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Making a success of family farming

Marty, Karen & Brendan Van Beek and a trailer load of patient rams off to do their job at the Mogumber property. Jackie Shervington

For Karen and Marty van Beek who have raised 4 boys; the desire of oldest boy Brendan and second oldest Bradley to farm was welcomed and has inspired the family to expand their farming properties.

To celebrate the start of 2014 and the International Year of Family Farming, we are pleased to share the story of the van Beeks. Most images of family farmers show a husband and wife, young children on hip, and bright with the promise of a farming future. Unfortunately the reality often sees children drift away from the farm, and seek work further afield.

What started as a pig and sheep farm in the light sandy soils of Gillingarra, west of the railway line, has expanded to include a cropping and sheep farm in Mogumber and more recently the pending acquisition of another 4,500 acres property north of Gillingarra for cropping and sheep.

The van Beek family pictured above offer a picture of sustainable family farming; the next generation choosing to continue the tradition of life on the land.

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Marty bought his first 300 acres when he was 20 years old at Beverley. He built that up to 700 acres and sold the land to buy at Gillingarra. In 1985 they decided to add a piggery to their property. Marty recalls, “Farming was tough and pigs offered us a more reliable income. The farm is ideal for pigs; with plenty of good quality water”. They currently run a grow-out system with almost 30,000 pigs a year. The Gillingarra property also

This impressive rural lifestyle property ticks all the boxes. • Spectacular hill-top location with views in every direction. • Near new home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bath/r, well-appointed kitchen and wrap-around verandah with timber decking. • 25 acres of quality red loam, ideal for hay cropping, sheep or horses. • Excellent water supply from two spring-fed wells. • Large enclosed shed with ablutions and hws. Contact Craig Hyne on 0448 825 833.

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runs approximately 1200 ewes. Like any great team it pays to have a good skill mix and luckily they have all found their role. Marty steers with a healthy balance of good sense of humour and hard work, and Mum, Karen is clearly the glue that keeps it all together – and is in charge of the bookwork. Brendan enjoys working with the livestock, and Bradley (a fifo who is returning to the farm this year) is a diesel mechanic by trade, and his skills are welcome at harvest time. An ideal combination for a diverse farming enterprise of livestock and cropping.

Karen and Marty’s two younger sons (who also had to do their fair share of “farm chores” over the years) are currently living in Perth – one studying at UWA and the youngest halfway through a mechanical apprenticeship. The van Beeks provide a snapshot of a sustainable family farming enterprise. Marty and Karen stress that it is the boy’s choice to return to farming, and there was certainly no expectations. The future is exciting as they look forward to working and growing their family farming enterprise.

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generation farmers. Marty has always wanted to farm and whilst he and Karen started life in the suburbs of Perth they now call the country their home.

bindoon $695,000 74 acres. 151 Kay Road Gorgeous private retreat minutes from town—would suit retirees or a couple looking to live off the land. Uniquely designed cottage split in two sections featuring slow combustion heaters, claw foot bath, gas cook top to kitchen, loft study or guest bedroom above living area, and built in wood dining table, all completely made of natural materials. Outside features a machinery shed, tool shed, bore, dam, water tank, 800 producing Sandalwood Trees, fruit trees, 23 acres of paddock for hay or sheep and gorgeous spectacular bushland.

Mooliabeenie $565,000 47 acres. 81 Kinkella Rd

Great lifestyle property is perfect for weekend retreat or permanent country living. Situated at the end of a no through road 15 minutes to Bindoon or Gingin, privacy is assured. Comfortable fibro and iron 3x1 home with spectacular views over rolling hills, vineyards and orchards. Also features a 9x6 shed, large rainwater tank, dam and old original dwelling.

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It’s your in the Northern Valleys

Letters to the editor

Justices of the Peace Bindoon

Dear Editor,

Lee Martin

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Walter Zemunik

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Phillip Lefroy

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Rob McCullough

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Chittering Bruce Rowley Lower Chittering

Happy 2014 and welcome to our January issue of Northern Valleys News.

Eric Schmidt

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Muchea

Christmas and New Years festivities are over and the January heat has set in.

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

A great time to get away to the coast or enjoy a splash at the newly opened Outback Splash. Enjoy Australia Day, whether doing your own thing, or joining one of the local community events - listed on page 3.

Produced by: Jackie Shervington & Tamieka Preston

Congratulations to all who have helped make this community paper through their editorial and advertising contributions. It is a wonderful reflection on the region that the stories and topics continue to flow as we celebrate people and their pursuits.

Editor & Advertising: Jackie Shervington Phone: 0419 045 783 Email: jackie@nvnews.com.au Art Direction & Editorial Tamieka Preston Phone: 0419 902 904

The name Northern Valleys was created to provide a name which all communities would be happy to support and hopefully unite us through our common interests. We all share a similar passion for the semi-rural lifestyle and love the place we call home.

Email: tamieka@nvnews.com.au

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

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David Lindsay

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Donald McDonald

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Gingin Margaret Greenwell

Where is the sense, is the fragility of the Swan River not already a major issue why add to the problem by allowing an unsewered caravan park?

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Condolences Our sincere condolences to the family of local boy James Dorloff, 20 who died at a New Year’s Eve beach party at Wedge Island, north of Perth.

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Fracking precious water We had to share a good news story today about the Water Corporation making a statement against Fracking. Below is an extract from the article. “WA’s monopoly water provider has called for the gas drilling technique known as fracking to be banned in areas where it affects drinking water sources, saying contamination risks are unacceptable. The Water Corporation told an Upper House inquiry into the “implications” of fracking in WA that it opposed the practice in drinking water areas. The Stateowned utility unsuccessfully asked for its comments to be kept confidential.”

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Your paper, Your news. All attempts have been made to include accurate and full coverage across the region. But we are sure to have missed something. Please help us by emailing your feedback to the editor@nvnews.com.au or call on 0419 045 783 or post to NV News PO Box Bindoon 206

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It is with interest that I read about the funding allocated towards reducing the nutrient levels in the Ellen Brook Palusplain, at the same time Shire Of Chittering is considering planning approval for a caravan park without reticulated sewerage in Muchea, smack bang in the middle of the Ellen Brook Palusplain. Talk about taking a dump in the river, make that 200 - 300 per day.

“Water Corporation does not endorse any decision to increase public health risks in drinking water source areas as it runs counter with the fundamental principles of drinking water management,” it said. “Such a decision will come at a huge social, financial and ecological cost to the community.” Here is a link to the full article. http://au.news.yahoo.com/ thewest/wa/a/20374182/watercorp-wants-fracking-ban/

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Celebrate Australia Day Australia Day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia, with community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies. To start your day off in the Northern Valleys you can attend one of the many breakfasts which are available across the region, enjoy the entertainment on offer and welcome new Australians. What’s on (right) lists the events in your local area. There are no hard and fast rules on how to celebrate the day. Enjoy it any way you can, be it taking the day off to relax or partying it up. One thing for sure, there will be plenty of BBQs, and cricket bats swinging aspeople come together to celebrate.

Let’s celebrate and support the International Year of Family Farming According to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), 99 per cent of Australian farms are family owned and operated. In a statement released to coincide with the start of the United Nations-declared International Year of Family Farming, the NFF and its members have welcomed the start of 2014 as an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of family farms. NFF president Brent Finlay, a family farmer from south east Queensland, said family farms remained the heart and soul of agriculture in Australia.

The Chittering Youth Krew, sponsored by the Shire of Chittering and Lotterywest, are presenting this event which is open to residents of all ages. Entrants can compete as part of a team of four, or individually, to complete an obstacle course and claim the prize on behalf of their home “town”. The Challenge course is open to anyone 10yrs and over, with activities for under 10’s provided. The Chittering Farmers Market will also be running on the day. The event will provide an opportunity for entrants to interact with different people within the district, and encourage them to be part of one community, Chittering. This event will bring the areas, generations and various ethnic groups together. Registration for the event is now open and forms are available from the Shire offices or on the websitewww.chittering.wa.gov.au (click on COMMUNITY then YOUTH). The Chittering Youth Krew provides the opportunity for the youth of Chittering and surrounding shires to socialise, developing leadership and other life skills in a relaxed fun environment. Events run throughout the year and are supported by the Shire of Chittering. For more information, contact Council’s Club and Community Development Officer, Arlene Carter on 08 9576 4600 orcdo@chittering. wa.gov.au.

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“Australia’s 157,000 farmers not only produce 93 per cent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply – the clean, healthy, fresh food that Australian families enjoy – they also contribute $38 billion in export income to the economy and manage some 59 percent of Australia’s land,” Mr Finlay said.

WANNAMAL - “Australian Outback under the Stars” is the theme for years Australia Day Celebrations at Wannamal. With an 11.30am start for a 12 noon lunch the day will not only celebrate Australia Day but will also acknowledge those who have made outstanding contributions in our community.

“This year, the focus on our farmers via the International Year of Family Farming will help us tell their story and raise awareness of agriculture’s contribution.”

NEERGABBY- Australia Day celebrations to be held at the Neergabby Grounds, commencing with a free breakfast at 7.30am. Nominees and the winners of the Premier’s Active Citizenship Awards will be announced on the day. Entertainment and activities for the kids.

According to the United Nations, as populations grow, food demand is predicted to increase by 50 per cent by 2030. It says the International Year of Family Farming is designed to highlight the potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development.

Chittering Inter Midlandia LOCALE Town Challenge music lineup Chittering residents have the opportunity to prove that their “town” is the best as part of the Chittering Inter Town Challenge, which will be held on Sunday 23 February 2014 at Edmonds Reserve in Bindoon.

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The music headliners for Midlandia LOCALE, a three-week pop up night market coming to Midland, have been announced. City of Swan Mayor, Charlie Zannino, said Dustin Tebbutt, a popular music artist, would be arriving from New South Wales to headline LOCALE’s opening night on January 17. “We are pleased to be able bring quality national and local music acts for residents and visitors to enjoy for free,” he said. Some of Perth’s biggest musical acts will also be performing during the three weeks of Midlandia LOCALE, including: Hip hop funk act The Brow (formerly The Brow Horn Orchestra); folk act Timothy Nelson; indie rock group Stillwater Giants and electro pop act Boys Boys Boys! All Midlandia LOCALE events are free and will take place on the corner of Cale Street and The Crescent, Midland. Midlandia LOCALE will begin from January 17 and run each weekend till February 2.

New Year Resolutions: Be one of the 12 % Why do only 12 per cent of people achieve their New Year Resolutions*? This will be the topic next explored in the Rural in Reach video conference workshop at Gingin CRC held on the 22nd January 2014. It will focus on the process of behavior change in relation to some of the more common new years resolutions such as: weight loss, quitting smoking or cutting down on alcohol. Sarah Broadhead, Rural in Reach Project Officer, will discuss the ‘stages of behaviour change’ model, this model involves six steps which make up the complex process a person uses to change their habits and behaviours and integrate changes into their lives.

Midlandia LOCALE will be a licensed venue with “Many people lose motivation limited capacity. To place your name on the guest list when it comes to sticking to for the free opening night performance, please email New Years Resolutions, often rsvp@midlandia.com.au. they make far too many and are often incredibly difficult For more information visit www.midlandia.com.au

Lower Chittering - Breakfast at Lower Chittering Hall. 8.30am start. Quiz and light entertainment, with and full breakfast included $10 adults and $5 children. Info Ph: Michelle 0412 129 719 BINDOON - Starting from 8am Clune Park, Formalities recognising local community members will be followed by free breakfast. CALINGIRI - Breakfast 8.30AM, PROGRESS PARK

Monday 27 January A meeting of the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association (BRRA) will be held at the Pickett Park Sportsmans Club at 7.00 pm.

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to achieve. In this workshop I will cover how to make realistic health and wellbeing goals and how to achieve them.” “We love to see people young and old coming together to discuss topics that otherwise wouldn’t be approached.” “The workshops create an open forum and allow people who really need further assistance to access support through our network of health services. This extra service is completely private and confidential,” Sarah said. To find out more contact Gingin CRC on 9575 1253

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Christmas celebrations around the Northern Valleys

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Communities around the region gathered together to celebrate the festive season in their own ways – from Carols at Bindoon and Bullsbrook, a nativity at Gingin to Wannamal’s quirky letterboxes.

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Whichever way Santa Claus arrived – by fire truck, ute or gator it was in true country style, and was the highlight for kids. Many thanks to all the wonderful community groups who organised these events, and to the generous people who shared their photographs with us.

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Out & About

New year’s eve at CU@Park

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Carmel Ross (Bindoon Estate) and Tracy Lefroy (Cranmore Home)

Jackie Shervington and Roxanne Fewster

Ashley and Brent

Tim Shervington, Simon Martin and Mat Preston

Renae Stokes, George and Sally Gifford and Irene Dewar Allan and Sharon Hollingsworth

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Tronox lends a helping hand In April 2013 the Shire of Chittering Incident Support Brigade where presented with an opportunity to purchase a secondhand vehicle from the Kalamunda Fire brigade at a very reasonable price well below its value. The Brigade had been looking to purchase a vehicle for several years that would be utilised for many purpose associated with the control of fires and during emergencies. When this vehicle became available the brigade did not have the funds to purchase it. They contacted Tronox to see if they would be able to assist with

a donation towards the purchase of the vehicle. Tronox was more than happy to assist and donated the complete purchase cost of $5,000. The vehicle was purchased and has been used to inspect fire breaks and attend several fires already. On a recent visit to Tronox by the Shire President, several councillors, Shire CEO and Jamie O’Neill and Dennis Badcock the official hand over of the vehicle was completed by Russell Austin, Tronox’s Northern Operations General Manager.

Christian Porter: Meet Australia’s future Prime Minister

distribution. Selected extracts of the speech offer a glimpse of Christian’s calibre as a human and as an informed politician. Space does not allow full reprint but I recommend reading or viewing http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_ and_Members/Members/ FirstSpeeches/Porter

This is not a bias headline from a Pearce voter but as published in the Sydney Morning Herald, reporting on Christian’s maiden speech in Parliament on the 9th December. It was indeed a moving speech providing the perfect balance of emotional reader connection and drawing on his treasury experience, an informed political assessment of the Federal system, in particular GST

“On 23 November 1956, a painfully angular 19-year-old Brisbane boy with a physique the cross between a praying mantis and a wire coat hanger jumped for his country on the first day of the Melbourne Olympic Games. That boy was my father, Continued on page 26

Council to the Community DECEMBERto 2013 Council the Community Guilderton Boardwalk Reopens COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2014

DECEMBER 2013

At its Meeting of 19 November 2013, Council set the 2014

COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR meeting schedule. 2014

The dates of the 2014 Meetings are as follows: At Meeting of 1915 November 21 its January 2014 July 20142013, Council set the 2014 meeting schedule. 18 February 2014 19 August 2014 The dates of the 2014 Meetings are as follows: 18 March 2014 16 September 2014 21 January 2014 15 July 2014 15 April 2014 21 October 2014 18 February 2014 19 August 2014 20 May 2014 18 November 2014 18 March 2014 16 September 2014 17 June 2014 16 December 2014 15 April 2014 21 October 2014 Council Forum will commence at 2pm and the Council 20 May 2014 Meeting at 3pm. 18 November 2014 17 June 2014 16 December 2014 Council ForumOUR will commence at 2pm and theDAY Council THANK VOLUNTEERS Meeting at 3pm. The Shire of Gingin has received grant funding from the Department for Local Governments to hold our Thank Our THANK OUR VOLUNTEERS DAY Volunteers Day. The Shire ofwill Gingin has received funding contribution from the Volunteers be recognised for grant their tireless Department for Local Governments to hold our Thank Our to our Community. Volunteers Day. The event is scheduled to be held at Granville Park in Gingin Volunteers be recognised their tireless contribution on Sunday, will 16 February 2014, for between 11am and 2pm. to our Community. To register your interest in attending, please RSVP contact The is scheduled to be held Granville Cherevent by Thursday, 30 January 2014aton email Park in Gingin on Sunday, 16 February 2014, between 11am and 2pm. mail@gingin.wa.gov.au.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR After a three year closure, the OFFICE CLOSURE

AUSTRALIA DAY 2014

dangerous, CELEBRATIONS especially for people be dispersed as people can access boardwalk in Guilderton was the beach easily.” with small children. The boardwalk Shire, in conjunction with the Neergabby Community reopened on Christmas Please noteofficially that the Gingin Administration Centre and the beachThe offers goers a much safer Mr Prince also mentioned that with CHRISTMAS/NEW AUSTRALIA DAY 2014 Eve inOffice time for busyYEAR summer Association and surrounding communities, will be holding alternative.” Lancelin Agency willthe be operating as follows over people accessing the beach via the CELEBRATIONS OFFICE CLOSURE holiday period. The boardwalk, our Annual Australia Day celebrations at the Neergabby the Christmas period: boardwalk, an opportunity exists to Guilderton resident and GCA originally constructed to convey Grounds 26 January commencing a fore The Shire,onadded: inSunday, conjunction withrestore the2014, Neergabby Community sections of badlywith eroded Please note that the Gingin Administration Centre and the Terri Tuesday, 24visitors December 2013 OPEN member Mowle from the Guilderton estuary free breakfast atsurrounding 7.30am. dune. Association and communities, will be holding Lancelin Agency Office operating as follows “In summer the population of Wednesday, 25 December 2013 -was CLOSED foreshore to will the be beach, closed in over Nominees and the winners of the Premier’s Active Annual Australia Day celebrations at the Neergabby the Christmas period: 2010 after a chunk of cliff Guilderton our swells to thousands November “I’d like to thank the Shire CEO Thursday, 26 December 2013 - CLOSED Citizenship Awards will be announced on the Grounds on Sunday, 26 January 2014, commencing with and with the boardwalk closed and fell onto a section of the for listening andday. getting theaissue Tuesday, 24broke December 2013 - OPEN Friday, 27 December free breakfast at 7.30am. the congestion on the foreshore Various members of the Community willand be making walkway. 2013 - CLOSED to Council, the councillors for Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - CLOSED is enormously problematic, to winners the andofformalising acting so quickly,” Mr Prince said. their pledgeand to Australia theirActive Australian Nominees the the Premier’s Monday, 30 December 2013 - CLOSED TheDecember Shire of Gingin the Thursday, 26 2013 -made CLOSED point that itCitizenship puts people off visiting “The outcome is day. very positive Citizenship. Awards will be announced on the Tuesday, 31decision December 2013 - its CLOSED to revisit previous again. With the boardwalk now visitors to Guilderton can expect a Friday, 27 December 2013 - CLOSED Also, themembers Shire President will be making special Various of the Community willabe making risk assessment given there had Wednesday, 1 January 2014 - CLOSED pleasant surprise this summer.” open, much of the overcrowding will presentation toAustralia award two Honorary no further falls, and to their pledge to andcommunity formalisingmembers their Australian Monday, 30been December 2013rock - CLOSED Thursday, 2implement January 2014 - OPEN strategies mitigation Freemen of the Shire of Gingin. Citizenship. Tuesday, 31 December 2013 - CLOSED to assist in reducing any exposure Note: the bolded dates listed above are Public Holidays. Therethe areShire somePresident entertainment activities scheduled for Also, will beand making a special Wednesday, 1 January CLOSED and to provide2014 safe-access for the the kids and there will two be acommunity showcase of local talent. presentation to award members Honorary to the beach. These Thursday, 2community January 2014 - OPEN Freemen of the Shire of Gingin. WATERincluded SAFETY OVER SUMMER the erection of 25 metres of Note: the boldedSEASON are Public Holidays. There are some entertainment and activities scheduled for HOLIDAY GINGIN ILUKA AQUATIC CENTRE fencingdates on thelisted cliff above top and several the kids and there will be a showcase of local talent. ‘Beware of Rock Fall’ signs along With the summer weather upon us, the Shire of Gingin The Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centre has opened for the length of theOVER boardwalk. WATERthe SAFETY SUMMER would like to remind everyone to take special care when

HOLIDAY SEASON For the residents of Guilderton the swimming in pools, dams, rivers, lakes and beaches, and to

reopening oflooking the boardwalk was be extra after With the diligent summerwhen weather upon us, children. the Shire of Gingin welcome news. would like Life to remind to Australia take special whenvery hascare provided The Royal Savingeveryone Society of “With the boardwalk thebeaches, and to swimming pools, rivers, lakes and useful fact in sheets ondams, these areas.closed, only quick way to get to children. the beach be diligent when looking Forextra access to these fact sheetsafter please visit: was walking through the estuary,”

2013/2014 swimming season. Since the pool first opened

GINGIN ILUKA AQUATIC CENTRE in October 2004, there have been over 150,000 recorded

attendances, with last season the highest on The Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centrebeing has opened for the record withswimming nearly 21,000! TheSince Pool, the normally closed on 2013/2014 season. pool first opened Thursdays, is open dailyhave frombeen 12pm to 7pm during the in October 2004, there over 150,000 recorded school holidays.Season ticketsbeing can be purchased from Fran attendances, with last season the highest on at the Pool. EFTPOS is now available. For further details record with nearly 21,000! The Pool, normally closed on please contact Frandaily at the Pool12pm on 9575 1344. Thursdays, is open from to 7pm during the

The Royal Life Society of Australia saidSaving Mr John Prince, presidenthas provided very www.royallifesaving.com.au/facts-and-figures/key-facts. useful fact sheets on these areas. of the Guilderton Community To register your interest in attending, please RSVP contact school holidays.Season tickets can be purchased from Fran Association. some parts the Further council information is available on www.gingin.wa.gov.au or at: Shire of Gingin, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin WA 6503 For access to these fact “In sheets please visit: Cher by Thursday, 30 January 2014 on email at the Pool. EFTPOS is now available. For further details Telephone: 08 9575 2211 Facsimile: 9575 2121 Email: water is quite 08 deep which can be mail@gingin.wa.gov.au www.royallifesaving.com.au/facts-and-figures/key-facts. mail@gingin.wa.gov.au. please contact Fran at the Pool on 9575 1344. Further council information is available on www.gingin.wa.gov.au or at: Shire of Gingin, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin WA 6503 Telephone: 08 9575 2211 Facsimile: 08 9575 2121 Email: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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Lotterywest funds for Gingin Men’s shed Members of Gingin Men’s Shed inc received wonderful news in the mail on Christmas Eve. The news was from Lotterywest approving our request for funding assistance to build and fitout a new Shed and Patio at Horan St in Gingin. The site, (the old St John Ambulance Centre) has been generously, jointly leased to Gingin Men’s Shed and the Chittering-Gingin Lions Club by the Shire Of Gingin.

funding of $118,00000 towards the Project, the Board of Gingin Districts Community Financial Services Ltd, (Gingin-Lancelin Bendigo Community Banks), have approved up to $55,000-00 and the Shire of Gingin have agreed to carry-out the site works and preparation.

Jasmine’s Memorial Dragon Garden

This will ensure construction and fit-out of a wonderful new shed, to the value of $185,000-00 which will allow the GMS inc members to move to their new premise. To date GMS inc have been very fortunate in being granted the use of the old Golf Club building as their headquarters.

Jenny Kuhn

Jasmine’s Memorial Dragon Garden is being established at Bindoon Primary School in memory of much loved and popular student Jasmine Moohen. Jasmine attended Bindoon Primary School from Kindergarten until she graduated from Year 7 at the end of 2012. Jasmine was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma when she was in Year 4, and subsequently spent much of her time in hospital. Sadly, Jasmine passed away in February of 2013 with many being deeply touched by Jasmine’s plight. The school community wanted to create something to remember Jasmine by and it was decided to create a Dragon Garden. Jasmine loved dragons and spent many hours drawing and creating dragons. Jasmine’s Mum, Alison Moore, wanted to contribute to the garden and created a dragon sculpture which was placed in the centre of the contemplation

A very strong link shall remain between the Gingin Golf Club and GMS inc.

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spiral. Everyone has been overwhelmed and delighted by the beauty and size of the dragon and its magical quality. Alison made the dragon from recycled materials which were coated with cement. Jasmine’s Dragon had its first ‘official’ outing at the Bindoon Primary School’s end of year presentation evening where it was lit up, giving the evening a mystical quality.

Three students, who knew Jasmine, spoke at the assembly. Tessa Fernie, Jimmi Heaney and Braeden Shalders talked about Jasmine’s special qualities and what they remembered of her. Students at Bindoon Primary School will create smaller dragons to place in the garden. Community members are invited to place dragons in the garden. Once the garden is complete it will become a place for reflection; and a special place to honour children’s imagination and creativity.

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Building stronger communities The festivities of Christmas are over and I hope you had a chance to attend one the many local events held across the Shire. If not, Australia Day is fast approaching and I urge you to join in on one of the locally run celebrations. All of these events are run by volunteers as a service to their community, so if you are new to the area or are wanting to get involved this is a great place to start.

be a positive thing, but can also lead to a few writing or “blogging” before they think, which leads to unnecessary negative remarks. We see various subjects from litter bugs, hoons and other general complaints but possibly not often enough do we see positive or constructive remarks. There are many individuals and groups in the Shire, including the Shire trying to do the right thing, and they are working hard towards building stronger communities.

We know that building communities has its challenges, one of ours is our geographical spread across the Shire, from the tight farming community of Wannamal in the North, to the fast growing community in Lower Chittering 60km to the South.

Why not take the time and effort spent on negativity and convert the energy into something positive, lead by example “adopt a spot” pick up rubbish in a designated area, get involved with your community, call the Shire and complain to them instead of pointlessly complaining about them on social media. Even better contact them when you want to compliment them like a number of residents have been doing over the past few months.

My question is how do we keep building a stronger community. Our geographical split isn't our only challenge, we could also just be miles apart in our thinking and lifestyles. We do know most of us today are generally time poor. Many are also hooked up to social media, which we know has great advantages but can also have it’s disadvantages. Some get very emotional about topics, which can

I’m sure these little things could go a long way to building an even stronger community! Happy Australia Day!

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

Local Planning Policy 12 - Additional Accommodation and Ancillary Dwellings

Council at its meeting on 18 December 2013 resolved to make the Shire of Chittering Local Government (Council Meetings) Local Law 2014. The purpose of the local law is to provide for the orderly conduct of the proceedings and business of the Council.

The Shire is currently undertaking a review of the above policy. This policy relates to the construction and occupation of additional accommodation and ancillary dwellings, commonly known as "granny flats".

The effect of this local law is that all Council meetings, committee meetings and other meetings as prescribed by the Act, shall be governed by this local law unless otherwise provided in the Act, regulations or other written local law.

The policy is now available for inspection and public comment.

A copy of the local law may be inspected or obtained during office hours at the Shire's administration centre (6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon) and the Bindoon Library, or the Shire's website.

Deadline for comments is 4pm on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Comments must be made in writing and directed to Mark Johnston via chatter@ chittering.wa.gov.au.

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If you live in or near bush, developing and using a Bushfire Survival Plan is critical.

This plan will help you take action and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly during a bushfire. When developing your plan, decide if you will leave for a safer place; which may be to relocate to family or friends, or stay to actively defend your home. For more information on the Bushfire Survival Plan visit the Shire's website (www.chittering. wa.gov.au) under "Fireservices".

Pointers for the fire season

Include in your planning for the bushfire season what will happen if you cannot get home and you have children, elderly relatives, pets etc at home, for example liaise with a neighbour so they can collect them for you. If you have sheep, horses, cows, etc will their water source be sufficient if during an emergency you cannot get back onto your property for several days?

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Prepare your Bushfire Survival Plan - it could save your life!!!

Submissions must be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Chittering, PO Box 70, Bindoon WA 6502 or via chatter@ chittering.wa.gov.au.

Do your animals have a safe area to shelter during a fire, e.g. a bare area in the corner of a paddock if you cannot get back to rescue them? Is your pipe work above ground and made from poly-pipe or the like - it may melt during a fire, how will this affect your property? If you require more information about preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan that is suitable for your family and personal situation please contact the Shire for an information booklet or visit the DFES website (www.dfes. wa.gov.au)

Chittering Intertown Challenge Sunday, 23 February 2014 10am - 2pm

Win the cup for your town and some prize money for yourself - take the challenge! Registration forms are now available on the Shire's website under "Community/ Community Events". There are three categories: 1. Team of four (one being a youth under 18s) or a team of all youth (10-17s) 2. Individual challenge (10-17s) 3. Individual challenge (18s and over)

Deadline for submissions is 4pm on Friday, 21 February 2014.

This is a Chittering Youth Krew event for the whole community. The Chittering Farmer's Market will also be there, so there will be something for everyone.

For further information contact Danica Kay at the Shire.

For further information contact Arlene Carter at the Shire.

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chatter Australia Day Awards Ceremony 2014 Thursday, 23 January 2014 Orchard Glory Farm Resort Mooliabeenee Road Bindoon

Come along and help celebrate the nominees and recipients of the Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards and the Shire of Chittering's Community Service Award. Also on the night, awards will be presented to students from Immaculate Heart College, Catholic Agricultural College and Bindoon Primary School for their active citizenship during the 2013 school year; and the winners of the Shire's Education Scholarship Award will also be presented with their awards. The evening will commence at 6.30pm with a light supper provided following the event. The program will be available from the Shire's administration centre and website from 13 January. For information about the event please contact Natasha Mossman at the Shire.

Annual Electors Meeting and availability of the Annual Report

Electors of the Shire of Chittering are invited to attend the Annual Electors Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at the Chinkabee Complex, Bindoon, commencing at 7pm. An Elector is entitled, but not required, to vote on matters raised at the meeting. The order of business will be: • Attendance and apologies • Contents of the 2012/13 Annual Report • General business Copies of the Annual Report and Financial Statements are available on the Shire's website, or by contacting Customer Service to have one emailed or posted out to you. Questions directly relating to the Financial Statements should be made in writing or by telephone to the Shire's Executive Manager Corporate Services.

Local Fire Brigade and Wildlife Carers Benefit from Slowing Down!

Bindoon Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and Chittering Wildlife Carers are the lucky recipients of $150 each thanks to our “Slow Down Enjoy the Ride (in & to!) Chittering” bumper sticker spotto competition. Local resident, Shirley Dean, won the competition which was run as part of the Shire of Chittering’s “Slow Down…” campaign which has been funded by the Community Road Safety Grants Program, which is funded through speed and red light cameras. The competition prize was for $250 donated to a local community group and a $50 voucher for Shirley. Shirley asked if she could spoil two groups and include her voucher as well – now that’s true community spirit! Other local community groups are also benefiting from the campaign with free bottled water being supplied for Christmas parties and events. This supports them in supplying free drinks for skippers at times when alcohol is available.

Online events calendar www.chittering.wa.gov.au/calendar

Council meeting dates for 2014

The Shire's Ordinary Council Meetings for 2014 are scheduled for: • Wednesday, 19 February • Wednesday, 19 March • Wednesday, 16 April • Wednesday, 21 May • Wednesday, 18 June • Wednesday, 16 July • Wednesday, 20 August • Wednesday, 17 September • Wednesday, 15 October • Wednesday, 19 November • Wednesday, 17 December All Ordinary Council Meetings are held in the Council Chambers, 6177 Great Northern Highway, Bindoon, and commence at 7pm. All Ordinary Council Meetings are open to the general public. For information on Council Meetings contact Danica Kay at the Shire.

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Livestock

Keeping in Touch From The Team in the Pink Shirts

From the Auctioneer: Jim Sangalli

Muchea Cattle 16/12/2013 Numbers decreased slightly for the final sale of 2013 which included 126 calves by open auction. Local supplies increased with solid yarding’s of vealers and yearlings suitable for the trade, feeders and live export orders. Pastoral supplies included large numbers of bulls and heifers. Quality of local cattle was of a good standard with pastoral cattle mixed. Prices across the yarding were mostly firm to dearer with all buyers active. Vealers to the trade were dearer with heavy C3 steers from 191226c and medium and heavy vealer heifers from 179c and 183c/ kg. Yearling trade steers made from 179-219c/kg to be firm, with all being C3 heavy weights. Heavy weight heifers averaged 176c/ kg, for the few to trade orders. Restockers purchased most vealer and yearling supplies with prices for vealer steers from 170-206c/ kg, to be marginally cheaper. Vealer heifers were mostly dearer with prices from 160-180c/kg for the majority. Yearling steers to feeders were generally dearer with C2 medium weights averaging close to 187c and heavy weights 185c/kg. Heifers also lifted 4-11c, with light weight C2 drafts from 169-178c, up 11c/kg. Medium weights averaged 175c, up 4c, and heavy weights settle on 159c/kg. Pastoral drafts included steers from 115-174c, with better heavy weights going to live export between 155c and 170c/kg. Pastoral heifer sales were mostly dearer, with better medium and heavy weights from 134- 163c/kg, to be dearer. ​

Zena’s latest set of twins

Two for the price of one Tamieka Preston

For the sixth year in a row, the same purebred shorthorn cow on Steve Parson’s Gingin farm has surprised her owner with twins. Affectionately known as Zena, the experienced matriarch has needed no assistance with the births, and the resulting progeny have all grown out to full size. Twins in cattle are often a blight on the farmer, producing more headaches than beef. The problems begin with birthing, with twice the chance of malpresentation and exhaustion inhibiting natural birth. Conversely, the lower birthweight of twins can make birth easier. With twins often born up to two weeks early, some farmers can also be taken by surprise. However, like her warrior namesake, Zena has breezed through, and has produced double the weight of beef in the past 6 years compared to her single bearing herd members. So with twice the production for half the trouble, not to mention the feed – why don’t we increase multiple births on the farm? The occurance of twinning is largely attributed to chance and genetic predisposition, with the chances with a twin birth occuring in cattle, between 1 and 7 %. A US study in 1975 showed the likelyhood of twins was different between breed, with dairy cattle experiencing a higher frequency. Dairy cattle ranged from a 1.3% incidence in Jerseys, 3.4% in Holsteins and an 8.9% incidence in Brown Swiss. Small differences were reported in beef breeds with Hereford cattle having the lowest incidence (0.4% or one out of every 250 births) of twinning

while Angus had 1.1% incidence. The Bos Indicus breeds experienced 0.2% and 0.4% twinning rates.in Brahman and Santa Gertrudis, respectively. Apart from breed and genetics, female fertility is also affected by nutrition, management and disease, with nutritional health being of prime importance to conception rate and ability to bring a healthy calf to term. Steven maintains that at least in part, Zena’s amazing fertility can be attributed to good feed, and his carefully managed 118 acres are producing more than enough feed for his small herd of 30 without extra grain or hay required. He also attributes the health of his animals to the high mineral content of his soil. Until this year all of Zena’s calves have been heifers, however this year, she’s produced both a heifer and bull calf, which means the young heifer has a greater than 90% chance of being a ‘freemartin’ – or infertile female. This phenomena is the normal outcome of mixed-sexed twins

in cattle, although has been recorded in other mammals such as sheep, goats and pigs. The science is explained as such; during pregnancy, the male fetus begins producing hormones before the female fetus. This extra testosterone shared by the male fetus via the placenta, adversely affects the female at a critical point of reproductive development. The result is a masculinised female - who is infertile and often exhibits masculinized behavior. Twins of the same sex generally have no problems, and the male twin of a freemartin is also unaffected. In beef cattle production, an infertile heifer still has value, especially as the freemartin cow can muscle up like a steer, however in dairy production (where ironically there’s more chance of twins) it’s all about the production of females, so the occurance of twins wouldn’t be worth encouraging. However, for Steve Parsons, it’s two for the price of one, and he couldn’t be happier with his lucky twinning cow. Steve with his purebred shortborn bull, Classic, and Zena, the twinning cow also a purebred shorthorn.

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Grown steer quality improved with export 500kg to 600kg drafts from 135-169c, up to 9c/kg dearer. Grown heifer sales remained similar with most sales between 120c and 150c/kg. Cow prices lifted 5c for heavy weight drafts with most sales from 125-134c/kg. Medium weight drafts were equal at close to 114c/kg. Restockers paid from 106-116c/kg for suitable drafts, with light weight drafts firm to dearer. Bull sales improved, with heavy weight drafts at 116125c/kg. Light export bulls made from 150-200c, to be similar to last sale, with better medium weight bulls to feeders and exporters from 120-165c/kg. Muchea Sheep 17/12/13 Poll Dorset Cross Lambs to $119 at Muchea Elders report a total similar yarding of 15151 Sheep and Lambs for the last sale of the year. Quality of the overall yarding was mixed with only the odd pen of heavy lambs over 23kg dressed with best Wannamal prime Poll Dorset cross lambs selling to $119. Ewe mutton made up approximately half the yarding selling at rates dearer to last sale. Wethers and rams remained equal with few good lines yarded. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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In January a number of the local gumtrees may be seen flowering. They include the marri (Corymbia calophylla) which has large flowers in dense clusters on the end of the branches making it very showy when in full flower. Coastal Blackbutt (Eucalyptus todtiana) is also known as Prickly Bark due to the rough feel of its bark. It is a small tree with drooping foliage and grows in sandy soils often in association with the Christmas Tree (Nuytsia floribunda). Two other trees which flower in January but are probably noticed more for their trunks than their flowers are Wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) and Powderbark Wandoo (Eucalyptus accedens). Both have white to creamy yellow bark. Powderbark Wandoo has a powdery coating on the bark and the new bark is usually a creamy-orange while that of Wandoo is usually paler or very white. The buds of Wandoo have pointed caps while those of Powderbark Wandoo are more rounded.

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Mistletoe may also be seen flowering. The species found on wattles (Acacia species) is Wireleaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii) while that seen on sheoaks (Allocasuarina or Casuarina species) is Amyema linophylla. Also flowering is Elegant Pronaya (Billardiera fraseri) – pictured right – which is a climbing plant with pink/purple flowers which fade to almost white. The fleshy bean-like fruits from last year’s flowering may also still be seen on the plants.

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Spiders - take a closer look! There seems to be a record number of spiders around this season - our verandah is teeming with them. To find out which ones are really harmful we spoke with Leanda Mason, from the School of Animal Biology at UWA. Leanda has been studying the misunderstood arachnids as a PhD topic and maintains that the majority of spiders are not only harmless, but actually good for the environment.

What are the most dangerous spiders in the Northern Valleys area? The only species of spider in Australia that are potentially fatal are the Redback (Latrodectus hasseltii) and Sydney funnel-web (Atrax robustus). It is important to note that nobody has died from a spider bite in Australia since 1981, when antivenoms were produced for both the redback and Sydney funnel-web. The only two known species in Western Australia that are considered potentially dangerous are; Redback spiders and White-tailed spiders (Lampona

Definately dangerous - The Redback spider -left - and the White-tail spider almost half the cases. White-tail spider bites are very unlikely to cause necrotic ulcers, and other diagnoses must be sought.”

cylindrata). Both are considered non-aggressive.

How can people avoid being bitten?

Redback bites symptoms include; nausea, vomiting, abdominal or generalised pain, sweating, restlessness, palpitations, weakness, muscle spasm and fever but are usually only fatal to vulnerable people such as those already sick, minors and the elderly.

If they are in a web then leave them alone. When wandering through your home or in the way then you can move them away safely using the old ice-cream container over the top and slide a piece of paper underneath trick. Effectively this traps them and you can move them to a safer location.

There is much speculation about the symptoms of White-tail bites. A recent study of 130 confirmed (spider identified by an expert) white-tail bites concluded that “Bites by Lampona spp. cause minor effects in most cases, or a persistent painful red lesion in

It is rare that a red-back will leave their web, and usually only will if disturbed. Be cautious when in areas with suitable web sites – outdoor toilets (perhaps famously), gardens, sheds and garages.

White-tails are active hunters, meaning they do not build webs but instead hunt in leaf litter and undergrowth. Therefore people are more likely to see them wandering through their home or while gardening. It is always a good idea to shake out washing and shoes left outside. This is especially true, as centipedes and scorpions could be considered potentially more dangerous and aggressive than spiders in Australia. What should you do if you are bitten? If you know it was a redback bite, then ice the bite (do not bandage), take simple pain killers and seek medical assistance. Antivenoms are available at most hospitals. If it is any other spider most

symptoms, if any, will likely clear up within a few days. If symptoms persist, seek medical assistance. Why are spiders important in the environment? Spiders are a part of a very complex web of life and are essential to the functioning of most natural terrestrial ecosystems. In terms of human ecosystems, spiders are predators for a plague of pest (flies) and vector (mosquitoes) species. Hence there would be a dramatic increase in the spread of Ross River Virus and of fly-strike as the population of those species responsible would no longer be as regulated. The same could be said for insect species that damage human food sources. In summary, a lack of spiders could possibly cause a mass death of humans through insect borne diseases and starvation from lack of food. What spiders are harmless? Nearly all of them. Considering there are 109 families, estimated 40000 species worldwide and about 10000 in Australia (although only about 3300 species have been formally described), there are only a few species known to be dangerous or fatal to humans. Daddy long-legs prey on redback spiders and are much more sustainable method (as opposed to spraying which is a short term solution at best) of keeping redbacks away.

Leanda is seeking examples of trapdoor spiders and their burrows in the region, as pictured below. If you see one please let her know by email - masonl01@student.uwa.edu.au

Left: Gauis villiosus burrow (photo: Barbara York Main) Right: Male trapdoor spider (photo: Volker Framenau)

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Great Northern Highway upgrade Jackie Shervington

Coalition to upgrade Great Northern Highway – Muchea to Wubin · $307.8million for realignment work, road widening, additional overtaking lanes and intersection upgrades · More than $1.6billion now committed in road infrastructure to benefit Pearce Much needed upgrades to one of Western Australia’s most dangerous stretches of road between Muchea and Wubin will go ahead under the Coalition government. Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter said the federal government would work with the State Government to ensure the $307.8million project was underway as a matter of priority. “This is a significant project for the people of Pearce that was left unfunded by the previous Labor government because the failure of the mining tax to raise revenue bankrupted the former Regional Investment Fund, meaning there was no money collected to fund the project,” Mr Porter said.

“With $1.3billion committed during the election toward building the Swan Valley Bypass and completing the Perth Gateway, the Coalition Government has shown it is serious about investing in transport infrastructure in Western Australia and particularly in the highneeds areas affecting people in the Pearce electorate. “The Coalition is cleaning up Labor’s mess and ensuring the investment required to grow our local and regional communities is delivered.” The project will ensure the communities of Muchea, Bindoon, Chittering, Wannamal, New Norcia, Waddington, Walebing, Miling, Pithara, Dalwallinu and Wubin have access to a safer and more efficient highway with realignment work, road widening, the provision of additional overtaking lanes and intersection upgrades. “There is little doubt that this stretch of Great Northern Highway, which feeds the resources industry in the State’s north, has become one of the most dangerous in the State and is in desperate need of upgrading,” Mr Porter said. “I am pleased to be a part of a government that is building infrastructure to drive strong economic benefits for the people of my electorate and provide them, and their families, with safer, more efficient WA roads.” - See more at: http://nvnews.com. au/great-northern-highwayupgrade/#sthash.rRlGEgt8.dpuf

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management procedures associated with the proposed development. Hard copies of the PER document together with electronic copies of the Appendices to this document may be purchased for $10 (including postage and packaging). CD versions of the PER and its appendices will be provided free of charge. The documents can be obtained from Rochelle Brown at Image Resources using any of the following contact details: Image Resources, PO Box 1075, BALCATTA WA 6914 E: rbrown@imageres.com.au Telephone: 08 64248120 Copies of the PER may also be downloaded from the www.imageres.com.au Copies of the PER will be available for examination at: • E nvironmental Protection Authority Library/Reading Room.

4th Floor, The Atrium, 168 St Georges Tce, PERTH WA 6000 • J S Battye Library Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, PERTH WA 6000 • Department of Environment Regulation Swan Region Office 181-205 Davy Street, Booragoon WA 6154 • Gingin Public Library Lily King Place, Gingin WA 6503 Public submissions close on 12 February 2014 The EPA prefers submissions to be made online at https:// consultation.epa.wa.gov.au. Alternatively, submissions can be: • p osted to: Chairman, Environmental Protection Authority, Locked Bag 10, EAST PERTH WA 6892, Attention: Leanne Zheng or • d elivered to the Environmental Protection Authority, Level 4, The Atrium, 168 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Attention: Leanne Zheng If you have any questions on how to make a submission, please ring the EPA assessment officer, Leanne Zheng on 6145 0824.

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Splash test-drive by Shervington family

Stage 1 of the Maze is here! I couldn’t think of a better way to road test this new water playground than to take the biggest kid (the man of the house) along with the children, for the ultimate summer fun day. I had heard rumors it was only for the little kids, but judging by the screams and smiles it sounded like thumbs up all round. Ok, maybe thrill-seeking older teenagers may find it a little tame, but in terms of fun, anyone is sure to come away with a smile. There are a number of rides to choose from; starting from the top, the green tube offers the greatest drop but also being pitch black inside with some fluro effects, is best left for the brave and older children. There is a height limit but this is where the “big kid” dads and mums come in. Take a child along with you on your lap - they get a thrill and you have a great excuse to join the fun! According to the kids (aged 7 and 10), the best is the blue slide – being open you

can really appreciate the rush of speed. A close second is the red tube – again closed but not pitch black so offers more of a warning of what’s to come. For the little one’s there are plenty of family friendly slides to choose from – everyone can enjoy the wide blue slide. There’s also the thrill of the giant bucket which slowly fills and when you least expect it dumps a load of water splashing all within range – a nice touch. I was concerned about the heat - it was a hot day with no shade and no pool. But, as long as you slap on the sunscreen there are many ways to cool down, including masses of sprinklers. You get that wonderful ‘coolgardie safe’ effect with a spray of light water wherever you are. There are also many undercover day beds (Note-you need to get in early to reserve one). It is reassuring to see the team working behind the scenes - with constant water checks going on to ensure the water is within health standards. There are also many slide attendants to ensure safety, including a lifeguard with high level first aid training. The park enjoys a wonderful family friendly picnic atmosphere with many families pitching a shade tent and making a day of it. Not only enjoying a splash, but also venturing off to the original grounds which still includes the

maze, the koalas and kangaroos, mini golf and other amusements such as the giant chess game plus full picnic facilities with bbqs.

The biggest tip of the day was make sure you grab a mat if you really want to get a speed up!

So what about the crowds? Well, I have to confess that after having recently experienced the gruel of other theme park crowds, there was a collective groan from the car on arrival –but once we got over the “I hate crowds” hump we discovered the lines moved pretty quickly and given the many visual distractions the queuing was somewhat easier to take. Of course all these crowds are a welcome sight for General Manager Phil Dixon, who was onsite making sure everyone was happy. According to Phil the numbers are up on expectations and all

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NN Interesting to note how water efficient Outback Splash is; using only 10,000 litres of water per day –less than the amount used on the Maze’s parks and gardens.

One of the benefits of not having a pool is the reduced fear of toddler drowning. slides are being fully manned. In fact an extra 24 people have been employed with the launch of Outback Splash. Phil’s focus is now on stage 2, with just a few more planning hurdles to overcome to ensure the infrastructure can be in place. Promising to tempt even those ‘too cool for school’ teens, the next stage of Outback Splash will offer rides with greater altitude and speed. How lucky are our kids with this on the doorstep? Not only the joy of the rides and a cool way to fill in the summer holidays, but also the chance of future employment in what promises to be a serious tourism industry on our doorstep. The crowds are coming from all over the Northern Valleys and the suburbs beyond, and I suspect they will keep coming.

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Maggie owns Maggie’s Place, a farmstall in the Swan Valley. She buys from the Northern Valleys region and picks up supplies farm direct each week. Produce left over goes to the neighbour’s sheep.

COLES MAKE TURKEYS OUT OF THEIR CUSTOMERS At least they have out of one. I wonder if anyone else was unfortunate enough to purchase Coles Australian Turkey Breast Roast ? On the front of the box it says: “Made with l00% Turkey Breast”. On the back of the box, under Ingredients, Coles say: “Turkey Breast (75%)” and then a whole list of other ingredients including water, thickener 1414, Soy Protein, Salt, Mineral Salts, Dextrose, Vegetable Gum 407, Hydrolyzed Maize Protein, Food Acid 331, Natural Chicken Flavour. Well, we just wanted l00% Turkey Breast. Apart from all the Yummy (NOT) ingredients we had to suffer, which of course made up 25% of the weight of the product, the Coles Turkey Breast Roast tasted truly disgusting. As our friend, who we served it to on

The Dreaded Leftovers !

Here are a couple of recipes to add to the ways you can serve leftovers, after you have served them curried, fried, and minced. Ham and Red Capsicum Kebabs

with Maggie Edmonds

Hope is such a good positive – so healing and encouraging. Farmers are full of hope from year to year. They acknowledge that each year the challenges are different and not every year is productive. But, by goodness, farmers will try for the best outcomes EVERY year. Happy 2014!

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Christmas Eve commented, it smelt like wet poultry feathers. Can you imagine that? And the texture was disgusting too. Needless to say we didn’t even keep the Turkey Breast Roast for the dog. Featured on 5 out of 6 sides of the box of this horrendous product is: “Our Promise”. This is described as: “l00% satisfied with this product or return it to your Coles customer service desk for a 100% refund”. Lots of 100% here including the aforementioned Made with l00% Turkey Breast. I’ll add another: 100% disgusting. Having spoken to a Customer Care Consultant about the product, she said I could take the box back and get a refund etc. But its too late. We wanted it for Christmas. What were we supposed to eat on Christmas Eve when we couldn’t get the Coles Turkey Breast Roast down our throats? Boiled Eggs? Anyway, this C.C. Conssultant will pass on my comments to the Quality Team at Coles “so they can look at it”. Warning, Quality Team, don’t try to cook and eat the Turkey Breast Roast unless you are very near a toilet or rubbish bin.

The amounts in the ingredients have to be decided by yourself, according to how much Ham you have leftover to serve and the number of willing people on hand to eat it. • Left over ham, cut into cubes • Red capsicum/s or pimentos • 1 tin pineapple rings – approx. • Butter • Freshly ground pepper. Put the ham cubes onto the skewers alternating with squares of red capsicum and pineapple. Dot with knobs of butter and sprinkle with ground pepper. Grill for 4 minutes on each side. Serve on a bed of rice. Fish Pie Once again, the amount of the ingredients has to be decided by the cook. • Leftover fish, defrosted. The fish has been frozen immediately after the meal where it was freshly cooked. We had Atlantic Salmon, which is perfect for this dish, but any fish is fine. • Any other fishy stuff – prawns/scallops/oysters etc. • Hard boiled eggs (half for each person)

delicious summer fruits.

Fruit – this is the best time of the year for the biggest selection of locally grown, ripened fruit. Swan Valley grapes, rock melons and water melons are available – don’t buy anything that has travelled a long distance because it simply won’t have the flavour and freshness. Peaches, nectarines, plums are being harvested from The Hills. Carnarvon mangoes are in the shops, although the growers there have had a poor crop this year.

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At this time of the year we all want to be inside with the air conditioner on and I think our vegetables growing in the garden would want some cool respite too. Vegetables only need 5-6 hours of sunlight a day, preferably morning sun. So we need to think of shading them for the rest of the day as they feel the heat too. Lettuce will become bitter when it is heat stressed, others will bolt to seed. Look at putting up some shade cloth that will protect your vegetables in the middle of the day. Then plant harder vegetables like corn and tomatoes on the west side to shade the more delicate plants in the afternoon or cucumbers climbing up a frame. If none of this is possible try erecting an umbrella over your vegetable garden bed in the middle of the day. All are possibilities. Hot winds will also dry out your plants. Vegetables usually need to be watered every day. Don’t let your plants start to wilt before you water them otherwise they will become stressed and either bolt to seed or the flavour will not there.

Don’t forget about the soil as this needs protection from the hot sun too, even if plants are not growing in it. Use plenty of mulch so the soil is not exposed to the hot sun and keep the soil moist. The soil has millions of living organisms in it and if you do not look after it the soil it will become life less. January, February and March are months about just managing what you already have in the garden, watering and picking your crops. These could be tomatoes, corn, capsicum, chillies, pumpkins, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelon, rockmelon and beans. You may be lucky to have a less exposed area to grow things like beetroot, lettuce, spinach, kale, celery, rocket and lots of herbs. All these vegetables are great to prepare for your meals and you have plenty to choose from each day. Happy Gardening

• Grated cheese • White sauce. Gently mix all the different fish flesh together with the cooked white sauce and cover the hard boiled eggs with it. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated cheese on top. Put in the oven at about 170 degrees C for as long as it takes to cook any of the fish that is fresh and heat up the other cooked fish – probably only half an hour. Throw some fresh parsley on top to serve.

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Fabulous food made easy Veg – cherry, truss and other salad tomatoes are available from Wanneroo and districts; capsicums, egg plant, spinach, silverbeet and sweet white salad onions. A great way of buying lettuce is the 2 heads of cos that are available in a packet these days. Each leaf can be used as a little plate with cream cheese, small celery and capsicum pieces mixed together and served on it. Great finger food ! Blokes like this too, as one leaf of lettuce fits onto their sandwich creations really well.

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

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

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Mental Health Minister Helen Morton is urging all West Australians to make a new year’s resolution to go one step further in supporting one another this year. “Whether it is family members, friends, teammates, colleagues, neighbours or business associates; all appreciate it when we go out of our way to show we care,” she said. In support of this, the State Government is offering grants of up to $10,000 for community group initiatives aimed at preventing suicide in their local area. The $250,000 scheme builds on WA Suicide Prevention Strategy and is intended to strengthen local initiatives,

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Mrs Morton said everyone could play a role in reducing suicide and improving mental health in Western Australia. These grants would help local communities run education and training programs to directly support individuals and groups who may be facing tough times. “Reaching out to people, extending that hand of friendship and support now and into the new year can make the world of difference to someone,” she said. The Minister said that one in five West Australians experienced some form of mental illness each year but by taking the time to ask ‘how are you?’ could help someone feel less isolated. “Emergency support services are available to people all year round and I urge anyone who is experiencing difficulties to seek assistance immediately,” Mrs Morton said.

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Mine is to cut sugar from our diet! I’ve have noticed that over the Christmas period sugar has become a more frequent inclusion in the house. We lead a pretty busy life and like most, don’t want to get sick! So our goal is to create a healthy immune system so when we need to go hard our bodies can keep up. Most research seems to agree that a major suppressor of your immune system is sugar. Soft drinks account for 33% of all added sugars consumed, says Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, a spokeswomen for the Sugar Association. The list of health issues directly related to overconsumption of sugar includes obesity; hyperglycemia; tooth decay; arthritis; gallstones; heart disease; food allergies; diabetes; ovarian cancer; eczema in children, to name a few. Amazing really when you consider sugar really doesn’t give back anything in return. So based on some desk research we have come up with a 5 step sugar fighting plan: 1. Don’t skip breakfast It’s the most important meal of the day, helping to boost your metabolism and curb sweet cravings. “Eating breakfast will prevent that 10am drop in blood sugar, which will have you reaching for a ‘quick fix’ blueberry muffin,” advises Nikki Heyder, nutritional counsellor and healthy-eating expert who runs the blog Nood. “Stabilising your blood sugar levels means less chance of sugar cravings.”

will most likely still have a need for nicotine – the addictive component of cigarettes – and this is what creates the urge to smoke again. By taking nicotine in a ‘clean form’ – that is without the dangerous carbon monoxide and tar ingredients – the physical withdrawal symptoms are reduced, allowing you to focus your energies on breaking the smoking habit.

With the cigarette tax rise on 1st December we have already seen a large number of people making a new attempt to quit smoking, often after many prior unsuccessful attempts. Now with the New Year upon us even more hopefuls will be resolving to make 2014 the year they finally give cigarettes the flick!

Five evidence-based NRT products are currently available in Australia: patches, gum, inhaler, lozenges and the quickmist spray. One option that works well for many is to use patches regularly and then treat any “breakthrough” cravings with nicotine 2mg gum.

As with all lifestyle and behaviour changes such as exercising more, drinking in moderation and modifying our diet, being able to stop smoking can be really difficult at the best of times. During January when parties or paying bills (or both) make life especially stressful, these kinds of resolutions can be really hard to keep. Nevertheless, when it comes to smoking, any time is a good time to quit; and it’s never too late. Studies have shown that for smokers who quit at age 50 the risk of a tobacco related death is reduced by about two thirds; and for those who stop before middle age the risk is little more than for non-smokers. However, becoming and staying a nonsmoker doesn’t happen by accident. Smokers who plan before they quit are significantly more successful than those who don’t; and planning can be done quickly and easily. The decision to quit must be yours and yours alone, but to help you plan for long term success you should enlist the support of family and friends. Your pharmacist can also offer you valuable support.

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All these medications are available from Bindoon and Gingin Pharmacy without a prescription (and some are now Government subsidised); whilst an oral prescription-only product may also be useful for other smokers who have tried everything else. For more self-help strategies have a look at the fact cards titled Smoking and Staying a Non-smoker available at Bindoon and Gingin Pharmacy. To celebrate your New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking Bindoon & Gingin Pharmacy are offering Nicotinell Step 1 Patch 7 pack, 2mg or 4mg Gum 96 for just $17.99 each during January!! Come in and see us today!

The ‘cold turkey’ approach works well for many people but for smokers who are heavily addicted to nicotine using a medicine to help the quit process can also make good sense. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is an option worth considering. These nicotine substitutes help to treat the withdrawal symptoms and cravings in order to make it easier to quit. When you do stop smoking, your body

2. Out of sight, out of mind A post Christmas clean out to put temptation out of reach by clearing the pantry of sugary treats. 3. Limit processed carbs Avoid loading up on processed carbohydrates such as breads, muffins and white pasta.

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

For appointments call Dr Keith Brown on 0418 409 475

4. Monitor your drinks Minimise soft drinks or bottled juices or avoid them altogether. 5. Sugar isn’t a seasoning Don’t use sugar as a condiment, such as on cereal, coffee and tea.

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

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

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

BINDOON, Cammeray Farm

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

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

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

GINGIN Tourist Park • Profitable business enjoying all year round trade. • Caravan Park • Roadhouse and restaurant provides a high margin value add. Information pack and full financials are available to qualified buyers. For sale by expression of interest.

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For sale $590,000 18 Lakeside Gardens, Bindoon 1.39ha (3.4 acres)

King size home There is nothing small about this fabulous barn style home! From the larger than life dining area – to the very spacious upstairs parents retreat.

The owners of this 4 x 2 home were attracted to the Barn Style look, but their research found that most of the kit home options were too small. For the same money they decided could build a much bigger home. Using the owner’s uncles building business, R&B homes to put together a custom design. They chose a steel frame home over the traditional brick and tile primarily for thermal efficiency – double brick retains a lot more heat than the colourbond cladding used, and with the correct insulation is better suited to our hot climate. There was also the added benefit of reduced fire risk and white ant infestation. The plans were created by the owners, drawn up by the architect and the result is a home that has it all - upsized for comfort and harmonious living. The children’s rooms are downstairs including a large theatre room. Upstairs is all for the parents; large bedroom with his and hers full sized walk in dressing room. Adjoining office and lounge/ reading room with a lovely outlook. The property boasts picturesque views across Bindoon Valleys and is close to the shops and the schools. Ph Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783

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• A huge verandah/pool & bar entertaining area to soak up the valley views. • Built in bar & BBQ overlooking the sparkling below ground pool • A bonus 3 bed cottage accomm for friends, family or manager or rent at $300pw. • Seven-stable complex, an old machinery shed & more. • 47 acres of lush valley - tree lined winter creek and your very own ‘lake” and island. No water problems on this property!

To arrange a viewing contact Jackie Shervington 0419 045 783

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Ransomware

It is not advisable to pay any ransom, as there is no guarantee that the malware will be removed, in fact it is more likely that you will be targeted for further extortion. It is advisable to get a computing professional to assess the damage and see what can be recovered. To mitigate against the impact of ransomware, it is best to ensure you have a regular backup, preferably offsite and not connected to the network. This way it is possible to recover files that have been encrypted or rebuild systems that have become unusable. Prevention is better than cure so it pays to follow the standard precautions for safe computing: Always have an up to date anti-virus package installed; don’t open attachments that look unusual or are from unknown senders; don’t click on links in emails as these could take you to an infected website; and lastly, be careful which websites you do visit, as they could infect your PC. A number of antivirus products have browser extensions that can advise the trustworthiness of websites, it is worth using these to be safe. Also as mentioned last month, don’t install software that you are not sure is 100% safe.

There’s a new kid in Malware town and he’s causing trouble. Going by the generic label of Ransomware, this class of malicious software takes control of a system and then directs the user to pay for the system to be unlocked. The intention is always to extort money from the user. In some cases a law enforcement agency message will be used claiming that the computer has been used for illegal activities. In other cases, files will be encrypted and rendered unusable unless the ransom is paid. In Australia, the Cryptolocker virus has been impacting many businesses and individuals, including local councils in WA. The payload for this virus encrypts all Office documents on drives that are connected to the infected computer. Once this process is completed, a message will popup stating that the files have been encrypted and that a ransom is required to decrypt the files. This can obviously cause a significant impact on the businesses involved. The infections are usually caused by users opening attachments in emails that look like PDF documents but are in fact executable programs. It is also possible for websites to install the malicious code to workstations.

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Chamber Update The Chittering Chamber Christmas sundowner finished off a strong year of regular networking events for members and non members within the region. The Chamber operates as a catalyst to ensure membership and the community are connected and hopefully fosters collaboration and economic growth. As we all know running a business is hard work and we can’t afford to become complacent. None more so than within our region, which is in all likelihood due for some significant changes over the next 10 -20 years. News out this month that the federal government has confirmed the $615m will be available for the Swan Valley bypass ( a total of $1.3b) linking the Tonkin highway to Muchea. This will no doubt change the future of the towns to our south such Bullsbrook

CROOKED WALL FUNCTION CENTRE At Bindoon’s Windmill Farm Features include: • A fully equipped 120 sq metre conference room • Air conditioning • 10 trestle tables • 60 cushioned chairs • Surround sound stereo • WiFi • Wall screen for projection • 2.9 meter high noise absorbent ceiling

Colleen Osborne & Trish Murrell

• Large verandah with outdoor setting and great views • BYO welcome (unlicensed) • Parking facilities ample • Additional Presentation equipment can be arranged if required • Accommodation available – comfortable, air conditioned chalet style accommodation with ‘en suite’ facilities.

and Muchea but also those North as we all become closer to the city with this new highway. The recent proposal to Chittering council to consider a proposed scheme amendment to rezone a portion of Lot M1313 Great Northern Highway, Muchea from ‘Agricultural Resource’ to ‘Industrial Development Zone’ is just an example of this new direction and confidence in the south of the region as a future employment node. The announcement of federal funding is likely to be a tipping point for change within the region as Perth becomes so much closer and we become an attractive place to do business. Just think back 6 years ago before traffic lights; Muchea Sale yard complex provided a catalyst to attract the likes of Wards, Leeds, Hampton and Douglas stockyards. Just a few of the highly visible business that have migrated north.

Muchea Sheds, now AMS is growing from strength to strength just imagine what another 5 years of progress will look like. The Chamber looks forward to working with members and welcoming new members as it continues to be the catalyst to help unite our business ecosystem so all prosper as our region surely will.

Connecting our Business Community

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

Phone: 0419 043 960 Email: chitteringcc@gmail.com Address: P O Box 292, Bindoon WA 6502 Facebook: Chittering Chamber of Commerce

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

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

Phone: (08) 9576 1136 Web: www.windmillfarmstay.com

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Agri business education at MURESK The Muresk Institute is again to be the centre of excellence in agribusiness education in Western Australia.

On December 11, a group of students and their parents toured laboratories, lecture theatres, living quarters, recreation facilities and the farm at Muresk. They also received additional information about the degree, operation of the farm and had questions answered. All participated enthusiastically in a number of activities to promote the degree including the filming of footage for a short television and cinema advertisement. Information newly released by Muresk Institute, was provided for those looking to live on campus. This included availability of accommodation either full time, one semester at a time, by the week, two or three nights a week or on a nightly basis. Catering may also be available subject to enough students signing up for meals.

Catholic Agricultural college, Bindoon

End of year awards CAC Awards and Presentation Evening was held on Friday 6th December. The evening commenced with Welcome to Country, before the official speeches and Awards presentations. The College Dux for 2013 was awarded to Emily Lanman and the Principal’s Award was awarded to Jared Zucchetto. The evening was also an opportunity for the College community to farewell the Year 12 students, who were given a Guard of Honour as they left the stage after presentations. The Awards evening concluded with a supper in the student dining room.

The Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management is being offered in a partnership with C Y O’Connor Institute and has attracted nearly 30 applications so far. The course will mark the return of a degree to the iconic Muresk campus near Northam which has a history of almost 90 years producing well qualified graduates to fill positions in farming and agriculture related businesses.

​ gribusiness scholarship A offered to students within the Gingin Shire Students within the Gingin Shire will have the opportunity to kick start their tertiary education with the launch of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s largest ever scholarship program today. As part of the 2014 scholarship program, Gingin Community Bank® Branch & Lancelin Branch and Rural Bank will support an academically capable local student who may experience financial challenges with accessing tertiary study, specifically in the field of agribusiness. Gingin Community Bank® & Lancelin Branch Chairman David Roe said the scholarship support was part of the branch’s ongoing commitment to building stronger communities. “Some students may face challenges in their ability to further their education and the program has been designed to give the students an opportunity to pursue their dreams”, David said. “We’re pleased to work with Rural Bank this year to financially support local students to continue their education in this important field of study, which will not only be a benefit to them but also to our wider community.”

Reasons the students gave for choosing the CSU degree included: its practical, hands on nature, being rural based, situated on a working farm and being part of a small campus. The general consensus was that the degree better suited their aspirations for careers in agricultural business and finance than ones that were science based. All welcomed the opportunity to see the facilities at Muresk first hand and the chance to meet the staff who would be delivering the course. Director of the Higher Education Project, Dr Christine Storer said it was a red letter day for staff who ran very smooth campus and farm tours for the new students and their families. It was good practice for the larger group expected on January 22. “I spoke to many students who decided to accept their offer of a place in the course based on what they saw and heard during their visit. “This is a critical part of getting the course going successfully,” she said.

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

The successful applicant will initially receive funding for one year of study in an agribusiness- related undergraduate degree and, depending on academic performance, the scholarship may be renewed to assist the second year of study. Jared Zucchetto and Principal Marie Barton

This will be the first year that a scholarship has been awarded. Managing Director of Rural Bank, Paul Hutchinson said the long-term success of the farming sector relied on young people being encouraged to choose a career in the industry. “As a member of the Bendigo Bank family, Rural Bank is dedicated to backing the Australian farming community and tertiary study in this field is a key factor,” Mr Hutchinson said

Emily Lanman and Principal Marie Barton

Scholarship applications will close at 5pm (AEDST) on Friday 24 January 2014 and will be assessed in early 2014. For more information about the 2014 scholarships, visit www. bendigoadelaide.com.au/scholarships.

Great careers start here... Whether you are looking for a new career, your first job, a promotion or just want to try something new. C.Y. O’Connor Institute has training to suit you. C.Y. O’Connor Institute offers flexible training and is dedicated to providing a great learning environment. Many of our courses are available via flexible delivery and enrolments are open year round. If you want to gain confidence and learn skills for an exciting career, contact the Institute today.

Great Careers Start Here... Enquire today For more information P: 1800 627 256 W: www.cyoc.wa.edu.au E: info@cyoc.wa.edu.au

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PONDERINGS By Alex Douglas

A few weeks ago some kind people gave me a novelty coffee mug as a birthday present; you know the sort of thing. A few words of wit or wisdom to ponder while imbibing a caffeine fix. This one warns the reader that I have an attitude that I’m not afraid to use. Amusing and, some may say, containing an element of truth. However, it served to get me thinking about attitudes, or, more precisely, what we now mean when we refer to attitudes. It is common to hear it said that someone has “a bad attitude” or perhaps “has an attitude problem”, almost as if it was bad breath that was being discussed; and if somebody tells us, “I like your attitude”, we usually assume it’s said with tongue firmly in cheek! It makes the whole matter of attitudes seem a trifle negative, which is sad when we consider the other aspect of the coffee mug quote – attitudes can be “used”, and how we use them is up to us! I remember an old Hank Williams song called “Everything’s Okay” in which the singer tells a tale of ever – increasing woes, each verse describing yet another setback and each ending with the line, “We’re still a-living, so everything’s okay!” Now here was a fellow with an attitude we could all learn something from! It is a simple humorous ditty with this really valuable message contained within. It doesn’t matter what befalls you, it’s your own attitude that determines how it affects you! We are all potential victims of bad happenings. Our valuable

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whatsit gets stolen from us and the widgets that we depend upon for our happiness malfunction; we are downcast, distraught even. We tell people about our problems and wonder why they seem not to care as much as we do! What’s wrong with them? Can’t they see how painful life is for us right now? They’ve got a really bad attitude! Probably not! Actually it’s more likely to be our own attitude that’s afflicting us. Let us apply a bit of logic to the situation! We can either have a stolen whatsit and broken widgets and be miserable, or have a stolen whatsit and broken widgets and be happy in spite of it. Either way we’ve got a stolen whatsit and broken widgets! So it’s up to us which attitude we adopt. We choose! A man called Viktor Frankl survived the Nazi death camps because of his attitude. He said “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” We will surely never have to face the horrors that he did, but we can still learn from his words. We choose! As we enter 2014 I hope we all have a very happy year. I hope that all our troubles are small ones, but I suspect there will times when they seem anything but small. If that’s the case, I hope we will all seek and find the attitude that will make them seem small; and that we will all be willing to help each other in that seeking and finding! That we will choose wisely! Thanks for your time.

Sat Vigil: St Catherine’s Gingin 6pm (Constable Street) Sunday: St Anne’s Bindoon 7.30am (6549 Great Northern Hwy) Bullsbrook Shrine-Church 9.30am (9am Rosary) Immaculate Heart College, 34 Santa Gertrudis Drive, Lower Chittering Sunday 5pm Mass. Christian Fellowship (9576 1326) CWA Hall, Turner Road, Bullsbrook Worship Service every Sunday 10am Gateway Church (0437 411 227 or 9571 8238)

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many; and by the time we’re five we are constructing complex sentences.

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By the time we’re eighteen we are aware of some 60,000 words. It sounds like a lot but it’s a tiny part of the 1,000,000 plus that make up the English language. It is estimated that most intelligent people know about 75,000 words of which they encounter some 50,000 regularly either talking or reading and writing. How many we actually use varies a great deal. Academics and bureaucrats tend to use more than they really need to express even simple concepts; while research monitoring teenagers talking on phones found that they can manage with fewer than 1,000.

We are chatty creatures, we love words, but we’re not born chatting merrily away. In fact speaking is a learned skill that takes time. We start out making an assortment of animalistic sounds and for most of our first year that’s as good as it gets. Gradually sounds take on meaning and by the age of two we have a vocabulary of around fifty words. About the same as a smart dog! Then things speed up. The next year we add about five times that

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Tony Webb, former editor Chittering Times

A TIME LINE.- Psalm 90 v 10 The days of our life are three score years and ten. If by reason of strength they become four score years, yet it is their strength, labour and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. I was visiting a friend recently who is a collector of many things, his workshop is an Alladins cave of weird and interesting curios. He is also a great thinker and philosopher and loves a yarn.

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I had noticed on previous visits a rusty old tape measure nailed to the outside the sliding door to the workshop at eye level, and wondered what the purpose was. The tape was in imperial and measured 96 inches. At intervals there was a vertical mark in Texta. He then explained the purpose of the tape. This he said represents my time line, every morning as I unlock the padlock to the door I get a visual reminder of my life and how much time I may have left. I would add my friend is 73 years old. I was amazed at the simplicity of this constant reminder and pondered how time slips away before we achieve our targets in life.

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Remembering the past...

Reflecting on the year Wheatbelt Men’s Health. PO Box 768, Northam WA 6401, Phone: 08 9690 2277 Email: menshealth@4blokes.com.au

At the beginning of a new year and while we are perhaps having a holiday or looking forward to one, now is a good opportunity to reflect on the past year and look at all the things (good, bad and perhaps ugly) that may have happened to us. There are three areas in our life that we have regular input into and so we can use these areas to reflect on the year that was. These are: •F  amily Life (the most important and a good starting point); • The Workplace; and •T  he Community Group (this comes in many different forms, it may be the sports club, theatre group, church, school council, P&C, men’s shed, rotary, lions, chamber of commerce etc.) We should always work on the context of firstly looking after ourselves, thus making sure we are in a good place to then look out for our mates. When looking at these three areas of our life it is important to consider benchmarks that may have set, and achievements and/or failures that we have had along the way. Our Family Life - have we fulfilled our personal goals for the year? •H  ave we had some “me” time? (for blokes this is cave time, for ladies it is quite often simply shopping or getting their hair done) • Did we have that family holiday? • How’s that bucket list going? •A  re we maintaining our passions and interests? The Workplace •B  usiness and Financial Review budgets – how did we go? • Increasing job satisfaction • Looking out for our work mates The Community Group • Volunteering, playing sport • Are we involved? • Are we continuing to learn new things? •A  re we a positive and helpful participant? We sometimes take things for granted so we need to make sure we relish and appreciate our achievements, a lot happens in a year.

New Bindoon Townsite Heritage Walk project The Shire of Chittering are creating a community history stories walk trail through the Bindoon townsite which has been proudly supported by the Australian Government funded Your Community Heritage Program. They are hoping that this tale trail will open up local history to a wider audience and encourage more visitors to stop at Bindoon. The 2km walk through the townsite will have trailhead and roadcrossing signage, along with interpretive placards telling the history of 12 sites around the town. The trail will start at Clune Park and

As the information for the Bindoon Heritage Walk is collected, NVNews will publish an excerpt each month. Below is some of the history collected so far about the Bindoon Hall

A full copy of the plan, including the stories to be included at the other points of interest on the trail is available for public comment at the Shire offices until 4pm on Friday 31st January 2014. See the project page on Shire website – www.chittering.wa.gov.au, click DISCOVER and Bindoon Townsite Heritage Walk. Please contact Karen Dore on 9576 4600 or email chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au if you have feedback.

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

This map, created by NVNews, is an artistic interpretation of what the Bindoon Heritage Trail may look like.

Bindoon Town Hall The Bindoon Town Hall was constructed using materials from the 1903 Chittering Agricultural Hall which was located near the Old Road Boards building . • 1939 – constructed under the direction of Architect CLE Harrison by Contractor A Wishart. • 1944 – Road Board purchased a 15kv plant for lighting (note, operational for 5 years) • 1947 – the Road Board charcoal store was dismantled with the materials reerected to house pan system toilets. • 1948 – the Bindoon RSL took on caretaking duties and a 2,000 gallon water tank was installed by the Board. • 1949 – G Ferguson dug a well as the water supply from the tank was not sufficient and the Bindoon Garage started to supply power • 1952 – a copper was installed and the Lotteries Commission gave £75 for the installation of play equipment. • 1953 – a separate toilet block was constructed by a group of local ratepayers led by JS Cartmell, cost £109 and the Bindoon Show Society erected a shed for storage and use as the Bar on Show Day, £100 was drawn from the bank to cover costs. • 1954 – the tennis courts were improved, followed by the removal of the old engine shed the next year.

The benefits of reflecting on the past year are profound for our wellbeing. Some of these benefits are summarized below:

• 1956 – the area north of the Hall was used for open-air picture shows during summer.

•W  e realize the enormous amount of things achieved (big or small) across the three areas in our life and that it is important to “feel good” about it.

• 1956/7 – the Supper Room was added by Peter Stonehouse following a call for tenders.

•R  eflecting also allows us to take a break from being in the thick of things (a real break) and reset our goals and priorities in an orderly and informed manner. This will get our energy levels going again in 2014.

will feature a large Interpretive Board detailing the route (map), funders and contributors.

The Shire are still seeking more information and stories on the following...Can you help?

Socialising at the Hall

match taking place.

Weddings, parties, badminton, movies, debutante balls, square dancing and other parties were all enjoyed at the Hall. Local Les Utting and the Fewsters Band from Gingin were regular suppliers of music. During the times when there was no drinking in the Hall the gentlemen used to partake in the carpark – which sometimes resulted in the odd ‘boxing’

The Patterson Girls remember helping polish the floors using weeties and candlewax and a hessian covered concrete block. Sawdust and kerosene was also used to make it more ‘slidey’ but not too slidey! Ruth says “Balls were definitely a dress up affair – if it was called a ball then a long evening gown for the ladies

was a must and for the men a suit with tie. Supper was a collection of plates brought by the guests… sandwiches, pikelets, scones, butterfly cakes, cream sponges, sausage rolls and dainty iced cakes laid out on long trestle tables in the Supper Room” During the late 1950’s and early 60’s movies were shown on a big screen every Friday night, by a husband and wife from the city.

• 1957 – the CWA added a room to the left of the existing hall. • 1976 – extensions undertaken to the southern side of the Hall, the Bindoon Show Society donated £200 to the cause.

Enjoy your break and holiday you deserve it.

• 1989 – 50th Anniversary Celebrations, including re-painting thanks to the Bindoon Theatre Group

All the best for 2014 from the team at Regional Men’s Health.

• 2014 – restoration, thanks to financial assistance from Lotterywest

Local defence volunteers. Thanks to Pat Parkinson

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Miss WA at Bindoon Hall in 1968. Thanks to Gwenda Rogers

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CATHOLIC AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE BINDOON A Year 7-12 co-educational, day and boarding school situated in the beautiful Chittering Valley north of Perth

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Laughter and plenty of chatter filled the Wannamal Hall at the Annusal Christmas Tree. Much to the delight of all the young children Father Christmas arrived on a gator. For all the youngsters the most important part of the evening is the arrival of Father Christmas, for those a bit older the chance to catch up and relax after a busy harvest is much anticipated. Over 70 people were on hand to congratulate a very surprised Sheila Heausler ,as she was presented with Life Membership to the Wannamal Community Centre. Gail Smith was presented the Cowra Shield by Mal Taylor in acknowlegement of her outstanding contribution to the Wanammal and Bindoon communities. during 2013. Ashlyn Smith and Hayleigh Taylor recieved Thompson Medals - these are given to students moving onto secondary school.

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

Bindoon Sporting and Rec Assn

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

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Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bindoon Primary School Staff room, Gordon Houston Meets every Friday at Chinkabee 9.30am-12pm Belinda Martin Ros Maindock George Ferguson Lois Jones (President) Joy Askew (Secretary) Colin Clarkson (Captain) Dave Mann (Secretary) Meets Mon nights in the Town Hall from 7-9pm Yvonne Press Thursday evenings at 6:30pm, Chinkabee courts. Ph Vivienne du Plessis Alex Douglas Meets 1st Wed every second month at 7pm in the Fire Station Catherine Choules Shaley Rory Bennett John Thompson (President) Open 7 days a week. Visitors welcome. info@chequersgolf.org Meets the 2nd Tues of every month at 7.30pm at the Brockman Centre Meets Thursdays at the Lower Chittering Hall. Scouter in Charge is Sue Budd

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

Dave Barnes Ian Hall Ian Claxon Ann Graham (injured wildlife) Secretary - Karen Derrick Meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the CWA rooms at 10.00am Carolyn Cover (President) Jackie Shervington Pres Angela Anspach Secretary Irene Dewar email: irenedewar@me.com. 2nd Mon of month at 6.30pm, Bowling club, Gingin. 4th Mon of month at 6.30pm at St John Ambulance Rooms, Bindoon. Pat Elliot

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Important moments in history are determined by all kinds of factors. However, the single most important factor is almost always the quality of the people in charge of decision making... And the great challenge of our time will be the Asian convergence. From the office of Treasurer and Attorney-General for Western Australia, I watched an economy rise in concert with the Asian convergence. The Asian convergence is the single greatest economic event since the industrial revolution. WA’s success did not just happen; it was envisaged and planned into being by generations of decision makers going back through the decades, right back to Sir Charles Court and even before that great man. At the crescendo of the Asian century we will watch as hundreds of millions more people join the global economy. That 60 per cent of the

Having tackled the big economic issues Christian ended his speech with a human insight into the man as he looked up to the public gallery, to his wife, ‘’Jennifer, if I were told that it were within my power to go back to the 1970s to watch Dennis Lillee bowl again at the WACA, that I could take all my friends, that Sir Isaiah Berlin and Han Solo would be special guests, and that James Reyne would do an acoustic set during the lunch break, but that … you could not attend with me, then I would not bother … Jennifer, all the good things are nothing special without you.’’

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success or failure lies with the individual themselves…

Reform is difficult, but the stakes are high and the need is pressing… It is not just our standard of living that will be in peril if we fail to make the best decisions. As a nation small in number, in an immensely populous region, our national security has been founded not just upon alliances but also by superior productivity underpinning a regional economic ascendancy... If we are to exist and thrive with Asian tigers, we would be well advised to remain a formidable economic creature in our own right…

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As a people it is possible that we have become a little too involved in the other great Australian sport: the blaming of government every time something goes wrong in our lives.… in government, as in life, we should not stray too far from the fact that far more often than not the ultimate responsibility for individual

There exists—and I firmly believe this—an opportunity to herald in a great Australian flourishing… Ours will be the age and the region of rise and fall. In the era of change, we will need to change. And courage will be required by this generation of parliamentarians to progress reform…

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This event, which passed into Porter family folklore long before my birth, has woven itself into my being in subterranean ways….

world’s population will in our lifetime converge rapidly towards our own standard of living will have deep implications for the entire world. But that this 60 per cent are our neighbours, with clocks set to our own time zones, means that Australia faces the economic opportunity of its life…

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Olympic Games. That boy was my father, Chilla Porter. He competed in what was then and what remains to this day the longest and most engrossing field event in Olympic history

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Cervantes cricket day Deb Whitely

The Cervantes cricket day went brilliantly. Have attached a couple of photos. Kids had a great time - despite getting beaten convincingly but are keen to redeem themselves on Saturday the 14th Dec at Chinkabee with the return match. Maybe we’ll see you there. 10.30-3.30. After 30 overs Cervantes were on 3/179 and we were all bowled out for 57 so had another bat to finish off the overs. Jamie Mudd received an award for a “caught and bowled” and little Sheldon Lamp won one for being 2 not out after more than 30 balls and having to retire

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because the opposition couldn’t get him out!! Our Captain Oliver Lanman led the side well but didn’t get to put many runs on the board (SUNDRIES was our highest scorer!!) Did you have any luck with the funding shortfall of $600?? My PE dept will have to foot the bill if not - cricket club will pay the $100 GST. Many thanks for the use of the bus - it was quite a noisy but fun trip up and back. Hope someone found the keys I left in Library Slot outside building. The ranger said that would be fine as I didn’t know where to return them over the weekend. Northern Valleys News January 2014


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

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

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

2014 -Chinese year of the horse The 2014 Chinese New Year begins on January 31, 2014 and continues through February 18, 2015. If you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 or 2014 - this is your year! The horse ranks seventh of all the animals in the 12 of the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the horse

are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen in such occasions as concerts, theaters, meetings, sporting occasions, and parties. With a deft sense of humor, horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere.

In Chinese astrology, the Horse means love, endurance, stability, and devotion. The Horse also stands for strength and advancement in rank. Lucky Colors: green, red, purple Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9 Lucky Flowers: giant taro, jasmin

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

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

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

Calingiri Community Gym Open 24/7, contact 9628 7004

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

Gingin Cricket Gingin Cricket Club invites all players that are interesting in playing this season. Cricket gear will be available for those who don’t have there own. Training will start Wednesday 2 October 5:00 pm. For any enquiries please contact Jake Edwards on 0459674726 or John Dale on 0400702163

Gingin SOCIAL TENNIS THURSDAY NIGHTS 6pm at Gingin Regional Hardcourts Come along & have a hit in a friendly, relaxed & casual atmosphere Opening Night: Thursday 17th October 2013, 6pm Sausage Sizzle provided President: Brendon Fewster 9575 1551 or 0417 920 003 Secretary: Simone Gresele 9575 2234 or 0429 196 826 Captain: David Roe 0427 754 059

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

Lower Chittering Tex Wed 9-10am with Judy Dennis

Should your class be here? Email to Jackie@nvnews.com. au or Phone: 0419 045 783

Summer time - splash out at Gingin Iluka Aquatic Centre What is happening at the pool. Early Morning Swim Monday, Wed & Friday from 6am to 7.30am Gingin Super Seals Gingin Acquatic Club Inc Swin Squad training days: Monday and Wednesday training times from 4pm. Virtual Rottnest Swim You get to swim the 19.7km to Rottnest in the pool. Get your team together and join in the fun. No sharks - no seaweed - no waves! The visual Rottnest Swim will be held on Saturday 22 February 2014. Aqua Aerobics Tuesdays at 5.30pm - Aqua Aerobics for all ages. Please ring to pool or Roxanne Fewster on 0419 192 511 for more information.

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VacSwim swimming lessons for you children are available in the school holidays 2nd series - late enrolments will be accepted at the pool (no guarantee but worth trying). Monday 13 January 2014- Friday 24 January 2014

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Rainer Duxworth & Grant Edwards - winners of the team roping. Photo: Ozcan Photography

Inaugural Mogumber NYE Rodeo a success Pauline Carr

The tiny town of Mogumber came alive for the very first Mogumber Outback Club New Years Eve Rodeo. Just under 2000 people attended the event travelling from far & wide to see all the action of the face paced sport. The Saddle Bronc category, sponsored by Gilmac, was won by Travis Edwards who travelled all the way from Texas back to his home town of Wannamal to compete on the day. Another local Kayne Drew took out the Chittering Shire’s Novice Bull Ride Category. However, the biggest applause came when MOC committee members & locals Rainer Duxorth & Grant Edwards took out the Afgri Team Roping event with a time of 13.87 sec. Event Manager Pauline Carr said the day was

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a huge success. “This event was only possible through the hard work of our committee and the locals who volunteered on the day. This is the first time our committee has put on an event of this scale and it’s a credit to our team that the day went off without any major glitches. The event aimed to raise money for the Mogumber Outback Club Inc and the Mogumber Community. Final figures are still being crunched but the funds raised would be well over $15,000 - far beyond the committee’s first year estimate. We sincerely thank all the sponsors of the event and every single person who helped make the day happen.” Photos of the day can be viewed on the Mogumber Outback Club Inc Facebook page, including a fantastic aerial shot taken by sponsor Western Hay.

MOGUMBER RODEO RESULTS

=1st Reece Jasper 3rd Allannah Bell

U11 Barrel Race

1st Brianna Maxwell 2nd Tahlia Metcalf 3rd Levi Metcalf 4th Samantha Collins

- 26.18 - 6.59 - 30.10 - 30.17

11-U14 Barrel Race

1st Hunta Gallacher -16.66 2nd Trey Gallacher - 16.71 3rd Aneeka Ronchi-Cousins -17.68 4th Jack Collins - 18.04

14-U18 Barrel Race 1st Taya Hill 2nd Jessica Doyle 3rd Rebecca Young 4th Allannah Bell

8-U11 Poddy Ride 1st Levi Metcalf

11-U14 Steer Ride

1st Tyrell Metcalf 2nd William Fitzgerald 3rd Cody Larsen 4th Jack Collins

14-U18 Steer Ride =1st Jeremy Green

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U18 Junior Breakaway Roping No Times

Novice Bull Ride 1st Kane Drew 2nd Gerard Whelan 3rd Jeremy Green =4th Brad Kammann =4th Mick Thorn

Open Bull Ride

1st Tyrell Smith

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Saddlebronc - 16.83 -18.38 - 20.50 - 28.51 - 46 - 69 - 60 - 59 - 53

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1st Travis Edwards 2nd Rhys Morrissey =3rd Chad Dudley =3rd John Turner 4th David Peskett  

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1st Wade McCarthy 2nd John Turner =3rd Luke Metcalf =3rd Peter Price

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Bareback

Rope & Tie

1st Maverick DeBurgh 2nd Travis Edwards

- 16.47 - 22.19

Steer Wrestling

1st Laurance Oversby 2nd Travis Edwards 3rd Paul Casey 4th Mick Collins

- 6.39 - 6.79 - 6.87 - 10.68

Team Roping

1st Header- Grant Edwards- 13.87 Heeler- Rainer Duxorth 2nd Header- Travis Edwards -14.78 Heeler- Rainer Duxorth 3rd Header- Ian Lehman - 16.17 Heeler- Daniel Begg

Ladies Barrel Race

1st Hayley Hall 2nd Wendy Harris 3rd Simone Britten 4th Elise Croft

Breakaway Roping

1st Tammy Kinney 2nd Bronwyn Hill 3rd Sharnie Studman

Steer Undecorating

1st Elise Croft 2nd Tammy Kinney 3rd Bronwyn Hill 4th Melissa Maxwell

- 16.36 - 16.49 - 16.54 - 16.80 - 4.30 - 6.19 - 8.33 - 2.33 - 2.35 - 2.39 - 3.63

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