Muchea Livestock Centre (MLC) after some encouraging results from selling cattle at the MLC for the past two years. Ms O’Brien runs a mixed farming business with her family comprising 6900 Merino ewes, 385 Santa Gertrudis-Charolais rolling cross breeders and 2500 ha of wheat-lupin rotation. Regular buyers at Muchea Livestock Centre, South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS) manager Dean Ryan and The Beef Shop owner Kevin Armstrong, spoke to the Philip Surtees (from Chittering pictured far right) with this Dardanup topic of what exporters, Butchering Company MEGA Prize Pack and Warren Robinson feedlotters and live (Deputy Chairman, WAMIA) and Kim McDougall (Harvey Beef and exporters look for in WAMIA Board Member) cattle. They encouraged producers to mouth their cattle if they want to Right; Kevin Armstrong increase the return.

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“The Beef Shop” and Dean Ryan “Central Stockcare” Passing onto the producers what the Buyer is looking for in the Cattle presented for sale.

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 Financial Planning Simon McGrath: 0413 566 699

Insurance 9294 6666 Jon Nelson: 0417 913 121 Krystal Hayward: Sales Support Andrew Rowley: Sales Support

or visit Positive signs for the Livestock Industry: Preston Clarke, Elders Midland

For a change we can look forward with some positivity as we see the Livestock market in a position of short supply and good demand forcing prices to rise and firm. We see good lambing and calving in progress, Timely rains falling on a weekly basis, the Aussie dollar sliding to favour the export trade and a renewed confidence in the prospect of trade with Indonesia moving up a step. A positive outcome is also on the horizon for a new marketing

opportunity through WAMMCO for pastoral/ fat tail sheep, giving growers confidence to stay with what has worked so well for them since the fat tail introduction back in the mid to late 90”s, long overdue. Congratulations to all involved with that initiative. OJD has been discussed at length for years now and a new positive management strategy has been implemented that will take out the stigmatism associated with OJD by placing its management back in the hands of growers and away from regionalised system that was in place. Elders is pressing forward with confidence so if remember they are trading as usual in Finance, Insurance, Merchandise, Fertiliser and Livestock.



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Gingin classic car daypicture perfect Nestled in between two nights of rain, this years Gingin British Car day was blessed with good fortune. A glorious sunny day with not a breath of wind. The cars flocked to enjoy a day in the countryside, dragging their enthusiastic owners, family and friends with them. Spectators wandered about not really knowing where to look, there were cars everywhere from the quirky to the extremely valuable.

of people to enjoy a day in the country and admire new and old British cars as well as catch a glimpse of model ships, dancing or just stroll about. Congratulations to Robert and the team who make the event possible.

According to organiser of the event Robert Brodie Taylor about 550 cars were on show. The event has grown from strength to strength over the last 24 years and attracts thousands

Top price paid for crafted shakers Gingin Men’s Shed

GMS inc had a successful day along with many other Community stalls at the British Car Day. We had a jumble sale of “surplus” tools and sundry items, closer to the Granville building we held a “Giant” raffle with prizes going to fourteen lucky winners. One of our members, Hugh McLean, crafted a beautiful set of seasoning grinders, made from fiddlewood, jarrah and bull banksia cone, our original plan was to include them in the raffle, however after viewing these “unique” grinders, it was decided to give everyone an option of acquiring these “works

of art”, by bidding with pen & paper. Brisk bidding took place throughout the morning and by 2-30pm the princely sum of $275 was achieved, which had totally overwhelmed the DesignerCraftsman, Hugh and had thrilled the Men’s Shed group no end, it was nearly a case of; lets wrap the items up for we thought bidding was over. But! Local businesswoman Maureen Dobra, from The Loose Leaf Lettuce Company viewed the exquisite craftsmanship and moved the figure to $500! The items will enhance the Dobra’s dinner table and be a talking point for many years to come. Members of GMS inc thank patrons on the day who supported our stall, the spirited bidding, and last but not least, Maureen & Barry for their generous final bid.

The Lions train is back John Thompson - secretary

We Lions were pleased to see the Northern Valley News photographer taking note that the Gingin / Chittering Lions Kiddy Train was in action again at the British Car Club annual event on Sunday May 19th. Our club was faced with a big decision last October, when authority insisted we had no insurance cover unless officially registered with WorkSafe. Knowing this to be a very costly

our heartfelt thanks to our Sponsor, Maureen Dobra. exercise to obtain just a ‘little scrap of paper’for a unit built by members in a backyard enterprise for next to nothing some fifteen years ago,we tried endlessly to find some sort of exemption, without success. We were then ‘blown away’ by a magnificent offer from a local businesswoman to donate all the costs involved in registration. So that ‘little scrap of paper’ is now on file,and our train carries some Loose Leaf Lettuce Logo’s acknowledging

The first day back on the ‘track’was very well patronised and raised $ 270 for our Community Services in our area. Our dwindling and ageing club members are proud to be back in providing our kids with a little bit of cheap entertainment, but we are badly in need of more ( and particularly YOUNGER members to ‘help carry the flag.’ Very many thanks for all your past support – we hope to earn it’s continuance.

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It’s your community... Left; Peter Mack, Heather Roe and Linda Mack with ‘Biostar’ their Jensen Interceptor FF Mark III Right; Dave Barker, from Bindoon shows off one of his restoration projects

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Jensen - a forgotten classic One of the many treasures which could easily be overlooked at the Gingin British Car day was this Jensen Interceptor FF Mark III.

Interestingly the 1967 Jensen FF (Ferguson Formula) purchased a licence to use the 4wd technology from the Ferguson tractor.

future. He recalled driving prototypes over the snow fields for filming, but unfortunately for the Jensen, the Aston Martin was chosen instead.

The Interceptor was the quintessential British GT car of the 60’s and 70’s. It was driven by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher, Roger Daltry, Ginger Baker, Farrah Fawcett, Princess Anne, and John Bonham (he had seven).

There are 1778 of these cars, only 68 in Australia. When journalists from Motor and Autocar magazine test drove it, they were all amazed by its superior traction that was never experienced before, especially on wet or snow surfaces. Autocar described it as “the safest high performance car yet built”.

The Jensen has a 7.2 litre engine which was a reflection of cheap petrol at the time but probably also the reason why it quickly fell out of favour with the oil crisis in the 70s.

Owner Peter Mack says, “This model was one of the first production cars to be equipped with four-wheel drive”. At the time it was hailed as a remarkable development, coming also with Dunlop Maxaret mechanical anti-lock brakes and traction control (first used on aircrafts).

According to Peter’s wife Linda, George Lazenby, former James Bond star, with whom she was skiing, shared that the Interceptor might have had a completely different

The FF died in 1971 with only 320 units built. Its high cost was the main reason. The rest of the Interceptor range would survive for 5 more years before Jensen bankrupted. It was the victim of energy crisis, new safety and emission regulations and its own heavy fuel consumption.

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The ‘creamy and delicious’ milk from Sunnydale Dairy is a personal favourite for Jo. The milk is from south west Guernsey cows and is bottled in Nedlands into traditional recyclable glass, which are collected the following week.

with Maggie Edmonds

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

Don’t Always Listen to Experts (or not many of them) or Believe What you Read (except in the NVNews!) Regarding ‘Experts’, think about who is funding the (mis -)information and then, as all NVN readers do, use your common sense. A few years ago, we were told not to eat butter because it was bad for you, but eat margarine. Now margarine has been discredited as the unnatural substance it is. Then we were told eggs are bad for you. Then, we were told (and maybe not in this order) milk and cheese are bad for you. Now we have the new Australian Dietary Guidelines, recently released, to advise us on what to eat, and how much of it, for a healthy life. As the Guidelines information points out, ‘we need dietary advice that is based on the best scientific evidence on food and health.’ Hopefully, these Guidelines are based on scientific advice and not just on information from “Experts”. The detailed Guidelines recognise that consuming milk, yogurt and cheese can protect us against heart disease – not to mention how good they are for bone health, as we all know. The Guidelines say that evidence suggests that Aussies need to eat more: Vegies and legumes/beans; fruits; wholegrain cereals; reduced fat milk, yogurt and cheese; fish, seafood, poultry, eggs, nuts and seeds; and Young Females only – red meat.

We all know what we need to eat and drink less of … We live in the Northern Valleys – home to the best oranges and mandarins you can buy, and for very little money. How about juicing oranges every day for kids now the local citrus season is with us again? And you are supporting our local producers. Mandarins are the ideal lunch box fruit. Almost 99 percent of Aussie teenagers up to 16 fail to reach the recommended requirements of fruit intake.

Local Veg of the Month – Cauliflower Can be smelly, because of sulphur-smelling indoles, when overcooked (or old). So eat Cauli raw in salads or boil until ‘al dente’ i.e. only just soft. Lovely crunchy Caulis coming from the Gingin region right now.

In season: Fruit: strawberries, mandarins, oranges, apples including Pink Lady and Golden Delicious, Pears – Beurre Bosc, Josephines and Packams, lemons. Veg: Cauli, broccoli, new potatoes, spinach, beetroot, parsnips, turnips, swedes, leeks, heirloom carrots, kale. Blueberries are a new crop to the region, so you might spot some for sale. Macadamia and pistachio nuts are available in the region. Olives are still being processed for extra virgin olive oil. Banksia flowers are out on the roadsides – so good to see !

Join the Bullsbrook food hub Tamieka Preston

‘Mother hubber’ Jo Atkinson from the Local Grocer is calling for Bullsbook ‘foodies’ to join the food hub in Bullsbrook. She already has about ten families who pre-order their groceries and collect them once a week from a central location. More people are needed to join for free delivery to be offered to the area. “As well as supporting local growers, and cutting down on food miles, a local food hub is a great way to reconnect peple with food” says Jo, who, as food hub co-ordinator, provides weekly recipes and healthy eating tips to hub members via facebook. The Local Grocer was started by Greg and Mary Winnings in February this year, and has grown exponentially in that time. Their motto, ‘Fresh to You, Fair to Farmers’ outlines their commitment to supporting local growers as well as selling a high quality product. Paying farmers a proper farmgate price is important to Greg, who encourages customers to, “Leave the big guys behind! If we continue to support their unsustainable business model we face the prospect of paying very high prices for local produce

Many of the food hubs provide tea and coffee at the pick up point, and enjoy getting together for a chat, often to discuss creative ways to use the contents of their ‘seasonal box’, a lucky dip of sorts, which at the moment can include less well known foods such as mizuna, kale and pomegranate. There are several seasonal box options available, including sizes for family and couples, a baby box, juicing box and an organic/ sustainable box, which contains a mix of fruit and veg from organically certified growers, as well as those who are spray free and use organic methods, but are not officially certified. Products can also be chosen individually, just as from an ordinary online supermarket. Groceries such as free range eggs, dried fruits, organic olive oil, New Norcia bread and freshly squeezed, preservative free orance juice from Rocco

To join the Bullsbrook Community Food Hub, call Hub Coordinator Katrina on 0487 490 005 and join the facebook page to recieve updates on deliveries and ordering, as well as commentry on eating seasonally, nutrition and local producers

Warm Beetroot & Mushroom Salad Jo Atkinson, Mother Hubber & Nutritional Educator As the cooler weather sets in, so do colds and other nasty viruses. This is a great time to boost your immunity with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, E, D & A, magnesium, zinc and selenium. There are lots of foods that can help to boost your immune system. Mizuna is high in Folic Acid, vitamin A, vitamin C and carotenoids, while mushrooms are high in antioxidants. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain magnesium, zinc and selenium. (serves 4) Ingredients 4 cups mizuna 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 2 cups swiss brown mushrooms, sliced 2 beetroots, diced 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds Mix and serve.

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.

• Local organically grown beef • New season sucker lamb and pork • Wide range of fresh poultry • Frozen fish and prawns • gourmet prepared meats • Pizzas made by order • New - fresh vegies

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The idea of using a food hub as a vehicle to sell produce came about primarily to streamline delivery, and fits with the company’s ethos of reducing food miles and has the added benefit of bringing people together on a weekly basis.

Meanwhile their produce is sourced firstly from our immediate regions, secondly wider WA, and lastly Australia, but never overseas.

Fabulous food made easy

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because local farmers will be rare and considered ‘boutique’.”

So is the produce really local? Most food retailers these days visit the Canning Vale markets at some point to top up, and the Local Grocer says, “Our aim is to eventually source 100% directly from growers, farmers and producers. However this will take time and investment.”

Available at Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats or CU@park Café, Gingin. Further information call Sharon 0414 976 260.


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Ray Povey hands over the new defibrillator.

Defibrillator donated to Bullsbrook

Bullsbrook Community Bank® Branch has generously donated a heart defibrillator to the Bullsbrook Family Medical Centre. Chittering Financial Services, the company that operates Bullsbrook, Bindoon and Ellenbrook Community Bank® branches have made this possible. A heart defibrillator is used to restore the natural rhythm of the heart when a person

is experiencing dangerous arrhythmia or cardiac arrest.

Having a heart defibrillator in the community can make all the difference when emergency help may be a few minutes away. Previously two defibrillators have been donated within the Bindoon area, one to the Bindoon Bakehaus and the other to the Bindoon Medical Centre. These kind donations would

not have been possible without the support of the Chittering Financial Services and the ongoing support of the surrounding communities. We would like to encourage the community to bank with Bullsbrook, Bindoon and Ellenbrook Community Bank® branches to ensure further defibrillators can be allocated to the area to save lives.

Aromatherapy for the Cold and Flu Season Helly Kerr - Aromatherapist Ph 9576 0959 When you crush a eucalyptus leaf or peel an orange you can smell the plants’ oils. These oils are extracted from the flowers, twigs, bark, rind or leaves of the plant and are called Essential oils. Aromatherapy is the use of these oils for physical, mental and emotional health. Essential oils can be used in many ways, including: baths, body creams/oils, massage, oil burners, room sprays and steam inhalations. During the cold and flu season many essential oils are of great benefit due to their antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, disinfectant, expectorant, febrifuge (lowers temperature), immuno-stimulant and sedative properties.

Some of the oils that have these properties are: benzoin, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint eucalyptus, frankincense, kunzea, lavender, lemon, lemon myrtle, sweet marjoram, niaouli, black pepper, peppermint, scotch pine, ravensara, rosalina, Australian sandalwood, tea tree and thyme. These are the essential oils I have used in my Chest Rub, Cold & flu Defence, Cold & flu Night and Immunity blends. These blends can help protect you against getting sick and reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms, asthma, bronchitis, coughs and sinus congestion. Helly will be at the next Chittering Farmers markets with her aromatherapy products.

Putting our money where our mouth is.

To completely remove plaque and food from between the teeth we should also floss once a day (rinse thoroughly after flossing) or use interdental brushes. The appropriate flossing technique is detailed on the Oral Health card.

Recent research has shown that thousands of Australians are foregoing important dental care because of costs. Apparently even privately insured patients are put off by the possibility of significant out of pocket expenses. Meanwhile, other studies indicate that Australians have lower standards of oral health than almost any other developed country. This problem is also due in part to a shortage of skilled oral health care practitioners; however there are strategies that we can personally put into practice that will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease occurring. The most common cause of oral health problems is plaque. Plaque is a thin, sticky film which builds up on the teeth. It is produced by a combination of saliva, bacteria and food. The bacteria ferment sugars in the food forming acids that erode the tooth enamel. Plaque damages the gums as well. The plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, but it quickly reforms. When it stays on the teeth for longer than a few days, it hardens into tartar (or calculus) that acts as a reservoir for bacteria. The tartar then needs to be removed by a dentist. For some good tips on how to keep your teeth long term, and how to keep those tissues that support the teeth healthy as well, get hold of the Fact Card titled Oral Health. It’s available from us here at Bindoon Pharmacy. For a start, brush your teeth twice a day – morning and bedtime – with a soft toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Take the time to brush carefully and gently along the tongue, or use a tongue cleaner, as bacteria can thrive on the tongue, too.

Healthy eating makes healthy teeth and gums. Avoid sweet sugary drinks and snacks; and if you do snack between meals, rinse the mouth with water afterwards. Apples are said to keep the doctor away, but more probably, along with other fibrous foods like celery and carrots, they could keep the dentist at bay. They won’t actually clean the teeth; but these healthy foods don’t increase the likelihood of decay like confectionery; and they do stimulate the flow of saliva. Saliva (we normally secrete about 1.5 litres a day) assists speech, taste and swallowing and prepares food for digestion. And a good flow of saliva also helps prevent tooth decay and protects against mouth and gum infections. Saliva production commonly decreases with age; and there are other more preventable factors which reduce the flow of saliva such as smoking, alcohol and caffeine containing drinks (they can be dehydrating), snoring and breathing through the mouth, and also certain medicines. In fact medicines are the most common cause of dry mouth. If you’re suffering from chronic or continual dry mouth, check with your pharmacist to see if one or more medicines could be the cause. Of course, sometimes these medicines are essential, but there are ways to minimise the dryness. Special gels, sprays, toothpastes, gums and mouthwashes are available. For more information on keeping your mouth, teeth and gums fresh and clean and disease free, check out the fact cards on Oral Health and Dry Mouth at Bindoon Pharmacy today.

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Stage 2 now available. 4 lots already sold. Act quickly to secure one of the remaining 13 lots. The lots are all 2ha each offering a unique aspect including a number of picturesque hilltop blocks which offer breathtaking views across the valley. Three and single phase power. Fully fenced with upmarket post and rail fencing to all frontages. Sealed road from the city to the front gate of your rural retreat.


Prime Grazing/Landbank with subdivision potential subject to approval. This 56 hectare (140 acre) parcel within 5 kms to Gingin town is worthy of inspection, as a lifestyle or off farm investment. Potential for 25 cows and calves.

This property not only boasts a very comfortable 3x2 home it also comes with a bonus house block with much sought after Gingin Brook frontage. A total of 1.11 ha or 2.74 acres this lot offers the potential to subdivide and create a second dwelling. The property would suit investment by a self managed superannuation fund or perhaps you are looking to invest with adult children. A chance to get into the property market and secure a block for their first home, in the heart of Gingin and you can enjoy the rent off the existing home..

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Unique 10 acre property, nestled in the hills overlooking Chittering Valley. Walking distance to Spoonbill Lake. 3 x 1 hardiplank cottage freshly painted, a/c house. Abundant water from 4 bores, 3 equipped and commercial water licence. Bonus 1000 nut trees. Harvest the rewards from the mature fully reticulated ORGANIC Macadamia trees. The hard work is done; reticulation, tanks, sheds and established markets.

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NN feature property 15 Fraser Street, Gingin $555,000

Almost a 2 for 1 Deal! This house not only boasts a very comfortable 3x2 it also comes with a bonus house block with much sought after Gingin Brook frontage. A total of 1.11 ha or 2.74 acres this lot offers the potential to subdivide and create a second dwelling. If you can see potential and like to buy wholesale this is a great deal. For $555,000 you pick up a home valued at about $450,000 plus a premium block for only $100,000. The house is neatly situated on the east side of the block and so will allow splitting into two lots within potential R2 zoning guidelines. Submit subdivision plans yourself or talk to Limestone Park who can manage the process for you.

secure a block for their first home and you Contact Jackie Shervington can enjoy the rent off the existing home. 0419 045 783 The home offers a large main bedroom with en-suite and walk in robes plus 2 bedrooms with bathroom. Being a hardiplank home Channel 7’s TV show House Rules would have a ball - you can comfortably live in the house as is or make a few minor modifications for a complete makeover. Owner is looking to downsize and is keen to sell.

The property would suit investment by a self managed superannuation fund or perhaps you are looking to invest with adult children. Offer them a chance to get into the property market and

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Taking the head ache out of property subdivision Limestone Park recognises subdivision is not something that most property owners are willing to undertake themselves, especially when there are no guarantees of success, after committing to pay for consultants, surveyors, planners etc. Kangaroo Gully Rd, WANNAMAL $899,000 171 HA (422 ACRES) Attractive productive block 2 kms from Bindoon-Moora Rd close to Wannamal Club & townsite. Power, cottage & shed provide for weekend comfort or caretaker accommodation.

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Making a big Splash Jackie Shervington

Around 35 business people attended the Chamber of Commerce Sundowner to hear from Phil Dixon and Kate Burns from the Maze share their plans for the bold and brave initiative, Outback Splash. Phase 1, due in December 2013, is a colourful and exciting water slide, the largest of its kind in WA., designed to provide thrills for teenagers through to water play areas for toddlers. This is a

family tourism destination that is likely to open up the north corridor. The concept of Outback Splash is very similar to Geelong’s Adventure Park (a similar out of town adventure theme park) or Jamberoo southern NSW. Phil shares both as examples of farmers who have reinvented the land to create successful destination water theme parks. “ We are not looking to reinvent the wheel and where possible we will learn from the other two theme parks.” The economic benefits of the project are expected to be significant, injecting almost $1.5million into the local economy in the first year alone, 50% more local employment and forecast to attract more than 90,000 visitors to the region each year. Kate Burns provided an update of the marketing strategy for the Maze, she shared impressive web traffic

Carmel Ross, Barni Norton, Sue Carter & Vivienne du Plessis

numbers to their webpage and Facebook since launch. She encouraged local businesses to consider how they can benefit from the traffic to the website but also the physical traffic coming to our region’s doorstep. The marketing slogan will be “stay and play another day” and so surrounding businesses are encouraged to help execute on this customer promise. As local businesses we can take on Phil’s advice by studying these east coast examples. A quick look at the respective websites, reveals obvious opportunities for the region such as accommodation. Kate Burns, has offered to attend a local chamber workshop to identify how such opportunities can be maximised. To register your interest email jackie@

Grants up for grabs Australia Post says “hello” to its new community program in Northern Western Australia Australia Post is celebrating the launch of its new community program – Our Neighbourhood - with a grants program open to all Australian neighbourhoods. Eligible registered charities and community organisations in Northern WA are invited to apply for grants of between $1,000 and $25,000 to support local projects.

Email Setup and Options By Daryl du Plessis - Email is one of the most important means of communications these days and there are many ways to access your email. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet or desktop PC, you will need to configure your device and there are a number of ways to do this. Mobile devices are usually straight forward to setup. You generally only need to put in your email address and password and they figure out the rest for you.Typically you will add an account on your mobile device and the wizard will walk you through the steps required. On a desktop device you can access your mail either through the web using a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox) or using a mail client such as Outlook or Windows Mail (also known as Windows Live Mail). If you use a web browser you just login to your webmail account using your email address and password. Things get a bit more complicated if you want to use a mail client, so bear with me as things get a bit technical. Your best bet is to run through adding an email account using the wizard. Once again you will be prompted for your email address and password. If this goes through successfully then you are ready to go. If this doesn’t work you will need to dig into the advanced settings. Firstly an explanation of how the mail client works. The mail client will login in to the mail server, that is located on the internet, and download emails to your PC on a regular basis. There are a couple of ways you can achieve this by using either POP3 or IMAP. These are just protocols that the mail client can use to talk to the server. POP3 is

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used to download mail to your PC and keep the emails locally. IMAP is used to connect to the server and synchronise the emails on the server with emails on your PC. So the difference is POP3 will keep a local copy of your mail and IMAP will maintain the server copy of your emails. IMAP is useful if you want to use multiple folders that are kept on the server so you can access them from other devices. POP3 is fine if you only use one device and want to keep your mail locally. Back to the advanced settings; I advise you check your mail service provider’s website for the technical details. For the sending server (outgoing) you will need to provide the SMTP server name (this is usually the same whether you use POP3 or IMAP). Note that some ISP’s will only allow their SMTP server to be used to prevent spamming. So if you are on Bigpond you will need to usemail. even if you use a different email provider. For the receiving (incoming) server enter either the POP3 or IMAP server name, depending on the protocol you want to use. Pay attention to the ports that are required and if SSL is used. This should all be described on the email provider’s website. Be aware that if you use IMAP and don’t use the email provider’s outgoing server, you will not see your sent items under your account. Once you have entered all the settings, send a few test emails to another email and make sure they are received and replies come back successfully. If this works you are good to go!



“This is an Australia Post first; a truly localised program that will provide people with the financial support, tools and resources that will assist them in building healthier, more vibrant and inclusive communities,” said Mr Ahmed Fahour, Australia Post Managing Director and CEO. Our Neighbourhood Community Grants are now open for applications and will close on Friday, 28 June 2013 at 5pm (AEST). To apply for an Our Neighbourhood Community Grant or to find out more about eligible organisations and selection criteria, say “hello” at www. or pick up an Application Kit at any Australia Post retail outlet.

Connecting our Business Community

Started in 2010, the Chamber brings Chittering business owners together through regular communications and at informative networking events. The Chamber also provides support and development opportunities such as the E-workout and member facilitated activities. New Members Welcome!

Phone: 0419 043 960 Email: Address: P O Box 292, Bindoon WA 6502 Facebook: Chittering Chamber of Commerce Connecting our Business community

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


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Maximising Rental Property Claims in 2013 With 30 June end of financial year looming, the following tips can assist you to get the most out of your investment property for tax purposes; 1. Immediate deduction for depreciating assets costing $300 each per owner, for example, if a rental property is jointly owned by two persons, an asset costing up to $600 may be written-off in the year. 2. There are also advantages of allocating jointly owned assets to a low-value pool, i.e. low cost assets less than $1000 each per owner, thus potentially increasing the depreciated claim. In a lowvalue pool, all assets are usually depreciated using a rate of 37.5%DV (18.75%DV in the first year) 3. Immediate deduction for all ongoing running costs of the property. A full list of deductible expenses can be viewed on the ATO Website 4. Borrowing costs on finance/ refinance can be written off over 5 years. 5. Interest on loans - If you take out a loan to purchase a rental property, you can claim the interest charged on that loan, or a portion of the interest relating to the property, as a deduction. Similarly, if you take out a loan to purchase land on which to build a rental property or to finance renovations to a property you intend to rent out, the interest on the loan will be deductible from the time you took the loan out. 6. Capital expenditure incurred in constructing buildings and structural improvements may be tax deductible at either 2.5% or 4% of the eligible construction expenditure, depending on when construction commenced and how the building is used, regardless of who built the property. The deduction generally commences from the time the building is used to produce income. A Quantity Surveyor’s report can be used to determine the construction cost amount of your claim and will also separately identify fixture, fittings and furnishings eligible for much higher depreciation claims. Obtaining this report before the end of the financial year will cost around $600, tax deductible, but usually proves to be money well spent in higher claims.

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out strategy they can own incomeproducing property in a relatively short period of time.”

Taking a broom to Bindoon Hardware Jackie Shervington

New Hardware owner Brad Smith has taken on the opportunity to revitalise Bindoon Hardware. For the last 15 years Brad has lived at Ongerup, near Albany. He and his wife owned and managed a general store selling everything from groceries to hardware. They sold the business five years ago, enjoyed some time out, and tried a few things - but Brad decided he missed running a business, and was looking for something close to Perth. “I have always loved hardware. Even in the other business, I always preferred the hardware, I think it was talking to the clientele.” As a small farm owner (wheat and sheep) he somewhat understands the local audience and appreciates what is needed. The business will undergo some physical changes including a new store banner, Brad has chosen to sell under the ‘True Value’ banner, part of the Mitre 10 group, which he believes will allow him to deliver good value products without the significant marketing overheads that some of the other brands require. He is pretty keen to take the broom to the existing business; planning is underway for the store to be redesigned, changing all the shelves around, and putting

everything into logical sequence. He is looking at removing some of the low grade tools and stock, seeking to replace with good value, quality tools. Brad is keen to know what locals want from a Hardware. “There is no point us guessing what people want, we need to know what are the specific requirements for the area. For example, already people have told us they want metric fittings for high pressure water. “ “We are also going to tie up with one of the big rural companies so we can do farm fencing, fertilisers and other farming requirements.” He is also looking to clean up out the back to make room for more rural supplies, hoping to make it a more useable space to drive and turn around. Brad will continue to do gas and delivery and stockfeed. Many customers will be pleased to hear that Brad is looking at extending trading hours to 7 days - possibly half days on weekends. To begin with Brad will be manning it full time but he is hopeful that he can get the business to a point where he can employ someone to assist. We welcome Brad and his wife Margaret, a Community Nurse, and his two teenage children to the region and wish their business success.

We sell businesses If you have been operating your business for 3 or more years and want to sell. Contact Bill Goddard. We have been selling businesses fort over 30 years and have recently sold the Bindoon Hardware & Stockfeed Business. Bill is the Chairman of the Real Estate Institutes Business Agents Network. Business Agents & Auctioneers (08) 9389 8055

Banks lending to Self Managed Super Funds on the up Simon McGrath, Financial Planner and Accredited Self Managed Super Fund Adviser

Self Managed Super Funds (“SMSF”) now account for around 35% of the total superannuation assets under management and only 5% of the total number of funds according to the Australian Taxation Office recent report. Banks are now increasing the lending into the Self Managed Super Funds sector reports Financial Planner & Finance Broker, Simon McGrath of Go To Finance Pty Ltd and Westbridge Securities Pty Ltd, Mr McGrath reports he has expanded his services to provide credit services through his business Go To Finance Pty Ltd, because of the increase in demand for lending SMSF. “We found clients want to continue a trusted alliance through the lending phase of our SMSF services and by having a panel of lenders to choose from greatly enhanced our service offering to clients. Investors want a broker to source the most appropriate product to suite their needs but don’t want to talk to lenders directly. They want someone to handle the hassle of setting up the facility” Mr McGrath reports that one of the fastest growing sectors of SMSF is people borrowing to buy property through their SMSF. “We are finding investors are sick of the volatility of the share market and looking for more certainty into the future and property provides the stability they need. And coupled with a well thought

Thinking about retirement and wondering where the money is going to come from to live comfortably?

“If you consider the situation of a couple contributing the maximum concessional contribution of $50,000pa into super and then purchasing a property via their SMSF for $350,000 and then renting a property earning just $300 per week a bank will lend them approximately $280,000 towards the purchase price. If they then had combined super assets of $200,000 they could buy one property for $350,000 using gearing and diversify the rest into other investments or alternatively purchase two $350,000 properties and have money left over.” “Another strategy is taking the above example and accelerate the property loans repayments over say a six year period to completely pay off one house and then the second house several years later. This accelerating saving goes a long way to topping up a person’s super fund, particularly after the last few years of share market poor performance. One aspect of the strategy is that a family with a household income of just $100,000 and $80,000 in super can now afford to look at buying property through a SMSF and this is where we are seeing a lot of interest. Another area is the Professional who has less that 10 years before retirement and is seeking stables top up strategies to assisting them into retirement. Gearing through a SMSF into Property appeals to theses sort of investor. I expect the trend to continue because if your look at the statistics there is only $15.5bn in residential property in SMSF out of $450bn. Income Producing property as part of a diversified portfolio has a great future in a SMSF. Simon McGrath Ph 0413 566 699. Email Simon McGrath and Go To Finance Pty Ltd are Authorised Credit Representative Number 438265 is authorised under Australian Credit License Number 389328 Simon McGrath and Westbridge Seucrities Pty Ltd are authorised Representative of Elders Financial Planning Pty Ltd AFSL 224645 GENERAL ADVICE WARNING This publication contains general (including taxation) information only. It is not intended to constitute financial product advice. Any information provided or conclusions made, whether express or implied, do not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of an investor. It should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional advice. You should obtain and consider a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decision to acquire a product.

We provide services for • Income strategies for retirees • Maximise Centrelink Age Pension • Self-Managed Super Funds • Pre Retirement accumulation strategies • Portfolio Management Services • Life Insurance, • Income Protection Insurance • Retirement Planning Advice Call Simon McGrath, Financial Planner & Accredited Self Managed Super Fund Adviser now: 0413 566 699

Westbridge Securities Pty Ltd PH 1300 780 108 E: Web: Simon McGrath and Westbridge Securities Pty Ltd are Authorised Representatives of Elders Financial Planning Pty Ltd AFSL 224645 ABN 48 007 997 186



Local Traders


Driving lessons

Bullsbrook - Chittering - Gingin - Bindoon and all surrounding areas.

or PO Box 46 Bindoon 6502

Instructor Debbie Wright Contact 0422 418 764

WA Trade Qualified Cabinet Maker

Specializing in Individual Tax Returns Rental Properties ◦ Capital Gains ◦ Managed Funds Defence Forces ◦ Teachers Health Services ◦ Contractors ◦ Mining

New Custom Built or Renovations uKitchens uLaundry

co n t r ac t i n g

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


23 yrs Exp



ABN 377 315 230 55

( 0403 809 958


Licence no 5370

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

Ph/Fax: 9576 1067 Mob: 0428 929 906

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

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

Ring Stan 0429 154 600

We do: Sports Clubs, Pubs, Halls Shire offices, shops, houses & more

H a i r

S t u d i o

Suite 8, 14 Brockman St, Gingin

Professional Shooters

Mark Leuba

For all your roo & fox control


M: 0428 899 839 P/F: 9576 1197

run by farmers for farmers


BINDOON tel: 9576 0170

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

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

Building & renovation


• Pump installation and repairs. • Trenching.

Contact: 0417 923 775


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

Ph 9576 1050 Mob 0427 761 050


Teena Leuba Bowen Therapist

EC 3169

Teena Burke Leuba Electrical Services offer design, installation Beautician

Injury, Pain & Stress Relief

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

• • • • •

Free Quoting 24hr service Blocked drains New houses Maintenance

Noel Russell Ph: 043 996 6449 or 9576 1687

Barni Norton

Remedial Therapist& Personal Trainer

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

Ph 0419 964 909 or 9576 1978



Skip Bins

BINDOON painter Professional House & Commercial Painting Interior & exterior Contact for free Quote We use qualified tradesmen Reg 5330

Call 9525 4111

Read your local NEWS ONLINE

Mob: 0427 774 158 Fax: 9575 2167

Salon & Training Centre


For those ‘little’ things. Bindoon & surrounding areas

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

Travis & Kelly


Ross Poultney 0427 454 226

PHD Lic: 1566

0400 979 000

9575 2759

Call Adam & Kelly Shields Office: 08 9575 1000 Ph or Txt: 04 5757 8807 or 04 2910 4760 E:

tive Effec s fe a S tion Solu ement nag & Ma

Jason & Lynette Prendergast chitteringpestandweed@

Your Local Carpet & Tile cleaning

Sales & Service


stan’s mowing

Pest Control

Jensen plumbing


Carpet Cleaning

Solar Water Pumps Agents for Electric Pumps, Tanks, Troughs etc Variety of pumps designed to meet your requirements


uRobes uBars



Anspach Ag




KEN’S CONTRACTING Registered Tax Agent

Ian clark 0407 773 095 Treasure clark 0400 080 687

Cabinet maker Trish Murrell CPA

For that personal touch hire a classic hearse for your funeral

Certificate IV in transport & Logistics

Tax Agent on

0400 440 277

Classic last cruise

Wrightways Driving Academy

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

Funeral cars

or email Eftpos/credit card facilities available


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

Phone for Obligation Free Quote 0418 685771

Post your Classifieds on the Northern Valleys News Facebook page Search and join ‘Northern Valleys News Classifieds’

Northern Valleys News June 2013

Local Traders Stockfeed

Phone: 9576 0033

Open: Mon to Fri ~ 8.30 to 6pm Saturdays ~ 9am to 4pm & Sundays ~ 10am to 2pm

Stonemason “For that creative touch”

John Glover

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

Water Services

Personal Assistant We are looking for a personal assistant to join our busy real estate team. The ideal applicant will have an energetic and friendly personality, good computer skills and ability to multitask. Initially part-time with flexible hours, may increase to full time. Call Craig Hyne on 0448 825 833 for a confidential discussion.

Bullsbrook Water Carriers

Public Notices

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

Kevin Bailey 9571 2726 (All Hours)

Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

Bullsbrook Water Services



transport services

• Tilt Tray & Small Freight Specialists • OLD CARS REMOVED

John & Gail Milner Mobile 0427 875 447 Tel 9655 0020

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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

Sunday June 9, 2013 at the Bindoon Fire Station At 1pm All members welcome Followed with BBQ

Phone: 95714600 or 0417958804

Are you having problems with your digital TV setup?



Couriers & Transport

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

Ph: 9571 4166 or Mob: 0409 990 446

Intimate Weddings @ Hoogland We can offer an ultimate wedding package for your dream country garden wedding. Visit;

or phone 08 95760131 / 0429900633



TV Antennas

On the Corner of Great Northern Hwy & Spice Road



Channels changed frequency on the 17th May, and you may need to retune. Check the website to get more info at http://retune.

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Mogumber Outback Club needs a logo! The Mogumber Outback Club is in need of a logo and would like to offer the public the opportunity to submit their designs. The best design chosen by our members will win a year’s membership to the Mogumber Outback Club, a family pass to the Mogumber New Years Rodeo and a gourmet food hamper. The Mogumber Outback Club is a nonfor profit, community organisation that specialised in events associated with the outback & country living. Some of our previous events include the Camp Oven Cook Off and Bush Christmas Cricket. The New Years Eve Rodeo at the end of his year will be our major event. Submissions can be posted to PO Box 13 Mogumber or emailed to our secretary Pauline at pauline.

ADRA Bindoon Op Shop Bindoon Arts and Crafts Bindoon Basketball Bindoon Bowling Club Bindoon and District Ag Society Bindoon Community Progress Association Bindoon Districts Historical Society Bindoon Sporting and Rec Assn Bindoon P and C Assn

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

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

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Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 8pm at Chinkabee. Gail Smith Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bindoon Primary School Staff room, Gordon Houston Meets every Friday at Chinkabee 9.30am-12pm Belinda Martin Ros Maindock George Ferguson Lois Jones (President) Joy Askew (Secretary) Colin Clarkson (Captain) Dave Mann (Secretary) Meets Mon nights in the Town Hall from 7-9pm Yvonne Press Alex Douglas Meets 1st Wed every second month at 7pm in the Fire Station Catherine Choules Shaley Rory Bennett 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

9655 9046

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Dave Barnes Ian Hall

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Ian Claxon Ann Graham (injured wildlife) Louise Bewick ( Sec) Meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at the CWA rooms at 10.00am

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Carolyn Cover (President) Jackie Shervington Pres Angela Anspach Secretary Irene Dewar email: 2nd Mon of month at 6.30pm, Bowling club, Gingin. 4th Mon of month at 6.30pm at St John Ambulance Rooms, Bindoon. Pat Elliot

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9575 2316

Gingin Freemasons Lodge

Bob Blizard

9576 0085

Gingin Bowling club

Tom Cabassi

9575 2342

Gingin Tennis Club

Nicole Hendry

9575 3043

Rodney Hannagan

9575 2339

Gingin Football Club Gingin Pensioners Social Club

9575 2245

Gingin P & C Assoc Lower Chittering Cricket Lower Chittering Hall and Tennis Court (Bookings) Muchea Senior Cricket Club Muchea Netball Muchea Judo Club Inc Muchea Vol Bushfire Brigade

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

0416 253 603 Shane Angel Fran Bryant Meets every Tues at Muchea Hall Ann Peter Hall, Secretary

Pearce Community Toy Library

Open Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am

South Midlands Polocrosse Club

Jenny Hall

South Midlands Pony Club

Kay Kavanagh Ruth Loudon Keith Cunningham

Wannamal Community Centre Wannamal Indoor Bowls Wannamal Tennis Club

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Julie Taylor

9655 7013

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



It’s your community...

Quick Crossword

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

Bindoon 2nd & 4th Sunday 9.30am Gingin 1st & 3rd Sunday 9.30am The Seventhday Adventists (9576 0085) Bible Study 9.30am to 10.30am, Divine Service 11am to 12 noon every Saturday, Bindoon Benedictine Monastery, New Norcia 9654 8018 Parish Priest: Abbot John Herbert OSB Weekend Mass times: Sunday 9am Catholic Church (Fr Paul Fox ph 9571 8068 fax 9571 8124)

ACROSS 1. Obtained by begging 5. Corpse 7. Stupid (remark) 8. Cable 9. At a distance 10. Improper 11. Hubbub 13. Told falsehood 14. North African desert 18. Available at premises (2-4) 21. Prompts (memory) 22. Phases 24. Fashionable fad 25. Indolent 26. Genuine, ... fide 27. Slithery reptile

28. Contributes 29. Word comparison DOWN 1. Scaredy-cats 2. Athenian 3. Numeral 4. Fiery pepper sauce 5. Fab Four group 6. Local lingo 12. Misjudge 15. Kept clear of 16. Pus-filled sore 17. Woolly llama relatives 19. Few, ... many 20. Entrap 22. Genders

Solutions to last month’s crossword

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

23. Photo book

PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas My dear old Aunt Naomi, of whom I have made previous mention, never learned to drive. This was probably as well, given her great love of speed. She was content to sit in the front seat and remark upon the antics of others on the road, saving her most caustic comments for those who dawdled. These she would refer to contemptuously as “Leaders of men”. She believed that such people could only attain the leadership role they coveted by actively blocking the forward progress of anyone likely to overtake them. It’s a concept that applies as readily to many other aspects of life as it does to driving. I was raised in army camps and a goodly part of my education consisted of listening to the gripes and groans of soldiers. They were merciless, and frequently profane, in passing judgement on their officers. One such old warrior told me something that stuck in my mind. He claimed that there were only two kinds of officer; the “go-ons” and the “come-ons” – and that the type that invariably attracted the most loyalty were the “come-ons”! His theory was that soldiers, and people generally for that matter, are more likely to follow someone that leads from the front. It’s true; but there is more to the concept than merely charging gallantly into the wild blue yonder bellowing “Follow me!”, and looking suitably heroic. The real point of his words is that people would rather be led than managed. The slow driver in the

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

first paragraph may believe that he’s leading, but he’s actually trying to manage the behaviour of those that he is hindering. But alas, trying to manage people by forcing your will upon them is about as sensible as trying to herd cats; and about as likely to succeed. Sooner or later, someone will take the necessary risk to forge ahead and the would-be leader is left in their wake. Managers tell people what they want them to do – “Go on”; while leaders show people what they want of them – “Come on”! Managers need a position with the authority to issue orders. The acquiring and retaining of the position is a personal need. It’s all about themselves and improving their lot in life or building self-esteem through earning the respect of others. A successful manager is measured, by himself and by others, by how much power he wields Leaders tend to have their eyes fixed on some goal or be furthering some cause that is outside of themselves. They are frequently obsessed, but normally by something beyond themselves that they believe to be important. They often have little actual power, but can generally exert considerable influence, which is quite different! They are happy if folks follow them, rather than simply obey them. They tell people what they think should be done; rather than actually telling them to do it! After all, any selfrespecting leader trusts the judgement of anyone who agrees with them freely! As my dear old Aunt Naomi was prone to saying; “Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are; you aren’t”! Thanks for your time.

Pickett Park Hall, Sundays 10am Christian Fellowship nondenominational worship. (Jac 0412873447)

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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH The numbers game Matthew 18 v20 For where two or three gather in my name, I am there with them. The numbers game is often the focus of media attention. How many attended an Anzac service, or how many attended church on Christmas day or Easter Sunday. Numbers can be manipulated if you leave out relevant facts. In the media Church attendance is based on the traditional churches, ignoring the thousands who attend charismatic churches and other denominations. Also numbers do not ensure the presence of the Lord. He was never concerned about numbers, in Matthew Chapter 18 v 20 he said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.” Tony Webb former editor Chittering Times

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Cardiovascular Health & Wellbeing

Following on the back of Heart week (May 5-11th) we thought it was time to have a more in-depth look at cardiovascular health and the effect it has on our life.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the category of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels and refers to any disease that affects the cardiovascular system, the most common being heart attack and stroke. It’s our biggest killer! Out of the 140,000 deaths a year in Australia CVD are responsible for around some 46,000. CVD are responsible for the highest rates of hospitalisations and deaths in regional and remote Australia. Yet it’s largely preventable. Factors that contribute to CVD include family history (which we can’t change) but some of the others we can change by making healthy lifestyle choices such as: • maintaining a healthy diet; • doing regular exercise; • r educing our alcohol intake (take a couple of days off a week); • maintaining our body weight; • being smoke free; • reducing our salt intake; and • l ooking after our psychological wellbeing. Important risk factors are: • blood pressure • cholesterol and •n  ot being aware of these basic benchmarks So our message is that it’s vital to have regular check-ups. For blokes we especially say, know your blood pressure. We have put over 2,000 blokes a year through our health and wellbeing awareness program “Fast Track Pit Stop” and it is common for blokes, young and old, not to know their blood pressure or what it means. There is no firm rule that defines high blood pressure but generally speaking the lower the blood pressure the better. As a rough guide normal to high blood pressure is between 120/80 and 140/90mmHg. What do these numbers mean? Well here is a layman’s Interpretation for you: •1  20/80 – 120 when the heart is pumping the blood (systolic blood pressure); •1  20/80 – 80 when the heart is


resting between pumps (diastolic blood pressure);

Some of the warning signs for a heart attack may include pain, heaviness or tightness in one or more areas of the upper body combined with other symptoms which may include shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat. People may experience a single symptom, a combination of symptoms or have the symptoms masked by other things going on in their life. The stroke warning signs will mostly show some weakness of the face, arm or leg or a change in speech. If you think someone may have experienced a stroke an easy reminder on what to check is commonly referred to as FAST:• Face; • Arm; • Speech; and • Time A heart attack occurs when a blood clot completely blocks the flow of blood, seriously reducing the flow of blood to the heart muscle, whilst seventy five per cent of strokes are due to a blocked blood vessel stopping the supply of blood to part of the brain. With all CVD the single most important thing for both survival and recovery is to get treatment within an hour. This quite often comes from bystanders (we are all primary carers) and someone who can perform CPR and/or has access to a defibrillator. In WA St Johns Ambulance has an extensive network of more than 420 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed in strategic locations within communities across the State (locations are given with any Triple Zero (000) enquiry) and a phone call for an ambulance. Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing is serious stuff. We talk a lot about other health issues including physical issues for blokes (commonly prostate); mental health issues (situational distress) and social/ spiritual issues (bloke’s identity). However it’s important to remember that the CVD category of diseases takes the most lives’ and causes the most hospitalisations of any. Blokes - book in to see your GP for a service visit, not just when you are suffering. Cheers The Team at RMHI Northern Valleys News June 2013


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

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Gingin district high School David Sawers – Gingin’s Positive Teacher of the Year! Gingin District High School Associate Principal Mr David Sawers has been named “Positive Teacher of the Year” at the Positive Schools Conference in Fremantle last week. Mr Sawers was selected from over 750 other nominees working in public and private schools across the state. The nomination came for Mr Sawers’ amazing work developing the school’s Student Services team, which has made a significant difference to student

engagement at the school. Mr Sawers’ support for staff in helping to engage students was well regarded by the selection committee. Mr Sawers has attended many Wilderness Intervention Program walks for students, as well as other camps and excursions. He has been a staunch advocate for our students in the community. Mr Sawers’ work has assisted the school to reduce its rate of suspensions over the past four years, and lift the level of positive support for students.

bindoon primary school Schools play a major role within our community and it is important that everyone has a chance to input into the future of the school. Which is why Bindoon Primary school is inviting the community to attend a Community Forum to discuss. What type of school do you want for this community and the children who attend the school? What sort of learning environment do you want?

You are invited to attend one of two Community Forums at the school on Tuesday 18 June, 2013 1pm– 3 pm or 6pm —8pm

About 210 local children between the ages of nine and 11 enjoyed the musings of successful International illustrator Marc McBride at Bullsbrook library on Monday.

We are making decisions about the type of school we want Bindoon Primary School to be.

The special Meet and Hear event, which formed part of this week’s Library and Information Week celebrations, proved immensely popular with all three sessions booking out well in advance.

It is important everyone has an opportunity to have their say. Facilitated by Dr Glenda Raison If interested please contact the school to register your intention to attend. Phone: 9576 1097

How do you want children to learn? How do you want the school to relate with parents and the community?

Local children meet renowned illustrator

Email: Enquiries: Dawn Kay or Susan Mudd

Mr McBride, who grew up in Northern Ireland but moved to WA to study design at Curtin University, is an accomplished, multi-faceted artist who has won accolades for his work as a film and television set designer, a commissioned painter and an illustrator of magazines and stamps around the world. However, it is his work as a book illustrator, mainly for the fantasy genre, that has put him on the map.

Mayor, Charlie Zannino, said the community’s young people were fortunate to have the opportunity to hear such an inspiring professional story. “Marc McBride has illustrated more than 150 book covers and eight picture books over his career so far, which is a fantastic achievement,” he said. “He is proof that dreams can be achieved with talent and hard work. “The City of Swan is proud to be involved in events such as this, where young children can hear positive stories and perhaps take inspiration from them.” North Ward Councillor, Kevin Bailey, said the enthusiasm of so many children to hear Mr McBride’s story was very encouraging. “Mr McBride has channelled a childhood passion for films like Star Wars into a very successful and fulfilling career,” he said. “I hope the children came away from these sessions with the confidence to follow their interests and talents in their own future careers.”

With enrolments taken throughout the year, there really is somethi ng for everyone!

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supported by Smarter than Smoking Young Leaders by Annette Howards

The Country Women’s association is widely recognised for the huge variety of activities members provide for the community. A Young Leaders Weekend, although outside the customary association of CWA doings, has proved a great hit with the younger generation. No scone or cake making, this weekend is about providing co operative, challenging outdoor activities that teach and build on communication, goal setting, leadership, problem solving and team work. Held at the picturesque jarrah bushland setting of Manjedal, Byford, an enthusiastic group of young people aged 17-29 enjoyed a variety of hands


Chittering Physiotherapy cd (Tuesday and Thursday)

Chittering Community Health Centre Great Northern Hwy, Bindoon

Phone: 0427 198 278 Judy Dennis

BSc PT, Grad Dip PT, Dip PT

Junior Tennis In April school holidays 14 players from Wubin, Wannamal, Goomalling, Kalannie, Dalwallinu, Yerecoin, Ballidu and Buntine competed in the Country Zone Junior Tennis Championships. Our Moore District did very well competing against other larger zones like South West, Mid West and South Coast. The following players did our zone proud competing in a very competitive and friendly environment: Holly Howard (Yerecoin) and Shenae Cail(Wubin) 16 and under girls

Leighton Howard (Yerecoin) and Myles Cail( Wubin) 14 and under boys Hayley McAlpine (Wubin) and Georgia McAlpine(Buntine) 14 and under girls Aimee Tyson (Goomalling) and Ellen Heavey (Ballidu) 14 and under Girls Hayley Taylor (Wannamal) and Shanae Haywood(Goomalling ) 12 and under girls. Ryan Dodd (Buntine) and Zac Sanderson(Kalannie) 12 and under boys

Wade Southcott and Corey Taylor – Winners 14 and under boys

We came away with some winning couples and individuals:

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

For appointments call Dr Keith Brown on 0418 409 475

These weekends have been run annually by The Country Women’s Association since 1998. Most participants are sponsored by their local CWA branch, with Chittering/Bindoon and Koorunga CWA Branches both sponsoring participants this year.

Corey Taylor (Wannamal) and Wade Southcott (Wubin) 14 and under boys

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

on activities including archery, crate stacking, the low ropes course, aerial runway at night, along with team building activities of completing an obstacle course while all holding onto a pole, creating a free standing shelter from newspaper and masking tape and a fun challenge using leggos. The weekend allowed participants to understand their capabilities, to demonstrate leadership skills and to walk away with the realization that they can achieve their goals. “Challenging yourself without any pressure” and “making new friends” were quoted as the highlights.

Hayley McAlpine Winner 14 and under singles Corey Taylor Runner Up 14 singles Holly Howard Runner Up Consolation 16 and unders Ellen Heavey Winner Consolation 12 and unders

Hayley Taylor and Shanae Haywood Winners 12 and under girls

And our winning teams were: Corey Taylor and Wade Southcott 14 and under boys Hayley Taylor and Shanae Haywood 12 and under girls Ryan Dodd and Zac Sanderson 12 and under boys Congratulations to all players who represented our Zone . A job well done.


Ryan Dodd and Zac Sanderson Winners 12 and under boys

Northern Valleys News June 2013


It’s your community... Junior Rodeo, Bindoon Wendy Dawes Summerfield lodge kindly sponsored the May 26th Bindoon junior rodeo. Competitors ranged in age from 3-18 – dummy roping, barrel racing, steer riding and breakaway roping. Hunta Gallagher once again scooped her under 11 age group winning the barrels and western bending. Taya hill and Aneeka Ronchi both caught in the breakaway, and Edward Ironside won the u18 steer ride. The spectators were treated to some pretty fancy roping skills by youngster first timer Coby Mcarthy (pictured below) in the u11 dummy roping. A great morning was had by both spectators, competitors and all of our valuable volunteers who we could run the event without.

Hunta Galagher in the calf roping. Photo Dave Watson

Brook Hunt Club welcomes UK Visitors The Brook Hunt Club was delighted to welcome visitors Stephen Froy and his wife Fiona Elder from the South Devon Hunt in the UK. Hunt guests and members enjoyed dinner in New Norcia Hotel on Saturday night before meeting at the beautiful Nunook Farm in Moora

Local partnerships give young people the edge! Gaining the required experience, developing the necessary employability skills or trying to decide what career path to take can be a daunting task for young people in their final years of schooling. The Schools of Isolated & Distance Education (SIDE), which ranks as one of the biggest schools in the world, and local business organisations throughout the state, are making this process easier for some of these students. The school to work program including Workplace Learning (WL1 and WL2), School Based Apprenticeships (SBA) and School Based Traineeships (SBT) is second to none in assisting students achieve the above three aims. A simple explanation of the program is to say it is on the job training, enabling the student to experience, first hand the world of work. The beauty of it is they also combine this with their Secondary School Graduation (WACE) so it’s a win, win situation all around. Many local business organisations

Coby McCarthy and dad, Wade. Photo Dave Watson

fun fitness

Bindoon over 50’s Exercise Group

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

Calingiri Community Gym Open 24/7, contact 96287004

on the Sunday morning. Hunt Horses were provided for Stephen and Fiona and hounds hunted extremely well. The UK guests were afforded a very enjoyable days hunting across the unique Australian countryside. The meet was hosted by Peter and Caroline Nixon and hunters gathered at their residence for BBQ and refreshments afterwards. The Brook Hunt has just started the season and will hunt until September. New riders are welcome. throughout the state assist the program by taking on trainees. “This support is fantastic” says workplace learning coordinator Shane Murray. Comments from employers also indicate the benefits… “It provides a wonderful opportunity to source future employees”, “It made my staff contemplate their performance and helped improve productivity as they teach young people about the industry!”, “Its about time this was part of every student’s Upper School education! It’s a win, win for everyone.” Alex Gibbs is a Year 12 student who has chosen the WL2 Employability Skills option. She was lucky enough to be placed at Goldfront Thoroughbred Racing concern near Gingin, a local host employer who became readily involved.

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Alex in her words “is rapt with the opportunity!” Even the very early starts haven’t deterred her as she follows her dream of developing skills in the Thoroughbred Racing industry.

It was a chilly night in Mogumber but the action was hot, bringing a good crowd to the third round of the Autumn Bull Riding Series on the 11th May. Saturday the 8th June will see the final night for riders to score points in their quest for the Trophy Buckles. The Buckles will be presented to riders at the conclusion of the nights events. Going into the final round, Tyrell Smith from Waroona is Leading,

Blood in your poo Problems peeing Looser poo Unexplained weight loss An unusual pain, lump or swelling anywhere in your body Becoming more short of breath A persistent cough

Alex prepares to take a foal out to the paddock.

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but hot on his heels are Wade McCarthy from Bullsbrook and Jesse Deburg from Lake Clifton. Edward Ironside, a student at the Narrogin Ag College, is out in front of the Novice Bulls, with competition from Kayne Drew of Mogumber and Perth’s Sheldon Caddies. A truckload of fresh bulls on loan from a stock contractor in the Kimberley has arrived including one that has not been ridden in 8 years of rodeo competition. So you can bet the action will be exciting! See you there at 6pm.

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

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

Yoga in Bullsbrook

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

Zumba - Bullsbrook

Tuesday 7.30pm, Lower Chittering Hall Contact: Roberto 0418640840

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Madison’s on a roll Tamieka Preston

Fifteen year old Madison Derrick has kick-started the 2013 eventing season with an impressive string of wins and placings. In April, the Swan Christian student was titled Champion rider at the Interschool Championships, no doubt securing herself a position on the WA team at the National competition coming up in October. She was also part of the winning school team at the cross disciplinary competition, which tests the riders skills in dressage, showjumping, cross country and hacking. The year has certainly started well for the teenager, who has so far placed first in the Junior Intro 1 class at the Capel PCAWA eventing series, Moora Horse Trials and Wooraloo 1 CNC. At the weekend, Madison came a close second at Brigadoon 1 CNC, and was pleased with the result of double clear and a 46.2 in the dressage. Madison’s mother Kirsten, a former rider herself, is proud of her dedicated daughter’s success, but what makes her proudest, is that she trained the pony herself. They bought Leedale Micardi as a youngster, and Madison and Kirsten broke him in at three. Over the past four years Madison has worked hard to bring him up to his current level. At 14.1, the Arabian riding pony cross is on the smaller side for an eventer, and Madison is bringing on another horse to take his place as she outgrows him. Meanwhile, she has her sights firmly set on the next event, Harvey CNC, where the pair will compete for the first time at Junior Prelim level. Madison is extremely dedicated to her sport, and Mum Kirsten says she often finds herself calling her to come in from the arena after dark, as she tries to get the most out her time after school. The family has recently moved to Bullsbrook so that Madison has enough time for schoolwork as well as pursuing her dream of competitive riding.

Madison and Leedale Micardi in the cross country at Brigadoon. Photo; Darren Dawes for Redfoto

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Northern Valleys News June 2013


The June issue of the Northern Valleys News, 2013


The June issue of the Northern Valleys News, 2013