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Issue 122

February 2014

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Karri Kwilters celebrate Pemberton Pat Nock As a surprise inclusion to the Pemberton Australia Day free breakfast and Citizen of the Year award, the Karri Kwilters and other Pemberton ladies presented a wall hanging to the community of Pemberton. This exceptional artwork was unveiled by Pemberton elder Mr George South, and was a project initiated by Margaret Smith. Featuring highlights of the town (some still standing) and showcasing the

industries of Pemberton, this wall hanging is a celebration of our town and its rich heritage. The project commenced in early 2013 and took hundreds of hours to bring to fruition. For a bigger photo of the wall hanging, see page 15. Below L to R: Dianne Franklyn, Margaret Hunter, Margaret Smith, Pat Nock, Mollie Scotman, Bernie Stringer Photo by Tracy Leigh

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Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor, We would like to thank the Pemberton community for organising the fantastic Seniors Lunch on 6 December. We have moved from Northcliffe to Pemberton Hospital in the last 3–4 months, and we were made to feel most welcome at the lunch. Thanks to all the school kids, parents and volunteers for the wonderful lunch that you provided. We had a fantastic day. Eileen Hughes and Dot Walters, Pemberton Hospital

Inside story During the Christmas break, I have been working on updating the style of the PCN. Tracy Leigh has designed a new banner for the front page including a well-known logo – to give you a hint, have a look at the PEM number plates! Thank you to Dominic Banks for his permission to use this logo on the PCN. I have also changed the font and formatting. The aim is for a more modern look that is easy to read. The PCN relies on your contributions to make this paper. We are here for you to advertise your events, publish articles about events and give any regular notices of meetings etc. We are very keen to promote local events and meetings, and are very happy to publish regular updates on events or local groups. We also accept poetry, stories, anecdotes, photos, local history snippets etc. Basically anything of local interest! So, please let me have your comments on the new style and also if you have any ideas for articles of interest to the local community. I look forward to hearing from you! Happy reading

Josephine Smith, PCN editor

The PCN: the Pemberton Community News (‘PCN’) is published by the Pemberton Community Resource Centre Inc. (‘CRC’), a community managed, not-for-profit organisation. The CRC: phone 08 9776 1745, fax 08 9776 1747 Email office@pembertoncrc.org.au Website: www.pemberton.crc.net.au PO Box 375, 29 Brockman Street, Pemberton WA 6260 Circulation: approximately 500 copies Available at: the Pemberton CRC, Pemberton Post and Newsagency, Pemberton IGA, Pemberton General Store, Millhouse Café, Crossings Bakery, Pemberton Discovery Centre and Pemberton Visitor Centre. Available online: via the Pemberton CRC website. This online version is in full colour and is free to access. Back issues: available on request from the CRC for a small fee.

2 Inside story/letter to the editor 3 Pemberton community calendar/notices 4 Your local information station 5 Pemberton community diary 6/7 Pemberton Classic 8 Real estate talk 9 Southerners and PDHS P&C updates 10 Why I love … (new feature) 11 PCCI/Weather eye 12/13 History corner 14 Emergency preparedness free workshops 15 Karri Kwilters wall hanging detail 16/17 Bowlers Bulletin 17 St Johns ambulance training program 18 Australia Day 19 10 years on – PAG celebrates 20/21 Clearing of vegetation of Grays Road 22 The Jim Craigie fence/Community garden 23 Travelling during bushfire season 24/25 CRC news 26 Backyard Buddies 27 Dept of Consumer Affairs/Prayer 28 CWA/Photography competition 29 Quiet life 30 Karri Valley Triathlon/Driver Reviver 31 Wild Southern Forests (new feature) 32 Local media release round-up 33 Break time 34 Mill Hall/Corporate welfare state 35 Classifieds/Do not call register 36 Shire bulletin

Subscription: $25 for twelve issues with delivery in Australia (contact the CRC for delivery overseas) Pemberton CRC employees and volunteers: Peter Smith – CRC manager Josephine Smith – PCN editor Deborah Dirks – Finance and admin officer Tracey Kimpton – Training and marketing officer Tracy Leigh – Grants and ICT officer Bill Bryant – Pemberton historian Shelley Jackson and Maria Pascoe, Pat Nock – Office casuals/volunteers Use of material in this publication is subject to the Copyright Act 1968. The Pemberton Community News retains names and addresses for submitters of published election commentary for a period of six months after Federal and State elections.

Disclaimer: Advertisement and Community Editorial article content in the Pemberton Community News (‘PCN’) are the responsibility of the author. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the PCN. While the PCN makes every reasonable effort to ensure that no misleading claims or statements are made, no responsibility is accepted by the PCN for statements made or for failure of any product or service to give satisfaction. Inclusion of a product or service should not be construed as a PCN endorsement or recommendation. It is the author’s responsibility to advise the Editor if the article is not to go further than the PCN. Pricing can be reviewed at the discretion of the PCN and the PCN will notify advertisers of any such change as soon as possible after any change.

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Pemberton community calendar and notices Annual events in Pemberton January – Australia Day March – Pemberton Classic Cycle Race (Labour Day weekend), Clean Up Australia Day, SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon

What’s on in February 2014 8 – Mill Hall busy bee (p. 34) 8 – Vic Conte community garden busy bee (p. 22) 11 – CWA AGM (p. 28) 15 – City of Perth Opera in the Park –Tosca 7.45pm, live simulcast via Westlink Contact the CRC to watch or record this event 22 – Pemby Film Society East of Eden (see below) 28 – deadline for CRC trainee applications (see below)

April – Easter Photography Exhibition, ANZAC day, Relentless Blue Mountain Bike Race May – Killarnée Targa South West Rally September – Lower SW League football finals October – Pemberton Arts Group Annual Exhibition November – LF Performance Speed Event Series— Pemberton Hill Climb, Pump Hill Road

What’s on in March 2014

December – New Year’s Eve fireworks display

1/2 – Pemberton Classic (pp. 6/7) 8 – Vic Conte community garden busy bee 23 – Emergency preparedness free workshop (p. 14) 29 – Karri Valley Triathlon (p. 30) 29 – Pemby Film Society Turtles can fly

TBC – Southern Forests Festival Pemberton Throughout the year – Art Exhibitions, Mountain Bike Events (Pemberton Pool Tracks), Pemberton Mill Hall Markets, CWA Markets Organising an event? Tell us on 9776 1745 or office@pembertoncrc.org.au

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Your local information station ‘At Elle’s’

9776 0516

Remedial / Hot Stone / Huna Massage  

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Health Fund Provider Workers Comp. claims with Doctor’s referral

Cranio Sacral Therapy Facials / Infra Red Sauna / Spa

www.pembertonmassage.com.au eller@westnet.com.au

Pemberton Supermarket Open 7 Days

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Groceries Continental Selection

Tel: 9776 1264

Dean St, Pemberton

Pemberton Fine Woodcraft Gallery 6 Dickinson Street, Pemberton Open 7 days 9am–5pm Phone 9776 1741

Pemberton Post & Newsagency Open 7 days 8am–5pm (Sundays 8am–1pm) Ph: 9776 1034 Fax: 9776 1434

WordSmith WA Josephine Smith IPEd Accredited Editor Telephone: (08) 9776 0948 or 0410 812580 Email: josmith@wordsmithwa.com.au

Pemberton millhouse café 14 Brockman Street Pemberton WA 6260 Phone (08) 9776 1122

Yoga in Pemberton Classes 11am Wednesdays Pemberton Sports Club (except school holidays Phone Helen on 9771 8248 / 0409 109570

$12 per class or 10 class term pass $100 Beginners welcome

www.anandayogaforlife.com

Pemberton General Store

The

CROSSINGS

Bakery Delicious Baked Goodies

PH: 9776 1411

Giftware ~ CDs ~ Video/DVD Hire ANZ Local Link ~ Gas ~ Groceries 5 Brockman Street, Pemberton

Phone 9776 1151

Pemberton Public Library open hours Monday 1pm–5pm Wed 9am–1.30pm Fri 10am–12.30pm & 1–5pm Sat 9am–12pm

Tel 9776 1311

Please contact the CRC with details of any community events or notices you would like to be published in the PCN. Phone 9776 1745 or email office@pembertoncrc.org.au.

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Pemberton community diary Anglicare Financial Counselling For FREE assistance with budgeting, tax help, payments advice, advocacy. Contact Cathy on 9777 1945. Badminton Ladies—Wednesdays. Contact Evelyn 9776 0332 or Mary 9776 1205. Boxercise Monday & Wednesday 6–7pm and Monday & Friday 9.30–10.30am (crèche available) Contact Natalie 0421 644230 or Daniele 0408 474545. Church Services Uniting & Anglican Churches Anglican Services are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays, 11.15 am at St Hildas, Ellis St. Contact Sam Boulton 9776 1804 or Miriam Van Duuren 9776 1757. Uniting Services are 2nd and 4th Sundays, 9 am at Uniting Church, Brockman St. Contact Tom Backhouse 9776 1472 or Don Jackson 9776 1223. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Weekday mass: Wed 10am and Friday 9am Weekend mass: 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday 8:30am 2nd and 4th Sunday 10:30am. CWA Meeting: CWA Rooms, every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9.30am followed by Craft at 1pm. Markets: Last Saturday in every month. Stall holders welcome. Op Shop and Handicrafts: Open every Saturday 9am to 12pm at the CWA Rooms. All welcome. Contact Bernie on 9776 1648 or Pat on 9776 0388 Fire and Rescue Meets 1st Sat of every month 2pm at the Pemberton Fire Station. Contact Craig on 9776 0091. Free Fun Storytime Sessions 10.30–11am every Saturday morning at the Pemberton Library (except School Holidays). Golf Club Pemberton New Members wanted (especially

Ladies and Juniors). Enquires to club Secretary Chris Church 0439 099417.

Pemberton Waste Transfer Site Open Wednesday 11am–5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12–5pm.

Gym Monday: 9am–6pm Tues & Thurs: 9–11am & 4-9pm Wednesday: 9am–6pm Friday: 10.30am-8pm Saturday: 2–6pm Sunday closed Times subject to change. Contact Sports Club 9776 1066.

Playgroup Meet Tuesdays 9.30–11.30am. Contact Michelle on 9776 0307.

Crèche is available on Monday & Friday 9–11am Book with Sports Club 9776 1066 or Rose Allen 9776 0309.

Ribbons of Blue Community education and awareness of water quality and catchment issues. Contact Andy 9776 1559. RSL Meetings held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 6pm in RSL Memorial Library. Contact Bob Hammond 9776 1256.

Help a Mate If you need help or are aware of someone in need, please contact Cheryl or Noeleen 0428 922184.

St John Ambulance—Pemberton Meets 3rd Monday of every month at the Pemberton Ambulance Hall. New members welcome. Contact Christine Trappitt on 9776 1283.

Lower SW Bird Group Phone Peter Taylor on 9772 4788 or 0428 345245.

Squash Two squash courts with racquets for hire. Contact Sports Club 9776 1066.

Model Railway Club Open Wednesday nights (by request) and Saturday from 1.30pm. Behind the CRC. Contact Simon 0488 230707.

TeleYouth Meet at the Pemberton CRC after school daily to play games. Phone 9776 1745.

Pap Smear Clinics Call Pemberton Hospital on 9776 4000 for an appointment.

Tennis Thursday mornings 9am Sunday afternoons 4pm At the courts behind the PVC. Contact Noeleen 0428 922184.

Pemberton Chamber of Commerce and Industry General Meetings held every quarter. Phone the Secretary 9776 1745. Pemberton Film Society Held last Saturday of the month. Contact Pam 9776 1559. Pemberton Freemason Lodge Meetings on the 4th Wednesday every month. Contact Jim 9776 0124. Pemberton Lawn Bowls Club Social bowls Sundays from 12.45pm. Flat shoes—no bare feet! Corporate Bowls enquiries Janet 9776 1066 or John 9776 1214. Pemberton Photography Club Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm at Charlies (Pemberton Hotel) , Enquiries to Tracy 0488 100 132.

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Vic Conte Community Garden Pemberton A community led project for all! Contact the Pemberton CRC on 9776 1745 for more details. Warren Environmental Group Conservation and environmental group. Contact Andy 9776 1559. Yoga 11 am Wednesdays, Pemberton Sports Club during school terms. Phone Helen 9771 8248 or 0409 109570. Youth Zone Youth Zone for 12–17 year olds is on Fridays from 4–8pm. Contact Sports Club 9776 1066.


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Do you want to be involved in this great event? The Pemberton Classic has a strong list of volunteers who help the event by marshalling, taking registrations, driving utes and a host of other things, but the event organisers are always looking for new blood. So if you would like to get involved with WA’s best regional cycle race, even just as an observer with a view to taking on a role in the future, let us know here at the CRC on 9776 1745.

Prizes for the best event displays! The Pemberton Classic organisers are offering two great prizes for the best residential or business display that complements this great cycle event. There is one prize for in town, and one for out of town. Last year we had hay bales support, large bicycles made from farm bits and pieces, cycle displays in shop windows or on buildings. So get creative, get building and see if you can win a prize!

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Viva le Pemberton Classic!

Regional WA’s premier cycle race, the Pemberton Classic 2014 Patrick Coutts Cycling seems to be the new golf! Easy to do and a lot quicker than 18 holes. Eminently sociable and often with more focus on a coffee at the end than the 19th hole. More people are participating and enjoying the fitness aspects, perhaps even considering competition.

Another notable change seen in Perth is a growth in female competitors and we are looking forward to seeing greater numbers across the three women’s grades we will offer a race in. Hall Cycling among others in Perth are doing a lot to promote women’s cycling and will have a strong contingent of riders here.

In 2013 injury issues meant we were fortunate to have Cameron Myer, one of Australia’s top road riders, compete here as part of his training program. While we don’t expect such a high profile rider in 2014, the nature of the Pemberton race is such that we certainly will see the best riders at an elite level in WA down here. At the time of writing, entries are still coming in and the final list of competitors yet to be finalised. Expectations are again to see the state’s best male and female riders competing. Pemberton is emerging as a fantastic cycling destination Chances are we may even see international riders such as for both road and mountain biking and we can observe Emma Pooley, who is again back in Perth training. more visitors each year coming down to utilise the roads The other important category of racing is the Juniors. As and trails available. Locals, especially those with children at an organising committee we can recall names such as Camschool, may even have noted the increasing number of eron and Travis Myer coming through the grades. Add Josie fundraiser rides such as Ride for Youth among others Tomic, Bradley Linfield, Sam Welsford, Michael Fitzgerald coming through our towns . etc. The list is long and notable and we again look forward Between the roads of Pemberton, Manjimup and Northcliffe it is notable that early in the morning or late in the afternoon cyclists are more visible on the road. The same can be said when in Perth where it seems there are thousands riding the roads be it for fitness or to get to work on a daily basis. Team Manjimup have been leading the way locally at a competition level, flying the flag with their bright red kit in many races around the state.

March 1 and 2 will see hundreds of riders in the Shire to watching the next group of juniors be they 13, 15 or 17 competing off road with the Karri Cup in Northcliffe and on show their talent. road for the Pemberton Classic in Pemberton. The event is again privileged to have WAIS coach Darryl Focusing on the road racing that will be in and around Benson in the role of MC. He has a great handle on the Pemberton we are now seeing increased numbers each emerging female and male juniors and listening to his year across the grades. Happily many more in the lower commentary allows the crowd to get a feel for how talentgrades and these are the riders happy to both race but also ed these young riders are. explore what Pemberton and what its environs have to Stand around the finish lines, either at the Post Office on offer. These riders are more than happy to take the time to Saturday evening or outside the sports club on Sunday visit around the area, eat, drink and make merry while also morning to get the best of what is going on. endeavouring to compete to their best during the race.

Pemberton Classic program of events Saturday 1 March 2014—Criterium

Sunday 2 March 2014—Road Race

2pm Children’s Fun events and races, Brockman Park near the Pemberton Visitor Centre.

Sponsored by Christine Trappitt and Wendy French

From around 3.30pm: Registration outside the Pemberton RSL Library, Brockman Street, Pemberton – opposite the Post & Newsagency. 4.00pm Brockman Street and Railway Crescent roads closed.

7.00am Registration at Pemberton Backpackers, cnr Brockman Street & Club Rd, Pemberton. 7.30am Club Road closed. 8.00am Racing commences at Commissaire's discretion. Road Race Short Loop 7.3km – Club Road, Pump Hill Road, Stirling Road, Vasse Hwy and return to Club Road.

4.10pm Criterium Race commences at Pemberton Post & Road Race Long Loop 35.2km – Club Road, Pump Hill Road, Newsagency (cnr Brockman Street & Ellis Street, PemberStirling Road, Channybearup Road, Vasse Hwy and return to ton). Criterium Race – 1.5km Road Race Circuit Loop Brock- Club Road. man Street and Railway Crescent. Racing finishes at approximately 11am. Racing finishes at approximately 7pm. 1.00pm Prize Presentation at the Gloucester Motel, Ellis Street, Pemberton – drinks available for purchase. 7


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Southerners – 2013 Presidents report Justin Omodei

best way to positively influence our young people. Slowly but surely we will instil into our players that there is no substitute for hard work and dedication and there is no better feeling than shared success. If we gradually improve training attendance through better attitudes, our on field performances will recover and the premierships will follow.

The volunteers of the Southerners Club have continued to amaze and inspire me. I sincerely thank, and congratulate, all of the people who have contributed to our football club this year and hope that you gained satisfaction and enjoyment from what you have given. Unfortunately, we were not rewarded with a premiership this year, but the club continued to forge ahead and build a foundation for the coming seasons.

This year, we have stopped the red ink and returned to a healthy financial position. I would like to commend our sponsorship coordinator, Joe Bendotti, who attracted new and major sponsors to our club. The sponsors are very important and we must keep making them proud to be on board. Also, a big thankyou to Robyn Bendotti, Kerry DeCampo, Kerry Bendotti and all their helpers on a outstanding year in the canteen and kitchen (amongst other contributions). Congratulations to Kerry Bendotti on being awarded the ‘Gary DeCampo Best Clubman of the Year’.

2013 was a tumultuous and emotional year where we lost dear friends who were strong and passionate Southerners people. Our condolences go out to the families left behind and we promise to never forget them or their deeds. It is often in these dark times when the kind and giving nature of people shine through, which can give small comforts to those grieving. I am so proud of the ‘Southerners Family’ who pulled together and helped each other during these times. At the Southerners Football Club we have football as our common interest and success at as our common goal. But what we share that is more intimate and important is an attitude. Our attitude is that we volunteer and help each other because we want to. Not for recognition, not for money but because we can. It is this attitude that has underpinned the success of the past and it will be this attitude that ensures The Southerners Football Club continues strongly into the future.

Thank you to Hedley Green, Susie Giblett and all the medical staff. A wonderful effort again. It would be a ten page report if I mentioned everyone’s contribution, so I won’t. You know you are. Your help is so important and I hope to see you involved next year. We are seeking players and volunteers for 2014,and you can find club notifications on facebook. Training will start in February. The club email address is admin@southernersfc.com.au .

In this day and age, football presents to us possibly the Wendy Eiby

PDHS P&C update

Our final fundraiser for 2013 was a Christmas Hamper Lucky Draw. The $550 raised will be used to help us pay for Mathletics and Reading Eggs for students in 2014. The winners of the lucky draw were: first prize – The Burfoot family, second prize – Julie Kanieki, and third prize – Angus Lee Again we must extend our thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and donors: Department of Parks and Wildlife Donnelly District, Fox Brothers Butchers, Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton Newsagency and Post Office, Treasures in the Forest, Pemberton Discovery Shop, Pemberton Garage, Ernie’s IGA, Silkwood, Mountfords, Serendipity, Manjimup Toyworld, Target. Thank you all so much for helping to make our fundraising for our children a success.

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Why I love … the Brontës In a new regular feature, The CRC Commander has asked each of the CRC staff to have a go at writing an article for the PCN, based on the subject ‘Why I love …’. First up is the PCN editor. Josephine Smith I have been fascinated with the Brontë sisters for as long as I can remember. So why do I love the Brontës? The characters they created, such as Jane Eyre and Rochester, Cathy and Heathcliff, have entered the public consciousness, but it is the story of their lives that intrigues me the most. They were considered plain by Victorian standards, although to me their faces are full of strength and character. They were also very intelligent girls who defied convention by writing and publishing novels. They had such an extraordinary contrast between their inner world or poetry and writing, and their exterior world where Duty was foremost. I think they are also all the more intriguing because of their early deaths. Also, I was born and brought up near Haworth in West Yorkshire, England, so regular family trips to Haworth and the Parsonage are an integral part of my childhood. I feel an affinity with them as a fellow Yorkshire lass. Charlotte, Emily and Anne, born nearly 200 years ago, wrote some of the best loved literature in the world, including Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne). The story of their lives is almost as well-known as their novels. As daughters of poor curate the only option open to them was to work as teachers or governesses, a job all three were completely unsuited for. Their mother and two elder sisters (Maria and Elizabeth) died when the Brontë children were young. Their brother, Branwell, proved a failure as a provider for the family, his career as a tutor ending when he was dismissed for ‘proceedings bad beyond expression’ in June 1845, for having an affair with the mistress of the house, Mrs Robinson. Branwell then began a slow decline into alcohol, drugs and finally died of consumption on 24 September 1848. Emily was a daughter of Nature and the local moors. She literally made herself ill with homesickness when away from home. Her only novel Wuthering Heights, published in December 1847, was based on local legends and her imagination. She died on 19 December 1848, only three months after Branwell. Anne was the only sister with the determination and character to survive being a governess, a job she did for five years. During this time Anne gathered the material for her two novels Agnes Grey (published December 1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (published 1848), novels with a clear moral message. Anne died five months after Emily, on 28 May 1849 in Scarborough, the only one of the family not to be buried in Haworth. Charlotte’s plain and small exterior belied the passion contained inside her. She defied convention in that she

Anne, Emily and Charlotte Brontë in The Pillar Portrait by the sixteen-year-old Branwell Brontë painted c 1834. Branwell painted himself out of the composition was ambitious and felt women had as much right to work and think for themselves as men did, contrary to the social conventions of the time. As she famously stated ‘conventionality is not morality’. Charlotte’s first novel, The Professor, was based on her experience as a pupil and teacher in Brussels, but it was rejected and only published in 1857, after her death. Charlotte then wrote Jane Eyre, which was accepted straight away by Smith, Elder & Co. and published with instant success in October 1847. Her next novel Shirley (published October 1849) was started before and completed after the deaths of her siblings. Writing enabled her to cope with the enormous grief and loneliness. Her final novel, Villette (published in 1853), was also based on her experience in Brussels Charlotte received and rejected three proposals of marriage, she was not swayed by the expectation that a woman should marry for social and financial convenience, not love. However, in 1854 she did accept a proposal and she married Arthur Bell Nicholls, her father’s curate in June 1854. Arthur, though conventional, was passionate and had loved Charlotte for a long time. But happiness for Charlotte was short lived. She died just nine months later in March 1855 aged 38. 10


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Pemberton Chamber of Commerce and Industry Update Maxine Fisher

Power and infrastructure issues It seems to be appropriate I should be writing this article today. The local brigades attended a fire this morning when when lobbying for improved telecommunications for the a Western Power line caused a fire in the Pimelea area. Pemberton area. The Chamber will be writing a submission Thanks to the brigade members who attended. to the Department of Communications in an effort to be Thank you to all those who found the time to attend the included in the government’s $20 million Mobile Black Spot Project. If you would like to learn more about this governrecent meeting focusing on Western Power reliability issues. It was encouraging to see so many of our local busi- ment initiative, a discussion paper is available from the ness people attending and focusing on what is a vital issue Department of Communications website http:// www.communications.gov.au/mobile_services/ for our community. The results of our recent survey and the comments made at the meeting were really interesting. mobile_coverage_programme The majority of the meeting participants came wanting answers to similar questions, mainly poor service, lack of Peter Smith reliability and poor communications with Western Power.

Pemberton Christmas lights competition

Special thanks must go to Ian Gibbs from Western Power for attending the meeting. His replies to questions were helpful, honest and informative. The Chamber will continue to work lobbying Western Power, State and Federal politicians regarding the points raised at the meeting. The main thrust of the lobbying will be on the issue of safety. The problem is far more complex than reliable supply of power. It also involves lack of mobile phone services, inadequate land line phone services and lack of ABC radio service during extended power outages. We all accept the risks of living in a high fire danger area and as a community take pride in our individual efforts to ensure our safety, but we cannot accept the government’s attitude of ignoring inadequate essential services which will put our lives at risk during a fire or storm emergency. Thanks also to our Federal Member of Parliament Rick Wilson for attending. Rick will be our first point of contact Peter Smith

Over the holiday period you may have noticed a number of green LED strip lights in businesses in the main street. Well these, along with green lasers on display, have been funded and organised by the Chamber. Next year we are looking for ideas to better utilise the lasers (which seem to work better outside) so please send us your suggestions. The Chamber also ran a residential Christmas Lights competition. Well done to all those (and there were many) who decorated their houses and gardens this year. The judges had a hard task but in the end have decided to split the $200 prize between the occupiers of 14, 16 and 18 Karri Rise, who collectively made a fantastic effort for their street. So, if the winners can get in touch with the Chamber we can get the prizes to you. Email me at secretary@pembertonchamber.org,au or leave a message at 9776 1745.

Pemberton weather eye

As we slowly move through another hotter than average summer, it is interesting to reflect on the weather from 2013 as a whole. Yes it was warmer than average, but Pemberton also received higher than average rainfall. Specifically we saw 1,237mm from 202 rain days as opposed to 1,167mm from 170 days on average. January 2014 has followed a predictable pattern, with frequent high pressure blocks to the south and troughs off or near the west coast of WA, drawing hot air from the north and interior over the SW of the state. This has meant that maxima have been about 1.5 degrees Celsius above the long-term January average. Pemberton saw 12.3mm of rain against an average of 21.8mm. As for Big Brook Dam, it was at 88.8% of capacity as at 31 January 2014, up 4.3% from the same date last year. (Source – BoM) 11


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Pemberton history corner Bill Bryant

Arsenic and Pemberton Arsenic, a non scientific common name for the compound arsenic trioxide, is a white powdery substance that was used in the ‘Powellizer’ plants at the State Sawmills. It is a highly toxic substance that was combined with molasses (and later other ‘sweeteners’) to protect wood, particularly railway sleepers, against termite (white ant) attacks. Treatment of the timber was effected by soaking it in pits containing the liquid substance. The ‘Powell Wood Process’ called Powellizing, was patented throughout the world by a Mr Powell (of New Zealand) in 1904. In November 1904 he successfully paved Bridge Street, Westminster, opposite the Houses of Parliament, with Powellized wood paving blocks.(1)

February 2014 The Pemberton Town Historian is a volunteer role that receives some financial support from the Pemberton CRC Premier Scaddan and the then prime minister, Joseph Cook. It was proposed that a Royal Commission be appointed to inquire into powellizing karri. A new contract for 500,000 karri sleepers, one third of the original contract, was signed in March 1914. Problems with termites attacking the karri sleepers were overcome with the introduction of powellizing, and the establishment of a powellizing plant further increased the workforce at Big Brook.(2) It is of interest that Mr Powell was paid a royalty for each load treated with his formulation. Also, his formulation was used in Victoria and a town called ‘Powelltown’ was named after him.

Back then there were no EPA or OHS organisations. The Sawmill management provided fencing and This process was the key to the notices around the pits and success of the trans-continental overflow pools; parents and the railway project and of the original Schools constantly exhorted us kids State Sawmills that provided the to ‘stay away’. I well remember my wooden sleepers. father (a Fitter and Turner in the In 1911 the Labor Party won a Mill) constantly telling us not to landslide victory at the state play anywhere near the area. To elections under Jack Scaddan, who my knowledge no one was ever supported the idea of establishing a Early photo of Big Brook Mill identified as being affected, but it is sawmill at Big Brook with a view to hard to believe that in periods of heavy winning the contract to supply sleepers and timber for the rainfall there was not some leakage and overflow to the Transcontinental railway. By August, Scaddan’s nearby Lefroy Brook. Government, possibly aided by a sympathetic Federal Labor However, like the constant clouds of smoke from the ministry, had secured the contract to the Commonwealth ‘24/7’ burning of scrap wood and sawdust, the arsenic Government for the supply of 1.4 million karri sleepers for the Transcontinental railway. In early 1914, the railway line poisoning risk was accepted (or ignored!) as part of living in Pemberton, offset by the many other pleasant and non-life between the railhead at Jarnadup (later Jardee) and Big Brook (later Pemberton) was completed, where No. 2 mill, threatening elements. I do recall, however, that some boys did get minor burns when tobogganing down the sawdust under the supervision of Mr W J Properjohn, commenced heaps! operations. This is a long introduction to my reminder to everyone On 28 January 1914, the initial sleeper contract was to read the front page article in the Wednesday 15 January cancelled. In March, a conference was held between 2014 edition of the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times – required reading! I quote, in part: Pemberton Saw Mill 1926

Arsenic clean-up to start ARSENIC contamination in Pemberton will be tackled by the State Government with $250,000 allocated to address the issue. The money will be used to hire an auditor within the next six months who will review previous investigations and engage consultants to develop a remedial plan for the site contaminated between 1912 and 1961 by the Pemberton timber mill. Pemberton is one of 10 projects to receive a slice of 12


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$1.75 million from the Department of Environment Regulation’s Contaminated Sites Management Account. Manjimup Shire President, Wade de Campo, said the funding was a start, but only a fraction of what was needed. ‘If it’s proving to be a risk, we would like to see it removed,’ he said. ‘That’s going to be a multi-million dollar clean-up.’ According to the department spokeswoman, the site is 4.7 hectares but arsenic contamination does not affect the whole area. ‘The area of the ponds was remediated to levels suitable for commercial/industrial land use, however, arsenic contaminated soil surrounding rounding the ponds was not included in the stage,’ she said. There was also remediation from 2003 to 2004 to reduce the risks to the environment. For details call the contaminated sites hotline on 1300 762 982.(3)

Heritage Trail (pre 1945) The advice I’m receiving in regard to the Heritage Trail is, rather than provide physical plaques or notices at relevant sites, provide a ‘virtual’ trail in the form of a leaflet or booklet that visitors can obtain at the Pemberton Visitor Centre, Community Resource Centre, and trading establishments etc. I will describe a prototype of this in next month’s PCN. I will also appreciate suggestions as to relevant sites. At the present time, some I am considering are as follows:               

The Railway Station The Pemberton Hotel The Mill Hall Bakers’ and Butchers’ Shops Mill Store Other trading establishments Swimming Pool State Sawmills #2 and #3 Single Men’s Huts School School Master’s House Movie Theatre Methodist Church (later Uniting Church) Church of England Church (later Anglican Church) Roman Catholic Church

Some of these sites are illustrated in the photos above. Your suggestions and input will be appreciated – this will be an ongoing project.

References 1 A Marvellous Patent, Wanganui Chronicle, Rorahi L, Putanga 12145, 23 Pipiri 1908, page 2 2 Register of Heritage Places—Assessment Doc’n 28/11/2003 Pemberton Timber Mill Worker’ Cottages Precinct 3 Manjimup-Bridgetown Times 15 January, 2014 Acknowledgements H D Evans, Pioneering in the Karri Country (copy available in the Pemberton Library) Tara Jeffers, The Manjimup Bridgetown Times and headlines of the 15 January 2014 edition Sondra Reader-Bryant, my Historian in partnership, Executive Secretary and Wife 13


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The wall hanging (left) was made by and with the help of: Margaret Smith Bernie Stringer Pat Nock Dianne Franklyn Margaret Hunter Ronnie Treen Tracey Bingham Mollie Scotman Suzanne Fellows Congratulations to all those involved in this great project!

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Bowlers bulletin Greg Vivian The Ladies Pennants were played at Boyup Brook on Tuesday 26 November with Pemberton up against Bridgetown. Scores for the day were V Omodei, H Brown, Elsa Lea and N Gardener 17 to 15 and E Angus, M Gibson, J Mills and M Hordienko 16 to 16. Pemberton 3.5 and Bridgetown 0.5 Well done Ladies. Corporate Bowls results for week 4 (28 November): Eastbrook def Brown’s Road 53 to 47; Trained Athletes def Marron Mob 52 to 48; Forest Fresh Marron def WA Chip 56 to 44; 4 Hookers def Contie Crew 56 to 44; Mixtures def Newbies 63 to 37; Golf Club def Pink Ladies 68 to 32; Diver’s Mob def Tramway 54 to 46; Raffle winner was Lorraine Smith. Progress scores - Forest Fresh Marron undefeated on 8 points & 154 shots up together with Golf Club 8 points & 118 shots up and Trained Athletes 8 points & 42 shots up. The nightly prize was awarded to Newbies who achieved their highest score to date, 37. The Men’s Sat Pennants against Donnybrook Blue at Donnybrook in damp and windy conditions resulted in a close win to Pemberton. Results – F Ditri’s team won 28 to 20. J Conway’s team won 26 to 14 and W South’s team went down 14 to 31. The aggregate was 68 to 65 and Pemberton earned 5 points to Donnybrook Blue’s 1. League trials at Balingup on Sunday 1 December – four Pemberton players attended the trial game Blackwood vs Leuwin. All four F Ditri, J Conway, W South and G Vivian were selected to play in the ILRR at Dudley Park on 11 and 12 January 2014. Ladies Pennants on Tuesday 3 December – the Ladies managed to win the day by aggregate score of 37 to 36. The winning rink was by E Angus’s team and earned 3 points to 1. Midweek Pennant results for Wednesday 4 December – Pemberton played Manjimup at Manjimup and lost 36 to 41 with W South’s team winning 1 point for Pemberton. Corporate bowls week 5 was played on Thursday 5 December and a lot more closer games resulted on the night. Forest Fresh Marron continued on their winning streak by downing Pink Ladies 72 to 28. Golf Club is the only other undefeated side by defeating Trained Athletes 59 to 41. Close games were between Eastbrook and Newbies 51 to 49 and Mixtures and Marron Mob 52 to 48. The nightly award goes to Forest Fresh Marron for their high score of 72. Raffle winners were Ashy and Vickie O. Sat Pennants on Saturday 7 December at Manjimup. Pemberton had a convincing aggregate win over Manjimup Green in overcast and cool conditions. A Mills’ team won 33 to 23, F Ditri’s team won 41 to 21 and J Conway’s team went down 26 to 22 in a close game. Aggregate was 96 to 70 with Pemberton finishing with 5 points to Manjimup Gold 1 point. Social bowls were played on Sunday 8 December. Winner for the day was G Vivian with 2 wins plus 12 and runner up was Rolf Hergstrom with 1 win plus 12. Ladies Pennants round 9 results played at Donnybrook on Tuesday 10th December. Pemberton won both rinks earning 4 points. Aggregate score was 57 to 26. Mid week Pennants 9 were played at Balingup on

Wednesday 11 December. After being 17 to 3 down, F Ditri’s team fought back winning the next 9 ends to finish ahead 23 to 18. J Conway’s team had a hard fought match against M Brain’s side to win 25 to 19. Aggregate points 48 to 37, Pemberton gaining 4 points. With only one game to play and Donnybrook on top of the table with 21 points and Manjimup have a remote chance of gaining another 4 points against Balingup in the last game to tie the top position. The last game of Corporate Bowls before Christmas was played on 12 December. Scores for the night were: Diver’s Mob def Eastbrook 58 to 42; Golf Club won by forfeit over Marron Mob; Forest Fresh Marron def Newbies 82 to 18; Trained Athletes def Tramway 51 to 49; $ Hooker def Pink ladies 58 to 42; WA Chip def Browns Road 78 to 22; Contie Crew drew with Mixtures 50 to 50. Ladies Pennants round 10 results for Tuesday 17 December at Bridgetown. Pemberton 1 point to Bridgetown 3 points. The Raffles were won by Kerry DeCampo and John Omodei . Everyone who stayed and enjoyed a Christmas dinner prepared by Shane enjoyed a free bottle of wine or Port for their table thanks to Flamebird Wines and Old Eastbrook. Pemberton have finished on top of the A division of the Saturday Pennants and now have to play 3 home and away games against Boyup Brook, Donnybrook Blue and Donnybrook White. Game 1 Pemberton verses Boyup Brook at home on Saturday 22 December 2013. Results – W. South, A Mills, R Omodei & G. South 17 to 25. F Ditri, G Germantse, R Rosman & G Vivian 24 to 27. J Conway, J Omodei, V Agostini & S Della Gola 18 to 21. Boyup Brook 6 points to Pemberton 0. Geo Germantse won the clubs Veterans Singles event on Sunday 5th January 2014 with 3 wins + 11 shots and runner up went to Tony Wood with 2 win + 26 shots. Ladies pennants round 11 against Manjimup Green at Pemberton on Tuesday 7th January was won by Manjimup Green 3 points to 1. Aggregate score 47 to 41. Cancer Day was held on Sunday 12 January with 15 players attending. The winner for the day was Johnny Omodei with 2 wins plus 22. Runner’s up went to Marilyn Gibson, Heather Brown, Arthur Mills and Jan Mills who will receive a travel mug courtesy of the Cancer Council and $159.65 was raised. The Club is very disappointed with the low turn up for this worthwhile fundraising event. Ladies Pennants round 12 played at Manjimup on 14 January resulted in a win to Bridgetown 37 to 21. Pemberton 1 point and Bridgetown 3 points. Congratulations goes to Heather Brown whom recently achieved a Bowls Australia Level 1 Umpire Accreditation (NOAS). Corporate Bowls Results for Thursday 16th January are: Diver’s Mob defeated Trained Athletes 55 to 45; Marron Mob defeated Browns Road 60 to 40; Forest Fresh Marron defeated 4 Hookers 61 to 39; WA Chip defeated Mixtures 67 to 33; Golf Club defeated Eastbrook 59 to 41; Pink Ladies defeated Conti Crew 59 to 41; Newbies drew with Tramway 50 / 50. The nightly prize winners were the Newbies for achieving their first point for the year. Raffles winners where R Omodei and A Mills.

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Bowlers bulletin (continued) Pemberton played their second final on Saturday 18 January against Donnybrook White at home. In very hot conditions and with several key players away, Pemberton where outstanding in winning 2 out of three rinks with the near outright decided on the last end. Jamie Conway’s team won 31 to 19, Arthur Mills team won 30 to 9 and Mark Arnold’s team went down 23 to 24. Aggregate 84 to 48, Pemberton 5 points to Donnybrook White 1 point. Club Championship Pairs were played on Sunday 19 January with a disappointing four teams nominated. Worthy winners on a very hot day were John Omodei and Rob Omodei with 3 wins + 24. Runners up went to Jamie Conway and Greg Vivian. Ladies Pennant results for round 13 played at Boyup Brook resulted in an outright win to Boyup Brook, 4 points to nil. Aggregate points 24 to 65. Corporate Bowls results for Thursday 24th January: Mixtures defeated Pink Ladies 59 to 41; Diver’s Mob defeated Browns Road 54 to 36; Contie Crew defeated Marron Mob 53 to 47; Eastbrook defeated WA Chip54 to 46; Forest Fresh Marron defeated Trained Athletes 68 to 32; Tramway defeated 4 Hookers 63 to 37; Golf Club defeated Newbies 58 to 42. The Corporate Ladder as at 24 January 2014 Team Points Shots 1 Forest Fresh Marron 18 354 2 Golf Club 18 220 3 Diver’s Mob 14 52

4 WA Chip 12 162 5 Trained Athletes 10 -29 6 Eastbrook 10 -59 7 Tramway 9 74 8 Mixtures 8 -51 9 4 Hookers 7 -26 10 Contie Crew 7 -108 11 Pink Ladies 6 -66 12 Marron Mob 4 -143 13 Browns Road 2 -184 14 Newbies 1 -262 Winner of the raffles were Molly Scotman and Jill Baker. Next week will be the Battle of the Titans with undefeated Forest Fresh Marron and Golf Club playing off for the top spot. With four qualifying games left to play Diver’s Mob and WA Chip both may be outside chances. Members need to alter some fixture events due to changes made by the match committee. These are: Sunday 2 February Combined Captain’s Trophy 4.30pm for 5pm start; Saturday 8 & 9 February IZRR at Jurien Bay; Sunday 9 February Men’s Singles Championships Round 1 10am start; Sunday 16 February Social Bowls 1pm. Just a reminder to all participating in lawn bowls at the Pemberton Lawn Bowls Club that we are a Good Sports level 1 accredited sporting club. We are a smoke free club and ask bowlers not to smoke on or around the bowling green. There are designated areas outside the Sports Club and we promote responsible drinking.

Manjimup sub-centre First Aid training program January to June 2014 Apply First Aid HLTFA311A (2-day course) Saturday 8 & Saturday 15 March, or Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May Apply First Aid HLTFA311A (1-day flexible learning) Thursday 20 February, Tuesday 18 March, Wednesday 9 April, Saturday 3 May, Monday 26 May, and Friday 20 June or Tuesday 3 June and Tuesday 10 June (evening class from 6pm–10pm) Basic Resuscitation HLTCPR211A (Perform CPR 4-hour) (The Australian Resuscitation Council recommends CPR skills are refreshed every 12 months) Saturday 15 February and Wednesday 14 May Tuesday 15 April (evening class from 6pm–10pm) Caring For Kids HLTFA211A (1-day) Saturday 14 June Please note that classes are subject to cancellation if minimum class numbers not met. St John Ambulance Western Australia Ltd | Manjimup Sub Centre ABN 55 028 468 715 | ACN 165 969 406 PO Box 431 Manjimup WA 6258 Tel/Fax/Ans: 9771 1374 Email: sjam@westnet.com.au | www.ambulance.net.au Office hours: Thursday and Friday 9:30am–2:30pm 17


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Australia Day breakfast and Pemberton citizen awards ... Peter Smith About 150 guests enjoyed a free breakfast courtesy of the Pemberton CRC on Australia Day, and they also witnessed the unveiling of the ‘Pemberton wall hanging’ (see front page) and the announcement of the Pemberton Citizens of the Year, Rob and Bernie Stringer. Many thanks to all those volunteers who put on the breakfast, principally the CRC staff and committee (and their families) for the manpower, Pemberton RSL for the equipment and Pemberton Freemason’s Lodge for the tables and chairs. Right: Bernie and Rob Stringer; Far right: guests queue for brekkie—photos by Tracy Leigh

… Australia Day free concert ... Mark Hudson Some 300 people enjoyed the performances by Dingo’s Breakfast, Deb ‘Spoons’ Perry and Three Shades of Grey in the spectacular amphitheatre of the pool and Karri forest backdrop with the bath tub races great fun! Below—photos from the free concert courtesy of Mark Hudson

Peter Smith

...and Australia Day in Walpole

Australia Day Premier's Citizenship Awards 2014 Congratulations to the Pemberton residents who were honoured this year at the ceremony in Walpole– in particular Sergeant Harry Arnott who took out the big prize. Also congratulations to Jim Craigie (left), Matthew Guile and DEC Donnelly District, represented by Katie Vivian (far left) who received a nomination. (Sorry no photo of Harry as he was on holiday). Photos by Peter Smith and Deborah Dirks 18


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10 years on – PAG celebrates Joanna Box The Pemberton Arts Group’s tenth year of art exhibitions was off to a good start with an opening party at the newly painted Jarrah and Karri Rooms at the Sports Club. Everyone attending was thrilled with the fresh new look and PAG Members were pleased to have put in the hard work by volunteers to paint the walls for the Club. There is no doubt the current exhibition of pictures was shown to advantage on the clean cream walls.

with cultural activities makes for a more stimulating environment for everyone.

Water colour of the inside of a mother of pearl

The exhibition was of work from Members only and the art could be made at any time during the last ten years. It was both a retrospective and indicative of how PAG is developing and moving forward. The Opening party of artists and supporters was a lively affair, beautifully enriched by the music of Helen Rose and Table for Two.

She ended by saying, ‘We started slowly and we have learnt so much by just doing it and trying hard to do it well. Now the Arts Group is ten years old and the Committee knows that tomorrow is full of promise and more challenges. We look forward with confidence as we have a track record of which we can be really proud. Well done.’

As one would expect the work on show was very varied with oils, acrylics, detailed drawings and some 3 D work. Anna Czerkasow exhibited three richly coloured landscapes of local scenes that glowed with light and warmth. Mike Miller’s very large landscape was particularly striking as it demonstrated a Top: Mike Miller’s landscape L: Anna Czerkasow’s three richly coloured landscapes of local scenes Below: volunteers help prepare the Karri and Jarrah rooms at the sports club for the exhibition

wonderful feeling of space between the land, the groups of trees and the clouds rolling across the sky. Ann Rice made her exhibition debut with some charming work, especially a water colour of the inside of a mother of pearl shell. Joanna Box opened the exhibition with a speech reminding people of the highlights of the previous ten years and the aim of the Group to provide art experiences and enrichment for everyone in Pemberton as well as community work with the schools and the Shire, including the major public art work of the balustrade and the pavers on the main street known as the Artscape. She thanked all the supporters who appreciate that any place enriched 19


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Clearing of vegetation on Grays Road Peter Smith The PCN has been following a news story in recent weeks regarding the clearing of vegetation along part of Grays Road. The matter has caused some emotion and discussion amongst the residents of Pemberton, so here we have attempted to communicate some of the information and present some of the views that have been expressed.

Above: Photos of the clearing—courtesy of Rose Ferrell From the information available to the PCN, the following points appear relevant: 

The relevant landowner requested that the roadside be cleared to assist with orchard production;

The Shire of Manjimup requested a permit from the Department of Environment Regulation (‘DER’) for reasons of ‘road safety’;

The permit request was gazetted in the West Australian newspaper for the requisite 7 days and no public responses were received in that period—no gazetting took place in local media and no community consultation was undertaken;

That permit was then issued by the DER;

The clearing was undertaken by a third party engaged by the landowner but without supervision of the Shire of Manjimup;

The clearing was not completed (stumps and other material remain);

The clearing was continued in excess of the permit by approximately 150 metres;

A complaint has been raised with the DER (see below);

The rights to and fate of the timber removed is yet to be determined.

The PCN contacted Pemberton Police who confirmed that no matter has yet been raised with them regarding the clearing and fate of the timber. The PCN also contacted the Department of Environment Regulation regarding the matter. Here is their official response, dated 29 January 2014: CPS 5404-1 The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is currently investigating the clearing of native vegetation on Grays Road near Pemberton. As this matter is under investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further. Native vegetation clearing is an offence unless a permit has been granted or an exemption applies. People who would like to clear native vegetation should contact DER on 08 6467 5020 for advice on which approvals are required. Spokesperson—Department of Environment Regulation Anyone who would like more information or who wishes to express a view on the above matter is advised to contact the Shire of Manjimup or the Department of Environment Protection. 20


Pemberton Community News To Shire CEO,(c.c. to Councillors & relevant works staff, Mark Sewell and others) Re: Clearing of Grays Road As a local resident, I would like to register the strongest complaint against further unnecessary and frankly, badly thought-out clearing within the Shire as a whole. Our trees have been our life-blood since the early 20th century. Our property values, tourist industries, and other lifestyle values are based on our position within the Southern Forests. Our natural environment is the attraction which has brought people into the area to recreate or to live since English colonisation.

February 2014 ongoing cost just in weed eradication will be with the Shire for decades to come. (I invite members to walk around the recent cleared area opposite the Pemberton Hotel, and also through Pemberton’s forest park, where blackberry is quickly establishing itself in the areas where, until recently, native undergrowth supported our endemic bird, mammal and insect species… and kept weeds at bay.) I am including a visual representation of the damage done at Grays Road. I believe the Shire needs to make a public apology to all residents of the Shire for the decision to apply for a permit and execute the visual & environmental travesty of the Grays Road clearing.

If for no other reason than defence against environmenI urge the Shire to instate a full-time environmental tal catastrophes: including soil erosion, salinity, drying climanagement position to tackle climate change and its conmate and lower rainfall averages, this must be halted imsequences head on, so that our Shire will be in the best mediately. position possible to lead us through the inevitable upheaval Clearing of land – whether whole-scale as in this case, or it will bring. (This position also needs a budget & team selective, as in the recent clearing of undergrowth around working under this person.) the township of Pemberton – needs to be re-thought. My warm regards are related to the heat generated by Clearing may prevent severity in the case of a disastrous bush fire (though this is debatable – unless you clear every my disgust at the Shire’s recent actions, tree and every bush and every wooden house…), but the Rose Ferrell Extracted from an email to the Pemberton Community News (c.c. to Councillors)

taken for about the last decade or more has been the contractor undertaking the clearing retains salvage rights to [With regards to the Grays Road Clearing], Please do not offset the cost. (On small, difficult jobs the estimated reveconveniently overlook the fact that a valid clearing permit nue barely covers the cost. The Grays Road clearing clearly appeared more lucrative due to the number and quality of was issued and that no community responses were retimber present). ceived during the DEC [now the DER] comment period. I can investigate further the nature of the contract arTo me it is about getting clear direction from the Council which is the exact purpose of a Council Policy. Currently the rangements and why the Shire did not manage the clearing policy is ambiguous and therefore open to wide interpreta- when the likely yield appeared high, however I expect the tion from different officers. Council also recently reviewed answer will be the adjoining landowner was granted perthe level of delegation to make decisions under Council Pol- mission to undertake the clearing by the Shire at his cost. icy with absolutely no indication of concern such decisions Reporting theft of timber to the police would clearly be imwere being made by a Manager. I would also point out that proper under such circumstances. I will come back to you this was the third or fourth such road verge clearing recent- on this as well as what agreement was reached with the ly undertaken at the request of adjoining farmers for which adjoining land owner regarding the requirement to remove no adverse comment on the clearing undertaken has been the stumps. received from anyone.

Our Sustainability Officer has commenced the process of reviewing our Strategy and Policy on road side clearing Notwithstanding the comments above, I am not happy with what has occurred and indicated the same to the Shire which will be put before the Council for consideration. I am sure you noted the diverging opinions between Councillors President long (2 months) before any response from the regarding the balance between industry and aesthetics community. The Shire President and I again drove that which will no doubt make an interesting debate. What was route on recently and I cannot help feeling the half done job leaving a graveyard of large stumps is enough to upset clear to me as CEO from last week’s discussion was that Council no longer wishes certain requests for road side any resident. The sentiment may not have been so strong clearing (beyond fenceline clearing applications and schedhad the stumps been removed. uled Council works) to be considered merely at an officer I am unclear about what “positive action to restore con- level. This will require a change to Council Policy and this is fidence” you are alluding to regards doing “the right thing”. the appropriate response that should be made to the comThe trees are gone as too is the officer who authorised the munity. clearing under Council’s delegated authority. As mentioned Jeremy Hubble, CEO, Shire of Manjimup at last weeks Council briefing, the normal practice under21


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The Jim Craigie Fence Peter Smith, Manager, Pemberton CRC On 5 December 2013, the Pemberton CRC hosted the opening of the new fence that runs for 100 metres along the frontage of the Pemberton CRC and the Pemberton Visitor Centre. This project is part of the revitalisation work that the Pemberton CRC has led to renovate the frontage of the old school building now occupied by the CRC and PVC, located right in the centre of Pemberton’s main street. The event was a celebration of the tireless efforts and dedication of one man in particular; Albert (Jim) Craigie. Jim, who, in one of many community roles, is the CRC’s Vice Chairperson, has spent many hours over the past 18 months single-handedly knocking down the old fence and installing the new fence. Well okay, Jim did a have a little help from the CRC staff here and there, but 90% of this project is Jim’s work. This is no mean feat – I challenge you to go and try replacing 100 metres of rusting steel fence with a new Jarrah/Karri one, including the mitring, surface prep, painting, levelling , digging, attaching … the list goes on. Here is a true-to-life example of what one human being can achieve when they give their mind and body to a project, and it also shows the power of volunteers and what they can accomplish. Congratulations Jim—you’re a Pemberton legend! Above right: Jim finishes his work on the fence Right: relaxing Below: The crowd gathers

Above: dedication plaque Photos on this page by Tracy Leigh

Vic Conte Community Garden Pemberton Peter Smith Things are really coming along at the community garden with the new fence and signage having been installed, and the rainwater tank due in the coming weeks. With the garden now auto-reticulated, the gardeners have been able to focus on what to grow, such as some great chilies that are there at the moment. Looking ahead, the garden holds busy bees from about 8am on the second Saturday of each month — all welcome. The garden will also be holding some free training, available to all, on various aspects of gardening, in the months ahead. 22


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Tightly close all windows and doors. Shut all air vents and turn the air conditioning off. Turn the engine off. Get down below the window level into the foot wells and shelter under woollen blankets.  Drink water to minimise the risks of dehydration.

In Western Australia, bushfires can start suddenly and without warning throughout the year. People have been killed and seriously injured during bushfires. Bushfires in WA are becoming more common and the risks increasing.

As the fire front passes  Stay in the car until the fire front has passed and the

People should reconsider travel into area where the fire danger is high to extreme. Pay attention to fire danger warnings, and postpone travel or find an alternative route if necessary.

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Plan ahead 

 Check the weather forecast and Fire Danger Ratings    

(FDR) for the areas you plan to visit. Listen to ABC local radio for news about where bushfires are burning. Check for current fire restrictions and if a Total Fire Ban (TFB) is in place for the areas you plan to visit. Always carry maps of the area you are entering and know the exit routes. Be prepared to reassess your plans and visit low risk areas on days where weather conditions are unpredictable.

Pack a bushfire survival kit

A survival kit should include essential items such as AM/ FM portable radio, spare batteries , a first aid kit, woollen blankets (one for each person) , drinking water and food, protective clothing like long-sleeved cotton tops, pants, hats and sturdy shoes.

Caution: Do not attempt to drive through a fire front unless you can see through to the other side and the flames no higher than you. For more information please contact DFES Community Engagement: communitysafetyresources@dfes.wa.gov.au or phone 9395 9816.

Positioning your car  Find a clearing away from dense bush and high 

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ground fuel loads. Where possible, minimise exposure to radiant heat by parking behind a natural barrier such as a rocky outcrop. Position the car facing towards the oncoming fire front. Park the car off the roadway to avoid collisions in poor visibility. Don’t park too close to other vehicles.

Resources DFES Travellers Checklist http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/ safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/BushfireChecklists/ FESA_Bushfire_Travellers_Checklist.pdf DFES Prepare. Act. Survive http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/ bushfire/Pages/default.aspx

Inside your car  Stay inside your car – it offers the best level of pro-

tection from the radiant heat as the fire front passes.  Turn headlights and hazard warning lights on to

make the car as visible as possible.

temperature has dropped outside. Fuel tanks are very unlikely to explode. As the fire front approaches, the intensity of the heat will increase along with the amount of smoke and embers. Smoke gradually gets inside the car and fumes will be released from the interior of the car. Stay as close to the floor as possible to minimise inhalation and cover mouth with a moist cloth. Tyres and external plastic body parts may catch alight. In more extreme cases the car interior may catch on fire. Once the fire front has passed and the temperature has dropped, cautiously exit the car. (Be careful internal parts will be extremely hot.) Move to a safe area such as a strip of land that has already burnt. Stay covered in woollen blankets, continue to drink water and await assistance.

DFES Homeowners Bushfire Survival Manual http:// www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/ BushfireManualsandGuides/FESA_BushfireHomeowners_Survival_Manual.pdf Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Guidelines for people in cars during bushfires – January 2008

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February 2014

PETER SMITH

We all know that addresses are written incorrectly from time to time. Pemberton, however, seems to gather more than its fair share of amusing names. I’ve seen Pembleton, Embleton and Emberton, but this week I had a new addition to the list—Pemperton. Lovely. The boys and girls at the Post Office must have a hard time keeping track. Changing the subject, many thanks to all those who helped with the recent Australia Day free breakfast, in particular the CRC staff, committee members, and their families. Great job everyone. As you’ll see on page 2, our PCN Editor has been working on a change of look for the PCN. One thing has been to (for the most part) increase the font size which should improve ‘accessibility’. We’d be interested to hear your

thoughts on the new format. There have also been a number of important events for CRC staff recently. Congratulations to Kiara on her new arrival and to Tracy L on her wedding and ‘milestone’ birthday. Until next month.

By your command

Pemberton projects

Up and Coming Courses for 2014

A number of free courses for seniors A series of free courses from the Vic Conte Community Garden

Write Better Résumés and Covering Letters

Tracy Leigh In a brilliant start to 2014, the Pemberton CRC is delighted to announce that it has been successful in securing funding of $2,000 from the Federal government for additional IT training for our community's seniors. More details will follow in due course, but the training will be free, will be conducted at the Pemberton CRC and will include topics such as internet and PC usage, conducting online transactions and using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Contact us on 9776 1745 if you wish to express interest in attending this training. Positions vacant list The Pemberton Community Resource Centre has developed a Positions Vacant List for Pemberton. This is a FREE service. This list is updated weekly and is made available on noticeboards and online. If you have any jobs available we would love to hear from you. Let us help you find your employees.

This is a free course! For all of the above, contact Tracey Kimpton at the Pemberton CRC on 9776 1745 or at office@pembertoncrc.org.au for more details

Internet at the Pemberton Community Resource Centre ADSL BROADBAND and WIFI Membership:

Monthly $25, yearly $55 and concession $35 with unlimited use (fair use policy applies)

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Trainee tales (final one for Kiara)

Congratulations to former CRC trainee Kiara Bendotti on the birth of her daughter – a special welcome from us to the first CRC baby! Layla May Bendotti was born on 19 January, weighing in at 8lb 3oz (approx. 3.7kg). Well done and we all look forward to meeting her. Photo courtesy of Tracy Leigh

Would you like your own PEM number plate? $240 including GST Contact the Pemberton Community Resource Centre on 08 9776 1745 to order yours

February 2014 Westlink is broadcast via satellite network to remote and regional WA Please phone 9776 1745 to watch these programs at the Pemberton Community Resource Centre or ask for a DVD copy

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In the land of ants Lisa Smith Of all the complaints about ants which the Department of Agriculture and Food’s (DAFWA) Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) receives, 80 per cent concern coastal brown ants (Pheidole megacephala), which originate from Africa. Other exotic ants are a serious problem in eastern Australia. Fire ants in particular would severely curtail our outdoor lifestyle if they became established in WA.

Big heads: Coastal brown ants are small and gingerbrown with shiny dark brown abdomens. They are also known as big-headed ants, because one per cent of the colony comprises larger individuals with a very obvious, disproportionately large head. These are the major caste of workers whose powerful jaws cut up large pieces of food into morsels small enough for the minor caste workers to carry back to the nest. Coastal brown ant excavations can aerate lawns to the point where the roots of the grass dry and die. Brick paving may be destabilised when undermined.

which in Cairns is also known as the electric ant. Fire ants were first found in Queensland twelve years ago and, despite a huge budget to target them, eradication has so far proved impossible. DAFWA has intercepted tropical fire ants (S. geminata) eight times in WA in the past ten years. Two interceptions, which concerned established colonies in Perth and Port Hedland, involved eradication incidents. Ant colonies usually arrive in plant material, especially via the nursery trade. Because of public and industry submissions to PaDIS, which receives thousands of ant samples every year, it is believed that WA is currently free of any type of fire ant. WA is also free of some other pest species such as carpenter, Asian needle and raspberry crazy ants. The last two are an emerging problem in the USA.

The bite that burns: RIFA is considered one of the worst pests in the world. On human skin its fiery sting develops into blisters followed by pustules. In severe cases people who are stung require hospitalisation.

Nests are interconnected and have multiple queens. New colonies are formed when one or more queens with attendant workers leave and walk to a nearby location. Many interconnected nests can form a super-colony. Small mounds of excavated soil at intervals are an indicator of the presence of coastal browns.

These ants deter outdoor activities, injure pets, affect ground nesting wildlife and blind livestock.

Taste for bait: Despite the above descriptions, for the

WA will always be at risk of RIFA arriving in pot plants, hay, beehives or shipping containers.

average person it is usually impossible to correctly identify ants. Accurate identification matters because different species have different dietary preferences and therefore are attracted to different baits. As coastal browns prefer meat and fatty or oily foods, the most effective baits are oil -based ones containing the active ingredient hydramethylnon, sold under various trade names. Ring PaDIS on Freecall 1800 084 881, or email info@agric.wa.gov.au, for advice on how to collect samples of ants and send them in for identification.

They chew electrical insulation causing extensive damage to electrical motors, air conditioners, pumps, transformers, telephone exchanges, signal boxes and other electrical devices.

Members of the public are critical to ongoing surveillance. Please keep sending those samples! If you have a query or want to report something unfamiliar, ring the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) on Freecall 1800 084 881 or email info@agric.wa.gov.au.

Once the presence of coastal browns has been confirmed, PaDIS can post you a brochure explaining how and when bait should be distributed, which varies according to the time of year and imminent weather conditions. Alternatively PaDIS can advise how to find this information online. Although coastal browns can sting, their sting does not cause discomfort to human beings.

Hot topic: Queensland is unlucky enough to have been invaded by the red imported fire ant or RIFA (Solenopsis invicta) and little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata),

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Department of Consumer Affairs—Use gift cards as early as possible in 2014 Debbie Butler, Consumer Protection’s Regional Co-ordinator in the South West Since the Christmas festivities ended, it’s been a busy time for Consumer Protection due to enquiries and complaints about Christmas gifts. One of the main issues is gift cards and our advice is to redeem them as soon as possible after you get them. In 2013 we received a total of 37 complaints relating to gift cards, as well as 133 enquiries. Most were received in the post-Christmas period. It’s important for people to know that, if they receive gift cards, they come with a set of terms and conditions that may restrict their use and they are often less flexible than cash. Take note of those terms and conditions and record the expiry date, as many complaints relate to people who try to redeem the gift card after it expires. There is a recurring issue of receiving change if the card’s full value is not redeemed. Unfortunately experience also shows that, in some cases, stores go out of business and the value on the card can never be redeemed. Consumer Protection’s iShopWA app allows consumers to set reminders for when gift cards are about to expire, but our advice is to use the cards as soon as possible after receiving it and redeem its full value to avoid any problems

in the future. We also remind consumers about their rights, which entitle them to a refund, replacement or repair if the product they buy is faulty, unsafe or not as described. In the past, Christmas has been haunted by late deliveries of gifts, disappointment with the product, problems returning gifts and difficulties in getting refunds. There are strong laws in place to protect consumers and give them a guarantee that the products they buy from Australian-based retailers, including those trading online, are free from defects, fit for their intended purpose and match the description in any advertising. If consumers want to return a gift because it’s the wrong size, they don’t like the style or colour or just want to exchange it for another gift they prefer, then the returns policy will differ from store to store. These types of returns are completely at the retailer’s discretion but they must abide by their stated returns policy. Consumers who cannot resolve their complaints with retailers direct, can contact Consumer Protection by email: consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54. Alternatively you can speak to me at the South West office on (08) 9722 2888 or pop in to Level 8, 61 Victoria St, Bunbury. Our iShopWA app is available for download from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android) or from our website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/ishopwa .

Monthly interdenominational prayer Dear Lord Jesus, As we have stepped into another year, it reminds us that we have left another chapter of our lives behind with another opening up before us. We cannot retract the past nor can we control the future because that is all in Your hands. Teach us to think about what You created us for and what life really is intended to mean. Help us to understand that one day we will need to face You as Our Judge – answering for how we lived our lives here below and whether or not we accepted Your Son, Jesus, as Our Lord and Saviour. Sadly, we feel that we live in a world where the more honourable traits of human behaviour such as gentleness, love, caring for others, consideration, serenity, living in peace with those around us and being patient with one another have been traded for selfishness, arrogance, pride, one-up-man-ship, anger, drunkenness and violence. We long for a life of peace and harmony, where everyone considers each other and does things for one another out of a heart of love. Teach us how we can live in ways that please You, to reflect those characteristics that are the essence of the character of Jesus – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – and to play our part in bringing about a difference in that part of the world in which You have asked us to live. We ask these things in Jesus’ Precious Name and for His Glory, Amen

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CWA news Pat Nock We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. The CWA has started off 2014 on a high note with the restumping of the Rooms by Manjimup Restumping. Its nice to go in and not find yourself listing to port or starboard (depending on which side of the Rooms you were on). It has eaten a huge hole in our funds but necessary, as when the old stumps were cleared away below ground level a lot were found to be non-existent and in one corner two stumps had completely disappeared. I don’t know how the Rooms were kept standing but all is now well and we will keep fundraising to recoup the funds required for the 20% deposit required by Lotterywest for our grant to be successful. So please continue to support us and we look forward to seeing you. The CWA AGM will be held on Tuesday 11 February, 10am at the CWA Rooms.

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Wild Southern Forests Wendy Eiby We have changed our format for this article this year as we just don’t seem to find the time to get out and about as much anymore! So instead of writing about lots of different things we’ve seen, each month we will write about a place, plant or animal in the Southern Forests that has captured our interest – in addition to a few updates about what is happening in our area of course! At the moment we have adult motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei) still active at night looking for food and lots of juvenile motorbike and slender tree frogs (Litoria adelaidensis) emerging from waterways. Nicholls Toadlets (Metacrinia nicholsii) have started calling on wet nights. We have noticed the first Swamp Bottlebrush (Beaufortia sparsa) flowering. Melaleucas, Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and Marri (Corymbia calophylla) are also flowering so we can expect march flies around again. Slipper Orchids (Cryptostylis ovata) are out in flower. Our favourite place this month is Mt Frankland, only a one and a half hour drive through beautiful forest from Pemberton. The porphyritic granite of Mt Frankland is considered to be around 1.2 billion years old. It was buried deep in the core of the ancient mountain range known as the Albany-Fraser Orogen. This east-west mountain range was created when the Australian continental plate (Yilgarn Craton) collided with Mawson, a continent to the south. The Yilgarn Craton slid beneath Mawson and the rocks were folded, melted and re-formed. Over time the ancient mountain range has eroded, occasionally exposing the core from Pemberton–Northcliffe through to east of Esperance. The granite at Beedelup Falls is part of the older Yilgarn Craton and is at least 2.5 billion years old. (Source: ‘Geology of Western Australia’s National Parks 2nd Edition’ by Peter Lane, 2007). If only rocks could talk, imagine the stories they could tell us.

Caldyanup is the Aboriginal name for Mt Frankland. To get to Mt Frankland, travel along the South West Highway towards Walpole and turn left onto Beardmore Road. Beardmore Road is a gravel road which travels over Fernhook Falls and eventually meets North Walpole Road. In late December there was the biggest colony of Potato Orchids (Gastrodia lacista) we’ve ever seen just past the Fernhook Falls bridge. From the carpark at Mt Frankland, there is a short 300 metre all-access trail to the Wilderness View Lookout platform, a 100 metre walk to the Towerman’s Hut and BBQ picnic area, a 600 metre walk and climb (300 stairs and a ladder) to the summit or a 1.6 km walk past the Soho Lookout along the Caldyanup Trail around Mt Frankland. From the summit there are amazing 360 degree views over the Walpole Wilderness Area. Remember to take a warm jacket even on a hot day, on Christmas Day there was a 13 degree difference between the carpark and the summit and it is usually windy up there! We have visited on rainy days in winter and from the summit you can see swirls of mist forming around the base of the mountain. In spring there are beautiful displays of wildflowers. The Towerman’s Hut is a heritage building and was constructed in 1956 for use by staff manning the fire lookout tower on the summit. Fernhook Falls is also worth visiting once we get some autumn rain through to early summer, there are some great photo opportunities, walk trails and camping sites.

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Sunsmart Karri Valley Triathlon Rob Suriano

The event is a highlight on the Triathlon WA State Series Calendar and recognised by many as the most difficult race Stadium Triathlon Club is again pleased to be heading to in WA and some of the highest ranked athletes in the State the Pemberton region to conduct the annual SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon. The event is being held on Saturday will once again be participating. Many of these athletes currently represent Western Australia and Australia 29 March . overseas in Triathlon events. The 2013 event was notable for a large increase in local Entries are now available for this year’s event and residents competing in the event and we are hoping that many more of you will take up the challenge this year, be it further information and entry details can be found on our website. as an individual competitor of as part of a team. The Long-Course event consists of a 1.5km swim leg (Lake Beedelup, Karri Valley Resort), followed by a 60km cycle (Vasse Highway and Channybearup Rd) and finishes off with a 12-km trail run in and around the Karri Valley Resort. The Short-Course event consists of a 500m swim, 20km cycle and 4km run.

Or, if you don’t feel the urge to compete, please feel free to come along and support the athletes and make a day out of it. To enter or for further information, please see our website karrivalleytriathlon.com or contact us: Email: contact@stadiumtriclub.com Phone: (Rob): 0419 107 932

Either event may be completed individually or in a team of three competitors. The event will run between 10am to 3pm with a postevent presentation and awards banquet will be held at the resort on Saturday evening.

Junior triathlon In addition to the main event above, a junior event for those aged between 7 and 11 is being planned on the morning of the event. Although we haven’t finalised the details, it is anticipated that this will be held at approximately 9am. Keep your eye on our website for further details, or if to register your interest please contact us via email.

Driver Reviver Bernie Stringer New coordinators of the Driver Reviver programme, Robert and Bernie Stringer, welcomed the presence of a giant billboard, supplied by the Manjimup Shire, advertising the facility throughout the night, welcoming weary travellers during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Thank you to Todd Ridley from the Shire for assisting at short notice Hundreds of travellers were revived with hot drinks and a friendly chat, and by the fantastic volunteers from Manjimup, Pemberton and surrounding areas. A very interesting way of promoting our beautiful ‘little corner of the world’. Grateful thanks to the many willing volunteers who have assisted us in our transition as coordinators. Long time former coordinators, Molly and Barry Scotman deserve special recognition and many thanks for their long voluntary service of the worthy free program. We plan to open during the five-day Easter holiday break in April, and welcome new and existing volunteers to assist in a three-hour session throughout the holiday period. Please contact us on 08 9776 1648. 30


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Michaela Drake writes: New Years Eve was an awesome night, very successful and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We literally saw the new year in with a bang. Everyone was extremely well behaved, which made the occasion much more entertaining and fun. Thank you to Pemberton RSL, Pemberton Fire Brigade, Pemberton Ambulance, Manjimup Shire, DeCampo Transport and Pemberton Garage and Service Station.

Above: Fireworks! Right: Ken Lawrence, Michaela Drake, Kath Lister and Hedley Green enjoying the fireworks New Years Eve photos courtesy of Michaela Drake

Left: Mark Hudson receiving a Lotterywest cheque for $25,000 from Hon Terry Redman MLA on the opening of the Wahoo trail at the Pemberton mountain bike park

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February 2014 Full press releases are available from the Pemberton CRC office. In choosing the press releases to cover, we favour local content we believe to be of interest to our readers. Submit to office@pembertoncrc.org.au December 4, 2013 Heritage grants for Warren -Blackwood Warren-Blackwood MLA Terry Redman has welcomed heritage grant funding for three properties in the electorate. The 108-yearold Freemasons Hotel in Bridgetown will receive $86,000 to assist with the re -roofing and replacement of gutters, downpipes and flashings. Two cottages in the Pemberton Timber Mill Workers’ Cottages Precinct will share in $39,000 for re-stumping and joinery work. “Bridgetown’s Freemasons Hotel is part of one of the State’s most important rural town streetscapes, populated with a significant historic core of buildings from the Federation and Inter-War period,” Mr Redman said. “Bridgetown is well known for its heritage appeal and it’s pleasing that these funds will help conserve an important local heritage landmark.” Mr Redman said the Pemberton Timber Mill Workers’ Cottages was a historic precinct containing a substantial collection of buildings, streetscapes, and laneways built between 1913 through to 1951. “The heritage grants will assist the owners to undertake urgent conservation work to these fragile 1920s timber weatherboard-clad cottages so that they continue to be used and loved as family homes,” Mr Redman said. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said 13 metropolitan and 11 regional places will share in $1.26million through the 2013-14 Heritage Grants Program. “The Heritage Grants Program plays an important role in assisting private owners with funding to undertake urgent works to their State Registered heritage places,” Mr Jacob said. Since 1997, 647 projects have been awarded grants of more than $14.5million through the program which is administrated by the Heritage Council of WA through the State Heritage Office. For further information contact Terry Redman on 9851 1544

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February 2014 Think you know the answers to Great lines or Where on Earth? Then submit your answers to the CRC on 9776 1745 or office@pembertoncrc.org.au . The first correct answer in each category wins 12 free Sony Snaplab photos. Answers and winners next month!

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Great lines from great movies This month’s movie has a snappy title. Here’s the line:

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Congratulations to Nadine Stirling who correctly identified the picture on the This was from the .1994 movie Forrest Gump, starring Tom right as being from the Hanks. Congratulations to Monica Mumme who spotted Mundrabilla Roadhouse on this one. Run Forrest! the Eyre Highway.

Yum yum tomatoes – serves 2 Tomatoes are well and truly in season. Here’s a recipe you can try to add a little Mediterranean flavour.

Ingredients 4 large tomatoes (vine ripened) cut into 1cm wedges, ¼ tsp olive oil, 2 tsp fresh oregano or basil – chopped, 2 small cloves garlic – crushed, light sprinkle of sea salt

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Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee, Inc The historical 100-year-old Pemberton Mill Hall So much has happened since the Black and White Centennial Ball last May. The money raised have gone to good use with the upgrade of new gutters, dishwasher, wall oven and blinds. The hall has been hired out to so many events and is soon to be air conditioned. We have had enquires regarding monthly movies, a cooking class, discos and weddings. The Christmas markets were a great success, with the lunch bar doing a roaring trade and our popular sausage sizzle. A visit from Father Christmas on a motorbike was one of the highlights of the day. Christmas carols and a sausage sizzle were presented to the community that evening. Thanks go to the committee and volunteers who decorated the hall with the Christmas spirit. There will be a busy bee at the Mill Hall on Saturday 8 February, starting 8am – morning tea provided.

Get involved in history – volunteer at the Mill Hall

Corporate welfare state Julian Sharp It seems that the major role of government in Australia, and indeed around the world, has become that of aiding and abetting transnational corporations in the rapacious plunder of the natural world and the global ‘commons’. The commons refers to those attributes of the planet that are not ‘owned’ by anyone. These include the atmosphere, water, forests, sunlight, soil and wildlife. The Australian government is now rapidly moving to dismantle any so-called impediments to corporate plunder of the commons. The government recently held meetings with major transnational corporations including miners, oil and gas companies, banks and other financial institutions asking them what more could the government do to reduce or remove any form of regulatory oversight, taxation obligations and so-called red and green tape. Government policy is increasingly being written by transnational corporations for the sole benefit of those same corporations. There is no longer any social responsibility or accountability required of corporations whose sole objective is to maximise profits and minimise costs. Government subsidies to corporations such as fossil fuel companies, vehicle manufacturers and miners is simply corporate welfare. This is occurring at the same time as the people of Australia are being forced to pay for this corporate welfare through ‘austerity measures’, taxation increases, education funding cuts, social security cuts, public utility cost increases and the rampant privatisation of public infrastructure. The transfer of real wealth from the commons to the richest 1% of the population is continuing unabated, in fact encouraged and aided by our governments. Political and

economic ideology continues to trump any concern for social welfare, equity or environmental health. This is not about to change no matter what spin is pumped out by corporate dominated politicians. The only option we have is to refuse to comply with rules and regulations that support the desecration of the environment for corporate profits. I know that may sound extreme but our only chance of changing this corrupted system is through noncompliance with laws and regulations that are plainly wrong. We need to stand up and challenge the virtual dictatorship of the corporate world. We can also become more self reliant as individuals and communities as government services and social responsibility obligations disappear. There is an ancient legal doctrine known as the Public Trust, this legal concept originated in the Roman empire at the time of Emperor Justinian. This doctrine holds that it is the states fiduciary responsibility to hold the ‘commons’ in trust for the people. This legal concept is gaining traction worldwide as communities challenge the assumed ‘authority’ of governments to act in the interests of corporations ahead of the public interest. The atmosphere for instance, is currently being used as a waste disposal site for fossil fuel corporations and coal fired power plants at no cost to the companies but at great cost to communities and the environment. Mining and gas drilling companies can gain access to private and public land with very little opportunity for public scrutiny or opposition. This type of activity is being challenged in many countries, including Australia. It is through means such as this and many other ways, that laws are challenged and changed. The Earth belongs to no one, it is home to all life and needs to be respected as such.

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Classifieds Wanted Have you a freezer you no longer need? Foodbank are in great need of one to carry on their activities in supplying services to the needy. Please contact Barry on 9776 0989 if you can help.

Wanted Stainless steel kitchen bench Approx 180 x 60cm To buy for the Pemberton Mill Hall Phone 9776 0144 or 0412 889140.

For Sale GMC petrol Hedge Trimmer $50 22.5cc motor, 24 inch cut, tilt handle as new condition Phone Bruce on 9776 1775.

For Sale Lexmark computer printer 4 in 1 Print, copy, fax, scan New in unopened box B/W and colour inks $30 Phone Bruce on 9776 1775.

For Sale Arc Welder, 15amp on wheels, $75 Phone 9776 0141.

For Sale Second hand Canon 400D SLR Camera $375 In good condition including: Battery pack 5 x NB-2LH batteries 1 x Canon 18-55mm EFS lens 1 CF 2GB card Original Canon manual Camera bag: blue and grey ‘Fancier’ brand, has several pockets – lenses and accessories can be packed in the top compartment and camera body etc. in bottom section Contact Val Roche on 0428 138751.

Do Not Call Register You can list your home, personal mobile or fax number to reduce telemarketing calls. Registration is free. Register easily by phone on 1300 792 958 or go to www.donotcall.gov.au. Once your numbers are listed on the register, telemarketers and fax marketers must not contact you. Some groups can still contact you after you register. These include charities, research companies, political parties and educational institutions. The Do Not Call Register is managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority on behalf of the Australian Government.

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