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This, our daily bread Tamieka Preston New Norcia’s resident master baker, the charismatic Terry Nuske is adamant that baking bread is as easy as cooking a roast. The ingredients are simple enough; flour, water, yeast and salt, but it’s really the passion that incites a good baker to rise to the occasion, that, and the fire. Both are necessary to create an outstanding bread, and both must be red hot. Terry’s work day begins at 12.30am, when most of us are shutting down for the night. Cloistered in the original stonewalled bakery, he begins by building the fire. It takes three loads


of local hardwood to get the 125 year old monastery oven firing as it should. By the time it has reached the optimum start temperature of 250 deg C, Terry must have all his doughs mixed, proven and ready to go. “The key to good bread is a relaxed oven” he explains, “a gas oven will keep firing to maintain an even temperature, but with a wood fired oven, you must get it right.” Terry has a window of approximately one hour at the optimum temperature to produce the daily bread for the New Norcia monastic community, the local residents, and the tourist contingent.



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Depending on the time of year, Terry bakes between 80 and 200 loaves a day in the 4 x 3 metre oven space, which was built in 1886 by the Benedictine Monks. The austere bakery rooms including the historic oven are housed within the Monastery itself, but are leased by the company ‘New Norcia Bakeries’, under a special agreement with the Benedictine Community. New Norcia Bakeries, now owned by the Mias group, was formed by Kingsley Sullivan in the early nineties, whose vision was to create a traditionally made, authentic

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bread that rivalled the world’s finest. As the oven continues to relax to around 160 deg C, Terry bakes the famous fruit bread and the divine Dom Salvado Pan Chocolatti, New Norcia Nut cake and Almond biscotti. These premium products are now distributed worldwide, and appear in upmarket venues such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in London and David Jones nationally. They are also available in Perth at the Mt Hawthorn and Subiaco New Norcia Bakery shops and locally at the New Norcia Art Gallery shop. Terry has been baking at New Norcia for nearly 9 years now, after relocating from Victoria and has embraced life in the monastic town. “It’s a slower way of life” he says,” I

work harder and longer, but there’s a real sense of peacefulness here” Lucky enough himself to receive a few pointers from Dom Paulino, the monk who baked in the original oven for over 60 years, Terry now passes on his knowledge of traditional baking to his apprentices, often local, who continue on at New Norcia Bakeries’ larger premises in Mt Hawthorn. Even with all that experience, the daily ritual of baking has its good and bad days. “Sometimes you do everything right, and it still doesn’t quite work” he says. The union of yeast and flour is precarious, and is affected by temperature, season and timing. It takes practise and dedication to get it right, and that spark of passion kept burning by those wood fired coals.


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When you taste the bread, Terry’s passion for his product is evident, and the basic ingredients are imbued with the distinctive flavour of the oven, along with the time-taught skills of a seasoned artisan.



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MEMBER for Moore, Shane Love MLA delivered his maiden speech in the Legislative Assembly on April 16.

Residential College which will allow students to stay in the mid west region.

Pledging to represent the Electorate of Moore with both integrity and energy, he gave an impassioned speech which touched on issues such as education, health and aged care – issues common to the entire electorate.

“And we need to investigate the use of technology to provide innovative solutions and boost facilities at the many District High Schools in the electorate.”

He spoke of the Great Northern Highway - ‘a life blood of the nation’ which is narrow and its condition deplorable. “Countless oversize loads transporting mining equipment result in Bindoon being effectively locked down since there are 13 sets of overhanging power lines which must be temporarily raised with the use of a portable pole,” he said. “Plans for a bypass to the east of the town are public knowledge but have not yet been gazetted, however, property prices have been adversely affected. “Further improvements to this vital transport link are of great importance to the communities along its path and to the mining industry in the Pilbara.” Mr Love highlighted the lack of public senior high school educational facilities for those in the electorate, the only options being the Central Midlands Senior High School in Moora and the Morawa Agricultural College. “Parents and students have few options other than boarding in Perth or Geraldton,” he said. “I pledge to work towards supporting an upgrade of facilities at Geraldton

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On the issue of health and aged care, the Member for Moore pointed out the lack of services across the electorate, particularly in growing coastal and southern communities. “The Moora Frail Aged Lodge provides a wonderful example of the benefits of having elderly citizens remain in the community,” he added. “The Wheatbelt Development Commission and local communities are working up strategies that we hope will provide appropriate levels of aged care in the southern portion of the electorate and we need to extend those lessons learnt across the entire electorate.” Mr Love said further investment in technology across the electorate would allow innovative health service delivery via Telehealth. He said the qualifying criteria for those seeking assistance through the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme ruled out many of the residents of Moore and pledged to seek recognition for constituent needs. The Member for Moore acknowledged the work of his predecessor, Grant Woodhams, a well respected and much liked figure in the electorate and in the Legislative Assembly where he served as Speaker.

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Mother’s Day CWA Cake Stall The Chittering Bindoon Country Women’s Association (CWA) will be holding a Mother’s Day Cake Stall on Saturday 11th May in front of the IGA Bindoon from 9am to 12noon.

Gingin british car day 2013 The 19th of May will see Gingin townsite come alive for the 23rd annual Gingin British Car Day. With the day embedded in the motoring calendar of events and now sharing the date with National Motoring Heritage day, the 19th of May promises to exceed previous attendances and expectations... The Granville Parklands will be overflowing with an extravagant display of British Cars and pulsing to the sounds of “Double Trouble” from the music shell. A Marching Band Display by the Kalamunda District Pipe Band will add an exciting element to the atmosphere of the Day. The brook at the bottom of the Park will again host an amazing array of working model boats displayed and operated by the Australian Model ship Society. A great spectacle and don’t miss the grand finale with the burning of a ship complete with men overboard and fire fighting

International concert pianist in Bindoon Roman Rudnytsky is an American pianist of Ukrainian background who is touring Western Australia for nine recitals and will perform in the Bindoon Hall on the 13th July.

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In addition to performances in capital cities around the world, he often performs in places away from the musical mainstream to bring classical music to audiences who seldom

Proceeds of the Mother’s Day stall will be going to ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World).

Tugs to the rescue. Always popular, Roxanne’s dance Workshop will add colour and motion to the dance floor in front of the Music Shell as the various age groups show off their skills to the crowd.

ACWW is now active in over 70 countries worldwide, working in partnership with members and member societies, offering women the chance of a better life through mutual support, friendship and practical help.

A huge variety of market day stalls offering everything from jewellery to neck and shoulder massage and a good selection of local produce will engage the shoppers while the motoring enthusiasts admire the cars. Hot food, Devonshire Teas, ice cream, fairy floss and cool drinks will

ACWW funds about 40 development projects annually including ACWW’s ‘Women Feed the World’ fund which is used for projects that promote progressive farming techniques and upgrading the women’s skills in agriculture-based activities.

be available all day to satisfy the hunger pangs and quench the thirst and a licensed Bar will provide the opportunity to rest awhile and enjoy a very English “half a pint and a pork pie.” A variety of games and rides will keep the kids entertained throughout the day.

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State University in Ohio where he served as a professor of music and piano for 39 years.

Born in New York into a prominent Ukrainian musical family, Roman began the study of piano at the age of four and gave his first recital at age seven. He is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School in New York and also did additional studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and in masterclasses in Italy and Austria.

The Chittering Tourist Association is pleased to organise this major event on behalf of Mr Rudnytsky, further details will be advised or contact Colleen at the Chittering Visitor Centre. Bookings are essential and will open on June 1st, with tickets available from the Chittering Visitor Centre. Adults $20, Concession $17 and under 18 $10

Mr Rudnytsky is currently Professor Emeritus of the Dana School of Music of Youngstown

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Farmers Markets The next Chittering Farmers market will be held on May 26th in Bindoon. It was a fabulous Autumn day for the first independent Chittering Farmers Market held in Bindoon on April 29th. The farmers markets were trialled by the Shire of Chittering CDO over the Summer, and are now being managed by a community group with a view to having this as a regular event on the fourth Sunday in the month. The Bindoon Op Shop has run markets on the fourth Sunday for 20 years, and Op Shop manager, Bob Blizzard is looking forward to seeing the new markets take a leap into attracting even more visitors to Bindoon on a Sunday. The April venue in the Edmunds place park has room for expansion in the gum tree grove and ample parking area right beside it.

Shire of Chittering and Bindoon Playgroup invite everyone with children between the ages of 0-5 to come along and celebrate the official opening of the extension at the Chinkabee Complex, 10 -11.30 am Morning tea is provided, and there’ll be lots of fun and activites to enjoy. RSVP Natasha or Danika at the Shire of Chittering 9576 4600.

Saturday 11th May Mogumber Tavern Bull Ride, 3rd round gates open 6pm Mooliabeenee Residents Fire brigade community meeting, 9am Orchard Glory.

Sunday, May 12 Mothers Day CWA Cake Stall, 9am to noon Outside Bindoon IGA

Thursday 16th May 2013 Heart Week Walk 2013 10:00am start (please arrive by 9:45am) Clune Park, Bindoon, Free Join the walk along the Stonehouse Trail

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Chittering wildlife carers say thank you! Everyone at Chittering Wildlife Carers and our wonderful native wildlife would like to say a huge thank you to all who supported our recent fundraising event at Stringybark Winery and Restaurant on 7th April. The event was a great success raising $4600 and would not have been possible without the generosity of the community. So to Mary and Stringybark for hosting the event, all the staff at Stringybark, our local businesses and artists for their kind donations, all those who helped out on the day and everyone who turned out to support the event a massive thank you. A very special thank you goes to Lisa Leishman, who approached us with the idea in the first place and who worked tirelessly to help make it all happen in a short space of time. Also, to Shire Councillors Robert Hawes and Michelle Rossouw who were brave enough to endure a wet session in the stocks.

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Perfect weather arrived for the bull riding at the Mogumber Tavern on Sat April 13th. A healthy turnout of spectators and competitors added up to another top night of action. Afterward people enjoyed themselves around the fires while being entertained by the band Magnetic. Competition was fierce in the open section of bull riding with Jesse DeBurg the only cowboy to cover both the bulls he got on. Naturally he won the open bull ride, while the novice contest was won by Mogumber’s own competitor Kayne Drew. Going into the 3rd round on Saturday 11th May, Tyrell Smith is leading the open bulls while Edward Ironside is out in front of the novice riders. Gates open at 6pm with Perth’s top band Hideaway playing until midnight.

All the funds raised will go towards the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife and will assist us in progressing with our current wildlife rehabilitation projects, one of which is to build, in partnership with the Midwest Marsupial Carers, a new Red Kangaroo soft release enclosure in the Midwest. Funds can now also be put aside for emergencies such as putting out hay in areas where bush fires have left Shire Councillor Robert Hawes in the stocks wildlife without natural feed. Congratulations to both our Colouring Competition Winners Flynn (3-6 years) and Brooke (7-12years) and to Katrina Jaques for winning the Bali raffle.

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The Bindoon Retirees Joy Askew THE BINDOON RETIREES had a really good month with lots of things happening. At the end of our General Meeting on the 2nd April we spotted a man sitting outside with a pram and his bed and we invited him in for a cuppa with us – he was such an interesting man and said he had been walking up to New Norcia from Fremantle to get him in readiness for his BIG walk around the coast of Australia next March, Fremantle to Fremantle, for the Arthritis Foundation and also for The Men’s Shed in Fremantle, his name was Mike Pauly. We found him so very interesting to talk to, and we hope that he will be able to pop into us again one day when he or his friends are passing, amazing who you see in Bindoon. We then had a great day at Wanneroo visiting with our Senior friends there for a game of bowls, we are always looked after so well with food and entertainment, we look forward to their return to us on the 9th September. On the 18th April we went to Wheelchairs for Kids at Wangara, where we learned how they make and assemble wheelchairs for the children out in the war torn countries, where they have had limbs blown off or are born disabled. We met the the generous volunteers who make them. What an interesting day that was. The Bindoon Retirees collect their drink cans and donate their spare cash towards the cost of wheelchairs and we usually are able to send off for two a year, which are now $130. each. These Volunteers work 4 mornings a week and turn out around 100 wheelchairs a week. The chairs are sent abroad in sea containers paid for by the various organisations, and they go to nearly every country in the world. If anyone is interested we have leaflets available. Next month we have a trip to Forrestfield for an afternoon concert, and off to Northam on the 14th May for a game of bowls. We hope you will all then be able to join us for our Fashion Parade on the 27th May starting at 9.30am, tickets $5 from any Member or at the door on the day. Our Meetings are the first Monday in the month at the Bindoon Hall at 1.30pm, next one is 6th May. Our Indoor Bowls are every other Monday at Chinkabee at 1.30pm For more information contact: The President: Lois Jones on 9576 0415 – or Secretary Joy Askew 9576 0262.




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Gingin Railway Station open day


Locals, and those who had travelled from Perth and beyond enjoyed an opportunity to experience local heritage at the recent Gingin Railway Station open day. Co-oinciding with the WA Heritage Festival, the organisers did a stirling job of capturing the past. Locals offered their old treasures from teddy bears to tea cups to fit out the station providing a glimpse of what was. Spinning demonstrations and hand shearing demonstrations added to the nostalgia. Sisters Dale & Glenda Williams (left) made a special visit to return to the house they lived in when they were young children, during the time their father was the station master. Imagine growing up as a young kid with a railway line on your front door! They recalled how they use to play, walking and putting pennies on Christine Eric, Phillip Spycher & Fran Haenni the tracks, “Mum didn’t seem to worry, but life was slower then, there were only a couple of trains very day and you knew when a train was coming”.

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In memory of Jasmine Moohen, Julie Reynolds of Bindoon Primary school has recruited a team of willing teachers to raise money for Cancer. Julie and friend Glenda completed the 14 kilometre run last year and raised almost $1,000.

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The team are keen to see that they can increase this amount.

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The Bindoon School Student council are supporting the teachers efforts with a special fund-raising at school. Readers can help this worthy cause by making donations to the Bindoon Primary School. “The HBF Run for a Reason, presented by the West Australian, is one of the fastest

growing community events on the WA calendar,” he said. “Last year it sold out, with more than 20,100 people running, jogging or walking so these chances to win an entry will be hotly contested.” Participants in last year’s run raised more than $780,000 for WA charities. The HBF Run for a Reason will be held on Sunday, May 26.

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Saving the station Gingin Railway Station open day The recent Gingin Railway Station open day offered the public an opportunity to experience local heritage and learn about the future restoration project.

Richard And Pauline Diggins & The Gingin Railway Station. In 1986 the Diggins family were on a picnic when they came across the Gingin Railway Station with a Shire Council sign pasted on the station wall. It said if no interest was shown in saving the station by a member of the public it would be demolished. There were only a few days left before the ultimatum took effect. Pauline and Richard Diggins registered their interest with the Shire, of which the Council were most happy as they hadn’t found anyone to take on the project. It took two years to negotiate a lease with Westrail that the Council approved of allowing the family to live in the station when restored. A twenty year peppercorn lease of $1 per year was entered into with the condition of restoration and to be open to the public.

The Diggins worked to have the station re-wired, woodwork repaired and painted and replaced facia and verandah section.

The Diggins had many happy weekends with family and friends over the years. In 2007 the lease expired and the Shire did not enter into an extension with the Diggins. The station has been vacant since that date. Richard Diggins was mayor of Subiaco for 13 years and was instrumental in putting into effect the Molyneaux Report which set the guidelines for restoring Subiaco’s heritage.

Built in the English Victorian era architectural style, the Gingin station was one of the first built by the Midland Railway Company for the new line from Midland to Walkaway near Geraldton. It was officially opened in April, 1891, and was attended by the Governor of WA, accompanied by 150 guests aboard the passenger train.

The building had been vandalised and every window smashed. The film company Barron productions approached the family to feature the station in the movie ‘SHAME’ and as a thank you the company re-glazed most of the smashed windows.

The platform had been reduced in size over the years and with the help of the Shire was extended back to original length.

The event offered a perfect opportunity for the Gingin-Chittering Lions Club to showcase the history and share plans for the future. The National Trust of WA has granted a five-year lease to the community group with the option to renew for another five years.

The station building consisted of the stationmaster’s quarters, ladies’ waiting room and separate public waiting room. A kiosk run by the local Jones family was set up to provide refreshments for passengers. Of the original nine stations along the Midland Railway line, only the Gingin station and stationmaster’s quarters retains its original form. Lions project co-ordinator Mike Miller said he hoped to bring the historical station back into use as a tourist bureau and a railway museum. “We hope to make it into a tourist hub to increase tourism in Gingin and we want to get the community involved,” he said. “We hope to make a heritage trail around Gingin where people can see these old buildings and sites.”


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Where does the time go? It seems like only a couple of weeks since we were formulating the last annual budget, and now we’re at it again! Over the next few weeks, Council and staff will be involved in the familiar, if exhausting, annual juggling tournament. It will go something like this - firstly, we will put together a list of services, projects and ongoing costs that we need to consider; next, we will stare aghast at the potential bottom line; that is the cost of our wish list if all were to be included - and had to be paid for. Lastly – the hard bit!! We have to prioritise everything on our list and decide what we will be able to afford and what must be omitted. Which sounds pretty straight forward, but it’s not! Believe it or not, the varied bunch of individuals that make up the Council usually manage, through negotiation and compromise, to reach agreement about what should or should not be included. Each have their own priorities based of their own input from the community, and whatever advice the staff are able to provide about the practicalities, or otherwise, of their dreams and schemes. Debate and discussion occur and consensus is reached. A budget is created. Rates are set. Job done. If only life were so simple. Alas, there are dark forces at work to disrupt this apparent simplicity. Apart from run of the mill external influences like CPIs and inflation etc., we have to deal with an ocean of codswallop foisted upon us by other levels of government. We

can usually work out what our own wants and needs will cost without too much trouble. The cost of compliance, a posh way of saying jumping through other peoples’ hoops, is a different matter altogether. Enforcing everything from the Planning Act to the Dog Act; from the Bushfires Act to the Cemeteries Act costs money. In many cases staff must be employed specifically to ensure compliance, at the rate-payers expense. For example, this November the new Cat Act will come into force. What this will mean to local government finances is anybody’s guess. Only one thing is certain – the State Government will not be offering any financial support to implement enforcement. At the same time as all this routine cost shifting, the State now insists on councils providing a whole raft of plans and strategies to them so that they can be sure that we are doing our job - as they would wish us to. The joke is that most of these documents will really only prove that we intend to do whatever councils are supposed to do, anyway. The cost to the community in staff salaries is frankly, appalling. Of course, we don’t have to use the staff. We can always use external, and very expensive, consultants. The Department can even recommend some! Chuck in a few other line items like health and safety requirements, assorted compulsory insurances and a budget for legal fees to deal with whatever havoc all this compliance guff brings down upon us, and I won’t be staggered to learn that a third of our budget is eaten up doing stuff for other people that is of little or no value to our own community. Of course we should always look for the positives in all things. In this case what we lose as rate-payers we save as tax-payers – by keeping a bunch of State bureaucrats of dubious value in work and off the dole. Now that must make you feel good! Thanks for your time

Alex Douglas

Council Meeting Date Council meeting

Wednesday, 15 May 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

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Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Office closure

Heart Week Walk 2013

Don’t forget that the Shire’s administration centres and library will be closed on W.A. DAY (Monday, 3 June 2013). The centres and library will reopen as normal on Tuesday, 4 June 2013.

The National Heart Foundation of Australia is holding a free community walking event as part of Heart Week along Stonehouse Trail in Bindoon on Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 10am. Interested community members are to meet at 9.45am at Clune Park for a 3045 minute guided walk through Bindoon’s natural bushland. Morning tea will be provided at the conclusion of the walk.

Champions Of Chittering – Volunteer Week

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This year with assistance from Volunteering WA, the Shire of Chittering will be celebrating with the volunteers of our community by showcasing their contribution in a big way.

The Countdown Is On To Register Your Cat

A large display board, featuring local volunteers and the valuable work that they do, will be located at the Bindoon Bakehaus from 1319 May. This display will provide an opportunity for visitors to Chittering, as well as locals, to put a face to the name of the people in the community, who give up their precious time to contribute to a our safe, happy and healthy way of life.

The Cat Act 2011 was passed by the West Australian Parliament in November 2011, so what does this mean for your feline friends?

There will be handprints (forms) made available for visitors to nominate someone they would like to see recognised, or just to leave a message for all our volunteers. These nominations and messages will be compiled into a booklet which will be available to download from the Shire website, or from the Shire offices, and will also be distributed at the 2013 Volunteers Family Fun Day. This year the Volunteers Family Fun Day will be held on 26 May at the Lower Chittering Hall from 11am to 3pm. There will be family games and activities as well as a free BBQ lunch. Watch out for more details on the Shire of Chittering website or in your letterbox!

Is your lovable fur ball registered with the Shire of Chittering?

From 1 November 2013 all cats over 6 months of age are required to be: • Registered with a local government • Sterilised (unless used for breeding by a registered breeder) • Microchipped so they can be returned to their owners if lost, stolen or straying from their owner’s property. Whilst owners are not required to sterilise or microchip their cats until 1 November 2013, the Shire of Chittering encourages responsible cat ownership and recommends that cat owners sterilise and microchip their cat before the due date. The Shire’s Ranger Services are always happy to help answer your questions.

If you feel that you would like to make a more personal contribution to our thank you to our volunteers, we would love to have you help out at the Family Fun Day. Please contact Alison Reliti, Economic and Community Development Support Officer, or Karen Dore, Economic Development Officer.

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chatter @ chittering A Big Thank You The Shire of Chittering are so grateful to our community for their continued support on sponsorship of events. Without these sponsors and volunteers we would not be able to achieve events for the community. Youth – Band Night – Magnetic Clune Park on 26 April Bindoon IGA, Bindoon Bakehaus, Bindoon Fire Brigade, Be Active, Ace Electrical, Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats Special thanks to the Youth committee: Anthony, Courtney, Noel, Monique, Cameron, Maggie, Cassandra, Anne-Maree, Leanne, Jodi, and all those adults helping with security on the night

Muchea Youth Festival – 2 May Muchea Roadhouse & General Store, Hall All Contracting, South Midlands Polocrosse Club, Be Active, Chittering Junior Football Club, Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats, Bindoon Bakehaus, Ace Electrical Chittering Farmers Markets Dave Hemmings, Dan Bam, Barni Norton, Helen Manning, Colin Mattingly, Noel Russell & family, Bill Hoffman, Bindoon Men’s Shed, Bob Blizard, Bindoon & Districts Agricultural Society

Major Works Updates Muchea Hall • Globe replacements to oval and netball lighting Lower Chittering Hall • Major electrical upgrade works underway • Aircon installation to main hall • Internal painting • New emergency exit doors and furniture to supper room exits • New external doors to Ladies and Gents toilets • Concrete works for shade structure/seating and bbq Old Roads Boards Building • Internal and External painting Brockman Centre Arts and Crafts • Disability access ramp to shop entry and improve access to kitchen entry • Roof sheeting repairs • Kitchen sliding door reconfiguration Sussex Bend Public Open Space • Turf and reticulation placement

Community Road Safety Grant, Slow Down And Enjoy The Ride In Chittering The “Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride in Chittering” project aims to raise community awareness on the shared responsibility for road safety utilising the familiar Road Safety Council campaign which epitomises what we would like people to do in (or on their way to) Chittering. The funding for the project was provided by the Community Road Safety Grants Program which is funded through speed and red light cameras. The 11-month expanded awareness campaign (1 August 2013 to 30 June 2014) focuses on the Safe System: Safe Road Use, Safe Roads and Roadsides, Safe Speeds and Safe Vehicles. It will utilise materials from existing Office of Road Safety campaigns and WALGA’s RoadWise Program, along with the development of personalised promotional products to support local events which will be the main avenue of engagement. Community members and visitors to Chittering can expect to see signage, flyers and posters around the Shire, along with being able to enjoy promotional competitions and giveaways. More information about what’s going on will be shared through a radio campaign, the Shire newsletter (available in both hard copy or via email), on the Shire website and through the Shire’s Facebook page. Upcoming 2013 events that will be supported include; “Bush Fire Ready Expo” - 18 August, “Wannamal Driver Reviver” - 24 August, “Taste of Chittering” - 7 September, “Chittering Wildflower Festival” - 12 to 15 September and “Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Show” - 19 October. See the Shire’s online events calendar for more information.

L to R: Scott Penfold, Jean Sutherland, Lisa Templer, Catherine Choules, Grace Pritchard and Lynette Prendergast. Not present: Azhar Awang and Gary Tuffin.

Relay For Life Eight staff from the Shire of Chittering recently walked round and round in circles for 24 hours as part of the Cancer Council Relay for Life hosted at Challenge Stadium. Our terrific team raised more than their target $1,500 – but don’t let that stop you donating online at [click on SPONSOR a team or individual, select WA – 2013 – Perth and find the Shire of Chittering]. Donations will be accepted until 13th May. Relay for Life began in the United States in 1985 when Dr Gordy Klatt lapped his local athletics track for 24 hours to raise funds for cancer.

This simple act has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with hundreds of Relays conducted in many countries each year, raising millions of dollars for the cancer cause. Cancer Council Relay for Life events are organised by a local volunteer committee and are the world’s biggest fundraiser for cancer, involving teams of up to 17 people taking turns in keeping their team’s baton moving around the track for the entire 24 hours – 24 hours because cancer never sleeps. Despite a some blisters, a lack of sleep and aching muscles the team are already planning for next year.

Rating Strategy Changes The Shire of Chittering is investigating the current rating system due to an imbalance between Unimproved Valuations (UV) and Gross Rental Valuations (GRV). An information paper is available from the Administration Office or online at Two independent community consultation sessions will be held so that ratepayers have the opportunity to understand the possible changes and how they may be affected personally.

Wednesday 15 May – 7.00pm Lower Chittering Hall

Facebook Find us on Facebook! We are broadening our communication and community engagement options by developing a presence on Facebook. Whilst the main purpose of the page will be for sharing information (especially news of upcoming events and happenings) appropriate public interaction will be welcomed.

Tuesday 21 May – 7.00pm Bindoon Town Hall For more details please contact; • Jean Sutherland, Executive Manager Corporate Services • Email: • Phone: 9576 4600



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Speckled Park Charity Auction success Jackie Shervington

The recent Speckled Park Field day charity auction was well supported by the generosity of sponsors and buyers raising $4,323 for the Black Dog Ride.

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 “AS IT IS” Not much has changed in the market place since the last edition only we have seen the lamb market firm at the higher rates obtained at that time, and due to the dry, sheep numbers have increased through the sale yards while cattle numbers like the price, have been a little erratic but generally low. Also the last edition we mentioned a timely rain had fallen to spark up the feed and crank up the season, but since then we have experienced the hottest April on record, and in some areas there has not been enough wind to keep the mills turning and water flowing, however, ironically substantial rains across the state have been forecast for tomorrow Wed 1st of May. Good luck with that. No doubt most of you have booked your new seasons lambs in to be processed, for those of you who are undecided please contact your Elders agent and let us work with you. With the season being what it is, a lot of lambs will not be ready at the usual time and we could see a flood of late bookings don’t get court out. Elders Midland has you covered for all your rural needs please contact any of the above team members who are waiting to help. Preston Clarke


The Black Dog Ride began in 2009, when Steve Andrews was inspired to raise awareness of depression, evolving into a national movement of thousands of Australian riders who have raised over $800,000 for mental health services and fostered a culture of mental health awareness

around the country. Steve Andrews provided a moving account of how he came to create the ‘Black Dog Ride’. Four years ago he found himself at the funeral of his best mate Jack Michael’s wife Anna, a beautiful woman, wife and mother whose life was cut short by a silent struggle with depression. Tragically, Steve’s own mother had also taken her own life. Standing at Anna’s wake, Steve felt the need to get out into the community and raise awareness of depression, to create a national

conversation so that people with depression felt able to talk about and seek help for the issues they faced. After twelve months of preparation, Steve used what he had at hand, his motorbike, to raise community awareness of this silent killer. In 2009 Steve Andrews rode his motorbike around Australia, and carried with him a soft toy, a black dog representing “the black dog of depression” which Winston Churchill so famously diarised. He called his ride the “Black Dog Ride”.

The auction The auction was led by Elders and offered all a glimpse of the speckled park breed. The show was opened by Dale Humphries, of Wattle Grove Speckle Park, who came from interstate to support the day. According to Dale the number one factor they are seeing from the Speckled Park is higher yields of up to 8% higher. A very adaptable animal and still showing high yield and calving quality. The yields and results from a recent trial of 100 purebred Angus calves and 100 Angus Speckled Park cross, based on 90 day feed program, the Speckled Park averaged 35 kilo heavier at live weight and purebred Angus calved at 58% average, whereas Speckled Park Angus achieved a yield of 63%. Dale agreed a lot of this would be hybrid vigour but you also get the marbling benefits and the breeding quality. Kevin Marshall, Catholic Agriculture College was the judge for the day. He offered his rationale for selecting the champion of the day. 604 was chosen because he was a lighter calf than the biggest but he was soft, excellent through the top line and eye muscle area. I was looking for fat cover, muscle thickness. Kevin said it was a pleasure to go into a pen with perfectly prepared animals.

Emily Trainer, Gingin Speckle Park & Karrie Louden, Karosel Equestrian

Bloss Thomas, Fran Newman, Robyn Lang, Sally Fleay

Kevin Marshall addressing the crowd

Garry Thomas, Tungamah Speckle Park Cattle, who was the host for day and put on a great show was very pleased with the day.

Tnaysha Thomas

Errol Howard with grandson Fletcher

$1,300 was paid for the day’s champion, which given the current market many thought was a good result for a worthy cause. According to auctioneer of the day Preston Clark of Elders, “It was a great turnout, generous people with respect to the donations and the cause. We were blessed by a good day and good cattle. Probably at another time a little later in the year we might have got a better result.” Tony Trainer, of Gingin Speckled Park, was happy with his auction purchase of the second best on day, he was looking for a cross bred as he has all purebreds. Tony felt that later on in the season, with a bit more rain and confidence people will be looking to buy. “It is all about breed exposure and so was a great day.”

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Immortalised in Agricultural Hall of Fame

Two pioneers who left a significant legacy within Western Australia’s rich and varied history are to be inducted into The Royal Agricultural Society of WA’s Hall of Fame. Bishop Rosendo Salvado (1814 -1900) and Walter Padbury (1814 -1817), now join fellow visionaries whose outstanding achievements have influenced the development of the State’s rural sector. The President of The Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Mr Hugh Harding, paid tribute to these two trailblazers who helped to shape the West’s future. “Peers such as Bishop Salvado and Walter Padbury are to be commended for their outstanding contribution to WA. They paved the way for others to follow, ensuring the agricultural industry to be all the better off for their involvement.”

With an entrepreneurial nature Walter made his mark within the world of agriculture as pastoralist, merchant and philanthropist. He bought and sold sheep, set up retailing businesses, bought and leased land, established farms, a stockyard and abattoir, a tallow factory and tannery and flour mill. His fleet of ships provided international and coastal shipping services.

Legislative Council from 1872 to 1878. In 1871 Padbury was elected to the First Victoria Plains Road Board. In 1883 he became a Justice of the Peace, chairman of the Guildford Municipal Council in 1884 and in 1887, the first mayor. He was the Vice President of the Royal Agricultural Society at the time of his death in 1907.

Married to Charlotte Naim, the couple had no heirs. When he died his fortune was left to be divided among several churches and charities. The Walter Padbury Memorial Church at Moora was built in his honour in 1910.

Padbury financed expeditions into the Gascoyne and Murchison River and Nicol Bay regions and funded WA’s first experimental farm. He went on to be active in public affairs being elected to the Perth City Council in 1864, representing Swan River in the

Mr Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia will


present certificates to relatives of the 2013 inductees. Hon Ken Baston, Minister of Agriculture and Food and the Chairman of the Agricultural Hall of Fame Mr John Watson will also be guests at the event. Additionally, portraits of 2012 inductees to the Agricultural Hall of Fame will be unveiled – including retired dairy farmer and RAS Councillor and past President Lou Giglia, emeritus professor David Lindsay and market gardener and exporter Nicholas Trandos. Mrs Susan Grylls will address the formalities and the portrait artists will unveil their work.

The Agricultural Hall of Fame, established more than two decades ago, now has 57 inductees. The induction ceremony will take place at The RAS of WA on Tuesday, May 7. The portraits will hang in the David Buttfield House at Claremont Showground.

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Following traditional Benedictine lines, Bishop Salvado’s method was simple – to establish a solid monastic, self-sufficient town based on stability, hard work and faith. Having been granted 7,500 hectares of land Salvado devoted himself to his work in the new colony, developing the Mission at New Norcia. Under Bishop Salvado’s ‘stewardship’, the Mission flourished and expanded to include opening up new roads throughout the countryside, building wells, establishing an olive grove, cultivating silkworms, growing grapes, almonds and dates. New Norcia was also famous for the quality of its horses. For a number of years these were sold to the Indian market for use as army horses.


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For more than half a century Bishop Salvado was at the forefront in the development of the agricultural industry in WA. A man with an unswerving foresight to develop, maintain and make a lasting contribution to rural life, Spanishborn Salvado arrived in Fremantle in 1846.

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Walter Padbury (1817 - 1907) Sailing from England to his adopted homeland of WA, 13-year-old Walter Padbury and his father Thomas were commissioned to care for Governor Stirling’s animals – sheep and cattle - to be delivered to Freshwater Bay. Walter learned from an early age how to survive with determination, courage, resilience and generosity of spirit. Six months after their arrival in the Colony, his father died and Walter was thrust into the cold, harsh world of fending for himself as an orphan.









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Narrow-leaf Cottonbush Chittering Landcare

The weed alert for Cottonbush is a repeat of last issue. This is not a mistake. It is vital everyone is diligent in looking out for this weed.

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Keep watching for seed pods on Cottonbush and remove and dispose of them safely before seeds are released. Now that there has been some rain seedlings of Cottonbush may have germinated. Seedlings can be hand pulled or if the infestation is large treated with herbicides. Large infestations of mature plants can be slashed and burnt (check with your Local Council whether a permit to burn is required). It is best to burn at the infestation location if possible. This reduces the risk of spreading seed to other parts of the property and will kill some of the seed which may be present in the soil, reducing future problems. Follow this up with herbicide on seedlings and regrowth. Narrow Leaf Cottonbush (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) displaces useful pasture species such as clover, invades riparian areas and displaces native species. It is also toxic to stock and humans. It is a perennial shrub up to 2m tall. The seeds each have

a tuft of white silky hairs which allow the seeds to be carried long distances on the wind. Seeds may also be spread by water and on animals, people and machinery and in contaminated fodder. Farmnote 498 Narrow-leaf cottonbush and its control available from the Department of Agriculture and Food website au or by contacting Chittering Landcare Centre (95710400 or has more detailed information on the control measures suitable for cottonbush in various situations. Introduced Grasses The grass with fluffy pink flowers which is seen in large stands along some sections of the roadsides particularly of Great Northern Hwy and Brand Hwy at the moment is Red Natal Grass (Melinis repens). This was introduced for use in erosion control, as forage and as an ornamental. It has now escaped and become a weed which can displace native vegetation.

(Cortaderia selloana). Giant Reed resembles bamboo (another common name is False Bamboo) and was introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control. It forms dense stands and is a particular problem along watercourses where it can block channels and displace native vegetation. It is also highly flammable. Pampas grass was introduced as a garden ornamental and was also used for windbreaks and stock fodder. It is spread by windborne seed and can alter vegetation structure resulting in a decrease in the variety of vertebrate and invertebrate fauna in an area. More information about these grasses and a number of other

Other introduced members of the grass family which have become weeds and are readily noticeable flowering at present are Giant Reed (Arundo donax) and Pampas Grass



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Gingin water group bus tour pursues problems Davis Rickson

Members of the committee of the Gingin Water Group represented the Gingin community last month in a tour of the region’s main water problem areas. Experts from the Departments of Water , Environment and Conservation and Food and Agriculture joined private hydrologists to help advise committee members on possible strategies to help the community understand and respond to local issues that are arising out of an increased population, changed land use and a drying climate. Twelve committee members were joined by ten experts and Marty Aldridge our local MLC to pack out the community bus. Introductions made and relationships are formed at the start of the tour The route travelled was south over Lennard Brook to Brand Highway then north into Coonabidgee Road across to Gingin Brook Road , south into Military Road around to Chitna Road and back to Gingin Brook Road. It backtracked to Cowalla road then north to Beermullah west road and back to Brand highway via Bootine road.

Local water borer George Grant guided the tour giving a commentary based on his many years of drilling into the superficial aquifers across the region. He moulded his observations and interpretations into an explanation of the water supply issues as the LOCAL landholders were experiencing them. This information often differed to the assumptions of the officials from the Department of Water. The hydrologists present were able to explain how the localised observations could fit into their understanding of the underground soil arrangement and the water holding capacities of the various mix. The loop bounded by Coonabidgee and Gingin Brook Roads and Brand Hwy proved particularly interesting. Much of that area is drying and some of it seriously. As this was once a mass of swamps providing moisture all summer to support unique wetland habitats and pasture for grazing , predictions of a permanently dryer habitat must be a justified local concern. Wetland experts on tour said farmers need to seek help to identify locally unique vegetation and use GWG to access grants and expertise available to help them describe and preserve habitat.

George Grant explains the deterioration in water levels of a bore in Coonabidgee road.

This will add value to their properties and make the inevitable change more acceptable. They pointed out that many important ecosystems existed on the dryer sandy patches and were just as unique and valuable as swamps and paperbarks. Don Telfer from the Department of Food and Agriculture encouraged graziers in the region to contact him directly or through the GWG for assistance in developing strategies which will allow them to continue farming in the changed set of conditions he was observing. Gingin Brook and its tributary system

was observed as being large and complex . The bus passed it in the east and west as well as the Mungala and Wallering tributaries in the north . It was acknowledged as fundamental to local residents. The experts explained that permanent habitat change was all but guaranteed as drying and over grazing continued. GWG will work with authorities and the community to access grant money to assist landholders to identify, preserve and restore habitat in an effort to add value to their properties. GWG will continue to inform the community through future NV News articles.



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Mothers Day

Book Review Tamieka Preston

A must read for all mothers this year, is “Memoirs from a Stormy Passage”, written by our very own Mandy Innis of Bindoon. Mandy has poured her heart onto the pages of this moving memoir of her life journey with son Storm. Born blind, Storm suffered a number of problems and disabilities throughout his life, including life threatening seizures and his failing legs required the use of a wheelchair. Faced with raising Storm alone, Mandy moved to Bindoon, so she could give Storm the life he needed. An affordable house, a wonderful school, and the support of the local community helped them cope with the huge challenges Storm and Mandy faced as a result of Storms disabilities. Although she has no formal experience as a writer, Mandy said she always kept a journal, and when a doctor treating Storm on one of their frequent trips to hospital suggested she should write a book about her

Make a local project happen for your community Wednesday 1 May 2013: Three community projects in Bullsbrook and Bindoon are set to receive funding, but it’s up to the community to decide how much they should receive. Launched today, the Bendigo Bank ‘’You Like’’ Campaign will return more than $220,000 in bank profits to three projects and initiatives from every suburb or town in WA where a participating Community Bank® branch operates. In Bullsbrook and Bindoon, Bullsbrook District High School, Bullsbrook Community Kindergarten and Bindoon Men’s Shed are eligible to receive first prize of $5,000, $1,500 (second prize) and $500 (third prize) to support current projects and initiatives, thanks to the voting power of local people. Branch Manager of Bullsbrook and Bindoon Community Bank® Branch’s, Ray Povey said projects like the ‘’You Like’’ Campaign shows the commitment of a banking model to support local community prosperity. ‘’When a group of Bullsbrook and Bindoon locals set out to establish a local Community Bank® Branch, we knew that not only would it enhance banking services to our town,


experience, she began to write “A Stormy passage.”

An inspiring Mum

Mandy says that Storm had better handle on life than many adults, and his courage, humour and spirit guided her through the stormy passage of life together, and beyond.

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Running a successful family is a job that Joanne Macdonald has down pat. Over the last twenty years, this very special mum has welcomed more than 64 foster children into her home. Some in a state of emergency, some experiencing major trauma and some with life threatening illness. But the one thing they have all had in common is the need for a solid home, with a loving mum at the helm.

Her story is undeniably sad, but ultimately punctuated with joyous moments and affirmation of life. Mandy self published the book through Hay house, and the beautiful cover illustration is by local artist Pam Myers. You can buy it online from and www.

but that the business generated would strengthen our community overall,’’ Mr Povey said. ‘’The WA ‘You Like’ campaign will give three local community groups in our town the opportunity to make real a project that will benefit local people.’’ The three community projects that will be in the running for the $5000 prize include; • Bullsbrook District High School is getting an Interactive White board. • Bullsbrook Community Kindergarten is getting new play equipment for the kids. • Bindoon Men’s Shed is getting a lockable trailer. Mr Povey said casting your vote is easy. ‘’All you need to do is visit your local Bendigo Bank branch or online via our Facebook App which can be found on the Bendigo Bank Facebook page,’’ he said. ‘’Every vote counts, so make sure you stand up and be counted for the benefit of your community. Voting commences at 9am (WST) on Wednesday 1 May 2013 and ends at 11.59 pm (WST) Friday 31 May 2013. Voting is restricted to one vote per project, per person, per day. The Community Bank® network of branches in WA has returned more than $11 million to local communities.

Born the third child into a loving family of four children, Joanne remembers her own stable upbringing as happy and fulfilled. When she married her childhood sweetheart at 21, they began a family of their own, two girls followed a little later by twin boys. But life threw Joanne a curve ball when her beloved husband Nick died from cancer on the twins’ sixth birthday. As a family they had just become carers of a six week old baby boy. With the incredible support of her own parents and children, she pulled through. Amazingly, she also continued foster caring. Joanne says, “ It’s simply what I do, it’s what I’m good at.” A self confessed homebody, Joanne is a natural carer, and says she will basically take any child in need and see how it goes. She currently has seven foster children in her care - four from the same family. “First I took in the little girl, then I found out there were more. They had just been bounced around in care, so I took them all! they are such gorgeous kids.” A shortage of carers means there are few options for some children. Also part of the household is a young woman with a disability whom Joanne cares for through Perth Home Care network. Her twin boys, now fifteen fit in amongst it all. As older kids move on, some back to family, and some into the community the family is constantly reinvented, and the boys have adapted. “Having the little ones

has really changed the dynamic,” she says. “Now they are all watching Bambi - its good for them!” Living with such a big family is surely chaotic, but Joanne’s house is immaculate, and she relishes the role of homemaker. “Instead of cooking one chicken, I cook three of four! I love cooking and it makes it worthwhile to cook for so many” she admits. Her extensive pantry and impressive kitchen would put a small restaurant to shame. The comfort of good food and a nice home sets the tone for the new kids who arrive. “Kids come into this house and I’m amazed at how they step up, they match their behaviour to how they are treated.” Yet Joanne is keen not to romanticise foster caring, “There are no pats on the back in this type of job - its what you get out of it personally”. Many kids come with serious baggage and behavioural issues, and Joanne has seen it all. She laughs, “Kids do weird stuff, but I’ve learnt to roll with the punches - nothing much fazes me!” “Some people ask me why I would bring such problems into my life, but I don’t believe anything negative has come out of it.” she says. “Im proud to say that my kids will meet the eye of everyone I bring home, whoever they are, welcome them into our home.”

Over the years Joanne has also seen many changes to the way parental control is advocated by ‘the authorities’ that govern caring, but she does what works for her and isn’t swayed by parental trends. She sticks to her two best rules; “ Number one –I hold the toothpaste - that way there’s no mess, and I know if anyone’s lying. Number two – Everyone gives me ten minutes after tea - many hands make light work, and no matter how old they are, everyone can do their bit” It is reassuring though, to know that even the most experienced mum is still challenged, and with the recent arrival of a six month old boy into her home, Joanne is sleep deprived like any new mum. “ I should have been more specific in my prayers” she admits, “ I prayed he wouldn’t wake again at 4 am , and he didn’t - he woke at 3!” She is clearly delighted by the baby boy “He’s just gorgeous “ she gushes. It’s obvious this mum still has so much more to give, and lucky for the communit, plans to continue her wonderful work with children for much longer. If you are interested in foster caring contact; Fostering and Adoption Services on 1800 182 178. or for more information see the folowing websites; fostercare

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Anzac Da y - across the region

Family Life in the military

unit with 40 servicemen in his team. According to Brian 95% of the job was prevention, he was on the job 24/7 looking for ways to avoid fire risks. He was posted to Pearce in 1971 and discharged in 1979.

rescue would race to the scene.

Anzac day is a remembrance day not just for those who served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, but also those who served in conflicts from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan; with the assistance of Greg Hughes of Bullsbrook RSL we were able to meet with one of our locals Brian Griffiths and his son Ian Griffiths to capture Brian’s military story.

When I asked if Brian was ever scared he simply replied, “I was a bit keen occasionally”. This cool head served him well during his career. He recalls in Korea, “We were given the orders to evacuate, the Russians had come over the line and we didn’t have enough army or military, so I just grabbed the jeep and got out, joining the convoy heading back into Japan”.

He has spent his retirement years living in Bullsbrook and is well known and respected by many locals. Brian and his two sons and a military mate who has since past away, made the trip recently to Gallipoli, they also had the opportunity to visit the grave of his grandfather in France.

This brave fast thinking response would later earn him the British Empire Medal for gallantry from the Queen.

Jackie Shervington For Brian, life in the military was something of a family tradition. Brian Griffiths, now 83, was a career RAAF fireman who enlisted in the Air Force in 1947 when he was 18. Brian came from a long family line of military service. A grandfather who served in Gallipoli and his father who was killed in World War II in Africa. It didn’t take much to persuade Brian to join the forces, according to his son Ian Griffiths, “Dad was working in the railway and saw an advertisement on a piece of newspaper in the toilets seeking young men to enlist”. Selecting the Air Force was a simple decision for Brian , “ I didn’t want to be a ‘matlows’ (Navy personnel) and didn’t feel like footslogging so I joined the Air Force.” On his 21st birthday, whilst in Japan as part of the occupational forces, Brian was deployed to the Korean War. His role, along with around 40-50 other drivers was noncombatant, “crash and rescue”. They were to race to the site where a plane crashed to rescue and put out fires. The task was often futile as far as saving lives, as the planes went down pretty quick and there would be nothing left. Nonetheless a very important service as far as pilots were concerned, who would not fly without the reassurance that crash and


It was during this Korean War that the concept of a specialist fire crew was born. The Australian military decided they needed specialist firefighting teams. When Brian returned home he was put through the number 1 fire course. He then went on to run the course teaching others what he had learnt in Korea.

Brian & son Ian Griffiths, Gallipoli

There was a serious fire in Sydney at RAAF base Richmond - a fuel tanker caught on fire and it was in the area where there was 5 or 6 fuel tankers. Brian with the help of a colleague went in and grabbed the tanker that was burning at the back and drove it into an open field. It took three attempts, the first two times it was too hot but at the third time they knew they had to just do it. The story goes that they were testing fire suits at the time, Brian and colleague shared the one suit, Brian took the top half and his mate took the bottom half. Of course neither top nor bottom would have been much protection if the tanker blew but nonetheless a wonderful reflection of mateship and optimism. In 1952, Brian married his wife, she was the daughter of a Warrant Officer (the highest enlisted rank you can get in the Air Force). They went to Malay together where Ian recalls growing up and going to school with many expats. Ian later joined the Air Force himself and became RAAF Warrant Officer Disciplinary and is now a reservist at Pearce having completed one tour of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, interspersed with domestic postings in more than 20 years of service. His love and pride of his father and his ancestral military tradition is touching.

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Brian with Ron Jones Vietnam 1967

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A crowd attended the Bindoon Anzac service, all enjoyed a beautiful silence throughout the service as the police stopped traffic. Mark Kay, born and bred in Bindoon, shared an account of his service which we are pleased to include an extract below. After the ceremony the crowd enjoyed morning tea provided by the CWA and drinks for the veterans were provided courtesy of The Shire of Chittering.

Serving in Somalia Mark Kay As a young boy I dreamt of one day joining the Australian Army and serving my country. Be careful of what you wish for! At the age of 19 I did just that, and on the 4th June 1991 I enlisted in the Australian Army. Basic training was 13 weeks of hell designed to shape everyday people into the best soldiers on the planet. At first I was home sick and missed my family but, after a while the army becomes your family and you come to thrive on the camaraderie. After training I requested and was posted to the operational deployment force in Townsville. At the end of 1992 when most where preparing for annual leave, we received word that leave was cancelled and we were to prepare for deployment for Somalia, Africa. No deployment this size into active service had happened since Vietnam and; would be the beginning of sizeable Australian forces being deployed into peacemaking / keeping roles around the world. As terrible as it may sound to you; and I am sure, terrifying for my mother it was, we were excited about going to war. Many had spent years training waiting for the time to come to serve our country.

On the morning of the 22nd January we left the relative safety of the port of Mogadishu to travel in convoy to the Australian area of operation based at Baidoa Airport approximately 4hrs away. We were all fairly shocked at what we saw and until you got used to it, the stench was nauseating. This place was nothing like home! Some children waved and cheered but in the eyes of most, adult males in particular, was hate. Apart from food distributions, we rotated through the quick reaction force which was a platoon of soldiers and two trucks on constant standby to deal with any issues arising around Baidoa. Most people there lived in mud huts with thatched roofs. Homes and shops in towns, where once they had iron roofs, were missing, stripped and sold. There was no clean water for them; they acquired their brackish water from what little there was. Disease was rife, many children starving to death. Many handicapped disfigured people. No sewage system, people went to the toilet on the street. No electricity, the roads more like tracks. Within a short time the vast majority of Somali’s in our area of operation came to trust and respect us. We had a couple

of games of soccer with them on a dirt field in the town of Baidoa. They would yell to us as we drove past “Australia No1”. I heard stories and witnessed heavy handed tactics used by other foreign armies in Somalia and none held the respect of the Somali people like our Aussie troops. When word spread of our withdrawal in May many of the local people would beg us to stay. This left me very torn to see the progress we had made only to be abandoned and; made myself and others feel like we had failed these people, especially the children. Whilst in Somalia I was involved in a couple of fire fights and saw my share of bodies. But nothing scars me like the images and screams of terror we all witnessed, particularly on children. Nothing prepares you for that!

Abbott John led the prayer

On the 20th May 1993 I sailed out of Mogadishu port on the HMAS Jervis Bay. It was mid-June when we arrived back in Townsville port. In 1996 I left the Australian Army to get married and start my own family. Every time we lose another service member on operational duty I shed a tear for my brothers & sisters who are willing to sacrifice their lives in service to this great country.

Cr Sandra Clarke, Cheryl Porter and Dell Jack

On the 31st Dec 1992 I sailed out of Townsville port aboard the HMAS Tobruck. I can remember the band playing, streamers thrown, family, friends and comrades cheering and waving. Then as the ship pulled away from the quay there was an eerie silence. We were leaving home for combat. After a couple of stop overs, almost 3 weeks later on the 20th January 1993 we docked at Mogadishu port. George, Emily and Brooke Kay

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About 300 people attended the Gingin Anzac ceremony with MAJ Lindsay Conway leading the service. Thanks to the many Gingin/Chittering Lions volunteers the crowd was served a Gunfire breakfast.

ANZAC Vigil and Service. by Jane Taylor (Python) The Gingin Scouts took part in their first ever ANZAC vigil at the Gingin war memorial. This was a very exciting and momentous achievement for the scouts and their sense of pride really shone through. Some of the scouts decided on taking a nap before their very early morning shifts and others stayed up for the whole night. But to all of you who took part in the Vigil I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we leaders are of you. Very little sleep was had by all, as we never realised just how busy Gingin town is of a night time!! We had many cars giving us a beep and wave which was a real sign of encouragement for the scouts on duty, thanks everyone. By far the noisiest of all was the possum in the tree overhead. 5am everyone up, packed up, uniforms on and take your place at the war memorial ready for the parade. We all felt so proud to be Australian and to have this honour bestowed upon us. Standing to attention at the memorial as the people of Gingin walked down the street

made us feel very honoured and important. And our group leader Gloria was so very proud of us all and even had a tear in her eyes! We were then joined by the cubs and we then proceeded to the sound shell where Kate Passmore and Heath Taylor stood to attention throughout the whole service to raise and lower the flags, great job to the both of you. I’m sure this will be the start to many more vigils to come involving the Gingin Scouts. Milli Strahan Collins, read a poem her great grandfather, William Henry Strahan wrote to his fellow soldiers in 1914, called ‘The Bugle Call’ William Henry Strahan was an orchardist from Toodyay. William served for 15 years with the WA volunteer forces including the 18th Australian light horse regiment and the Guilford rifles. He retired as Sergeant major. He then enrolled as private on the 8th September 1914 and on the 1st October 1914 he was promoted to Sergeant, in the 16th battalion. At the age of 45 William Strahan was the 199th person to enlist in the Australian Imperial forces. On the 25th April 1915 at the landing of Gallipoli, William Strahan was killed by a sniper. William left behind on the farm in Toodyay a wife and 10 children.

The Bugle Call Composed by W.H. Strahan – Ex. Squadron Sergeant Major Australian Light Horse- written at Strathavon, Toodyay 4 September 1914. Do you hear the Bugle calling, or are you deaf or blind or dumb? Will you fight for Flag, and Freedom, will you let the foeman come? Will you halt, and look, and linger, will you fail your brothers now? Or stand and fight and conquer ‘neath Australian’s wattle bough. Do you hear the Bugle calling, call all men worth the name? Will you share your Country’s conflict, or hide your face in shame? Do you hear the millions marching,’ gainst Belgium’s glorious stand? Will you lend a hand to conquer the spoilers of the land? Do you hear the Bugle calling, calling loud, and long and shrill? Help to stay the marching millions – there’s a place that you can fill. Shall we, when history’s written, like Belshazzar weighed of old Be in the scales found wanting, our Empire to uphold.

Ian Campbell, Ron Simons, Dave Barker, Clive Jenner

Do you hear the Bugle calling, Come from your farms afar; If it’s British blood that’s in you, uphold our Nation’s star For tradition proudly tells us, while Britannia rules the waves We’re the British race of people – they can never make us slaves. Do you hear the Bugle calling, don’t let it call in vein! Let your answer be ‘we’re coming’ to our friends across the foam For wife, and child, and sweetheart and our sunny Austral home. Do you hear the bugle calling, do you see the foeman reel? Gainst a line of gleaming bayonets like a glistening wall of steel Hold the forts, brave lads, ‘We’re coming’ Australian’s sons are true We’ll stand or fall together ‘ neath the Red, White and the blue.

Sue Tease, Kaylee Woods, Nicky Woods, James Malec, Ruben Bolsenborek, Theodorus Mosseveld, Charlotte Mazzeo,

Do you hear the bugle calling, we expect you to reply! You will stake your life for freedom, you will do your best or die And if perchance in action for your Country you should fall We will not forget your answer to that thrilling Bugle call. CHORUS: Australia’s sons are coming, Britain never calls in vein. Like our proud Canadian brothers We are sons of British mothers That’s our answer to our Foes across the Main.



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Food Foraging & Locavore News

4 hard boiled eggs 12 spring onions 4 Tblsp butter 2 Tblsp chopped parsley Half Teasp mustard powder.

with Maggie Edmonds

What are ‘free range’ chook eggs ? There are many products from animals that are described as ‘Free Range’: pork, beef and – a hot topic – eggs. Coles require one bird per square metre from their free range egg producers. This is l0,000 chooks per hectare. At present, there are no rigid guidelines from some all-powerful body to follow to help producers adhere to a generally accepted and legislated ‘free range’ standard. The Australian Egg Corporation Ltd. (AECL), a producer owned company, is trying to create a new national Quality Assurance program. They are recommending 20,000 hens per hectare, which AECL calls “the reality” behind the program. AECL spokesman said “Consumers want free range eggs to be laid by hens that are never in cages, are able to freely range outdoors , have access to fresh food, clean water, shelter and protection from predators”. Absolutely. Especially the bit about Never In Cages. AECL says they are about: “Producing the highest quality, safest product; our environment; providing choice; the welfare of our

hens; and feeding our growing population.” Quite understand. In farming, there will always be a toss up between the perfect world and what is commercially viable. Commercially viable doesn’t mean unethical. It means adopting sensible business values which keep a farming enterprise running in profit.

Finely chop eggs and spring onions – separately. Melt butter in a frying pan and soften spring onions. Stir in the eggs and parsley. Mix together, then remove pan from heat. Stir in the mustard. Press mixture into individual pots – this serves 4 Next time you’re looking for a Spicy_coconut_beef.indd people – and chill until firm. quick1fix for a dinner party, or just something a bit different Serve with Bindoon Bakehaus for your evening meal, try a wholewheat bread or toast. ‘Complete Ingredients’ spice pack when you pick up your Another winner … meat at the Bindoon butcher.

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Mushrooms and Eggs in Cream 250g mushrooms

1 cup cream or cream and milk if you are trying to be a goodie goodie

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Best of all, of course, especially in the Northern Valleys, is keeping your own chooks. The freshest eggs, wonderful sense of cherishing a creature/s, thrills for the kids on collecting the eggs and observing chooks - and learning what to be responsible for something means. Not to mention chook poo for the organic vegies you are growing.

Slice mushrooms and place in pan with the cream. Season and cook gently for about 5 minutes. Remove mushies and keep warm.

Perhaps more of us in the Northern Valleys should own some free range chooks?

Here are 2 super quick recipes using … you guessed it … EGGS !

2 eggs, well beaten Parsley or paprika to garnish.

Add eggs to cream, off the heat. Then return to the heat for one minute, stirring continuously. Pour over the mushies and serve, sprinkled with parsley or paprika.

The delicious Spicy coconut beef, pictured above costs $9.50 for the pack, and approximately $6.00 for the chuck steak from

500g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup water, mixed with 2 tablespoons condensed milk ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 egg 1-2 tablespoons oil Extra oil for leaving prepared mixture to stand. Blend ingredients by hand. The result should be soft but not sticky. Roll into golf ball size balls and leave on an oiled tray. The balls should be rubbed with a little oil and left in an excess to prevent from becoming sticky. Cover in cling wrap and leave for 6 hours. With oiled hands pull the balls into flat shapes. Cook over a medium heat in a flat pan until slightly browned in places – two to three minutes each side. Serve immediately.

In Season- May/June Veg: Brocolli and Caulis – hurray, at last - and pumpkins, kale, silverbeet, heirloom carrots, beetroot, parsnips and Swedes, cabbages, celery. Coriander, basil, parsley. Fruit: apples and pears from The Hills and further South. Olive picking continues for table and oil olives.

Fabulous food made easy 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


“The concept makes it easy to cook a delicious spicy meal without having to buy multiple packs of spices that you may not use often enough to justify the cost, or potential waste when they inevitably lose their flavour.” says Sharon.

Quick & easy roti

Serves 4.


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There is a choice of nine Meal Bags at $9.50 each and seven different options specifically for slow cookers. Complete Ingredients was created locally by Gingin cook Sharon Hollington, when people kept asking for her recipes after dinner parties.

Bindoon Farm fresh meats. Coconut milk and an onion are 18/08/12 all you need to add, and it goes beautifully with the roti bread recipe supplied by Sharon below.

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

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Northern Valleys News MAY 2013



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Walk and talk about heart attack The Heart Foundation urged all Australians to learn the warning signs of heart attack during Heart Week, while getting active to help prevent heart disease. “An Australian suffers a heart attack every 10 minutes and sadly, for almost 10,000 people a year their heart attack is fatal, which is why we’re urging people to learn the warning signs at,” said Marissa Yeo, local Health Promotion Officer. “Heart attack warning signs aren’t always what you think - symptoms are not necessarily sudden or severe and some people don’t experience chest pain at all.

Marissa said Heart Week is a timely reminder that heart disease and heart attack can be prevented through lifestyle changes. “Being active every day is a great way to help reduce your risk. Regular physical activity such as walking is a perfect way to improve your health in a friendly and social environment,” she said. “Get active with your family and friends during Heart Week and tell them about the importance of knowing the warning signs of heart attack.”

Heart attack warning signs may include pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in one or more parts of the upper body, including the chest, neck, jaw, arm(s), shoulder(s) or back in combination with other symptoms of nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat.

Help us celebrate Heart Week by joining us for a morning walk! Family, friends, colleagues are all welcome. Thursday 16th May 2013


10:00am start (please arrive by 9:45am)

Meeting Place

Clune Park, Bindoon



During National Heart Week this year, 5–11 May, all Australians are being urged to know the warning signs of heart attack. Acting quickly can reduce the damage to your heart and increase your chance of survival. According to the National Heart Foundation, far too many of us are at serious risk of heart disease and possible heart attack. With knowledge of the risk factors of heart disease and the signs of heart attack we are well positioned to maintain a healthy heart and to ensure that a heart attack doesn’t become a heart attack fatality. It all begins with a deposit of fatty material, or plaque, on the inside wall of our arteries. This build up of plaque, known as atherosclerosis, causes the blood vessels to narrow and become blocked. A complete blockage in a coronary (heart) artery causes a heart attack.

Heart Week Walk 2013 When

Be Heart Wise

Join us for a walk along the Stonehouse Trail Walk Details Come and enjoy a 30 - 45 minute guided walk through Bindoon’s natural bushland.

Important Notes ♥

Free car parking is available at Clune Park (off Gray Road).

Toilets are located in Clune Park..

Light refreshments will be provided following the walk.

The walk will be lead by Heart Foundation Walking Coordinators.

For more information please contact Marissa Yeo (Health Promotion Officer) on 9652 0200.

There are several risk factors for heart disease and unfortunately, there are some we can’t do much about. Increasing age means an increased risk of heart disease; a family history also means a greater risk; and males have higher rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) than females. Nevertheless, there are many risk smoking cessation are important strategies; as is regular exercise. High cholesterol levels (in particular the so-called LDL – low density lipid – cholesterol) lead to the formation of plaque. But most of the cholesterol in our body is not cholesterol which is taken in our diet, it’s actually manufactured within our body from the far too much fat most of us consume. So, general advice is to eat less fat and more fibre - fibre in the form of fruit and vegetables which also contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which may contribute to lower levels of blood cholesterol and blood pressure. Fish, or a fish oil

Sometimes we need more than just lifestyle change. For those of us who are at high risk of a heart attack, or the recurrence of a heart attack, adherence to the prescribed medication regimen can be critical. Often a combination of medications is necessary and sometimes side effects may occur. Any problems associated with medications need to be put into the perspective as the benefits from them are usually overwhelming; but if you have any concerns, contact your doctor or pharmacist. As well, some non-prescription medicines can interact with medicines for CHD, so always check with your pharmacist before self selecting a non prescription medicine. This includes herbal or complementary medicines. If heart disease is a part of your life or someone around you, it is really important to know the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do. The most common signs are tightness or pain in your chest which can spread to different parts of your upper body, like your arm, shoulder, neck, jaw or back. You may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness or have a cold sweat. No two heart attacks are the same and warning signs can differ from person to person. The team at Bindoon Pharmacy is offering a special price of $99.00 on the purchase of an Omron blood pressure (HEM 7203) monitor with the mention of this article during May. We’ll also be offering FREE blood pressure checks from 15th to 22nd May. Come in and see Craig or Joanne with any questions!

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supplement, is considered an essential part of the diet. The more recently marketed krill oil supplements are claimed to be beneficial at lower doses.



Bindoon Historical Society receives a $9500 Lotterywest grant Bindoon Historical Society and Museum Members are delighted to announce that it has just received from Lotterywest a grant of $9500 towards establishing a Oral History Project. A professional historian will undertake five oral interviews with residents of

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this region. These interviews will be approximately 2 hours long. Depending on their background and interests we hope that local residents and farmers, members of local associations and societies, women happy to talk about their experiencies will volunteer to participate. Those with migrant experiences, noongar people, anyone connected with Kearney Agriculture for instant, anyone with a story to tell is welcome to contact us.

records. Oral histories are usually much more colourful and interesting. This grant also enables up to 3 volunteers to train as oral history Interviewers to ensure the program can continue and more stories can be captured. A Lotterywest grant usually enables a project to help people expand their skills in some way. We hope to have at least 5 interviews finished within the year but others can be continued into the future. Society members are so excited about getting funding for this project and we do hope that local residents are enthusiastic about this opportunity to tell their stories. If you are at all interested in any part of this Oral History Project please contact one of the following

Information Day

A professional transcription of each interview (and a photograph if you agree) will be taken and stored at the museum and of course a copy given to each person as they participate.

Presented by Small Business Centre Central Coastal

This is an exciting and important opportunity to enrich local history beyond just the written, official and too often dry,

Thursday 23 May, 2013 Bindoon’s Windmill Farm Stay 9:30am to 4:30pm

FIFO/DIDO Workers’ Accommodation Study

In attendance on the day will be representatives from various government bodies including Department of Commerce – Labour Relations, AusIndustry, Work Safe/ Think Safe (TBC), Department of Regional, Development and Lands | Royalties for Regions, Synergy Business Services - BAS & Bookkeeping Tips & Tricks, Welcome Wallet – On line Business Presence.

Ph: 08 9655 1068

Fax: 08 9655 1621 E: sbcadmin@

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

Next Chamber of Commerce Sundowner- 29th May


Edith Cowan University is currently conducting an Australia wide study about on-site accommodation for fly-in/fly-out and drive-in/drive-out workers. The results of this project will fill a gap in our understandings about the needs and preferences of Australia’s FIFO/ DIDO workforce and the impacts FIFO accommodation has on the attraction and retention of FIFO workers. The results of the study will be publicly available later this year. This project has been approved by the ECU Ethics Committee.

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The on-line survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous. No-one will be identified in the report, and all participants will have the opportunity to enter into the prize draw for one of 15 prizes including: Nintendo DS; iPod touch: Bose Sound Dock. The on-line survey can be accessed by following the links at For more information please contact Anne Sibbel m: 0402 191 797 or email:

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We are envisaging 7 to 9 sessions during the day (sessions to be 15 minutes to 1 hour duration).

By Daryl du Plessis -

I recently was helping connect up a new home theatre system and I found that there were many ways of interconnecting all the devices that are commonly used these days. Here’s a short description of the options available. There are two types of connections you can make between your AV devices. These can be either analog or digital. Analog is the traditional method of connecting devices, for example the headphone jack is analog. Common analog standards are S-Video, Component and Composite. Component is the best quality analog connector as it separates the video into its 3 primary colours. The problem with analog connections though is that most media these days originates from a digital source (digital TV, DVD/blu-ray etc), so the signal needs to be converted from digital to analog when connecting devices through analog cables. This can degrade the audio and video quality. The better option is to use digital connectors. Common digital connectors are optical (using fibre optic cable), coaxial and HDMI. HDMI is becoming the standard means of connecting AV equipment and it is also being used in computers. HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and as the name states allows high definition video



and digital audio to be transmitted through the cable. There are a few different standards of HDMI but the current version is 1.4 and is backward compatible with all previous version. The main difference between HDMI versions is the features supported by the versions. HDMI allows for content protection and various surround sound standards. It is unlikely that you will have compatibility problems but just be aware that older AV equipment may not support all the current features. One of the newer useful features of HDMI is called ARC or Audio Return Channel. This allows an HDMIconnected TV to send an audio signal “upstream” to an AV receiver or Home Theatre in a Box when the TV is the source of the audio (such as an internal tuner of an internal DVD/ Blu-ray player), eliminating the need for a separate cable. Both devices need to support ARC to use this feature. You will see ARC labelled on the HDMI ports of the receiver and TV if these are supported. For further information or to check equipment compatibility, visit

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Taxable Payments Reporting – Building and Construction Industry There are new rules affecting participants in the Building and Construction Industry that require certain payments made to contractors for certain building and construction services to be reported. The Taxable Payments Reporting System began to apply from 1 July 2012. Who needs to report? From 1 July 2012, you need to report if all of the following apply: • you are a business that is primarily in the building and construction industry • you make payments to contractors for building and construction services • you have an Australian business number (ABN). You are considered to be a business that is primarily in the building and construction industry if any of the following apply: • in the current financial year, 50% or more of your business income is derived from providing building and construction services • in the current financial year, 50% or more of your business activity relates to building and construction services • in the financial year immediately before the current financial year, 50% or more of your business income was derived from providing building and construction services. The reporting date of 21 July 2013 is fast approaching and businesses likely to be affected should have already started trying to record relevant transactions that they may need to report. If you are unsure whether this issue affects your business, more information is available on the Australian Taxation Office website.

Northern Valleys News MAY 2013


Maze set to make a big splash Business and service providers within the Northern Valleys region could stand to benefit from the newly announced water theme park planned for the Maze.

The Chittering Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Phil Dixon, Director of Funday Investments Pty Ltd to speak at the next Sundowner on the 29 May. Local businesses are invited to come along and learn how we maybe able to leverage this great initiative on our doorstep. Readers may have read in the West Australian this month that Directors, Phil Dixon and Paul Woodcock confirmed approval for Stage 1 of a proposed $70million water park development at The Maze in Bullsbrook. Outback Splash, as it will be known, is proposed to be developed in six stages over ten years and will cover an area of more than 4 hectares of The Maze site, making the park one of the biggest new tourist attraction developments in Western Australia. The development will initially feature family friendly waterslide and play activities, with an emphasis on high speed thrill rides in the later development stages. When all six stages of the development are complete, The Maze and Outback Splash will compare favourably with the iconic East Coast parks, boasting a state of the art water park facility and dry play attractions. In total, more than

Garden week Colleen Osborn

The Tourism Association took its promotional trailer to Garden Week at Perry Lakes Reserve again in April, with thanks to the Shire of Chittering for their funding support. The five day event is one of the major promotional opportunities for our district with 23,000 people in attendance and our volunteers working hard to talk up the attractions of all that Chittering has to offer. We also take the opportunity to advertise our September Wildflower Festival and sell local products. Eighteen volunteers gave their time during the event; too numerous to mention however they were tourism operators, Shire staff and Visitor Centre


10 hectares of world class family fun. Director Paul Woodcock, is excited to finally see the dream of building a water park become a reality; “Heat has always had a negative impact on the park, so adding water makes great sense and building a water park seemed like it would be a lot of fun. Dad always said; if you do it - do it well, so we dreamed big and arrived at Outback Splash.”

Stage 1 of Outback Splash is anticipated to open by the end of the year and will feature Australia’s biggest interactive waterslide playground. Standing at over three storeys high it includes two tube slides, two flume slides, toddler’s slides, a 1000 litre tipping bucket and a range of water cannons and interactive play features. This stand-alone aqua play structure caters for all ages. City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino says the City “enthusiastically supports” the waterslide playground development, “we

need something in our region that will put us on the map as a major, quality tourism destination and I feel this venue will do so with the new addition of a water playground. The water playground will be the largest piece of recreational water play infrastructure in the region.” Outback Splash Stage 1 will provide additional employment opportunities for locals, particularly young people, who

have limited opportunities to find work locally. The economic benefits of the project are expected to be significant, injecting almost $1.5million into the local economy in the first year alone by attracting more than 90,000 visitors to the region each year.

volunteers who all found their own way to the Perry Lakes. We also ran a raffle of local produce which was won by Bev Kenworthy from Mahogany Creek. If you are interested in gardening the exhibition is certainly worth a look, and this year celebrities such as Stephenie Alexander, Sabrina Hahn and Josh Byrne were there to entertain and inform visitors. During May we take the promotional trailer to the British Car Day in Gingin, then its full steam ahead to prepare for our 2013 Wildflower Festival in September. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who participated at Garden Week on behalf of our community, and thank you to those who donated to our raffle, your contribution to the economy of Chittering is very much appreciated.

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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.

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Australia’s largest waxflower farm on prime sub-divisible 380 acres on Great Northern Highway. 150 acres of quality wildflowers, primarily Australian waxflower. Over 150,000 plants, including new and exclusive varieties. Fully reticulated, commercial water license of 504 kilo litres. Complete processing, packing & cooling facilities currently capable of handling around 400 tonnes of flowers p.a.

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Cammeray Close. A small subdivision, 1 lot sold and 2 remaining. Fully serviced with power, phone, water, fencing, gates and crossover in place. Prime location, only 2kms to Bindoon townsite with picturesque views with winter creek. Simply organise plans and build your dream 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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Seeking around 100 acres. Attractive property offering a mix of native bush and cleared pasture for 20-30 cattle with quality water source. Privacy and hills important with picturesque valley views.

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Northern Valleys News MAY 2013


REIWA Property Update Despite the recently reported gloom nationally with house prices, Western Australia continues to show positive signals. According to REIWA statistics collected for the March quarter, median price is now at $510,000, marking a 2 per cent increase from December quarter prices. REIWA President David Airey credits the development in huge part to the lift in sales activity of the more expensive properties, or those above the median prices. “Hikes in house prices have always been considered good motivators and indicators of a recovering economy,” Mr. Airey says. “Strong numbers in real estate, especially for the more high-priced properties, boost financial activity significantly and lend an upbeat outlook to the local economy,” he

as business real property) and residential property or real estate.”

“Some of the restrictions that apply include not being able to acquire a property from a person or entity that is related to a trustee member of your SMSF. This restriction also applies to leasing the fund’s property to a person or entity related to a trustee or member of your SMSF.”

says. Mr. Airey says the REIWA sales report indicates that flats, units, apartments and villas in the central part of Perth showed a 10 per cent rise in sales during the quarter, “suggesting an upturn with investor activity given that around half of all multi-residential property is tenanted.” The strong sales activity during the quarter in real estate in Perth particularly suburbs closer to the CBD has likewise prompted the price spike. Mr. Airey lists Bayswater, Belmont, Bassendean, South Perth, Victoria Park and the coastal strip in the City of Stirling as “areas that are all over the general median price and as such contributed to the overall lift in the market median.”

“The door is not totally closed though, the exception to the rule is that your SMSF is allowed to acquire from and lease business real property to a person or entity related to a trustee or member of your SMSF”

More investors buying Property in a Super Fund Simon McGrath, Financial Planner and Accredited Self Managed Super Fund Adviser The Australian Taxation office statistical report for December 2012 reports there are now $16.6 billion invested in Residential real property and increase of 10% from last year and $43 billion invested in non-Residential real property within Self Managed Super Funds. (“SMSF”) The ATO also reported that the amount invested in SMSF had also grown to $474b up from $407b from the same time last year. The total number of funds now stands at 495,000. Simon McGrath, Financial Planner and Self Managed Super Fund adviser of Westbridge Securities says “more investors are moving into the sector because they want to control their own assets and one of those is property. Owning property through your SMSF typically involves the fund holding a residential or commercial rental property that is leased to unrelated tenants, or it could involve the fund holding the business premises through which you run your own business.”

Church gets its Dome. The lifting of the dome on the church in Lower Chittering caused quite a bit of a stir with the locals recently. A post on the Northern Valleys Facebook was piled high with emotional objectors, supporters with a few facts scattered within to guide the discussion. Many locals feel the church is too large and is not in keeping with the environment. Others feel the school has been neglected at the expense of the church and that facilities for the school (currently demountables) should be a higher priority. This observation draws to attention an even bigger issue. Whilst the school is actively teaching the catholic faith, it is not part of the

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Catholic education system and so does not fall within the budget of the Catholic education system. It is an independent school, self funded relying on donations from the community. The church and refractory have been funded significantly by donations including the recent lifting of the bell rumoured to be gifted by a benefactor. Hopefully other benefactors see beauty in the church and would like it to be finished as originally proposed with the stonework facia, which many believe will improve its aesthetics and fit within the environment.

“The process and rules can be complicated and trustees must follow the rules Firstly, your SMSF must have an investment strategy that allows you to invest in direct real property, before you even think about investing in real estate. As a responsible trustee, you must prepare and implement an investment strategy for your SMSF. Remember the strategy needs to show the purpose behind the strategy and how it will benefit the members of the SMSF (the sole purpose test). Says Simon” “An SMSF can have investments in commercial property, this may include a factory, warehouse, business leased premise (also known

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“If gearing is involved in the purchase of a property a “holding” trust, know as a “bare trust” (or a custodial trust) must be set up to hold the new asset until it is no longer required as security (after the loan has been paid off) as a SMSF is not allowed to borrow money in it own right.” “Property related risks still exist and need to be considered particularly where finance is involved, so you need to do your due diligence (or have someone do it for you) to mitigate this otherwise your whole super fund could be at risk. A smart thing to do is to increase contributions and to leave a cash buffer of 1020% in the SMSF just in case the banks value it down depending on the property market.” “Of course the other main risk is vacancy risk, a loss of tenant or no tenant at all can put a lot of cash flow pressure on your SMSF which could be detrimental to your final retirement balance. Landlords Insurance is available and can reduce this risk. Do your research to make sure your property asset stacks up and provides the best financial potential to the fund and its members.” “Keep the ATO off your back and invest successfully by sticking to the rules to ensure you don’t put yourself and your retirement assets at risk. I know it sounds like a broken record, but getting professional self-managed super advice is a must for any diligent investor.“ Simon McGrath can be contacted on 0413 566 699 or Simon McGrath can be contacted on 0413 566 699 or Simon McGrath and Westbridge Securities Pty Ltd are Authorised Representatives of Elders Financial Planning Pty Ltd AFSL 224645 ABN 48 007 997 186 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.

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PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas I do not believe that we are born with assorted natural tendencies that can escape our control and prevent us from behaving in a civilised manner. We all come equipped with a wide range of potential faults and flaws, and we all make choices as to which we will live with (and inflict upon others) and which we will correct, or at least control. People who are so mentally incapacitated that they cannot control their behaviour exist, but they are a tiny minority. Most of us know, only too well, exactly what we are doing at any given time! I am not religious. I do not prescribe to any form of organised worship of any particular deity; not even Charles Darwin, who many enthusiastic atheists seem to view as some sort of latter day prophet. Somehow I manage to struggle through life without expecting some greater force outside myself to intervene and exercise some sort of cosmic control over my behaviour. I do not accept that gods, or demons, or any other supernatural being makes anyone do anything that they haven’t already chosen to do. Of course, if neither our own nature nor the supernatural can be blamed for some folks doing bad stuff, then I guess it must be “society” that’s at fault. But wait, I’m not buying that, either. I accept responsibility for whatever I do, be it good, bad or indifferent; and there my responsibility ends! By this I mean that, as a fully paid up member of what we refer to as “society”, I refuse to accept that I am in any way responsible for the actions of people who are unwilling to behave in a reasonable manner towards the rest of us. Which is pretty inconsiderate of me,


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Good and bad; right and wrong are what we all know them to be. Who decides which is which? We all do, as we always have. Those who do right should be rewarded with a free and peaceful existence. Those who do wrong should be punished. The punishment must fit the offense. These simple, basic principles are being eroded daily and we are letting it happen. We are all to blame and we are all paying the price.

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We have accepted too readily the idea that there are great numbers of people who don’t understand what’s right and what’s wrong. We have even accepted that we must be cautious in defining right and wrong. Everyone is entitled, it seems, to their own definition. That’s democracy for you. Likewise, we have accepted that what is legally correct is more important than what is morally right. We are moving away from right and wrong towards simply legal and illegal. In fact, I heard it said recently by a lady of extreme liberal persuasion, that even the word “unlawful” should be discouraged as it sounds “too judgemental”. Apparently “illegal” is a gentler and more acceptable term.

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I realise, but I’m certain I’m not unique in feeling this way. So now we have a problem. If we, as individuals, can’t accept that we are accountable for bad behaviour in others, should we do so collectively, that is as “society”? Sadly, I think that we must.



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

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2. Hollywood prize, Academy ... 3. Moving about 4. Caressed with lips 5. Ballroom dance (3-3) 6. Dully 10. Charismatic air 11. Looked at 12. Small hotel 13. Europe’s tallest volcano 14. Arm or leg 15. Surprise attack 16. Pledge (oneself) 17. Tropical lizard 18. Fit to eat 19. Be in terror of 20. Military horn

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Bindoon 2nd & 4th Sunday 9.30am Gingin 1st & 3rd Sunday 9.30am

Weekend Mass times: Sunday 9am

ACROSS 1. Native American hatchet 5. Coagulated milk 7. Carnival 8. Australian island state 9. Library patron 12. Perfectly 15. Magic lamp owner 19. Lightly touched 21. Abreast of the times (2-2-4) 22. Apparel 23. Lease 24. Spectators


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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Why do we go to church? John Chapter 13 v 34 A new commandment I give to you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Why do you go to church? There are many answers to the question. My replies vary from I like a good, message, I love to sing, I need to get my batteries re charged etc. Note the “I.” It was only recently that I was reminded that there is only one true answer to the question. That is to maintain a relationship with the Lord and love one another. That is the basis of our Christian journey. We were made for fellowship. It is not what we like that should draw us to worship, but what we can do for others. A helping hand, a smile and a word of encouragement. I am amazed that at the age of three score and ten, plus, I am still learning about my role as a Christian. We all get sidetracked by theology, traditions and customs. Really it is very, very simple as the scripture states Love one another as I love you. Tony Webb former Chittering Times Editor


Primary Care What is it? Where does it start? Primary Care is about developing a culture of caring for each other, which sometimes needs support by professionals. Research shows that around 90% of suffering, through traumatic experiences in our lives, can be resolved by having a cuppa, a hug and a talk to a caring friend or other ordinary human being, who knows how to listen. Is that something all of us can do? It is worth remembering “a problem shared is mostly a problem halved.” Given the rural climate at the minute which is tough for farmers, agribusiness and agri-link industries, the most effective care always starts from the bottom up. An example of this is the Crossroads Breakfasts that are happening in and around Merredin. These were started and continue to operate under the guidance of good samaritan, Mal Willis and his team. These breakfasts take place literally at a set of crossroads in different parts of the eastern wheatbelt. They start just after dawn and enable men to catch up to talk over life on the land. The benefits of an event at the grass-roots level like this are many, some of which are: • a sense of mateship and the feeling that you are not out there on your own; • maintains important social contact to keep both the mind and spirit in good health; and

• it’s blokes talking about bloke’s stuff.

There are many other grassroots events that we attend which are also a great basis for primary care. These gatherings occur when many rural people are at the crossroads in their life. People in the bush have always faced tough times, and now is no different. I would like to quote a snippet from Albert Facey’s book “A Fortunate Life” “He wrote about his life as if it were a journey. Along his route, crossroads offered crucial choices - in some cases his survival was at stake and the tracks he followed led to learning, pain and enrichment.” What a story, I thoroughly recommend it, it is a fantastic read for all. The important message is this: start to talk about some of the pain, don’t suffer alone. Remember ….before it all gets too much… Talk to a Mate!! Or Talk it Over 1300 789 978 Mensline Australia Ladies you are an important conduit for men seeking help, remember to look after yourself as well as your family. Cheers The Team at RMHI Tel: 96 902 277 Email: Web: www.

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Bittersweet news when you consider our region is on track for a bumper harvest with most irrigated groves reporting their best year. In fact the low rainfall has even been kind as lack of rain doesn’t bring disease pressure.

But it is not all good news, some 8 years

Harvesting generally starts April through to May, the earlier the olives are picked the more robust the avour, as Cyril Sauzier points out, award winning oils don’t sell so sometimes it pays to wait. Cyril has 200 acres with 13,000 trees on 150 acres, he will selectively harvest around 10,000, using the mechanical shaker, which will deliver about 200 tonnes, yielding around 40,000 litres of olive oil. Cyril has designed an efďŹ cient grove, his olive spacing allows him to use a mechanical shaker, paying only for those trees he picks. His processing facility also allows him to supplement


Cycil Sauzier of Kara Australis, Gingin has over 30 years running farms in Zimbabwe from tobacco, coffee, cattle and wheat says “what he loves most about olives is they offer a low risk crop, free from most diseases and most importantly weather doesn’t effect me�.


Irrigated olives were a winner this year.

income by providing processing and bottling services for other farmers. Kara Australis is sold through a distributor to retailers and restaurants but also sold as bulk oil. Like many farm activities it seems you need to achieve a critical mass. Cyril suggested a minimum of 10,000 trees are necessary, and “good rich soil with water certainly helpsâ€?. Whether olive groves will be a proďŹ table agricultural pursuit in the region in the long term is unknown. What is for certain is they’ll be here long after us, the oldest olive tree in Portugal, is calculated to be 2000 years old.

“The region should produce around 11,00013,000 tonne of fruit this year. Crops are generally higher than last year and oil yields are also slightly higher. Prices though are generally very depressed and retail sales for Australian EVOO has slowed considerably in 2011, due to heavy discounting in the supermarkets with the bulk packs of 3 and 4 lt.�

Vincent Tana, Sumich EVOO Australia.

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board GPS systems together with bin indicators to show seed and fertiliser levels. When farmers face the prospect of weeks on the tractor, seeding, then spraying and then spraying again you can understand why they are so attracted to their tractors.

“We had 53mm to kick off the season which was perfect for germinationâ€?Simon Martin, Wannamal. The temperature has dropped and the ďŹ rst rains have arrived - awakening everything across the region after the long dry summer. Paddocks are painted green, ďŹ res scattered across the valleys, new lambs arriving and mushrooms jumping out of the ground.

There is a buzz of conversation as farmers across the region call each other to share their latest rain gauge readings. There are smiles all round as farmers celebrate one of the best opening rains for years.

farmers are optimistic, with water stocks replenished and high soil moisture levels driving the positive outlook. Wannamal farmer, Butch Taylor, has set about seeding his paddocks for canola and wheat. The cabin of his Miss Westwithy is cosy and highly sophisticated with on

With winter sowing underway,

“A better than average harvest with extract rates up on last year, approximately 2,500 to 2,700 tonnes with an average 18% extraction rate and oil quality is very good this year. The dry season has actually been positive as there is less moisture in the fruit.�




Further north at Mogumber, Dave Bantock is very relieved. Like many local farmers, he dry seeded his canola crop in May. The rain is settling his nerves and optimising the potential of his ďŹ rst crop since purchasing the Mogumber property. continued on Page 6

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Sweet enough to eat! Shane Kay has been leasing Ernie’s Parkinson’s farm for over 20 years now, according to Shane who has known Ernie as long as he can remember, “they have had a really good relationship, all done on a hand-shake�. Shane is a third generation citrus farmer in Bindoon and as a Board member of Fruit West he is helping shape a new industry for the future. Up until recently deciding when to harvest

has involved a simple taste and patience. Times have changed and this year a new legislative test has been put in place to guarantee the quality of the fruit. The Brix sugar test has taken the guess work out. A relatively easy test to do, it determines the acid to sugar ratio, and for the first year fruit must meet a minimum 8% sugar to 1% acid ratio. Good news for us consumers, they are looking at raising that higher in future years to make for an even sweeter fruit. The reason why this test has been introduced is to stop the temptation for growers to sell fruit too early to catch the “first market high prices�, sadly this left a


bad taste towards the industry. Being a non-climacteric fruit, there is no improvement in colour, taste and flavour after harvesting. Therefore, fruits should be harvested when they are fully ripe and attain proper size, attractive colour and acceptable sugar: acid ratio. Shane says, “Hopefully legislation will overcome this issue, which is not just a local issue. On a recent trip to Singapore, I discovered many had been left with a “bad taste� after being sold fruits which were too acid�. For grandfather Alf Kay, who was exporting oranges to Singapore post world war, the concern was more about the preservation of



the fruit. Each fruit was individually wrapped before placed in wooden boxes, to ensure one spoilt orange didn’t destroy the whole box. Shane says, “In the late 50s the market collapsed and it wasn’t until 1975 that my father, Kevin Kay, got back into it after they drilled and found water�. Sadly, Kevin died at 54 after motor neurone disease. In 1990 Shane who was a mechanical fitter in Perth, came back to Bindoon to carry on the work that his Dad had started. Ernie was retiring and offered his farm and packing shed for lease. After about 10 years Shane outgrew Ernie’s packing shed and built a brand new shed on Crest Hill Rd. Continued Page 8 BINDOON

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completely pesticide free. One of the benefits of keeping the plants off the ground is they use minimal spraying. Anthony has been using Integrated Pest Management IPM for years. “We haven’t done a two-spotted mite spray for about seven years now. It’s really good, we just put the predator mites in and they control them.�

town, Stringybark Creek, the infamous home of Ned Kelly’s gang. Perhaps he had Ned Kelly’s last wish in mind (before he was hung in 1880), ‘Roast Lamb, Peas and a Bottle of Claret – Such is Life’.

If you think it’ s all wine and lazy days, think again. In addition to managing a winery and producing 8,000 bottles a year. Mary and her team of local employees feed 20,000 people a year. Stringybark has earned an excellent reputation across the state for serving real food and man sized servings. The restaurant has a comfortable rustic feel and the natural ZRRGDQGHDUWKHQà RRUVDUHDQHQMR\DEOHVWHS back in time.

Mary & Bruce Cussen acquired the winery in 1996. Running a hospitality business 7 days a week is hard work, and three years ago Mary took a couple of years off for time-out to tinker and enjoy more involvement in the winemaking part of the business. This gave her an opportunity to work closely with the FRQWUDFWZLQHPDNHU6WHYH0XUĂ€WRI/LODF+LOO who has been creating Stringybark wine for the last 10 years.

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this month, and while the wine is what gives her a spring in her step, she has renewed passion and commitment to good food. The passion for wine making is not lost on Bruce either. The Stringybark vineyard is one of the oldest in the Chittering Valley and the PDQWUDLVGHĂ€QLWHO\TXDOLW\QRWTXDQWLW\IRU the 2.5 acres of vines. Take a visit to the winery and you are likely to see Bruce out in the vineyards pruning the vines himself and living the moment as he carefully checks over each vine. The vines in the vineyard are “Spurâ€? pruned WRPD[LPLVHWKHLQWHQVLW\RIWKHĂ DYRXULQWKH grape by minimising the vegetative growth of the plant. Combined with the traditional GINGIN



The greenhouses were built five years ago using a design which suspends the plants in mid air. According to Anthony, “This is the most efficient way to grow a crop, it uses about 75% less water than we use to grow the same plants outside. The benefit is no seepage to underground water supply.� The plants are grown in a “Grodan� bag, a Danish invention which is made of stone wool substrate. Grodan, is based in the Netherlands, and according to Anthony, almost everything is grown like this in Holland, with very little in the ground production.

Ninety percent of the wildflowers go straight to Japan and are sold in an auction system, and ten percent goes to Europe. Bill shares, “The Japanese love flowers, the average Japanese spends $800 per year, the average australian man spends less than $8.� Ladies don’t give up your man just yet, apparently the flowers are mostly put in cemeteries, every visit, the Japanese take flowers to their lost loved ones.

Cheers to the 2011 vintage! On a wild winters day, Mary Cussen coowner of Stringybark Winery & Restaurant LVHQMR\LQJWKHJRRGOLIHFHOHEUDWLQJKHUĂ€UVW bottle of Verdelho/Chardonnay 2011.

method of non-irrigation this produces less JUDSHVZLWKDJUHDWHUGHSWKRIà DYRXUDQGD superior drop. French Oak barrels enhance WKHVHà DYRXUVWRDFKLHYHDTXDOLW\ZLQH Bruce’s passion has not been limited to 6WULQJ\EDUN+HZDVWKH&KDLUPDQRIWKH Flavours of Chittering Steering Committee, and has played a key role in building tourism within the region.

Years later, after I met my second wife, Lynne, there was the opportunity to buy out the partners. With the encouragement and support of Lynne we bought it. Bills adds, “I wish I was here 20 years ago, it beats anything I’ve done before�.

They both get a buzz from meeting the customers and getting the great reactions of satisfaction from the good food and wine.

Before readers throw in the farm and take up wildflowers, we caution there is a formula required. Muchea Gold is a unique farm. Bill


This is a very capital intensive business. Anthony shares, “We spend a million dollars before we even plant the crop. It can be worrying, a lot of money out there before you even see a return. To make matters worse most of the income is in an eight week period when the price is down.� The need to diversify has in part been the motivation behind Anthony’s latest initiative to build a strawberry tourism business in the Swan Valley. Situated opposite the Margaret River Chocolate Factory it will offer a chance to enjoy premium fruit.

Bill Hoffman has spent most of his life in the fuel game, as a fuel distributor, and he had a farm in Narrogin. Some years ago his wife died, understandably he didn’t really want to go back and live in Narrogin so he was looking for new options. Bills says, “In 1999 I got talked into buying a share of this farm.

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ago when thousands of trees were planted in the region, forecasts of $7/litre were the basis of business models. Today the strong aussie dollar, particularly against the euro, has pushed prices down to lows of $3/litre.

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Spring has arrived. For Wildflower farmer Bill Hoffman it is indeed a busy time. We are surrounded by fields of Geraldton wax blossoms at Muchea Gold on the Great Northern Highway. They are picked from June to November, September being the height of the blossoms is the busiest time of the year.

“The best opening rains we’ve had for years� Butch Taylor,

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It looks and sounds like the perfect farming venture. Low water requirements, virtually no maintenance and watch your trees grow, each year providing increasing yield.

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has access to many litres of water per year, and the most perfect grey, sandy soil for growing the waxes the international market craves. All plants are irrigated for maximum production. Whilst Bill modestly reminds, he is not a “farmer�, it is not hard to see his passion for the flowers. He points and easily describes each variety, especially the new varieties which are named after family members.

Thanks to the busy bees, Bill has around 20 new varieties. According to Bill the markets love “new!� and so they are always on the look-out for new varieties to propagate. One new variety that Bill is very pleased with is a new “giant Revelation�. It is twice the size of the known Revelation species. A floriculture expert has suggested that a hybrid seed has evolved, at the time of high growth cell division. Which in itself shouldn’t

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really happen for a hybrid as hybrids do not usually produce fertile seeds, and yet it seems these amazing growth properties now exist in the new plant. They have now propagated 2,500 plants from this plant, they are twice as big as all the other “Revelation� plants. It’s not all waxes at Muchea Gold, there are 25,000 red and green kangaroo paws, Eucalyptus and many Leucadendrons. 7

Taste is everything for Anthony Yewers, who has been growing strawberries for 26 years, “The varieties I grow are pretty good tasting berries. Generally if the berries are orange looking they don’t taste so good, a good strawberry must be that dark red�. Not only do they taste great, strawberries are a super food rich in Vitamin C. Better still that bright red colour, is the flavonoid fisetin. According to a recent study by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, early indications on mice,

show strawberry fisetin may lessen the risk of developing complications from diabetes. Anthony and his wife Lee-Anne run Berry Sweet, one of Australia’s leading strawberry growers. No doubt you will have seen the sign on Neaves Rd. They crop 100 acres including 8,000 square meters of hydroponic greenhouses. Within 3-4 years Anthony will have everything under big tunnels and the next step will be to bring them out of the ground. His principal motive for this transition is to become



According to Anthony, “WA is one of the worst markets in Australia for over-supply and poor quality fruit. The lower quality drags the whole market and when people buy poor quality they might not buy again.� Right now the farm is in peak production. Anthony and staff are busy packing and shipping strawberries throughout WA and Adelaide to Victoria. He sells most of his produce through Coles, who he says are really strict on the quality. They return him a report card with every shipment, looking at 30 parameters he has to meet. Top of the list is taste to ensure every strawberry is sweet as! from $345,000



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“ Last year we were overwhelmed with awards including winning the perpetual trophy for the Australian Heritage Trees Golden Globe, this year, a disaster. The dry season has been all too much for the old groves, we don’t have enough olives to make it worthwhile�. According to Gordon, the biennial bearing nature of olive trees, especially when non irrigated, helps explain this low yield year. “

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The Benedictine link to the origins of ‘Champagne’, or MĂŠthode traditionnelle, as it is now called, is not lost on vigneron Nick Humphrey who has just released a new Blanc de Blanc under the New Norcia Abbey label. “I thought there was a market for it and it was a fun challenge because of the double fermentation and of course there was the monastic link with Dom Perignon.â€? Grape vines were one of the first things planted by New Norcia’s founder Rosendo Salvado back in the 1850’s although the major production resulted from 80 acres of vines planted later at Wyening, and peaked in the mid 1950’s. Unfortunately major salinity problems caused the closure of the vineyard and winery in 1973.

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Arriving at Taddei Orchards I feel far from the West Gingin sandy plains, the scene would not be out of place in Tuscany. Beautifully groomed wind break hedges surrounding the orchard and perfect rows of fruit trees which spread to the hills. Wandering down the rows, the delicious perfume of fresh peaches and nectarines calls out the start of summer. Taddei Orchards has a frenetic pace as the team work around the clock to pick, pack and deliver fresh summer stone fruit to the people of Perth. Taddei Orchards is a family business with oldest son Ned Taddei and his son, Frank

Taddei, fourth generation, working with dad and uncles Robert Taddei and brother in law Carlo Scamuffo. Parents Frank and Julie Taddei are still active in the business.

Grandfather Natalino arrived in the 1920s from Tuscany, his first market garden was where the main runways of the perth airport are now. He was moved to Maida Vale, where he built up the orchard business to 30 acres. In 1989, Ned was looking to expand. “We were growing early market fruit so we were looking for something similar. Similar climate, similar timing. The coastal plain is warmer and so reduced temperature

More than thirty years later the New Norcia label is up and running again, using grapes from Nick’s Bindoon vineyard, 50 kms south of New Norcia. Planted in the eighties with Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay, the first wines were produced in the nineties.

variations, more suited to low chill climate. We found this place, it was just a run down weeekender�. According to Ned the 500 acres offered good climate and good water source. We moved the family business to West Gingin in 1992. They now have 250 acres planted; comprising 35,000 stone fruit trees, 40,000 citrus trees.

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His best performer is the Carina variety; these vines are about 12 years old and according to Bruce are “a bomb proof variety which isn’t susceptible to mildew and consistent all the way through their cropping.� Bruce was one of the first commercial growers of Carina in WA and now they are very common.

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Once this double fermentation is complete the bottles are then disgorged, the lees removed, then resealed again ready for labelling and sale.

Not so long ago the Great Northern Highway was paved with dried fruit drying racks.

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Today there are only ten commercial currant growers in WA, and almost all of

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


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



So the tiny, wrinkled currants you’re used to seeing in scones and stuffing are actually very good for you! If you would like to buy direct they will be on sale around mid March at Apricot Acres Toy Rd, Bindoon.

These microscopic bugs are making a big difference to the strawberry and capsicum horticultural industry in Australia.

Today about 80% of the strawberry industry use predatory bugs. Lachlan’s business, Manchil IPM Services, has about 65% of the Australian market. In a world where there are literally billions of insects it would be easy to become distracted chasing the next big bug. However Lachlan remains focussed. He is only breeding predators for Thrips & Two Spotted Mites and services the Strawberry industry and Capsicum industry within Australia. The small but mighty Persimilis is the predatory bug used to control Two Spotted Mites. Greenhouses full of lush climbing beans create the perfect environment to firstly cultivate the pest. The predators are then introduced, feeding and breeding as they go. When ready, they are ‘harvested’, chilled (to stop them eating each other), bottled along with vermiculite for easy distribution, and sent via Australia Post.

The over the row machine harvest is completed in a day and then 4 days work to pick all the uncut bunches and 4 days work to cut off dead foliage. The currants are sifted on site, and then sent to the Sunbeam, Mildura factory, before being sent on their way to a supermarket near you. A quick google of Currants confirms what I suspected; currants supply a healthy amount of dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble), iron, potassium, and B vitamins. It seems these dried grapes are one of the top sources of the trace mineral boron. Studies have shown that boron provides protection against osteoporosis and reproduces many of the positive effects of estrogen therapy in postmenopausal women.

Our local “Bug Man�, Lachlan Chilman has dedicated the last nine years to breeding beneficial bugs in his commercial insectarium in the Northern Valleys.

When he started out only about 5% of the industry was using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for pest control to fight Thrips and Two Spotted Mites without chemicals. Including our local strawberry grower and past cover story Anthony Yewars, Berry Sweet.

The fruit on the cut canes will then dry on the trellis; the drying completed in about 3 weeks on the trellis and 4 -5 weeks on the racks.

Which brings us back to Dom PĂŠrignon, who for all his false fame, worked tirelessly to develop many advances in production of Champagne, including holding the cork in place with a wire collar (muselet) to withstand the pressure of the secondary fermentation.



With Maggie Edmonds

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434 KING DRIVE WOODRIDGE 3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Fibro and iron cottage set on a beautiful 1.22 ha block abundant with big beautiful trees. This home would be great for the home handyman as it is need of some TLC. There is a enclosed patio, 9m x 6m shed with several smaller sheds. Owner keen to sell, Make an offer. Craig Hyne 0448 825 833

Stylishly renovated modern home. 3x2 plus study, light ďŹ lled open plan living, large outdoor entertaining area, newly renovated kitchen, easy care gardens, below ground pool & more! Home Open Sat 8th October 1pm ‘til 2pm.

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Wonderful opportunity to own this small lifestyle property with established citrus orchard. The orchard is small but well set up and maintained and provides supplement income. With good water supply, home orchard, rich red soils, packing shed plus GP shed/workshop with leanto and glorious views, this smallholding has the added bonus of a comfortable 2 x 1 cottage with aircon & wood heating - all just a few minutes from town centre.

The process involves cutting most fruit bearing canes, while leaving some canes for next years harvest. He manually collects the fruit from the uncut canes and dries them on the racks.

Carmel Ross and Nick Humpfrey toast the New Norcia Blanc de Blanc in the original Monastery kitchens

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Frank & Auriel Patterson. The Zante is a high yielder but does have issues such as odium (powdery mildew) and is susceptible to split with summer rains.

There were once hundreds of currant growers in the area until market fluctuation during the 1990s saw the price for dry currants plummet to $600 per tonne. Buyers for non-contract growers dried up and with the cost to manually harvest a tonne of dried fruit at $900, it is no surprise most pulled out their currant vines.


$130,000 10.8 ACRES

Fantastic opportunity for country lifestyle or weekend retreat. Level fenced block with rich red soils, uninterrupted views and the bonus of the Moore River owing behind the rear boundary. 8m x 8m shed with sheep yards, huge dam and piped stock water to property.

Harvesting begins in late summer, when the grapes are ripe and ready for picking. There are two main harvesting methods used: traditional hand picking followed by trellis drying; and mechanical harvesting. Bruce machine harvests his fruit so instead of $900/ dry tonne for picking costs he can harvest for about $300/tonne.

The orchard is immaculate with the level of organisation and discipline showing throughout all aspects of the business.

BULLSBROOK 116 Gibbard Place


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Nick explains the process of making sparkling wine using MĂŠthode traditionnelle; “Firstly the Chardonnay grapes are made into wine, but it is done with a lower sugar level for the first fermentation. The grapes are harvested in January, earlier than those for still wine, when there is still high acid levels. Then it’s bottled as you would Chardonnay, but with a little liqueur and a bit more yeast to do the the second fermentation in the bottle.â€?

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This 4 x 1 cedar & iron is set on a natural bushland block. Four double bedrooms with b.i.r’s, good sized kitchen/dining area with dishwasher & large pantry, ducted aircon, wood heating, plenty of storage and new carpets & paint. Outside is a cool below ground pool, good sized shed with double carport attached, fruit trees, scheme water and school bus at front.

Liz Connell Realty, 27B Binda Place, Bindoon, WA 6502

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Working closely with the winemaker from Jane Brook in the Swan Valley, he set out to achieve just that. But exactly how is this possible? A combination of things - the purity of the organic grapes is a contributing factor, however is mostly due to the traditional method of production.

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“We run it as a business, not a family business, everyone is accountable and has a certain job to do. The business is split into

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Drinking the stars “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars,â€? Dom PĂŠrignon is famously quoted as saying upon taking his first sip of Champagne. Urban myth suggests that the Benedictine Monk invented the world’s favourite celebratory drink back in 1693.

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19.50 hectares of quality Bindoon loam soils & water license makes this an ideal property for small horse stud, vineyard, orange grove etc. A must see location with superb outlook from top of hill. Power & telephone connected.

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SANDS TAVERN Doors were closed on the Sands Tavern and the premises will be auctioned as is. Set on 2202msq block of land zoned Town Centre. Has a 2 x 1 air-conditioned home with workers accommodation. The license is still active, and with a good clean and a little TLC this can be made into a great little business.

Mirtula Hildebrand

Have you had your serve of sprouts today? A sprout is at the transition between seed and plant. It is, to put it simply, a baby plant. On a gram for gram basis, sprouts are richer in vitamin C than the older, more mature plants. They also make a fabulous addition to any salad. Behind the Pearce Air Base in Bullsbrook, is Farmland Greens, this small farm produces

all of Coles & Woolworths’ sprouts in WA. Arriving at Farmland Greens processing centre I was confronted by the powerfully fresh and earthy smell of healthy greens. Everything is spotlessly clean, a stainless VWHHOZRUOG7KHà RRUORRNVFOHDQHQRXJKIURP This is the kind of passion and attention to detail that is essential to running an intensive farming business. Mirtula Hildebrand and her husband Charles, who emigrated from


It is also reassuring to know, that this form of biological control also has no risk, according to Lachlan, “The predators are cannibalistic, so once they have eaten the pest they then eat themselves. It is not like a cane toad, there is no risk that this biological agent would get out of control.�

Zimbabwe, purchased the business in April 2006. As business migrants they had to invest in a small business and with a farming background they chose Farmland Greens.

Across the globe there is increasing evidence of the negative effects of chemicals on bees and now potentially native birds. The importance of biological control maybe the key to sustainable agriculture.

The business began supplying a wholesaler LQ2¡&RQQRUVXQà RZHUDQGVQRZSHDV$ year later 2007, they bought the business, moved equipment to Bullsbrook, and extended to a full range of sprouts. Picture: Entomologist and entrepreneur Lachlan Chilman.

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$400 - $425,000

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



$585,000 FROM $265,000 • Sizes 5-28 acres • Pasture or Bush • Flat or hilly • Spectacular views




Very neat and tidy 3 x 1 home in townsite. Good sized lounge with wood heater and split system aircon, roomy kitchen/dining with extra wide patio along rear of house. Easy care established gardens and just a short stroll to all town amenities.



$210,000 7.9 ACRES

Good value here - Lovely block with views, small shed with concrete oor, plenty of room for horses or a few sheep and only a few minutes drive from town centre.

SHADY HILLS DELIGHT Bring your horses and your building plans. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Shady Hills Estate, this 6-acre pastured block is excellent value for money. It already has an arena and fencing for the horses. Building your home is easy with plenty of level space and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Come and see it today. This is where you belong.


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Best block in Bindoon - North facing with rich red soils, scheme water and only a few minutes drive from townsite. The land is gently sloping (not steep) and all cleared bar stands of mature trees with views over surrounding hills..

SHADY HILLS DELIGHT Bring your horses and your building plans. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Shady Hills Estate, this 6-acre pastured block is excellent value for money. It already has an arena and fencing for the horses. Building your home is easy with plenty of level space and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. Come and see it today. This is where you belong.

Well appointed four bedroom two bathroom brick and iron home on over ďŹ ve acres of land nestled on top of the hill. Kitchen/dining, separate lounge and study. Triple garage, undercover patio, veranda ideal for indoor outdoor entertainment. Bore reticulated garden, 92,000lt rain water tank. Wildowers and Christmas trees.

Craig Hyne

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Perfect small farm just 20 minutes from Bindoon or Gingin. Brand new limestone brick and iron home. 3 x 2, sep lounge & huge country style kitchen/family area. High ceilings, wood heating, a/c and ďŹ nished to a high standard. Sep.accommodation, GP, hay & machinery sheds. Water! 3 year round soaks, bore with potable water plus huge rainwater storage. Approx 100 acres croppable. All new fencing, cattle & sheep yards.

Well appointed four bedroom two bathroom brick and iron home on over ďŹ ve acres of land nestled on top of the hill. Kitchen/dining, separate lounge and study. Triple garage, undercover patio, veranda ideal for indoor outdoor entertainment. Bore reticulated garden, 92,000lt rain water tank. Wildowers and Christmas trees.

3 bedroom character cottage with separate studio and lap pool. Beautiful established cottage gdns, fruit trees, bore, sep paddock, scheme water, walking distance to town.

Stunning 4x3 limestone & tile home, lge country kitchen, sep lounge, family/dining opening onto terrace with fabulous views. Scheme water, separate studio, vege patch and fruit trees. Subdividable block.

Liz Connell Realty, 27B Binda Place, Bindoon, WA 6502

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Located on the escarpment on the south entrance into Gingin town. A quality subdivision of half acre and one acre blocks. All blocks have underground power, scheme water, access to ADSL and bitument access roads. Prices range from $150,000 to $220,000.

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Bindoon Bargain Buy – Price reduced, private natural bush block with 4x2 hardiplank and iron home, 6x9 shed, scheme water, needs a bit of love.




Fantastic town block with view of farmlands that stretch on forever. No build limits, close to all amenities

4.49ha (11AC) All the hard work has been done


First home buyer / Great Investment Opportunity

New spacious four bedroom two bathroom Brick/iron home with verandahs all around Large fully inclosed shed with lean to. Two 92,000 lt rain water tanks bore reticulated, Water Licence, irrigated pasture, small dam, excellent fencing, Bitumen driveway.

Neat and tidy three bedroom one bathroom unit in the heart of Gingin Close to all amenities, walking distance to shops and school. Currently rented till July 2012

This property is well priced with all the extras it has. Tom Cabassi 0429 095 864

This property is great value, Call Tom Cabassi on 0429 095 864 for an inspection

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Stunning views in all directions. 9 x 6m shed with 3 x 9m lean to & concrete oor. Power and water at shed, rich red soils and only a short drive to town centre.

MOOLIABEENEE $499,000 101 ACRES Very private yet only 20 minute drive to Bindoon. Spectacular views, mainly cleared with two small sheds, winter creek. Great for weekend getaway.

This gorgeous 3 x 2 plus study cedar and iron home is set on 3.5 acres, with lovely outlooks from the verandas. Private patio areas for entertaining plus spa. Air-cond. through-out and a wood ďŹ re for winter. 2 car carport plus 9m x 6m shed with concrete oor and general purpose shed. Chook house and enclosed yard, 22,000 lt rain water tank plus scheme water.

Kay Reid 0428 528 053

Affordable Family Home Great Value, brand new affordable family home located in the Honeycomb Estate. This lovely home has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. All the hard work has been done inside with new oor coverings, window treatments and modern light ďŹ ttings; all you have to do is move in and enjoy.

Tom Cabassi 0429 095 864

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Brenda recalls how they arrived at Chittering all those years ago. Bill’s father had always said, “When you can afford to buy a little bit of land, buy it, because if we have another recession you can live a little bit off the land. These words had stuck in Bill’s mind so we thought we’d try Macadamias as a retirement thing�.

Given the right conditions, fully matured Macadamia trees can yield around 20-30 kilos of nuts per tree, which earns around $2.50/kilo. Sounds pretty easy in theory, but the Denham’s are not there yet. Brenda says, “As yet it is not going to be a retirement option. The drought hasn’t been very helpful. The last few years we haven’t had many nuts, only 100 or 200 kilos. The more water, the more fruit sets. And you need the bees, with drought there is less bees.�

Brenda is very optimistic with this year’s season. “Thanks to good rainfall, the trees are full of nuts so we should harvest a lot more over the coming months from now until August.� With so many nuts to pick, Bill has come up with an innovative plan. Rather than hand picking all the nuts he has purchased a vacuum machine and with a minor modification, they no longer need to bend over and hand pick the nuts. They sell most of their nuts to a Helena Valley processor; Greenacres, who dry them



and sell them throughout Perth markets. Always looking for ways to increase farm returns, Brenda value-adds by creating a range of nut products. She is now selling her Macadamia Rocky Road, Spicy nuts and Chilli nuts at the monthly Bindoon Markets. I haven’t always been a fan of Rocky Road but I confess I’m a sweet tooth so I was willing to try. I was pleasantly surprised to taste the macadamia nut addition. It is a fabulous balance to the marshmallow. I’ve gone back for more!







Very neat & tidy 3 x 1 h/p & iron home with split system a/c, wood heating, new carpet and paint. Pretty block with nice outlook, not steep and with scheme water.

BINDOON offers $600,000+ 123 ACRES Parkland cleared land with subdivision potential. Owner willing to sink bore. Build, subdivide & proďŹ t.

Liz Connell Realty, 27B Binda Place, Bindoon, WA 6502

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ENCHANTED GARDEN - Priced to sell quickly


Located on a picturesque 5 acres in Lake Chittering Heights estate, is this neat 3-bed brick and iron home.

1.1 acre on the Gingin Brook adjoining the central shopping precinct, 1930’s built mud brick and iron with original jarrah oor boards.

Country-style kitchen, separate lounge, semiensuite bathroom, slow combustion wood heater & ducted air cond. water system. Abundant drinking water is provided by a bore. Craig Hyne 0448 825 833

Three bedrooms, study, lounge, kitchen and dining rooms. large patio and swimming pool, double garage, former blacksmith shed third shed at front of block. Tom Cabassi 0429 095 864

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21.2 ACRES

17 Spoonbill Close PRICE REDUCTION!!! Some Vendor Finance Available 4x2 brick & iron home with amazing views. 2 acres of grapes with impressive winery setup. Bore plus soak, paddocks, GP Sheds, water licence, farm machinery.




This classic country home is set amongst magniďŹ cent eucalypts, within walking distance to the school, shops, medical centre and sporting facilities.

798 Gingilling Road, PRICE REDUCTION!!! Perfect small farm, 3x2, huge kitchen/family, high ceilings, wood heating. Separate accommodation, GP/Machinery/ Hay sheds, three year round soaks, bore and tanks

Liz Connell Realty, 27B Binda Place, Bindoon, WA 6502

¡ Verandahs all round, jarrah oorboards & high ceilings; ¡ 4 big bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, modern kitchen; ¡ Below-ground pool, ; ¡ Reticulated lawns, shrubs, vege gardens & fruit trees

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6 Spotters Court Gingin - Under Offer 11 Cairns Crescent Gingin - $490,000 83 Cheriton Road Gingin - $720,000 36 Mawarra Drive Gingin - $360,000 24 Strathalbyn Way Gingin – Under Offer Lot 349 Shanks Pony Lane Gingin - $17

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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ten hear people claim that the Lord has spoken to me, or God placed this or that on my heart. I claim to ever knowingly having this experience, I certainly wish I had! What I do know is that come into my head when making decisions. Is this the Lord speaking to me in that small quiet we hear so much about? I also fi nd I am often placed in community situations, where my input ve a profound effect on the lives of others. My believe is the Lord is testing me out by a practical involvement, the unspoken Word.



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

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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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Gingin Freemasons Lodge

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Gingin Tennis Club

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Gingin Football Club Gingin Pensioners Social Club

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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)

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Pearce Community Toy Library

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South Midlands Polocrosse Club

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Wannamal Community Centre Wannamal Indoor Bowls Wannamal Tennis Club

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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.

in the Northern Valleys BINDOON PRIMARY SCHOOL

Schools across the region acknowledged Anzac day with a special service. Bindoon invited a member from Bullsbrook RSL’s who captured the children’s attention as he shared what Anzac means. The choir set the scene beautifully and class representatives spoke to the symbolism of Anzac day which was both entertaining and enlightening.


Immaculate Heart College Through Mary to Jesus: “The Way, the Truth and the Life” John 14:6

Mikaela Taylor and Luke Cox Rice House captains.

CAC Bindoon Swimming Carnival On Thursday 7th March, Catholic Agricultural College students participated in one of the most successful swimming carnivals. It was a perfect summer day at the Gingin Aquatic Centre, competitors in each House nominated for a massive 104 events including individual races, noodle relays and team medleys. Staff and parents were overwhelmed by the ever-present values of our students;


participation, team sportsmanship and determination to succeed. Our students were supported by a number of parents eagerly watching on from the sideline or helping on placings at the finish line. The students cheered loudly, encouraging their fellow House team mates, with the victors of the day being Rice House. Congratulations to all competitors for their efforts and to those who achieved individual race records.

Immaculate Heart College is an independent, co-educational College (K-4) with expansion to Year 6 within two years. A low-fee school, it offers: • A caring and holistic education - academic, social and spiritual • Tuition in the Catholic Faith through its Religious Education and Virtues Program • Compliance with the Early Years Learning Framework (Kindergarten) • Phase 1 of the Australian Curriculum (Pre-primary to Year 4) • All other Learning Areas of the Curriculum Framework • A strong commitment to improved literacy and numeracy standards • Languages Education (Modern Greek) • Personalised, one-on-one tuition (Tutorial System) for every child • Piano Lessons • Low student-teacher ratios • New facilities, resources and equipment • Plans for future buildings (Stage 1 of Primary School) • School bus (Public Transport Authority) • Idyllic location and setting for a peaceful learning environment • Beautiful grounds with nature-based play areas underway • Community, family-oriented atmosphere PLACES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN ALL YEAR LEVELS (K-4)! Enrol your child in our beautiful, fast-growing school today! For further enquiries, contact the College’s Principal, Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis, on: 9571 8135 or 0402 400 367; email: College website:

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Basketball Grand final Congratulations to the Bindoon Basketball winners!

“Ready to roll after rest at Wannamal rest area”. Riders: (L to R) Charlie Forester, Matt Humphry, Anna Crawford, Harry Sinclair, New Norcia, Sam Humphry, Piers Anspach

Bindoon to Moora on a bike Moora teenager Sam Humphry, 15, rode from Bindoon to Moora on Anzac Day to raise funds for the Moora Hospital. Sam, who is the son of Richard and Angela Humphry, is a student at Scotch College in Perth and decided to do the bike ride not just to raise funds for charity but as a personal project for school. The idea came about after Sam suffered a broken leg from a motorbike accident on the farm last year. Sam was so appreciative of all the health carers at the hospital while he was a patient and felt that he wanted to do something by way of giving

something back.

“I have found out through the director of nursing at the Moora hospital, Lyn Bell, that they would like funds to go towards a special recliner-rocker chair for patients,” Mrs Humphry said.

Trophy Winners, L-R. Back Row: Cody Glover, Jack Mackey, Darcy Glover Geoffrey Watson, Jack Martin. Front Row: Brooke Taylor, Kate Fabbri, Chloe Trembath, Jewel Williams, Kelly Martin

Sam invited people to join him on the 86 kilometre ride which includes 20km of hills, from the Bindoon Hotel carpark to Moora. Joining in the ride at different locations were a number of local lads. Five local youths joined Sam along the ride, Piers Anspach joining at Wannamal and others joining the ride at Mogumber to Moora. The ride raised over $2000 for the Moora hospital.

Muchea youth festival 2013 The Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme teamed up with Squash Magic to deliver a series of free games and activities in the Shires of Chittering, Moora, and Victoria Plains. The Squash Magic Inflatable Sports Program included activities such as human fooseball, soccer, dodgeball, squash, and a number of team building activities, and was attended by a total of 99 children and young people over the two day tour of the region.

250 children and young people. The inflatable sports program is an initiative of Squash Magic and aims to promote access, inclusion, fun, and physical activity to children and young people across metropolitan and country areas.

Grand Final Wining Teams: Senior - Misfits - L-R - Tam Nyugen, Louise Stanley, Megan Byrne, Acacia Healy, Geoffrey Watson, Rachael Leuba, Josh Williams

Activities in Lower Chittering were very well attended with a total of 51 children and young people making their way to the Lower Chittering hall for team squash and soccer games, as well as a series of team building activities promoting leadership, verbal and non-verbal communication, and team work, as well as to encourage participants to think outside the square to build the highest ‘Shoe Tower’. Programs in Calingiri engaged adults and children alike in a good game of soccer, and finishing with a competitive and fun game of European Dodgeball. The inflatable sports program finished in Muchea on Thursday 2nd May at the Shire of Chittering’s annual Muchea Youth Festival which was attended by more than

Mid Junior - Spartains - Robbie Greenfield, Mitchell Maindok, Robbie Summers, Darcy Glover,Cody Bradley, Kayden Clarkson, Jake Ferni. Absent - Dylan Bailey, Jethro Heaney


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Since most riders switch to the safer and somewhat slower paced discipline of dressage as they get older, event rider Liz Wakely-Dawes is something of an anomaly. During a successful dressage career spanning twenty years, Liz rode at FEI level, and spent years representing WA on the state dressage squad.

A professional dressage trainer and coach, Liz started off training Benny as a hunter for his owner Norman Dennis. The horse had sustained a broken pelvis during a paddock accident and it required a lot of flatwork training to get him balanced and fit again.

However when she met Benny Stardust, she changed horses midstream, so to speak. The 12-year-old failed racehorse has galloped her full speed into the discipline of eventing, where she has just won the Senior Pre-Novice class at Moora Horse Trials. Held over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of May, the Moora event is a favourite amongst local riders. Liz commented that it is “ a terrific venue, well designed and super underfoot”. The use of a purpose bought aerating machine is paramount in softening

Above; Elizabeth Wakley Dawes and Benny Stardust coming out of the water complex. Photo by Daren Dawes, Redfoto.

During his rehabilitation, Liz discovered Benny’s huge scope for jumping and coupled with her dressage background, they make a formidable team. “As a dressage coach, I am training for harmony, control and the elimination of confusion.” Whilst eventing requires different abilities, the same principles apply, and Liz has enjoyed the transition to the more physically dangerous and demanding discipline. With Wooroloo on the horizon next month, Liz is hopefull that Benny Stardust will continue his winning streak, Liz jokes she “Can’t wait for one star!”


Placegetters in the Senior Pre Novice class, pictured above L-R; 1st Elizabeth Wakley Dawes on Benny Stardust, 2nd- Fraser Bower on Don J’Amee, 3rd Lauren Browne on Delamerie Just Kiera, 4th Juliet Walker on Danetime I.O.U, 5th Susanna Weedon on Millendon Cool Cat (absent from pic), and 6th - Skye Perry on Stomper. Photo by Red McQueen, Redfoto. Below; Bindoon teenager Madison Derrick and her horse Leedale Micardi placed first in the Jnr Intro 1. Photo by Red McQueen, Redfoto.

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Be Active Chittering Duathlon

The Be Active Chittering Duathlon was held on Sunday 14th April at Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon, with competitors challenging themselves to the hilly cycle route and slightly long running track. Online registration processes were implemented for the first time through the Shire of Chittering, with several participants opting for the ease and convenience of this new service. The distribution of event singlets to competitors was a new and exciting addition to this growing event. With sponsorship from Slater-Gartrell Sports for the third consecutive year, the Chittering Duathlon included two course distances. The event attracted several new participants and first time duathlon entrants travelling from as far away as Mindarie and Moora to take part. Talent and determination was put on show, particularly in the junior ranks with Joanna and Michaela Maynard demonstrating a natural ability and plenty of potential as young athletes. The under 12 boys were separated by just two minutes, and less than two minutes was recorded between the open individual female fun course place getters.

The 2013 Be Active Chittering Duathlon was sponsored and supported by SlaterGartrell Sports, Healthway and the Shire of Chittering funding the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme, Water Corporation, St Johns Ambulance Chittering/Gin Gin Sub-centre, Northern Valleys News, and Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon, with the new event singlets provided by Topp Dogg Moora Sport. The Be Active Chittering Duathlon will be back in 2014 to showcase the picturesque Chittering Valley and provide local residents and visitors to the region with an achievable fitness goal. For more information on Be Active events in the Shire of Chittering visit or like the Shire of Chittering facebook page. Alternatively you can contact Anna Jamieson, Midlands District Be Active Coordinator, on 96510000 or email

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2013 Be Active Chittering Duathlon Results: Be Active Fun Course U16 Individual Male: Ryan Hawkins (37:36) Open Individual Female: Martena Lawson (40:24), Sophie Lee (41:56), Celia Hoogland Slater-Gartrell Short Course U16 Individual Female: Joanna Maynard (1:01:25) Open Individual Male: Gavin Lawson (57:46), Jeremy Hardy-Johnston (59:29), Rod Cram (1:05:12)

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

U12 Individual Male: Gregor du Plessis (43:10), Joshua Noor (45:53)

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

The Slater-Gartrell Short Course had some good competition between the open men’s individual and team categories with seconds separating the two men’s teams.

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

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U12 Individual Female: Michaela Maynard (31:36), Alaina Lawson (44:37), Madeline Cram (46:30), Jessica Hardy-Johnston (46:41), Amber Lawson (52:46), Holly King (58:57)

Friday night darts

Bindoon Sporting & Rec Assoc

Now that the Bindoon & Districts Bowling Club’s summer season has come to an end, members have once again decided to run the Friday night ‘Darts Nights’ at Chinkabee Sporting Complex, in order to ensure the ongoing success of the club throughout the winter months. Over the past four years, members of the Bindoon Sporting and Recreation Assoc have come together every Friday night, in order to play darts, pool, and Wii games, or just simply relax with friends over a few drinks, and watch their favourite music dvds being played in the background. This year, the Friday night ‘Darts Nights’will commence on Friday 3 May 2013, and those members who will be playing darts are asked to be there by 7 pm, for a 7.30 pm start. As usual, the cost of the evening will be $2.00 per person to play, and raffle tickets will be on sale for everyone, at $2.00

Open Male Team: Daryl du Plessis/Tim Shervington (51:20), Jannie Baard/ Simon Martin (52:14)

each. There will be two raffles on the night. Members are also asked to bring a plate for supper, and the occasional donation of a prize for the raffle would not go amiss either. As in keeping with the past, part of the proceeds this year will go towards a free social and wind-up evening for everyone in September, as well as a $400.00 donation to one of the local voluntary organisations, in recognition of their fine efforts, and valuable standing in our community. To date, this has included the Chittering Wildlife Carers, the St John Ambulance Brigade (twice), and the Bindoon Playgroup. As a result of the enormous success of the Friday night ‘Darts Nights’ in the past, Organiser, Sandra Clarke, said she is looking forward to welcoming even more new members and their families to Chinkabee Sporting Complex this season, whether or not they are experienced darts players, or just nervous beginners looking for an enjoyable night out. For those nonplayers, Sandra added – just come along for a bit of fun!

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Teamwork the key to Bushrangers winning streak

Top row L-R Dylan Sommers,Brad Petraszek, Cameron Yates Bottom Row L-R Sel Wills, Clayton Smith, Jason Bulpitt

Bindoon and Muchea played in the South Midlands Cricket Association grand final at Miling, the first time Muchea had played in a grand final since coming back into the competition for the 2008-2009 season. Bushrangers’ Clayton Smith won the toss and elected to bat, Bindoon two openers Smith and Marcus Tobin made a solid start, getting to 75 without a fall of wicket. Wickets then fell reguwlarly with Smith and Tobin making 47 and 32 snapper. Yates making a quick fire 21 as well. Muchea bowled some tight overs towards the end of the innings. Martin Tobin with 42 getting on top of the

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bowling. Bindoon made 9/170 with 4 run outs, notable form Muchea who fielded well. Muchea went out to bat with three wickets falling for 25. Brandon Ghirardi and Brad Hampson came together and put on a 60 run partnership to put the game on an even keel. O’Rourke and Brad Petraszek bowled some tight overs and proceeded to take wickets at will. Ghirardi made 58 welcome and handsome chipping in with 38. Muchea needed 38 over the last 9 overs to make an exciting finish. Jesse Hyatt had other ideas, picking up the ball on a tight angle and

returning it for a direct hit on the stumps that had danger-man Brad Way heading back to the pavilion posting a very competitive score of 9/170 off its 45 overs. Muchea then gave little resistance to all out for 139. Bindoon posted its 3rd premiership in 4 years. Top scorers for Bindoon were Clayton Smith (47), Martin Tobin (42) and Marcus Tobin (32). Top scorers for Muchea were Ghirardi (58) and Hampson (38). The best bowlers for Bindoon were Brad Pietraszek 3/23 and Peter Gaspar 2/20.

Man of the match went to Muchea’s Ghirardi. Not bad for a team that came from the bottom, coming second last five years ago. The team say men the key to their success is mate-ship, “We all get along, guys wanted to get better and wanted to win for each other.” Bindoon Bushrangers will host the grand final in 2014 at Bindoon. They will train Tuesdays and Fridays and welcome any new players to join and enjoy some cricket and companionship.

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