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Three cheers | Page 13 The Pilbara’s biggest music festival just got bigger after Port Hedland councilors last month voted to expand the North West Festival into a three-day event.

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Footy academy kicks off | Page 24 Talented junior footballers from the Shire of Roebourne took part in their first 2014 training session with representative side the V Swans on February 10.

A new guidebook brings together local knowledge with scientific expertise to help Pilbara residents explore the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay waters and outback pathways to our south. For the full story see page 9 Photo by Len Zell

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echo top shots Local photographer Geoff Ellis caught this lightning strike during the storm on February 10 using a 25-second exposure and f/5.6 and ISO:640 settings. “Before I started photography, I would never imagine that I’d go out and stand in the open to try capture (photos of lightning strikes),” Geoff said. “But as I started photographing (lightning),

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Indigenous language gets $55,000 for digital records By Ben Leahy The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre has been awarded $55,000 to help create digital records of one Pilbara language as part of a $2.6 million national funding pool by the Federal Government. The funding is designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their languages alive and is part of the Indigenous Languages Support program established in 1991. Previous funding has been used by groups in Northern WA to create projects, such as smartphone dictionaries and phrase book apps as well as animations and increased digital resources at libraries and schools. The cash injection will bring the total investment of government funding for indigenous languages to more than $13 million in 2013-14. The government funding comes as another project by the Film and Television Institute WA has included recordings of the Pilbara’s Banyjima language among archives that are planned to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive anthology of indigenous stories.

Pilbara Manyjilyjarra language specialist May Chapman (left) with Jessica Mathie from Wanka Maya Aboriginal Language Centre Along with Banyjima, the Nyiyaparli and Miriwoong langauges – which are each spoken by less than 40 people – will be among the next 15 collections of recordings to be preserved in the program called Indigenous Community Stories. A joint initiative of ScreenWest, Rio Tinto, Leighton and FTI, ICS has already captured 49 story collections, and will store the recordings for 100 years at state and national storage facilities. Content collected so far includes historically

significant oral histories of elders and families, dreaming stories, customs, dances, art, language, law and other cultural practices. Other stories scheduled for production and preservation include important historical accounts of indigenous elders and the lengths to which their people went to keep their culture alive under the oppressive government policies of the time. More modern collections include the life stories of renowned artists Gina Williams and Lois Olney as well as a look at how

indigenous youths have embraced hip-hop as a means of expressing their own culture. ICS production coordinator Devina McPherson said the Indigenous Community Stories initiative was unique in its ability to maintain the integrity of Aboriginal oral traditions. “One of the key factors in plans to preserve the culture is the fact that much of the information has been passed down through countless generations as stories, songs, art and dance,” Ms McPherson said. “High-definition digital technology enables us to preserve these stories as they were intended – that is, as an unabridged oral history, as told by elders, on their land, in their own way.” David Joyce, Rio Tinto’s managing director – projects and development, said the miner supported the ICS program. “We are particularly pleased to see Pilbara, Kimberley and Gascoyne stories featuring in the latest round of collections being recorded in 2014, including those by groups which our businesses continue to develop direct and positive relationships with in these regions,” he said.

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A Federal Government inquiry into Australian childcare has received 1000 submissions, including calls by Family Day Care Australia for increased funding to help create better access in remote areas, such as the Pilbara. The Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning is the largest review of the entire childcare sector since the 1990s. With many families in the Pilbara still battling to meet high childcare and day care costs, national body Family Day Care Australia said in its submission to the inquiry that regional areas needed more support. More than 61 per cent of all family day care services operate in regional, rural or remote areas and in many of these areas, family day care is the only type of formal early childhood education and care service available. “Rural and remote areas services have additional operating expenses, encounter greater difficulty in accessing training and professional development, recruiting and retaining staff, and face barriers regarding the administration of support to educator networks,” the Family Day Care submission said. “Elevating both the economic and social value of the early

childhood education and care sector, which starts with increased public investment, should be a priority for the Australian Government.” Family Day Care is a growing segment in the childcare industry with Federal Government figures released last week revealing the total number of children attending family day care has increased by 20 per cent in the past year. Assistant Education Minister Ley said the government realised that child and day care were important issues to working families in areas, such as the Pilbara. “Childcare is no longer just about delivering a quality service – it plays a role in everything from the impact on family budgets through to the prosperity of our economy and nation,” Ms Ley said. “I was particularly pleased to see a large number of submissions (to the inquiry) were from parents, educators and operators dealing with these issues at the coalface every day. “This also shows Australians believe there are significant issues around flexibility, affordability, accessibility and workforce participation after Labor’s six years in power.” Pilbara residents can read submissions to the Productivity Commission at projects/inquiry/childcare. The commission’s report is due in October.





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Iconic pub reopens | Page 3 Whim Creek pub is set to reopen its doors after Aboriginal investors agreed to buy the historic hotel and restore it to its former glory.

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! | Page 14 Celebrate Australia Day in your town with our wrap of the Pilbara’s best Aussie Day events, from thong-throwing and pie-eating competitions to fireworks.

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Government wants kids back in school By Ben Leahy A Federal Government program to tackle low attendance rates in Pilbara schools kicked off last week with Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion visiting Roebourne District High School on February 5. Students at Roebourne DHS have been attending school on average 53 per cent of the time between 2008-2012, while average attendance rates at Onslow Primary School are at 76 per cent over the same period. The two schools are among 40 remote communities in Australia in which the Federal Government is aiming to spend $28.4 million over two years to get kids back in school. “If we don’t educate kids in remote communities, all the policies and plans in the world designed to build a future for Indigenous people in remote Australia will amount to nothing,” Mr Scullion said. “Education is the fundamental building block to establishing strong, sustainable communities.” The funding will go toward employing 21 school attendance officers in Roebourne and Onslow. The attendance officers will be recruited primarily from local jobseekers in the communities and will help get children to school in a variety of ways, such as by giving them a lift in the mornings, chatting with

Roebourne District High School students during the school’s community service day. children’s parents or organising programs, like a breakfast club. “This community-based school attendance model for these remote communities is aimed at breaking the cycle of nonattendance and ensuring that parents and carers take on the responsibility for the education of their children,” Mr Scullion said. “Attendance officers and


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after school activities to build a commitment to, and pattern of attendance.” Mr Scullion said the measures were necessary after little improvement had been shown in the education of indigenous children in recent times. “A child attending school 70 per cent of the time is not receiving a proper education,” Mr Scullion said.

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Paraburdoo mine worker Eddie Brown (right) meets Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra.

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Draft plan for Dampier community By Ben Leahy Dampier community members have put together a new plan designed to enhance the town’s foreshore and bring more services and community activities into town. The Dampier Community Association recently finished the draft plan, which is based on feedback from a series of consultation activities in 2013, including a successful community meeting last November. The DCA will now put the Dampier Community Plan 2014-2019 to members for a vote at its annual general meeting on Tuesday February 18. The draft plan seeks to find ways to help Dampier retain its relaxed lifestyle, while also attracting and retaining more essential services and shops.

The town’s population has been dropping in recent years and services, such as an Australia Post office, GP clinic and pharmacy, have shut down. Other goals in the community plan include making the Dampier foreshore more attractive and increasing tourism in the town. The community plan is designed to give residents a chance to have their say in Dampier’s future ahead of the state government’s plans to spend big money revitalising the town. Once the community plan has been endorsed, the DCA will next draft an operational plan that will guide the actions of the association and inform the way it will spend the $200,000 in funding it will receive from the Shire of Roebourne.


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A new street numbering system to standardise property address details across the Shire of Roebourne will come into effect next month. Changes will be rolled out in stages in Bulgarra, Dampier and parts of Point Samson as well as the Karratha and Gap Ridge Industrial Estates, which currently use the old lot numbering system. Properties in Baynton, Baynton West, Nickol, Nickol West, Millars Well and Pegs Creek, Roebourne and Wickham will not be affected. Shire of Roebourne chief executive officer Chris Adams said the new system would make it easier for residents and businesses to find properties. “The old lot numbering system has become out of sequence and at times confusing and hard to follow for both visitors and service providers,” he said. “The new system will make it easier for emergency and utility service providers to identify properties quickly and will mean all properties across the Shire are following a standard system. “The Shire will be updating details with a number of utility and emergency service providers and sending out information to property owners and occupiers to confirm their new details. “However, residents will need to

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Pilbara residents wanting to explore the World Heritagelisted Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay waters to our south now have a guidebook based on local knowledge and science to take with them. Biologist and adjunct senior lecturer at James Cook University Len Zell and Exmouth resident Susie Bedford coauthored the recently released Ningaloo Reef – Shark Bay & Outback Pathways Guidebook. It takes readers from Exmouth’s Ningaloo Reef to Shark Bay and then inland through the Gascoyne and Murchison regions to places like Cue and Mount Magnet. But what is different according to author Len Zell is the depth of entertaining knowledge the book contains. It builds a picture from the ground up of each region by explaining its geology and climate and how this has supported the habitats and human history in each region. “I call them guidebooks of distinction because they fill that enormous gap between the Lonely Planet type guides and the scientific (and academic) guides to the area,” Mr Zell said. “One of the best bits of feedback I had was that, `It was just like having an expert in the car beside us and the kids got so much more out of the trip

numerous television programs with the ABC, Channel Nine and Seven and on a Great Barrier Reef special for the BBC. Mr Zell said he hopes the Ningaloo book helps more people get out and explore the North West. “More than three hundred thousand tourists visit this region each year,” he writes in the book. “Only a small fraction of them get to see any more than a superficial view of the area or to experience the outback regions.” He said a highlight of the region was the health of the Ningaloo Reef system. “One of the things about Ningaloo is it has had fairly minimal human impact from coastal runoff and agriculture, although the fishing impact has been significant,” Mr Zell said. “But as a coral reef system, it is in pretty good shape, whereas the Great Barrier Reef has lost anything up to 60 per cent of its diversity and 50 per cent of its live coral cover. “So we have failed totally on the Great Barrier Reef as far as the World Heritage listing is concerned because the reef has degraded and continues to degrade since the listing. “Whereas somewhere like Ningaloo, my perspective would be that we have enacted our responsibility as a World Heritage area and looked after Ningaloo pretty well.”

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Study to look at North West marine life By Ben Leahy The marine ecosystem of Western Australia’s Pilbara region will be surveyed in an unprecedented study that will help future conservation planning. The health and wellbeing check up will take place along a 300km stretch of WA coast that includes the World Heritagelisted Ningaloo Marine Park, the Barrow and Montebello island conservation areas and the Dampier Archipelago. The Pilbara Marine Conservation Partnership study will also include areas that are currently being developed as ports and sites for oil and gas extraction and processing. Scientist Dr Russ Babcock will head up the five-year, $12 million partnership between the CSIRO and University of Western Australia. “Our research will help government and industry balance the environmental sustainability of the Pilbara with its increasing broad sector use,” CSIRO lead scientist Dr Babcock said. “Over the next five years we want to find out everything we can about the health and makeup of the region, as well as observe and evaluate any localised changes, so we can give the best possible advice to future use managers on how they can act sustainably.” Dr Babcock and his team have recently returned from their first exploratory tour of the region, where they were scouting survey sites. Some unwelcome discoveries were made, including the bleaching and decimation of a pocket of ancient coral heads – many up to 400 years old – that have provided an important record of reef health. “We suspect this bleaching event was due to marine

A new scientific study will create a record of marine life in the waters of the North West. heat waves that happened in the region over the past few summers, and to see it up close was sobering,” Dr Babcock said. “But to offset this loss, some reefs only a short distance north showed much less damage and will continue to contribute to a healthy ecosystem. “By studying these sorts of

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New drilling rigs to help drive shale gas industry By Jeff Haworth With Western Australia’s natural gas reserves from shale and tight rock still in the early stages of exploration and evaluation, the Department of Mines and Petroleum believes there are big opportunities to grow the industry. World-wide, the process of hydraulic fracturing has been used in more than one million shale gas wells. But here in WA, only seven shale or tight gas exploration wells have undergone hydraulic fracturing in the past ten years. WA has the chance to kick start its industry by harnessing recent improvements in technology and government regulations developed in other countries. These advancements, developed over more than two decades of shale gas production, include the introduction of more sophisticated onshore drilling equipment, which improves environmental outcomes. A WA company recently imported a Crusader 405 drilling rig – the first of its kind in the state. The rig has a smaller surface footprint than traditional rigs, resulting in less surface disturbance. It also has the ability to drill

horizontally, allowing multiple wells to be drilled from one location. Sump pits, typically used to store waste drilling fluids and rock cuttings, may not be required with this rig as it is compatible with a closed-loop drilling system which minimises waste. Other benefits of the rig include a quieter system and easier transport as all components can be containerised, resulting in less traffic disturbance. The drill rig, which can be used for conventional, shale and tight gas and oil development, was recently used in the state’s South West. It is now in the Kimberley region. If shale and tight gas exploration increases in WA, drilling rigs such as the Crusader 405 will go a long way to helping oil and gas operators develop the state’s onshore resources, while minimising potential impacts to the environment. For more information on WA’s emerging shale and tight gas industry, visit au/shaleandtightgas or phone 9222 0442. Jeff Haworth is petroleum executive director at the Department of Mines and Petroleum.



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By Ben Leahy Pilbara movie buffs looking to catch some of the world’s best short films need to plan their flights now to catch Flickerfest as it comes to Perth on March 6-9 and Broome on March 7-8. However, for those willing to wait a little longer, the festival will also screen in Exmouth on May 2-3. More than 2300 short film entries were submitted to Flickerfest this year with 120 of those selected to be part of the official competition. Successful entries can even go on to be part of the Academy Awards short film categories. Aussie film Vote Yes is one of the festival highlights this year.

Set in May 1967, it stars Miranda Tapsell from The Sapphires and explores the relationship of two women around the period of Australia’s referendum on Aboriginal rights. Another highlight is Tango Underpants about a young Australian backpacker who not only discovers the wonders of the Tango during a visit to Buenos Aires but also realises the importance of wearing the right underwear. Flickerfest also has a national partnership with ABC Open and will show short films by ABC Open reporters and their subjects before most festival screenings. Exmouth Flickerfest screenings are at the Novotel Ningaloo Resort on May 2-3 with concessions selling for $10 and full priced tickets for $15.

Terrorists target Karratha plants By Ben Leahy Karratha residents might not know it, but they are in imminent danger from a terror strike on the Burrup Peninsula’s gas plant facilities – at least, that is the scenario in a new book by West Australian journalist Bruce Cheesman. In Cheesman’s recently released black comedy-thriller called Noble Rot, ace reporter Simon West is hard at work foiling the plans of fictional terror group Al Fatwa as they target regional WA. Not only are Al Fatwa planning to assassinate the US president during an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Margaret River, south of Perth, they also intend to launch a simultaneous strike in the North West. The group’s plan is to use a mini submarine to torpedo a LNG tanker in Dampier Harbour, setting off an explosion that would destroy the Burrup’s gas plants and kill residents as far away as Karratha. And if the mini sub misses its mark, Al Fatwa’s planned plane hijacking from nearby Karratha airport will finish the job. For Noble Rot author Bruce, the plot is not as far-fetched as it might sound, and he said Pilbara residents will enjoy reading about their local area as it is caught up in a world of international intrigue. “It is a good read – the response and reviews so far have been good and as a journalist for so long, I hope I can put a fairly interesting read together,” Bruce said. “(The book is interesting also)

because the global campaign on terror has become a part of everyone’s life. Certainly since the World Trade Centre bombings, in terms of security at airports and governments cracking down (on private liberties) … now you have security fears which you never had 10 or 15-years ago.” Bruce said he used his 25-years’ experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and the Middle East, including time spent in an Iraqi jail during the First Gulf War, to add realism and excitement to the story. He blends that with smatterings of Western Australian history and local plotlines, mostly related to the Margaret River region. This leads fictional reporter Simon West to also come to grips with a mining and media baron, who plans to take over the local press and tear up Margaret River’s vineyards and replace them with a Gold Coast-style resort. Yet, it is Al Fatwa that is Simon West’s most immediate challenge and the novel begins with a leaked report by an Australian intelligence agency that outlines a number of scenarios that would result from an attack on an LNG carrier in Dampier port. These include, according to the report in the novel, a blast force from a single LNG tanker attack that is 55 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb and a huge firewall that could melt victims’ flesh within a 10km radius. The resultant death toll would be expected to be in excess of 20,000 people. Geepers, it sounds like a story that could even has the makings of a Hollywood movie! Noble Rot is available as an ebook for $8.78 on


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By Ben Leahy The Pilbara’s biggest music festival has just got bigger after Port Hedland councillors last month voted to expand the North West Festival into a three-day event, Paul Kelly (right), Bernard Fanning (below) and Grinspoon were among the headliners at last year’s August 24 festival, which drew an estimated 3850 music fans. The Town of Port Hedland now hopes to boost attendances in 2014 by including an additional mini concert at the Turf Club on the Friday night and a sundown event at the Civic Centre Gardens on the Sunday. The Friday mini concert will feature “local acts and mid to high profile Australian acts”, while Sunday’s sundowner will act as a finale with primarily acoustic and DJ performances. Saturday’s main concert will still be the festival’s headline event. Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett said with the event now running over three days, more Pilbara musicians would also be able to take part. “The North West Festival is the town’s chance to showcase all that Port Hedland has to offer on a national and

regional level,” Cr Howlett said. “A three-day festival means we can celebrate and promote local talent alongside the big names in the music industry.” Now in its third year, the North West Festival has been highly successful, according to the Town of Port Hedland local government. The January council meeting minutes said the festival was meeting its objectives to attract tourism and help diversify Hedland’s economy and music and arts scene. “Since the inaugural festival in 2012, the North West Festival has been a major tourism and economic development draw card for the Town of Port Hedland,” Cr Howlett said. “By expanding the festival into a three day event, this gives us more opportunity to develop and promote our local arts and culture, as well as continuing to provide diversification of the local economy. “We’re hoping to secure more corporate sponsors this year so we can make it even better than last year, and also reinforce the sustainability and economic and tourism potential of the festival to our event partners.” Headline acts for the 2014 event are yet to be announced, but updates will be released on

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At the commencement of proceedings it is timely to thank all those people, organisations and businesses who assisted us. St Luke’s College continues to offer a diversified curriculum that caters for students on academic and trade based pathways. Technology. Quality of Staff The Staff of St Luke’s is very highly qualified with many members of the teachers holding Masters Degrees. Virtually all areas of the curriculum are staffed by content experts thus ensuring top quality delivery.


St Luke’s College boasts the delivery of a quality Curriculum which will appeal to students on the Academic or Vocational Pathway. To satisfy the Academic Pathway, St Luke’s College provides the full range of Science, Mathematics, English and Humanities in its Upper School. This is in addition to the delivery of a quality Arts program with Media, Drama and Visual Arts. Students are also provided with opportunities to complete certificates in Engineering, Telecommunications, Electro technology, Beauty, Child Services, Business and Information Technology. In Lower School the full range of subjects is provided. To complement the core subjects, students have options of Music, Drama, Art, Photography, Metal Technology, Electronics, Food Technology, Information Technology, Design Technology, Environmental Studies, Japanese and Extension Programs.

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Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013

They achieved: 100% Graduation Median ATAR for university students of 70 78% of students with ATAR ATAR above 90 for 10% of entire class. Awards Justin Tame – Cert of Excellence in VET Shelby Broad – Cert of Commendation Sidney Mason – Cert of Commendation

St Luke’s is a small and personal school where each student is known by staff members. The College takes pride in the care and attention provided to each student and strives to develop them academically, socially and spiritually. Maintaining the small cohort of students is essential for fostering this Pastoral Care

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The Arts The Arts – Drama, Music and Visual Art Art Exhibitions, Extravaganza and the Annual College Show are but some of what occurs at St Luke’s College. Students study Drama, Media and Visual Arts in Upper School and Drama, Visual Arts, Media, Photography and Music in Lower School.

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St John train Hedland students in first aid The Hedland community has embraced first aid in recent times with St John Ambulance WA delivering training to almost every student in the district. St John North West regional manager Wil White said he was delighted that so many young people had taken part in the free training program. “This surge in interest in First Aid Focus, our schools based first aid program, resulted in 1800 students being trained in Port and South Hedland schools,” he said. “The response we’ve had from these schools has been really positive – the teachers, students and parents have all been very supportive.” In 2013, St John provided this training to more than 100,000 schoolchildren – the first time this number has ever been achieved. First Aid Focus provides


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students from kindergarten to year 12 with essential skills to respond to emergency situations, such as how to dial triple zero (000) and provide constructive information or performing Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. Mr White said First Aid Focus was part of the organisation’s mission to ensure at least one person in every Western Australian household was trained in first aid.

“Our First Aid Focus delivers tailored first-aid courses to students of all ages,” he said. “More than 300,000 students have received First Aid training under the program since it began in 2009 and we are keen to see it rolled out to more schools across Western Australia.” For more information visit au/firstaidfocus/index.htm

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Phone Val Mon- Fri 9185 1760 or 0427 851 760 No Saturdays ~ ~ E Memployment PLOYMENT AVAILABLE available EXPERIENCED Office Administrator required for an immediate start - Port Hedland • Black Rock Tourist Park - Great team environment. Please email your CV & references through to “” au”” today! Or phone 0429 090 908. Local Hire policy applies. ~ ~ E Memployment PLOYMENT wanted WANTED EXPERIENCE cleaning lady is looking houses for clean, available in Karratha, hardworking, honest & reliable, floors, walls, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry,ironing, full house cleaning for inspections, make your appointment now calling to 0437 785 556

FREE CLASSIFIEDS GRANNY flat to let fully furnished air con close suit single FIFO worker. Northern Suburbs Perth. 6161 9258 NICKOL 3x1. Good condition, available from Feb 10. Previously GROH rented. Owners to manage (works heaps better!!) $900 Pets outside OK, 6 month lease with a view to renew. Call Jenny 0423 068 035. Call me to discuss this further! Available at all times. Jenny.

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for rent Lovely 3 BAYNTON bedroom 2 bathroom Modern House. Great location. $850 per week negotiable. First week rent free. Pets considered. Contact Jenny 0437 619 334 for full details. GRANNY flat for rent in Bullgara. Garden of leafy green trees, suit single person or couple. Small but very clean, a/c gas cooker, fridge, wardrobes. $400 p/w inclusive of water and electricity. $800 bond. Must be gainfully employed. Tel. 0402 673 532 or email

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I am 63 years old and fit I have had many job experience’s in my life and now looking for work, full time or part time I am very flexible and willing to learn. I have my own accommodation and transport. Ken phone 0412 963 377. SEEK the challenging and exciting position of a MC truck driver/ bus driver/ general duties Phone 0459166007 ~~ENGAGEMENTS

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for rent PEGS Creek Walk to town. 4 bedroom 2 bath partly furnished house with washing machine, fridge, double bed and bunkbed. Split air conditioning throughout the hse. Close to all amenities. $1150/week. Interested pls call 0422 386211 RECENTLY renovated 4x2 brick home in Millars Well. Large corner block with rear access & high carport suitable for boat parking. Large shed with air-conditioned granny flat & third bathroom. Fully retic’d gardens. Available December $1,450/week. Phone 0438 418 009 E: SHARE furnished 3 x 2 home millars well. Split syst airc all rooms. $375pw call 0411 149 079 SPACIOUS one bedroom unit partly furnished. Brand new floor coverings - Freshly painted Separate Lounge and full kitchen - Large grass courtyard - Located in a quiet complex, close to hospital, schools, TAFE, oval and Karratha Leisureplex $750pw Call Angela Butler for viewing 0438 826 522 TAMBREY Estate 4x2, $1150pw, avail Mar 1. Call Craig 0427 521 242 ~~FOR SALE

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APPROXIMATELY 5 metres of good quality shade cloth surplus to requirements. Selling for $5.00. Tel Karratha 9144 1648 AUTOBIOGRAPHIES Mike Tyson and Ponting (hard back). $10.00 each brand new, original price $30 Call 9144 1648 Karratha BRICKS $1, $2,$3 all new 9182 1126 or 0417 094 558 BUNK Bed Single/Queen with mattresses $450 Wooden Book Self 5 tier $150 Solid Cane Divider 4 sections $50 Ring 0458 560 215 CAPTAIN America Vinyl Movie Poster, 1420 x 2130mm, As new, lightweight timber frame, 0412 823 406 (KTHA) COLOUR Bond sheets & corrugated sheets various sizes 9182 1126 or 0417 094 558 FRIDGES, freezer, TV’s, w/ machine, dryer, entertainment units, chests of drawers, outdoor setting, BBQ, filing cabinets, microwaves, king size single bed & mattress, sideboard, back massage unit, assorted kitchen ware, paintings & storage units. Contact Peter 0408 402 121 GAS struts 2 pairs for sale, new, size 585 mm, dia 8 mm, force 300 n, 60$ per pair, 0437 057 662 KTA HEAVY hope (Mooring) 17.2 metres, spliced ends. $90.00 ono. Phone 0439 961 534 KARRATHA Senior High Shirts x 2 (lower school) size 14 - $15 for both phone 9185 2472

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for sale KING Single Mattress, good condition, no stains, Pick up KTA $80 or 2 for $120. Please message 0425 273 217 LARGE section ex rail trap suitable for trailer covers, boats or whatever. $70.00 ono phone 0439 961 534 MASONRY House Blocks: approx 200 @ 390 x 90 x 90 (10.71) Free delivery. Buyer to off load. $100.00 contact 0408 937 195 MISTRAL Fridge 110L with small freezer compartment $50 Call Jo 0433 988 877 Kta ONE tonne Trade Quip floor crane VGC $280 KTA 0427 634 006 PET Car Barrier to suit small and medium dog for medium size car. $10.00 contact 9144 1648 Karratha REFRIGERATOR, Stainless Steel, Fisher and Paykel. Immaculate condition. $200 ONO. Located KTA. 0477 309 666 RIVERINA Pool 7m X 3.6m Delivered within Karratha with all equipment. New kit you install $22000 Phone Will 0419 916 113 SATELLITE System brand new. Never used. Everything to set up included with Satellite Finder $450.00 ono. Phone 0439 961 534 SINGLE wood & iron Bunk Bed that can be converted to 2 single beds, 2 x mattresses, mattress covers & egg shell underlays. $600 ONO. Located in Karratha. 0416 804 919 SMALL TV used a couple of times, 12 v 240 v 18.7 inch led, Digital $120.00 ono. Phone 0439 961 534 WANT a sports bra that doesn’t cost over $100? Aussie designed sports bras now available in KTA! The most you will pay is $44.95. Go to for more information or call Sarah on 0429 209 045 for a free professional bra fitting today! WATER tank fibre glass app18 high 1-4 radius with tap $120 ono 9182 1126 or 0417 094 558 WOMEN’S pre loved and new clothing, sizes 18-24, also miscellaneous accessories. Karratha. Ph Deb 0403 621 520 ~~IN MEMORIUM


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0432 684 806 lost ~~LOST MISSING - Young, slim, tawny, female cat, missing from Legendre Road, Nickol from Monday 10th Feb. Answers to “”Sahara”” and is wearing a Hi-Vis collar with cat paw decorations. Is microchipped, desexed and registered for Karratha Area. Please call 0419 873 357 if you have her.

motorcycles AURIBA scooter 125cc runs well needs a little tlc. One owner since new very cheap run around new rear tyer new drive belt two spare oil filters. Has carry box on rear ideal to run to work and back or to shops Full tank costs $10 and will get 250km $650 ph 0418 908 822 YAMAHA 2011 YZ 250F, SmPro Platinum rims and hubs, Yoshimura Rs-4 exhaust system, Sunline levers, Pro taper bars, renthal chain and sprocket kit. Heaps of spares - stock exhaust, plastics, air filters, levers. Very good condition.$5,500. Phone 0409 890 453-HED YAMAHA TT-R125 2008 Manual 4 stroke - Electric start, excellent condition, brilliant learners bike. $2000 ONO, Photos available - 0409 039 991 (Located KTA) YAMAHA XT250. $4800 ONO. Must go. Under 1000KMS. Please Call 0487 750 807 - KTA ~~PE




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KARRATHA 4x2 House with Study, Boat space, good size backyard available first week of March. House is just 1 year old and is located on Baynton Drive, Baynton West area. Modern and Spacious. Rent is $1400/ week neg based on length of tenancy. Please call Zak on 0420 211 111 to arrange viewing. KARRATHA Brand New one bedroom furnished apartment in Bulgarra for sale. Rent out and gain from the depreciation benefits - new tenant signed up and ready to go. Storage and covered car space, 200 metres from town. Buy direct from the owner and save. Priced realistically at $450k. 0431 503 481 MODERN Vintage style 4x2 located in quiet, family friendly street in Nickol, Karratha. Just 5 min from school, oval, service station & 10 min to town. $920,000 ono. Photos on ID:13743. Contact Amanda on 0438 915 462. All reasonable offers considered. SOUTH Hedland brand new one bed, fully furnished apartment available for rent from mid March. Phone the owner direct on 0431 503 481.

HOLDEN Omega Commodore 2006. Great condition, A/C, new low profile tyres, long rego, never skips a beat. $11,000. Call 0431 612 219 HOLIDAY Rambler Crown Imperial 35. Ex cond. Chev 454 Auto, LPG/Petrol, 8Kva gen. Awning. Sleeps 6, 2 A/C, HWS (LPG). New 6.3 cub/ft F/ freeze. M/w. Pantry. Shower/ bath, flush toilet. Fresh, grey, black tanks. Many other features. $90,000 neg. robin.e.l.richardson@gmail. com , 0413 188 157 KIA Cerato 2004, 5 Speed Manual only 75,000 kms. Cruise control, Icy Air conditioning. Only selling as purchased 4wd. $4500 ONO, call Kristy 0437 420 389 KTHA LAND Rover 3dr 4cyl diesel recon motor & gearbox no miles Pirrelli tyres unlic $1200.00 9182 1126 or 0417 094 558

shade sails ~~TENDERS Ph Libby 0404 842 902 CHEAP snake food for sale freighted from Geraldton to the Pilbara please call on 04399 716 74 ~~PUBLIC NOTICE real estate ~~REAL ESTATE BUY off the plan from the owner - One bed apartment, covered car space and storage in South Hedland. Available February. Phone 0431 503 481. DUPLEX units for sale-Bridgetown. Fibro iron,good condition, fully leased, 500m block, close to town amenities. U/G power, great investment, 350,000. Please ph 0439 930 588 HOUSE for sale to investor or buyer in Dawesville nr mandurah. Reduced by 15k for quick sale. As new 4x2 with double garage and quality fittings throughout, home theatre,din/fam ,low care gardens and in top condition. Owner will rent back for approx one year to investor if wanted. Call 0424 342 332 HOUSE on large corner block in DAMPIER 3 bedroom. Huge shed, new bathroom, established palm gardens, plenty of room for a pool, large patios front and back. $790000 Ono. Phone 0417 985 002

PILBARA SHADE SAILS Custom made locally for Pilbara conditions. Phone Steve Trevurza on 0410 867 102.


FREE CLASSIFIEDS MITSUBISHI Triton 2005 Cab Chassis GLX 2 door 4x4, 3.0 V6 Mileage. 140k`s, non mine spec. One owner vehicle. Top condition. Dueler 694 LT`s 265/70/16, 6 spoke alloy mags. Two good spares. Two 4`Alloy tool boxes. For Inspection call / txt 0487 385 440, $11,500. Craig Karratha NISSAN Dble Cab ute 2010 +23’ Cut Loose 5th WheelerSydney - A1 condition. $120,000 Ring for more info. 0415 901 375 NISSAN Patrol TI 2007. Diesel Automatic 100,000kms $38,000.00 Ph: 0403 130 899. Sunroof, Leather interior, 2inch lift, DVD, UHF, 33inch tyres. Karratha. Phone 0403 130 899


vehicles RWD 2006 Black Ford Territory, 13,500 Price Negotiable, Location Perth 20inch rims, ipod, gps navigation , and handsfree connectivity, premium sound package, new suspension and has been slightly lowered, full service history and log books, regrettable sale. Please phone Krys: 0488 575 016 SUBARU Impreza RS 2008, 98,000kms, 4 x new low profile tyres, Rego - May 2014, Manual, $17000. Erin 0417 817 170 TOYOTA Corolla Ascent Seca 06- 5DR Hatch Excellent & Reliable Condition * $9000 0n0 *12Month Rego *4 Cyl *1.8 Liters *Air Conditioning *Power Steering * Please contact for more photos/info - *08 9187 1464 TOYOTA Land Cruiser 2000, 100 series GXL, Silver 190000km, Auto, LPG/Petrol 8 Seater black leather interior 2”” lift, roof rack, side steps. Great condition, rego until May 2014 $21000 Ono 0423 789 557 or 0409 072 827. TOYOTA Land Cruiser 2006, HDJ79R 6 cyl Turbo Diesel Ute Manual 119,000km Stereo Bluetooth MP3 CD inc Remote air, bull bar, side steps, flares, mags, towbar Great Condition - KTA Rego4/14 $37,000 ono Phone 0407 762 404 TOYOTA Landcruiser 60 Series 1988, 4x4 Turbo Diesel Wagon, A/C, Auto, low klms, $5,000.00 ono Phone 0409 890 453 HED TOYOTA Landcruiser. $19,500 2006 Manual Transmission, Diesel, Mine Spec, rollcage, Cargo Barrier, Snorkle, under 180,000kms. Registered til September 2014. Please contact Clayton on 0418 102 312 for further details.

vehicles TOYOTA RAV4 1995 3 door wagon - High kms, some panel damage. Needs some work but still runs reliably. $1000 ONO, Photos available - 0409 039 991 (Located KTA) TROOP Carrier HDJ78R 2003 turbo diesel; 99000km; 5 seater; dual batteries; drawers & fridge slide; DP chip; winch; electric brakes; plenty of power, comfy ride! $35,000 Ono Ph 0409 926 870 Dampier TROOP Carrier HDJ78R 2003 turbo diesel; 99000km; 5 seater; dual batteries; drawers & fridge slide; DP chip; winch; electric brakes; plenty of power, comfy ride! Ph 0409 926 870 Dampier TRUCK, 1993 Isuzu FSR 450, 5T Tautliner Lic, good cond, mech A1, DOT inspected last year $10,000 0429 638 719 URGENT SALE - PRICE REDUCED. 2006 Holden Viva Station Wagon low kms (less than 78,000) - Gold in colour. Manual transmission, electric windows, aux and cd player. Heaps of other extras $7500 ono. All reasonable offers considered. Call 0448 768 848 XW GT original red auto fresh paint black outs five slots brought back from RSA rust free car lic ready to drive $75,000, ph 0407 669 351 XY GT shaker genuine toploader globe wheels all matching numbers RSA Geelong built no rust good body $50,000 Perth 0407 669 351 ~~WANTED

Love is a Special Word.. JOFFA (Jeff) is more special to Use! J is Just O is Open FF is For Friends an O is Only Hugs and Kisses Big Johnny Happy Vday to my dearest Dood! I love you with all my heart. Thank you for more than a decade of happiness! Love Always, your Boodess! ;)



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NISSAN Torrano r/h rear door window 1998, ph 9182 1126 or 0417 094 558 PACKING Boxes all sizes for moving house. Will pay top dollar. Call Peter on 0416 270 960

• 300/716 Truck • Steel tray • Bull bar • Tow bar • Under 30,000klms • Reg till June 2014 Price $39,750.00 Contact 0408937195



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SUBCONTRACTOR REGISTRATION OF INTEREST Building Maintenance Works and Services Downer are seeking suitably qualified and experienced subcontractors to register interest in providing the following services to our business: • Carpentry and general repairs • Plumbing and Drainage • Electrical • Gas • Painting • Glazing • Fencing

• Reticulation • Pest Control • Cleaning and rubbish removal • Air conditioning • Grounds Maintenance • Tree Management • Floor Coverings

We are also seeking expressions of interest for supervisory staff. Interested parties are requested to email their company details to by February 21st 2014.

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BUGGY 2 seater, unfinished project, chassis 80%, most parts, 600cc Engine. KTA, $1500 ono, 0455 600 191 CHEV Camaro 1985 i roc z 2 door coupe 5 Litre v8 turb 700. Right hand drive 73,000 miles. Excellent original condition on club rego $16,000. Call David cvon 0427 471 865 COASTER Bus not registered, or running, but no reason why it can’t be $1000 - u tow away in KTA TEL. 0402 673 532 or email FALCON Wgn AU series 2 unlic will wreck or sell $400.00 9182 1126 or 0417 094 558 HINO 300/716 Truck 2009. Steel tray, Bull bar, Tow bar, Under 30,000 klms,Reg till June 2014. Contact 0408 937 195. KTA. $39,750.00 HOLDEN HZ Ute, 1 ton, drives well,253 auto, tipper body, licensed, reasonable condition, light rust,tray needs work, been sitting in the shed for 4yrs, needs a new home. Located in Bridgetown, for pick up. 5500.00 ono please ph 0439 930 588

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Sodexo Remote Sites are seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals local to Karratha, Roebourne and surrounding areas to join our relief team at Gap Ridge Village. THE ROLE Relief staff are required to work in one or any of the following various positions: • Chef (minimum requirement Cert III in Commercial Cookery) • Domestic, Industrial, Utilities cleaner • Gardener • Security – must have WA security license and crowd controllers licence • Kitchen Hand • Dining Room Attending • Bar Attendant (RSA holder) WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR The ideal applicants will possess: • Minimum of a Manual Drivers Licence – C Class • Current Police Certificate (Less than 6 mths old) • Ability to undergo a Medical, Physical and D&A assessment • RSA and Approved Bar managers certificate – desirable • Prior mine site experience – desirable but not ess. If you are interested in the above Job Opportunities, please apply with your resume to

Interested Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encourage to apply

Maintenance Person Required NOW HIRING – QUALIFIED ACCOUNTANT An opportunity has arisen at Northwest Accountancy for a qualified accountant. Your main duties will include preparation of tax returns for individuals, companies, trusts and partnerships, preparation of financial statements, BAS forms and liaise with the ATO. You will be required to give advice to clients, and prepare tax returns on a face to face basis. You will be required to work closely with the team but also work independently. The successful applicant must have good presentation and excellent customer service skills.

White Card, ABN and own Insurance necessary. Experienced in all aspects of property repairs and maintenance. Able to work independently.

Phone Rob on 0418920612

Remuneration based on experience will be offered to the successful applicant. Salary packaging and flexible working hours are also available. Applications for the above position should be addressed to: The Office Administrator Northwest Accountancy PO Box 1391, Karratha WA 6714 “Private and Confidential” or emailed to Applications close 21 February 2014.

Facilities Technician South Hedland (FTC 12 mths; possiblity of 12 mths extension or permanency) Web Search No: 10000769 Level/Salary: Level 2, $71,089 - $92,073 including District Allowance At Pilbara Institute you will receive 5 weeks paid leave plus access to an additional 2 weeks Accrued Days Off, subsidised air-conditioning allowance, and generous travel subsidy. Australian Citizenship or permanent residency is essential. To Access Detailed Information: and key in the Web Search No. to access detailed information or Ph: (08) 9264 8385. For Specific Inquiries: Phil Hebblethwaite, Manager Planning and Facilities, on (08) 9158 9612.

TRUCK DRIVERS REQUIRED Keen and reliable, MC and HC required, local and some overnight work. Duties also included forklift work and yard duties, with weekend work.

Call Bishops Transport Greg 0488 977 709

SITUATION VACANT – ADMINISTRATION OFFICER This position is casual/part time up to 30 hours per week, with immediate commencement. Experience with Microsoft Office an advantage. Must be reliable and be self-motivated. To express your interest for this position please forward your resume and contact details to or for more information regarding the position contact Donna on 08 9185 4361.

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Tambrey Early Learning Centre

BGC Contracting Pty Ltd is a national contract mining and civil construction company with operations spanning Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory. We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Indigenous Australians, in particular the Traditional Owners/Native Title Claimants of our project sites in the Port Hedland area. We are seeking experienced applicants for the following roles: Indigenous Affairs Coordinator. Dump Truck Operators. Loader Operators. Store Person/TA. Plant Operators (i.e. Water Cart, Grader, Excavator). Fitters. Boilermakers. Electricians.

Applicants should have a valid driver’s licence and need to demonstrate experience and relevant certification (for machine operator roles and the machinery) or hold a relevant trade certificate (for maintenance positions). Prior experience in civil construction and/or mining would be highly regarded. Indigenous Australian applicants only should submit their updated resume/CV by email, with at least three contactable referees to We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We pride ourselves in maintaining a positive corporate culture through our values; Teamwork, Enjoyable workplace, Always deliver, Mutual respect and Safety.

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• $$$ Above Award wages • Subsidised housing available • Ongoing professional development We are currently seeking a fulltime Early Years Teacher to join our team in Tambrey. The successful applicant will possess strong skills with educational practice and have a passion for making a difference in early childhood education and care. Key responsibilities include:• Support staff (in collaboration with immediate supervisor) to enact the YMCA Approach to Learning in your service (this may mean demonstrating and sharing your experiences). • To develop a program that meets the needs of individual children and reflects children’s interest, development, culture and the YMCA’s Approach to Learning • Maintain knowledge of child-care related legal issues and referral services • Have understanding and uphold the National Education and Care Services Regulations 2012, National Quality Framework principles and YMCA policies and procedures To Apply: To view the selection criteria and a position description and to apply, please visit our website and click on the “Join Us” tab. Alternatively for further details please contact Nicki Blake, Tambrey ELC Director on phone (08) 9144 2022. Applications close: Friday, 7 March 2014



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HEAVY DIESEL MECHANIC/FITTER required for local busy workshop. Min 3 years experience preferred

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CUSTOMER SERVICE OFFICER - KARRATHA A leading BuŸding Products and Hardware outlet in Karratha require a full time Customer Service Officer to join the team. All enquiries to Colvyn Andre on 0407 420 673 Design Style Guidelines | The Logo | 3

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Mawarnkarra Health Service is a community controlled Aboriginal health service providing holistic health care to the Aboriginal communities of West Pilbara region.

PROGRAMS MANAGER We are seeking a person with appropriate experience to manage the Programs and to collaborate with other senior managers to achieve integrated holistic client services. The Programs Manager will be responsible for the Social Emotional Wellbeing, Prison, Regional Tackling Smoking and Regional Healthy Lifestyles, and Safe House programs as well as managing some administration staff. The successful applicant will have experience in managing a diverse client focused team. The successful applicant will come with a strong understanding of the social determinants of health outcomes and will be able to work with the clinical services team and clients to achieve improved outcomes.

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Boilermaker Welders and a Mechanical Fitterp To be successful for these positions you must be trade qualified, provide a resume with 2 references and pass a drug and alcohol screen. Local area inductions and MSIC advantageous Expressions of interest sought for local electricians, carpenters and plumbers. Please call 9185 2188 or email resume:


EXPERIENCED MECHANICAL SUPERVISOR FITTERS BOILERMAKERS Applicants with experience will be highly regarded. Experience in the mining sector also an advantage. Please email your application to: or alternatively, come into our office at 9 Manganese Street, Wedgefield to complete an application. Pt Hedland Ph: (08) 9172 9200

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SITUATION VACANT – MC DRIVER/YARDIE Local cartage contracting company is currently seeking an MC Driver / Yardie to perform pickups & deliveries and assist in their yard in Karratha. This position is to commence immediately. Must possess a current MC driver’s licence with Side and End Tipper experience an advantage. Must be physically fit, reliable and be self-motivated with Loader and Forklift tickets beneficial. To express your interest for this position please forward your resume and contact details to or for more information regarding the position contact Donna on 08 9185 4361.

TRADES and TRADE ASSISTANTS WA Site Services Pty Ltd is a progressive privately owned mine site services and engineering company with a vision for growth and is seeking Trades and Trade Assistant personnel to express their interest in working on fly-in-fly out roles (from Perth) and at our Roebourne Workshop in the Pilbara. Are you interested in forwarding your name for the next and future in-takes of personnel in trade roles such as Boilermaker/Welders and Fitters? Applicants will require trade qualifications, have previous experience working in the mining sector and demonstrate a high priority to safety. Previous experience working on balanced machines along with a HR (Unrestricted) licence would be an advantage for these positions. If achieving success and progressing your career is your passion, then consider placing your name on the WA Site Services Pty Ltd data base and be ready for a call. On commencement we can provide a competitive remuneration and employment conditions, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment medical, drug screen and physio assessment and accept random alcohol and drug testing on an ongoing basis. Confidential applications, together with at least two (2) recent referees should be received for these positions by no later than 4pm on Friday 28th February 2014 and can be sent to: Human Resources Manager WA Site Services Pty Ltd E-mail:

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.

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TRANSPORT OFFICER We are seeking a Transport Officer to promote access to health services through the safe transport of clients to and from medical appointments including specialists’ appointments in and around the West Pilbara region. The successful applicant will have current unrestricted WA driver’s licence and excellent driving history and willingness to undertake First Aid training. The skills required include the ability to manage a crisis situation, an excellent driving record, good communication, interpersonal skills and organisational skills.


• Contact members 2 weeks in advance of meeting asking for agenda items • Prepare an agenda and send out with previous minutes one week in advance of meeting • Make arrangements for conference calls and follow up rsvp’s and apologies • Setup meeting room prior to meeting and record minutes during meeting • Type up the minutes and distribute to all members • Maintain a register of the members

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.

It would only take approximately 3 hours of your time every 3 months to help us out. However there are many other tasks available so it’s up to you how much you want to put into the role and you are more than welcome to perform any other duties that would assist SAFE with their mission.


Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) is looking for a Board Secretary in our Karratha Branch. Most of the workload revolves around organizing a minimum of 4 board meetings per year. The key duties of this volunteer role are:

Please email with your application and currents resume or post to SAFE, PO Box 1390 Karratha WA 6714

Join Our Team! Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) is looking for Administration Assistance/Volunteer Coordinator in our Karratha Branch. The workload involves administrative tasks and also managing our volunteers. The key duties involve (but are not limited to): • Administration duties Join •OurAttend Team!to animals as required Join Our Team! Review andEuthanasia improve (SAFE) use ofisvolunteers Saving• Animals From looking for Administration Assistance/Volunteer • Compile of tasks required to be undertaken and allocate to volunteers Coordinator in our list Karratha Branch. Animals From Euthanasia is looking for Administration •Saving Attract new volunteers and induct,(SAFE) train and manage them The workload involves administrative tasks and also managing our volunteers. Assistance/Volunteer Coordinator in our Karratha Branch. The key duties We areareseeking people involve (but not limited to): with good organisational and multitasking skills to join our office. Thoseadministrative who can demonstrate initiative, remain under The busy workload involves tasks and also managing our calm volunteers. • Administration duties pressure and able to prioritise essential The key duties involve (but are is not limited in to):our ever changing and rewarding • Attend to animals as required workplace. • Review improve use duties of volunteers • and Administration • Compile list of tasks be undertaken to volunteers SAFE provides arequired supportive, rewardingand andallocate positive work environment while • Attend to animals astorequired • Attract new volunteers and induct, train and offering theand opportunity to utilise andmanage expandthem your knowledge. Opportunities • Review improve use of volunteers are available to build on your Customer Service and Administration skills. • Compile list of tasks required to be undertaken and allocate volunteers We are seeking people with good organisational and multitasking skills to jointoour busy office. •whoAttract new volunteers and induct, train andpressure manage them ThoseCandidates can demonstrate remain calm under and able to prioritise is essential should beinitiative, passionate about animal welfare, support the aims of in ourSAFE ever changing and rewarding workplace. SAFE provides a supportive, rewarding and be self-motivated goal orientated. and multitasking skills toand We are seeking people withand good organisational join positive work environment while offering the opportunity to utilise and expand your knowledge. our busyarepositions office. Those who initiative, remain calm under Opportunities available to build on can your demonstrate Customer Service and Administration Skills. Although are currently in a voluntary capacity, paid employment pressure andoutcome able to prioritise is essential in our rewarding could be an for a suitable applicant. Weever arechanging flexible toand discuss work Candidates should be passionate about animal welfare, support the aims of SAFE and be workplace. arrangements between 24 – 40 hours per week. self-motivated and goal oriented. Although positions are currently in a voluntary capacity, SAFE provides a be supportive, rewarding andapplicant. positiveWe work while paid employment could an outcome for a suitable are flenvironment exible to discuss work Please email with your application and current offeringbetween the opportunity to per utilise and expand your knowledge. Opportunities arrangements 24-40 hours week. resume or post to SAFE, PO Box 1390 Karratha WA 6714. are available to build on your Customer Service and Administration skills. Please email with your application and currents resume or post to SAFE, PO Candidates be passionate about animal welfare, support the aims of Box 1390 Karrathashould WA 6714 SAFE and be self-motivated and goal orientated. Although positions :: are FOSTERING currently in a voluntary paid WELFARE employment ADOPTIONS :: capacity, ANIMAL could be an outcome for a suitable applicant. We are flexible to discuss work

We are seeking 2x Tobacco Action Worker 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 applicant 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, interpersonal skills and organisational skills. Must be a non-smoker and Aboriginality is a genuine requirement for this position. The remuneration package for this position 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 . Applications close Wednesday 26th February 2014.

Applicants must obtain a copy of the selection criteria and address all criteria. A copy of the position description and selection criteria may be obtained by calling Shay Wilson on 9182 0800.


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Bluewater Tackle Exmouth Fishing Report By Jenni Gates Steve Vitali was fishing the shoreline around the Mildura Wreck access road recently and used crab and squid to target bluebone. The bluebone frequent this area regularly and are a hard fighting fish that can be challenging to land. Steve got some weird soft bites and hooked something that seemed rather unusual as it didn’t bite hard like the bluebone usually do. He brought it to the surface and to his surprise he caught a massive rock lobster that measured three times the length of his stubbie. Despite it not being a tasty bluey, it was a rather delicious and unexpected surprise that is always good for dinner. Nat Everett has entered the monthly fishing comp with a 68cm spangled emperor that was caught on a Maria stick bait off Tantabiddi recently, while she was fishing with her partner Tosh. Nat is pictured this week with her great catch and beaming smile. The fish was released again and this style of fishing with surface lures can be very rewarding for anglers.

The action is tense and very visual as the fish hunt down the lure. All entrants for the monthly fishing comp for January were fantastic, with the winner being Scott Bolt and his marlin. Congratulations Scott. A 3m tiger shark was also caught by some recreational anglers fishing from the beach this last week. The fish was brought to the shore and carefully handled before release. There has been quite a bit of interest with shark fishing lately, with night time fishing for these species being very productive, not to mention cooler than the days. The balmy nights are still around 30C on the gulf side, but substantially cooler on the west side.

The rains have continued to fall on the eastern side of the gulf and this is great news for the fishing year ahead, with high rainfall in this area feeding the mangroves and creeks that run in to the gulf. The Exmouth Gulf is a very healthy ecosystem, and you can catch just about any species in here where the mean depth is around 12m. The creeks can be very tricky to navigate, and we don’t recommend going there without plenty of planning and time. However, the gulf waters hold much more variety and are much safer for navigation. We hope the rain will continue over there and add to the excitement for the year.

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West Coast Eagles players Chris Masten and Josh Kenney meet with Newman students above, while Matt Priddis and Dom Sheed (below) take skills clinics in Hedland.

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West Coast Eagles footballers paid Pilbara students a visit last week as Josh Kennedy and Chris Masten dropped by Newman and Matt Priddis and Dom Sheed visited Hedland. The players met school students in both towns as part of the Kicking Goals program to conduct football clinics and talk about the importance of sport and education. Kicking Goals is a program run in the Pilbara in conjunction with the Swan Districts Football

Club and BHP Billiton and is one of Australia’s largest regional based AFL mentoring programs. It is a curriculumbased, incentive program whereby students must meet performance indicators to reap the rewards of the initiative. Among the incentives for Kicking Goals students are 10 visits by Eagles players each year and the chance to play in a curtain raiser game before a West Coast Eagles home match. The most sought after prize, however, is the Melbourne incentive trip, where three

lucky Kicking Goals students are taken to watch some of the best AFL matches of the season live at the MCG and Docklands. The Kicking Goals program writes that it has helped play a part in a 35 per cent decrease in criminal activity in the Pilbara as well as a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour at Newman and Hedland high schools. One of the biggest benefits to the community is the 200 hours of personal time each student spends in community volunteering.


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DAMPIER TIDE TIMES Visit for up-to-date boating weather

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0600 1200 1807

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Tue 18 Time Ht

0.87 0000 4.45 0026 4.31 0625 0.81 0650 1.18 1223 4.44 1246 1835 1.07 1902

4.46 0.81 4.53 1.01

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0052 0715 1311 1930

4.41 0.87 4.55 1.02

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0119 0739 1337 2001

4.30 0.99 4.51 1.10

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4.12 1.18 4.40 1.26

Sat 22 Time Ht

0220 0831 1439 2110

3.87 1.42 4.23 1.49

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Applications open for Recfishwest fishing grant

Karratha volleyball is looking for new players.

Volleyball season kicks off The North West Volleyball Association is once again looking for eager teams to join its first competition for 2014. Due to the heat, the association will start the year with the indoor volleyball season, beginning from Wednesday March 5 at the Karratha Leisureplex. Before this, the

association will be having an information and registration day at Centro Karratha shopping centre this Saturday morning February 15. Then from 6pm tonight the association will move to the Leisureplex where it will have a registration evening in which all newcomers will be encouraged to join in and

play some social and fun games on the courts. Those looking for a little more practice before the season starts can also come along to a coaching and training session on February 19 from 6pm. The association is once again looking for A and B grade teams to join and it has space for up to six teams in each league.

You don’t have to form a whole team to play either, the association welcomes any individual players wishing to come and register also and will do its best to them into a team. For more information please email the committee at or look it up on Facebook.

Applications for the Recfishwest Small Community Grant program for 2014 are now open and close on March 31. The grant funding goes toward community projects that enhance recreational fishing. The Recfishwest Small Community Grant Program has funded more than 30 projects totalling $150,000 since 2012. Recfishwest chief executive officer Dr Andrew Rowland said previous Recfishwest Small Community Grant projects have included installation of FADs, club development activities, fish stocking, projects to improve fishing safety, clean up days and environmental rehabilitation projects. “Recfishwest small community grants will be made available to incorporated bodies for community-driven projects aimed at enhancing recreational fishing in Western Australia,” Dr Rowland said. “A maximum of $8,000 will be made available for any one project, with preference given to projects less than $5,000 and to projects from a wide range of regions.” Applications for funding must be in relation to either the improvement of facilities, fishing safety, the education and promotion of fishing or habitat protection. Dr Rowland said engaging with community groups is a wonderful way to achieve amazing results

Recfishwest board member Joe Petrovich during rock lobster season. with a modest investment. Recfishwest is pleased that the small grant program has seen funding approved for projects all around the state ranging from Esperance in the South to Derby in the North. The Recfishwest Small Community Grant program is funded through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund and is supported by Recfishwest and the Western Australian Department of Fisheries. Recfishwest advocates for sustainable fishing resources and policies that ensure long term benefits to all recreational fishers. For more information about grant funding or Recfishwest visit or phone 9246 3366.

Swans have one hand on minor premiership By Bob Neville

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Hedland baseball team the Swans can finally dust off their major league trophy cabinet after spending years in the wilderness. The Black and Whites made easy work of avoiding any last minute minor-premiership challenge from nearest rivals the Sharks during baseball their clash on February 8. Nathan Nordmann’s three-run missile in the fifth innings sealed the game, giving the Swans an unassailable 19 runs to nine mercyrule victory and their first big trophy for two-decades. Ash Christensen took on the number one spot for Swans and pitched four innings to earn four strike-outs, while conceding nine safe hits for just four earned runs as the Sharks left numerous runners stranded. Nathan Bann led the Swans hit list with two singles from two charged plate appearances along with two walks, three runs scored and one run batted in. Daniel Frost and Kyle Edwards also picked up a double and single plus two RBI apiece. Josh Cosgrove brought in three

runners, with two RBI from his only base hit and another from a loadedbases walk, and Nordmann finished with two from five and four big RBI. The Sharks outhit their opponents with 13 safe hits, but were unable to capitalise with runners on base as Chris O’Hara led the way with a perfect three hits from three at bats for a 1000 average. The result also gives the Swans the home berth in the threegame grand final series starting on Wednesday March 5, with game 2 on Saturday March 8 and the third, if required, the following Saturday. Last Saturday’s night game was again cancelled with the Pirates collecting two valuable points and coming within one game of the second-placed Sharks, who they also hold a big percentage advantage over. The two sides will now clash in their final regular game of the season, while the Swans will host the Brewers. As the minor-premiers, the Swans will want to showcase their finals side and end the home and away games with a win, while the Brewers will need to dig deep and look at a major upset to finally put some points on the 2013-14 board.


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Aussie rules stars kick off academy training By Clint Degebrodt and Ben Leahy

SPORTS TAPING WORKSHOP FOR THE ANKLE, KNEE AND SHOULDER Sports Medicine Australia will visit the Pilbara and deliver an introduction to taping techniques specific to common sports injuries. If you are involved with junior or senior sport as a coach, trainer or player this course is for you. Monday 17 March 2014 from 6.30pm to 8:30pm Wickham Bistro Function Room, Carse Street, Wickham

Tuesday 18 March 2014 from 6.30pm to 8:30pm Shire of Roebourne Administration Office, Welcome Road, Karratha

Cost is free (snacks and drinks provided)

Talented junior footballers from the Shire of Roebourne had their first training session for 2014 with representative side the V Swans on February 10. The V Swans are responsible for elite talent development in the Pilbara and North West. Annually anywhere up to 120 players take part in the V Swans Personal Development Academy. Shire of Roebourne juniors were selected for the academy’s training based on their performances in the West Pilbara Junior Football Association (WPJFA) and the V Swan Pilbara Cup in 2013. However, academy staff will continue to invite promising juniors to take part in the program if they show interest, enthusiasm, skill and application during the WPJFA preseason games. Academy members will now continue to train on Mondays and will experience high level coaching in skills, ball movement and mental training as well as fitness testing. V Swans coaches include

Shane Mallard as a development coach with specialist areas, including the forward line and skills, and as head coach of the Pilbara’s First Nicky Winmar Cup team heading to Perth on February 28. Darren Rigby will specialize in mental strength and discipline as well as working with the midfielders, Shane White will be skills coach and work in player welfare, while Deo Alec

will act in a development and mentoring role. Former Brisbane premiership player Beau McDonald will work with the tall players and midfielders. The Phase 1 pre-season program will run for six-weeks ahead of the WPJFA season before a short break for school holidays ahead of Phases 2 and 3 in the nine-month academy season.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 27 February 2014 to Sam King at For more information, contact Club Development Officer Sam King on 0427 132 786.


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For information contact Elyce Huren at The Youth Shed on 9186 8586 or email




Conditions had not changed since Round Two of the mountain bike Summer Series last month (pictured here) - it is still scorching hot on the trails.

Mountain bikers brave heat and march flies Despite blazing summer temperatures, the Pilbara’s mountain bike community has shown just how enthusiastic it is with 58 riders turning out for the February 8 social ride. Round 3 of the Burrup Mountain Bike Club’s Summer Series took riders around a 4.2km primarily single track loop that didn’t contain too many technical challenges but did have a few short hills to set the hearts rates going. And with temperatures in the high 30s, riders stopped

early for an ice cold drink, while many others pushed on to complete up to four laps within the hour of racing allowed. With the Summer Series being held to give new riders a chance to try out mountain biking, there are no prizes or awards given out to the winners of the events, just a slap on the back and some friendly banter. And with plenty of new faces, young riders and even bikers from Newman and Hedland gathered for the race,

Karratha mountain biking really is growing exponentially. The only downside was that the march flies were out in force and put an abrupt end to the social banter that the club members usually enjoy after each race. Round 5 of the Summer Series is next up on March 9 starting early in the morning to beat the heat. For more information check out the Burrup Mountain Bike Club Facebook page.

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