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The State election is next Saturday and I ask you to consider a few local issues before deciding how to cast your vote. The first thing you need to know about me is that three generations of my family live here in the Pilbara, and we’re here for the long haul. I fully understand the challenges and the opportunities facing all of us that call the Pilbara home. I’ve run a successful business in Karratha for over 15 years. Being a retail shop owner I meet and talk with a wide cross-section of Pilbara people every day. I know when they’re feeling buoyant, I know when things are tough, and I know what their concerns are. I don’t need polls to tell me what’s going on in our community. Here’s a snapshot of real Pilbara issues and the kind of level-headed, locally focused solutions you can expect from me.

Healthcare I have previously stated my concerns about the proposed location of the new Karratha Hospital but I’m pleased that the Premier has committed to reviewing the location to ensure that it is located at the best possible site. The Premier has said “if this government is re-elected we would look at which is the best location.” It is important that the views of locals are taken into account during decision making for our community and I will continue to fight to make sure that Pilbara residents have their concerns heard. It is my advocacy on this and other health issues which show why it is so important to have a local voice at the decision-making table. If I am elected, that is exactly what we will have.

Housing Housing is not 'normal' in the Pilbara; an historic undersupply has meant a lack of affordable, decent value options. To restore some balance, the Liberal-led Government has recently released 500 new home sites in Karratha with a further 2500 on the way; Hedland too has a planned release of 3,000 new home sites. This has meant that finally we’re seeing rents under the $1,000 threshold. In the short term this may affect some real estate values, but a soft readjustment now will be more sustainable for our community in the long-run. For investors this is a much better option than boom-bust cycles we’ve seen previously.

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Education Education is a fundamental building block to society. That’s why the Liberal-led government invested $23 million building the new Baynton West Primary School, and $100 million building Karratha SHS. Additionally it has put up $50 million for the Pilbara Education Partnership Fund. Growth in the tertiary education sector is critical to attracting and retaining people in our region and supporting a diversified local economy, that’s why $675,000 has been allocated for UWA to do a feasibility study of a brand new, world-class facility for research and executive education programs in Karratha and Port Hedland. Our kids shouldn’t have to leave the Pilbara to get a first-class education, and that’s why I’m right behind these important initiatives.

Beyond mining The Pilbara has many opportunities to deepen our economy beyond mining. Aurora Algae is a great example; they spent $50 million proving their bio-fuel technology in Karratha, and have now committed to $86 million going to full production. We need to support more enterprises that use local resources. To that end, tourism and agriculture are just two industries that show great promise and deserve more support.

Royalties for Regions The Liberal-led Government’s R4R legislation has done a good job, and we can see the benefits already. But the Pilbara needs a committed local on the team to ensure the money is spent in a way that best suits local needs, not those dreamt up by city-based politicians.

Law and order The Pilbara is unlike anywhere else. Our social diversity puts police and law enforcement officers under a range of complex pressures. But we do know that tougher penalties work as a deterrent, and the Government’s strict approach is working. Things like new the anti-hoon laws will help to reduce crime in the Pilbara, so now is not the time to change direction. We want to continue to be tough on crime with additional police, new mandatory jail terms for offenders who commit serious assault during a burglary, improved video link technology at regional police stations and other measures designed to reduce red tape and enable police to spend more time on the front-line. Having a smaller population means the impact of social disarray affects everyone, so we need to do everything possible to ensure we have safe and harmonious communities.

The Pilbara’s future My business, my kids and my grandkids are all here in the Pilbara. This is a special place that has been good to me, and I feel privileged to live here. I firmly believe that we need a committed local who will speak for the Pilbara in Parliament, and make practical decisions that will benefit the region now and in the long term. On election day, I ask you to think about the Pilbara’s future and your place in determining that.

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Karratha Police conduct patrols throughout the community no matter what time of day or night, but we can’t be everywhere at once. There are times when your local police will be assisting the community elsewhere and may not be able to attend right when an offence occurs. Karratha Police want to remind members of the public to take their own precautions when walking and driving around town. We often give advice on protecting your homes and cars so now we want to focus on your personal safety. If you are going for a night out and may consume alcohol please drink responsibly and do not drink alcohol to the point of being unaware of your surroundings.

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Life Flight jet conveyed to Onslow after stolen vehicle crashes during cyclone threat By Tamara Binamat During a week of uncertainty surrounding Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty’s movements, the Royal Flying Doctor Service dispatched the Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet to Onslow to collect three injured men from two separate accidents. Coastal communities including Onslow were on high alert due to a Category 3 cyclone at the time. A police spokesperson from Onslow Police said about 8pm Sunday February

24 a Toyota utility was stolen from an address in Cameron Avenue, Onslow by a 31-yearold worker, not a resident of Onslow. About 10 minutes after the theft, the vehicle crashed on Onslow Road into an area of roadworks. The single occupant of the vehicle sustained several injuries. The man was flown by the Rio Tinto Life Flight to Perth for treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Police said an inquiry is

• The 31-year-old contractor was conveyed to Perth via the Life Flight Jet. Photo courtesy of Onslow Police

ongoing and it is not clear whether speed or alcohol was a factor in this crash. A separate motor vehicle accident occurred on the same day at Lyndon near Carnarvon. Two persons involved in a vehicle rollover were conveyed to Nanutarra Roadhouse and then Onslow Hospital before they were flown to Perth for treatment. A passer-by heading north on the North West Coastal Highway stopped to render assistance before transporting the patients to Nanutarra Roadhouse. The two injured males, aged 17 and 29-years-old, were transferred to Perth for medical treatment. The rescues occurred five days after Rio Tinto announced a commitment to fund the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet service for Western Australia for the next four years. Royal Flying Doctor Service Chief Executive Officer Grahame Marshall said the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet can reach patients in need anywhere in the state within three hours and had become a vital service for West Australians. “The Rio Tinto Life Flight jet has made a tremendous difference to our ability to respond to the needs of rural, regional and remote

Western Australia and today’s announcement of continued support from Rio Tinto is another huge step forward for aero medical services in Australia,” he said. The new funding agreement brings the support provided by Rio Tinto to $11 million. The jet has been particularly beneficial for residents of the North West, with 54 per cent of its patients coming from the Kimberley region and 20 per cent of patients coming from the Pilbara. The new agreement was enabled by a further $6 million, four-year funding commitment from Rio Tinto, whose Western Australian mining operations are centred in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Rio Tinto President of Pilbara Operations, Greg Lilleyman, said Rio Tinto was proud to continue to be associated with such a vital service in remote medical care. “As a business we operate in remote locations so we understand the significant challenges faced by people living and working in regional WA,” he said. “For many of them, speedy access to the best medical care is literally a matter of life or death.”

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Severe TC Rusty lashes Pilbara coast By Tamara Binamat The Pilbara region is recovering from the impact of ex-Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty, which crossed the coast as a category 3 system on Wednesday between 5-6pm 110 kilometres east northeast of Port Hedland and 130 kilometres north of Marble Bar. The whole Pilbara region braced for what was predicted to be the worst cyclone of the current season. Port Hedland hit red alert at 10am Wednesday morning as the cyclone approached as a category 3 system. Daniel Hayes from the Bureau of Metrology in Port Hedland said Pardoo was the

town most drenched during exSevere TC Rusty receiving 450 millimetres of rain over two days. Telfer also received a bucketload, recording 278 millimetres for the event to date. Ex-Severe TC Rusty reached an intensity of category 4 from 5am Wednesday morning to about 2pm that same day. After crossing the coast exSevere TC Rusty then tracked south east, heading east of Marble Bar and Nullagine and ultimately east of Newman. Around noon on Thursday ex-TC Rusty fizzled out and the whole Pilbara received the all clear from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Les Hayter, public information officer for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said DFES received few callouts for help. “There was a couple of calls but they were mainly for trees across roads and there was one storm drain that was blocked in Wedgefield,” he said. “And there was the damage to the station at Pardoo. “The carport lost its roof and there was water damage to an outer building.” Mr Hayter said there were no callouts for help to DFES from the Karratha region. During the threat of the cyclone, DFES evacuated multiple communities who were in danger.

The Warralong Community was evacuated to Marble Bar utilising two 4WD buses and a troupe carrier. “We had pre-planned evacuating those locations where there were issues, like Pretty Pool and the western end of Port Hedland where we had the storm surge possibility,” Mr Hayter said. “We also had the two rivers, the Turner and Yule at the west of Port Hedland where we had the Yandeyarra Community.” Marble Bar was also evacuated to two evacuation centres. The Port Hedland Evacuation Centre held 270 people while 70 people flocked to the South Hedland Evacuation Centre.

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Mercy dash through cyclone By Tamara Binamat In what Kellie Lauren describes as “a mother’s worst nightmare”, a freak chain of events and natural disasters almost stood in the way of medical treatment for her son who was suffering appendicitis. As Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty bore down on Port Hedland, the Lauren family from Karratha was frantically trying to access the only surgeon available to operate on 12-year-old Jaxon. Jaxon was in Karratha in severe pain while the surgeon was 243 kilometres away in Port Hedland. Kellie said the Royal Flying Doctor Service was unable to fly to Karratha due to the region being on Blue Alert. The next option was to drive to Port Hedland themselves, but there was the concern of Jaxon’s appendix bursting en route. In the end an ambulance from Karratha was able to take the family to Whim Creek where an ambulance from Port Hedland was waiting to take them the rest of the way to Port Hedland Hospital. But not before being roadblocked by a bushfire burning between Karratha and Roebourne, wasting more critical time. By the time Jaxon reached the operating room it was discovered his appendix had already split and leaked internally. It all started on the Friday evening when Jaxon complained of a sore stomach area. By Saturday morning Jaxon was in pain and vomiting, which Kellie said she assumed was gastro. At 4am Sunday morning Jaxon was experiencing full-body shakes, and was rushed to the emergency department at Nickol Bay Hospital. Kellie said Jaxon was sent home with painkillers believing he had ross river virus. Jaxon slept all day before Sunday evening when his temperature rose and pain level rocketed. He returned to the emergency department at Nickol Bay Hospital where Kellie said he was immediately seen by a doctor who diagnosed appendicitis.

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“Then we got to Hedland and the appendix had actually popped already, so we’re very lucky we didn’t wait for a plane or drive ourselves,” Kellie said. “It had popped and leaked so they took him straight to surgery at 1:30am. “We were very lucky we rushed - that night was very scary.” Kellie also had two younger daughters to care for during Jaxon’s emergency, on top on the cyclone threat and bushfire barricade.

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After the surgery at 1:30am Monday in Port Hedland, which was a success, an infection resulting from the leaking appendix was discovered. At 3am Monday Kellie, Jaxon’s dad Mark, and Jaxon’s two younger sisters were looking for accommodation.

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That same day, during Yellow Alert, the family was moved to a hostel behind the hospital. The threat of a category 4 cyclone crossing the coast at Port Hedland meant Kellie had to leave and take her daughters back to Karratha. An impending red alert that same day meant no one would be allowed to come or go from the hospital except emergencies, so Jaxon’s dad Mark stayed with Jaxon at the hospital while Kellie was dropped off at Whim Creek, picked up and taken back to Karratha.

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“It was too dangerous for us to stay there,” Kellie said. “I didn’t feel very safe staying there and the hospital obviously couldn’t accommodate all of us so we left and Mark stayed. Port Hedland then went on red alert on Tuesday. Kellie said fearing for her son’s life meant the threat of a severe tropical cyclone was no deterrent to travelling to Hedland to find a surgeon.

“Because he’d [been in pain] for about three days [by then] they were quite concerned it was going to burst.

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Thousands of fly-in, fly-out workers and travellers are benefitting from a record number of airport polling places, as early voting runs right through until the March 9 State election. Polling places are open at Perth’s domestic and international terminals until Thursday March 7 from 4am to 7 pm, and from 4am until 6pm on Friday March 8. Voting at Skippers and Cobham terminals is available from 4:30am to 8am and 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday and at Cobham from 10:30am to 1:30 pm on weekends. Voting at the Network Aviation terminal is available from 5am to 8am and 1pm to 4pm. But on Election Day, only the polling places at the three main terminals will operate, opening between 8am and 6pm as required by law. “I fully understand the difficulties faced by fly-in flyout workers and holidaymakers when it comes to voting,” said WA electoral commissioner Warwick Gately. “They can vote not only at the airport’s three main terminals but also now at three regional operators as well.” “If you’re going on shift or on holiday, take advantage of the airport voting that is available. “And if you’re already away get online now and apply for a postal vote and we’ll get one out to you.” During the 2009 Daylight Saving Referendum 6,373 votes were cast at Perth airport terminals and the Commission is expecting a big increase at this election, with figures indicating at least 35,000 FIFO workers are employed on WA resources projects. The Kimberley’s historic Noonkanbah Station - scene of the landmark 1970s Indigenous land rights protests - marked another milestone last weekend, becoming the first community to participate in State Election 2013’s expanded remote voting program. Nearly 100 locals flocked

to the community hall, after polling place operators Graeme Hastie and Peta Calladine flew in from Broome, the first of 22 teams visiting 46 Kimberley centres. “We’ve had signs telling people at the store, the school, the head office and the telecentre,” said Noonkanbah community board member Francine Cox. “Our people really think it’s important, they’ve been coming in from across the Fitzroy River as well.” Though the Kimberley boasts the majority of remote polling places, the service extends down through the Pilbara, the Midwest, the Goldfields and the Eucla, with a total of 30 teams visiting 73 communities including seven minesites (Argyle, Telfer, Solomon Kangi, Solomon Dally, Christmas Creek, Cloudbreak and Murrin Murrin). At the last election only four mines were visited. “Overall, we’ve expanded remote voting by more than 20 per cent at this election, from 59 centres in 2008 to 73 this time and have promoted it extensively as we push for more voter participation across the State,” said WA Electoral Commission elections manager David Payne. “We’re spending longer at individual places and for the first time we’ll run remote

polling places at half a dozen centres on Election Day.” Remote polling has been running for decades and aside from the perennial challenge of distance, cyclones have previously disrupted voting in the Kimberley and the Pilbara. Early last week polling teams travelled to Gibb River, Christmas Creek and the Pilbara community of Jigalong.

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Liberal’s payroll tax savings delivers peanuts, say businesses By Ben Leahy Karratha business representative John Lally has called on the Liberal Party to do more, following its announcement it will raise the payroll tax threshold to $850,000. Under the Liberal Party plan, the tax-free threshold would be raised to $800,000 in 2014-15 and then $850,000 in 2016-17. Currently, Western Australian businesses pay tax to the State Government at a rate of 5.5 per cent if their employees’ annual salaries total more than $750,000. But Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO John Lally said the increase doesn’t go far enough and labeled it “insignificant”. He said that high wages in the Pilbara meant few small businesses would qualify for the threshold

even with the $100,000 increase. “What I am saying is that [the Liberal Party] needed to take into account the high wages up here,” Mr Lally said. “Small businesses are badly disadvantaged up here because to reach the threshold, they probably only need about seven employees. Mr Lally’s comments were echoed by John Nicolaou the spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. Mr Nicolaou said a fairer tax free threshold would be $1.5 million. “It’s been almost a decade since the last threshold increase and in that time wages have increased by 80 per cent,” Mr Nicolaou said. “Lifting the threshold to $1.5 million would take us back to 2004 levels and … would cost about

$300 million in a total payroll tax take of $3.5 billion out of a total revenue base of $25.4 billion. “This is a small fraction of the entire tax take after a decade of inaction.” However, State Treasurer Troy Buswell said the Liberal Party’s threshold increase would enable more than 16,000 employers to save $121million. He said the new threshold also comes on top of a payroll tax rebate announced in the last State Budget. “As a result [of both tax breaks], more than half of all Western Australian businesses will either pay no payroll tax or have their payroll tax liability substantially reduced in 2012-13,” Mr Buswell said.

Questions raised over Pilbara’s level of palliative care funding By Ben Leahy The Liberal Party last week announced it would increase funding for palliative care, if re-elected in the State Election, but did not specify how much would be made available to boost lagging services in the Pilbara. Under the Liberal Party plan announced on February 26, an extra $20 million would be spent on increasing palliative care in Western Australia with $3.8 million over four years going to regional services. Minister for Health Kim Hames said the funding would be allocated with reference to

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the Rural Palliative Care Model, established in 2008. “Funding for palliative care in regional WA would be increased to a total of $12.8million over four years,” he said. “Demand for palliative care services has grown throughout regional WA. “This will provide more people with access to the Liverpool Care pathway, which allows people to spend their last days in the comfort and security of their own home in a supported environment.” Health professionals have welcomed any increase in funding with residents

of Pilbara towns, such as Karratha, currently having very few options for palliative care. While the Nickol Bay and Roebourne Hospitals offer some services, there is no dedicated palliative care facility and the Pilbara Echo is unaware of any provider offering palliative care services to people in their homes. According to the Department of Health’s Rural Palliative Care Model report in 2008, while all other regions of WA had palliative services, there was “no formalized palliative care service in the Pilbara”.

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currently applying for funding for a Partnerships and Recovery program to provide greater support to at risk community members.

A new mental health facility to support at risk people will be built in Karratha under a Liberal Government plan announced on February 25.

She said there was potential for her team to work with the new facility but that so far she had not been involved in the consultation process for it.

Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton said the Government would allocate $6.2million to build and a further $2.8million per year to operate both the Karratha facility and another in Bunbury in the South West.

“As long as this facility coordinates with existing facilities and assists with our existing services – fantastic,” Ms Halpin said.

“These facilities will provide 24/7 support for people with mental illness either at risk of hospitalisation or to support their transition back into the community after acute care,” Mrs Morton said.

“These facilities will provide 24/7 support for people with mental illness either at risk of hospitalisation or to support their transition back into the community after acute care”

“This regional focus will mean those in need do not have to travel to Perth, and will be properly supported to manage their transition in their own communities.” Mrs Morton said the new facilities were part of an unprecedented 39.2 per cent Government funding increase for mental health services. Karratha-based Pilbara Health Network chief executive officer Jo Halpin welcomed the new facility, provided it was properly planned. Ms Halpin said her team treat people with moderate to mild mental illnesses and are

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Your chance to clean up the Pilbara Clean Up Australia Day has been running for more than 20 years and has become an important community event all over Australia. The annual event brings together local residents to clean up their parks, beaches, creeks and rivers. Residents are encouraged to spend a few hours with a local group this weekend. Details of local events and coordinators can be

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The ever friendly chef and owner, Dave Huynh, and his amiable and charming wife, Sanita, made our dining at the restaurant a memorable experience. The restaurant is nestled right to the left of the entrance to Centro Shopping Centre, with an ambience that matched the menu. Mouth watering Fried Duck in Lemon or Plum Sauce Sizzling Chicken, Sizzling Squid (my first taste, and I loved it!), Sizzling King Prawns, Sizzling Seafood – the food sizzles like the Karratha hot weather, except that the food is more diner-friendly than the weather. In my few days in Karratha, I sampled the delicacies that encourage the people from Newman

Thanks to Dave’s recommendations, I tried the specialities of the house, Seafood Bean curd in Clay Pot, Szechuan Seafood and Fillet Chicken in Crab Meat Sauce. I wanted to sample all the house specialities, but did not have enough days to get through the list. I promised myself, next time I am in Karratha I will do it – I believe I just began my love affair with Karratha and Karratha Chinese Garden Restaurant. There is a meal for every foodie; satay beef; or if you want it hot, Chili King Prawns or Chili Lamb. The menu is a delight as it covers all palates.

Mee Goring, Singapore Noodles or Chow Mein with all the combinations you could imagine. There are also traditional dishes for the less enterprising diner, such as dishes with black bean sauce, with curry or with sweet and sour sauce. And with so many choices, the best bit is that the staff are friendly and accommodating without being pushy. A night at Chinese Garden also finishes perfectly with fried ice cream that is perfectly crunchy and with a taste of vanilla that melts in your mouth. Oh Karratha, what a blissful experience to visit you and Karratha Chinese Garden Restaurant. By visiting food lover Linda Sabtos

There are vegetable, fruity dishes, like Mango Chicken, Mango Steak (who else but Dave would couple mangoes with steak and chicken and prawns), meat, poultry, bean curd and seafood galore. There are also noodles a-plenty, whichever way you want them,

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YAC preparing to open doors to FMG negotiations The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation is preparing internally to reopen Native Title Negotiations with Fortescue Metals Group, according to CEO Michael Woodley. FMG has been trying to bypass YAC during land access negotiations for its Solomon Hub iron ore mine by signing a $4 million agreement with the breakaway Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. However, the Federal Court earlier this month ruled that YAC is the sole legal representative for the Yindjibarndi traditional owners and FMG must instead negotiate with them. Mr Woodley said the ball was now in FMG’s court. “What we are doing is putting in the processes to try and deal

[with FMG] again,” Mr Woodley said. “We think FMG should come to the table with a better deal that recognises and respects Yindjibarndi people for our connection to country. “Until they start to realise and respect that the Yindjibarndi people are the one and the same people represented by YAC … we are going to continue opposing FMG operations.” While FMG CEO Nev Power said in a statement following the court ruling that his company would continue working with the Yindjibarndi people, an agreement appears a long way off. Under the Native Title Act, mining companies are only compelled to negotiate with Native Title bodies in good faith – they are not obligated to make a monetary offer.

Native Title bodies, like YAC, are also unable to veto or prevent mining operations on the lands they claim if they are unhappy with the compensation deals offered to them. “What they try and do under the Native Title Act is encourage mining companies to build positive relationships with Native Title groups,” Mr Woodley said. As a result, Mr Woodley said the dispute with FMG will probably go on unless someone from company started “taking ownership and leadership” for building better relations with YAC. In the meantime, YAC are preparing another submission they hope to take to the Federal Court later this year or early next year seeking full exclusive rights to the land they claim. If YAC are granted full exclusive rights as opposed to

New pathways will improve pedestrian safety Improvements to Dampier Highway in the Shire of Roebourne are set to continue with almost two kilometres of pedestrian pathways to be constructed as part of the Shire’s $2 million streetscape project. The Shire has boosted the value of the project by over $300,000 to deliver a longer and higher standard pathway that will service the Karratha Leisureplex. Stretching from Burgess Road to Galbraith Road along the northern side of Dampier Highway, the new pathways will link pedestrians with the new Leisureplex and Karratha High School extensions, which are due for completion later this year. Roebourne Shire Council President Fiona White-Hartig said the new pathways were an important addition to the highway, particularly with the new facilities currently under construction. “There will be a significant increase in pedestrian traffic with the completion of these new facilities, so it is important that we provide safe access,” Councillor White-Hartig said.

continuing to direct more funds towards these projects.” To further enhance pedestrian safety, Main Roads WA will create new pedestrian crossing points adjacent to the Leisureplex by the time the project is completed. “The pathways we create will link up with these new crossing points directing pedestrians to the safest route,” Cr White-Hartig said. “It will also connect with the existing pathway leading to the underpass at Rosemary Road.”

being Native Title claimants to the land the Solomon Hub mine is located on, FMG will be legally required to compensate them under the Mining Act.

YAC expects that a compensation deal under the Mining Act would be worth significantly more than the current $4 million offer by FMG.

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Profiling your Pilbara candidates for the 2013 State Election It’s almost time to vote for your new member of parliament. The Nationals WA have delivered the most extensive regional development program in the nation’s history.

Next Saturday March 9 is polling day, and

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your vote, we’ve compiled a profile of each candidate.

Why are you standing as a candidate for the Pilbara seat?

Do you have the political experience and passion to make a difference?

Over $1 billion has been invested into the Pilbara through the Royalties for Regions funded Pilbara Cities program. I want to go one step further and ensure the people of the Pilbara have a seat at the decision making table to make sure this change continues.

The Nationals WA have delivered the most extensive regional development program in the nation’s history. As leader of this small team, we have made a huge difference to regional WA – I hope that speaks for itself.

Tell us why Pilbara residents should vote for you? Pilbara residents are seeing the benefits of Royalties for Regions. The Nationals WA have a clear vision for the future and we need to retain the balance of power so Royalties for Regions can continue. The major parties say they’ll keep the program but with big promises for Perth projects there is little doubt that Royalties for Regions will be changed or scrapped.

What are the most important issues in the Pilbara? We need more housing, infrastructure and better

What will the Pilbara look like after your term is finished if you are elected? Royalties for Regions is already changing the face of the Pilbara and I want to see that transformation continue. We have made a start and my vision for the future is simple, I want the Pilbara to be a place where people want to live as well as work.

How you like to spend your leisure time? With my family or when I get the time going fishing. Lately, I have been playing a lot of Lego with my three boys.

Occupation: Owner Operator of Karratha Retravision Why are you standing as a candidate for the Pilbara seat?

Do you have the political experience and passion to make a difference?

I have lived in Karratha with my wife Irene and children and grandchildren for more than 15 years and I love it. The Pilbara has been very kind to me, and it is time I gave back. Fighting for the Pilbara and its people to make sure what is rightfully ours, stays ours is the best way to give back.

I understand the political process, and I have a very clear view of the road ahead for the Pilbara. I am doing this for the right reasons – the people.

Having run a busy retail business for 15 years has allowed me to see the highs and lows and the joy and heartache that the Pilbara can deliver. I have rejoiced with our people and I have suffered with our people. A vote for me guarantees a vote for a politician, who is committed, passionate, hard working and incredibly loyal.

WA LABOR Why are you standing as a candidate for the Pilbara seat? I have seen an increase in the difficulty for local Pilbara families to continue to call and make the Pilbara their home. There are no cities or no towns in the Pilbara, without families living in our communities.

Tell us why Pilbara residents should vote for you? I love the Pilbara. I don’t want us to be represented by a fly-in, fly-out Member of Parliament, who doesn’t understand our issues or visit the many communities that are proudly based in our vast electorate.

What are the most important issues in the Pilbara? The current housing crisis, both public and private, and the provision of healthcare are the top issues. To fix these, WA Labor has committed to establishing a Pilbara Redevelopment Authority and to use Royalties for Regions to assist with housing affordability, as well

• Brendon Grylls - The Nationals

What are the most important issues in the Pilbara? The order varies between different areas of the electorate but the important issues are clear: healthcare, the price of housing, roads and water.

Tell us why Pilbara residents should vote for you?

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service delivery to make the area more attractive to young families. We can see changes happening in the Pilbara, and I will continue to focus on community infrastructure, land availability, development and economic diversification.

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• Gerorge Levissianos - Liberal Party

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What will the Pilbara look like after your term is finished if you are elected? This next four years will be the Pilbara’s best ever. When we look at what Colin Barnett’s Liberal led Government has achieved in just four years, I can’t help but be excited about what improvements we can achieve in the next four.

How you like to spend your leisure time?

The important issues are clear: healthcare, the price of housing, roads and water.

Look at my name, I am clearly Greek. So what do Greeks love? Their family. So long as they are fishing with me on my boat, I am very happy.

as bringing forward new hospital developments and attracting doctors to our towns.

Do you have the political experience and passion to make a difference? I know how Government works and I pride myself in my availability and networks.

What will the Pilbara look like after your term is finished if you are elected? I will focus on families and what is needed so that families can continue to make and call the Pilbara their home. I want Pilbara families to have confidence that their children can receive a world-class education at our local schools. I envision a Pilbara where families and industry can travel and do so with confidence in the safety of our roads.

How you like to spend your leisure time? I play netball, enjoy fishing and love pottering around in my veggie patch.

• Kelly Howlett - WA Labor


echonews echo news INDEPENDENT Occupation: Manager Why are you standing as a candidate for the Pilbara seat? Because we need to shake up the “big promising policy opposites”, who haven’t achieved sustainable solutions

Tell us why Pilbara residents should vote for you? Because my community-based platform is based on what we need.

What are the most important issues in the Pilbara? Industry diversification to sustain communities beyond the mining boom.

What will the Pilbara look like after your term is finished if you are elected? 1. Australia’s next International Airport to ensure

I am leading the campaign to put housing first in the Pilbara. No other candidate has a plan to solve the housing crisis – I do.

2. A new Solar Energy Research Centre as the start to establishing our own “Head Land” University and a sustainable energy industry.

8. Extensions to existing bicycle paths to link towns to growing industrial areas and recreation zones to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance rider safety.

3. All weather upgrades to, and better tourism signage on, our main highway between Port Hedland and Karratha.

9. Gas pipes installed in our towns, like those in South West WA towns, where many homes are already supplied by gas piped from our region.

4. Starter incentives to attract tour operators for marine and national parks, island, rock art and industrial assets to encourage more tourist programs.

10. More effective application of building and health regulations to big construction companies and not just our small local and regional builders. 11. Better resourcing of pro-active all-age health services to match our regional needs and to catch up to Perth health services and benchmarks.

5. Rebates to install water collection systems on homes to help water gardens, support emergency needs and stop wasting water dripping off roofs.

12. Expanded recycling efforts at our landfill tips as well as enhanced use of biotechnology to biodegrade waste products within the Pilbara.

6. More policy emphasis on FIFOs investing and spending in our region. For example, new Landcorp house blocks capped to 2010 prices/rates.

Do you have the political experience and passion to make a difference?

7. Parity with Perth prices for TAFE courses if local Registered Training Organisations don’t provide

THE GREENS Age: 49 Occupation: : Certified Financial Planner Why are you standing as a candidate for the Pilbara seat? To solve the Pilbara housing crisis. This campaign started in 2010. I have better tools and great people to help me succeed now.

Tell us why Pilbara residents should vote for you? In the past four years, the Pilbara’s extreme house prices and rents are costing business $250 million per year on employee housing. High-priced housing does nothing for the economy. I am leading the campaign to put housing first in the Pilbara. No other candidate has a plan to solve the housing crisis – I do.

What are the most important issues in the Pilbara?

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS Age: 57 Occupation: Health, Safety and Environment Advisor Why are you standing as a candidate for the Pilbara seat? As a committed Christian, I stand for the premise that underpins Australian Christians – we place great value on the life and dignity of every citizen. The party is new and we need maximum exposure to have an impact on the major parties and their policies.

Tell us why Pilbara residents should vote for you? A vote for the Australian Christian Party is a vote for improved law and order, education, health care and improved infrastructure, which are a natural expectation of all Pilbara voters. We will also be a voice in the parliament on issues that affect the young and old and those that do not have a voice.

• Bruce Richards - Australian Christians Pilbara candidate

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• Brent McKenna Independent

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Housing first, housing second and housing third. Without a choice of housing, businesses, community services, local government and families continue to suffer an enormous financial burden. There is also a loss of community.

Do you have the political experience and passion to make a difference? Yes. The greatest political experience is working with those who disagree and then getting on with it. I have the passion to get on with it and make things happen.

What will the Pilbara look like after your term is finished if you are elected? The Pilbara will be one of the most desirable places to visit, live, work and retire.

How you like to spend your leisure time? Researching local town planning schemes and policies, no matter where the locality. Otherwise I like running with my dog Trixie and collecting pieces of history.

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Great Northern Hwy to run from Perth to Darwin If re-elected, the Liberal Government is promising to start work during its next term on the Perth-Darwin National Highway (PDNH). Premier Colin Barnett said this major new road project would remove a significant volume of heavy vehicle through-traffic from the Swan Valley and redirect it to the new highway. It will ultimately run 37 kilometres north of the current Tonkin Highway termination at Reid Highway to join Great Northern Highway at Brand Highway in Muchea. “A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will allocate $196 million to complete the necessary land acquisition and approval process and get construction under way,” Mr Barnett said. “It is anticipated that major works would commence at the northern end of the alignment during 2016. “The existing route through the Swan Valley – the Great Northern Highway – is the only road transport link to the State’s north and is under significant and increasing pressure from trucks and heavy vehicle movement.”

neither safe nor efficient,” Mr Barnett said. “Traffic modelling indicates that significant volumes of traffic will migrate from West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway onto the new route.” Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the important project was part of a significant investment across roads, rail and public transport. “Planning is progressing as a high priority with on-ground environmental

investigations completed, engineering works started and stakeholder meetings held,” Mr Buswell said. “Major construction is scheduled to start in 2016 and completion is expected by 2019. “The new highway will link directly with Tonkin Highway which will mean a high percentage of all traffic – and especially freight traffic – currently travelling on the Great Northern Highway north of

Ellenbrook will use the new link. “This provides a more direct route from PDNH to most major industrial and commercial centres in the metropolitan area. “Trucks will use this route rather than travelling on roads where they can be a safety hazard for other motorists so, not only will the new route improve safety, it will provide economic benefits through greater access and connectivity.”

“Major construction is scheduled to start in 2016 and completion is expected by 2019.”

The Liberal-led Government has committed $8 million to start project planning of the new highway. “The Great Northern Highway is a twolane road catering for more than 18,000 vehicles per day – of which 17 per cent are heavy transport vehicles – and the mix of heavy traffic together with local and tourist traffic through the Swan Valley is

• The great Northern Highway could become more accessible

PANGO demand equity to ensure sustainable, quality delivery of social services

Community Market & Open Day On 16th March 2013 3.00pm to 6.00pm At St Luke’s College A variety of stalls will be present. Honey and gourmet goods, jewellery, quilts, cards, candles, and baby goods. Party plan consultants will also be there with their wide range of products on display. Old school desks and chairs and Computer Equipment will also be for sale. Tours of the School will be undertaken with student leaders as guides. Any enquiries, please contact the office on 08 9144 1081 or email admin@stlukescollege.wa.edu.au

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The Pilbara Association of Non Government Organisations is calling for two key changes to lift the service level to the Pilbara. Firstly, the timely release of affordable housing and service accommodation in the Pilbara and secondly, increasing government funding to reflect the true cost of delivering services in the Pilbara. PANGO is the peak body representing over 30 NGOs in the Pilbara which deliver the majority of human services on behalf of the Government to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members. According to PANGO, availability of affordable housing in the Pilbara is a critical issue that needs to be urgently addressed, in particular the timely provision of affordable NGO housing,

housing for homeless and people entering the workforce, as well as affordable service delivery accommodation. “The service worker accommodation that has been recently made available in Hedland is not affordable for the majority of NGO workers,” said Bob Neville, PANGO Chairperson. “$866 [per week] for a 3-bedroom property and $666 [per week] for a 2-bed property is clearly not affordable for workers on an average wage of $55,000 per year. “For housing to be affordable the rent should be set at a maximum of 30 per cent of gross income, which would equate to $317 per week for an NGO worker on an average wage of $55,000 per year. “It should also be noted that NGOs cannot afford to subsidise these housing costs as there is

currently no provision within current funding contracts for such subsidies.” PANGO advocates for all Service Worker Accommodation properties utilised for NGOs across the Pilbara to be transferred to the NGO Housing System with a uniform rental rate equivalent to the current NGO Housing system rental rate (currently set at $418 per week for 3-bedroom property), which places rents within reach of NGO workers. “The Regional Price Index for the Pilbara is 37.1 per cent and this needs to be applied to all government funding contracts for NGO’s operating in the Pilbara,” Mr Neville said. “For too long, services have been underfunded and this has greatly undermined the quality and sustainability of service delivery for the people of the Pilbara.”

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The Labor Party last week promised that if re-elected it would spend $20 million over four years to fast track the roll out of an award-winning information technology system in regional State schools. Shadow Minister for Education Paul Papalia said from Karratha last week that the new funding would help Pilbara State schools more quickly adopt the Standard Operating Environment 4. Mr Papalia said the SOE4 is an operating system that makes it easier for schools to use wireless tablets, laptops and PCs in the classroom. “The system simplifies the hardware needed in schools and will enhance teachers’ delivery of e-learning for pupils,” Mr Papalia said. “The SOE4 is run on a wireless network and the Department of Education estimates that it cuts ICT running costs in each school by 66 per cent through reductions in infrastructure. Mr Papalia said that while a Commonwealth grant was enabling the operating system to be rolled out in high schools, the WA Labor funding would now mean regional primary schools could also adopt the

system sooner. He said Labor would also support the SOE4 with increased e-learning initiatives between regional and city-based students and institutions, like Scitech and the Art Gallery of WA. But, Liberal Party Minister for Education Peter Collier said the SOE4 didn’t need to be fast tracked in the Pilbara. “Labor’s announcement will be of little benefit to schools in the Pilbara because the majority of the 32 schools in the region already have SOE4,” Mr Collier said. “Six schools are scheduled to have the system installed this year and this will leave just four

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Pilbara schools without SOE4.” Mr Collier said his Government was instead focused on increasing Internet speeds. “The Liberal-led Government has already committed to a $4.9 million investment from the $50 million Pilbara Cities Education Fund to increase bandwidth and the quality of IT services in the Pilbara,” Mr Collier said. He said this would give schools better access to online learning and video conferencing and came on top of the $42.6 million being invested in regional schools for classrooms, science laboratories, arts spaces and information technology projects.

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Young Karratha resident Emily Barratt lives in a magical world a bit like the characters in her novels. Not only does the secondary student spend many hours exploring a realm filled with witches and dragons that exists in her imagination, but she also managed the impressive feat of publishing three books before her fifteenth birthday. Aimed at 10 to 14-year-old readers, Emily’s Ketone series are fantasy novels that draw inspiration from Japanese manga stories, such as Naruta. The books are about three generations of seemingly normal teenagers, whose lives are turned upside down when their inner magic is unleashed. For Emily, the extraordinary tales are really just a a natural

expression of her inner creativity. “I have loved reading writing and drawing since I was really young and it just grew into a hobby that has now turned into three books,” Emily said. Clearly she is pretty good at her hobby. Even seasoned authors will be jealous at her ability to write three books between 36,000 and 42,000 words each in nine months. Yet the process of publishing the books did also take a little bit of secret magic. It started when Emily showed her uncle and aunty Shaun and Geraldine Burgess the draft of her books on a pen drive. “We started reading and we thought, ‘This is a story that needs to be published,” Shaun said.

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“Geraldine and I are educators and and thought that someone who has got an obvious talent, needs to have it recognised.” That led Shaun and his wife to set about secretly having Emily’s books published. “We said to the publisher to just do the syntax editing and leave the language in the book the way it is because we wanted the voice to be Emily’s - that of a teenage girl,” Shaun said. The first Emily knew of the plan was when her mum Liz told her to get ready for a business meeting at her uncle and aunty’s house. “I had to put on a nice dress and some make-up and heels and when we got there, my family and friends were standing around the table,” Emily said.

“Some of my friends were down from Hedland as well, with posters of the books [that Shuan and Geraldine had also had printed].” Emily said it was an amazing surprise and she couldn’t help but think, ‘What is going on?’ Now she is set to publish the fourth book in the series and is planning a launch in front of Collins Booksellers in Centro for the weekend beginning March 9. She said she is proud of her books and happy that young girls are contacting her on the Internet to say they like her books. “I love getting feedback about my books from other girls,” Emily said. Emily’s Ketone series can be found in Collins Booksellers in Karratha or online at Amazon.


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Fishing, rock bands and fashion – a fun-packed Gamex 2013 It’s only days before Gamex will be hitting the town of Exmouth. Large boats from Perth and Broome will be hitting the high seas, while cars towing boats from the north, south and east will be on the roads heading for the fishing mecca of the North West. This year there is loads of entertainment lined up for anglers, partners, visitors and locals. It all starts with a social gathering at the fabulous clubhouse overlooking the Exmouth Gulf with Angry Anderson and Rose Tattoo playing on Friday March 8. This evening is designed for anglers to catch up on ‘fishy-talk’ from the last year, as well as involve other members of the community and visitors to mingle with anglers. Tickets are limited for this gig and you can purchase them via the club by contacting info@ egfc.com.au or phoning 08 9949 4567. Saturday afternoon is the briefing of the event with an auction of the boats. All participants and crew attend this night with the clubhouse buzzing as over 350 anglers listen in for last minute changes and to collect tags, while also having the chance to win prizes before the fishing even starts! This is then followed by six days of competitive fishing with around 80 boats expected to participate.

Celebrity Chef Bart Beek and icon of Australian fashion, Liz Davenport will be here for a Ladies Luncheon at the Novotel. A major highlight in 2013 will be the famous Barefoot Fisherman Hodgie along with the Aqua Tank. This tank holds 14,000 litres of water and has a viewing Perspex side to show anglers how lures work in the water. There will be barramundi, trout, mahi-mahi and mangrove jacks from the local fish farm inside the tank. Hodgie will also be showing everyone his trick casting and teaching the kids how to have fun using fishing gear when you can’t get out to go fishing! Mid-week hosts another social event with a dress-up Ship Wrecked evening. There will be another live band performance from Ill Starred Captain and prizes for bestdressed teams and individuals.

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Famous artist Craig Smith will be attending and displaying some of his great works at the clubhouse.

Returning again for kid’s events will be TV presenter and fishing writer Steve and Jo Starling.

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So, if you are thinking of being involved, whether it be to fish or simply attend, get your entries in, buy your tickets or put your name down to help out during this great week of fun and fishing during Western Australia’s premier game fishing event.

Each evening at the gantry visitors can come down to see special guest fish-filleter Peter Anderton.

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Local company introduces dedicated community buses A local vehicle hire company is pitching in to assist locals, community

groups

and

not-

for-profit organisations in the Pilbara get around town. Raw Hire is offering new dedicated community buses in Karratha,

Port

Hedland,

and

shortly in Newman. These 21-seat coaster buses are

now

reserved

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for short-term hire to locals, or under an in-kind sponsorship arrangement. The buses will be available to assist schools, sporting groups and

charities

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the Pilbara to participate in community activities. Raw Hire directors Sean and Lisa Clarke said they were excited with the initiative, recognising the

local

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Port Hedland Cricket Association,

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community purposes.

years, with a strong commitment

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Hedland photographer Geoff Pritchard is certainly making tracks around the Pilbara, and bringing home worthy photographs to share with our community. Geoff ventured to wet Karijini National Park on the weekend of February 16 and 17 and sent these stunning pictures to the Pilbara Echo on his return. Do you have photographs from around the Pilbara you’d like to share? Email your contact pilbaraecho.com.au.

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Boss of my body The children of Burringurrah Remote Aboriginal Community have created a music video as a way to empower young children in remote communities to stand up for themselves and their rights. Boss of My Body promotes being in control of your body and making choices that are right for you. It teaches children the right to say no to peer pressure, alcohol and drugs, violence and unwanted attention from others. The Boss of my Body logo is the brainchild of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, notably Marie Cox and the Peninsula Women’s Group.

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Parents go back to school to connect with their hi-tech kids On an evening when they could

environmental studies and science.

have been home relaxing in front

Parents marvelled at the diversity of applications available.

of the television, 40 parents of students at St Luke’s College went back to the classroom to get lessons on how to use iPads. The

iPad

has

become

a

compulsory tool for all Year 8 students in the College and is also used extensively throughout other year groups. With the dramatic developments of information technology and the array of applications available, Ms Donna Clifford elected to run a class for all interested parents so that they could keep up with their kids. The

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Boom in dance students means more classes By Lea Cullen Lynes

DeckArts keep class numbers under 25 students per class, and even less in ballet,

DeckArts dance studio in Karratha recently held enrolment days for 2013 and commenced classes for term one. Due to the huge increase in ballet enrolments, Director Lea Cullen Lynes has created new age groups to limit the numbers in each class. DeckArts currently has 90 ballet students enrolled throughout all age groups.

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so that all students are offered quality training. The studio now offers ballet classes to 4 to 5-year-olds, 5 to 6-year-olds, 6 to 7-year-olds, 8 to11-year-olds and seniors. Miss Lea is very proud of the continued growth of DeckArts and is thrilled that Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Acro and Music Theatre classes are also thriving.

Wildlife watch: Pied Mudlark IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is coming to Karratha. The UWA Test Centre is pleased to announce that an IELTS test will be conducted in Karratha on Saturday 23rd March 2013. For all information and how to apply for this test, please visit our website: www.ielts.uwa.edu.au or contact the IELTS office on (08) 6488 2904Please post all applications to: The UWA IELTS Test Centre, M438 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009. Places are limited. The Deadline for Applications is 11th March 2013 unless full before.

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The Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), also known as the Mudlark in Victoria and Western Australia, is a conspicuous Australian bird of small to medium size. It is a common and very widespread bird both in urban and rural areas, occupying all parts of Australia except for Tasmania and some of the inland desert in the far North West of Western Australia. The Mudlark appears

to have adapted well to the presence of humans. In fact, it is neither a magpie nor a lark and is not particularly closely related to either, but in the light of modern DNA studies, is now grouped with the Monarch flycatchers. The Magpie-lark is around 26 to 30 centimetres long when fully grown and boldly pied in black and white. They are a familiar sight around the country sitting on telephone wires either alone or in pairs, or patrolling any patch of bare ground, especially foreshores or swamps, on their welldeveloped legs. The sexes are similar from a distance but easy to tell apart - the

female has a white throat, the male a black throat and a white “eyebrow”. Juveniles and immatures of either sex have the white throat of the female, the black eyestripe of the male and a white belly. Primarily carnivorous it eats all sorts of small creatures. The Magpie-lark can adapt to an enormous range of different habitats, requiring only some soft, bare ground for foraging, a supply of mud for making a nest and a tree to make it in. The Magpie-lark is aggressively territorial, and will fearlessly defend its territory against larger species such as magpies, ravens, kookaburras

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and even the Wedgetailed Eagle. They are also known to attack people to defend their territory; such attacks occur usually within 60 metres of the nesting site. Native birds and their nests are protected under legislation, so if a particular bird is causing serious safety problems, contact the wildlife officer at your local Department of Environment and Conservation office. The wildlife officer can assess the situation and remove the culprit if necessary. Swooping birds are often dissuaded from swooping when they are being watched by the intruder, so placing some stick-on “eyes”

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Tom Price’s newly formed Country Women’s Association - croissants, muffins, fruit and cappuccino from Tom Price’s much-loved coffee van ‘Cuppa’. The event was declared a success by those who attended as guests and those who promoted their service, club or group, with new and old residents all discovering something new about Tom Price. Tom Price Fire and Rescue arrived with a brand new fire truck and demonstrated how it worked for kids and adults; it was hard to determine who was more impressed. Tom Price ambulance officers were on hand, and the community saw them leap into action as they were called out to a job. Tom Price Speedway also brought down a car for everyone to see. The event was organised by Mel May from the Shire of Ashburton and funded by Rio Tinto.

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As I’ve been out and about this week chatting with friends, I’m finding people are feeling a little guilty about falling off the New Year resolution wagon and are having trouble getting back on again. Goals are goals for a reason; they are something to aim for. Just because you didn’t reach them as efficiently or easily as you would like, doesn’t mean they are not still worth chasing. The fact is, if they are still on your mind, it means you still have time to make a new plan and tackle them again. A friend worked out that in between my big weight loss and having another baby and putting on a little weight again and taking it off, I have lost over 100 kilograms in my lifetime. I was shocked to say the least. I had never stopped to think about it like that. My goal has always been a certain size - a specific kilo weight. It hadn’t even occurred to me that in trying to reach my goal, even after putting more weight back on after my second bub, that I had smashed it over and over again, even if I still wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be. Progress is progress however you look at it and all the little things you learn along the way make a big difference to your lifestyle. Once you start to tackle your weight, it is so important to celebrate all the little steps. Even if you splurge or fall off the wagon, there will still be little things to celebrate. You would still have learnt new things, tried new things and made changes for yourself. You will know a little more each time and eventually you will create the perfect little lifestyle plan for yourself. You can wade through the thousands of diet options out there and try them endlessly and even if they don’t work for you,

you would have gained the knowledge that they didn’t. Healthy weight does not come from a diet that peels weight from your body in a 6-week period, it comes with finding your way thought all the confusion to something that suits you and your family best. It comes from eating good, fresh food and fitting the preparation and eating of that food into your everyday life. It comes from learning, success, failure and falling off the wagon. It does not come from starting at day one, following a plan until day 30 and then thinking you can go back to exactly what you were doing before. If you are not learning every day in life, I personally think you’ve stopped living. Your body and food is the absolute perfect thing for you to dedicate your time to. Lets face it - a lot of us wake up every morning, look at ourselves and spend time wishing this or that was different and we close our eyes hoping for some miracle to change us overnight.

If you have the time to beat yourself up, then you have the time to make changes. So take that time you use negatively each day and turn it positive. Stop thinking about what you wish to change and think about what you can change that day. Even if it’s excluding one thing from one meal, that is a great start. Trust me, the more changes you make, the more results you see, and the more you want to change and that is how you create yourself a healthy lifestyle plan, rather than a diet. Even the little changes have big reactions in your life. You feel great that you’ve been able to set a mini-goal for yourself and succeeded. Even if it’s for just one meal on just one day. You will make changes that your children will see. That is essentially all you can hope for in life, that you set a good example, lead by that example and teach your kids to be that example to their kids.

If the example you are setting is to be someone who is uncomfortable in their own skin and feels bad about themselves, then that is what they see and think and those are the values that will stay with them as they move onto their lives. Even when you don’t realise it, little eyes could be watching you. So for the sake of yourself and them, make yourself the person who is not afraid of change, who is not afraid to try and fail, who shows them that great things don’t come easy, you fight for what you want and when you get down you get back up again. Turn your negatives to positives and set mini-change goals for yourself each day. Make one swap in each meal or one little change and then follow it with another and another. Once you start to think this way and act this way it will fit more easily into your reality and soon becomes your reality. Celebrate all the little things and all the big things will soon come. Have a healthy week!

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Sugar converts to fat quicker than actual fat does and unfortunately the whole lowfat industry isn’t what it was originally created to be. A lot of the so called ‘lowfat’ and ‘light’ products on the market contain a lot of sugar. Take a moment when you pick up a low-fat or light product to pick up a full-fat or regular product and compare the nutritional panels on the back. Less sugar is equally as important as less fat, so keep an eye on your sugar intake and watch out for it hidden in the socalled ‘good for you’ products.


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Check that everything works before you buy First home buyers and more experienced buyers can often forget to check whether all the mechanical equipment on a property works before they buy it Buyers must remember that it is a term of every contract that the property, at settlement, will be in the same state and condition it was in immediately prior to the contract date. It makes sense therefore for the buyer to fully understand what is being purchased and to ask the real estate agent what items are not working. The REIWA Offer and Acceptance Form used by our members has a section for buyers and sellers to agree to any special conditions. This might include representations that the plumbing and wiring be in safe working order. If a door, shower screen or window is broken, these are also matters you can negotiate be fixed by the owner before you settle, however, the seller has no obligation to do this and may not agree to repairs. If you add a special condition, be aware that it may jeopardise acceptance of your offer.

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Aussies hold too much of their wealth in housing Australians have a dangerously disproportionate share of their wealth in housing, warned Macrobusiness’ chief economist, Leith van Onselen. Van Onselen said mortgage affordability remains poor on an overall level and the proportion of household income ‘chewed-up’ by mortgage interest payments is 34% higher than in 1989, when mortgage rates peaked at 17%. “Virtually all growth in housing values has come from land price appreciation, with land prices roughly doubling relative to GDP since the late 1980’s.” The ratio of Australian mortgage debt to GDP has risen four-fold since 1990, following deregulation of the financial sector, while the share of loans channelled into housing has increased from 24% of total loans in 1990 to 59% currently. “The rapid expansion of mortgage debt and housing values has been funded, to a large extent, by heavy offshore borrowings by Australia’s banks and is represented by a massive expansion in bank assets – mainly mortgages.” Strongly rising commodity prices have also played a role in increasing housing values since 2004 via their positive impact on incomes, said van Onselen. “The Australian Treasury estimates that 50% of Australia’s income growth over the 2000’s came from the oneoff terms-of-trade boom, whereas McKinsey estimates that 90% of Australian income growth since 2005 came from the mining boom.” The number of property investors has also surged – from 696,000 in 1990 to 1.75 million in 2010 – and nearly 60% of investors are baby boomers. “Two-thirds of investors were negatively geared in 2010, losing on average $2,750 per year, or a total of -$4.8bn. Three quarters of negatively

geared investors earned less than $80,000.” Van Onselen said the country’s ‘rigid’ urban planning system has ensured that the increased demand has manifested in rising prices rather than increased dwelling construction. “Empirical evidence from the US and elsewhere shows that markets with responsive land-use regulations have more affordable housing markets and experience less price volatility, as changes in demand manifest more in new construction rather than prices – growth in US house prices bore little relation to income and population growth.” He says US markets with responsive land-use regulation remained affordable and experienced relatively low house price volatility throughout the bubble/bust period. “In Georgia [USA], policies mandating lending to the poor and under-privileged resulted in massive subprime lending, yet, Georgia’s delinquencies never reached the levels of the supply-restricted bubble states. Big demand ‘shock’ from the GFC caused rate of household formation to plummet as individuals increasingly opted for group housing.” This, in effect, turned a perceived housing shortage into a glut. But could the group housing option be viable in Australia? Yes, said van Onselen – and it’s actually already started to grow in popularity. “According to the 2011 census, the percentage of group households increased to 4.1% from 3.9% in 2006, whereas the percentage of single (lone person) households declined to 24.3% from 24.4%.”

housing stock. Should economic conditions deteriorate materially, the number of Australians opting for group accommodation would likely rise significantly, just as it did in the USA, which could potentially turn a perceived housing shortage into a surplus.” While Australia’s restrictive urban planning regime has helped drive prices higher during the boom, van Onselen says it’s unlikely to save the country from price falls in the event of a major shock to demand. “A perceived housing shortage could easily turn into an oversupply, just like it did in the supply-restricted states of the USA.”

ABS data confirms this trend, with the number of people per dwelling rising since 2006, while the number of bedrooms per dwelling has also been trending upwards.

Factors including a 2011 peak in commodity prices (and subsequent decline) and an aging population could further reduce the economy’s potential demand for housing.

“There is significant latent capacity (excess bedrooms) in the pre-existing

“Severe housing correction is an outside chance if Australia

experiences a mining bust with sharply lower commodity prices combined with a big reduction in mining investment.

boundaries and restrictive zoning. This would increase competition and contestability in the land market and lower land prices;

This combination would cause sharp falls in incomes, a big increase in unemployment and potentially a credit squeeze.”

2. Speed-up development approval processes, so that housing supply is able to respond more quickly to changes in demand;

In order to free up the supply of housing, van Onselen says the government needs to do the following:

housing-related 3. Ensure infrastructure is adequately financed and provided to facilitate the provision of affordable housing.

1. Ensure an adequate supply of affordable land for housing by removing regulatory growth constraints such as urban growth

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Successful applicants will need to refurbish the houses to “a reasonable state of repair”, ensuring they are warm, weatherproof and have modern facilities. The council had originally been in talks with a developer to bulldoze the houses, but decided against this in November, leaving the houses boarded up. (source: www. yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au)

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Thanks to an initiative to regenerate struggling areas of the United Kingdom, Liverpool City Council is offering homes in the city for just £1 (A$1.49).

condition that the houses are given a complete makeover.


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ROSE TATTOO . . . . to open GAMEX

Legends of Australian rock music, Rose Tattoo, will be opening the annual Gamex festival in Exmouth this Friday March 8. Fronted by one of the hugest rock stars of our nation, Angry Anderson, Rose Tattoo will perform for Exmouth the night before supporting Guns n Roses in Perth with ZZ Top. Guitar god Randall Waller spoke to the Pilbara Echo ahead of Rose Tattoo’s West Australian tour about being old, fishing and of course, his great love – music. A long career in Australian and International music has seen Randall perform with Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Rodney Crowell and now, Rose Tattoo. Although he has an impressive career as a guitarist and vocalist, he has just a few career highlights he holds close to his heart. “Shania Twain – I let her be the singer in my band for a while,” Randall joked. “That’s how I like to look at it, strangely a lot of other people don’t see it that way. “Playing at the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards, The Letterman Show … those were all little bucket list things that

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“You feel like you’ve got to pinch yourself when you’re standing there on

closely with charities advocating men’s health. Randall gets a lot of satisfaction from

stage. “But then there were other things that were super satisfying for me like playing

working with such a “brotherhood”. “I love the fact that [Angry] has a big heart and he’s willing to work with

with Rodney Crowell.” Rodney Crowell was country music star Johnny Cash’s son-in-law, the husband of

charities,” Randall said. “Angry is true blue and he puts his

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Rosanne Cash. “He was one of the greats of Americana music and it was a huge learning curve for me to play in a raw unproduced environment,” Randall said.

“He’s the genuine article and I love that about him.” Rose tattoo will be performing at the Gamex opening concert this Friday March

“It was a trio with Rodney, myself and Stewart Smith, who went on to play in the Eagles ever since then.

8, before opening for Guns n Roses at Perth Saturday March 9. An interesting contrast in gigs, but

“It was really eye-opening to see a different way of connecting with an audience.”

Randall says they will be no different for Rose Tattoo. “I remember Angus and Malcolm from

Randall has developed swag of skills

ACDC said 25 years ago, ‘We don’t give a

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and producing.

the crowd, we are going to just go hard like

“People ask me ‘what do you prefer? Do you like producing more or playing

this is our last show,” he reminisced. “Those words have rung in my ears for decades.

more or singing?” he said. “To me it’s just all part of the same

“The [concert] will be performed with the same attitude, but in a slightly different

exercise. I love all of it.” The front man of Rose Tattoo – Angry Anderson - is known as an all-out rock

environment. “I love them both – so look out!”

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International Women’s Day By Tamara Binamat Next Friday March 8 women will be honoured and celebrated at a grand cocktail soiree at Ibis Styles in Karratha for International Women’s Day. As women mingle, eat and network they will be entertained by the soulful sounds of Kylianne Turton, a soloist singer and keyboardist from Karratha. Kylianne has been performing around Karratha for about two years after starting out at the Millars Well markets and going on to gig regularly at the Dampier Yacht Club. A self-taught keyboardist,

Kylianne has bee performing and singing for at least a decade. A highlight of Kylianne’s music career is being appointed the national anthem singer at the 2012 ANZ Sport Awards at Crown Casino in front of 700 people. Originally from Busselton, Kylianne sings an array of cover songs and has even penned a few original songs. “I make whatever song I’m singing suit my style,” Kylianne said. Kylianne’s style is compared to the likes of Missy Higgins and said her genre would be a “mix of everything” as she is influenced by everything from the Eagles


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By Tamara Binamat

Back on home soil, emerging folk artist Eli Wolfe is stopping off in Port Hedland next weekend as part of his Perfect Moment national tour. After travelling internationally and around Australia on a community Australia tour in 2010, Eli Wolfe will be performing at Hedland’s Markets and Melodies event on March 9. No stranger to our region, this emerging musician is excited to reconnect with the people of the Pilbara. “I was up in Port Hedland in September 2010 at the Civic Centre and it was great being in touch with the people that came to the show,” Eli said. “It’s great to be able to come and contribute to the community and keep that connection going.” Originally from Sydney, Eli performed at Canadian Music Week in 2010 and said it was the tour that was the catalyst to his career taking off. His career grew organically from there and he scored an opportunity to perform in Germany. After Europe, Eli is back to rock the Pilbara as part of his Perfect Moment tour. “Port Hedland and the northern part of Australia is a unique area,” Eli said. “[After] travelling a lot, you appreciate all the beauty of all the different places.

After travelling internationally and around Australia on a community Australia tour in 2010, Eli Wolfe will be performing at Hedland’s Markets and Melodies event on March 9.

“Sharing my music makes me feel like I’m really contributing to society on some level.” A self-taught guitar player, Eli said he has always loved the creativity of music since he was a young child. “I love the sound and the relaxing qualities of the guitar,” he said. “I loved writing as a kid too; it’s self indulgent really as far as being able to create something then being able to share it. “I really do find [creating music] a great part of myself.” The soloist defines his style as “a blend of folk, blues and psychedelia with a little soul strapped in there”. “You could throw a thousand different genres in there with a bit of contemporary,” Eli said. “The music definitely has blues elements because it’s empathy driven and awareness driven songs. “I base sounds around the context of the lyric” Eli is releasing his brand new EP Perfect Moment, recorded in Sydney with ARIA-nominated producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels) next Friday March 8, the day prior to his Port Hedland show. Penned in Los Angeles, the fourtrack EP showcases Eli as a truly

diverse artist. While overseas, Eli contributed his song Eggman (inspired by one of Eli’s own paintings) to classic US cartoon comedy Futurama. ‘Perfect Moment’ will be released on on Eli’s own label, Magic Journey Recordings, with distribution through MGM.

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to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Elton John. “My love of music comes from the old stuff - Billy Joel, the Bee Gees, the Beatles …” Kylianne said. “I enjoy singing because it brings out emotions; I like that it reminds you of times from your past. “It can take you back to the good times and the bad. “I like to be able to inspire people through music, it think it’s a powerful tool.” Kylianne has been chosen to sing at the International Women’s Day event, which will be full of inspiring women. She said she is absolutely honoured to be chosen to perform. “I’m going to be in great company,” Kylianne said.


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SATURDAY 2 MAKE US FAMOUS

Pub Rock duo fresh from Melbourne Covering songs from the 1960s through to today. Karratha Tavern DINNER AT KARRATHA COUNTRY CLUB

Happy New Year, happy new chef, happy new menu Social membership $10 per year

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Sunday Funday 2 – 6pm Free jukebox, fee pool and jug specials MAKE US FAMOUS

Pub Rock duo fresh from Melbourne Covering songs from the 1960s through to today Mermaid Hotel, Dampier

MONDAY 4 BINGO NIGHT.

Every Monday night, head down to the Port Hedland Golf Club for a fantastic Bingo Night. For more information, please contact Helen Wright on 0400 200 781. ZUMBA CLASSES

Classes are held every Monday from 6-7pm at the Hedland Senior High School Gym, every Wednesday from 6-7pm at South Hedland Lotteries House and every Thursday from 6:307:30pm at the Hedland Senior High School Gym For more information, please contact Jackie and Emm at zumbafitnesshedland@bigpond.com or visit their Facebook page zumbafitnesshedland PIZZA AND PINT

Karratha Tavern - Pizza and Pint $20 Time 5 – 9pm

TUESDAY 5 PARMA AND PINT

Karratha Tavern - Parma and Pint $20 Lunch and dinner TRIVIA NIGHT

Trivia night at Tambrey Tavern from 7pm TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER TOURNAMENT

Finucane Island Club, South Hedland 18:30 – 21:30 Variety WA Pilbara is once again hosting its Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament starting today. The tournament will be held every Tuesday from February 5 to April 16 at the Finucane Island Sports and Rec Club. Please note the Finucane Island Sports and Rec Club has a dress standard, please no high-vis uniform or work boots. Cost: $30 buy-in Info: pilbarapoker@gmail.com or call Jen on 0408 030 085

THURSDAY 7 THIRSTY THURSDAY

Thirsty Thursday at the Brey Tambrey Tavern, Karratha. $20 schnitzel and beer and Chase the Ace OPEN GIG NIGHT

Open gig night at the Icon, Karratha Starts 8pm

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Wirraka Maya Social & Emotional Well Being Centre This is a group of guys who want to get out and about meeting other local guys, having a yarn remembering different stories and talking about the places they have been. The group meets every Thursday from 9:30am and 2:30pm, and participate in various activities such as fishing, cooking, excursions and BBQs. All activities are free. Morning tea, lunch and transport is provided. For more information please contact Liza Andrews or Markysia Kelly on 9172 0444 or email lizaa@wmhsac. com.au or makysiak@wmhsac.com.au.

FRIDAY 8 Rose Tattoo/Angry Anderson in Exmouth. Dont miss your chance to be part of the biggest concert event in Exmouth this year. Gates open at 6:30pm No BYO. Strictly 18-years-old and older gig. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online from info@egfc.com. au or from the Exmouth Shire Council, Exmouth Visitors Centre or Exmouth Post Office (all cash only) or from the Exmouth Game Fishing Club itself (credit or cash) or by phoning 99494567. There will be courtesy buses running on the night.

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Pub Rock duo fresh from Melbourne Covering songs from the 1960s through to today Tambrey Tavern, Karratha LADIES NIGHT

Blanche Bar, Karratha Ladies Night Half price cocktails House DJs from 9pm ROLLER DERBY

JD Hardie Youtn Zone, Cottier Drive, South Hedland. Roller Derby is open to all girls aged 18-years-old and over and caters for all skill levels. Training on Friday night at 7pm at the JD Hardie. New members are welcome. For more information please visit www.northwestrollerderby.com , email northwestrollerderby@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page North West Roller Derby. WOMEN’S DAY COCKTAIL EVENT

Pilbara Women’s Network International Women’s Day cocktail event A night of entertainment, networking and supporting women worldwide With entertainment by singer and keyboardist Kylianne Turton Ibis Styles, Karratha

SATURDAY 9 STEAK NIGHT

Barcelona’s International Beer Festival will be replicated right here in the Pilbara, on the same day at the same time as the word’s favourite event for beer lovers. Blanche Bar will open its doors for the Barcelona Beer Festival - Blanche Style on a Sunday afternoon to limited ticket holders for their first official function since opening in November 2012. The March 10 event will feature a variety of international beers, which will be available for sale after sampling. Tickets cost $65 per person, which includes all 12 sampling beers and food. “We really want people to come down and see what we can do,” said Assistant Manager Lara Ducie. Although the beer festival will be a ticketed, private party, Blanche will still be open for normal business. “There will be tall tables inside, exactly like they do in Barcelona, with sampling notes and food matched to the beers,” Lara said.

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The Bondurant brothers were living a lawless life.

SUNDAY 10

Lawless is set in the 1920s, in depression-era Virginia, USA.

BARCELONA BEER FESTIVAL

Barcelona Beer Festival Blanche Style Barcelona’s International Beer Festival will be replicated right here in the Pilbara, on the same day at the same time. $65 per head | Starts 4pm

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SOCIAL LAWN BOWLS

Come down to Newman Club Inc every Sunday afternoon and play social lawn bowls. Non Members can play their first three games but must register thereafter. Create your own team or be assigned into another team. 3:00PM-6:30PM | Mindarra Dr (08) 9175-1110 | (08) 9177-8549 Newman Club Inc

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SUNDAY FUNDAY

Karratha Tavern : 2 – 6pm MAKE US FAMOUS

Pub Rock duo fresh from Melbourne Covering songs from the 1960s through to today Mermaid Hotel, Dampier SANGRIA SUNDAYS Blanche Bar Karratha Sangria Sundays with DJs from 2pm SUNDAY BREAKFAST Sunday Breakfast at Karratha Country Club, Searipple Road Karratha

The beers on offer are certainly not your regular Coronas or Carlton Drys. A star of the beer lineup is the Grottenbier, a beer made in caves. The Grottenbier is first aged in caves in the Netherlands, then in Belgium. Or, if you choose to try a dessert beer, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the UK’s Banana Bread Beer. “It’s just weird and I love it!” laughed Lara. “The beers are mainly from Europe, as per the Barcelona Beer Festival, and the beers that are particularly popular we’d like to start putting on our shelves. “I think people that are intrigued by beer should come to our Beer Festival. “People that want to expand their knowledge or what they currently drink should come, and people who have a fondness for boutique beers should definitely come because some of these beers you probably won’t get an opportunity to try again. “I’m really exited; I’m passionate about beer and I love the idea.” Tickets are on sale now until sold out. Email info@blanchebar.com.au for more information.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hardy Director: John Hillcoat

The three Bondurant brothers are Bootleggers; they operate a successful distillery during the ultra dangerous times of alcohol prohibition. The Bondurants have created a very lucrative business and are considered legends in the their local area, especially the eldest brother, Forrest (Tom Hardy). Word has it that he cannot be killed.

and apprehensive, but when his best friend is murdered he becomes filled with rage and revenge. He becomes just as violent as his older brothers. A new Deputy, Charlie Rake (Guy Pearce) comes to town. He is smarmy, violent and means business. The Bondurants refuse to pay the bribe the new Deputy has instilled on them and their life starts to spiral completely out of control. Lawless is a great movie; if you like old school gangsters at war with authority, you’re in for a treat with this movie.

Forrest is aloof, a little awkward and very violent.

During certain scenes I squirmed in my chair as parts of the movie are very violent, however not over the top.

The middle brother (Jason Clarke) is a tough, no-nonsense character and the youngest brother (Shia LeBouuf) is timid

If anything, the unnerving scenes in the movie only help build the characters and the storyline.


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WA’s vital resources sector boosted If re-elected, the Liberal party is promising an investment of $20 million towards ensuring the continued viability, growth and international competitiveness of Western Australia’s resources sector. Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore said a Liberal Government would continue to foster the development and expansion of all parts of the Western Australian mining and petroleum industries that are vital to the State’s economy. “In the past four years, the Liberal-led Government has invested more than $3 million to improve the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s online approvals tracking system, which has reduced the mining tenement backlog by almost

10,000 applications,” Mr Moore said. “This work will continue with a $10million expansion of the approvals tracking system through Phase Two of the ‘Resource Track’ project, which will allow proponents to track the progress of their approvals, regardless of which government department is evaluating them.” The Minister said a further $8 million would be spent to establish the State Environmental Data Library, a publicly available online biodiversity, water and cultural heritage database. “This will provide a standardised data collection, cross referencing and online electronic access system for the enormous amount of

information that is held by industry and Government agencies in Western Australia,” he said. Mr Moore said the system would ensure the cultural and environmental assessment processes associated with project approvals were more efficient and cost effective. International promotion of Western Australia’s mining and petroleum services sector would also be supported by $2million to help establish a marketing fund. The marketing fund would enable industry representation at the major international mining and petroleum forums and to also engage a trade consultant in Nairobi, Kenya. The Minister said a Liberal

BHP top boss retires across four continents with responsibility for over half of our 100,000 people. “Our succession planning process has served the company well for over a decade. “[This] announcement is a result of that planned and considered process. “The Board has decided that Andrew is the right person to lead BHP Billiton in a changing global environment.” Mr Mackenzie said he was honoured by the appointment. “When Marius offered me the chance to join BHP Billiton I jumped at the opportunity,” he said. “It is a privilege to be asked to lead one of Australia’s great companies and the world’s leading diversified natural resources company. “I look forward to working closely with Marius during the transition and building on his legacy including continuing the focus on our strategy of owning and safely operating large, low cost, long life assets diversified by commodity, geography and market.” Mr. Kloppers said his decision to retire was difficult. “I’ve been very fortunate to lead one of the world’s great resource companies,” he said. “Deciding the right time to retire was never going to be easy. “However after almost twenty years with BHP Billiton, twelve as a senior executive and nearly six as CEO, I believe now is the right time to pass the leadership baton. “One of the first decisions I made when I became CEO was to bring Andrew into BHP Billiton, and I look forward to working closely with him, the Board and the management team during the transition.” Mr Mackenzie will be based at the Group’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

The Exploration Incentive Scheme plays a key part in encouraging exploration for minerals and petroleum for the long-term future of the State’s resources sector.

“We will also support the responsible development of onshore unconventional gas and the State’s uranium resources, which will be developed and conducted in accordance with world’s best practice and ecologically sustainable development,” Mr Moore said.

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Mawarnkarra Health Service Mawarnkarra Health Service is a community controlled Aboriginal health service providing holistic health care to the Aboriginal communities of West Pilbara region. FINANCE OFFICER We are seeking a Finance Officer to ensure the ongoing provision of the highest standards of care to clients of the Health Service. The successful applicant will have qualifications in Finance and an understanding of MYOB. The skills required include the management of the day-to-day finances and financial obligations of Mawarnkarra, and to be able to apply all Australian Standards for Finance Management to the management of finance, the ability to take initiative and work independently, to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and organisational skills. CORPORATE SERVICES MANAGER We are seeking a Corporate Services Manager to ensure that the corporate team deliver a supportive, quality, effective and efficient service in order that the health needs of clients and the community are met. The successful applicant will have experience in managing staff, experience in managing and maintaining of documents and a driver’s licence. The skills required include the ability to manage and maintain an assets register for the organisation, to ensure staff follow the policies and procedures particularly in respect to ones that relate to assets of the organisation and have good communication and interpersonal skills. Aboriginality is a genuine requirement for this position. TOBACCO ACTION WORKERS We are seeking 4 Tobacco Action Workers to work collaboratively with a team in ensuring the vision of the ‘Regional Tackling Smoking and Regional Healthy Lifestyles’ programs are developed and implemented in a meaningful way to serve the peoples of the West Pilbara region. The successful applicants will provide culturally appropriate holistic health education awareness around tackling smoking. The skills required include the ability to take initiative, work in a team environment, have the ability to plan community activities, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and organisational skills. Must be a non-smoker and Aboriginality is a genuine requirement for this position. COUNSELLOR “BRINGING THEM HOME” We are seeking a Counsellor to provide holistic primary health care services to the Aboriginal people of the West Pilbara Region in regards to the “Bringing Them Home” program. The successful applicant will have qualifications in counselling or working towards same, ability to communicate and liaise with a broad range of people including adults, children and clinicians. It is a requirement that the applicant understands the unique issues facing Aboriginal people who have been impacted by the policies of former governments in respect to the Stolen generations. The skills required include the ability to provide professional counselling services to individuals and family groups. Aboriginality (and/or Torres Strait Islander) is a genuine requirement for this position. COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENTAL WORKER We are seeking a Community & Environmental Worker to enhance the holistic primary health care services provided to the Aboriginal people of the West Pilbara Region. The successful applicant will have qualifications in Environmental Health or working towards same, and a driver’s licence. The skills required include the ability to work with animals, good communication and interpersonal skills. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. PRISON HEALTH SUPPORT WORKER We are seeking a Prison Health Support Worker to enhance the primary health care services provided to the Aboriginal people of the West Pilbara Region. The successful applicant will provide a culturally appropriate holistic health care service to the prison system and assist with the re-entry service to the community. The skills required include the ability to take initiative and work independently and to have excellent communication, interpersonal skills and organisational skills. Aboriginality (and/or Torres Strait Islander) is a genuine requirement for this position.The remuneration package for this position will be negotiated commensurate with qualifications and experience. The remuneration packages for these positions will be negotiated commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested applicants are encouraged to request a copy of the Position Description and Selection Criteria from Shay Wilson, MHS Human Resources Officer on 9182 0800 or via email s.wilson@mhs.org.au. Applications close Wednesday 6th March 2013.

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New committee members to take Pilbara junior footy forward By Clint Degebrodt The 2013 West Pilbara Junior Football Association has picked up some handy recruits to the committee for its upcoming season. Tireless administrators Clint Johnson and Sharon Broad have now come on board to steer the competition into its next phase of development. This follows on from Shane Harris’ departure last year after 10 years of service, and now legendary association president Ritchie Patching stepping out of the job after 11 years of service to the community. Also vacating the committee are equally celebrated volunteer Shelly Patching after eight years, Murray Levis after 10 years and Dave Atkinson, who completed his tour of duty in 2012 despite having no children in the competition. How will the association cope? Patching says ‘with no problems’. “The competition is strong, has great clubs and people leading them, we have structures in place and protocols and procedures that will make the next president’s job easy and ensure the kids get the best

out of their footy.” Patching observed, “The opportunities that exist now are remarkable and include a great community comp, [and] the ability to play representative footy for the WPJFA [and] represent the Pilbara at the North West Champs.” “Last year, we had our players at Swan Districts in the 14s, 15s, 16s and Colts.” “We even had three boys play in the AFL for WA in the National 16’s Championships, all those opportunities are ahead of our players and members.” The competition will begin in early May and clubs and coaches have been planning the participation, education and fun for their players since late November. On to the new committee comes Pilbara legend, former East Perth and Kats champion Clint Johnson in the vice president’s role as well as softball, touch, Black Rock Stakes runner and basketball champ Sharon Broad in the treasures position.

what we are after,” Johnson said. “We will be efficient with our time, while we ensure the best environment for our kids to train, learn and play footy.” Said Johnson, “AFL is run here for the community, by the community and this means our kids get what they need.” The WPJFA is now seeking a president, treasurer and secretary to complete the executive and with over 350 players in the competition the WPFJA should have no problem getting three parents from the 500 plus people available.

Students make a splash at swimming carnival Karratha Senior High School dived into their annual swimming carnival on 22 February with staff and students embracing the spirit of the day. Traditional events, such as the 50m freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke, were held alongside novelty relay events with scores allocated in a way to encourage participation as much as results.

At the end of the very hot day, students cooled off in style with a turn on the Aquarun and a whole of school dance to the song “Harlem Shake” as per the viral Internet craze right now. Once the fun and games were up, the final results were announced with team DeGrey 1086 beating out Hamersley 921, Chichester 809 and Fortescue 762.

If you are an organised person, who enjoys working with dynamic people to provide quality experiences for our local juniors and youth, and can spare time for six meetings a season and can be available one night a week to answer questions from clubs then one of these roles could be for you.

They are the quality makings of a very good team to lead junior football in the Shire of Roebourne.

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This season to see a spike in volleyball numbers By Ben Leahy More than 40 players turned out for the North West Volleyball Association’s warm up night on Tuesday February 26. Players joined in for friendly games of volleyball and registered as whole teams or as individuals for the upcoming season. Games have this year been moved

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Newman boys to carry the ball for Pilbara footballers By Ben Leahy Newman boys Steven Garlett and TJ Clinch will this weekend join the State’s best junior Indigenous footballers at the Nicky Winmar Football Carnival in Perth. With teams representing different metropolitan and regional areas of WA, the two boys will likely join the South West regional team to play a series of round robin Aussie Rules matches. They will also be coached

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by current Australian Football League and West Australian Football League Indigenous role models. Steven, who is 14-years-old, said he is looking forward to the footy and the chance to meet Indigenous kids from across the State. “You get to meet different people from your culture,” Steven said. Not only is that interesting, according to Steven, but it helps make it “easier” to handle the pressure of playing in a big tournament. And the Nicky Winmar carnival is a big deal because it can bring great rewards. It can lead to selection in the under 16 team, known as the Flying Boomerangs. Made up of the best Indigenous players from across the country, the Flying Boomerangs tour annually to another country. Earlier this month, the 2013 squad returned from a tour of

South Africa where they played a series of games against young South African Aussie Rules players and visited historical and cultural sites, such as Mandela House. The Nicky Winmar tournament is also a stepping stone to gaining selection into one of the Western Australian sides that play in the Under 16 National Carnival, an event watched by AFL recruiters. The only downside for Steven and TJ is that they will be leaving most of their Pilbara teammates behind. V Swans Aussie Rules development officers had originally planned to send a North West team of 15 Pilbara footballers to the carnival, but wild Tropical Cyclone Rusty weather forced the Karratha and Port Hedland players to cancel their trips. Steven and TJ will now try to ensure the setback doesn’t leave them under the weather so that they can have fun playing the game they love.

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SEDGMAN PILBARA PREMIERSHIP 2013 ROUND 1 SATURDAY 18th May 5:45pm Wickham Wasps Vs Hedland Hawks South Hedland 7.30pm South Hedland Cougars Vs Karratha Storm South Hedland SUNDAY 19th May 3.30pm Karratha Broncos Vs Karratha Roosters Millars Well ROUND 2 (WOMEN IN LEAGUE) SATURDAY 25th May 7.30pm Karratha Roosters Vs Karratha Storm Millars Well 7.30pm Karratha Broncos Vs Wickham Wasps Bulgarra Oval SUNDAY 26th May 3.30pm Hedland Hawks Vs South Hedland Cougars Port Hedland ROUND 3 SATURDAY 1st June 7.30pm South Hedland Cougars Vs Wickham Wasps South Hedland 7.30pm Karratha Storm Vs Karratha Broncos TBC SUNDAY 2nd June 3.30pm Hedland Hawks Vs Karratha Roosters Port Hedland ROUND 4 SATURDAY 8th June 7.30pm Karratha Broncos Vs Hedland Hawks Bulgarra Oval 7.30pm Karratha Roosters Vs South Hedland Cougars Millars Well 7.30pm Wickham Vs Karratha Storm Wickham ROUND 5 SATURDAY 15th June 7.30pm South Hedland Cougars Vs Karratha Broncos South Hedland 7.30pm Karratha Roosters Vs Wickham Wasps Millars Well SUNDAY 16th June 3.30pm Hedland Hawks Vs Karratha Storm Port Hedland ROUND 6 SATURDAY 22nd June 7.30pm Wickham Wasps Vs Hedland Hawks Wickham 7.30pm Karratha Storm Vs South Hedland TBC 7.30pm Karratha Broncos Vs Karratha Roosters Bulgarra Oval ROUND 7 SATURDAY 29th June 7.30pm Karratha Roosters Vs Karratha Storm Millars Well 7.30pm Wickham Wasps Vs Karratha Broncos Wickham 7.30pm South Hedland Cougars Vs Hedland Hawks South Hedland

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It is officially off-season for Karratha’s mountain bikers with their race season typically running from April to September. However, this Monday, March 3, they are back on their bikes for Round 5 of their more casual Summer Race Series – events in which riders generally spend as much time enjoying a cold beer as working hard in the saddle. Burrup Mountain Bike Club president Damian Muller said this weekend’s summer series ride starting at 5:30pm is a great chance for new riders of all ages to try out cycling. It doesn’t matter if interested riders don’t have their own bike either as they can jump on either the small or medium sized Giant Trance mountain bikes the club has spare for newbies. The only hiccup this week could be wet weather resulting from Tropical Cyclone Rusty. However, Darren is confident Round 5 will go ahead on Monday at 5:30pm as planned. “[Riders should] plan on the race being on, and we’ll advertise it via Facebook and email if we cancel it,” Darren said. “Unless we get so much rain that the tracks we are intending to use are unrideable, [the race will go ahead].” Darren also said the Burrup Mountain Bike Club is keen to hold more mountain bike skills clinics and train locals to become coaches. This follows on from the success of the Karratha skills clinics run last year by riders from the Perthbased Rock and Roll Mountain Biking tour company.

The event had 69 riders taking part despite temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. Darren said they also had to create more places for 5 to 12-year-old juniors after getting more interest than expected. “That was an outstanding success,” he said. As well as planning to hold another skills clinic this year with mountain biking experts from elsewhere, Darren is also hoping to train up locals. “We’ve got the skills and experience within the club on a mountain bike to do some fundamental [skills coaching],” Darren said. “And we do a little bit of [coaching] but it is not official coaching.” Darren said if the club had qualified coaches, they could hold more skills clinics more often and encourage juniors, in particular, to take up the sport. With the club securing funding options for the project, they are now looking for members who are keen to train for their coaching accreditation. Interested members should contact Darren on 0400 109 862.

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By Ben Leahy

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ROUND 8 SATURDAY 6th July 7.30pm Wickham Wasps Vs South Hedland Cougars Wickham 7.30pm Karratha Roosters Vs Hedland Hawks Millars Well 7.30pm Karratha Broncos Vs Karratha Storm Bulgarra Oval ROUND 9 SATURDAY 20th July 7.30pm South Hedland Cougars Vs Karratha Roosters South Hedland 7.30pm Karratha Storm Vs Wickham Wasps TBC SUNDAY 21st July 3.30pm Hedland Hawks Vs Karratha Broncos Port Hedland ROUND 10 FRIDAY 26th July 7.30pm Wickham Wasps Vs Karratha Roosters Wickham SATURDAY 27th July 7.30pm Hedland Hawks Vs Karratha Storm TBC 7.30pm Karratha Broncos Vs South Hedland Cougars Bulgarra Oval

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Semi Final 1 (Elimination) 3 vs 4 Semi Final 2 1 vs 2 Preliminary Final WSF1 vs LSF2 GRAND FINAL WSF2 vs WPF

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Bluewater Tackle Exmouth Fishing Report By Jenni Gates Julian Fox has returned to Exmouth from the UK for yet another fishing holiday. Julian has visited Exmouth several times over the last ten years specifically for the fishing. Julian is an avid sport and fly-fishing enthusiast who makes the trek across the globe to enjoy the fabulous fishing Exmouth offers.  This year, Julian fished from the shore with his a stick bait around the west side and caught several different species including queenies, emperor, golden trevally and gold spot trevally.  He was also nearly spooled by two big trevally at Pilgramunna and Oysters.  Julian did some fly-fishing down towards the jetty at Learmonth using a crab fly pattern on an 8 weight and intermediate line.  He spotted a school of four permit (snub nosed dart) about 40 metres away, 5 metres out from the water’s edge moving toward him, so he carefully walked out of the water and knelt down on the sand 10 metres from the shoreline.  There were no waves so he cast his flyline straight out, half on the beach and half in the water and let it all sink down to the bottom.  He looked at his watch at this point and

waited 4 minutes for the school of four fish to finally arrive. In that time they were very content to feed away and mingle around. Julian said it was great to watch them.  When they did arrive over his line he started twitching the crab like it was running away.  One of the snub nosed dart peeled off from the school and took Julian’s fly very close in.  He landed the fish about 150 metres down the beach from where it ate the fly.  He was a bit shocked and jelly legged at this point as you can imagine.   However, the absolute joy and excitement is shown in this week’s picture with Julian holding his permit after he set up his camera for a self portrait and then happily released it.  A permit is a very prized catch for flyfishing anglers, as they are difficult to catch and fight hard.  This fish is not small either!  They are a very hardy fish and release fit and healthy.  Well done Julian – great effort. Dave Holbery is up from Perth to do some work and play involving fishing.  Dave was astounded by the rich and healthy marine life in the marina. 

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The variety of species and action every night down there has been keeping Dave up to the wee hours of the morning as he just can’t seem to leave the action. Dave caught his first sand-bass, as well as small bream, juvenile emperor, mangrove jack, Spanish flag and species he couldn’t quite identify that resembled juvenile ruby jobfish.  Dave was using a lightweight Nexave spin outfit spooled with 30lb zulu braid, 20lb instinct leader and had a 1/0 instinct j-hook unweighted with hardy head for bait.  He also used soft plastic lures and said he couldn’t have done anything down there at that time without his led-lenser headlamp.  Night fishing can be a great option at this time of year with daytime temperatures in the 40s. Are you keen to fish or be a part of Gamex for 2013?  Gamex fishing tournament is WA’s premier game fishing event.  This year there will be entertainment, education, fashion shows, celebrity luncheons and artist displays. It is not just a fishing competition these days, but a weeklong festival showcasing some of the great things that a small country community can offer to visitors and locals. 

• Julian Fox with a snub nosed dart (also known as a permit) caught on fly from the shore You could learn how to fillet a fish, cast a lure, cook up a storm using fresh local seafood, catch a fish or you could simply mingle with the anglers or join in with the fun. There’s a lot on during this week and preparations involve many many hours of volunteer work and effort.  Exmouth should be proud to be hosting one of the major events recognised by Tourism WA on the events calendar.

Nationals plan to give sporting grants to rural athletes and clubs By Ben Leahy

“Sporting clubs are an essential part of life in regional WA, they bring together

Recfishwest has called on the major

Fish Aggregation Devices to enhance

parties to pledge support to improving

fishing opportunities and tourism

Rural athletes and sporting clubs could

people from all parts of the community

safety and access to fish stocks for the

• Restocking of important recreational

share in $2 million of grants under a

and provide significant health and social

fish species, including dhufish and

National Party plan announced earlier

benefits,” Mr Grylls said.

pink snapper

this month.

State’s 700,000 recreational fishers in the lead up to the March 9 State Election. The peak recreational fishing body said one in three Western Australians

• The appropriate consideration of

The plan would enable promising rural

kids can enjoy the benefits of being part

recreational fishing values and access

athletes aged 13 to 21 to apply for up

of a sporting club through Programs

in marine park planning

to $1,000 from a Junior Representative

such as Kidsport, which have resulted

• The reinvestment of a substantial

Travel Assistance Program that would be

in a dramatic increase in the number of

portion of revenue from recreational

funded over four years by $1 million in

children participating in sport.

fishing licenses into

Royalties for Regions money.

fish regularly, contributing $600 million annually to the State’s economy and helping create jobs and boost tourism.

“We have been working to ensure all

PilbaraClassies PilbaraClassies Recfishwest chief executive Andrew

Rowland hoped this gave reason for

Mr Grylls said the funding would also

political parties to support fishers ahead

• Facilities and programs for fishers

of the election.

• Legislation to recognise recreational

one-off $500 grant to help them with

fishing access and sharing of fish

the cost of shared equipment under

“Talented athletes in regional areas,

resources

a further $1 million in funding for the

who are required to travel for regional,

Community Sport Equipment Grants

state or national representation, face a

“We

are

seeking

a

commitment

from government that projects … and enhance[s] recreational fishing in WA,”

• Better recognition of the social effects

Sports clubs could also apply for a

on the loss or restriction of access to www.pilbaraclassies.com.au program. www.pilbaraclassies.com.au

Mr Rowland said. Recfishwest is asking for:

fishing

• Ongoing support for programs to

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range of expenses,” Mr Grylls said.

Nationals Pilbara candidate Brendon

“For some families these costs are

Grylls said the funding programs would

prohibitive, which means some of our

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encourage participation in sport in regional areas.

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Karratha’s kids step up to the plate for new baseball league By Cameron Coles Karratha kids swung for the fences in a new baseball competition launched on Thursday February 21 with former professional player Lee Darracott watching on. The senior and junior kids competitions attracted 45 eager batters and pitchers, as the 14 to 17-year-old senior kids battled in a skillful contest and the 11 to 13-year-old juniors played with a machine pitching the balls. The high turnout has organisers hoping this 2013 Pilbara Coast Baseball Competition season will be the start of an

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also invited Retravision owner and Liberal candidate for the Pilbara George Levissianos to the match to receive an honorary jersey. George and Retravision have been big supporters of junior diamond sports, donating as much money in the last couple of years as the region’s large mining companies. George also confirmed on February 21 that Retravision will continue to be a major sponsor of junior diamond sports in the years to come. George said he sponsored teeball and baseball because they gave kids the choice of another sport to play, which in

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