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It’s Showtime!

The mighty merino!


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There is something quite magnificent about a Merino Ram, they really are the Hercules of sheep. I’ve had a recent love affair with Merino Wool, preparing for a white Christmas with Santa in Lapland and the dreaded chill factor. So it was great interest that I attended my first Merino Stud Auction, at Roger Glover’s Mallibee Stud, to learn a little about the source of this amazing fibre. The highest price Merino Ram was purchased by Greg Cocking of Wannamal. I asked why did Greg chose this Ram out of the 60 on offer? With his great farmer sense of humour, Greg shared, “I probably jumped in too soon, but I only need a couple of Rams.” To his credit I think he just knew the best when he saw it. “I thought he was the best ram in the shed, better than the number one. A bit more stretch, a lovely bit of “top notch” (good wool in between eyes), nice and thick horns, good curvature, with good clearance for the shearer. He was an inch and 1/2 taller than number one with a strong straight back.” Greg shares, “ Roger’s rams are pretty consistent. I like them because I like fine white wool with the fine creep. I only buy rams from within our area, the local stuff seems to do better. “ This newly acquired ram will return home, to settle in. When ready, he’ll be matched with about 60-70 ewes. According to Greg, he’ll place them with older ewes, “Never maiden rams with maiden ewes.” I asked Greg if he had explored AI, “from my experience the AI conception is only about 60%, I prefer the natural way, let the boy do what he does best”. What the mighty merino does best is create this woolen textile, which is really quite miraculous. Next time you have the chance – take the opportunity to inspect closely. Lifetime shearer, Greg Drew, offered me a lesson in inspecting the fineness of the staple (a cluster of fibres make a staple). Very many staples together form a fleece. Serrations on the individual fibres make it p ossible for the fibers to cling together, very fine binders which run crossways also help to hold the staple together.

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Editors note


Welcome to our October issue of Northern Valleys News.

Lower Chittering

What a bumper issue this one is. Thank you to everyone who contributed and of course all who stepped up when I found myself unable to do so, your photos and stories were most welcome. This issue seems to be inspired by sheep, from Ram sales to launching artistic Spinning Wheels. Funny enough, I feel quiet a connection with the plight of sheep, having dealt with a cold sore on my lips that literally landed me in hospital for 5 days. Let me just say thank God I wasn’t a sheep in Pakistan. What a mis-justice that whole saga has been. We wished for late rains in the last issue well we have certainly been blessed in the last week. Such a joy to return home from hospital to see everything still so green after a week of rains. With the birth of our first lamb today, the feeling of spring is uplifting. To our new readers we hope you like this semi rural local paper that is a blend of lifestyle and rural interests. It is a feel good paper which is designed to uncover our community’s great secrets and treasures. Thank you to all our advertisers and to our editorial contributors. Tamieka and I do our best to deliver a “true” community paper and your assistance and financial support makes it all worthwhile. Jackie Shervington Northern Valleys News helping to grow our regional community.

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The Public Environmental Review (PER) of the Bindoon Hill project is still continuing under the Environmental Protection Act. No additional information has been provided to the community in the past 18 months. Mooliabeenee Rail Siding seems to be BAJV’s favoured transport option again which means, if mining is approved, we will have 1 road train every 2 minutes from Bindoon Hill to Mooliabeenee with 7 times more

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BAJV continues to be a champion at “greenwashing”. Every spring BAJV tells us it is “rescuing the woylie” – a cute, furry animal. This distracts from its plans to clear hundreds of hectares of vegetation on Bindoon Hill for mining, including Carnaby’s Cockatoo foraging grounds. R4RM is continuing to keep the community informed about the threat of bauxite mining. Come and visit us at the Bindoon Show to find out more. Clair Medhurst & Derek Gascoine Co-conveners, Residents for Responsible Mining

The NVNews hits the streets of Durban, South Africa last week with our IT writer and consultant, Daryl du Plessis. Have you taken the NVNews anywhere interesting lately? Send us a photo! Note: Northern Valleys News is available at newstands at all local IGA’s, and other selected venues. Hopefully you can all now grab a copy. You can also view the paper and past issues online at www.

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We are often told that many Chittering residents believe that the bauxite miners have left our Shire – this is not true. Two Chinesecontrolled groups still want to mine bauxite in Chittering – they are Bauxite Alumina JV (BAJV) and Alpha Bauxite.


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The Stage 1 trial mine site at Hare’s farm has been re-seeded and re-fertilised for the 4th time in 3 years but still shows poor, patchy growth and compacted soil. Will this pasture have to be seeded every year to survive? What’s the impact on groundwater?


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It’s YYOUR OUR commu community... unity... RRR Satellite Sundowner Finding Love in the Country - Let’s celebrate our love of regional WA! The Rural, Remote and Regional Women’s Network (RRR) Satellite Sundowner is a series of events to be held simultaneously across Western Australia to celebrate and connect rural, remote and regional women. A video, showcasing a diverse group of rural, remote and regional women telling their story of finding love in the country, will be played at the beginning of each event. Bindoon Bakehaus & Cafe Monday 15 October, 5.30pm - 7.30pm $20 per head: Supper provided. BYO drinks

Gingin Open Garden & Craft Day Proudly presented by the Gingin Garden Group and The Gingin Arts & Craft Centre Sunday October 28th 2012, 10am to 4pm Visit four beautiful spring gardens within the picturesque town of Gingin and close surrounds. These open gardens display a range of styles from Formal, Cottage and Australian Native. A $10 entry per person provides access to all four gardens. The Gingin Craft Group will showcase an “Airing of the Quilts” and display of Craft members work for 2012

Other Stalls include Sewing Crafts, Local Wines, Plants, Children’s Clothing, Chrystal’s Garden Art, Soy Candles and Jewellery Light refreshments will be available on the day and light music ambience. Purchase your entry tickets to begin the day at the Gingin Arts & Craft Centre, 11 Constable Street Gingin. For further information please contact Irene Dewar, mobile: 0427 752 348 or email:

Community Event – Backyard Cricket Bash Pack a picnic and come and enjoy a morning or afternoon of cricket with family and friends. Bring a drink, hat and a feast for your family; and be ready for some classic catches, half centuries and a few swingin’ misses!!! Sunscreen and extra water will

be provided – no need to book! Friday, 5 October 2012. Bindoon, 10am – 11.30am @ Clune Park Lower Chittering, 2pm – 3.30pm @ The Oval

($5 per registration fee goes to the Jasmine Moohen Medical Fund) Registrations Essential Jodie Mortadza Phone 0429 050 469 or email

BINDOON RETIREES FASHION SHOW Bindoon Retirees would like to remind everyone that we have our FASHION SHOW again on the 29TH OCTOBER and we look forward to you coming along and enjoying morning tea and a good show of lovely summer clothing from our friends “KERRY ‘D’. Tickets available from any Retiree Member or at the door on the day, cost $5.

It’s Crunch Time! You are invited to join the young artists of Bindoon Primary School in celebrating their 3rd whole-school art exhibition. Grand Opening, Thursday, the 25th of October, 2012 6.30pm8.30pm Exhibition Times Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th of December, 2012. 10-4pm Venue Bindoon Town Hall


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Community Event – Backyard Cricket Bash. More info this page Thursday 11th October

BMX Time Trial, 10.30AM - 3PM The Pavilion, Pickett Park. Game of Skate/Scoot Basketball Shoot-Out Friday 12th October

Bullsbrook RSL Club - Terry Bennetts performs live. Bookings 0413 462 109 Sunday 14 October

Harvest Festival Service at Gingin Uniting Church.10 am followed by auction of donated items. Monday 15 October,

RRR Satellite Sundowner Saturday 20th October

Bindoon & Districts Agricultural Show Sat 20th October

70’s 80’s night at Lower Chittering Hall. 7.30pm Ph 0412 129 719 Sunday 21 October

Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association’s Spring Swap Meet at Lowery Park. Phone 043 9901 625

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY INC Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sunday Oct 21th.

Northern Knights ride to York. Meeting at Two Rocks Tavern car park, Two Rocks at 9am for 9.30 leave. Lunch at York. All Welcome

introduces its inaugural Junior cattle judging & Junior fleece judging

Thursday 25th October

Competitions for Young Adults aged 15-25 years and its annual

FREE Protective Behaviours Parent workshop. Lowery Park workshop Park, Bullsbrook Bullsbrook. 6.00pm. – 8.00 pm

Trade Cattle Show

Thursday 25th October

For steers and heifers weighing 150kg-500kg Judged in 4 weight categories (lightweight to extra heavyweight)

Bindoon School Art Show Sunday 28th October 2012

Auction of cattle to trade and public at 12 noon

Gingin Open Garden & Craft Day. 10am to 4pm. More info this page

Entries for all sections close Thursday, October 11 Enquiries Maureen Barker (Bindoon Show Secretary) 9576 1334 M 0457 103 033 or email: John Williams 9576 1038

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Call for Bullsbrook Residents to ‘Dob in a Hoon’ At their latest meeting the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association (BRRA) called for locals to step up to help reduce hoon behaviour in the community.

BRRA secretary Karen Warner, BRRA committee member Val Pate and Cr Kevin Bailey discuss the issue.

‘We have heard many reports from people about dangerous driving and risk taking behaviour, particularly around the bridle trail. What the meeting was asking is for people who see this behaviour to report it to the police on 131444,’ said BRRA President Dr Anne Sibbel.

‘Bullsbrook is a lovely quiet rural community. Our bridle trail is particularly beautiful. It is extremely disappointing to hear that people are being made to feel unsafe using these public spaces’. ‘You may not think you can make a difference but we know that police can only act when they have an issue brought to their attention.’. The issue was raised with the Residents and Ratepayers Association following a sharp rise in members observing antisocial behaviour near their homes. The roads in the semi-rural area are windy, quiet and narrow. Hooning in this area presents a real danger for people and animals. City of Swan Councillor Kevin Bailey, who attended the BRRA meeting, said that he

Fun at Little Rainbows

fully supported the initiative.

Beats in Bullsbrook Ray from Music Rocks conducted an MC/Beats workshop in Bullsbrook recently. At the same time, a BMX and Skate Skills competition was facilitated by Troy (Skatepark Engagement Officer). There was a good turn out with 26 young people attending ranging from 9 to 16 years of age. It was great to watch these young people showcase their talents and seeing a young lad land a backflip on his BMX was definitely a highlight!

Little Rainbows participated in extra special activities to acknowledge Australian Child Care Week. The children really enjoyed making their own scrapbooks using the camera themselves to take photographs. A wonderful Grandmother came into the Centre and delivered a fantastic musical session playing the guitar and the children joined in using multicultural instruments. The children have also made Aboriginal dot painting pictures.

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On the 12th September we had our friends from Toodyay over to play indoor bowls with us, and we had a good time and many laughs and enjoyed morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea with them, always a pleasure to have them here with us, and we look forward to returning to Toodyay on the 10th October to spend time with them. The Retirees also had a lovely outing to see the Wildflowers on Friday 21st at “Rica Erickson Reserve” on the way to Calingiri where there were lots of orchids, everlastings and many other wildflowers to look at. Well worth a trip out on the Calingiri road if you enjoy a short drive from Bindoon. We had morning tea there, and then moved on to Calingiri to have a BBQ lunch, with many thanks to Jane for all the good food and preparations. Thanks also to our driver Tom who drove the bus and it is a pleasure not to have to drive, it was an interesting and enjoyable day out with good company. Secretary: Joy Askew 95760262

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out&about Wildflower Festival

Peg Peters, Judy Wheale & Lynette Petersen.

Sarelle & Rachel Currie enjoyed a wonderful day in the country. “Such a beautiful drive from Sawyers Valley via Toodyay, Bakers Hill and Bindoon. Norma Warner, Keith & Doreen Rane who joined their colleagues from Nursing Home in Belmont for a day in the country with a welcome cuppa tea.

The WOW factor at this years festival was the abundance of flowers on display after a good germination early in the year, with enough follow up rain to ensure that visitors were not disappointed. The successful Festival was a boost for the businesses and community groups in Chittering, including the Tourism Association. A record number of approximately 1500 people visited over the four day event to not only enjoy the wonderful wildflowers and local products on display; many visited the local food outlets, Op Shop, Museum and other Devonshire Teas were managed this year by the Upper Chittering places of interest. Fire Brigade ladies and the Playgroup parents. For this we are

The successful raffle was a prize very grateful as it’s a long day serving and washing endless cups worth winning as the basket and saucers! Pictured - Sharon Blake & Faye Allanson contained all local produce from wine, eggs, a fruit cake, avocadoes, jams and preserves, olives, olive oil and citrus, all donated by the community. The second prize was a beautiful hand made wooden clock donated by Wayne and Olga Utting from Muchea House Bed and Breakfast.

The twice daily bus tours were fully booked each day, driven safely to Blackboy Ridge by Bob Williams and Tom Fern, with informative wildflower guides Jacqui Lucas and Bob Blizard. Julie Thomas & Lina Myer who had just returned from the tour shared “Fantastic, well worth it we saw Spider Orchids and Donkey Orchards and many wildflowers”

Margaret and Bruce Murray from Canberra, ACT

Chittering Farmers Market

Red hats on parade. The “red hot rambling rubies” from Thornlie came to enjoy a perfect day at the last Farmers Markets.


The fantastic team from Chittering Landcare collected and prepared the wildflower specimens whilst Bob Blizard collected the larger flowers for Donna Wilsher to perform her magic to produce an outstanding stage display. Geraldton Wax, donated by Muchea Gold added to the stage effect alongside some special Margaret Oversby, made sure no one left empty handed providing pieces on loan from the Museum to wonderful florist arrangements. The Plantation Wildflower stall complete the Year of the Farmer out the front of the hall was a popular addition to the show. theme.

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New machine makes light work

Chardonnay 2011 Cabernet Merlot 2010 Vintage Port 2011

The Bindoon Arts and Crafts were successful in obtaining a grant through the Shire of Chittering Financial Assistance Grants Scheme to purchase a material and paper cutting machine for the craft centre.

Available at Bindoon General Store



Please be advised that rubbish will be collected on Public Holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day. Any rubbish collection scheduled for Christmas Day will be undertaken the following day.

The Shire of Gingin has received several Stable Fly Notifications that have been lodged after the Stable Fly outbreak has reached severe. It is important to provide information daily or as often as possible to help alleviate Stable Fly infestations.

GINGIN ILUKA AQUATIC CENTRE The Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centre will be opening for the 2012/2013 swimming season on Saturday 27 October 2012 at noon. The Pool will be opened Friday – Wednesday each week from 12pm to 7pm (please note that if patronage is low and the weather is cold the pool will close at 6pm). Season tickets can be purchased from Fran at the Pool. Season ticket and admission prices have not changed from last season’s prices. For further details please contact Fran at the Pool on 9575 1344.

SENIORS / GRANDPARENTS DAY All Seniors and Grandparents are invited to join us at the Neergabby Grounds on Sunday, 28 October for Seniors / Grandparents Day. Bring along your Grandchildren for an entertaining outdoor ‘Movie Night’ and activities. Please register your interest with Cher or Jerrah on 9575 2211, by 19 October 2012.

An electronic Stable Fly Notification Form is now available for ease of notification and completion on Council’s website, please go to /the-council-andpolicies/environmentalhealth/stable-flies and complete the stable fly notification form for either Cattle and Animals or Human and Domestic infestations. Residents are encouraged to ensure that fly breeding does not occur on their properties and are urged to report any fly breeding or excessive fly numbers to Council’s Health and Building Department on 9575 2211.

ACT PREPARE SURVIVE Prepare your property now for the bushfire season. The current warm weather we are all enjoying is a reminder that bushfire season is fast approaching. To find out how to prepare your home for the bushfire season visit

Restored to it’s former Glory PREMIER’S AUSTRALIA DAY ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS The Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship p Awards focus on community contribution and p participation p rather than personal p achievement. The Awards are run in many Council’s around the State as a j joint initiative of the Australia Dayy Council of Western Australia, the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Office of Premier and Cabinet. Nominate an inspiring p g communityy member or group from your area for an award to be presented p at a ceremony on Australia Day - 26 Januaryy 2013. The three awards highlight g g Active Citizenship, p Outstanding Contribution to the Local Communityy and Australian pride and spirit. Choose the one that suits your y nominee: •

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As a result of a Shire grant and the skill of local wood craftcraftsman, Ron Taggart, an historically significant table has been restored to it’s former glory. Irene Dewar tells the story... Irene Dewar, President, Gingin Arts and Crafts Group.

The Table began it’s story as the Councillors meeting table at the office of the Gingin Roads Board. As the years passed, the Board became the Shire of Gingin and moved to new premises. By 1977 the table had become outdated and surplus to needs. When the Gingin Arts and Crafts Group came into being, the table was given to the group for use as a craft table. Many patchwork quilts and art works came into being on the old table over the years. The Group had always felt the beautiful old jarrah table, given it’s history and now battle scarred by time and use, deserved better. A $900 grant from the Shire of Gingin and a lot of work by local wood craftsman Mr Ron Taggart has seen the table restored to its full glory. The Table now stands in the Gallery Room at the Arts Centre. ( Interestingly, just over the road from the old roads board building, it’s original home). We hope the table will give pleasure to many more generations for years to come.


To download a copy of the nomination form for the Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards please visit the website

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


The machine enables members to accurately cut material for patchwork quilts. Each month members make 12” squares of a designated colour in a pattern of their choice. These squares are sewn together to create quilts that are donated to a Women’s Refuge. Some quilts will be raffled by local charities to raise funds.

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Wheels of Time

As part of the Chittering Community Planning Advisory Committee initiative for a Sculpture Trail in the Chittering Shire a new sculpture has been erected at the Brockman Centre. The spinning wheel named “Wheels of Time” is made of salvaged old farm machinery and is representative of our rural Pioneers. A perfect example of teamwork at play. The concept was created by Sue Sim (Bindoon Arts and Crafts) and made by Alan Barnes (Men’s Shed). According to Sue Sim the piece was inspired by the Women of the past who spun yarn to clothe their families. Today this craft is regaining popularity as a relaxing pastime.” So next time you are driving by the Brockman Centre why not stop and have a look at this new artistic piece. Perhaps it will inspire a sculpture by your community group. The “Wheels Of Time” being erected by The Men’s Shed L-R Dave Barker, Dan Bam, Stan Gaston, Alan Barnes, Dan Bam, Wayne Beard. Thank you to Gail Bam who supplied the photograph.

Stone Mason Magic

The new Divine Mercy Church being constructed at Maryville Downs Estate, Lower Chittering, is now well underway. John Glover and his step son Michael, have almost completed the stonework facing for the presbytery (house for the parish priest). Their back breaking work has created another local treasure which will be a legacy to their craft. It almost seems impossible to think the tall concrete tilt-up construction will one day be a handsome icon that will be admired by many and visited by pilgrims from afar. Other local work by John includes the soundshell at Gingin and Bindoon’s St Anne’s church. John’s work has this amazing ability to weave itself into the landscape, as if it has alway been there.

Sculpture Grants The Shire of Chittering is offering individuals and organisations funding assistance of up to $500 per Sculpture that is donated to the Chittering Community. The aim of this scheme is to expand upon the existing Sculpture Trail which features 6 works of art, thereby highlighting more historic sites and attractions within the Shire of Chittering to both the community and visitors to the area. Application forms are available through the Economic Development Officer – email or call 9576 4600.

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A message from the Shire President Recently the Chittering Tourist Association held its annual Wildflower Festival. This event attracted more than 1,500 people over a four day period, almost all of whom were visitors to Chittering. The numbers were up about 10% on the previous year, which is a great result for the festival itself. However, my main reason for mentioning the occasion is to stress the importance of this type of event to tourism in general. The Shire has long accepted that it has a role to play in the economic development of the area and so we recently employed Karen Dore as our Economic Development Officer. This position has a clearly defined purpose – to act for the Council in the fostering, encouraging and facilitating commercial development within the Shire. Now that’s a pretty wide ranging brief. There are many ways in which economic development can occur – and just as many ways that we can promote it. So, to avoid confusion about the direction that this development should take, it is necessary that we produce an Economic Development Strategy. In short, a document that gives us guide lines about the way that the Shire can promote commercial growth in the coming decade. Naturally, while Council and Staff may all have a few ideas about what they would like to see happening, the real need is for a community wide approach to the creation of this vital document. All opportunities for promoting commercial growth must be included in the strategy. What is already becoming apparent is the importance of tourism to the area. We are only an hour’s drive from Perth. This means that we’re only that distance from a million potential customers. And make no mistake; their money will be vital to the kind of business we all benefit from. A good



Tuesday, 9 October – 7:30pm

Chittering Community Planning Advisory Committee

Thursday, 11 October– 1pm

Ordinary Council

Wednesday, 17 October – 7pm

Chittering Mining Advisory Committee

Monday, 5 November – 1pm

Chittering Community Planning Advisory Committee

Thursday, 8 November – 1pm

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.

example is Bindoon’s famous bakery. All of the locals who use the place benefit from its presence amongst us; but I suspect that, without the business of visitors to the town, we wouldn’t have the bakery at all. We all have access to a top class venue, thanks largely to tourist dollars. While there are many ways of attracting visitors to our Shire, regular, well-advertised events, like the wildflower festival, our local agricultural show, and farmers markets are a good way to bring an influx of visitors. I believe that any development strategy should include a program of events that will carry on throughout the year to encourage a regular flow of visitors. Economists tell us that the three most important sources of wealth in Australia are mining, agriculture and tourism. Chittering has no mining and the nature of our environment and lifestyle means that the industry would be highly undesirable. We have limited opportunities at present for any great expansion in the agricultural sphere, but tourism presents a far greater scope for economic growth. Every visitor we attract is a potential customer for all our businesses, not just those geared to promoting tourism. For this reason, I expect that tourism in general and promotional events in particular, will form a major component of any economic strategy that the Shire adopts. I would welcome any input from the community concerning the makeup of any such strategy. Thanks for your time.

Alex Douglas

Fire Breaks

Rural Watch

As a measure to assist in the control of bush fires, or prevent the spread or extension of a bush fire which may occur, all owners and occupiers of land within the shire’s district are required before the 16th day of October in each year, or within 14 days of becoming the owner or occupier of land if after that date, to clear firebreaks or take measures in accordance with this notice and maintain those firebreaks and measures in accordance with this notice up to and including the 31st day of May in the following year.

One of the outcomes from the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Survey was a clear message from our community that they would like Rural Watch to be established.


Use of Trail Bikes and other off-road vehicles The use of trail bikes in residential or rural/ residential areas has become an increasing problem within the Shire in recent years. Many people believe that trail bikes can be ridden indiscriminately on their property or on other land such as public open space, road verges or government land. This is not the case as there are several laws that either restrict use or disallow use in certain areas. These laws have been established in order to control the nuisance effects of trail bikes and other off-road vehicles such as excessive noise, dust, danger to people and damage to environmentally sensitive areas. For more information please contact Glenn Sargeson, Principal Environmental Health Officer on 9576 4600.

We are thinking of forming two groups, one for the southern and one for the northern half of the Shire. If you are interested in being part of a Rural Watch Group can you please contact the Club & Community Development Officer on 9576 4600.

Education Scholarship Awards NOW OPEN In recognising the value of education to young people, the Shire of Chittering is offering two Education Scholarships of $1,000 each. To be eligible, students must be residents of the Shire of Chittering and be graduating either year 7 (or year 6 if attending a private high school) or year 10 at the end of the 2012 school year. Further information, including the selection criteria and application forms are available from the Shire’s website, (www.chittering., the Shire’s Administration Centre, emailing, or by contacting the Manager Human Resources & Community Services on 9576 4600 Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 19 October 2012. Late applications will not be considered.

RATES INCENTIVE PRIZE DRAW WINNERS Winners of the Shire’s rates incentive prize draw are: · $1,000 – donated by Bendigo Bank Bindoon ($500) and Shire of Chittering ($500) – Ms B Norton · 7th Ave Bar and Restaurant – meal voucher of $50 – Mr P Rogers & Ms P Robinson · Chittering Best & Weed – pest treatment of $250 – N & J Garden · Enderslie House – one night B&B – Ms E Rigg · Hotel Scottalian, Bindoon – meal voucher $50 – Parkheights Pty Ltd · Muchea Irrigation – free irrigation & water management consultation – P & A Johnston · WASO tickets – Mozart & Strauss on 24 November 2012 – Henderson Corporation and Lemiere Family Trust The Shire would like to extend a big thankyou to all the companies who kindly donated to this year’s rates incentive competition.

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Sculpture Trail Funding Scheme The Shire of Chittering is offering individuals and organisations funding assistance of up to $500 per Sculpture that is donated to the Chittering Community. The aim of this scheme is to expand upon the existing Sculpture Trail which features 6 works of art, thereby highlighting more historic sites and attractions within the Shire

of Chittering to both the community and visitors to the area. Application forms are available through Karen Dore, Economic Development Officer at or on 9576 4600.

Can you help?

Dog Registrations

The local day centre (now known and referred to as “Ferguson House”) is seeking community support by way of donations. If you can help the centre with any of the following items it would be greatly appreciated:

The time of the year is fast approaching where all dogs must be registered. If your dog is registered with the Shire you will receive a renewal notice after 31 October. Should your dog not be registered and you get a visit from a Shire Ranger, it may cost you much more than your registration would have cost.

· Services of an qualified TV man – the centre has kindly received a donation of a TV but require the services of a qualified person to check the aerial on the roof · Turf for the grass area in the backyard · Reticulation to water the vegetable planter boxes and new lawn area (once installed). · Large capacity freezer · Small bowls – to use for desserts · Two fly screen doors – these will assist with air flow and prevent flies coming in from the courtyard, especially now as the warmer weather is approaching · Plants – for general landscaping in front of the centre and rear courtyard

Bindoon Monthly Market Day The Shire are going to trial a Community Market day on Sunday, 11 November 2012. It is envisaged that this will be a family fun morning where people can sell their products, fundraise for their clubs, an opportunity to chat to someone new, meet and greet. There will no stall fees however you need to bring your own trestle tables, etc and be required to clean up any litter in your stall area. All stall holders will need to register and be approved by Council.

· Pictures and/or art works – these will brighten the place up and assist with acoustics

Any stall holders who are selling food, will also need to sign the agreement to meet any food hygiene standards.

· Manure/fertilizer – sheep and/or horse droppings preferable for the vegetable garden

To register your interest please contact Arlene Carter, Club and Community Development Officer on 9576 4600.

If you are able to help please contact the Arlene Carter, Club & Community Development Officer on 9576 4600.

Australia Day Awards 2013 Nomination forms are now available from the Shire’s administration office and website for the Premier’s Active Australia Day Awards 2013. Now is the time to start thinking of who you would like to nominate for one of the three available awards: 1) Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award 2) Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person under 25 3) Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a community group or event Further information is available by contacting Executive Support Services on 9576 4600 during office hours. And remember – the presentation of the awards will be held on Thursday, 24 January 2013 in the Bindoon Hall.

Important information for cat owners From 1 November 2013 all cats over six months of age are required to be:

You should note that under the Dogs Local Law you are only allowed to have up to two dogs on your property.

· Registered with a Local Government

What happens if your dog gets out and runs away? If it has its registration and name tags we can check our records and find its owner. If not:

· Sterilised (unless used for breeding by a registered breeder)

· Contact the Shire to see if your dog has been found and impounded.

· Microchipped so they can be returned to their owners if lost, stolen or straying from their owner’s property

· Ring other local Shires. · Contact vets in and around your area - some people do not have time to start looking for a dog’s owner so they will deliver them to a local vet. · Where possible, give a mobile phone number to assist contacting you when your dog is found. · When you find your dog, please ring the people that you have contacted to advise them so that they can update their records. · And last of all - our Shire will allow you to place pamphlets around the area to help find your pet. But please remember to remove the pamphlets afterwards as you could be infringed for littering.

Official Opening ‘Ferguson House’

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 cats before the due date. Enquiries on the implementation of the new cat legislation should be directed to the Shire’s Rangers on 9576 4600.

New email contacts for your Elected Members

Your Elected Members have new email addresses: · Cr Alex Douglas (President) -

Wednesday 7, Nov 2012 at 10am for morning tea

by themselves or with their carer.

· Cr Robert Hawes -

6138 Great Northern Highway Bindoon

Not only does the centre cater for residents in Bindoon, but also the neighbouring areas of Gingin and Wannamal. This type of service is not available anywhere between Midland and Moora so allows for social interaction with other local and or regional residents.

· Cr Barni Norton -

The Shire obtained funding from Lotterywest to update and modify an existing property in the Bindoon Townsite. Now referred to as ‘Ferguson House’ the building operates as an ‘aged day centre’, and will eventually operate as a ‘respite centre’. The centre is managed by the regional Silver Chain. The centre provides activities, socialising and care for aged persons who would normally sit at home

· Cr Don Gibson - · Cr Sandra Clarke - · Cr Doreen Mackie - · Cr Michelle Rossouw -

An invitation to the official opening is extended to members of the public, if you would like to attend please contact the Shire’s Executive Support Officers on 9576 4607 or email



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Congratulations Landcare - Recognition well deserved! Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group was recently named the Community Group of the Year at the National Landcare Awards in Sydney. Pretty prestigious stuff! Rosanna Hindmarsh was there to accept the award. We caught up with Rosanna and some of the team at the Wildflower Festival and asked Rosanna what does this mean to the group. “This provides recognition Australia wide for all the hard work that community groups have put in. This award is only given every two year period�. The award is as an overall

Bev Paton, Rosanna Hindmarsh, Sue Pedrich, Anne Graham

recognition of the many efforts of the group; having achieved outcomes over a sustained period of time.Whilst the award doesn’t provide any prize money it certainly provides confidence to any potential sponsor organisation, endorsing the group as worthy group for major funding investment. I imagine their current partners would have been very proud of the results. Monitoring features strongly in EBICG’S activities. The Group undertakes water quality monitoring and reporting, remnant vegetation surveys, bird monitoring, fauna and flora surveys, foreshore assessments, and dieback and weed mapping.

Pork leaders A group of future leaders from the pork industry recently had the opportunity to attend A Future Leaders Program. This group of young WA pork industry participants are involved in full time, post graduate pig studies, working on-farm or within pig agribusiness with the program offering an opportunity to be involved with a group of likeminded people seeking ideas and information. The program has the potential to increase the participant’s level of industry knowledge,

their involvement in on-farm research and adoption of new technology and to encourage the next generation of pork industry personnel to feel valued and to remain within the industry. The group, which includes a large

Wannamal farmers win iPad Agfarm, an Australian owned, completely independent, grain marketing organisation, has recently extended their service into WA and announced the appointment of Tom Parton as regional manager for the state. “I have been working my way around the state introducing the Advantage concept of grain marketing to growers,� said Tom. “There are plenty of alternatives



out there for marketing grain today, however if a farmer wants to simplify what can sometimes be a time consuming and frustrating task, then Agfarm Advantage can be a viable alternative. Agfarm held a win an iPad competition at the Dowerin field days. Shayne and Gail Smith, (pictured left) owners of Nirranda Farm in Wannamal were the lucky winners and Tom visiting them to present their prize.







number from the Gingin area, will meet on four occasions during the next twelve months and participate in activities proposed by the group. A similar program has been very successful in South Australia.




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From The Team in the Pink Shirts

Boorabin Ram sale Boorabin rams presented for their annual sale were as good as they have produced with one of the largest crowds in attendance on a wet and windy day (no one complained about that). Presented for sale in pen one was the Reserve Champion ram of the Moora show and pen two was the Champion ram, sale was off to a great start. The emphasis at

How to select a top Ram

“Boorabin” merino Stud is wool quality with many rams from 16 micron to 18 micron on offer with.

• Look for true frame size the biggest (stands above the rails)

Over the past three wool sales clients and vendor have offered and sold wool at Fremantle sale topping the market, congratulations for that success.

• Long body - fill the pen • Open face - no wool around their eyes.

There are rams available for private selection. Call Iain and Lucy on 96559078

• You want the horns to not protrude too much and not too close for shearing. • Wool type - look for a nice white wool with soft lustre. More white length, easier to colour and dye. Staple length - from the tip to the base. • Look for even wool all over their body with a denseness of fleece which is freegrown. • Tags show the micron measurements – the lower the better. • Look for an eveness of crimp in the staple. The more crimps in the fibre/ centimetre equates to finess of fibre. • Most importantly, a Ram is useless unless he can do the job, look for good muscle, good stance with nice feet to track down the ewes. Special thanks to Trinity Golding (Farm Weekly), who offered me crash course on how to pick a good Ram.

Iain Nicholson, Peter Browne and Preston Clarke

Muchea the 4th Oct at 1pm Elders will be yarding around 8000 well bred merino ewes from 1.5 years to 5.5 years of age representing a great opportunity and a timely one, contact your local agent for details. On the other hand the Prime Lamb pipeline has hit a snag in the processing chain with more lambs available at this peak in the season making it impossible for many producers to get killing space when they really need it, putting huge pressure on their opportunity to get maximum price, creating frustration and concern by not being able to move lambs on. The situation is not helped when two old processing works with new owners are burdened with huge financial red tape meeting stringent Govt standards slowing the processing chain creating a blockage and a back log of prime lamb that have peaked and will most likely miss the prime killing window, costing the producer around $2 per kilo ($40 per head). Decisions will be made but at what cost again to the producer?

Muchea Elders order of selling next three weeks:

The mighty merino! Unfortunately despite this amazing natural product the cheap, shiny, smelly synthetic fibres continue to fill the shopping malls and drive down the economic returns for our merino producers.

his impressive Merino credentials at the time, but we quickly got discussing the merits of merino wool over synthetics. We both agreed passionately if only wool was promoted as a value for money everyday clothing item instead of the miles of synthetic that seems to fill shopping malls.

I had the opportunity to chat with Frank McGill, I didn’t quite realize

I’m now a label shopper – not the brand but what it is made from.

Continued from cover... This is all part of wool’s secret, it’s innate elasticity gives Merino uncommon durability. This rings true for me; I purchased the kids 100% merino thermal vests; sure they cost a little more, but after countless washes they are still looking as new.

Recent rains have improved the outlook of the Gingin region adding a subtle confidence for many producers, who have seen a rapid increase in pasture growth taking short term pressure off the current feed situation, giving some graziers the confidence to increase breeding stock as we move into the spring to take advantage of the large numbers of annual ewe drafts that will be available for sale through Elders in the coming weeks.


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0437 970 006

Preston Clarke (Gingin)

0429 111 797

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CALLING ALL LOCAL PRODUCERS Come join in the Flavours Pavillion initiative - a chance to provide food samples to the general public and promote local produce. The marquee set up will be alternate wine/food/produce the size of the stall will be a 3x3 meter site. For more information contact Christine Smart Ph 9576 1417, Email OR Maureen Barker (Bindoon Show Secretary) Ph 9576 1334

Return of Bindoon Estate Wines A decision two years ago to return to a farm he bought over 30 years ago has led Nick Humphry to the relaunch of the Bindoon Estate wine label. Bindoon Estate, seven kilometres north of Bindoon, has five hectares of vineyards with chardonnay, cabernet, merlot and shiraz grapes under cultivation.

Nick has a strong commitment to producing wines that capitalise on the character of the grapes grown in the Bindoon region. “The climate around Bindoon differs from that in other wine-producing regions of Western Australia, so it seems sensible to have the wines developed to draw out this local distinctiveness”, he said.

Nick kept a close eye on the vineyard during the years he lived in Perth, and has steadily developed a vineyard that is free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. “People often find they have adverse reactions to the number of additives that find their way into wines today, and I think it’s both possible and important to grow grapes that are natural and chemical-free.”

The Bindoon Show will provide the opportunity for the public to sample the three wines being released in October. Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot and Vintage Port have been bottled and Bindoon Estate will have a stand at the Show where patrons can sample these wines. The three wines are on sale at the Bindoon General Store.

Food Foraging & Locavore News with Maggie Edmonds From my small paddock I can look over the Northern Valleys and see orange and mandarin trees about to blossom. Grapevines are in new leaf. Wildflowers are abundant, thanks to late rain. Thank you, to Nature, for giving us your Spring season for another year. Which reminds me of this book I treasure, “The Precious Present” (published l981). In a play on the dual meaning of ‘Present’ i.e. Present being the here and now, and Present being a gift, it says: “The precious present is not something that someone gives you. It is a gift that you give yourself.” Enjoy the here and now, and give yourself a present! Only you have the power to make yourself happy and to appreciate the benefits you have of living in Spring in the Northern Valleys. Thoughts for the Food Forager…Takeaway foods involve so many products: container, wrapping, serviette, cutlery, sauce, plastic or tin drink bottle, straw, plastic bag to put it all in … phew! The Great Northern Highway is littered with this evidence. For those

of us who dispense with this plethora of waste responsibly, this mess on the Highway is depressing to see. Trees are the main resource used to produce paper products. One tonne of paper uses 20 fully grown trees. Compostable and biodegradable products should be used. But its about money, honey – they are more expensive. According to BioPak, compostable means the product “undergoes biological degradation during the composting process (up to 2-3 months) to yield carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials and leaves no visually distinguishable or toxic residues”. Got it?! So the NVN Food Forager has to encourage retailers to go Compostable ! Maggie’s Place welcomes NVN readers on Friday afternoon 1-5 pm; Sat/ Sun and public holiday Mon.Corner West Swan Road and Gnangara – just IN Gnangara, next to Edgecombe Bros. winery and café.

In Season in the Region:

strawberries, hass avos, lettuce, winter veg, asparagus, broad beans, spinach, heirloom kale, purple carrots and silverbeet.

Gingin early season peaches, nectarines and apricots; Kununurra mangoes, local garlic.

Coming Up:


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This year the committee has taken a new direction, and with the generous grants and sponsorships received this has enabled the Society to drop the entry fee to the show to a gold coin and children 12years and under accompanied by an adult free. Schedules are now out in several outlets in Bindoon and surrounding districts even as far as Northam. In the schedule there have been some changes so we suggest, that people wishing to exibit read the schedule carefully to avoid any disappointment. There will be several new attractions in this years show including; A Talent Show open to children 12years and under.

Good people to know for farm insurance.

Society Show

Saturday 20th October

Its showtime! Maureen Barker


A Second Hand Rose Fashion Show And MUCH! MUCH! More. Membership fees for THE BINDOON & DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETYC (INC) have been waved for this year and will be discussed at the AGM in November. In the schedule it states Thursday 1.00pm for grounds and 7pm hall set up, this has been changed to 8.30am because of the judging on Friday the hall requires to be set up by 3.00pm.

Flavours at the show At this years show don’t miss the first Flavours Pavillion. On offer will be free wine tasting, and local produce sampling. Just far enough from the action to provide some wonderful respite, at the site of the old bowling green (near the playground and tennis courts). You can enjoy a free local tasting and of course option to purchase on the day. The wine trail group are actively encouraging all to participate to help make this new initiative a future event.

We do hope this will not cause any inconvenience, but to open the hall on Saturday morning Judging will commence on Friday morning and throughout the day.

The Flavours Pavillion is a secure licensed area, allowing tasting and purchases of bottles, and has the benefit of toilets and playground near by so you could easily escape for an hours enjoying the treats of the region. You will of course need to head over to the Show Bar area if a taste is just not enough.

We do hope that the community will enter into the spirit of this annual Community event.

Contacts for more information Christine Smart 9576 1417. Email

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Cattle auction Each year our local beef producers enter selected yearling and baby beef cattle into nominated weight sections, which then vie for overall Champion of Show. As a show special the successful bidder enjoys free transport and pays only for packaging and processing a considerable saving! You could enjoy local beef for a year for around $7 per kilo.


John and Julie, the new owners of Bindoon Farm Fresh Meats will also be serving complimentry beef tastings from 11:30 next to the trade cattle area, so dont miss out on the chance to sample some local beef!


Junior Cattle Judging Junior Fleece Judging Poultry Judging Horses in Action


Show will commence CHILDREN: 12 YRS AND UNDER FREE. ADULTS : GOLD COIN ENTRY. Stud judging

All day

D J, West Australian Reptiles, Blacksmith, Shearer, Cuddly Animal Farm, Wildlife Carer’s Vintage Cars, Morris Dancing, Climbing wall, Lion’s Train and Camel Rides.


Hall open

Animal petting zoo

Sing Australia

Fleece judging

Trade Judging 11.00am

Fly Over by the AERO Club

11.15am – 11.45 am Second Hand Rose fashion parade 11.30am


Beef Tastings

12.00noon Auction of Cattle open to public

Don’t miss the Horses in Action, on all day in the top far corner of the showgrounds. There will be led and ridden classses, minis and games.

Pet Show 12.15 pm

Bindoon Primary School Choir


Junior Talent Show


Official opening of the Show by Mr Grant Woodhams

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your Nationals WA team and find out more about Royalties for Regions in your area.


Grand Parade

For more information call Shane Sha Love on 0427 684 596.


Sing Australia


Bauxite Shovelling Contest


St John’s Ambulance Auction

Meet The Nationals WA team

Bindoon Show


Join The Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love and candidates for the Agricultural Region at the Bindoon Show. Bindoon Show, 20 October 2012

Gingin Jammers all evening 8.15PM

Bindoon Bauxite Shovelling Show Down

The Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love and candidates for the Agricultural Region, Rosalba Butterworth (Beverley) Paul Brown (Clackline) Martin Aldridge (Gingin) Jill Sounness (Narrogin) and Cathie Bowen (Jenacubbine)

Authorised by Shane Love, 2166 Watheroo Road, Badgingarra

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Cash Prises for Teams - Register your team of four at the BAJV tent. Don’t miss out on your chance to win up to $600. There will be relay races, shovelling bauxite into wheel-barrows and moving it from one end of the field to the other. Two teams per elimination heat. 1st prize $600 CASH, 2nd prize $300 CASH Sponsored by Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures

A Bendigo Financial Planner can help you identify your financial goals and assist you to implement achievable, understandable and cost-effective ways to make them a reality. To arrange an appointment, drop into your nearest Bendigo Bank branch or phone 9575 1560, 9576 0333 or 9571 2355. Financial planning services are provided by Bendigo Financial Planning Limited ABN 81 087 585 073 AFSL 237898. 120 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC 3008. A member of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL 237879 BFP30 (161617_v2) (14/08/2012)

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Volunteers Help needed! Thursday 18th October 8.30 am to set up the hall. In the afternoon between 3.00pm until 8.00pm. Friday 19th October setting up 9.00am The committee will be very grateful for anybody who can spare hours to help. Please contact Secretary 9576 1334

Many thanks to all the sponsors that make the show possible



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Recorded at 150 Bindoon-Moora Road, Bindoon 2011/2012

ANGLICAN CHURCH (Marion Bird 9576 2054, John Broad 9576 0311)

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

1. Of the pope 7. Intro 8. Glumness 10. Religious pioneer 12. Lucky escape (4,4) 14. Marshy area 16. Introduce to solid food 17. Inclination 20. In the end 23. Add to (3,2) 24. Blood-sugar disorder 25. Gusto DOWN

Preparing for Harvest by Julien Krieg - A VIEW FROM THE SHED

Although harvest is still some time away we are now coming to the time of year that is often the most critical in getting prepared for harvest. We know with our machines the better we service and prepare them the more likely it is we will have a trouble free harvest. If we know this about machines do we also apply the same logic to our own preparedness for the season ahead? In many ways as blokes we can overlook the basics of self-care; perhaps we should be wired up like a machine with filter change lights or warning buzzers like machines! As with our machines preventative maintenance is the key to getting through the busy times without breakdowns. There are the things we can do for ourselves like adequate rest and exercise plus a healthy diet, but like our machines a bit of expert input is also required to ensure the unseen things are also functioning well. When it comes to your health “expert” your GP is the first place to call. When you visit your GP it is also critical that YOU have some questions about what you want checked. If you think about this it’s how we deal with machines, when the technician arrives we tell him what our concerns are, what we may perceive as a weak spot or a developing problem. Do the same with your doctor. When you make that list for checks there are some essential ones, blood pressure, heart, skin weight, sight, and hearing but you then need to add family history like specific cancers in your family or other specific issues like joint pain etc. If you are over 40 you should also insist on relevant blood tests including PSA (prostate) and cholesterol. The other issue is always distress remember to check your “Shock Absorbers” remember talking about issues is usually half way to a solution. Our recommendation is always before it gets too much…. TALK TO A MATE! Your GP is again a good starting point, but family also need to be kept informed as to how things are going. Harvest can be busy, we know that, but if we prepare well it can also be very rewarding so now is the time to prepare and then we will be off and racing when the time comes!


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CATHOLIC CHURCH (F Paul Fox 9571 1839)

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Weekend Mass times: Sunday 9am

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BENEDICTINE MONASTERY, New Norcia (9654 8018 Parish Priest: Abbot John Herbert OSB, Parish Secretary: Carmel Ross)


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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) Bullsbrook Chapel, 39 Brearley Street, 5pm 2nd,3rd,4th,5th Sun Youth Mass - St Anne’s 1st Sunday of month 3.30pm CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (9576 1326) CWA Hall, Turner Road, Bullsbrook Worship Service every Sunday 10am THE UNITING CHURCH (Marian Crew, 9575 1357) Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday 10am GATEWAY CHURCH (0437 411 227 or 9571 8238) Pickett Park Hall, Sundays 10am CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP NONDENOMINATIONAL WORSHIP. (Jac 0412873447) Mean Bean Cafe GNH Bullsbrook Wed 7pm, Fri 2-3.30pm. Bookshop Wed 6.30pm: Fri 2-3.30pm.

Thought for the month “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. Matthew 6 v 34 Years ago I embarked on a difficult restoration of an old property. Onlookers would comment, “What a difficult task”, “Do you think you will ever get it finished? I had a plan and a vision, but the negative remarks distracted me. A friend gave me this Scripture, which became imprinted in my mind. I recalled it whenever need arose. Sometimes we worry about tomorrow, then what we fear doesn’t happen. We worry needlessly. We need a long term plan and a vision, but let us concentrate on each day as it comes



















































(Source: Provided by John Williams Rainfall at 150 Bindoon-Moora Road Bindoon)

PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas

can actually spell volcano.

Harken unto the raging of an angry old man! Well ok; that’s not bad for an opening sentence, but let’s not get carried away. In the first place, I’m not really angry, more like a little bit peeved. Furthermore, I’m not really going to rage, though I may make a few mildly sarcastic comments. And, incidentally, I don’t much care for the “old” bit. I prefer to think of myself as being in mature middle age. And while we’re being pedantic, “man” is possibly vaguely sexist and therefore probably politically incorrect; “person” would perhaps be preferable. So, in the interest of accuracy, let me re-write the sentence. “Harken unto a few mildly sarcastic comments from a maturely middle-aged person who is a little bit peeved.” How’s that? You will have observed that I kept the “harken unto” bit. That’s because I particularly like it. It has a ring to it that is at least Shakespearean, if not actually Biblical. It’s just my way of being awesome! And who doesn’t want to be awesome? Being awesome is really quite trendy. And it’s oh so easy; much easier than it used to be! Back in the mists of history, long before I reached mature middle age, awesome was used to refer to something rare or spectacular, or both. For instance, having your granny seized and devoured by a giant squid while she was in her bath was pretty awesome. Knowing every word of every lyric of every song in the entire enormous repertoires of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra was borderline awesome. And sky-diving into an active volcano and emerging unscathed with a handful of roasted chestnuts was definitely awesome. But times have changed. Now it’s considered awesome if you are aware that your granny was known to take baths; or if you are aware that either Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra really existed; or if you

Of course, I could be accused of taking the word “awesome” too literally. In which case, the word “literally” is being used literally, if you follow. If you don’t, it could well be that you aren’t used to hearing it used in a literal sense; and in common usage nowadays, this frequently isn’t the case. For instance, it is not uncommon for people to claim that they are “literally devastated”, or “literally shattered”, or even “literally blown away”. Of course, anyone who was literally any of the aforementioned would probably be in no fit condition to comment on the fact. Likewise, I recently heard a person use the terms “literally heavenly” and “literally divine”, in the same sentence, while referring to a local eatery. Now since the person concerned was a visitor to our area, I didn’t feel any urge to correct them (word of mouth advertising being so powerful and all); but neither did I accept that the business was, literally, blest with godly or godlike attributes. Another word to conjure with is “decimated”. This originated with a form of capital punishment in Roman military circles. A unit could be punished for being mutinous or cowardly, or maybe even being late on parade, by having every tenth man executed. In other words they would sustain 10% casualties – literally. So the young lady who recently informed that she was “literally decimated” professed to have lost ten per cent of her person. Since I could see no discernible missing bits, I presumed that, once more, the word was being used incorrectly. I could only respond by shaking my head in simulated amazement, and gasping “Awesome, – Literally awesome!” Ironically, she seemed not to notice the irony. Awesome! Thanks for your time.

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Connect, Celebrate and Grow during Mental Health Week The theme for Mental Health Week (7-14 October) this year is ‘Connect, Celebrate, and Grow’. A range of community activities are planned for both metro and rural areas. People living across the Wheatbelt are encouraged to get involved. Our mental health is what enables us to enjoy life and cope with its challenges. Good mental health is not just about the absence of mental illness. We can learn to improve and protect our mental health in the similar ways we address being physically fit. Whether it is gardening, relaxing music, a holiday, a family outing, meditation or a round of golf – whatever is appropriate and suitable for us as individuals? Mental Health Week is being celebrated

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across Western Australia in a variety of different ways. To get involved or to find out more information you can contact your local Health Promotion Officer, Marissa Sweetman on 9652 0200 or by visiting the Western Australian Association for Mental Health website at www.waamh. World Mental Heath Day also occurs during Mental Health Week on 10th October and is a good opportunity for people to discuss and experience the positive aspects of mental health. In the workplace employers and staff may even consider some stress reduction activities for example a lunchtime walk, massage, relaxation activity or an extended morning tea.

Each year World Osteoporosis Day (20 October) is a reminder of how serious a problem osteoporosis really is. In Australia, fifty per cent of women and thirty percent of men over 60 years of age will have an osteoporotic fracture. Presently, every 5-6 minutes someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with a fracture due to osteoporosis; and this is likely to increase to every 3-4 minutes within the next ten years. Nevertheless, we can help ensure we don’t become part of these statistics; because osteoporosis is largely a preventable disease.

this motivation wisely and to sustain it for long enough for the body to adapt to a renewed level of activity. Fitness is something that takes time and perseverance to develop. How often is it that, full of enthusiasm, a start is made to improve fitness only to fade over a period of 2 to 4 weeks as other things interfere; no benefit is felt; or inclement weather?

Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It’s a disease that occurs when our bones lose minerals – principally calcium; and the body can’t replace these minerals fast enough to keep the bones healthy. The bones become fragile and brittle. They break and crack more easily. All bones are at risk, but the most common fractures occur in the spine, the hip and the wrist.

It is important to remember that the body takes 4 – 6 weeks to adjust to a new level of exercise and the benefits will not be felt within this time frame. Perseverance and patience, is required. It is important to start gently and increase gradually, taking time to warm up, cool down and stretch.

Spine or vertebral fractures are often undiagnosed and untreated; and although they can cause considerable pain and disability, they are often ignored as being simply due to back pain from muscle strain or arthritis.

Depending on the type of activity, ensure that the clothing and equipment you use are suitable and in good condition and the area is safe. If walking, either walk with someone or ensure that someone knows the direction and approximate time the walk will take. If the activity involves lifting, bending, digging or something similar, remember to brace the spine and follow safe lifting guidelines.

Both lifestyle and genetic factors have a role in determining bone density and strength.

Above all, chose an activity that is enjoyable and have some fun.

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

For appointments call Dr Keith Brown on 0418 409 475

We all need calcium to prevent bone loss. The recommended daily intake of calcium is 1000 mg for young adults, and for older adults and people with osteoporosis it’s 1300 mg. Three or four serves of dairy foods each day will generally achieve these aims. There are a few other high calcium-content foods, too – for instance almonds, salmon, sardines and tofu. But, clearly there will be times when the dietary intake of calcium is not sufficient and a supplement will be necessary.

vitamin D levels through the sun exposure they receive during typical day-to-day outdoor activities (so the need for vitamin D is no excuse for sunbaking). In the warmer months just a few minutes daily exposure to sunlight on the hands, arms and face is quite sufficient. In the winter, especially in the southern parts of Australia, a few hours exposure, spread over the week, may be needed. If you rarely get out into the sun a vitamin D supplement will be necessary. Your pharmacist can advise you. Being active is important. Regular weight bearing exercise helps reduce bone loss associated with ageing or menopause; and exercise has other health benefits as well. The exercise doesn’t have to be, and in fact shouldn’t be, too complicated – walking or dancing is fine – preferably for about 30 minutes on all or most days of the week. And, as well as all the other, perhaps better recognised, health problems caused by smoking, it’s a significant risk factor for osteoporosis – another good reason not to smoke. In recognition of World Osteoporosis Day we are offering to NVN readers Caltrate 1500mg tablets 120 for $11.99 at Bindoon Pharmacy in October, simply mention this offer during purchase. These facts were supplied from the Self Care program by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Many other fact sheets are available free of charge from Bindoon Pharmacy. Ask your local Pharmacist.

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be joined by Vera Kay who is undergoing her training shortly. Both of us have also experienced cancer.

I am seeking expressions of interest from people affected by cancer, from first diagnosis through to remission or recurrence, who would like to attend regular meetings in Bindoon. Carers and family members will also be welcome to attend.

Our aim is to provide education, advice and support through a variety of ways including regular presentations from health professionals.

The support group will operate under the guidance of the Cancer Council. I am a Cancer Council trained facilitator and will

If you would be interested in attending monthly meetings or have any questions please give me a call on 95760090 or 0427 476 114.



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Graduation Ceremony You may recall we met Perth pilot SubLieutenant Will Gladding at the Pearce RAAF Air Show. We were very excited this month to be invited for his graduation where he was presented with his wings. The ceremony was very impressive, I felt like I was on a movie set as three Royal Australian Navy and twelve Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officers made their parade and were presented with their ‘wings’ after successfully completing Number 228 Pilots’ Course. The aerobatics for the event were spectacular - a private air show for the graduates and their family as planes circled the air show displaying their tricks. The ceremony included a number of traditions including the showing of the colours and as is tradition there was also a flypast of nine PC-9 aircraft. The icing on the cake was the Air Force Cadets Drum Corps. It amazing how the sound of drums can stir up emotions and add grandeur to an occassion. We were indeed very fotuntate as this band was made up of a group of young cadets. Amongst them was local boy Tai Dorkin of Bindoon. Tai joined the cadets because one day he wants to be a pilot. Every

Friday night he goes to the Pearce Air Cadets, plus he has taken on what is called a seond posting in the Band Corp. Tai is one of about 55 young cadets from across WA that train tirelessly on weekends to improve their band skills. It was a very junior group as many of the year 11 & 12 were busy completing exams. I spoke with the pioneer of the program who shared how he wrote the syllabus for the Band Corp, all based on cadets teaching cadets. A self evolving method, where cadets teach cadets, that will ensure the survival of the Band Corp. First the cadets learn how to read music, basic drum teaching and then they are put on all instruments. There is also the promise that one day the band will extend to brass. One of the members is doing a masters degree and is doing a syllabus for teaching brass. Whilst it is easy to be distracted by fast planes and new technology I was very impressed by the messages of leadership and teamwork training. As Air Marshall Geoff Brown, AO Chief of Air Force said “Enjoy the flying but never forget the team that makes it possible.”

Will gets his wings Sub Lieutenant Will Gladding is now off to the East Coast, to do Squirrels training and he’ll then have the opportunity to branch out into the new MRH-90 multi-role helicopters or the new 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters.

Australian Defence force is upgrading much of its aging fleet and so Will and his peers will have all new “kit”. I asked Will if he thought he’d come back to Perth, “There is a possibility after a few years of tours I might be able to come back here as an instructor one day.”

It is a great time to be a pilot as the



Open Day The Catholic Agricultural College was blessed with a beautiful day for its annual Open Day and with another record crowd attending. The number of positive comments from our visitors was overwhelming. This included the heartfelt remarks of Mr Grant Brooks who worked with and judged our students during the junior cattle handling and parading event. Grant was very impressed by the skills, attitude, and willingness to learn demonstrated by our students throughout the full-day program. The Cadets bridge building skills was a great demonstration of their hard work throughout the year. Edmund Equine Centre Show, War Horse, was a spectacular sight to see. Visitors also enjoyed lunch from the College Café or the P & F sausage sizzle. The Learning areas displays were of a high standard throughout the day, and it was a pleasure to meet past students that had returned to the College to share in the activities. The Grand Parade was a fitting conclusion for the day.


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Halloween Tales

Giant Jumping Pillow now open at The Maze

Halloween is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the eve before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. Halloween may seem like it’s all about costumes and candy, but the holiday — which is often regarded as an America tradition, actually has its roots in pagan beliefs. Dating back about 2,000 years, Halloween marked the Celtic New Year and was originally called Samhain, which translates to “summer’s end� in Gaelic. Some Halloween traditions, such as carving Jack-o’-lanterns, are based on Irish folklore and have been carried on throughout the centuries, while others, such as candy corn, are more modern Halloween additions.

Black Cats Often used as symbols of bad luck, black cats grace many Halloween decorations. The black cat’s bad reputation dates back to the Dark Ages, when witch hunts were commonplace. Elderly, solitary women were often accused of witchcraft, and their pet cats were said to be their “familiars,� or demonic animals that had been given to them by the devil.

Jack-O’-Lanterns The new Jumping Pillow at The Maze Family Fun Park was officially opened on Wednesday 26th September, with the year 5’s and Deputy Principal, Beth White, from the local Bullsbrook school on hand to help General Manager, Phil Dixon do the official honours. The kids gave the jumping pillow their tick of approval then went on to explore all the other games, mazes and attractions that the park has to offer.

Most people have a jumper in their house, they seem have boundless energy and bounce around from sun up, to sun down; what do you do with all that energy? You bring them to The Maze Family Fun Park and let them jump until their little legs can jump no more! The Giant Jumping Pillow is a spectacular addition to the attractions at The Maze. It’s completely covered by a shade sail to keep little jumpers out

of the sun and surrounded by beautiful green lawn that’s a great vantage point for mums and dads. Suitable for all ages the jumping pillow is a cross between a trampoline and jumping castle and covers an area of over 180m2 – so there’s room for everyone! Toddlers are catered for as well, with an ‘under 5’s only’ play hour for little jumpers every day.

A fun autumn activity, ( not really in season now) carving Jack-o’-lanterns actually has its roots in a sinister, tragic fable. Celtic folklore tells the tale of a drunken farmer named Jack who tricked the devil, but his trickery resulted in him being turned away from both the gates of heaven and hell after he died. Having no choice but to wander around the darkness of purgatory, Jack made a lantern from a turnip and a burning lump of coal that the devil had tossed him from hell. Jack, the story goes, used the lantern to guide his lost soul; as such, the Celts believed that placing Jack-o’-lanterns outside would help guide lost spirits home when they wander the streets on Halloween.


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Medieval folklore also described bats as witches’ familiars, and seeing a bat on Halloween was considered to be quite an ominous sign. One myth was that if a bat was spotted flying around one’s house three times, it meant that someone in that house would soon die. Another myth was that if a bat flew into your house on Halloween, it was a sign that your house was haunted because ghosts had let the bat in.











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Spiders A common source of fear, spiders make for creepy, crawly Halloween staples. They join the ranks of bats and black cats in folklore as being evil companions of witches during medieval times. One superstition held that if a spider falls into a candlelit lamp and is consumed by the flame, witches are nearby. And if you spot a spider on Halloween, goes another superstition, it means that the spirit of a deceased loved one is watching over you.

Witches The stereotypical image of the haggard witch with a pointy black hat and warty nose stirring a magical potion in her cauldron actually stems from a pagan goddess known as “the crone,� who was honored during Samhain. The crone was also known as “the old one� and the “Earth mother,� who symbolized wisdom, change, and the turning of the seasons. Today, the kind, all-knowing old crone has morphed into the menacing, cackling witch.


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Students from six schools in the South Metropolitan area have been working on a 30 second television commercial to promote an anti-smoking message for ‘Smarter than Smoking’.

Opening for the 2012/2013 swimming season on Saturday 27 October 2012 at noon.

Students put to use their skills acquired from Murdoch University production training sessions on how to develop an idea into a script and storyboard and used professional production equipment including cameras, lighting, sound and edit suites. “We haven’t had a chance to do anything like this in any other subject areas; it was so much fun being involved in everything,� said Rhianna, a Year 7 student at Willandra PS. Coordinated by the Smarter than Smoking Project and the South Metropolitan Public Health Unit in Armadale, the Festival is an innovative approach to health promotion in the school setting.

The pool will be opened Friday – Wednesday each week from 12pm to 7pm (please note that if patronage is low and the weather is cold the pool will close at 6pm).

Junior Netball champions! Grand Final winners were Bindoon Skittles for Jnr Division2, with congratulations going to Fairest & Best recipient Jessica Choules, and RunnerUp Fairest Best to Zoe Dangerfield.

Jnr Division 1 was won by Muchea Madness, with congratulations going to Fairest & Best recipient Daniel Bishop, and RunnerUp Fairest Best being shared by Ellyn Johnson, Hayley Slater and Chloe Morris.

The 2012 Smarter than Smoking Young Directors’ Festival entries will be showcased at Grand Cinemas Armadale on 24 October.

Muchea Madness pictured above winners of Jnr Division 1

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Chittering Chamber of Commerce AGM

The Hon Jim Chown has congratulated the Liberal-led State Government and the Minister for Agriculture and Food, the Hon Terry Redman MLA, for its continued support of the agricultural industry in Western Australia; this follows Minister Redman’s announcement at the Dowerin Field Days of free “Farm Business Capacity� workshops.

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There are currently three workshop options available, including “Plan, Prepare and Prosper�, a five-day course designed to assist farms in strategic business planning and increasing business skills through practical exercises; a one-day refresher course for those that have already completed “Plan, Prepare and Prosper�; and a “Planning for Profit� one-day course that focuses on increasing farm profitability by addressing the key drivers of profit: price, yield and costs.

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A crowd of forty people gathered at Orchard Glory Resort for the 2012 AGM of the Chittering Chamber of Commerce. A roast dinner was the entre’ to the speakers who were all in the business of farming the land. Dale Parkes is the current President of the WA Farmers Federation. He grew up on a farm in Bullsbrook, and spoke of the consumers disconnection of food origins, and that we have a duty to educate children that milk comes from cows and cotton comes from a plant. Michael Browne grew up on a farm in Wannamal, and went to university to become an accountant. He was determined to return to the land and to buy his own broadacre farm and to manage it in his own way. He has achieved this goal and shared with us of what he

Michelle Trovoto is a Muchea Demeter Biodynamic farmer who many readers will have met at the Farmers Markets. She talked about inheriting the family’s passion for clean food after watching the sickness and demise to many of the people they had known in the apple growing district of the south west. It was a fitting theme to the Year of the Farmer to hear farmers speak about being in business. The next Chittering Chamber social gathering is end of year drinks at the Scottallian Inn on the 5th of December at 5pm.

Farmers can register their interest at www.workshops. or by phoning 1800 198 231. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Hon Jim Chown on 9481 0082.

Latest upgrades; iPhone 5, Windows & Microsoft Office 2013 By Daryl du Plessis,

By the time you read this article there would have been a number of notable new products launched in Australia. The much anticipated iPhone 5 is the first off the blocks. The main changes from the iPhone 4S are: - A larger screen at 4 inches, up from 3.5 inches; - A new connector for charging and plugging into accessories (there will be an adapter to fit the original connectors). I suspect this feature is going to annoy many people who already have a range of docks etc

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- Improved camera resolution back and front; and - Faster processor speed. - Faster wireless mobile connectivity with 4G. This will be dependent on the service provider and should be checked before purchasing. 4G is currently being rolled out by the major mobile networks.

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The reason Microsoft have changed the interface is because this style will be common across the Windows 8 tablets and Windows 8 Phones. So in the long run it will be easier to use if you are a Microsoft convert. The main changes are a tighter integration with Microsoft’s cloud product such as, Skydrive and the upcoming Office 2013 release. I would recommend waiting for the PCs to start shipping with Windows 8 if you are keen on using the latest version. Another significant change is the feature called Office on Demand. This will allow for office to be streamed to any compatible computer and removed once you have finished using it. You will be able to access up to 5 instances (installations) of Office with your subscription. The benefit of this technology is that you can access Office and your documents, with your custom settings, from any internet connected Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. Once you are done with that PC you can easily remove it. Microsoft is going head to head with Google Docs and I suspect Microsoft will have a more feature rich product than Google. It will be interesting to see how Google lifts their game in response. If you would like more information, follow the links below. Links windows-8/release-preview

In the Microsoft space, the latest desktop operating system will be released, namely Windows 8. This will feature a new interface called Metro (see image). I suspect this is going to be as annoying as the change from Office 2003 to Office 2007

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Building Good Foundations with protection Establishing and maintaining a good protection plan should be the basis of all financial plans yet I constantly am amazed at people not taking this foundation seriously. Australia Life expectancy is one of the highest in the world. Having survived to age 60, men could expect to live another 23 years and women another 26 years. Whilst Superannuation is designed to fund longevity, Life Insurance provides financial protection in the event of unexpected death, financial hardship can also be caused by unexpected accident or illness. To help protect against these scenarios, we use: Trauma Insurance, Total & Permanent Disability Cover & Income protection. In Australia more than 50 per cent of all serious accidents happen away from work where workers’ compensation does not apply and one in six men and one in four women are expected to suffer a disability from age 35 to 65 that causes a loss of six months or more from work. Income Protection Insurance is designed to assist and pays a regular income of up to 75% of income until the insured is fit enough to return to the workforce. (Premiums for this are usually tax deductible). Trauma cover is designed to help you cover your medical and other costs while you recover from a serious illness or injury and pays a lump sum on diagnosed a specified condition. That doesn’t mean it covers every potential injury or illness you might suffer from though. So what exactly does trauma cover protect you against? Unfortunately there’s no single master list of injuries and illnesses trauma cover is guaranteed to cover you for. It varies

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If you enjoy the outdoors, opportunies like these don’t come up oen.

The Shire of Chittering relies heavily on its 6 volunteer bush fire brigades for protection against the threat and devastation of fire. Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcome residents who are prepared to join and assist in fire prevention and fire fighting. If you are interested in being a part of this important community services please contact the Shire offices for further information 9576 4600 Volunteer fire fighters learn to operate the wide array of equipment, vehicles and appliances used in fire suppression operations. Equipment used includes charged hose lines, portable pumps, tankers and communications. Induction training is available for all new volunteers. You need not be an ‘active’ fire fighter but be part of the Incident Support Brigade which is of great assistance to our active fire fighters and support crews in areas such as headquarters operations, welfare, communications, recruitment and Bush Fire Ready Groups. The Shire of Chittering strongly supports the recruitment of both male


and female volunteers representing a wide diversity of ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This is also a great opportunity to meet new people that are prepared to share their knowledge on fire behaviour and become more familiar with the surroundings in your area. The Shire makes Emergency Management a priority and works in partnership with the community, agencies and other stakeholders in order to address risks that may affect the community, property and the environment. Information has been provided on this website to inform residents and visitors of the emergency services available, how to prepare for an emergency and of emergency management plans the Shire has in place. Chittering Fire Service needs your help to continue to provide the this essential service to our community, If you are able to assist the Chittering fire service please contact the contact the Shire’s Community Emergency Services Manager for more details 9576 4600.

Northern Valleys News OCTOBER 2012



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Springtime Wildflowers A wonderful lifestyle opportunity perfect for a family with that sense of fun and adventure, or even farmer looking to downsize but maintain their sense of country. Call today to arrange your inspection

Productive pastures Here is a great opportunity for a local farmer to expand existing operations. 138 Ha Cropping (340 acres) plus 25 ha Grazing (60 Acres). The balance is attractive shade and gullies, effectively there is no waste in this fertile parcel of land.

An elevated landscape with pitcuresque views from the homesite, but relatively level block. The existing cottage & shed is used for guest and farm workers and could easily be a weekend retreat for a new lifestyle project.

Three permanent dams provide excellent stock water for a farm currently used for sheep and hay production. New fencing, providing three paddocks.

Attractive productive block 2 kms from Bindoon-Moora Rd close to Wannamal Community Centre. Contact John Butler 0429 964 060

XSpacious 4x2 Rural Building Company property XMixed use 8.45 acre block with panoramic views XQuality bore reticulation & massive rainwater tank XLarge 12 x 6 powered workshop XClose to Bindoon townsite Lincoln Palmer 0459 992 181

Midland 9274 5000

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

John Butler 0429 964 060

14 (LOT) Briar Lane, BINDOON, $499,000 THE COUNTRY DREAM; 10 ACRES at the junction of two quiet country lanes. This magnificent country home has grace, style and superb presentation. Formal lounge, formal dining, family room and country kitchen, and wide front verandahs with stunning views.

MEET YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST Specialising in quality lifestyle properties, Adam is renowned for his dedication and commitment to his clients. His wealth of local knowledge backed by the national strength of the Landmark network will ensure that you are provided with an exceptional real estate experience. Whether you’re interested in buying or selling, Adam can offer you the latest advice on real estate and local market knowledge.

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Local Traders Accommodation

Building & Renovation

Carpet Cleaning

For Peace and Re-Charge/ Additional Bed Space for some of your Visiting Friends

Life Coaching business. Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Contact Joseph 042 794 8115

Phone: 95718108

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

0400 440 277


PHONE GRAEME 0418 918 806 or 9571 8619

or PO Box 46 Bindoon 6502




Mark Leuba



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RURAL FENCING Phill & Vicki Humphry 460 Hart Drive, Chittering 6084

Ph 9576 1050 Mob 0427 761 650

Ross Poultney 0427 454 226

El. Lift and Recline Chairs Made in WA from $ 1545.00


Ph 9576 1119

AUTO ELECTRICS ABN 11825415082 Contact Joel for all your Auto Air Cond and Electrical needs

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

• Project Management • PC Troubleshooting • Broadband Setup • Wireless • VoIP

Driving Lessons

MASSAGE IN BINDOON Rehabilitation & Renewed movement Relieve your pain today Functional Fascial Taping *Heath fund provider

Ph 0419 964 909 or 9576 1978



Bullsbrook - Chittering - Gingin Bindoon and all surrounding areas.


Certificate IV in transport & Logistics

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


Instructor Debbie Wright Contact 0422 418 764 www.wrightwaysdrivingacademy.

Cabinet Maker

• Waxing/Tinting • Manicure/Pedicure • Facials/Peel • Special Occasion Make-up • MISMO Skin Care Range available Ph: 9576 0170 for an appointment. Open Wednesdays & Thursdays.

PH/FAX: 9576 1067 MOB: 0428 929 906

Valley Garden Care &Design • Weeding • Mulching • Fertilising • Design • Pruning • Vegetable bed Establishment


stan’s mowing

Trade Ads only $20 each! Ph Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783



ABN 377 315 230 55

0403 809 958


Jason & Lynette Prendergast chitteringpestandweed@

0400 979 000

Ring Stan 0429 154 600




9575 2759

Suite 8, 14 Brockman St, GINGIN

Please call Justin 0427 042 884

It’s time for a Spring Clean! Turn your trash into someone elses treasure...

Post items for sale on the Northern Valleys News facebook page!

BINDOON CABINETS • Cabinet Making • Renovations • Flooring • Cubby Houses • Maintenance • Servicing all areas

PHD Lic: 1566

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

New Custom Built or Renovations 23 yrs Exp


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



Mob: 0427 774 158 Fax: 9575 2167




For all your roo & fox control

Licence no 5370

Hairdressing Teena Leuba Beautician



Cert III Organic Horticulture.

Wrightways Driving Academy

Noel Russell Ph: 043 996 6449 or 9576 1687


Daryl du Plessis Ph: 0417 300 701 Email:

• Free Quoting • 24hr service • Blocked drains • New houses • Maintenance

Remedial Therapist& Personal Trainer


M: 0417817903 Servicing Bindoon, Bullsbrook, Gingin & surrounding suburbs

Teena Leuba Bowen Therapist


run by farmers for farmers

Auto & Air- Cond




0417 099 504

Chris and Michelle Ellyard 0414 922 456 or 0418 933 198

Pest Control


9576 0717 or 0410605726.

• All Plumbing and Gas • New Housing and Renovations • ATU Septic Systems • Solar Hot Water

Open Wednesdays & Thursdays

Mick the Plasterer


M: 0428 899 839 P/F: 9576 1197

Fast & Friendly Service 045 0566 084

Maryke Beveridge

EC 005957


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

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



1324 Chittering Road, Adjacent to Avon Valley National Park


Life coaching

Salon & Training Centre BINDOON tel: 9576 0170

It’s your local garage sale online!

Local Traders Public notices Stonemason “For that creative touch”


GINGIN PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS GROUP INC GRANVILLE CENTRE, WELD STREET, GINGIN Tuesday 9th October 2012, 7.30 PM Interested Supporters Welcome Guest Speaker this year is Hon Christian Porter

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




Christian Porter was born and raised in Perth. In 2008, he became Member for Murdoch and after being sworn in to Parliament, he was promptly appointed to first the front bench, then Shadow Attorney General. He then became the Member for the seat of Bateman and was appointed Attorney General and Minister for Corrective Services. Christian was the youngest Attorney General in WA history. Within 2 years, Christian was appointed as WA Treasurer, while retaining the portfolio of Attorney General. Christian holds a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts, and a Graduate Law Degree from UWA. Murray Nixon, President

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

KEVIN BAILEY 9571 2726 (All Hours)

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

Phone: 95714600 or 0417958804

Calling for advertisers for The Northern Valleys Directory 2013 Directory. The directory is produced independently by Barni Norton for the community. The directory provides people reference to businesses across the Northern Valleys. To ensure your business is in the directory contact Barni Norton on 0419 879 454.

For sale Stud Wiltshire Horn rams 2011 drop $300 includes GST Call John Williams on 9576 1038 or 0439 937 829 for obligation-free inspection.

Bindoon Districts Historical Society Bindoon Sporting & Rec Assn

Bindoon Play Group Bindoon Range Pony Club Bindoon RSL Bindoon Retirees

FEES AND CHARGES At the Ordinary meeting of Council held on 19 September 2012 Council resolved to apply the following fees to the hiring of Lower Chittering Hall, effective 1 October 2012: Casual Hall Hire charge


Bindoon Community Progress Association

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

• Hourly rate of $33.00; or

Bindoon Rifle Club Bindoon Sing Australia Bindoon Theatre Group Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

• $165.00 per night (5:00pm-1:00am)**;

Bullsbrook Neighbourhood Centre Bullsbrook Football Club (Seniors) Chequers Golf Club

• $22.00 for cancellation of booking less than 14 days’ notice.

Chittering Visitors Centre....

• $165.00 per day (8:00am-5:00pm)**;

** Extra set up time can be negotiated.

Chittering Scout Group

Regular Sporting Groups hire charges • Lower Chittering Scouts Association – $20 per night • Zumba – $20 per night • Lower Chittering Cricket Club – $500 per season – including home games.

Lower Chittering Valley Progress & Sporting Assn Chittering Junior Football Club Chittering Junior Cricket Club Chittering Wildlife Carers Inc

• Chittering Valley Progress and Sporting Association – $82.50 per day/night or if hiring from 8.00am – 1.00am the following day then $165.00

Country Women’s Association

Please note that any “Presentation nights/wind up functions/ Christmas parties etc for the Regular Sport Groups outlined above, will incur additional fees as negotiated with the Shire prior to the event.

Gingin/Chittering Lions

Grounds/Oval hire • Caravan/Campervans - $20 per van per day (minimum 10 caravans per booking) • Casual Users - $100 per day Please note that all fees are GST inclusive.

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

Leederville aquifer allocation to purchase

Contact Maureen Barker 9576 1334.

Please contact Anthony on 0419 840 207

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Tom Cabassi

9575 2342

Gingin Tennis Club

Nicole Hendry

9575 3043

Rodney Hannagan

9575 2339

Gingin Football Club

Muchea Netball

Muchea Vol Bushfire Brigade

Two cleaners required for the Bindoon Show Saturday 20th October 2012

9576 1409 9576 1154

Gingin Bowling club

Gary Tuffin


0429 180 245 95760285 9576 1046 9576 0451 9576 0262 9576 0772 9296 0103

9575 2316

Muchea Judo Club Inc

Chief Executive Officer

0420 352 958

9576 0085

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

• cleaning of halls (if required) shall be charged at cost, plus administration charge of 5%

9655 9046

Bob Blizard

• with alcohol - $500.00


9576 1090

Gingin Freemasons Lodge

Lower Chittering Cricket

• key - $40.00

9576 2001

Carolyn Cover (President) 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

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

Shane Angel Fran Bryant Meets every Tues at Muchea Hall 6.15-8pm juniors/ 8-9pm seniors Ann Peter Hall, Secretary Open Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am

South Midlands Polocrosse Club

Jenny Hall

South Midlands Pony Club

Kay Kavanagh Ruth Loudon Keith Cunningham

Outright 4-5kl per annum

9575 2249 9571 8194 0439 401 869 0416 253 603

Pearce Community Toy Library

Wannamal Community Centre Wannamal Indoor Bowls Wannamal Tennis Club

9571 0263

9575 2245

Gingin P&C Assoc

• without alcohol - $200.00


Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bindoon Primary School Staff room, Vivienne Du Plessis 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

Gingin Pensioners Social Club


9576 0593 9575 1063 9576 1444 bindoonshow@ 0457103 033

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


Water Services

Bindoon Arts and Crafts Bindoon Basketball Bindoon Bowling Club Bindoon and District Ag Society

Bindoon P and C Assn


Ph: 9571 4166 or Mob: 0409 990 446

ADRA Bindoon Op Shop

Heather Dewar, Secretary

John & Gail Milner Mobile 0427 875 447 Tel 9655 0020

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



Julie Taylor

0408 674 643 9571 4168

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Do we have your club here? Are the contact details correctly listed?

If not please let us know so we can update this list asap! email or call 0419 045 783


News EQUESTRIAN Bindoon Show coming up! “At the Bindoon show we’d like to encourage as many riders as we can to get out and have a go. With a variety of classes including hacking, show jumping, handy pony, games and fancy dress there’s something for any combination so if you’re considering entering forms are available from or phone 0427489893 entries close October 12.” Sascha Yates

Local Profile Local horse trainer and Appaloosa breeder Karen White tells us about how her lifelong passion for horses became a fulfilling career... 1. Name - Karen White 2. How long have you been riding? 20 years 3. Where in the Northern Valleys do you live? North Chittering Madison Derrick. Photo; Craig Watts for RedFoto

Double win for Madison Bindoon teenager Madison Derrick scored a double win at the State Pony Club Eventing Championships at the weekend. She competed in both the winning B grade and winning C grade teams, riding different horses. Madison said, “The course was an awesome state level course with enough challenges to make it interesting for riders and spectators. I love team competitions because of the great team spirit and encouragement that all the team members give.” Madison has had the 14.2 Leedale Micardi since a foal and trained the arabian gelding herself (with mums help). “The horse wasn’t too keen on being an eventer to

start with but after lots of perservering he has decided its quite a lot of fun and has been very successful, winning his last 3 events.” Madison’s B grade horse Warrigal Park Marimbo is also a 6 year old gelding Australian stockhorse, who she has been riding for one year. The Swan Christian student juggles year 9 studies with riding, and like so many sucessful young riders relys on family help to squeeze in riding and looking after two competition horses before and after school. She would love to compete for Australia internationally one day.

Can also cater for recuperating horses. 24 hr supervision and special needs taken care of.

For more information please phone Maria Agnew on 0419 924 306


9. You train both Western and English style riding how does that work? The head sets are different that’s all!!!. Western is low and Dressage/Hack is collected. That is how amazing a horse is if we separate the training cues.

5. What do you enjoy most about the work? Every time I work with the owner/client and their horse I discover how intelligent the horse really is. We underestimate how quickly they learn the right and the wrong things. People are much harder to re-educate than horses

10. How long have you been breeding appaloosas? My original stallion whom is now a gelding ‘Cayuse Mighty Duncan’ was my first stallion purchased in 1991 and was WA State champion for several years in halter and all western performance events until he suffered an accident so I retired him. He is living the lotto life style as he deserves now. I purchased my second stallion Awesome Storm in 2005.

6. What’s the most challenging? Getting the owner to connect with their horse in a simple, uncomplicated way. To commit to training, regular lessons and more importantly to be consistent with their horse.

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Lush green pasture year round, as our stud is located on the Gingin Brook. Previously this property was run as a Thoroughbred Stud, which, due to mineral and calcium enriched soils and pasture, bred 5 Derby winners for Sir Ernest Lee-Steere.

4. What made you decide to be a horse trainer? I started breeding Appaloosas in 1990 which was always to be my dream and it was a natural progression as the babies were shown then started under saddle. I went on a journey to discover how to train horses mentally and physically.

7. How would you describe the method you use? Simple and logical method designed by John Lyons and I have evolved my own methods through listening to horses that have needed help. Young Calingiri rider, Carla Woods (pictured left) is looking forward to riding in her first ever competition at the Bindoon District Agricultural Show on 20th October. She will ride her 5 year old Appaloosa mare, Mohegan Divine Crystalite (Crystal) who was bred and trained by Karen White. Carla says Crystal likes showing off so with any luck she’ll enjoy her time in the ring. Twelve year old Carla is pretty new to riding, but loves getting outside and riding around on the farm. Best of luck to all riders competing in Horses in Action at the show, lets hope it’s a fun and sucessful day for all!

8. What are the benefits to horses and riders? By using a simple but effective training method for the horse to understand within a very short period of time enables the owners to take this home with them to be able to keep their training consistent in between lessons.

11. What do you like most about the breed? They are colourful in body and mind. They love people, highly intelligent and a wonderful family member. 12. What would you say to young people hoping to make a career out or horses? Work hard and your dream will come true. Listen to your horse, they are the best teacher I ever had. Don’t quit when times get tough, re focus and keep going forward with your dreams and they will become a reality with passion and commitment.

Form more information on Karen’s methods and for upcoming events and workshops go to or Facebook: Local qualified farrier available, will travel all over the Northern Valleys area. Mia Perry 043 9922 555

Have you got horsey News? We’d love to include your stories and events Ph: Tamieka Preston 041 9902 904 Northern Valleys News OCTOBER 2012


It’s YYOUR OUR commu community... unity...

Netball Finals

Keep safe on the road The City of Swan RoadWise Committee is urging the local community to make safety ratings a key deciding factor when purchasing a new or used car. City Mayor, Charlie Zannino, said improvements to the safety features and crash protection in cars have proven to reduce death and serious injuries on roads. “If everyone bought the safest car in its class, including older cars, road trauma in Australia would drop by 26 per cent,” he said. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) awards cars a safety star rating out of five. Cars with 4 and 5-star ratings provide much better protection in a crash than those with a lower rating. It is estimated that occupants have twice the chance of being killed or seriously injured in a 1-star rated vehicle compared to a 5-star rated vehicle. City of Swan RoadWise Committee Chairperson

Councillor Mick Wainwright urged people to consider the Used Car Safety ratings when buying a second hand vehicle.

A convincing win in Senior Division 2 went to the Muchea Mustangs, with congratulations going to Fairest & Best being shared by Stacey Hardy-Johnston and Jamee Mutimer , and RunnerUp Fairest Best being Mikeala Taylor.

“Whether buying a car for yourself, your child or anyone else, these ratings are a useful guide,” he said. “Parents need to remember that novice drivers are our most vulnerable roads users; if they are involved in a crash while driving an ANCAP 4 or 5 vehicle the chance of them being killed or injured is reduced.

Senior Division 3 was a close finals win by Bullsbrook Vipers, with congratulations going to Fairest & Best recipient Karen Kirkby, and RunnerUp Fairest Best shared by Brooke Taylor, Tayla Pickles and Michelle Kabelka.

“Higher ANCAP stars will not necessarily cost more. “Many reasonably priced makes and models score well in safety ratings with many of the lower priced cars now having 4 or 5 star ANCAP ratings.”

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This means that you don’t necessarily have to buy an expensive model vehicle to ensure you and your passengers are protected in a crash. New car safety ratings are available on the ANCAP website or by asking your car dealer.

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Now available until December 31 on the entire current generation Camry and Aurion range. TOYOTA T OYOTA FINANCE F INANCE AD ANTAGE FLEXIBLE, LOW RATE


*0% comparison rate available to approved personal applicants & a 0% annual percentage rate is available to approved Bronze Fleet & Primary Producer applicants of Toyota Finance for the financing of current generation Camry, Camry Hybrid & Aurion models. Excludes demos. Finance applications must be received and approved between 19/9/2012 and 31/12/2012 and vehicles registered and delivered by 31/12/2012. Maximum finance term of 48 months applies. Conditions, fees & charges apply. Comparison rate based on a 5 year secured consumer fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Toyota Finance is a division of Toyota Finance Australia Limited ABN 48 002 435 181, Australian Credit Licence 392536.

9464 1000 163-169 Great Eastern Hwy Midland

NEW: Gary 0429 437 346




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Netball Finals

South Midlands Netball Association has played their inaugural Finals series at their new home, the Bendigo Bank Regional Recreation Complex in Gingin. The Bendigo Bank Complex has been 8 years in the making, and the first finals series saw all clubs represented in the finals. A great day was had by all and presentations were combined with a speech from Mr Rob Kestel, local Gingin Councillor, who expressed his great pleasure at the way the complex is being used and managed. I have listed the results below and attached some photos for use in your next edition of the local Advocate. If you need further photos, please let me know and I’ll forward to you. Natalie Vallance(Vice President SMNA) More on page 27. The Gingin Sapphires won the prestigious Senior Division 1 competition, with congratulations going to Fairest & Best recipient Lauren Smyth, and RunnerUp Fairest Best to Alex Gibbs.

fun fitness Bindoon over 50’s Exercise Group Meets every Friday at 9am at the Bindoon Hall. Contact 042 719 8278

Bindoon Tennis Club Play on Thursday nights from 7pm at Chinkabee sports centre. For enquiries contact Sue Rogers on 9576 0884.

Gingin Tennis Club Social Tennis. Thursdays 6.30pm Regional Hardcourt Facility, Gingin



CSBP’s 2012 Market Offers are now available.

Thursdays 8.00am to 9.00am Bullsbrook Bowling Club & Monday, 6.30pm Chequers Golf Club. Gentle physical program. Ph Rachael Steen Mobile: 0428 720 005

You deserve choice when it comes to the way you like to do things. Which is why we give you a variety of offers to suit the way you like to farm and give you the results you want.

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Choose an offer to suit you – Fertiliser Sales Agreement, Set Price Contract, Supply Contract, ct, or Pay Now Collect Later. Your local CSBP area manager can help assess your options, and tailorr on one ne or more offers to work for you.

Thurs 9am at Clune Park, Bindoon Ph Barni Norton 0419 964 909

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

Visit or call your local CSBP manager discuss options P ar area ea m anag an ager er tto o di disc scus usss yo your ur o ptio pt ions ttoday. oday od ay.


Tuesday 7.30pm, Lower Chittering Hall Contact: Roberto 0418640840

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Northern Valleys News OCTOBER 2012

NVN October 2012  

The October issue of The Northern Valleys News

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